Business Portfolio Project Assignment

Need this by 12/30/14. NO plagirism. Must be an original paper and can not be cited from Wilipeida.

 

Your Portfolio Project is to create a research and reflection paper that synthesizes information gathered from an interview you will conduct with an individual of your choosing who reports/has reported directly to, or works/has worked closely with, a manager; the knowledge you’ve gained in this course; and your personal experiences.

 

Be sure to read the Portfolio Project description below thoroughly before beginning to work on the project.

 

 

 

Interview

 

For your interview, choose someone with whom you are familiar—ideally, someone you know well. The individual should currently report to, or have reported to in the past, one or more managers. Ask her or him for some time—perhaps you can sit down for coffee—during which you can describe your course learning objectives and discuss what you have so far taken away from the class (in brief). Ask your interviewee what insights she or he has to offer about what makes a good manager.

 

The goal of the interview is to gain insight into what makes a good manager from the perspective of the employee. Some topics to touch on in the interview could include the following:

 

  • Does your interviewee have a favorite manager with whom he or she has worked? Ask for an explanation of why this manager is a favorite.
  • What does your interviewee believe makes a strong manager?
  • Does your interviewee aspire to be a manager someday?
  • What does your interviewee believe it means to be an effective leader (as opposed to the popular view of what a successful leader is and/or does)?
  • What roles do managerial goals, objectives, decision making, and communication play on the job, on a regular basis?
  • How does the interviewee handle changes at his/her organization, and what specific challenges has she or he encountered with managers in the past?
  • What advice does your interviewee offer to someone who is looking to become a manager?

 

 

Research and Reflection Paper

 

In the next phase, ruminate on what you learned in your interview—especially anything that helped you gain a deeper insight into the topics we’ve studied in the course. Then, write a research and reflection paper in which you draw upon our shared learning, your individual learning, and the additional discernment you’ve gained from the interview to demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of the foundational principles of management. Go beyond a mere recitation of memorized facts or regurgitation of information; strive to synthesize the most important topics of management (i.e., leadership, personality, motivation, decision making, communication, and the importance of good management to yourself and  society) into a hybrid research and reflection paper.

 

Your well-organized and coherent paper should integrate responses to each of the following questions:

 

  • What leadership precepts did your interviewee impart to you (or what can you glean on the topic as a result of your interview), and how do those dovetail with one or more of the modern theories of leadership?
  • How do the personalities of workers, colleagues, managers, and subordinates impact performance in and experience of the workplace? How do they interact with one or more leadership models to create the most effective work environment?
  • In light of your interview, the leadership model(s) you’ve discussed, and your own personality, what one or two tenets of motivation theory have you taken away from the course?
  • How does your understanding of effective motivation theories impact your conceptions of the best practices when it comes to making decisions and communicating at work?
  • Based on your interview and on knowledge gained from this course, what does it take to be an effective employee, a successful manager, and an exemplary citizen of society?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

  • Be 8-10 pages in length
  • Cite at least three scholarly sources to support your assertions and strengthen your arguments, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these sources!

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MGT300: Principles of Management

 

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: This is a 3-credit course, offered in accelerated format. This means that 16 weeks of material is covered in 8 weeks. The exact number of hours per week that you can expect to spend on each course will vary based upon the weekly coursework, as well as your study style and preferences. You should plan to spend 10-25 hours per week in each course reading material, interacting on the discussion boards, writing papers, completing projects, and doing research.

 

 

Faculty Information

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Name: Rob Shah, MBA, CPA, CMA

Phone: 602-359-6710

CSU-GC Email: rob.shah@csuglobal.edu

Virtual Office Hours: Monday-Friday (10am-6pm), as well as by appointment

 

Course Description and Outcomes star

Course Description:

An examination of the basic functions of management, including planning, organizing, leading, staffing and controlling and how they can be utilized to strengthen management, employee and organizational performance.

 

Course Overview:

This course provides an overview of business management, including the processes of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. In addition, an introduction to managerial decision making, organizational culture, and entrepreneurship is included. The course is designed to provide basic insights into the art and science of management for students with little or no previous business training or background. It provides an overview of the process of management with the objective of increasing the awareness and knowledge of the complexity of managing people working in modern organizations.

