memorandum for case study Organizational Leadership

Read the Following Case Scenario:

recent survey was taken among employees at Biotech Health and Life
Products (Biotech). The results were alarming, as it appeared the
leadership has been less effective than in the past. Some of the common
complaints seemed to focus on the lack of vision, a breakdown in
communication and a lack of connection with staff.

have read the results and as Vice President of Biotech, you completely
agree with employees. Leadership is the cornerstone to success in any
organization and to permit poor leadership can only spell trouble. It
occurred to you that the place to start change was starring you in the
face – the new management hires planned for production in Detroit and
Anaheim. Mumbling to yourself “but what do I want them to look like?”
you decide that you must write a memo to HR Director, Judy Janks to make
sure the “right” description of a leader is asked for in the soon-to-be
released job description. Scrambling around on the desk, you find the
old job announcement so that you can make some changes. It reads,
“Biotech is looking for experienced production managers who focus on
keeping the production high and costs low. Manager must be able to
motivate employees to keep production moving smoothly and efficiently.
Must be someone who can handle a fast-paced environment, is driven and
results-oriented. Goal oriented and policy adherence critical to succeed
in the department.”


will act as the Vice President of Biotech. Write a memorandum to the HR
Director, Judy Janks that explains the need for a new job announcement
for managers at Biotech. The memorandum will explain how the business
environment has changed the view of the leader and defines the vision
you have based on synthesizing the course material about leadership
theory and definition of a leader in today’s business environment
opposed to leaders hired in the past.

writing the memorandum, use the course material from week 1 and week 2
to support the reasoning and conclusions made. Answer the following:

  • Explain
    how the existing job announcement for new hires was effective in the
    past based on the theories and view of leadership through the 1990’s.
  • Explain why the leader of today would no longer fit the definition set out in the old announcement.
  • Describe what a leader looks like today and what theories and leadership definition support this description.

Memorandum Set Up

a Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) document (no pdf files allowed) using
12-point font. A memo is left justified with no indentations of
paragraphs, single-spaced with double-space between paragraphs to make
the it easy to read.

In business, writing must be concise, easy to read and free of grammatical errors.

You are required to use in-text citations with an associated reference list.

headings in the memo. It is suggested that you set up the memo with all
of the required headings and then fill in each section.

Use the memo format below:





you are sending this memo to the HR Director so this is a formal.
Proofread the memo carefully for typos, grammatical errors and ensure it
conveys the points you are to address.

Why? Because
your work product is a reflection of who you are – it is your brand! A
good brand can lead to future opportunities in an organization such as a

sure the memo is audience appropriate, concise, coherent, readable,
uses appropriate terminology, is professional, provides a factual tone
(no opinion and no recommendations), and is visually appealing.

Memorandum Requirements

are sending this memo to the HR Director, Judy Janks. Read the memo to
ensure all required elements are present. You also need to use facts
from the case scenario and course material to support the ideas and
reasoning put forth.

language in the announcement has to be just right so that Biotech
attracts the best candidates. Therefore, it is important to help Judy
capture the essence of a leader at Biotech.

  • Make
    suggestions about language that should appear in the job announcement
    that supports the definition and characteristics you derived for the
    leader of today.
  • Provide
    an explanation so Judy knows why the specified language is important to
    convey the definition and characteristics of a leader;
  • Make suggestions about language that would not be in the job announcement for this leader;
  • Provide an explanation why the specific language should not be in the job announcement.
  • Not just anything is acceptable so make sure to read the course material and make wise selections in creating this memo.

The following items are required in writing the memo. Read and take note to ensure compliance to the following requirements.

  • Use
    the grading rubric while completing the project to ensure all
    requirements are met that will lead to the highest possible grade.
  • Third
    person writing is required. Third person means that there are no words
    such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first person writing), nor is there use
    of “you or your” (second person writing).
  • Contractions are not used in business writing, so do not use them.
  • Students
    will not use direct quotation marks but will instead paraphrase. What
    this means is that you will put the ideas of an author or article into
    your own words rather than lifting directly from a source document. You
    may not use more than four consecutive words from a source document
    (including the case scenario) or change words in a passage as doing so
    would require direct quotation marks. Use a passage from a source
    document by putting into your own words (paraphrase) and attribute the
    passage to the source document. Changing words from a passage does not exclude the passage from having to have quotation marks.
  • Use in-text citations and provide a reference list.
  • Provide the page or paragraph number in every in-text citation presented.

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