Course: Organizational Change
Week 6 Applications Paper
Paper format requirements: APA format
Complete your applications paper on “Leading and Managing an Organizational Change”.
In your applications paper, you will apply “Activities Contributing to Effective Change Management” to a real-world situation. The activities—or steps—are summarized in textbook readings.
Note on Activities/StepsThe author of your textbook places activities associated with “Creating a Vision” after activities associated with “Motivating Change.” Most organizational change experts place vision first. In your paper, you may want to address “Creating a Vision” before you address “Motivating Change.” You are free to determine the order of these steps as they relate to the topic of your paper.
Options for PaperChoose an option for this paper:
Option 1: Prior Change Evaluation – Your OrganizationEvaluate the way in which a prior change was handled in an organization in which you currently work/previously worked or actively participated. Write a paper in which you describe and evaluate how the activities in your textbook were handled. If you are critical of the way in which the leader(s) managed the change, offer recommendations for improvement. If you were the leader of the change, critique your own performance.
Option 2: Prior Change Evaluation – Company for which Library Sources on a Change Process is Available. Evaluate the way in which a prior change was handled in an organization such as Google, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, or Southwest Airlines.Rely on secondary/library research and your knowledge of leadership and organizational change to write a paper in which you describe and evaluate how the activities in your textbook were handled. If you are critical of the way in which the leader(s) managed the change, offer recommendations for improvement.
Option 3: Change Planning – Your Organization or an Organization with which you are familiar. Plan the process of leading an organizational change. If you are a leader who is going (or would like) to manage a future organizational change—or an employee who can imagine him or herself in the role of the leader— write a paper in which you plan to enact the activities indicated in your textbook.
Option 4: Present your idea for a paper on the process of leading change. If you prefer to write a research paper on an aspect of organizational change, focus on a real work project involving organizational change, or have another idea for a paper that will reinforce learning about organizational change, make a proposal to your instructor.
Textbook: Title: Organization Development and Change, 11th edition
Authors: Cummings and Worley
Publisher: Cengage Publishing