Kenyatta University Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management (Human Resource Management) Bba 300: Organisational Theory  Question Paper

Exam Name: Bba 300: Organisational Theory 

Course: Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management (Human Resource Management)

Institution/Board: Kenyatta University

Exam Year:2009

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS 2008/2009
FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF
BACHELOR OF COMMERCE

BBA 300: ORGANIZATION THEORY

DATE:TUESDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2009
TIME: 11.00 A.M. – 1.00 P.M:
INSTRUCTIONS:
1.
There are 4 (four) questions
2.
Answer Question 1 and any other 2 questions.
3.
Each Question to begin on a new sheet of paper.

Question1.
Compulsory – 30 marks

(a) Explain how Henry Mintzberg’s five basic parts of the organization perform the

subsystem functions (Boundary spanning, production, maintenance, adaptation

and management)

(b) If an organization had to give up one of these five parts, which one would it

survive the longest without? Discuss.

Question 2. – 20 marks

(a) Why do organizations which use a horizontal structure have cultures that emphasize

openness, employee empowerment and responsibility?

(b) What do you think a manager’s job would be like in a horizontally organized

organization?

Question 3. – 20 marks

(a) What are the primary differences between an organization designed for efficient

performance and one designed for learning and change?

(b) Which type of organization do you think would be easier to manage? Why?

Question 4 – 20 marks

A noted organization theorist said “Pressure for change originates in the environment;

pressure for stability originates within the organization”. Discuss.

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