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 Major Change: Definition and Facilitating Forces

Introduction This assignment has two parts. In Part A, you define a major change and describe the facilitating forces you consider important. In Part B, you describe the constraining forces for change. In your description, you will demonstrate your ability to incorporate and integrate your learning from all aspects of the module. Ensure that you include information from the course material, the readings, and your journal. This assignment has a total of 100 marks and is worth 10% toward your final grade. Instructions Address the following in a 1,500 to 2,000 word report: • Part A: Major Change: Definition and Facilitating Forces 1. Discuss the differences between a voluntary change and an imposed or mandatory change. Describe one challenge and one success in each of these changes. Use one personal example and one workplace example. (15 marks) 2. Discuss your understanding of major change, incorporating information from your own experiences as well as insights you have gained from this module. Include personal or organizational anecdotes (actual behaviours or situations) whenever possible. Cite references to the readings to validate the information you use in this answer. (15 marks) 3. Identify five factors that enable one to adapt to a change. Describe how each factor is a facilitator for change as identified in the readings. Compare how your personal viewpoints are similar or different from the viewpoints of the authors identified in the readings. (20 marks) • Part B: Major Change: Dynamics and Constraining Forces 1. Discuss your understanding of the internal and external responses to change. In your discussion, identify one external reaction to change and one internal reaction to change and indicate how these could impede the movement through a change process. (16 marks) 2. Discuss the concept of resistance and how employees respond to major change; incorporate information from your own experiences as well as insights you have gained from this module. (14 marks) 3. Identify five obstacles to change. Indicate why these obstacles impede one to adapt to change. Use examples to illustrate how these obstacles provide challenges to a manager who is implementing a change plan. (20 marks)

Rhetorical Situation speech:Zarefsky textbook

Your work in the lessons thus far has prepared you to analyze a speech and to give an effective speech that persuades your audience that your analysis is valid and useful. In the Rhetorical Situation speech, your purpose will be to strengthen commitment that your analysis of a speech is valid. Beyond reporting the content and history of the speech you analyze, you make a critical argument and convince your audience to accept it.
Use the instructions for speech preparation that you have read, so far, in the Zarefsky textbook to help you choose a speech to analyze, develop your purpose, research the historical context and the available critical perspectives, argue for the perspective you use in your critical analysis, and structure your speech to present your claims effectively with appropriate language, rehearsal, and delivery.
This speech should last at least, but no more than, 6-8 minutes. You will be given a 15-second grace period on either end. This time limit is NOT a suggestion. It is a requirement, and points will be deducted if you go over or under the time limit. In this speech, you will provide an analysis of a public speech using Bitzer’s rhetorical situation as a critical lens. Draw on homework and instructor comments from Lessons 5 and 6 to refine the arguments you made about the way Occasion, Audience, Speaker, and Speech were shaped by constraints and resources.
You cannot analyze a speech that has been or will be discussed in the lessons for this course, and the speech you choose to focus on should be one given by a prominent public figure (politician, actor, sports figure, etc.) to a specific audience that was capable of rhetorical judgment. The speech you choose might have been intended to celebrate shared values, to motivate action, to convince the audience to adopt policies, or to inform effectively. At any rate, your analysis should focus on the speech as a fitting response to the rhetorical situation, in terms of the exigence, the audience, and the constraints.
Additionally, your speech should inform us about the context of the speech by presenting sufficient historical background for the audience in class. Ultimately, you should present a clear and thoughtful argument about the speech. This argument should not be limited to whether the speech was good or bad, but should judge it according to appropriate criteria. How were the purposes of the speech fulfilled? Were the claims made in the speech valid and supported with evidence? What were the consequences or potential impact of the speech? How did the speech accommodate and make use of the constraints and resources afforded by the occasion, audience, speaker, and speech itself? In particular, what perspective do you bring to the analysis of the speech? What is the decisive, unique, or particularly effective appeal in the speech you are studying?
This assignment will also help to establish your ethos as a speaker. Ethos is one of the rhetorical proofs that lead to judgment by the audience. Ethos is based on goodwill, good judgment, and arête—the skill of being good at public life. Your analysis, given in a speech, will demonstrate how you use criticism as a form of civic engagement. What you believe to be a fitting response will demonstrate that you know how to be a critic involved in public life, that you know how to do criticism that is engaged in civic matters, and that this functions in ways that are important for the good of the public.
Provide support for the arguments in your speech by drawing on what others say about the speech or about speeches like it. Include a minimum of six published sources cited orally in the speech, cited in the outline for your speech, and listed in the outline bibliography/Works Cited page. Four of the six sources must be scholarly (edited, peer-reviewed) publications. Journalistic sources, news-aggregators, and general web pages are not scholarly sources, but they can be used to provide factual information, historical background, audience characteristics and responses, or pertinent speaker biographies. The text of the speech you analyze is not a source: it is the object of your analysis. The textbook for this course is not a source: it is your guide for preparing your speech. Your instructor can be an invaluable resource in developing the perspective that you want to develop; ask your instructor for suggested scholarly readings that will help you conduct your analysis. Remember, your purpose is not merely to provide historical and biographical facts in an informative speech, but to use those facts to argue persuasively for the perspective that you are taking.

