Your assignment should consist of three parts:
Part A. Case Description
This section (about 600-750 words) should set the background for your assignment. You need to identify and outline the central problematic case you are focusing on. Furthermore, it is also necessary to introduce the key protagonists and issues. Give enough background related to your organisation so that the problem can be situated in a broader context. Overall, the case must be described in a way that is informative.
Here are some of the questions you can use to make sure you are going in the right direction:
· What is going on? Describe the problem. Ensure that the problem is framed as an ‘organisational behaviour’ problem (i.e. not a strategy problem or an operational problem or marketing problem or a human resource management problem etc.).
· For whom is it a problem for i.e. for you, for your group, your line manager, your department, your firm? Try to keep the problem manageable i.e. don’t try to address the future limitations of an entire industry in a 3,000 word assignment.
· List some of the symptoms of the problem so we can see that the problem exists. For example, open conflict, high staff turnover, absenteeism, poor or low morale, group or team conflict,management of change issues related to new projects, new premises, new clients, new boss, etc.
· Who are the main protagonists and how do they behave? For example, you could write a little story, which exemplifies the symptoms and details what is happening.
· What is the context? Give us some basic information about the organisation, what it is, where it operates, some information on the structure and environment and whatever is relevant to outline and identify the problem. Please be sufficiently detailed so that an outsider can understand what was going on.
Part B. Case Analysis
This part of the essay is the bulk of the essay. It is dedicated to problem analysis, and its final diagnosis. Students are expected to address each of the following questions as part of their Case Analysis:
· Through which theoretical lenses/frames are you analysing this problem and why?
· What key OB concepts and theories are you mobilising as significant to explore the frames chosen? And why are they relevant?
· Where is the evidence in the case that points to the theories you have identified?
· What is your final diagnosis of the underlying cause(s) of the problem in the case? Does your analysis logically flow into and explain the final diagnosis?
Part C. Conclusion
This section is dedicated to approaching solutions to the problem analysed previously. The following question can assist in directing efforts:
· What alternative solutions to the problem are possible?
· What final recommendation(s) and plan of actions to solve the problem are you offering?
· Why would you go for these final recommendations?
· Does your analysis and final diagnosis logically underpin the final recommendations?
You have the opportunity to have some feedback by submitting a Tutor Formative Coursework (TFC), in accordance with the student’s handbook and the instructions posted on the module’s website. The deadlines for this TFC is 27 April 2020. We will send you feedback within 2 weeks, which will give youtime to implement it.