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Complete the purpose statement and performance standards sections of strategic alignment worksheets for two functional areas of a fictional organization. Then write a 2–3 page summary analysis of the strategic alignment work you did.

Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence. In this assessment, you are required to complete the SAWs you began in Assessment 1.

The four principal elements of management are planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. This assessment focuses on the dynamic relationship between the third and fourth of these elements: leading and controlling.

Your job as the department manager is to lead your teams so that organizational and department goals can be accomplished. For this assessment you will develop purpose statements for the two functional areas that you have chosen for the case study scenario. You will also establish performance standards for both functional areas.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 4: Evaluate how leading influences the role of a manager. 
    • Explain how the purpose statement for a human resources functional area supports people leadership.
    • Explain how the purpose statement for a declared functional area supports people leadership.
  • Competency 5: Evaluate how controlling influences the role of a manager. 
    • Create a strategically aligned purpose statement for a human resources functional area.
    • Create a strategically aligned purpose statement for a declared functional area.
    • Identify strategically aligned performance standards for a human resources functional area.
    • Identify strategically aligned performance standards for a declared functional area.
    • Explain how the performance standards for a human resources functional area reflect strategic alignment with the organization.
    • Explain how the performance standards for a declared functional area reflect strategic alignment with the organization

Required Resources

The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

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Suggested Resources

The resources provided here are optional. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The BUS-FP3011– Fundamentals of Management Library Guidecan help direct your research, and the Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.

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Bookstore Resources

These resources are available from the Capella University Bookstore:

  • Robbins, S. P., Coulter, M., & DeCenzo, D. A. (2017). Fundamentals of management: Management myths debunked! (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Assessment Instructions


Note: You will need to complete Assessment 1 before completing this assessment.

For this assessment, consider that you were asked to continue assisting an executive of the organization by completing the remaining sections of your strategic alignment worksheets (SAWs) for the human resources functional area and the additional functional area you selected for Atha Corporation. To complete this, your executive manager and you agreed that you should use the two strategic alignment worksheets you submitted for Assessment 1, and complete the following:

  1. Conduct independent research to familiarize yourself with the process of developing a purpose statement and performance standards. You may find the materials listed in the Suggested Resources helpful, or you may refer to other resources.
  2. Update the SAW for the human resources area by completing Section 2: Purpose Statement and Section 3: Performance Standards
    • In the Section 2: Purpose Statement table, provide thoughtful answers to the four questions to arrive at your purpose statement for each functional area. Explain how the purpose statement will help produce effective results.
    • In the Section 3: Performance Standards table, identify at least three strategically aligned performance standards that will be used to measure the performance of the functional area team. Provide a rationale for each identified performance standard and explain how managers can support the team through measuring performance and taking corrective action.
  3. Update the SAW for the additional functional area you selected by completing Section 2: Purpose Statement and Section 3: Performance Standards
    • In the Section 2: Purpose Statement table, provide thoughtful answers to the four questions to arrive at your purpose statement for each functional area. Explain how the purpose statement will help produce effective results.
    • In the Section 3: Performance Standards table, identify at least three strategically aligned performance standards that will be used to measure the performance of the functional area team. Provide a rationale for each identified performance standardand explain how managers can support the team through measuring performance and taking corrective action.
  4. Write one 2–3 page summary analysis on the sections you just completed for your SAWs. In your analysis, address the following questions: 
    • For each SAW, explain how the purpose statement for that functional area addresses the people leadership aspects of management by promoting trust, motivating employees, and supporting collaboration. Assess potential management challenges associated with the purpose statement.
    • For each SAW, explain how the performance standards reflect strategic alignment with the organization, through support of the other sections of the SAW (the goals and activities and purpose statement) and your revised organizational charts.
    • Indicate the research you used to support your work.
    • Describe the current or past experience (if any) you used as the basis for this activity.

Based on an executive audience, your summary should be well organized and written in clear, succinct language. Follow APA rules for attributing sources that support your analysis and conclusions.

Academic Integrity and APA formatting

As a reminder related to using APA rules to ensure academic honesty:

1. When using a direct quote (using exact or nearly exact wording), you must enclose the quoted wording in quotation marks, immediately followed by an in-text citation. The source must then be listed in your references page.

2. When paraphrasing (using your own words to describe a non-original idea), the paraphrased idea must be immediately followed by an in-text citation and the source must be listed in your references page.

Submit all three of the following as attachments to this assessment:

  1. Your completed SAW worksheet for the human resources functional area.
  2. Your completed SAW worksheet for the additional functional area you chose.
  3. Your summary analysis.
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