Unit 6 Assignment 1: Applying Teamwork

Hopefully you and your team having been working diligently since Unit 4 when you were advised of this upcoming Team Assignment, due now in Unit 6.

Being able to participate in and contribute to an effective team is crucial in today’s work world. Many corporations use ad hoc work teams to accomplish their goals, projects, tasks or initiatives. Learning to work effectively in teams is therefore a skill that employers are seeking in their new hires. Once you feel confident in your ability to work in teams, you can in turn include that skill in your résumé.

The foci of your assigned readings in Chapters 8, 9, and 10 are motivation, groups, and teams. These readings along with your Learning Activities should be of assistance in completing this Assessment in a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation.

The following Course Outcomes are assessed in this Assignment:

MT302-4: Apply teamwork concepts to an organizational problem.

PC-1.2: Contribute to team goals and objectives through active participation and collaboration.

Team Assignment: Assignment 1:

In this Assignment you will participate in a team to address an organization’s problem. Read the scenario below, and address the checklist items regarding a work team.

Instructions:

For this Assignment 1 you will work in teams as assigned by your instructor in Unit 4. You will join your assigned team below Unit 10 in the Team Area. Go to the "Team Area" below Unit 10 and select "Team Area Discussion," then scroll down and when you see "Filter by: all groups" click on “All groups” then you will see the option to choose Team 1, 2, 3, etc., in the dropdown menu.

There you will address the following scenario addressing all the checklist items, and designate a person to submit the final team presentation response to the Unit 6 Dropbox. Once complete, each team member will be responsible for submitting his/her own peer evaluation form to the Unit 6 Peer Evaluation Assignment 2 Dropbox demonstrating how they contributed to the assigned team goals and objectives.

Access the Learning Activities and readings to assist the team in addressing the checklist items.

Scenario (fictional):

Artificial Intelligence Medical (i.e., AIM) Inc. is a very profitable new company. Although it has only been in business for two years, it has already doubled the size of its workforce and quadrupled its profits. The CEO/founder has stepped aside recently in favor of a new CEO in the wake of employees’ frustration and social media messages about the benefits inequity and lack of motivation for teams at the company. The new CEO wants to change the way executive salaries are determined and find ways to motivate the project teams. The project teams typically are assigned to an artificial intelligence product such as a robot to perform routine surgeries or diagnostic software used by different medical units of a hospital for patient diagnosis.

The new CEO has tasked your team of employees with determining a general proposed solution to the inequity in pay at the company and to address the lack of motivation for the 125 technicians and medical staff that work in project teams of 25 employees each. Each technician or staff member receives a salary of $35,000 per year while the CEO and V.P.s receive $500,000 per year (the CEO also holds 10% of the company stock) and the managers receive $50,000 per year. There is a CEO, 2 VPs (Manufacturing and Finance), a Marketing Manager, a Sales/Customer Service Manager, and a Technical Support Manager along with the 125 technology-savvy employees working at the company.

Access the Learning Activities and readings to assist the team in addressing the checklist items.

Checklist: After identifying the team letter/number and members on the title slide:

  • Describe the problems based on the scenario.
  • Describe the overall goal(s) and objectives of your assigned team.
  • Describe the tasks necessary to realize a successful response to the new CEO, allocating tasks for each member.
  • Provide a proposed overall salary/benefits solution and provide your team’s reasoning. Support the solution with a short citation from each of two (2) scholarly* articles (citations and references in APA format).
  • Apply at least two teamwork concepts and at least six (6) team process steps from the Learning Activity for improving the company project team effectiveness and motivation at AIM Inc. to address the assigned response to the CEO.
  • Explain how each of you, as a team member, contributed to the team success to address the CEO’s concerns.
  • Have the assigned team member submit the team PowerPoint presentation in a minimum of 10 slides with additional title and reference slides using 24-point font and correct spelling and grammar, to the Unit 6 Assignment Dropbox. The presentation should be titled Team X_Unit 6 Assignment (insert assigned team letter in place of X) and each slide should have no more than five bulleted points and explanations should be placed below each slide in the notes section  or provide an audio explanation for each slide. If audio explanation is chosen, it must be audible and intelligible.

*Scholarly sources have been put through a peer-review by experts to ascertain that the content is original, proves any statements or claims with viable research, etc. Select “Library” under the Academic Tools area. Then select “Peer Reviewed” before doing your search on a topic.

PowerPoint® template

Access the Assignment 1: Team Assignment

Unit 6 Assignment Grading Rubric

Criteria:

Percent possible

Points possible

Points earned

 

100%

60

 

Response to the scenario provides complete information demonstrating analysis and critical thinking:

80%

 

 

     Identifies the team letter/number and members. Describes the problems based on the scenario.

 

 

8

 

 

·       Describes the overall goal(s) and objectives of the assigned team.

 

 

8

 

·       Describes the tasks necessary to realize a successful response to the new CEO, allocating tasks for each member.

 

 

8

 

 

 

·       Provides a proposed overall salary/benefits solution and provides the team’s reasoning. Supports the solution with a short citation from each of two (2) scholarly* articles (citations and references in APA format).

 

 

8

 

·       Applies at least two teamwork concepts and at least six (6) team process steps from the Learning Activity for improving the company project team effectiveness and motivation at AIM Inc. to address the assigned response to the CEO.

 

 

8

 

·       Explains how each of the team members contributed to the team success to address the CEO’s concerns.

 

 

8

 

 Subtotal:

 

 

48

 

The PowerPoint® presentation evidences correct spelling and grammar in a minimum of 10 slides with additional title and reference slides. The presentation is created using 24-point font with no more than five bulleted points and explanations placed below each slide in the notes section, or provides an audible and intelligible audio explanation for each slide.

20%

12

 

Subtotal:

 

 

 

 

Total Assignment Score:

 

100%

Total points possible: 60

 

*Scholarly sources have been put through a peer-review by experts to ascertain that the content is original, proves any statements or claims with viable research, etc. Select “Library” under the Academic Tools area. Then select “Limit to: Peer Reviewed” before doing your search on a topic.