Assignment 2: LASA 1 – Change in an Organization

By the due date assigned, complete the following assignment.

Team in Transition

Al-tech Manufacturing has seen a downturn in the market which resulted in a reduction of sales and net income.  In a move to improve profitability and reduce overall administrative expenses, senior management has decided to merge with a former rival company (Border Manufacturing). The offices of the two companies were merged which necessitated some layoffs.

You are a manager with Al-tech.  Before the merger you had a team of twelve who were responsible for the administration of payroll.  During the merger, your boss was let go along with four of your team members. You have two new team members (John and Kerry) from the Border Company.

John and Kerry come from a different part of the country, have a different work ethic and exhibit a different culture. They actively try to engage the existing payroll administration team members in finding ways to be more productive.

Your original team members’ response to these two new members suggestions range from hostility to curiosity as they were used to simply being told what to do.

Several members of your team have been adversely affected by the change. For example, Bob has told you that he is actively looking for a new job and Jill’s productivity has slowed.  When asked why, she tells you she wants to know, in writing, what she needs to be doing different to meet the new reduced cost goal.  Anne, who was the energetic one on the team, is now concerned that she will be the next one to go and has become very quiet.

It was your job to pull these team members together, to determine how to do payroll for the merged company with less staff, and therefore to reduce costs.  And you succeeded!

You’ve been asked to write an article for your company newsletter, explaining what the situation was and how you succeeded in managing the change to your team.

Directions:

  1. Write a 3 to 4 page newsletter article as the manager of this fictitious company with a team as described above.  Include the following points in this article:
    1. The classification and explanation of the change as either first-order or second-order.
    2. The challenges that team members felt due to the downsizing and the merger. Give two examples of each.
    3. The risks you anticipated and the mitigation steps you planned in dealing with the risks.  Give an example of two risks, each with a mitigation plan.
    4. The types of resistance your team exhibited and what techniques you used in dealing with each type.  Give three examples.
    5. The eight steps you took, using Kotter’s change management model, to engage your team in making the transition successful.
  2. Make sure to include at least 3 outside resources, one of which may be your text, to justify your suggestions.  Your report should be professional and directed toward middle management.

Using your text book, the Argosy library, the Internet and other sources, research organizational change and apply it to the situation described above.

Submit your assignment to the Submissions Area.

Grading Criteria Maximum Points

Classified the change as first or second order with justification.(24 POINTS)Gave two examples of downsizing related challenge.(24 POINTS) Gave two examples of merger related challenge.(24 POINTS)Provided two risks, each with a mitigation plan.(28 POINTS)Described three examples of resistance to the change.(28 POINTS)Provided an eight step process to managing the change, specific to the team.28Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and word choice
Organization (12 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
APA Elements (16 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style (44 POINTS)Total:200

Reading Activity: The Odyssey

Directions: For the Reading Activity answer the following questions completely in a word processing document then attach and submit by clicking on the “Unit 7: Reading Activity” link above.

Please make sure you are submitting your assignment as an attachment in either .doc or PDF format.  Assignments typed into the textbox will not be graded until they are attached.

Remember to follow these guidelines:

  1. Provide evidence from the text. Be specific!
  2. Give reasoning for your response with a few sentences of commentary.
  3. Proofread for spelling and grammar errors.
  4. Answer ALL parts of the question.

The Odyssey

Book V

  1. Who is Hermes, and what is his mission?
  2. What can Hermes do with his wand?
  3. Who is holding Odysseus captive?
  4. What is Calypso’s reaction to having to let Odysseus go?
  5. What is the main problem Odysseus faces while traveling by sea?
  6. What happens to Odysseus at the end of Book 5?

Book X

  1. Who is the god of wind and what favor does he do for Odysseus and his men?
  2. What stupid mistake do some of the men make on the ship and how do even more men die after the bag accident?
  3. What does Circe do to some of Odysseus’s men?
  4. How does Odysseus get her to release his men?
  5. What instructions does Circe give Odysseus?

Book XXIII

  1. How does Penelopeia test Odysseus?
  2. Why does she test him?
  3. Describe the one last task that Tieresias told Odysseus to complete. What will be his reward for this task?
  4. After Odysseus tells Penelopeia about all his adventures, he sets off again. What does he go to do? What does he tell Penelopeia to do?

