The presentations as a whole seem
to be getting better every class period.I have commented after past presentation that it seemed like too many
individuals are reading the information on their slides.That seems to be happening less and
less.The majority of the
presentations now use their PowerPoint's as a guide to the topics they are
Two presenters today are or were
part of the organization they talked about, which is great, because it gives
them a unique perspective on the issues discussed.However, neither one of them made it explicitly clear
that they had been or are a part of the organization.It was a little confusing when half way through the presentations
the presenters went from talking about their organization from an outside perspective
to changing and talking about how they are involved.Simply by talking about how "we" communicated or what "we"
could improve upon.This could have
been easily avoided in both situations by mentioning at the beginning of the presentation
how they are involved within the organization the decided to analysis.
Brian Grant's presentation of the
Pittsburgh Pirates came across very well.I liked that fact that Brian explained how he was approaching his
organizational analysis assignment.Specifically he used a goal attainment approach to measure how his
organization was effective.Brian
mentioned this specific approach several times throughout his presentation to
reinforce the fact that this was his approach to this assignment.
also enjoyed the organizational analysis of the Intramural Department at the
U.Due to Rebecca's unique
perspective of insider for the organization it was interesting to hear her own
personal stories about some of the aspects of waste within the organization.It was also interesting to hear about
her recommendations for the organization because of her unique perspective.
Under Armor presentation was interesting because it was very similar to a
presentation that took place previously.While much of this analysis was similar to Emily's analysis, I found
interesting that two different projects came up with very similar analyses to
each other.This leads me to
believe that both of the presentations were well researched and based on class
After watching several days of presentations I have noticed
that almost every presenter seems to be reading the slides to the class.While this approach is fine for certain
slides like a Mission Statement, the information should be expanded on besides
the basic information about the topic that is on the slide.I am able to read and would like more
information then what I can read.As an example Parker Kruckenberg's presentation, was very well
done.Parker had basic information
on his slides but then shared a bit more about the topics presented.Parker's story about the baseball
player that would show up to practices hung over was presented in a basic
manner on the slide.After reading
the slide Parker then expanded on the information by giving specifics about how
he knew this information to be true and how it was not communicated vertically
within the organization.While
Parker could have typed out all this information and read it to the class it
was just as effective to tell the story without having to read it to us.
The start of chapter 13 on page 257
in our text begins with a closer look at the Vancouver-Whistler Olympic bid now
typically called the Vancouver Olympics.This bit of text was only meant to give a very brief summer of the events
that went into deciding how Vancouver was chosen to host the games.According to the text, this bid was
backed by 70 public and private organizations putting up the 34 million dollars
to complete the bid. This
summary also talks about how the City of Vancouver did a public vote to see if
residents supported the city making a costly bid to host the Winter Olympic
Games.The text also states that
the city's residents approved the bid with 64 percent of voters voting in favor
of continuing the bid.Vancouver
and two other cities being consider, then hosted delegates from the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help sell their city as being the
correct choice for these games.
This whole situation is full of
various groups making strategic alliances to accomplish their own specific set
of goals.The Vancouver-Whistler
2010 Bid Corporation is clearly a strategic alliance.This alliance was created with the idea of bringing the
games to the Vancouver area.One
of this alliance's main goals was to persuade the IOC to vote in favor of
Vancouver.According to the text
on page 258 the IOC voters have created a, "Voting allegiance (members are
known to vote in cliques)."The
situation has one strategic alliance, the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation,
trying to persuade another strategic alliance, the IOC voters, to vote in one
particular way.I find in
fascinating that despite the amount of formalization in the Olympic bid process
that the process basically comes down to a couple of strategic alliances all
vying for a very limited number of votes, and even those voters rely on
alliances (cliques) to help determine how they will vote.
According to http://www.vancouver2010.com/ Just
before the Olympic games where awarded to Vancouver the Vancouver-Whistler 2010
Bid Corporation was dissolved and was evolved into the Vancouver 2010 Bid
Corporation, which is another strategic alliance to complete the 2010 Olympic
Bid.Upon the awarding of the
games this alliance was charged with organizing the building venues and other
preparations for the games.
With all these strategic alliances
trying to persuade each other and the very lucrative nature of the games, it is
not a surprise to me that this process has at times run amok.As an example, look at the bribery
allegations that some individuals faced after the Salt Lake City Winter
Olympics.All these strategic
alliances make it to simple for unethical actions to be hidden from the general
public.Clearly I have only
scratched the surface on Olympic strategic alliances, but it is my opinion that
the IOC and its related alliances need to be held more accountable.
