Term Paper: You will be responsible for a research Term Paper, which focuses on a company of your choice examining the challenges of leadership within this organization. It is best to choose a company with which you are familiar as this paper will require significant knowledge of the company and its leadership. This assignment requires you to demonstrate your learning and to highlight the leadership challenges in which you describe how your chosen organization has orchestrated their leadership and followership culture and applied transactional versus transformation leadership theory. Emphasis will be on the understanding of the problems, critical evaluation as well as the ability to clearly communicate proposed solutions. Your final project is your major contribution, where you will exhibit your learning.
You will write an analysis of the organizational culture, leadership, ethical practices, and the use of power and political behavior in your chosen company. This will require you to research as much as you can through the company's own website, articles written on your company, our textbook, and scholarly articles about your company.
In your analysis, discuss the following areas:
• The organizational culture and the unique characteristics of the firm’s work environment.
• Leadership and how the various concepts and leadership models discussed in the text are utilized in your firm’s CEO and management team
• The organizational design and structure of the firm.
• How the firm manages ethical issues, conflict and managerial challenges.
• Whether the firm uses either or both the characteristics of transactional and transformational leaders.
• Your recommendations for the future of the company. How can key leaders of this firm improve in the next 2-3 years? Please do not make recommendations on products or services you want the firm to produce. Rather focus on how the company’s organizational climate, leadership, ethics, leadership development and overall leadership environment should improve.
When discussing these concepts, be specific and use examples that detail how your analysis of the organization fits with the theories (especially transformational and transactional leadership) that were covered in this class. The focus of this paper should be on the leadership of the company and should incorporate what you've learned in this course.
The paper should reveal additional information beyond that covered in the textbook. Your own analysis, summary, and conclusions will increase the value of your paper. Term papers will be a minimum of 1,500 words of content (excluding cover and reference pages). At least four scholarly sources other than the eText and the company website must be used to write the paper. Use proper in-text references to your sources when quoting directly or indirectly, and an end of paper reference list. Papers must be word-processed and conform to the high standards established in Berkeley English composition classes. APA format must be used. Please review your APA formatting here at http://berkeleycollege.
Plagiarism is not allowed and will be the basis for failure – see Course Information for more on how to avoid plagiarism.
The Term Paper will have the following components, with corresponding percentages of the overall grade:
Week 2 - Company Selection & Summary 20%
Week 5 – Rough Draft 20%
Week 7 – Final Draft 60%
Company Selection and Summary (20%)
You may submit your company choice during weeks 1-2. Keep in mind that this is 20% of the overall Term Paper grade. You must choose a company and it must be approved by the end of week 2. You only need to post the company name and a short 1-paragraph summary of your plans for your term paper in the submission box - this is all that is required for this component of the assignment. If you receive a grade for this assignment, this means your project has been approved. The instructor will ask you to resubmit if not approved.
Rough Draft (20%)
Students will submit a term paper rough draft in week 5. Keep in mind that this is 20% of the overall Term Paper grade. I recommend at least four full pages and at least four scholarly references used in the rough draft. Ideally, you will complete 75% or more of the final paper in this submission so you can receive specific feedback on how to improve and increase the likelihood of a good final grade. Use this rough draft submission opportunity to your advantage. Late submissions are not accepted for any reason.
Final Draft (60%)
Submit your Final Draft of term paper here by Wednesday of week 7. This will be checked for similarity through Turnitin. At least four scholarly sources other than the textbook and the company website must be used to write the paper. Use proper in-text references to your sources when quoting directly or indirectly, and an end of paper reference list. Papers must be submitted in Microsoft Word and conform to the high standards established in Berkeley English composition classes. APA format must be used.
Paper type: Term Paper
Number of soruces: 8
Language: English (U.S.)