OB Assignment

Assignment 2: Workplace Information Briefs (Individual)

Length: 2300 words (No additional leeway.

The word limit applies to the essay itself and all references cited in the essay. It does not apply to the end reference list, cover page and title page. (An abstract and table of contents are not required.)

Value: 35 marks

Topic: Perceptual errors & decision making, leadership challenges for new

Question: Having recently graduated with a Masters in Business with a managers, surviving/thriving organisational change specialisation in human resources, you work for a national engineering firm in the HR department. The firm has approximately 200 employees across five different states who, apart from a small administrative team, are professionals trained in engineering and information technology (IT). While highly skilled in their respective professions, they do not have training in management or business. Your manager has been concerned about a number of people management issues in the different national offices relating to poor recruitment, performance management, leadership behaviours in early career managers, and resistance to ongoing change programs. Your manager, impressed with your people management skills, has asked you to prepare an informative e-newsletter to be forwarded as a formal company document to all employees. You have been set the following tasks:

1. Write three information briefs on the topics,

a. Perceptual errors and decision making in recruitment and performance management

b. Early career challenges of junior managers/leaders

c. Resistance to organisational change

2. The e-newsletter is aimed at informing staff who have little, if any knowledge of the critical topics in organisational behaviour.

3. You should develop informative briefs of approximately 750 words each. Each written piece should clearly identify and conceptualise the topic, explain its relevance to understanding and managing behaviour in organisations (one’s own and that of others), and provide clear and concise guidelines to address any issues orimprove behaviour and workplace performance. While these written pieces should be designed to inform (and also entertain if you would like them to), they should be linked to relevant theory and examples.

4. The news briefs should uphold academic integrity and use the author-date method for referencing so that the readers may follow up on your sources.

Present You may choose to present the information briefs in words only or you assignment:may exercise your creativity and present the newsletter with appropriate illustrations, layout and colour. However, please ensure your newsletter is uploaded to Moodle as a word document (any artwork would need to be embedded into a word document).

The aim of this assignment is to develop an understanding of current issues in organisational behaviour and to quickly and articulately communicate these in the context of organisational behaviour theory. Additionally, students should be able to illustrate how knowledge of perceptual errors, leadership behaviours and managing resistance to change can be used to manage employee, and one’s own, behaviours more effectively.

Students are not required to cover every concept related to perception and attribution or leadership or change management. Instead, focus on the core concepts relevant to the tasks as they have been scoped by the question above.

Avoid the use of direct quotes as they do not demonstrate to the marker your understanding of the concepts and reading material and consume many words without attracting any marks. You are required to reference using the author / date method. This method is explained in detail in this.

Plagiarised assignments normally receive a mark of zero. Work that is not written by the person who submitted it for assessment will be referred to the Faculty’s Associate Dean of Education for investigation. Software programs will be used to check the authorship of submitted work. You are advised to submit your assignment to Urkund early in order to receive a timely report on text in your assignment that has been matched to internet sources. While Urkund aims to give a 24 hour turnaround, during heavy submission periods it can take three or four days. A good practice is to submit to Urkund each new draft that you work on. A late Urkund report will not be accepted as grounds for an extension.

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