Team Performance

A manager who understands the concepts for developing and managing teams and can apply those concepts to improve team performance is likely to be successful in managing a high-performing team. In this assignment, you will apply these concepts to a given situation. You will examine issues within a team, uncover root causes, and develop a plan to improve team performance.

Research concepts to improve team performance using your textbook, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet. Select at least three authoritative resources, one of which may be your text, to use in this assignment.

Assume, you are the supervisor of a product development team that creates designs for widgets for your company’s ABC product line. After they are approved, the designs are sent to manufacturing. The last set of designs your team submitted to manufacturing were altered to reduce manufacturing costs as mandated by senior management. The widgets were then manufactured using the altered design. Unfortunately, the sales of the widgets are not making the target numbers as published in the sales marketing plan. Your team believes the poor sales results are because of the changes in design.

Additionally, there have been some performance issues with the widgets produced so far. Each time one is found, it is brought to the attention of top management and your team. Your team provides a fix to the design, which is then sent to manufacturing. Management is concerned about the number of performance issues that keep arising week after week. Your team has regular, weekly meetings to discuss risks, issues, product improvement ideas, and the status of any project work currently underway. These meetings have become unproductive and a waste of time because team members continue to rehash old issues. They believe senior management is to blame for the market failure of your teams’ product. As a result, you are unable to get anything accomplished. One team member is particularly outspoken and has become belligerent in your team meetings.

The team seems unfocused and unwilling to look at root causes for the poor development of designs that do not perform well. Several of the team members are even looking for new jobs because they are afraid they will soon be laid off. Both motivation and morale continue to decline each week.

Download and review the Team Performance Report template from the Doc Sharing area. Analyze the case information and fill in the template.

Write a detailed report for senior management addressing the issues you described in the Team Performance Report. Use the filled in template to support your assertions.

In your report, include the following:

  • Identify at least one performance issue that could be contributing to the team’s poor performance and at least three root causes for the performance issue(s) identified.
  • Develop two specific suggestions for improvements that could positively impact each root cause. You will have six suggestions in all.
  • Create a communication plan for your performance improvement suggestions for three different audience types in the organization. Include at least one written communication sample piece. Identify as many details as possible that will need to be considered for each audience type.
  • Determine two strategies for motivating/incentivizing employees that would improve performance and morale. Justify your suggestions.
  • Identify two strategies for developing the team as a whole. Justify your strategies.

Give reasons and examples from your selected resources in support of your assertions.

Write a 5–6-page paper in Word format. Be sure to include your filled-in Team Performance Report. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.


Business Management

This assessment task requires that you synthesis the understanding of organizational culture and leadership with your theoretical and practical knowledge of Organizational Behavior in Australian organizations. The focus of this activity is to determine how the practice of Organizational Behavior must be redesigned and realigned in multi-ethnic/multicultural contexts to ensure cultural appropriateness and to achieve organizational effectiveness.

Australia has one of the world’s most culturally diverse work forces. Managing different cultural work groups has ongoing implications on the success of the organization. However, cultural differences leading to conflicts caused by ineffective communication and increasing moral and ethical degradation at workplaces continue to be issues of growing concern. Furthermore, as the workforce becomes more diverse and multi-generational, labor power may force improvement in the employment relationship and call for different kinds of leaderships. Recently, exploratory studies conducted in Australia have examined the blend of leadership styles/behavior that different cultural work groups preferred their managers to exhibit.

Using both literature and publicly available data:

1. Identify and critically analyze and discuss the communication challenges that a leader would expect to encounter in relation to the cultural diversity of many Australian organizations.

2. Critically discuss how leaders can address the ethical issues related to the cultural diversity in many Australian organizations.

3. Identify, synthesis and critically discuss an optimal mix of leadership styles/behaviors which would be aligned with managing culturally diverse workplaces; these should be sufficiently flexible, and able to be appropriately adopted in Australian organizations.

The purpose of the assignment is to build up a specific understanding of managing a multicultural workforce and behavioral practices. This is a multi-strand knowledge gathering research that focuses on critical strategic issues in leadership and employee behavior.

This assessment assesses the following subject learning objectives:

-be able to critically examine assumptions and propositions of theorizing about organizational behavior in general;

-be able to compare and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of organizational behavior theories relevant to managers with human resource responsibilities;

-be able to critique and to apply organizational behavior theories and concepts to case studies and/or issues in their own workplaces;

– and be able to evaluate current organization practice and to develop strategies that may assist in the understanding and management of employee behavior.

