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Chapter 4: Organizational Capability: Structure, Culture, and Roles

  • Functional organizations
  • Project sized organizations.
  • Matrix organizations
  • Organizational culture
  • Project lifecycle standards.

Wall Street Journal Articles

“Kroger Spent Hundreds of Millions on Tech Before Covid-19, but It Wasn’t Enough,” Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/krogers-tech-bets-fell-short-during-coronavirus-11599736720 (Links to an external site.)

“Amazon names Doug Herrington as new boss of world wide stores,” Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-names-doug-herrington-as-new-boss-of-worldwide-stores-11655832770?mod=Searchresults_pos6&page=1 (Links to an external site.)

  1. Describe how Kroger could use an Agile Project Life Cycle to improve the experience of digital customers. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of using Agile Project Management for this project? This is an older article, but relevant in regards to Agile Project Management.
  2. Describe how Amazon will be able to maintain or improve the corporate culture of the company with the shake-up in senior leadership. Especially in entering a period of cost-cutting after two years of tremendous growth.

Chapter 5 is titled “Leading and Managing Project Teams” and includes the following topics:

  • Acquiring a project team.
  • Developing a project team.
  • Managing project conflict.
  • Virtual teams

Wall Street Journal article titled “Companies’ New Back-to-Work Dilemma: Who Comes First?” This link to this article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/companies-new-back-to-work-dilemma-who-comes-first-11600488032?mod=business_lead_pos4

Assume that you have been selected as the Project Manager to develop a process for returning employees to work for a large bank. The goal for your project is to identify which employees should come back to work first, and which employees can work from home permanently. This article is from 2020 when companies thought they could figure this out in a much shorter time frame. But, two years later, companies are still trying to figure this out. And, covid restrictions are not the only variable as current workforce demands are also a variable.

  1. Please identify the four most important characteristics of a high-performing team working on this project. Why is each characteristic important
  2. Conflict at the bank already exists between employees that have returned to work, and employees who are still working from home. Describe which conflict resolution strategies could be used to motivate the project team to work together.

Due dates: ————————————————————————–

>Initial comments to questions: Thursday, July 14th at 11:59 p.m. Central Time

>Responses to other students: Sunday, July 17th at 11:59 p.m. Central Time

— I will extend time for the replies when done with the main post!

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