HRMG5064 – People, Management and

Module assessment HRMG5064 – People, Management and
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
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

  1. 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)
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. We will expect you to present a clear introduction, clearly explaining the
    task, identifies key issues to be developed and presents a clear
    structure explaining the sequencing of the different sections of your
    essay (250 words)
  8. 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…
    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
    ▪ 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
    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
    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:
    This is an individual task. You are not allowed to work in groups.
    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.
    Range Criteria
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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%
    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.
    40 -49%
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    The work presents information that is irrelevant and unconnected to the task.
    No evident awareness of appropriate principles, theories, evidence and

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