Economic Development: Essay should be based on one of the articles from the list of articles

Writing Requirement

Essay should be based on one of the articles from the list of articles; in the range of 1500-2000 words

Structure of essay

1. Summary of the article

2. Related research: (a) briefly discuss one paper that the article cites (b) briefly discuss one paper that cites the article

3. Your own thoughts on the topic

Useful resources

1. University library to access journals online:

2. Google scholar to look at related research:

Good essay

1. Some independent thoughts on the topic

2. Concise, stay within word limits, avoid repetition

3. Use simple, jargon-free language; if using a terminology, make sure to first explain its meaning

List of articles

For your essay, choose one article from this list.1

Acosta, P. 2011. School attendance, child labour, and remittances from international migration in El Salvador. Journal of Development Studies, 47:913-993

Anderson, S., Ray, D. 2010. Missing women: age and disease. Review of Economic Studies, 77:1262-1300

Attanasio, O.P., Kaufmann, K.M. 2014. Education choices and returns to schooling: mothers’ and youths’ subjective expectations and their role by gender. Journal of Development Economics, 109:203-216

Beaman, L., Karlan, D., Thuysbaert, B., Udry, C. 2013. Profitability of fertilizer: experimental evidence from female rice farmers in Mali. American Economic Review, 103:381-386

Deininger, K., Castagnini, R. 2006. Incidence and impact of land conflict in Uganda. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 60:321-345

Fenske, J. 2011. Land tenure and investment incentives: Evidence from West Africa. Journal of Development Economics 95, 137-156

Field, E. 2007. Entitled to work: urban property rights and labor supply in Peru. Quarterly Journal of Economics,122:1561-1602

Giné, X., Karlan, D.S. 2014. Group versus individual liability: Short and long term evidence from Philippine microcredit lending groups. Journal of Development Economics, 107:65-83

Islam, A., Choe, C. 2013. Child labor and schooling responses to access to microcredit in rural Bangladesh. Economic Inquiry, 51:46-61

Mullan, K., Grosjean, P., Kontoleon, K. 2011. Land tenure arrangements and rural-urban migration in China. World Development, 39:123-133

Diabetes in African Americans

1. Please describe the health and quality of life problems that this community or population group is facing. Which health problem seems the most important?
2. What behavioral factors influence this problem? Which of these behaviors are more important and which are more amenable to intervention? Which behaviors would you intervene on based on these considerations? What environmental aspects seem to also affect the health issue you selected?
3. What are the predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors for the health behaviors you identified for question 2? What are the enabling factors related to the environmental influences you detected for question 2?
4. What policies, resources, and circumstances can facilitate or hinder intervention on the factors you identified for question 3?

Critique Paper

The critique paper will allow you to gain more experience reading primary research articles, thinking critically and independently about learning and memory research, and communicating your ideas effectively.

For this assignment, you should carefully read one set of two journal articles listed at the bottom of this handout. Each set of articles focuses on a current debate in the field of learning and memory, presenting evidence on opposing sides of the debate. You should introduce the debate, briefly summarize the two articles, compare, contrast, and critique the methods and conclusions of each article, and propose a thoughtful follow-up study that could help shed additional light on the debate. Your critique paper should be 7-9 double-spaced pages, and you should organize your paper around the following questions/outline:

(1) Debate Introduction – What is the specific debate that the articles address? Why is it interesting? (2) Article 1 Summary* – What is the general logic of the study? What conditions are compared, and exactly how and why does any difference between those conditions (or lack thereof) answer a scientific question? – What are the main findings? How do they answer the question posed?

(3) Article 2 Summary* – What is the general logic of the study? What conditions are compared, and exactly how and why does any difference between those conditions (or lack thereof) answer a scientific question? – What are the main findings? How do they answer the question posed?

