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Research and answer the following question.
The previous units have presented a lot of information about the leaders and members of organizations and their personal and collective behavior. But at the very beginning of the course it was stated that “an organization is a structure where people come together to accomplish a specific purpose and get things done.” In order to succeed, most organizations perform some very common functions to achieve their purpose. You have probably performed one or more of these functions at some point. Use this as an opportunity to explore functions that you may not be familiar with but that you might want to perform at some point.
What is organizational vision and why is vision important? Vision is a statement of the organization’s purpose and ultimate goal. It guides the organization and its participants in the way they conduct business – it provides purpose. If an organization follows its vision, it will aim all of its activities toward achieving that lofty goal. This helps the organization define the activities it must perform and keeps it on a path to success.
Despite their individual characteristics, most organizations find they must do some things that just about every other organization does: find people, manage money, maintain buildings, communicate effectively, etc. Of course, each organization is unique and does these types of things in varying degrees. The individual needs of each organization are guided by their visions and missions.
Vision not only provides a road to success, but it sets up the guardrails too. In other words, it keeps you heading in the right direction, on the road. In the unit discussion, share the vision of an organization you have been involved in.
Part I: Work of Organizations: Purpose and Functions
This week, you are a business owner! Congratulations!
…and now the fun begins…
First define the business you have just opened. Maybe a franchise? Maybe something you’ve always wanted to own and operate. What is your business?
Next, using this week’s resources, as well as any material from the internet to support your thoughts, describe how the “Functions of Organizations” is going to affect you and your business. Talk to each of the 5 points noted and identify which may be more important to you and why!
Kelly, R. (2010, December 2). My Favorite Vision & Mission Statements (blog post). Retrieved from http://robdkelly.com/blog/leadership/vision-and-mission-statementexamples/
**Please cite all material used. **