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MGMT3006 – Assessment 1
Research Assessment 1 in Essay Format – Case Study (1,500 words which are divided into: 1,000 words for the case study and 500 words for your individual reflection on your ongoing moral development in relation to this case study) +/- 10%. Please note that the Reference list, the cover sheet (format available on the Blackboard) and any important and relevant appendices are to be considered outside the word count):
Worth: 20 marks
Due: Teaching Week 4 (i.e. 22nd March 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (WAST) electronically through turnitin embedded in the Blackboard. In line with Curtin University policy no other copies of this assessment are to be submitted neither in hard copy or through e-mail to your Unit Coordinator &/or teaching staff member &/or your local lecturer
The aim of this assessment is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to apply theoretical content taught during the first weeks of the unit to a practical setting. You will be assessed on how well you can identify the ethical dimensions of a given case, thinking about the normative theories of ethics using academic sources properly, and how you reflect on your moral development as a result of the teaching of MGMT3006 material and the first assessment.
ASSESSMENT CASE STUDY AND MAIN QUESTION:
• Case Study: Left on a Mountainside, Harvard Business Review, January 2004, by Julia Kirby
• Case Study main question: What is Ed about to do? This question in the case study document needs to be looked at through the following questions that you need to answer through your essay:
• Place yourself in the position of ED in this case study. Briefly explain the ethical problem(s) that ED is facing in the case study.
• What is the role of self-interest in this case study?
• Compare and contrast the normative ethical theories as identified by Shaw et al (2016) (your text book) on the ethical problem(s) you have identified.
• Identify, explain and justify a normative ethical theory that you think would help provide a solution to the problem establishing a link between the normative ethical theories and the Kohlberg stages of Moral Development on ED.
• Reflect using Schon’s reflection in and on action, to allow us understand your development as highlighted by Kohlberg levels and stages of Moral Development.
ASSESSMENT FORMAT:
1. Essay format (please refer to the high flyer from CBS Skills and Communication Centre) on this same website there are other high flyers that might be of interest to you, if you wish to check them.
2. It would be easier for you to add headings to the Essay.
3. Your assessment should be carefully edited i.e. syntactically and grammatically correct and well punctuated, prior to submission. As a university student, a high standard of written English is expected.
4. Your assessment should also be clear, concise, neatly presented, and easy to follow and read.
5. The use of graphs, tables and images will enhance the quality of your assessment if those are of decent quality and your own development. Please do not include tables/graphs/images/or mind maps that are not a result of your creativity.
REFERENCES:
1. You need to use peer-reviewed journal articles in relation the topic of your assessment from Journals such as:
• Journal of Business Ethics,
• Journal of Business Ethics: A European Review
• Business Ethics Quarterly
• Academy of Management
• Harvard Business Review
2. The ‘Reading List’ on the Blackboard contains 100+ references that you might find to be relevant.
3. Do not use Wikipedia - Any use of Wikipedia will generate a failing mark for sections of the assessment.
4. You need to have included in your Essay some 10-15 credible and relevant sources. This is the minimum requirement.
5. If you need to use any sources other than peer-reviewed journal articles, please ensure that the ratio of Peer-reviewed journal articles/other sources is 75%/25%. Also, sources from the year 2010 and later including 2018 should make some 15% of the total references used by you in your assessment.
6. You are required to use ‘stack referencing’ – this means – you need to support your argument with more than one source that talks about the same issue. This is an example taken from the Unit Coordinator’s PhD thesis (this is merely given to you to see how to incorporate stack referencing, and not to obtain sources from):
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The point of departure for this thesis are the calls from many scholars, (e.g., Biberman,
1999; Bruch & Ghoshal, 2004; Gerde & Spencer-Foster, 2008; Ghoshal 2005; Kim &
Choi, 2007; McGee, 2008; Mele, 2008; Pfeffer 2005; Ramos, 2008; Stevens 2004;
Swanson & Frederick 2003; Valentine & Fleischman, 2008), for new theories and methods to replace the old ones that have proven unable to arrest the decline in business ethical standards globally. These scholars calls are for: (1) organizations to discover their inner power to balance energies and transform themselves into more humane systems (Biberman, 1999), (2) the recognition of management as the art of
doing and getting done (Bruch & Ghoshal, 2004), etc… Unquote
INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ANTICIPATED AT YOUR LEVEL IN THE ASSESSMENT In this regard we provide some hints:
• Do some additional research on the details of the case.
• Use peer-reviewed relevant journal articles to support your arguments – you can use articles that are included in the ‘Reading List’ available for MGMT3006 – you can access that through the Blackboard linked to the Library.
• The use of tables, graphs, mind maps are encouraged.
You must make some good arguments that are supported by the literature.
ASSESSMENT COVER SHEET:
Please ensure to complete and include the cover sheet related to this first assessment (available on the Blackboard under assessment 1). This cover sheet includes in addition to the declaration, a section that has been recently introduced after discussions with the Learning and Teaching Department at Curtin for you to seek specific feedback from your teaching staff on a specific issue in the case study. Non-inclusion of the cover sheet will result in deduction of marks.
Please adhere strictly to these requirements as a failure to comply could result in a significant loss of marks.
FURTHER ASSESSMENT HELP:
Some flyers from CBS Skills and Communications Centre are under the Assessment folder for ease of reference – however, you visit these two sites if you need more help:
• Academic Communication Development link (this link includes high flyers on different issues that relate to your university studies e.g. writing literature, writing essay, writing reports etc…:
• https://businesslaw.curtin.edu.au/study/student-experience/academiccommunication-development/
• CurtinLife Writing skills and resources (e.g. Essays, case studies, lab reports and literature reviews are all part of studying at uni)
• http://life.curtin.edu.au/learning-support/writing-skills.htm

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