Organisational Behaviour theories

Learning outcomes: • Demonstrate understanding of, and ability to apply, relevant Organisational Behaviour theories to a practical management situation • Demonstrate

appreciation of the role of theory in informing the ‘real world’ of people at work • Ability to conduct literature search and write in an academic style Assessment

criteria: • Understanding, analysis, and argument (including depth and synthesis of the literature review, application of theory, insightfulness of reflections and

conclusions) • Use of sources and evidence (including breadth of research, range and quality of sources consulted; citations). • Academic writing skills (including

structure & flow, spelling & grammar, presentation, Harvard referencing)

Description of assignment: Analysis of an allocated management practitioner article using relevant organisational behaviour theory. In order to complete this

assignment you will need to:

1. Read the article ‘Crawford, D. (2006). How to.inspire your staff. People Management. 18 May 2006. Pp. 46-47 (The article can be found by accessing EJournals and

then searching ‘People Management’ under the 2006 issues). 2. Select 4 – 5 points to analyse (it maybe that you will join points together in the analysis section if

this is relevant for the discussion). 3. Write a review of the motivation literature (i.e. theory and research found in journal articles) providing an overview of

motivation theory and research but then focusing specifically on the theories and research that are relevant to the issue(s) presented in the article. 4. Discuss how

the chosen points/recommendations in the article are informed/ underpinned by the OB theories and research on motivation you have reviewed. 5. Reflect on the

usefulness of applying OB theory to practical organisational situations.

Assignment specifications: 2500 words (excluding title page, contents page and references), Times New Roman, 12 pt. 1.5 line spacing, 1 inch margin all around Your

work should be based on, and make accurate reference to (i.e. using Harvard style referencing), relevant theory and research in organisational behaviour. As with your

first coursework it is expected that most of your sources will be from academic journals. However, your starting point should be to familiarise yourself with the key

theories and research discussed in your textbook – Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A. (2013). Organizational Behaviour. (8th Edition) Harlow: FT Prentice Hall. Chapter 9.

Structure of Report
Introduction (briefly set the scene and outline content of report). Literature Review (essay on motivation theory and research i.e. theoretical / academic background).

Analysis (draw out the links between the 4-5 main points from the People Management article and supporting theoretical literature). Under the analysis section, for

each point / recommendation: • What is recommended and why? • Exactly which theories / research support it? Explain the connections systematically and fully to show

how the theory / research applied to the point. • Overall, is the recommendation well-founded (i.e. based appropriately on the available academic knowledge?)

Reflections and Conclusions (summarise and draw conclusions / assess the role of theory in practical situations). References (Harvard System)

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