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HRM560 Complete Course Week 1 to Week 11

HRM560 HRM560 Complete Course Week 1 to Week 11
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                                     HRM560 (Managing Organizational Change)
HRM560 Week 1 Discussion 1
"A Creative or Rational Process"  Please respond to the following:

Chapter 1 of the Palmer textbook presents change management as both a creative and rational process. Present an argument, supported by the content in the textbook, as to whether you believe change management is more of a creative process, a rational process, or equal parts creative and rational. From your experience, provide at least one example based on your position concerning the argument.
Provide at least two examples of how the change process is both a creative and rational process using the change stories presented in Chapter 1 of the Palmer textbook. Then, discuss a managerial implication or consideration for each position.
HRM560 Week 1 Discussion 2
"Why Change Fails" Please respond to the following:
From the e-Activity, summarize the changes that the organizations were attempting to make, as well as the motivations behind those changes. Identify one thing that could have been done differently to improve the outcome and discuss how this action would have led to an improved state.
From the sources of change failure outlined in Chapter 1 of the textbook, identify the most significant error that was made by each organization identified in the first part of this discussion. Justify your answer.

HRM560 Week 2 Discussion 1
"Images of Change" Please respond to the following:
Reflect on a change that you have witnessed or experienced in the organization where you currently work or one where you have worked. Indicate which of the six images of managing change were exhibited by your manager. Provide the rationale for your selection.
Describe how the image of change impacted the change process in the organization that you described in the first part of this discussion, as well as how it impacted you personally. Then, select another change process and speculate how that process would have affected the work environment and the impact to the employees.
HRM560 Week 2 Discussion 2
"Management Versus Leadership" Please respond to the following:
Compare and contrast management versus leadership, and present an argument for which is more valuable to an organization that is in the midst of a significant change. State whether or not you believe the two are interchangeable or if there is in fact a difference.
Determine the potential consequences of both poor leadership and poor management during a change management process, and provide a strategy for avoiding negative consequences.

HRM560 Week 3 Discussion 1
"Organizations Going Through Change" Please respond to the following:
From the e-Activity, select an organization that was discussed in one of the articles. Present its rationale for change, identify the environmental pressures the company was or is facing, and explain how the company addressed those pressures. Evaluate the effectiveness of the leadership and management practices.
Describe at least two organizational pressures faced by the organization and explain how those pressures may have impacted the change process. Then, provide a recommendation to mitigate the potential fallout of one of the pressures. Discuss how the recommendation would advance the process.
HRM560 Week 3 Discussion 2
"Urgency" Please respond to the following:
Based on the information provided in Chapter 3 of the Kotter textbook regarding urgency, evaluate the level of urgency in the organization where you are currently employed or one where you were employed by identifying at least two sources of complacency. Then, discuss how this level of urgency affected the culture of your team, division, and / or company.
Provide at least two examples of strategies that you could implement to either increase or decrease the level of urgency in the change management process in the organization identified in the first part of this discussion. Then, determine what the impact of each strategic example would be on the change process of an actual initiative or one you create.
HRM560 Week 3 Assignment 1
Assignment 1: Stories of Change
Due Week 3 and worth 135 points

Read the “Stories of Change” section in Chapter 1 of the textbook that describes how companies such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kodak, and McDonald’s have addressed significant changes within their organizations.

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
1. Using Kotter’s model, identify the three (3) most significant errors made out of all of the change stories presented and describe the ramifications of those mistakes.
2.Make at least one (1) recommendation for each change story that would have improved the effectiveness of the change process and explain why that recommendation would have altered the outcome of the change process.
3. Attribute a change image to the leading managers or directors in each change story and provide an explanation as to why that change image label is appropriate.
4. Recommend a different strategy for managing change in each of the one change stories presented and provide a justification for your recommended strategy.
5. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
•Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
•Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.


HRM560 Week 4 Discussion 1

"Emerging Organizational Charcteristics" Please respond to the following:
Using Table 4.4 in Chapter 4 of the Palmer textbook as a guide, select a company that you are familiar with and evaluate its current structure based on the traditional and emerging characteristics. Describe the areas in which the company has room for improvement and outline how those improvements could be achieved.
Make a prediction as to how the organizational characteristics that were listed in Table 4.4 of Chapter 4 of the Palmer textbook will evolve and change over the next 50 years. Create another element to the organizational characteristics and discuss its significance to the evolution and change process.


HRM560 Week 4 Discussion 2

"Team Building" Please respond to the following:
Reflect on an instance where you were part of a team and evaluate the effectiveness of that team based on the four essential characteristics for effective guiding coalitions, as described in Chapter 4 of the Kotter textbook.
Using the recommendations made by Kotter in Chapter 4 of the textbook for building an effective team based on trust and a common goal, suggest at least two strategies that could have been implemented to build trust and a shared vision on the team you identified in the first part of the discussion.


