The Nature of Organizations and the Contemporary Environment

Required Reading
Refer to the required and optional readings for this module, and any
other readings which will help you in increasing organizational
effectiveness through cultural awareness.


Click on this link to Kwintessential Language and Culture Specialists.
The site may take a moment to load, so be patient. You will find a
selection of 20 or so cultural awareness quizzes. Choose one or two
that look interesting to you. (Hint: You will learn the most if you
choose a general quiz, or one that concerns a country with which you
are not familiar, and then choose a quiz that tests your knowledge of
a culture with which you think you are highly familiar.) After
completing the quiz(zes), address the following questions in a 2- to
3-page essay:
•Which quiz(s) did you take?
•Were you surprised at your score?
•What strengths do you think you have in the area of inter-cultural awareness?
•What weaknesses are you able to identify?
•Create a plan of specific steps you can take to build on your
strengths and improve areas of weakness.
•Why is it important for managers to increase their levels of cultural

Keys to the Assignment

The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include:
•Complete the assessment according to the guidelines and interpret the results.
•Include the actual quiz and results.
•Discuss BOTH strengths and weaknesses. If there were gaps between
your assessment results and your own thoughts about your level of
cultural awareness, why they do these gaps exist?
•Discuss concrete actions you can take to improve your cultural awareness.

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the following five (5) criteria:
•Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and Breadth): Does the paper
fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the concepts behind the
Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound
logic? Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?
•Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and Depth): Does the paper
demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from
multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically
evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of
conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of
discussion and analysis?
•Business Writing (Clarity and Organization): Is the paper well
written (clear, developed logically, and well organized)? Are the
grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work?
Are section headings included in all papers? Are paraphrasing and
synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the Keys to
the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through
excessive use of direct quotations?
•Effective Use of Information (Information Literacy and References):
Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read, understood and
can apply the background materials for the module?  If required, has
the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by student’s
use of relevant and quality (library?) sources? Do additional sources
used in paper provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do
they help in shaping the overall paper?
•Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA
Style of referencing, by inclusion of proper end references and
in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as
appropriate? Have all sources (e.g., references used from the
Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been
included, and are these properly cited? Have all end references been
included within the body of the paper as in-text citations?

Tips and Suggestions

Please note the following tips and suggestions:
•Include a cover page and reference page, in addition to the 2-3 pages
of analysis described above.
•Include headings for all papers longer than two pages (basically all
papers), but do not use headings as “space fillers.”
•Cite AND reference all sources that you use in your work, including
those that you do not quote but paraphrase. This means include
citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than five
words, and citations for information that you have paraphrased from
other sources.
•Follow TUI Guidelines for well-written papers. (If you are unsure of
what those guidelines are, see The Elements of a Well Written Paper)

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