Organizational Behavior Project

This project involves two parts: an individual student paper and an individual student presentation with a total of 150 possible points.

Part One- Individual Student Paper – 125 points

In this project, individual students will conduct primary research to analyze how managers utilize key elements of organizational behavior concepts such as leadership, decision making, motivation, etc. in their organizations. You may choose any organization and you may choose any leadership role within the organization.

To accomplish this task:
1. Choose an organization
2. Choose a leadership position within the organization
3. Write a 5-7 page paper – introducing the organization and the leader, be sure to cite your sources properly.
4. Create a 3-5 minute presentation

Things to cover in the paper:

Brief history of the organization

Suggestions on what to cover regarding the leadership position:
• What personality traits does the leader/leadership exhibit? What do you think this manager’s Myers-Briggs personality assessment is? Why? What type of personality assessment do this manager’s employees have?
• Which type of motivational theory does this manager use? Why? How? What motivates this manager? What motivates their employees?
• What sources of stress does this manager have? How is it managed? What sources of stress do this manager’s employees have? How does this manager handle their employee’s stress?
Decision Making
• What types of decisions does this manager usually make? What style of decision making is used? Why? Are employees involved in decision making?
Team Dynamics
• What teams are in this organization? What are their characteristics, size and composition? What are the team’s norms? Is the team cohesive? How does this manager deal with social loafing?
Team Building
• How does the manager build trust in their teams? How does team building occur?

• What type of communication commonly occurs in this organization? What is the most effective form? Why? What communication barriers commonly exist? What cross cultural and gender issues in communication exist?
• What sources of power are evident in this manager’s organization? How does this manager influence their employees?
Conflict and Negotiation
• What sources of conflict exist in this organization? How is conflict managed?
• What type of leadership style does this manager have? Is it effective? Why?

Length and Format:

Part One should be 5-7 pages long plus cover page and reference page, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.

One full page is approximately equal to 300 words. Therefore, this paper should be somewhere between 1,500 and 2,100 words. Provided the paper covers all the requirements of this assignment, there is no penalty for papers longer than 7 pages, or 2,100 words.

This assignment must be submitted as a hard copy and as a Microsoft Word file (attached to an email).

Due Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015

Part Two- Individual Student Presentation – 25 points

This part involves a 3-5 minute individual presentation in which students will present to the class the information detailed in your team paper. Your presentation should be informative and creative. Begin with a brief introduction of the organization, and then detail each of the main topics.

PRESENTATION DATE: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Attendance is mandatory.

Grading of Presentation:
This project will be graded according to the following criteria: 70% content of material presented; 30% presentation style.

Mastering the Art of the Five Minute Presentation

The five minute presentation is the most challenging of all presentations to create and deliver. The five minute presentation from an audience perspective is more engaging and less boring than a typical sixty minute talk.

Creating a compelling, focused speech with a single message is the ultimate goal of the five minute presentation. Whether you are crafting the five minute presentation for a venture capital pitch, selling a product, or educating an audience — the creation process is the first vital step. But is five minutes enough time?

What Can Be Accomplished in Five Minutes?
Five minutes doesn’t seem like much time to accomplish anything but keep in mind the insight of George Matthew Adams:
• Napoleon wrote that the reason he beat the Austrians was that they did not know the value of five minutes.
• It took Lincoln less than five minutes to deliver his immortal Gettysburg Address.
• In less than five minutes William Jennings Bryan electrified a great political convention with but a single expression that gave him the nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Five Ways to a Successful Five Minute Presentation
Apply these five methods to your five minute presentation for a memorable means to engage your audience.

Dig Deep: Although your material is limited for your five minute presentation, you’ll still need to do enough research to understand your topic and extract the essence of your talk.

Simple Is: Once you have the materials, narrow down your topic to one core concept. As stated by Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die state, “How do we find the essential core of our ideas? To strip an idea down to its core, we must be masters of exclusion.” It’s all about just one idea.

Practice, Practice: Rehearsal is critical for a short presentation. You have no time to pause or collect your thoughts. To engage your listeners you’ll need to be smooth not bumbling.

Lead With Wow: During a five minutes presentation you have little time to build a case or draw your audience in. The best approach is to lead with a compelling or controversial position. Make them think right of the bat.

Tell a Story: A presentation full of facts, figures and statistics will quickly lose your audience. One stat may be fine to reinforce a point. But if you want to create a memorable presentation tell a story.
A great five minute presentation is more than enough time to get your funding, educate an audience or sell a client as well as a chance for your five minutes of fame.