People and Organisation Development

 

1 Principles

 

 

Your assignment is a concise practitioner based enquiry and throughout the process of

 

 

investigation and writing up you are expected to:

 

 

x demonstrate business awareness

 

 

x consider how your investigation and recommendations add value to the effective managing

 

 

of the organisation

 

 

x locate your enquiry within the context of contemporary people and organisation

 

 

development literature

 

 

x make recommendations for change

 

 

2 Presentation

 

 

Your assignment is to be presented in report format, include an executive summary, a contents

 

 

page and a correctly presented bibliography, and be a maximum of 3000 words (plus

 

 

appendices)in total. You must state the word count on the front page of your assignment. Text

 

 

should be fully justified and a decimal numbering system used for headings and sub-headings.

 

 

The following structure and headings are recommended, amongst others:

 

 

1. Introduction, context and objectives.

 

 

Identification of the issue, explanation of the context of the investigation, the links to people

 

 

management and organisation development strategies, and the articulation of the objectives.

 

 

2. Literature review.

 

 

A critical review of appropriate literature in relation to the objectives to reflect current thinking

 

 

and effective practice; a thematic approach should be adopted which includes a summary

 

 

3. Findings and conclusions

 

 

Presentation of the findings, grouped by important issues, that is thematically. Overall

 

 

conclusions which flow from the analysis and link to the literature review and also to the

 

 

strategies articulated in section 1 above.

 

 

4. Recommendations and implementation

 

 

Recommendations which are feasible, practicable, and persuasive, and which recognise

 

 

barriers or points of resistance and how these might be overcome.

 

 

3 Topic

 

 

You are expected to analyse and evaluate and thereby subject the specified practices to robust

 

 

scrutiny in the pursuit of continuous improvement. In addition, a failure to properly ground your

 

 

work in the academic literature will also be inadequate. You are expected to demonstrate that you

 

 

have undertaken the breadth and depth of reading required for Masters study. Your work must be

 

 

correctly referenced using the Harvard system and you must include a full bibliography. You will

 

 

also be expected to integrate theory and practice in your assignment.

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