XC-Communication

Each National and State Election exhibits a tremendous amount of persuasive communication. Two years ago, each candidate for the President of the United States attempted to persuade the country to vote for them through speeches, debates, rallies and advertising. With midterm elections coming up, Senators, House Representatives and Governors are also trying to persuade voters as are former and current POTUS.  Without getting political, find or listen to some advertising, talks or debates.  Then review the section on Persuasive Communication in the textbook and in a paragraph or less, explain how these candidates for public office (local, state, or national) use persuasive communication to influence. Tie it to what you learned in the text.

M9 – Understanding Work Teams

This week we are studying two chapters on Group Behavior and Work Teams. It is critical for managers and leaders to know about working in, working with and motivating work teams to increase productivity.  With two chapters to read, your class discussion post is due Saturday, October 27.  Replies to your classmates are not required, but encouraged.

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Read the article on page 333 of the textbook (17th Edition) “To Get the Most Out of Teams, Empower Them.”  Determine which side (Point or Counterpoint) you resonate with. Write a paragraph (with references) on why you chose such. Don’t just do this as a class assignment, but really think about yourself in a managerial role and how you would “empower” your work teams.

When you are ready to reply, scroll to the bottom and “Post Comment.”

M7 – Justice (Due 10/20)

Since we are studying two chapters (7 & 8) on motivation, and since I am asking for you to do research and I am posting this assignment late, your discussion is not due until next Saturday (10/20). Replies to your classmates are not required.

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While there are more than two dimensions of justice outlined in this Chapter, this discussion will focus on just two (Distributive and Procedural). Distributive justice reflects the perceived fairness of decision outcomes. This means employees gauge justice by asking whether outcomes like pay, rewards, promotions, etc. are allocated according to proper norms (usually equity).  Procedural justice reflects the perceived fairness in the processes that lead to decision outcomes. Some common procedural justice rules might include: consistency (procedures don’t change over time), bias suppression (keeping interview questions unbiased), and representation (or even ownership in decision making).

Some might think that procedural justice doesn’t really matter – people should only care about the outcomes they receive. When it comes to negative outcomes, however, research suggests that these outcomes trigger a more thorough investigation into the processes that led to that outcome. This certainly makes sense especially as we review the past year of political events in the nation where everyone seems to want “justice” when the outcome isn’t what they want. In the business world, both distributive and procedural justice combine to influence employees reactions to outcomes.

For this assignment, do some research and find an article, situation, event, etc. (business related preferred), where employees were motivated (or unmotivated) by distributive or procedural justice.  Write at least 2 paragraphs on a synopsis of the situation/outcome, what dimension of justice was involved (or not involved), then place yourself in the managers or leaders shoes and determine if you would have handled it differently.  You might find a situation where justice (or injustice) appears, but it’s not business or employee related.  This would be fine to write on as well.

This assignment does not have to be in executive memo format. Your grading rubric will include:

  • Student applies concept of distributive and procedural justice correctly
  • Student provided unique citations/references
  • Formatting, grammar and spelling corrected
  • Innovative response or manner in which to handle the situation

When you are ready to post, scroll to the bottom to “Post Comment.”

M5 – Personality

Don’t forget to “log in,” first. Then, respond to this post by scrolling to the bottom and selecting “Post Comment.”

  • Remember, initial posts are due Wednesday at 11:30 PM
  • Your posts must be professionally written and articulated well for a 300-level collegiate course.
  • Select “Reply” under your classmates post to respond to them.  Remember, replies to your classmates are due by Saturday at 11:30 PM

M5 (Week 5) Assignment

As a current or future supervisor, you will be responsible for leading a team of employees to help achieve organizational objectives. Understanding personality and values will help you determine the best techniques to keep your team focused, motivated and effective.

What is your biggest take away from this chapter on Personality and Values?  How will you use it as a supervisor in the future?

M3 – Job Satisfaction

M3 – Job Satisfaction

Don’t forget to “log in,” first. Then, respond to this post by scrolling to the bottom and selecting “Post Comment.”

  • Remember, initial posts (at least 2 paragraphs) are due Wednesday at 11:30 PM
  • Your posts must be professionally written and articulated well for a 300-level collegiate course.
  • Select “Reply” under your classmates post to respond to them.  Remember, replies to your classmates are due by Saturday at 11:30 PM

M3 (Week 3) Assignment

Choose one question from below to answer.  

  1. Describe a job you have held in which you were very satisfied and had a good attitude about your work. What factors caused you to be so satisfied and happy? How will you use (or how have you used) this experience as a supervisor?
  2. Describe a job you have held in which you were very dissatisfied and had a poor attitude about your work. What factors caused you to be dissatisfied and what could management have done to increase your job satisfaction?

Welcome….

Welcome to our Class Discussion site for Organizational Theory and Behavior, BA F390. This will be the location of our Class Discussions. You can access discussions via the menu bar above, which allows you to access the weekly discussions based on their Module # (M3=Week 3, M5=Week 5, etc.). More menu items will be added after this next week.

I know this technology may be new to some of you.  So we all need to patient and persevere.  Some important reminders for you:

  1. Every time you access the Class Discussion site, you MUST log in (using your UA Credentials).
  2. As stated in the syllabus, your initial Class Discussion posts are due by 11:59 PM on the Thursday of each due date week. Responses to at least one of your classmates are due each Sunday at 11:59 PM.
  3. You should not be able to “Comment” on my original posts. This will require you to create your own post. To do that, select the “+ New” menu in the bar above. Then select “Post.” This will bring up a new post. Enter a post title which must contain your last name. Consider using something like: M3 (Stickel) or Module 5 (Stickel) or 10/3 M5 (Your Last Name).
  4. Please note that you need to associate your post with the corresponding Module Category (M3, M5, etc.) when you create your post. These are located on the right side of your screen. Just click on the corresponding box.
  5. Finally, be sure to select the “Publish” or “Update” button on the right after you have finished steps 3 and 4.  It will become familiar once you do it.
  6. My intent is to get you to experience different ways of communicating your thoughts or ideas. For that reason, not all Modules will ask  for a written response. Some posts require a video, audio, poster or another creative way to get your idea across. Look and plan ahead.
  7. As you know, for each discussion question, you are required to read and respond to at least one post of your classmates (this is where you can use the reply button). Your classmates value your ideas, feedback and comments. Responding to your classmates allows all students to grow in the material and contribute to the overall community knowledge. As you respond to your classmate’s, consider yourself in a conversation. Using well thought out and articulated ideas/facts, state your opinion or position. Your response should include additional references or text and also needs to solidify your position. Just to say you agree or disagree with your classmate is not good enough.

Here are your tasks this week:

  1. Always log in first.  Use the “Login” link above.
  2. Click on the Introductions menu above and see your instructor’s welcome.
  3. Now it’s your turn to post a Introduction Video. Please record a video and upload it to YouTube (or similar video hosting site) then post a link under “Introductions.” To post, select the Introductions menu again and then follow Reminder #3 above to create a new post (in the Introductions menu, select “+ New” and Post. Be sure to “categorize” your video under the categories on the right. Addition help is located here. If you need additional help, review this short screencast that was done for another class.
  4. If this is your first time visiting our discussion site, you need to upload a picture of yourself, which will appear in the right sidebar, under “Blog Authors.” We all want to see who we are dialoging with! Instructions for how to upload your picture are here.
  5. After these tasks are done within WordPress, go back to Blackboard for other assignments this week.upload-avatar-pic

If you’re having trouble with any of this, please email me at stick@alaska.edu.