elance The Journal of Organized Change January 2018

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Strategic Planning

Papke-Shields, K. E., & Boyer-Wright, K. M. (2017). Strategic planning characteristics applied to project management.

International Journal of Project Management, 35(2), 169-179.

Projects in an organization are increasing and becoming complex, that that for them to be successful, strategic planning is needed. This article looks at the strategic planning that is applied to project management. The authors combine various strategic planning characteristics to come up with an approach they are referring to as "rational adaptive" which they assess its effectiveness in project management. The author concluded that the success of the project depends on how well the project manager will choose the right strategic planning characteristics that suit their projects.

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Balanced Scorecard

Chopra, M., Gupta, V., & Chhabra, B. (2017). Strategic Management Using Balanced Scorecard--A Case Study on Tata Power.

South Asian Journal Of Business & Management Cases, 6(2), 176-190.

Balance score care is a method for identifying and formalizing main drivers to business and provides a quick view of your corporation's strategic growth. This article helps in developing an understanding of the concept of balanced scorecard as a tool for strategy mapping, aligning and measuring performance. The authors concentrate on Tata power, a firm in a power distribution sector. Balanced scorecard has been used to address business, operational, and human resources challenges.

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360 Feedback

Siddiqui, S. (2017). Impact of 360-degree feedback on employee and organization growth: concerning higher education institutes of Pakistan.

International Journal Of Advanced Research, 5(4), 27-32.

Feedback process allows manager receive both quantitative and qualitative performance feedback. This paper examines how 360-degree feedback impact employees and organization growth as it shows a clear image of the performance of employees and organizational environment and progress. The author references on the importance of 360-degree feedback in institutions of higher education in Pakistan. The author concludes that while 360-degree feedback is essential in the organization, its impact on employee and organization growth depends on the planned implementation and organizational policies.

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Training

Dostie, B. (2018). The Impact of Training on Innovation.

ILR Review, 71(1), 64-87.

Employee training and development is a broad concept comprising of multiple types of employee learning to help employees learn specific skills and knowledge to improve their performance in their respective roles. In this paper, the author tests the hypothesis that, with human capital forming a critical part in determining the ability of the firm to innovate, any increase in this stock through firm-sponsored training might lead to more innovation. The author demonstrates that workplaces that offer training are more likely to innovate. In conclusion, the author finds out that there is a healthy and causal relationship between training and innovation.

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Employee Surveys

Popovic, B., Maletic, R., & Paunovic, T. (2015). Employee Satisfaction Survey in Function of Business Improvement.

Management - Journal of Theory and Practice Of Management, 20(76), 31-40.

To improve efficiency in business, business needs to conduct continuous research to measure employees' satisfaction. This paper examines the importance of employee satisfaction survey in function of business improvement. Specifically, the authors identify the causes of employees' job satisfaction/dissatisfaction, to take measures to improve employee satisfaction and to help improve business performance. They concluded that through employee's surveys, firms understand their employees to improve employee satisfaction.

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Teams/Facilitation

Holtbr├╝gge, D., & Engelhard, F. (2017). Biculturals, team facilitation, and multicultural team performance: an information-processing perspective.

European J. Of Cross-Cultural Competence And Management, 4(3/4), 236-262.

Team facilitation improves communication between team members hence increasing their efficiency. The current paper tests the impact of bicultural individuals on team facilitation activities and the relationship of these activities with team performance. The author notes that multicultural teams are confronted with a variety of team members' values and native languages that increase the risk of miscommunication. In contrast to prior, research which has emphasized the use of organizational solutions to improve information processing in the international context and conclude that team facilitation is important for multicultural teams.

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Six Sigma

Sabet, E., Adams, E., & Yazdani, B. (2016). Quality management in heavy duty manufacturing industry: TQM vs. Six Sigma.

Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, 27(1/2), 215-225.

Six Sigma is a tool that organizations use to improve the process. This article compares the effectiveness of total quality management and six sigma methods of quality management. The authors carried out a qualitative research to address the debate between the two looking at it in the perspective of the heavy-duty machinery production industry. They conclude that despite that fact that total quality management has been implemented in heavy duty machinery manufacturing successfully, its potential to improve quality is questionable; hence, leaving room for Six Sigma in replacing

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