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Diagnostic Model

Select a Diagnostic Model that you utilize to review aspects of change activities and actions that have been taken by the companies chosen. Here we are looking at the "parts" of the companies as well as their strategies, as surmised by your research in Part 1. It is acknowledged that this information will not be complete, as you are looking at these companies as an outsider; but a thoroughly researched paper will give enough data to allow some (well-defended) assumptions on your part.

Here's what to do:

1. Choose one Diagnostic Model (i.e. 6-box, 7S, congruence, or etc.) to apply to the two chosen companies. Choose the model which you feel best identifies and measures the relevant aspects of the organization's performance and therefore the diagnostic choices made will affect your findings.

2. Apply the data obtained in your research through an analysis of the appropriate chosen model. This will allow you to create a diagnosis of where each company is today (as per the criteria of the model).

3. Create a SWOT Analysis for each of the two chosen companies change plans/programs, utilizing information obtained in the diagnosis. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.)

4. Compare the two company analyses to each other and offer your perspective (value judgment) of the effectiveness of the changes made to date in each case.

5. Identify potential areas of resistance that may occur and at least one strategy to respond to each (this will most likely come from your Weaknesses/Threats section of your SWOT. If not, take another look at your SWOT).

6. Write your paper including each of the above sections, and analyses.

Please offer a comprehensive review of the Change Diagnostic model chosen that details the components included as well as some background about the model itself through research from the author(s). Please give your rationale defending why you chose that particular model. You can utilize a review of internal/external pressures that have affected the companies chosen. Please conduct a SWOT analysis that you created based on the above. Please identify potential areas of resistance that were encountered or that you anticipate may be encountered and possible actions to minimize the negative effects of such resistance. Please include recommendations for further actions within the organizations and the rationale chosen for these recommendations. Please use of 4 new references, properly cited.

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1. Choose one Diagnostic Model (i.e. 6-box, 7S, congruence, or etc.) to apply to the two chosen companies. Choose the model which you feel best identifies and measures the relevant aspects of the organization's performance and therefore the diagnostic choices made will affect your findings.

The diagnosis model selected by us for applying to the two companies is the 6 box model. This model has been chosen because according to Weisbord, identifying and solving a problem must be done systematically by the same people, because by so doing, they learn from their own situation and then seek improvement (1). Diagnosis is a way of looking over an organization to determine the ?gap? or variance-between what is and what ought to be. This model has been chosen because its six broad categories in his model of organizational life, includes purposes, structures, relationships, leadership, rewards, and helpful mechanisms (2). These are appropriate for diagnosing change in the two organizations we have selected. The six box model properly assesses the firm?s organization?s current level of functioning to design appropriate change interventions (3).

2. Apply the data obtained in your research through an analysis of the appropriate chosen model. This will allow you to create a diagnosis of where each company is today (as per the criteria of the model).

The six box model of diagnosing change is applied to Wal-Mart:
Purposes: In Wal-Mart the organizational members agree with and support the organization?s mission and goals. Wal-Mart has a strong culture that supports low cost strategy, each employee supports it.
Structures: The structure has modified to improvement the alignment between its merchant marketing and operations group (4). The restructuring has been done to support its strategy. Wal-Mart?s structure supports its strategy.
Relationships: Wal-Mart reorganized three high performing functional departments and reorganized them into geographical divisions. The purpose was to reduce conflicts among functional divisions, improve communications, and increase control over the supply chain.
Leadership: Wal-Mart has improved the use of its leadership through the reorganizations. Those who have shown good performance have been placed in important positions.
Rewards: Wal-Mart has rewarded its best leaders through promotions and giving them more responsibility. The shareholders have been rewarded ...

Solution Summary

The response provides you a structured explanation of the 6 box model . It also gives you the relevant references.

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