Week 1 Assignment “Research: Topic Selection”
BA590: Organizational Behavior
Dr. Laurie Barnes
28 February 2014
What is the focus for your project, and how is it relevant to the issues studied in this course?
In the military we as leaders has very many missions that must be accomplished. We have missions from 2 different extremes but work to keep our organization prepared to face its many obstacles both peacetime and wartime. Our peacetime mission is not as stressful as our wartime mission but nonetheless gives us our foundation on what we need to do as an organization to be successful in combat. I want to focus on implementing teamwork in your subordinates as a manager to help lead to overall organization mission accomplishment. As a commissioned Officer, or a manager of organizational behavior, I am in charge of all Soldiers assigned under me and ensuring our organization succeeds. Managing organizational behavior is defined as “acquiring, developing, and applying the knowledge and skills of people” (Colella, Hitt, & Miller, 2011). This is relevant to the issues studied in this course because I believe that we must institute these principals as leaders with all that we are in charge of. Why does this area of Organization Behavior interest you?
As a leader, I am charged to ensure we are focusing on the mission at hand and always doing the right thing. The Army has so many ethnic and cultural backgrounds throughout the ranks. You have to find a way to implement everyone’s ideas and thoughts into the overall schematics so that all feels they had something to do with the finished product. This area of Organization Behavior interests me because I see it as a challenge to bring everyone together to accomplish one goal. I truly believe that teamwork and giving individuals a focus accomplishes missions to the fullest. According to Bill Taylor, “players wins games, teams win...
References: Colella, A., Hitt, M., & Miller, C. (2011). Organizational Behavior. Danvers: Wiley & Sons Inc.
Taylor, B. (2013). The quotations page [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/39835.html.
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