Use the tabs below to find resources to use for each major function of management.
How is your company managed in terms of those four functions?
In your analysis think about whether the company’s planning and decision-making processes suit the environment/industry in which they operate. Your textbook may be useful in understanding some of the terminology used in this section.
Go to the Research tips section of this guide for places to start your research and tips for using library databases
Overview: Look for articles on the CEO or other key officers of the company. Look for newspaper articles regarding major changes in company direction.
Environmental conditions: What are the political and economic conditions affecting the industry in which your company operates? Look for articles under the name of the industry and governmental sites such as Industry Canada.
Mission and Vision, Goals: Look for information in annual reports or information given to shareholders. Expansion and/or contraction or change of a product line can mirror goals, vision and mission.
Change and product development: Expansion and/or contraction or change of products are important. This information can be found in newspaper and journal articles.
Competitive forces: identify major competitors. Look for articles on your company's competition. Look for a general outline of the operations of the major competitor(s).
Companies do not operate on a vacuum. They need to monitor their performance. The structure of the company can give some idea of how they control. What they report to the public and to shareholders can illustrate how they control and monitor their performance.
Controlling may involve setting standards, measuring actual performance, and taking corrective action.
Companies are also controlled: Government agencies can control companies, legislation can restrict what companies can and cannot do. For example the airline industry's operating regulations are controlled by government.
Controlling involves three components:
Search for information: Go to the Research tips section of this guide for places to start your research and tips for using library databases
In your analysis consider if the motivation and leadership approaches are effective.
Searching for information: The databases listed in the research tips tab of this guide are places where you can begin a search on your CEO and other key management personnel.
In your analysis think about whether their organizational elements support their objectives and industry.
Searching for information: Go to the Research tips section of this guide for places to start your research and tips for using library databases
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