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HI6005 Management and Organisations in a Global Environment

HI6005 Management and Organisations in a Global Environment

Research Paper 1 Assessment criteria

Max 1000 words

This is an individual assignment.
Each week, based on the hour of e-learning activity that has been prescribed, you are required actively to engage with the material by writing a short discussion of how the material that was prescribed relates to the topic(s) of this unit and how it relates to your own personal experience. You create a blog each week where you provide evidence that you have engaged in this way with the prescribed e-learning activity. In the blog, you mention any extra material relevant to the activity that you have researched on the net.

These blogs are assessed in the following way:
1. Blogs are spot checked by your lecturer.
2. By the end of Week 5, students choose their best two blogs and submit them as an assignment (due Friday Week 5).
Each blog should be in two sections: Section 1 lists the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity. In Section 2 you apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organization you know and to the topic(s) of this unit.

The written report of your two best blogs has a 1,000-word limit and must be in the form of a research report (with a table of contents, executive summary, main body, conclusion, and references).

 

Table of Contents

Executive Summary. 3

E-learning Activities. 3

Week ?? – Activity ?? – Activity Title. 3

Week ?? – Activity ?? – Activity Title. 3

Conclusion. 3

References. 3

Executive Summary

Summarise your discussion of each e-learning activity. About 50 words per activity. Deleted all highlighted text.

E-learning Activities

Week ?? – Activity ?? – Activity Title

Insert here your discussion of the e-learning activity. Either answer the two questions at the top of every e-learning activity (summarise the activity and discuss an application or your experience of what the activity is about) OR answer the questions contained within the activity. Between 400 and 450 words in total. Delete all highlighted text.

Week ?? – Activity ?? – Activity Title

Insert here your discussion of the e-learning activity. Either answer the two questions at the top of every e-learning activity (summarise the activity and discuss an application or your experience of what the activity is about OR answer the questions contained within the activity. Between 400 and 450 words in total. Delete all highlighted text.

Conclusion

Summarise and draw conclusions from your two e-learning activities. About 50 words per activity. Delete all highlighted text.

References

Use Harvard style referencing. Less than five references per activity. Don’t forget to include the URL from the activity as one of your references. Delete all highlighted text.

In your blog, you should address the following two sections:

(1) Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.

(2) Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.

Visit the following URLs, and use ‘Questions to consider’ to guide your thinking.

Activity 1: Ford and Taylorism

URLhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PdmNbqtDdI

Questions to consider:

  1. Would workers in Australia, America or Europe accept the Taylorism in this form today?
  2. Consider the design of scripts for use in Call Centres, can you see Taylorism in that?  Explain.
  3. This ‘clip’ is showing history from 100 years ago.  Some would say that ‘the world has moved on’ and these ideas are out of date.  However, could there be parts of the world today for which these ideas might be just what they need? Explain.

HI6005 Discussion Board – Week 2

In your blog, you should address the following two sections:

(1) Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.

(2) Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.

Visit the following URLs, and use ‘Questions to consider’ to guide your thinking.

Activity 1: Thomas Friedman on Globalisation; 3 Eras of Globalisation; World is flat

URLhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp4znWHvsjU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM2BguxRSyY

Questions to consider:

  1. What would be some of the key drawbacks or risks of living in the flat world of Globalisation 3.0 as Friedman describes it?
  2. Do you agree with Friedman’s iron rule of the flat world? Explain.
  3. Is the level of globalisation uniform across the world? Explain.

Activity 2: Pankaj Ghemawat on Globalisation

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/pankaj_ghemawat_actually_the_world_isn_t_flat.html

Questions to consider:

  1. Has your view on globalisation changed after listening to Professor Ghemawat? Explain.
  2. Consider where you have seen the fears that people have about globalisation. Do you think these fears may subside with some data points that may suggest otherwise?

Activity 3: Online tool to explore different countries’ 5 dimensions by Hofstede

URL: http://geert-hofstede.com/countries.html

Questions to consider:

  1. How does the Australian culture compare to other world cultures (eg. Your home country or other countries that you have visited)?
  2. Do you agree with the survey results for the Australian culture? Why or why not?

