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• Week 4 Activity (T1.2015)
In your blog, you should address the following two sections:
Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.
Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.
Visit the following URLs, and use 'Questions to consider' to guide your thinking.
Activity 1: Structure and strategy
URL: BCG’s Yves Morieux view on Organisation Designx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm7d1dzOKmw
Questions to consider:
1. Yves Morieux claims that structure follows strategy. Is this always the case?

Activity 2: Holacracy
URL: Zappos just abolished bosses. Inside tech's latest management craze. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/11/5876235/silicon-valleys-latest-management-craze-holacracy-explained
Questions to consider:
1. What’s your understanding of holacracy? How would you describe it compared to bureaucracy and team-based structure?
2. Discuss how Contingency Factors of Organisational Design are at work in the case of Zappos?
3. In what ways do you think innovative culture is related to (agile) organisational structure?

Week 5 Activity (T1.2015)
In your blog, you should address the following two sections:
Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.
Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.
Visit the following URLs, and use 'Questions to consider' to guide your thinking.
Activity 1: The Milgram Experiment
URL:
1. Milgram Experiment - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcvSNg0HZwk
2. Milgram Experiment replicated in Australia (Psychology study by La Trobe University in the 1970s) - http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3489852.htm

Questions to consider:
1. To what extent would you be capable of inflicting real pain (physical, mental and/or emotional) on another human being?
Activity 2: Solomon Asch and Group Conformity
URL:
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!--(2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuvGh_n3I_M
Questions to consider:
1. Does your own personal decision-making always reflect an objective process?
2. Does the desire to be accepted as a part of a group leave one susceptible to conforming to the group’s norms?
3. Identify and discuss situational factors that can enable a group to exert pressure strong enough to change a member’s attitude and behaviour.

Week 6 Activity (T1.2015)
In your blog, you should address the following two sections:
1) Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.
2) Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.
Visit the following URLs, and use 'Questions to consider' to guide your thinking.
Activity 1: Linear Programming Word Problem
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ACJ9ewUC6U
Questions to consider:
1. What insights into rational decision making approach can you draw from this video?
2. What would be the limitations of linear programming?
3. In what kinds of situation could the linear programming be useful to decision making?

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