City of Atlanta, Georgia: A Community Organization Analytical Essay by Nicky

City of Atlanta, Georgia: A Community Organization
An evaluation of how the City of Atlanta, Georgia, leverages community assets and develops partnerships to address its social issues.
# 149158 | 3,133 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 27, 2011 in Business (Management) , Political Science (State and Local Politics)

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The paper examines the mission of the City of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as its management plan and organizational goals. The paper identifies the benefits associated with strategic planning and looks at the concept of 'total quality management' (TQM) in the organization. The paper also reviews performance measurements specifically in the areas of inputs, outputs and outcomes. Finally, this paper relates the outcome of an interview with an organizational leader employed with the City of Atlanta regarding performance management. This paper contains tables.

Organization and Mission
Organizational Goals/Performance Measures
Strategic Planning
Total Quality management (TQM)
Interview With Melvin Waldrop, Deputy Chief Operating Officer

From the Paper:

"Stated as assumptions of TQM are the following assumptions: (1) organizations that produce quality goods will eventually do better even on traditional measures such as profitability than organizations that will attempt to keep costs low by compromising quality; (2) if directed people who care about the quality of work they do and take initiatives to improve it are provided with the tools and training that are needed for quality improvement and management pays attention to their ideas, this would largely benefit the organization; and (3) organizations are systems of highly interdependent parts, and the central problems they face invariably cross traditional functional lines. To produce high-quality products efficiently, for instance, product designers must address manufacturing challenges and trade-offs as part of the design process. (Johnson-Sirleaf, 2008, p.1) It is held that "cross-functional problems must be addressed collectively by representatives of all relevant functions." (Johnson-Sirleaf, 2008, p.1)
"Rekha (2008) states that Total Quality Management (TQM) if successfully implemented in the organization will be on the basis of eight key elements which include those of: (1) ethics; (2) integrity; (3) trust; (4) training; (5) teamwork; (6) leadership; (7) recognition; and (8) communication."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 4 City Priorities (2009) The City of Atlanta's Vision. City of Atlanta. 2009. Online available at:
  • Financials & Measurement (2009) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Online available at:
  • Johnson-Sirleaf, Ellen (2008) Principles of Total Quality Management. 10 June 2008. Online available at:
  • Managing Results: Initiatives in Select American Cities (1995) Government Information Library. 1995 August, Online available at:
  • Managing Results: Initiatives in Select American Cities (1995) Online available at:

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