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MGT 301 Principles of Management Full Course Latest-Trident

MGT 301 Principles of Management Full Course Latest-Trident

MGT301

Principles of Management

MGT 301 Module 1 Case Latest-Trident

Module 1 – Case

PLANNING

Case Assignment

Tesla Motors, a unique company that manufactures automobiles that run 100 percent on electricity, has received a lot of attention in the media. In spite of loans from the federal government and various tax advantages given to alternative fuel vehicle manufacturers, the company has had huge ups and downs and has come close to bankruptcy at least once. However, they have recently had enough success to repay a large loan from the government.

Initially, Tesla produced expensive sports cars that only the very rich could afford, but now they are expanding into producing more cost-effective vehicles. But in spite of recent successes they do face many hurdles. They are a relatively small company compared to the world’s major auto manufacturers. They face competition from hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, which are much cheaper. Nissan has even come out with a relatively inexpensive fully electric vehicle – the Leaf.

Consumers may also be unwilling to face the inconvenience of a fully electric vehicle. There are very few recharging stations compared to gas stations in the U.S., and it takes far longer to recharge an electric vehicle than to fill a vehicle up with gas. So while there is large public support for environmentally friendly vehicles that will lower our dependence on foreign oil, Tesla does face many obstacles and must carefully plan their future in order to compete with the large auto companies and expand their consumer base.

Do some research on Tesla and the market for electric vehicles, and see what you can find regarding Tesla’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Here are a couple of articles to get you started:

Tilley, P. (2014, Feb 20). Tesla Motors offers the epitome of automobile innovation. The Dispatch [ProQuest]

Rechtin, M. (2014). Tesla’s biggest test. Automotive News, 88(6603). [ProQuest}

Mandel, D. (2013). The great Tesla bubble. Automotive News, 88(6590) [Available on ProQuest]

Once you have completed your research write a 4- to 5-page paper addressing the following items:

  1. Conduct a SWOT analysis of Tesla Motors with specific discussion about what you think are the main strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing Tesla. This part of the assignment should be roughly three pages in length and should include at least one paragraph discussing each of the four aspects of SWOT as applied to Tesla Motors.
  2. Based on your SWOT analysis, give recommendations for some specific steps Tesla should take in order to grow and remain competitive. For example, what can Tesla do to address potential threats or address its weaknesses? Or what can they do to take advantage of strengths or opportunities? This part of the assignment should be at least one page in length.

Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions, don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet, make sure it is from a credible source.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide”, which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC portal.

MGT 301 Module 1 SLP Latest-Trident

Module 1 – SLP

PLANNING

For the Session Long Project (SLP) this session you will be applying what you’ve learned to an organization that you are personally familiar with. Choose an organization that you are currently working for, have worked for in the past, or are otherwise personally familiar with. The papers that you will write for each module will require a fair amount of detail about the four functions of management, so it is important to choose an organization that you know well.

Before starting this assignment, first thoroughly review the background material and make sure you have a solid understanding of the planning function of management. Then carefully think about the strategy of the organization you have chosen to write about as well as how strategic decisions are made at this organization. Then write a two- to three-page paper covering the following issues:

  1. Describe the mission, vision, and values of the organization you work for. For example, if your organization has a formal vision or mission statement, include it in your answer. Refer to pages 81-87 of Axson (201) for precise definitions of mission, vision, and values. This part of the assignment should be one to two pages in length, and should include one paragraph each on mission, vision, and values of your organization.
  2. What are the main strategic, operational, and tactical goals of your organization? Refer to Allen and Economy (2008) for the definitions of these three types of goals. This part of your paper should be one to two pages in length, and should include one paragraph on each of these three types of goals as applied to your organization.

SLP Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

MGT 301 Module 2 Case Latest-Trident

Module 2 – Case

ORGANIZING

Case Assignment

Zappos Shoes, led by young CEO Tony Hsieh, is well known for its non-traditional approaches to the workplace. From the background materials you should be familiar with traditional organizational structures such as the hierarchical organization, the flat organization, or the matrix organization. But CEO Hsieh plans an even more radical approach to organizing his online shoe retailing company called holacracy. This radical new approach involves eliminating hierarchies and even eliminating job titles.

Many of you are used to working in a hierarchical organization, so as you can see this new form of organization (or perhaps “lack of organization”) will be a huge change over what most of us are used to. But for purposes of this assignment we must decide whether or not holacracy is likely to work for Zappos Shoes.

This assignment reflects the radical new ideas of a younger CEO like Tony Hsieh as compared to more traditional structures found in the older and more established Fortune 500 companies.

