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Byznys angličtina: Company
Norms and Structure

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Have a look at the descriptions of types of companies and write appropriate terms:

A 1._____  ___________ is an unincorporated business owned only by one person. It’s the most simple and basic form of business organization.

A 2.___________ is a business established by two or more people. Each person contributes something to the business. In turn, the partners share the profits along the lines of the investment input.

3.__________ are businesses where the shareholders transfer money and/or property for the company’s capital stock. Profits of these are distributed according to investment in the capital stock.

Match the jobs and company departments with their descriptions:

1. Board of directors a) department which is responsible for recruitment and welfare of staff
2. Headquarters b) a person who holds shares in a company or its part
3. R & D Dept.c) department which administers company´s financial affairs
4. Managerd) a group of people who establish policy for a company and control it
5. Personnel Dept. e) a person responsible for every-day running of a department
6. Shareholder f) a person who manages the affairs of a corporation
7. Accounts Dept.g) department which is responsible for research and development
8. Executive officerh) company´s main office or centre of control

Write these acronyms in full:

1. CEO = _______  _________  ________

2. CFO = _______  _________  ________

3. COO = _______  _________  ________

Read through the paragraph and fill in appropriate departments, the first letters are there to help you:

Corporate structure is formed by various departments that participate in the company's overall mission statements and goals. The 1. M_________ Department takes care of the company sales and realization of new customers. In some companies, it might be considered the most important department mainly because of its responsibility for sales.

Definitely the second most important department is the 2. F_________ Department as it requires capital to run an organization. From some of the other departments, for example the 3. A_________ Department or the 4. H_______ R_______ Department are worth mentioning as they play important roles in the functioning of the company, financial transactions and employees’ satisfaction.

Departments such as the 5. I_________ Department support the whole company and ensure the employees have adequate work conditions and equipment. Generally, these examples represent the major departments within a publicly traded company.

Read through the paragraph below and find words to be matched with their definitions:

essential = 1.__________
obvious = 2.__________
to make easier = 3.__________
transparent = 4.__________
precisely and clearly expressed = 5.__________
a delay = 6.__________ 

As it is clear from the company structure, communication and company norms of behaviour will play vital role in the functioning of the whole body. Easy and overt guidelines and norms will facilitate this cooperation. Individual departments cannot work on their own without knowing that they are a part of the whole process and company structure.

If there are lucid interpersonal rules, many relationship problems can be prevented. Even though for example the whole project might not fall apart, the lack of explicit norms and rules can cause many misunderstandings and hold-ups.

Put the names of stages of teambuilding and establishing trust into appropriate gaps:

mourning       forming     norming      storming      performing

If you want to create a solid team and the feeling of belonging, expect long journey on which end you might create a very successful company. Teambuilding covers various stages. The first stage is called 1.________ as at the very beginning the group is dependent on its leader and it needs to discover what the normal ways of working life will be.

The second stage is 2._________ because frequent misunderstandings and arguments may occur. During this stage co-workers do not want to be controlled by each other.

The third stage, during which the employees start feeling closer to each other and instead of arguing, the team members start supporting each other, is called 3._________.

During the fourth stage (4.________) the team members are not afraid to express their opinions on different projects and tasks and still the team is able to carry out the tasks without any difficulties.

The last stage, called 5.________ describes the period during which employees share the feeling of achievement, the group´s work is completed and the team works as one entity.

TEST your knowledge HERE

CORRECT ANSWERS:

Write appropriate terms:
1. sole proprietorship; 2. partnership; 3. Corporations

Match the jobs and company departments with their descriptions:
1d, 2h, 3g, 4e, 5a, 6b, 7c, 8f

Write the acronyms in full:
1. CEO = chief executive officer; 2. CFO = chief financial officer, 3. COO = chief operation officer

Fill in appropriate departments:
1. Marketing; 2. Finance; 3. Accounting; 4. Human Resource; 5. IT

Find words to be matched with their definitions:
1. vital; 2. overt; 3. to facilitate; 4. lucid; 5. explicit; 6. hold-up

Put the words into appropriate gaps:
1. forming; 2. storming; 3. norming; 4. performing; 5. mourning

Jazyková agentura Skřivánek

Skřivánek je největší jazykovou agenturou ve střední a východní Evropě. Na trhu jazykových služeb působí již od roku 1994. Kanceláře a učebny agentury Skřivánek najdete v 20 městech ČR a v dalších 14 zemích světa.

Jako jedna z největších překladatelských agentur v Evropě se Skřivánek stal uznávaným specialistou na evropské a asijské jazyky. Zaměstnává více než 400 kvalifikovaných jazykových odborníků a nabízí odborné překlady do všech jazyků.

Kromě různých typů kurzů pro veřejnost zajišťuje Skřivánek i výuku na klíč pro firmy a jednotlivce, jazykové audity, pobytové a zahraniční kurzy nebo přípravu na jazykové zkoušky pro děti i dospělé.

Více informací najdete na www.skrivanek.cz.

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