Project #74544 - Case study #1



Case Study #1:  Planning and Organizing


A management plan is a model that demonstrates how an organization operates on a day-to-day basis as well as over the long run.  A management plan includes numerous sections that cover various aspects of the business. 


In this assignment students will take the role of the consultant creating a mini-management plan that focuses on those aspects of the business related to planning and organizing.  The management plan is a report and as a consultant you are required to help Joseph Jackson, the leader of Cyber Software, Inc., solve his organizational problems.  The mini-management plan is a professionally written document that will be given to Joseph Jackson.  In writing the plan, you must use the terminology learned in the course.  As a consultant, you are not defining terms using a dictionary but you must explain and describe concepts and ideas so Joseph Jackson understands what you mean and how to implement the plan.  The plan is not one in which the consultant tells Joseph Jackson that he should do this or do that or he needs to do this or do that but present in an action-oriented manner./Students are expected to make connections between the facts of the case study and concepts, theories, and ideas presented in the course material.


The mini-management plan will structure the entire company and will cover Joseph Jackson’s organization’s mission, vision, structure and culture. 


Students will read the case study provided that focuses on the planning and organizing and respond to the following requirements.


Resource that will help you develop the mini-management plan:


How to Make a Management Plan


Management Plan Example


Required Elements to Include in the Management Plan:

  • Write from a consultant’s perspective;
  • Use at least three references from the course material and at least three outside resources.
  • Provide a brief management history of Cyber Software, Inc.;
  • Create mission and vision statements that align with what Joseph Jackson envisions for his company;
    • Discuss why the mission and vision statements are appropriate for Cyber Software, Inc.;
    • Discuss other aspects of the planning phase that impacts Cyber Software, Inc.;
  • Create an organizational structure that aligns with the vision of Joseph Jackson
    • Structure the entire company;
    •  Explain why the structure is the most appropriate structure for Cyber Software, Inc.;
    • Discuss why other structures are not appropriate;
    • Illustrate the structure with an organizational chart with names, job titles, and direct reports;
  • Create an organizational culture that aligns with the vision of Joseph Jackson and his new organization structure;
  • How will the new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing facet of Joe’s business and prevent future mishaps;



Required Formatting of the Management Plan:


  • This management plan should be presented in a professional manner using single space, double-spaced between paragraphs.
  • 5-7 pages in length excluding the title page and reference page.
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and the instructor’s name.
  • The use of headings is required;
  • Use APA formatting for in-text citations and reference page.  You are expected to paraphrase and not use quotes other than in identifying the mission statement and vision statement.
  • In citing sources, the page number/paragraph of the cited source must be provided;
  • Write in the third person as the consultant;
  • Submit paper in the Assignment Folder.



Rubric Name: Written Assignment (20%)


demonstrates a high degree of critical thinking, is consistent in accurately interpreting questions & material; provides solid assumptions, reasoning & claims; provides thorough analysis & evaluation with sound conclusions

shows good critical thinking; accurately interprets most questions & material; usually identifies relevant arguments/reasoning/claims; offers good analysis & evaluation with fairly sound conclusions

shows occasional critical thinking; questions & material is at times accurately interpreted; arguments/reasoning/claims are occasionally explained; offers fair analysis & evaluation with a conclusion

shows little critical thinking, misinterprets questions or material; ignores or superficially evaluates; justifies little and seldom explains reasoning; draws unwarranted conclusions

lacks critical thinking consistently offers biased interpretations; ignores or superficially evaluates; argues using poor reasoning, and/or unwarranted claims

arguments or positions are well-supported with evidence from the readings/experience; ideas go beyond the course material and recognize implications and extensions of the material and concepts

arguments or positions are mostly supported by evidence from the readings and course content; ideas presented demonstrate student’s understanding of the material and concepts

arguments are more often based on opinion or unclear views than on position grounded in the readings of material or external sources of material

arguments are frequently illogical and unsubstantiated; student may resort to ad hominem attacks on the author instead of making meaningful application of the material

a meaningful attempt to explain or support ideas does not exist

demonstrated full understanding of requirements; responded to each aspect of assignment

demonstrated understanding of requirements; missed one minor aspect of assignment

demonstrated some understanding of requirements; missed a key element or two minor aspects of assignment

failed to show a firm understanding of requirements; missed two key elements or several minor aspects of assignment

did not demonstrate understanding of assignment requirements

writing is clear and easy to follow; grammar and spelling are all correct; formatting gives a professional look and adds to readability

most ideas are presented clearly; occasional spelling and/or grammar issues

wordy; some points require rereading to understand fully; more than an occasional spelling and/or grammar

unclear and difficult to understand; frequent spelling and grammar issues

largely incomprehensible writing/poorly written in terms of mechanics and structure

no APA style errors

attempts in-text citation and reference list but 1 or 2 APA style errors are present

attempts in-text citation and reference list; APA style errors are present; inconsistencies in citation usage can be found throughout the document

attempts either in-text citation or reference list but omits the other

no attempt at APA style

Overall Score



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Due By (Pacific Time) 06/30/2015 12:00 am
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