Unit 2 – Discussion Board
Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
Additional Information: The presentation that Shawn made to the board was a success. You and he both believe that the overview he gave to this leadership group helped them see the challenges associated with the effective management of global human capital and the value of recognizing human capital as the most important asset that a company can have. John and the board gave every indication that they understand the urgency in moving ahead to align key global human capital goals with those established for the global organization. In fact, they asked you to move ahead with the development of these goals and to return next week to initiate goal alignment.
“I’m relieved that my presentation went so well,” says Shawn. “I was braced for resistance.”
“Yes, it’s a major milestone, you say. Now that we have buy-in from the top, we can move forward with developing global human capital goals for AGC. It’s exciting!”
“Indeed it is,” he says. “I want to get this next step started as soon as possible.”
“Yes, developing goals will take time and lots of thought,” you say. “I recommend that you begin by evaluating the existing organizational cultures and leadership styles at AGC. They look to be very diverse.”
“That makes sense,” says Shawn. “Because the company has several global subsidiaries with significant cultural differences, this evaluation will be challenging.”
“Well, as I always say, as goes the leadership style, so goes the organizational culture. Keep that in mind as you work through this diagnostic process,” you say. “It will be foundational for the work that follows.”
“We should make time to discuss our combined knowledge and experience with managers who have diverse leadership styles and the organizational cultures that we’ve seen them create,” he says.
“AGC would benefit from an organizational culture that is more proactive and competitive,” you say. “One that focuses on the most important asset of any organization—the human assets—could turn this company around.”
“When you get back to your office,” you say as you hand him a piece of paper, “take a look at this list that I jotted down during your presentation. I think it will help you with developing goals.”
“This is great,” he says. “Thanks.”
The list you gave Shawn to help him develop goals is as follows:
- Define and evaluate the problem with the current organizational cultures at AGC.
- What components of the organizational culture should change, and why?
- What impact do the leadership styles have on the present organizational cultures at AGC?
- Describe problems that exist when a parent organization fails to acknowledge cultural differences at its other global locations.
- What challenges does AGC presently face in regard to its past lack of focus on cultural differences?
- What solutions can Shawn implement to correct these problems?
Assignment #2 Power Point
Unit 2 – Individual Project
Weekly tasks or assignments (Individual or Group Projects) will be due by Monday and late submissions will be
assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission
posting times are based on midnight Central Time. Respond to the following scenario with your thoughts, ideas, and
comments. Be substantive and clear, and use
research to reinforce your ideas.
Additional Information: You and Shawn will be meeting next week with John and the board to provide them with your proposed global human capital goals. You both know that to maintain buy-in from this group, your presentation must be strong. This may be the first time that this group has ever seen goals associated with a human capital management program. You are meeting in Shawn’s office to go over talking points on the slides and to coordinate the presentation itself.
“Thanks for coming in early to meet with me this morning,” he says. “I’ve got back-to-back meetings today, and meeting you now will help keep me on schedule.”
“No problem,” you say. “I think it would be helpful to anticipate questions from the board and then answer them in the
presentation. I wrote my thoughts down about possible questions and thought we could use this as our starting point.”
“Okay, good,” he says as he reads through them.
At the end of your meeting, you and Shawn agree about the content of your presentation and that the length should be between 10–12 slides (plus title and reference slides) with speaker notes of 200–250 words per slide.
Armed with the following list of questions, you are ready to prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the board:
- How do global human capital goals differ from global organizational goals?
- How can global human capital goals be strategically aligned with the global organizational goals?
- What examples of global human capital problems in other organizations can you provide? How were they resolved?
- What are the global human capital problems at AGC?
- What are your formalized goals associated with each of the global human capital problems at AGC?
- Why are you requesting a cross-cultural team to work in conjunction with you and Shawn in the implementation of these goals?
- Why do the team members need to be from the home base in the United States and from the three global subsidiaries?
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