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MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour: Assignment 1 and 2 Instructions

MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour Assignment 1 Answers

Task: Critical analysis of a personal experience:·         Task 1: 500-word scenario

●        Task 2: 1,800-word answer (excluding the list of references)

●        Task 3: Table of recommendations

Weight: Marked out of 100 and worth 50% of total assessment
Due date: 08 Jan 2020
Submission requirements: To be completed on the assignment template available in the ‘Assignment 1’ topic area on MGT5000 StudyDesk.
Relevant modules: This assessment task requires you to demonstrate an understanding of material relevant to attitudes and perception(Module 2, Chapter 2 of the textbook).motivation (Module 3 – Chapters 3, 4 & 5 of Wood et al., 2019,  team dynamics (Module 4 – Chapter 6 & 7 of Wood et al., 2019)
Instructions Refer to the following for a description of the tasks.

 

Task 1 (500 words)

Think of a story/scenario about an incident/event/problem which has occurred or is currently occurring in your working life and/or organisation (which may include experiences working/attending charity, school and sporting organisations) and in which the concepts of attitudes and perception; motivation, and team dynamics are relevant.

Write this story/scenario down (in no more than 500 words). Be sure to include the titles/descriptions of key people/actors and descriptions of relevant situational variables (who? what? where? why? how?).

Several examples of scenarios appear in the ‘Assignment 1’ topic area on the MGT5000 Study Desk (Note: some of the concepts may differ in the scenarios from the concepts you are being asked to capture).

Guidelines to write the scenario

  • The scenario should commence with an opening statement which sets the scene in terms of the relevance of the scenario to you. For example (only an example), “This scenario relates to a case of a colleague in my area who caused me extra workload because he took unexpected leave.”
  • Try to limit the number of people/players you introduce into your scenario – the less complicated the scenarios the more easily and accurately the evalu at or can come to understand the scenario.
  • The scenario must describe an event/problem which could be analysed from an“attitudes and perceptions” perspective. (See Chapter 13 of the textbook)
  • The scenario must describe an event/problem which could be analysed from a“motivation”perspective (an individual’s or individuals’ motivation experience). (See Chapter 3, 4, 5 of the textbook)
  • The scenario must describe an event/problem which could be analysed from a “team dynamics” perspective.(See Chapter 6, 7 of the textbook)
  • The story/scenario should be concrete (about real people, actions and events); familiar to a work setting and believable to those who read it.
  • Structurally your story should involve a setting, a build-up (trouble’s coming!) and a crisis, problem or climax.
  • The information you include in this assignment is for assessment purposes only. If you feel the need, you are welcome to change identifying information such as names of people, organisations and places.If you feel a particular scenario is too sensitive to discuss – then please select another scenario from your experience that you are comfortable discussing in your assignment.

Task 2 (1,800 words)

Analyse the scenario/event/problem by critically discussing the following organisational behaviour issues as they pertain to the scenario:

Task 2.1 (600 words)

  1. Identify content from Module 2 – Chapters 2 of the textbook related to attitudes and perceptions that are relevant to your scenario. Critically discuss what impact the events/incidents/problems in this scenario are likely to have on the attitudes and perceptions of the people identified in the scenario. (Module 2, Chapter 2 of the textbook).

Task 2.2 (600 words)

  1. Identify content from Module 3 – Chapters 3, 4 & 5 of the textbook related to motivation that is relevant to your scenario.Critically discuss the impact that the motivational problematics evident in this scenario (as outlined in your scenario) had on the motivation of the key player(s) in the scenario. In your analysis draw on two theories of motivation and their application in the scenario. Draw on additional sources to support your analysis.

Task 3 (600 words)

  1. Identify content from Module 4 – Chapter 6 & 7of the textbook,related togroup and team dynamics that is relevant to your scenario. Critically discuss the impact that the problematic team dynamics (as outlined in your scenario) had on the team and its performance in the scenario. Draw on additional sources to support your analysis.

Note on Task 2

You may find that the content from Chapter 13 in your textbook and Module 5 in your Study Guide, related to communication, may also have an impact on your scenario. Communication is a topic area that cuts across every module in this course, hence please make sure you also read the material in Module 5 before preparing your assignment. You are welcome to draw on the material relevant to communication where relevant, although the main emphasis need to be on Module 2, 3 and 4.

Task 3 (recommended actions – Maximum 2 pages)

Make recommendations: Draw up a table and summarise what actions could be taken to manage the (1) attitudes and perceptions and (2) motivation of the people identified in the scenario and what actions could be taken to improve the (3) group dynamics/functioning in the scenario. (1 to 2 pages). Your recommendations need to be a logical extension of the discussion in Task 2. This means you need to include a rationale for each recommendation that draws on the theories you discussed in Task 2.

An example of a ‘table of recommendations’ appears in the ‘Assignment 1’ topic area on the MGT5000 Study Desk (Note: the topic area in the example is different to the ones you need to discuss).

Structure of the assignment

This assignment should be prepared in three parts.

