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Select Microsoft one of the world’s largest companies and choose a recent organizational change decision that the company took or is considering to take. Examples of strategic decisions or change initiatives might include merger and acquisitions, restructuring, culture change and expansion of the organization. Prepare an assignment of 2000 words in length, in which you will: Section 1 (20%) (approximately 400 words) Briefly introduce the organization that you chose to analyze. Among others but not limited to, you should explore: The organization and its s

Leadership, Transformation and Organizational Change
Assignment
Select Microsoft one of the world’s largest companies and choose a recent organizational change decision that the company took or is considering to take. Examples of strategic decisions or change initiatives might include merger and acquisitions, restructuring, culture change and expansion of the organization. Prepare an assignment of 2000 words in length, in which you will:

Section 1 (20%) (approximately 400 words)
Briefly introduce the organization that you chose to analyze. Among others but not limited to, you should explore:
The organization and its structure – Overview on the organization (mission, objectives, areas of operations etc.) – Background (when it was created, how it developed so far, main achievements, etc.) – Track record (size and performance).
The Market that the company operates – Market position and potential growth for the company.
Main products/services.
The Organizational Change decision

Section 2 (40%) (approximately 800 words)
Utilizing relevant theories analyze, discuss and explain:
How has the leader of the company managed to empower his/her subordinates regarding the recent decision or change event?
What do you believe the leader should have done differently?
Were there any negative consequences?

Section 3 (40%) (approximately 800 words)
Utilizing one of the organizational change models, evaluate the role of Board of Directors or the TMT in in the implementation of the change. Your discussion should include the following:
Governance and organization structure – Governance policies and procedures, – Governing bodies and committees;
The team (history, composition, turnover, remuneration)

Evaluate the CEO’s leadership style using leadership theories and concepts learnt in this module. Additionally, you can use data derived from speeches, communication, annual reports for this purpose.

Does the CEO possess the elements/traits of a successful change leader?

Identify the key characteristics of each of the four lenses: social science, natural science, history, and humanities. Be sure to include relevant points that help explain the characteristics.
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Social science, Natural science, History, and Humanities.
Using the resources from this course, identify the key characteristics of each of the four lenses: social science, natural science, history, and humanities. Be sure to include relevant points that help explain the characteristics.

With reference to ‘Knoster’s’ Change Model, recommend improvements that could impact performance within Close Protection Unit and how you would measure the success of these changes.
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Change Management
Essay Question:
With reference to ‘Knoster’s’ Change Model, recommend improvements that could impact performance within Close Protection Unit and how you would measure the success of these changes.

.Perform research and describe a team or organization that uses a transformational approach. .Compare the transformational environment you outlined above to a non-leadership environment (laissez-faire).
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Transformational leadership theory
For this case, you will fully discuss transformational leadership theory, using credible sources to back your work.

CASE ASSIGNMENT:

1.Perform research and describe a team or organization that uses a transformational approach.

2.Compare the transformational environment you outlined above to a non-leadership environment (laissez-faire).

3.What are the key differences between the two approaches?

4.In terms of morale, productivity, and overall commitment, what do you think the key differences are between organizations that use a transformational approach and those with non-leaders?

Explain at least two of the lean or six sigma tools/methods the firm is using to manage/improve its supply chain processes.
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3 Classmate Discussion Responses
Select a firm that you are familiar with or currently working. Explain at least two of the lean or six sigma tools/methods the firm is using to manage/improve its supply chain processes.

What is racial color blindness? Why, according to the authors you have read and, in the video, given, is color blindness problematic? What is your view of race relations in general?
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Color blindness
Do watch the video below and read the required readings listed below
Answer the following questions. In your post you MUST include either the entire question for each answer or the number designating the question:

1. What is racial color blindness?
2. Why, according to the authors you have read and, in the video, given, is color blindness problematic?
3. What is your view of race relations in general? And what is your view of color blindness, at work in particular (or at university for students who do not currently work)?
Format & Other Instructions:

To structure your post do include the questions or, to save space, the number designating the question
Write at least one page.
You can use double- or single-spacing format, size 12
References are not included & counted in the length expected (at least 1 page no more than two)
DO add the references at the bottom of your post.
Make sure your answers are supported with relevant knowledge and clear references. Do use the in-text and end of text standards given. DO NOT plagiarize.
Check that your answers are well-written, persuasive, and contain no mistakes.

