Management and Organisational Change HRM11117
Please read the assignment guidance (page 4) before commencing writing. Answer only TWO questions. 1000 words (+- 10%) per question. Each question bears 50 marks counting to 50% of the overall grade.
Critically evaluate the important elements that make a group or team function effectively in the context of work and the organisation.
Critically evaluate one of the leadership theories in terms of its value in today’s organisational environment. (You should relate your analysis to an organisational case study known to you through work experience or that you have read in preparation for the exam).
How might organisation structures change for the future in a response to the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic? Critically discuss by resorting to the debate of bureaucratic-post bureaucratic organisational structures.
Assess the strategic implications of change management with specific reference to the impact of organisational culture.
“Soft systems approaches to change emphasize not just the content and control of change but also the process by which change comes about. They require consideration of the cultural and political aspects of organisations as much as the structure and systems” Senior & Fleming (2006). Critically evaluate the limitations of soft systems approaches to change in managing and sustaining organisational change.
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 data/case study information
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:
Explaining and comparing theoretical approaches of the subject matter
Draw on critiques for theories and models addressed in the answer
Informing it with case study analysis
Analysing the practical applicability and usefulness of subject matter for managers/leaders
Word count and presentation: You are required to submit an essay-type assignment not exceeding 1000 words per question (2000 words in total) [+/- 10%] (excluding references). The essay should provide an introduction, a main section (with sub-sections) a conclusion and a reference list for each question. If using tables/images provide labels and sources. Write in a suitable academic style.
Submission: Your individual assignment should be submitted by 5pm [UK time] on 4nd May 2022 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/7th 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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