two Options for Your Required Replies to Classmates
Option 1 is that you will find an issue of the classmate to whom you respond with which you disagree. You must state why you believe there is a better manner to address a particular issue that differs from your classmate’s response. You must state the major idea associated with your choice and why that idea applies to the issue more appropriately. Your reply must be supported with course materials, in-text citations, and references.
Option 2 occurs if you agree with all of a particular classmate’s initial posting responses. In that case, you must expand on one issue that your classmate presented. Your reply will provide more depth or other related factors that your classmate also should consider. Your reply must be supported with course materials, in-text citations, and references.
Note: You may use either Option 1 or Option 2 for each different classmate to whom you respond.
A response posting should be a minimum of one short paragraph. Word totals for these posts should be in the 75–150-word range. The goal of your response posts is to extend discussions already taking place or pose new possibilities or ideas not previously voiced. Your goal should be to motivate the group discussion and present a creative approach to the topic. Do not merely agree or disagree, repeating what a classmate stated or what you have already stated. Explain the ‘why or how’ with supporting evidence and concepts from the course material. Include in-text citations and associated reference within a reference list.
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Running head: DISCUSSION
Week 5 Discussion
1. Understanding the Need for Innovation
Employees need to understand that Smithfield has to innovate increase its chances of reacting and adjusting to change while accessing new opportunities. A business has to be innovative and successful exploit new ideas in order to improve its efficiency, processes, introduce new products and services into the market, and increase its profits.
2. Significant “Noise” factors
Negative employee attitudes
The ability of an organization to introduce change such as launching a new product line depends on the attitude of the employees towards the change. If employees accept and approve the launch of the new product line, then it will be easy for Smithfield to introduce the product line because employees will support everything involving the launch.
Resistance from the management
Most of the change in organizations depend on the support of the management to be successful. The leaders in Smithfield are an example that employees emulate and therefore their support for the launch of the new product line will make it easy for everyone else to accept the change.
Margot Smithfield plans to communicate the change and how she communicates the change matters a lot. Positive communication will ensure the employees will support the launch of the new product line. However, negative communication may increase the chances of the employees resisting the launch of the new product line.
3. Obstacles to the Acceptance of Change
Resistance to organizational culture change
The people in the organization may not agree on the right direction of conducting the change especially when the organization’s culture spells certain protocols that employees are used to. It may be difficult for them to shift from their normal practices to new ways of conducting things with the new product line.
Limited understanding of the change
It is difficult for every member of the Smithfield to accept the launch of the new product line if they do not understand what the introduction of the new product line is all about and what the benefits associated with it are. Understanding of the change and its effects is essential in promoting the acceptance of change.
The lack of enough resources is a serious barrier to the acceptance of the new change. It the organization does not have enough resources for the launch of the new product line, it will be easy for Smithfield’s management to turn down the launch.
4. An Effective Change Management Technique
The ADKAR model
Since Margot Smith wants to communicate to the employees about the launch of the new product line, I would recommend the ADKAR model. ADKAR stands for Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, and Reinforcement. Through this model Margot will ensure employees are aware, inspired, and have the ability to reinforce the changes.
5. Possible Decision-making Oversight
Margot Smith will ensure that she asserts that oversight is essential for effective decision making especially in a team. The decision-making oversight the board is likely to go make is reporting. Regular reporting in the progress of the new product line will provide oversight on the change and give the decision makers the chance to communicate effectively.