Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements
The project for this course requires students to propose a strategy for implementing a significant change within a criminal justice organization.
Scenario 1: A state correctional agency is implementing a new automated offender management system.
In each scenario the following common themes apply:
1. A strategic decision has already been made that implementing the new automated system will improve overall operations for the impacted agencies by promoting the sharing of data, as well as improving overall accuracy of the data.
2. The majority of the employees in the impacted agencies will be required to use some component of the automated system once it has been implemented.
3. The new system will require a high percentage of the employees to switch from manual processes, with which they are very familiar, to automated processes.
4. Initial feedback from employees within the agencies indicates that there may be some resistance to the changes, especially among older employees that are within five years of retirement and very comfortable with the current way of performing their tasks manually.
5. Funding has been secured to implement the new automated system; however, it is contingent upon the system being fully implemented and operational in no more than three years.
6. The lead agency has contracted with a system integrator company to implement the automated system and deliver training to end-users.
7. Cultural resistance by employees to resist any change being implemented by outside companies has resulted in a decision by the lead agency to assume responsibility for managing all components of organizational change management.
Course Project Part 1: Motivational Theories
Part 1 of the course project requires students to select two motivational theories from those identified in the Stojkovic, Kalinich, and Klofas (2012) textbook that might be used as strategies for gaining employee buy-in for the upcoming change. Students will compare and contrast the selected motivational theories with regard to how effective they might be in promoting employee acceptance of the upcoming changes.
Students are not required to identify which motivational theory will be selected for implementing the change in this section of the course project. Rather, this section consists of an evaluation of the two theories.
In addition to the textbook, students must incorporate at least four other scholarly resources as part of their examination of the selected motivational theories.
Part 1 of the Course Project should be four to six pages in length, not counting the cover and reference pages.
Course Project Part 2: Preparing for Organizational Change
Part 2 of the course project requires students to identify potential organizational barriers and resistance that might be encountered as a result of the upcoming changes. This section of the course project should focus upon the impacts the planned changes will have on employees within the organization, types of barriers that might result from employee resistance to the upcoming changes, and strategies that might be used to overcome those barriers.
Students are not required to identify which strategies will be selected to deal with anticipated employee resistance to change. Rather, this section should identify possible strategies for overcoming the barriers and evaluate their potential effectiveness in the selected scenario.
In addition to the textbook, students must incorporate at least four other scholarly resources as part of their examination of potential strategies for overcoming anticipated barriers to change.
Part 2 of the Course Project should be four to six pages in length, not counting the cover and reference pages.
1. Brief introduction that identifies : A state correctional agency is implementing a new automated offender management system.
Part 3: Recommended Actions.
In Part 3 students will present recommended actions aimed at overcoming any potential employee resistance to the upcoming organizational changes. These recommendations must include:
• Identification of the motivational theory that has been selected based upon the evaluations in Part 1; • Strategies that will be used to overcome potential resistance to upcoming organizational changes based upon those discussed in Part 2;
• Justification for the actions being recommended.
Students may choose to utilize scholarly resources already identified in Parts 1 and 2 of the Course Project or incorporate new resources as justification for the recommended actions presented in Part 3 of the final paper. The Course Project Paper must include a consolidated Reference List at the end that identifies all of the resources used to write each section of the paper.
While the level of detail required for each component of the plan may vary, it is anticipated that Part 3 of the Course Project Paper should be four to six pages in length. This should result in a
Final Course Project Paper (Parts 1, 2, and 3, as well as Introduction) that is 12–18 pages in length, not counting the cover and reference pages.