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Psychology, Personalities, & Management

Psychology, Personalities, & Management

As a manager, it is important to pay attention to the types of personalities of your employees. Understanding the psychology behind different personalities provides knowledge that can help manage employees properly. When you are familiar with how your employees behave, what motivates them, and their tendencies/strengths/shortcomings, you can predict certain outcomes. Here are a few examples: Type Traits What to watch out for Perfectionist/Obsessive Compulsive   Disciplined Self Control Reliable Procrastinate Rigid Can’t handle criticism   Narcissist   Arrogant Competitive…

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I/O psych, Organization Development, & Change Management

I/O psych, Organization Development, & Change Management

  The purpose of this weblog is to differentiate between I/O psychology, Organization Development, and Change Management. These terms are often used interchangeably though they are very different. Nguyen (2016, May 9) offers these definitions for each: Industrial and Organizational (I/O) psychology is a field of psychology that studies people, work behavior (performance of tasks), and work settings to understand how behavior can be influenced, changed, and enhanced to benefit employees and organizations (Zedeck, 2011). Organization development is a system-wide application and…

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Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is extremely important in any organization. It is also important for managers to take actions to ensure that their employees stay engaged in their day to day activities. Employee engagement can be referred to as the connection and commitment employees exhibit toward an organization, resulting in higher levels of productive work behaviors. Managers worldwide state that increasing employee engagement is one of their top five global business strategies.1 Employee engagement can greatly affect employee retention, productivity and loyalty….

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R&D and Innovation

R&D and Innovation

Research and Development plays a critical role in the innovation process. R&D is an investment in technology and future capabilities which is transformed into new products, processes, and services(1)- It directly supports the development of knowledge and technology.  Research and development can occur without innovation, alternatively, innovation can occur without research and development. However, R&D usually results in innovation and innovation often stems from R&D. When a company takes the time to invest in research and development, they gain a vast amount…

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ICS698 Weblog Introduction

ICS698 Weblog Introduction

Hello! My name is Alison Lytle. I am currently working towards my Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University. My undergraduate degree in psychology is from Ball State as well. I have also completed graduate level coursework in Industrial/Organizational psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My work experience is quite varied. I have held positions ranging from retail associate to physical properties technician. I have managed a chemical lab, and cared for the developmentally…

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Emerging Green Technology: Notable Products

Emerging Green Technology: Notable Products

Emerging Green Technology Alison Lytle Ball State University CICS ICS 601  October 20, 2016 Introduction The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief description of emerging products in the green sector.  Green technology uses non-polluting practices to produce products and materials which are non-toxic.  Green technologies are environment friendly, rather than harm. It is important to continue research and growth in the green sector in order to develop new fuel sources, conserve existing resources, and focus on sustainability….

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Human Communication and Perception: Awareness of perceptual influence on communication and interpretation

Human Communication and Perception: Awareness of perceptual influence on communication and interpretation

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to provide a definition of human communication. Though there are many concepts and theories related to human communication, this paper will look at the Shannon-Weaver model of communication. Also, this author poses that perception is the foundation for all human communication. Human Communication Defined There are many ways to define human communication. Not inclusively, human communication consists of the production and reception of various types of information, including oral, written, signed, or gestured. …

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Information Renaissance: The New Age of Technology

Information Renaissance: The New Age of Technology

The Information Renaissance refers to the current period of time characterized by the expansion of technology, social reform, literature, etc., post Information Revolution. The 1980’s were crucial for certain technology that is commonplace today: the personal computer and the Internet.  This was just the beginning for several related advancements that paved the way for where we are today: web browsers, blogs, search engines, social media sites, and video publishing sites.  This “renaissance” period in information has earned that label due to the resemblance…

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Plagiarism in Scientific Work

Plagiarism in Scientific Work

Plagiarism (the act of stealing another’s words or ideas without proper citation) in scientific works is a serious concern.  Not only does this reflect poorly on the individual responsible, it also offers no value to the scientific community.  The purpose of scientific research and writings are to increase knowledge on a specific topic. If the work is strictly plagiarized then there is no added information that would further knowledge; it ultimately becomes a complete waste of the reader’s time. There are several things…

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Center for Information and Communication Sciences: What is CICS?

Center for Information and Communication Sciences: What is CICS?

What is CICS? It seems like a basic question, yet the possible answers are numerous. I can start by saying the home to The Center for Information and Communication Sciences is Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  I could tell you that this center offers an intensive master’s program; a business/technology blend.  Maybe I should say that this program can be completed in as little as 11 months, or that the placement rate is 95%.  All of these things are impressive, but…

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