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UAC food ltd is an organisation located in Nigeria

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Aderayo Oyenuga Joan Lockyer Man 1001 November 16 2005 Choose an organisation in which you have worked and briefly describe your place in the organisational structure the management style of your immediate supervisor and the mechanism of control in operation do you believe Bureaucratic control is an inevitable part of the organisation 's design. UAC food ltd is an organisation located in Nigeria. It one of Nigeria largest supermarket food chains, operating more than twenty stores that provides people with widest selection of food and other services. It has a well complex organisational structure consisting of more than one hundred and fifth members of staffs. Organisational structure as stated by A Huczynski and D Buchanan "refers to the formal system task and reporting relationship that controls, coordinates motivates employees so that they work together to achieve organisational goals1". UAC foods ltd organisational structure is a hierarchical structure. Another name for hierarchical structure is called a pyramid structure because at each level downwards there will be more employees. If UAC food hierarchical structure is drawn it will look like pyramid shape. Hierarchical structure is the vertical structure of an organisation where there are numbers of management levels in the hierarchy wit each having authority over the one beneath it2. In a hierarchical structure decisions are made at the top and passed downwards. ...read more.

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Things are set out the way it's meant to be done, ways at which things are meant to be put in place and arranged at the workplace. The autocratic style does not normally make for a happy or motivated workforce. It does however, work well in a hierarchical organisation in which, discipline is important and a need for a strong mechanism of control. Mechanism of control is an operating mechanism in an organisation which is designed to indicate to individuals in greater detail what is expected of them. Delegating authority and monitoring, providing a control system for objective setting, monitoring and motivating5. In UAC food ltd the Mechanism of control was that all members of staff must clock in and out daily, failure to do this would delay in payment of salary or not paid at all. Control mechanisms are important to every organization. Without them, it would be difficult to determine whether or not the planning, organizing and leading functions of management are effective and productive for the company. Bureaucracy is a from of organisation design defined by a number of characteristics, including a rational career structure as asset of formal relations among positions, arranged in hierarchy of ascending authority, with rights, responsibilities and entitlement attached according to the places of the position in the hierarchy6. ...read more.

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These provide guidelines for expected behaviour that increase the performance of a bureaucratic organization as they specify the best ways to accomplish each of the tasks. All procedures and rules are impersonal in a bureaucratic control and therefore apply to all employees in the same way. In this way the rules are applied to everyone in the same way, which creates consistency and avoids partiality. A bureaucratic control provides scope for economies of scale and specialization at the expense of flexibility and innovation. Their predictability provides a safe and secure environment for all employees and a clear line of job progression. It is most useful when organizational activities are routine and well understood and when employees are making automatic decisions such as in mass-production settings or in routine service environments, such as restaurants. Overall a bureaucratic control has adapted and survived since Weber first put forward his theory. The evidence that it is still in use today must mean it has been evitable to a certain extent. It obviously provides more benefits to certain organizations, but since most firms employ certain characteristics of Weber's bureaucratic style it must be an evitable form of organization After analysing how UAC food ltd operates and looking at the Organisational structure it is clear that UAC food ltd has a bureaucracy form of organisation. The organisation has a strong organisational pillar. The work and interaction between, the pillars are controlled by procedures and rules, and co-ordinated by managers. ...read more.

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