Management and organisation in a global environment

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HI 6005:  Research Paper 1









Maximum of 10 pages and 15 minutes


This is a group assignment with specific individual components.

Groups of 2 or 3 choose the topics relevant to first term lecture material and research the topic in more depth.  A set if such topics will be provided from which your group must choose on a ‘first-come, first-served basis”.

Note that each topic has a group component to which each group member must contribute.  However there are also specific individual components which have been defined.

Your will deliver the findings of your research topic in the lectures of first term.

Following suggestions at the presentation, groups may take advantage of suggestions in preparing the written report which is to be submitted on the last day of term.



















Listed below are points to bear in mind in regard to this Research Paper.


Topics and Presentation Schedule:

On following pages are listed a number of topics. 

Topics are allocated on a ‘first come – first served basis’ and can only be reserved in writing
(e.g. by e-mail to your lecturer).





Sandhy Patrick

Assoc  Prof Peter Schmidt


[email protected]

[email protected]

Please nominate your preferred presentation time (see Lecture Schedule in the Subject Outline) at the time you bid for the topic.  In the event of two different groups choosing the same topic, the group who nominates the earlier presentation time-slot will secure the topic.  The other group will have to choose another topic.

Research on the broad topic is a group activity and each student must contribute to that work.  Each student in the group will then research, in depth, an individual component drawn from the broad research topic.

·          Topics are to be undertaken as group work in a group of three or four persons

·          Each topic has a general framework as well as individual components

When researching the topic:

·          The work on the general framework is the responsibility of each team member

·          The work on the individual components is the responsibility of the individual choosing that component.  However, that individual can be helped by other group members who in turn also can help other team members

The Live Presentation:

The live presentation (worth 10%) must be organised as a business presentation.  Strict adherence to the fifteen minute limit is expected so the time should be carefully allocated to allow for a very short introduction on the broad topic followed by a few minutes allocated to each student to present their individual component.

Following the delivery of the presentation, the topic will be written up as a seminar report (worth 15%) and submitted to your lecturer within a week of the live presentation.  You may incorporate ideas generated in the live presentation.  If a live presentation is below standard a time extension may be granted to allow for improving the quality of the written report. 

The Written Report:

The written report should begin with the broad research topic which is followed by each individual component identified by the individual student who prepared it.

Organisation of the research report

A key ingredient to writing a successful report involves the planning or organising stage. Organising can help you to sort out your ideas and to present your report in the order that communicates best to your readers. Organisation is the procedure of constructing an outline that acts as a plan for your writing task. An outline forces you to think before you write.

Your essay is to be structured and written as a business report. It, therefore, must begin with a Management (or Executive) Summary within which you state in stark form (i.e. unsupported by argument) what you are asserting in this report and you must do that in less than two pages. 

As already stated above, you begin the main body of the report with some general background on the broad research topic.  This introduction should end with a brief paragraph outlining the plan of the rest of the essay. 

What follows is the specific issues of each individual component which were considered. As for any good business report these components should be structured into sections and sub-sections and the heading for these should be in the Table of Contents. In these individual components the in-depth discussion of the relevant issues is elaborated based on the existing literature and/or data. You must provide in-text references to your sources.

The last section of the report contains a brief summary followed by a complete list of references that are cited in the text of the essay. Follow a standard referencing method consistently. 

Suggested limits are as follows:

§  Executive Summary: ideally one page but no more than two.

§  Sections 1: Introduction  400-600 words,

§  Section 2: Main body of the essay consisting of each of the individual  components limit each   component to approximately 900 x 6= 5400 words each,

§  Sections 3: Conclusions 100-300 words,

§  Summary and Complete List of References (5-15 references).

§  Total 6000 – 6500  words.

Assessment Criteria:

There are two components of assessment adding to a total possible mark of 25% of the subject:

§  The Presentation which is worth 10 marks.  Here we assess the quality of the presentation NOT the academic quality of the work.  Opening Impact, Presentation Technique (incl. Quality of the Slides) and Adherence to the time limit are the key criteria.

§  The Opening Impact                                                   3 marks

§  Overall Presentation Technique                              5 marks

§  Adherence to Time Limit                                          2 marks

§  The Report which is worth 15 marks.  It is here that we assess the academic quality of your work (including referencing) as well as your ability to correctly structure a business report.

§  The Management Summary                                     4 marks

§  Report Structure (TOC, Paragraphs, Sections       
                                        and use of Diagrams)          3 marks

§  Academic Quality (incl. Referencing)                       8 marks


A.     Management Yesterday and Today

General Framework

Outline a framework (a map) describing the developments in Western Management Theory over the last hundred years or more.

Individual Components

Shifts in any theory occur when a researcher identifies a question troubling him or her.  Subsequent research is then directed at finding answers to the research question(s) and ultimately old theory is discarded and new theory adopted.  For example: The Egyptians had a theory that the sun revolved around the earth.  Modern theory is that the earth revolves around the sun.  At some stage in between a question – a research question - arose which we would now describe as challenging whether observed motion is not absolute but relative to the position of the observer.  Such questions trigger research effort to find evidence so that the questions can be resolved and ultimately old theories are discarded and new theories established.

1.      Scientific Management School has given way to Quantitative Management (Management Science)

2.      Scientific Management School has given way to the Human Relations School of Management

3.      Human Relations School of Management has given way to Behavioural Science School of Management

Each member of the team must choose one of these and identify the research questions and the reasons why and the evidence on which the shift in theory (the paradigm shift) occurred.




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