Contrast the assumptions of mainstream and critical approaches to studying organisation?
Avoid simply listing and describing material; instead you should contrast the two approaches and develop a critical and coherent argument. Collect data on modern work organisations, with stories and reports from the media on key organisational issues; The differences in organisational structures and the factors responsible for these differences. The nature, strengths and weaknesses of bureaucracy. The different approaches of understanding organisations. How and why and with what implications organisations are changing. Also the nature and role of organisational cultures. For example you may have identified in the media some articles concerning the interests of women, ethnic groups or older people in organisationswhich you could link with the goals of the organisation according to mainstream and critical approaches. Articles about organisations restructuring you could link with the discussion on whether restructuring is concerned with the interests of managers, staff or perhaps both. You should be critical yourself, can you see any limitations to the arguments made and also develop a healthy scepticism about any media articles you use, about who wrote them and whose interest do they represent. You should be familiar with the mainstream ways in which organisations have been analysed and understood in terms of different types of theories. Identify, collect and correlate relevant information and use it to support understanding and analysis of organisations. Identify and summarise the main arguments or themes in the text. Present a clearly structured and comprehensive response to a question. Also read material questioningly and be able to evaluate what you read thoroughly and critically.