PROJECT 3 Starts: CULTURE, CLIMATE, ETHICS (Required Submissions: annotated bibliography; 15 minute 7-8 slide, excluding cover and reference page, narrated PP Presentation and 3-page memo summarizing major findings with resources cited in APA format to be submitted

STEP 1 (Read thoroughly this week.)

Step 1 is an overview of the project. There are several submissions: an annotated bibliography; an 8-10 slide (excluding cover page and reference page) 15-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation, and a memo of no more than three (3) pages written to indicate the findings to a key supervisor (e.g., CEO, COO). The focus is to be your own organization or an instructor approved alternative. You should review in full what is expected of you in each step for the project. A comprehensive template-outline has been devised for you to follow. It can be found in Step 1’s link Final Deliverable. You will also find in Step 1 guidance for developing a narrated PP Presentation. I have attached the Final Deliverable Template-Outline and the Narrated PP Presentation Guidance to this update for your convenience.

You can see the workload continues week-to-week. Falling behind makes it difficult to keep pace with course requirements since you will be trying to compete projects that should have been completed at the same time you are working on current projects soon due for grading.


Project 3: Steps 2, 3, 4 to be completed this week. Project 3 is due for grading at the end of Week 7.

Project 3: (7-8 slide, excluding cover page and reference page, 15- Minute Narrated PowerPoint Presentation & 3 page Memo — narration guidelines attached).

Step 2: Collect and Analyze Resources:

This step is requesting that you consider what to research to address the issue you have been requested to resolve for the COO, as indicated in Project 3’s Start Here introduction. Culture, Climate, Ethics, are among the primary factors that define organizations and the actions of their employees. These aspects of organizations have been extensively researched and published in a panoply of articles and books by scholars and practitioners alike. Accordingly, the portion of the project that deals with defining the aforementioned concepts is expected to be drawn from high level sources. A number of significant academic works is included in the steps for your reference. You will later utilize some of these sources in Step 4’s Annotated References (see Step 4 below) requirement and for the references in Step 5’s final memo and 15 minute, 7-8 slide narrated PowerPoint presentation submission requirements. See the attached Final Deliverable Template for guidelines regarding what is to be considered in the final submission requirements (15 minute 7-8 Narrated PP presentation slides, excluding introductory and reference pages, and a 3-page memo summarizing your findings to the COO, CEO or other high level official in your organization).

Step 3: Independent Research

This step requires you to Independently research on the concepts of organizational culture, climate, and ethics. You are to determine the consequences of organizational culture, climate, and ethics to your organization’s operations. You will find the attached Project 3 Final Deliverable Template and its suggested questions for analysis very helpful in guiding your project to conclusion.

The research performed in Step 3 should produce the references needed to complete Project 4 in its entirety, including the four (4) sources you will use in Step 4’s Annotated Bibliography requirement. Please read the requirements of Step 4 and Step 5 and review the attached Final Deliverable Template before completion of Step 3. This effort will save you considerable time and enable you to stay on point to complete the project in a timely and expected manner.

As students and working professionals, you have an obligation academically and professionally to use the highest-level sources available to you to support your research and analysis. See my comments below for Step 4.

Step 4: Evaluation of Evidence (Annotated References Due–See attached description and example):

After you complete your analysis of the materials in Step 3 of Project 3, Step 4 of Project 3 requires you to develop an Annotated Reference list. Four (4) references are to be annotated. It is suggested that these references be significant academic references and researched from the academic sources embedded in the steps or other repositories for academic sources, such as the UMUC library database, or both.

Annotating a reference means that the full APA cited reference also includes an explanatory notation about the reference and a brief critical analysis of its relevance to your writing. In general, an annotation requires a focused analysis of each reference selected by you. An Annotation example is embedded in Project 3, Step 4, along with the submission template for your annotated references. A description of what is included in an Annotation follows:

Each annotation will consist of a descriptive portion, generally not exceeding a few paragraphs and an analytical portion, generally not exceeding a few paragraphs. In the descriptive portion, you will summarize the author’s purpose, major points, and conclusions. In the analytical portion, you will discuss the author’s contribution to the issue you are addressing (e.g., culture, climate, ethics, motivation, and so forth) and the relationship of the author’s contribution to your purpose. Since you are expected to establish the quality of your research to buttress your analysis and conclusions, it is customary and expected that you will note the author’s qualifications and expertise, as they pertain to the information you are referencing to develop your memo and PP presentation. The citation for your 4 references must be in APA format.

You should also distinguish between primary and secondary resources. A primary source is written by the author directly. For example, if you read something on culture written by Edgar Schein (an icon in the field of cultural studies) and use it in your paper, that reference is considered to be a primary source since the source of the information is Schein himself. A secondary source, on the other hand, is a source from which you extract content or information that was developed by that source but is based on the work of someone else —which, in our example, is Schein. For example, if you are reading a textbook by Jones, who may be an acknowledged expert on culture studies herself, where she cites, explains, or uses ideas that originated with Schein, that information about Schein and Jones’ textbook are considered a secondary source.

Keep in mind that an annotated reference is NOT a short book report. An annotated reference highlights but does not delve into the level of detail a book report strives to communicate.

Keep in mind, too, that there is a hierarchy of sources for all research purposes. I have suggested a hierarchy below:

Referred Journal articles.

Books by reputable authors in the field they are writing, which are grounded in documented research, that is referenced in detail.


Certain specialized publications (WSJ; Fortune) but you need to be very conscious of the author’s point of view (biases).

Generally available news information from everyday sources (e.g., newspapers).

Publications that are pitching an approach that fixes everything and offer consulting services toward that end.

NOTE: Not everyone would agree with the exact order of my list or that it is all inclusive. I think, however, there would be a general consensus that a hierarchy along the lines I am suggesting does exists for all research purposes. As students and working professionals, you have an obligation academically and professionally to use the highest-level sources available to you to support your research and analysis.

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