Managing the Organization?s Structure BackgroundAfter finishing with the background page and readings, go to the following interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who is a renowned Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and an influential business advisor. Among other things, in this interview she talks about the evolution of changes in organizational structure in the past decades, and the link to employees? well-being and functioning.Required ReadingBoth of the following articles can be found in the EBSCO ? Business Source Complete database.Puffer, S. (2004) Changing organizational structures: An interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Academy of Management Executive, 18(2).The following article looks at changing organizational structures as open systems and the effect on managers.Buhler, P. M. (2011). Changing organizational structures and their impact on managers. Supervision, 72(2), 24-26.AssignmentWrite a 4-5 page critique answering the questions below.1. An organization?s structure can have significant effects on its members. What might those effects be? Analyze the behavioral implications of different organizational designs and use at least three examples, Google being one of them.2. Is it possible to generalize and say that a certain structure is better than others? That is, is there a structure that is superior in terms of its effects on its members?Keys to the AssignmentThe key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper are:? Define the problem: Explain the relationship between organizational structure and human behaviors.? Analyze the cause: Analyze how specific organizational designs can elicit predictable attitudes and motivations. Be sure to use Google as one of your examples (refer back to Module 2).? Propose a solution: Take a position on Question 2 and defend it with references to the concepts in the readings in this module and any previous modules that you find relevant.? Extra credit will be given if you can relate your discussion to cultural differences (Module 1).ExpectationsYour paper will be evaluated on the following seven (7) points:? Precision ? Does the paper address the question(s) or task(s)?? Breadth ? Is the full breadth of the subject, i.e., the Keys to the Assignment, addressed?? Depth ? Does the paper address the topic in sufficient depth and include the background readings and other background resources as references?? Critical thinking ? Is the subject thought about critically, i.e., accurately, logically, relevantly, and precisely?? Clarity ? Is the writing clear and are the concepts articulated properly? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the questions or are points conveyed through excessive use of quotations?? Organization ? Is the paper well written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are headings included in all papers longer than two pages?? Referencing (citations and references) ? Does the paper include citations and quotation marks where appropriate? Are the references from the background readings and assignment present and properly cited? Are all the references listed in the bibliography present and referred to via citation?Tips and SuggestionsPlease note the following tips and suggestions:? Include a cover page and reference page in addition to the 4?5 pages of analysis described above.? You are expected to demonstrate that you have read, understood, and can apply the required background readings for this module in your answer to this case. Be sure to read the required readings carefully, and use the theories and arguments you learn from them to support your analysis.? Include headings for all papers longer than two pages (basically all papers).? Cite and reference all sources that you use in your work, including those that you do not quote but paraphrase. This means include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than five words, and include citations for information that you have "borrowed" or paraphrased from other sources.
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