BUS 520 (WK 1 to WK 11) All Discussions & Reflects


BUS 520 (WK 1 to WK 11) All Discussions & Reflects

Week 1

WK 1 Discussion: OB (Organizational Behavior) at Work:

Now that you’ve read Chapter 1 and the Trader Joe’s case, how can you grow your OB skills in the workplace? Let’s explore this as you respond to the following:

  • How will OB enhance your skills for managing individuals and teams in dynamic organizations?

WK 1 Reflect:

Rank 1 – 5, from least (1) to most critical (5), the leadership skills you feel are the most critical for business leaders to possess. Include a brief justification for your rankings in your responses.


Week 2

WK 2 Discussion: Using what you’ve learned from the video, make your case for diversity. Respond to only one of the following questions:

•           What benefits can a diverse workforce provide to an organization?

WK 2 Reflect:

Recall an experience at work when your perceptions (or someone else’s perceptions) were later found to be distorted. The following factors distort our perceptions:

a)      Stereotypes – Assign attributes to a group of people

b)     Halo effect – Uses one attribute to develop an overall impression of a person or situation

c)      Selective perception – Defines problems from one’s own point of view

d)     Projection – Assigns personal attributes to others

e)      Contrast effects – Derive meaning by contrasting it to another recent occurrence

f)       Self-fulfilling prophecies – Predetermining a situation based on individual experiences

With your recalled experience in mind, and given what you’ve learned about differences and perceptions this week, compose a response that addresses the following points:

•           Which one of the listed distortion factors most contributed to your situation?

•           What could you have done differently?


Week 3

WK 3 Discussion: Emotional Intelligence and Job Satisfaction

Watch this video, respond to the following questions:

•           How does emotional intelligence enhance the work environment?

•           How does emotional intelligence contribute to job satisfaction? Provide at least two examples.

WK 3 Reflect:

Which of the following strategies do you think has the most influence on creating a positive work environment, leading to greater job satisfaction and job performance? Please include a brief response to support your selection.

a)      Job Involvement

b)     Organizational Commitment

c)      Quality of Leadership

d)     Promotional Opportunities

e)      Pay and Performance Incentives


Week 4

WK 4 Discussion: Motivation Methods

•           Examine the significant similarities and differences of goal-setting theory, self-efficacy, and reinforcement.

•           Which theory do you believe most closely aligns with your current or future approach to motivating employees? Provide at least one example that demonstrates your approach to employee motivation.

WK 4 Reflect:

From the following list, select a motivational theory that you would be most likely to apply as a manager. Provide a brief explanation as to how you would apply this motivational theory.

a)      Needs Theory

b)     Equity Theory

c)      Expectancy Theory



Week 5

WK 5 Discussion: Recall what you learned this week about the five stages of group development and team performance. With that in mind, respond to the following:

•           Describe one workplace scenario in which understanding of these five stages could have helped you work more effectively with a team. Provide a rationale for your response.

•           Reflect on your teamwork experience and share the good, bad, and tolerable characteristics of being a team member.

Week 5 Reflect: Executive Summary


Week 6

WK 6 Discussion:“Would You Make the Same Decision?”

Watch this video: Making Decisions

Include these items in your response:

  • Provide an example of a time when you made a decision regarding a work issue when procedures were not in place.
  • Explain the steps you took to address the issue. What could you have done differently, and why?

WK 6 Reflect:

Decision making and conflict resolution can consume a disproportionate amount of a manager’s time. Recognizing and preempting potential conflicts often proves to be the most effective resolution for them. Select one of the common causes of conflict from the list below and briefly explain your strategy for monitoring and resolving this problem.

a)      Unresolved prior conflicts

b)     Resource scarcity

c)      Task interdependencies

d)     Domain ambiguity


Week 7

WK 7 Discussion: Effective Communication

Respond to the following items:

  • Explain how barriers to communication can impede effective leadership. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • Describe your greatest communication challenge in the workplace and suggest strategies you would use to address this issue.


Week 8

WK 8 Discussion: Assess Your Leadership Skills

Go to the Mind Tools Management Toolkit(https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_50.htm)and complete the short leadership traits assessment exercise.

As you explore your strengths and weaknesses, address these items in your responses:

  • What are your strengths?
  • Where do you need to improve?
  • Based on your assessment results, propose three recommendations for how you will improve your leadership skills.

WK 8 Reflect:

From the list below, select the leadership style you use or that you have seen used in your organization. Describe the traits and behaviors associated with your selection in your response.

a)      Directive leadership

b)     Supportive leadership

c)      Achievement leadership

d)     Participative leadership


Week 9

WK 9 Discussion: Managing Innovation Through Change

Recall a situation when your organization decided to make changes to an internal process or procedure. In your response, address these topics:

  • Explain whether or not the change fit into your organization’s mission and values.
  • Provide an example of the most significant barrier to this change.
  • Suggest ways that your organization could have addressed this issue more effectively.

WK 9 Reflect:

Which cultural influence do you feel will constitute the greatest challenge for management as it relates to maintaining a functional organizational culture? Why do you think so?

a)      Generational change (millennials)

b)     Artificial Intelligence (robotics)

c)      eCommerce (the age of the Internet)

d)     Globalization (technology-driven solutions)


Week 10

WK 10 Discussion: When Is Reorganizing Necessary?

Let’s assume that leaders at your current organization decide to reorganize the business structure to meet new market challenges and keep up with new technologies. With this in mind, address these topics in your responses:

  • Specify at least two reasons why you think reorganizing is or is not necessary. Provide a rationale for your responses.
  • Suggest two strategies that you think can improve your organization’s efforts to meet current market challenges and remain sustainable.

WK 10 Reflect:

Select one of the major change forces listed below. For your selection, provide a brief explanation of the type of organizational change required to help manage that force.

a)      Generational change (millennials)

b)      Artificial Intelligence (robotics)

c)      E-Commerce (the age of the Internet)

d)     Globalization (technology-driven solutions)


Week 11

WK 11 Discussion:

Reflect on your experience in this course. Address these items in your responses:

  • What skill do you feel you developed most in this course? Provide an example.
  • How do you plan to continue growing your leadership and organizational behaviour skills?




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BUS 520 (WK 1 to WK 11) All Discussions & Reflects

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