Week 5 Activity Perception and Individual Decision Making
Choose a film that you have seen recently, and which you particularly enjoyed. Now find a friend or colleague who has seen the same film, and who hated it.
Discuss your views of that particular film. What factors (age, sex, background, education, interest, values and beliefs, political views, past experience) can you identify that explain the differences in perception between you and your friend or colleague?
Week 6 – Motivation
Security screening staff at airport watch thousands of people each day pass through X-Ray machines: to do their job well, they must maintain high levels of concentration on each and every item and person being scrutinized, without relaxing their standards or daydreaming for even one second.
How might these employees be motivated to provide the security that travel threats now demands?
Week 7 Activity (Group Behaviour and Team at Work)
Suppose that you are a leader of a team that has just been created to develop a new registration process at your college or university. How can you use an understanding of the stages of team development to improve your team’s effectiveness?
Week 8 Activity (Leadership)
Watch the following video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKUPDUDOBVo (Ten Leadership Theories in 5 minutes)
Answer the following questions:
1. What is the difference between trait and behaviour theories of leadership? are the theories valid?
2.How can organisations select and develop effective leaders? provide 1 example.
Week 9 (Power & Politics)
Suggest the sources of power that would be available to a leader of a university’s student organization/association. What sources of power may not be available? To be effective, should student leaders keep power to themselves or delegates power to other students?
Week 10 (Conflict & Negotiations)
Please read the following case study from your prescribed textbook and answer the 3 questions at the end:
Case study: “Choosing your battles?”p.375:
1. How would you ensure sufficient discussion of contentious issues in a work group? How can managers bring unspoken conflicts into the open without making them worse?
2. How can negotiators use conflict management strategies to their advantage so that differences in interests lead not to dysfunctional conflicts but rather to positive integrative solutions?
3. Can you think of situations in your own life in which silence has worsened a conflict between parties? what might have been done differently to ensure that open communication facilitated collaboration instead?
Week 11 (Organisational Change)
Answers the following questions:
1. Identify three to five sustaining innovations that have affected you over the past year.
2. Identify three to five disruptive innovations that have affected you. Did you welcome these innovations because they were Beneficial’s, or did you have cause to complain?