Planning for Management/Human Resources

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Develop three goals for two functional areas within a fictional organization and identify activities that support achievement of each goal, using strategic alignment worksheets. Then write a 2–3-page reflection paper analyzing the strategic alignment work you did.
Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.

SHOW LESS

Effective management encompasses four principal elements: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the limited resources of an organization to achieve stated goals. This assessment focuses on the first of these elements: planning.
An important responsibility of managers is to communicate the organizational vision, mission, and goals, and develop and execute strategies for achieving them. For this assessment, you will take on the role of a manager in a case study scenario, to plan how you will communicate goals to your team and develop achievement strategies and criteria. Your job as the department manager is to convert the organizational goals you have been given into departmental activities that can be accomplished and measured, and to align the daily activities of your department with the overall company goals.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 1: Evaluate the purpose and relevance of management roles.
Analyze factors that define and shape management in the human resources functional area.
Analyze factors that define and shape management in a declared functional area.
Competency 2: Evaluate how planning and decision-making influence the roles of a manager.
Analyze the value of planning in strategic management.
Create management goals for a human resources functional area.
Create management goals for a declared functional area.
Identify activities to achieve chosen goals for a declared functional area.
Identify activities to achieve chosen goals for a human resources functional area.

Questions to Consider

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
Reflect on a time when you were part of a team that was assigned to make a decision. What were the circumstances? How did the process work? Were you in agreement with the decision? What were the results or effects of the decision? What would you have done differently?

Case Study Introduction

In this course, you will complete four assessments based on the Atha Corporation case study. Based on the scenario provided in the Atha Corporation materials, you will simulate an organization-wide strategy of goal setting and achievement by creating alignment between daily activities, department objectives, and organizational goals. As a manager of the fictional Atha Corporation, you will examine two functional areas within the organization:

The human resources functional area.

Your choice of one of the following three additional functional areas:
Sales and marketing.
Operations and production.
Accounting and finance.
For each functional area (both the human resources area and your additional chosen functional area), you will create a strategic alignment worksheet (SAW), developing different sections of both forms through successive course assessments. You will also create organizational charts for both functional areas. Note that you are expected to choose your second functional area in this assessment, and to continue to use that same functional area throughout the course.

Preparation

To prepare for this assessment, complete the following:

Select Functional Area: In addition to human resources functions, select one of the following functional areas to focus on:
Sales and marketing.
Operations and production.
Accounting and finance.
Download worksheets: Download the strategic alignment worksheets for your chosen functional area and for the human resources area. (The SAWs are linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading.)
View Videos: Watch the Presentation from the CEO video and the Atha Corporation: Planning video, both of which are linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading. These videos introduce the Atha Corporation case study.
Read Atha Corp Documents: Read the Executive Department Management Instructions and the Doubling Sales Memo, both of which are linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading.
Research Planning Processes: Conduct independent research to familiarize yourself with the process of developing organizational project goals and activities.

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