Structure, Change, and StressDB 5

Primary Task: 850 words (with minimum of 2 references); Secondary Task: 150–200 words

CMA is currently set up as a divisional structure, including research and development (R&D), production, marketing, and finance. Although the company has used different structures in the past, there is a concern that the separation of the departments is creating silos that prevent a free flow of communication.

You are on the phone with Jared. This call is dedicated to organizational structure.

“I’m willing to reconsider the current structure,” he says. “But I worry that a change of this magnitude will create a lot of stress throughout the organization.”

“You’re right,” you say. “Change is never easy. But with the help of human resources and the support of the vice presidents, organizational change could help the overall performance of the company.”

“I need to talk to the VPs about this,” he says.

“Of course,” you say. “Their input is important for buy-in.”

“You’ve done a good job of explaining things in papers and training materials,” he says. “I’d like you to give me something that describes different types of organizational structures. I think it would be helpful for me and the VPs. Can you do that before next week?”

“Yes,” you say. “Would 850 words be sufficient?”

“It would,” he says. “Also, give me your opinion about which structure would be the most effective for CMA. I’m sure you have an opinion.”

“I do,” you say smiling. “You’ll have my paper on your desk before the meeting.”

“Thanks,” he says.

Secondary Task Response:

Review and reflect on the knowledge you have gained from this course. Based on your review and reflection, write at least 3 paragraphs on the following:

  • What were the most compelling topics learned in this course?
  • How did participating in discussions help your understanding of the subject matter? Is anything still unclear that could be clarified?
  • What approaches could have yielded additional valuable information?
  • The main post should include at least 1 reference to research sources, and all sources should be cited using APA format.

Summative Discussion Board

In this course, you were introduced to problem-based learning (PBL). Engage in discussion by providing feedback on your experience with PBL, as follows:

  • How easy was it to understand each of the problems that were presented?
  • Were you able to find the relevant information that you needed to fully understand the problem?
  • How did you obtain the knowledge that is necessary to propose a solution for the problems presented?
  • Did you experience any learning issues?
  • Assess and reflect on your learning process. What changes or suggestions would you make?

The materials found in the M.U.S.E. may help you with this assignment. Additional information is also provided in the Lessons from Experience series found at the following link:


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