BENG 405: Project Management Nazarbayev University Topic 3 Tutorial (This tutorial is based on Chapter 3 of the textbook by Larson) 1. Use the cultural dimensions listed in Figure 3.5 to assess the culture of your school. Instead of employees, consider students, and instead of management, use faculty. For example, member identity refers to the degree to which students identify with the school as a whole rather than their major or option. Either as individuals or in small groups rate the culture of your school on the 10 dimensions. 1. Member identity Job ______________________ __________________________________Organization you identify yourself with your University or major or both 2. Team emphasis Individual ________________________________________________________Group focus on group assignments or individual assignments 3. Management focus Task ____________________________________________________________People . 4. Unit integration Independent ________________________________________________Interdependent Students and majors are independent or interdependent of each other 5. Control Loose ____________________________________________________________Tight Control towards assignments and exams 6. Risk tolerance Low ______________________________________________________________High 7. Reward criteria Performance ______________________________________________________Other 8. Conflict tolerance Low _____________________________________________________________High . 9. Means-ends orientation Means ___________________________________________________________Ends . 10. Open-system focus Internal ________________________________________________________External . a. What dimensions were easy to evaluate and which ones were not? b. How strong is the culture of your school?
BENG 405: Project Management Nazarbayev University c. What functions does the culture serve for your school? d. Do you think the culture of your school is best suited to maximizing your learning? Why or why not? e. What kind of projects would be easy to implement in your school and what kind of projects would be difficult given the structure and culture of your school? Explain your answer. CASE Moss and McAdams Accounting Firm Bruce Palmer had worked for Moss and McAdams (M&M) for six years and was just promoted to account manager. His first assignment was to lead an audit of Johnsonville Trucks. He was quite pleased with the five accountants who had been assigned to his team, especially Zeke Olds. Olds was an Army vet who returned to school to get a double major in accounting and computer sciences. He was on top of the latest developments in financial information systems and had a reputation for coming up with innovative solutions to problems. M&M was a well-established regional accounting firm with 160 employees located across six offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The main office, where Palmer worked, was in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In fact, one of the founding members, Seth Moss, played briefly for the hometown NFL Packers during the late 1950s. M&M’s primary services were corporate audits and tax preparation. Over the last two years the partners decided to move more aggressively into the consulting business. M&M projected that consulting
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