Week 6 To: Consulting Team From: CEO Re: Team Project and Presentation For this project and presentation, you will be focusing on Organizational Change, which is discussed in Chapter 16. Organizational change can come about for a number of reasons, which include problems within the organization that decreases its reputation or product confidence, innovation, technological improvements, or simply staying ahead of the competition.
Mergers and acquisitions, changes in leadership, ethical violations, and organizational mistakes may require changes to the organization. For example, remember Tony Howard, the former chief executive of BP? He faced leadership and communication problems within his organization following the 2010 oil spill. BP’s image and value plummeted, and the employees’ motivation followed. BP needed to make external changes, and these changes needed to be accepted internally (by the employees) in order to be successful. BP and Howard would be in a lot better shape if they had consulted with us! We want to show this client we can take such an event, research its history, and apply organizational behavior concepts to recommend successful solutions. You will learn that change is very difficult to implement in an organization. “Out with the old, and in with the new” is not always welcome by the organization’s staff. Many employees like the old ways and may be not embrace the change. So, the question becomes – how to get everyone on the staff to support the change?
Research and write a paper where you will review an organization that you find needs to implement a change. For this Week 6 your paper will analyze the organization, identify its problems that make it ripe for a change, and apply a change theory. (In Week 8 you will present your paper to me by video. I will use the best video to present to a new client who could make or break our company. This client is a multi-national, multi-million dollar company that is interested in hiring a full-time consulting service to help their organization implement a large scale change.)
Be certain to follow all directions to a “T”, so read the directions to the project below very carefully. Let’s get this deal! Good luck and let me know if you have questions.
1. Locate 3 peer-reviewed journal articles that discuss organizational change and organizational change model. (Limit your change model discussion to the two change models identified in the text in Chapter 16: Lewin and Kotter). This will require research using library databases. Note your textbook does not count toward the 3 peer-reviewed articles. You can use Google Scholar or the Library resources to locate the 3 peer-reviewed articles.
2. Topic: Start by locating an organization that has experienced a problem or event that has a significant effect on the organization. Review news reports, newspapers or business periodicals such as National Public Radio, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week or the New York Times. You will need to use 3 references for this part.
3. Write a 6-7 pages with the following headings and discussing: a. Definition and discussion of Organizational Change. b. Why this organization was chosen: Identification of the organization and its problems c. Identification of Organizational Change Models. d. Choose the best of the 2 Change Models (Lewin or Kotter) and apply it to the Organization. This is best done using a step by step approach. e. Provide a brief (2 paragraphs) overview of a Change Management Plan to explain the monitoring and progress reporting during the implementation of this plan.
4. Include a reference page with headings as follows: a. Peer-Reviewed Articles: (Include three peer-reviewed journal articles that discuss organizational change and organizational change model). b. News/Business Periodicals: (Include three references to newspapers or business periodicals that discuss the topic/organization you have chosen to review and its problems) Provide a title page with your name. Your content should include
5 pages, using double-spaced Times New Roman font. You should include headings, topic sentences, and the inclusion of the weekly learning. You must cite to at a minimum 6 sources, (3 peer-reviewed and 3 newsworthy articles) using APA format. Note your text does not count toward the 6 sources
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