Assignments

Individual Case Write-Up

Students will be required to write a 3-5 page analysis of a short case study. This will be an individual task and will require the strategic design, political and cultural analysis of an organizational change effort as well as a brief integrative action plan to remedy efforts that may have gone astray. The case will be distributed on October 30 (15.311 class 10), and is due on November 6 (15.311 class 12).

The case write-up is worth 20% of your grade for 15.311.


Team Project

Due dates for team project presentations and written reports are shown in the table below. For more information about this task, see the projects page.


SES # DATES TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS
15.280 class 1 Sept. 2 Dashman Case; Communication Strategy and Structure
15.311 classes 1-2 Sept. 4 & 5 Introduction to Organizational Processes
(Double session, 3 hour class)
15.280 class 2 Sept. 9 Oral Presentations: Structure, Delivery
15.311 class 3 Sept. 11 Kickoff of OP Team Project
15.311/Career Development Office (optional) Sept. 12 Optional Session: Hiring: Theory and Practice
15.280 class 3 Sept. 16 Oral Presentations: Visual Aids; Q&A
15.311 class 4 Sept. 18 Decision-making and Sense-making
15.311 class 5 Sept. 23 Understanding Ethical Violations, OR, Why Do Smart People Do Dumb Things?
15.311 class 6 Sept. 25 Strategic Design Perspective I: Organizational Structure and Processes
15.311 & 15.280 Sept. 26 Team Day
15.280 class 4 Sept. 30 Writing: Persuasion and Document Design
15.311 class 7 Oct. 2 Strategic Design Perspective II: Incentives and Alignment
15.280 class 5 Oct. 3 15.280/Career Development Office Joint Class: Cover Letter/Resume (Required)
15.280 class 6 Oct. 7 15.280/Career Development Office Joint Class: Marketing Yourself Effectively (Required)
15.311 class 8 Oct. 9 Political Perspective I: Understanding Power and Authority
15.280 class 7 Oct. 14 Intercultural Communication
15.311 class 9 Oct. 16 Political Perspective II
15.280 class 8 Oct. 28 Writing: Writing Process and Editing; Presenting Data; Interactive Presentation
15.311 class 10 Oct. 30 Cultural Perspective I: Culture as Control Individual Case Analysis Assignment Handed Out - Due November 6 (15.311 class 12)
15.311 class 11 Oct. 31 Career Choices
15.280 class 9 Nov. 4 Active and Reflective Listening; Group Presentations
15.311 class 12 Nov. 6 Cultural Perspective II: Culture and Change Individual Case Analysis Assignment Due

Hand out Confidential Instructions for Negotiation Assignment - Due November 13 (15.311 class 13)
15.311 class 13 Nov. 13 Integrating the Perspectives I: Organizational Change Hand In Negotiation Assignment
15.280 class 10 Nov. 18 Communication: Media Choice
15.311 class 14 Nov. 20 Integrating the Perspectives II: Leading Change
15.311 class 15 Nov. 21 Introduction to Negotiation and Bargaining
15.280 class 11 Dec. 2 15.280 Presentations of Team Project 15.280 Presentations of Team Project
15.311 class 16 Dec. 4 Wrap Up: Management as a Profession
15.280 class 12 Dec. 9 15.280 Course Wrap-Up Written Report of Team Project Due