module 1 DISS 1
How does an understanding of management and organizational behavior lead to organizational effectiveness and efficiency? Why is the study of historical management theories important today?

WEEK 1 DISS 2
What are the six challenges facing managers in the workplace today? Each student is expected to discuss one of the major challenges, highlighting its importance in the 21st century workplace and how it affects the behavior of people within organizations.

WEEK 1 DISS 3
What are the six challenges facing managers in the workplace today? Each student is expected to discuss one of the major challenges, highlighting its importance in the 21st century workplace and how it affects the behavior of people within organizations.



MODULE 2 DISS 1

Using examples from your experience, what is the importance of planning to the practice of management?




MODULE 2 DISS 2





For your organization, or for one with which you are familiar, identify the factors that operate in its general and specific environments. How does this understanding influence the effectiveness of an organization?



MODU;E 2 DISS 3




What is the role of IT in an increasingly global environment? Provide examples of how IT has changed your organization (or an organization with which you are familiar).





MODULE 3 DISS 1

If you, as a manager, had to help change an employee’s behavior to make him or her more productive, what course of action would you take? How might you use both positive and negative reinforcement?

MODULE 3 DISS 2
Motivational theory applications argue for recognizing individual differences. They also suggest paying attention to members of diverse groups. Is this a contradiction? Why or why not

MODULE 3 DISS 3

Visit the following websites and complete the self-assessments:

    Learning Styles: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html
    Take the Emotional Intelligence, Terminal Values, and Instrumental Values Assessments:http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/schermerhorn/0471454761/assessments/main.html
    Jung Typology Test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm

Name one significant lesson that you discovered about your learning style, emotional intelligence, and personality. Using this information, what step(s) do you plan to take to become a more effective manager?



module 4 diss
What are group norms, and what role do they play in behavior and cohesiveness of the group? How does the diversity of a group affect its performance?


module 4 diss 2
How are the three characteristics of effective teams evident in each of Tuckman’s five stages of team development? Provide examples to support your response




module 4 diss 3

In a team-based situation, which is more effective: team or individual rewards? Why? Please support your position with a practical example.



MODULE 5 DQ 1

What role does effective interpersonal communication play in decision making within organizations?


MODULE 5 DQ 2

Using a practical example, what are the benefits and potential problems associated with conflict?

module 5diss 3

What is negotiation? What are the common negotiation pitfalls? What are the strategies to overcome them?




module 6 diss 1


Which power bases lie within the individual? Which are derived from the organization? How are power and politics related?




module 6 diss 2

How do emerging leadership theories support innovation and entrepreneurial spirit within organizations?



module 6 diss 3

It has long been a dictum of management theory that leaders must adapt their behavior to fit the specifics of a situation. Discuss whether transformational leadership is appropriate for all occasions. In which situations might it not be effective and which theories might be effective instead?

module 7 diss 1
. Allison expects her monthly cash inflow after taxes to be $3000. She also has the following monthly expenses: Rent, $750; student loan payment, $200; utilities, $150; food, $300; recreation, $600; car expenses, $200; clothing, $150. What is Allison's net cash flow for the current month?


module7 diss 2
advantages that can accrue to an organization that genuinely is committed to workplace diversity? Please make certain that you indicate strategies for overcoming resistance to diversity programs.
module 7 diss 3

What are employee benefits? Explain how they are a major part of the compensation package. Review your current compensation package and determine if it is adequate and fair given the tasks you complete in your job


module 8 dq 1
Identify the main types of traditional and horizontal organization structure. Using an organization of your choice as an example how is the structure of the organization a reflection of its environment (including national culture), its goals, and competences?
module 8 diss 2
Using an organization with which you are familiar, identify its core culture and the elements of its observable culture as defined by Senge. What do you think would need to be changed in order to facilitate learning? What role would organizational development play in overcoming resistance to change?

module 8 diss 3

Using an organization with which you are familiar, identify ways through which feed-forward and feedback controls can be used to assure the high quality of its final outcome. How do these controls lead to effective management?


assignments


Details:

This is a CLC assignment.

