Project #40106 - Functions of Management

The case below illustrates the importance of the four functions of management. Many young entrepreneurs with dreams of starting their own businesses believe that managing a business is simple. This case shows what can happen when a new owner does not pay adequate attention to important components of management and

  1. fails to develop or share a mission statement;
  2. fails to determine the best way to organize resources, including personnel;
  3. underestimates the importance of recruitment, job design and descriptions, and training;
  4. assumes that motivation will occur naturally;
  5. fails to define standards and other measurable outcomes;
  6. ignores negative information;
  7. delays actions to improve organizational outcomes.

Required Elements to include in Final Project:

  • Students will act as a management consultant to Amanda Smith and present a series of recommendations to her in response to the concerns identified above and at least two other concerns based on what you observe in the case presented below;
  • Students are required to show what you have learned in the course and educate Amanda as to the importance of the four functions of management, and therefore should include each of the four functions in your paper;
  • Recommendations to Amanda on how to improve the management of her small business should be succinct but should still persuade Amanda that the recommendations will have positive outcomes for her company;
  • Students are expected to show what they learned in the course by applying theories and concepts as support to the recommendations.
  • The paper should include a summarization of the control function and describe how it fits into the planning, organizing, and leading functions. Part of the summarization should include a discussion of the importance of accurate and timely information and the link between planning and controlling.

Required Formatting of Paper:

  • This paper is required to be in the form of a letter addressed to Amanda;
  • This paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and should be between five and six pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and instructor’s name;
  • Include a reference page;
  • Use APA format for in-text citations and references. You are required to use the e-text and at least two academic or highly respected business publications, for a total of no less than three references. Students need to paraphrase and avoid direct quotes;




Rubric Name: Written Assignment (25%)


demonstrates a high degree of critical thinking, is consistent in accurately interpreting questions & material; provides solid assumptions, reasoning & claims; thorough analysis & evaluation with sound conclusions

shows good critical thinking; accurately interprets most questions & material; usually identifies relevant arguments/reasoning/claims; offers good analysis & evaluation with fairly sound conclusions

shows occasional critical thinking; questions & material is at times accurately interpreted; arguments/reasoning/claims are occasionally explained; offers fair analysis & evaluation with a conclusion

shows little critical thinking, misinterprets questions or material; ignores or superficially evaluates; justifies little and seldom explains reasoning; draws unwarranted conclusions

lacks critical thinking consistently offers biased interpretations; ignores or superficially evaluates; argues using poor reasoning, and/or unwarranted claims

arguments or positions are well-supported with evidence from the readings/experience; ideas go beyond the course material and recognize implication and extensions of the material and concepts

arguments or positions are mostly supported by evidence from the readings and course content; ideas presented demonstrate student’s understanding of the material and concepts

arguments are more often based on opinion or unclear views than on position grounded in the readings of material or external sources of material

arguments are frequently illogical and unsubstantiated; student may resort to ad hominem attacks on the author instead of making meaningful application of the material

a meaningful attempt to explain or support ideas does not exist

demonstrated full understanding of requirements; responded to each aspect of assignment

demonstrated understanding of requirements; missed one minor aspect of assignment

demonstrated some understanding of requirements; missed a key element or two minor aspects of assignment

failed to show a firm understanding of requirement; missed two key elements or several minor aspects of assignment

did not demonstrate understanding of assignment requirements

writing is clear and easy to follow; grammar and spelling are all correct; formatting gives a professional look and adds to readability

most ideas are presented clearly; occasional spelling and/or grammar issues

wordy; some points require rereading to understand fully; more than an occasional spelling and/or grammar

unclear and difficult to understand; frequent spelling and grammar issues

largely incomprehensible writing/poorly written in terms of mechanics and structure

no APA style errors

attempts in-text citation and reference list but 1 or 2 APA style errors are present

attempts in-text citation and reference list; APA style errors are present; inconsistencies in citation usage can be found throughout the document

attempts either in-text citation or reference list but omits the other

no attempt at APA style

Overall Score






Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/07/2014 12:00 am
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