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ORGB 300 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIORWritten Case AssignmentFall 2014The 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 secondpage), 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, 5, and 6 which include task performance, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, motivation theories,psychological empowerment, justice, trust, and ethics.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. Putting yourself in the shoes of Andrea, which of the four justice dimensions (distributive, procedural, interpersonal, informational) is most important in the morning briefing? Should Andrea be honest and informative in explaining corporate actions in the downsizing, or should she be more guarded? What would be the ethical implicationsof those two options?Support your analysis with the relevant concepts and theories from Chapter 6.2. Drawing discussions on justice and ethics, what advicewould 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 permanentraise? Or would you leverage those funds to support the changes in the work structure, especially for those staffers with an especially expanded workload? What would be the ethical implications of those two options?Support your analysis with the relevant concepts and theories from Chapters 5 and 6.3. Which motivation theories and motivational factors would Andrea apply when combining areas for the staffers? Isthere a way to give the new versions of their jobs a higher satisfaction potential than the pre- downsizing versions?Support your analysis with the relevant concepts and theories from Chapters 3 and 5.4. How much voice and input would you recommend Andrea give to the staffers, as theBlazetransitions to its
“new normal”? What are the pluses of giving such input and what would be the dangers associated with it? Howcould those dangers be mitigated?Support your analysis with the relevant concepts and theories from Chapters 2, 3, and 5.1Reenergizing Employees After a Downsizing(This case study was developed by J. Colquitt, J. Lepine, and M. Wesson)Andrea Zuckerman is the editor in chief of theBlaze,
a small, college-town newspaper owned by a largenational conglomerate. After the latest round of downsizing at theBlaze, Andrea is going to hold briefings today to reenergize