There are three key themes to be addressed, all in relation to culturally diverse Australian organizations .

1. Identify, critically analyze and discuss the communication challenges that a leader would expect to encounter in culturally diverse Australian organizations . (Information; Critique; Application).

2. Critically discuss how leaders can confront the ethical issues related to culturally diverse work forces in Australian organizations ( Information; Critique; Application).

3. Identify and critically discuss the appropriate leadership models/styles for managing culturally diverse workplaces in Australian organizations(Information; Critique; Application).

4. Correct use of spelling, punctuation , grammar, syntax, and semantics ; well-organized structure; the use of academic style of writing and the correct use of APA6 referencing.

The assignment should be in the form of an academic essay. Use a concise title that reflects the key issues. Use appropriate subheadings to organize the material.

The essay should begin with an Introduction that orientates the reader towards how you are going to approach the material that you intend to cover. It provides a brief overview of the key questions, the logical progression of the argument, and main conclusion/s.
The Discussion section should integrate your research and ideas into key arguments.
The Conclusion should comment on the significance of the arguments in relation to the key issues and consider the implication for practice


In this assignment, you will conduct a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat) analysis for the type of beverage you have selected, and for your company overall. As you work on the assignment, consider why you have chosen one type of non-alcoholic beverage over another and the reasons for that choice. As you complete your SWOT analysis, be sure to include external factors such as industry / market trends and competition, and internal factors such as your capabilities or abilities to reach certain market segments.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper, in which you:

  • Create your revised NAB company name and explain its significance.  Energy Drink, comparable to Mountain Dews Kickstart with Coconut Water.    Name of Product is called Coco Loco,  name of Business is called Shadow Corp.
  • Develop your revised company’s Mission Statement and provide a rationale for its components.
  •  – Extracting appropriate information from the NAB company portfolio, where applicable. You should fill in other required items in the template using your personal preferences.
  • 3.Describe the trends in the non-alcoholic beverage industry, especially the specific type of beverage category you have chosen. Justify at least three (3) reasons why you have chosen this type of non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Hints: Research and outline beverage industry trends. Consider the size and growth rate of the industry overall and the specific beverage type you have chosen.  Past and Future Growth of Your Industry) to help you project the future growth rate. Consider the use of industry associations and search engines to find reliable, recent data.
  • Competition is Mountain Dew Kickstart from PepsiCo
  • Choose one (1) strategic position that you believe is the best strategic position for your company. Explain the approach you will use to implement this strategic position in order to distinguish your beverage from other non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Provide an overview of your company’s distribution channels. Explain the manner in which your product will reach end users. Provide a rationale for your chosen method.

  • Hints: For example, will you sell your beverage in grocery stores, restaurants, or sports venues? If so, describe the types of re-sellers and distributors who will sell to re-sellers and fulfill their orders. If you are attempting to sell direct-to-consumers, such as online via a monthly subscription, how will you manage warehousing / fulfillment / shipping?
  • Outline at least three (3) types of risks (including any regulatory risks) that your business faces. Describe your company’s plan to mitigate such risk.
  • Hints:  Regulation weighs more heavily on beverage and food businesses than many other types of companies, so be certain to consider any regulatory risks your type of beverage faces. For example, what kind of regulation and / or risks are you likely to face if you make health claims about your beverage?
  • Develop a SWOT analysis for your NAB company SWOT: Strengths / Weaknesses / Opportunities / Threats)
  • Hints: What are your company’s likely strengths? Have you chosen a beverage segment that is growing and lacks an entrenched competitor? Are you in a niche market that has great potential? What are the strengths that you and other team members bring to your company? Do you or other team members have previous experience in the food and beverage industry?
  • Hints: What are your company’s likely weaknesses? Is the competition in your industry segment entrenched? Is your own management team inexperienced? Will it be challenging to actually produce your product and maintain quality?
  • Hints: What are your company’s opportunities? Does your segment have more demand than supply? Have larger corporations stopped serving smaller or niche markets that you could enter? Is a new market emerging because of demographics, immigration, changing tastes?
  • Hints: What are your company’s threats? Is there a clear market leader that will be hard and expensive to displace? Are downward-pricing pressures in the segment making profit margins slim? Are there little or no barriers-to-entry for new competitors; if you have a novel idea that succeeds, can the competition easily enter your market? If you have a global aspect to your company, do factors such as currency fluctuations, political instability, offshoring or outsourcing pose threats?
  • Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
  • Cite the resources you have used to complete the exercise. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the exercise.
  • The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
  • Analyze the role of a company mission, vision, and objectives and the impact to business strategy.
  • Describe strategic planning techniques used to formulate alternative strategies designed to achieve stated business goals.
  • Analyze the external and internal environment for opportunities, threats, strengths, and weaknesses that impact the firm’s competitiveness.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic management using proper writing mechanics.