HRM560 Week 4 Assignment 2
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Assignment 2: Environmental Pressures
Due Week 4 and worth 175 points
Use the organization where you currently work or one where you may have worked as a point of reference for evaluating environmental and organizational pressures.
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
1. Create a table where at least three (3) organizational pressures and at least three (3) environmental pressures in the organization are illustrated and rank those pressures according to their influence.
2. Describe in detail the environmental and organizational pressures that exist in the organization and how they have evolved over time.
3. Explain how the identified environmental and organizational pressures impact the company from a financial perspective.
4. Explain how the identified environmental and organizational pressures impact you personally and / or the other employees of the company.
5. Assess how the organization has reacted to the organizational and environmental pressures identified in Criterion 1.
6. Propose at least one (1) strategy that could be utilized to reduce one (1) of the environmental pressures identified in Criterion 1 and at least one (1) strategy that could be utilized to reduce one (1) of the organizational pressures identified in Criterion 1.
7. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
•Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
•Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

HRM560 Week 5 Discussion 1
"Assessing Readiness for Change" Please respond to the following:
Based on the results of the Readiness for Change Assessment, summarize how ready the organization that you identified is for a change management program.
Suggest at least two changes to current business practices that could improve the readiness for change of the organization that you identified.
HRM560 Week 5 Discussion 2
"Measured" Please respond to the following:
Choose a model for diagnosing change that was discussed in Chapter 5 of the Palmer textbook, and justify why that model would be the most appropriate for an organization with which you are familiar.
Using the organization you identified in Part 1 of the discussion, describe at least two structural dilemmas that the company may face when attempting to facilitate organizational change and provide a solution for overcoming each one of these challenges.
HRM560 Week 6 Discussion 1
"Resisting Change" Please respond to the following:
Summarize a situation from your professional or personal experience where you were confronted with a potential change that you resisted. Describe the motivations behind your resistance to the change. Discuss what you did to overcome your resistance using the technical terminology used in the course. Then, explain whether or not the change ultimately had a positive or negative impact on you personally.
Using the methods of change described in Table 6.11 in Chapter 6 of the Palmer textbook, select the method for managing resistance to change that was utilized by the individual or individuals asserting the change in the instance indicated in Part 1 of this discussion. Expound upon your determination.

HRM560 Week 6 Discussion 2
"Supervisors" Please respond to the following:
Consider a situation where you have been directed to control the change process for your organization and you encounter a supervisor who is extremely resistant to change. Even though the change may bring about new profits, his view is “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” He is also convinced that the change will make his job and the jobs of his team members, obsolete, which is not the case. Describe the steps that you would take to deal with the resistance to change. Explain why you believe those steps would be effective in convincing the supervisor that the change will benefit all parties involved in the long run.
Put yourself in the shoes of the supervisor. Describe the type of information you would need to be presented with in order to lessen your resistance to the change being proposed. Then, argue whether or not the same level of information is needed for personnel at each level. Justify your argument.


HRM560 Week 7 Discussion 1
"Change at Dupont" Please respond to the following:
Explain how the approaches to change of organizational development (OD), appreciative inquiry, and sense making are embedded in the case study “Change at DuPont.”
Based on the recommendations made in Chapter 7 of the Palmer textbook for implementing change, propose at least two strategies that could have been implemented in the “Change at Dupont” case study that would have made the change process more efficient. Then, reflect on a process in your current place of employment or one from your past that required or requires a change. Select one of the approaches and discuss how the selected approach is best for the situation and the process.
HRM560 Week 7 Discussion 2
"Downsizing" Please respond to the following:
Consider a situation where the company you work for has decided to radically downsize its workforce in order to streamline operations and improve the overall efficiency of the organization. Based on the implementation strategies covered in Chapter 7 of the Palmer textbook, select which strategy you believe is the most appropriate to handle this type of change. Justify your answer.
Imagine that instead of downsizing, the company you work for was in the process of acquiring a competitor through a merger or acquisition. Describe how the implementation of the change strategy mentioned in the first part of this discussion would change based on this information.


HRM560 Week 7 Assignment 3.
Assignment 3: Ajax Minerals and Perrier
Due Week 7 and worth 175 points
Read the Ajax Minerals exercise and the Problems at Perrier case study in Chapter 6 of the Palmer textbook.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:
1. Identify two (2) sources of resistance to change in the Ajax Minerals exercise and describe how the organization dealt with each type of resistance.
2. Identify two (2) sources of resistance to change in the Perrier case study and describe how the organization dealt with each type of resistance.
3. Compare and contrast how management diagnosed and approached change at the two (2) companies and indicate which company dealt with resistance to change in a more effective manner. Justify the reasoning. 
4. Consider a situation as a consultant with Ajax Management. Propose two (2) adjustments that should be made to improve its change strategy and provide a justification as to why those adjustments would improve the effectiveness of the strategy.
5. Consider a situation as a consultant with Perrier. Propose at least two (2) adjustments that should be made to improve its change strategy and provide a justification as to why those adjustments would increase the effectiveness of the strategy.
6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
•Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
•Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

HRM560 Week 8 Discussion 1
"Change Management Models" Please respond to the following:
Review the change models presented in Chapter 8 of the Palmer textbook. Using attributes from these models, create a unique change management model that would be most effective for your organization and justify why this model would be effective.
Select a contingency approach that would align effectively with the change model you selected in the first part of this discussion. Justify why that approach would be more appropriate than alternative strategies.
HRM560 Week 8 Discussion 2
"Organizational Change" Please respond to the following:
Reflect on an organizational change you experienced. Summarize how the vision of the change was presented to employees and compare and contrast the vision that was presented with the actual results of the organizational change.
Based on the content covered in Chapter 9 of the Palmer textbook, evaluate the vision of change. Focus specifically on the vision’s impact in your opinion of the change, how the vision affected your motivation, and how employees reacted toward engaging in the change after being presented with the vision.

