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BACKGROUND

In this final Case of the Integrated Case Project, you will take a look at feedback loops in National Presto Industries, Inc. Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop. Draw on the background readings from this module in constructing your diagnosis. Within each of these feedback loops there are opportunities for learning and improvement.

REQUIRED READING:

Refer to the background readings on System Feedback Loops.

CASE 5 ASSIGNMENT:

You need to present two cases in this paper. For each Feedback Loop (Balancing and Reinforcing) Make a Case for the Learning Opportunities.

Be sure to include references.

KEYS TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

This is what you need to do:

Generate evidence for the grounds of your cases. Describe each Feedback Loop that you identify in National Presto Industries, Inc. and explain why you selected them. Make sure you explain the Loop, the cause and effect process within the Loop. You could also include a Causal Loop Diagram. If you do, show the arrows and direction of affect (+ or -). Also, determine what the warrant is for your case.

Briefly discuss the theory of organizational learning (the warrant and additional grounds.)
Identify the opportunities for organizational learning in each Feedback Loop. Make a Case that these are learning opportunities. Logically show how the feedback process provides an opportunity for the organization to learn and improve its performance. Be precise. Depth and breadth in your discussion is always a good thing.

ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS

Your paper will be evaluated on the following seven (7) points:

Precision - Does the paper address the question(s) or task(s)?
Breadth - Is the full breadth of the subject, i.e., all the keys to the assignment, addressed?
Depth - Does the paper address all elements of the topic in sufficient depth? Does it include and apply the background readings and other background resources? Are they included as references?
Critical thinking - Are the concepts of this module applied accurately, logically, and relevantly?
Organization - Is the paper organized in a coherent and systematic manner? Are headings included in all papers greater than 2 pages?
Clarity - Is the writing clear and the concepts articulated properly? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of response to the questions, or are thoughts conveyed through excessive use of quotations?
Referencing (citations and references) - Does the paper use citations and quotation marks where appropriate? Are all references listed in the bibliography used and referred to via citation?

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In this final Case of the Integrated Case Project, you will take a look at feedback loops in National Presto Industries, Inc. Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop. Draw on the background readings from this module in constructing your diagnosis. Within each of these feedback loops there are opportunities for learning and improvement.

REQUIRED READING:

Refer to the background readings on System Feedback Loops.

CASE 5 ASSIGNMENT:

You need to present two cases in this paper. For each Feedback Loop (Balancing and Reinforcing) Make a Case for the Learning Opportunities.

National Presto is a leader in electric house-wares industries. It has used innovation during its past to differentiate its products from that of competitors. It has a systematic planning and development program. It has developed an image that is associated with high quality house-wares. National Presto has been in business since 1905 and since has focused on innovation for its progress. Currently, its products include small kitchen appliance, ammunition, and absorbent products.

System thinking focuses on two types of loops. The first is the Balancing Loop and the second is the reinforcing loop. The balancing loop is one that tries to bring two things together to agreement. The most typical example of a balancing loop is one where a person or an organization attempts to solve a problem or achieve a goal. Now the balancing loop attempts to move some current state to a desired state by taking some action. The balancing loop is an important aspect of systems thinking. For instance, if a research and development sets a goal of getting 20% more patents during a year, this is the example of a balancing loop. A manufacturing unit has the problem that every year there is friction with the laborers and there is a strike. If the unit sets the objective of having not strike this year, there is a balancing loop.

Let us consider one balancing loop at National Presto. The company sells a number of appliances through Wal-Mart stores. These appliances include electric woks, electric ...

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