business management research paper

You have just attended a manager’s meeting about establishing self-directed, high-performing teams. The company is concerned because some of the managers are having success building self-directed, high-performing teams while others are not. A discussion occurred that identified the characteristics of the successful team building elements and compared them to those managers that have not been successful. This is a situation where those who are struggling need to learn from those who are doing well. The discussions included identifying what could be going wrong and what steps might be taken for success.

You have been asked to write a research report that summarizes the meeting and offers some recommendations that might be helpful to those managers who are struggling. Specifically, your report must include:

  • Identification of the difficulties the managers may be having in establishing self-directed, high-performing teams
  • Identification of the successful characteristic of establishing self-directed, high-performing teams
  • Recommendations for success
  • A designed plan that might help guide the struggling managers and improve negotiation and conflict resolution skills

Assignment Objectives:

  • Describe the various stages of team development
  • Apply methods to improve negotiation skills and manage serious confrontation

 

Use the Library and Internet to research this topic.

Present your findings as a 5-7 pages (body of paper) formatted in APA style.

Submitting your assignment in APA format means, at a minimum, you will need the following:

  • Title page: Remember the running head and title in all capital letters.
  • Abstract: This is a summary of your paper, not an introduction. Begin writing in third-person voice.
  • Body: The body of your paper begins on the page following the title page and abstract page, and it must be double-spaced between paragraphs. The typeface should be 12-pt. Times Roman or 12-pt. Courier in regular black type. Do not use color, bold type, or italics except as required for APA level headings and references. The deliverable length of the body of your paper for this assignment is 5-7 pages. In-text academic citations to support your decisions and analysis are required. A variety of academic sources is encouraged.
  • Reference page: References that align with your in-text academic sources are listed on the final page of your paper. The references must be in APA format using appropriate spacing, hang indention, italics, and upper- and lower-case usage as appropriate for the type of resource used. Remember, the reference page is not a bibliography, but it is a further listing of the abbreviated in-text citations used in the paper. Every referenced item must have a corresponding in-text citation.

Concepts Of Truth

Before 1972, scientists believed that the rings of Saturn were composed of gasses or dust; on tests, any student who claimed that Saturn’s rings were composed of solids was incorrect because the true answer was that the rings were a gas. Later scientific investigation has shown that the rings are, in fact, composed of solid matter. Did the truth change? Should these students retroactively be given credit? Which group of students originally knew the correct answer?

Similarly, in the 1950s and 1960s physicians knew that stress caused ulcers, although we now know that bacteria causes ulcers. What does this imply for our definition of the words truth and knowing?

Prepare a 3- to 5-paragraph response

Assignment 3: Criminal Case

Choose one of the roles a forensic psychologist may take in the legal field. Research a specific job that falls in this role (i.e. correctional psychologist, or police psychologist), if you can, find a job description. Note what qualifications are necessary.

Write a 3-4 page article for the magazine Psychology Today highlighting this particular job:

  1. Briefly describe the roles that people in this job may take on.
  2. Explain what the career requires you know about the legal system.
  3. Discuss any educational requirements of the job.
  4. Describe what an undergraduate psychology student may have to do to become eligible for this job.

Submit your article in Microsoft Word format. All citations in the article should be in American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition format. Please make sure to also include a reference page in APA format, but there is no need for a title page in this assignment. Post your article to the appropriate Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

Research Table

Overview: The purpose of the Research Table document is to help you organize the research that you conduct for your final project. The first portion of the document is an annotated bibliography. Here you will keep notes on the various research materials that you read while researching your final project. The second portion of this document is a chart that you can use to take notes on key theories related to the theories you encounter during the course. Your first entry in your table was related to Freud’s theory. This practice will allow you to receive meaningful feedback on your use of this tool to help you support your final project.

Prompt: For this assignment, complete rows of the annotated bibliography section of the table with research you encounter during the course. Use research you have identified related to the final project’s selected theory. Note how the research is related to your selected theory for the final project. How relevant is the research? How does the research compare to or contrast with the final project theory? You will use this information as you complete the milestone assignments and the final project. Incorporate the feedback you receive from this assignment as you continuing working on the table. Incorporate the feedback you receive from this assignment as you continue to add additional research to the table.  I really don’t have any feedback.

Movement, Cycles And Rhythms

1. Movement, Cycles and Rhythms

The control of movement is often divided into mechanisms of reflexes and of voluntary movement.

What is a reflex? It is a stereotyped, automatic movement evoked by a specific stimulus. It is uniform across members of a species. Some examples in humans are the patellar or kneejerk reflex, the salivary reflex, the orienting reflex, and the pupillary reflex.

In reviewing the reflex arc, pay special attention to proprioception, muscle spindles, the stretch reflex, and primary motor cortex. (Prof. Suzuki also discusses the basal ganglia and the cerebellum, but in another lecture that I have not assigned.)

Further, let’s think about the cycles in our behavior. They are ancient and varied. We certainly inherited them from species that evolved earlier than we did.

We harbor a number of rhythms. Generally, we have cellular cycles that augment the day-night rhythm to regulate our behavioral cycles. There are possibly very long cycles that govern our evolution. Men and women both run on cycles, though with differences. But do our cycles still make biological sense?

Questions (answer one only)

1) Can you point to any movements that do not involve reflexes–or some reflexes that do not involve movement?

2) Sleep is tied to recovery of normal function and memory formation. Why does it make sense, then, to stop for sleep just because the sun sets? Why not sleep just whenever we have a backlog of memories to form or we’re under stress or sick? Does the wide variation in our daily experience require such an extreme regularity of sleep regulation? Since we don’t learn or exercise the same amount each day, why do we nevertheless sleep the same amount? A number of possible answers are given in the first 10 minutes of this fascinating podcast but offer your own insights as well.