“Prologue and Epilogue from The Odyssey”

  1. Who is the speaker’s “main man”?
  2. What is the speaker’s attitude toward this “main man”?
  3. What type of music does the speaker sing?
  4. Considering the loneliness, death, and defeat that occur in Homer’s Odyssey, why is the speaker’s musical style appropriate?
  5. How is Penelope described in the Epilogue?
  6. What seems to be the speaker’s attitude toward Penelope?
  7. Overall, which elements from Homer’s Odyssey seem most interesting to Walcott?
  8. Which details suggest that the poet felt a responsibility to show respect for Homer’s Odyssey?
  9. Do you think Billy Blue feels responsible for sharing Odysseus’ story? Why or why not?

“There is a Longing”

  1. What does Chief Dan George say is his community’s longing?
  2. What is his greatest fear?
  3. What training will the new warriors have to endure?
  4. Why does Chief Dan George believe that this training is necessary?
  5. In what way is Chief Dan George different from the “olden” chiefs?
  6. What does the chief mean when he refers to fighting a war with “tongue and speech”?
  7. Do you think the chief’s goal of achieving success through education and skills is the best means for improving his people’s lives? Explain.
  8. Chief Dan George talks about fighting his people’s war with “tongue and speech.” Can someone who fights only with such weapons be a hero?

“Glory and Hope”

  1. What does Nelson Mandela say is “newborn” in his country?
  2. What emotion does the word “newborn” add to his remarks?
  3. Into what “covenant” does Mandela say the South African people are now entering?
  4. Which ideas in the speech are especially important for safeguarding the human rights of all people throughout today’s world?
  5. What do the words “glory” and “hope” mean?
  6. How does the title of the speech connect with the ideas that Mandela conveys?
  7. Basing your answer on Mandela’s speech, what do you think was the new leader’s greatest challenge? Explain.
  8. Based on what you know about Nelson Mandela from his speech, would you call him a hero? Explain.

Designing A Training Program

Create a written proposal in which you detail the complete design of an employee training program.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Design a two (2) day training program for a group of twenty (20) employees.
  2. Identify two to three (2-3) training needs though a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and justify an approach for this training.
  3. Develop the training objective for this program based on an analysis of the business.
  4. Determine the training cost for the training program you are proposing. Include a detailed breakdown of time allotted for each piece, the subsequent cost analysis, and the total cost for the project as a whole.
  5. Select key training method(s) to deliver the program to employees, such as an e-Learning module or a one-day face-to-face training program.
  6. Create an agenda of activities for the training program.
  7. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
  8. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
  9. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
  10. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
  11. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

 

  • Identify when to conduct a Training Needs Analysis (TNA).
  • Analyze the various approaches to performing a Training Needs Analysis.
  • Develop strategies for training design.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in training and development.
  • Write clearly and concisely about training and development using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric for this assignment.

Risk factors in Treatment Placement

What is a dual diagnosis? Why is an integrated approach necessary for effective treatment with this population of individuals? Provide examples of an individual with a dual diagnosis. Provide a 400 word response to the questions. In responding to your peers, discuss your opinion on which diagnosis would be most challenging. Why do you think so? As appropriate, cite the online course, the textbook, and other credible, scholarly sources to substantiate the points you are making.

Introduction to Management Information Systems

Read at least three (3) academically reviewed articles on Management Information Systems and complete the following activities:

(Wikipedia articles will not be accepted. Professor will check originality of all posts).

1.     Summarize all three (3) articles in 300 words or more. Please use your own words. No copy-and-paste

2.     Discuss at least 3 different concepts presented in the articles. As an IT professional, how would you apply the three (3) concepts you identified.

Contrastive-Comparative Rhetorical Analysis,

“Today in the News” (1,500-2,000 words) – Write a

contrastive-comparative rhetorical analysis, focusing on the

rhetorical situations of a US (e.g., The New York Times,

Washington Post) and a national newspaper from your home

country, region, or other nation/region of which you can read

the language (e.g., UK, China, Japan, Mexico). You will

compare the same news story in the two (or more) presses,

using the concepts of rhetoric and rhetorical situation to

explain the similarities

and differences in the stories’ presentations. You may also

choose to compare other newspaper elements such as

comparing the two papers’ front pages, use of photography,

and so forth. When comparing texts, the

stories/headlines/graphics must be from the same day. Your

analysis should define and describe each paper’s rhetorical

situation and use of rhetoric, provide a summary of the

stories’ content, use L1 lexicon for stylistic effect, and provide

enough background information to contextualize the

documents for your readers.

LEADERSHIP BOOK

Resource: Leadership Book

Post a 350- to 700-word response to the following questions:

  • What is the leadership book you selected for this course?
  • How does this book relate to your current or desired leadership style?
  • What has been the most influential statement or idea that you have read at this point in the book?

Cite at least 2 peer-reviewed, scholarly, or similar references.

Format your citations according to APA guidelines.