Bernard Madoff

Case Study 

Read Case Study 1, “Bernie Madoff: How “One Big Lie” Can Destroy Thousands of Lives,” on pages 258-264. Summarize the overall viewpoint of the author, and discuss the major issues presented in the case. Review the “Questions for Thought.” 

Answer the four “Questions for Thought” using the business ethics principles from the textbook. The textbook is Understanding Business Ethics (Custom Edition) by Peter & Sarah Stanwick, and the principles from the text are: fiduciary, property, reliability, transparency, dignity, fairness, citizenship, and responsiveness.


Your summary of the author’s viewpoint and your discussion of the major issues presented in the case must be in paragraph form. However, your responses to the four “Questions for Thought” can be answered either in paragraph form or as a numbered list. Ensure to include your summary of the author’s viewpoint, your discussion of the ethical issues facing Bernie Madoff, and your responses to the questions. 

Font should be 12pt New Times Roman. Title page, abstract, and running head are not required; however, if you paraphrase or quote words or ideas from your course textbook or other resources, you must cite your sources following the APA style citation guidelines. 

Case study has been uploaded.


Inevitable Change

We have determined that change is inevitable and subject to a number of variables attributing to the success or failure of the change process. The Final Paper is an exploration of a change initiative that you have personally experienced or researched. The paper should demonstrate your knowledge of the change process through a comprehensive analysis and discussion of the following aspects of organizational change. Your paper must include:

•An identification and description of a professional change initiative personally experienced or researched.
•A discussion of the change initiative as seen through the eyes of the leader and the follower.
•A discussion of the successes and failures experienced during the change event.
•An analysis of the concepts and theories used to facilitate the change process.
•An evaluation of the impact of the change upon the organization.
•A discussion on the sustainability of the change effort.
You must incorporate concepts and theories relating to the change process as they apply to each section of the paper.
Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:
1.Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
2.Must include a title page with the following:
a.Title of paper
b.Student’s name
c.Course name and number
d.Instructor’s name
e.Date submitted


3.Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
4.Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
5.Must use headers to identify the specific aspect of change within the paper.
6.Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
7.Must use at least three scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library, in addition to the course text.
8.Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
9.Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.


Human Resource Strategy

Use the Internet to research the Best Places to Work ( Select two companies from two different industries on the Fortune 100 list. 

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
1 Compare and contrast the two (2) industries you have identified in terms of size, products, services, customers, economic and regulatory environment.
2 Describe the mission, vision, values and core business practices of each of the companies you selected. 
3 Recommend tree to five (3-5) possible HR strategies that will support each organization’s mission, vision, values and core business practices for each company. Support your recommendations.
4 Identify how your recommended HR strategies will promote a competitive advantage for each company within their industry. Provide a rationale for your position.
5 Use at least four (4) academic quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.



A store is insured for liability coverage under a businessowners policy. Explain whether the following situations are covered under the businessowners policy. Treat each situation separately.A clerk accidently injures a customer with a shopping cart. Both the business owner and the clerk are sued.A customer slips on a wet floor and breaks a leg.The business owners have a customer arrested for shoplifting. The customer is innocent and sues for damages.




Real Estate Sales Corporation (RESC) orders office equipment from Standard Goods, Inc., which has an unperfected security interest in the equipment until it is paid for. Meanwhile, RESC takes out a loan from Trend Credit, Inc., subject to a security interest in RESC’s building and equip¬ment, which Trend perfects. RESC files a petition in bankruptcy for relief in a liquidation proceeding. If the petition is granted, in what or¬der will RESC’s creditors be paid?




Why are companies under pressure to move away from relying solely on internally generated innovation?What are the difficulties associated with managing these new sources of innovations?



Identifying Customers

First identify a State that you will use for this scenario.At minimum collect the following statistics:
• occupations and average pay per occupation
• average monthly mortgage
• education levels
• median home value

Write a 2 to 3 page Report identifying the customers of your state, including the key statistics found. Be sure to provide some background information on wither there is a trend, increase or decrease etc. In order to conduct a trend analysis, be sure to review previous and current years data.




