Organizational Theory (Week 3)
In the first
assignment, students are given a scenario in which the shipping manager who has
worked for Recycled Furnishings since the inception of the company is getting
ready to retire. The scenario serves to set the stage for students to
demonstrate how management theories have changed over time. For example,
managing 30 years ago is different than managing in the 21st century.
In selecting an
organizational theory that best describes the current shipping manager,
students have to use the timeline to select a school of thought and a theory or
theories of that time frame. Students will need to research the theorist
and theories to complete the assignment and answer the questions below.
Students are expected to be thorough in responding to Part One.
In Part Two,
students are going to take what they have learned in weeks 1 â€“ 3 and compare
the management skills of the current shipping manager to that of you as the new
is a division of an international home furnishing company called Thor
Enterprises. Recycled Furnishings makes glass sofas for outdoor use from
recycled bottles and glass. The business has grown rapidly in the last thirty
years and now that it has become a division of Thor Enterprises, the company is
going international. The shipping manager for Recycled Furnishings has
been in his job since the start of the company. He is going to retire.
You have been hired as his replacement.
Select an organizational
theory that you believe best describes the current shipping manager and which
explains the organization and its structure;
theorist(s) who proposed the theory;
Discuss how the
selected organizational theory and theorist fit into the school of thought of
that time period.
principles of the theory and how the manager would do his job and interact with
Using the course
readings and your own research, explain in detail how you arrived at your
You would like
to characterize yourself as a 21st century
As a 21st century manager, compare the way you
would manage versus the way of your predecessor.
implications do the changes in management have for the future of Thor?
How will the new
approach to the job likely change the shipping division?
Formatting of the Project 1:
This report should be double spaced,
12-point font, and four to five pages in length excluding the title page
and reference page;
Include an introduction and a summary
Title page with your name, the course name,
the date, and instructorâ€™s name;
Write clearly and concisely;
Write in the third person;
Use APA formatting for in-text citations
and reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use
direct quotes. Deductions will be taken when direct quotes are used and
found to be unnecessary;
Outside resources may be used but the
majority of the support will come from the course readings with a wide
array of readings used;
Submit the paper in the Assignment Folder.
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A New Role for
Management in Todayâ€™s Post-Industrial Organization
7 Traits to Turn
Good Managers Into Great Managers
25 Qualities and
Characteristics of a Good Manager
What Is A
THEME TWO: What
challenges does the 21st century business
landscape present to the manager?
Slideshare on Business Challenges
Technology in the Workplace
in the 21st Century
Debate: Responsible Management and the challenges of the 21st Century
THEME THREE: Who
is the 21st century manager? What
are their characteristics? What is their role in the organization?
and skills needed to do the job
Every 21st Century Manager Needs HBR
How to be a Good
Manager: Guide for the 21st Century Manager
of 21st Century Organizations
Leadership: A new approach to Management in the 21st Century
What is meant by the study of organizational theory, what are the schools of
organizational theory and their precepts and what can we learn from its
Change in the definition of competitive
advantage and its impact on the organization.
Change in perspective in the value of
people to the resources of an organization.
Organizations are dynamic and the theory of
managing them is also.
The short and brief history of Organizational Theory
The Short and Glorious History of Organizational Theory
Overview of Classical and Neo-Classical Organizational Theory
Overview of Management Theories
Strategic Organization Design
THEME TWO: The
change of value regarding human resource to the organization coupled with
technology is shifting the design of organizations towards â€œboundarylessâ€ and
flat organizational structures.
Capability: Creating Competitive Advantage
The New Competitive Advantage
of Boundaryless Organizations
What is Management?
What is Management and Leadership
difference and four principals of management
The Principals of Management Video
Concise Dictionary of Management Terms