This assignment focuses on the importance of organizational
structure and its possible impact on employees. After finishing with the
Background page and readings, go to the following interview with Rosabeth Moss
Kanter, who is a renowned Professor of Business Administration at Harvard
Business School, and an influential business advisor. Among other things, in
this interview she talks about the evolution of changes in organizational
structure in the past decades, and the link to employees’ well-being and
Puffer, S. (2004) Changing organizational structures: An
interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Academy of Management Executive, 18(2).
The following article looks at changing organizational
structures as open systems and the effect on managers:
Buhler, P. M. (2011). Changing organizational structures and
their impact on managers. Supervision, 72(2), 24-26.
Write a 4- to 5-page critique answering the questions below.
An organization’s structure can have significant effects on its
members. What might those effects be? Analyze the behavioral implications of
different organizational designs and use at least two examples
structure can have significant effects on its members. What might those effects
be? Analyze the behavioral implications of different organizational designs and
use at least two examples.
·Is it possible to
generalize and say that a certain structure is better than others? That is, is
there a structure that is superior in terms of its effects on its
members? Take a stand and defend your comments with references to the concepts
in the readings in this module and any previous modules that you find relevant.
Demonstrate that you have read, understood, and can apply the background
materials by citing them in support of your analysis.
·Your paper will be
evaluated using the criteria as stated in the Case rubric. The following is a
review of the rubric criteria:
·Assignment-Driven: Does the paper fully address all aspects of
the assignment? Is the assignment addressed accurately and precisely using
sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?
Thinking: Does the paper
demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple
sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and
synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does the paper
address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?
Writing: Is the essay logical,
well organized and well written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary
appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included? Are
paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding, or is
justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct
Use of Information: Does the submission
demonstrate that the student has read, understood and can apply the background
materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective
research, as evidenced by student’s use of relevant and quality (library?) sources?
Do additional sources used provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do
they help in shaping the overall paper?
Sources: Does the student
demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing, by inclusion of proper
citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all
sources (e.g., references used from the Background page, the assignment
readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited?
Have all sources cited in the paper been included on the References page?