Management and Organisation Behaviour

Management and Organisation Behaviour
BMO1102
ASSIGNMENT BRIEF:
ASSESSMENT 2a
COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH ESSAY
PLAN WITH JOURNAL ARTICLE
SUMMARIES
Trimester 2, 2018
PREPARED BY: Alan McWilliams

ASSIGNMENT TITLE
Comprehensive Essay Plan with Journal Article Summaries
This assessment accounts for the following proportion of marks for this unit 10 %
LEARNING OUTCOMES BEING ASSESSED
1. Critically analyse management practices in the Australasian context.
2. Understand organisational behaviour and management theory.
3. Critically analyse the underlying values of these theories.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of management theories and evaluate their impact on practical
management decision making in the Australasian context
(See the unit of study guide for the full list of learning outcomes for BMO1102).
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
The comprehensive research essay plan and journal article summaries must be submitted electronically as
a Microsoft Word document file via the VU Collaborate Assignment Submission process. The file name for
your assignment must be in the format of Given Name_Family Name Student_ID_Number_Assignment. For
example Alan_McWilliams_s1234567_Essay_Plan
Essays submitted with any other file name format will not be accepted.
Requirements for the comprehensive essay plan:
The comprehensive essay plan should be submitted in “dot point” form with major paragraph themes and
sub-themes of the essay clearly identified (e.g. Introduction, Background, Conclusion etc.) and indicating,
using the Harvard Referencing system, where it would be appropriate to refer to each of your reviewed
articles. The plan section should be 250 words.
Requirements for summary and review of journal articles:
The review of 3 refereed journal articles should be completed according to the template (the template to be
used and a model of an annotated bibliography are provided below). The template and model for reviewing
sources plus assessment criteria are also available on this subject’s VU Collaborate page. Each article
review should be 250 words.
DO NOT just “cut-and-paste” section from the journal article. Use your own words (paraphrase) to fill in the
summary template.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Midnight, 17/08/2018 (Friday of Week 4)

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT
The assignment is to be presented as a written comprehensive plan for an essay supported by your review
of three relevant articles. (The essay itself requires at least a review of the relevant chapter from the
prescribed text and use of at least three refereed management journal articles relating to the set topic. The
use of additional references is encouraged. See Recommended References in the subject guide.)
Topics will be allocated in the first tutorial of the semester by your tutor.
The topic assigned to you will be from the topics listed on VU Collaborate.
In-text referencing showing where you will be using the textbook and article material PLUS a reference list
for the essay plan you are preparing MUST be included at the end of the plan.
NOTE: ‘Wikipedia’, ‘answers.com’ and other non-peer reviewed online sources of information are not
acceptable references.
The Harvard system must be used for the in-text references and the reference list.

 

Essay Questions
1 Define organisational change and differentiate between change and innovation in the context
of business management. Give an example of both change and innovation in your university
and using the definitions in your textbook explain why they are suitable examples by clearly
linking them to relevant theory. (Chapter 7)
2 Define what is meant by “global business”. Identify and briefly describe the basic forms of
global business described in your textbook. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of each
form. (Chapter 8)
3 Identify a job that you had, or a job that you know of, that was particularly boring and that had
the characteristics of a specialised job. Analyse that job in terms of the five core job
characteristics from the job characteristics model (JCM). Make specific recommendations for
redesigning it by using three to five of the redesign techniques presented in the model.
(Chapter 9)
4 Keeping people focussed on their work and willing to make a positive contribution to the
company is an important role of management. Define motivation and briefly describe
expectancy theory. Using expectancy theory, describe what has motivated your academic
performance at university. (Chapter 12)
5 Some people say that many companies are over managed and under led. Define leadership
and explain what the path-goal theory of leadership is. Identify the four leadership styles of
path-goal theory and explain when they are most appropriately used. (Chapter 13)
6 What are the steps of the control process? Describe the elements of the control process and
explain how this essay assessment task can be seen as part of the control process at your
university. (Chapter 15)

 

Assessment Criteria Grid for Summarising and Evaluating Journal Articles
Criteria 3 2 1 0 Source 1
/ 20%
Source 2
/ 20%
Source 3
/ 20%
Grand total /
60%
Harvard Referencing Perfect form Almost perfect Imperfect form Not done
Article Selection Source relates to topic
and from refereed
journal.
Source relates to topic but
not from refereed journal
Source is not from refereed
journal and does not relate
to topic
Accuracy of student comments for
descriptive criteria:
method of data
collection and analysis
All accurate Generally accurate Inaccurate Not done
Accuracy of student comments for
descriptive criteria:
Findings of
research
All accurate Generally accurate Inaccurate Not done
Significance of article in relation to:
your topic and other articles used.
Clearly drawn relevance
of article to topic and
other annotations
Most annotations have
link to topic and other
annotations.
Some attempt to draw out
relevance of article to
topic or other annotations
No attempt to relate to
topic or other literature
Students comments on the Strengths
of article
Succinct and clear,
demonstrating
understanding of the work
Clear and mainly
relevant
Too general and not
always clear
Incomprehensible
Students comments on the
Limitations of article (weaknesses)
Succinct and clear,
demonstrating
understanding of the work
Clear and mainly
relevant
Too general and not
always clear
Incomprehensible

 