* For your article summaries, don’t focus on the trivial experimental details. Rather, emphasize the main idea behind the methodology. The task the participants performed is likely to be important, but the exact nature of the stimuli is not. For guidance about what is important and what is not, feel free to discuss with your instructor or TA.

(4) Critique – How are the methodologies that the two articles used similar? How are they different? How might these methodologies have contributed to the different findings? – What do you think about the articles – do the study designs make sense or do you see flaws? If there are flaws, what are they? Do their conclusions match their data? How would you have done the studies better?

(5) Follow-up Study – What further study would you want to try next, based on the results reported in these articles? Be specific in terms of how you would follow up this research, what question(s) you would be addressing, and how your study could help inform the debate.

In your writing, whenever you refer to an idea that is not your own, whether it is a quotation or a description in your own words, you must cite and reference the source. For this paper, you should avoid direct quotations from the research article or other sources, and instead use your own words, but you must still credit your sources appropriately (refer to APA guidelines for citing work). If you are unclear about the definition of plagiarism, please speak with your instructor or TA.
Your critique paper should be submitted on Canvas and is due on Thursday, May 31st. Late papers will be penalized by one letter grade per day late, in fairness to those who submit their papers on time.

A successful critique paper will demonstrate a solid understanding of the original research articles and the underlying debate, include a critical analysis and evaluation of the methodologies, propose an informative follow-up study, and exhibit creativity of thought. Successful papers will also be marked by clarity of expression and have few errors in grammar, spelling, or punctuation.

Articles sets to choose from (all are available on Canvas):

1. Is the medial temporal lobe necessary for imagining the future?

Squire, L. R., van der Horst, A. S. McDuff, S. G. R., Frascino, J. C., Hopkins, R.O., & Mauldin, K. N. (2010). Role of the hippocampus in remembering the past and imagining the future. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 19044-19048.

Race, E., Keane, M. M., & Verfaellie, M. (2011). Medial temporal lobe damage causes deficits in episodic memory and episodic future thinking not attributable to deficits in narrative construction. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 10262-10269.

2. Is reconsolidation a memory updating mechanism? Walker, M. P., Brakefield, T., Hobson, J. A., & Stickgold, R. (2003). Dissociable stages of human memory consolidation and reconsolidation. Nature, 425, 616-620.

Hardwicke, T. E., Taqi, M., & Shanks, D. R. (2016). Postretrieval new learning does not reliably induce human memory updating via reconsolidation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 5206-5211.

3. Does emotional arousal enhance or impair memory for preceding neutral events?

Strange, B. A., Hurlemann, R., & Dolan, R. J. (2003). An emotion-induced retrograde amnesia in humans is amygdala- and B-adrenergic-dependent. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 100, 13626- 13631.

Anderson, A. K., Wais, P. E., & Gabrieli, J. D. E. (2006). Emotion enhances remembrance of neutral events past. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103, 1599-1604.

4. Does working memory training improve intelligence?

Jaeggi, S. M., Buschkuehl, M., Jonides, J., & Perrig, W. J. (2008). Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 6829-6833.

Chooi, W-T., & Thompson, L. A. (2012). Working memory training does not improve intelligence in healthy young adults. Intelligence, 40, 531-542.

What topic has intrigued you at this point in the course

By now, you have learned that organizational behavior is the study of individual and group performance within an organization. There are many topics of study in organizational behavior, including: stereotypes, attitudes, change management, generational similarities and differences, and the impact of human behavior in a work environment (e.g., leadership, communication, motivation, job structure, performance).

What topic has intrigued you at this point in the course? For this assignment, you are being asked to select a topic and identify 5 peer-reviewed journal articles related to this topic. Throughout the remainder of the course you will be asked to develop an outline of your paper and then to write a 5 page paper in week 8.

This assignment will be useful to you throughout your career. You will engage in library research and critical thinking, skills that you will use in everyday life.
1.What topic do you want to study in more detail?
2. List 5 peer-reviewed journal articles you want to read to write your research paper. Use the library research guides for locating resources: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Cite these sources in APA format.
3.Outline what you would say to a company President about the need to consider this topic for her/his organization.