Activity 4: ‘The myth of national culture’ – Counter argument to Hofstede’s work by Professor Brendan McSweeney at Royal Holloway, University of London

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_l84Dj2eXY

Questions to consider:

  1. Do you agree with Professor McSweeney’s view on national cultures? Why or why not?After viewing the survey result done by Hofstede on your home country, who do you think offers a more compelling argument on national cultures? Can a single culture be used to determine the actions of the entire population?

Activity 5: ‘ Riding the waves of culture’ – Talk given by Fons Trompenaars at TEDxAmsterdam

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmyfjKjcbm0

Questions to consider:

  1. Consider your experience with cultural conflict or culture shock. What were the different viewpoints that you had to reconcile? And how did you overcome the differences?
  2. What would be the benefits of connecting different viewpoints as Trompenaar suggests?

Activity 6: ‘Building a cross-cultural web design for a wider audience’ (Christian Arno in Design on 22nd Jun 2010)

URLhttp://www.onextrapixel.com/2010/06/22/building-a-cross-cultural-web-design-for-a-wider-audience/

Questions to consider:

  1. Can the concept of High and Low Context cultures be applied to other areas of business? – marketing and advertising, PR, customer and supplier relationship management, etc.

HI6005 Discussion Board – Week 3

In your blog, you should address the following two sections:

1)      Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.

2)      Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.

Visit the following URLs, and use ‘Questions to consider’ to guide your thinking.

Activity 1: Corporate culture and strategy

URL: ‘Culture clash: When corporate culture fights strategy, it can cost you’  http://knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu/article.cfm?aid=31

Questions to consider:

  1. Can you think of any examples where you experienced various culture types (Market, Clan, Adhocracy and Hierarchy culture)as a consumer to, or employee of, an organisation?
  2. If so, what is your evaluation of the alignment between its corporate culture and strategy?

Activity 2: Definition of culture

URL: What is Organizational Culture? And Why Should We Care? http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/05/what-is-organizational-culture/

Questions to consider:

  1. Why do you think people’s definition of culture may vary?
  2. Which definition of culture do you agree with most and why?

Activity 3: Corporate culture instilled in HRM practices and customer satisfaction

URLs: 

(1) ‘Why Zappos Pays New Employees to Quit–And You Should Too’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQLTQAv5JQA

(2) ‘Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh talks about building a culture-based company’  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdKZapHZL4c

Question to consider:

  1. What does building a culture-based company entail?

Activity 4: Toyota’s corporate culture and the problem of spreading its culture 

URL: ‘MIT’s Steven Spear Discusses Toyota’s Corporate Culture’ (Interview on Bloomberg TV) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCaKFPjfG7s

Question to consider:

  1. How would you describe Toyota’s culture using the seven dimensions of organisational culture and/ or the Cultural Web?

Activity 5:Cultural web and its use in practice (call centre)

URL: ‘Using cultural models for changing corporate culture’

http://www.changefactory.com.au/articles/change-management/using-cultural-models-for-changing-corporate-culture/

Questions to consider:

  1. Do you agree with the author’s view on the effectiveness of cultural web model in changing the corporate culture (compared to other models of corporate culture) as presented in the article? Why or why not?
  2. What would be the benefits of using typology type instead?

HI6005 Discussion Board – Week 4

In your blog, you should address the following two sections:

1)        Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.

2)        Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.

Visit the following URLs, and use ‘Questions to consider’ to guide your thinking.

Activity 1: Structure and strategy

URL: BCG’s Yves Morieux view on Organisation Designx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm7d1dzOKmw

Questions to consider:

  1. Yves Morieux claims that structure follows strategy. Is this always the case?

Activity 2: Holacracy

URL: Zappos just abolished bosses. Inside tech’s latest management craze. http://www.vox.com/2014/7/11/5876235/silicon-valleys-latest-management-craze-holacracy-explained

Questions to consider:

  1. What’s your understanding of holacracy? How would you describe it compared to bureaucracy and team-based structure?
  2. Discuss howContingency Factors of Organisational Design are at work in the case of Zappos?
  3. In what ways do you think innovative culture is related to (the agile) organisational structure?

