Module assessment HRMG5064 – People, Management and Organizations. Type: Individual Essay 3,500 words
Academic Year: 2020/2021 (Semester two) Credit value: 15 Module Assessment: 2020/2021 The assessment for this module will consist of a 3500 word (+-10%) critical and analytical essay. The task accounts for the full 100% of the mark for the entire module. The primary focus of the task is to explore key theories, literature, thematic debates, contemporary business events and apply the knowledge gained in the module in the context of your role as leader of a subsidiary of a multinational corporation (MNC) in your host country. The task One year after completing your post graduate study, you are assigned to take up the leadership of a Multinational Corporation (MNC) in your country of origin (host country). Your company owns a leading brand competing with other global brands in such items as premium quality shoes, bags, clothing and insurance policy for protection on valued goods such as gold and diamond ornaments. The Management of the brand takes place at your organization’s headquarters in New York, USA (home country). As your Organization is multinational, it recruits employees from many countries and cultures (third country nationals). Specialist skill in manufacturing and design is mostly undertaken by French and Italian nationals. Periodically these Italian and French nationals come to live and work in your country where manufacturing and retail take place. These French and Italian employees, along with Americans, other third country nationals (TCNs) work alongside employees from your country (host country). Faculty of Business and Law 2 The central office to which you have been appointed has a total number of 100 employees. Understandably, 60% of the staff are citizens of your own country, while 40% are from ten different countries combined. Your task is the following: Drawing on knowledge developed in this module, your own experience and wider reading, you are requested to write a critical, analytical and applied essay of 3500 words where you engage and address the following aspects of your role:
Explore relevant theories in leadership studies and consider applying theories/practices/approaches best suited for effective leadership in this MNC operating in your country of origin. (approximately 500 words)
Critically analyse theories and literature associated with organizational and national culture and outline possible culture-related challenges you may face. Further, consider how you would mitigate the dominant issues that will be inevitable in a cross-cultural working setting as depicted in the above scenario (500 words).
Communication will be another challenge to be addressed. In your essay, critically reflect on ways in which you will manage communication barriers between employees. Also, speculate how language difference could enhance a close relational working environment with impact on employee wellbeing (500 words).
You are advised to undertake a process of change that requires your subsidiary to show proof of awareness and application of acceptable attitudes and behaviour at work. Consider how to implement this necessity.
At the time you are appointed, the motivation level of employees is low due mainly to uncertainty, anxiety of working with people from different countries and uncertainty with long term contracts. Critically discuss how you would raise levels of confidence, motivation and ensure harmony and collegiality is established amongst employees (500 words).
Critically engage with the literature on emotional intelligence to consider how you will draw on Goleman’s (1998) five dimensions to achieve socially acceptable relationships, self-control and self-awareness in your leadership practice (500 words).
We will expect you to present a clear introduction, clearly explaining the task, identifies key issues to be developed and presents a clear 3 structure explaining the sequencing of the different sections of your essay (250 words)
Your essay should end with a composite conclusion reminding the reader about what the task was about, how it has been accomplished, noting key points and reflection on learning gained in the module and in the process of undertaking the task (250 words). Note that you have been asked to write an essay and not to present a report. You will therefore avoid sub-headings if you can or do so in a way that keeps your work harmonised rather than isolated sections. Also avoid writing in the first person – ‘I’, ‘my’ or in my opinion etc. These expressions are not normally appreciated in academic writing. Instead, say: this student…, this paper or author argues…recent research examined by this student indicates…..as leader of the organisation, the appropriate approach to adopt would be…… This student’s analysis shows that X approach(es) would be effective. The reason(s) for this is/are…… Also, note that the reference sources you use for your essay should come from the following recommended list of ABS2, 3 and 4* journals: (Seek support from a library staff should you face any difficulty in finding these journals and the articles that you will wish to use in your essay) Recommended journals to select articles: ▪ International Journal of Human Resource Management ▪ Work, Employment and Society ▪ Human Resource Management Journal ▪ European Journal of Industrial Relations ▪ Gender, Work and Organisation ▪ Employee Relations ▪ Human Relations ▪ Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes ▪ Journal of Organizational Behaviour ▪ Academy of Management Perspectives ▪ Academy of Management Journal ▪ Academy of Management Review ▪ Human Resource Management ▪ Leadership quarterly 4 ▪ Leadership journal Note further that the articles or reference sources you bring into your essay should not be older than 5 years. This means that you should only use reference sources or articles published between; 2015 – 2020. The markers are more interested in ongoing and current conversations/debates and issues around the various topics rather than references such as: Transformational leadership (Burns, 1978; Bass, 1985) or Maslow’s theory of motivation (Maslow, 1943). We are interested in your reading and understanding of the manner in which recent writers are engaging with these foundational concepts rather than in your ability to explain what these concepts are. As much as possible, avoid explanation and definitions of theories. Rather, engage in critical examination about how these concepts are written about and applied in today’s business and management context. In your analysis, you should aim to compare/evaluate between theories/perceptions/approaches, rather than just explain from websites or books etc. In critical analysis process, you will