HRM560 Week 9 Discussion 1
"Communicating Change" Please respond to the following:
Present an argument as to which strategy discussed in Chapter 10 of the Palmer textbook would be most effective in communicating change within the organization where you currently work or one where you have worked. Identify one communication practice you can foresee yourself using in the future along with the expected benefits.
From the e-Activity, indicate at least two communication channels within the workplace and assess how they have evolved over the past two decades.

HRM560 Week 9 Discussion 2
"Failure to Communicate" Please respond to the following:
Reflect on a situation in your professional life or the professional life of someone you know well, where a lack of communication has created a negative outcome. Describe the situation and indicate the three most significant factors that caused the communication breakdown.
Based on the recommendations made in Chapter 6 of the Kotter textbook for communicating effectively, propose at least two strategies that you could have implemented to improve the communications process in the situation you described in the first part of this discussion.
HRM560 Week 10 Discussion 1
"Sustaining Change" Please respond to the following:
Consider a situation where you are the change manager for your organization, and your company has just completed a fairly successful change process. Based on the strategies for sustaining change outlined in Chapter 12 of the Palmer textbook, select a strategy you believe would be most helpful for you to sustain the change that has taken place. Next, describe how that strategy would be implemented. Provide a justification for your choice of strategy.
Provide at least one suggestion for sustaining change that was not mentioned in Chapter 12 of the Palmer textbook, and explain how that suggestion would assist you in maintaining the change in your current organizational environment.


HRM560 Week 10 Discussion 2
"Culture" Please respond to the following:
Describe the culture of the organization where you currently work or one where you have worked. Indicate whether or not the culture of the organization had a positive or negative effect on your performance. Justify your response.
Based on the material covered in Chapter 10 of the Kotter textbook on changing culture, recommend at least two strategies that could be implemented at your current organization or one that you have worked for that would improve the overall culture of your workplace. Justify why these changes may be necessary.


HRM560 Week 10 Assignment 4
Assignment 4: Change Management Plan
Due Week 10 and worth 175 points
Using the organization where you work, one where you have worked, or one in which you are very familiar, identify a Human Resource Management program, policy, procedure, or initiative that you believe needs to be changed. Your goal is to apply Kotter’s 8 Stage Process of Creating Change to the HR situation you have selected, with corresponding suggestions for how to put this change initiative into practice. Once it is formulated, you will present your recommendations to upper management.
This assignment consists of two (2) sections: a written report and a PowerPoint presentation. You must submit the two (2) sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment. Label each file name according to the section of the assignment it is written for.
Section 1: Change Management Plan
1. Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you:
a. Describe the organization in terms of industry, size, and history.
b. Describe how the HR program /policy / process / procedure / initiative that has been proposed should be changed.
c. Describe three (3) reasons why this change is important to make.
d. Describe the recommended change.
e. Develop a strategy that illustrates how you would address each of the eight (8) Stages of Change (Establishing a sense of urgency; creating coalition; developing vision and strategy; communicating the vision; empowering broad-based action; generating short term wins; consolidating gains and producing more change; anchoring new approaches into the culture).
f. Identify potential resistance to change and describe how the resistance would be managed.
g. Outline at least three (3) communications strategies you would use.
h. Propose two (2) diagnostic tools to identify the changes that need to be made in organization.
i. Recommend two (2) strategies for sustaining the change.
j. Use at least four (4) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Section 1 of this assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
•Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
•Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Section 2: PowerPoint Presentation
2. Prepare a ten to fifteen (10-15) slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:
1. Summarize the main points in the written report.
2. Create bulleted speaking notes for your presentation to the shareholders in the Notes section of the PowerPoint. Note: You may create or assume any fictitious names, data, or scenarios that have not been established in this assignment for a realistic flow of communication.
3. Use a professional technically written style to graphically convey the information.
HRM560 Week 11 Discussion 1
"One Day Training Course" Please respond to the following:
You have just completed 10 Weeks of a course on managing organizational change. Imagine you have been asked to create a one-day training course highlighting the important elements of what you have just learned in the past 10 Weeks. Create a hierarchy of five (no more or no less) of the most important topics that you believe need to be addressed in this one-day course that best fits the course title of “Managing Organizational Change: The Essentials Presented in One Day.”
Provide a detailed rationale for each of the five topics.

HRM560 Week 11 Discussion 2
"Course Summation" Please respond to the following:
Describe the most important piece of knowledge that you gained during this course.
Discuss ways you plan to apply what you learned in this course in your current or future position.
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