Organizational Change

After briefly describing an organizational change you have experienced, identify and discuss:

  • Environmental forces such as changing demographics, diversity, technology, political and/or economic factors that drove the need for change
  • Type of change that occurred (tuning, redirecting, adapting or overhauling)
  • The outcome – why did or didn’t the change achieved intended results.

Learning & Behaviorism

Ch. 6:  Learning & Behaviorism   Discussion.

h. 6:  Learning & Behaviorism (Chapter 6):  This chapter covers principles of learning and the concepts related to a major psychological theory – Behaviorism.  Discuss the following after you read the chapter and watch the associated film Learning and Behavior (26 min)

1)  In the text, Kalat outlines the assumptions made by behaviorists. Considered together, two of these assumptions clearly challenge the notion of free will (discussed in Ch. 1, free will vs. determinism). Behaviorists assume determinism, that every behavior has a discoverable cause; they also assume that mentalistic explanations are not good explanations for behavioral phenomena. These assumptions question our typical everyday explanations for our behavior: “Because I wanted to…”, “Because I felt it was the thing to do…” These all imply that we freely chose to engage in the behavior. According to the behaviorists, our behavior was molded by our “reinforcement histories”—we have little choice in the matter.

  • How do you feel about the behaviorist assertion that free will is an illusion? What arguments can you make for or against this assertion? How might a behaviorist counter-argue?  Explain your response.

2) Learning plays a prominent role in human experience. Share with your classmates an example from your own life where learning has occurred.  The example can reflect some form of  Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, or Social Learning.  Describe and explain your experience in behavioral terms.  For example, if the experience seems to reflect Classical Conditioning (associative learning), what would you identify as the unconditioned stimulus, conditioned stimulus and conditioned response?  If your example reflects Operant Conditioning, what are the identified reinforcers or punishers that shaped your behavior?  If the example is one of social learning, what influenced you to act or not act in a particular way?  (The example you share does not need to be something personal – learning can occur in a variety of circumstances – so you can be selective about what you choose to share.)

3) Post any questions you have or additional reflections in association with the material in Chapter 6.

 

answer True or False (T or F) for the following statements, using information from your text as a guide.  If you determine the statement to be False, give a brief statement of explanation to support your response (a fully composed sentence).  The statement should be reflective of information provided by the text, rather than your own ideas.  Items marked false that do not contain an explanation will incur -1 pt. deduction per statement.(please follow the direction carefully

Chapter 10

_____1.  When you decide to do something, you make the conscious decision slightly before the relevant activity begins in your brain.

_____ 2.  Most old people do better on memory tests early in the morning than later in the day.

_____3.  Dreaming occurs only during REM sleep.

_____4.  Hypnosis improves the accuracy of people’s memories.

Chapter 11

_____5.  People in all known cultures show priorities that fit Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

_____6.  Most people underestimate how long they will need to complete a major task.

_____ 7.  Overweight people are more than twice as likely as other people to be seriously depressed.

Chapter 12

_____8.  Nearly all psychological researchers agree that people have six basic emotions.

_____9.  One of the main problems facing the developers of emotional intelligence tests is determining what the correct answers are.

_____10.  Brief, mild stress improves memory and enhances activity of the immune system.

_____11.  Most people who experience extremely traumatic events do not develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Chapter 13

_____12.  One of the main predictors of violent behavior is mental illness.

_____13.  When you try to explain someone else’s behavior, you are more likely to explain it in terms of personality than when you are explaining your own behavior.

_____14.  Asch’s research showed that most people conform to the majority’s opinion, even when they know the majority is wrong.

Chapter 14

_____  15.  Freud based his theories on careful studies of personality development during childhood and adolescence.

_____ 16.  Humanistic psychologists try to analyze people’s behavior in terms of genetics and hidden, unconscious forces.​

_____ 17.  Psychologists derived the Big Five model of personality from an analysis of the English language.

Chapter 15

​_____18.  A gene has been identified that is responsible for more than one-fourth of cases of major depression

_____ 19.  Hallucinating a voice saying frightening messages is an example of a “positive symptom” of schizophrenia.

_____ 20.  Most types of psychotherapy are about equally effective for improving a client’s quality of life.

Bill Gates

Class,

Bill Gates once said, “I will find a lazy person to do a hard job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do the job”. Interesting thought and I guess some truth to it. I have always operated under the belief that almost everything within the realm of HR is employee relations based. Examine all of the aspects of what HR Departments are responsible for and there is an employee relations issue. This week, we are going to jump into why effective employee relations is paramount for any organization.

For your posting requirements for this week, please address the following:

Student Response #1

Sugar Rush: Michael Munch Email – as part of your final, you will need to read and respond accordingly to the email Michael sent to the entire Board of Directors. You are hired as the HR Director. Read the email and tell me your overall reaction and how you would respond. Be specific!!! (The email is attached in the Assignment Section)

Student Response #2

EEOC Letter – you are now in receipt of a letter from the EEOC with a possible Title VII violation. As the head of HR, you will need to read and respond accordingly. Your general thoughts? Do you feel we violated Title VII? Make the argument for the employer? (The letter is attached is the Assignment Section)

Decision Analysis Toolkit

Instructions

In this assignment, you will create a PowerPoint presentation that details a number of quantitative analysis methods and indicates how and when they should be used to solve business problems.