Research Requirements: A minimum of 10 peer reviewed journal articles included as citations within the report. That doesn’t mean that with ten peer reviewed journals you are all set for a HD J It’s just a minimum requirement.This assessment requires you to research the management literature in order to develop solutions to a case study which will be in your set text McShane, Olekalns and Travaglione, Organisational Behaviour: (Asia Pacific Edition) 4th edition.Analyse the case study through reference to OB theories principles in the text, together with a range of scholarly journals.Keep in mind that the external sources (outside the textbook) must be peer reviewed journal articles (although scholarly book chapters are also acceptable). If you are in doubt of what constitutes a journal article or scholarly book chapter you need to ask your campus lecturer or the course co-ordinator.



Write an essay about your ideal workplace in 2020. If you would have the opportunity to design your own workplace/organisation, how would it look like from an organisational-psychological perspective? How would people in the organisation be ‘managed’? Explain on which theoretical basis you decide to design the workplace. Explain the theory and apply it to the organisation. What would be your role in this organisation?
Make sure your organisational design is not utopian (i.e., based on unrealistic fantasy) but explain with regards to everything that has been dealt with in this unit and previous units how your organisation is based on realism and feasibility.




Current City (CC) is a retail seller of television sets. CC sells Dhani a $5,000 large-screen, high-definition, plasma set on a retail installment security agreement in which he pays $100 down and agrees to pay the balance in equal installments. CC retains a security interest in the set, and perfects that interest by filing a financing statement centrally. Two months later, Dhani is in default on the payments to CC and is involun¬tarily petitioned into bankruptcy by other creditors. Discuss CC’s right to repossess the TV set and whether CC has priority over the trustee in bankruptcy to any proceeds from the disposal of the set.




You are looking ahead to starting a business after graduation. A colleague recommended that the two of you begin developing a plan now to determine how funds will be obtained to launch the business and support operations. You both agree that the business will require at least $50,000 of start-up capital and one employee besides yourselves. Include the following information in your plan:
•Describe the type of banking and loan arrangements you would use to collect the funds to launch the business, and explain how these accounts would be monitored to ensure accuracy and sufficiency of funds. Show an example of how a loan might be constructed to obtain the start-up capital, including computations of payments and interest.
•Discuss the types of taxes you will need to consider collecting, paying, or remitting relative to your business, and explain how these are computed.
•Explain how you will use pricing, commissions, discounts, markups, or markdowns strategically to help generate interest in your business product or service offering. ◦Discuss how these will affect income and the cash available to the business.

•Assuming that inventory and computers are among the first asset purchases planned, explain how these will be acquired. ◦Show computations of how costs will be recovered.

•Discuss how technology and the Internet will be used for banking and financial aspects of the start-up and operation of your business.
•Discuss the issues and risks associated with processing financial transactions and records on the Internet, and explain how you plan to address them.



First State Bank is a secured party on a $5,000 loan to Geoff, who owns Happy Hours, a nightclub. When Geoff experiences financial difficulty, creditors other than First State Bank petition him into involuntary bankruptcy. The value of the secured collateral has substantially decreased in value. On its sale, the debt to First State Bank is reduced to $2,500. Geoff’s estate consists of $100,000 in exempt assets and $2,000 in nonexempt assets. After the bankruptcy costs and back wages to Geoff’s employees are paid, nothing is left for unsecured creditors. Geoff receives a discharge in bankruptcy. Later he decides to go back into business. By selling a few exempt assets and getting a small loan, he is able to buy the Idle Inn, a small, but profitable, restaurant. Geoff goes to First State Bank for the loan. The bank claims that the balance of its secured debt was not discharged in Geoff’s bankruptcy. He signs an agreement to pay First State Bank the $2,500, and the bank makes a new unsecured loan to him. Is First State Bank correct that the balance of its secured debt was not discharged in bankruptcy? What is the legal effect of Geoff’s agreement to pay the bank $2,500 after the discharge in bankruptcy?




This part of the assignment requires you to compare and contrast two organisations, based on the case studies provided at the end of this document. You are expected to use academic concepts, theories and the reading to do this. In particular you should look at them in terms of
Organizational Culture
Organizational structure
Motivation and job design




MGT 229 is a Common Academic Program (CAP) Inquiry course. As such, it must include a reflective and comparative component in which each student examines methods in her or his major field with those in the field of the Inquiry course. In this case, your task here is to discuss similarities and differences in research methods and ways of understanding the world between your major and entrepreneurship.

