Organizational Behavior Exam. Questions and Answers. Graded A
Please be concise -- these are meant to be short answers. Make sure that you identify and explain the relevant concepts that we have covered in this course…and try to answer the questions without wr iting everything that you have learned since kindergarten. There is no time limit after you open this document. Just make sure to submit your answers on Blackboard by tomorrow at 8am. Please email me if something is not clear and you need my assistance. YOU WORK AS A DIRECTOR AT A LOCAL COMPANY IN LONG ISLAND. SOME OF YOUR LINE MANAGERS SEEM TO NEED YOUR ADVICE AND COACHING REGARDING THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS: QUESTION 1: Engineers in your company still talk about Google deciding to fire a software engineer for claiming that women engineers are “in general, less qualified than men engineers, and therefore cannot be successful in the high tech industry.” Describe a relevant concept (mechanism) that could explain the fired employee’s negative perception regarding all women engineers. Do you agree with Google’s decision? Provide your rationale. Employees keep on complaining that Frank, a manager in Accounting, can get really irritated during his staff meetings. Frank seems not to control his anger, and struggles to respond appropriately to emotions displayed by his employees. Based on this information, describe two relevant concepts (mechanisms) that could explain Frank’s behaviors.Employees keep on complaining that Frank, a manager in Accounting, can get really irritated during his staff meetings. Frank seems not to control his anger, and struggles to respond appropriately to emotions displayed by his employees. Based on this information, describe two relevant concepts (mechanisms) that could explain Frank’s behaviors. Employee’s height or weight are not job related. Nonetheless, there are empirical studies showing that being taller is positively related to an employee’s objective performance (e.g., selling 10 cars per week) and to subjectively measured performance (based on a manager’s assessment). On the other hand, research also shows that being overweight is negatively related to both performance metrics. Describe the relevant mechanisms that could explain why being overweight could be negatively related to an employee’s objective and subjective performance. QUESTION 4: Kim, a VP of Finance, complained that a level of employee satisfaction in her department is “at all-time low.” She also thinks that “increasing all employees’ salary should take care of this problem.” What would be your reaction to this statement? Apply relevant theory to explain. QUESTION 5: Jim, an R&D director, informed you that Ann, a newly hired engineer, “is disorganized, does not finish tasks, and cannot keep deadlines.” Describe the relevant concept that could explain Ann’s behavioral tendencies. Can Ann still change her behaviors considering that she is already 36? Explain why or why not. QUESTION 6: Bill and Monique are managers working in marketing. They just finished evaluations of their employees’ performance. While reviewing these performance data, you realized that Bill gave all his employees a 5 (on the scale from 1-poor to 5-outstanding), while Monique gave all her employees a 3. Describe the mechanism and relevant concepts that could explain these managerial decisions. QUESTION 7: LeBron, VP of HR, thinks that the company’s future success should depend on boosting “creativity and agility to increase the firm’s growth potential and cutting-edge output.” He asked you to do some research regarding potential solutions. What would be your recommendations? While reviewing available organizational data, you realized that productivity in the marketing department has significantly dropped. Marketing employees have complained about fairness of the reward system and promotion criteria. They also say that Mary, a direction, “does not, follow any rules and processes.” Describe the relevant mechanism that could explain low employee productivity. What could be a solution to this problem? QUESTION 9: Yuanyuan, an IT director, believes that diversity management should be about “making sure that our firm complies with all relevant laws and regulations.” Do you agree with her opinion? Explain and provide your rationale. QUESTION 10: Aparna, a recent female MBA graduate, was just selected to manage a short-term project in Asia. After completing some relevant research, you realized that this Asian country scores very high on two dimensions: masculinity and power distance. Briefly explain the relevant concepts. What could be some behavioral manifestations of these two high scores? In other words, what behaviors could Aparna expect while managing local employees? Provide specific examples.