Orgeon BU215 Final Project Paper

| September 29, 2018

Bus 215 Final Project Paper
Paper
Objective: In place of a lengthy, cumulative
multiple-choice exam where you would be expected to demonstrate your
understanding of the management principles discussed throughout this course,
your final project will be a management paper intended to serve as the “capstone”
experience for this course.

Purpose: An in-depth managerial
analysis of a selected organization.
In the final paper, you will research, in-depth an
organization that you choose with the main emphasis on highlighting the four
functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. This
analysis should be based on reviewing company information as well as outside
credible sources and concepts from the textbook(s). You can make conclusions based on researched
information but it should not be based on your personal opinion alone. You are expected to cite all sources
utilizing APA standards (in-text citations and reference page required). Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful
consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and
provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic.

Your
paper should include the following:
Title Page.The
title of the paper should summarize the paper’s main idea. Include your name
(s) and date.
FormattingàThe title should be centered on the page, typed in 12-point
font(preferably Times New Roman, or I particularly
enjoy Garamond).

Abstract.The
abstract is a brief summary of the paper, allowing readers to quickly review
the main points and purpose of the paper. The abstract should be between
150-200 words. Abbreviations and acronyms used in the paper should be defined
in the abstract. The final sentence of the abstract should include a thesis
statement. For example, “This paper examines Amazon’s management practices…”
Tell the reader what they can expect from the paper.
FormattingàThe
word “Abstract” should be centered and typed in 12 point font (preferably Times
New Roman or I particularly enjoy Garamond). Do not indent the first line of
the abstract paragraph. All other paragraphs in the paper should be
indented.

Background. To put your report into
context, include a history of the organization, addressing questions such as:
When was it founded? Who founded it? Why was it founded? What services/products
does the organization produce? Is it a publicly traded company? If so, when did
it go public? What is the current value of the stock? How is it currently
performing in the market?

Organizational Culture. Every organization from
Zappos to Costco to Facebook to Nike has a unique story. In other words, as you
research your organization, try to uncover the organizational stories, heroes,
company mission, visible artifacts and guiding values of the organization?

Planning. Indicate in this
section how the organization goes about planning. Begin by identifying the
organizational mission or vision statement. As noted from chapter five, purpose
statements are brief and just a couple of sentences. (Your text highlights
Avon’s purpose statement: the cosmetics company.) Consider your organization’s
strategic plan. Identify the organization’s competitive advantage in the
industry in which it operates. If available, include the organization’s SWOT
analysis. This function of management entails a lot of information, so to
narrow your research, select a particular area to focus. The
following are some for your consideration:
·
How does the organization go
about developing commitment to goals?
·
Do they set goals
participatively? Do they make goals public?
·
What are their proximal and
distal goals and how is progress tracked?
·
What planning methodologies
are utilized?
·
Define and assess the
organization’s strategy.
·
Identify its customers and/or
constituents; and its competitors.
·
How does the organization
respond to change? How would you describe their adaptive strategy: defender,
prospector, analyzer or reactor?
·
How is conflict dealt with?
·
Describe their positioning
strategy: cost leadership, differentiation, or focus strategy?
·
How is innovation encouraged?
·
Does the company experience
any ethical dilemmas?
·
How does the organization
avoid “groupthink”?
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, you may
select another “planning” area to focus. For that, refer to chapters 5-8 in MGMT.

Organizing.
In this section, explain how the firm is organized. Include the formal
structure of the organization—that is, an organizational chart. Does
departmentalization exist? If so, what kind?
Things to look for—is there a clear chain of command? Is it a
mechanistic or organic organization?
Again, this function of management entails a lot of
information, so please select an area you want to focus—it
could cover any of the following: (Please note that this is not an exhaustive
list, you may select another “organizing” area to focus. For that, refer to
chapters 9-12 in MGMT.)
·
Are work teams encouraged?
What kinds of teams are used? How are teams managed?
·
How are employees recruited
and retained?
·
Indicate the interview
process. What tests are used during the interview?
·
Indicate the training programs
available to employees.
·
How are employees evaluated?
·
How are employees terminated?
·
What commitment has the
organization made to diversity?
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, you may
select another “organizing” area to focus. For that, refer to chapters 9-12 in MGMT.

