Module assessment People, Management and Organizations
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Type: Individual Essay 3,300 words
The assessment for this module will consist of a 3500 word (+-10%) critical and analytical essay. The task accounts for the full 100% of the mark for the entire module. The primary focus of the task is to explore key theories, literature, thematic debates, contemporary business events and apply the knowledge gained in the module in the context of your role as leader of a subsidiary of a multinational corporation (MNC) in your host country.
One year after completing your post graduate study, you are assigned to take up the leadership of a Multinational Corporation (MNC) in your country of origin (host country).
Your company owns a leading brand competing with other global brands in such items as premium quality shoes, bags, clothing and insurance policy for protection on
valued goods such as gold and diamond ornaments. The Management of the brand takes place at your organizations headquarters in New York, USA (home country). As
your Organization is multinational, it recruits employees from many countries and cultures (third country nationals). Specialist skill in manufacturing and design is mostly
undertaken by French and Italian nationals. Periodically these Italian and French nationals come to live and work in your country where manufacturing and retail take place.
These French and Italian employees, along with Americans, other third country nationals (TCNs) work alongside employees from your country (host country).
The central office to which you have been appointed has a total number of 100 employees. Understandably, 60% of the staff are citizens of your own country, while 40% are
from ten different countries combined.
Your task is the following:
Drawing on knowledge developed in this module, your own experience and wider reading, you are requested to write a critical, analytical and applied essay of 3500 words
where you engage and address the following aspects of your role:
1. Explore relevant theories in leadership studies and consider applying theories/practices/approaches best suited for effective leadership in this MNC operating in your
country of origin. (approximately 500 words)
2. Critically analyse theories and literature associated with organizational and national culture and outline possible culture-related challenges you may face. Further,
consider how you would mitigate the dominant issues that will be inevitable in a cross-cultural working setting as depicted in the above scenario (500 words).
3. Communication will be another challenge to be addressed. In your essay, critically reflect on ways in which you will manage communication barriers between
employees. Also, speculate how language difference could enhance a close relational working environment with impact on employee wellbeing (500 words).
4. You are advised to undertake a process of change that requires your subsidiary to show proof of awareness and application of acceptable attitudes and behaviour at
work. Consider how to implement this necessity.
5. At the time you are appointed, the motivation level of employees is low due mainly to uncertainty, anxiety of working with people from different countries and uncertainty
with long term contracts. Critically discuss how you would raise levels of confidence, motivation and ensure harmony and collegiality is established amongst employees
6. Critically engage with the literature on emotional intelligence to consider how you will draw on Golemans (1998) five dimensions to achieve socially acceptable
relationships, self-control and self-awareness in your leadership practice (500 words).
7. We will expect you to present a clear introduction, clearly explaining the task, identifies key issues to be developed and presents a clear structure explaining the
sequencing of the different sections of your essay (250 words)
8. Your essay should end with a composite conclusion reminding the reader about what the task was about, how it has been accomplished, noting key points and reflection
on learning gained in the module and in the process of undertaking the task (250 words).
Note that you have been asked to write an essay and not to present a report. You will therefore avoid sub-headings if you can or do so in a way that keeps your work
harmonised rather than isolated sections. Also avoid writing in the first person I, my or in my opinion etc. These expressions are not normally appreciated in
academic writing. Instead, say: this student , this paper or author argues recent research examined by this student indicates ..as leader of the organisation, the
appropriate approach to adopt would be This students analysis shows that X approach(es) would be effective. The reason(s) for this is/are
Also, note that the reference sources you use for your essay should come from the following recommended list of ABS2*, 3* and 4* journals: (Seek support from a library
staff should you face any difficulty in finding these journals and the articles that you will wish to use in your essay)
Recommended journals to select articles:
? International Journal of Human Resource Management
? Work, Employment and Society
? Human Resource Management Journal
? European Journal of Industrial Relations
? Gender, Work and Organisation
? Employee Relations
? Human Relations
? Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes
? Journal of Organizational Behaviour
? Academy of Management Perspectives
? Academy of Management Journal
? Academy of Management Review
? Human Resource Management
? Leadership quarterly
? Leadership journal
Note further that the articles or reference sources you bring into your essay should not be older than 5 years. This means that you should only use reference sources or
articles published between; 2015 – 2020. The markers are more interested in ongoing and current conversations/debates and issues around the various topics rather than
references such as: Transformational leadership (Burns, 1978; Bass, 1985) or Maslows theory of motivation (Maslow, 1943). We are interested in your reading and
understanding of the manner in which recent writers are engaging with these foundational concepts rather than in your ability to explain what these concepts are. As much
as possible, avoid explanation and definitions of theories. Rather, engage in critical examination about how these concepts are written about and applied in todays
business and management context.
