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The Farm Bank
Read The Farm Bank case study at the end of chapter seven. What advice would
you give Valerie Wyatt? What OD intervention strategy or strategies
would you advise her to use and why? Make a substantive response to at least
two of your classmates’ postings.

Communication Processes
Think about the manager that you have in your current job or one that you have
had in the past. Identify and explain the communication processes
that the manager uses or used in a work group. What could the manager have done
to more effectively apply the communication process? How would you have
communicated differently if you were the manager of the work group? Make a
substantive response to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

Assignments
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Real World Application
of OD Principles
You are the owner of a
100 employee retail dry goods store. You are located in a town where the major
employer is an automotive support industry who has just announced that they are
relocating their facility to Mexico. Analyze the challenges facing your company
using OD principle. How would you apply OD principles in order to ensure the
continued operation of your business?
Submit your answer in a two to three (2-3) page formatted to proper APA
specification. Include three to four scholarly references to support your
paper.

week 4
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Goal Setting Model

Goal setting is
invariably a part of OD programs. Discuss the goal setting model and how it can
help an organization to increase its effectiveness and productivity. How are
goals set in the organization for which you work? Are the goals in your
organization formal or informal? Does your organization have measurable and
accomplishable goals? How could goal setting be done more effectively in your
job? Make a substantive response to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

Self-Managed Work Teams

Many organizations use
self-managed work teams in order to accomplish a greater degree of
effectiveness. What are the characteristics of self-managed work teams? Discuss
some of the issues an organization might have in developing self-managed work
teams. What are some of the changes a manager must make when working with
self-managed work teams? Make a substantive response to at least two of your
classmates’ postings.
Week 5
Discussions
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Lafarge

Lafarge is the world’s
biggest cement producer, with over $15 billion in revenues from 133 cement
plants in 46 countries. An important element at Lafarge is training. Managers
are required to monitor the development of employees. The company practices
intensive communication to make sure that its worldwide businesses understand
its operations. “Our aim is to become a learning organization,” says
the training manager of the cement division. How can a culture persist in an
organization for over 170 years across different owners? Review the Lafarge
website to read and critique the “Lafarge
way” and other company practices and philosophies. Based on your research,
take a position on whether or not Lafarge is a learning organization. Make a
substantive response to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

Future Trends

Discuss the future trends
in Organizational Development. Take a position on the following question and
defend it: “Is OD an emerging discipline or only a passing fad?” Make
a substantive response to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

Final Paper
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During this course, you
have studied the principles of organizational development. You have engaged in
discussion and learning about the organizational development process,
developing high performance teams and excellence in people, as well as how to
develop highly successful organizations.

Describe specific ways you will apply three of the following course outcomes in
order to achieve your personal and professional goals. Explain how particular
theory and insights gained from this course will help you succeed. Include
explanation and examples from previous experience as well as implications for
future application.

Course Outcomes:

Develop diagnostic skills to identify OD
issues, problems, and opportunities;
Provide practice in identifying appropriate
actions and selection of best alternative OD actions in actual work situations;
Develop the ability to apply OD knowledge to
organizational situations.
Identify organizational situations that
require professional assistance.
Diagnose the systems issues and select the
appropriate intervention.
Integrate OD frameworks with broader HR
frames and competency models.
Describe and explain the steps involved to
effectively manage organizational change in a variety of contexts and
settings.

Guidelines for Writing
the Final Paper

Paper must be eight to ten (8-10)
double-spaced pages in length, exclusive of Appendix, References,
Exhibits, etc.
Formatted according to APA style as outlined
in the approved APA style guide (including title page and reference list).

Must address the topic of the paper with
critical thought.
Must include an introductory paragraph with a
succinct thesis statement.
Must conclude with a restatement of the
thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Must use a minimum of six scholarly
references.

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