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Final Project: Organizational Level of Analysis


  • To explore and better understand organizational performance and effectiveness through an organizational level perspective.

Related to the following course objectives:

  • based on an understanding of human behavior, create and sustain an organizational environment that leads to high performance
  • analyze and respond to leadership challenges such as decision making, change, conflict resolution, and organizational commitment in an organization at every level


Approximately eight-page paper, including a cover page containing your name, assignment title, course name, the date, and the professor’s name, and research references.

Introduction to Assignment

For this assignment, you will research and analyze the organizational performance and effectiveness of one of the organizations listed below.  You will also propose OB-relevant recommendations for change and improvement. 







Alternative organizations may be selected for analysis but will require my approval. I would, for example, be open to discussing uniquely challenged organizations, such as the US Airways-American Airlines merger, or Dell, which recently announced a move to go private after many years as a public company. Contact me about alternative Final Project topics by posting a message under Content/Ask the Professor. 

Your analysis should include:

  1. 1.      an interview, if available, of organizational members, stakeholders, or qualified relevantly-experienced OB experts familiar with your topic
  2. 2.      research findings of the organization’s web sites
  3. 3.      data, information and ideas, particularly from Weeks 6 and 7 readings/resources, and at least four outside academic or credible, respected business publications
  4. 4.      a SWOT analysis on the organization.
  5. 5.      documented and evaluated OB strategies or interventions that the organization could use to enhance its overall performance and effectiveness.
  6. 6.      proposed and evaluated OB-related recommendations for improvements in the organization.

Read and follow all the Instructions carefully. Your analysis should evidence critical thinking skills (review Bloom’s Taxonomy) in identifying and explaining organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  Emphasize course materials and resources assigned for Weeks 6 and 7; namely, but not limited to, managing groups and teams, group behavior, work and self-managed teams, communication, conflict and negotiation, and decision-making, along with outside research material.  Strive for originality and depth. Use examples and research information to support claims.  Use American Psychological Association (APA) format for in-text citations and the reference list.  Use the comprehensive outline format described in Instruction 9 to present your research, findings, analysis, and recommendations.


1)         Review the assignment purpose, course objective, and introduction above and the grading rubricat the end of these instructions. 

2)         Scan library and Internet resources on professor-approved organizations before making a selection.  Chose and research an organization based on your level of interest in the subject, applicability to your job or career goals, what you would like to learn about, and feasibility for successful performance.  Focus research on factors described in Instructions 3, 4, and 5.

3)         Identify, analyze and evaluate OB concepts/theories that create an environment (work and organization design) that leads to high performance.


4)         Identify, analyze and evaluate strategies, policies, and procedures relating to leadership challenges such as decision making, change, conflict resolution, and organizational commitment in an organization at every level.

5)         Identify, analyze and evaluate techniques relating to human resources policies and practices (personal selection, training and development, and performance evaluation).

6)         Create a SWOT analysis using standard four-square format for each component and bullet points (Google SWOT analysis template for samples) to present organizational level factors identified and examined in Instructions 3, 4, and 5.

7)         Discuss each SWOT component analyzing and evaluating the organization’s environment, leadership, and human resources policies and practices.

8)         Create at least three recommendations, synthesizing key findings and ideas to maximize ongoing improvements to organizational performance and success.

9)         Draw data, information, and ideas from at least six required resources (at least three from each of Weeks 6 and 7) listed in the weekly Schedules, plus at least four credible, authoritative, relevant outside sources for a total of at least ten references. Your outside references should show a mix of scholarly and applied/practical sources, largely drawn from UMUC’s Information Library System (ILS), and including classic writings. Review APA citation materials and Tips on Research Sources in Course Content.  Cite research sources within the paper’s body using APA in-text formatting.  Include a Reference list with complete source information at the end of the paper.  See specific formatting and heading template instructions below in Instruction 12.  Alphabetize references under each subheading.  Please note my preference for including publication date within in-text citations. You are expected to paraphrase, using quotes only when the source’s verbatim statements uniquely enhance meaning and understanding. Deductions will be taken when quotes are overused and found to be unnecessary.

See examples below.

In-text citation:

(Casey, 2002, p. 50). [Include publication date]

Reference citation:

Casey, C. (2002). Critical Analysis of Organizations: Theory, practice, revitalization. London: Sage.