3) Furthermore, women show more pronounced cycles in sex hormones than men do, including menstrual cycles and a rather imprecise biological clock with a different origin. Is this an evolutionary leftover, no longer necessary or helpful for humans? Would you want the equivalent of a birth control pill for all of our cycles?

2. Visual System

It’s easy to get swamped in detail about the visual system. (This animation may help.)

Videos 10 and 11 discuss the visual pathways that originate in the retina and “ascend” to the visual cortex via the thalamus.

In this week’s resources the retina is revealed as more than a screen for images. Light falls on different classes of photoreceptors, rods and cones, which organize light stimulation according to their pigments by intensity and wavelength. From the duplex nature of the retina there arises a tradeoff between greater acuity in the center and greater sensitivity in the periphery. The output of the retina is further organized into receptive fields, and sideways connections between the photoreceptors and horizontal cells sustain lateral inhibition that sharpens contrasts. A retinotopic map is preserved by the visual pathways all the way to the visual cortex; on the other hand, the image still requires a lot of interpretation by the brain.

Yet when we look at the world we notice only the rich panorama of detail that relayed to the brain via the fovea.

Questions (answer one only)

1) How is the retina different from a movie projection screen? Try to be specific.

2) How on earth did we end up with eyes that are mostly peripheral retina and

only tiny foveas? Should a sensible retina have more foveas—or larger ones, perhaps? Or might peripheral retina be more than leftover real estate?

3. Auditory System 

Choose one part of the human ear (or ears in other animals or the auditory pathways) and describe its contribution to hearing.

Try not to duplicate what another class member has chosen. You have many choices:

pinna

ear canal

eardrum (tympanic membrane)

ossicles (malleus, incus, stapes)

middle ear muscles (tensor tympani, stapedius)

oval window

round window

basilar membrane

tectorial membrane

auditory nerve

Eustachian tube

inner hair cells

outer hair cells

differences in animal ears (whales, birds, bats, desert animals)

earwax (cerumen)

Hensen’s stripe (obscure)

cochlear nuclei

inferior colliculi

medial geniculate nucleus

primary auditory cortex

journal assignment

  • Submit a copy of the feedback within your rough draft that you received from the writing specialist.
  • Submit the journal assignment answering the following questions in at least 400 words:
    • Identify the top three issues your writing specialist focused on in  your rough draft (e.g., paragraph structure, proper use of quotations,  thesis statement, etc.).
      • In what ways were those issues surprising?
    • Describe what you learned from some of the feedback your writing specialist provided as explanations.
      • Was this feedback helpful?
    • Evaluate the usefulness of the paper review tool.
      • In what ways did this activity improve your academic writing skills?
      • Will you use the Ashford Writing Center to review your work in the future? Why or why not?

Career Counceling Theories

The assignment is in the body but there is an attachment to look at as well to help along the process

After reading this week’s assigned material, write a 4-5 page paper reviewing at least three of the career counseling theories highlighted in Chapters 2 and 3 of the Niles and Harris-Bowlsbey (2012) text. Conduct further research on each of the theories you select (see the research criteria section below for clarification on appropriate resources). You will need to utilize at least five sources in addition to the course textbook. Address the following:

  • What are the key elements of each theory?
  • Are the theories universal or would they be more effective with specific populations?
  • What would you identify as the strengths and weaknesses of each?
  • Apply one of the theories to your own career development.
  • What role do you see this theory playing in assisting clients with their unique career needs?

ASSIGNMENT

Instructions & Guidelines:

Assignment 1: Problems Children Face:  – This assignment is due at the end Week 3.  This assignment will allow you to choose from the six (6) problems children experience daily.

1.  Video Game Addiction

2. Exposure to Violence at Home

3.  Children and Substance Abuse

4.  Cyberbullying (Online Bullying)

5.  Children Watching Porn

6.   Children and Eating Disorders

Assignment 1: Problems Children Face

Due:  Sunday at 11:59 p.m. at the end of  Week 3

Topic:

In Assignment 1: You will choose one of the six (6) problems children experience daily.

  • Describe the problem
  • How common is this problem?
  • Who is affected by the problem?
  • What theories explain this problem?
  • Has the problem changed over the last decade?
  • How credible is the research you found related to this problem?
  • Is there generally a consensus about the key aspects of the problems, or is there a lot of controversy?

Research Paper or Opinion Paper?

Research, NOT opinion

Number of published, peer-reviewed sources required; must all be published within the last 8 years

  • Course Readings may be used as one of the resources.
  • Do not use any direct quotes from any sources

Five (5)

Length required (not including title page and references

  • Tables, graphs, charts, lists, figures, etc. may be used, however do not count toward the length requirement

1000-1500 words

Reference style required

American Psychological Association, 6th edition

Submission requirements

Microsoft Word document submitted as attachment in Assignment Submission area.  Do not attach to a Message or email, and do not paste into Submission text box.

Grading Rubric  

CHFD307

Rubric

POSSIBLE POINTS

 STUDENT POINTS

Student exhibits a defined and clear understanding of the assignment.  The student provides a detailed description of one (1) of the problems children experience daily.

25

Student demonstrates proficient command of the subject matter in the assignment.  Assignment shows an impressive level of depth of student’s ability to relate course content to practical examples and applications.

25

Student provides well-supported ideas and reflection with a variety of current and/or worldviews in the assignment.  Student presents a genuine intellectual development of ideas throughout assignment.

20

Evidence of research for materials/content is listed using APA format.

15

Clarity of  writing style Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling

15

TOTAL

100