MGMT 550 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package



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MGMT 550 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package


MGMT 550 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package


MGMT 550 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1

Types of Communication (graded)

Often a good place to start is with personal experience. This week’s first discussion assignment requires observation. At your place of employment, what types of communication are being used on a daily basis?

How is each of these types of communication important to the efficient operation of your business?

Are these types of communication being used effectively?

How would you improve communication at your company?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2

Diversity, Culture, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (graded)

To communicate effectively, we must first acknowledge that individuals with whom you communicate are just that, individuals. And so are you. It is highly probable that the students in this classroom represent a diverse population.

Trust is a huge factor when communicating ethically. Your image and the image of your company depend upon their social responsibility.

Please share personal experiences or news stories that illustrate positive communication or negative communication practices. Provide at least one detailed example. Was communication handled in a proper manner? What would you have done differently?

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MGMT 550 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1

The Writing Process (graded)

Let’s try a brainstorming exercise. Everyone in this class is part of a marketing team for a new ice cream company that hopes to top Ben & Jerry’s for creative flavors. All of you have been gathered into a large conference room for the whole day. What flavor would you suggest? What are the ingredients in your flavor? Don’t forget to give it catchy name. Remember this is a brainstorming session so feel free to offer suggestions and new ideas for each other’s flavors.

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2

Writing the Business Message (graded)

Let’s try an exercise as group. This year your manager has been told that he can give a small cost of living raise to all of his workers, but he can choose to give one person a higher raise. Rather that tell each of his employees of these limitations, he has given each of you the same challenge. You have been asked to write a letter stating why you deserve a raise. What information do you think should be included in the letter to convince your boss you deserve the raise? What tone should the letter be written? How long do you think the letter should be? Try your hand at writing an example letter. Feel free to offer constructive criticism for each other’s letters.

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1

Writing Reports and Proposals (graded)

This week we will learn how to create a report or proposal. Let’s start our discussions by looking at the different ways to organize a report. Reports are often organized by time, location, and/or importance. In your own words, discuss one of these report organization methods. Provide a detailed example of a report topic for which this method would work well. Show how you would organize this report.

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MGMT 550 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2

Gathering Data for Your Report (graded)

Remember our brainstorming exercise last week? That was a good way to gather data using an internal group. While evaluating all of the great flavors your class created during this brainstorming session, your marketing team decided to send out a questionnaire to gather external data. Questionnaires include only closed-end questions. Your team decides to use only five questions.

Your marketing team wants to find out what types of desserts your customers like best. Develop five questions that you would put on a questionnaire. Why did you choose those questions? What results are you hoping to get from these questions?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1

Preparing Effective Presentations (graded)

This week you will be preparing an oral presentation. In this week’s lecture we discussed various ways to create a catchy opening for a presentation. Choose a story”> and create an interesting opening that they would deliver for that story and that could be used in a presentation. What do you consider to be the highlights of the story? Why did you choose that particular story?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2

Design Elements of a Presentation (graded)

Let’s continue with our ice cream example from the earlier exercise. Your marketing team has done internal brainstorming and external research. Executive Management has asked your management team to present your ideas and customer questionnaire data to them. They are looking for your recommendations on the ice cream flavors that will be used to launch this new business. Their approval is needed before your marketing team can begin working on marketing strategies.

What type of opening would you use for your presentation? What information do you think should be included in the presentation to support your flavor choices? What graphics, tables, and charts would you add to validate your choices?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1

Creating Effective Neutral and Positive Messages (graded)

Give an example of a situation or scenario for which you would write a neutral or positive message. What key points need to be covered in the message? What would be the tone of the message? What kind of response would you expect to receive in return?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2

Writing a Persuasive Message (graded)

Let’s continue with our Ice Cream Flavor Project. Last week you evaluated the design elements you would use in your presentation to management. Your team must persuade executive management to go ahead with the project. You must sell them on your ideas. What persuasive points should be included in the presentation? How will you convince them to approve the project? Explain your response.

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1

Crisis Management (graded)

The success of any business or organization rests firmly on their reputation. Take a field trip to the Internet. Find information on one of these unsuccessful examples of crisis management: Ford and Firestone, Exxon, BP oil spill, Japan’s nuclear reactors, Toyota, RIM (Research in Motion) or Apple’s iPhone. What did they do wrong? How should they have handled this crisis management communication more effectively? Why was this a missed opportunity?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2

Bad News Messages (graded)

Your company has been holding annual Christmas parties for more than 20 years. Some concern has been raised by executive management about these parties damaging the reputation of the company. An all adult party, the conduct of the employees has become out of control. With this change in policy, all employees will get their usual annual Christmas bonus plus a”>gift basket from the company. Instead of a Christmas party, it has been suggested that the company hold a summer picnic open to the employees and their families at a local adventure park. All-day passes to the adventure park and all that it offers will be given to each employee for the whole family.

A potluck picnic will be held, with the company providing all the meat and drinks. Employees and their families will have the opportunity to participate in games with generous prizes. It is November and the time that the party planners start their planning process. How would you propose the company communicate these policy changes to the employees?

What form of media would you use—snail mail, interoffice memo, email, or a presentation to the employees? How would you word the communication to employees?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1

Employment Communications (graded)

This week’s course project deals with social media and how companies today should handle this growing form of communication. When you apply for a job, do you feel that the company to which you are applying has a right to search social media websites for information on you? Should they use this information as part of the decision factor when evaluating applicants? Do you feel that people should be held accountable for what they post on these websites?

MGMT 550 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2

Job Interview Questions (graded)

Let’s use this forum this week to share job interview information with your classmates. What questions have you been asked during a job interview? What information do you wish you would have brought with you to an interview to be better prepared? What type of testing did the employer require during the interview process?