Unit 15 Managing Business Activities to Achieve Results

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The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the understanding and skills to manage their activities in the business workplace to improve their effectiveness and efficiency.

Unit abstract

This unit focuses on the effective and efficient planning and management of business work activities. It gives learners with understanding and skills needed to design and implement operational systems to improve their effectiveness and efficiency and achieve the desired results for the business. Learners are encouraged to consider the importance and interrelationship of business processes and the implementation of operational plans, together with quality systems and health and safety, in achieving satisfactory results.

Learning outcomes

1 Understand the importance of business processes in delivering outcomes based upon business goals and objectives

Functions: interrelationships of functions, mission, aims, objectives and culture; interrelationship with processes
Processes: principles and models of effective process management; types of business process measures, output; quality gateways; how to evaluate suitability

2 Be able to develop plans for own area of responsibility to implement operational plans

Areas of responsibility: internal and external customers; customer orientation; market research; product development, principles and methods of short- to medium-term planning; designing plans; PERT; critical path analysis; work flow, prioritising workloads; how to develop SMART objectives; time management; how to analyse and manage risk; how to align resources with objectives; legal, regulatory and ethical requirements
Operational plans: product and service specifications and standards; meeting quality, quantity, time and cost objectives; systems e.g. Just-in-Time; valueadded chains; statistical process control; coordinating activities; working within organisational constraints and limitations

3 Be able to monitor appropriate systems to improve organizational performance

Systems: Total Quality Management (TQM), TQM philosophy, principles, methods and techniques; quality systems, quality circles, ISO9000/EN29000 or subsequent current amendments, managing and monitoring quality
Organisational performance: principles of models which underpin organizational performance; types of performance measures and how to determine and set them; cost/benefit analysis; risk analysis; the value of a customer-focused culture; the importance of prevention rather than correction; importance of developing a continual improvement culture and how to involve others; planning, proposing, implementing and evaluating change; identifying wider implications of change within the organisation; Business Process Re-engineering (BPR)

4 Be able to manage health and safety in the workplace

Health and safety: legislation and regulations relating to health and safety at work; organisational policies and procedures regarding health and safety; risk assessment and monitoring; practical application of regulations; public attitudes and concerns relating to health and safety


Essential requirements

Tutors must build a bank of resource materials to ensure there is a sufficient supply of relevant information across a range of activities and processes.

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