understanding organization behaviors

Fifteen percent of the grade for this class will come from a report that displays your understanding of how leadership, culture (as expressed through memory), and ethics intersect



We often do not realize what we have learned until after due deliberation. Writing a module report provides you an opportunity to reflect on the readings and lectures, and reading the reports you write provides me a chance to assess to what extent you have met the learning objectives.

 Leadership Styles 

Leadership is difficult to define and even more difficult to assess. We may have just seen a movie that has been used in leadership classes in all kinds of settings. You may use it as a source of examples for your observations on leadership.

Kurt Lewin has identified three leadership styles (other researchers have identified different taxonomies and types of leadership styles, but for this assignment we will use Lewin). The three styles are: authoritarian, participatory, and delegatory. Authoritarian leaders prefer to make decisions themselves and may not consult others in deciding how to structure and organize the work of an organization. Participatory leaders tend to be more democratic, inviting the participation of organizational members in making decisions, but keeping control of the final decision process. Delegatory leaders tend to delegate decision making to others, allowing members to make decisions themselves and inviting participation in decision-making at all levels.


Suppose you work for an organization that includes teams that have each of these styles of leader. [While we recognize that a truly exceptional leader may need to adjust his/her style in different circumstances, most people may have a natural preference for one style or the other.] How would you evaluate the performance of the teams? What are the particular strengths and weaknesses of these styles? What criteria can be applied to determine whether a leader has performed well? Would you apply the same criteria as a yardstick for success, or would you apply different criteria depending on the style? What other aspects of the team might be important to consider in evaluating performance? What type of leader would you most prefer to work for? Why? What type of leader are you most likely to be?


Then, add to that discussion a paragraph or two about how leadership might play out in terms of what the organization represents

  • Consider an organization with which you’re familiar. How do you know what the organization is all about?
  • Describe how organizational memories are transferred from generation to generation of members of this organization.



Include your answer in a product roughly equivalent to a 2-5 page paper.

You may use any tool you wish to accomplish this task (a document; a PowerPoint presentation; a Prezi presentation; anything)

But do be sure to place the deliverable in your Sakai dropbox and tell the instructor when it may be retrieved from the dropbox



Due by: 2359 hours on Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Grade What it means What I will be looking for
A Mastery in understanding the organizational perspective in terms of culture, structure, and leadership at the highest level of attainment that can reasonably be expected Well written with no grammatical errors, well-articulated discussion of the topic; it shows evidence of your having absorbed all of the key points of the organizational module, and that you described them in such quality that one could expect you to teach the module
A- A totally acceptable performance demonstrating an adequate level of understanding the organization in these three contexts An insightful discussion of the topic, with no grammatical errors. It is extremely good, but leaves the reader feeling that your understanding of the issues is perhaps a bit less than professionally sophisticated, in terms of depth of analysis.
B+ Really good, but perhaps a bit shallower in terms of your understanding one or more of the contexts; you may have a few grammatical issues in your writing; you may not have used relevant examples to explain your points; you may not have fully addressed all the elements requested
B Good, but perhaps a bit shallower in terms of your understanding several variants of the three contexts; you may have several grammatical issues in your writing; you may not have used relevant examples to explain your points; you may not have fully addressed all the elements requested; you did not use terminology that we discussed in the module sessions
B- Good, but not as good as it could have been; you may not have fully addressed all the elements requested
C+ A marginal performance demonstrating a minimal passing level OK, in terms of grasping the essentials, but not good in terms of articulating your understanding in a manner that is easy to read and appreciate
C You seem to understand the essential points of the module, but you did not articulate your understanding well enough to do more than the minimum
C- It's time to start wondering if you missed something important, if you misunderstood the task, if you did not understand the key elements
D+ This is a warning that you are not currently on the right path; you might need to have a discussion with the instructor about this performance
D There are indications that you were present and that you sort of grasped what we had discussed, but missed the key points to such a degree that you really need to re-group and catch up
F For whatever reasons an unacceptable performance If it's unacceptable, it is unacceptable; it should be as obvious to you as it is to the instructor