Final Paper Case Study Analysis
We will be working on the final paper throughout the term. This paper is based on the case study: Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant: Motivating in Good Times and Bad. This paper requires you to examine the issues presenting at Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant. This paper will give you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the course as well as through your independent research to problems in this organization. You will focus on the problems facing this organization and what is relevant to the course.
The paper will comprise of the following:
1. Introduction: the introduction will include a brief introduction to the company and a more detailed discussion about the problems/issues facing this organization. Identify three major issues. Do not include a history of the company. This was provided by the case study.
2. Topics/Issues to consider:
a. Culture – how would you define the workplace culture at Engstrom?
A website to consider is: Understanding and Developing Organizational Culture https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/toolkits/pages/understandinganddevelopingorganizationalculture.aspx
b. Work Teams/Group Behavior – From Week 8
c. Power and Politics – From week 7
d. Communication – From week 5
e. Change Management – From week 5
f. Conflict and Negotiation From week 7
g. Incentive Programs – do they really work? – From week 2
h. Decision Making – from week 3
i. Leadership style and impact of leadership – From week 6
j. Power Bases – From week 7
Remember, you only pick 3 topics from above. If you have a topic you would like to substitute, please do so!
My expectation is that you will have a page to write about each topic. Engstrom Auto Glass had a successful history with gainsharing until the market declined. Leadership appeared to not have any contingency plans. They had a lay-off and multiple bonus recalculations. How do you think the employees were feeling about this?
(*Note- as you research and write, you will find that these topics overlap. That is fine but it is important to focus more on the topic you have selected.)
3. What recommendations can you make to improve organizational functioning? Remember to use theory and concepts to define your recommendations.
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