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2A: ARTICLE ANALYSIS (10%)
Read the article: How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management hbr.org/2013/12/how-google-sold-its-engineers-on-management/ar/1
Answer the following five questions separately.
In your own words*, explain and discuss the main argument (also known as a thesis or line of reasoning) presented in this article. (50 words +/- 10% = 1%)
In your own words, explain and discuss the assumptions and limitations that readers of this article need to be aware of when they read it. (50 words+/- 10% = 1%)
In your own words, explain and discuss the research methodology and research methods the author uses to examine this issue. (50 words+/- 10% = 1%)
In your own words, explain and discuss the main findings and/or conclusions of this article. (100 words+/- 10% = 2%)
What can business managers learn from this article? In your own words, explain and discuss the practical implications of the ideas in this article for real life managing. (250 words+/- 10% =5%)
*For information on how to write in your own words see owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/619/1/ (Accessed May 17, 2104)
2B: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (10%)
Read the Counterpoint “Think about your management theories” on p.52 of your text and watch the Ted Talk by Daniel Pink www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation
Answer the following seven questions separately.
In your own words, explain and discuss what Schermerhorn et al. (2014) means by the statement “management theories aren’t the same as scientific principles because they should be constantly reviewed and re-evaluated” (p. 52). (100 words +/- 10% = 2%)
In your own words, explain and discuss what a critical thinker would say about the relevance of Maslow’s theory for the study and practice of management. (50 words+/- 10% = 2%)
In your own words, explain and discuss why Daniel Pink “suggests that monetary rewards are effective only in very limited circumstances with simple tasks” (Schermerhorn et al. 2014, p. 52). (100 words +/- 10% = 2%)
In your own words, explain what a thesis statement is. Then provide your own thesis statement on how managers should motivate employees. (50 words+/- 10% = 2%)
Identify 5 search words/terms that you could use to find peer reviewed journal articles to assist you examine Q4 in Part B (above) in this assignment. (5 words = 0.5%)
Find two peer reviewed journal articles that may be relevant to further examine this question. Show them using APA referencing style. (No word limit = 0.5%)
Provide two sentences. One from each of your peer reviewed journal articles shown in Q6. In the first sentence provide one indirect quote from one of the peer reviewed journal article. In the second sentence provide one direct quote from the other peer reviewed journal article. (50 words +/- 10% = 1%)

