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To: Consulting Team
For this project and presentation, you will be focusing on Organizational Change, which is discussed in Chapter 16. Organizational change can come about for a number of reasons, which include problems within the organization that decreases its reputation or product confidence, innovation, technological improvements, or simply staying ahead of the competition. Mergers and acquisitions, changes in leadership, ethical violations, and organizational mistakes may require changes to the organization.
For example, remember Tony Howard, the former chief executive of BP?, He faced leadership and communication problems within his organization following the 2010 oil spill. BP’s image and value plummeted, and the employees’ motivation followed. BP needed to make external changes, and these changes needed to be accepted internally (by the employees) in order to be successful. BP and Howard would be in a lot better shape if they had consulted with us! We want to show this client we can take such an event, research its history, and apply organizational behavior concepts to recommend successful solutions. You will learn that change is very difficult to implement in an organization. “Out with the old, and in with the new” is not always welcome by the organization’s staff. Many employees like the old ways and maybe are not embracing the change. So, the question becomes – how to get everyone on the staff to support the change?
This is a Research Paper I need you to research and write a paper where you will review an organization that you find needs to implement a change. For this Week 6 your paper will analyze an organization, identify key problems that make it ripe for a change, and you will need to apply a change theory model. I want to be absolutely certain that you follow all directions to a “T”, so read the directions to the project below very carefully. Let’s get this deal! Good luck and let me know if you have questions.
1. Locate 3 peer-reviewed journal articles that discuss organizational change and organizational change models. (Limit your change model discussion to the two change models identified in the text in Chapter 16: Lewin and Kotter). This will require research using library databases.
Note your textbook does not count toward the 3 peer-reviewed articles. You can use Google Scholar or the Library resources to locate the 3 peer-reviewed articles.
2. Topic: Start by locating an organization that has experienced a problem or event that has a significant effect on the organization. Review news reports, newspapers or business periodicals such as National Public Radio, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week or the New York Times. You will need to use 3 references for this part.
3. Present a comprehensive analysis and research
Include the following headings and discussions:
a. Definition and discussion of Organizational Change
b. Describe WHY the organization was selected for this project. Be specific in identifying what the problem is, and why it is significant.
c. Identification of Organizational Change Models.
d. Choose the best of the 2 Change Models (Lewin or Kotter) and apply it to the Organization. This is best done using a step-by-step approach.
e. Provide an overview of a Change Management Plan to explain the monitoring and progress reporting during the implementation of this plan.
f. Be sure to discuss specific solutions 4. This research paper must have a minimum of 7 different quality sources. Include a reference page with headings as follows:
a. Peer-Reviewed Articles: (Include 3 peer-reviewed journal articles that discuss organizational change and organizational change model).
b. News/Business Periodicals: (Include 3 references to newspapers or business periodicals that discuss the topic and organization chosen for this project
Length: Write 2000-2500 words of pure content (content does not include title and reference pages)
The organization you select must be a listed company, which means that you have to choose a publicly-traded company that is listed in a U.S. exchange such as New York Stock Exchange / NASDAQ. Examples of listed companies are Amazon, Apple, Nike, Tesla, Disney, Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Bank of America, Jabil, JP Morgan Chase, Ford, General Motors. To see other listed companies, click on the Yahoo Finance link below
Apply other relevant concepts from the chapter readings
Include a title page
Include a reference page Use a double-spaced Times New Roman font
Include headings and topic sentences
Must include a total of 7 different quality sources as explained above. All sources must be cited (don’t use Wikipedia).
The textbook can be one of the quality sources but does count as a peer-reviewed article
Use APA format
Write the paper in third person, that means, don’t write “I, me, we, our” or “you”
As needed, include charts, graphs, and/or tables
Review the rubric
Information and facts about the company must be supported by a source, not just your personal opinion; therefore, Do include all sources relevant to the company All assertions in this assignment must have citations and references