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A Culture of Success: How Zappos Is Transforming Organizational Structure

A maximum 2,500-word paper (not including title page, abstract, or reference list) that demonstrates mastery of the major seminar theories and concepts pertaining to the organizational leadership topic that you have chosen to research. This individual paper should contribute knowledge to the broader topic of study your team is covering and will contribute to the team presentation.
• Purpose: This assignment offers you an opportunity to analyze, reflect upon, research, and write about a topic of interest to you that supports your team’s area of research.
• Process:
1. Conduct a research review into a topic of interest that relates directly to an understanding of organization, management and leadership. Select a research topic that is sufficiently meaningful for each team member and one that will cause you to reflect upon your organization, management and leadership capacity and future goals. What is most important for this assignment is that your study both contributes to team learning (of the broader team topic) and serves to influence your thinking and possibly your own attitudes and behavior in the workplace.
2. Each team will determine the best way to research the topic and the optimal manner in which to write the paper. It is important to seek and effectively incorporate insights from relevant scholarly journal articles and texts and other sources of value. The questions addressed in this paper will be dependent on each team’s personal interest and point of exploration. The following grading rubric will be used to evaluate papers. It is intended to help guide the overall quality of your paper. It is not intended as an outline or blueprint.
• A. Research Factors (15% of grade) Meets or exceeds assignment requirements for citations from readings, scholarly journals and other sources. Effectively cites research to support key points
• B. Knowledge and critical thinking (50%) These are arranged by level of difficulty. Good to exceptional proficiency is expected in all factors at the graduate level.
Describe information: Accurately represents information from readings, articles, and lectures.
Comprehend: Correctly interprets and explains the meaning and relevance of ideas. Apply what has been learned: Effectively applies information to new situations or problems.
Analyze: Recognizes patterns, inconsistencies, assumptions, and issues.
Develop and present logical arguments: Avoids flawed logic, poor assumptions, etc.
Synthesize: Recognizes connections between and among ideas and predicts possible outcomes.
Evaluate: Evaluates the merits of ideas using appropriate criteria.
Decide and recommend: Recommends sound and supportable actions derived from research and analysis.
C. Writing/Presentation evaluation factor (35%) Organizes ideas to help the reader and ensure understanding. Writes and/or speaks clearly using Standard English free of errors in grammar or syntax. Properly uses APA or reference citation formatting standards as outlined in policy.
3. Research Paper Coverage: You are free and encouraged to select the best format for this paper. The following six sections or themes should be addressed in some capacity:
1. Title page – team name, members, topic title, date
2. Abstract – a brief description (usually a paragraph) of the research objectives, approach and findings
3. Philosophical Basis – Briefly explain the purpose of the assignment, the main points you will be making from your analysis of the topic, and the organization of the paper. Why is this meaningful to your team? What do you hope to learn? Why is this important? What or who are the theoretical areas of relevance and inspiration?
4. Critical Literature Review – Theoretical discussion and analysis of the relevant and critical theories and ideas that inform your research. These should focus on theories, models, topics that we have examined throughout this course. You are encouraged to use and cite articles, blogs, books, web sources, content and materials from both material that we have covered, and sources from outside our course to critically analyze your topic and address important questions you are exploring. The paper should incorporate 10 or more references and citations of relevant theory and concepts. This section drives the search for understanding by identifying what has been written and studied on the topic, identifying the subject matter experts and individuals of interest for future review.
5. Topic Strategic Integration or How the Topic Relates to Other Factors – This component simply relates your topic and research to at least two other organizational factors impacting our world. You should describe how your topic and research has implications for at least two other organizational factors. These two (or more if you see a strong connection) factors should come from the following list:
-Global and virtually distributed work
-Knowledge Management
-Social or Human Factors
-Talent management
-Portfolio and strategic management
-Implications for project and program work
-Entrepreneurship and new ways of working
-Innovation and creative structures
-Accelerated learning
-Digital technology and social media
-Governance, business management and operations
6. Group opinion, recommendations and diverse viewpoints –
• What does the team think about the topic and current research? (Feel free to disagree with current approaches and viewpoints.)
• Are there important issues or questions yet to be resolved?
What advice does the team have for managers in tackling this issue?
• What are the key lessons? (What does the team consider to be the key takeaways?)

Remember to proofread your paper before submission to ensure it not only accomplishes the task but that it meets acceptable graduate level standards for writing mechanics and clarity. Also, be certain the paper complies with proper formatting rules, including treatment of citations and references.

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