Questions

You are required to answer these questions with not less than 1,000 words and must include at least 3 peer-reviewed references.

Mod. 3

· Chapter 4: How do you think planning in today’s organizations compares to planning in an organization 25 years ago? Do you think planning becomes more important or less important in a world where everything quickly changes, and crises are a regular part of organizational life? Why?

· Chapter 4: Is changing the organization’s domain a feasible strategy for coping with a threatening environment? Can you think of an organization in the recent news that has changed its domain? Explain.

· Chapter 6: Compare the descriptions of the transnational model described in Chapter 6 to the elements of the learning organization described in Chapter 1. Do you think the transnational model would work in a huge global firm?

· How can/should a biblical worldview be applied?

You are required to answer these questions with not less than 1,000 words and must include at least 3 peer-reviewed references.

Mod. 5

· Chapter 7: Mass customization of products has become a common approach in manufacturing organizations. Explain the ways in which mass customization can be applied to service firms as well.

· Chapter 7: A top executive claimed that superior management is a craft technology because the work contains intangibles (such as handling personnel, interpreting the environment, and coping with unusual situations that have to be learned through experience). If this is true, is it appropriate to teach management in a business school? Does teaching management from a textbook assume that the manager’s job is analyzable and, therefore, that formal training rather than experience is most important?

· Chapter 8: Do you believe that technology will eventually enable high-level managers to do their job with little face-to-face communication?

· Chapter 9: Look through several recent issues of a business magazine (Fortune, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, etc.) and find examples of 2 companies that are using approaches to busting bureaucracy. Explain the techniques that these companies are applying.

· Chapter 9: Do you believe that a no growth philosophy of management should be taught in business schools?

· How can/should a biblical worldview be applied?