planning, organizing, leading and controlling (P-O-L-C)

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Final Project:  Applying the P-O-L-C (Week 8)

Students will read the case study that focuses on the four
functions of management:  planning, organizing, leading and controlling
(P-O-L-C).  You have been hired as a consultant to help Mike Davis and
his family to solve the problems with his business. You will create a
consultancy plan that covers the four functions of management.  In
creating the management plan, you must also demonstrate how the four
functions of management are interrelated showing how issues in one
function impact other functions. 

In speaking with Mike, Ethan and Daisy, you already know the following about the business owners:

  1. failed to develop or share a mission statement;
  2. failed to determine the best way to organize resources, including personnel;
  3. underestimates the importance of recruitment, job design and descriptions, and training;
  4. assumed that motivation will occur naturally;
  5. fails to define standards and other measurable outcomes;
  6. ignored negative information;
  7. delayed actions to improve organizational outcomes.

Note:  A report is not written like a paper.  Please use the Outline for the Consultancy Report

Required Elements of the Consultancy Report:

Students will create a consultancy plan that helps Mike, Ethan
and Daisy run the business, both day-to-day and over the long term
(strategically).  Be succinct in your writing but persuasive so that the
recommendations will have positive outcomes for the business.

Students are not using buzz-word and are not defining terms
using a dictionary.  Students are expected to present the material in a
professional manner describing and explaining to the owners.  As a
consultant, you should be secure in your presentation to Mike, Ethan and
Daisy..  Avoid telling the owners that they should do this or must do
that but write in an action-oriented manner.  Students are
expected to make connections between the facts of the case study and
concepts, theories, and ideas presented in the course material.

  • In creating the consultancy report, students will first assess
    the business and identify specific areas of strengths and weaknesses of
    the business as it relates to the components of the P-O-L-C.  In
    completing this section, do not create a heading for each element of the
    P-O-L-C but write from the perspective of the consultant discussing the
    strengths and weaknesses of the business;
  • Select  a management style (class hierarchy, democratic
    hierarchy, collaborative management or collective management) and
    explain why the selected model is most appropriate for Outdoor Adventure
    Paintball Park;
  • Develop roles and responsibility of the owners and employees (Be creative in completing this task);
  • Discuss why these positions are necessary to the business;
  • Make specific recommendations for improving the management of
    Outdoor Adventure Paintball Park.  Cover all aspects of the P-O-L-C. 
    This area of the paper specifically addresses the areas of strengths and
    weaknesses identified above and puts in place a plan for the short and
    long –term success of the business;
  • Create a balanced scorecard that will help Outdoor Adventure
    Paintball Park align its business activities to the vision and strategy
    of the organization, improves communication and monitors performance
    against goals;
  • Students are expected to show what they have learned in the
    course by applying theories and concepts.  Be sure to support your

Required Formatting of Consultancy Report:

  • The consultancy report should be single-spaced, 12-point font,
    and between 6-8 pages in length excluding the title page and reference
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and the instructor’s name;
  • An introductory paragraph, a summary paragraph and the use of headings are required;
  • Use the course material to support your reasoning.  Outside
    resources may be used but the majority of the support will come from
    the course readings with a wide array of readings used;
  • Writing is expected to be clear and concise;
  • Use APA formatting for in-text citations and reference page.  You are expected to paraphrase and not use direct quotes;
  • Write in the third person;
  • Submit paper in the Assignment Folder.

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