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Describe the private sector (run by, objectives, businesses, financed by)

Owned and controlled by Private individuals
Objective is to make a profit
Business include sole trader, partnership, franchise, companies; PLC, LTD, MNC
Financed by savings, loans, grants and bank overdraft


Describe the public sector (run by, objectives, financed by)

Owned and controlled by central and local governments
Objectives are to provide a service, make effective use of funds
Financed via taxes paid by publics


Describe the third sector (objectives and financed by)

Objectives are to raise awareness and raise funds
Financed by donations


What is a business objective?

What a business aims to achieve


What is satisficing?

Aiming for a satisfactory result rather than the ‘best possible’ result, allows survival rather than profit maximisation


What are managerial objectives?

When managers set objectives they believe will improve the status of the company (expanding into new markets etc)


What is corporate social responsibility?

When a business aims to act in an ethical way so that they benefit society or the environment (good pay and working conditions, recycling etc)


What is growth?

Making the business larger


What are the factors affecting structure?

SIZE - as the business grows it becomes harder to control

TECHNOLOGY - introduction of new technology can change the structure

MARKET - if the market is small then the organisation will be small with an entrepreneurial structure


What is a flat structure?

Only a few levels of management
Short chain of command
Wider span of control for managers
Managers are directly responsible for employees


What are advantages and disadvantages of a flat structure?

-info flows quickly
-consulting staff on decisions takes less time
-business is more able to respond to market changes
-customers needs are quickly dealt with

-removal of management levels means there is less control
-mistakes are easier to make


What is a hierarchical structure?

Has many layers of management
Long chain of command
Each manager has a narrow span of control
Information and decisions need to go through each level


What are the advantages and disadvantages of a hierarchical structure?

-great deal of control and supervision
-clearly defined roles and procedures

-decision making can take a long time as every level must be consulted
-communication can be slow


What is an entrepreneurial structure?

One or two main decision makers
Usually used in small businesses
Relies on the expertise of the decision maker


What are advantages and disadvantages of an entrepreneurial structure?

-decisions are made quickly
-decision makers are experienced
-staff know who they are accountable to

-decisions can’t be made if the decision maker is unavailable
-difficult to use in large businesses


What is a matrix structure?

Used when the business is involved in a number of large projects/long-term contracts
Staff teams are formed within their functional departments


What are the advantages and disadvantages of a matrix structure?

-specialist teams provide innovation
-new skills can be learned from working in teams

-two managers to report to
-can be conflict and duplication of tasks between departments
-can be costly to set up and manage


What is functional grouping?

When organisation is split into departments which represent the main functional areas (HR, marketing, admin etc)


What are the advantages and disadvantages of functional grouping?

-resources are better used
-good communication and cooperation

-staff loyalty to the department rather than the business
-rivalries between departments


What is customer grouping?

Gives close contact with customers
Caters to individual needs of customers
Most likely to exist in the service sector


What are the advantages and disadvantages of customer grouping?

-highly responsive to customer needs
-personal service
-respond faster to individual needs

-admin can be time consuming
-large staffing costs
-competition between groups


What are the external factors?



Describe the political external factor

Decisions made by the government can influence a business
Both local and national governments can influence

Changes to laws - if a business adheres it is shown in a positive light, changes to minimum wage can result in increased costs for business

Changes to tax rates - if taxes were reduced, customers would buy more due to their higher income, opposite effect if taxes increase

Changes to VAT rates - if VAT was lowered products would be more affordable, works opposite way


Describe the technological external factor

Includes the use of social media, e-commerce, order tracking, mobile pay etc

Social media - enables business to keep in touch with customers and raise their profiles, but bad reviews spread faster

WiFi - offering free WiFi can attract customers, but costs a lot to set up and maintain


Describe the competitive external factor

Most businesses face competition

To compete, business can : alter prices to attract new customers, bring out improved versions of products, launch new marketing campaigns, introduce better customer service/support

Stores next door - provide choice and brings trade to the area, but competition could undercut prices therefore business may have to reduce prices to keep up or lose customers

Market/products - competition improves a market as it brings new ideas and keeps prices low, however businesses will have to spend more money on developing new products of their own


Describe the economic factor

Economic influences are anything that encourages people to spend/not spend due to the state of the economy

Boom - demand is high so business can take advantage and raise prices, rise in prices leads to wage rises so that people can keep up

Recession - high unemployment rates so demand falls, may need to make staff redundant to survive

Recovery - sales will increase as more employment and spending, business may find it hard to employ due to previous redundancies


Why are shareholders and customers in conflict?

Shareholders want to maximise profits
Customers want a quality product for low prices


Why are shareholders and employees in conflict?

Shareholders want to pay as low a wage as possible so that profit is high
Employees want high wages for their work


Why are shareholders and suppliers in conflict?

Shareholders want to buy on credit to ensure good cash flow
Suppliers want to be paid ASAP


Describe internal growth

Achieved through
-hiring more staff
-opening new outlets
-introducing new products