Write a 3-4 page paper in which you explain functional areas where you would like to intern during your first year at a chosen company and the company’s respective responsibilities and purpose.
The COVID-19 world pandemic impacted business in new and unusual ways. You may have noticed this in your own job and work environment. Companies are more likely now to organize business functions to serve the current and future needs of the company, employees, and the marketplace instead of solely maintaining what we may have thought of as the traditional organizational structure.
This assessment is your opportunity to explore these functional areas, what they look like in a contemporary company, and also where you see your skills fitting within them.
In today’s business environment, most successful leaders view organizational structures and functions as fluid. Frequent restructuring is viewed as a primary means to keep the company competitive and responsive to the ever-changing marketplace.
Human resources, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, production and operations, and information technology (IT) systems are some examples of traditional business functions commonly found in an organization. Functional areas vary within organizations depending on their focus and purpose. Each area contributes in different ways to make sure the organizations reach their objectives and achieve effectiveness and efficiency.
Congratulations! You’ve been hired by a company that produces innovative products. The organization is known for investing in its employees by providing new employees with a well-rounded view of the company in their first year of employment. As a new employee, you’ll have the chance to select two functional areas within the company for which you would like to intern for three months each.
For this assessment, you will:
By increasing your understanding of a corporation’s basic functional areas and what they do to support their organization, you will establish a base knowledge on which to build future skills. This assessment also allows you to consider where your current strengths potentially fit into the needs of an organization. In a later assessment you’ll consider how those functional areas might interact to solve problems.
Write a 3–4 page paper in which you explain the responsibilities and purposes of each of the two functional areas you have chosen.
1. In preparation for your paper, review your chosen company website to learn how these five traditional functional areas operate in that business. The interactive activity Organizational Structures and Goals can take you through the first few steps of exploring these areas and completing your assessment.
Note: You’ll use your chosen company and its website as a source of information for all your assessments. So make sure it’s big enough to have at least the following: detail about the company’s functional areas; a mission, vision and ethics statements; teams and teamwork; and activities related to corporate social responsibility (CSR).
2. Review the interactive activity QuickStart: Functional Areas of Business to learn the responsibilities of the different functions and trends in business. This activity is linked in the Assessment hub page and counts toward engagement. Gather any additional background you need on the topic including reading the resources in “First Steps.”
3. Choose two of the five functional areas above to intern for during your first year as a new employee. Research the two functional areas to find out about the purpose of each and how it helps the company accomplish its strategic goals. Cite at least three to five resources in your paper and list them on the reference page. Write a 3–4 page double-spaced paper that includes the following:
The Capella University Library is a great tool for your research to find sources. See Business Research for Business Communication for a targeted introduction. Evidence and APA guides you in properly citing your sources.
The time it takes to complete an assessment can vary greatly, but it often takes longer than we think to explore the scope of a task, research it, write a draft, and then come back and revise it. Consider the following as rough guide posts for setting aside the time you need to do your work. You’ll want to adjust these as you learn more about your own pace and working style.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:
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