Company Analysis of Costoc

The Term Paper will be based on your analysis of a corporation of Costco, Using applicable theories and concepts from the book, perform an analysis of your selected company’s corporate citizenship. The term paper should be single-spaced,3 single spaced (excluding citations), should incorporate multiple library and web sources, appropriately cited (APA style), and should reference appropriate concepts from the text. Direct quotation of language from other sources should be held to no more than two short sentences and must be in quotations. Analyze the company’s performance through a responsibility assessment/audit using public sources. The scope of the paper should include:
 Brief introduction
 Analysis:
 What has been this organization’s track record regarding corporate social responsibility?
 What has been this organization’s track record regarding corporate social responsibility?
 How successful has the company been in proactively managing public issues? Have they engaged their stakeholders successfully?
 At what phase of Corporate Global Citizenship (see figure 7.1 on page 145) is this company? On what do you base your assessment?

 Does the company perform any type of formal social / environmental reporting, such as triple bottom line reporting?
 What is the company’s stance on lobbying?
 What is their record on sustainable development and management of environmental issues?
 What is their policy on corporate governance? For instance, is their board made up primarily of outside or inside directors? Are the roles of Chair and CEO separate or are they filled by the same individual? Why are these issues important?
 What is your assessment of their customer relations (including consumer protection) as well as their employee relationships? o What is their record with respect to diversity?
 Summary and your overall assessment of this organization from a CSR perspective
 For your paper, you must reference one or more of the topics that we discussed in class, and relate these discussions to your selected company’s actions or performance. Topic:business ethics, The relationship between business and government

A similarity score of more than 10% – 15% is cause for a careful review of your paper; a score higher than 15% – 20% will result in a grade penalty.

Impact of Social Media on Sport Media & Communication Landscape

Discussion Topic: Impact of Social Media on Sport Media & Communication Landscape / Use of Twitter and Instagram as a Communication Tool

Our discussion this week will allow you take a look at the influence and impact of social media & technology on the sport media/communications industry through the lens of two of the most used social media platforms for communication in the sports world — Twitter & Instagram!

This week’s discussion has 3 parts:

Part 1 is in preparation for your discussion post:

PART 1: Look up a sports news outlet, a team, a coach, an athlete and a reporter/broadcaster on Twitter or Instagram (Search for all five types of these users). By observing and examining the available Twitter/Instagram history of the account, analyze how they utilize their account. Take notes on your observations.

Parts 2 & 3 will comprise your discussion board post:

PART 2: Compare and contrast their posts for news value, fan value, commercial value and PR value and share what you have learned. Use the accounts you followed to guide your discussion post on the use of social media for impact and influence as a PR & communication tool. You may take any angle you would like with this discussion. Supplement your post with additional research and/or examples on the use of social media in sports to support/illustrate your analysis.

PART 3: Based on your analysis and out of the five accounts you chose, who do you believe is using social media the most effectively and why? For those accounts who are lacking in social media skills, what suggestions would you make for improvement in the areas of news value, fan value, commercial value or PR value?

analysis of the specific global market into which you are looking to expand

Overview: In this second milestone, you will submit an in-depth analysis of the specific global market into which you are looking to expand (Section II, Parts B and C of the final project). You will analyze competitiveness within and beyond the sport industry and examine market potential and trends. This activity will narrow the focus of the Milestone One activity. You will use the feedback provided from this milestone to refine your information for the final feasibility study due in Module Eight.

Prompt: First, analyze the competition within and outside the sport industry. Also, examine the market potential as well as market trends. Be sure to support your claims with evidence.

Specifically the following critical elements must be addressed:

III. Market Feasibility B. Analyze competitiveness within and beyond the sport industry. C. Examine the market potential (such as social, cultural, political, financial, and demographic fit) and market trends of the specific foreign market into which your organization plans to expand.

Guidelines for Submission: Your paper should be submitted as a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and at least two peer-reviewed sources cited in APA format. The sources you provide in your final feasibility study may overlap with those of earlier milestones.

Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Not Evident (0%) Value Market Feasibility: Competitiveness Analyzes the competition within and beyond the sport industry Does not analyze the competition within and beyond the sport industry 45 Market Feasibility: Potential and Trends Examines market potential (such as social, cultural, political, financial, and demographic fit) and trends of the specific global market into which the organization plans to expand Does not examine market potential (such as social, cultural, political, financial, and demographic fit) or trends of the specific global market into which the organization plans to expand 45 Articulation of Response Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas

Søren Kierkegaard & Jean-Luc Nancy

What do you get from Kierkegaard and Nancy’s problematization of the self, singularity, individuality, and existence? Do you agree with Kierkegaard’s emphasis on the concept of synthesis and Nancy’s stress on a constitutive plurality of what we are? What are the similarities between their positions? Apply some of their insights to our societies and societal issues today at the local and/or global level. The theme is, The Self, the other, and the world. What is Kierkegaard’s and Nancy’s contribution to this theme?