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MGT 415 Entire Course (Ash Course)

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MGT 415 Week 1 DQ 1 Organizational Design
MGT 415 Week 1 DQ 2 The Research Project
MGT 415 Week 2 DQ 1 Group Development Process
MGT 415 Week 2 DQ 2 Influence of Informal Groups
MGT 415 Week 3 DQ 1 Group Cohesion and Productivity
MGT 415 Week 3 DQ 2 Norms and Conformity
MGT 415 Week 3 Assignment Best Workplace
MGT 415 Week 4 DQ 1 Group Decisions
MGT 415 Week 4 DQ 2 Power, Conflict and Resolution

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MGT 415 Week 1 DQ 1 Organizational Design (Ash Course)

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Organizational Design. More than ever, groups and teams are responsible for executing tasks in the workplace. Take a position on the following statement: All organizations should use the group structure as the basic building block for designing and organizing jobs.
Provide examples to support your answer. In your responses to classmates, take the opposite position your classmates have presented and provide a convincing response designed to change their minds. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

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MGT 415 Week 1 DQ 2 The Research Project (Ash Course)

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The Research Project. Identify a generic organization (e.g., manufacturing plant, hospital, educational institution). You will use this same organization in your Final Project. Assume that you are part of a research team examining work groups in the organization to determine factors that enhance or inhibit group productivity. Identify what factors you would examine in your research and provide a rationale for your choice. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

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MGT 415 Week 3 Assignment Best Workplace (Ash Course)

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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 three-page paper that addresses the following:
a. When reviewing the descriptions of the work environments, identify elements that appear to foster employee motivation and group cohesion among employees.

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MGT 415 Week 3 DQ 2 Norms and Conformity (Ash Course)

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Norms and Conformity. Norms influence behavior conformity among group members. What factors will influence group members to conform to a group’s norms, and when will members remain independent? Do individuals who do not conform to the group’s norms ever succeed in influencing the rest of the group? Provide examples to support your analysis. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts

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MGT 415 Week 4 DQ 1 Group Decisions (Ash Course)

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Group Decisions. Discuss how decisions are made in your workgroup. Which model is used for what situation? Be sure to provide specific examples of at least three situations and what model was used in each situation. Critique the effectiveness of the model, as applied to each situation. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

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MGT 415 Week 5 DQ 1 Leadership (Ash Course)

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Leadership. In a group environment, should leaders be assigned at the beginning of a project or should leaders emerge as the group is working on the project? Outline the positives and negatives of each approach. Is there a particular type of group that uses a particular leadership approach? Why do you think this is the case? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

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MGT 415 Week 5 Final Assignment (Avon Consultant Report) (Ash Course)

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Focus of the Final Paper
In Week One, you will choose a generic organization (manufacturing plant, hospital, etc.). 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