Discuss how the selected organizational theory and theorist fit into the school of thought of that time period.


Project 1 Organizational Theory (Week 3)

In the first assignment, students are given a scenario in which the shipping manager who has worked for Recycled Furnishings since the inception of the company is getting ready to retire.  The scenario serves to set the stage for students to demonstrate how management theories have changed over time.  For example, managing 30 years ago is different than managing in the 21st century.

In selecting an organizational theory that best describes the current shipping manager, students have to use the timeline to select a school of thought and a theory or theories of that time frame.  Students will need to research the theorist and theories to complete the assignment and answer the questions below.  Students are expected to be thorough in responding to Part One.

In Part Two, students are going to take what they have learned in weeks 1 – 3 and compare the management skills of the current shipping manager to that of you as the new shipping manager.


Recycled Furnishings is a division of an international home furnishing company called Thor Enterprises.  Recycled Furnishings makes glass sofas for outdoor use from recycled bottles and glass. The business has grown rapidly in the last thirty years and now that it has become a division of Thor Enterprises, the company is going international.  The shipping manager for Recycled Furnishings, Robert, has been in his job since the start of the company.  Prior to coming to Recycled Furnishings, Robert worked as a container manufacturing engineer at Damco, a local shipping company and worked his way up to supervisor prior to joining Recycled Furnishings. Robert, a baby boomer, quickly rose to supervisor at Damco because his ability to optimize the way tasks were performed and implemented processes so workers could be trained to perform their specialized sequence of motion in one best way.  He brought this management style to Recycled Furnishing and helped to improve the methodology of furniture assembly as well as the shipping processes.

A major shift in management occurred in the late 1980’s and early 90’s that caused Robert to reconsider his management approach.  For example, advances in technology, the organization joining a union, change in the value systems, organizational design and globalization all affected the culture of Recycled Furnishings.  Robert was successful with this transformation and contributed greatly to the company’s success.

Part One

  • Select an organizational theory that you believe best describes Robert’s management style in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s;
  • Identify the theorist(s) who proposed the theory;
  • Discuss how the selected organizational theory and theorist fit into the school of thought of that time period.
  • Address the principles of the theory and how the manager would do his job and interact with his staff.
  • How does this organizational theory differ from Robert’s early thinking;
  • Using the course readings and your own research, explain in detail how you arrived at your conclusions.


Label parts one and two.

Part Two

Recently Robert announced his plans to retire.  You have been hired as his replacement and with the international launch on the horizon you have big shoes to fill.  You feel you are more than capable of handling the management position and characterize yourself as a 21st century manager.

  • As a 21st century manager, compare the way you would manage versus the way of Robert;
  • What implications do the changes in management have for the future of Thor?
  • How will the new approach to the job likely change the shipping division?

Required Formatting of the Management Plan:


See the grading rubric to make sure you are following the protocol. 

  • Create a consultant’s report that is in APA format, 12-point font, and between five full pages and six pages in length excluding the title page, abstract page and reference page;
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and instructor’s name:
  • Include a reference page and be sure all references are in APA format and have an author and date listed.  Remember that the text, websites, dictionaries and encyclopedias do not count as references, nor do references dated prior to 2000.
  • An introductory paragraph, a summary paragraph and the use of headings are required- meaning that these areas are to be labeled and in addition to the APA abstract;
  • Write in the third person;
  • Use APA format for in-text citations and references. You are required to use class material and at least five academic or highly respected business publications.  This means a minimum of six references. Students need to paraphrase and avoid direct quotes
  • Organize your paper so it is user friendly to the reader.
  • Students are expected to show what they have learned in the course by applying theories and concepts. These need to be specifically from our text and you may add theories from your references.  Be sure to support your reasoning.  Consider using a graphic to display these to the client.  Be detailed and use critical thought, analysis, and apply the concepts and then explain them and the relevancy.

Rubric Name:

Criteria Outstanding Superior Good Substandard Failure
Critical Thinking/Reasoning 7 points

demonstrates a high degree of critical thinking, is consistent in accurately interpreting questions & material; provides solid assumptions, reasoning & claims; provides thorough analysis & evaluation with sound conclusions

5.95 points

shows good critical thinking; accurately interprets most questions & material; usually identifies relevant arguments/reasoning/claims; offers good analysis & evaluation with fairly sound conclusions

5.25 points

shows occasional critical thinking; questions & material is at times accurately interpreted; arguments/reasoning/claims are occasionally explained; offers fair analysis & evaluation with a conclusion

4.55 points

shows little critical thinking, misinterprets questions or material; ignores or superficially evaluates; justifies little and seldom explains reasoning; draws unwarranted conclusions

3.85 points

lacks critical thinking consistently offers biased interpretations; ignores or superficially evaluates; argues using poor reasoning, and/or unwarranted claims

Application of Concepts/Development 7 points

arguments or positions are well-supported with evidence from the readings/experience; ideas go beyond the course material and recognize implications and extensions of the material and concepts

concepts and theories have been mentioned by name and applied (any and all concepts covered in class to date) to the case with great detail using an organized manner of – graphic, chart, or organized summary with points listed

5.95 points

arguments or positions are mostly supported by evidence from the readings and course content; ideas presented demonstrate student’s understanding of the material and concepts

5.25 points

arguments are more often based on opinion or unclear views than on position grounded in the readings of material or external sources of material

4.55 points

arguments are frequently illogical and unsubstantiated; student may resort to ad hominem attacks on the author instead of making meaningful application of the material

3.85 points

a meaningful attempt to explain or support ideas does not exist

Attention to Instructions 3 points

demonstrated full understanding of requirements; responded to each aspect of assignment

2.55 points

demonstrated understanding of requirements; missed one minor aspect of assignment

2.25 points

demonstrated some understanding of requirements; missed a key element or two minor aspects of assignment

1.95 points

failed to show a firm understanding of requirements; missed two key elements or several minor aspects of assignment

1.65 points

did not demonstrate understanding of assignment requirements

Clarity; including grammar 2 points

writing is clear and easy to follow; grammar and spelling are all correct; formatting gives a professional look and adds to readability

1.7 points

most ideas are presented clearly; occasional spelling and/or grammar issues

1.5 points

wordy; some points require rereading to understand fully; more than an occasional spelling and/or grammar

1.3 points

unclear and difficult to understand; frequent spelling and grammar issues

1.1 points

largely incomprehensible writing/poorly written in terms of mechanics and structure

Adherence to APA style (6th ed.) 1 point

no APA style errors

APA references are from only professional sources and do not include the text, WIKI, encyclopedias, websites or dictionaries

references are listed with author names and dates in APA format listed in class under content LEARN APA


0.85 points

attempts in-text citation and reference list but 1 or 2 APA style errors are present

0.75 points

attempts in-text citation and reference list; APA style errors are present; inconsistencies in citation usage can be found throughout the document

0.65 points

attempts either in-text citation or reference list but omits the other

0.55 points

no attempt at APA style

Overall Score Outstanding

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