Organizational Behavior Problem and Analyzation

FME-Organizational Behavior Stream Paper Assignment:

Interpersonal Relationships and Action Analysis Paper

In the organizational behavior stream within FME we have learned a variety of frameworks to help us understand human behavior in organizations and to use this understanding in individuals, teams, and organizations and solve organizational challenges in an ethical manner and to take action, and learn from it.
The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to: 1) analyze a situation where you have tried to influence an individual or a group in the past; and 2) extract lessons learned regarding who you are, your future development and in some cases, how you view your career.
Assignment Overview:
Write a paper (6 pages) on a recent (in the past year) situation in which you tried to influence an individual or a group and were not as successful as you would have liked.  Ideally, the situation you write about should come from your experiences in FME.  In choosing a situation to analyze, we encourage you to write about a situation where you really cared about the outcome.
Your paper should include 3 sections:
  • A brief description of the incident. 
This will be the shortest section of the paper and should provide the specific facts about the incident.  In describing the incident be concise, specific, and objective.  At the same time try to include specific detail about what each person did or said in the influence incident.
  • A critical analysis of the incident.
    The majority of your paper should focus on the analysis of the incident.  Using OB concepts that have been discussed over the course of the year go beyond the description of “what happened” to critically analyze why and how the situation occurred.  In analyzing the situation, we recommend you use 2-3 conceptual ideas from the course, (i.e. emotional intelligence, ethics, motivation, communication, teamwork, culture, power, Disc, and Social Identity etc.).  Remember, using more concepts to analyze the situation isn’t necessarily better.  You want to focus on applying those concepts that are most relevant to your specific situation –some concepts may not be useful for uncovering the root causes that underlie the incident. 
A more insightful analysis will go beyond simply describing the situation to explain why the situation unfolded as it did.  Furthermore, an insightful analysis shows how concepts/points are linked together.
  • Lessons learned: What the incident and your analysis of the incident tells you about yourself and your development.
    Based upon your analysis .and what you have learned about yourself, what are the implications of your experience for your future direction, and development.  You should spend at least one page describing, specifically, what you take away from your experience and your analysis and how you intend to use these lessons learned in the future.
Paper Structure:
Your paper should be 6 pages maximum (not including cover page or exhibits).  Please format your paper using double-spacing, 12 point font Times New Roman, 1 inch margins and page numbers.
The paper should include the following:
  1. On the cover page, please type or write the honor statement:  “I pledge my honor that I have neither received nor provided unauthorized assistance during the completion of this work” and sign it.
  2. Put your name on your cover page but not on the header/footer of the paper.
  3. Run your paper through the “TurnItIn” link which can be found on Blackboard.  You do NOT need to print the TurnItIn report; your OB faculty will review it electronically.

Due Date:

This assignment is due no later than the start of class on April 24, at 11:30AM.  Please submit your paper by e-mail  You will also need to upload a copy before the due date to the Turnitin site.  You will receive instructions on how to do that later in the term.

 Grading Criteria:
You will be evaluated on the clarity of your description of the incident, how effectively you have analyzed the situation using course frameworks, and the specificity and thoughtfulness of your action plan.  Spelling, grammar, and proper referencing are important as well.
The four evaluation criteria are described in more detail below:
1.     Description of the influence incident is concise, behavioral, specific, and objective.
2.    Analysis is insightful and effectively uses appropriate model(s) to get at the root causes of why the incident occurred as it did.  Better papers will link causes together to explain why an event happened, not to impress the reader with the number of buzzwords per paragraph (the analysis section is the most important component vis a vis your final grade).
3.    Lessons Learned is specific and connects to the points in your analysis.  This section of the paper discusses what you will do differently in the future.
4.    Organization and Writing. Your paper should be well-written and well-organized so that your ideas are presented clearly and concisely.  Rhetoric is important in this paper so pay attention to introduction paragraphs, transitions, and developing a thesis statement.  Finally, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing should be professional.  Please refer to your Rhetoric Guide and consider gaining support from the Writing Center to help you in the creation of a professional document.
A few common mistakes students make that we encourage you to be careful of:
·         Writing about an incident in which you didn’t try to do anything and as a result the student had very little to analyze in their paper which hurt their grade.
·         Writing a heartfelt paper about a tough situation but spending the entire paper describing the situation and not analyzing it.
·         Introducing OB concepts in your paper but not using these conceptual frameworks to analyze the situation.
This paper is an individual effort and will count 12.5% towards your grade for the second semester of FME.   Late papers will be downgraded by one third a letter grade for every day late.  In completing this assignment, students are expected to abide by the Babson Academic Integrity Policy.  If at any point you have questions on this assignment, please contact the faculty and mentors.

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