NOTE: These are the 3 assignments for this week.
You should consider the discussion threads as being analogous to the kind of discussions you would have in a face-to-face class: our goals should be to say things that are interesting, provocative, and respectful. Since this is a classroom setting, you are encouraged to proofread, and to avoid the more slang- and emoticon-fueled discourse that appears on Twitter and Facebook. One of the goals here is professional preparation; if you would not say or do something in the workplace, then you should not post similar material in a discussion thread. You can post more than twice to the postings of your peers; the two longest postings are the ones that will be evaluated.
Where possible, the threads will cover supplemental material incorporated into each chapter, via videos related to the supporting discussion integrated into your textbook chapters. Postings should not merely summarize the material, but should deal with how to apply the material in practice.
DISCUSSION 1 (RESPONSE FOR QUESTIONS 1 & 2, FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT YOU MUST USE POWERPOINTS CHAPTER 14, and Related Links (Student Resource Web Site) at http://www.palgrave.com/companion/hayes-change-management4 (Links to an external site.), Let me know if you need additional information from the book )
The threads will cover supplemental material incorporated into each chapter, via videos related to the supporting discussion integrated into your textbook chapters. Postings should not merely summarize the material, but should deal with how to apply the material in practice.
The posting should consist of no less than 250-400 words, excluding references and should incorporate at least one outside, i.e., from a library database search, APA formatted reference at the end of the post.
1. In your opinion, what is the most significant issue in the implementation phase? Support your comments with reasoning and evidence. (textbook powerpoints ATTACHED, Chapter 25, 27)
200-300 words, excluding references. The answer may include information from the text, handouts, personal experiences and opinion to demonstrate critical thinking and application. At least one source must be cited and referenced.
1. Choose a company/organization with which you are familiar or interested. How would you rate this organization on its product and process innovations and willingness to adapt? Does it appear the company uses innovation as a purposeful strategy? What impact does this rating and willingness to adapt have for the organization’s overall effectiveness and profitability? (I’m not sure if it would be a good idea to do Adidas, since you have researched so much about it already?)
-This week’s course material: (this week’s reading: Graham-Leviss article, ATTACHED)
DISCUSSION 3 (100-200 words, excluding references). Burgelman Working paper (ATTACHED)
Using the Graham-Leviss article and Burgelman Working Paper as a starting point, what do you feel are the top three attributes of a leader who can successfully and strategically lead – resulting in longevity (not just innovation)? Justify your opinion with additional research on the attributes you have chosen. (NOTE that in the Burgelman Working paper, you are asked to read ONLY pages 4-7, 13-19, and 19-21): Corporate Longevity and Greatness: pages 4-7
Corporate Becoming & Strategic Leadership: pages 13-19
Strategic Leadership: The Key Role of the CEO: Pages 19-21