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MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 1

Discuss the differences between the traditional management pyramid and the upside down pyramid. What managerial skills and competencies do you expect to be emphasized in the upside down pyramid? Explain your answer.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 2

Based on what you have learned about the four functions of management and how they are interrelated, share a real world example of where you have seen these functions in action either successfully or unsuccessfully.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 3

How well do you think your organization performs its key goals of providing the goods or services that your customers want or need the most?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 1

Using examples, show how the “deficit” and “progression” principles operate in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory within an organizational setting.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 2

Why is the external environment important in the open systems view of organizations?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 3

Select any three management theories (from different approaches). What is the significance of those theories to modern day management practice?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 1

Using examples from your experience, discuss the importance of planning to the practice of management.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 2

What is the importance of an organization’s mission, values, and objectives to planning as a function of management?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 3

Explain the concept of management by objectives and explain how it is used in organizations.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 1

What role does organizing play as a function of management? Explain how the flat organizational structure differs from other types of formal organizational structures.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 2

How is the choice of an organization’s structure related to the environment in which it operates?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 3

Think of your organization and its resources. Do the managers utilize organizational resources effectively? Which resources contribute most to the organization’s performance?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 1

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

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 2

Using an organization with which you are familiar, identify ways through which feedforward and feedback controls can be used to assure a high quality final outcome.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 3

Describe the key sources of power and explain how each power base can be turned into influence.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 1

What is the importance of communication to the four functions of management? What are the different barriers to communication and how can they be overcome? (Hint: Use both your textbook and the GCU lecture).

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 2

Compare and contrast one content and one process theory of motivation. In your opinion, why would two people with similar abilities have very different levels of performance? If you were the manager, what would you do and why?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 3

Identify and explain the alternative work arrangements that are available for improving work-life balance.

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 1

Based upon the assigned readings (Drucker’s “The Coming of the New Organization” and Zahra’s “The Changing Rules of Global Competitiveness in the 21st Century”), identify at least four changes (two from each article) that you think have been the most significant cause of change to the way that your organization operates. In what ways do you think managers’ jobs have changed in your organization?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 2

For your organization, or one with which you are familiar, identify the factors that operate in its general and specific environments. Why is it important for managers to understand the factors that affect their organization?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 3

Using an organization with which you are familiar, identify its core culture and the elements of its observable culture. What do you think needs to be changed to align your culture to the elements in the environment?

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 2 Assignment

Management at One Smooth Stone

For the Topic 1 and Topic 2 assignments, you will compose a two-part analysis of management at One Smooth Stone. Begin by viewing the One Smooth Stone video available at:

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You can gain additional insight on the company by viewing the company’s promo video and website at the following links:

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Compose an analysis (750-1,000 words total for parts 1 and 2) that addresses the questions below. Part 1 should be written by the end of Topic 1. You will write Part 2 in Topic 2 and combine Parts 1 and 2 into one essay to be submitted by the end of Topic 2.

Part 1 (to be written during Topic 1):

After watching the One Smooth Stone video and reviewing the company’s website, address the following questions:

1- How do Mark Ledogar and Gary Vik exemplify the definition of management?

2- Which of Mintzberg’s managerial roles do Ledogar and Vik display in the video?

3- Which of Katz’s management skills are evident in this video?

4- In what way is One Smooth Stone an open system? Explain your answer.

Part 2 (to be written during Topic 2)

Combine your answers written in Topic 1 with your responses to the following:

Show how One Smooth Stone demonstrates/applies any three historical management theories. In your response, for each of the three management theories selected, be sure to address each of the following management approaches: classical, behavioral, and modern management. (Modern management approaches include the quantitative, systems, contingency, quality-management, or learning organization viewpoints).

Conclude the essay by reflecting on your organization and addressing the following:

1- How does management in your organization compare to management at One Smooth Stone?

2- What two management theories are currently being applied in your organization and do you think they are the most effective choices? Why or why not?

Cite two academic references in your analysis. Academic references include the textbook, the additional readings in the course, or any article from the GCU Library. You may use information found online but online encyclopedias (e.g., Wikipedia) and blogs do not count as academic references.

Do not exceed the word limit. For full credit, make sure that your Turnitin Similarity Index does not exceed 15%.

Prepare this assignment according to APA guidelines located in the Student Success Center.

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

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Assignment 1 CLC

An Analysis of General Motors

This is a CLC assignment.

Review the information concerning GM’s handling of a safety issue and recall included in the “GM Ignition Switch Recall.”

Write a 1,250-1,500-word essay that addresses the following:

1- What deficiencies in the four functions of management led to the faulty ignition switch problem and GM recalls?

2- Describe the organizational structure of GM at the time of the recall and discuss whether it has changed. Do you think GM’s structure is the most effective structure for the organization?

3- Which organizational design type, mechanistic or organic, existed at the time of the recalls? Do you think that design is the best fit for GM? If not, what is?

4- To help GM manage their operations, recommend one strategic, tactical, and operational plan that would help GM avoid any such problems in the future.

5- Describe the organizational culture of General Motors at the time of the recall. Was it the most effective culture? Has it changed? If so, has it changed for the better? Present supporting evidence.

6- Explain how GM went wrong in employing the four steps of the control process prior to recalls. What changes should they make to this process moving forward?

7- Suggest principles GM should adopt to make them a servant leader in the automotive industry.