Here are some readings on Zappos and holacracy to get you started:

Frean, A. (2014, Jan 06). How holacracy killed the hierarchy in companies going flat-out for success, The Times[ProQuest]

Cook, D. (2014). Ready for holacracy? Zappos says it is. Benefits Selling.Breaking News[ProQuest]

Shiers, L. (2010, 03). Touring Zappos. Footwear Plus,52 [ProQuest}

When you have finished researching Zappos’ current business model and holacracy, then write a four- to five-page paper answering the following questions:

  1. What risks and challenges does Zappos face in implementing holacracy?
  2. Overall what do you think the chances are of holacracy succeeding at Zappos?
  3. What advantages or disadvantages do you think holacracy has over more traditional structures such as a hierarchical or matrix structure? Of the structures you have read about in the background materials, which one do you think would be the best match for Zappos? Explain your reasoning and make sure to cite Havinal (2009) and at least one other book chapter from the background materials as part of your answer.

Assignment Expectations

  • Integrate readings on the concept of holacracy, Zappos Shoes’ organizational structure, and on traditional forms of organization structure.
  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

MGT 301 Module 2 SLP Latest-Trident

Module 2 – SLP

ORGANIZING

For this assignment, continue to write about the same organization that you wrote about for your Module 1 SLP. Carefully review the background materials and make sure you understand the concepts of centralization versus decentralization, geographic versus functional divisions, span of control, and other key concepts covered in the Pearson tutorials and required textbook reading. Then carefully think about how these concepts apply to your chosen organization.

Once you have finished reviewing the background materials and have carefully thought about how they apply to your organization, write a 2- to 3-page paper answering the following questions:

  1. How would you characterize the design of your organization? Is it flat, or does it have many layers? Is it a rigid hierarchy, or does it use alternative structures like team-based or matrix?
  2. Is decision making mostly centralized at the top, or is there room for decentralized decision making at lower levels?
  3. What kind of departmentalization does your organization use? Is it divided into functional divisions, geographical divisions, or other divisions?
  4. What is the typical span of control for managers in your organization? Is it broad or narrow?
  5. Are employees highly specialized, or do employees have a wide range of tasks and responsibilities?

SLP Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet, make sure they are from a credible source.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal

MGT 301 Module 3 Case Latest-Trident

Module 3 – Case

LEADING

Case Assignment

Few CEOs have been subject to as much criticism and attacks as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Most famously, he was portrayed as the villain in the movie The Social Network. Shareholders have complained about his leadership and failure to increase the stock price of Facebook, and others have claimed he is socially inept and too young and immature to be a CEO of a multi-billion-dollar corporation.

However, in spite of this criticism, Zuckerberg is unarguably one of the most successful CEOs and entrepreneurs in corporate history. His small project that he created while he was a college student has become world dominant in the social media business and is still growing and expanding. So in spite of all of the criticism, he clearly has been a successful leader.

For this assignment, do some research in the online library and find out what you can about Zuckerberg’s leadership style. Take a look at both the criticisms as well as what you think he is doing right or what led him to his strong success.

Here are a few articles to get you started:

Facebook’s leadership: Time for an update? (Jun. 13, 2010). The Washington Post. [Available on ProQuest]

Bailey, B., & May, P. (2014, Feb 03). Facebook at 10: Zuckerberg pushing for change. Oakland Tribune. [ProQuest]

Lesley, C. T. (2012, Jan 27). Job at Facebook not for sensitive types. Toronto Star. [ProQuest]

Once you have finished your research, write a 4- to 5-page paper addressing the following questions:

  1. How would you describe Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership traits? Explain your reason and refer to specific leadership traits from .pearsoncustom.com/mct-comprehensive/asset.php?isbn=1269879944&id=12235″>Theories and Leadership Approach (2014) and page 211-212 of Hiriyappa (2009).
  2. How would you describe Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership style? Was it transformational, transactional, autocratic, participative? All of the above, or none? Refer to concepts from pages 204-210 of Hiriyappa (2009) and either Kendrick (2011) or Kirimi, and Barine (2012) as part of your answer.
  3. Consider both the positive and negative aspects of Zuckerberg’s leadership style and traits. What is good, and what is detrimental to Facebook? Did the good outweigh the bad?

Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet, make sure they are from a credible source.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

MGT 301 Module 3 SLP Latest-Trident

Module 3 – SLP

LEADING

In this section of the Session Long Project, please write a 2- to 3-page paper about one of your current or former leaders. Preferably this should be a leader in the organization you wrote about in your Module 1 and 2 SLPs or someone who is your current or former supervisor who you had a lot of direct experience with. Please do not write about yourself, even if you are a CEO or senior leader.

