The paper "The Operation of the Firm’ s Authority and Management Styles" is a good example of business coursework. Engineering products is a long-established British engineering firm which is facing radical changes in its structuring system the firm has demonstrated the need to expand its business to other countries. The purpose of moving to other countries is to increase sales. There is a change of power, management style and structures, and employment basis. These changes have brought tremendous effects to the staff in various ways. This paper gives a clear description of the operation of the firm’ s authority and management styles.
The paper also discusses the theories related to the case study of the engineering products. How power is exercised by the HQ-Radical structuralism The HQ Radical structuralism exercises its power from the top where decisions are made at the headquarter and the decentralized to the branches in other countries. Management structures are usually created at the international level. This is a way of bringing the managers from different countries to meet and exchange ideas. After receiving orders from the customers, the headquarter decides on which plants are going to receive the orders.
The headquarter has more power in such decisions over the managers at the plant level who are highly depended on the Headquarter. Information on which plants are to receive the new orders is made by comparing the information on the performance of the plants in terms of quality and costs. The decision process starts at the top of the headquarter centre going downwards to the managers at the plants who decide on which customers will be supplied by the factory. Supplies decisions are made at the management level where local customers are supplied by local supplies.
They extend their supplies to international customers due to various reasons such as increasing sales. Discussions may be made between managers and worker representatives on various subjects. If the management opposes completely to the headquarter decisions, they are forced through the use of sanctions to follow the decisions. The headquarter makes an effort to persuade the managers but if they cannot be convinced then they can be fired in that case. The power here is coercive where force is used to enable the managers to come to the line with the HQ decisions. The headquarter wants to maximize their profits through the exploitation of workers The human resource function at the engineering products takes an active role in international integration.
Regular contacts were made to communicate with the managers often and giving them international assignments. There is the standardization of personnel across borders and the HQ would ensure this is in place in all the plants. The HQ did not have any formal structure with which employees would be represented.
There were no strict legal actions on the management to recognize unions. The employee unions could not even force the management to recognize them. The European plants did not allow the formation of employee unions since there were no well-established positions in the plants.
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