Ritical Review Essay: From Theory to Practice

Assignment 1: Critical Review Essay: From Theory to Practice?
Due: 7th and 10th April, 2014

Length: 3000 words

Assessment Value: 35 %

In week two you will be provided with three essay questions, of which you must choose and answer one.

The aim of this assignment is to encourage you to critically reflect on the nature of management practice and the role theory plays, if at all, on management practice. The assignment is designed to have you reflect on the complexities, debates and challenges faced between academic theory and practice relevance.

To successfully complete this paper you must read at the very least 15 relevant journal articles published in top tier journals (not including those set for the specific topic in this subject). To avoid information overload, focus on the following journals and start your research early:

– Academy of Management Review
– Academy of Management Journal
– Organization Science
– Organization Studies
– Administrative Science Quarterly
– Human Relations
– Management Learning
– Strategic Management Journal
– Strategic Organizations
– Academy of Management Learning and Education
– Journal of Business Ethics

These papers are to reflect the current a?state of the arta? in the area with both academic and professional (practical) orientations. The paper should review the ideas underpinning how people theorise management and organisations. The paper should be organised into the following areas:

Introduction: The purpose and argument of the paper must be clear. You need to explain clearly what your aim is, your thesis and how you will go about arguing your point. Be clear about your concepts, relevant theory and provide practical examples to reinforce your arguments. You MUST have a persuasive argument, and set the course and tone of your paper early. You will be writing in the first person, making clear YOUR CRITICAL assessments of the literature and how you justify the use of them through the literature.

Review of the literature: Organise the literature into logical streams of thought related to question. Summarise what the literature has to say, ask yourself: what is being said, why is it being said, where and when did they say it (under what contexts and period in time), how is it being said (pure theory, through research?). Be critical (ie able to question the assumptions, and identify gaps and tensions embedded in what you read) and indicate in your discussion the main assumption inherent and explicit in the literature you have chosen to focus on. Also ask yourself, whose voice is ignored here? For example, is it only about manageras interests and workers having no voice? Is it only about workers interests and managers having no voice in the paper? Are women, migrants, or even men missing in the narrative? Or whoever and whatever you deem important and necessary but missing a voice in the paper. Consider too the research perspective used to base the argument: ie is it a?scientifica? (where human values are assumed to be irrelevant) or written from the perspective of the humanities (eg history, literature, philosophy, where human values are in the foreground).

Implications of the literature: Draw implications from the literature in a manner that logically builds the case for your conclusions later in the paper. For each of your implications reference the literature related to that implication. Indicate whether the implications have already been made in the literature or if they are original to you.

Practice Relevance: You should then build a powerful argument for and against the practice impact and relevance of you paper. Are the articles you review to address your chosen question theory stuck in a?Ivory Towera? thinking, that is, good a?in theorya? but not a?in practicea?? How might theory be more relevant or meaningful to practice, or is the problem with practice being uninformed by good theory? Whatever you argue, build your argument up thoughtfully, and in a scholarly way, in an academically credible, well researched and supported way.

Conclusions: This is where you tie all the pieces together. Make sure your conclusions are organised in a logical order that states what you have concluded relative to the purpose of your paper. Be sure that these conclusions are justified. For example, conclusions based upon empirical fact have more weight than those based upon opinion. Opinions shared by many in the literature have more weight than those of only one author.

Format:
a? Papers are to be double spaced or 1 1/2, typewritten and referenced.
a? Papers will be assessed on the content of the paper, the professional appearance of the paper and its adherence to the guidelines given. Please see feedback sheet.
a? Assignment is to be between no less than 3,000 words and no more than 3,500 words.

Ritical Review Essay: From Theory to Practice?

Please choose ONE from the following THREE options. You will be writing An academically persuasive essay not a report. Therefore,it is vital that you understand exactly what those expectations are see the Subject Outline and be sure you understand the structure outlined at the end of the Week 3 lecture.
Draw only on 21800 materials presented in class, in reference texts or in the readings. Do not draw from other subjects.
1. What links do you see between Ghoshals article (2005), Agency Theory and the 2008 Global Recession ? Does it matter for studying Management & Organisations?
2. What is your critical assessment of the seemingly entrenched (Taken for granted”) view of managers that If you cant measure it you cant manage it”? Include in your response your own or imagined views as an employee / as one being Managedie not just from the managers perspective.
3. What management and/ or organisation issues do you see in the Australian Governments policy to process Asylum seekers/Boat peoplein Papua New Guinea (PNG) and if deemed a genuine refugee to be settled in PNG? Which theoretical lens (perhaps 2 or 3) discussed in the first half of this semester help you to Make senseof / understand the thinking behind the policy? Do you see implications for your own approach to managing and organising?