 

Course Learning Outcomes:

 

1. Describe the importance of managerial goals and objectives.

2. Explain the use of varied leadership styles and techniques.

3. Discuss the importance of management to society, organizations, employees, consumers and the public.

4. Distinguish the differences between entrepreneurship and established corporate organization behavior, governance and management.

5. Describe forecasting and managing future trends, development and change.

6. Demonstrate the use of managerial control tools and systems.

7. Recognize management strategy in a globalized world.

8. Distinguish between various communication obstacles and apply strategies to mitigate their negative effects.

9. Evaluate various managerial decision-making models.

10. Apply principles of motivation and personality to the practice of effective management.

 

Participation & Attendance

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Prompt and consistent attendance in your online courses is essential for your success at CSU-Global Campus. Failure to verify your attendance within the first 7 days of this course may result in your withdrawal. If for some reason you would like to drop a course, please contact your advisor.

 

Online classes have deadlines, assignments, and participation requirements just like on-campus classes. Budget your time carefully and keep an open line of communication with your instructor. If you are having technical problems, problems with your assignments, or other problems that are impeding your progress, let your instructor know as soon as possible.

 

Course Materials readings Required:

 

Robbins, S. P., De Cenzo, D. A. & Coulter, M. (2015). Fundamentals of Management (9th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 9780133499919

 

**All non-textbook required readings and materials necessary to complete assignments, discussions, and/or supplemental or required Exercise s will be provided within the course itself. Please read through each course module carefully.

 

Course Schedule

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Due Dates

The Academic Week at CSU-Global begins on Monday and ends the following Sunday.

Discussion Boards: The original post must be completed by Thursday at 12 midnight MT and Peer Responses posted by Sunday 12 midnight MT. Late posts may not be awarded points.

Mastery Exercise s: Students may access and retake mastery Exercise s through the last day of class until they achieve the scores they desire.

Critical Thinking Activities: Assignments are due Sunday at 12 midnight MT.

• Live Classroom: Although participation is not required, Live Classroom sessions are held during Week 2 and Weeks 5 or 6. There are two total sessions.

 

Week # Readings Assignments
1 · Chapters 1, 2 & 14 in Fundamentals of Management · Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

· Critical Thinking (70 points)

2 · Chapters 9 & 11 in Fundamentals of Management · Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

· Critical Thinking (75 points)

· Portfolio Milestone (20 points of Portfolio Project)

· Live Classroom (0 points)

3 · Chapters 10 & 12 in Fundamentals of Management · Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

· Critical Thinking (75 points)

4 · Chapters 4 & 5 in Fundamentals of Management · Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

5 · Chapter 13 in Fundamentals of Management · Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

· Critical Thinking (75 points)

· Portfolio Milestone (20 points of Portfolio Project)

· Live Classroom Option 1 (0 points)

6 · Review Chapter 2 (“What is organizational culture and why is it important?” and “How does organizational culture affect managers?”) in Fundamentals of Management

· Chapter 6 in Fundamentals of Management

· Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

· Critical Thinking (75 points)

· Live Classroom Option 2 (0 points)

7 · Chapter 8 in Fundamentals of Management · Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

8 · Chapters 3 & 7 in Fundamentals of Management · Discussion (25 points)

· Opening Exercise (0 points)

· Mastery Exercise (10 points)

· Portfolio (350 points)

 

 

Assignment Details assessment This course includes the following assignments/projects:

 

Module 1

 

CRITICAL THINKING ASSIGNMENT (70 points)

 

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission. When you are ready to submit, click the Module 1 Critical Thinking header on the Assignments page to upload the document.

 

Assignment Option #1: Case Study Analysis: Building a Better Boss

 

Read and respond to a case study to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to apply, the most important concepts of the module.

 

Click the link on the Assignments page to review a case study of Google from the 9th edition of the course textbook.

 

In an integrated essay, reply to the following questions:

 

1. Describe the findings of Project Oxygen using the functions approach, Mintzberg’s roles approach, and the skills approach.

2. Are you surprised at what Google found out about “building a better boss?” Explain your answer.

3. What’s the difference between encouraging managers to be great managers and knowing what being a great manager involves?

4. What could other companies learn from Google’s experiences?

5. Based on this study, would you want to work for a company like Google? Why or why not?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these scholarly sources!

