Project #122122 - Cultural Analysis

 Culture Analysis Paper + Change Management Plan (presentation)

You will be asked to analyze an organizational culture. This could be the organization you work with, or it could be some other organization to which you have access. Remember that clubs, associations, and churches can be considered organizations.

Research (data gathering) should include (but does not need to be limited to)  mainly primary sources.

 

Primary data is the data collected by the researcher themselves, i.e.

 

  1. interview
  2. observation
  3. action research
  4. case studies
  5. life histories
  6. questionnaires
  7. ethnographic research

 

Secondary sources are data that already exists

 

  1. Previous research
  2. Official statistics
  3. Mass media products
  4. Diaries
  5. Letters
  6. Government reports
  7. Web information
  8. Historical data and information

 

Collect your data and analyze it. Describe how you collected the data (observation, interviews, surveys).

Then, analyze the organizational culture along three dimensions: artifacts, values, and underlying assumptions. Give examples of behavior, speech, or symbols that illustrate your findings. This paper should be 5-8 pages in length. Any data used (interviews, surveys, websites, etc.) should be attached as appendices. 

Create a change-management plan. Put yourself in the position of a consultant making recommendations to the CEO of the organization.

Present your recommendations in a PowerPoint presentation of 10-15 slides. State how the organization can be better prepared to meet the needs and challenges of the future. Defend your argument.

Your presentation should include the following (at a minimum):

1)  an evaluation of the current situation (current culture)  

2) an analysis of how the culture should change in order to better address the needs of the future (be specific!)

3) recommendations for change, with specific strategies that need to be adopted by the leadership, including how to communicate the changes and how to respond to resistance to change (Keep your recommendations to two or three, otherwise it becomes overwhelming)

4) justification and support for the recommended changes, based on both your own observations and the literature (at least three sources) 

 

 
Criteria

Not present

Paper does not demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge through description, evaluation, or analysis of the core cultural elements of artifacts, values, and assumptions. 

Paper demonstrates an understanding of the cultural elements.

Description, evaluation, and analysis demonstrate an understanding of the core cultural elements of artifacts, values, and assumptions.

Description, evaluation, and analysis demonstrate a thorough understanding of the core cultural elements of artifacts, values, and assumptions. 

Understanding of the culture is not present

Student has used only secondary sources to understand the culture. Paper gives no demonstration of an understanding of how the culture links to the objectives/behavior of the organization and impact on employees.

Student has used only secondary sources to understand the culture. Paper describes some ways in which the organization's business objectives/behavior is connected to its culture. 

Student has gained understanding of culture through primary sources.Paper shows understanding of how the culture links to the objectives/behavior of the organization and of its impact on employees.

Student has gained understanding of culture through primary sources.Paper clearly explains how the culture impacts the objectives/behavior of the organization.

Culture of the organization is not present

No relevant examples are provided that illustrate the culture of the organization, or examples are not taken from original data gathering, which is attached in the appendix.

One relevant example is provided that illustrates the culture of the organization; example is taken from author's data gathering which is attached in the appendix.

Two relevant examples are provided that illustrate the culture of the organization; examples are taken from author's data gathering which is attached in the appendix.

Three to four relevant examples are provided that illustrate the culture of the organization; examples are taken from author's data gathering which is attached in the appendix.

Paper does not follow APA format

Paper is difficult to understand due to the many mistakes in spelling, grammar, and APA formatting; use of resources is inadequate.

Paper shows some mistakes in communication, APA style, or grammar that make portions of the paper confusing; use of resources is too limited.

Paper demonstrates excellent communication; it has few mistakes in APA formatting, grammar, or spelling, and these do not hinder understanding of the paper; a portion of the required outside resources are used. 

Paper demonstrates excellent communication; it adheres to APA style; it has no more than 2–3 mistakes in grammar and mechanics; it shows use of appropriate outside resources.

Overall Score
 

Does not meet expectations

D

C

B

A

 
Criteria

Recommendations are missing

Recommendations are only partially presented; major segments are lacking description.

Recommendations are presented that show some connection to the data. Recommendations are aligned directly to the organizational goals. 

Recommendations for change in the culture demonstrate an alignment to the business objectives of the organization and the changes or issues existing. Recommendations are supported by data. 

Recommendations for change in the culture clearly demonstrate an innovative and direct alignment to the business objectives of the organization and the changes or issues existing. Recommendations are supported by both literature and original data. 

Not present

Plan is not justified and does not appear to address the needs of the organization; needed actions and strategies required by the leadership of the organization are lacking or not thorough.

Presentation has some rationale and justification, but these are not necessarily or totally convincing; actions and strategies required by the leadership are not comprehensive.

Rationale and justification are thorough; needed actions and strategies required of leadership are fairly comprehensive and adequate for change.

Rationale and justification are convincing and thorough; needed actions and strategies required of leadership are comprehensive and adequate for change.

Paper does not address
resistance to change and
ideas on how to address 
this

There is not a clear 
understanding of a clear 
direction on how to deal 
with resistance to change

Some ideas on how to 
address possible resistance 
to change are presented

There is 
acknowledgment of 
resistance to change 
and some ideas on how
to address it

Paper demonstrates 
clear understanding of 
resistance to change and 
ideas on how to address 
this, based on literature

Not present

sources are not appropriate (e.g., Wikipedia, About.com).

One appropriate source is used that supports the need and the plan for change.

Two appropriate sources are used that support the need and the plan for change.

At least three appropriate sources are used that support the need and the plan for change. 

Paper was not submitted or the file can not be opened

Paper is difficult to understand due to the many mistakes in spelling, grammar, and APA formatting; use of resources is inadequate.

Paper shows some mistakes in communication, APA style, or grammar that make portions of the paper confusing; use of resources is too limited.

Paper demonstrates excellent communication; it has few mistakes in APA formatting, grammar, or spelling, and these do not hinder understanding of the paper; a portion of the required outside resources are used. 

Paper demonstrates excellent communication; it adheres to APA style; it has no more than 2–3 mistakes in grammar and mechanics; it shows use of appropriate outside resources.

Overall Score
 

Does not meet expectations

D

C

B

A

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