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MGT 330 (Latest) – Ashford – Week 1-5: All Discussions

ÿ MGT 330 (Latest) – Ashford-ÿManagement for Organizations MGT 330 – Week 1 – Week 5 (All Discussion Questions) Week 1 Discussions Week 1 – DQ 1: Surf Shop Comparison ÿ Access the web sites of Ron Jon Surf Shop and Hilo Hattie.ÿExplain how the two companies are similar and how they are different.ÿCan you find elements of organizational planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and control in their web content?ÿProvide specific examples.ÿRespond substantively to two other learners. ÿ Week 1 – DQ 2: Company Evaluation ÿ Select one of the companies below and conduct some basic research. State what you believe is the distinctive competence and core competence of your selected company.ÿGive an example of how the values and mission statement help to shape planning.ÿAlso give some internal and external factors that may influence the business in the future and explain how they will influence the business.ÿRespond substantively to two other learners. British Petroleum( BP) Facebook Hyundai Dunkin Donuts Netflix ÿ Week 2 Discussions Week 2 – DQ 1: Structure for Conglomerates ÿ Reflect on your reading for the week, specifically Analytical Exercise 8. Is another form of structural configuration better suited to multiproduct, multiservice companies? If not, is there a form of departmentalization for multiproduct, multiservice companies which would match somewhat the divisional structure configuration?” Explain how the following somewhat match each other:ÿ _ÿfunctional structure with simple structure _ÿdivisional structure with departmentalization by product _ÿmachine bureaucracy with centralized, mechanistic structure _ÿprofessional bureaucracy with decentralized, organic structure Week 2 – DQ 2: Classifying Structure ÿ Address the following questions and also provide the name of a company example of each structure with supporting rationale. Reply substantively to two other learners. What kinds of companies should employ the simple structure organizational configuration? What kind of companies should use the machine bureaucracy form of structure? What kinds of organizations should feature a professional bureaucracy form of structure? What kinds of firms should use the divisional form of structure? What types of organizations are best suited to the adhocracy form of structure? ÿ Week 3 Discussions ÿWeek 3 – DQ 1:ÿLegal Aspects of Staffing Select one of the laws listed below and explain how it has changed the staffing process.ÿ Also select one governmental activity from the second list and explain how it influences staffing. Respond substantively to two other learners. Laws to choose from in answering the discussion question: a.ÿ employment-at-will b.ÿ Fair Labor Standards Act c.ÿ The Civil Rights Act of 1964 d.ÿ EEOC Regulations concerning sexual harassment e.ÿ Age Discrimination in Employment Act f.ÿÿ Americans with Disabilities Act g.ÿ Family and Medical Leave Act Governmental activities to choose from in answering the discussion question: a.ÿ Social Security premiums b.ÿ Social Security disability insurance c.ÿ Unemployment insurance d.ÿ Federal income tax ÿ Week 3 – DQ 2: Bias in Performance Appraisal The main problem with performance appraisal programs is supervisory bias when making judgments. How can a company attempt to identify and reduce appraisal bias? Respond substantively to two other learners. ÿ Week 4 Discussionsÿ Week 4 – DQ 1: Theories of Motivation Explain how the concepts contained in Locke’s goal setting theory can be incorporated into Vroom’s expectancy theory. Explain how the concepts contained in Adams’ equity theory can be incorporated into expectancy theory.ÿ Respond substantively to two other learners. Week 4 – DQ 2: Productivity Management View the video ‘Making it All Work’.ÿExplain the parallels of the concepts presented in the video to the five functions of management.ÿ Explain how the five functions of management can help you in your personal life.ÿ How could the concepts presented make you a better leader? Respond substantively to two other learners. ÿ Week 5 Discussions Week 5 – DQ 1: Steps of Control Explain why the four steps involved in the controlling function are important.ÿ Why is a good understanding of the various ratios used by accountants and managers important to the controlling function?ÿ Give specific examples. Respond substantively to two other learners.ÿ Week 5 – DQ 2: Changes in Management ÿ Of the five management functions, which do you expect will experience the most dramatic changes in the next decade? Defend your answer. Which will have the least amount of change? Explain your answer. Respond substantively to two other learners. ÿ