MGT 605 Grand Canyon All Week Discussions

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MGT 605 Grand Canyon All Week Discussions

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MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 1

In many organizations, being “people-centered” is considered soft, irrelevant, and unrelated to profitability. Using support from historical perspectives of organizational behavior, explain how you would rebut these arguments.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 2

Review the “Skills Exhibited by an Effective Manager” (Table 1-2 in Organizational Behavior). Identify your particular areas of strength and discuss opportunities for your own development as a manager.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 3

How would you go about facilitating the creation of diversity in an organization that is traditionally homogenous? What support is needed from top management in developing a program to implement organizational diversity? What potential problems of implementing a diversity program do you foresee and how can they be managed?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 1

Discuss the role that emotional intelligence (EI) plays in the self-leadership. Be sure to provide an analysis of all four dimensions of EI (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management) in your response

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 2

What are your major terminal and instrumental values? Which values, terminal or instrumental, are valid predictors of career success in the workplace?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 3

Consider the concept of work-family conflict by reflecting on these questions: Is your work really meeting your needs? Are you defining yourself purely in terms of your accomplishments at work? Why are you working so hard? To what personal ends are you working? Are you making significant personal sacrifices in favor of your work? Is your work schedule affecting other people who are important in your life? Offer some suggestions on how to resolve such issues.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 1

Assume for a moment that one of your fellow department managers bursts into your office with a troubled look on her face. She sits down and says with a tone of disgust, “You can’t do anything with these new employees . . . they aren’t motivated by money anymore.” Construct a detailed response (like a script) in which you describe how content and process theories might be used to motivate employees. Be sure to include comments on two content theories and two process theories and highlight the significance of each theory.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 2

What is the current design of your job? Assume that the opportunity arose for you to utilize the idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) in redesigning your job. What would you do to make your job inherently more motivating? How would you design the feedback and reward systems in the new job?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 3

What is the current design of your job? Assume that the opportunity arose for you to utilize the idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) in redesigning your job. What would you do to make your job inherently more motivating? How would you design the feedback and reward systems in the new job?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 1

Choose any group to which you currently belong or have belonged to in the past. Discuss the type of group, its intended purpose, and how it was formed. What were some benefits and challenges you faced while working in this group? How might those benefits and challenges differ in a virtual group setting?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 2

Refer to Table 11-4 in the Krietner and Kinicki textbook. Which of the reasons for team failure have you experienced and how would you do things differently to ensure that any team you are involved in will be successful?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 3

Although virtual teams are becoming more prevalent, there have been mixed reviews on their effectiveness. Read “The Best Online Platforms for Virtual Meetings,” “5 Tips for Virtual Collaboration,” and “Yahoo Orders Homeworkers Back to the Office” (attached in the Module 4 Topic Materials). Discuss the steps you would take to manage a successful virtual team (be sure to discuss how you would choose a platform to use and guidelines for monitoring virtual team performance).

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 1

Many types of negotiations occur in business settings. This example is indicative of the ethical dilemmas inherent in many negotiations.

Assume for a moment that you are the owner – CEO of a small machine and tool company. You have 35 employees, most of whom are highly skilled machinists who belong to Local 999 of the International Brotherhood of Good Guys Union. Generally, you are an open manager with an abiding sense of fair play and ethics. For this reason, you have been able to attract workers who are skilled and committed to the company’s long-term success. In fact, labor relations are calm – even harmonious. For example, contract violations are usually handled between you and shop stewards in a problem-solving context with an almost complete absence of acrimony or contentiousness. Now, however, you face a serious and unprecedented issue. Due to an economic downturn, business activity has taken a sharp decline with the expectation that things will get much worse. You have just met with your accountant who has informed you there is no other choice but to lay off people or reduce wages. Your initial meeting with the union representatives shocked you into reality since it was filled with divisiveness, arguing, name-calling, and even occasional profanity. Things turn much worse in the second meeting since the union lawyers were present. After reading the article by Reitz, Wall, and Love (attached in the Module 5 Topic Materials), you are stunned to discover that the deceptive tactics outlined in the article read like a primer for what the union is doing. Answer the following questions based on the case and the article:

What type of conflict is occurring in this case and what conflict management style would you, as the manager use? Justify your choice.

What are your options given the union’s apparent duplicity and lack of ethical standards? The last negotiations ended with your attorney angrily advising you to “fight fire with fire,” meaning that business conditions dictate loosening your standards of integrity and honesty in negotiation. The problem is you think she may be right. Describe specifically what you would do.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 2

Answer the following questions based on the case presented in DQ 1:

What are the challenges to effective communication in this case and how can these challenges be mitigated?

How would evidence-based decision making help in resolving this case?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 3

Workers increasingly rely on means of technology-mediated communication in the workplace. Besides email, workers commonly utilize tools, such as instant messaging and virtual meeting spaces, to regularly interact with coworkers and clients. How do you think such tools impact interpersonal dynamics in the workplace? What are the benefits and challenges of these tools? How might those challenges be overcome?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 1

What are the key values of your organization? How are they vital to understanding the politics within the organization, the influence tactics used, and the power bases emphasized in the organization? Why is understanding all of these important to you as a citizen of the organization?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 2

Conduct some web-based research into two organizations that profess to have adopted a servant leadership philosophy (e.g., SWA, Men’s Warehouse, TDIndustries). What are the organizations’ values? Compare these organizations to others in the same industry using major performance metrics (employee turnover, market share, profitability, etc.) and conclude whether or not you think having a servant leader philosophy makes a significant difference in company performance.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 3

Read Suzanne Peterson’s article, “Leaders, Too, Need Support.” How do you see yourself in the role of supportive follower? What challenges do you have with this concept? What can you do to overcome those challenges?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 1

One of your managers heard you have just completed your MBA. He looked at you and smirked and said, “All this emphasis on relationships is overrated. I have always made it clear to my subordinates what they need to do if they want to remain employed. All I have to say to them is, ‘Get it done and you will get rewarded, and if not, there will be consequences.’ It truly is that simple! Developing relationships with employees and suppliers or contractors, all that stuff is only good in the textbooks. It never delivers results.” Prepare a response to him and post it on the discussion board.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 2

Contrast the tradeoffs involved when an organization decides it is going to restructure. Be sure that you evaluate the critical organizational design variables that you would want to consider if you were heading up such a project.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 3

Evaluate the organizational chart for your current organization. Provide recommendations for revising the organizational design so it more effectively serves the mission of the firm and its many stakeholders.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 8 Discussion 1

With technology revolutionizing the way that work is done, we see significant changes in both the organization of work as well as in organizational cultures. Read “How corporate culture will change in the face of openness” and “Remodeling corporate culture for the digital era” (attached in the Module 8 Topic Materials). Based on the articles, discuss the major opportunities and challenges that these shifts present.

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 8 Discussion 2

Discuss the ethical implications of a leader’s role in the socialization of new hires into the preexisting culture of an organization. What responsibility does a company have to inform newly hired persons that it wants to shape their values, perceptions, and behavior to conform to the organization’s culture? What impact does socialization have on both individual and organizational effectiveness?

 

MGT 605 Grand Canyon Week 8 Discussion 3

Contrast the corporate values espoused by two Fortune 500 companies. Select two firms that seem to manifest very different cultures. Your response should focus on the tradeoffs you would experience working in the two firms in terms of the values you bring to the workplace. How might your values fit in or clash with the culture of these two organizations?

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