Part 1 containing task 1: An opening statement and the description of the scenario/telling the story (500 words). Present your scenario in well-constructed paragraphs.

Part 2 containing task 2: An analysis of the scenario/story according to the guidelines above. Use three sub headings to reflect the three main themes (i.e.,attitudes and perception; motivation and team dynamics)(1,800 words in total – which mean you aim to write about 600 words per heading/topic). An essay response is not required (that is, there is no need to write an introduction and conclusion) but you must present your answer in fluent, grammatically correct sentences and well-constructed paragraphs.

Part 3 containing task 3: Recommendations in table format according to the guidelines above (no more than 1 page per topic area) Task 3 does not form part of the word count.

MGT5000 Marking criteria sheet for Assignment 1

The content is the most important regarding the relative contribution of each of the dimensions. ‘Understanding and interpretation of assignment questions’, ‘critical analysis’, ‘research’ and ‘interpretation and application of theory’ account for 90% of the final grade on the assignment. Technical and academic care such as ‘presentation’, ‘written expression’, ‘structure’ and ‘academic referencing’ account for 10% of the final grade on the assignment.

MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour Assignment 2 Answers

Task: Critical analysis of a personal experience:·         Task 1: 500-word scenario

●        Task 2: 2000-word answer (exclusive of appendices, diagrams, tables, references etc.)

●        Task 3: Table of Recommendations (2 pages maximum)

Weight: Marked out of 100 and worth 50% of total assessment
Due date: 14 Feb 2020
Submission requirements: To be completed on the assignment template available in the ‘Assignment 2’ topic area on MGT5000 StudyDesk.
Relevant modules: This assessment task requires you to demonstrate an understanding of material relevant to organisational change (Module 14, Chapter 10 of Wood et al., 2019), leadership and power (Module 6 & 7, Chapter 10 & 11 of the textbook), conflict management (Module 8 – Chapter 13 of Wood et al., 2019, organisational culture(Module 9 – Chapter 9 of Wood et al., 2019)
Instructions Refer to the following for a description of the tasks.

 

Task 1 (500 words)

(The scenario does not form part of the overall word count)

Think of the organisational change scenario in an organisation which has occurred or is currently occurring and in which the concepts of leadership, conflict, power and politics, organisational culture and managing organisational change are relevant.

Write this scenario down (in no more than 500 words or one page).

Be sure to describe the organisational change event, the type(s) of change, the main forces of change and the targets of change. Also include the descriptions of key players in this change scenario and descriptions of relevant situational events/variables (who?, what?, where?, why?, how?).

This scenario should meet the following criteria:

The scenario should commence with an opening statement which sets the scene in terms of the relevance of the scenario to you. The scenario must describe an organisational change event/problem.

The scenario must describe an organisational change event/problem which could be analysed from a leadership and power perspective.

The scenario must describe an organisational change event/problem which could be analysed from a conflict management perspective.

The scenario must describe an organisational change event/problem which could be analysed from an organisational culture perspective.

The story/scenario should be concrete (about real people, actions and events); familiar to a work setting and believable to those who read it.

Structurally your story should involve a setting, a build-up (trouble’s coming!) and a crisis, problem or climax.

Task 2 (2000 words)

Analyse the scenario/event/problem by critically discussing the following organisational behaviour issues as they pertain to the scenario:

  1. Critically discuss the leadership approach(es) that have been employed during the change process and comment on their effectiveness (Module 6). (500 words)
  2. Critically discuss the power and politics issues which emerged or could have emerged during the change process (Module 7). (500 words)
  3. Critically discuss the conflict management process (and associated stages) which emerged or could have emerged during the change process (500 words). (Module 8)
  4. Critically discuss the role of the organisation’s culture in the change process (consider current culture and possible future culture) (Modules 9). (500 words)

Task 3 (recommended actions – Maximum 2 pages)

  1. Make recommendations: Draw up a table and summarise what approaches would have been more effective in dealing with problems articulated in the scenario, with regarding to (1) leadership approaches; (2) approaches to dealing with power and politics; (3) conflict management approaches; (4) approaches to manage organisational culture. Your recommendations need to be a logical extension of the discussion in Task 2. This means you need to include a rationale for each recommendation that draws on the theories you discussed in Task 2.
  2. An example of a ‘table of recommendations’ appears in the ‘Assignment 2’ topic area on the MGT5000 Study Desk (Note: the topic area in the example is different to the ones you need to discuss).

Structure of the assignment

This assignment should be prepared in three parts.

Part 1: An opening statement and the description of the scenario/telling the story (500 words: Does not form part of the word count)

Part 2: An analysis of the scenario/story according to the guidelines above. Use sub headings to reflect the main themes above; (2000 words in total)

Part 3: Table with recommendations: Maximum 2 pages.

Please see the home page of this course for an example of a change scenario.

