Business and Management

After winning the 2001 election, the new governor of Virginia, Mark Warner, named Phillip Shucet to head the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Shucet was eager to bring his private-sector experience and management experience to VDOT, and he knew it would be a challenge. VDOT was renowned for its engineering innovation and cutting-edge research. More recently, though, the department’s public reputation had become damaged, and employee morale had hit rock bottom. The case describes the situation at the time the commissioner took over and offers a glimpse into the workings of a large governmental agency.

As a CLC, you will submit one paper of 1,500-1,750 words in which you examine the VDOT case study. This assignment will be completed in three parts.

Part 1

Part 1 of your paper should address the following:

Identify three management theories (one from classical approaches, one from the human relations approach, and one from the modern management approaches) that you think would be applicable in managing VDOT and the impact this change might have on organizational behavior within VDOT. Justify your choices with examples.
Explain how VDOT has reacted to the six challenges that face managers in the 21st century and evaluate its impact on VDOT’s effectiveness.
Part 2

Part 2 of your paper should address the following:

What factors operate in the VDOT’s general and specific/internal environment, and what impact did this have on the VDOT’s effectiveness?
As a result of your environmental analysis, what would you prioritize for your long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals? Why?
Part 3

Part 3 of your paper should address the following:

What motivational theory can you use to explain Shucet’s reasons for taking the job?
Identify the motivational problems that existed at VDOT and provide suggestions on how Shucet could have motivated employees to action by using four motivational theories (one from content theories, one from process theories, one from reinforcement theories, and the job enrichment model).
Include at least four academic resources as references for this assignment.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

Do not exceed the word limit and submit assignment to the appropriate drop box. For full credit, make sure that your Similarity Index does not exceed 15%. It is strongly suggested that you make your initial submission to 3 to 4 days ahead of the due date so that you have time to make any necessary revisions.

This assignment will be graded using the “CLC Assignment: VDOT: Trying to Keep Virginia Moving Rubric.” Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

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