10)       Identify and present in bold font at least eight different OB concepts, theories, methods, strategies, interventions, or practices in your organizational level analysis. Demonstrate through context and/or endnotes your understanding of the terms’ definition and meaningfulness to the meet the assignment’s purpose and course objectives.

11)       Determine what significant learning and understanding you gained from your research and analysis.  Identify and evaluate at least three valuable take-aways you learned from your organization change analysis, and how you envision applying them to your job or career.

12)       Use the outline below for topic and subtopic headings and subheadings.  Your deliverable will use a comprehensive outline format.  Feel free to create additional subheadings or modify headings as needed to present a group level analysis that meets the purpose, objectives and instructions provided. Analysis and recommendations should be presented in standard expository form under each heading.  Use examples and cite support sources as presented above.

I.          Title page your name course name, assignment, date, and instructor’s name.

II.        Brief description of organization [name, size, type of business, service and/or products, location]


III.       SWOT analysis

  1. A.    SWOT (grid figure with bullets followed by explanation sections with examples)


  1. 1.      Strengths
    1. a.       Organization environment
    2. b.      Leadership
    3. c.       Human resources policies and practices
    4. 2.      Weaknesses
      1. a.       Organization environment
      2. b.      Leadership
      3. c.       Human resources policies and practices
      4. 3.      Opportunities
        1. a.       Organization environment
        2. b.      Leadership
        3. c.       Human resources policies and practices
        4. 4.      Threats
          1. a.       Organization environment
          2. b.      Leadership
          3. c.       Human resources policies and practices


  1. IV.       Recommendations

Recommendation 1

Recommendation 2

Recommendation 3

and so forth…


  1. VI.       Significant learning


Learning or Take-away 1

Learning or Take-away 2

Learning or Take-away 3  

and so forth


  1. VII.     References

13)       Use Microsoft Word for your text documentsUse the following title:  your name_Final Project topic/organization_464_date.  Try to be concise and keep your paper at approximately eight pages in length including cover page and references, but rest assured that substance is more important than length.  Again, APA reference format is required.



demonstrates a high degree of critical thinking, is consistent in accurately interpreting questions & material; provides solid assumptions, reasoning & claims; thorough analysis & evaluation with sound conclusions

shows good critical thinking; accurately interprets most questions & material; usually identifies relevant arguments/reasoning/claims; offers good analysis & evaluation with fairly sound conclusions

shows occasional critical thinking; questions & material is at times accurately interpreted; arguments/reasoning/claims are occasionally explained; offers fair analysis & evaluation with a conclusion

shows little critical thinking, misinterprets questions or material; ignores or superficially evaluates; justifies little and seldom explains reasoning; draws unwarranted conclusions

lacks critical thinking consistently offers biased interpretations; ignores or superficially evaluates; argues using poor reasoning, and/or unwarranted claims

arguments or positions are well-supported with evidence from the readings/experience; ideas go beyond the course material and recognize implications and extensions of the material and concepts

arguments or positions are mostly supported by evidence from the readings and course content; ideas presented demonstrate student’s understanding of the material and concepts

arguments are more often based on opinion or unclear views than on position grounded in the readings of material or external sources of material

arguments are frequently illogical and unsubstantiated; student may resort to ad hominem attacks on the author instead of making meaningful application of the material

arguments lack meaningful explanation or support of ideas

demonstrated full understanding of requirements responded to each aspect of assignment

demonstrated understanding of requirements; missed one minor aspect of assignment

demonstrated some understanding of requirements; missed a key element or two minor aspects of assignment

failed to show a firm understanding of requirement; missed two key elements or several minor aspects of assignment

did not demonstrate understanding of assignment requirements

writing is clear and easy to follow; grammar and spelling are all correct; formatting gives a professional look and adds to readability

most ideas are presented clearly; occasional spelling and/or grammar issues

wordy; some points require rereading to understand fully; more than an occasional spelling and/or grammar

unclear and difficult to understand; frequent spelling and grammar issues

largely incomprehensible writing/poorly written in terms of mechanics and structure

attempts in-text citation and reference list but 1 or 2 APA style errors are present

attempts in-text citation and reference list; APA style errors are present; inconsistencies in citation usage can be found throughout the document

attempts either in-text citation or reference list but omits the other

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