We have focused on the practice of entrepreneurship and core issues about creativity. You have explored the relevance of creativity to group work and otherwise. You have analyzed two cases in order to develop a sense of how potential entrepreneurs view the world, perhaps offering insight into your own views. You have engaged in a substantive creative activity (from brainstorming, to concept selection, to concept modification to fieldwork to early-stage prototype development) to develop a sense of the creative and critical thinking involved in product / service development, a critical facet of entrepreneurial activity. You have been introduced to storyboarding, market research, marketing and finance concepts in order to frame your concepts.

Your major likely shares a few similarities with, and holds a number of substantial differences to, entrepreneurship. As such, please provide three (3) double spaced pages that offer:how your view of yourself and the world has changed, if at all, based on readings, discussions and experiences in MGT 229;how the research methods and conceptual aspects of your major compare to, and contrast with, those of entrepreneurship.



What is the difference between a strategic information system and a tactical system? Use examples from your firm to illustrate.The author of the text spends considerable time discussing value creation and appropriation. Offer a unique example, real or imagined, of a firm increased Customer Willingness to Pay, but failed to create Added Value. Thoroughly explain your example. Describe the FOUR main phases of the Customer Service Life Cycle using an example that illustrates each phase.




How do cultural dimensions differ across countries?This assignment seeks to help you understand the answer to a broader concern and that is, “How do cultural dimensions differ across countries?” You should base your responses to the following questions on your analysis of the ideas of Geert Hofstede.In order to complete this assignment, you will need to access the country profiles based on Hofstede’s cultural dimensions using the following website: http://www.geert-hofstede.comPlease complete the following exercises.

Please define Power Distance in one sentence and summarize the differences (if any) in Power Distance among Russia, Venezuala, Japan and Bhutan.Please define Individualism in one sentence and summarize the differences (if any) in Individualism among Russia, Venezuala, Japan and Bhutan.Please define Masculinity/Femininity in one sentence and summarize the differences (if any) in Masculinity/Femininity among Russia, Venezuala, Japan and Bhutan.Please define Uncertainty Avoidance in one sentence and summarize the differences (if any) in Uncertainty Avoidance among Russia, Venezuala, Japan and Bhutan.Please define Temporal Orientation in one sentence and summarize the differences (if any) in Temporal Orientation among Russia, Venezuala, Japan and Bhutan.

Hint: The country profiles described in terms of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions may be of great value when completing this assignment.

Please limit your response to this assignment to three single spaced, typed pages. Please cite your sources in the text and please reference them at the end of your assignment. Please end your write-up with one paragraph that summarizes what you think is the importance of this assignment.




What is the competitive advantage of Daktronics? Explain the level of product customization and product range of Daktronics with examples? Based on the case, provide your views about Daktronics growth and position in the future? What are the analysis tools that could be used to analyze the situation mentioned above within the case? Use evidence to support your argument. (200 words)




With reference to appropriate literature and organisational examples related to the case study, critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of strategic alliances over other forms of external strategic development such as mergers and acquisitions, in a globalized environment.
(Lecture 14: Strategic Alliances,Lecture 11: Identifying and Evaluating Options for Strategic, Lecture 13: Mergers and Acquisitions)

-Definitions- Alliances, Mergers+Acquisition (SCIDES,TEXTBOOKS)-Advantages+ Disadvantages of strategic alliances
 Advantages of temporary agreement (Slides, journals)
 Disadvantages of strategic alliances

Example from industry
 Computer website, news(BBC)

Question Two:
Discuss with reference to the mobile phone industry, the importance of organizational knowledge creation within organizations.



Tom’s Shoes

Read the article from the April 7, 2014 edition of The New Yorker about Tom’s Shoes (Links to an external site.). In a 500-600 word paper describe the theory or theories of social responsibility you think the owner of Tom’s Shoes and those that help him run his company follow. What other types of social resposibility are listed in your textbook. Do you like the one Tom’s shoes has chosen to follow or do you think another one would be better? Do you think this type of business model (Tom’s) is likely to be successful in the future or is a business better off simply focusing on making profits? If you were a small business owner would you be involved in these kinds of efforts? Why or why not?

here is the link,