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Length: 1400 words

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ARTICLE RESEARCH, ANALYSIS AND ACADEMICS SKILLS (20%)

Find the following article:

Beck, R., & Harter, J. (2014). Why good managers are so rare. Harvard Business Review, 2-5. Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au

Answer the following ten questions separately.

  1. In your own words,* identify and discuss the main argument (also known as a thesis or line of reasoning) presented in this article (200 words +/- 10% = 3 marks).
  2. In your own words, identify and discuss the assumptions and limitations that readers of this article need to be aware of when they read it (150 words+/- 10% = 2 marks).
  3. In your own words, identify and discuss the research methodology and research methods the authors uses to examine the main issue(s) in this article (150 words+/- 10% = 2 marks).
  4. In your own words, identify and discuss the main findings and/or conclusions of this article (150 words+/- 10% = 2 marks).
  5. In your own words, identify and discuss the main ideas in this article relevant to the themes and/or concepts taught in MGT100 (200 words+/- 10% = 3 marks).
  6. In your own words, discuss (a) the practical applications of the ideas in this article for real life managers, (b) how these ideas could be used to analyse real management dilemmas or problems, and (c) provide recommendations to managers for action (450 words +/- 10% = 6 marks).
  7. Find two peer reviewed journal articles that may be relevant to further examine the theory discussed in this article. Present these articles using APA referencing style (No word limit @ 0.5 marks each = 1 mark).
  8. Provide two sentences and appropriate citations. In the first sentence provide one indirect (paraphrased) quote from one of the peer reviewed journal article shown in Q7 (directly above). In the second sentence provide one direct quote from the other peer reviewed journal article shown in Q7 (directly above) (up to 100 words +/- 10% @ 0.5 mark each = 1 mark).

Remember to include a reference list that starts on a new page.

*Writing about an idea in your own words is mainly paraphrasing. To paraphrase is to provide a detailed restatement of an idea. Paraphrasing indicates you understand an idea put by another author so well you can paraphrase it into your own words. Paraphrasing is a legitimate way to borrow an idea so long as you cite and reference the source from which you borrowed it (see owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/619/).

Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment. Details will be provided by your subject lecturer.

Rationale

This assessment provides an opportunity for you to learn to:

  • research and compare various sources of information about management (LO1)
  • compare and contrast the work of influential management thinkers and researchers (LO2)
  • apply management theory in order to analyse management dilemmas and problems, and provide recommendations for action (LO5)
  • present academic writing
  • use APA citation and referencing

Marking criteria

ASSESSMENT 2: ARTICLE RESEARCH, ANALYSIS and ACADEMIC SKILLS MARKING GUIDE* (20%)
Criteria* HD – Outstanding Achievement 85% – 100%

DI – High Achievement 75% – 84%

CR – Above Satisfactory Achievement 65% – 74%

PS – Satisfactory Achievement 50% – 64%

FL – Unsatisfactory Achievement 0 – 49%

1. Identifies and discusses work of management thinker/researcher and expresses opinion on management ideas

(200 words = 3)

[meets subject LO2 & 4]

Provides analytical identification and discussion of main argument, using well considered own words.

Provides and justifies identification of main argument, and discussion using suitably selected own words.

Provides satisfactory identification and discussion of main argument, in own words.

Provides rudimentary identification and discussion of main argument mainly using own words.

Provides poor identification and discussion of main argument, expressed poorly or not in own words.

2. Identifies and discusses assumptions and limitations inherent in information about management (150 words = 2) [meets subject LO1]

Provides analytical identification and discussion of assumptions and limitations, using well considered own words.

Provides and justifies identification and discussion of assumptions and limitations, using suitably selected own words.

Provides satisfactory identification of assumptions and limitations, and discussion in own words.

Provides rudimentary identification and discussion of assumptions and limitations, using own words.

Provides poor identification and discussion of assumptions and limitations, expressed poorly or not in own words.

3. Identifies and discusses research methodology and methods inherent in information about management
(150 words = 2) [meets subject LO1]

Provides analytical identification and discussion of research methodology and methods, using well considered own words.

Provides and justifies identification and discussion of research methodology and methods, using suitably selected own words.

Provides satisfactory identification and discussion of research methodology and methods, in own words.

Provides rudimentary identification and discussion of research methodology and methods, using own words.

Provides poor identification and discussion of research methodology and methods,, expressed poorly or not in own words.

4. Identifies and discusses findings and conclusions in research inherent in information about management
(150 words = 2) [meets subject LO1]
Provides analytical identification and discussion of main findings and/or conclusions, using well considered own words.

Provides and justifies identification and discussion of main findings and/or conclusions, using suitably selected own words.

Provides satisfactory identification and discussion of main findings and/or conclusions, in own words.

Provides rudimentary identification and discussion of main findings and/or conclusions, mainly using own words.

Provides poor identification and discussion of main findings and/or conclusions, expressed poorly or not in own words.

5. Identifies and discusses main ideas in article relevant to MGT100 (200 words = 3) [meets subject LO2]

Provides analytical identification and discussion of main ideas in article relevant to MGT100, using well considered own words.

Provides and justifies identification and discussion of main ideas in article relevant to MGT100, using suitably selected own words.

Provides satisfactory identification and discussion of main ideas in article relevant to MGT100, in own words.

Provides rudimentary identification and discussion of main ideas in article relevant to MGT100, using own words.

Provides poor identification and discussion of main ideas in article relevant to MGT100 expressed poorly or not in own words.

6. Discusses practical applications for real life managers, their dilemmas or problems, and provides recommendations for action. (450 words = 6) [meets subject LO5]

Provides analytical discussion, using well considered own words.

Provides and justifies discussion, using suitably selected own words.

Provides satisfactory discussion, in own words.

Provides rudimentary discussion using own words.

Provides poor discussion expressed poorly or not in own words.

7. Indicates requisite APA citation and referencing skills.

(1 mark)
[meets subject LO1]

2 highly relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in perfect APA style.

2 very relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in near-perfect APA style.

2 relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in near-perfect of APA referencing style.

2 potentially relevant peer reviewed journal articles presented in near-perfect APA referencing style.

<2 relevant peer reviewed journal articles, and/or needs improvement in APA referencing style.

8. Indicates requisite quotation skills.

(<100 words = 1)

[meets subject LO1]

Perfect quotation and citation techniques.

Very good quotation and citation techniques.

Above satisfactory quotation and citation techniques.

Satisfactory quotation and citation techniques.

Unsatisfactory sentences and/or poor attempt at citation.

*Students must use the CSU American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style. Penalties may be applied for: 10% over word limit / failure to cite sources / referencing errors / omissions / plagiarism (Plagiarism carries a large penalty see Handbook) MARK

Presentation

The following points are an important guide for presenting assessment items:

  • Include a cover page for the assignment including a title, your name and student ID
  • Assessment items should be typed
  • Use 1.5 spacing
  • Use a standard 12 point font such as Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial
  • Left-justify body text
  • Always keep a copy of your assessments
  • Most importantly, always use your spelling and grammar checker. Remember this does not pick up all errors, so you must also manually and carefully edit your work
  • Always cite and reference all sources of information used in assessments (see plagiarism below)
  • Provide a single reference list that always starts on a new page
  • Indicate the number of words for each response (do not include what is inside citation brackets or in reference list)