Critically analyse the roles, functions that managers perform and discuss the challenges and risks they have to address in today’s changing organisations
MGMT6002 Assignment One Brief Page 1 of 4 ASSESSMENT BRIEF Subject Code and Title MGMT6012 Management Perspectives Assessment Assignment One: Case Study Individual/Group Individual Length 2000 Word Limit Learning Outcomes • Critically analyse the roles, functions that managers perform and discuss the challenges and risks they have to address in today’s changing organisations • Discuss the impact of values, ethics and diversity on the culture of an organisation and the role, behaviour and performance of managers within that organisation Submission By 23:59 (SYD time) Friday of the end of Module 3 Weighting 40% Total Marks 40 marks Context: The assessment suite in this subject is designed to provide students with a framework to understand organisational behaviour, politics and the dynamics of the business environment. The assessment suite aims to equip students with the necessary skills to understand the constraints managers and emerging leaders face in developing strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in organisations. Instructions: Students will individually draw up a case study report on their own organisation, or an organisation of their choice. The case study will demonstrate an understanding of organisational theory including organisational ethics and ethical practice. The case study report should include: • a rationale for the research methodology and organisational theory utilised including comparisons with alternative theory; • utilisation of appropriate research strategies; • a critical examination of the role of ethics and ethical practice relevant to the chosen organisation; • a discussion of the role and legitimacy of the management function and how it is impacted by politics and the social environment; MGMT6002 Assignment One Brief Page 2 of 4 • incorporating the use of qualitative analysis; and • incorporating the use of several high-quality external sources. The report is to be limited to 2000 words, exclusive of formal document sections (i.e. title page, executive summary, table of contents, references list, appendices, etc.), citations, tables and graphs. Students should submit one file through Turnitin. There are a number of forms the report could take. The exact form of the report will depend on the additional research the student will undertake; students should aim for the demonstration of deep learning, founded on theory through thorough reading of scholarly literature, rather than on getting any aspect of the brief ‘right.’ Students should commence this assignment early, keep regular backups and ensure they submit the correct, final version. Students should use this brief as the instruction set for the assignment requirements. Additionally, the rubric below can be used to describe what unacceptable, functional, proficient, advanced and exceptional assignments might look like according to the criteria in the leftmost column of each row. As this is a Masters level subject, students are expected to engage with high-quality academic journal articles, using the Torrens University Library. Textbooks, Wikipedia and, in general, anything that can be obtained through an open Google search page are considered supplementary material, unbecoming of a postgraduate. Students should begin their research on the case study method, looking into the contributions of Robert K Yin. MGMT6002 Assignment One Brief Page 3 of 4 Learning Rubrics There are numerous ways to interpret the assessment brief. This rubric should not be used as a prescription or tick-the-box list of requirements but as a description of an amalgam of several possible interpretations and the standards they might take. The assessment will be graded holistically, based on the criteria in the leftmost column. Your interpretation may not match the rubric exactly as you may extend the requirements, using your initiative to demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter. Additionally, you may demonstrate elements described in the Advanced column and still be graded ‘Functional’ for one or more of the criteria (the reverse trend is also possible). Higher performing submissions will depend on wider reading, rather than on the rubric verbatim. Assessment Attributes Fail (Unacceptable) Pass (Functional) Credit (Proficient) Distinction (Advanced) High Distinction (Exceptional) Research Methodology 25% Outline and justify the research methodology employed Little or no appreciation for the role of methodology in undertaking a case study approach. Demonstration of role of methodology but has confused methods or has provided a cursory or incomplete account of the employed methodology. Good demonstration of research methodology. Needs further consideration of the role that methodology plays to as to make it more prominent in the report. Excellent demonstration of methodology. A complete account of methodology is provided, which appropriately contextualises the report. Exceptional demonstration of methodology and a model answer provided. Strategies 25% Apply a range of strategies in validating theories in the subject Little or no integration with theoretical concepts introduced in the subject or with others found with broader reading. Integration with theory is attempted but needs greater attention to demonstrate mastery with the subject matter. Good integration with theoretical concepts introduced in the subject. Some greater, tighter integration is needed. Excellent integration with theory, very well presented, skilfully manages cohesion and paraphraphing. Exceptional integration with theoretical material from the subject and with broader reading the student has engaged in. A model answer provided. MGMT6002 Assignment One Brief Page 4 of 4 Assessment Attributes Fail (Unacceptable) Pass (Functional) Credit (Proficient) Distinction (Advanced) High Distinction (Exceptional) Ethical Acumen 25% Critically evaluate applicable ethical dimensions of the case study Ignorance of ethical underpinnings of the case study. Fails to identify ethical, cultural or normative frameworks to the case study. Attempt at highlighting ethical considerations is shown but need considerable development to ascertain an acceptable level of understanding. Good attempt at demonstration of ethical considerations in the case study. Some greater thought is needed to attain mastery of the concepts. Very good demonstration of understanding of ethical, cultural and normative frameworks applicable to the case study. Skilfully incorporates and makes ethical considerations a feature of the report. A clear and complete understanding is demonstrated. Qualitative Analysis 25% Evaluate the case study scenario with appropriate qualitative analysis Shows little or no analysis of the material brought forward for inclusion to the case study. Shows an attempt at analysing the data brought forward for the case study but may to bring in further detail. Does not synthesise the analysis into a cogent argument. Good attempt at analysing the case study. Some additional or deeper analysis is required. Synthesising arguments will enhance your thinking. Very good analysis of data presented in the case study. Analysis leads to worthwhile considerations for practitioners. Excellent analysis and synthesis of data from the case study. Theory and practice are appropriately bridged and leaves the reader with worthwhile conclusions.