Requirements:

  • Include an analysis of 10 different methods.
    • At least four methods must not have been directly covered in the course.
  • For each analysis method include:
    • A one slide description of the method and the type of problem it can be used to solve.
    • An example of the method in use.
    • 2-4 references describing the method and/or examples
  • Practical example
    • invent a business problem, and briefly describe it in one slide
    • create a simple decision tree to select the quantitative method used to evaluate it
    • include a sample evaluation and recommendation for the business problem

Touchstone 2.2: Create an Annotated Bibliography

Touchstone 2.2: Create an Annotated Bibliography

ASSIGNMENT: Using your research question, working thesis, and outline from Touchstone 1.2, create an annotated bibliography that provides a synopsis of your sources and an explanation of how you will use them.
As this assignment builds on Touchstone 1.2: Write a Research Question, Thesis, and Outline, that Touchstone must be graded before you can submit your annotated bibliography.

A. Assignment Guidelines

DIRECTIONS: Refer to the list below throughout the writing process. Do not submit your Touchstone until it meets these guidelines.

1. Annotated Bibliography

Make sure to:

❒ Alphabetize the entries, according to APA style.

❒ Include the required bibliographic information in APA format for each entry.

❒ Include 3-4 sentences for each entry that provide a short summary of the source and how you plan to use it to support your argument.

❒ Include at least seven entries in your annotated bibliography, all of which must be credible, academic sources.

❒ Choose your own sources, but use no more than three websites (there is no limit on the number of online journals used).

❒ Thoroughly check the formatting requirements for the different source types.

❒ Indicate the required sources (book, peer-reviewed journal, newspaper/magazine, and credible website) by including the source type in parentheses after the relevant entry.

2. Reflection

❒ Have you displayed a clear understanding of the research activities?

❒ Have you answered all reflection questions thoughtfully and included insights, observations, and/or examples in all responses?

❒ Are your answers included on a separate page below the main assignment?

 

B. Reflection Questions

DIRECTIONS: Below your assignment, include answers to all of the following reflection questions.

1. Accurately recording bibliographic information is essential and saves you time, as you can transfer this information to the References page of your drafted essay. Each source entry should include a brief summary of the source as well as 3-4 sentences describing how you intend to use that source to build or support your argument. Discuss how your annotated bibliography meets these criteria. (2-3 sentences)

2. Which strategies were most helpful for you when searching for credible sources? (2-3 sentences)

3. What difficulties did you face while searching for credible sources? How did you overcome these difficulties? (2-3 sentences)

D. Requirements

The following requirements must be met for your submission to be graded:

· Double-space the bibliography entries and use one-inch margins.

· Use a readable 12-point font.

· All writing must be appropriate for an academic context.

· Composition must be original and written for this assignment.

· Plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited.

· Submission must include your name, the name of the course, the date, and the title of your composition.

· Submission must include your reflection questions.

· Include all of the assignment components in a single file.

· Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx.

· Your research question, thesis, and outline must be graded before your annotated bibliography will be accepted.

Failed Company

Research a company that failed because they did not adapt. What technology disrupted them and how long did it take? Think Kodak or Blockbuster: Describe how a particular company or industry was eliminated by a new technology. For example, how did the digital camera destroy the film market? What was the impact of the convergence of these technologies through Moore’s Law, the Hype Cycle and the 6 D’s of Disruption?

compensation strategy

For this assignment, write an essay explaining your new compensation strategy   for the mid-level manager position you still need to fill. Your audience is the   chief executive officer (CEO) and other supervisors in your organization. In   this essay, include the items listed below.

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  • After a brief introduction, explain how equal employment opportunity laws        impact the organization’s compensation strategy.
  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of        pay-for-performance and competency-based pay. What strategy would you        recommend for your organization, and why?
  • Explain how various motivational theories can factor into your development        of a multi-generational compensation package for your whole organization      that   includes indirect benefits. Be sure to give specific examples of how      different   generations of applicants or employees will be affected.
  • Explain your proposed compensation package, which should include direct        and indirect benefits and how the package will affect hiring and retention.    Be     sure to specifically identify how much you will pay the mid-level    managers,     and indicate how it compares to your state and the federal    minimum wage. You     can search the Internet for sites that list comparable    pay data. You should     identify a low, medium, and high pay range for the    mid-level manager.
  • Explain how you will assess the effectiveness of the compensation strategy        a year from now.

Your essay will contain a one-page appendix in which you will create a chart   of your compensation strategy. This chart should have three columns, which   should address the areas listed below:

  • legally mandated benefits,
  • direct benefits (include how much you will pay the mid-level managers),    and
  • indirect benefits.

Your essay will be a minimum of three pages in length, not counting the   appendix, title page, or references page. You must use at least two sources to   support your essay. Adhere to APA Style when constructing this assignment, and   make certain to include in-text citations and references for all sources that   are used. Please note that no abstract is needed.

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Research

Research a reading/literacy pre-assessment.

From the research, write a 250-500 word description of that reading/literacy assessment, the purpose of the assessment, the specific characteristics of this assessment, what data can be derived from this assessment and when you would use this assessment. Identify a strength of the assessment and an opportunity for growth. How might you change this assessment to better assess the students’ reading skills ? How will your findings inform your future professional practice?

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