In this assignment, you will conduct an organizational analysis based on what you have learned from the readings in this unit. Using Collins’ work as a model and framework for advanced organizational analysis (and other references as needed), analyze a system, organization, and/or subsystems. Consider each of the concepts proposed by Collins’ breaking down the organizations’ strategic plan, financial management and systems, organizational structure, leadership, organizational culture, performance outcomes, etc. Collins’ research is good and provides a framework based on science rather than opinion or anecdotal observations. Consider the writings of Senge (1990) found in the Fifth Discipline and other related writers and models when performing an organizational analysis.
As part of this analysis, consider interviewing members of the staff, board members, organizational historians, key administrative personnel (CFO, CEO, CNE, etc.). Review what is written about the organization and its system in the local paper, regional documents, trade journals, etc. Do not use only published information about the facility, do the interviews with leaders and front line staff. These qualitative methods, along with review of clinical, financial and other evaluation measures (quantitative measures), will provide a more holistic perspective of an organizational systems’ performance.
If you choose to perform the analysis of the practice setting in which you intend to do a graduate project, this assignment could provide you with much foundational work for your practice change. “Immerse” yourself into your organizational system, getting to know the inner workings, how decisions are made, informal and formal networks, how change and innovation are perceived, and other organizational system dynamics.
If you are not working in an organization at this time, choose an organization where you can make contact to interview both leadership and staff to gain an objective analysis of the organization.
Additional information: How to blind a paper
As you prepare this assignment, you may or may not wish to disclose the name of the organization in the paper. If you want to use the name of the organization, you will not need to blind the submission. If you do not want to include the name, choose an acceptable pseudonym and introduce in a single sentence that a pseudonym is used to protect the confidentiality of the organization. Do not choose a pseudonym that is distracting to the reader, choose a professional name such as Memorial Hospital (MH), Southeastern Medical Center (SMC), etc. From that point, be consistent in the use of the pseudonym including in references. Use the pseudonym exactly in the same manner you would use the hospital name when creating a reference. Include the same identifying information you would include if you were using the name of the organization such as facility size, for-profit or not-for-profit, etc. Please appreciate if the primary instructor questions the legitimacy of the work, the faculty member may ask for the name of the organization and you will be expected to disclose the name.
Example: I work for Jefferson Medical Center, a facility that recently encountered some difficulties with a state inspection that led to the termination of the CEO. I want to honestly share the information about the facility, but I don’t want to cause any concerns on the part of the facility risk management team. I elect to blind the name of the organization. I may write the following: Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is a 435 bed acute care non-profit safety net hospital providing care to a county of 50,000. A pseudonym is used to protect the confidentiality of the facility. The mission of MMC is to provide superior care to the residents of the county (Memorial Medical Center, 2018).
Example Reference (corporate author unknown):
Memorial Medical Center (2018). Mission, vision and values of Memorial Medical Center. Retrieved from: https://MemorialMedicalCenter.org/quality improvement
When you format the reference use the APA manual to guide your work, however you can substitute the pseudonym in areas where you would otherwise use Jefferson Medical Center.
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