N1610 Assessments: Evaluate contemporary practices in the management of organisations

Assessment 1 – Essay

Description

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You are asked to write a critical essay on the topics for research explained below.

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You should use APA or Harvard referencing.

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Word limit and submission deadline will be posted on Sussex Direct.

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This assessment covers in particular LO 2 and 3.

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LO2: Evaluate contemporary practices in the management of organisations (assessed by the essay)

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LO3: Evaluate alternative aspects in the practice of managing organisations and their implications (assessed by the essay)

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The provisional information at the time of writing this handbook is 2000 words to be submitted by Thursday in week 12, please check Sussex Direct

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The essay requires a separate appendix.

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The appendix is a summary of independent work conducted throughout the term.

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A detailed explanation of the various compulsory sections of the appendix is provided.

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To get a pass for the assignment the appendix has to include the mandatory sections.

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The appendix will only be used to decide if the essay has the potential to be a pass and has no further bearing on the mark thereafter.

 

Topics for research

 

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You are responsible for finding your own essay title.

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All students need to agree their essay working title with the module convenor, during the first tutorial in week 6.

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Your essay should be a critical analysis at organisational, societal, country / regional or industry sector level.

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The purpose of the essay is to find inherent systemic faults or problems and evaluate alternatives.

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The topic should depict a specific area, e.g. the banking industry or the South East of England.

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The essay should neither review specific problems within a specific organisation nor review how to improve the productivity of organisations, e.g. NOT ‘How can McDonald’s become more profitable’ but rather ‘Is McDonald’s contributing to a desired global homogeneity?’

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My teaching and research interest is around (in)equalities, ethics and social responsibility, however, this should not limit you in your choice of topics.

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Below is a list of possible topic areas and suggested initial reading. Other topic areas are acceptable – that is why it is important that all students agree their working title during week 6.

 

A critical analysis of…

 

Topic Area

Suggested starting point for your research

Topic 1

Critical Management Studies (CMS)

 

Alvesson, M., 1956-Bridgman, T. and Willmott, H. (2009) The Oxford handbook of critical management studies. Oxford; New York: Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.  Chapters  1 and 2 and/or

Critical management studies and critical theory: A review,  Klikauer, Thomas (Capital & Class, 2015, Vol.39(2), pp.197-220), and/or

Praxis Makes Perfect: Recovering the Ethical Promise of Critical Management Studies,  Foster, Wm ; Wiebe, E (Journal Of Business Ethics, 2010 Aug, Vol.94 Suppl 2, pp.271-283), and/or

Foundations of Critical Theory,  Brookfield, Stephen D (Advances in Developing Human Resources, 2014, Vol.16(4), pp.417-428)

Topic 2

Critical Theory (CT) and its contribution to Critical Management Studies (CMS)

 

 

Alvesson, M., 1956-Bridgman, T. and Willmott, H. (2009) The Oxford handbook of critical management studies. Oxford; New York: Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.  Chapters  1 and 2 and/or

Critical management studies and critical theory: A review,  Klikauer, Thomas (Capital & Class, 2015, Vol.39(2), pp.197-220), and/or

Foundations of Critical Theory,  Brookfield, Stephen D (Advances in Developing Human Resources, 2014, Vol.16(4), pp.417-428)

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