Management and Organisational Change

Module Name: Management and Organisational Change.

Assignment Brief:

According to Rollinson (2010), who cites Vroom, ‘task performance’ does not rely solely on motivation.

Critically evaluate the use of motivation theories in contemporary business to determine their effectiveness in improving employee task performance.

Assignment Considerations

It can be good practice in your preparations to undertake a number of activities.

These include:
1. Do not repeat the question.
2. Establishing key issues/areas raised by the question.
3. Defining fundamental terms.
4. Describing contextual information e.g. background to topic and its significance and/or interesting statistical data.
5. Identifying, explaining in detail and cross-comparing relevant concepts, models and theoretical approaches.
6. Applying concepts to contemporary issues within business settings.
7. Applying models/theories to workplace/organisation/industry examples and/or evaluating the practical application of models/theories.
8. Drawing parallels between theory and practice.
9. Evaluating relative merits and drawbacks of opposing academic viewpoints with a view to building independent opinions.
10. Formulating balanced, persuasive independent arguments based on academic evidence and judgement.
11. Stating a clear, overall answer to the question.

Particular consideration may be given to:
1. Assessing the context, which may include factors such as: Industry, Organisational age, Organisational size, Et. al.
2. Definitions, examples and theories surrounding motivation from a range of sources.
3. Analyse at least two observable practices which have been adopted by organisations which has been designed to enhance ‘task performance’.
4. Critique how the given theories may work, in practice. You should consider the practice in different workplaces, industries and reasons for change.
5. Furthermore, you should explore the advantages and disadvantages of the theories presented in obtaining enhanced organisational effectiveness.
6. It is important to use appropriate references for the facts given; through application of the APA 6th Ed Referencing system.

Assignment Guidance

Word count and presentation: You are required to submit an essay-type assignment not exceeding 2,000 words (excluding references).

As it is an essay-type assignment, use your own words, definitions can be taken from books and take some concepts and some quotes that you can use, but you have to cite them in the correct order to avoid plagiarism.
Definitions should be used, in text citation and should be referenced.

Use British Books.
BRITISH SPELLING is a requirement.
Critical Analysis is what counts more.

The essay should provide an introduction, a main section (with sub-sections) a conclusion and a reference list. When using tables/images must provide labels and sources. Write in a suitable academic style.

Referencing: Follow the APA 6th Ed. referencing system throughout. All references provided in your list should link to a corresponding within text citation.
(At least 15-20 references in the reference list).

Every paragraph should have in text citation, and referenced.

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.

Software may be used to detect plagiarism.
Plagiarism is considered a breach of academic conduct regulations.

Use British Books such as below (and other books too):

1.Structure and Change within Organisational Paradigms
Organisational Structure, Design and change in Organisational Change.
Third Edition
Authors: Barbra Senior and Jocelyne Flemming

2. Change – Critical Evaluation
The Nature of Organisational Change in Organisational Change.
Third Edition.
Authors: Barbra Senior and Jocelyne Flemming

3. Work Motivation: Process Theories
Organisational Behaviour and Analysis: An integrated Approach
Fourth Edition.
Author: Derrek Rollinson.

4. An Introduction to the Study of Organisations
“Organisational Behaviour and Analysis: An Integrated Approach
Fourth Edition.
Author: Derek Rollinson.

5. The prescribed reading is Chapters 1 – 12 of the accompanying module text: “Organisational Behaviour: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd Edition, Pearson Higher Education (UK), 2015-09-01. [Vitalsource].”

Chapter 1: Introductory Concepts: Organisational Behaviour: A Contemporary Approach
Chapter 2: Work Motivation.
Chapter 3: People Perceptions and Attitude.
Chapter 4: Groups, Teams and Teamworking.
Chapter 5: Leaders and Leadership.
Chapter 6: Change – Critical Evaluation.
Chapter 7: Structure and Change within Organisational Paradigms.
Chapter 8: Perspectives on Organisational Culture and Change.
Chapter 9: Organisational Politics and Change.
Chapter10: Systems and Models of Change.
Chapter11: Managing and Leading Change.
Chapter12: Globalistion and Cross National Culture.


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