• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Introduction to business.

Extracts from this document...


Emma Palmieri Introduction to business Task 3- p3 A business function is the different jobs that people do or the different departments that form the basis of an organisations structure. The six business functions are Human Resources, Marketing, research and development, production, finance and administration. Human Resources deal with many different aspects of a business. They deal with recruitment, Job descriptions, dismissals, redundancy etc. They also have a policy-making role; they have to create company policies to create security for people and places within the organisation. Human Resources look after the people at work, they need to motivate them and also look after their needs. Human Resources have to help the MD to develop their roles and roles of other employees within the company. One of Human Resources roles is to bargain and negotiate - they act as a go-between between different groups with different interests, they also liase with the trade unions. Human Resources also have an administrative role, for example they are responsible for paying wages and supervising and implementing health and safety laws. ...read more.


If a company wants to expand and grow a research and development department is essential because research and development furthers the company's aims by improving processes and by researching new ideas, processes and products. If a company does nothing to improve processes or seek ideas then it is highly unlikely that they shall become/remain successful. If a company is having problems they need to have a research department because some of the work this function carries out can help them to understand what is going wrong. Companies usually set aside available capital in for a 'research budget' because it can cost a lot of money. The Administration function basically deals with every single piece of paper work. Some people may see the admin role as petty and this is strictly untrue. Organisations, especially the larger ones depend on their administration department. Administration handles consumer enquiries, communicating messages and producing documents for the company that are accurate. All companies would have an office manager and whereas Human Resources are responsible for deciding if the staff need training the office ...read more.


There are also subsections within the finance department; these include a cashiers department, which deals mainly with cash transactions, and a wages department, which are responsible for supervising the pay roll i.e. calculating and paying staff wages. The production function includes many different sections to help it run properly, Production and planning set standards and targets for each section of production. They monitor the goods or services that are being produced to make sure it is of the right quantity and quality, a comparator then compares what has been produced to what should have so that they can see if production is running smoothly and effectively. The purchasing dept have to provide the materials and equipment needed to make the product/service so that they can keep the production process working in order, the stores dept stock all tools, raw materials and equipment that is needed and finally there is the design and technical support dept who are responsible for researching improvements on existing products and also researching new ones. A technical department would give advice on working practices in order for them to estimate production costs. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE People in Business section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE People in Business essays

  1. Managing Human Resources in Marks & Spencer.

    The nature of the advert will depend on the following: * Who the target audience is - potential managing director, supervisor, operatives etc * Where the advert will be placed - on a noticeboard within the workplace, in the Financial Times, at the local job centre etc Job advertisements therefore take many forms, according to current requirements.

  2. Produce a case study comparing two business organisations, investigating the extent to which each ...

    Tesco staff is often invited to join policy groups so that the company's expertise may be used to help other businesses across the country. Again people want their environment to be looked after, and buying shopping with Tesco they will fee that they are helping to do this.

  1. Leisure Administration and Development

    3.3 RECRUITMENT LAW All employers need to be aware of the law in relation to recruitment and employment as listed below, particularly those highlighted: Factories Act 1961 Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 Fire Precautions Act 1971 Equal Pay Act 1970 Industrial Relations Act 1971 Health and Safety at

  2. E1: Accurately describe the responsibilities covered by the human resources function in the ...

    They may have to develop their business with new employees. As they get the right people from external labour market, the organisation can match up demand and supply in the right way to meet the human resource planning. Bridgestone need to know if they are able to find the right kind of people locally.

  1. A Report on How Richer Sounds Functions

    This is shown in many different ways such as the following: * Richer Sounds' commitment to their charitable foundation, the Persula Foundation, which Richer Sounds have managed to donate 5% of their profits to each year since 1994. * Richer Sounds have progressed from one store, where Julian Richer was

  2. GlaxoSmithKline's business is to discover effective medicines and healthcare products for people throughout the ...

    GSK mission statement; www.gsk.com This I feel is achieved as the list is large and the amount of products (e.g. Toiletries, Beverages, Vaccines and Drugs) that GlaxoSmithKline are associated with is many. The collaboration with other companies increases GlaxoSmithKline's interests, which in turn keeps GlaxoSmithKline in a world leading position.

  1. Our interview sessions to learn the functions of the department, the roles of the ...

    Managers should practice participative leadership by letting their employees make decisions, which gives them a sense of job satisfaction and a feeling of empowerment. . Also, focusing highly on their workers might lead the managers at Hilton to ignore their production.

  2. An accurate description of the responsibilities covered by Shoppers Paradise's human resources function and ...

    Liaison with employee organisations and trade unions > Staff performance appraisal > Wage and salary administration > Team motivation > Workforce planning, for example, having the right workforce to make sure that there are adequate for the right calibre > Carrying out staff procedures > Record keeping > Providing staff

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work