Strategic Issue Analysis

Strategic Issue Analysis

OLCU 681 Week 7 Assignment and Rubric

Length: Paper: 20 – 25 double-spaced pages (excluding title and references pages)

Due: Week 7 by Sunday Midnight

Value: 600 Points for 60% of the grade

Post: Turnitin in Week 7 Assignments

This is the Signature Assignment that measures the MAOL program learning objective of leadership

Strategic Issue Analysis Paper Guidelines

Prepare and submit a 20 – 25 page paper in which you apply core concepts from the MAOL program to a strategic organizational issue with significant leadership challenges; the issue may be a problem or opportunity that your organization is currently facing or has faced in the past. Examples of strategic organizational issues with major leadership implications that could be the basis of an effective analysis include:

· Merger or acquisition

· Reorganization or restructuring

· Large lay-off (10% or more of staff)

· Entry into a new market and/or country

· New technology or system

· New product development and/or implementation

In analyzing the issue and proposing recommendations, you must position yourself as the leader either as a mid to senior-level manager or an external consultant working with the senior management team. After briefly describing the issue, analyze the problem or opportunity from different perspectives to draw conclusions and recommend action.

There are no new textbooks for OLCU 681. However the final paper must cite and reference 20 or more sources using the textbooks from the six core MAOL courses: OLCU 600, 601, 602, 613, 614, and 615, and/or other relevant academic sources such as peer-reviewer journal articles.

Strategic Issue Analysis Paper Content

Issue Description

In 1 – 2 pages, concisely describe the strategic organizational issue and its potential impact on organizational effectiveness. Positioning yourself as the leader, the narrative should discuss the need addressing the issue, impact on the organization’s short and long-range goals, key players (names optional), and the leadership challenges faced.

Analysis

Examine the strategic issue from multiple leadership perspectives demonstrating your knowledge of the importance and value of each to organizational and leadership effectiveness. For each core MAOL course listed below, apply relevant course theories and concepts to analyze

the issue, and assess the implications on the organization’s short and long-term strategy and objectives:

· Ethics (OLCU 601): Analyze the issue from an ethics perspective identifying one ethical issue created by the situation. Propose an ethical decision-making framework discussing how you as the leader would address the ethical issues.

· Systems (OLCU 602): Analyze the issue from a systems thinking perspective. Identify if systems archetypes and/or learning disabilities exist and how you as a leader would apply the 5 disciplines of systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, and/or team learning address the strategic issue.

· Organizational Dynamics (OLCU 613): Analyze the issue using the four-frame model considering potential structural, human resource, political and cultural causes and implications in addressing the issue.

· Teams (OLCU 614): Analyze the issue from a team perspective identifying the impact of team effectiveness on the issue, and how you as the leader could enhance needed collaboration.

· Change (OLCU 615): Analyze the issue from a change management perspective. Describe a change management model you as the leader would use to facilitate the change effort.

Integrated Leadership Analysis

Integrate and synthesize your analyses of the issue from the multiple perspectives of ethics, systems, organizational dynamics, teams and change identifying critical factors causing the issue. Discuss two classic or contemporary leader approaches from OLCU 600 that would enhance leadership effectiveness in addressing the issue.

Recommendations

Recommend an action plan to address the strategic organizational issue supported by evidence and data derived from your leadership analyses; the plan should be specific. Discuss why and how the recommended action plan is aligned with and enables achievement of the organization’s short and long-range goals.

Evaluation Criteria: Grading Rubric

Criteria Exemplary Proficient Developing Emerging Not Completed
Issue Description 60

Comprehensively describes a strategic organizational issue with significant leadership implications. Positions self as leader and fully identifies impact on short and long-term organizational goals, and key players. Does not exceed 1- 2 pages

53

Clearly describes a strategic organizational issue with fairly significant leadership implications. Positions self as leader and identifies impact on short and long-term organizational goals, and key players. May slightly exceed 2 pages

46

Describes an organizational issue with some leadership implications. Positions self as leader and identifies impact on short and long-term organizational goals, and key players although one component may lack substance. May exceed 2 pages

39

Limited description of an organizational issue with leadership implications. May not positions self as leader and/or identify impact on short and long-term organizational goals, and/or key players

0

Issue description is not included in the paper

Ethics 60

Comprehensively identifies and analyzes a relevant ethical issue created by the situation. Proposes an appropriate ethical decision-making framework for the leader to address ethical issues. Analysis demonstrates an in-depth understanding of ethics.

