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ADMS 1000 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Economist Intelligence Unit, Permanent Employment, Fax

Administrative Studies
Course Code
ADMS 1000
Eytan Lasry

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Hows business in Canada?
Skilled work force, low cost of doing business, transportation system & access to domestic &
global markets
Cost-effective business real estate, favourable business climate & attractive quality of life
The economist intelligence unit (EIU) rates Canada #1 from 05-09
Business & Industry
Canada is #11 for its gross domestic product & per capita GDP
Manufacturing (transportation equipment, food, chemicals & petroleum products) is a key
part of the Canadian economy (more than 14%)
Employment & Labour
Workers are highly skilled, motivated & reasonably paid
Wages are stable
Canada is the overall leader
Taxes & Spending
Theres no shortage of incentives to assist business taxpayers
Income taxes account for more than 8% of federal, provincial, territorial & local gmnt
Managing Canada
46% of workers are so unhappy that they would switch jobs
More people willing to leave jobs than beforegrass is greener elsewhere
27% say job performance is reflected by their pay
Changing GMs Organizational Structure
Changing to become more competitive
Reduce bureaucracy & rigid rules that impede innovation in car design
Little communication would occur among stages & departments
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Under new structure, GM can make better vehicles, & make better decisions regarding
The External Context of Business
Based on the organizations specific or task environment, & the organizations general
Specific or Task Environment
Groups that have direct influence on the organizations ability to get resources & create
Includes organizations customers, suppliers, employees, competitors, unions, distributors,
creditors, local public & gmnt
General Environment
Forces that make up the general environment, such as economic, competitive, technological,
societal, global & political forces
Economic Forces
Influences the present & future of an organization
International economic gmnt ties between U.S.A. and Canada
Organizations are forced to adapt to economic conditions
When short of money, downsizing is forced ie. During recession in 1990s, massive downsizing
& layoffs of members
Downsizing also effects relationship b/w employee-employer
Lifetime employment is more rare these days more popular from 1950s-1970s
Today part-time & temporary work are more common
Competitive Forces
Organizations are always creating new & better methods of serving customers **innovation
Technological Forces
Technology is important for how organizations function, how the obtain resources & how
effective they are
Technology increased flexibility in work arrangements telecommuting (work from home),
use of fax machines to get things to the office efficiently
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