Under Armour Paper – Assignment 1

Please see the attached instructions and use the Strayer Writing Standards to write the requested paper.  The company that I have selected to write about is Under Armour.  Thanks.

ASSIGNMENT 1

ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES

AND SOLUTIONS Due Week 4: 240 points

Leaders address issues and propose solutions. As a leader, you’ll need to

stay on top of events that may facilitate or hinder productivity. You must

create and implement solutions to address these issues.

This assignment exposes you to complex modern organizational

challenges. The solutions you devise should reflect your learning and

research of organizational and individual influences in the workplace.

INSTRUCTIONS

The new CEO has selected your consulting firm to give him/her an analysis

of the organizational efficiency.

Write a double-spaced 2 to 3 page paper in which you will present to the

CEO your findings during your research steps. You must propose strategic

solutions in your paper to include the following:

1) Describe the Organization and the Issue to Resolve

• Provide a brief description of the organization you selected.

• Present the organizational issue that adversely affected

productivity and that you, the consultant, will review and

resolve.

2) Analyze Current Corporate Culture

• How has the current corporate culture facilitated the

development of the current issue? Research the organization,

dig into the culture, and analyze how it contributed to this issue.

Hint: Review the mission and vision statements as well as the

corporate website.

3) Identify Areas of Weakness

• What are the organization’s areas of weakness? Use your

research on organizational behavior approaches to corporate

culture, diversity, teamwork, and motivational strategies.

4) Propose Solutions

• What organizational practices would you modify? What

solutions would you recommend to management? As the

consultant you will identify the suggestions and solutions you

would present to the organization’s leadership with regard to

modifying current organizational practices to resolve the issue.

5) References and Citations

• Provide at least 2 quality resources such as the course

textbook, company website, business websites (CNBC,

Bloomberg, etc.), resources from the Strayer Library, and/or

outside sources. Note: Wikipedia and web-based blogs do not

qualify as credible resources.

• In-text citations are required when paraphrasing or quoting

another source.

6) Formatting and Writing Standards

• Formatting and writing standards are part of your grade. Align

your formatting to the Strayer Writing Standards.https://blackboard.strayer.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/STANDARDIZED/StrayerWritingStandards/Strayer_Writing_Standards.pdf

*Grading for this assignment will be based on the following criteria and evaluation standards:

POINTS: 240 ASSIGNMENT 1: ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS

Criteria

Exemplary

100% – A

Proficient

85% – B

Fair

75% – C

Unacceptable

0% – F

1. Describe the

Organization and

the Issue to

Resolve

Weight: 20%

Fully describes the

organization by providing a

relevant and robust but

concise overview of the

company (e.g. when they

were established, what

service(s) or products they

provide, and other relevant

information). Additionally,

the author fully describes the

issue he/she has identified;

what he/she knows about it

and how it has impacted the

company.

Sufficiently describes the

organization and provides

details about the company.

The issue is identified and

the author sufficiently

describes what he/she

knows about it and its

impact on the company.

Partially describes the

organization and provides

some details about the

company, but additional

details would improve the

description. The issue and

its impact on the company

are not clearly articulated.

Does not describe the

organization or provide

details about the company.

The issue and its impact on

the company are not

provided.

2. Analyze

Current Corporate

Culture

Weight: 20%

Completely describes the

company’s culture by

detailing how the company

positions itself from internal

and external perspectives.

Draws strong, logical

connections about how the

culture did or could have

supported/facilitated the

challenge. Makes direct

connections and supports

points with source material.

Satisfactorily describes

the company culture by

drawing on and

synthesizing corporate

information about the

company. Makes logical

and realistic connections

that are supported by

source material.

Partially describes the

company’s culture. Lacks

details and/or multiple

sources are not utilized to

provide a well-rounded

perspective. Makes loose

connections that were not

supported by sources or

that were not fully

articulated.

The culture is not

described or the company

is not differentiated

completely from others.

Poses unsupported

connections or

connections are not

included.

3. Identify Areas

of Weakness

Weight 20%

Completely identifies areas

of weakness and provides

strong details with logical

connections and supporting

source material.

Satisfactorily identifies

areas of weakness and

provides valid details

supported by source

material.

Partially identifies areas of

weakness and makes loose

connections between the

weaknesses and supporting

material.

Does not identify areas of

weakness or does not

provide supporting source

material.

4. Propose

Solutions

Weight 25%

Completely describes

modifications to

organizational practices and

provides solutions with

strong connections and

supporting source material.

Logically details how the

solutions will resolve issue.

Satisfactorily describes

modifications to

organizational practices.

Provides solutions that

make some connections

with supporting source

material to indicate how

the solutions will resolve

the issue.

Partially describes

modifications to

organizational practices and

solutions to resolve the

issues. Lacks supporting

details and source material.

Does not describe

modifications to

organizational practices,

or does not identify

solutions that would

resolve the issue. No

source material is

provided.

5. Reference

minimums;

Reference quality

Weight 5%

Meets or exceeds number of

required references; all

references high quality

choices.

Meets number of

required references;

some references may be

poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required

number of references; some

references may be poor

quality choices.

No references provided or

all references poor quality

choices.

6. Follows writing

standards;

Meets page

minimums

Weight 10%

Followed all writing

standards.

Met page minimums.

Followed most writing

standards.

Met page minimums.

Followed few writing

standards.

May not have met page

minimums.

Followed few to no writing

standards.

Did not meet page

minimums.

  • 1) Describe the Organization and the Issue to Resolve
  • 2) Analyze Current Corporate Culture
  • 3) Identify Areas of Weakness
  • 4) Propose Solutions
  • 5) References and Citations
  • 6) Formatting and Writing Standards