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An organization is a consciously coordinated social unit, composed of several people whose main focus is to achieve a common goal or set of goals. A successful organization understands the cultural differences in various divisions or branches. It uses culture and group dynamics to overcome management challenges, implement strategic initiatives, and develop business opportunities. Organizations with an exceptional "company" culture are usually run by leaders who understand and practice effective cultural leadership principles. A culture or sub-culture that works effectively in one part of an organization may not work well in another. Those who have made it to the top have done so by building a high performance workplace around the corporate culture.

As you prepare for each assignment your focus should be on developing a basic understanding of leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, etc., and how the corporate culture is what makes something work in one part of an organization, but not another.

Assignment:

Using the appropriate organizational analysis format begin your analysis by focusing on the following areas of interest. During the next five weeks, you will be using this format, and the step-by-step process to look at various areas of interest, culminating in the preparation of a formal proposal for the Plant Manager. So, it is important that you use a consistent format to take "notes" along the way (which will be submitted to your instructor). Start now by developing a paper (your "notes") which addresses:

The Management of Ability

Organizational Commitment

Job Satisfaction

Organizational Ethics

While engaging the step-by-step analytical process keep in mind the differences that exist between FMC Green River and FMC Aberdeen. For example, think about the management of ability. State the what the corporate culture and work environment is like at Aberdeen, then at Green River. How does each operation make the best use of its employees' skill sets? Based on the corporate culture, identify an alternate method for them to leverage their employees abilities. Will the methodology you select for Aberdeen work at Green River? How will you implement your recommendation at each facility? Include your thoughts on these issues with your notes; you can either incorporate them into the "areas of interest" or add them as side notes.

Can you provide with an example to use to build my assignment? Any help will be much appreciated. Provide references for external sources. Thank you.

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1. Can you provide with an example to use to build my assignment?

As mentioned above, your assignment is to be base on your notes. It is difficult to tell if you are at the beginning, middle or the end of the class. Your assignment asks you to develop a consistent format (suggesting you use the appropriate
organizational analysis, which differs across professors and class assignments). Depending where you are in the class (beginning, middle, and end), your notes will be (or should be) arranged in a consistent format already. Usually a professor provides the format upfront; however, since you are asking me for an example, your instructor must be leaving that up to you.

There are many different types of organizational analysis, but the word "consistent" is important here, as the one you choose, needs to be followed throughout making it easy for your final proposal to be written. I have located two formats by the same author. The first has the suggested 4-steps, and the second one has expanded these steps into 16-steps for the final format (i.e., presentation). Just use the analysis format below, and fill in the information from assignments exactly how it suggests below. If there is other information, like the information in the next question add as notes as suggested in the assignment below. I do NOT have access to your notes, so I would not know where to begin with this, so add the information into the format below and sent it in for an edit and an OTA will be able to give you pointers on how to improve the analysis:

Example 1: Organizational Analysis Format

It is your responsibility to analyze the organization. Based on a thorough analysis you then need to make recommendations and provide alternative actions to either management or a client. A useful step-by-step approach for doing this is available in the Step-by-Step document. Your written or oral presentation builds on your analytical work and is typically organized using the following format:

I. Background
Describe the pertinent history of the organization including its mission, vision, goals and objectives, and strategies. Include only those points that are relevant to the situation, your recommendations, alternatives, or future organizational performance of the firm.

II. Situation Analysis
Describe the major issues facing the organization, their causes, and the significance to the organization of these issues. Identify which issues are critical to the organization and why. The issues identified may include both strengths and weaknesses for the organization as your goal is provide recommendations for either change or maintenance. What are the critical success factors and why?

III.Alternatives and Recommendations
Propose and analyze alternatives for the organization based on principles of organizational effectiveness. Each recommendation should include written discussion and a corresponding rationale.

IV.Implementation
Present an implementation plan and your contingency analysis.

(Analytical steps are adapted from the following source: Digman, L.A. (1999). Strategic management cases, 5th ed., p. SM-3. Houston: Dame Publications.)

Example 2: Step-by-Step Approach to Analysis

It is your responsibility to analyze the organization. Based on a thorough analysis you then need to make recommendations and provide alternative actions to either management or a client. Engaging in the following steps can help you achieve these objectives.

I. Define the situation.
Typically you need to examine three broad subsets of an organization: (1) individuals within the organization; (2) groups and organizational processes; and (3) the organizational structure and culture. For each you will want to identify the strengths, weaknesses, potential problems, opportunities, and challenges that are facing the organization. It is important that you try to isolate the major issues and their related causes, indicating which, if any, are critical.

II. Assemble and analyze the key data.
Isolate the key facts from the case relevant to the situation.

III. Identify any necessary additional information.
Determine what information you need to have that is not included in the data to which you currently have access. If the information is available elsewhere, obtain it.

IV. State your assumptions.
For missing information that is not in the materials provided or obtained elsewhere, try to make logical conclusions based on the information that you do have available. State what your assumptions are and your rationale for making them.

V. Draw your initial conclusions.
Write out your conclusions based on the information, your analysis, and your assumptions. It is important that these conclusions flow logically from the previous steps.

VI. Indicate possible alternatives and their expected outcomes.
Essentially you need to identify what alternatives are available to the organization and indicate the likely outcome should they be enacted. Evaluate the desirability of each of these alternatives for the organization.

VII. Make your recommendations.
Based on your analysis, list your recommendations and your rationale for making them. You need to be able to provide adequate and valid support for all recommendations.

VIII. Prepare a plan for implementing your recommendations.
Your plan needs to be realistic. It needs, for example, to take into consideration the available resources, the appropriateness of the time frame, the sequencing of events, and the ability of personnel to direct or adapt to any changes caused by implementation.

IX. Prepare contingency plans.
All organizations are affected by internal or external changes. As a result, it is important to prepare contingency plans in case of either unanticipated change or implementation failures.

These steps can help you organize and adequately prepare for written or oral organizational analysis reports. Your actual report is based on the work you conduct during this analysis but is formatted according to the guidelines presented in the document Organizational Analysis. (Analytical steps are adapted from the following source: Digman, L.A. (1999). Strategic management cases, 5th ed., p. SM-3. Houston: Dame Publications).

2. While engaging the step-by-step analytical process keep in mind the differences that exist between FMC Green River and FMC Aberdeen. For example, think about the management of ability. State what the corporate culture and work environment is like at Aberdeen, then at Green River. How does each operation make the best use of its employees' skill sets? Based on the corporate culture, identify an alternate method for them to leverage their employee's abilities. Will the methodology you select for Aberdeen work at Green River? How will you implement your recommendation at each facility? Include your thoughts ...

Solution Summary

By example and discussion, this solution provides assistance with the case scenario in comparing FMC Green River and FMC Aberdeen on four measures: the management of ability; organizational commitment, job satisfaction and organizational ethics. Supplemented with 5 highly informative and applicable articles on various techniques, including participatory management, inter-group relations, leadership pyramid, inter-group communication and collaborate team creation techniques for further research and application. References provided.

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