The manager’s job in context (Individual Report)
Due on Friday in week 5 (19 December 2014). 1800 words (There are penalties for exceeding the word limit).
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The purpose of the task
This task is designed to develop your awareness of:
• the complexity of the managerial role;
• the reliance of a manager on other people both inside and outside the organisation;
• the necessary interaction of both informal/interpersonal factors and formal/
organisational factors in fulfilling organisational purposes.
Further it is designed to develop and test your capacity to:
• deconstruct the organisationally prescribed view of managerial work and its context;
• conceptualise the systemic nature of managerial work; and
• comprehend, interpret and execute a specific task description (or ‘project brief’).
The manager’s job in context: task descriptionCourse Description:
Organizations: Behaviour, Structure, Processes
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? Undertake an analysis of your own job and its context. If you do not have managerial
(or similar) experience, or if for some other reason it is not appropriate to analyse your
own job, you may choose instead the job of another individual who agrees to be the
focus of this assignment (current job). Alternatively, you may discuss with your
lecturer/ tutor the possibility of analysing a position you held in the past. Your lecturer
must approve your choice. You may change (or withhold) the names of people or
organizations if you believe anonymity is required.
Complete the following requirements:
1. Provide a brief introduction to the organisation.
2. Describe the actual requirements of the job. Include formal requirements (actual
position/job description), and less formal requirements (if any).
3. Identify (list) other individuals or groups from inside and/or outside the organisation
with whom you interact and who are important to your job. Do not describe these
individuals job duties in detail.
4. Describe the main characteristics of these individuals or groups, particularly those
characteristics that impact on their interaction with you. If your list is lengthy, select
those 4-5 individuals or groups who are the most important, who are critical to your
ability to fulfil the requirements of your job. (This description must include such things
as position, demographics such as age, gender, personality and attitudinal
dimensions, learning, pattern of interaction with you etc.) If you have only identified
people inside your own organisation, you should briefly explain why people outside
your organisation have not been considered.
5. Describe the nature of the interdependency that exists between you and these critical
groups or individuals. That is: in what way do you rely on each other? What do you
expect from these groups and individuals? What do they expect from you? Include
formal concepts of interdependence (pooled, reciprocal, sequential etc.) in your
6. Include a diagrammatic representation of these interdependencies. Note this should
not be presented as an organisational chart. A typical format for this diagram would
consist of you as the focus or centre with the groups and individuals with whom you
interact arranged around you.
7. Evaluate the interdependencies (that is, the virtual network your diagram represents)
in terms of its effectiveness and efficiency and the satisfaction of those concerned.
8. Make recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction of
the interdependent individuals/ groups. Please note: you are not being asked to simply
evaluate your managerial style or the effectiveness of your department or organisation.
The manager’s job in context: assessment criteria
Assessment will be based on:
• the extent to which the task description was fulfilled, both in terms of quality and
• the degree of conceptual clarity demonstrated;Course Description:
Organizations: Behaviour, Structure, Processes
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• clarity of expression;
• correct presentation (i.e., report format, proof-reading, word limit, complete and
correct cover page information including signature, gender-neutral expressions etc.
according to the General guide and this course description);
• citation of sources in the text, list of references at the end (correct and complete as