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ORGB 300 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR Written Case Assignment Winter 2014 The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to: (a) better understand theories and concepts we discussed in this course, (b) implement theoretical concepts into practice, and (c) improve your critical thinking and writing skills. Please carefully read the “Reenergizing Employees After a Downsizing” case study (located on the second page), and then prepare a written summary of your assessment about the below four questions. This assignment requires critical thinking in addition to an understanding of the course material. To answer the below questions, please use the relevant concepts and theories discussed in Chapters 2, 3, and 5 which include task performance, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, job characteristics theory, equity theory, Herzberg’s two-factor theory, and psychological empowerment . You must use and properly cite at least five external sources (e.g., books, journal articles. etc.) not including your textbook and lecture slides, to further explain your answers. Questions: 1. How should Andrea approach the morning briefing? Should she be honest and informative in explaining corporate actions in the downsizing, or should she be more guarded? Support your analysis with the relevant concepts and theories from Chapters 2, 3, and 5. 2. How could job characteristics theory guide Andrea as she considers ways of combining areas for the staffers? 3. What advice would you give to Andrea in terms of her use of the bigger compensation budget? Would you give everyone a short-term “retention bonus” or a more permanent raise? Or would you leverage those funds to support the changes in the work structure, especially for those staffers with an especially expanded workload? 4. As you consider the broader challenges faced by the newspaper industry, what could Andrea do to maintain or restore the sense of meaning and significance that the Blaze staffers connect to their work? Support your analysis with the relevant concepts and theories from Chapters 2, 3, and 5. Reenergizing Employees After a Downsizing (This case study was developed by J. Colquitt, J. Lepine, and M. Wesson) 1
Andrea Zuckerman is the editor in chief of the Blaze, a small, college-town newspaper owned by a large national conglomerate. After the latest round of downsizing at the Blaze, Andrea is going to hold briefings today to reenergize the remaining employees and inform them about the new changes. In fact, she had been aware of the impending downsizing for some time. However, she had to hold her tongue while the corporate wheels turned. She did not agree with how the corporate consultants had determined who would go, which was largely

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