Define concepts—Define organizational culture, climate, and ethical decisions and practices.

Create a seven- to eight-slide narrated PowerPoint presentation. Include a cover page and reference section (these are not included in the length requirement) and write a two- to three-page memo to the COO (CAO, CEO, or comparable leader) that highlights the main points of your project’s findings. Include your notes for each slide in the note section of your presentation for each slide. The presentation and memo must both include proper in-text citations and a references section in APA format. In designing your presentation, refer to the guide on creating a narrated PowerPoint presentation. The memo and narrated PowerPoint are submitted in the last step.

Consider the following among the key things your presentation will need to address:

· Define concepts—Define organizational culture, climate, and ethical decisions and practices. Use the academic sources embedded in the steps or other resources of like quality, written by authoritative sources.

· Identify consequences—Describe the likely consequences of these concepts for an organization’s operations. See sample questions below.

· Describe culture and climate—Describe and differentiate between the current organizational culture and climate of your organization. See sample questions below.

· Describe approach to ethical decisions and practices—Think about the meaning of ethics and how they are applied in your organization. Does your leadership model them? Are employees placed in uncomfortable situations? How are ethics communicated?

· Assess implications for organization—Assess the implications of the above issues for your organization. For example, what does it mean to your organization’s practices that the organization has the type of culture, climate, and ethics you identified?

· Recommend actions—Recommend actions your COO (CAO, CEO, or comparable leader) should consider implementing to facilitate a shift in the organization’s culture, climate, and ethics to ensure desired or improved outcomes for your organization such as meeting its mission and values. If you don’t see a need for any changes, why?

Use these sample questions to guide your work:

· -What is organizational culture? How do authorities on culture define it? How does it relate to my organization? How would I describe the culture of my organization? Does the culture need to be changed? How can that be accomplished? If not, why not?

· -What is organizational climate? How do authorities define climate? Do people enjoy working here? If so, why? If not, why not? Are our motivation, evaluation and reward system perceived as fair and equitable? What effect do such measures have on climate? Do we do climate surveys? What do they indicate as key concerns? Should we measure climate? How?

· -What are organizational ethics? How do authorities define ethics? How does my organization enforce ethics? Do we have fair employment practices? Are we provided clear ethical guidelines? Do we receive ethics training? How do we measure compliance? Do our leaders shape ethical decision making or not? Do we ask or imply certain marginal practices are okay? Any past scandals? How were they dealt with? What steps have been or need to be taken to eliminate recurrences?

You will likely want to begin by reviewing annual reports and other publicly available information. You will have other opportunities in this program to apply what you are learning to your organization, and it is therefore important that you take care in planning and implementing your research for this project and in communicating about it with others.

When you submit your project, your work will be evaluated using the competencies listed below. You can use the list below to self-check your work before submission.

· 1.3: Provide sufficient, correctly cited support that substantiates the writer’s ideas.

· 1.6: Follow conventions of Standard Written English.

· 2.1: Identify and clearly explain the issue, question, or problem under critical consideration.

· 2.2: Locate and access sufficient information to investigate the issue or problem.

· 2.3: Evaluate the information in a logical and organized manner to determine its value and relevance to the problem.

· 2.4: Consider and analyze information in context to the issue or problem.

· 2.5: Develop well-reasoned ideas, conclusions or decisions, checking them against relevant criteria and benchmarks.

· 5.1: Develop constructive resolutions for ethical dilemmas based on application of ethical theories, principles and models.

· 9.3: Apply the principles of employment law for ethical practices and risk mitigation.

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