Behavioural Science in Organisation

Learning Outcome

LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of theories, principles and concepts applicable to the study of organisations and management (C3, PO1) Final Exam
LO2 Evaluate the managerial processes and practices using related behavioural science theories and models (C4, PO3). Essay
LO3 Justify the tactics used for resolving conflict and handling interpersonal communication in work groups (A3, PO5). Presentation

Assignment Requirements

Short case scenario

In one seminar which you have attended recently, you are reflecting on some of the major findings and opinions gathered from the key note address delivered by a few leading CEOs during the parallel session.

You can recall where two CEOs were debating the merits of women as leaders. Mr X claimed that women make better leaders than do men because women are more sensitive to their employees’ needs and involve them in organisational decision.

However, Mr Y countered that although these leadership styles may be increasingly important, most women have trouble gaining acceptance as leaders when they are faced with situations in which a more autocratic style is required.

Several recent surveys report that women are rated higher than men on the emerging leadership qualities of coaching, teamwork and empowering employees. Yet research also suggests that women are evaluated negatively when they try to apply the full range of leadership styles, particularly more directive and autocratic approaches. Thus ironically, women may be well suited to contemporary leadership roles, yet they often continue to face limitations of leadership through the gender stereotypes and prototypes of leaders that are held by followers.

Overall, both male and female leaders must be sensitive to the fact that followers have expectations about how leaders should act and negative evaluations may go to leaders who deviate from those expectations.

                                                (Adapted from Mc Shane & Glinow, Chapter 12 , Organisational Behaviour, 2013 )

With reference to the above:

Critically evaluate the comments made by the two CEOs in the context of values differences across cultures and the motives behind the action of having gender preferences for leaders. Support your analysis and arguments with relevant contemporary leadership theories/research pertaining how gender preferences for leadership could lead to organisational efficiency.

Maximum word count: 2,500 words

Hand in date: 26-Aug 2020

Assessment Method

The following assessment scheme will be adopted in order to evaluate the elements of the assignment:

Criteria Allocation of Marks
Introduction-Work well previewed 10
Models & Conceptual Skills-appropriate and relevant theories/models  used 20
Integration and Synthesis-able to synthesize and evaluate the theories   accordingly 20
Analysis & Interpretation- Demonstrate high level of comprehension  in every arguments made 20
Conclusion-Well drawn, very good review supported by valid prescriptions/recommendations 10
Structure & Layout 5
Language & Clarity 5
Referencing 10

Marking Guidance:

Marks are awarded based on the following guidelines:

Banding Assessment Guidelines
0 – 40%   Superficial analysis, concepts and language of the subject are absent or scant. Irrelevant regurgitation of text book. Ideas are poorly expressed. Many key issues are ignored. Concepts and language of the subject are used but are often confused in application and or explanation.
40 – 49% Superficial analysis, concepts and language of the subject are absent or minimal. Few learning outcomes have been met. Irrelevant regurgitation of text book. Ideas are poorly expressed. Many key issues are ignored. Concepts and language of the subject are used but are often confused in application and or explanation.
50 – 54% Some understanding of the relevant models and concepts. Some elements of an appropriate structure are present. Restricted analysis of some issues.
55 – 64% Evidence of some reading and research. Incorrect referencing although it is evident. Some elements of an appropriate structure are present. Key issues are analysed but not done thoroughly.
65 – 69% Evidence of reading and research. Understanding of the application of appropriate models and concepts is demonstrated, but not thoroughly. Key issues are identified and analysed, although this may be restricted at times. Some sources are acknowledged.
70 – 74% Evidence of reading and research. Understanding of the application of appropriate models and concepts is demonstrated. Key issues are identified and analysed, although this may not be consistent. References are acknowledged.
75 – 79% Evidence of wider reading. The assignment effectively interprets the information and exhibits the integration of ideas across the subject area. The assignment has credible recommendations. A systematic approach to development and evaluation is used. Most sources are acknowledged and referenced using Harvard Name System of Referencing.
>=80% Arguments are clear and convincing. Confident integration of theory and practices is demonstrated. Consistent referencing to sources using the Harvard Name System of Referencing.

Submission and Administrative Information

  • Submit your assignment into Moodle using your APU email access.
  • Plagiarism is NOT acceptable   Representation of another person’s work as your own, without acknowledgement of the source, for the purpose of satisfying formal assessment requirements is considered plagiarism. The possible consequences of plagiarism include:  
  • Reduced grade for this module
    • Referral for this module
    • Failure of this module
    • Expulsion from the Institution
  • You can avoid plagiarism by using correct referencing, attribution, and proper research technique submission.
  • All submissions must be made before the stipulated time. If the work is submitted after this time it will be given 0 (zero).
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  • This assignment should not exceed 2,500 words, excluding appendixes.
  • Assignments that significantly exceeds the word count will be penalised.
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