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Assignment front sheet
Qualification Unit number and title
Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business
Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour
Student name Assessor name
Date issued Completion date Submitted on
01/03/2015 22/05/2015
Assignment title
Organisations and Behaviour
Learning Outcome
Learning outcome Assessment Criteria In this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to: Task no.
Evidence
(Page no)
LO1 Understand the relationship between organisational structure and culture 1.1 compare and contrast different organisational structures and culture 1
1.2 explain how the relationship between an organisation’s structure and culture can impact on the performance of the business 1
1.3 discuss the factors which influence
individual behaviour at work 1
LO2 Understand different approaches to management and leadership
2.1
compare the effectiveness of different leadership styles in different organisations 2
2.2
explain how organisational theory underpins the practice of management 2
2.3
evaluate the different approaches to management used by different organisations 2
LO3 Understand ways
of using motivational 3.1 discuss the impact that different leadership styles may have on motivation in organisations in periods of change 3
1
theories in organisations 3.2 compare the application of different motivational theories within the workplace 3
3.3 evaluate the usefulness of a motivation theory for managers 3
LO4 Understand mechanisms for
developing effective teamwork in organisations 4.1 explain the nature of groups and group behaviour within organisations 4
4.2 discuss factors that may promote or inhibit the development of effective teamwork in organisations 4
4.3 evaluate the impact of technology on team
functioning within a given organisation. 4
Learner declaration
I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are fully acknowledged.
Student signature: Date:
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In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and
DISTINCTION grades
Grade Descriptor
Indicative characteristic/s
Contextualisation
M1
Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions • Effective judgements have been made
• Complex problems with more than one variable have been explored
To achieve M1, you will need to
Effective judgements apply to all the learning outcomes
M2
Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques • Relevant theories and techniques have been applied
• A range of methods and techniques have been applied
• A range of source information has been used
To achieve M2, you will need to
To achieve M2, you will have used and/or applied relevant theories and suitable techniques to explore the nature of organisational culture and leadership styles in the selected organisations and the details will have been used to inform the report for the Managers.
M3
Present and communicate appropriate findings Communication is appropriate for familiar and unfamiliar audiences and appropriate media have been used. To achieve M3 the work you present will need to
Be presented in suitable business formats and will use business terminology accurately.
D1
Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions • Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified
• The validity of results has been evaluated using defined criteria
To achieve D1 you will need to
Have reached conclusions which draw out the links between culture and management style and organisational objectives and the impact of the organisations’ structure, culture and leadership on organisational performance of businesses. You will provide an evaluation which will suggest how this knowledge might be of value to Senior Management.
D2
Take responsibility for managing and • Autonomy/independence has been demonstrated
• Substantial activities, projects or To achieve D2 you will have to
Have demonstrated an effective approach to independent research and study and will have met the
3
organising activities investigations have been planned,
managed and organised
deadline to submit the tasks and achieve the unit assessment criteria.
D3
Demonstrate convergent /lateral / creative thinking • • Ideas have been generated and decisions taken
Effective thinking has taken place in unfamiliar contexts. To achieve D3 you will have to
Use effective thinking to generate new ideas that support decision making
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Assignment title Organisations and Behaviour
Purpose of this assignment
The aim of this assignment is to give learners an understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations and to examine current theories and their application in managing behaviour in the Workplace.
Task 1(1.1,1.2,1.3) Case Study [Group Presentation-3/4 people in group (PowerPoint) /Individual Reflection (report format]
Understand the relationship between organisational structure and culture
You are required to choose an organisation (preferably one that you are familiar with) for this task and give reference to the organisation in different sections, to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and application of the concept “organizational structure and culture”.
At grassroots businesses are faced with the problem of providing a suitable structure and culture for the organization. Answer the question below (1.1-1.3) using real organization examples in each;
1.1 Discuss at least any three of the following organizational structures and cultures to present the differences and similarities:
Organisation Structures Organisational Cultures
I. Tall/hierarchical Power Culture
II. Flat Role Culture
III. Matrix Task Culture
IV. Centralized and decentralized Person Culture
1.2 Explain the relationship between an organization structure and culture and how it can impact on the performance of a business(M.1)
1.3 Discuss the factors which influence the behavior of an individual at work focusing on personality, traits and its usefulness in understanding self and others
Assignment brief
Unit number and title Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour
Qualification Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business
Start date 01/03/2015
Deadline/Hand-in date 22/05/2015
Assessor


Task 2(2.1,2.2,2.3,M2,D1,D2) Group Work: Poster/ Individual Reflection
Understand different approaches to management and leadership
You are required to select a business from the retail sector (operating in the UK) and analyse how organisational theory supports the principles of organising. Also compare different approaches to management showing evidence of two real business organisations. You are required to generate a report on the following learning outcome and topics:
Recently there are changing conceptions of the nature of management and leadership, along with challenges that each of the approaches poses to the development of the organization.
