Assessment item 3
High Performance Diverse Workplace(Scenario Based)
Length — 2500 words
This assessment task will synthesise your understanding on organisational culture and leadership with your theoretical and practical knowledge of OB in Australian organisations. The focus of this activity is to determine how the practice of OB must be redesigned and realigned in multiethnic/multicultural contexts to ensure cultural appropriateness and to achieve organisational effectiveness.
Australia has one of the world’s most culturally diverse workforces. Managing different cultural workgroups has ongoing implications on the success of the organisation. However, cultural differences leading to conflicts caused by ineffective communication and increasing moral and ethical degradation at workplace continue to be an issue of growing concern. Furthermore, as the workforce becomes, to a greater extent, diverse and multigenerational, labour power may force improvement in the employment relationship and call for different kinds of leaderships. Recently, exploratory studies conducted in Australia examined the blend of leadership styles/behaviours that different cultural workgroups preferred their managers to exhibit.
Using both literature and publicly available data:
1. Identify and discuss the communication challenges that a leader should expect to encounter in Australian organisations.
2. Explain how leaders can confront ethical issues in Australian organisations.
3. Identify,synthesize and discuss an optimal mix of leadership styles/behaviours; which should be sufficiently flexible and can be appropriately adopted in Australian organisations.
The purpose of the assignment is to build up a specific understanding of managing multicultural workforce and behavioural practices. This is a multi-strand knowledge gathering research that focuses on critical strategic issues in leadership and employee behaviour.