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Blockbuster's Challenges in the Video Rental Industry

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Blockbuster’s Challenges in the Video Rental Industry

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This a case study on Blockbuster from HR point of view

**Signature Assignment** Individual Project (20%):

The purpose of this assignment is to help you demonstrate mastery of

analytical skills and application of human resources concepts to a strategic

business challenge. Your primary objective is to relate the concepts you have

Online Course Requirements

learned in the textbook or readings to actual situations presented in the case.

Your case study should be around 40 pages in length, double-spaced,

formatted in APA style. Although the questions at the end of each case may

guide your thought process, the purpose of this assignment is to do a critical

case analysis from an HR perspective, not simply to answer questions at the

end of the case, which may or may not point to human resources issues. You

must use at least eight (8) outside sources/references to validate your case.

Use the following steps and outline to complete your assignment:

1. Case Background and Fact Summary

Provide a brief background and summarize the key facts in the case. It is

important to pick out KEY facts emphasizing those that impact or are

impacted by HR. Do not list all facts, choose among them and provide only

those significant to the problem. If there are any important presumptions, be

sure to state them. Include as a part of the analysis a statement about the

relationship of the case to concepts under discussion in the textbook,

additional readings you may have been assigned by your instructor, or

classroom discussion.

2. Problem or Opportunity Statement

Present a brief statement of the problem or opportunity covered within the

case. Be sure to separate symptoms (which may appear as problems) from

the fundamental issue(s) of the case. Be careful in this section NOT to

propose what could/should be done to solve the problem—that will come

3. Analysis of the Causes of the Problem(s) and/or the Opportunities

This section should provide a detailed analysis of the causes of the

problem(s), or the environment that led to the company deciding it had an

unusual opportunity that could be enhanced. Use HR lenses and tools of

analysis from the text, outside reading, or your own experience in order to

clearly illustrate those concepts you believe contributed to the problem or

opportunity. Again, be careful not to propose solutions in this section.

(Rubric Alignment 1-3: Evaluate the impact of globalization [and other

organizational dynamics] on business policy and practice. Analyze

strategy, with attention to the history, leadership, structure, culture and

capabilities of the organization.)

4. Presentation of Alternative Solutions

Having defined the problem or opportunity and stated the objectives,

brainstorm through a series of alternatives without critiquing them. From

among your list of brainstormed alternatives, choose the 3-4 which you

believe to be most feasible, given the constraints of the case. These 3-4

alternatives must be mutually exclusive, meaning that no alternative may be

done in connection with any other (remember that “do nothing” may be afeasible alternative). Next, project the direct and indirect consequences of

each alternative, in terms of anticipated strengths and weaknesses.

(Rubric Alignment 4: Design and evaluate human resources strategies,

policies and practices that will align with organizational strategy.)

5. Recommendation and Rationale for Preferred Solution

Having generated alternatives and outcomes, the final step is to choose an

action and defend it as compared with the alternatives that were rejected.

Rationalize your recommendation using course concepts. Include the

probability of success.

6. Implementation Plan

Your implementation plan should list: what needs to be done, by whom, in

what sequence, and under what time constraints. A Gantt chart is a good tool

for this section.

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7. Assessment

Present a method of assessment for your recommended solution. How will

you know whether your solution solved the problem or capitalized on the

opportunity? Kirkpatrick’s and Phillip’s 5-levels of assessment are essential

for this section.

(Rubric Alignment 5-7: Integrate ethics and sustainability in decisionmaking.

Develop recommendations for strategy and present

recommendations.)