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Students will individually draw up a case study report on their own organisation, or an organisation of their choice. Students may wish to select an organisation where they have worked in the past or would like to work in the future. Note that Assessment One is linked with Assessment Two, thus it is important that you choose the organisation for Assessment One carefully so that you can write Assessment Two with the same organisation in mind.
The case study needs to demonstrate an understanding of organisational theory from the first three modules of the subject including the role and functions of management at the organisation, management theory evident at the organisation, organisational structure, communication, organisational ethics and diversity. You will need to briefly apply this information from the first three modules and then expand your discussion on a specific management issue relevant to that organisation.
A specific management issue could include the organisational structure; communication and employee morale; the management style of leaders; ethical business practices; or a lack of organisational diversity – or there could be other issues. You will need to critically evaluate this issue in the chosen organisational context drawing from a relevant management theory. So you must find a case study first and send it to me to get my approval.
The case study report should include: 2000 words
Executive Summary (not included in the word count).
Introduction: what this report is about, a very brief introduction to the organisation, why you chose the organisation, and any relationship you have with the organisation.
Research Methodology: a summary of the methodology you embraced for this assignment including case study methodology and the use of naturally occurring data.
Vision and Values of the Organisation: include vision or mission of the organisation, their values, an insight into their culture and management style using Morgan’s metaphors (readings Attached separately).
Organisational Theory: can you find any evidence of management theory from Module 1 at the organisation? Can you find any information on their organisational structure, chain of command and channels of communication from Module 2? (Separate Handout attached for module 1 and 2 readings). You must read)
Ethics and Diversity: Can you find any evidence of ethical practice (good or bad)? Has the company embraced diversity (Module 3)? (separate P/P files attached for readings).
Conclusion: what are your views on the management of the organisation? Have they embraced organisational theory? Are they living their values? Do you have any recommendations?
There are a number of forms the case study report could take. The exact form of the report will depend on the additional research the student will undertake. For example, students who choose an organisation where they have worked may decide to interview or survey employees. Other students may find sufficient data from internal publications or external media reports. Students should aim for the demonstration of deep learning, founded on theory from academic sources and data from their own research.
Students should also refer to the Handout in Module Two (attached Separately) – Information Gathering and Naturally Occurring Data. This handout highlights a variety of data sources available to the manager, both internally and externally, to help them make decisions. This data is also available to students if they select the right organisation and are prepared to conduct the research.
Students should search for internal data about the organisation – official websites, annual reports, strategic plans, other publications (newsletters, CSR reports, codes of conduct) and also media releases, digital media and social media published by the organisation. Students should also search externally for data about the organisation – Australian Bureau of Statistics, Ibis world, industry associations’ database, media reports, journal articles, feedback from customers or commentary from employees and other stakeholders.
Students will need to filter the data from the above sources and use only data that is relevant to the management of the organisation. The relevant data sources should be summarised in the Methodology section, and then used throughout the report to explain the management practices of the organisation. Students should stay focused on the topics from the first three modules of the subject and not be distracted by other functions of the organisation (for example marketing, financial performance).
List of Journals to be considered:
• Academy of Management Journal
• Academy of Management Review
• Academy of Management Perspectives
• Strategic Management Journal
• Management International Review
• Journal of International Management
• California Management Review
• Journal of Business Venturing
• Research Policy
• Journal of International Business Studies
• International Business Review
• Journal of Business Review

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Word Count: 2358 words including References

Title: Wesfarmers limited case study

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