2.1 Compare the effectiveness of different leadership styles in different organisations.
(b) Compare the effectiveness of two different leadership styles using specific organisations of your choice. (D1)
2.2 Explain how organisational theory underpins the practice of management; give real organization examples
2.3 Evaluate the different approaches to management used by different organisations (You MUST show evidence of real organisation examples) Using the following approaches to management;
I. scientific management approach;
II. classical administration approach;
III. bureaucratic approach;
IV. human relations approach;
V. systems approach;
VI. contingency approach
(c) Highlight your knowledge and understanding on the functions of management by evaluating further (M2).
(d) Show evidence of suitable real organisation examples in all (2.1, 2.2 and 2.3), also illustrate the nature of managerial approaches used in an organization. (D2)
Task 3(3.1,3.2,3.3 M3) [Individual Essay/ Based on Company Case study]
Understand ways of using motivational theories in organisations
This task is aimed at one of the most important concept of using motivational theories in organisation. You are required to produce a report by looking at the impact of leadership styles on motivation, explore the application of Maslow’s motivational theory and finally, evaluate the usefulness of the theories.
A good start for this task will be to select an organisation from the list given below: • Tesco
• Sainsbury
• Asda
• Waitrose
• Mark &Spencer
and identify how the concept of motivation can be practically applied in the daily operations of the chosen orgsanisation. You can reflect on daily operations and the way the firm operates with respect to motivational theories. Also, you get information about the firm from their website. Below are the topic and assessment criteria elements for this assignment;
3.1 Discuss the impact that different leadership styles may have on motivation in organisations in periods of change
3.2 Discuss the application of different motivational theories within the workplace
3.3 Evaluate the usefulness of Maslow’s Hierarchy for Managers using real organisation examples.
(e) Apply suitable motivational theories in a workplace listed below (M3). Reference all information used.
• Herzberg’s Motivation – Hygiene theory;
• McGregor’s Theory X and Y;
• Vroom and Expectancy theories;
Task 4(4.1,4.2,4.3) [Individual Essay]
Understand mechanisms for developing effective teamwork in organisations
The aim of this task is to explore the concepts of developing effective teamwork in organisation. You are required to illustrate using real practical company cases or examples. Also, you should present detailed analysis on the application on the practicality of these theories surrounding the concept “effective team work”.
Following is the topic and assessment criteria for task below;
4.1. Explain the nature of groups and group behavior within organisations; use practical real and traceable company examples
4.2 Discuss factors that may promote or reduce the development of effective teamwork in organisations; give real and traceable organisation examples.
(f) Give examples by reference to a work group to which you currently or have previously worked or any related suitable experience (D3)
4.3 Evaluate the impact of technology on team functioning within a given organization; give real and traceable organization examples
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Materials for reading and consulting: a. Resources:
MS Powerpoint slides handed in during the sessions.
Other problem sheets and hard copy documents distributed in the class.
b. Books:
Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A. (2004) Organizational Behaviour: An Introduction Text (5th Ed). Harlow: Prentice Hall.
French, W. & Bell, C. (1984) Organization development: behavioral science Interventions for organization improvement. (3rd ed.) New Jersey: Prentice hall
Kinicki, A. and Kreitner, R. (2006) Organizational Behavior: key concepts, skills, & best practices ( 2nd ed.) McGraw Hill
Mullins, L. (2007) Management and Organizational Behaviour. (8th ed.) London: FT/Prentice Hall Robbins, S. & Judge, T. (2008) Essentials of Organizational Behavior (9th Ed.) New Jersey:
Pearson/Prentice Hall
Smith, M. et al (1982) Introducing organizational behavior. London: Macmillan
Brooks I — Organisational Behaviour, Individuals, Groups and Organisation 2nd Edition(Prentice Hall, 2003) ISBN: 0877781265
Huczynski A and Buchanan D — Organisational Behaviour: An Introductory Text (Prentice Hall, 2000) ISBN: 0273651021
Maccoby M — Why Work: Motivating and Leading the New Generation (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1998) ISBN: 067147281X
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