Choose one of the two topics set out in assessment brief:
(See Module Guide – Appendix 1 (Page 16) for complete topic descriptions)
To discuss your chosen topic you are required to research examples from contemporary business practice and make connections between analytical frameworks, models and theories covered in this module.
Three of the six main topics covered in this module (globalisation, organisational culture, innovation and change, diversity, ethics and leadership) must form a part of the discussion.
Structure of this assignment:
Introduction – Explain why your chosen topic represents challenges for business today.
Problem you are investigating – Define precisely what particular aspect your investigation will focus on.
Research methods used – Explain how you explored this issue by setting out the different sources of data that are likely to provide insights into contemporary business practice, justifying why you used particular data sources to identify and then analyse the examples you use in this assignment, i.e. explaining why each is relevant and how it helps to illustrate theoretical content covered in the module.
Discussion of findings – The examples of contemporary practice you have researched then need to be critically discussed in relation to relevant concepts and theories covered in the module. This might include a critical evaluation of the extent to which management theory reflects the business practice you identified.
Conclusion – To include how the application of management theory might assist businesses in dealing with the contemporary challenges they encounter.
Sub-headings can be used.
The examples you use need to be the result of your own research and based on academic, practitioner, policy and news sources published in print or online. A good assignment will demonstrate wider reading that goes beyond reading material issued for this module. You should refer to 15 – 25 different sources published online or in print, using in-text citations and a reference list (not included in word count) following the Harvard Referencing Guidelines (CASE). You should refer to specific arguments and, where appropriate, pages in the source you use.
A good assignment will explore a small number of examples in depth, comparing and contrasting different sources, ideas and arguments on the issue you are exploring.