Debates on Organizational Power and Politics

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Debates on Organizational Power and Politics

On Day 1 of this week, your instructor will post an Announcement assigning you to one of the following two groups: Positive Group or Negative Group. Address the discussion question associated with the group you were assigned. To address these questions, create a YouTube video using the YouTube Webcam Quick-Start Guide for help. Include a link to the video and the script in your initial response. Your initial post should be at least 300 words. Support your response with a minimum of two scholarly sources. Post your initial response in the group you were assigned above.

Note: If you have difficulty in creating a YouTube video, please reach out to your Instructor.

Guided Response: For your classmate responses, select two classmates who were assigned to a different group than you. Respond to their posts with your assigned position in at least 100 words by Day 7. No video is required for this task.

Positive Group Initial Post:

What are the sources of power often seen in organizations? Be sure to give the definition of each source of power.

What are positive impacts on an organization when its members exercise power and play political games within Mintzberg’s Political Game Playing framework? Give examples and/or your personal experiences regarding positive impacts.

General Content/Subject Knowledge

Total: 1.30

Distinguished – Addresses all aspects of the prompt in accordance with the parameters of the discussion and demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the discussion topic.

Proficient – Addresses all aspects of the prompt in accordance with the parameters of the discussion and demonstrates knowledge of the discussion topic.

Basic – Addresses all aspects of the prompt in accordance with the parameters of the discussion and demonstrates basic knowledge of the discussion topic.

Below Expectations – Addresses all or most aspects of the prompt in accordance with the parameters of the discussion and demonstrates limited knowledge of the discussion topic.

Non-Performance – There is no initial discussion post, or the post does not address the discussion prompt at all.

Critical Thinking

Total: 1.30

Distinguished – Comprehensively explores the ideas, thoughts, and elements of the topic and provides relevant evidence and information that demonstrates all of the following as applicable to the discussion prompt: clarity, relevance, depth, breadth, use of information resources, and logic.

Proficient – Explores the ideas, thoughts, and elements of the topic and provides relevant evidence and information that demonstrates most of the following as applicable to the discussion prompt: clarity, relevance, depth, breadth, use of information resources, and logic.

Basic -Explores the ideas, thoughts, and elements of the topic and provides relevant evidence and information that demonstrates some of the following as applicable to the discussion prompt: clarity, relevance, depth, breadth, and use of information, and logic.

Below Expectations – Attempts to explore the ideas, thoughts, and elements of the topic and provide relevant evidence and information, but demonstrates few of the following as applicable to the discussion prompt: clarity, relevance, depth, breadth, use of information resources, and logic.

Non-Performance – There is no attempt to explore the ideas, thoughts, and elements of the topic and provide relevant evidence and information in either the original post or subsequent response posts within the discussion, or no post is present.

Written Communication

Total: 0.70

Distinguished – Displays clear control of syntax and mechanics. The organization of the work shows appropriate transitions and flow between sentences and paragraphs. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays control of syntax and mechanics. The organization of the work shows transitions and/or flow between sentences and paragraphs. Written work contains only a few errors and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic control of syntax and mechanics. The work is not organized with appropriate transitions and flow between sentences and paragraphs. Written work contains several errors, making it difficult to fully understand.

Below Expectations – Displays limited control of syntax or mechanics. The work does not include any transitions and does not flow easily between sentences and paragraphs. Written work contains major errors.

Non-Performance – Fails to display control of syntax or mechanics, within the original post and/or responses. Organization is also not present.

Engagement/ Participation

Total: 0.70

Distinguished – Contributes to classroom conversations with at least the minimum number of replies, all of which were thoughtful, relevant, and contributed meaningfully to the conversation. Fully engages in the conversation with appropriate topic-based responses.

Proficient – Contributes to classroom conversations with the minimum number of replies that are somewhat thoughtful, relevant, and contributed meaningfully to the conversation. Attempts to fully engage in the conversation with appropriate topic-based responses.

Basic – Contributes to the classroom conversations with the minimum number of replies. Attempts to fully engage in the conversation, but the responses are not relevant or fully aligned with the discussion topic.

Below Expectations – Attempts to contribute to the classroom conversations with fewer than the minimum number of replies; however, the replies are not thoughtful and relevant, or they do not contribute meaningfully to the conversation.

Non-Performance – There is no contribution to the discussion.

Positive Group Initial Post

What are the sources of power often seen in organizations? Be sure to give the definition of each source of power.

What are positive impacts on an organization when its members exercise power and play political games within Mintzberg’s Political Game Playing framework? Give examples and/or your personal experiences regarding positive impacts.

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