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Case Study: Case for critical thinking – Satyam the ‘Enron’ of India p. 160


Students are required to write a 1500 word Literature Review and Report based on one management problem or potential problem that they identify in the following case study: – Case Study: Case for critical thinking – Satyam the ‘Enron’ of India p. 160 The management problem should relate to an issue discussed in this course, such as leadership succession planning, the role of the leader/ manager (CEO), ethics and corporate governance, or another relevant management problem. Literature Review After identifying the management problem in the case study, you must then find at least five refereed journal articles that are relevant to the management problem that you have identified. This articles must be from peer-reviewed, academic standard journals and you must cite the article in the body of your assignment and correctly reference the citation in your reference list at the end of the assignment. With each article, students must identify the author’s argument and compare it with the arguments of other authors in their research. This is the Literature Review part of the assessment. Guidance on this assessment item will be provided in the early weeks of the course and in the ‘Assessment’ section of this course website. NB. STUDENTS MUST REFERENCE AND CITE A MINIMUM OF FIVE (5) REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES. FAILING TO DO THIS WILL RESULT IN LOWER MARKS OR FAILURE FOR THIS ASSESSMENT ITEM Report The report part of the assignment asks students to identify the problem in the case, explain why this is a problem for the organisation in the case, and after analysis of the issues associated with problem (the literature review), provide recommendations on how the organisation could solve the problem. Recommended Structure In writing their Literature Review and Report students must NOT use dot points. Students must use report format with numbered headings. The GBS Resources Bank provides guidelines and an example of report format, however an executive summary should NOT be included in this assignment. The word length is 1500 words, and 10% above or below this limit is acceptable. A recommended structure of the Literature Review and Report is: 1. Introduction (1-2 paragraphs) This section should include the following components: a brief description of the management problem identified in the case, why it is a problem for the organisation, and a brief but clear statement of the argument to be developed in the assignment. For example, a statement such as: ‘This paper will argue that, in order to achieve higher levels of performance from their staff, the company needs to redesign the way work is organised and performed. Research indicates that the Hackman and Oldman (1980) model provides the best overall outcomes’). The statement of argument becomes central to the development of your assignment. A second paragraph may further explain the problem/potential problem by providing evidence from the case, supported by academic literature. 2. Literature Themes or Arguments (2-4 paragraphs) In this section, identify two arguments or themes (issues) in the research in relation to the identified problem. You will find, in all areas of research, at least two (and often more) perspectives or arguments on any issue. For example, some researchers think extrinsic rewards such as money are the best way to motivate staff; others believe the key is intrinsic rewards associated with having interesting and fulfilling jobs. You need to evaluate these arguments critically and work out which is the best supported and has the most application to your case. For each argument (or theme), address the following questions: Which authors support or agree with a particular argument? What evidence do they use? Which authors disagree with this argument? What evidence do they use? 3. Conclusion and Recommendations (1-2 paragraphs) In this section you summarise the different perspectives relating to solving the management problem and identify


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