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Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T1 2019
Unit Code HI6005
Unit Title Management and Organisations in a Global Environment
Assessment Type Group Assignment and presentation
Assessment Title Research paper and presentation
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping) Students are required to research a topic from a list of topics provided based on topics discussed in lectures.   Topics include: Organisational culture and managementOrganisational structures and designDecision makingOperational planning tools and techniquesStrategic planning The research provided will provide more in-depth evidence of individual research on the topic, not only material which is provided within the lecture content.
Weight 30 % of the total assessments
Total Marks 20 marks – research paper and 10 marks for presentation
Word limit Not more than 3,000 words
Due Date Friday Week 10 – 5pm
Submission Guidelines All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.The assignment must be in MS Word format, no spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.   Note: an in-class presentation will be required. Please ensure you check with your lecturer when your presentation will be held.

Purpose:

Assignment 1 Specifications

This assignment aims at ensuring that students have familiarised themselves with a general framework of at least one management related topic. Students will be required to apply relevant theoretical concepts with the use of practical examples in most cases in a written research paper and discuss their topic via a live presentation.

Details:

Topics and presentation schedule:

Organise yourselves into groups of not more than 4 students and not less than 3 students. Please choose from one of the following topics from the list (see below).

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Topics will be allocated on a ‘first come- first served basis’ and will be reserved by your lecturer in writing via email.

Please ensure that you include a list of all of the group members in the email. In the event of too many students choosing the same topic, preference will be given to those students who have secured the topic first and subsequent groups will be required to choose another topic.

Research on the broad topic is a group activity and each student must contribute to that work. Each student in the group will then research, in depth an individual component drawn from the broad research topic.

  1. Written report – worth 20% of your final grade and must be submitted Week 10 at 5pm. The written report should begin with the broad research topic which is then followed by each individual component identified by the individual student who prepared it.

Your report is to be written as a business report. It must include;

  • Executive summary
    • Table of contents
    • Section headings
    • Paragraphing
    • Page numbers
    • Reference list at the end of the report
  • Presentation – worth 10% of your final grade and will be presented at a date chosen by the lecturer commencing week 6.

These presentations must be organised as a business presentation. Use of visual aids is encouraged.

Strict adherence to the 10 minute limit is expected. You should allocate your time to allow for a very short introduction on the broad topic followed by a few minutes allocated to each student to present their individual component.

List of Topics (Choose one):

TOPIC 1

Globalisation General Framework

In this topic, you are to research globalisation. The business press bombards us with ideas about

‘the shrinking world’, ‘the flat world’ and ‘the border-less world’ – all catchphrases to describe the impact of globalisation. But are the (trade) borders really collapsing or are we seeing, post GFC, a resurgence in them? What is behind the extreme demonstrations against globalisation at G7 and WTC conferences?

TOPIC 2

Corporate or Organisational Culture General Framework

Discuss why corporate culture is such an important determinant of organisational success.

Outline the dimensions commonly used in describing a particular organisation’s culture.

TOPIC 3

National Culture General Framework

Discuss why an understanding of national culture is important for multi-national or trans-national corporations seeking to operate in a global business environment. Outline the dimensions commonly used in describing national culture.

TOPIC 4

Management Decision Making: Social Model General Framework

There is little doubt that social influences have a significant impact on decision-making behaviour. Social pressures and influences may cause managers to make irrational decisions. Outline, in the general framework, a model of social influence on decision making.

TOPIC 5

Organisational Structure General Framework

Outline, six key elements commonly used to define the structure of an organisation identifying the management theorist who identified each of these elements. Then outline four factors (contingencies) that are commonly used to define the situation (the organisational environment).

TOPIC 6

Goal Setting and Planning General Framework

Outline the importance of goal setting in planning and the characteristics of well-defined goals.

Individual Components

  1. Discuss Miles & Vergen’s landmark study into goal setting and the three conditions they identified to be satisfied to ensure best practice in goal setting
  2. Discuss Management by Objectives
  3. Discuss contingency factors which influence a manager’s approach to planning
  4. Discuss different types of plans

TOPIC 7

Strategic Planning General Framework

Discuss Strategic Planning distinguishing it and contrasting it with other planning functions and techniques.