1.What is your opinion of how the IOC voting
works?Do you have a suggestion on
how to prevent voting cliques?
2.Do you know of any other sport organizations
that work in a similar manner?How
could they improve their process?
I have to say I was very impressed with all of the presentations I have seen so far. Some parts that I found helpful as an audience, was Kristen's second slide that included the overview of how her presentation was going to go. While this slide had nothing to do with her information about Nike and the Jordan Brand it was very helpful to have a layout of how the presentation was going to take place. I also enjoyed Erica's recommendations for the future of Gopher Hockey. Again, while this was not a vital piece of her presentation, it did cause me to pause and think about ways of solving problems within my own organizational analysis.
my initial effective organization philosophy I talked about how the most
important aspect of an organization is the balance between the individual and
the organization.I used a
specific example from the readings to make my thoughts clearer. I also used my own original ideas to
talk about how that lack of balance could negatively effect a sport
organization. Near the end of my
initial thoughts I concluded that while the book had not yet talked about a
balanced approach, I expected at some point it would.Looking back through the textbook, lecture notes, other
readings and recalling what I learned, I cannot remember any of the sources
making any mention of the ideas that I talked about.While the book does talk about balance between some ideas,
such as on page 41 in our Slack and Parent book, it discusses a balance between
effectiveness and efficiency, and on page 217 they begin a discussion about the
balance between differing types of conflict.While I do not recall the book ever specifically talking
about a balance between an individuals needs and an organizations needs, it is
my opinion that in a round about way it does talk about this idea.
Much of this book is dedicated to
talking about how to deal with individuals or small groups within an organization.Some of the ideas behind leadership or
the decision making process clearly are trying to talk about a balance between
individuals and the organization.While the book chooses several different ways of going about this (such
as talking about types of conflict and effectiveness versus efficiency) it
still gets the same basic ideas across, with much more specific language.
re-reading my initial ideas and thinking critically about them I do not think
they my ideas were incorrect.I do
think that my ideas ended up being a bit superficial but I think that is
perfectly acceptable. I have never
learned about information like this or taken a course with similar content to
this one before. The closest thing I have taken is a human resources course
that was mostly about training of employees, but that is considerably
different. If I had known at the
time how to articulate my ideas in a way that was relevant to an sports
organization or sport organization class, then what could I have possibly
learned from this class.
retrospect that is probably the biggest single thing I have learned in the
class.The thing that will stick
with me most is the specific language to clearly talk about a sport
organization and if necessary evaluate it in several different ways and from
multiple points of view.
1.After reevaluating your own initial thoughts on
what makes an effective organization did you come up with anything or a small
number of things that you will take away from this course?
2.What do you think of my idea that I was not
incorrect with my initial ideas about what makes an effective organization, but
what I really lacked was the language and ability to articulate those ideas well?
I have decided to talk about the
effectiveness of an organization I am involved with.The organization is the Adult Hockey Association or AHA for
short.I have been playing hockey
in this organization for about 4 years and have recently realized that the top
teams are always the top teams and the bottom teams are always the bottom
teams.The AHA's mission according
to their own website at ahahockey.com is:
"We are a Twin Cities based amateur adult hockey
association. Our mission is two fold 1) To provide instruction to adults who
want to learn to play the
Coolest Game and 2) To foster safe, fun competition for adults who
want to play no-check
To me this mission clearly states that they want a
competitive league but then why do that same teams always finish in the top of
the league and the bottom of the league. To me this is clearly not effective
and does not accomplish the mission statement they have published.The AHA has implemented things to
combat this from happening.When new players sign-up for the league they are required to go through
an evaluation and are rated and placed in the appropriate level according to their
hockey skills and speed. There are 8 levels that are possible, with 6 to 25
teams at each level.From this
separation the individuals can be drafted similar to professional leagues, but
simplified.The bottom finishing
team gets the first pick and the top finishing team gets the last pick.If your team has enough returning
players from the year before you are not required to draft any players.On the surface, this system seems like
it should work well but it has just not worked out the way it was intended.
this formalized process has proved very efficient at placing players in an
appropriate level for their skills, it has not helped the bottom teams in those
levels become more competitive.It
seems that part of this problem is the drafting system itself. While each team can
receive players, the players are so evenly matched that it makes little
difference if you receive the 1st pick, the 25th pick or
a pick someplace in between.The
AHA has worked out their evaluation system so well that all players that are
placed in a particular level are extremely evenly matched.Due to this fact adding more players to
your roster does not guarantee that the overall skill of your team will improve
or that your level of competitiveness will improve.
