2 Task 1: Critical Reflections
Due date Week 6 - Sunday 22nd April 11.59pm
Submission Please submit your assignment using the link below. Note your assignment must be in Microsoft Office (.docx or .pdf) format and the filename in the following filename format:
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Word limit/page limit 300-350 words per question - ~1500w (+/-10%), plus references
Type of assignment Individual assessment
Weighting 30% of the total marks for this subject
Grading criteria: Assignment specific grading criteria as per the rubric below.
Important notes ONLY use the LTU Harvard Referencing style. ONLY Microsoft Office document types are accepted. ONLY Font size Times New Roman 12. Please make sure you use paragraphs throughout the report.
You MUST keep a duplicate copy of your assignment
Please answer all the following questions based on Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5 and submit your answers through Turnitin by Sunday 6th August. Note the required filename format for submissions -
your name student id FOM Ass1.DOCX/PDF.
The submission link is here
Answers to each question should be around 300-350 words.
You are REQUIRED to use the textbook and relevant journal articles to support your answers (2 to 3 references per question as well as the textbook)
1. The implementation of Scientific Management principles resulted in major changes to the Factory System. From a management point of view, what were these changes? Using the article on Morgan's(1997) metaphors (available on Moodle) which of these metaphors applies to Factory system before the implementation of Scientific Management? And which metaphor would apply after? Explain your reasoning with reference to the text and other academic sources. (Please have a look at the article on Morgan's Metaphors on Moodle AND chapter 3: The rise of the factory system to support your answer).
You can find Morgan's Metaphors here. And to cite this reference - Jaffee, D 2008, Organisation Theory- Tension and Change, 1st Edition, McGraw Hill, USA - it's (Jaffee 2008)
2. Rational-bureaucratic organizations are supposed to develop the best means to achieve their goals. Based on your reading of Chapter 5 (pg. 56), what would you say are some of the obstacles to making the -best- decisions about ways to reach a goal or solve a problem? Do some organizations have a more difficult time with this than others? What kinds of goals or problems do they deal with? (Please have a look at chapter 5: Bureaucracy, Rationalisation and Organisation theory to support your answer)
3. Do you think the term used by Barnard -- -common moral purpose- (pg. 103) -- is a good way to describe what happens in work organizations? Why or why not? (Please have a look at chapter 4: The Human Organisation to support your answer)
4. The transformation of organizational forms has given rise to a variety of paradoxical demands. For example, organizations want to achieve both economies of scale and economies of scope; they want to specialize yet be flexible. What do each of these separate demands mean for organizing and managing? Why they all are desired? How can they peacefully co-exist? (Please have a look at Chapter 6 from page 121 onwards: Emerging Organisational Forms: Beyond Fordism to support your answer)