Individual Components

  1. The use of BCG Analysis in formulating the strategies for the management of a portfolio of products or services offered to the market
  2. Product life cycle as a guide to the management of a portfolio of products or services offered to

the market (Take two examples: CISCO’s FLIP camera and the typical electric jug)

  • SWOT Analysis and the concepts of ‘fit’ and ‘stretch’
  • Porters Competitive Strategies (Illustrate with examples)

TOPIC 8

The Hawthorne Studies General Framework

The Hawthorne studies had their origins in the Scientific School of Management and constituted a

genuine attempt at discovery through research. By today’s standards there were deficiencies in the research which will be highlighted in the individual components of this topic. In your introduction outline the overall context of the Hawthorne studies and in your conclusion, stress the significant outcomes from the studies notwithstanding the acknowledged defects in the research methodology.

TOPIC 9

Stakeholder Relationship Management and its influence on Management Decision Making General Framework

Relationship management is one of the highest level managerial functions. Use an example to illustrate poor relationship management and the outcome that resulted from it. Outline the four step approach to stakeholder relationship management recommended in your textbook.

TOPIC 10

Organisational Structure General Framework

Outline, six key elements commonly used to define the structure of an organisation identifying the management theorist who identified each of these elements. Then outline four factors (contingencies) that are commonly used to define the situation (the organisational environment).

TOPIC 11

Cross Cultural Teams: People Issues in Global Business General Framework Discuss the challenges in recruiting and effectively managing cross cultural teams. Individual Components

  1. From the work of Hofstede and others, identify issues likely to face the expatriate manager
  2. Discuss the skills and abilities which have been identified in successful international managers
  3. Demonstrate how multivariate analysis might be used in recruitment of international managers
  4. Discuss acculturation issues in expatriation and repatriation of international managers

TOPIC 12

Teams General Framework

Discuss the emergence of teams as a key feature of the modern workplace and trace its origins in the context of the changes in thinking associated with the development of schools of management thought.

TOPIC 13

Performance Management General Framework

Discuss Performance Management in the context of the identifying the relevant School of Management Theory. Identify positives and negatives in the approaches to performance management.

TOPIC 14

Motivation Overview General Framework

Outline the meaning of motivation as it applies in the work place.

Individual Components

  1. Discuss this question: Can a manager instil motivation into employees or is motivation a process of drawing out something from employees? Discuss coaching.
  2. Provide a map of the various theories of work motivation and explain the map
  3. Discuss John Holland theory of personality and job fit as an explanation of work motivation
  4. Describe the difference between a content theory and a process theory of motivation

TOPIC 15

Motivation: Content Theories General Framework

Describe the difference between a content theory and a process theory of motivation citing examples of how some process theories, under criticism, have been reduced to content theories.

TOPIC 16

Motivation: Process Theories General Framework

Provide a map of the various theories of work motivation and explain the map distinguishing the differences between content and process theories of work motivation

TOPIC 17

Change Management General Framework

Outline the “Calm-waters” and the “White-water rapids” metaphors for Change Management.

Individual Components

  1. Discuss Kotter’s theory of Change Management
  2. Discuss Force-Field Analysis: giving examples
  3. Changing an organisation’s culture may be necessary as part of change management. What can a

manager do to change an organisation’s culture?

  • Gerstner, at IBM, recognised from the outset the need for urgent change management. What was that urgent need for change management? Gerstner also realised that IBM’s culture had to change as a precursor to achieving the necessary organisational change. From the IBM case study, summarise the value of the case in understanding change management and the role that change in the organisational culture might play in it.

Individual Components

  1. Discuss McClelland’s work and theories of work motivation
  2. Discuss Goal Setting and its role in work motivation: the ‘Review & Agree‘ Process
  3. Discuss Equity Theory using examples
  4. Discuss Expectancy Theory using examples

Individual Components

  1. Discuss Maslow’s theory and detail the criticisms that have been levelled against it
  2. Discuss Hertzberg’s theory and detail the criticism that have been levelled against it
  3. Disciss McGregor’s theory of work motivation
  4. Behavioural science research expects to be scrutinized and criticism levelled against it.

Summarise with examples from Hofstede’s work through to the theories of motivation

Individual Components

  1. MBO, Review and Agree, 360-degree Feedback
  2. Compare and contrast strengths and weaknesses of cohesive versus non-cohesive teams and the application to High Performance Organisations
  3. Performance Management from a Control Theory Perspective

The Balanced Scorecard Approach

Individual Components

  1. Outline Tuckman’s stages in team development identifying the leader’s role at each stage (Use

examples)

  • Apply insights from the study of managerial decision making to decision making in teams
  • Give examples of how the physical structures have been designed to facilitate teamwork
  • Outline the ways in which managers might promote teamwork

Individual Components

Each individual should select an example organisation – a real example – and suggest what you believe to be the structure of that organisation in terms of the six key elements that are used to define organisational structure. For your example organisation, you should define their organisational environment in the terms of the four contingency factors and comment on the match (or mis-match) of the organisation to its organisational environment.

