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Comprehensive Case Analysis
Note: This assignment is for students in the following specializations: Business Psychology; Educational Leadership; Health and Wellness Psychology; Organizational Diversity; Organizational Leadership; Executive Coaching; Organizational Coaching; International Leadership; Mental Health Administration; Non-Profit Management; Mediation and Conflict Resolution; Evaluation, Research and Measurement
Comprehensive Case Analysis. Conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of the case study for this assignment, and make recommendations for organizational improvement. Access the case study for your specialization in the Case Library for Module 2. You will use either the Spring Valley Mental Health Center or the Capital Veterinarian Clinic, depending on your specialization.
Imagine you have been hired to assist the leadership team within the organization described in the case study. In a paper of at least 15 pages (excluding title, abstract, and reference pages), address all of the following:
a. Analyze the current situation within the organization. Provide a thorough overview of the organizational factors that contribute to the current situation described in the case study, using the Burke-Litwin model of organizational performance and change to structure your analysis.
b. Discuss the concept of organizational values and ethics, and the role that formal codes of values and ethics play in guiding organizational behavior. Describe the concerns you have about the values and ethics apparent in the organization. What specific recommendations do you have for organizational leaders to address these concerns? What advice or counsel would you give to specific leaders with respect to their personal behaviors and decisions?
c. Analyze the situation within this organization in terms of diversity and inclusion. What specific changes should the organization make to strengthen social and cultural diversity and inclusion within the organization? Identify at least three specific actions you would recommend for leaders in the organization to help them move the organization forward in this area.
d. Design an assessment plan to gather additional information to help the leaders in the organization develop personal and leadership skills. Include in your plan:
The specific assessments you would use and a justification for your choice of assessments;
How you would introduce the assessments to the leaders and others in the organization; and,
How you would deliver the results of the assessments to ensure that results are used for personal learning and growth.
e. Construct an overall set of recommendations for leaders in the organization to strengthen and improve organizational effectiveness, justifying your recommendations based on academic research and relevant principles, theories, and models that guide practitioners in your area of specialization. Outline the steps leaders might take to implement your recommendations.
Support your analysis, discussion, and recommendations with references to at least seven scholarly sources (academic journal articles) in addition to any required course readings and any Internet sources you reference.
Your Week Seven paper is an assignment that builds on the work you completed during Weeks Four, Five, and Six of the course. Therefore, it is natural that you will use concepts you discussed in your previous papers in this summative assignment. However, you MUST produce original academic work for this paper. It is NOT acceptable to cut and paste sections from previous papers into this paper. A sentence or two extracted from an earlier paper and inserted into your Week Seven paper is permissible; more than that is not acceptable. You may, however, use reference sources you cited in earlier papers in this summative assignment.
Paper reflects a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics evident in the case study, reflecting an in-depth comprehension of issues associated with the student’s area of specialization.
Paper demonstrates an understanding of the concepts of ethics and values, and applies this understanding to an analysis of the ethical issues evident in the case study.
Paper demonstrates an understanding of the impact of social and cultural diversity on an organization, and identifies specific concerns about diversity issues evident in the case study.
Paper includes a selection of assessment tools appropriate to the situation, reflecting a suitable mix of assessment approaches.
Paper reflects an understanding of how assessments will help stimulate personal and professional growth among organizational leaders.
Paper contains a comprehensive set of recommendations for organizational leaders to strengthen and improve organizational effectiveness.
Paper demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of and an ability to apply key principles, theories and models relevant to the student’s area of specialization.
Writing and Organization Criteria
The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.
The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.
The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.
Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.
Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.
Spelling is correct.
The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.
Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc., and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include wilkipedia.com and about.com.
Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).
Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.
When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.
The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).
The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment
The paper includes an APA style cover page.
The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.
The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.
The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition
Note: This assignment is for students in the following specializations: Business Psychology; Educational Leadership; Health and Wellness Psychology; Organizational Diversity; Organizational Leadership; Executive Coaching; Organizational Coaching; International Leadership; Mental Health Administration; Non-Profit Management; Mediation and Conflict Resolution; Evaluation, Research and