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  • By the due date assigned, respond to the assigned discussion questions and submit your responses to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area.
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  • Support your answers with examples and research and cite your research using the APA format.
  • Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible.

THEFT IN THE WORKPLACE

The great global recession has claimed many victims. In many countries, unemployment is at near-historic highs, and even those who have managed to keep their jobs have been asked to accept reduced work hours or pay cuts. In some cases—say, the US auto industry—job losses have been predictable but no less painful. However, in other cases, they have come as a surprise.
The financial and psychological pain caused by the recession may lead you to wonder whether employees attempt to get even. Is there evidence the recession has led to increased incidents of workplace violence, sabotage, or theft? Following the economic down-turn in 2008, nearly 400 employees were asked whether the recession had caused a recent rise in thefts of money among employees, 18 percent said yes, 41 percent said no, and 41 percent were unsure.
Put on your investigator hat, ask questions, analyze the situation, and consider the source!
Your discussion assignment this week requires you to locate an article on theft in the workplace attributed to economic recession and share with your class the important points that your article made. Based upon your reading and research, discuss how the following variables may affect an employee’s likelihood to steal from their company:

  • Employee attitudes
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Employee personality
  • Employee values

Lastly, discuss what you would do to lessen the likelihood of employee theft.
You may draw from your experience, this week’s readings, and your own research.
Demonstrate that your research comes from credible sources and cite them in APA format.
Week 2 DiscussionDiscussion Topic
Task: Reply to this topic

 Due July 6 at 11:59 PM

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  • Support your answers with examples and research and cite your research using the APA format.
  • Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible.

Based on this week’s from your assigned readings, respond to one of the following questions:

  • Research three different decision making models. Compare them in your post. Propose a practical application from your study of the models.
  • Select three of the motivational theories discussed in this week’s material. Compare their similarities and differences. Propose a practical application from your study of the theories.
  • Research “framing” (within the context of decision making and problem solving.) How might framing affect organizations? Analyze how perceptual biases may occur. Propose a practical application from your study.

Week 3 DiscussionDiscussion Topic
Task: Reply to this topic

 Due July 13 at 11:59 PM

Before beginning work on this week’s discussion forum, please review the link “Doing Discussion Questions Right,” the expanded grading rubric for the forum, and any specific instructions for this week’s topic.

  • By the due date assigned, respond to the assigned discussion questions and submit your responses to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area.
  • Respond to the assigned questions using the lessons and vocabulary found in the reading.
  • Support your answers with examples and research and cite your research using the APA format.
  • Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible.

Respond to one of the following questions:

  • Organizational communication can occur through both formal and informal channels. The informal channel is sometimes called the grapevine and can include rumor and gossip. Should organizational leaders try to stop the grapevine? Propose a research-based plan for a leader’s actions and attitudes about informal communication channels.
  • Communication problems can be associated with organizational structure type. For example, vertical or highly centralized organizations are susceptible to certain problems. Highly decentralized organizations are susceptible to certain problems. What should leaders be aware of regarding potential communication problems based on the organization’s structure? How should a leader respond?
  • Many people use the terms group and team interchangeably. Should they? Distinguish the terms. Propose key ideas for what it takes to build highly productive team.
  • Member roles on a team may be broadly characterized as task roles and social roles. Task roles tend to focus on productivity outcomes. Social roles tend to focus on relational and cohesiveness outcomes. Analyze the relationship between cohesiveness and productivity. Are they compatible goals or in competition with one another? Are task roles or social roles more important to team functioning?

Before beginning work on this week’s discussion forum, please review the link “Doing Discussion Questions Right,” the expanded grading rubric for the forum, and any specific instructions for this week’s topic.

  • By the due date assigned respond to the assigned discussion questions and submit your responses to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area.
  • Respond to the assigned questions using the lessons and vocabulary found in the reading.
  • Support your answers with examples and research and cite your research using the APA format.
  • Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible.

Respond to one of the following questions:

  • Research transactional and transformational leadership. What are the differences between the two styles? Analyze whether a leader can be both.
  • Trust is one of the most important variables for organizational performance. What is the responsibility of leaders to build trust in the culture of the organization? What are the most important factors for building trust?
  • One of the factors driving change in organizations is globalization. How has globalization affected the way leaders must lead? What are the most important qualities a leader must possess (or things she or he must do) to lead in a global or multi-cultural environment.

Before beginning work on this week’s discussion forum, please review the link “Doing Discussion Questions Right,” the expanded grading rubric for the forum, and any specific instructions for this week’s topic.

  • By the due date assigned, respond to the assigned discussion questions and submit your responses to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area.
  • Respond to the assigned questions using the lessons and vocabulary found in the reading.
  • Support your answers with examples and research and cite your research using the APA format.
  • Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible.

Respond to one of the following questions:

  • Conflict types include relational, task, and process. Research each type of conflict and propose whether any of them might have potential to provide benefits to organizations. Include a discussion of conflict resolution styles and best practices on resolving conflict.
  • Negotiation is an important form of conflict resolution. Negotiation has two primary types: distributive and integrative. Discuss the difference between the two types and best practices for creating desirable, negotiated outcomes.
  • Have the sources of workplace stress changed in recent decades? What modern factors, that might not have been present 50 years ago (or were less present 50 years ago) create stress in the workplace? Propose best practices for addressing those stress factors.
THEFT IN THE WORKPLACE

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