Strategic HRM Plan

American Plastics had fared rather worse than its competitors during the economic downturn. With revenue, quality, and productivity down, management set several goals to reverse the company’s fortune. One area in need of improvement was human resources and “Janet,” the newly appointed HR Director faced a daunting challenge: to quickly re-invent the Human Resources function, reposition it a strategic partner to the business, and improve employee perceptions of her department. Her predecessor retired after leading a major reduction in force causing a significant exodus of key talent, some unexpected. Janet was charged with finding a way to retain top talent and develop a steady but highly-qualified stream of candidates to fill regular as well as critical positions.  The CEO agreed with her that differentiating the human resources function was essential for the company’s strategic plan to succeed.

In her first two weeks on the job Janet discovered:

  • Job descriptions were inconsistent, long but vague lists of high level “duties and responsibilities” and qualifications
  • Job titles didn’t reflect the work people did, used instead as a framework for budgeting and compensation as many were doing unique work requiring different knowledge and skills.
  • Aside from providing a coordinating function, human resources had outsourced recruiting to third parties who presented candidates based on their internet postings and other sources. No matter the level or criticality of the open position, human resources rarely conducted interviews or assessments before or after handing over the third party resumes to the hiring organization and would get involved again only when a candidate was selected.
  • HR’s participation in the onboarding process of new employees was limited to having them attend a half-day orientation session where, between a video and a slide presentation about the company, they filled out benefits-related, payroll, ID and other paper forms.
  • Training and Development (T&D) had largely been outsourced to several companies that provided generic on-line courses.
  • The recent departure of several mission-critical employees disclosed no systematic means of capturing expertise from employees; when they left, their knowledge left with them.
  • The Performance Employee Evaluation Program didn’t align with anything, was viewed by managers and individual contributors alike as a burdensome annual chore that interfered with people’s “real jobs.”

The management of talent is one of a handful of strategic services human resources can offer. The decline of traditional HR functions through automation, self-service, and outsourcing demands a “culture change” within human resources: adopt a business focus by an organization still structured largely around benefits administration, time and attendance reporting, labor cost processing, and similar transactional operations.

Write a communications plan not to exceed 1,050 words to support the strategy of American Plastics.

Justify why they were important for your strategic HRM planning process.

Recommend how to address these considerations.

Focus on resolution of the human resource management challenges in order to support operational strategies.

Cite all sources according to APA formatting guidelines.

American Plastics had fared rather worse than its competitors during the economic downturn. With revenue, quality, and productivity down, management set several goals to reverse the company’s fortune. One area in need of improvement was human resources and “Janet,” the newly appointed HR Director faced a daunting challenge: to quickly re-invent the Human Resources function, reposition it a strategic partner to the business, and improve employee perceptions of her department. Her predecessor retired after leading a major reduction in force causing a significant exodus of key talent, some unexpected. Janet was charged with finding a way to retain top talent and develop a steady but highly-qualified stream of candidates to fill regular as well as critical positions.  The CEO agreed with her that differentiating the human resources function was essential for the company’s strategic plan to succeed.

In her first two weeks on the job Janet discovered:

  • Job descriptions were inconsistent, long but vague lists of high level “duties and responsibilities” and qualifications
  • Job titles didn’t reflect the work people did, used instead as a framework for budgeting and compensation as many were doing unique work requiring different knowledge and skills.
  • Aside from providing a coordinating function, human resources had outsourced recruiting to third parties who presented candidates based on their internet postings and other sources. No matter the level or criticality of the open position, human resources rarely conducted interviews or assessments before or after handing over the third party resumes to the hiring organization and would get involved again only when a candidate was selected.
  • HR’s participation in the onboarding process of new employees was limited to having them attend a half-day orientation session where, between a video and a slide presentation about the company, they filled out benefits-related, payroll, ID and other paper forms.
  • Training and Development (T&D) had largely been outsourced to several companies that provided generic on-line courses.
  • The recent departure of several mission-critical employees disclosed no systematic means of capturing expertise from employees; when they left, their knowledge left with them.
  • The Performance Employee Evaluation Program didn’t align with anything, was viewed by managers and individual contributors alike as a burdensome annual chore that interfered with people’s “real jobs.”