Your instructor will assign you to a Collaborative Learning Community during Module 1.

Read the written case "Virginia Department of Transportation: Trying to Keep Virginia Moving." It is not necessary to view the video.

Read “VDOT Written Case.”

Read the following summary:

After winning the 2001 election, the new governor of Virginia, Mark Warner, named Phillip Shucet to head the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Shucet was eager to bring his private-sector experience and management experience to VDOT, and he knew it would be a challenge. VDOT was renowned for its engineering innovation and cutting-edge research. More recently, though, the department’s public reputation had become damaged, and employee morale had hit rock bottom. The case describes the situation at the time the commissioner took over and offers a glimpse into the workings of a large governmental agency.

As a CLC, you will submit one paper of 1,500-1,750 words in which you examine the VDOT case study. This assignment will be completed in three parts.

Part 1

Part 1 of your paper should address the following:

    Identify three management theories (one from classical approaches, one from the human relations approach, and one from the modern management approaches) that you think would be applicable in managing VDOT and the impact this change might have on organizational behavior within VDOT. Justify your choices with examples.
    Explain how VDOT has reacted to the six challenges that face managers in the 21st century and evaluate its impact on VDOT’s effectiveness.

Part 2

Part 2 of your paper should address the following:

    What factors operate in the VDOT’s general and specific/internal environment, and what impact did this have on the VDOT’s effectiveness?
    As a result of your environmental analysis, what would you prioritize for your long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals? Why?

Part 3

Part 3 of your paper should address the following:

    What motivational theory can you use to explain Shucet’s reasons for taking the job?
    Identify the motivational problems that existed at VDOT and provide suggestions on how Shucet could have motivated employees to action by using four motivational theories (one from content theories, one from process theories, one from reinforcement theories, and the job enrichment model).

Include at least four academic resources as references for this assignment.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

Please do not exceed the word limit and submit assignment to the appropriate Turnitin.com drop box. For full credit, make sure that your Similarity Index does not exceed 15%. It is strongly suggested that you make your initial submission to Turnitin.com 3-4 days ahead of the due date so that you have time to make any necessary revisions.

This assignment will be graded using the "CLC Assignment: VDOT: Trying to Keep Virginia Moving Rubric." Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center



MGT-420 Resource 1: VDOT Grading Rubric

REQUIREMENTS:
	

POSSIBLE
	

ACTUAL

1) Identifies three management theories that would be applicable in managing VDOT and the impact this change might have on organizational behavior within VDOT. Student justifies choices.
	

13
	

2) Discusses how VDOT reacted to the six challenges that face managers in the 21st century and evaluates its impact on VDOT’s effectiveness.
	

12
	

3) Describes the factors that operate in VDOT’s general and specific environment and the impact they have on VDOT’s effectiveness.
	

10
	

4) As a result of an environmental analysis, student prioritizes long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals and why they were selected.
	

12
	

5) Selects a motivational theory to explain Shucet’s reasons for taking the job and justify the selection.
	

10
	

6) Identifies the motivational problems existing at VDOT and provides suggestions on how Shucet should motivate employees to action using four motivational theories (1 from content theories, 1 from process theories, reinforcement theory, and job enrichment theory).
	

13
	

7) Prepares all answers and comments according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. Student needs to use 4 academic references. Student’s work is within the word limit.
	

8
	

8) Paragraph Development and Transitions

There is a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas universally progress and relate to each other. The writer is careful to use paragraph and transition construction to guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless. Individually and collectively, paragraphs are coherent and cohesive.
	

6
	

9) Mechanics of Writing

a) Writer is clearly in control of standard, written American English. Includes correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

b) Similarity Index less than or equal to 15% *Instructor discretion advisable.
	

