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In this Discussion, you will share one article from a peer-reviewed academic journal that will inform your inquiry into one of the topics you have selected to investigate this term.

Note: Make sure that the article you select clearly addresses ethical and social change impact.

Day 3: Initial Post

Post the complete reference and link to one of the articles from your literature matrix. Explain the criteria you used to make your selection and why you feel that this article is important for your inquiry.

Day 5: Responses to Classmates

Reply to at least two of your classmates’ posts with a brief reflection on their initial posts. For each, share one additional article that may help your classmate in his or her inquiry. Include the complete reference and a link to the article along with your rationale for how it contributes to your classmate’s topic.

By way of this collaboration, you not only will support your classmates but also will extend your own knowledge about additional topics that follow the themes of this course, beyond the ones you are researching yourself.

Day 7: Reflection

Post a reflection on what surprised you, what you still need to understand about the topic, and what you learned from your classmates.

Notes Applicable to All Posts

  • Support all your posts by referring to at least one relevant article from a peer-reviewed journal.
  • You must refer to articles that have not already been referenced by yourself, by any of your peers, anywhere else in this course, or in any other course in your program.
  • Make sure that the articles you select clearly addresses either implicitly or explicitly ethical and social change impact.
  • Include proper APA citations and references, as well as links to all sources. 

MGMT 8705M: Organizational Behavior Performance and Evaluation


Week 2: Initial Literature Reviews

Hints for Week 2 Discussion This week, you will be asked to work more in depth with your literature. In the Discussion this week, you will begin to talk about the literature you have been finding about your area of interest. One great way to accomplish the analysis of each article is to utilize the literature matrix consistently throughout the development of all your projects. When you review articles that are peer reviewed you should be able to see how the authors base their assumptions. You will be developing your understanding of the topic and building your argument.

Example Theme: Organizational Behavior Topic: Individual Employee Motivation and Behavior Issue: Impact and influence of reward and recognition on employee performance and job satisfaction; Impact of leader/member relationship Palmer, Johnson, & Johnson (2015) conducted a study into the value of accurate feedback, with the goal of determining how relevant feedback is to performance, and more specifically, how important was the accuracy of feedback on employee behavior. Their study found that the accuracy of the feedback did seem to help improve employee performance. However, they found that even exaggerated performance feedback is better than no feedback at all. The authors conclude by pointing out that “[m]anagers who might be tempted to underreport performance to get employees to work harder may be causing damage rather than increasing organizational output (in addition to other legitimate concerns related to credibility and ethics)” (p. 235). The findings of this article inform a possible research study into the impact of feedback on employee motivation and performance.

Reference Palmer, M. G., Johnson, C. M., & Johnson, D. A. (2015). Objective performance feedback: Is numerical accuracy necessary? Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 35(3/4), 206–239. doi:10.1080/01608061.2015.1093059 Permalink to article in Walden Library: https://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx ?direct=true&db=edswss&AN=000365671100003&site=eds-live&scope=site


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Criteria for “superior” initial post: þ Student accurately includes the complete reference and link from a peer-

reviewed article and provides a thorough and detailed written rationale for the selection of the article and explains how it contributes to the project.

þ Student consistently follows APA writing style and basic rules of formal English grammar and written essay style. Student communicates in a cohesive, logical style. There are no spelling or grammar errors.

þ Student demonstrates full adherence to APA style with respect to source attribution, references, heading and subheading logic, table of contents and lists of charts, etc. There are no APA errors. Citations and references support position.

Hints for Week 2 Assignment When you fill out your literature matrix, consider everything you can learn from the article. For example, Phipps-Taylor and Shortell (2016) conducted a meta-analysis that provides a good starting point for finding additional literature about your topic of interest. When an article is a meta-analysis of the literature, you can see the relationships among the variables the authors sought to understand. The other benefit of a meta- analysis is that you will be able to find other potential literature about your topic of interest. When you begin to select your topics, you will want to identify the scope and primary concepts. Your literature should focus on the intersection between two or more of the issues under one topic. Ask yourself, what are the concepts I am trying to understand or explore? You may not find articles that talk about the concepts together; that is when you need to construct your argument and understand what is important to you about the topic you selected. Interdisciplinary review of literature is very common. Often researchers work to identify concepts used by other disciplines to explain similar underlying concept.

Example (extract) See the Excel workbook “Literature Matrix” located in this week’s resources.

Reference Phipps-Taylor, M., & Shortell, S. M. (2016). More than money: Motivating physician behavior change in accountable care organizations. The Milbank Quarterly, 94(4), 832– 861. doi:10.1111/1468-0009.12230

Criteria for “superior” Assignment: þ Student provides a total of 11 or more relevant peer-reviewed journal entries with

some related to the ethical and social change impact of the research. þ Student presents a detailed and thorough explanation for every entry provided. þ Student has no spelling or grammar errors. Matrix is organized, clear, and easy

to understand. Correct APA format and style is applied.