Materials to watch and read

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Using Fox’s unitarist and pluralist frames of reference, critically analyze the idea that organizational members share the same values and objectives.
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Fox’s Unitarism and Pluralism
Using Fox’s unitarist and pluralist frames of reference, critically analyze the idea that organizational members share the same values and objectives. Illustrate your answer by discussing two topics from the
module

• Analyze the arguments for/against both unitarism and pluralism (not one or the other)
• What does unitarism/pluralism look like for the chosen topic?
• Does unitarism or pluralism provide a more convincing understanding of organizational behavior in each case?

Distinguish between intended, emergent and realised strategies. Utilising appropriate business analysis tools, undertake an external and internal environmental analysis on the organisation.
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Strategic Management – Case Study Based Report
Situation
The traditional UK high street is being subject to pressures it has never known before. Retailers both large and small have been closing their doors for the final time. Wellknown names like BHS, and ToysRUs, major retailers that managed to survive significant recessions in the 80’s 90’s and 2008, have ceased to trade. The most evident reason for these closures is the changing shopping habits of consumers in the UK. As of 2015 the UK was the third largest e–commerce market in the world, with 80% of internet users doing their shopping online, with estimates of online retail sales of £60 billion in 2016. However, it is not just because consumers are turning to the internet for purchases, it is also changes in consumer habits and lifestyle that is resulting in the exodus from the high street. Social media, travel, eating out, and technology itself are where consumer spending time and money which in the past was time and money spent on the high street. It isn’t just high street retailers that are feeling the brunt of the change in consumer spending and shopping habits. Major UK supermarkets are looking for other retailers to use the space no longer required in their out of town stores, as the buying behaviour of shoppers have changed to buying food locally and more frequently, buying the larger food shop online for collection or delivery if required. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There is a small but significantly growing market segment in the food and beverage industry. Coupled with consumers purchasing their
food shopping locally and more frequently, has been the growing consumer interest in the quality of the food they consume. The organic food and beverage market has had significant growth in recent years, which does not appear to be faltering. For the purposes of the assignment you are a newly appointed strategist for a small chain of independent health food stores, based in the UK, with a small but growing domestic and international internet business retailing organic products online, you realize the business is at a crossroads. Does the business continue the high street presence albeit in selected towns and cities in the UK, and look to having a physical presence in international markets, via e.g. franchising, to support online sales? Or, focus only on online sales and divest the stores currently owned, to invest in the internet business. In addition to this, some consideration has to be given to the range of products the business stocks, priding itself in sourcing fresh local organic food, therefore sourcing, and distribution logistics can be a challenge.
You are asked to provide a report for the senior management team (SMT) which will answer the following:–

Question 1
a) Distinguish between intended, emergent and realised strategies. Utilising appropriate business analysis tools, undertake an external and internal environmental analysis on the organisation (reasonable assumptions can be
made).

b) What major opportunities and threats can you identify for the organisation in the short to mid–term range? Identify a number of critical success factors for the organisation.

c) Your organisation has placed great value in the past on customer intimacy (building and creating value for customers – raising their expectations and delivering on these – see course notes). Considering the changes in external environment, what issues do you foresee if you decide to seek growth through international markets? Could these be overcome?

d) What strengths would you need to have to overcome identified weaknesses? You will need to justify your use of tools and techniques chosen to undertake this. (1600 Words)

Question 2
a) Taking a resource based and market based view towards strategy, what would you be considering when determining whether it would be a good idea for the organisation to i) increase outlets in UK and/or ii) start establishing outlets
internationally

b) Would any of Mintzberg and Lampel’s Ten Schools of Strategy Formulation offer any further considerations?
(1200 Words)

Describe what you would do differently (if anything) if you were (or might be) faced with the same situation described and why that course of action would be effective based on what we have learned.
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Use motivation or ethics as the main theme of the paper
Write a short thought paper about a topic related to current management issues.
You will need to apply relevant theories discussed in class and do some outside research (enough to support your arguments).
Examples of possible approaches:
Describe what you would do differently (if anything) if you were (or might be) faced with the same situation described and why that course of action would be effective based on what we have learned.
Or describe a situation that you found confusing when it occurred, but that makes sense to you now that you have more management knowledge. In that case, you would explain the situation and explain how you have made sense of it based on specific class theories and concepts. Another type would be to ask yourself: what is the biggest challenge that I have faced/will face with respect to this issue? What have I learned in this class that can help me overcome this challenge?
The goal of the assignment is to apply knowledge from the course to your actual or possible experiences at work. These are just examples.

How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?
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Goals Statement
Targeted Job Role:
Target Job Company:
Industry:

In 5–10 years post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) [Role] at [Company] within [Industry].

Targeted Job Role:
Target Job Company:
Industry:

How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?

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