 

Marking criteria for Assignment 2

The content is the most important regarding the relative contribution of each of the dimensions. ‘Understanding and interpretation of assignment questions’, ‘critical analysis’, ‘research’ and ‘interpretation and application of theory’ account for 90% of the final grade on the assignment. Technical and academic care such as ‘presentation’, ‘written expression’, ‘structure’ and ‘academic referencing’ account for 10% of the final grade on the assignment.

Notes relevant to both assignments

Don’t be put off by the terms ‘critically discuss’. In simple terms, it involves the process of analysis. Unfortunately, over the years, many students don’t quite understand what an analytical approach to assignment questions mean. Instead, they present an answer to an assignment question in very descriptive terms – that is, they just define terms and describe or repeat what the textbook presents. Every answer will contain an initial aspect of description but the analytical aspect of your writing is when you identify the issues in the material, the arguments and results that are apparent in the material and the differences of opinion expressed by various authors on the topic under discussion. You answer the question by presenting and analysing the ‘facts’ contained in the relevant material, and presenting an answer as a supported and logically presented argument – a critique. Your support comes from the authoritative references you present. Critical analysis or discussion can involve commenting on the significance of mismatches/matches between the scenario and theory. You can focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the theory and links between or disconnects between theories or scholarly writings about the theory.

Research and Referencing

  • You are required to find and cite within your answer a minimum of ten (15) sources for each assignment.
  • The emphasis should be on refereed journal articles to support your arguments; however you are also to refer to your text book as a distinct source.
  • Private web pages such as pages of study notes from other university courses are not acceptable. If you elect to use a website it must be of a scholarly and credible nature that clearly displays the sponsoring organisation, and if available, the author of the article.
  • These sources should be published from the year 2005 to the present. However, this rule does not apply to ‘seminal’ articles that contain original thought on a theory (for example, Hackman and Oldham’s Job Characteristics Model was authored in 1976!)
  • Use Harvard AGPS referencing convent i Here is a link to guidelines for using Harvard AGPS:<http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard-agps-referencing- guide>.
  • The template contains a reminder to include a list of references at the end of your paper using the Harvard referencing style.

Presentation

  • You MUST use the template available on the MGT5000 Study Desk for your assignment.
  • This template contains the marking criteria sheet upfront for the evaluat or to complete. You write your assignment from page two of the template.
  • This template is set so that your paper is presented with 2 cm margins all round, 12 pt Times New Roman; single line spacing. For Task 3, the table of recommendations is set at single line spacing.
  • Your assignment must fall within the required length guidelines: +/- 10% of the word count indicated for each question.
  • Page numbers, headers and footers have been included in the template You need to insert your student details into the header.
  • Headings, diagrams and/or brief tables are permissible in your responses (they are excluded in the word count).Tables and diagrams (if used) must be labelled and referenced and must be explained in the body of your answer. If you have solely developed it, cite it as ‘Developed for assignment’. If you adapted someone else’s work, cite (Adapted from: author, year pg. no).
  • Compile a single List of References on the last page of the assignment (as allowed for in the assignment template) according to Harvard AGPS requirement

Your assignment will be submitted to a plagiarism and collusion check through ‘turn-it-in’.

Some tips to help you write the assignments

  • The aim of the assignments is to test your understanding of some of the key concepts in the material covered in the study modules, examine your ability to critically analyse a particular behavioural and organisational situation and to demonstrate how the concepts, ideas, suggestions, content, theory and research results can be applied in a practical situation.
  • A further objective of the assessment tasks is to draw you into questioning of the current organisational practice evident in the case/scenario and to facilitate reflection, self-awareness and a better (critical) understanding of others and yourself.
  • Don’t close the textbook and think ‘I will think about it’. You need to DO something after reading every module, chapter and article. What do you need to do now?
  • Get out your computer or your notebook. Start the assignment now. Map it out in the form of a structure. Then put into this structure that you create for this assignment, your notes from the material you have just read. Make notations on what is missing and what you need to do as soon as possible. Of course, the structure will follow closely the questions you have to answer.
  • Make sure you refer to the marking criteria sheet used to evaluate the assignment.
  • As far as the material is concerned, go back over the material on definitions and make notes. Identify what you see are the issues between the definition and the reality of describing the workplace pictured in the assignment.
  • The word limit is always an issue. It acts as a guide to the quantity required. First impressions are that the requirements are significant. However, what generally happens is once students start to get their teeth into their answer, the word count becomes a limiting factor. Please do not go over the limit.
  • Students can get bogged down in the reading to a point where they believe they are reading too much and have lost the plot. There is a general amount of reading at the outset that is suggested in the study notes. This is to understand and absorb the thrust of each topic. These initial stages of reading promote general learning. You get to understand the concepts. You start to see how it does and can apply to your work specifically and to the organisation in general. Once you have achieved this general understanding, you then start to look at how you are going to approach the assignment questions. These questions are set to test your understanding of the key topic areas. Reading from this point is quite specific. You are looking for material to support your assignment and make your case.

Please check the electronic discussion board on a regular basis for answers to frequently asked questions on the assignments.

 

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