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Assignment 2: Mini-Management Plan (Week 6)
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Assignment 2:  Mini-Management Plan (Week 6)

 Purpose: 

In the second assignment, students will complete a mini-management plan that demonstrates how an organization operates on a day-to-day basis as well as over the long run.  This assignment helps students develop the skills necessary to assess a management situation and to write a report based on the findings

A management plan is a report that includes numerous sections that cover various aspects of the business. 

Outcome Met by Completing This Assignment:

  • integrate management theories and principles into management practices
  • employ effective planning processes to develop strategies, goals, and objectives in order to enhance performance and sustainability
  • organize human, physical, and financial resources for the effective and efficient attainment of organizational goals
  • identify the essential characteristics of decision making and indicate the range and types of decisions a manager makes

Instructions:

In this assignment students will take the role of the Vice President of Operation creating a mini-management plan that focuses on those aspects of the business related to planning and organizing.  As Vice President of Operations, Joseph Jackson, the leader of Cyber Software, Inc., has asked you to help him solve his organizational problems.  This mini-management plan is a professionally written document that will be given to Joseph Jackson. 

In writing the plan, you must use the terminology learned in the course.  Since Joe Jackson is quite knowledgeable, you are not defining terms using a dictionary but you will explain and describe concepts and ideas so Joseph Jackson understands what you mean, why the ideas are important to the business and how to implement the proposed plan.  The plan is not one in which the Vice President of Operations tells Joseph Jackson that he should do this or do that or he needs to or will do this or do that but one that is presented in an action-oriented manner.  Students are expected to make connections between the facts of the case study and concepts, theories, and ideas presented in the course readings.

The mini-management plan will structure the entire company and will cover Joseph Jackson’s organization’s mission, vision, structure and culture. 

Step 1:  Review “How to Analyze a Case Study” under Week 3 Content.

Step 2:  Create a Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) document.  This mini-management plan should be presented in a professional manner using single space, double-spaced between paragraphs.  The final product will be between 5-7 pages in length excluding the title page, diagrams and reference page.

Step 3:  Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and the instructor’s name.

Step 4:  Since students are probably not familiar with writing a management plan, the following resources have been provided to assist in writing the plan. 

  1. How to Write a Management Plan

              http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/leadership/effective-manager/management-plan/main 

  1. Management Plan Example

               https://wakenature.wordpress.com/resources/management-plan-examples/

Step 5:  In writing a case study, the writing is in the third person.  What this means is that there are no words such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first person writing), nor is there use of “you or your” (second person writing).  If uncertain how to write in the third person, view this link:  http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/first-second-and-third-person

Step 6:  In writing this assignment, students are expected to support the reasoning using in-text citations and a reference list.  If any material is used from a source, it must be cited and referenced.  A reference within a reference list cannot exist without an associated in-text citation and vice versa.  View the sample APA paper under Week 1 content.

Step 7:  In writing this assignment, students are expected to paraphrase and not use direct quotes.  Learn to paraphrase by reviewing this link:  https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/QPA_paraphrase2.html

Step 8:  In writing this assignment, students may use external resources but the majority of resources will come from the course. 

Step 9:  Review the grading rubric for the assignment.

Step 10:  Read critically and analyze the case study provided under Week 6 content.   Notate the key points in the case study. 

Step 11:  Create the introductory paragraph. 

The introductory paragraph is the first paragraph of the paper but is typically written after writing the body of the paper (Questions students responded to above).  View this website to learn how to write an introductory paragraph:  http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/donelan/intro.html

Step 12:  Respond to the required elements of the assignment.  Be clear and concise in the writing and make sure the questions are comprehensively answered.

  1. Provide a brief management history of Cyber Software, Inc.;
  2. Help Joe Jackson by proposing a new mission statement and vision statement that align with what Joseph Jackson now envisions for his company;
    1. Explain why the new mission statement and vision statement are appropriate for Cyber Software, Inc.;
    2. Discuss other aspects of the planning phase that impacts Cyber Software, Inc.;
  3. Create an organizational structure that aligns with the vision of Joseph Jackson
    1. Structure the entire company;
    2.  Explain why the structure is the most appropriate structure for Cyber Software, Inc.;
    3. Discuss why other structures are not appropriate;
    4. Illustrate and discuss the new structure with an organizational chart with names, job titles, and direct reports.  Be creative but make sure the jobs fit into the allotted budget;
  4. Create an organizational culture that aligns with the vision of Joseph Jackson and his new organization structure;
  5. Explain how the new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing facet of Joe’s business and prevent future mishaps;
  1. Use at least four references from the course material and at least three outside resources. 

Step 13:  Using the grading rubric as a comparison, read through the paper to ensure all required elements are presented.

Step 14: Proofread the paper for spelling and grammatical issues, and third person writing. 