Marking criteria

ASSESSMENT 2A: ARTICLE ANALYSIS RUBRIC (10%) - APA citations and referencing required
Criteria*
HD – Outstanding Achievement 85% - 100%
DI - High Achievement 75% - 84%
CR - Above Satisfactory Achievement 65% - 74%
PS - Satisfactory Achievement 50% - 64%
FL - Unsatisfactory Achievement 0 - 49%
1. Explain and discuss the main argument (thesis or line of reasoning) in article. (50 words = 1%)
Explains and critically evaluates main argument and answers well in own words.
Explains and analyses main argument and answers well in own words.
Explains and examines main argument and answers in own words.
Explains and discusses main argument and answers in own words.
Poor explanation and/or discussion and/or evidence of recognition of main argument. Answer expressed poorly or not in own words.
2. Explain and discuss the assumptions and limitations readers need be aware of. (50 words = 1%)
Explains and critically evaluates main assumptions and limitations and answers well in own words.
Explains and analyses main assumptions and limitations and answers well in own words.
Explains and examines main assumptions and limitations and answers in own words.
Explains and discusses main assumptions and limitations and answers in own words
Poor explanation and/or discussion and/or identification of relevant assumptions and limitations. Answer expressed poorly or not in own words.
3. Explain and discuss the research methodology and research methods author uses to examine issue. (50 words = 1%)
Explains and critically evaluates distinctions in both research methodology and methods and answers well in own words.
Explains and analyses critical distinctions in both research methodology and methods and answers well in own words.
Explains and examines distinctions in research methodology and/or methods and answers in own words.
Explains and discusses distinctions in research methodology and/or methods and answers in own words.
No meaningful/few relevant aspects of the research methodology. Answer expressed poorly or not in own words.
4. Explain and discuss the main findings and/or conclusions of this article. (100 words = 2%)
Explains and critically evaluates main findings and/or conclusions and answers well in own words.
Explains and analyses main findings and/or conclusions and answers well in own words.
Explains and examines main findings and/or conclusions and answers in own words.
Explains and discusses main findings and/or conclusions and answer in own words.
Poor explanation, discussion, or evidence of understanding of main findings and/or conclusions. Answer expressed poorly or not in own words.
5. Explain and discuss the practical implications of ideas in article for real life managing. (250 words = 5%)
Explains and critically evaluates implications of ideas in article and answers well in own words.
Explains and analyses implications of ideas in article and answers well in own words.
Explains and examines implications of ideas in article and answers in own words.
Explains and discusses implications of ideas in article and answers in own words.
Poor explanation and/or discussion and/or evidence of understanding practical implications of ideas. Answer expressed poorly or not in own words.
ASSESSMENT 2B: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS RUBRIC (10%) APA citations and referencing required
1. Explain and discuss the Schermerhorn et al. (2014) statement. (100 words = 2%)
Explains and critically evaluates Schermerhorn et al. (2014) statement using own words.
Explains and analyses Schermerhorn et al. (2014) statement using own words.
Explains and links Schermerhorn et al. (2014) statement using own words.
Explains and describes Schermerhorn et al. (2014) statement using own words.
Poor explanation and/or discussion of Schermerhorn et al. (2014) statement. Expressed poorly or not in own words.
2. Explain and discuss what critical thinker would say about Maslow’s theory. (50 words = 2%)
Explains and critically evaluates what a critical thinker would say and answers well in own words.
Explains and analyses main what a critical thinker would say and answers well in own words.
Explains and examines what a critical thinker would say and limitations and answers in own words.
Explains and discusses what a critical thinker would say and answers in own words.
Poor explanation and/or discussion and/or of what a critical thinker would say. Answer expressed poorly or not in own words.
3. Explain and discuss Daniel Pink’s suggestion.
(50 words = 2%)

Explains and critically evaluates Daniel Pink’s suggestion and answers well in own words.
Explains and analyses Daniel Pink’s suggestion and answers well in own words.
Explains and examines Daniel Pink’s suggestion and answers in own words.
Explains and discusses Daniel Pink’s suggestion and answers in own words.
Poor explanation and/or discussion of Daniel Pink’s suggestion identified. Answer expressed poorly or not in own words.
4. Explain thesis statement and provide own thesis statement. (50 words = 2%)
Thesis statement critically explained and outstanding thesis statement provided using own words.
Thesis statement explained very well and very good thesis statement provided using own words.
Thesis statement explained well and good thesis statement provided using own words.
Thesis statement explained and thesis statement provided using own words.
No meaningful explanation of thesis statement and/or thesis statement provided using own words. Expressed very poorly.
5. Search words for Q4. (5 words = 0.5%)
5 outstanding search words.
5 very good search words.
5 good search words.
5 satisfactory search words.
>5 satisfactory search words.
6. Two relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in APA referencing style. (0.5%)
2 highly relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in perfect APA style.
2 very relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in perfect APA style.
2 relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in APA referencing style.
2 potentially relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in near-perfect APA referencing style.
>2 relevant peer reviewed journal articles, and/or not in perfect APA referencing style.
7. Two sentences. One with direct quote and one with indirect quote. (50 words = 1%)
Perfect quotation and citation techniques.
Very good quotation and citation techniques.
Good quotation and citation techniques.
Satisfactory quotation and citation techniques.
Unsatisfactory sentences and/or poor attempt at quotation citation.
*Penalties for: 10% over word limit/failure to cite sources/referencing errors/omissions/ plagiarism (see Handbook – this carries a large penalty and is to be reported if Plagiarism) MARK

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