discussion psy. 496 applied project, week 3
June 21, 2017
TA2: Preparation assignment for Decision Support
June 21, 2017

Evaluate the information in a logical and organized manner

Once you’ve read the scenario below, get started by going to Step 1.
The day after you hand in your organizational analysis, you notice the following headline in the business section in the news: “Employees Accused of Stealing from Company.” Apparently, a group of employees who worked for a company similar to yours was routinely lying on their expense reports, claiming-and getting reimbursed for-personal expenditures, including Caribbean trips and four-star restaurants.You nearly spit out your coffee when you read this. You work in the same sector! After doing your organizational analysis, you feel like you have a good grasp on the mission and values of your company, and you’d be very surprised such behavior was tolerated. This article, however, still makes you wonder about your industry as whole.
Once you get to your office, you discover that you aren’t the only one interested in this story; everyone is buzzing about it. As soon as you drop your stuff in your cube, you see a message from the COO’s assistant: the COO, Kate Lindsay, wants to see you this afternoon. Why does Kate want to see you? Kate is very high in the organizational “food chain.”You head to Kate’s office. As you sit down, Kate lives up to her reputation for being focused and direct and immediately launches into what she has to say, “You must have heard about the expense report scandal at our competitor’s organization. We need to ensure that the same thing is not happening here.” She continues, “I came to this organization because I considered it to be among the best – are we?” She begins ticking off questions on her fingers: “How can we be sure what we believe and say matches what we actually do? How can we be sure we don’t have a culture and climate that are viewed as unethical and unhealthy?
Do we put enough emphasis on ethical and caring behavior in our decisions and our actions?”She pauses before going on. “I’m new to this position and to this sector in general. I’m clearly responsible and accountable for the climate, culture, and ethical behavior in this organization. We need to be concerned about these issues, and I need your help figuring out where we stand and what, if anything, we should be doing differently.” Your help? You look at her expectantly.She answers your implied question, “I read your organizational analysis last night, and I was enough impressed with it that I think you could handle this particular task. I’m an engineer by training, and I’m methodical, thorough, and detailed,” Kate says, before adding, “This report needs to reflect +my-and, more importantly, this organization’s-careful and thoughtful approach to these issues. So even though organizational culture, climate, and ethics may seem like ‘soft’ issues, I expect strong critical thinking and an evidence-based report.
I don’t just want opinions. It might help to imagine yourself as an independent consultant we are counting on for both expertise and objectivity.”She glances at her phone. “I have a meeting in two minutes.” She stands up. “I really need your best thinking and good advice on this in three weeks. Talk to my assistant about making an appointment to see me then, and have 15-minute PowerPoint presentation ready along with a brief memo summarizing your points,” she says, “Also, I trust you understand this is a matter that needs to be kept between us.” She looks at you squarely: “I don’t want to learn my questions and concerns have become the subject of general discussions in the office.” “Absolutely!” You say, with confidence, as Kate heads out of her office. Then she turns around, “Oh, and I want to see some of your work-in-progress as you do this project. Talk to my assistant about that as well.”You return to your desk thrilled that the COO has shared her concerns and asked you for your input. You have so many ideas and lots of questions-but you also realize you are going to need to proceed without all the information you would ideally love to have. You know you will need to rely only on publicly available information and not go poking around in confidential work files or asking others in your office for input or advice.
Instructions:
• create and submit a project plan (submit separtley)
• When Step 3 is complete, submit your preliminary summary (submit separtley)
• When Step 4 is complete, submit your annotated resources list for review and feedback. (submit separtley)
• Submit your narrated PowerPoint presentation and brief memo (which typically requires 4 pages . (submit separtley)
submit each step as a seprate word
Step 1: Organizing Your Work
The first thing you should do is review the following: the description of the final deliverable instructions on how to create a narrated PowerPoint presentation the rest of the Steps to Completion for this project After you have a good idea of the scope of work for this project, consider how you will approach an analysis of your own organization.First, review these brief guidelines about conducting research on your organization.please discuss with your instructor any limiting factors you may encounter as you write this report. After you’ve discussed these issues with your instructor, if you believe it’s best for you to research an organization other than your own, please read the guidelines about using an outside organization.
If necessary, schedule any meetings in advance with your organization’s personnel to obtain the necessary information. Your next steps will be to complete a project plan (creating a project plan) and outline (creating an outline). This requires that you read through the steps to completion. As you do this, think about: the information you need how to get that information allocating appropriate time to each step and any other project management factors that may seem relevant Finally, once all the above is complete: create and submit a project plan for review and feedback
Step 2: Collect and Analyze Resources
Okay, now that you have a plan and an outline to guide you, it is time to start collecting resources. Before beginning your research in business and management journals, however, there are some preliminary readings you should complete to help you develop a broad understanding of the key theories, concepts, and ideas that are relevant for this project. organizational behavior
organizational culture
organizational climate
business ethics (organizational ethics)
As you read about each of the key concepts for this project — organizational culture, organizational climate, and business/organizational ethics — think about the implications for industries and organizations such as yours and for their leaders. Jot down ideas and questions you will need to research further in order to develop the expertise required to complete this project successfully. When undertaking your research for your presentation recall what you learned about good graduate-level research practices in DCL 600.
Be sure to consult with your professor if and when you have questions about the strategy and process you plan on using to find good resources for this project. Once you have completed your reading and library research for this project, apply what you have learned to your organization, looking for: any publicly available policies and procedures that provide helpful insights into how ethical conduct and desired organizational behaviors are managed any nonconfidential sources w
Step 3: Preliminary Summary
Create a preliminary summary of your findings. As you did for the situation audit, adopt the perspective of an outside consultant when working on this report. This will increase your objectivity as you examine your own company. The COO, Kate Lindsay, absolutely needs objectivity with this subject.Now onto the summary, which will present your initial findings and ideas about the organizational culture, climate, and ethics: Explain (as a consultant would) the concepts of organizational culture, climate, and ethics Connect the consequences of organizational culture, climate, and ethics to your organization’s operations describe your initial findings and observations about your organization’s culture, climate, and approach to ethical decision-making When Step 3 is complete, submit your preliminary summary for review and feedback. here your CEO or other leaders may have written or spoken about these topics
Step 4: Evaluate Arguments and Evidence
The next step is to continue the process of supporting, refining (or even refuting) the ideas and arguments in your preliminary summary. This means assessing the soundness of your arguments and ensuring that you’re using evidence-based reasoning: Review your preliminary summary and revise it as necessary. Use the feedback from your instructor to help guide you with this. Be a consultant: Use an evaluative mindset, reminding yourself of the perspective an expert consultant would apply to this project.Create an annotated resource list (creating an annotated bibliography) of the articles and sources you’ve reviewed thus far.When Step 4 is complete, submit your annotated resources list for review and feedback.
Step 5: Final Deliverable: Narrated Presentation
The final step is to recommend actions that would ensure closer alignment between the organization’s mission and values and its culture, climate, and approach to ethical decision-making. Once this final element is included in your report, then it should be ready to go. Submit your narrated PowerPoint presentation and brief memo (which typically requires 3 pages or less to cover all your points) in your LEO Assignment Folder. Before you submit your assignment, review the competencies below, which your instructor will use to evaluate your work. A good practice would be to use each competency as a self-check to confirm you have incorporated all of them in your work.
2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration.
2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.
2.3: Evaluate the information in a logical and organized manner to determine its value and relevance to the problem.
2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem.
2.5: Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.
5.1: Develop constructive resolutions for ethical dilemmas based on application of ethical theories, principles and models.
9.3: Apply the principles of employment law for ethical practices and risk mitigation.

 

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