Assessment Criteria Grid for the Comprehensive Essay Plan
CRITERION HD D C P Refer / FAIL Mark (40%)
Presentation & Style
Presentation of essay
plan
(5%)
Shows a well-developed
and imaginative approach
to the topic
Carefully and logically
organised
Shows organisation and
coherence
Shows some attempt to
organise in a logical
manner
Disorganised / incoherent
Clarity of expression
(incl. accuracy, spelling,
grammar, punctuation
(5%)
Meaning apparent with a
clear style appropriate to
document. Grammar and
spelling accurate.
Meaning apparent,
language clear Grammar
and spelling accurate
Meaning mostly
apparent, language
mainly clear Grammar
and spelling mainly
accurate
Meaning mostly
apparent, but language
not always clear
Grammar and/ or spelling
contain errors
Meaning unclear and / or
grammar and / or spelling
contain frequent errors
Academic Integrity
Referencing (in-text and
reference list)
(5%)
Referencing is
consistently accurate
Referencing is mainly accurate Some attempt at referencing. Referencing is absent / unsystematic
Content and knowledge
Content and range
(15%)
Shows a detailed
knowledge of topic with
areas of specialisation
covered. Appropriate
terminology used.
Shows a good broad
knowledge of topic.
Appropriate terminology
used.
Shows a narrow
knowledge of the topic.
Appropriate terminology
used.
Evidence of superficial
knowledge of topic and
some use of appropriate
terminology
Lacks evidence of
knowledge relevant to the
topic and / or significantly
misuses terminology
Use of literature /
evidence of reading
(10%)
Has used a wide range of
appropriate sources
which have been
thoroughly analysed and
appropriately applied.
Has used a range of
appropriate sources
which have been
thoroughly analysed and
appropriately applied.
Has used a range of
appropriate sources
which have been
adequately analysed and
applied.
Minimum range of
appropriate sources
used. Literature is
presented uncritically in a
purely descriptive way
and indicates limitations
of understanding
Either no evidence of
literature being consulted
or irrelevant to the
assignment set

TOTAL:
Comment:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Mark for comprehensive essay plan: ………………/40%
Overall Mark for this assessment: ………………/100%………… Marker: ………………………………………………

TEMPLATE FOR SUMMARISING AND EVALUATING ARTICLES
FROM SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

Title and Article Reference Full reference details of article in the Harvard format (as it
would appear in your reference list)
Aim / Purpose of article Stated purpose of article
Sample, location, method
of data collection and
analysis
Method, if a research article
Approach if other type
Findings/Interpretations
reported in the article
Summary of findings if research article
Summary of conclusions or interpretations if other type
Significance/contribution
of the article in relation to
your other articles and
your topic
Significance/ contribution to the topic at hand or
relationship to other articles on the topic (this may be an
article that adds to a theme repeated in several articles or
it may be a ‘seminal’ article that started a theme for
further research).
Strengths of the article Your evaluation of the positive aspects
Weaknesses of the article Your evaluation of the negatives of the article.
Limitations could be that it is (for example) based in only
one geographical location, a study based in only one
industry, theoretical without field research findings etc.
Quotes from the article
that you plan to use in
your assignment
Quotes from the article
that you plan to use in
your assignment
Quotes from the article
that you plan to use in
your assignment

MODEL FOR SUMMARISING AND EVALUATING ARTICLES FROM SCHOLARLY
JOURNALS

Title and reference of
article
Pelled, LH, Eisenhardt, KM and Xin, KR 1999, ‘Exploring the black
box: an analysis of work group diversity, conflict, and performance’,
Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 1, pp 1 – 13.
Aim/purpose of article To investigate the relationship between work group diversity and
performance by developing and testing a process model/theory.
Sample, location,
method of data
collection and analysis
Sample – 45 teams from three major corporations in USA. Each
team averaged ten members. Surveys produced data on diversity,
conflict, task and performance.
Analysis – Statistical (quantitative).
Findings/Interpretations
reported in the article
The suggestion that diversity in groups increases conflict which
influences group performance is found to be more complex
depending on the type of diversity and conflict. Diversity variables
that drive task conflict differ from those that drive emotional conflict.
Task conflict has more positive performance consequences than
emotional conflict. However there was no evidence that emotional
conflict impaired performance. Overall, diversity of race, tenure,
and age influenced emotional conflict but this did not affect
performance.
Significance/contribution
of the article in relation
to your other articles and
your topic
The findings differ from the common view that diversity in groups
affect group performance and that emotional conflict has a negative
effect on performance.
Strengths of article Well researched with strong background in the literature and
exploration of prior research.
Weaknesses of article North American sample may contain biases not found in other
countries.
Quotes from the article
that you plan to use in
your assignment
“The term demographic diversity refers to the degree to which a
unit (e.g., a work group or organization) is heterogeneous with
respect to demographic attributes” (Pelled and Eisenhardt, 1999,
p.1)
Quotes from the article
that you plan to use in
your assignment
“While any type of diversity may trigger task conflict, some are
more likely to do so than others, based on the relevance of their
corresponding belief structures” (Pelled and Eisenhardt, 1999, p.2).
Quotes from the article
that you plan to use in
your assignment
“While task conflict is largely shaped by the job-relatedness of
diversity, emotional conflict is shaped by a more complex set of
forces. One key factor is categorization, the subconscious tendency
of individuals to sort each other into social categories, often on the
basis of demographic attributes” (Pelled and Eisenhardt, 1999, p.4).