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A.C. 1.1 - Explain different types of organisational structures

UNIT 7026

Assignment Brief: Organisational structure and culture.


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INTRODUCTION

This unit is about how an organisation’s structure and culture affects that organisation and the work of the consultant


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SCENARIO

Learners may use their own employment context, or that of another organisation with which they are very familiar, to base their assignment. However, in the case that they are not able to do so, please use the below scenario: -

You are employed as a management consultant and have been asked to research a range of client`s organisations to identify how the different structures and cultures may impact on your role. As part of your analysis you have to consider the link between structure and culture and clients achieving their organisational objectives. You should consider the varying aspects of culture and structure and include internal and external influences, stakeholders, legal compliance etc.


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TASK 1

Select three different types of organisational structures and consider the advantages and disadvantages in relation to achieving organisational objectives associated with each.

For one of the chosen structures analyse the impact of that particular structure on the achievement of organisational and strategic objectives.

Identify four potential situations where organisational structure can have a negative impact upon the organisation and potential ways this may be reduced.

Guideline word count: 700 - 800 words

A.C. 1.1 - Explain different types of organisational structures

A.C.1.2       - Analyse the impact of organisational structure on the achievement of its operational and strategic objectives

A.C.1.3       - Describe situations where organisational structure can have a negative impact upon the organisation

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TASK 2

Identify three possible organisational cultures that may exist within client organisations and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each.

List four internal and four external factors which may influence organisational culture and evaluate whether these have a positive or negative influence.

Analyse how the organisational culture can impact on the achievement of an organisation`s objectives and how this may be measured.

Guideline word count: 700 - 800 words

A.C. 2.1 - Discuss the different types of organisational cultures that may exist within client organisations

A.C. 2.2 - Evaluate the external and internal influences on organisational culture

A.C. 2.3 - Analyse the impact of organisational culture on the achievement of an organisation`s objectives

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TASK 3

Select four tools and models that a consultant may use when analysing the current culture of an organisation. For each model/tool critically evaluate how effective they are at analysing organisational culture.

If organisational culture does not support organisational objectives describe six possible effects this may have for the organisation, staff and any other relevant stakeholders.

Guideline word count: 600 - 700 words

A.C. 2.4 - Critically evaluate a range of tools and models that a consultant may use when analysing the current culture of an organisation

A.C. 2.5 - Describe the effects of a culture which does not support organisational objectives

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TASK 4

 

Identify two client organisations with differing structures and cultures. Assess the impact on the consultancy intervention for each organisation explaining how the structure and culture alters the activities of the consultant.

Identify two legislative requirements, two regulatory requirements and two organisational policies within a client`s organisation. Evaluate how each of the six listed may impact upon the work of the consultant and why it is important to adhere to them.

Explain how the recommendations made by a management consultant may be affected by the organisation`s values, culture and structure.

Describe the role the consultant should have when supporting change to organisational culture and structure and how resistance to change can be managed effectively.

Guideline word count: 1,000 - 1,300 words

A.C. 3.1 - Assess the impact of different cultures and structures within client organisations on the consultancy intervention

A.C 3.2 - Evaluate how legal, regulatory and organisational policies within a client organisation impact upon the work of a consultant

A.C. 3.3 - Explain how an organisation`s values, culture and structure may affect the recommendations made by a management consultant

A.C.3.4 - Discuss the role of the consultant in supporting changes to organisational culture and structure


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