MGMT 591 Week 7 DQ 2 Empowering Teams

MGMT 591 Week 7 DQ 2 Empowering Teams

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Empowering Teams: Fact Versus Fiction

Over the last three weeks we have focused very much on leadership, power, organizational culture, and organizational change. Our case study for the week is a great synthesis piece that addresses all of these topics through a detailed study of firm’s attempted move to team-based management.

The article is “Diagnosing Whether an Organization Is Truly Ready to Empower Work Teams: A Case Study”. By: Bergmann, Thomas J.; De Meuse, Kenneth P., Human Resource Planning, 1996, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p38-47.

The instructions for accessing the article via EBSCO are in DocShare.

As you read through the report, pay close attention to the discussion about Harley-Davidson and Shelby Die Casting, and their eventual conclusions about how to manage resistance to change.  Also, keep in mind our OCI material from Week 6 and think about the process from a cultural change perspective. And of course, pay close attention to the lessons for top management presented at the end.

A few opening topics for this week’s discussion:

  1. Assess the process from the model for planned change presented beginning on page 353 in the text.
    a. What did the company do right?
    b. What more might have been done to prepare for the change?
    2. What are your thoughts on Harley-Davidson’s resolution for resistance to change?
    a. Do you support the conclusions of the management team? Why or why not?
    3. Share with the class what you found most interesting about the article and why.
    a. Compare and contrast the case study’s findings with our discussions and the information from our text.

As always, but particularly given the synthesis nature of our discussion this week, be certain to read, consider, respond and probe your classmates’ thoughts and ideas. This is a great opportunity for us all to weave together many of the topics we’ve covered this session.

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MGMT 591 Week 7 DQ 1 Organizational Design Preference

MGMT 591 Week 7 DQ 1 Organizational Design Preference

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Organizational Design Preference

Our text takes us through a thorough review of various organizational design structures; let’s investigate our own organizational design preferences.

Please refer to page W-52 in the OB Skills workbook at the end of the textbook, and take assessment 21. Make a note of your score and share it with the class to examine your results. Do you agree with the result?

Secondly, describe your current or most recent employer’s organizational design (mechanistic, organic, hybrid). Is the structure consistent with the company goals?

MGMT 591 Week 6 DQ 2 Resistance to Change

MGMT 591 Week 6 DQ 2 Resistance to Change

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Resistance to Change

When Jorge Maldonado became general manager of the local civic recreation center, he realized that many changes would be necessary to make the facility a true community resource. Having the benefit of a new bond issue, the center had the funds for new equipment and expanded programming. All he needed to do now was get the staff committed to the new initiatives. Unfortunately, his efforts have been met with considerable resistance to change. A typical staff comment is, “Why do we need all these extras? Everything is fine as it is.” How can Jorge deal with the employees’ resistance to change, to enable him to move the change process along?

MGMT 591 Week 6 DQ 1 Organizational Culture Inventory

MGMT 591 Week 6 DQ 1 Organizational Culture Inventory

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Organizational Culture Inventory

Using the OCI instrument online, and the cultural change background information on Conglomerate, Inc. provided in Doc Sharing, we will be identifying and prioritizing cultural attributes and also identifying areas for change. (Note: The Cultural Change Situation can be downloaded from Doc Sharing.)

  • Review Profiles 1a (workforce results) and 1b (senior leadership team’s ideal state) closely.
    • Identify and describe the cultural aspects that management cites as important and contrast them to the cultural attributes that employees report as being expected. How do employees believe they are expected to act to “fit in?”
    • What are the most significant gaps between management and staff?
    • What observations can you make on the differences between Conglomerate Inc.’s preferred culture and “ideal” culture presented by HSI?
  • Once we’ve identified and discussed the gaps, I’ll cue everyone to move onto the review of the suggested change initiatives and onto observations around your own OCI results.

MGMT 591 Week 5 DQ 2 Leadership

MGMT 591 Week 5 DQ 2 Leadership

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eadership

Chapter 13 presents us with a wide array of leadership perspectives and theories. In order to synthesize the information, it is best to look at a real-life situation and compare and contrast two companies and their leadership styles. Case 14 on page W-123 in the OB Skills workbook at the back of our text is on Novo Nordisk. Please read the case and we’ll begin the discussion with the first review question.

What leadership style dominates at Novo Nordisk? Cite examples from the case and specific information from the text to support your opinion.

How doe Novo Nordisk’s leadership influence its organizational design and shape its competitive strategy?

For additional information on Novo Nordisk, follow the link below.

http://www.novonordisk-us.com/documents/article_page/document/Greetings.asp

MGMT 591 Week 5 DQ 1 Power and Influence

MGMT 591 Week 5 DQ 1 Power and Influence

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From the “Finding the Leader in you” highlight on page 272 in the text, we read about Nelson Mandela’s use of power for the greater good. Using the books’ discussion of power and influence as a backdrop, analyze Mandela’s power from multiple perspectives and assess how his use of power changed the perspective of a nation.

MGMT 591 Week 4 Project Outline Part 2

MGMT 591 Week 4 Project Outline Part 2

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MGMT 591 Week 4 Project Outline Part 2 (Leadership and Organizational Behavior)