CHANGE MODEL/KOTTER APPROACH PAPERS

CHANGE MODEL/KOTTER APPROACH PAPERS

  1.  Change Model Assignment (paper 1)

Assume you are the Sales and Marketing Director for Sea Treasures, a small group of well-known retail stores specializing in exotic sea life and high-end accessories for aquariums.   The company has been in business for over 50 years, but the customer base is shrinking, sales are slow, and you are faced with reducing staff and closing stores.   Sea Treasures will be out of business within a year if innovative and creative changes are not made quickly.   After many months, you have finally been able to convince the owner that the only way to sustain the business and increase revenue is to create an Internet Website to sell the large inventory of aquarium decorator items (currently gathering dust in a costly warehouse) .  This will be a short-term, small scale change.  Six months later, you will expand the Website to sell live sea creatures such as tropical fish and small sea turtles online, which is a long-term, large-scale change.

You face many challenges in this transformational change initiative, beginning with strong employee resistance, new technology, and shipping methods.  Many small businesses have been faced with these same issues, and have made the transition successfully.  Consider the humble beginnings of Amazon, and look where they are today.  Selecting the best change model for this business, and implementing it step by step provides the foundation for creating an exciting new company.

In 3 – 5 pages, explain which change model you would follow for the short-term change and which you would follow for the long-term change.  Provide rationale for your decision and discuss the effects that these changes would have on the employees, managers, and executives within the organization.  Include at least three references and follow standard APA formatting for your paper

2.   Think of an organization you have worked for or one with which you are very familiar.  Diagnose the need for change and present a plan to transform the organization, utilizing Kotter’s 8-Step Approach. (paper 2)

Include the following sections headings and additional sections as needed:

  1. Introduction
  2. Company Overview
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Kotter’s 8-Step Approach
  5. Conclusion

Writing the  Paper
The Paper:

  1. Must be eight- to- ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
  2. Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
  3. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  4. Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
  5. Must use at least five scholarly sources.
  6. Must use APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide to document all sources.
  7. Must include a Reference Page that is completed according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
  8. MGT435.W5A1.05.2014 Description: Total Possible Score: 30.00 Introduction/ Thesis Statement Total: 2.00 Distinguished – Introduction and thesis statement are thoroughly and comprehensively developed, giving a clear direction and purpose of the paper. Proficient – Introduction and thesis statement are clearly developed and provide some direction and purpose of the paper. Basic – Introduction and thesis statement are present and somewhat provide direction and purpose of the paper. Below Expectations – Introduction and thesis statement are present, but incomplete. The direction and purpose of the paper is unclear. Non-Performance – The introduction and thesis statement are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions. Company Overview Total: 5.00 Distinguished – Provides an exceptionally clear and detailed company overview. Proficient – Provides a clear company overview. Some minor relevant information is missing. Basic – Provides a minimal company overview. Many relevant details are missing. Below Expectations – Attempts to provide a company overview. The overview is somewhat incomplete and/or inaccurate. Non-Performance – The company overview is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions. Diagnoses the Need for Change Total: 7.00 Distinguished – Comprehensively and accurately diagnoses the need for change within the selected organization. Proficient – Diagnoses the need for change within the selected organization. Some relevant details may be missing. Basic – Minimally diagnoses the need for change within the selected organization. Many relevant details may be missing. Below Expectations – Attempts to diagnose the need for change within the selected organization. The need for change may be insufficiently described and/or inaccurate. Non-Performance – The diagnosis of the need for change is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions. Presents a Plan to Transform the Organization Total: 7.00 Distinguished – Presents a well-structured, highly detailed, and perceptive plan to transform the organization. Effectively uses Kotter’s 8-Step Approach in the development of the plan. Proficient – Presents a concise plan to transform the organization. Uses Kotter’s 8-Step Approach in the development of plan. The plan is lacking some detail. Basic – Presents a brief plan to transform the organization. Somewhat uses Kotter’s 8-Step Approach in the development of the plan. The plan lacks detail and/or organizational structure. Below Expectations – Attempts to present a plan to transform the organization. May not use all elements of Kotter’s 8-Step Approach in the development of the plan. The plan lacks significant detail and/or there is little organizational structure. Non-Performance – The plan to transform the organization is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions. Conclusion Total: 3.00 Distinguished – Conclusion is skillfully developed and thoroughly summarizes the research, content, direction, and purpose of the paper. Proficient – Conclusion is mostly developed and adequately summarizes the research, content, direction, and purpose of the paper. Basic – Conclusion is present and loosely summarizes the research, content, direction, and purpose of the paper. Below Expectations – Conclusion is present, but somewhat incomplete. It does not adequately summarize the research, content, direction, and purpose of the paper. Non-Performance – The conclusion is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions. Written Communication: Content Development Total: 1.00 Distinguished – Uses appropriate, pertinent, and persuasive content to discover and develop sophisticated ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole. Proficient – Uses appropriate and pertinent content to discover ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole. Basic – Uses appropriate and pertinent content, but does not apply it toward discovering or developing ideas. Overall content assists in shaping the written work. Below Expectations – Uses content, but it may be unrelated or inappropriate to the topic. Content does not contribute toward the development of the written work, and may distract the reader from its purpose. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Written Communication: Context of and Purpose for Writing Total: 1.00 Distinguished – Demonstrates methodical application of organization and presentation of content. The purpose of the writing is evident and easy to understand. Summaries, quotes, and/or paraphrases fit naturally into the sentences and paragraphs. Paper flows smoothly. Proficient – Demonstrates sufficient application of organization and presentation of content. The purpose of the writing is, for the most part, clear and easy to understand. There are some problems with the blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper flows somewhat smoothly. Basic – Demonstrates a limited understanding of organization and presentation of content in written work. The purpose of the writing is somewhat evident, but may not be integrated throughout the assignment. There are many problems with the blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow smoothly in all sections. Below Expectations – Organization and presentation of content is extremely limited. The purpose of the writing is unclear. There is little or no blending of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. Paper does not flow smoothly when read. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics Total: 1.00 Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors, and is very easy to understand. Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors, and is mostly easy to understand. Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors, which may slightly distract the reader. Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors, which distract the reader. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. APA Formatting Total: 1.00 Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title and reference page. Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors. Basic – Exhibits basic knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements. Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Page Requirement Total: 1.00 Distinguished – The paper meets the specific page requirement stipulated in the assignment description. Proficient – The paper closely meets the page requirement stipulated in the assignment description. Basic – The paper meets over half of the page requirement. Below Expectations – A fraction of the page requirement is completed. Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions. Resource Requirement Total: 1.00 Distinguished – Provides ample resources and uses the correct number of sources from the specified search agents. Proficient – Provides the approximate number of sources, while using some of the correct search agents specified in the assignment instructions. Basic – Provides over half of the sources required in the assignment instructions. Below Expectations – Provides inadequate number of resources and does not include sources from specified search agents. 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