Review the background materials and think carefully about how the various leadership traits and styles apply to the leader you are writing about. Does anything ring a bell like “that exactly describes my leader!”? After carefully thinking about how the concepts from this module apply to your leader, write a 2- to 3-page paper answering the following questions:

  1. How would you describe this person’s leadership traits? Explain your reason and refer to specific leadership traits from .pearsoncustom.com/mct-comprehensive/asset.php?isbn=1269879944&id=12235″>Theories and leadership approach.pearsoncustom.com/mct-comprehensive/asset.php?isbn=1269879944&id=12235″>(2014) and pages 211-212 of Hiriyappa (2009). Your answer to this question should be one to two paragraphs in length.
  2. How would you describe this person’s leadership style? Was it transformational, transactional, autocratic, participative? All of the above, or none? Refer to concepts from pages 204-2010 of Hiriyappa (2009) and either Kendrick (2011) or Kirimi, and Barine (2012) as part of your answer. Your answer to this question should be one to two paragraphs in length.
  3. How does this leader motivate their employees and communicate their vision? Your answer to this question should be one paragraph in length.
  4. Based on any of the background readings, what suggestions do you have for how this leader could improve their effectiveness? Your answer to this question should be one paragraph in length.

SLP Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet, make sure they are from a credible source.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

MGT 301 Module 4 Case Latest-Trident

Module 4 – Case

CONTROLLING

Case Assignment

Before starting on this assignment, carefully go through all of the required background readings, including the Pearson tutorial and the textbook chapters. Focus on the four main steps involved in the control process: setting goals and standards, measuring performance, comparing actual performance to performance goals, and taking corrective actions. Also, pay close attention to the different methods of control outlined in the background materials.

For this assignment you will be reviewing four hypothetical scenarios. Go through each scenario, and think about what went wrong regarding the control process. For each scenario, discuss the following two issues:

  1. What do you think went wrong in terms of the four main steps in the control process? Refer to the four steps in the control process discussed on pages 237-238 in Bhattacharyya (2009) or pages 234-236 of Jeyarathmm (2008).
  2. What control system do you think should be implemented to correct this problem in the control process? Refer to the control systems discussed on pages 237-245 of Jeyarathmm (2008).

Your paper should be four to five pages in length, with roughly equal space in your paper devoted to each of the four scenarios below:

  1. Suppose as part of a company’s standards they require their salesforce team to make 12 phone calls per hour with no more than five minutes of phone time per customer. The company fails to meet their profit targets, and a review of salesforce records reveals that they were only making an average of 10 phone calls per hour. Corrective actions are taken, and the salesforce starts making 12 phone calls per hour. But profits still don’t improve and fail to meet targets. Discuss both questions A and B above regarding this scenario. Your answer should be one to one and a half pages in length.
  2. Now suppose an airline sets strategic goals of both reducing flight delays and improving safety requirements. At the end of the year, a comprehensive review is done that shows that the company met its standards both in terms of reduced flight delays and improvements in safety standards. However, shortly after the review the airline company receives several fines from the Federal Aviation Administration for safety violations. Discuss both questions A and B above regarding this scenario. Your answer should be one to one and a half pages in length.
  3. An automobile manufacturer decides on a goal of reducing production defects from 10% to 5%. Defects are monitored closely, careful records are kept, and production line is often videotaped. At the end of year production defects are still around 10%. Management decides that even more monitoring is necessary and decides that all production processes be videotaped. But after another year production defects are still around 10%. Discuss both questions A and B above regarding this scenario. Your answer should be one to one and a half pages in length.
  4. A video game company decides to boost profits by creating five new games over the coming year. Careful monitoring is done over the new game development process and all five new games are created as scheduled with high-quality standards. However, only one of the five games ends up selling and the other four end up losing money. So overall profits have not been boosted and have actually declined. Discuss both questions A and B above regarding this scenario. Your answer should be one to one and a half pages in length.

Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet, make sure they are from a credible source.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

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MGT 301 Module 4 SLP Latest-Trident

Module 4 – SLP

CONTROLLING

For this final SLP you will be looking closely at the control function of management within your organization. All organizations have numerous methods of control, but think carefully about what control mechanisms are most vital for your organization’s success. Then write a three-page paper answering the following questions:

  1. Review the four steps in the control process discussed on pages 237-238 in Bhattacharyya (2009) or pages 234-236 of Jeyarathmm (2008). How are these steps done in your organization, and which of these steps do you think is most vital or your organization? This answer should be at least half of your three-page paper, and should include at least one paragraph on each of the four steps in the control process as applied to your organization.
  2. Refer to some of the control methods in the Pearson tutorial and pages 237-245 of Jeyarathmm (2008). Which of these methods does your organization use (if any), and which ones would you recommend your organization adopt to improve their performance? This answer should be around one page in length.

SLP Assignment Expectations

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet, make sure they are from a credible source.
  • Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the .trident.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Well-Written-Paper.pdf”>Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13 and 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.