The management of talent is one of a handful of strategic services human resources can offer. The decline of traditional HR functions through automation, self-service, and outsourcing demands a “culture change” within human resources: adopt a business focus by an organization still structured largely around benefits administration, time and attendance reporting, labor cost processing, and similar transactional operations.

Write a communications plan not to exceed 1,050 words to support the strategy of American Plastics.

Justify why they were important for your strategic HRM planning process.

Recommend how to address these considerations.

Focus on resolution of the human resource management challenges in order to support operational strategies.

Cite all sources according to APA formatting guidelines.

Pro Folio Projects

Important! Read First

Choose one of the following two projects to complete as your final assignment. Do not do both assignments. Identify your project choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: Elements of Effective Organizations

For this Portfolio Project option, you will prepare a research paper that analyzes the elements of effective organizations.

Your paper should address the following:

• Describe the components necessary for an effective organizational structure, evaluating how working in a global economy may impact the function of an organization.• Evaluate communication strategies needed for effective organizations.• Asses the principles of effective management.• Examine decision-making and problem-solving processes needed for effective organizations.• Suggest a leadership approach that could contribute to organizational effectiveness and justify your choice.

Your well-written paper must adhere to the following parameters:

• Be 10-12 pages in length, not including the title and reference pages

.• Be supported by twelve scholarly references. Remember, you must support your thinking/opinions and prior knowledge with references; all facts must be supported; in-text references used throughout the assignment must be included in an APA-formatted reference list.

• Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing & APA.

 

Important! Read First

Choose one of the following two projects to complete as your final assignment. Do not do both assignments. Identify your project choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: Elements of Effective Organizations

For this Portfolio Project option, you will prepare a research paper that analyzes the elements of effective organizations.

Your paper should address the following:

• Describe the components necessary for an effective organizational structure, evaluating how working in a global economy may impact the function of an organization.• Evaluate communication strategies needed for effective organizations.• Asses the principles of effective management.• Examine decision-making and problem-solving processes needed for effective organizations.• Suggest a leadership approach that could contribute to organizational effectiveness and justify your choice.

Your well-written paper must adhere to the following parameters:

• Be 10-12 pages in length, not including the title and reference pages

.• Be supported by twelve scholarly references. Remember, you must support your thinking/opinions and prior knowledge with references; all facts must be supported; in-text references used throughout the assignment must be included in an APA-formatted reference list.

• Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing & APA.

 

Important! Read First

Choose one of the following two projects to complete as your final assignment. Do not do both assignments. Identify your project choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: Elements of Effective Organizations

For this Portfolio Project option, you will prepare a research paper that analyzes the elements of effective organizations.

Your paper should address the following:

• Describe the components necessary for an effective organizational structure, evaluating how working in a global economy may impact the function of an organization.• Evaluate communication strategies needed for effective organizations.• Asses the principles of effective management.• Examine decision-making and problem-solving processes needed for effective organizations.• Suggest a leadership approach that could contribute to organizational effectiveness and justify your choice.

Your well-written paper must adhere to the following parameters:

• Be 10-12 pages in length, not including the title and reference pages

.• Be supported by twelve scholarly references. Remember, you must support your thinking/opinions and prior knowledge with references; all facts must be supported; in-text references used throughout the assignment must be included in an APA-formatted reference list.

• Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing & APA.

Strategic Plan Part III: Balanced Scorecard And Communication Plan (Part I And II Are Attached) profile

Strategic Plan Part III: Balanced Scorecard and Communication Plan (Part I and II are attached)

Purpose of Assignment 

Students will have the opportunity to develop a Balanced Scorecard. This, in turn, will allow them to create effective strategic objectives to be included as part of their overall strategic plan. They will also be presented with the task of creating a brief communication plan that will be used by their proposed division to efficiently distribute information with regard to their strategic initiatives.

Assignment Steps 

Resources: Strategic Planning Outline and Week 4 textbook readings

Create a minimum 1,050 and maximum of 1,400 word strategic objectives summary.

Include your balanced scorecard and its impact on all stakeholders, and the communication plan.

Identify key trends, assumptions, and risks in the context of your final business model.

Develop the strategic objectives for your new division of the existing business in a balanced scorecard format in the context of key trends, assumptions, and risks. The strategic objectives are measures of attaining your vision and mission. As you develop them, consider the vision, mission, and values for your business and the outcomes of your SWOTT analysis.

Consider the following four quadrants of the balanced scorecard when developing your strategic objectives:

-Shareholder Value or Financial Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Market share

Revenues and costs

Profitability

Competitive position

-Customer Value Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Customer retention or turnover

Customer satisfaction

Customer value

-Process or Internal Operations Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Measure of process performance

Productivity or productivity improvement

Operations metrics

Impact of change on the organization

-Learning and Growth (Employee) Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Employee satisfaction

Employee turnover or retention

Level of organizational capability

Nature of organizational culture or climate

Technological innovation

Evaluate potential alternatives to the issues and/or opportunities identified in the SWOTT Analysis assignment and table you completed in Week 3.

Create at least three strategic objectives for each of the four balanced scorecard areas. Base your solutions on a ranking of alternative solutions including the following:

Identify potential risks and mitigation plans.

Analyze a stakeholder and include mitigation and contingency strategies.

Incorporate ethical implications.

Develop a specific metric and target for each strategic objective using a balanced scorecard format.

Example: a strategic objective in the shareholder or financial perspective is to increase market share. A metric to actually measure this strategic objective of market share increase is, “The percentage of increase in market share.” The target is the specific number to be achieved in a particular time period. The target for the metric of “Increase market share” could be “Increase market share by 2% for each of the next 3 years” of an increase of 2% per year for 3 years.

Outline a brief communication plan discussing how you will communicate the company’s strategic objectives including the following:

Define the purpose.

Define the audience.

Identify the channel(s) of communication and why you selected that channel.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines and writing guide for 400-level courses.

Strategic Plan Part III: Balanced Scorecard and Communication Plan (Part I and II are attached)

Purpose of Assignment 

Students will have the opportunity to develop a Balanced Scorecard. This, in turn, will allow them to create effective strategic objectives to be included as part of their overall strategic plan. They will also be presented with the task of creating a brief communication plan that will be used by their proposed division to efficiently distribute information with regard to their strategic initiatives.

Assignment Steps 

Resources: Strategic Planning Outline and Week 4 textbook readings

Create a minimum 1,050 and maximum of 1,400 word strategic objectives summary.

Include your balanced scorecard and its impact on all stakeholders, and the communication plan.

Identify key trends, assumptions, and risks in the context of your final business model.

Develop the strategic objectives for your new division of the existing business in a balanced scorecard format in the context of key trends, assumptions, and risks. The strategic objectives are measures of attaining your vision and mission. As you develop them, consider the vision, mission, and values for your business and the outcomes of your SWOTT analysis.

Consider the following four quadrants of the balanced scorecard when developing your strategic objectives:

-Shareholder Value or Financial Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Market share

Revenues and costs

Profitability

Competitive position

-Customer Value Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Customer retention or turnover

Customer satisfaction

Customer value

-Process or Internal Operations Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Measure of process performance

Productivity or productivity improvement

Operations metrics

Impact of change on the organization

-Learning and Growth (Employee) Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Employee satisfaction

Employee turnover or retention

Level of organizational capability

Nature of organizational culture or climate

Technological innovation

Evaluate potential alternatives to the issues and/or opportunities identified in the SWOTT Analysis assignment and table you completed in Week 3.

Create at least three strategic objectives for each of the four balanced scorecard areas. Base your solutions on a ranking of alternative solutions including the following:

Identify potential risks and mitigation plans.

Analyze a stakeholder and include mitigation and contingency strategies.

Incorporate ethical implications.

Develop a specific metric and target for each strategic objective using a balanced scorecard format.

Example: a strategic objective in the shareholder or financial perspective is to increase market share. A metric to actually measure this strategic objective of market share increase is, “The percentage of increase in market share.” The target is the specific number to be achieved in a particular time period. The target for the metric of “Increase market share” could be “Increase market share by 2% for each of the next 3 years” of an increase of 2% per year for 3 years.

Outline a brief communication plan discussing how you will communicate the company’s strategic objectives including the following:

Define the purpose.

Define the audience.

Identify the channel(s) of communication and why you selected that channel.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines and writing guide for 400-level courses.

Energy Resources Presentation (HYDROPOWER)

Prepare a 12-minute presentation (8-10 slides; 3 minutes for questions and answers) that demonstrates your understanding of the benefit Hydropower energy source provides to society, how it is mined, harnessed, or extracted, and weigh the pros and cons of your selected energy source. Be sure to make connections to the struggles in the energy transition or “switch” from or to your energy source.

Consider:

  • What makes your energy source unique.
  • Explain possible limitations of using your chosen resource.
  • Explain when and how your energy source was implemented.
  • Explain how your energy source influences the environment.

Prepare a 12-minute presentation (8-10 slides; 3 minutes for questions and answers) that demonstrates your understanding of the benefit Hydropower energy source provides to society, how it is mined, harnessed, or extracted, and weigh the pros and cons of your selected energy source. Be sure to make connections to the struggles in the energy transition or “switch” from or to your energy source.

Consider:

  • What makes your energy source unique.
  • Explain possible limitations of using your chosen resource.
  • Explain when and how your energy source was implemented.
  • Explain how your energy source influences the environment.

 

Prepare a 12-minute presentation (8-10 slides; 3 minutes for questions and answers) that demonstrates your understanding of the benefit Hydropower energy source provides to society, how it is mined, harnessed, or extracted, and weigh the pros and cons of your selected energy source. Be sure to make connections to the struggles in the energy transition or “switch” from or to your energy source.

Consider:

  • What makes your energy source unique.
  • Explain possible limitations of using your chosen resource.
  • Explain when and how your energy source was implemented.
  • Explain how your energy source influences the environment.

Prepare a 12-minute presentation (8-10 slides; 3 minutes for questions and answers) that demonstrates your understanding of the benefit Hydropower energy source provides to society, how it is mined, harnessed, or extracted, and weigh the pros and cons of your selected energy source. Be sure to make connections to the struggles in the energy transition or “switch” from or to your energy source.

Consider:

  • What makes your energy source unique.
  • Explain possible limitations of using your chosen resource.
  • Explain when and how your energy source was implemented.
  • Explain how your energy source influences the environment.

Part One of the Integrative Personality Theory Paper

Part One of the Integrative Personality Theory Paper

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review sections 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of Chapter 1 in the text. In addition, read the e-book sections by Glanz (n.d.) and Saucier and Srivastava (2015).

The major assignment for this course is the development of your personal Integrative Personality Theory.  In this paper, you will select one concept from each of the seven models covered in this course to include in your theory.  Note that this is not meant to be an overview of each model, and the paper cannot focus on just one model.  Rather, you are to select a specific concept from a theory in each model, and you must include one concept from each of the seven models in your final paper.  Click here for examples of some of the main concepts from the Psychodynamic Model

In this week’s assignment, you will begin work on the final paper.  You will complete the specific secions of the paper that are indicated below.  This allows you to begin work on this major assignment and receive formative feedback from your instructor in order to improve final submission. Please use this template to build your Integrative Theory of Personality paper.  It is APA formatted already and will guide you through the needed sections.

Instructions for the week three required sections:

Introduction:  Provide a general introduction to the topic of theories of personality. Explain what you plan to cover and describe the direction your paper will take. Note: This section will not feature a heading.

Major Concepts  
In this section, you will present the seven specific concepts identified from the seven models you think best apply to the study of personality in distinct subheadings.  For each concept, identify the major personality model from which the concept was taken as well as the theorist associated with that model.  Each concept section should be approximately 3-4 paragraphs.  For week three, you need to complete two of the seven total required by week five.
Click here for an example of how to structure your discussion of each concept.

  • Psychodynamic Model Concept
  • Neurobiological Model Concept
  • Behavioral Model Concept
  • Cognitive Model Concept
  • Interpersonal/relational Model Concept
  • Trait Model Concept
  • Self-Psychology Model Concept

Excluded Concepts
In this section, present the concepts you have chosen to exclude in your theory of personality development.  Reflect on the basic assumptions that define personality and identify three specific excluded concepts from any of the theories studied in the course.  For each of the excluded concepts, provide a rationale explaining the various aspects of the concept that make it unsuitable for your use and compare and contrast it with the concepts you have chosen to include.  Each concept will be approximately 2-3 paragraphs.  In week three you need to flesh out the section for one of the three-all three are due in week five.

