MGT 415 Course Material MGT 415 Entire Course (Ash) MGT 415 Week 1 DQ 1 Organizational Design (Ash) Organizational Design. More than ever, groups and teams are responsible for executing tasks in the workplace. Take a position on the following statement: All organizations should use the group structure as the basic building block for designing and organizing jobs.Provide examples to support your answer. In your responses to classmates, take the opposite position your classmates have presented and provide a convincing response designed to change their minds. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. • MGT 415 Week 1 DQ 1 Organizational DesignMGT 415 Week 1 DQ 2 The Research ProjectMGT 415 Week 2 DQ 1 Group Development ProcessMGT 415 Week 2 DQ 2 Influence of Informal GroupsMGT 415 Week 3 DQ 1 Group Cohesion and ProductivityMGT 415 Week 3 DQ 2 Norms and ConformityMGT 415 Week 3 Assignment Best Workplace
MGT 415 Course Material MGT 415 Week 1 DQ 2 The Research Project (Ash) MGT 415 Week 2 DQ 1 Group Development Process (Ash) Group Development Process. Consider the Tuckman group stage process schema as discussed in Chapter 3 of your text. Identify specific actions a manager can take at each stage of the process to best help a group reach the performing stage. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. • The Research Project. Identify a generic organization (e.g., manufacturing plant, hospital, educational institution). You will use this same organization in your Final Project. Assume that you are part of a research team examining work groups in the organization to determine factors that enhance or inhibit group productivity.
MGT 415 Course Material MGT 415 Week 2 DQ 2 Influence of Informal Groups (Ash) MGT 415 Week 3 Assignment Best Workplace (Ash) Best Workplace. Review the most current results of FORTUNE Magazine's annual ranking of America's “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Explore the website of at least three of the companies noted. Develop a two- to three-page paper that addresses the following:a. When reviewing the descriptions of the work environments, identify elements that appear to foster employee motivation and group cohesion among employees. • Influence of Informal Groups. Informal groups exist in almost every kind of organization. Answer the following questions and provide examples to support your positiona. What types of informal groups do you belong to in your workplace?b. How do norms of the informal groups to which you belong influence your behaviour and that of other group members?
MGT 415 Course Material MGT 415 Week 3 DQ 1 Group Cohesion and Productivity (Ash) MGT 415 Week 3 DQ 2 Norms and Conformity (Ash) Norms and Conformity. Norms influence behaviour conformity among group members. What factors will influence group members to conform to a group’s norms, and when will members remain independent? Do individuals who do not conform to the group’s norms ever succeed in influencing the rest of the group? Provide examples to support your analysis. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts • Group Cohesion and Productivity. Describe your most positive experience in working on a group project in which the group’s cohesiveness led to greater work productivity. Have you experienced a situation that was just the opposite – a situation in which group cohesiveness negatively impacted the productivity of the project?
MGT 415 Course Material MGT 415 Week 4 DQ 1 Group Decisions (Ash) MGT 415 Week 4 DQ 2 Power, Conflict and Resolution (Ash) Power, Conflict and Resolution. Evaluate your workplace and identify a group that has “power” in the organization. Analyze why the group is considered powerful.a. What are the elements that contribute to the group’s power base? • Group Decisions. Discuss how decisions are made in your workgroup. Which model is used for what situation? Be sure to provide specific examples of at least three situations and what model was used in each situation. Critique the effectiveness of the model, as applied to each situation. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.
MGT 415 Course Material MGT 415 Week 5 DQ 1 Leadership (Ash) MGT 415 Week 5 DQ 2 Conflict and Competition (Ash) Conflict and Competition. Discuss whether intergroup conflict and intergroup competition are the same or different. Provide examples to support your position. What strategies can a leader use to ensure that there are positive results from the conflict or competition? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. • Leadership. In a group environment, should leaders be assigned at the beginning of a project or should leaders emerge as the group is working on the project? Outline the positives and negatives of each approach. Is there a particular type of group that uses a particular leadership approach? Why do you think this is the case? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.
MGT 415 Course Material MGT 415 Week 5 Final Assignment (Avon Consultant Report) (Ash) • Focus of the Final Paper In Week One, you will choose a generic organization (manufacturing plant, hospital, etc.). Assume that you are a hired consultant for this organization. You have been asked by the president of the organization to prepare a background paper on the results of your research and to make recommendations to improve group productivity in the organization.