The purpose of this final paper is to give you an opportunity to apply what has been learned in the course (through course lectures, readings, and discussions) to problems in an organization of your choice. You should identify a public, private, or non-profit organization to study (Please, no student groups). You can choose an organization where you work or have interests.
You should answer the following questions detailed below.
a) What are the issues or problems facing the organization?
b) What course concepts can be applied to understand why this problem is occurring?
c) What recommendations can you offer to help improve organizational functioning?
Your project will be evaluated on the following criteria:
a) Problem definition: How well (i.e., thoroughly and concisely) you describe the organizational context, the relevant parties, and the factors that are important to the problem?
b) Accurate and thorough use of course concepts.
c) Integration of course concepts with information about the company and problem, i.e., how well you integrate course concepts with information about the problem to illuminate the problem in a way that leads to solutions?
d) Extent to which recommendations are consistent with analysis.
e) Quality of written analysis.
GUIDELINES FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
Each assignment should be:
• Min 750 – Max 1000 words in length (minimum 3 Pages)
• Double spaced
• One- inch margins
• Font-Times New Roman
• Size- 12
• Black ink—please!
Here are the topics we went over during this semester. One of the theories is what my paper should be based on.
Topic – Choose one topic from the list below, and apply that topic to the problem. Describe very specifically how the concepts, principles, and findings represented in the topic matter to the problem, and how they can be used to understand a solution.
• Value-percept theory
• Job characteristics theory
• Challenge-hindrance stressors
• Expectancy theory
• Goal setting theory
• Equity theory
• Psychological empowerment
• Cognition-based trust
• Ethical decision making
• Cognitive ability
• Emotional intelligence
• Team processes
• Types of power
• Transformational leadership