 

Please write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which both help to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Assignment Option #2: Case Study Analysis: Saving the World

 

Read and respond to a case study to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to apply, the most important concepts of the module.

 

Click the link on the Assignments page to review a case study of Symantec from the 9th edition of the course textbook.

 

In an integrated essay, reply to the following questions:

 

1. Keeping professionals excited about work that is routine and standardized and chaotic is a major challenge for Symantec’s managers. How could they use technical, human, and conceptual skills to maintain an environment that encourages innovation and professionalism among the virus hunters? What managerial competencies might be important for these managers? Why?

2. What management roles would operations manager Patrick Fitzgerald be playing as he (a) had weekly security briefing conference calls with coworkers around the globe, (b) assessed the feasibility of adding a new network security consulting service, and (c) kept employees focused on the company’s commitments to customers?

3. Go to Symantec’s Web site (www.symantec.com) and look up information about the company. What can you tell about its emphasis on customer service and innovation? In what ways does the organization support its employees in servicing customers and in being innovative?

4. What could other managers learn from Patrick Fitzgerald and Symantec’s approach?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which both help to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

PORTFOLIO PROJECT

MGT300 requires completion of a Portfolio Project due at the end of Week 8, for which you will complete one of two choices. Do not complete both assignments. See the descriptions below and on the Week 8 Assignments page for details.

 

Module 2

 

CRITICAL THINKING ASSIGNMENT (75 points)

 

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission. When you are ready to submit, click the Module 2 Critical Thinking header on the Assignments page to upload the document.

 

Assignment Option #1: Personality and Motivation – Analyze a Personality

 

Demonstrate your understanding of personality and motivation and your critical thinking and writing skills by synthesizing theories of personality and motivation. Base your response to this assignment on the personality of somebody with whom you have direct experience in the workplace—it could be a peer, a manager, a subordinate, or even yourself.

 

1. Describe the person’s personality broadly (either as described by the “Big Five” model, or by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or by any of the other ways we discussed of measuring and studying individual differences).

2. Given what you know of the personality under examination, explain which theory or theories of motivation would be most effective for a manager to use when trying to help this individual achieve her or his full potential at work. Describe the process of determination, the theory or theories you eventually recommend, and explain how the manager can use the tenets of that theory or those theories as applied to the person who serves as your case study.

 

Your well written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which both help to bolster your own assertions, as well as supplement your ideas.

 

Assignment Option #2: Case Study Analysis: Employees First

 

Read and respond to a case study to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to apply, the most important concepts of the module—especially potential pitfalls of communication media.

 

Click the link on the Assignments page to review a case study of HCL in the 9th edition of the course textbook.

 

In an integrated essay, analyze the case, providing support for your analysis. You should treat this as a single, formal essay and case analysis and make sure to reply to each of the following questions:

 

1. What is your impression of an “employees first” culture? Would this work in other organizations? Why or why not? What would it take to make it work?

2. How might an understanding of organizational behavior help CEO Vineet Nayar lead his company? Be specific. How about first-line company supervisors? Again, be specific.

3. What aspects of personality do you see in this story about HCL? How have the personality traits of HCL employees contributed to make HCL what it is?

4. What kind of questions would you ask on an employee attitude survey for HCL’s employees?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which help both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Portfolio Project (Options #1 and #2): Interview Subject and Summary of Theories (20 points of the Portfolio Project)

 

Review the Portfolio Project descriptions on the Week 8 Assignments page and the Portfolio Project grading rubric, which can be accessed from the Course Information page. The Portfolio Project is due before midnight at the end of Week 8.

 

During this week, select which of the two Portfolio Project options you will complete. Before midnight on Sunday, submit the name of the person who will be your interview subject, along with a summary of the theories that you plan to cover, to the drop box link in this assignment.

 

IMPORTANT: with respect to the identification of the person you will interview, submit only the person’s first and last name and the name of the organization. Do not provide specific contact information unless requested specifically by the instructor.

 

With respect to your summary of theories, your approach to theory can change as you progress through the Portfolio Project, so the information you provide this week is not set in stone. Instead, this assignment provides an opportunity to begin thinking about your Portfolio Project and recording your preliminary ideas.

