Assignment 1: Discussion—Applying Systems Thinking
Organizations are rarely composed of just a single person or a single organization that functions without interacting with other people or organizations. There are many components or parts in an organization’s make-up, each contributing to the overall functioning of the organization and its behavior. If all the parts are working well, the organization operates efficiently. However, if one part stops functioning, this affects all the other parts and the overall organization. Though other parts may be able to compensate for the nonfunctioning part so that the organization continues to function, efficiency is lowered. Organizations have both internal and external parts—such as stakeholders. The challenges of nonfunctioning stakeholders can be internal, external, or both.
Consider the aforementioned aspects, and using the module readings and the Argosy University online library resources, research the application of systems theory to organizations and their stakeholders.
Then, respond to the following:
- How does systems thinking apply to an organization’s culture, goals, and structures?
- How are the stakeholders of an organization interconnected and interrelated?
Integrate various types of systems, such as open and closed systems, that might be present in organizations in your answer. Give reasons and examples, supported with appropriate academic literature, when developing your responses. Be sure to cite to APA writing standards for paraphrases and direct quotes.
By Friday, May 15, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area.
Write your initial response in 400-500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Assignment 2: Exploring Interests to Identify Research Problems
The most important task in preparing to write a dissertation is identifying a current problem that is of interest to you. Conducting research can be a daunting task; however, conducting research on a topic or area that is of interest to the researcher can be motivating and make the research process easier. In this assignment, you will conduct research to identify a current problem in your dissertation topic or area of interest.
Using the module readings and University online library resources, address the following:
- Research at least five articles in appropriate trade journals or academic peer-reviewed journals to find a current problem in your dissertation topic or area of interest.
- Describe the problem.
- Discuss why you are interested in this topic.
- Explain why addressing this problem might aid the field of study both practically (actual organizational setting) and academically.
- Identify professional organizations that might assist your research efforts in your topic or area or perhaps be interested in your dissertation study findings.
Write a 3–4-page paper in Word format.Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Click here to download the APA Guide. Use this guide to format your assignment.
Write your responses in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc.
By Monday, May 18, 2015, deliver your assignment to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox.