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LO1: Analyse the influence of culture, politics and power on the behaviour of others in an organisational context.

BTEC

Unit: 12 Organizational Behavior

A Reflection of Culture, Power and Politics: The Secret for Success and Lessons from Google

Programme

HNC in Business

Assignment Brief Ref

19-20-U32-A2.1

Unit Number And Title

Unit 12 – Organization Behaviour

Unit Level

Level 4

Assignment Title

A Reflection of Culture, Power and Politics: The Secret for Success and Lessons from Google.

Learning outcomes covered

▪    LO1: Analyse the influence of culture, politics and power on the behaviour of others in an organisational context.
▪    LO2: Evaluate how to motivate individuals and teams to achieve a goal.
▪    LO3: Demonstrate an understanding of how to cooperate effectively with others.
▪    LO4: Apply concepts and philosophies of organisational behaviour to a given business situation

Business scenario

It’s no surprise that Google has topped the list of Fortune 100’s “Best Companies to Work "Their jaw-dropping company campus Googleplex is enough to make any professional drool for an opportunity to work for the world’s largest search engine.

Subsidized massages, afternoon volleyball breaks, bowling alleys and basketball courts – personally, free chef-prepared food is the best perk. Formula behind their success lies in the intangible: an organizational culture that is the paragon for every company across all industries.

It is one of the key factors that make it even more impressive for a company of this magnitude (more than 40,000 employees!) to become a pioneer for corporate culture and stay true to its founding philosophy.

Google Spent years studying Great Teams:

A few years ago, Google went on a quest to build the perfect team. The basic aim was to find out why some teams perform well while other teams don’t. Researchers code-named the study Project Aristotle, a tribute to the philosopher`s famous quote: "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." For this, first, researchers identified 180 teams to study, including both high- and low-performing teams. They then focused through the data and interviewed hundreds of executives, team leads, and team members. Interestingly, the data revealed that Executives and team members had different opinions as to how to measure effectiveness. Executives cared much more about results (e.g., sales numbers or product launches), while individual team members agreed that "team culture was the most important measure of team effectiveness."

Apparently, it is not surprising. But it discovers a major insight:

“To build a successful team, you must find the balance between results and culture”

Further they found five factors having a significant effect which are 1) Physiological safety, dependability, structure and clarity, meaning and impact.

Employee Recognition for small and big contributions

Google recognizes that appreciation is the best way to reward employees for their contributions. Recognition like The Founders’ Award provides incentives for employees to do the best work they can do, the rewards from which, paid in the form of GooglStock Units that vest over time, are pretty enticing.

But as much as Googllikes to seize opportunities to acknowledge strong performances, the company is equally willing to celebrate failure as well.

Googlproducts are known to always be in Beta – mistakes are praised. Before she became the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg was a vice president at Google whose responsibilities included managing their automated advertising system.

When she made a mistake that cost Googlseveral million dollars, she admitted her error to co-founder Larry Page, whose response sums up the company’s attitude on failure: “I’m so glad you made this mistake,” he said. “Because I want to run a company where we are moving too quickly and doing too much, not being too cautious and doing too little. If we don’t have any of these mistakes, we’re just not taking enough risk.”

Job/Role Position

You received a learning and development opportunity to join senior supervisors of the ‘design and culture’ group in Googl(it can be your own organization where you work or any company of your own choice). As a part of program, you with your other group members, required to present the case study handout with 10 mins presentation summarizing the importance of culture in terms of politics, and power that impact behaviour of individuals and team to Head of Departments expressing techniques and strategies towards motivating the employees groups, and people with the goal of achieving the higher efficiency by performing at an utmost level.
You are required to produce and submit a case study handout, and this will be submitted with recorded evidence of your group discussion in the form of minutes of the meeting and individual reflective report.
*(template attached) for reflective and minutes of the meeting

Assignment Brief

In the report, you are required to achieve the followings:
· Critically analyse how Culture, politics and power of Organization influence individual and team behaviour and performance.
· Critically Evaluate how the organization can achieve its goals and influence the behaviours of others through application of content and process theories of motivation and motivational techniques.
· Critically evaluate and provide justified recommendations as how the relationship between culture, politics, power and motivation enables teams and organisations to succeed.
· Explain what makes an effective team as opposed to an ineffective team and assess the benefits of working in a team
· Critically apply, analyse, explore, and evaluate the relevance and importance of team and group development theories in organizational context to improve business performance and productivity

Links to other units

Unit 01: Business and Business Environment

Unit 03: Human Resources Management

Unit 04: Management and Operation

Unit 12: The Global Business Environment

Unit 17:Understanding and Leading Change Unit 20: Employee Relation

Unit 21: Strategic Human Resources Management

Unit 35: Developing Individual, Teams and Organization


Assessment Criteria

Pass

Merit

Distinction

LO1 Analyse the influence of culture, politics and
power on the behaviour of others in an organisational
context

P1 Analyse how an organisation’s culture, politics and power influence individual and team behaviour and performance.

M1 Critically analyse how the culture, politics and power of an organisation can influence individual and team behaviour and performance.

LO1 and LO2
D1 Critically evaluate the relationship between culture, politics, power and motivation that enables teams and organisations to succeed providing justified recommendations.

LO2 Evaluate how to motivate individuals and teams
to achieve a goal

P2 Evaluate how content and process theories of motivation and motivational techniques enable effective achievement of goals in an organisational context.

M2 Critically evaluate how to influence the behaviour of others through the effective
application of behavioural motivational theories, concepts and models.

LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of how to cooperate effectively with others

P3 Explain what makes an effective team as
opposed to an ineffective team.

M3 Analyse relevant team
and group development theories to support the development of cooperation within effective teams.

LO3 and LO4
D2 Critically analyse and evaluate the relevance of team development theories, concepts and philosophies that influence behaviour in the work place to improve business performance
and productivity

LO4 Apply concepts and philosophies of organisational behaviour to a given business situation

P4 Apply concepts and philosophies of organisational behaviour within an organisational context and given business situation.

M4 Evaluate how concepts and philosophies of OB inform and influence behaviour within a given business situation.


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