management theories

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Assignment 2 Requirements

Assessment Criteria

Suggested word limit: 500 words (per individual element) 1000 words (group element) (±10%)

Component Weighting: 35%

Due Date: Week 10 Friday 11:55pm

Submission format: Soft copy of a Word.docx to be uploaded on Blackboard through ‘Assignments and due dates’ menu

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Assessment Overview

This assignment will allow you to apply the concepts and skills covered in this subject. Its purpose is to draw on the concepts and models used in this course to:

a) analyse a particular situation and the management process involved in it

b) reflect on management theories to determine if and how they are still relevant to organisations today.

Upon the completion of the task, you are to provide a formal report documenting your individual reflection and group investigation and analysis.

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Assessment Tasks

Requirement:

This will consist of two parts: an individual reflection and a group analysis. Both parts will provide students with an opportunity to reflect on individual and organisational problems and challenges and retrospectively apply concepts and frameworks covered within the subject. The group report will comprise an individual element worth 15% to be completed by each member of the group, and a group element worth 20% which will be produced by the group as a whole. Both parts of the assignment will be submitted on Blackboard as a group assignment in report format.

Part A: Individual Reflective Learning (15%)

This should be no more than 500 words

Choose a specific incident from your life where you have used the four primary management functions of Planning, Organising, Leadership and Controlling.

Analyse the incident and describe the main areas where you used each of these 4 management functions. Reflect on how effective your management of this task/incident was and which areas you would change if you had the opportunity to manage the same thing again and why.

You should draw on concepts covered in the course and use the following headings to present your review:

Selected Incident: Provide a very brief description of a specific incident that you have managed using the 4 primary POLC functions. Outline the problem clearly so that you set the scene for your reader and provide a basis for your analysis, but don’t go into excessive detail. It is important to have a clearly focused starting point for any analytical piece of work.

Analysis: Break down the task and identify elements of it that fit into each of the management functions (POLC). Clearly explain what those elements are and why you believe they belong to a particular management function.

Critical Evaluation: Reflect on your analysis and determine whether your approach was effective. Identify possible alternative actions or strategies that you could have taken and why and whether or not you think they would have been more effective.

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PART B: Group element (20%)

This should be no more than 1000 words (±10%)

Choose 2 of the management theories covered in lecture 2 “Evolution of Management Thinking”. Briefly describe the theory and identify its strengths and limitations.

1. For each of the theories you have selected, either

a) choose a well-known organisation for whom the theory is still

relevant and utilised to some extent today, providing evidence to

support your selection.

OR

b) choose a well-known organisation which contradicts the theory

and provide evidence to explain why you believe this to be the

case.

Recommended Structure

As a minimum, the report should contain the following:

1) A brief Executive Summary detailing the purpose of the report. 2) A section for each group member containing their individual

contribution with their name and student number, clearly identified next to the work they have written.

3) A section clearly identified as the group element 4) Bibliography. (a minimum of 8 references with links back to in-text

citations)

• Your report should contain a coherent argument presented within the length

limit

• Your evaluation should logically follow from your analysis

• Avoid long and detailed descriptions of the individual situations or

management theories, a short description with the necessary details is

sufficient so that you can spend most of your time on your analysis and the

recommendations.

Format

Ensure your report is presented in a professional format including headings, table of contents, page numbers and a front cover. You may wish to use a template to make this process easier.

Your report should be saved as a single DOC or DOCX Microsoft Word document file. Name and submit the document file as YourGroupID.DOCX.