Individual Components

Construct an example to illustrate good stakeholder relationship management. Using your example:

  1. Define the general external environment of your example, identifying stakeholders within it
  2. Define the specific external environment of your example, identifying stakeholders within it

Discuss how the multi-advocacy approach to stakeholder relationship management would assist managers in decision making which is sensitive to managing stakeholder relationships

Individual Components

  1. The Illumination Studies: One member of the group choose this phase of the studies.
  2. The Relay Room Experiments: Another member of the group choose this phase of the studies.
  3. The Bank Wiring Experiments: The third member of the group choose this phase.

Apart from describing the phase you have chosen, you must identify the specific research methodological weaknesses inherent in that phase.

Individual Components

Each individual should select an example organisation – a real example – and suggest what you believe to be the structure of that organisation in terms of the six key elements that are used to define organisational structure. For your example organisation, you should define their organisational environment in the terms of the four contingency factors and comment on the match (or mis-match) of the organisation to its organisational environment.

Individual Components

The individual components of this topic introduce some classic studies as illustrative of the impact of social influences on decision making.

  1. Solomon Asch’s classic study into the impact of social conformity on decision making
  2. Stanley Milgram’s classic study of the influence that obedience to an authority figure can have on decision making
  3. Fred Luthans’ study on the influence of information presented in a computer printout in contrast

to the same information presented from an ordinary typewriter

  • Groupthink examples

Individual Components Each individual should choose a different country classifying it in terms of the commonly-used dimensions for describing national culture. Choose the countries wisely so that differences can be highlighted. Each member should seek to find specific examples in their country of choice to illustrate the classification they have made

Individual Components

Each individual should focus on one (or two) of the dimensions and identify a specific organisation noted for its emphasis of that dimension. Describe how that organisation stresses that particular component of organisation culture and comment on whether they have been successful. [Note: Individual team members must choose different dimensions and thus outline different actual cases.]

Individual Components

  1. World 3.0: P Ghemawat’s questioning of whether the world really is as ‘global’ as we are being

told it is and his ideas about how it could be globalised more effectively.

  • Anthony Giddens’ ideas on globalisation.
  • The “End of Poverty” movement and the contrary assertion that “Trade NOT aid” is the way to a

more globalised world that mitigates against poverty

Marking criteria

Marking criteria Weighting
Written Report  
Executive Summary 2%
Discussion on allocated general framework and application to theory 6%
Application of theory on individual components 6%
Quality of structure of report (table of contents, sections, paragraphing, referencing) 4%
Referencing (including relevance to references being cited and used) 2%
TOTAL 20%
   
Presentation  
   
Discussion of the allocated framework and individual components 3%
Overall presentation Clarity (including visual aids) 3%
Overall impression (including adherence to time limit) 4%
TOTAL 10%
   
TOTAL Weight 30%
  Assessment Feedback to the Student:  

