1. Each paper is worth 20 points, making a total of 300 points for this assignment. Please note the followings: 1) use Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced, and 1-inch margins all around; 2) each paper should be at least 2 pages long; 3) the short paper assignment is due at 6pm on Saturday every week (except for Week 1), no late assignment will be allowed; 4) please submit your paper both to the dropbox and to
the Turnitin box.Please use an attachment to submit your paper. Please do not simply paste your paper into the submission box. You will receive a zero if you do not submit your paper as an attachment, no exception. You are allowed a single submission for each paper. Please put your name on the document you submit.
2. You will receive a zero automatically if you are caught plagiarizing from any source, including the textbook and the chosen article. If you use materials directly from other sources (including the textbook and the chosen article), please give them proper credit by citing the source and using quotation marks to acknowledge the quotes you use directly.
Part II: Structure of the Paper
Each short paper should include the following four elements described below. Each element should form one independent section:
1. Please use the first paragraph to summarize the chosen article.
2. Direct quotes from the chosen article should be used VERY sparingly. Points will be deducted if more than one sentence is directly quoted from the article.
3. A summary should cover the main points discussed in the chosen article. Generally speaking, the length of the summary should be proportional to the length of the original article. The general rule of thumb is that a summary should not exceed three quarters of a page, and should be much shorter if you happen to choose a rather short article.
1. Please use the second paragraph to discuss how the article is related to the specific topics discussed in the textbook.
2. The word “related” does not mean “consistent.” What that means is that an article may support, build on, or even contradict a relevant concept described in the textbook.
3. Please be specific in your discussion of the relationship between the article and the content in the textbook. For example, it’s insufficient to note that “since this article is about emotions and Chapter 4 is also about emotions, so that is how they are related.” You need to clearly state how the article corroborates the key concepts or theories in the book. For example, one of the articles forChapter 1 is entitled “Firms hail new chiefs (of diversity).” In essence, this article discusses the various strategies that organizations use to enhance and embrace diversity, including the creation of a new executive-level position, Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). The article provides the job descriptions of this new position and discusses how this initiative may allow organizations to attract and retainemployees from various groups. This article is related to one of the challenges that organizations have to overcome in the new millennium, which is how to manage workforce diversity (p. 18 of the textbook). Specifically, according to the textbook, one defining characteristic of modern organizations is that they are becoming increasingly heterogeneous with employees that vary from each other in gender, race, age, religion, or sexual orientation working alongside each other. An increase in diversity in the workforce may bring both challenges and benefits to an organization. In order to leverage
the benefits afforded by diversity, organizations need to replace the traditional, one-sizefits-all approach with a more progressive approach that seeks to recognize and accommodate the differences among these diverse groups of people and provides a nurturing environment for all of them to thrive. The creation of a CDO position may allow organizations to accomplish this goal. Similarly, another article for Chapter 1 focuses on the unintended effects of placing too much emphasis on increasing employees’ efficiency thereby resulting in lower customer services and reductions in sales. Chapter 1 presents the various outcome variables of interest to managers and scholars, one of which is productivity. Accordingly to our textbook (pp. 28-29), in order to achieve a high level of productivity, employees need to exhibit both high efficiency and high effectiveness. Although our textbook suggests that both indexes of productivity are needed for organizational success, this article builds on the information by showing that an excessive emphasis on one at the expense of another can lead to undesirous outcomes for organizations.
4. Typically, each article is related to one or two things in the textbook. One typical mistake that students make is that they try to force a link between an article and the textbook that simply does not make any sense.
5. I will send out an email every week (on Sunday typically) that previews the articles you will read for the week. The email will provide some
1. Please use the third paragraph to discuss policy ideas in organizations. For example, what specific organizational policies can be enacted/changed based on what you have learned from this article? What type of people should be hired in light of what they learn from the article and most importantly, how would you determine whether the person you intend to hire has the attributes you seek (for example, in the CDO article referenced above, what will make a good candidate for a CDO position and how do you know whether this person will become a good CDO)? What can organizations do in order to prevent the type of problems described in the chosen article from happening or to encourage employees to engage in certain behaviors based on the article?
2. Below is a list of things that I do NOT want you to include in this section:
a. State the obvious. Please do not use information/ideas/suggestions directly from the article/textbook and use them as organizational policy prescriptions
b. State that managers need to read this article, frame the paper and put it on the wall, or put it in their drawer or on their desk
c. This article should be used for training (unless you can specify the training programs based specifically on the article)
d. Comment on the article. For example, stating why this article is important for organizations is NOT a policy idea; it is a comment that should NOT be included in this section
1. Please use the fourth paragraph to relate yourself to the article. For example, how is this article consistent with your personal experience, personality, career/life aspirations, or any long/short-term goals or plans (again using the CDO article as an example, can you make a good CDO, why or why not)? How does the article change the way you think of yourself or the way you interact with other people? What are certain things that you would have done differently on the basis of the article? How can you use this article in your line of work (for example, how can you as an accountant/marketer creatively use the information from the article)?
2. I want to see you in this section. You need to show me who you are in this section in relation to the article you choose. Therefore, you should use a lot of “I” as opposed to “you” in this section of the paper.
3. Below is a list of things that I do NOT want you to include in this section:
a. State the obvious. Please do not use information/ideas/suggestions directly from the article/textbook and use them in this section
b. State that you would remember this article when you became a manager
c. State that you would share this article with other people, or, you would put this article on your desk and read it over and over again
d. Come up with a long list of things to do without justifying why these things are relevant to you personally
Part III: Concluding Remarks
1. Please do not wait until the last minute to write the paper. It’s highly unlikely that you can produce a thoughtfully-written paper in an hour or two. Hastily produced papers will lead to inevitable low grades.
2. Each of the four sections of a paper is worth five points (making a total of 20 points for each paper). Therefore, the four sections of the paper should be approximately equal in length because they are worth about the same number of points. If you turn the paper into a summery, the most point you will receive is 5 out of 20 points.
3. Choose an article that speaks to you, as opposed to one that is shortest in length for this assignment.