Management and Organisational Change HRM11417
Tri-mester 3 2016/17 Assignment Brief Part One:
Mr Simon has spent 12 years continuous service as a line manager in a retail organisation. In the past three years he has twice been considered for promotion via a formal interview process and was unsuccessful. On each occasion the successful candidate had better formal qualifications than Mr Simon, although he had more experience.
He has very recently been rejected for promotion for a third time and is thought to be becoming disillusioned as a result of this. On passing him in the corridor you (Mr Simon’s team leader) overhear him saying to a colleague, ‘I can see there is absolutely no possibility of advancement in this organisation for me, it’s time I moved on’.
Mr Simon is a very hard working and diligent worker and is highly regarded by your team members and replacing his skills and abilities will be extremely difficult.
You are currently studying attitudes, teams and motivation theories as part of a management qualification. Explain why the topics you are studying may be useful in analysing this particular situation and what positive measures could be implemented to attempt to re-motivate this employee.
Part one and part two are equally weighted Part Two:
According to Rollinson (2010) a leadership can be defined as “a process in which leader and followers interact in a way that enables the leader to influence the actions of the followers in a noncoercive way, towards the achievement of certain aims or objectives”.
With this in mind, critically evaluate how the leadership style adopted by a manager may either facilitate or hinder change in organisations.
Part two and part one are equally weighted
Assignment Considerations General
It can be good practice in your preparations for each part to undertake a number of activities. These include:
? Establishing key issues/areas raised by the question
? Defining fundamental terms
? Describing contextual information e.g. background to topic and its significance and/or interesting statistical data
? Identifying, explaining in detail and cross-comparing relevant concepts, models and theoretical approaches
? Applying concepts to contemporary issues within business settings
? Applying models/theories to workplace/organisation/industry examples and/or evaluating the practical application of models/theories
? Drawing parallels between theory and practice
? Evaluating relative merits and drawbacks of opposing academic viewpoints with a view to building independent opinions
? Formulating balanced, persuasive independent arguments based on academic evidence and judgement
? Stating a clear, overall answer to the question
Part One Particular consideration may be given to:
? Assessing the relationship between attitude, job satisfaction and commitment
? Identifying the key issues influencing motivation
? Explaining and comparing theoretical approaches to motivation (content and process) and relating these to the context of employee dissatisfaction/disillusionment
? Analysing the practical applicability and usefulness of motivation theories for managers/leaders ? Evaluating team-working and its impact on addressing individual and to organisational needs
Part Two Particular consideration may be given to:
? Defining and exemplifying organisational change
? Establishing the role leadership plays in directing organisational change
? Identifying leadership traits and/or styles and analysing their impact on organisational change programmes
? Explaining and comparing leadership theories and relating these to the context of organisational change
? Evaluating the practical limitations of leadership theories
Word count and presentation You are required to submit an essay-type assignment not exceeding 4000 words (excluding references). The essay should be divided in two parts, separating your response to Part One and Part Two. Each part should be provide an introduction, a main section (with a number of sub-sections) and a conclusion. If using tables/images provide labels and references. Write in a suitable academic style.
Submission Your individual assignment should be submitted by 11.59pm [UK time] on 18 August 2017 via the Turnitin submission link. Your file name should provide your matriculation number, taking the format of 40xxxxxx MOC. Your name should NOT appear.
Weighting The assignment accounts for 90% of your overall mark on this module. Parts one and two of the assignment are weighted equally.
Referencing Follow the APA referencing system throughout. Provide a separate reference list for Part One and Part Two. All references provided in your list should link to a corresponding within text citation.
Plagiarism Always provide a reference to support your arguments, ensuring that you cite all sources you draw ideas from and that you attribute any quotes appropriately to the author. Turnitin software may be used to detect plagiarism.
Plagiarism is considered a breach of academic conduct regulations, dealt with in accordance with the University’s Student Disciplinary Regulations and Academic Conduct: Code of Practice for Staff and Students. Please see the following website for further advice and information on avoiding plagiarism. This website includes advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work and links to pages with online tutorials and information on referencing: http://www.ed.napier.ac.uk/plagiarism/infoStudents.htm
Criteria DISTINCTION – 75 to 100% PASS – 50 to 74% FAIL – 0 to 49%
10% Effective essay or report style and layout with neat legible presentation; correct spelling; grammar and punctuation accurate; meaning clear and fluid with an articulate academic writing style. Effective essay or report style and lay out; neat legible presentation; occasional spelling errors; grammar and punctuation are mainly accurate; meaning coherent and generally fluent writing style. Poor essay or report style and lay out; untidy and difficult to read; much incorrect spelling; poor grammar and punctuation; meaning unclear; language lacks fluency.
Evidence of reading and research
35% Demonstrates considerable knowledge of relevant literature with the ability to draw on less obvious sources and go beyond these to new insights/perspectives.
Effectively underpins thorough and original arguments with appropriate literature. Demonstrates some ability to identify and link together information from a range of appropriate sources. Arguments are clearly stated and there is some evidence of knowledge of current developments. Knowledge and understanding
appears incomplete or superficial; demonstrates little ability to link and integrate knowledge from a range of areas or to develop coherent arguments.
35% Thorough analysis of chosen topic, identifying a range of relevant issues, which includes some less obvious matters. Highly developed integration of theory with in-depth understanding of issues related to organisational practice.(including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate). Demonstrates highly developed ability to critique research findings, appreciating the importance of appropriate methodologies. Reaches conclusions which show insight into the dynamics of HRM practice and have a clear strategic focus. Analysis of chosen topic has clearly taken place and a range of relevant issues are identified. Some evidence of integration of theory with understanding of issues related to organisational practice (including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate). Demonstrates some ability to critique research findings, appreciating the importance of appropriate methodologies. Conclusions show general appreciation of dynamics of HRM practice and some strategic issues are addressed. Analysis of the chosen topic is superficial and limited in scope. Limited evidence of integration of theory with little understanding of issues related to organisational practice (including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate); inability to critique research findings, and fails to appreciate the importance of appropriate methodologies. Conclusions show little understanding of realities of HRM practice and recommendations are immediate & “short term” rather than strategic.
15% Offers an excellent summation of main arguments and provides an answer to the propositions posed. Includes a summation of key points previously assessed; attempts to include an answer to the propositions posed. Introduces new material; fails to provide a summary of arguments;
Fails to answer the propositions posed.
5% Inclusion of extensive appropriate and current literature which is accurately integrated into the text; all citations acknowledged; recognised citation method used consistently. Evidence of appropriate literature, which is accurately
integrated into the text; most sources acknowledged; recognised citation method used consistently. Literature either not consulted or is not relevant to the discussion; citation method very poorly and/or not used.