Recent Question/Assignment

Coursework Assignment
Management and Organisational Change HRM11117
TR2 2020-1
Assignment Brief
Mr Simon has spent 12 years continuous service as a line manager in a retail organisation. In the past three years he has twice been considered for promotion via a formal interview process and was unsuccessful. On each occasion the successful candidate had better formal qualifications than Mr Simon, although he had more experience.
He has very recently been rejected for promotion for a third time and is thought to be becoming disillusioned as a result of this. On passing him in the corridor you (Mr Simon’s team leader) overhear him saying to a colleague, ‘I can see there is absolutely no possibility of advancement in this organisation for me, it’s time I moved on’. Mr Simon is a very hard working and diligent worker and is highly regarded by your team members and replacing his skills and abilities will be extremely difficult.
You are currently studying perception, attitudes and motivation theories as part of a management qualification. Explain why the topics you are studying may be useful in analysing this particular situation and what positive measures could be implemented to attempt to re-motivate this employee.
Assignment Considerations General
It can be good practice in your preparations for each part to undertake a number of activities. These include:
? Establishing key issues/areas raised by the question
? Defining fundamental terms
? Describing contextual information e.g. background to topic and its significance and/or interesting statistical data
? Identifying, explaining in detail and cross-comparing relevant concepts, models and theoretical approaches
? Applying concepts to contemporary issues within business settings
? Applying models/theories to workplace/organisation/industry examples and/or evaluating the practical application of models/theories
? Drawing parallels between theory and practice
? Evaluating relative merits and drawbacks of opposing academic viewpoints with a view to building independent opinions
? Formulating balanced, persuasive independent arguments based on academic evidence and judgement
? Stating a clear, overall answer to the question
Particular consideration may be given to:
• Assessing the relationship between attitude, job satisfaction and commitment
• Identifying the key issues influencing motivation
• Explaining and comparing theoretical approaches to motivation (content and process) and
• relating these to the context of employee dissatisfaction/disillusionment
• Analysing the practical applicability and usefulness of motivation theories for managers/leaders
• Evaluating team-working and its impact on addressing individual and to organisational needs
Assignment Guidance
Word count and presentation: You are required to submit an essay-type assignment not exceeding 2,000 words [+/- 10%] (excluding references). The essay should provide an introduction, a main section (with sub-sections) a conclusion and a reference list. If using tables/images provide labels and sources. Write in a suitable academic style.
Submission: Your individual assignment should be submitted by 11.59pm [UK time] on
19th March 2021 via the Turnitin submission link. Your file name should provide your matriculation number, taking the format of 40xxxxxx MOC. Your name should NOT appear.
Weighting: The assignment accounts for 50% of your overall mark on this module.
Referencing: Follow the APA 6th Ed. referencing system throughout. All references provided in your list should link to a corresponding within text citation.
Avoid plagiarism: Always provide a reference to support your arguments, ensuring that you cite all sources you draw ideas from and that you attribute any quotes appropriately to the author. Turnitin software may be used to detect plagiarism.
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Criteria DISTINCTION – 75 to 100% PASS – 50 to 74% FAIL – 0 to 49%
10% Effective essay or report style and layout with neat legible
presentation; correct spelling; grammar and punctuation accurate; meaning clear and fluid with an articulate academic writing style. Effective essay or report style and lay out; neat legible presentation; occasional spelling errors; grammar and punctuation are mainly accurate; meaning coherent and generally fluent writing style. Poor essay or report style and lay out; untidy and difficult to read; much incorrect spelling; poor grammar and punctuation; meaning unclear; language lacks fluency.
Knowledge &
40% Demonstrates considerable knowledge of relevant
literature with the ability to draw on less obvious sources and go beyond these to new insights/perspectives.
Effectively underpins thorough and original arguments with appropriate literature. Demonstrates some ability to identify and link together information from a range of appropriate sources.
Arguments are clearly stated and there is some evidence of knowledge of current developments. Knowledge and understanding appears incomplete or superficial; demonstrates little ability to link and integrate knowledge from a range of areas or to
develop coherent arguments.
Analysis 40% Thorough analysis of chosen topic, identifying a range of relevant issues, which includes some less obvious matters. Highly developed integration of theory with in depth understanding of issues related to organisational practice.(including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate). Demonstrates highly developed ability to critique research findings, appreciating the importance of appropriate methodologies. Reaches conclusions which show insight into the dynamics of HRM practice and have a clear strategic focus. Analysis of chosen topic has clearly taken place and a range of relevant issues are identified. Some evidence of integration of theory with understanding of issues related to organisational practice (including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate).
Demonstrates some ability to critique research findings, appreciating the importance of appropriate methodologies. Conclusions show general appreciation of dynamics of HRM practice and some strategic issues are addressed. Analysis of the chosen topic is superficial and limited in scope. Limited evidence of
integration of theory with little
understanding of issues related to organisational practice (including from within own organisation if relevant/appropriate);
to critique research findings, and fails to appreciate the importance of appropriate methodologies. Conclusions show little understanding of realities of HRM practice and recommendations are immediate & “short term” rather than strategic.
10% Inclusion of extensive appropriate and current literature which is accurately integrated into the text; all citations acknowledged; recognised citation method used consistently Evidence of appropriate literature, which is accurately
integrated into the text; most sources acknowledged; recognised citation method used consistently. Literature either not consulted or is not relevant to the discussion; citation method very poorly and/or not used.