providing a strategic management solution to the ongoing communication problem faced by Mark Chen, a supervisor in an online furniture company, by applying the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling.

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providing a strategic management solution to the ongoing communication problem faced by Mark Chen, a supervisor in an online furniture company, by applying the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling.

Case: A Problem in Communication
“Mark Chen supervises support staff for an online company that sells furniture over the Internet. Chen has always thought that he should expand his staff. When he was about to approach his boss with such a request, the economy slowed, and other areas of the company experienced layoffs. Thus, Chen’s plans for trying to add to his staff are on indefinite hold. Chen has noticed a troubling pattern of communication with his staff. Ordinarily, when he wants one of his staff members to work on a task, he emails the pertinent information to that person. For the last few months, his email requests have gone unheeded, and his subordinates comply with his requests only after he visits with them in person and gives them a specific deadline. Each time, they apologize for the delay but say that they are so overloaded with requests that they sometimes stop answering their phones. Unless someone asks for something more than once, they feel a request is not particularly urgent and can be put on hold. Chen thinks this situation is dysfunctional and could lead to serious problems in the near future. He realizes, however, that his subordinates have no way of prioritizing tasks, and that is why some very important projects were put on hold until he inquired about them. Knowing that he cannot add to his staff in the short term, Chen has come to you for advice. He wants to develop a system whereby his staff will provide some response to requests within 24 hours, will be able to prioritize tasks, identify their importance, and will not feel so overloaded that they ignore their boss’s requests and don’t answer their phones.”
Discussion Thread Prompt: There is evidence that demonstrates effective communication can reduce organizational conflict and improve supervisor-subordinate relationships. As Mark Chen’s management consultant, in this case, recommended to him a strategic management solution for an ongoing communication problem by applying the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Your recommendation should emphasize an operational (not theoretical) communication solution showing how it would be implemented. Share your solution with your peers, supporting your recommendation with peer-reviewed literature, and state what the Bible says about planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Do not restate the case or summarize it.
Discussion Thread: Effective Communication
DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The thread of at least 500 words. Support each thread with at least 2 citations
from peer-reviewed journal articles without any quoted words. Include meaningful biblical integration for the thread. In addition, add a Bible verse and explain its relevancy. In addition, add
at least one meaningful question to extend the discussion. Must use current APA formatting standards.
Textbook and Readings
Read: Merida: pp. 195 – 210
Read: Jones & George: Chapter 13
Watch: Basic Functions of Management

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