8
	

10) Language Use and Audience Awareness

a) Includes correct sentence construction, word choice, etc.

b) The writer uses a variety of sentence constructions, figures of speech, and word choices in unique and creative ways that are appropriate to purpose, discipline, and scope.

c) Assignment is within requested word count.
	

8
	

TOTAL
	

100
	

After the total has been added together, calculate the following: ___/100 x 15% =

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Refer to "Working in Teams Video."

Before responding to the questions below, view the video as many times as necessary to familiarize yourself with the characters and the issues as they relate to the objectives of this module.

Write a paper (750-1,000 words) in which you address the following:

    Define the three criteria for evaluating effective team/group work (as stated in your text) and analyze whether the “team” in the video is effective or not.
    Provide a review of Tuckman’s five stages of group formation and evaluate the stages of the individuals in the video. Explain your answer.
    Review your text on the specific types of task, maintenance, and dysfunctional roles in teams, and identify who is playing what specific role in the video. Explain your answer.
    Based upon what you saw in the "Working in Teams" video, would you say that these individuals are a group or a team? Explain your answer.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment will be graded using the "Working in Teams Video Rubric." Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.



MGT-420 Resource: Module 4 Working in Teams Grading Rubric

REQUIREMENTS:

	

POSSIBLE

	

ACTUAL

1) Define the three criteria for evaluating effective team/group work (as stated in your text) and analyze whether the "team" in the video is effective or not.

Hint: you need to define what an “effective team” is before making your decision.
	

8
	

2) Provide a review of Tuckman's five stages of group formation,and evaluate what stage the individuals in the video are. Explain your answer.
	

4
	

3) Review your text on the specific types of task, maintenance, and dysfunctional roles in teams, and identify who is playing what specific role in the video. Explain your answer.
	

8
	

4) Based upon what you saw in the Working in Teams video, would you say these individuals are a group or team? Explain your answer.

Hint: define the concepts “group” and “team” and apply in your justification.
	

6
	

5) Uses at least two academic sources.
	

2
	

6) Student prepares all answers and comments according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract was not required.
	

3
	

7) Paragraph Development and Transitions

Student’s work has a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas universally progress and relate to each other. The student is careful to use paragraph and transition construction to guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless. Individually and collectively, paragraphs are coherent and cohesive.
	

3
	

8) Mechanics of Writing

a) Student is clearly in control of standard, written American English.

b) All work includes correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

c) Similarity Index less than or equal to 15% *Instructor discretion advisable
	

3
	

9) Language Use and Audience Awareness

a) Student used correct sentence construction, word choice, etc.

b) Student uses a variety of sentence constructions, figures of speech, and word choice in unique and creative ways that are appropriate to the purpose, discipline, and scope.

c) Assignment is within the required word count.
	

3
	

TOTAL
	

40
	

Assignment Score: ___/40

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Refer to "Virtual Workplace: Out of the Office Reply and the Listening Skills: Yeah Whatever Videos." View the videos as many times as necessary to familiarize yourself with the names of the characters and the issues in both videos as they relate to this week's objectives.

Write a paper (1,000-1,250 words), in which you respond to the following questions:

    How effective is the communication between Pilar and Miguel in the first part of the "Listening Skills" video? Did this change in the second part of the video? How does this compare to the communication between Angela and Ralph during the first and second meetings in the "Virtual Workplace" video?
    What is active listening? What types of noise prevented Miguel from listening actively in the first part of the video? How is his listening different in the second part of the video?
    The textbook describes two main types of conflict. What type of conflict is occurring between Pilar and Miguel? How is this similar/different from that between Angela and Ralph? Explain your answer.
    What direct and indirect conflict management approach are Pilar (in the "Listening Skills" video) and Ralph (in the "Virtual Workplace" video) using? Which of these managers is most effective, and why?
    There are two types of negotiation: integrative and distributive. Which do you see occurring in each video? Define the criteria for effective negotiations and determine whether the final decision in each of these videos is effective or not.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment will be graded using the "Virtual Workplace: Out of the Office Reply and Listening Skills: Yeah Whatever Videos Rubric." Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.



