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Week 6

How would you describe Hewlett Packard on each of the basic design dimensions? For example, is it a very formal organization or an informal organization? Why?

Post a thorough discussion addressing the question.

Week 5

Your textbook lists “groupthink” as one of the contributing factors that led to the Challenger disaster in 1986. “Group polarization”, “brainstorming”, “nominal group technique”, “devil’s advocacy”, and “dialectical inquiry” are also techniques or situations that can affect group decision-making…some positively and some negatively.

Choose one of these six factors/techniques and describe a situation where you have seen (could be personal experience or research found) the technique used in a group decision-making situation and evaluate the strength of the decision-making that occurred and analyze the impact the factor/technique had on that result.

Week 4

Name a company that successfully uses teamwork and empowerment. What has that company done that makes it so successful in this regard? Has its team approach made a difference in its performance? How?

In the discussion forum, post a review of the outcomes from your study and your opinion of the study, outcomes, and perceptions in general. Also, post a personal situation where there have been varying perceptions of the same event, person, etc.

Week 3

Burns, S. 1995 'Rapid changes require enhancement of adult learning' HRMonthly June, pp 16-17

Burns in HRMonthly Magazine was quoted in saying  'conceives of learning as a relatively permanent change in behavior with behavior including both observable activity and internal processes such as thinking, attitudes and emotions.' Burns includes motivation in his definition of learning, he also considers that learning might not always be obvious in observable behavior until some time after the education has taken place.

Do you agree with Burns assessment of learning? Do you think that learning happens 'some time' after the education has taken place? Why or why not? Provide an example.

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Week 2

Perceptions are the processes through which we interpret the world around us. We garner a perception based on our senses and feelings. What we see, hear, smell…and how we create an initial impression of a subject, person, or event, will vary differently by people witnessing the same event.

Project Implicit represents a collaborative research effort between researchers at Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and University of Washington. The primary goals of Project Implicit are to provide a safe, secure, and well-designed virtual environment to investigate psychological issues and, at the same time, provide visitors and participants with an experience that is both educational and engaging. While the particular purposes of each study vary considerably, most studies available at Project Implicit examine thoughts and feelings that exist either outside of conscious awareness or outside of conscious control. Surprisingly, these associations are sometimes very different than our conscious attitudes and beliefs. One purpose of the research is to figure out why that happens.

Visit the Project Implicit website at www.implicit.harvard.edu and participate in the free study. This will take approximately 15 minutes and will require a registration with demographic information used in the research study (not personal name or contact information other than email); you should be in a distraction free environment as it measures speed as well as the answers. You will answer questions regarding sorting information. At the end of the study, there will be a summary of your perceptions.

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