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Overcoming Barriers to Change

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be a minimum of 300 words in length and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. Please be sure you review the grading rubric before beginning your post and responses.

This week you’ve explored several topics including innovation, diversity, human resources, and several elements of change. Innovation and diversity both require change. Change, however, isn’t an easy area to manage for yourself, the organization as a whole, or for each employee individually. It takes skill and planning to successfully navigate the change process.

First, read Chapters 7 & 8 in the text.

Next, please watch the following video clips from the lab:

  • Chapter 07: Concept Clips: Change Process
  • Chapter 07: Concept Clips: Resistance to Change
  • Chapter 07: Concept Clips: Need for Change

Research the company you have chosen for your final project, finding something in recent news (less than 8 weeks old) that pertains to a significant change effort that has happened recently, is currently happening, or if you can’t find a change effort under way, then choose something currently going on that really needs to change. Briefly explain the change itself, then explain what the company did (is doing, or should do) to be successful in the change process, why the change was necessary, and what roadblocks or resistance they met (or would likely meet). Did they handle the change process successfully? What would you have done differently if you were leading their change effort?

Review a minimum of two of your classmate’s posts and respond with additional insights, information, questions, or links to more information on the company changes they shared. Would their approach to managing change work for your organization? Why or why not? Your responses should be academic in nature and linked to research and management topics discussed this week rather than personal stories of shopping with the company they chose for example.

Discussion Forum Guidelines and Grading Rubric

For 500-600 Level Courses – Grantham University

Participation Guidelines (These guidelines pertain to your initial and reply posts to the discussion forum prompt. Note the due dates for each.)

INITIAL POST

REPLY POSTS

Create a thread (initial post) by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday (Day 5)

Write at least 300 words

The majority of your post must be original words, thoughts, and ideas

Identify the source of all information that you use

Post must be typed in the discussion message box, not attached as a document

Post at least two replies to either peers or the instructor by 11:59 pm EST Tuesday (Day 7)

At least one reply post must be made on a different day than your initial post

Write at least 150 words per reply

The majority of your posts must be original words, thoughts, experiences, and/or ideas

Identify the source of all information that you use

Post must be typed in the discussion message box, not attached as a document

Grading Rubric (The discussion grading rubric explains expectations and will be used to evaluate your contribution based on the quality of work in your initial posts and replies. A total of 50 points are possible, distributed among the three criteria listed below.)

Criteria

Far Exceeds Expecations

Exceeds Expectations

Meets Expectations

Partially Meets Expectations

Does Not Meet Expectations

Application and Content. (Apply critical thinking and analysis to demonstrate an understanding of lesson topics.)

18 – 20 points

– Thoroughly answered the discussion question(s) and replied with clear, well-developed, and meaningful thoughts.

– All critical points were addressed individually and supported by evidence of having read the assigned course readings and applying the majority of the basic concepts in the initial post.

– Relevant ideas or practical experiences are used to emphasize the understanding of the discussion topic(s).

16 – 17 points

– Answered the discussion question(s) and replied with clear, well-developed, and meaningful thoughts.

– Most critical points were addressed individually and supported by evidence of having read the assigned course reading sand applying some of the basic concepts in the initial post.

– Relevant ideas or practical experiences are used to emphasize understanding of the discussion topic(s).

14 – 15 points

– Answered most of the discussion question(s), but not fully developed to demonstrate strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

– Some critical points were addressed individually, but not supported by evidence of having read the assigned course readings and applying basic concepts in the initial post.

– Relevant ideas or practical experiences were absent or limited.

12 – 13 points

– Partially answered the discussion question(s) by identifying the main topic(s), but lacked elements of critical thinking and analysis.

– The points addressed were not clear or well-developed.

– Relevant ideas or practical experience(s) were not provided.

– Evidence of having read the assigned course readings was not clearly demonstrated.

0 – 11 points

– Insufficiently answered the discussion question(s).

– The points addressed inadequately addressed the topic.

– Relevant ideas and practical experience(s) were not provided.

– The points discussed lacked evidence of having read the assigned course readings.

Engagement and Participation. (Encourage further discussion from peers and provide meaningful contribution on the topic. Participate in a respectful manner, with appropriate length and punctuality.)

18 – 20 points

– Engaged in the discussion forum by offering extended or in-depth posts and generating relevant conversations and questions among peers.

– Participated multiple days throughout the week. Met deadlines, and exceeded the participation guidelines.

16 – 17 points

– Engaged in the discussion forum by offering substantive posts and generating relevant conversations or questions among peers.

– Participated multiple days throughout the week. Met deadlines and exceeded the participation guidelines.

14 – 15 points

– Engaged in the discussion forum by offering satisfactory posts, but did not promote further conversations or questions among peers.

– Participated multiple days throughout the week. Met deadlines and the participation guidelines.

12 – 13 points

– Engagement was lacking in the discussion forum. The posts did not generate relevant conversations or questions among the peers.

– Participated multiple times during the week, but did not meet the deadlines or participation guidelines.

0 – 11 points

– The posts were not engaging, and prevented others from participating in a discussion that added value to the forum.

– Participated at least once during the week, but did not meet the deadlines and participation guidelines.

Clarity and Organization. (Present well-reasoned, organized, and structured ideas, with an appropriate use of writing style.)

9 – 10 points

– Paragraphs and sentences are well-developed, properly formatted, and contain a strong topic sentence.

– All arguments and point(s) presented are consistent, clear, and concise.

– Exceptional use of grammar, and free of spelling, punctuation, or other mechanical errors.

– All references used are identified by proper in-text citations and are listed at the bottom of the post(s).

8 points

– Paragraphs are well-developed, properly formatted, and include a topic sentence.

– Most arguments and point(s) presented are consistent, clear, and concise.

– Outstanding use of grammar, and free of spelling, punctuation, or other mechanical errors.

– Most references used are identified by proper in-text citations and are listed at the bottom of the post(s).

7 points

– Paragraphs are adequately developed, but lack a topic sentence.

– Insufficient clarity and inconsistencies are present in argument(s) and post(s).

– Adequate use of grammar with minimal spelling, punctuation, or other mechanical errors.

– References used are identified and are listed at the bottom of the post(s).

6 points

– Paragraphs and sentences are underdeveloped and disorganized.

– It is difficult to determine the argument(s) and point(s) being presented.

– Inadequate use of grammar, and frequent spelling, punctuation and other mechanical errors.

– References used are not identified or listed at the bottom of the post(s).

0 – 5 points

– Paragraphs and sentences are incomplete.

– The argument(s) and point(s) being presented are not relevant to the discussion topic.

– Unacceptable use of grammar, and frequent spelling, punctuation and other mechanical errors.

– References are not identified or listed at the bottom of the post(s).

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