Leading.
Indicate in this section the leadership style of the organization. You can do
this, by identify a top manager and describing how they motivate and inspire
their workers. What sources of employee empowerment are utilized? (Refer to
chapters 13 -15 in MGMT.)

Controlling.
Describe how the organization monitors progress toward goal achievement and how
they take corrective action when needed. (Refer to chapters 16-18 in MGMT.) To narrow your focus, consider focusing
on one
of the following:
·
Note the type of controls in place.
·
Describe the financial
controls.
·
Describe the operational
controls.
·
What role(s) do information
systems play?

Conclusions/Reflection.
In this section, explain what you were
surprised to learn about the organization and their four functions of management.
For example, did you find one function stronger than the other? Did you learn
something about how the organizations resolves problems or encourages
innovation? Perhaps, you were intrigued
by their organizational culture? After reflecting on the four functions,
consider whether you would be interested in joining the organization. Briefly
explain why or why not. Include any parting thoughts in this section.

References.Must
have at least five credible sources (not Wikipedia and more than the company’s
website).
FormattingàStart
the reference list on a new page. Center the title “References,” and
alphabetize the entries. Do not underline or italicize the title. Double-space
all entries. Every source in the paper should have an entry.

Use a 12-point font. Entire document is double-spaced. It should be between 7-10 pages (excluding
title page and references). All sources cited in text are also in the
References list. Direct quotations include the author (or title if no author),
the date, and specific part of the source. All quotations less than 40 words
are enclosed in quotation marks. The in text parenthetical phrase comes before the ending punctuation.
Paraphrased in text citations include the author (or title if no author) and
the date. It is optional to include the specific page, paragraph, or section of
a source that is paraphrased. To further understand APA Style, refer to the
files located in Blackboard under Final Projects.
Please note the following rubric that I will be using when
evaluating your paper.

OUTLINE HEADINGS

CRITERIA

POSSIBLE POINTS

Title Page

The
title summarizes the paper’s main idea. The title is centered on the page,
typed in 12-point font. The author’s name and date is centered on the page
and is double-spaced.

3/

Abstract

The
abstract is on page 2. The abstract is 150-250 words and is block styled
aligned to the left. The abstract provides a brief summary of the paper,
allowing the reader to quickly review the main points and purpose of the
paper. The final sentence(s) includes the purpose of the paper. There is a
clear thesis statement.
“This
paper examines…”

5/

Background

To
put the report into context, the author has included a history of the
organization, addressing such questions as: When was it founded? Who founded
it? Why was it founded? What services/products does the organization produce?
Is it a publicly traded company? When did it go public? What is the current
value of the stock? How is it currently performing in the market?

5/

Organizational Culture

Author
provides a “snapshot” of what it may be like to work at this organization by
including the organizational stories, heroes, values, visible artifacts, and
so forth.

3/

Planning

Required:
Clearly identifies the mission or vision statement. If possible, student will
identify the organization’s strategic plan. Identifies the organization’s
competitive advantage within the industry it operates. If available, author
will include a SWOT analysis.

Support
Information Required—Student Picks: Student
narrows research to include a particular area of planning. (For example, student
may explore how the organization sets goals and why they do this. Perhaps,
they may want to explore how decisions are made.)
Please
note: Student has autonomy to demonstrate which particular part of planning
they want to concentrate their efforts. This “pick” should further support
the previous section on planning.

5/

Organizing

Required: Student includes an organizational chart to
illustrate how the firm is organized. Further, the student explains how the
organization is organized. From the information provided the reader should be
able to understand how the firm is organized. Is there a clear chain of
command? Is it a mechanistic or organic organization?

Support
Information Required—Student Picks: Student
narrows research to include a particular area of organizing. (For example, student
may explore how teams are used and managed, or how prospective employees are
recruited and interviewed.) Please note: Student has autonomy to demonstrate
which particular part of organizing they want to concentrate their efforts.
This “pick” should further support the previous section on organizing.

5/

Leading

Student
identifies top manager within the organization and describes how they
motivate and inspire workers.

5/

Controlling

Student
describes how the organization monitors progress toward goal achievement and
how they take corrective action when needed.

5/

Conclusion/
Reflection

Students
writes a thoughtful summary of what they learned in their research. Upon
reflecting on the four functions, student considers whether they would be
interested in joining the organization.

5/

References

Five
credible sources (not Wikipedia and more than the company website.) A
point for each credible source.

5/

Total

46 points

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