 

Your submission should be one page in length.

 

Although you will not earn points in Week 2 for this deliverable, it is a required component of the Portfolio Project, and you will lose points on your final project grade if you fail to submit this assignment as required by the end of Week 2.

 

Module 3

 

CRITICAL THINKING ASSIGNMENT (75 points)

 

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission. When you are ready to submit, click the Module 3 Critical Thinking header on the Assignments page to upload the document.

 

Assignment Option #1: Leadership and Teams – Theoretical Leadership Models

 

Synthesize the topics of leadership and teams by crafting an essay in which, using supporting materials, you assess the theory and practice of leadership as it relates to teams.

 

In your critical essay, address both of the following items:

 

1. Describe and explain how one leadership model (a model deemed valid by today’s research standards, as discussed in the module material) interacts with the most important performance outcomes with regard to teams.

2. Choose one or two contemporary leadership theories and describe how a leader who was following the tenets of the theory or theories would interact with the members of his or her team in order to maximize the strengths of work teams in general while mitigating the pitfalls of such teams. Support your thinking by describing and applying at least one example, which can be based on an actual case or hypothetical.

 

Your well written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Although two outside scholarly sources are required for this paper, remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from additional outside scholarly sources, which helps both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Assignment Option #2: Leadership and Teams – Conformity

 

Submit a critical essay that responds to the following questions:

 

1. Does the desire to be accepted as a part of a group leave one susceptible to conforming to the group’s norms?

2. Can a group exert pressure that’s strong enough to change a member’s attitudes and behavior?

3. How does one particular leadership model (a valid one, by today’s research standards, as discussed in this module’s materials) interact with the most important performance outcomes with regard to teams?

4. What can you use from this analysis to help you be a better manager?

5. How would a leader who was following the tenets of the leadership model interact with the members of his or her team in order to maximize the strengths of work teams in general while mitigating the pitfalls of such teams?

 

Your well written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Although two outside scholarly sources are required for this paper, remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from additional outside scholarly sources, which helps both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Module 5

 

CRITICAL THINKING ASSIGNMENT (75 points)

 

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission. When you are ready to submit, click the Module 5 Critical Thinking header on the Assignments page to upload the document.

 

Assignment Option #1: Case Study Analysis: Social Benefit or Social Disaster?

 

Read and respond to a case study to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to apply, the most important concepts of the module, especially regarding the potential pitfalls of communication media.

 

Click the link on the Assignments page to review a case study of Twitter in the 9th edition of the course textbook.

 

In an integrated essay, analyze the case, providing support for your analysis by replying to each of the following questions:

 

1. What are the advantages and drawbacks of universities using social media to communicate with various stakeholders—students, potential students, alumni, donors, etc.?

2. Do you think tend to be more or fewer communication barriers when using social media versus using traditional media in the absence of social media? What should managers do to be sure they communicate effectively when using social media?

3. Looking at the rules and regulations that universities are establishing, do you think that business organizations should have rules for employees using social media? What types of rules do you think would be necessary? Be as specific as possible.

4. What have been your experiences—both positive and negative—with social media? From your experiences, what guidelines could you suggest for managers and organizations?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which help both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Assignment Option #2: Case Study Analysis: Banning Email

 

Read and respond to a case study to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to apply, the most important concepts of the module, especially regarding potential pitfalls of communication media.

 

Click the link on the Assignments page to review a case study of U.S. Cellular in the 9th edition of the course textbook.

 

In an integrated essay, analyze the case, providing support for your analysis by replying to each of the following questions:

 

1. Critically evaluate the position that e-mail tends to be generally unproductive in the workplace.

2. Were you surprised at the volume of e-mail an average employee receives daily? What are the challenges of dealing with this volume of e-mail? How much e-mail would you say you receive daily? Has your volume of e-mail increased? Have you had to change your e-mail habits?

3. What do you think of the e-mail “replacement” some businesses are using—more of a social media tool? In what ways might it be better? Worse?

4. What implications can you see for managers and communication from this story?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which help both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Portfolio Project (Options #1 and #2): Portfolio Project Outline (20 points of the Portfolio Project)

 

Submit an outline of your Portfolio Project. Your outline should include bullet points in the form of sentences or phrases describing each major argument you want to make, organized as the final project will be organized. This should by no means be a complete or final document, but should be sufficiently advanced to serve as a guide for a working draft of your project that serves to ensure that your writing is clear, thoughtful, and precise.

