Week 1 assignment

Please answer the following discussion topic. You must Start a New Thread to submit your Discussion responses. One source for each question please. 7 total.

Your responses should explain in detail your understanding of the concept demonstrating your critical thinking skills which requires you to ‘apply, integrate and elaborate upon’ specific concepts from the learning resources. The discussion topic will need to have in-text citations and an end-of-post reference list using the APA format.

You do not need to respond to the posts of your colleagues in this class (unless inspired) as they will be used as a basis for our discussions during our face-to-face class meetings on Thursday. Be fore coming to the face-to-face class meetings, you should have read all of your colleagues’ posts and be ready to discuss them on Thursday.

Note: this Discussion will close for new posts on Tuesday, 11 June at 11:59 (CET). Post early! If you have technical difficulties, please contact HELP before you contact your instructor and always before the due date. Don’t wait!

This week you will begin to understand what it is to be a manager and how to identify environments that will lead to success for the organization. Using what you have learned from the reading and the information provided in the description, you will answer the following questions.

Learning Activity for Week 1

This week, students learn about organizational theory and the relationship to the role of the 21st century manager. A manager is a person whose job it is to direct the implementation and achievement of a subset of organizational goals. Organizational theory is a field of study that has evolved in the last one hundred years to offer assistance to managers in the way they approach their job in an effort to accomplish the organization’s vision and mission and goals and objectives.

The 21st-century manager is a person who organizes, executes, and plans the process and production or services of an organization. Traditionally, the role of the manager, as defined by organizational theory, has been the person who sets short-term goals for the organization to execute and perform tasks that include the process, procedure, and production of the organization’s purpose or vision. The modern role of the manager still includes these tasks but has evolved to include the role of facilitator in the way the manager accomplishes the organizational goals assigned to his or her control.

Using the course material from Week 1 (not external source material) to support the ideas presented, answer the following requirements:

Compare and contrast one classical approach and one contemporary approach to management providing examples of how each is depicted in the workplace;
Using the two approaches discussed, discuss how the role of the manager in an organization has changed between the classical approach and contemporary approach;
Discuss factors that have influenced the business landscape in the past five years that have led to changes in organizational management theory;
Explain why organizational theory is an important tool for the manager in the 21st-century business organization. Give examples;
Identify several skills that promote managerial success;
Identify whether you report to a person who is in a managerial position, and whether this person utilizes the skills you identified as promoting managerial success;
Explain how these skills can help you as a manager have a successful career; use your current job position or aspirations to discuss this element;
In completing the learning activity:

Use the course material to support the ideas and conclusions made. If you are uncertain as to how to do this, go to Content and view the module, Learn How to Support What You Write.

In citing the sources used, make sure to provide page, paragraph, or chapter title and heading.

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