53

Fairly accurately identifies and analyzes a relevant ethical issue created by the situation. Proposes a fairly appropriate ethical decision-making framework for the leader to address the ethical issues. Analysis demonstrates an understanding of ethics.

46

Identifies and analyzes a somewhat relevant ethical issue. Somewhat proposes an appropriate ethical decision-making framework for the leader to address the ethical issues. Analysis demonstrates partial understanding of ethics.

39

May identifies but not analyze an ethical issue although it may lack substance. May not propose an appropriate ethical decision-making framework for the leader to address the ethical issues. Analysis demonstrates limited understanding of ethics.

0

Ethics analysis is not included in the paper

Systems Thinking 60

Comprehensively analyzes the issue from a systems perspective. Fully describes archetypes and learning disabilities, and how to apply 5 disciplines to address the issue. Analysis demonstrates an in-depth understanding of systems thinking

53

Fairly accurately analyzes the issue from a systems perspective. Mostly describes archetypes and learning disabilities, and how to apply 5 disciplines to address the issue Analysis demonstrates an understanding of systems thinking

48

Somewhat analyzes the issue from a systems perspective. Somewhat describes archetypes and learning disabilities, and how to apply 5 disciplines to address the issue. Analysis demonstrates partial understanding of systems thinking

39

Limited analysis of the issue from a systems perspective; may not describes archetypes and learning disabilities, and/or and how to apply 5 disciplines to address the issue. Analysis demonstrates limited understanding of systems thinking

0

Systems thinking analysis is not included in the paper

Organizational Dynamics 60

Comprehensively analyzes the issue using the 4-frame model fully describing structural, human resource, political, and cultural causes and implications. Analysis demonstrates an in-depth understanding of organizational dynamics

53

Fairly accurately analyzes the issue using the 4-frame model mostly describing structural, human resource, political, and cultural causes and implications. Analysis demonstrates an understanding of organizational dynamics

46

Analyzes the issue; may not accurately describe one of the following: structural, human resource, political, and cultural causes and implications. Analysis demonstrates partial understanding of organizational dynamics

39

Limited analysis of the issue; may not accurately describe 2 or more of the following: structural, human resource, political, or cultural implications. Analysis demonstrates limited understanding of organizational dynamics

0

Organizational dynamics analysis is not included in the paper

Teams 60

Comprehensively analyzes the issue from a team perspective identifying if and why team effectiveness is contributing to the issue. Fully describes how to enhance needed collaboration. Analysis demonstrates an in-depth understanding of team leadership.

53

Fairly accurately analyzes the issue from a team perspective identifying if and why team effectiveness is contributing to the issue. Mostly describes how to enhance needed collaboration. Analysis demonstrates an understanding of team leadership.

46

Somewhat analyzes the issue from a team perspective identifying if but not why team effectiveness is contributing to the issue. Somewhat describes how to enhance needed collaboration. Analysis demonstrates partial understanding of team leadership.

39

Limited analysis of the issue from a team perspective; may not identify if and why team effectiveness is contributing or how to enhance needed collaboration. Analysis demonstrates limited understanding of team leadership.

0

Teams analysis is not included in the paper

Change 60

Comprehensively analyzes the issue from a change management perspective. Fully describes the change model that would facilitate the change effort. Analysis demonstrates an in-depth understanding of change leadership.

53

Fairly accurately analyzes the issue from a change management perspective. Mostly describes the change model that would facilitate the change effort. Analysis demonstrates an understanding of change leadership.