Marking Rubric – Written

  Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
  Clear evidence of Clear evidence Some evidence Limited No executive
Executive Summary a summary which of a summary of a summary evidence of a summary
(2 marks) summarises the which which summary of the included (0
  entire report summarises summarises the entire report marks)
  (2 marks) the entire entire report (0.25-1 mark)  
    report (1.25 marks)    
    (1.5-1.75      
    marks)      
Discussion on Demonstration of Demonstration Demonstration Demonstration Demonstration
allocated general outstanding of very good of good of satisfactory of little or no
framework knowledge of the knowledge of knowledge of knowledge of knowledge of
(6 marks) chosen topic and the chosen the chosen the chosen topic the chosen
  has included topic and has topic and has and has topic and
  significant included some included included no discussion has
  research which research minimal research little or no
  are beyond areas beyond areas research beyond areas relevance to
  covered within covered within beyond areas covered within the topic
  the lecture notes. the lecture covered within the lecture chosen. (<3.5
  (6 marks) notes. the lecture notes. marks)
    (5-5.75 marks) notes. (3.5 – 4 marks)  
      (4 – 4.75 marks)    
Application of Your Your Your Your Your
theory on Individual interpretation of interpretation interpretation interpretation interpretation
component theory is of theory is of theory is of theory is very of theory is
discussion accurate and accurate and somewhat general and has missing or not
(6 marks) insightful and has has some accurate and included no relevant to the
  included insight and has included research which topic. No
  significant included some minimal is beyond areas identification
  research which research which research which covered within of the author
  goes beyond goes beyond is beyond areas the lecture had been given
  areas covered areas covered covered within notes. (3.5-4 marks)
  within the within the the lecture Identification of  
  lecture notes. lecture notes. notes. the author has  
  Identification of Identification Identification of been identified.  
  the author has of the author the author has (3.5-4 marks)  
  been identified. has been been identified.    
  (6 marks) identified. (4-4.75 marks)    
    (5-5.75 marks)      
Overall presentation Report is Report is well Report is Report is Poorly
and quality of exceptionally structured somewhat structured with presented.
report structured with with clarity, structured with some clarity, Report is not
(4 marks) clarity, use of use of clarity, use of and use of some structured with
  paragraphs and paragraphs paragraphs and paragraphs and any clarity, and
  subheadings. and subheadings. subheadings. does not use of
  (4 marks) subheadings. (2.75 – 2 marks) (1.75 – 2 marks) paragraphs and
    (3-3.75 marks)     subheadings.
          (<1.75 marks)
Referencing (2 marks) Clear systematic referencing using Harvard style for all sources. At least 6 relevant references were used from good sources. All intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (2 marks) Clear systematic referencing using Harvard style for all sources. At least 5 relevant references were used from good sources. All intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (1.5 -1.75 marks) Clear systematic referencing using Harvard style for all sources. At least 4 relevant references were used from good sources. Most intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (1.25 marks) Limited attempt at formatting references. References largely unrelated to the topic area. At least 3 references were provided. Most intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (0.25-1mark) Poorly presented, no apparent structure. No use of Harvard referencing style. References were unrelated to the topic area. Only 0 r 1 relevant reference given (0 marks)

Marking Rubric – Presentation

  Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
  Excellent Very Good Very Good Satisfactory Little or no
Discussion of the discussion from discussion discussion from discussion from discussion
allocated all speakers. from all most speakers. all speakers. from speakers.
frameworks and Discussion was speakers. Discussion was Discussion was Discussion not
individual relevant and Discussion was relevant and relevant and relevant to the
components insightful at all relevant and insightful some provided no topic being
(3 marks) times. insightful most of the time insight discussed.
  (3 marks) of the time (1.75-2 marks) (1.5-1.0 marks) (<1 mark)
    (2-2.75 marks)      
Overall presentation Excellent use of Very good use Good use of Satisfactory use No visual aids
clarity visual aids. of visual aids. visual aids. of visual aids. used.
(3 marks) Presentation Presentation Presentation Presentation Presentation
  structured well structured well structured well structured had no
  to ensure that all to ensure that to ensure that whereby most structure and
  topics were all topics were all topics were topics were most topics
  covered equally. covered mostly covered covered were not
  (3 marks) equally. equally. (1.5 – 1 marks) covered.
    (2-2.75 marks) (1.75-2 marks)   (<1 mark)
Overall impression Outstanding Very good Good Satisfactory No impression
(4 marks) impression left impression left impression left impression left left on
  on audience. on audience. on audience. on audience. audience.
  Each speaker had Each speaker Each speaker Most speakers Most speakers
  a thorough had a had a had some had little
  knowledge of the somewhat somewhat knowledge of knowledge of
  areas discussed thorough thorough the areas the areas
  and contributed knowledge of knowledge of discussed and discussed and
  equally. the areas the areas contributed did not
  Exceptionally discussed and discussed and somewhat contribute
  professional contributed contributed equally. equally. No
  delivery and somewhat somewhat Somewhat professional
  audience equally. Very equally. professional delivery or
  engagement. professional Professional delivery and audience
  Adherence to the delivery and delivery and audience engagement.
  time constraints audience audience engagement. No adherence
  of 10 minutes engagement. engagement. Adherence to to the time
  (4 marks) Adherence to Adherence to the time constraints of
    the time the time constraints of 10 minutes
    constraints of constraints of 10 minutes (<1.5 marks)
    10 minutes 10 minutes (1.5-2) marks  
    (3-3.75 marks) (2-2.75) marks    

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