mgt6681 organization dev amp change discussion culture

http://www.ted.com/talks/martin_jacques_understand…

Let’s talk about culture. My culture. Your culture. Our culture. Other’s culture. Understanding culture is fundamental to formulating and implementing change. Culture is a determining factor in the success of any change initiative. Imagine, for just a minute, that you are a drug dealer in South America. What type of culture exists that allows drug dealers to work together to stop the sale of crack, because it wrecks their neighborhoods? What does it say about the ability to implement change?

Tell us about your culture by using the Cultural Web and Hofstede’s criteria (you must use both of these models to characterize and describe your culture) to help us understand your culture. You can talk about your family, school, church, work, or any organization that is relatively stable. For example, I work in an institution whose rituals date back, literally, hundreds of years. Rituals are very different in universities in other countries; for example, at Oxford University, students there dress up for exams, and they dress identically. Furthermore, they congregate outside of the testing hall and walk into the hall two by two. The robes that you see our professors wear at graduation are also worn for exams at Oxford. In the United States, we do not require you to dress up, identically, to take exams. What does all this mean for us in terms of change? What we know is that universities in the U.S. will change and adapt, but it tends to be quite slow and only under great pressure. We have to use some extraordinary interventions to move change along.

Discuss culture.

Directions

To receive credit for the discussion board, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Do NOT describe or restate the content of the discussion reading or video. Instead, choose one or two points that you find interesting/important and elaborate on those points in your discussion. Do not answer the questions in the topic as a list. Answer in essay form.
  2. A minimum response is 300 words.
  3. There are several articles in Course Materials and Web Links that you can, and should, use as references to support your discussions.
  4. You must respond to, at least, two (2) other students in class in their discussion boards as well as any questions and comments from the professor or other students. You are required to actively communicate with other students in this class. You should also respond to all students that reply to your original post.
  5. The initial post for each week’s discussion board is due by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m., of every week when a discussion board is due. Your response to the threads of other students is due no later than Saturday, 11:59 p.m. of each week when a discussion board is due. That leaves Sunday for you to respond to those who replied to your original post.
  6. There are no discussion boards in week 1 or week 9, because these are the weeks for preparation and the final exam. Discussions can be opened in any other weeks if we need them.
  7. I always suggest that students write their discussion board posts in Word or other word processing software rather than directly into Canvas. This allows you to save your work and to make corrections before you post your work publicly. Canvas has, regrettably, been known to eat some thoughtful and insightful responses simply because the response did not load correctly.
  8. Below, you will see a checklist that will help you ensure that your work meets graduate standards and decreases the likelihood that you will suffer oversights.

DB Checklist

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Did I discuss rather than describe the original content?

Is my post 300 words or more?

Did I integrate course and text material?

Did I respond to two other students in their discussion boards by Saturday, 11:59 p.m.?

Did I respond to all questions and comments in my discussion thread?

Was my initial response posted by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m.?

Did I proofread and make corrections prior to posting?