2 Management Papers

1.   Best Workplace

Review the most current results of FORTUNE Magazine’s annual ranking of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Explore the website of at least three of the companies noted. Develop a two- to four page paper that addresses the following:

  • When reviewing the descriptions of the work environments, identify elements that appear to foster employee motivation and group cohesion among employees.
  • Relate your analysis to the material presented in the chapters assigned for reading this week. For example, there may be elements that support George Homans’ theory, or another theory of exchange in groups.

Use at least three resources in addition to the course text and the FORTUNE Magazine article. The paper is to follow APA guidelines

2.  Focus of the Final Paper

you will choose a generic organization (manufacturing plant).  Assume that you are a hired consultant for this organization.  You have been asked by the president of the organization to prepare a background paper on the results of your research and to make recommendations to improve group productivity in the organization.

Your research has identified the following problems:

  1. Role conflicts within groups
  2. Communication problems among group members
  3. Lack of cohesiveness in groups with diverse members
  4. Excessive intergroup conflict

In an eight to ten-page paper, include the following:

  1. Introduction – clear explanation of the type of organization
  2. Explanation of how each problem could impact a group’s productivity (use examples to illustrate points)
  3. Recommendations to resolve each problem
  4. Suggestions, based on your knowledge of group dynamics, for a company-wide training program on best practices for group productivity
  5. Conclusion/Summary

 Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  3. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  4. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  5. Must use at least six scholarly sources.
  6. Must document all sources in APA style,

MGT415.W3A1.10.2014 Description: Total Possible Score: 15.00 Employee Motivation Total: 2.00 Distinguished – Accurately identifies and expertly describes elements from at least three company descriptions that foster employee motivation. Proficient – Identifies and describes elements from at least three company descriptions that foster employee motivation, but the elements identified may not clearly influence employee motivation. Basic – Identifies and vaguely describes elements from at least three company descriptions that could possibly foster employee motivation, but clear connections to employee motivation are underdeveloped. Below Expectations – Attempts to identify elements from the company descriptions that foster employee, but the elements are too indeterminate to be considered complete. Non-Performance – The identification of elements that foster employee motivation are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions. Group Cohesion Total: 2.00 Distinguished – Accurately identifies and expertly describes elements from at least three company descriptions that foster group cohesion. Proficient – Identifies and vaguely describes elements from at least three company descriptions that foster group cohesion, but the elements identified may not clearly influence group cohesion. Basic – Identifies elements from at least three company descriptions that could possibly foster group cohesion, but clear connections to group cohesion are underdeveloped. Below Expectations – Attempts to identify elements from at least three company descriptions that foster group cohesion, but the elements are too indeterminate to be considered complete. Non-Performance – The identification of elements that foster group cohesion are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions. Relate Analysis to Concepts from the Text Total: 2.00 Distinguished – Expertly and directly relates the analysis of at least three organizations to concepts from the text. Connections are clearly established and accurately correlate with the analysis. Proficient – Skillfully relates the analysis of at least three organizations to concepts from the text. Not all of the connections are clearly aligned with the analysis. Basic – Briefly relates the analysis of at least three organizations to concepts from the text. The discussion could be strengthened with more connections to concepts from the text. Below Expectations – Attempts to relate the analysis of at least three organizations to concepts from the text, but the discussion is underdeveloped. Non-Performance – The discussion relating the analysis to the text is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions. Critical Thinking: Influence of Context and Assumptions Total: 2.00 Distinguished – Clearly evaluates own and others’ assumptions and carefully determines the relevance of contexts when presenting a position. Proficient – Determines own and others’ assumptions and clearly identifies the relevance of contexts when presenting a position. Basic – Determines some assumptions and identifies on a basic level the importance of contexts when presenting a position. Below Expectations – Recognizes some assumptions, although, such recognition may be incomplete. May inadequately identify the importance of contexts when presenting a position. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Reading: Interpretation Total: 2.00 Distinguished – Demonstrates an understanding of the multiple ways of reading and the range of interpretive strategies particular to one’s discipline(s) or in a given community of readers. Proficient – Demonstrates that s/he can read purposefully, choosing among interpretive strategies depending on the purpose of the reading. Basic – Identifies a purpose for reading when provided with clarification of the task. Below Expectations – Fails to identify a purpose for reading when provided with clarification of the task. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics Total: 2.00 Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors, and is very easy to understand. Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors, and is mostly easy to understand. Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors, which may slightly distract the reader. Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors, which distract the reader. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. APA Formatting Total: 1.00 Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title and reference page. Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors. Basic – Exhibits basic knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements. Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Page Requirement Total: 1.00 Distinguished – The paper meets the specific page requirement stipulated in the assignment description. Proficient – The paper closely meets the page requirement stipulated in the assignment description. Basic – The paper meets over half of the page requirement. Below Expectations – A fraction of the page requirement is completed. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Resource Requirement Total: 1.00 Distinguished – Provides ample resources and uses the correct number of sources from the specified search agents. Proficient – Provides the approximate number of sources, while using some of the correct search agents specified in the assignment instructions. Basic – Provides over half of the sources required in the assignment instructions. Below Expectations – Provides inadequate number of resources and does not include sources from specified search agents. 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