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Project 1 Organizational Theory

Instructions

Project 1 Organizational Theory (Week 3)

In the first assignment, students are given a scenario in whichthe shipping manager who has worked for Recycled Furnishings since theinception of the company is getting ready to retire.  The scenarioserves to set the stage for students to demonstrate how managementtheories have changed over time.  For example, managing 30 years ago isdifferent than managing in the 21st century. 

In selecting an organizational theory that best describes thecurrent shipping manager, students have to use the timeline to select aschool of thought and a theory or theories of that time frame.  Studentswill need to research the theorist and theories to complete theassignment and answer the questions below.  Students are expected to bethorough in responding to Part One. 

In Part Two, students are going to take what they have learnedin weeks 1 – 3 and compare the management skills of the current shippingmanager to that of you as the new shipping manager.

Scenario:

Recycled Furnishings is a division of an international homefurnishing company called Thor Enterprises.  Recycled Furnishings makesglass sofas for outdoor use from recycled bottles and glass. Thebusiness has grown rapidly in the last thirty years and now that it hasbecome a division of Thor Enterprises, the company is goinginternational.  The shipping manager for Recycled Furnishings, Robert,has been in his job since the start of the company.  Prior to coming toRecycled Furnishings, Robert worked as a container manufacturingengineer at Damco, a local shipping company and worked his way up tosupervisor prior to joining Recycled Furnishings. Robert, a baby boomer,quickly rose to supervisor at Damco because his ability to optimize theway tasks were performed and implemented processes so workers could betrained to perform their specialized sequence of motion in one bestway.  He brought this management style to Recycled Furnishing and helpedto improve the methodology of furniture assembly as well as theshipping processes. 

A major shift in management occurred in the late 1980’s andearly 90’s that caused Robert to reconsider his management approach. For example, advances in technology, the organization joining a union,change in the value systems, organizational design and globalization allaffected the culture of Recycled Furnishings.  Robert was successfulwith this transformation and contributed greatly to the company’ssuccess.

Part One

  • Select an organizational theory that you believe best describes Robert’s management style in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s;
  • Identify the theorist(s) who proposed the theory; 
  • Discuss how the selected organizational theory and theorist fit into the school of thought of that time period.
  • Address the principles of the theory and how the manager would do his job and interact with his staff. 
  • How does this organizational theory differ from Robert’s early thinking;
  • Using the course readings and your own research, explain in detail how you arrived at your conclusions.

Part Two

Recently Robert announced his plans to retire.  You have beenhired as his replacement and with the international launch on thehorizon you have big shoes to fill.  You feel you are more than capableof handling the management position and characterize yourself as a 21st century manager. 

  • As a 21st century manager, compare the way you would manage versus the way of Robert; 
  • What implications do the changes in management have for the future of Thor?
  • How will the new approach to the job likely change the shipping division?

Required Formatting of the Project 1:

  • This report should be double spaced, 12-point font, and fourto five pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;
  • Include an introduction and a summary paragraph;
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and instructor’s name;
  • Use headings;
  • Write clearly and concisely;
  • Write in the third person;
  • Use APA formatting for in-text citations and reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use direct quotes. Deductionswill be taken when direct quotes are used and found to be unnecessary;
  • Outside resources may be used but the majority of the supportwill come from the course readings with a wide array of readings used;

Additional Resources:

Thinking strategically

http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/strategy/thinking_strategically

Systems Thinking in Management: Definition,Theory & Model

http://study.com/academy/lesson/systems-thinking-in-management-definition-theory-model.html

Slide Shows–
Principles of Management

http://www.cpp.edu/~wcweber/301/301slide/

5 ways ‘systems thinking’ can jumpstartaction

http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/12/09/systems-thinking-climate-change-lessons-action

Basicprinciples of systems thinking as applied to management and leadership

http://www.systemicleadershipinstitute.org/systemic-leadership/theories/basic-principles-of-systems-thinking-as-applied-to-management-and-leadership-2/

CROSS-ENTERPRISE LEADERSHIP: A NEW APPROACHTO MANAGING IN THE 21st CENTURY

CROSS-ENTERPRISE LEADERSHIP: A NEW APPROACH TO MANAGING IN THE 21st CENTURY

Three Skills Every 21st-Century ManagerNeeds

https://hbr.org/2012/01/three-skills-every-21st-century-manager-needs

Workplace Trends in the 21st Century

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/workplace-trends-21st-century-1105.html

How Is Technology Impacting the Changes inthe 21st Century Workplace?

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/technology-impacting-changes-21st-century-workplace-3357.html

A NEW ROLE FOR MANAGEMENT IN TODAY’SPOST-INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION

A NEW ROLE FOR MANAGEMENT IN TODAY’S POST-INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION

7 Traits to Turn Good Managers Into GreatManagers

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/238129

25 Qualities and Characteristics of a GoodManage

http://www.phdinmanagement.org/25-qualities-and-characteristics-of-a-good-manager.html

What Is A Manager?

http://management.about.com/od/begintomanage/a/whatismanager.htm

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