HI6005 Discussion Board – Week 5

In your blog, you should address the following two sections:

1)        Section 1: list the key ideas you have extracted from the prescribed e-learning activity.

2)        Section 2: apply those ideas to your own experience, to an organisation you know and to the topic(s) of this subject.

Visit the following URLs, and use ‘Questions to consider’ to guide your thinking.

Activity 1: The Milgram Experiment

URL:

(1)   Milgram Experiment –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcvSNg0HZwk

(2)   Milgram Experiment replicated in Australia (Psychology study by La Trobe University in the 1970s) – http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3489852.htm

Questions to consider:

  1. To what extent would you be capable of inflicting real pain (physical, mental and/or emotional) on another human being?

Activity 2: Solomon Asch and Group Conformity

URL:

(1)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyDDyT1lDhA;

(2)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuvGh_n3I_M

Questions to consider:

  1. Does your own personal decision-making always reflect an objective process?
  2. Does the desire to be accepted as a part of a group leave one susceptible to conforming to the group’s norms?
  3. Identify and discuss situational factors that can enable a group to exert pressure strong enough to change a member’s attitude and behavior

Research Paper 2: Assessment criteria

Maximum of 10 pages (around 3,000 words) and 10 minutes (presentation)

This is a group assignment with specific individual components. Groups choose from the list of topics that are based on the lectures. However, in this assignment, you must do better than recycle the lecture. You are to research your topic in more depth providing evidence of independent research. The set of topics will be provided from which your group must choose on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’. Note that each topic has a group component to which each group member must contribute.H however , there are also specific individual components which have been defined.
You will deliver your research topic findings in a presentation at any time during the trimester. The presentation is primarily assessed on presentation technique. Your tutor will make suggestions on improving the academic quality of your assignment. You may improve the quality of the assignment for the written report at any time up until
submission date at the end of the semester. It is at this point that the academic quality of your research is assessed.

Research Paper 2 (30%)
Presentation
Students form into groups and nominate their broad research topic. Research on the broad topic is a group activity and each student must contribute to that work. Each student in the group will then research, in depth, an individual component drawn from the broad research topic. The live presentation (worth 10%) must be organised as a business presentation. Strict adherence to the ten minute limit is expected so the time should be carefully allocated to allow for a very short introduction on the broad topic followed by a few minutes allocated to each student to present their individual component. The presentation is primarily assessed on presentation technique. Your tutor will make suggestions on how the academic content can be improved and that will only be assessed on the written report due in the final week of the semester. Students can therefore choose to present at any time in the semester and it is suggested that you make the decision to present earlier rather than later when there will be many assignments falling due.
Research Report
The final report on your topic will be written up as a seminar report (worth 20%) and submitted to your lecturer by the end of the semester. You may incorporate ideas generated in the live presentation. That written report should begin with the broad research topic which is followed by each individual component identified by the individual student who prepared it.

Organisation of the research report – a key ingredient to writing a successful report involves the planning or
organising stage. Organising can help you to sort out your ideas and to present your report in the order that
communicates best to your readers. Your essay is to be structured and written as a business report. It,
therefore, must begin with a Management Summary within which you state in stark form (i.e. unsupported by
argument) what you are asserting in this report and you must do that in less than two pages.
As already stated above, you begin the main body of the report with some general background on the broad
research topic. This introduction should end with a brief paragraph outlining the plan of the rest of the essay
what follows is the specific issues of each individual component which were considered. As for any good business
report , these components should be structured into sections and sub-sections and the heading for these should
be in the Table of Contents. In these individual components, the in-depth discussion of the relevant issues is
elaborated based on the existing literature and/or data. You must provide in-text references to your sources.
The last section of the report contains a brief summary followed by a complete list of references that are cited
in the text of the essay. Follow a standard referencing method consistently.
Suggested limits are as follows:
 Management Summary: ideally one page but no more than two.
 Sections 1: Introduction 400-600 words,
 Section 2: Main body of the essay consisting of each of the individual components limit each component to
approximately 1,000 words each,
 Sections 3: Conclusions 100-300 words,
 Summary and Complete List of References.

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