Cite four academic references in your analysis. Academic references include the textbook, the readings, or any article from the GCU Library. You may use information found online but online encyclopedias (e.g., Wikipedia) and blogs do not count as academic references.

Do not exceed the word limit. For full credit, make sure that your Turnitin Similarity Index does not exceed 15%.

Prepare this assignment according to APA guidelines located in the Student Success Center.

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

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Assignment 2

Peer Evaluation Form

Complete “MGT-240 Peer Evaluation Form.” Grades will be prorated based on the evaluation.

Complete this peer evaluation for each member of your team, including yourself. The average score from these evaluations will be used in determining your final grade for the assignment.

Rate each team member on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the highest. Use the rubric on the second page to determine the score for each team member. Include comments explaining why you gave your teammate this score.

Your peer evaluations will be kept strictly confidential. Your grade for the evaluation will be posted in the gradebook as an assignment, but individual ratings will not be shared.

After the total for each student has been added together, and divided by the number of team members rating him/her; calculate the following:

___/100 x 1% =____ out of 10 points for this evaluation.

 

 

MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 6 Assignment

Motivation and Challenges of Management Presentation

Go to Fortune’s best companies to work for at:.com/best-companies/sas-2/”>http://fortune.com/best-companies/sas-2/

Select one company to conduct research on and create a presentation (12-15 slides) to present your findings on the following:

1- Explain how the organization motivates, or builds and maintains the morale, of any three of its stakeholders using one content, one process, and one reinforcement theory.

2- Describe how the organization has been both effective and efficient in its communication with those three stakeholders. Support with evidence from a source.

3- Identify and discuss any three of the major 21st-century challenges the organization faces.

4- Analyze the efforts of the organization to manage or overcome each of these challenges. Support with evidence from a source.

5- What would you do differently in managing those efforts? Integrate a faith/worldview-based component into the presentation in this section. Include a clear explanation of how that worldview relates to or supports the group’s management philosophy.

Select one academic article from your assigned reading materials this week to analyze and integrate into the presentation. You must incorporate a minimum of two other academic sources as evidence as well. The presentation must demonstrate a comprehensive integration of both management theory and practice.

The presentation slides will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1- Usefulness in enhancing and reinforcing learning

2- Visual appeal

3- Correct integration and citation of required academic references

Slides must be accompanied by the notes you would use if you were actually going to deliver the 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 uses a grading 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 240 Grand Canyon Week 7 Assignment

Interview and Reflection Essay

For this assignment, you will write a reflection on what you learned about management in the course. As part of the assignment, you will conduct an interview with a manager of a local business to get a first-hand perspective on the challenges of management and the techniques others have found successful for effective leadership, motivation, and communication.

Select a manager of a local business to interview and contact the person to set up an appointment. You may conduct your interview in person or via phone.

Prepare a list of at least 5-7 questions for your interview. Your questions should focus on how the manager executes the four functions of management functions as well as the challenges related to motivating and communicating with employees and/or clients in the business environment. In particular, try to discover how the demands of technology-mediated communication, such as communicating via social media channels, impact manager-employee relationships.

Remember that managers have many commitments so try to schedule your interview well in advance of the assignment’s due date. You should present the attached consent letter to the person you intend to interview.

After you complete the interview, write a 1,000-1,250-word reflection on what you learned in the interview and this course. Address the following in your response:

1- What are the most valuable things you learned about the four functions of management, in a practical sense, as well as motivation and communication techniques?

2- Identify some of the significant challenges you believe you might face as a manager.

3- Discuss your own personal strengths and weaknesses as a manager. What do you think you need to work on to improve your own capabilities?

4- How might you apply what you learned in your interview and this course to be a more effective manager?

In an appendix at the end of the essay, provide an interview summary that includes the following information:

1- The name of the person you interviewed and number of years he/she has been a manager

2- The name of the company at which he/she is currently employed

3- How long the person has been a manager at the current company and what their managerial level is

4- Date of the interview and whether it took place in person or via phone or other type of medium

5- Contact information for the person you interviewed

6- The list of your interview questions and responses provided

7- Signed consent letter

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 uses a grading 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. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

[Insert Date]

Dear [Insert Participant’s Name]:

Thank you for agreeing to participate in an interview. This interview is part of an assignment for an Introduction to Management Course at Grand Canyon University.The assignment asks students to garner first-hand perspective on the challenges of management and reflect on what they have learned in the course.

Information collected during the interview will be used solely to complete the assignment and may be shared with class members and the instructor. Attached you will find sample questions that demonstrate the types of questions you may be asked during the interview. If you have additional questions or concerns, or you would like to withdraw your consent to participate in the interview process, you can contact [insert your instructor’s name and email address].

Again, thank you for taking the time to participate in an interview and contribute to the educational experience of business students at Grand Canyon University.

[Type or sign your name]

Sample Interview Questions

1) What communication strategies have you found most useful for communicating with your employees?

2) What barriers to effective communication have you experienced?What have you done to overcome them?

3) What strategies have you found effective for motivating your employees?

4) What leadership qualities do you think are most important for managers?

5) How do you manage difficult employees or employee conflict?

6) What do you think is most important for promoting and maintaining effective manager-employee relationships?

7) What advice would you offer a novice looking to get into the field of management?

8) What should students of management be doing in college to prepare themselves for the field?

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