Organization Theory and Behavior- Walmartin-depth study of a specific organization

Organizational Theory and Behavior


Requirements for the Paper:Paper must be a minimum of eight pages in length not including the cover, abstract, table ofcontents, and bibliography page.The paper must have a minimum of ten sources. These should be cited in both the text of thepaper itself and at the end of the paper in the bibliography.The company must follow the requirements of the RCB Style Guide (included in Blackboard inthe Research Paper Resources folder). The Rankin College of Business (RCB) uses the APA(American Psychological Association) style, so if you have questions that are not addressed inthe RCB style guide, use Google to find the APA way to format them. (For example, you couldlook up the way to cite a YouTube video in the APA format.)Requirements for Company Studied:(These requirements make it easier for you to write your paper. You dont need to get halfwaythrough your paper and realize the information you need it isnt available.)Company/Organization must have five or more members.Since you have to have a minimum of ten sources, make sure you can get information about thecompany before you get too far into the paper.Make sure you can get both big picture information like the organization structure of thecompany and inside perspectives on what the leadership and culture are like.Project Format:I. Introduction: This section describes the company chosen for the study and the industry orindustries it operates in.II. History, Products, and BrandsIII. Organization StructureIV. Organization Culture and ValuesV. Human Resource PracticesVI. Concluding RemarksVII. References: Lists interviewees and written sources used in the study.VIII. Appendices:IMPORTANT: This is an in-depth research paper and will be a minimum of eight pages inlength. It is up to you to find an organization that is large enough to fill eight or more pages butnot so huge that there is no way a short paper can cover it. An organization with only twoemployees is too small, and a large, multinational corporation (e.g. General Electric) with manyseparate divisions doing totally different things is too large.Students in MGMT 3023 will select an organization (business or non-profit), describing itsmanagement structure, culture, and personnel practices. You may use information from thecompanys website, books, articles, documentaries, and personal interviews as informationsources. Papers will be formatted according to the specifications of the APA Style Guide. (Youmay have someone else to read through this paper and check it for grammar and stylistic errorsbefore turning it in. Please do.) You may have someone else to read through this paper and checkit for grammar and stylistic errors before turning it in. Please do.This is a formal paper. Do not use excessively casual wording (e.g. no lots of, you know, ortwenty-four seven) and no first or second person. (In other words, dont say I, me, oryou. Even though youre giving your opinions, dont say I think or in my opinion. Whenyou give your opinion, say something like, It is possible that or Some believe and try tosupport your reasoning with evidence.In-Depth Description of Parts of the Project:1. Preface:Start by introducing the company chosen for the study.(NOTE: If you interviewed the manager of Camdens Wal-Mart store, yourinterview would be about the management of Wal-Mart as a corporation butwould focus on the management of a local plant with the Camden store serving asan example.)2. History, Products, and/or Brands of the Organization: (These tend to overlap. Manycompanies start out with a single product and brand and add more as they expand byeither buying or creating new businesses and products.)a. Look at the corporation as a whole and, for chains, the local plants also.b. What products, services, and/or brands did your company offer initially? How hasthis changed over time?c. What were the most significant events in the companys history as far as theireffect on the company itself? (Was it bought out by another firm? Was it everforced to downsize? Did the building burn down? Was there an accident or arobbery?)d. What were the effects of these events on the companys atmosphere and culture?e. Were there any changes in the way the company was managed that came about asa result? (For example: KFC was bought out by PepsiCo at one point, and themanagement style at PepsiCo was much more hard-nosed and bottom lineoriented. Many managers quit during that time period.)f. In your paper you will develop a timeline of key events in the companys history.3. Structure of the Company:a. Is the company more mechanistic (controlled by rules) or organic (controlled byculture and fairly flexible)?b. Is there a single plant or a corporate office and local plants (or franchises)?c. What kinds of departments does the main office have?d. (If there are local plants) what duties are performed at the local plant? What kindof management structure and departments do the local plants have?e. Why is the company broken down the way it is? (e.g. Local offices needed toserve local customers, companys divisions used to be separate companiesaltogether.) What are the strengths and weaknesses of that method? (Centralized,rule-based methods, for example, dont give managers much freedom, butpreserve uniformity throughout the company. Decentralized methods allowmanagers more freedom, but the different parts of the company may function asseparate entities with different cultures and no sense of belonging to the whole.)4. Companys Culture and Values:a. Does the company have a mission statement? If so, include it and describe andevaluate it. Does it include elements that are specific to the company andindustry. or is it fairly generic? How important does the mission seem to be?b. Does the company have a statement of values and/or a code of ethics? If so,describe and evaluate it.c. Does the company have a fairly unified culture or is it broken down intosubcultures?d. If the company has a fairly unified culture, how would you describe it?e. If there are subcultures, what sorts of things are they based on? (Examples:Different departments, management/labor, people hired at different times, thecompany is composed of different companies that merged at some point in time.)f. How does the company communicate and preserve its culture and values to itsmanagers? What about its entry level employees?i. Does the company rely more on culture or on rules and procedures toprevent unethical behavior?ii. Hiring and promotion practicesiii. Trainingiv. Ceremonies and Traditionsv. Rules and proceduresg. What kinds of diversity issues does your company face and how does it deal withthem? (e.g. Women working in an industry dominated by men, makingadjustments for workers with disabilities, generational differences in motivationand computer skills, etc.)h. Has internationalization/globalization had any direct impact on our company? Inwhat way? How has the company adjusted to it? How are managers/employeestrained to deal with it?i. How does the company keep people from behaving unethically?i. What kinds of ethical problems are common in that industry? (e.g.shoplifting, theft)ii. Does it rely more on culture or rules and procedures?iii. Promoting honest executivesiv. Monitoring daily activities (e.g. cameras, monitoring email)v. Is internal whistleblowing encouraged or utilized in any way?j. How important are charitable activities to the company? What kinds of programsare the company and its employees involved in?5. Human Resource Practices:a. How are employees rewarded and motivated?i. Good salariesii. Good benefits packageiii. Fringe benefitsb. What is the biggest motivational problem faced by your industry in general andyour company in particular? (Examples: Low salaries, long hours, monotonouswork) How does your company address it?Concluding Observations:Based on your interview and the material from the textbook, what do you believe thestrong and weak points of this organization to be? Are its structure, culture, and policies a goodfit for the environment in which it operates? Incorporate concepts discussed in the textbook inyour answers. 

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