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Reflective essay of self evaluation

The purpose of self evaluation is to reflect upon what one has learned or how one has performed as compared with one's expectations or goals. This is not a graded assignment, but rather an opportunity for you to think about what you have learned in this course.

Your module 6 task:

You are to prepare a reflective essay in which you address each of the following items:

1. Descriptions of how you feel you improved your knowledge, skills, abilities, and yourself in this session through this course.
2. Evaluation of the work you did during the session for the class and explanations of ways you could have performed better.
3. Topics you have identified that you did not understand or were not successful in trying to implement and suggestions you may have about how to improve the course material on those topics.
4. Ways you might measure the future effects of what you have learned in this course or your future progress/improvement;
5. State whether you achieved the course objectives (listed on the module 6 home page and course syllabus page)

Reflection essay.
Business Administration
01 Open Systems Theory
02 Inputs
03 Transformation
04 Outputs
05 Feedback Loops

PDA Simulation

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The response addresses the queries posted in 1089 words with references.

//Before I start writing the essay, I will first elucidate a bit about the open systems theory. According to this theory, in an organization, the activities are inevitably affected by its environment. There are inputs, transformation, outputs and feedback in an open system.

My knowledge of the working of an organization according to this theory, improved considerably. This theory is quite helpful, if applied wisely and systematically. As per this theory, there are inputs and outputs in a system, where there is transformation. The inputs are the result of the influence of the environment on the system while, the outputs are the influence of the system on the environment (Stroh, Northcraft & Neale, 2002: pg. 376).

In a feedback loop, information about the result of a transformation or an action is sent back to the input of the system through the input data. If these new data facilitate and speed up the conversion in the similar direction as the previous results, it is known as positive feedback and they have collective effects. On the contrary, if the new data cause a result in the opposite direction in comparison to the previous results, it is a negative feedback and it stabilizes the system (Feedback, 1997).

//Below, I have discussed about the open systems application in Starbucks and PDA case. You may add some more information, if you want. //

The open systems theory has also been employed to Starbuck and the PDA simulation in the course. Starbucks is a big international retailer of coffee and fast food. It has expanded its chains all over the globe and sells quality ...

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The response addresses the queries posted in 1089 words with references.