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Graded Discussion Board


Graded Discussion Board.01

Organizational Development (MGMT628)

Due date: November 19th, 2015

Topic: The Challenges for Organizations


Objective of the activity

The aim of this activity is to generate a discussion on the unproductive practices within organizations that impede the process of ‘learning’.

Learning outcomes

After attempting this activity, students will be able to:

  1. Establish some of the reasons why organizations ‘fail’ to learn and survive in a competitive and time-bound environment

The premise

Top management at Innovative Cars Co., a manufacturer of automobiles, is demanding its think tank group to devise a proposal for novel features in its manufactured automobiles. The entire process of idea generation up to execution is being carried out under immense pressure. There is no budget or time allocated for “experimentation” of the new features to test for its acceptance and the management wants a fool-proof plan from its team. This team comprises of only engineers who are experts on technical grounds and no members from fields such as marketing have been added to this group. Top management is adamant that the engineers are sufficient enough to suggest how they can attract customers by offering them advanced features in the cars.

Point of Discussion

In the hyper-competitive world of today, organizations are now aiming to become learning organizations. Learning organizations build up as an outcome of the demands faced and facilitates them to stay competitive in the business environment. How do you think the practices at Innovative Cars Co., will affect its’ endeavor of becoming a learning organization?



For acquiring the relevant knowledge, do not rely only on handouts but watch the course video lectures and read additional material available online or in any other mode.

Important Instructions:

  • Your discussion must be based on logical facts.
  • The GDB will open and close at above specified date and time. Please note that no grace day or extra time will be given for posting comments on GDB.
  • Use the font style “Times New Roman” and font size “12”.
  • Your answer should be relevant to the topic i.e. clear and concise.
  • Do not copy or exchange your answer with other students. Two identical / copied comments will be marked Zero (0) and may damage your grade in the course.
  • Books, websites and other reading material may be consulted before posting your comments; but copying or reproducing the text from books, websites and other reading materials is strictly prohibited. Such comments will be marked as Zero (0) even if you provide references.
  • You should post your answer on the Graded Discussion Board (GDB), not on the Moderated Discussion Board (MDB). Both will run parallel to each other during the time specified above. Therefore, due care will be needed.
  • Obnoxious or ignoble answer should be strictly avoided.
  • You cannot participate in the discussion after the due date via email.
  • Questions / queries related to the content of the GDB, which may be posted by the students on MDB or via e-mail, will not be replied till the due date of GDB is over.
  • For planning your semester activities in an organized manner, you are advised to view schedule of upcoming Assignments, Quizzes and GDBs in the overview tab of the course website on VU-LMS.


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Replies to This Discussion

I think to create novelty is a good endeavor to become a learning organization but I think the method is not right because it is not possible for a firm to become a learning organization with limited budget or time, experience and keep the team under pressure, so for becoming a proper learning organization top management should change the strategy.

Please join me guys, Time is very thora, I am getting bit confused.

u r right Adeel baig

thanks..... nigar, hrm627 too is ur subject

MGMT 628 GDB 1

According to this scenario management will be fail to achieve the result because they have very short time to accomplish it but It also can do but here main reason of failure is that they are not giving value to their other team members they are ignoring their contribution.


In competing organizations team members think together to achieve common goals. They build on shared vision, adding the element of collaboration.



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