BUS 370 Organizational Development : Ashford (2015 Current Course)

Discussions are due Thursday before 2am friday morning & the final paper is due Monday before 2am Tuesday morning.


Week 5





  1. Ethics [CLOs: 1,2]


Follow both of the following links and read the brief articles. In the first article: General Motors Misled Grieving Families on a Lethal Flaw, identify the key ethical issues and the accountability issues from an OD point of view. In the second article: As Mary Barra Returns To D.C., Can GM’s Culture Really Change?, describe the challenges ahead of Mary Barra. Families Misled by GM, Mary Barra Returns. Respond to two classmates’ posts.


  1. Learning [CLOs: 1,2,3,5]


As you reflect on this week’s lecture, describe the learning process in your organization.  Does it take into account the varying generations?  What does it do to capture learning and knowledge?  What can your organization do to ensure future learning? Respond to two classmates’ posts.



Final Paper


Action Research Project [CLOs: 1,2,3,4,5,6]

To complete this assignment, go to this week’s Final Paper link in the left navigation:


You have been hired as a consultant (to your current organization, previous organization, or a fictional organization). Describe and analyze a human resource/organizational problem(s) and recommend an organizational development strategy (ies). Provide a rationale as to why you think this approach will help. This will require a practitioner analysis of the organizational problem of interest and an academic literature review of similar organizational problems and organizational development strategy (ies) that you believe will be most beneficial in solving the problem. Also, provide an evaluation plan for the proposed intervention(s). 

The plan should have the following headings:


  1. Problem Identification
  • Description of the organization
  • Context of the problem:
    • How do you know it’s a problem?
    • Specifically what is the problem (select from list below)?
      • Turnover
      • Job Satisfaction
      • Diversity
      • Performance Appraisals
      • Downsizing
      • Training & Development

Needs Assessment and Diagnosis 

  • Data collection
  • Data analysis

Proposed Organization Development Interventions/Strategy(ies) 

  • Required resources
  • Timeline
  • Anticipated resistance
  • Potential benefit(s), i.e. cost savings
  • Suggested Evaluation Approach
  • Summary/Conclusions

 This final assignment should be 8 to 10 pages in length (not including the title and reference pages). You must use at least five scholarly sources and format your paper according to APA style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center

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