Signature Assignment: Critiquing Organizational Culture

When ascertaining organizational culture, it is important to utilize an objective, standardized assessment instrument. Such instruments provide data that can be analyzed to yield a validated and quantifiable image of overall culture, which then serves as a starting point for bringing about identified change. There are many of these instruments available for organizations to use, and as long as they are objective and standardized, providing answers to the questions leadership seeks regarding culture, any of them would be suitable to use.

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For this assignment, assume you have been asked by organizational stakeholders to assess your organization’s culture. This can be your organization or one with which you are familiar.

Based on what you have learned from the books, resources, and your own research, develop an assessment questionnaire with at least 10 questions and scoring rubric on diversity and cultural awareness. Next, find three to five individuals from your selected organization and have them complete the questionnaire. Then, using your scoring rubric interpret the data based on their scores.

Prepare a comprehensive report that interprets and critiques your organization’s culture based on the findings from the individuals’ responses. This report should provide your findings to pertinent stakeholders. Include the following in your report:

  • Explain the methodology and/or process of the assessment instrument for the stakeholders. Include your questionnaire and scoring rubric as appendices to the report.
  • Provide a detailed assessment of your organization’s culture, including both positive and negative findings.
  • Based on the objective data collected using the assessment instrument, determine at least three areas in need of change.
  • Recommend improvements for the organization’s culture.

Support your report with at least seven scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Length: 12-15 pages, not including title and reference pages

Your report should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

The following rubric applies to the grading for this Signature Assignment.

Grading Rubric
Criteria
  Content (17 points) Points
1 Explained the methodology and/or process of the assessment instrument for the stakeholders. 3
3 Provided a detailed assessment of the organization’s culture, including both positive and negative findings. 3
4 Discussed at least three areas in need of change. 4
5 Recommended improvements for the organization’s culture. 4
6 Attached the questionnaire with at least 10 questions and scoring rubric as appendices to the report 3
  Organization (3 points)  
1 Organized and presented in a clear manner. Included a minimum of seven scholarly references, with appropriate APA formatting applied to citations and paraphrasing. Report is 12-15 pages long not including the references and cover pages. 3
Total 20

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