There are five of thembased on the last chapters from the second part of the semester. Before we get to them though, here are a few reminders/comments (in no particular order)?? these comments apply to what weve done before as well as the upcoming test answers which are due on the last day of the semesterofficially Saturday, July 9th. You are asked to please e-mail me the five answers by sometime that day. If you need more time, please ask for it so I know when the answers will be arriving. If youd be so kind to place the answers within the body of an e-mail, that will be helpful to me; I try to open whatever students send me but often my firewall provisions (depending on where I am working from) discourage it. There is no specified format and no minimum or maximum length. Just to give you a perspective thougheach answer could conceivably be about a paragraph or so eachincluding the example. If you use a quote, reference it specifically (BTW, TV shows are a wonderful resource in my opinionin all my years in business, TV has never been better for supplementing learning).
Quality is preferred over quantity in the business world; IOW your longer answers are not better. Definitions are not important to us, as most organizational behaviorists cannot define thigs, but they can explain them and quickly say, For example?? which is what I am requesting from you. Your opinions matter less as weve discussed than demonstrating a thorough understanding of the topics. Some students get confused by this. Relating topics to your own one, not multiple example/story/experiences is not the same as rendering your subjective viewsit means explaining things to us showing that you get it. This is just as a practicing OB manager would do.
The only use of the Discussion Board for Sunday through and including Wednesday (our last week) is optional in case you want to pitch your good answer examples to the group, having no fear they will be stolen from youfor one of the main criteria for an effective answer is a unique, specific example. A good place to start is your own team, club, workplace, house of worship, etc. These potential postings have nothing to do with grading at this point; it is merely a powerful feedback mechanism. Others can feel free to chime in, but I will attempt to share feedback as much as possible to help your answers along (through WEDNESDAY, July 6th). One important piece here, this does not mean to do the questions and post them and say, Here, what do you think?! Thats not what the offer is. It is brief, simple feedback on ideas of how to answer best.
As also previously mentioned, please pay close attention to profitability, increasing revenue and/or decreasing costs. Every manager should be concerned with these, always. (My partner talks about the three legged stool they used at Disney: Cast Members, Guests, and Profitability).
GSP will matter a lot for grading purposes for the test answers (just a reminder that this test is worth 20% of the final grade).
Question One is taken from the Leadership Chapter. Please take a topic or theory. Explain it by discussing an example of it in action. Identify it by traits, and focus on if it will likely more increase profitability or decrease from it. I realize it can be both at the same time- but through your example please just deal with one aspect.
Question Two is taken from the Power and Politics Chapter. We hear/read a lot about power being misused. Please site an original example of some type of power being used in a positive way. Positive here means that it not only adds to profitability, but it seems to serve the healthy needs of all involved (employees, customers, shareholders, etc.).
Question Three is taken from the Foundations of Organization Structure Chapter. Which is better, to be centralized or decentralized? Your particular example will answer the question for that particular example.
Question Four is taken from the Organization Culture Chapter. We learn in Sociology that Culture determines what is good, true and beautiful. Describe a particular culture of a company. Big hint here is youre probably better off choosing a small company so your answer is different than others in the class. If I didnt stress this, we may end up with multiple people using Nike, Starbucks and Googleto name a few. The rationale here is the more specific and unique is your example; the more you are demonstrating you understand the concepts. So please follow all the suggestions and instructions within these paragraphs and you will effectively do that (recall thats all any test is supposed to be doing anywaymeasuring do we get it).
Question Five is from the Diversity Chapter. What would need to occur in a particular company to be able to eliminate any programs to encourage AA and/or diversity training?