consider highlighting similarities and differences in the arguments developed, evaluate the value and contribution and suitability of theories/approaches in your context. Avoid simple explanation and description. Rather, seek to analyse current issues engaged in the various streams of literature in some depth, outlining implication, limitations and questioning assumptions drawing on your experience or alternative reallife news, events or cultural conventions. Word limits: The word limit for each item of coursework is 3500 but can increase or decrease by 10%. The limit includes quotations or citations inside your text but does not include the reference list. Remember to set your wordprocessor to count the notes as well as the main text). Note that this is a limit; it does not mean you must write that number of words. If you submit work that is seriously over-length, you may find that the tutors only read and mark material that falls within the word limit that is between 3750 and 3,150 words. Assignment Submission 5 Submission is online only and must be submitted through TURNITIN which you find on the module shell. Note that there will be two links for submission. Be careful here to submit into the link DMU submit only. General matters related to the assignment. Throughout the module you will develop an understanding of the main debates, issues, critique, contribution and some sources of reference. The expectation is that you will benefit from this knowledge and your previous studies to satisfactorily complete the assessment. You are warned to avoid all forms of malpractice including plagiarism, copying and pasting previous work or including large portions of books, articles and other sources as part of your work without observing approved rules on assignment tasks at DMU such as not citing correctly. Note that you may be disqualified from the programme if you are found to have engaged in any form of academic malpractice after due process. Preparation of coursework All coursework should be word-processed, unless the module tutor indicates that hand-written work is acceptable. Please follow these guidelines when formatting your work: Font: minimum 12-point size, preferably Times New Roman or Arial. Do not use ornamental fonts. Use bold for titles, bold or italics for emphasis, and italics for book or journal titles; avoid underlining where possible. If you need special characters, such as Greek, do not try to make do: get the right font. Line spacing: 1.5 or double spacing. Margins: at least 2.5 cm. Please number the pages of your work, and include your student number (not your name) on the first page or in the header or footer. Referencing: This is academic writing as a result you should use relevant literature to support your arguments using Harvard referencing style for in text citations, in order to avoid accusations of plagiarism, acknowledge others work and to provide credibility to your work. Leicester Castle Business School students follow the Harvard referencing system: http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Images/Selfstudy/Harvard.pdf. This is an individual task. You are not allowed to work in groups. 6 Referencing: Referencing is as important as writing. You need to be accurate in your in-text referencing skills and make sure you have included all the reference sources used in the essay on your reference list. For more information on referencing, watch video on referencing at DMU by clicking referencing video on the module shell – blackboard. Marking criteria: Your work will be marked in consideration of the following aspects: Execution of task in general very important. Other aspects: research effort, application, critical analysis, presentation, referencing, communication skills. Use current examples and make clear the links between theory and application after thorough analysis. Mark grading: Use this marking scheme when writing. This grading will be used to allocate marks. Mark Range Criteria 90-100% Distinction Demonstrates an exceptional ability and insight, indicating the highest level of technical competence. The work has the potential to influence the forefront of the subject, and may be of publishable/exhibitable quality. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at the highest possible standard. 80-89% Distinction Demonstrates an outstanding ability and insight based on authoritative subject knowledge and a very high level of technical competence. The work is considered to be close to the forefront of the subject, and may be close to publishable/exhibitable quality. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a very high level. 70-79% Distinction Demonstrates an authoritative, current subject knowledge and a high level of technical competence. The work is accurate and extensively supported by appropriate evidence. It may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically and deal with ambiguity in the data. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a high level. 60-69% Merit Demonstrates a sound, current subject knowledge. No significant errors in the application of concepts or appropriate techniques. May contain some minor flaws. The work is well developed and coherent; may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a good level. 50 – 59% Pass Demonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge. Some evident weaknesses; possibly shown by conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques. The work is generally sound but tends toward the factual or derivative. Limited evidence of capacity to reflect critically. Relevant generic skills are generally at a satisfactory level. 7 40 -49% Fail Demonstrates limited subject knowledge. Some important weaknesses; possibly shown by factual errors, conceptual gaps, or weak use of appropriate techniques. The work tends toward the factual / derivative, or lacks sound development. Little evidence of capacity to reflect critically. Relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 30-39% Demonstrates inadequate subject knowledge. The work lacks coherence and evidence of capacity to reflect critically. The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 20-29% Demonstrates seriously inadequate knowledge of the subject. The work contains minimal evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory. The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 10-19% The work is almost entirely lacking in evidence of knowledge of the subject. No evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory. The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 0-9% The work presents information that is irrelevant and unconnected to the task. No evident awareness of appropriate principles, theories, evidence and techniques.