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ADMS 1000 Midterm

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Administrative Studies
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ADMS 1000
Peter Tsasis

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WEEK 1 What is an Organization? An organization consists of people with formally assigned roles, who work together to achieve stated goals within an identifiable boundary. • a social entity – composed of people, interacting with each other to perform essential functions. • goal directed – exists for a purpose • deliberately structured – characterized by formally assigned roles deliberately divided into sets of activities • in an identifiable boundary - maintaining itself as an entity distinct from the environment Organizations are social entities that are goal-directed, deliberately structured with an identifiable boundary ECONOMIC FORCES • An economic slump can mean downsizing, cuts in training and staff development, end of traditional work practices etc. • An economic boom can mean expansion, extra training, R & D etc COMPETITIVE FORCES • Business must think about who their competitors will be • Competition may be at a local, national or global level. It may be open or restricted TECHNOLOGICAL FORCES • accessibility influences market entry and operating costs • Consider how technology has influenced the role of work and how work is done, e.g. teleworkers, flexible work practices LABOUR FORCES • The changing nature of the workforce • The increasingly diverse nature of the workforce • As a “voice” for the labour force, consider how unions have impact work and society GLOBAL FORCES • Global forces have an international dimension • Organizations must now think globally • Global forces have resulted in business outsourcing in order to gain a competitive advantage POLITICAL FORCES • In Canada there is a move towards less government intervention SOCIETAL FORCES The Internal
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