Mployee engagement and their stsfaction ( HRM perspective)

Employee engagement and their satisfaction and how could the organisation achieve this challenge from HRM perspective


1) Formulate a question as a title (or subtitle) for your assignment.
(Employee engagement and their satisfaction and how could the organisation achieve this challenge from HRM perspective )

Before starting your assignment formulate a question that you propose to answer.

For example: How does research on the Balanced Scorecard contribute to the management of high performance organisations?”

This approach is useful because it will guide your selection of references and instead of providing just a Flatreview of the literature, your review will provide an answer (or answers) to the question, that includes a multi-dimensional perspective.

2) Choose about 15 articles to include in your review.

Most of our readings are sourced from Practitionerjournals: they are written for an audience of managers, usually with practical/implementation issues in mind. This is a deliberate choice: the perspective of practitioner journals is pervasive and influential, so you need to be aware of this content. Arguably, what gets published in Harvard Business Review and the like is more influential than what the top academic journals print. This is because practitioner publications are easier to read and digest, and thus their conclusions can be readily repeated and recited in the mass-market media (BRW, Fortune, BusinessWeek, and the like). In turn, this influences the thinking of the senior managers of the organisations we work in, their advisors, and key stakeholders.

For the integrative assignment, you should balance articles from these Practitionerjournals with more rigorous academic research.

You should have approximately the following mix:

1/3 Practitionerarticles: 4-6 papers from: Business Horizons, Business Strategy Review, Journal of Business Strategy, Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Qtly, MIT Sloan Management Review. . .

1/3 A-Listacademic journals in management: 4-6 papers from the best management research journals  see list below. These journals usually publish the more advanced conceptual research: the articles are longer, and the quality of the research is highest. The value of these publications is that they usually offer a Helicopter viewof issues and concepts.

1/3 other Goodacademic journals: 4-6 papers from other good academic journals. These publications usually have a narrower focus than A-Listjournals, publish shorter papers, and the research published is usually less conceptual/abstract. The value of these journals is that they usually provide good empirical data on a specific issue.

For each group of publications you should have at least 2 different journals.

The A-List”:
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Review
Accounting, Organizations and Society
Administrative Science Quarterly
American Journal of Sociology
American Sociological Review
Decision Sciences
Human Relations
Human Resource Management (US)
Human Resource Management Journal (UK)
Industrial and Corporate Change
Journal of Economics and Management Strategy
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Journal of International Business Studies
Journal of Management
Journal of Management and Governance
Journal of Management Studies
Journal of Operations Management
Management Science
Organization Science
Organization Studies
Strategic Management Journal

This list is not exhaustive. No list can ever be perfect. Here are the criteria for including a journal in the Alist. Since 2001, the journal has had at least two evaluations at or near the top of the scales in the ”Journal Quality List(available at: jql.htm)

What are other Goodacademic journals?
In the School of Management, our criteria for a Goodquality journal are:
The journal is referenced in the Journal Quality List
Since 2001, the journal has been evaluated on at least three scales
The majority of the evaluations were above the mid-point of the scale

Some of the journals available from the library databases are not Goodquality publications. Few people read them and the quality of the research is average. One of the skills you need to develop is information literacy and the ability to be educated consumers of knowledge.

3) Organise your discussion around the themes youve picked up in your reading of the articles, not around the articles themselves.
Once you have read the articles, a number of issues should emerge. More often that not, you will be confronted with ideas and recommendations which are different from one source to the next. Your discussion should identify these issues, you should try to understand why the authors present diverging conclusions and recommendations, and you should take a stance and explain why.

Some tips about investigating divergent research conclusions:
authors may use the same word, but have different meanings
practitioner journals tend to over-simplify issues and sometimes provide recommendations based on opinion rather than fact
academic researchers sometimes conduct research that is rigorous but irrelevant to managers because they use abstractions disconnected from practical reality.

You will be evaluated on the quality of your discussion, not how many references you include in your review. Hence the recommendation to select about 15 references.

A final word of advice: once you have read you references, and identified the issues for your discussion, you may want to re-visit the title of your paper!