recommendations to improve this situation are to have the top team or teams in
a level move up or down to the next level.This system does not have to happen on a yearly basis but
perhaps if a particular teams finishes in the top 12% or bottom 12% for two
consecutive years or 3 out of 4 years, the AHA should require that team to move
up to the next level or down to the next level.I say 12% because if a level that has only 6 teams then you
are only have one team (6 x .12 = .72 rounded to 1) that will be moving up and
one down.If a level has 25 teams
that total will be 3 teams moving up and 3 teams down, with the other levels
falling someplace in between 1 and 3.By using 12%, this process can be formalized throughout the league
rather then different rules for each level.It is unlikely that all these teams will move up or down on
the same year because of the requirement to have 2 years in a row or 3 out of 4
years in the top or bottom 12%.
is my opinion that this would help to make each level more competitive and
would also help the AHA's mission to "foster...fun competition."
1.Do you think this plan is formalized enough and
will it be effective?
2.If a plan like this were implemented in would
clearly create an environment of change.How do you get teams and players to buy into making this change work?
1.Decision making issues included the recall on the drink, lack of structure in chaos control situations or no procedure, and too much participation from too many members of the organization in making the decision.
2.The conditions in which this decision was made were high pressure and priority and were time constrained do to the urgency and risk involved.
3.Using the Carnegie model we addressed this as a high uncertainty issue also with high risk and a high possibility of failure. Therefore, in order to take a conservative approach while also being responsible to our company we decided a coalition formation of upper management along with a crisis control team was necessary. The crisis control team would research as much information about the issue at hand and form possible solutions as to why this problem is occurring. From there upper management would make the decision that best suits the situation both from a socially responsible standpoint and keeping the best interest of the company in mind.
To rid MLB of performance enhancing substances while
educating current and future players about the effects these drugs have.
·The current MLB culture seems to be if you are
going to use these substances, do not get caught.The MLB culture should be we will not allow these substances
to be used at all.
·Current culture has little reason to
change.Until enough fans revolt
and stop going to games and watching them on TV it will be difficult to get MLB
to make major changes in their current culture.If this revolt happens change will happen swiftly because
profits will be affected.
·Stricter clubhouse rule similar to ones in place
within the NBA
·Adopting an independent drug control policy like
the World Anti Doping Agency's, that includes more strict tests and more random
testing, also increased random testing
·Allow players to come forward with drugs they
plan to take within a season and ask questions about what is acceptable and
what is not, similar to a policy in place in place in the NFL, allowing for
more open communication
·Hold mangers and owner responsible for failed
players, with substantial fines, this could have the effect of regular users
not be able to sign with a team because owner and managers would not be willing
to accept the risk of having that player, very effective scare tactic to
·Encourage player, managers, owners and MLB to
speak out against players that have tested positive
·Using motivational style speakers to talk with
players on an annual basis about the effects the even minimal substance abuse
can have, include in this group former players that have used
·Create a voted in committee within MLB made of
multiple stakeholder groups that will continually evaluate drug policies and
create formalized procedure to handle situations, this committee must be kept independent
from the commissioners office or MLBPA to ensure more impartiality
·Create a recognizable, anti-substance logo for
the committee that could be a symbol for change within the MLB culture
·Include language in contracts that will allow
players and players managers to lose a percentage of there salary for the rest
of their contract if they do test positive, a percentage would be more
effective then a set amount because players salary ranges are extremely large
and this would take a more equitable amount from each offender
·Require players in the off-season to make appearances
at schools or with youth groups to encourage non drug use, hopefully by talking
about it the message will resonate with players more effectively
·Make rules permanent with committee review to
·Make rules that effect all levels of an
organization, players, managers and owners this will lead to self policing of
drug abuse situations
·Offer rewards to players and managers for
providing proof of other players substance abuse
·More open communication about what is acceptable
and allowing players to ask more questions about what is acceptable
Andre Phillips David Dahlstrom Rebecca Picha Ryan Hooser
Overall I enjoyed all the presentations, but two in
particular I found especially interesting.The Brainerd Lunkers Baseball I found interesting because it
was a much smaller organization then most of the others that have been
presented in class.I enjoyed learning
a bit about an organization that I had never heard of before.For similar reasons I also enjoyed the
Under Armor presentation.Clearly
I have heard of Under Armor before this presentation, but of the many business
and teams that have been talked about in various Sports Management courses at
the U, Under Armor has never come up.In both of these instances I found it interesting to learn about an
organization that I had not studied before.