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The weekly concepts are:

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The weekly concepts are:

-Effective Decisions
-Leader Commitment to the Organization
-Leader Commitment to People
-Personality Theories
-McGregor’s Theory Y and X

Select one of these concepts and find a related article at the Cable News Network (CNN): http://www.cnn.com/
You’ll find one (or several articles) to analyze. Remember to focus upon your selected concept in your analysis.

There is a trend in moving towards pay-for-performance as the preferred mechanism for compensation (rather than through seniority,

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There is a trend in moving towards pay-for-performance as the preferred mechanism for compensation (rather than through seniority, skills, knowledge, etc). Discuss the challenges with implementing a pay for performance system in the public sector (especially since it is more challenging to determine productivity and performance with public programs such as welfare, crime, student performance, etc).

Nearly 40% of public sector employees are members of a bargaining unit or union (versus approximately 8% for the private sector). Evaluate and

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Nearly 40% of public sector employees are members of a bargaining unit or union (versus approximately 8% for the private sector). Evaluate and discuss the impact unionization has on public sector productivity, both the advantages and disadvantages.

This is a business public relations nightmare and could fall under basic business management courses, All one would have to

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This is a business public relations nightmare and could fall under basic business management courses, All one would have to do would be to google any one of the companies mentioned to gain an understanding as to current or past problems they have encountered.

Organizational culture refers to a system of shared meaning held by its members and that distinguishes one organization from another. Every organization has a culture. Depending on its strength,

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Organizational culture refers to a system of shared meaning held by its members and that distinguishes one organization from another. Every organization has a culture. Depending on its strength, it can have a significant influence on the attitudes and behaviors of its members. Here are a few definitions for organizational culture:

Organizational culture is a set of shared mental assumptions that guide interpretation and action in organizations by defining appropriate behavior for various situations. (Ravasi & Schultz, 2006).

“A pattern of shared basic assumptions that was learned by a group as it solved its problems of external adaptation and internal integration, that has worked well enough to be considered valid and, therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way you perceive, think, and feel in relation to those problems”(Schein, 2004).

Required Reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organizational_culture
Rosenthal, J. & Masarech, M. A. (2003). High performance cultures: How values can drive business results. Journal of Organizational Excellence, 22, 3-18.

Based on the Rosenthal and Masarech (2003) article, write a critique in which you will relate to the points below:

– Explain in your own words what is the meaning of focusing on performance and/or focusing on culture, and how focusing on either one can be translated into organizations’ acts (or in other words, what organizations that focus on performance or culture actually do).
– Describe the organization in which you are currently employed (or were employed in the past) and decide in which of the four quadrants that are represented in Exhibit 3 your organization resides. Explain what makes you think so.
– Exhibit 4 presents 5 steps for shaping a high performance culture. Use these steps to explain how your organization (the one you described earlier) can improve its success by adopting each of these steps. If your organization already adopts such steps please explain how it does so.

Choose an industrial product and try to guess the buying center for customers of that product. What is the customer behavior for

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Choose an industrial product and try to guess the buying center for customers of that product. What is the customer behavior for a typical member in each group, expressed in terms of the basic customer behavior questions (Why? How? etc.)?

Suppose you are hired as a salesperson for a company that sells the product in question. How do you find out who occupies each buying role in the center?

How do you use the above information to do your job?