  • Use the spell and grammar check in Word as a first measure;
  • Have someone who has excellent English skills to proof the paper;
  • Consider submitting the paper to the Effective Writing Center (EWC).  The EWC will provide 4-6 areas that may need improvement.

Step 15:  Submit the paper in the Assignment Folder.

Due Date

 

Jun 26, 2016 11:59 PM

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Rubric Name: Assignment #2

 
           

Criteria

Outstanding

Superior

Good

Substandard

Failure

Content: Brief History of Company

0.63 points
 

Brief history of company is described accurately and comprehensively delivering all relevant information.

(0..567 - 0.63)

0.5355 points
 

Brief history of company  is described sufficiently but is not completely accurate or comprehensive and is missing relevant information.

(0.504 - 0.566)

0.4725 points
 

Brief history of company  is described but key points are missing or needs more clarification on some aspects. 

(0.441 - 0.5039)

0.4095 points
 

Brief history is discussed but does not fit the facts provided or inaccurate statements made.

(0.378 - 0.4409)

0 points
 

Brief history not discussed.

(0 – 0.3779)

Content: Vision and Mission

1.05 points
 

Mission and vision statements align with what is envisioned; why appropriate is explained and planning is described accurately and comprehensively delivering all relevant information.

(0.945 - 1.05)

0.8925 points
 

Mission and vision statements align with what is envisioned; why appropriate is explained and planning  is described sufficiently but is not completely accurate or comprehensive and is missing relevant information.

(0.84 - 0.9449)

0.7875 points
 

Mission and vision statements align with what is envisioned; why appropriate is explained and planning is described but key points are missing or needs more clarification on some aspects. 

(0.735 - 0.839)

0.6825 points
 

Mission and vision statements align with what is envisioned; why appropriate is explained and planning  is not fully discussed; does does not fit the facts provided or inaccurate statements made.

(0.63 - 0.7349)

0 points
 

Mission and vision statements align with what is envisioned; why appropriate is explained and planning is not identified and there is no discussion.

(0 – 0.629)

Content: Organizational Structure

1.47 points
 

Past organizational structure described and new one created for entire company and why the structure is appropriate and why other structures are not appropriate are described accurately and comprehensively delivering all relevant information.

(1.323 - 1.47)

1.2495 points
 

Past organizational structure described and new one created for entire company and why the structure is appropriate and why other structures are not appropriate are described sufficiently but is not completely accurate or comprehensive and is missing relevant information.

(1.176 - 1.322)

1.1025 points
 

Past organizational structure described and new one created for entire company and why the structure is appropriate is explained and why other structures are not appropriate are described but key points are missing or needs more clarification on some aspects. 

(1.029 - 1.175)

0.95555 points
 

Past Organizational structure for entire company described, and why the new structure is appropriate and why other structures are not appropriate are not all described; does not fit the facts provided or several inaccurate statements are made.

(0.882 - 1.028)

0 points
 

Past Organizational structure described and a new one created for entire company, why the structure is appropriate, and why other structures are not discussed.

(0 – 0.881)

Content: Organizational Chart

1.47 points
 

Organizational chart for the new structure with roles and people discussed accurately and comprehensively delivering all relevant information.

(1.323 - 1.47)

1.2495 points
 

Organizational chart for the new structure with roles and people discussed sufficiently but is not completely accurate or comprehensive and is missing relevant information.

(1.176 - 1.322)

1.1025 points
 

Organizational chart for the new structure with roles and people discussed but key points are missing or needs more clarification on some aspects. 

(1.029 - 1.175)

0.95555 points
 

Organizational chart for the new structure with roles, and people discussed but does not fit the facts provided; may have inaccurate information or statements made or not all of the required elements are presented.

(0.882 - 1.028)

0 points
 

Organizational chart for the new structure with the roles, and people are not presented or discussed.

(0 – 0.881)

Content: Organizational Culture

1.47 points
 

Past Organizational culture is not described and a new one created for entire company that aligns with vision is created and described accurately and comprehensively delivering all relevant information.

(1.323 - 1.47)

1.2495 points
 

Past Organizational culture is not described and a new one created for entire company that aligns with vision is created and described sufficiently but is not completely accurate or comprehensive and is missing relevant information.

(1.176 - 1.322)

1.1025 points
 

Past Organizational culture is not described and a new one created for entire company aligns with vision is created and described but key points are missing or needs more clarification on some aspects. 

(1.029 - 1.175)

0.95555 points
 

Past Organizational culture is not described and a new one created for entire company but does not align with vision or what is provided has inaccurate information or statements.

(0.882 - 1.028)

0 points
 

Past Organizational culture is not described and a new one created for entire company is not provided or discussed.

(0 – 0.881)

Content: How new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing facet of business and prevent future mishaps

1.26 points
 

How new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing of business and prevent future mishaps are described accurately and comprehensively delivering all relevant information.

