Purpose of Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to display lessons learned about designing a change management plan and the implications for performance management promoting a high performance work environment.
In this assignment, you will apply lessons learned about the strategic management process in relation to performance and change management.
Choose your organization or one you know well to use for this assignment. For this I chose Starbucks Coffee.
Interview a HR leader or another leader in a management position in your chosen organization about a recent change in the organization. (For this section, since at my local Starbucks coffee shop that I go to a lot, got a chance to talk to some management teams over there since I frequent that coffee shop quite a lot, and a type of change in their organization they told me about is with regards to their organizational culture that is trying to influence both their employees and business performance. An example that was given to me was how cafe employees work with each other and how they interact with customers are sort of like indicators of their organizational culture when it comes to their warm greetings and ambience of welcome to their cafe shops, which they think may be part of the company’s distinction from other coffee shop competitors).
Develop a 1,225-word Change Management Plan for the organization. (For this section this is my instructor’s request for what he is look for in the grading of this assignment specifically:
- No more than 1,225 words in length. Yes, I do look at this each week, and deduct points when papers run over the limit, not including cover and reference page words. Remember that in business communication, brevity and accuracy is very important!
Include how the change affected the human resources function.
Consider the following for your plan:
- The purpose for the change;
- The people involved in the change;
- The change implementation methods;
- The budget concerns, timeline, and measurement of success/metrics;
- Recommend a follow-up plan to review impact of the change on the human resources function, additional personnel required, ways to recruit personnel, organizational alignment, and cost changes.
- Include a schematic diagram of your plan.
Format your assignment consistent with APA and Citation guidelines. Per instructor, here is his recommendation on this for what he will be strictly looking for specifically upon grading:
- Remember to include a Title Page and a separate Reference Page for each paper. Follow the APA and citation guidelines.
- Graduate level courses require a higher level of included research. As a general rule, I look to see that you have researched and referenced at least five good and reliable sources for your paper, not including the textbook for this course. And I do reduce points on the papers if there are not at least five good references, so please be aware. For those not included, I do run each paper through the Plagiarism Checker, so be sure to cite properly and use quotation marks where required!
Instructor’s Plagiarism Message to Class:
During this course, you will be required to use the proper APA format along with citing your sources correctly and carefully. Over the years that I have been facilitating courses, I have found that many students have similar questions. Here are some commonly asked questions (and answers).
I am publishing this to provide you with information that will help you be successful throughout the program. Please be sure to ask me if you have any questions about the policies. CWE provides a handout on how to cite properly … use it. I keep it at my side as I grade your papers.
Frequently Asked Questions about Plagiarism
Question – What is plagiarism?
Answer – Simply put, plagiarism is lying, cheating, and stealing others’ words instead of using your own. Not putting quotes around words you copy from a site is lying to the instructor. Using material you didn’t write yourself is cheating the other students who did it the honest way. Taking material from others and using it as your own is stealing. Remember, websites that sell student papers (yes, we know they are out there) didn’t write it themselves – they stole it from the owner first.
Question – Why do I need both a text citation and a reference at the end of the paper? Isn’t it enough just to put the reference at the end?
Answer – You must have both because they serve different purposes. The purpose of a text citation is to show the reader the extent to which you are using someone else’s words or ideas. The purpose of the reference is to provide the reader enough information to look up the actual quotation or article to understand it in more detail. If you only include the reference at the end, the reader cannot distinguish your thoughts from those of others.
Question: If I am using ideas from our textbook, do I need to provide a citation and reference for them?
Answer: Yes. Anytime you use ideas from any source, you need to acknowledge their source. If you are quoting your source (even the text), word-for-word, you should enclose it in quotation marks, followed by a text citation. If you are paraphrasing or summarizing something, include a text citation at the end of the paraphrase or summary.
Question: What if materials are from my company handbook or intranet, and not available to anyone outside the company?
Answer: You still must cite the source in the text. This is considered a non-retrievable source, so you do not need to include the reference at the end of the paper, but you do need a text citation, which should include words like internal company document to show that it cannot be retrieved outside of the company.
Question: Isn’t information on the Internet common knowledge and available to use without citation?
Answer: No! Remember, the purpose of the citation is to show that the ideas you are presenting came from someone other than you — so you must always cite your sources — regardless of whether they are from the Internet or some other source.
Question – Do our facilitators have to give us a warning before using more serious sanctions?
Answer – No. Each facilitator has the academic freedom to determine the appropriate sanction for plagiarism. You will receive a 0 in this class for the first instance of plagiarism and fail the class for the second instance.
Question – If I read an article and use some ideas from it, but put them in my own words, do I still need a citation and reference?
Answer – Yes. Even if you change the words (by paraphrasing) or summarize, you must cite ideas that are not your own (both in the text and with a reference). This tells the reader that the idea comes from someone else. The purpose of citation is to show that you are incorporating others’ ideas into your work; therefore, all uses of sources must be carefully documented.
Question – Does this apply to forums or just to formal writing, such as papers?
Answer– It applies to everything you write. Remember, the purpose of a text citation and references is to give credit to the original author. Therefore, whether you are writing a discussion question response, responding to a classmate, or writing a formal paper, if you use someone else’s words to help you make your point, you must give proper credit!
Question – As long as I use proper citations and references in my paper, is it ok for me to cut and paste large sections of my paper?
Answer – No. While this may not be “plagiarism” in the sense that you have properly given credit to your sources, using others’ work instead of your own is not good writing! The purpose of the assignments in our courses is to assess your mastery of the course learning objectives. If you simply cut and paste others’ words, you cannot demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter. Short direct quotes (properly cited) that support your points are fine, but extended quotations or simply cutting and pasting from other sources will typically not meet the assignment requirements and should be avoided.
Side Note: Attached are a Master’s Level Course Essay Format. Appreciate any help that I can receive on this since Management along the lines of a Human Resource Function is not rally my strong area and could use some help to give me an idea on how to go about this essay.