The Differences between Healthy and Unhealthy Personalities
Describe the basic differences between healthy and unhealthy personality, based on the concepts that you have chosen to include and exclude from your theory.  This section will be approximately two to four paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

The Roles of Heredity, the Environment, and Epigenetics
Provide your analysis of the roles heredity, the environment, and epigenetics play in the development of personality.  Discuss how heredity and the environment might affect personality disorders.  This section will be approximately three to five paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

Assessment and Measurement of the Theory
There is no requirement in week three for this-the section must be completed by week five.

Self-Reflection
In this section of the paper, review the self-reflection you wrote in Week One of this class and describe how and in what ways your views have or have not changed.  Analyze your Week One self-assessment using the concepts that you have included in your integrative theory and describe how your theory explains your personality.  This section will be approximately four to six paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

Conclusion:  There is no requirement in week three for this-the section must be completed by week five.

Research a minimum of four of the eight scholarly sources related to these concepts in the Ashford University Library to support your statements in the paper.  Popular websites and your textbook may augment, but they will not count toward the minimum number of sources needed for the paper.

The assignment:

  • Must be four to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title page and references page) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Part One of the Integrative Personality Theory Paper

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review sections 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of Chapter 1 in the text. In addition, read the e-book sections by Glanz (n.d.) and Saucier and Srivastava (2015).

The major assignment for this course is the development of your personal Integrative Personality Theory.  In this paper, you will select one concept from each of the seven models covered in this course to include in your theory.  Note that this is not meant to be an overview of each model, and the paper cannot focus on just one model.  Rather, you are to select a specific concept from a theory in each model, and you must include one concept from each of the seven models in your final paper.  Click here for examples of some of the main concepts from the Psychodynamic Model

In this week’s assignment, you will begin work on the final paper.  You will complete the specific secions of the paper that are indicated below.  This allows you to begin work on this major assignment and receive formative feedback from your instructor in order to improve final submission. Please use this template to build your Integrative Theory of Personality paper.  It is APA formatted already and will guide you through the needed sections.

Instructions for the week three required sections:

Introduction:  Provide a general introduction to the topic of theories of personality. Explain what you plan to cover and describe the direction your paper will take. Note: This section will not feature a heading.

Major Concepts  
In this section, you will present the seven specific concepts identified from the seven models you think best apply to the study of personality in distinct subheadings.  For each concept, identify the major personality model from which the concept was taken as well as the theorist associated with that model.  Each concept section should be approximately 3-4 paragraphs.  For week three, you need to complete two of the seven total required by week five.
Click here for an example of how to structure your discussion of each concept.

  • Psychodynamic Model Concept
  • Neurobiological Model Concept
  • Behavioral Model Concept
  • Cognitive Model Concept
  • Interpersonal/relational Model Concept
  • Trait Model Concept
  • Self-Psychology Model Concept

Excluded Concepts
In this section, present the concepts you have chosen to exclude in your theory of personality development.  Reflect on the basic assumptions that define personality and identify three specific excluded concepts from any of the theories studied in the course.  For each of the excluded concepts, provide a rationale explaining the various aspects of the concept that make it unsuitable for your use and compare and contrast it with the concepts you have chosen to include.  Each concept will be approximately 2-3 paragraphs.  In week three you need to flesh out the section for one of the three-all three are due in week five.

The Differences between Healthy and Unhealthy Personalities
Describe the basic differences between healthy and unhealthy personality, based on the concepts that you have chosen to include and exclude from your theory.  This section will be approximately two to four paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

The Roles of Heredity, the Environment, and Epigenetics
Provide your analysis of the roles heredity, the environment, and epigenetics play in the development of personality.  Discuss how heredity and the environment might affect personality disorders.  This section will be approximately three to five paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

Assessment and Measurement of the Theory
There is no requirement in week three for this-the section must be completed by week five.

Self-Reflection
In this section of the paper, review the self-reflection you wrote in Week One of this class and describe how and in what ways your views have or have not changed.  Analyze your Week One self-assessment using the concepts that you have included in your integrative theory and describe how your theory explains your personality.  This section will be approximately four to six paragraphs.  Start the draft in week three to be finalized in week five.

Conclusion:  There is no requirement in week three for this-the section must be completed by week five.

Research a minimum of four of the eight scholarly sources related to these concepts in the Ashford University Library to support your statements in the paper.  Popular websites and your textbook may augment, but they will not count toward the minimum number of sources needed for the paper.

The assignment:

  • Must be four to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title page and references page) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.