Week 1 Assignment
Homeland /Organizational Culture Analysis. Submit a two-three page APA formatted paper, using a minimum of three references, describing the culture of one of the following (the United States of America or your current or past place of employment).
Your paper should address each of the following topics:
• Observable Artifacts
• Espoused Values
• Enacted Values
Secondly, describe how these functions shape values and culture.
Week 2 Assignment
HR Performance Issues and Motivation. Many HR performance issues result from underlying motivational problems external to the work environment (health, career and finance).
Write a 4 page paper APA formatted paper, using a minimum of three references, describing a motivational problem which hinders goal attainment.
Briefly describe the problem (what, why, who?)
Use the theory of motivation to explain the problem.
Use the theory of motivation to describe an intervention/action to change the motivation/behavior.
Week 3 Assignment
Conflict Identification and Resolution. We live in a very complex, and culturally diverse society. When we bring individuals together from diverse backgrounds in a work environment conflict can arise when expectations are not realized or met. Rather than hoping conflict will go away, this paper will explore and identify the reasons for conflict and how to successfully address them in a team environment.
Write a 3-4 page APA formatted paper, using a minimum of three references, identifying and describing the components of conflict.
Briefly describe a conflict within an organization or team with which you are familiar.
o Identify the source(s) and level of the conflict and support with evidence.
o Describe the steps taken to resolve the conflict or, if it is an ongoing conflict, propose steps to resolve the conflict.
o Clearly describe a minimum of 3 conflict outcomes that could reasonably occur as a result of the conflict resolution. Support your reasoning for each possible outcome.
Week 4 Assignment
The Ethics of Leadership. Robert Nardelli was heavily criticized for his leadership style and methods he used during his tenure as CEO of Home Depot. Using your readings for this week along with outside research, describe his style of leadership and take a position on whether you feel his actions rose to the level of being unethical.
Write a 3-4 page APA formatted paper, using a minimum of three references,
Clearly describe Robert Nardelli’s leadership style in terms of Leadership Theory, incorporating the following theories within your paper:
o Trait Theory
o Behavioral Theory
o Situational and Contingency Theories
State whether his actions were ethical or unethical.
Cite the text material and research that support your position.
Week 5 Assignment
Understanding and Coping with Change. Change is everywhere, but yet very few people seem to embrace the concept. We are for the most part creatures of habit and follow daily routines. When change occurs our activities and thought patterns are disrupted.
Write a 3-5 page APA formatted paper, using a minimum of two references, summarizing the internal and external factors contributing to an individual’s resistance to change. Describe a situation where you or someone you know was resistant to change as identified in one of following areas. Explain whether the resistance to change was caused by an internal or external factor.
lack of understanding
lack of trust in management
differing assessments of the need for change
low tolerance for change
Using Kotters theory for change, provide a planned approach for overcoming that resistance (What will be done and how will you know that it has worked?).
Week 6 Final Paper
Organizational Behavior Analysis
In order to effectively analyze various behavioral components within an organization, the following suggestions are provided for guidance:
Critique the observable actions of individuals within the organization.
Describe demonstrated attitudes exhibited by individuals within the organization.
How do groups interact with each other both from an internal and external standpoint?
How well does the organization function from a performance standpoint? Is synergy and cohesiveness apparent?
In this assignment you will analyze the organizational behavior of your current or former employer by describing how each of the components listed below influences the behavior of the organization in a negative or positive manner.
Analyze the organizational behavior by describing the following areas:
Type of culture (Pluralism, Dualism or Salad bowl?)
Modes of communication (Describe the dominant communication form used . e.g.written or verbal)
Nature of authority (recognized social rank)
Motivational techniques (Describe the motivational driving forces e.g. Intrinsic or extrinsic used to influence productivity and performance?)
Areas of EQ incorporated (Describe how the organization embraces the theory of emotional intelligence )
How are the components of a virtual organization embraced? (Explain how the organization embraces new paradigms such as teleworking and virtual offices?)
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