MGT 240 Grand Canyon All Week Discussions
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 1
Discuss the differences between the traditional management pyramid and the upside down pyramid. What managerial skills and competencies do you expect to be emphasized in the upside down pyramid? Explain your answer.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 2
Based on what you have learned about the four functions of management and how they are interrelated, share a real world example of where you have seen these functions in action either successfully or unsuccessfully.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 1 Discussion 3
How well do you think your organization performs its key goals of providing the goods or services that your customers want or need the most?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 1
Using examples, show how the “deficit” and “progression” principles operate in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory within an organizational setting.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 2
Why is the external environment important in the open systems view of organizations?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 2 Discussion 3
Select any three management theories (from different approaches). What is the significance of those theories to modern day management practice?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 1
Using examples from your experience, discuss the importance of planning to the practice of management.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 2
What is the importance of an organization’s mission, values, and objectives to planning as a function of management?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 3 Discussion 3
Explain the concept of management by objectives and explain how it is used in organizations.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 1
What role does organizing play as a function of management? Explain how the flat organizational structure differs from other types of formal organizational structures.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 2
How is the choice of an organization’s structure related to the environment in which it operates?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 4 Discussion 3
Think of your organization and its resources. Do the managers utilize organizational resources effectively? Which resources contribute most to the organization’s performance?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 1
It has long been a dictum of management theory that leaders must adapt their behavior to fit the specifics of a situation. Evaluate whether transformational leadership is appropriate for all occasions. In what situations might it not be effective?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 2
Using an organization with which you are familiar, identify ways through which feedforward and feedback controls can be used to assure a high quality final outcome.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 5 Discussion 3
Describe the key sources of power and explain how each power base can be turned into influence.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 1
What is the importance of communication to the four functions of management? What are the different barriers to communication and how can they be overcome? (Hint: Use both your textbook and the GCU lecture).
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 2
Compare and contrast one content and one process theory of motivation. In your opinion, why would two people with similar abilities have very different levels of performance? If you were the manager, what would you do and why?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 6 Discussion 3
Identify and explain the alternative work arrangements that are available for improving work-life balance.
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 1
Based upon the assigned readings (Drucker’s “The Coming of the New Organization” and Zahra’s “The Changing Rules of Global Competitiveness in the 21st Century”), identify at least four changes (two from each article) that you think have been the most significant cause of change to the way that your organization operates. In what ways do you think managers’ jobs have changed in your organization?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 2
For your organization, or one with which you are familiar, identify the factors that operate in its general and specific environments. Why is it important for managers to understand the factors that affect their organization?
MGT 240 Grand Canyon Week 7 Discussion 3
Using an organization with which you are familiar, identify its core culture and the elements of its observable culture. What do you think needs to be changed to align your culture to the elements in the environment?