MGT-420 Resource: Module 5 Virtual Workplace Grading Rubric

REQUIREMENTS:
	

POSSIBLE
	

ACTUAL

How effective is the communication between Pilar and Miguel in the first part of the Listening Skills video? Did this change in the second part of the video? How does this compare to the communication between Angela and Ralph during the first and second meetings in the Virtual Workplace video?
	

12
	

What is active listening? What types of noise prevented Miguel from listening actively in the first part of the video? How is his listening different in the second part of the video?
	

8
	

Your textbook describes two main types of conflict. What type of conflict is occurring between Pilar and Miguel? How is this similar/different from that between Angela and Ralph? Explain your answer.
	

10
	

What direct and indirect conflict management approach are Pilar (in the Listening Skills video) and Ralph (in the Virtual Workplacevideo) using? Which of these managers is most effective and why?
	

12
	

There are two types of negotiation: integrative and distributive. Which do you see occurring in each video? Define the criteria for effective negotiations and determine whether the final decision in each of these videos is effective or not.
	

10
	

Uses at least three academic sources.
	

4
	

Student prepares all answers and comments according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract was not required.
	

5
	

Paragraph Development and Transitions

Student’s work has a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas universally progress and relate to each other. The student is careful to use paragraph and transition construction to guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless. Individually and collectively, paragraphs are coherent and cohesive.
	

6
	

Mechanics of Writing

a) Student is clearly in control of standard, written American English.

b) All work includes correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

c) Similarity Index less than or equal to 15% *Instructor discretion advisable
	

6
	

Language Use and Audience Awareness

a) Student used correct sentence construction, word choice, etc.

b) Student uses a variety of sentence constructions, figures of speech, and word choice in unique and creative ways that are appropriate to the purpose, discipline, and scope.

c) Assignment is within the required word count.




Details:

Create a servant leadership paper (1,000-1,250 words) that addresses the following:

    “Although servant leadership is often associated with the Bible and Jesus Christ, it is totally compatible with most religions and theories of philosophy.” Using one leadership theory and one other philosophical or religious viewpoint (apart from Christianity or its denominations), explain whether you agree or disagree with the statement above by applying Greenleaf’s characteristics of servant leadership as the criteria for your evaluation.
    Describe one attribute or capacity of servant leadership and provide a concrete example of when you have seen a leader demonstrate that capacity. What power base(s) was/were used in this situation? Describe the impact the leader’s behavior had on the situation.
    Explain the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence and the role they play in enabling you, as a leader, to model the capacities of characteristics of servant leadership.
    Include at least four academic resources as references to support your position.

This paper is not a political or religious assignment. This assignment should foster critical thinking as it relates to this module's topic and objectives, and presents the student with an opportunity to explore other cultures, philosophies, and religions.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment will be graded using the "Servant Leadership Paper Rubric." Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.




MGT-420 Resource: Module 6 Servant Leadership Paper Grading Rubric



REQUIREMENTS:
	

POSSIBLE
	

ACTUAL

1) Discusses the following perspective: Although servant leadership is often associated with the Bible and Jesus Christ, it is totally compatible with most religions and theories of philosophy. Student conducts a comparative study using Greenleaf’s characteristics of servant leadership (based upon Christianity) against one other religion or philosophy (apart from Christianity) and one other leadership theory.

2) Explain whether you agree or disagree with the statement above. (Justify with appropriate references.)

**This paper is not a political or religious assignment. This assignment should foster critical thinking as it relates to the topic and objectives of this module, and presents the student with an opportunity to explore other theories, philosophies, and religion.
	

25
	

3) Describes one attribute or capacity of servant leadership (from Greenleaf’s attributes).
	

5
	

4) Describes an example where you have seen a leader demonstrate that capacity. What impact did the leader’s behavior have on the situation?
	

