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The Case for Change at Modern Appliances

Activity Context

This assessment measures your progress in mastering the following course competencies:

  • Examine evidence-based HRM best practices among organizations that demonstrate an employee-centered culture.
  • Analyze methods of supporting employee-centered culture through organizational design and workforce diversity.

Activity Instruction

Use the "Employee Engagement at Modern Appliances, Inc ." case study to complete the following:

  1. Analyze the key internal characteristics in the systems and culture of Modern Appliances that demonstrated that a change to an employee-centered environment was necessary.
    • Analyze how James Bradshaw came to understand employee engagement as a way to ensure the ongoing business effectiveness of Modern Appliances.
      1. What was no longer working in the old business model?
      2. How did globalization put pressure on the old business model?
      3. How would an engaged workforce address those issues?
    • Analyze the internal changes implied by James Bradshaw's vision of Modern's future.
  2. Analyze characteristics and attributes of employee-centered cultures.
    • How does the transition that Modern Appliances employed reflect best practices in employee engagement?
  3. Analyze the organizational systems, culture, and structures that impede an employee-centered environment.
    • Identify employee resistance factors that might inhibit organizational change.
  4. Assess the ways that the leadership of Modern Appliances moved the organization to an employee-engaged organization.
  5. Support your analysis with references to the literature.

Further Instructions:

  • The assignment should be 4–6 pages and must include at least two references.
  • References and citations should follow APA (6th ed.) guidelines.
  • Font and font size: Times Roman, 12 points.
  • Your writing should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
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