Week Two

Part1 Management and Generation Y
Part
1- 60 mins (45 minutes to listen to podcast, read articles and write mini-essay; 15 minutes Discussion Forum)**

Generation Y is a term used to describe people born between c1985-c2005. Many commentators have suggested that members of Generation Y (Gen Yers) should be managed differently from older workers.

Personnel Today magazine has a set of articles, some case studies and a quiz all related to Generation Y which are available on line. The American Management Association also publish resources on the internet.

I have included a podcast and two articles in this section. Please listen to the podcast, read the two articles and answer the questions below

Managing Generation Y
http://www.amanet.org/training/podcasts/7117.aspx#blank

What do business leaders need to know about Generation Y to Lead successfully
http://www.amanet.org/training/articles/What-Do-Leaders-Need-to-Know-About-Generation-Y-to-Lead-Successfully.aspx

Debunking the Myths about Generation Y
http://www.personneltoday.com/articles/2008/09/14/47166/debunking-the-myths-about-generation-y.html

Please write me a short essay (200-400 words) and email me when you have finished it to rf.gesei|sbbig.b#rf.gesei|sbbig.b . Please cover:

 Do you think that younger people (the under 25s) should be managed differently from older people?
 What ideas/ points in the podcast/ articles do you agree with?
 What do you disagree with?
 What do you want from your manager?
 How do you think you should be managed?

Organisational structure and culture
Part 2 (15 minutes)Before you look at the resources below, or do any other research, please email me short answers to the following 3 questions:

1) How would you define the following terms:

 Organisational functions
 Organisational structure
 Organisational culture

2) How would you describe the organisation where you work in terms of:

1) Structure
2) Culture

3) Why do you think the organisation has this structure and culture? How has it evolved?

Part 3 (45 minutes in total- 20-30 minutes to read case studies & answer questions, 20-30 minutes discussion)

The Times 100 is a free online resource for business students and teachers, published by the Times newspaper. It includes a guide to business theory and a case studies. It is aimed at students between 16 and 18 years of age so is quite basic. However, it is well- written in clear language and, I think, a good resource for us to base our work on.

Please read the two case studies below, answer the questions at the end and email your answers to me.

Syngenta
http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/downloads/syngenta/syngenta_14_full.pdf

KBR
http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/downloads/kbr/kbr_14_full.pdf

We will end with a dicussion of the issues you have highlighted in your answers to parts 2 and 3.

References/ TheoryThe Times 100 website has a useful reference section :

http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/theory--organisational-functions--337.php
http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/theory--organisational-structure--386.php
http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/theory--organisation-management-structures--313.php
http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/theory--corporate-organisational-culture--322.php

http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/index.php

You might also find the following case study (Opito) interesting as it covers issues we looked at last week.

http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/downloads/opito/opito_14_full.pdf

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