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This assignment seeks to examine the environmental impacts to the work environment and workplace culture.  This project is created to encourage good research and writing skills that are needed for assignments.

Your manager overheard you telling a colleague that you are taking a graduate-level organizational theory class at UMGC. He remembers his college course on organizational behavior and realizes that he found the knowledge he learned extremely useful over the years. Lately, he has felt that he has been overwhelmed with changes that require him and his employees to quickly respond to situations that he cannot always solve effectively. Experience has taught him that professional development is a lifelong endeavor. To that end he would like you to select some articles for him to read on the following topics: different work environments such as teams, virtual work environments and people; also how structure and workplace culture can influence management practices.  

Instructions for this assignment:

Step 1: Using OneSearch  in the UMGC online library, conduct a search for at least 3 scholarly articles that address work environments and workplace culture, and influences on management. The articles need to be current – published within the past five years.

Step 2: Create an annotated bibliography for each article. Guidance on writing an an annotated bibliography can be found here. The articles should be summarized in 2-3 paragraphs as the format suggests.

Step 3: Then, aggregately analyze and explain the articles for the way in which internal and external factors cause change in workplace behavior. This section should comprise 2 paragraphs using multiple course readings and research to support how  different work environments such as teams, virtual work environments and people influence the workplace and/or how the structure and workplace culture can influence management practices.

Step 4: Conclude the paper with a two to three paragraph examination of the selected articles and the impact to managing effectively. Be sure to clearly explain your reasoning for the selection and provide supporting examples and rationale from class readings related to the modern organization.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE THE SUBMISSION:

Check the instructions to make sure ALL elements of the assignment have been covered.

Students are expected to use a variety as well as multiple course readings and research to support ideas, reasoning, and conclusions.

Follow APA style guidelines to ensure that your final submission includes a Title Page, Introduction, Conclusion, In-Text Citations and a Reference List. Consider using the Online Guide to Writing and Research or the Tutoring assistance – link above under Academic Support

Paraphrase and do not use direct quotation marks. Check the UMGC Writing Center’s Guide to Paraphrasing.This means you do not use more than four consecutive words from a source document, put a passage from a source document into your own words, and attribute the passage to the source document. Provide the page or paragraph number. Note that a reference within a reference list cannot exist without an associated in-text citation and vice versa.

The analysis should begin with an introductory paragraph that clearly and succinctly explains what you intend to cover in the body of the paper.

The analysis should end with a conclusion/summary paragraph that clearly and succinctly explains what you covered in the body of the paper.

Third-person writing is required. Third-person means that there are no words such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first-person writing), nor is there use of “you or your” (second-person writing). If uncertain how to write in the third person, view this link: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/first-second-and-third-person

Contractions are not used in business writing, so the expectation is that students do NOT use contractions in the assignment.

The paper must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins with 12 pt. font.

Submit the final project into the appropriate assignment submission folder.

NOTE: All submitted work is to be your original work. You may not use any work from another student, the Internet or an online clearinghouse. You are expected to understand the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism Policy and know that it is your responsibility to learn about instructor and general academic expectations with regard to proper citation of sources as specified in the APA Publication Manual, 7th Ed. (Students are held accountable for in-text citations and an associated reference list only).

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