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Assignment 1

## Evaluating Employee Characteristics

This course has major project assignments due in Week 3 and Week 5. It will take more than a week’s effort to adequately complete them. Plan time to start the research and work on those assignments earlier than the week in which they are due.

### Evaluating Employee Characteristics

Some research studies (Ilies & Judge, 2003; Saari & Judge, 2004) report that genetics play a very important part in whether an employee has a high level of job satisfaction. Their work suggests that the attitudes, personality, and values that a person brings to the workplace are better predictors of whether the employee will be satisfied than any of the external factors a company or manager might provide the employee. In fact, their studies indicate that a person with high satisfaction will generally report being highly satisfied, no matter the situation within the company. Similarly, a person who reports low satisfaction will consistently report low satisfaction, no matter what the company may do to increase the employee’s satisfaction.

If these studies are correct, then there would seem to be some rationality in only hiring applicants with positive personalities.

In this assignment, you will develop a ten item survey that will be given to all applicants at your company. The purpose of this survey is to determine whether the applicant is a positive or negative person. First determine what attitudes, personality characteristics, and values you want to look for based upon your reading and research. You may ask up to nine questions to determine those individual characteristics. Let question ten ask whether the applicant is satisfied with the company.

Once you’ve completed your survey, write a well-researched, convincing paper to be read by your company’s head of the Human Resources Department in which you do the following:

• Analyze how personality, values, and attitudes contribute to an employee’s satisfaction. Include support from your reading and research.
• Justify why you chose to include the questions you did. Explain how each question will contribute to determining whether the applicant is a positive person.

### Submission Details:

• Submit your plan in a 3- to 4-page Microsoft Word document, using APA style.
• Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

### References:

Ilies, R., & Judge, T. (2003). On the heritability of job satisfaction: The mediating role of personality. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88(4), pp. 750–759.
Saari, L., & Judge, T. (2004). Employee attitudes and job satisfaction. Human
Resource Management
, 43(4), pp. 395–407.

Note: On the basis of the suggestions and feedback from your facilitator, refine your work for the course project going forward. If additional input is needed from your facilitator, please arrange for a consultation.

Assignment 2

## Motivation

This course has major project assignments due in Week 3 and Week 5. It will take more than a week’s effort to adequately complete them. Plan time to start the research and work on those assignments earlier than the week in which they are due.

### Employee Motivation

• Self Determination Theory
• Goal Setting Theory
• Self-Efficacy Theory
• Equity Theory/Organizational Justice
• Employee Involvement
• Job Design

Based on research using the course text and other scholarly materials, write a paper that describes how you would use each theory to motivate your employees. Be very detailed and support what you say with research.

### Submission Details:

• Submit your 3 to 4 page paper in Microsoft Word, using APA style.
• Support your responses with examples and research.
• Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

Assignment 3

## Multicultural Team

This course has major project assignments due in Week 3 and Week 5. It will take more than a week’s effort to adequately complete them. Plan time to start the research and work on those assignments earlier than the week in which they are due.

Recently, you have been assigned the task of assembling a multicultural, team in your organization. The purpose of the team is to design and implement a leadership development and succession process for the organization.

Based on research using the course text and other scholarly materials:

• Analyze the stages of group development the teams should expect to experience. At each stage, make recommendations that will help move the team into the next stage.
• Multicultural project teams often face problems with communication, expectations, and values. How do you think some of these challenges can be overcome?
• Explain some of the group decision-making challenges the team may experience and recommend ways to overcome them.
• Discuss at least three recommendations to help make these teams effective.

### Submission Details:

• Submit your paper in a 4 to 5 page Microsoft Word document, using APA style.
• Support your responses with examples and research.
• Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

Assignment 4

This course has a major project assignment due in Week 5. It will take more than a week’s effort to adequately complete it. Plan time to start the research and work on the assignment earlier than the week in which it is due.

This week you learned about a number of different leadership theories. Choose two of today’s leaders listed below and research on their leadership styles:

• Richard Branson
• Michael Dell
• Debbi Fields
• Bill Gates
• Suze Orman
• Donald Trump
• Meg Whitman
• Oprah Winfrey

For each leader, you choose, describe why these individuals are so successful and identify which theory or theories best exemplify their leadership style.

Find at least three to five articles that will support your research.

### Submission Details:

• Submit your answers in a 5- to 6-page Microsoft Word document, using APA style.
• Support your work with examples and research.
• Submit your document to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

Assignment 5

## Organizational Behavior

The field of organizational behavior can be organized around three levels: individual level, team level, and organizational level. In other words, some theories focus on factors influencing individual behavior (e.g., personality, motivation). Some theories focus on factors influencing team or group behaviors (e.g., group development, conflict, roles). Still other theories focus on factors that tend to operate at an organizational level (e.g., structure, culture, leadership).

During the course, you have studied a variety of theories and perspectives at all these levels. Which ones seem most meaningful to you?

• Select one theory or perspective that you have studied that seems to be an individual level theme. One that you have studied that seems to be a team level theme. And one that you have studied that seems to be an organizational level theme. Summarize what those theories are and why each pertains to its corresponding level (individual, team, or organization).
• Analyze those three theories based on this question: Why do people do what they do in organizations? That is, how do the theories you have selected help explain “organizational behavior?”
• What are the challenges, problems, or difficulties in behavior as suggested by each of your theories?
• What are the potential strategies and solutions (to the challenges) as suggested by your theories?
• How do your three theories seem to fit together? How do they seem to interact with each other? What important lessons can you derive from thinking about the interaction of the theories?

### Submission Details:

• Submit your answers in a 6 to 8-page Microsoft Word document, using APA style.
• Support your work with examples and research.