10
	

5) Describes the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence and the roles they play in enabling you as a leader to model the capacities or characteristics of servant leadership.
	

20
	

6) Uses at least four academic sources.
	

10
	

7) Student prepares all answers and comments according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract was not required.
	

6
	

8) Paragraph Development and Transitions

Student’s work has a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas universally progress and relate to each other. The student is careful to use paragraph and transition construction to guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless. Individually and collectively, paragraphs are coherent and cohesive.
	

8
	

9) Mechanics of Writing

a) Student is clearly in control of standard, written American English.

b) All work includes correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

c) Similarity Index less than or equal to 15% *Instructor discretion advisable
	

8
	

10) Language Use and Audience Awareness

a) Student used correct sentence construction, word choice, etc.

b) Student uses a variety of sentence constructions, figures of speech, and word choice in unique and creative ways that are appropriate to the purpose, discipline, and scope.

c) Assignment is within the required word count.
	

8
	

TOTAL




The three major human resources management responsibilities are: attracting a quality workforce, developing a quality workforce, and maintaining a quality workforce. Research an organization with which you are familiar that is in need of a change.

Based on the organization you have selected and the major human resources management responsibilities, create a PowerPoint presentation of 12-15 slides (including title and reference slides) in which you address the following questions:

    What organization have you selected and what needs to be changed?
    Why does this change need to occur? What may be the consequences if this change does not occur?
    How should this organization attract, develop, and maintain the workforce required to bring about your proposed change?

Discuss at least one of the following about attracting a quality workforce to support the change: human resource planning, recruitment, or selection.

Discuss at least one of the following about how to develop a quality workforce to support the change: employee orientation, training and development, or performance appraisal.

Discuss at least one of the following about how to maintain a quality workforce to support the change: career development, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, employee retention and turnover, or labor-management relations.

The presentation should also integrate appropriate connections to the broader course materials and a faith/worldview-based component. Clearly demonstrate how that worldview informs the group’s management practice.

Include at least four academic references for this assignment to support your position. One of them should relate to the company discussed in your paper.

Include slide notes with your presentation.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment will be graded using the "Human Resources and Change PowerPoint Presentation Rubric." Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.





MGT-420 Resource: Module 7 Human Resources and Change PowerPoint Grading Rubric

REQUIREMENTS:
	

POSSIBLE
	

ACTUAL

1) Presentation identifies:

a) The organization and why it was selected (5).

b) What needs to be changed and why (10).

c) The potential consequences if this change does not occur (10).
	

25
	

2) Attracting a quality workforce to bring about the change – presentation identifies what should be considered in human resources planning, recruitment, and/or selection.
	

10
	

3) Developing a quality workforce – presentation discusses how the organization should approach the processes of employee orientation, training and development, and/or performance appraisal to support the change.
	

10
	

4) Maintaining a quality workforce during the change. Presentation discusses career development, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, employee retention and turnover, and/or labor-management relations.
	

10
	

5) Presentation integrates appropriate connections to broader course materials.
	

10
	

6) Presentation integrates a faith/worldview-based component and clearly demonstrates how that worldview informs the group’s management practice.
	

5
	

7) Presentation incorporates at least four academic sources.
	

5
	

8) PowerPoint Presentation is 12-15 slides in length including title and reference slide and slide notes are included.
	

5
	

9) Layout- The layout is visually pleasing and contributes to the overall message with appropriate use of headings, subheadings, and white space. Text is appropriate in length for the target audience and concise. The background and colors enhance the readability of the text.
	

10
	

10) Structure/Mechanics of Writing

a) Presentation is logically structured and coherent.

b) Writer is clearly in control of standard, written American English.

c) Presentation includes correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
	

5
	

11) Language Use and Audience Awareness

Presentation includes correct sentence construction, word choice, etc. and is appropriate for the audience
	

5
	

TOTAL