 

Although you will not earn points in Week 5 for this deliverable, it is a required component of the Portfolio Project, and you will lose points on your final project grade if you fail to submit this assignment as required by the end of Week 5.

 

Module 6

 

CRITICAL THINKING ASSIGNMENT (75 points)

 

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission. When you are ready to submit, click the Module 6 Critical Thinking header on the Assignments page to upload the document.

 

Assignment Option #1: Case Study Analysis: New Kind of Structure

 

Read and respond to a case study to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to apply, the concepts of organizational design and culture.

 

Click the link on the Assignments page to review a case study of Pfizer in the 9th edition of the course textbook.

 

Write an integrated essay that addresses the following items:

 

1. Describe and evaluate how Pfizer is allowing employees to be more productive with its PfizerWorks.

2. What structural implications—good and bad—does this approach have? (Think in terms of the six organizational design elements.)

3. Do you think this arrangement would work for other types of organizations? Why or why not? What types of organizations might it also work for?

4. What role do you think organizational structure plays in an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness? Explain.

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Contain a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which help both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Assignment Option #1: Case Study Analysis: Volunteers Work

 

Read and respond to a case study to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to apply, the most important concepts of the module.

 

Click the link on the Assignments page to review a case study of Habitat for Humanity in the 9th edition of the course textbook.

 

In an integrated essay, address the following questions:

 

1. What do you think about using “volunteers” to do work that other people get paid to do?

2. If you were in Mark Studness’s position, what would you be most concerned about in this arrangement? How would you “manage” that concern?

3. How do these “volunteers” fit into an organization’s structure? Take each of the six elements of organization design and discuss how each would affect this structural approach.

4. Do you think this approach could work for other types of work being done or in other types of organizations? Explain.

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 3-4 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements

· Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these scholarly sources!

 

Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which help both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.

 

Module 8

 

PORTFOLIO PROJECT (350 points)

 

You have a choice between two Portfolio Projects. Do not do both projects. Identify your Portfolio Project choice in the title of your document. When you are ready to submit, click the Module 8 Portfolio Project assignment header on the Assignments page to upload your Portfolio Project. The milestones in Weeks 2 and 5 apply to both assignments.

 

Portfolio Project Assignment Options #1 & #2: Portfolio Milestone Deliverables

 

The following deliverables are due before Sunday midnight of Weeks 2 and 4 respectively:

 

Week 2: Interview Subject and Summary of Theories (20 points of the Portfolio Project)

 

Select which of the two Portfolio Project options you will complete and submit. Before midnight on Sunday, submit the name of the person who will be your interview subject, along with a summary of the theories that you plan to cover.

 

IMPORTANT: with respect to the identification of the person you will interview, submit only the person’s first and last name and the name of the organization. Do not provide specific contact information unless requested specifically by the instructor.

 

With respect to your summary of theories, your approach to theory can change as you progress through your project, so the information you provide for this Week 2 deliverable is not set in stone. Instead, this assignment provides an opportunity to begin thinking about your Portfolio Project and record your preliminary ideas. Your submission should be one page in length.

 

Week 5: Portfolio Project Outline (20 points of the Portfolio Project)

 

Submit an outline of your Portfolio Project. Your outline should include bullet points, in the form of sentences or phrases describing each major argument you want to make, organized as the final project will be organized. This should by no means be a complete or final document, but should be sufficiently advanced to serve as a guide for a working draft of your project with some careful consideration and a few drafts to ensure that your writing is clear, thoughtful, and precise.

 

Portfolio Project Assignment Option #1: Research and Reflection Paper – Management Perspective

 

Your Portfolio Project synthesizes information gathered from an interview you will conduct with a manager of your choosing, the knowledge you’ve gained in this course, and your own experience to create a research and reflection paper.

 

Be sure to thoroughly read the Portfolio Project description below before beginning to work on the project.

 

Interview

 

Choose a manager to interview with whom you are familiar—ideally, someone whom you admire and aspire to emulate. Ask her or him for some time—perhaps you can sit down for coffee—during which you can describe your course learning objectives and discuss what you have so far taken away from the class (in brief) Ask the manager what insights she or he has to offer to you at this point in your career.

