For this assessment you will be required to review a project management case study (as provided under Assessment 3 in Blackboard), in the context of the relevant organisational behaviour concepts and theories.
I. SUBMISSION INFORMATION
• Complete the essay in a Word document
II. CASE STUDY REQUIREMENTS
You are required to analyse the case study considering the OB theories and concepts discussed in the unit. Specifically, you are required to address only ONE of the case questions in relation to the case study, provided below:
a. Examine the organisational (macro) factors that have caused issues in the project team. What recommendations/solutions based on your academic research into OB theory would you suggest in addressing these factors in the future?
b. Examine the challenges of leading and working in cross-functional project teams, evident in the case study. Provide your recommendations based on your academic research into OB theory.
You are required to find minimum seven (7) scholarly references from peer-reviewed academic journals that discuss your selected case question. References from other sources such as textbooks, reputable magazines (e.g., The Economist, Harvard Business Review) can be used if you have 7 scholarly references. Websites are not acceptable as a reference, unless it is an online version of a reputable publication (e.g., Forbes magazine). Wikipedia is not acceptable as it has little credibility since anyone can go in and change a Wikipedia page. Like always, all source materials must be acknowledged appropriately.
When responding to case questions, you will need to ensure the following criteria are met:
1) diagnosis & recommended actions are a good fit for the context presented in the case study;
2) diagnosis and recommended action are based on a sound theoretical basis;
3) critical thinking skills are demonstrated; and
4) appropriate academic writing style and referencing are used.
III. HOW TO ANALYSE A CASE STUDY
#1 Read the questions carefully…
What are you being asked to do? Decide? Describe? Analyse? Make recommendations? Use this information; focus your case study reading on highlight key words, characters, & events.
Start to think about the OB theories and concepts that could be related to the case.
#2 Read the case study carefully…
Read it from beginning to end to get an overall idea of what is happening.
Highlight anything you feel is important and related to the problem.
Sometimes the problems are not immediately clear and you may need to read the case several times before you understand fully what is happening. It’s important to understand the CONTEXT of the situation so that you can see how this might influence decisions made and resulting consequences.
#3 Ask questions and be a detective…
Descriptive questions: Where? What? When? Who?
Analytical questions: Why? How? What if?
Evaluative questions: So what? What next?
Investigate/eliminate what is irrelevant to the situation or appears to not fit the case context.
Make notes. Analyse and organise the information.
#4 Structure your response; Make sure your answer:
Is evidence-based (using data from the case); and Is supported by relevant peer-reviewed literature;
Demonstrates integration, assimilation and synthesis;
Uses linking words to connect your argument; include a short introduction and conclusion;
There is no single “right” answer – as long as your arguments are supported through evidence of research and well-crafted by your critical thinking skills, many different points of view are possible.