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Understanding Simu-Real Workshop Intervention

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Chapter 4 of Organization Development provides important details about the closely linked relationship between theory and practice. A list of interventions is found in Table 4.1 of the text. Discuss one intervention that you would like to implement in your current (or future) work environment. Support your position with the use of one additional outside source. In your responses to your peers, make sure you comment on the practical applications of theory into practice.

There are numerous interventions, which can be used in different work environments. Of these different interventions the simu-real workshop intervention would be best suited for implementation in my after school work environment. The simu-real workshop intervention has organizational members working on real problems in simulated settings which allows them to not only learn how the organization is approaching the task, but also to determine needed changes (Austin & Bartunek, 2006). The simu-real workshop intervention not only helps organizations to become more visible to itself, but it also empowers employees to work together on tasks and issues while also becoming more aware of and skilled in dealing with organizational dynamics (Klein, 1992). The simu-real workshop intervention can be more effective than other interventions, in certain situations, as the focus is not just on analysis sessions, but also action periods which follow such sessions (Klein, 1992). The combination of analysis sessions and action periods assist in the exploration of differences, the solving of complex problems, redesign, creation of goals, and engagement in future planning (Klein, 1992). Additionally, this particular intervention involves people who might not typically witness the steps in the decision making process; with this intervention these people also become involved in the process to identify issues and create possible improvements (Jemstone Consultancy Ltd, 2014).

The simu-real workshop intervention would be particularly useful for testing and creating new lesson plans as the simulated setting would allow for such plans to be tested and refined in order to make them more suitable for implementation. For example, after school counselors are often given a lesson plan about twenty minutes prior to them doing the lesson with the kids. The simu-real workshop intervention would allow the counselors to first test out the lesson plan, become more experienced with it, and to note ways that they can improve it. The simu-real workshop intervention could also be used to practice and improve emergency after school procedures in order to learn how the after school program is currently handling emergency procedures and to determine needed changes and improvements to the procedures (Austin & Bartunek, 2006). The simu-real workshop intervention would be useful to after school organizations as it would get the counselors involved in the process instead of just the directors and assistant directors being involved in lesson plans and emergency procedures; the addition of the counselors would allow for fresh ideas, new improvements, and more employee involvement.

Simu-Real Workshop

The simu-real workshop intervention is a training initiative that results in organizational members working on real problems in simulated settings that has the members not only learning how the organization is approaching tasks, but also to determine needed changes (Austin & Bartunek, 2006). The simu-real workshop intervention is effective, in that the focus is not just on analysis sessions, but also action periods which follow such sessions (Klein, 1992). The combination of analysis sessions and action periods assist in the exploration of differences, the solving of complex problems, redesign, creation of goals, and engagement in future planning (Klein, 1992). Additionally, this particular intervention involves people who might not typically witness the steps in the decision making process; with this intervention these people also become involved in the process to identify issues and create possible improvements (Jemstone Consultancy Ltd, 2014).


The simu-real workshop intervention training initiative would call for the employees to work on real problems in simulated workshop settings in order to allow them to not only learn how the organization is approaching the task, but also to determine needed changes (Austin & Bartunek, 2006). The simu-real workshop would be well suited for helping the leadership to become used to working with the transactional leadership style and help the individual leaders to come up with new and improved ways for handling problems. The simu-real workshop would help empower the employees to work together on tasks and issues while also becoming more aware of and skilled in dealing with the new organizational dynamics (Klein, 1992). The simu-real workshop intervention would be effective in that the focus would not be just on analysis sessions, but also action periods which follow such sessions (Klein, 1992). This would allow for the employees to get experience with the transactional leadership style and practice using it in regards to issues that they will likely face in their current positions.

References

Austin, J.R., & Bartunek, J.M. (2006). Effective intervention activity. In J.V. Gallos

(Ed.), Organization development (pp. 89-128). Jossey-Bass.

Jemstone Consultancy Ltd. (2014). The Problem: ‘That’s not my problem’. Retrieved

from https://www.acukltd.com/simureal

Klein, D. C. (1992). Simu-Real: a simulation approach to organizational change. Journal of

Applied Behavioral Science, v28(n4).

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