(1.134 - 1.26)

1.071 points
 

How new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing of business and prevent future mishaps are described sufficiently but is not completely accurate or comprehensive and is missing relevant information.

(1.008 - 1.133)

0.945 points
 

How new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing of business and prevent future mishaps are described but key points are missing or needs more clarification on some aspects. 

(0.882 - 1.007)

0.819 points
 

How new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing of business and prevent future mishaps are superficially discussed; has inaccurate information or statements.

(0.756 - 0.8819)

0 points
 

How new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing of business and prevent future mishaps is not discussed.

(0 – 0.755)

Critical Thinking/Reasoning

4.2 points
 

Concepts and ideas are fully developed. Thinking is consistent in accurately interpreting questions and material/provides solid assumptions, reasoning and evaluation with sound conclusions. Reader can easily follow the author's logic and reasoning.

(3.78 - 4.2)

3.57 points
 

Concepts and ideas are developed. Thinking is mostly consistent in accurately interpreting questions and material/ provides good assumptions, reasoning and evaluation with sound conclusions. Reader can easily follow the author's logic and reasoning. 

(3.36 – 3.77 )

3.15 points
 

Concepts and ideas are mostly developed but may need clarification on some aspects of thinking, reasoning or evaluation.   Conclusions are drawn.  Reader follows the author’s logic but occasionally there are areas that are unclear.

(2.94 – 3.35)

2.73 points
 

Concepts and ideas are not cohesive.   Misinterprets questions or material; ignores or superficially evaluates, justifies little and seldom explains reasoning; draws unwarranted conclusions.  At times, the reader must attempt to determine the author's train of thought. 

  (2.52 – 2.93)

0 points
 

Concepts and ideas are not fully developed or presented in a cohesive manner. Misinterprets questions or material.

(0 – 2.51)

Application of Resources

4.2 points
 

Arguments or positions are well-supported with evidence from the readings/experience; ideas go beyond the course material and recognize implications and extensions of the material and concepts.

(3.78 - 4.2)

3.57 points
 

Arguments or positions are mostly supported by evidence from the readings and course content; ideas presented demonstrate understanding of the material and concepts.

(3.36 – 3.77)

3.15 points
 

Arguments are more often based on opinion or unclear views than on position grounded in the readings of material or external sources of material.

(2.94 – 3.35)

2.73 points
 

Arguments are frequently illogical and unsubstantiated; Limited use of facts in case study and essential information presented in resources; May resort to ad hominem attacks on the author instead of making meaningful application of the material.

(2.52 – 2.93)   

0 points
 

Arguments lack meaningful explanation or support of ideas.  Does not provide facts presented in case study.

(0 – 2.51)

Attention to Instructions

2.1 points
 

demonstrated full understanding of requirements responded to each aspect of assignment

(1.89 – 2.1)

1.785 points
 

demonstrated understanding of requirements; missed one minor aspect of assignment

(1.68 – 1.88)

1.575 points
 

demonstrated some understanding of requirements; missed a key element or two minor aspects of assignment

(1.47 – 1.67)

1.365 points
 

failed to show a firm understanding of requirements; missed two key elements or several minor aspects of assignment

(1.26 – 1.46)

0 points
 

did not demonstrate understanding of assignment requirements

(0 – 1.25)

Writing Mechanics

2.1 points
 

Strictly adheres to standard usage rules of written English, including but not limited to capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  No errors found.  No jargon used.

(1.89 – 2.1)

1.785 points
 

Adheres to standard usage of mechanics:  conventions of written English, including capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  One to three errors found.

(1.68 – 1.88)

1.575 points
 

Minimally adheres to standard usage rules of mechanics:  conventions of English, including capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  Four to 10 errors found.

(1.47 – 1.67)

1.365 points
 

Does not adhere to standard usage rules of mechanics:  conventions of written English, including capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  More than 10 errors found.

(1.26 – 1.46)

0 points
 

Does not adhere to standard usage rules of mechanics:  conventions of written English largely incomprehensible and errors are too plentiful to count.

(0 – 1.25)

APA Style (6th ed.)

1.05 points
 

No APA style errors; Proper citation of source material is used throughout paper.  Reference titles follow APA with only the first word, the first word after a colon and proper nouns capitalized.

(0.945 - 1.05)

0.8925 points
 

Attempts in-text citations and reference list but one or two APA style errors noted.

(0.84 – 0.944)

0.7875 points
 

Attempts in-text citations and reference lists; APA style errors are noted; inconsistencies in citation usage are noted throughout document.

(0.735 – 0.839)

0.6825 points
 

Attempts either in-text citations or reference list but omits the other.

(0.63 – 0.734)

0 points
 

No attempt at APA style.

(0 – 0.629)

Overall Score

Outstanding
18.9 or more

Superior
16.8 or more

Good
14.7 or more

Substandard
12.6 or more

Failure
0 or more

           
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