In your analysis, you should aim to compare/evaluate between theories/perceptions/approaches, rather than just explain from websites or books etc. In critical analysis
process, you will consider highlighting similarities and differences in the arguments developed, evaluate the value and contribution and suitability of theories/approaches
in your context. Avoid simple explanation and description. Rather, seek to analyse current issues engaged in the various streams of literature in some depth, outlining
implication, limitations and questioning assumptions drawing on your experience or alternative real-life news, events or cultural conventions.
Word limits: The word limit for each item of coursework is 3500 but can increase or decrease by 10%. The limit includes quotations or citations inside your text but does
not include the reference list. Remember to set your word-processor to count the notes as well as the main text). Note that this is a limit; it does not mean you must write
that number of words. If you submit work that is seriously over-length, you may find that the tutors only read and mark material that falls within the word limit that is
between 3750 and 3,150 words.
Preparation of coursework
All coursework should be word-processed, unless the module tutor indicates that hand-written work is acceptable. Please follow these guidelines when formatting your
Font: minimum 12-point size, preferably Times New Roman or Arial. Do not use ornamental fonts. Use bold for titles, bold or italics for emphasis, and italics for book or
journal titles; avoid underlining where possible. If you need special characters, such as Greek, do not try to make do: get the right font.
Line spacing: 1.5 or double spacing.
Margins: at least 2.5 cm.
Please number the pages of your work, and include your student number (not your name) on the first page or in the header or footer.
Referencing: This is academic writing as a result you should use relevant literature to support your arguments using Harvard referencing style for in text citations, in order
to avoid accusations of plagiarism, acknowledge others work and to provide credibility to your work. Leicester Castle Business School students follow the Harvard
This is an individual task. You are not allowed to work in groups.
Referencing is as important as writing. You need to be accurate in your in-text referencing skills and make sure you have included all the reference sources used in the essay on your reference list. For more information on referencing, watch video on referencing at DMU by clicking referencing video on the module shell blackboard.
Your work will be marked in consideration of the following aspects: Execution of task in general very important. Other aspects: research effort, application, critical analysis, presentation, referencing, communication skills. Use current examples and make clear the links between theory and application after thorough analysis.
Mark grading: Use this marking scheme when writing. This grading will be used to allocate marks.
Mark Range Criteria
Distinction Demonstrates an exceptional ability and insight, indicating the highest level of technical competence.
The work has the potential to influence the forefront of the subject, and may be of publishable/exhibitable quality.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at the highest possible standard.
Distinction Demonstrates an outstanding ability and insight based on authoritative subject knowledge and a very high level of technical competence.
The work is considered to be close to the forefront of the subject, and may be close to publishable/exhibitable quality.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a very high level.
Distinction Demonstrates an authoritative, current subject knowledge and a high level of technical competence.
The work is accurate and extensively supported by appropriate evidence. It may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically and deal with
ambiguity in the data.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a high level.
Merit Demonstrates a sound, current subject knowledge. No significant errors in the application of concepts or appropriate techniques. May contain some minor flaws.
The work is well developed and coherent; may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a good level.
Pass Demonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge. Some evident weaknesses; possibly shown by conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques.
The work is generally sound but tends toward the factual or derivative. Limited evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
Relevant generic skills are generally at a satisfactory level.
Fail Demonstrates limited subject knowledge. Some important weaknesses; possibly shown by factual errors, conceptual gaps, or weak use of appropriate techniques.
The work tends toward the factual / derivative, or lacks sound development. Little evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
Relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
30-39% Demonstrates inadequate subject knowledge.
The work lacks coherence and evidence of capacity to reflect critically.
The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
20-29% Demonstrates seriously inadequate knowledge of the subject.
The work contains minimal evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory.
The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
10-19% The work is almost entirely lacking in evidence of knowledge of the subject. No evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory.
The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task.
0-9% The work presents information that is irrelevant and unconnected to the task.
No evident awareness of appropriate principles, theories, evidence and techniques.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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