 

The goal of the interview is to gain insight into what makes a good manager from the perspective of someone in a management position. Some topics to touch on in the interview could include the following:

 

· How did you interviewee come to be a manager (i.e., what career path she or he followed)?

· What has surprised your interviewee most about what it means to be an effective leader (as opposed to the popular view of what a successful leader is and/or does)?

· What roles are played by managerial goals, objectives, decision making, and communication on the job?

· How does the interviewee handle change management at his/her organization and what specific challenges have she or he encountered?

· What advice does your interviewee offer to someone in your position and with your short- and long-term goals?

 

At the close of the interview, be sure to thank your interviewee for her or his time and assistance!

 

Note: Any documentation resulting from personal interviews by CSU-Global students are for the sole purposes of fulfilling a course assignment and will not be used as part of a larger study, published, or distributed outside of the course environment.

 

Research and Reflection Paper

 

In the next phase, ruminate on what you learned in your interview—especially anything that helped you to gain a deeper insight into the topics you studied in the course—and write a research and reflection paper in which you draw upon learning shared with your instructor and colleagues, your individual learning, and knowledge you have gained from the interview to demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of the foundational principles of management. In your paper, go beyond recitation of memorized facts or regurgitation of information; strive to synthesize the most important topics of management (i.e., leadership, personality, motivation, decision making, communication, and the importance of good management to yourself and to society) into a hybrid research and reflection paper.

 

Your paper should integrate responses to each of the following questions in a well-organized and coherent paper:

 

· What leadership precepts did your interviewee impart to you (or what can you glean on the topic as a result of your interview), and how do those dovetail with one or more of the modern theories of leadership?

· How do the personalities of workers, colleagues, managers, and subordinates impact your performance in, and experience of, the workplace? How do they interact with one or more leadership models to create the most effective work environment?

· In light of your interview, the leadership model(s) you’ve discussed, and your own personality, what one or two tenets of motivation theory have you taken away from the course?

· How do your understandings of motivation theories impact your conceptions of the best practices when it comes to making decisions and communicating at work?

· Based on your interview and on learning from this course, what does it take to be an effective employee, a successful manager, and an exemplary citizen of society?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 8-10 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. You may also want to view the website on How to Write an Interview in APA.

· Cite at least three scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course, to support your assertions and strengthen your arguments. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these sources!

 

Refer to the Portfolio Project rubric on the Course Information page for grading criteria. Please proofread your paper to ensure the sentences, paragraphs, and ideas flow well and are logical, concise, and grammatically error-free.

 

Portfolio Project Assignment Option #2: Research and Reflection Paper – Non-Management Perspective

 

Your Portfolio Project synthesizes information gathered from an interview you will conduct with an individual of your choosing who reports/has reported directly to, or works/has worked closely with, a manager, the knowledge you’ve gained in this course, and your experience to create a research and reflection paper.

 

Be sure to thoroughly read the Portfolio Project description below before beginning to work on the project.

 

Interview

 

Choose someone to interview with whom you are familiar—ideally, someone whom you know well. The individual should report to in the present, or have reported to in the past, one or more managers. Ask her or him for some time—perhaps you can sit down for coffee—during which you can describe your course learning objectives and discuss what you have so far taken away from the class (in brief). Ask your interviewee what insights she or he has to offer to you about what makes a good manager.

 

The goal of the interview is to gain insight into what makes a good manager from the perspective of the employee. Some topics to touch on in the interview could include the following:

 

· Does your interviewee have a favorite manager that he or she has worked with? Ask for an explanation of why this manager is a favorite.

· What does your interviewee believe makes a strong manager?

· Does your interviewee aspire to be a manager someday?

· What does your interviewee believe it means to be an effective leader (as opposed to the popular view of what a successful leader is and/or does)?

· What roles do managerial goals, objectives, decision making, and communication play on the job on a regular basis?

· How the interviewee handles changes at his/her organization and what specific challenges she or he has encountered with managers in the past?

· What advice does you interviewee offer to someone who is looking to become a manager?

 

At the close of the interview, be sure to thank your interviewee for her or his time and assistance!

