BUS 610 Entire Course Organizational Behavior
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BUS 610 Week 1
Description and Analysis of the Hawthorne Study. Describe how the components of the Hawthorne study are incorporated in current human resource functions? What was the main idea behind this study? How have you been impacted by the components of this study in your current or past work setting?
Dominant Cultures and Subcultures. Contrast the dynamics between dominant cultures and subcultures either in a work setting or in society. Explain why it is important to understand the impact of culture. Give an example where you demonstrated your awareness and or openness to understanding a cultural difference. Explain how these differences underscore the need for understanding diversity. From the information given, develop guidelines for embracing diversity. Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting and offer some additional ideas of your own.
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.
BUS 610 Week 2
Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Abilities. Describe the cognitive and non-cognitive abilities relating to Emotional Intelligence. Provide an example of how you might use EQ in your daily life. Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting with suggestions that might work for them within their daily lives.
ERG Theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy. Describe the similarities and differences between the ERG Theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy. How have you used either of the two theories in daily life? Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting.
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.
BUS 610 Week 3
Self Esteem and Self Efficacy. Explain the dynamics of how self esteem affects self efficacy? Provide an example of an internal or external force that impacts your self-efficacy? Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting and provide recommendations to extend their thinking.
Communication and Team Building. Discuss the importance of identifying norms within a team? Why is clear communication considered an essential element during team development? Provide an example when you were a team member and the lack of communication caused significant problems for the team. Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting.
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.
BUS 610 Week 4
Leadership Style. What style of leadership is the most effective in leading an organization? Is it important to be well-liked, or are results all that matter? Cite examples that support your conclusions. Respond to the observations of at least two of your peers for this post
A Culture of Ethics. Based on the readings for the week, would you say that Steve Jobs was an ethical leader? State your rationale. Are you an Acolyte or a Rejector? Why? Respond to the observations of at least two of your peers for this post.
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.
BUS 610 Week 5
Nonverbal Feedback. Describe how nonverbal feedback conveys powerful messages. Provide an example where nonverbal feedback was used and describe the end result? Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting.
Virtual Organizations. Describe the evolution of the virtual organization. What are the pros and cons associated with this design? Provide examples of three technological devices/concepts that have had the greatest impact on virtual organizations. Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting
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?).
BUS 610 Week 6
The Tipping Point. Describe the “tipping point” where power turns into domination. Explain how these two dynamic forces are unavoidable Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting.
Coaching and Mentoring. Differentiate between coaching and mentoring. Provide an example to support how either of the two was used successfully in your current or past work life. Respond to at least two of your peers for this posting.
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?)