Activity 1.2 : Inside the organisation
In this activity, consider the organisational structure of
your host organisation and answer the following questions in your Portfolio.
If these questions are difficult to answer before you begin
the practicum, you may have to identify
them as things to check out after the placement has started.
Outline of the organisational structure of
Is this structure flat, hierarchical or a matrix structure? What does this
structure tell you about the services provided by the organisation, the
power arrangements or lines of authority?
Does your host organisation have a vision and mission
statement, value statement and strategic goals? Are these statements explicit,
or are they implicit and behind the scenes? What do these various statements
tell you about the organisation and the activities that you might undertake
whilst on placement?
Organisation management issues
Organisations are made up of people whose work is coordinated
by management. After visiting the web site and collecting other information,
what are some of the management and people issues that you have identified
in the host organisation? How will these issues impact on your work in