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Chapter 15: Foundations of Organizational Structure
Learning Objectives:
Identify the seven elements of an organization’s structure.
Identify the characteristics of the functional structure, the divisional structure, and the matrix structure.
Identify the characteristics of the virtual organization, the team structure, and the circular structure
Describe the effects of downsizing on organizational structures and employees.
Contrast the reasons for mechanistic and organic structural models.
Analyze the behavioral implications of different organizational designs.
Chapter 16: Organizational Culture
Learning Objectives:
Describe the common characteristics of organizational culture.
Compare the functional and dysfunctional effects of organizational culture on people and the organization.
Identify the factors that create and sustain an organization’s culture.
Show how culture is transmitted to employees.
Describe the similarities and differences in creating an ethical culture, a positive culture, and a spiritual culture.
Show how national culture may affect the way organizational culture is interpreted in another country.
Chapter 17: Organizational Change and Stress Management
Learning Objectives:
Contrast the forces for change and planned change.
Describe the ways to overcome resistance to change.
Compare the four main approaches to managing organizational change.
Demonstrate three ways of creating a culture for change.
Identify the potential environmental, organizational, and personal sources of stress at work as well as the role of individual and cultural differences.
Identify the physiological, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of stress at work.
Describe individual and organizational approaches to managing stress at work.
Reflect on the assigned readings for the week. Identify what you thought was the most important concept(s), method(s), term(s), and/or any other thing that you felt was worthy of your understanding.
Also, provide a graduate-level response to each of the following questions:
One of the main ways that culture is created and maintained within an organization is for the founder to only hire and keep employees who think and feel the same as he/she does. Discuss both the pros and cons of this idea and offer an opinion as to why this system can be effective.?
Political uncertainties have been shown not to create as much stress for countries in North America as they do for countries in South America. Why is this the case?
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