46

Somewhat analyzes the issue from a change management perspective. Somewhat describes the change model that would facilitate the change effort. Analysis demonstrates partial understanding of change leadership.

39

Limited analysis of the issue from a change management perspective. May not describe the change model that would facilitate the change effort. Analysis demonstrates limited understanding of change leadership.

0

Change analysis is not included in the paper

Integrated Leadership Analysis 70

Comprehensively integrates and synthesizes analyses of the issue from multiple perspectives fully identifying critical factors causing the issue. Accurately describes and discusses why 2 or more leader theories and/or models would enhance effectiveness in addressing the issue. Analysis demonstrates an in-depth understanding of leadership

62

Fairly accurately integrates analyses of the issue from multiple perspectives identifying most critical factors causing the issue. Fairly accurately describes and discusses why two leader theories and/or models would enhance effectiveness in addressing the issue. Analysis demonstrates an understanding of leadership

54

Somewhat integrates analyses of the issue from different perspectives identifying some critical factors causing the issue. Describes 2 leader theories and/or models although may not discuss why each would enhance effectiveness in addressing the issue. Analysis demonstrates some understanding of leadership

46

Limited analysis of the issue from different perspectives and identification of critical factors causing the issue. May not 2 accurately describe leader theories and/or models, and/or why each would enhance effectiveness in addressing the issue.. Analysis demonstrates limited understanding of leadership

0

Integrated leadership analysis is not included in the paper

Recommendations 70

Recommends a comprehensive and specific action plan to address the strategic issue fully supported by data derived from integrated analyses. Persuasively discusses why and how the action plan enables short and long-range goal achievement. Recommendations demonstrate strong leadership capabilities.

62

Recommends a fairly accurate and specific action plan to address the strategic issue mostly supported by data derived from integrated analyses. Fairly persuasively discusses why and how the action plan enables short and long-range goal achievement. Recommendations demonstrate fairly strong leadership capabilities.

54

Recommends a general action plan to address the strategic issue somewhat supported by data derived from integrated analyses. Somewhat discusses why and how the action plan enables short and long-range goal achievement. Recommendations demonstrate some leadership capabilities.

46

Limited recommendation of an action plan to address the strategic issue that may not be supported by data derived from integrated analyses. Limited discussion of why and how the action plan enables short and long-range goal achievement. Recommendations demonstrate limited leadership capabilities.

0

Recommendations are not included in the paper

APA 40

Uses 20 or more sources including texts and materials from six core MAOL courses. Uses headers, and accurately adhere to APA standards; reference page and citations are correct. All sources listed in References are cited in paper

35

Uses 20 sources including texts and materials from most core MAOL courses. Uses headers, and adheres to APA standards; reference page and citations are correct with minor (1-3) errors. All sources listed in References are cited in paper

30

Uses 18 – 20 sources including texts and materials from some core MAOL courses; some sources may not be scholarly. May not use headers. APA standards are somewhat followed; the work of others is cited but with numerous (4 – 10) errors. Sources listed in References and citations may not match

25

Uses less than 5 – 20 sources of which several aren’t scholarly. Does not use headers. Limited adherence to APA standards in the paper and Reference page; work of others may be cited but with multiple (11+) errors. Sources listed in References and citations do not match

0

No adherence to APA requirements

Writing Mechanics 60

The paper is organized and well written; spelling, grammar and punctuation are accurate. Paper is the required length of 20 – 25 pages of content, and includes correctly prepared title page.

53

The paper is organized and fairly well written but with minor (1 – 3) errors in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation. The content may be 5% too long or short; includes a correctly prepared title page.

46

The paper is somewhat organized but with several (4 – 10) errors in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation. The content may be 10% too long or short, and may not include a correctly prepared title page

39

The paper lacks clarity and may be confusing with numerous (11+) errors in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation. The content may be 15% too long or short, and may not include a title page

0

The paper is substantially below graduate writing requirements.

Effective Summer 2018

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