organizational leadership

The objective of the final Capstone Paper is to allow you to demonstrate comprehension, analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation of information, ideas, and concepts of organizational leadership through written descriptions cited and/or adapted from various scholarly sources.

The Capstone Paper is to be submitted and presented during Learning Session 12. The content of the Capstone Paper is based on your analysis of the components and aspects of organizational leadership, assessments, and action plans. The report is to follow the formal writing protocols described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and in The Longman Handbook for Writers and Readers. This 40- to 50-page, word-processed paper is to include at least 15 reference sources (sources specific to the course, sources from prior BSM courses, and at least three additional reference sources).

Information about an organization and its leaders is the focus of the analysis and evaluation and can be obtained from authorized personal contacts; public documents such as corporate annual reports; and brochures available from the firm, a library, or the Internet. Specific information about leadership can be based on prior courses, course textbooks, and adaptations of leadership assessments completed as assignments.

The preliminary pages of the Capstone Paper are to include a title page, a table of contents, a list of tables, a list of figures, and an executive summary. The executive summary will replace the abstract because business reports frequently begin with executive summaries.

The content of the Capstone Paper should follow the outline provided in Appendix B of the syllabus. The instructor must approve any exceptions to this format. The Quality Criteria for Capstone Papers is located in the Materials section of the Course Materials module. The instructor will use the form as an aid to evaluate your paper.

In order to help you manage your work on the Capstone Paper and finish your reports in a timely fashion, benchmarks have been incorporated into this course. Drafts of particular sections of the Capstone Paper are due in specific learning sessions for peer review. Also, an interview of an organizational leader is assigned for Learning Session Four.

For the interview, you are to identify and arrange to interview a recognized organizational leader about the leadership experience. If possible and prudent, focus on a senior business leader at your place of employment. A full description of the structured interview is set forth in the Materials section of the Course Materials module. You are to incorporate information from the interview into the Capstone Paper.

Evaluation of the Capstone Paper is to be based on the following:

Content Information Requirements

Executive Summary is written in accordance to the Sample (Generic) Capstone Paper in the Materials section of the Course Materials module.
Introduction is written in accordance to the Sample (Generic) Capstone Paper in the Materials section of the Course Materials module.
Literature Review in accordance to the Sample (Generic) Capstone Paper in the Materials section of the Course Materials module.
The report contains concepts and theories that support scholarship about leader and organizational effectiveness.
Concepts, principles, practices, and theories about organizational effectiveness are correctly applied to describe organizational leadership at the executive, business unit, and operational levels of the organization.
Real-world examples are presented to illustrate concepts and ideas about leaders, followers, and organizational effectiveness.
Values that underlie organizational culture are identified and described.
Leadership performance is described as a strategic process and a role that is accountable for achievement of strategic goals and business results.
Alternatives for developing organizational leaders are identified and described.
Appropriate and specific methods for assessing the effectiveness of organizational leaders are designed and applied.
Assessment results are organized, summarized, analyzed, and interpreted using appropriate statistical tools.
Results are analyzed and discussed in relation to what has been reported and summarized in review of the relevant literature.
Conclusions and recommendations are logical and are related to the results.
Technical Requirements

The title page and table of contents include all appropriate information and are formatted in accordance with the Sample (Generic) Capstone Paper in the Materials section of the Course Materials module.
The report is organized into required sections as set forth in the Sample (Generic) Capstone Paper in the Materials section of the Course Materials module, and according to APA style.
The Effectiveness Assessment Tool follows the references.
Information is selected from appropriate sources (e.g., textbooks from prior BSM courses, the library, and recommended Internet sources).
All sources are correctly cited, including adaptations of data in tables and graphs, which are labeled in accordance with APA style.
All cited sources are fully and correctly written in the References section.
Footnotes are cited in accordance to the APA Manual. Footnotes refer to content footnotes and copyright permission footnotes.
Numerical data is organized, summarized, analyzed, and interpreted using appropriate statistical techniques.
Margins and spacing are in accordance to the Sample (Generic) Capstone Paper in the Materials section of the Course Materials module.
All pages are numbered, including appendixes.
The report meets the minimum number of pages (at least 40 pages).
Clarity and Overall Readability

Terms and acronyms are appropriate and explained.
Paragraphing is appropriate, with smooth transitions and no one-sentence paragraphs.
Care is demonstrated to avoid the use of pronouns such as “you” and “your,” and there is minimal use of “I.”
The report is easy to follow because ideas flow logically.
The report is written clearly and concisely using standard, formal English (past tense, active voice).
Information in the text is free from grammatical, punctuation, or spelling errors.
The design of the Effectiveness Assessment Tool for evaluating the effectiveness of organizational leadership demonstrates appropriate and sufficient understanding of organizational leadership.
The content of the report is presented in a scholarly manner and is reasonably accurate, complete, and thorough.
Recommendations are consistent with information in the Findings and Discussion sections.

application, and evaluation of information, ideas, and concepts of organizational leadership. The presentation should include essential elements, key concepts, and results of applying the Effectiveness Assessment Tool. The focus of the study is the effectiveness of organizational leaders in the organization.

The report, presented/submitted in Learning Session 12, is to be based on the essence of the written report. The 15-25 power point slide presentation should follow ordinary practices for effective communication, including use of Microsoft PowerPoint slides and/or overhead transparencies.

Evaluation of the Capstone Paper presentation is to be based on the following:

Content Information Requirements

The essence of the written paper is presented. (Note: There is not sufficient time for the student to read the entire paper.)

Sufficient background information, from BSM courses and other sources, about the organization and its leaders is presented in the introduction to establish the context for the study.
An appropriate quantity and quality of relevant and scholarly sources are presented.
The methods used to assess the effectiveness of organizational leaders are appropriately designed and correctly described.
Terms, concepts, and theories are operationally defined.
Aspects of Cultural Due DiligenceTM are related to effectiveness of organizational leaders.
Assessment results are organized, summarized, analyzed, and interpreted using appropriate statistical tools.
Results are analyzed and discussed in relation to what had been reported and summarized in the review of the relevant literature.
Conclusions are logical and are related to the results.
Recommendations focus on what is required to develop organizational leaders for effectiveness.
Technical Requirements

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