 

Note: Any documentation resulting from personal interviews by CSU-Global students are for the sole purposes of fulfilling a course assignment and will not be used as part of a larger study, published, or distributed outside of the course environment.

 

Research and Reflection Paper

 

In the next phase, ruminate on what you learned in your interview—especially anything that helped you to gain a deeper insight into the topics we’ve studied in the course—and write a research and reflection paper in which you draw upon our shared learning, your individual learning, and the additional discernment you’ve gained from the interview to demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of the foundational principles of management. In your paper, go beyond a mere recitation of memorized facts or regurgitation of information; strive to synthesize the most important topics of management (i.e., leadership, personality, motivation, decision making, communication, and the importance of good management to yourself and to society) into a hybrid research and reflection paper.

 

Your paper should integrate responses to each of the following questions in a well-organized and coherent paper:

 

· What leadership precepts did your interviewee impart to you (or what can you glean on the topic as a result of your interview), and how do those dovetail with one or more of the modern theories of leadership?

· How do the personalities of workers, colleagues, managers, and subordinates impact performance in and experience of the workplace? How do they interact with one or more leadership models to create the most effective work environment?

· In light of your interview, the leadership model(s) you’ve discussed, and your own personality, what one or two tenets of motivation theory have you taken away from the course?

· How do your understandings of effective motivation theories impact your conceptions of the best practices when it comes to making decisions and communicating at work?

· Based on your interview and on learning from this course, what does it take to be an effective employee, a successful manager, and an exemplary citizen of society?

 

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

 

· 8-10 pages in length

· Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. You may also want to view the website on How to Write an Interview in APA.

· Cite at least three scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course, to support your assertions and strengthen your arguments. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these sources!

 

Refer to the Portfolio Project rubric on the Course Information page for grading criteria. Please proofread your paper to ensure the sentences, paragraphs, and ideas flow well and are logical, concise, and grammatically error-free.

 

Course Grading

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20% Discussion Participation

8% Mastery Exercises 37% Critical Thinking Activities 35% Final Portfolio Paper

0% Live Classroom

 

Grading Scale and Policies

A 95.0 – 100
A- 90.0 – 94.9
B+ 86.7 – 89.9
B 83.3 – 86.6
B- 80.0 – 83.2
C+ 75.0 – 79.9
C 70.0 – 74.9
D 60.0 – 69.9
F 59.9 or below

 

 

 

In-Classroom Policies

For information on late work and incomplete grade policies, please refer to our In-Classroom Student Policies and Guidelines or the Academic Catalog for comprehensive documentation of CSU-Global institutional policies.

 

Academic Integrity

Students must assume responsibility for maintaining honesty in all work submitted for credit and in any other work designated by the instructor of the course. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, reusing /re-purposing your own work (see the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements for percentage of repurposed work that can be used in an assignment), unauthorized possession of academic materials, and unauthorized collaboration. The CSU-Global Library provides information on how students can avoid plagiarism by understanding what it is and how to use the Library and Internet resources.

 

Citing Sources with APA Style

All students are expected to follow the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements when citing in APA (based on the APA Style Manual, 6th edition) for all assignments. For details on CSU-Global APA style, please review the APA resources within the CSU-Global Library under the “APA Guide & Resources” link. A link to this document should also be provided within most assignment descriptions on your course’s Assignments page.

 

Disability Services Statement

CSU–Global is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. Any student with a documented disability requesting academic accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Coordinator at 720-279-0650 and/or email ada@CSUGlobal.edu for additional information to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

Netiquette

Respect the diversity of opinions among the instructor and classmates and engage with them in a courteous, respectful, and professional manner. All posts and classroom communication must be conducted in accordance with the student code of conduct. Think before you push the Send button. Did you say just what you meant? How will the person on the other end read the words?

 

Maintain an environment free of harassment, stalking, threats, abuse, insults or humiliation toward the instructor and classmates. This includes, but is not limited to, demeaning written or oral comments of an ethnic, religious, age, disability, sexist (or sexual orientation), or racist nature; and the unwanted sexual advances or intimidations by email, or on discussion boards and other postings within or connected to the online classroom.

 

If you have concerns about something that has been said, please let your instructor know.

 
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