Statement of Relevance logbook

All of the above areas relate strongly to theories of organisations and the people that make the organisations up. There are many argued points that I discuss in the statements, that give insight into the different goings on in the organisation, and how people relate to one another to achieve productive work, and how a project manager, manages a team efficiently. Statement of Relevance One Objectives, Policies and Organisational Ethics From the dictionary of English Language and Culture, Aim: noun 1) Something that you intend to do or achieve. 2) E.g. the company is aiming for a 25% increase in profit.

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Objective: The dictionary also recognises as similar to the description of an aim, but it really constitutes the steps one must overcome to fulfil the aim. Strategy is what must be achieved and policy is the framework within which the activities will be conducted (Torrington, Weightman, Jones. 1989 People and Organisation.) People and their values implement how a strategy is implemented. “Corporate Strategy is… concerned with what people want organisations to do… the aspirations, expectations, attitudes and personal philosophies which people hold.”(Johnson and Scholes, 1984 pg16)

Strategy is affected by the aspirations and expectations of that inside and outside. Customers and employees affect the strategy. Many issues of management strategy may become public strategy and will be affected by external environments. Inside the business, values to constrain strategy are mainly in labour unions. Policies can be problematic and restrictive, and curtail the freedom to make decisions rapidly in changing environments. However, policies do introduce change, make a managers position clear and produce consistent behaviour.  Maybe there is certain opportunity to copy policy from company to company, but generally as a rule, a policy for one organisation may not be right for another.

To formulate policy one would be best suited to follow certain steps:1. Identify the topic 2. Win support 3. Decide key points to highlight 4. Work out the details  5. Win agreement 6. Implement and publicise 7. Have procedures ready 8. Monitor an outcomeShould policies be written down? If they are you are somewhat trapped with a commitment if not it may produce behaviour that is devious or difficult to control. Some are not written, as they are not so clear as they are confident.

Statement of Relevance Two Construction Industry and Its People The construction industry is a particularly diverse area, where there are many individual companies that add to its existence. As a general view this has to be the way as the product that the industry produces is unique, built to order, expensive, and the process at which it occurs is separated along many different labour lines. In some ways it is what has been the burden for the industry. The fact that it is so diverse, means that the industry relies upon the quality of the economic climate, the markets, political influences and also people from many different backgrounds. To have all of these prerequisites working in harmony together at once is a high target to accomplish at times.

The people that do make up the team within a project can change with regards to the end product being delivered, the funding of the project, the contractual agreements, and the external environments influences. Construction projects usually are undertaken by a variety of firms which change from project to project. The work of firms in the construction industry and its professions presents two types of management issues: the problem of managing firms and the of managing projects. Therefore there can be complex forms of management matrix. A conventional form is shown below.