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Assessment Guidelines

The following criteria will be used to assess the quality of your report:

• Individual Element (15%) o Identification of appropriate management scenario (2 marks) o Identification of relevant areas of the scenario which related to

each of the management functions (8 marks) o Evaluation of process and limitations (5 marks)

• Group Element (20%) o Description of management theories and Identification of

benefits/limitations of theories (6 marks) o Identification of suitable organisations with respect to selected

management theories (2 marks) o Quality of evaluation of organisations adoption/contradiction of

chosen management theories. (6 marks) o Presentation (3 marks)

(Report structure, Layout, Grammar and spelling, Written style and expression)

o Referencing: (3 marks) (Bibliography and in-text citations)

Individual Element Fail 50-60 60-70 70-80 80+

Selection of appropriate

scenario

(2 marks)

Inappropriate choice of

scenario/ poorly described

Identified and described

suitable scenario with some

clarity

Identified and described

suitable scenario clearly

Identified and described

suitable scenario clearly with

some justification for

selection

Identified and described suitable

scenario clearly with clear justification

for selection

Application of POLC to

scenario

(8 marks)

Understanding and

application of theory to

scenario is unclear and

demonstrates a lack of

understanding of the

material.

Limited attempt at relating

theory to scenario

Shows awareness of theory with

reasonable attempt to apply it to

scenario, though, largely

descriptive

Good attempt at applying

theory to scenario

In-depth, insightful discussion of theory

and how it links to the scenario in

question.

Evaluation of Process &

Alternatives

(5 marks)

Poor attempt at reflection Limited attempt at reflection,

largely descriptive

Clear evaluation of process. Good evaluation of process

with alternatives suggested

Excellent evaluation of process with

alternatives suggested and critically

evaluated

Group Element Fail 50-60 60-70 70-80 80+

Identification and

Description of

Management Theories

and their

benefits/limitations (6 marks)

Poor choice of appropriate

management theories with

little or no attempt at

evaluating theory

Management theories chosen

but limited relevance or

explanation of

benefits/drawbacks, largely

descriptive

Good choice of management

theories with Reasonable

attempt at identifying

benefits/drawbacks with

reasons suggested

Good choice of management

theories with some attempt at

justifying selection and

identifying

benefits/drawbacks

Excellent choice of management

theories with sound justification of

selection and identification of

benefits/drawbacks

Identification of

Organisations

(2 marks)

Poorly presented, no

apparent structure and/or

confused writing style

Limited attempt at formatting,

Well structured, clear writing

style

Page numbering, front cover,

bibliography with some attempt

at formatting. Well structured,

focus explicit and clear, style

appropriate

Good attempt at report

formatting incorporating all

elements at credits level.

Clear focus, structure and

style used to emphasise

discussion

Excellent attempt at formatting report.

Focus clear and justified, structure and

style used to emphasise argument and

discussion

Quality of

Evaluation/Application of

management theory by

selected organisations

(6 marks)

No evidence of any

link between argument,

theory and/or

examples

Limited evidence of

link between

argument, theory and/or

examples

Some evidence of

link between

argument, theory and/or

examples within defined

context

Good evidence of

link between

argument, theory and/or

examples relevant to issue.

Issues have

been identified and

discussed

Excellent evidence of

link between

argument, theory and/or

examples within context.

Issues have been identified, discussed

and critically evaluated

Quantity and quality and

presentation of references

using Harvard Referencing

throughout

(3 marks)

Only 1 or 2 relevant

references given.

Referencing is unclear.

At least 3 relevant references.

Referencing mostly clear but

inconsistent.

At least 5 relevant references

given, mainly drawn from

provided sources e.g lectures.

Clear systematic referencing of

all sources..

At least 7 relevant references

including at least 5 from own

research including page no’s

for all articles

Bibliography includes at least 10

relevant references from good sources

i.e. journals rather than popular

computing press. Very clearly

presented.

Professional Report

Formatting, Structure and

approach

(3 marks)

Poorly presented, no

apparent structure and/or

confused writing style

Limited attempt at formatting,

Well structured, clear writing

style

Page numbering, front cover,

bibliography with some attempt

at formatting. Well structured,

focus explicit and clear, style

appropriate

Good attempt at report

formatting incorporating all

elements at credits level.

Clear focus, structure and

style used to emphasise

discussion

Excellent attempt at formatting report.

Focus clear and justified, structure and

style used to emphasise argument and

discussion