Individual Case Analysis Paper
CASE: When a New Manager Stumbles, Whoâ€™s at Fault? ( Please see the Individual Case Analysis attached below)
This assignment is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the class material and your ability to effectively apply that material by providing a high quality analysis of the motivation problems in the case.You can effectively accomplish this assignment using only the materials we discussed in the class sessions on motivation and learning as well as the material in your textbook (most likely Chapters 5, 6 and 7). You should not use outside resources (e.g., the internet, other books) to complete this assignment.Note, this is an individual analysis, so you should not discuss the case, the concepts you plan to apply to the case, or any other aspects of your answers to the questions with others.
Questions to be addressed for the analysis:
In the case, three of Goldstoneâ€™s employees (i.e., Skrow, Puckett, and Durkee) are discussed.You will analyze the problems that two of these three employees are experiencing (i.e., you may choose whichever two employees you wish to analyze; do not analyze all three). Using a unique motivation theory/concept for each employee (e.g., if you use the expectancy model of motivation for one employee, use a different motivation concept/theory for the other employee) analyze the motivation problem the employee is experiencing.Clearly explain each concept you are using as well as how it helps to explain what is going wrong with the employee. Then, indicate what motivation strategies you would recommend the manager use for each person and why (i.e., explain what the manager should do to correct the problem(s) for each individual you identify and why your strategy would be effective). Note that the solutions should relate to the concept/theory you used to diagnose the problem.Your analysis of the problem and solution for each employee will likely differ. Thus, you should present a unique diagnosis when relevant, and provide a tailored strategy for each person you select.
Length and Format: The maximum word limit for the paper is 750 words (there is no minimum).You must be concise. Papers should be formatted as follows: Double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font.
You may find structuring the paper in the following manner to be helpful (you may discuss the employees in whichever order you choose):
Employee 1 – concept of your choosing
Employee 1 – solution
Employee 2 – concept
Employee 2 – solution
Please use headings and subheadings to organize your analysis.You do not need an introduction or concluding paragraph; save the word count for the analysis of the employeesâ€™ motivation problems and proposed solutions.Imagine the audience for your case analysis is another SJSU student who has not yet taken BUS 160 but who has read the case.Thus, you need to clearly explain the concepts you are using (i.e., you should be able to teach the construct to someone else in your own words), how the concepts apply, and why your solutions would work according to the theory you used.You should devote more page space to analyzing the motivation problems and describing solutions than to merely summarizing the details of the case.
References: You will need to cite any material you include from the case and class readings. Iâ€™m not particular about which style guide you use (e.g., MLA, APA) as long as it is clear whom and what you are citing.
- If you would like to cite material you paraphrase from class lectures, you may do so by including the following information (Mullen lecture notes, lecture date).
- If you would like to cite material from the textbook, you may do so by citing (George & Jones, year and page number if relevant).Page numbers are only required for direct quotations.
- If you would like to directly quote material from the case, you may do by citing (Adler, pg. xx).Note, that direct quotations from the case are probably not necessary.
Evaluation: You will be evaluated on:
- The accuracy with which you explain and apply the conceptual material from class discussions or the readings (e.g., does your application demonstrate understanding of the material, did you choose the most relevant conceptual material in your analysis).
- The persuasiveness of your arguments (are your arguments compelling, did you sufficiently explain your reasoning?).
- The effectiveness of your proposed remedies to address the problems identified in the analysis. Be sure to explain clearly why these remedies would be effective.
- The extent to which your analysis is organized and written in a clear and concise manner.
- Professionalism: Proper use of grammar, spelling, etc.Please proof your papers.
- Please consult the rubric on Canvas before beginning your assignment.
How to turn it in:
- Upload the paper to Canvas by the deadline.
- The paper needs to be saved as LastName_FirstName_ICA.
- Please give yourself â€œbufferâ€ time in case you encounter difficulties uploading the assignment.
- Papers should be submitted as word documents.
Late assignments. Late assignments â€“ no matter how soon after the deadline they are uploaded â€“ will be marked as late and will receive a 20% grade reduction for the assignment. Each subsequent 24 hours that passes after the assignment is due will result in an additional 20% reduction. Thus, after five days no late assignments will be accepted.
Academic integrity. This is an individual analysis, so you should not discuss the case, the concepts you plan to apply to the case, or any other aspects of your answers to the questions with others.The one exception is that you may get help from the staff at the writing center to improve your writing.Collaborating or discussing the case with others is a violation of academic integrity. I trust that each student will author her or his own work. Papers that closely resemble each other will be cause for suspicion. If a student has any concern about whether a certain action might violate the Academic Integrity Policy, ask Professor. It is better to ask than to assume. Papers will be run though TurnItIn which is integrated in Canvas. This software will compare each assignment to all other assignments from this class and previous classes as well as with any other online content. Please also review SJSUâ€™s plagiarism guidelines: http://info.sjsu.edu/static/catalog/integrity.html