THE YORK MANAGEMENT SCHOOL Module: MAN00007M – Continuity and Change in Organisations Module Co-ordinator: Professor Stephen Linstead Assessment: Open Maximum word count: 3,000 Release: Week 2 Spring Term Submission: 11am, Monday 26th April 2021 Weighting: 100% Important Information A penalty of five marks will be deducted for late submissions that are made within the first hour after the deadline. Submissions that are more than one hour late but within the first 24 hours of the deadline will incur a penalty of ten marks. After the first 24 hours have passed, ten marks will be deducted for every 24 hours (or part thereof) that the submission is late for a total of 5 days. After 5 days it is treated as a non-submission and given a mark of zero. The consequences of non-submission are serious and can include de-registration from the University. If you are unable to complete your open assessment by the submission date indicated above because of Exceptional Circumstances you can apply for an extension. If unforeseeable and exceptional circumstances do occur, you must seek support and provide evidence as soon as possible at the time of the occurrence. Applications must be made before the deadline to be considered. Full details of the Exceptional Circumstances Policy and claim form can be found here:https://www.york.ac.uk/students/studying/progress/exceptional-circumstances If you submit your open assessment on time but feel that your performance has been affected by Exceptional Circumstances you may submit an Exceptional Circumstances Affecting Assessment claim form by 7 days from the published assessment submission deadline. If you do not submit by the deadline indicated without good reason your claim will not be considered. Please take proper precautions to safeguard your work and remember to make backup copies of your data. The University provides all its students with storage space on the University server and you should save and back up any work in progress on this server on a regular basis. Computer failure and theft of your equipment or storage media are not considered exceptional circumstances and extensions cannot be granted for work lost for these reasons. Word count requirements The word count for this assignment is 3,000 words. You must state on the front of your assignment the number of words used and this will be checked. The main text for this assignment must be word-processed in Arial, font 12, double spacing, minimum 2cm margins all around. You must observe the word count specified in this assignment brief. The School has a policy of accepting variations to the recommended word count of plus or minus 10%. What does this mean for you? Markers will mark your work up to the word count maximum plus 10% and then will stop marking; therefore all words which are in excess of the word count plus 10% will not be marked. Where your word count is more than 10% below that specified, it is likely that this will result in a lack of analytical depth or relevant content which will be reflected in the mark assigned. What is in the word count? The word count includes: the main text, including in-text reference citations and quotations. The word count does notinclude: – Appendices. These may be used to include supporting data which may be too detailed or complex to include as a Table. They are not a device to incorporate material which would otherwise cause you to exceed the word limit. – Title page – Contents page – Abstract/executive summary – Tables, figures, legends – Reference lists – Acknowledgements Assignment Question: The purpose of this question is to allow you to demonstrate that you have understood concepts and approaches covered on the course in class and in the prescribed reading, and can apply them to a real-world case. During the course, we have looked at Morgan cars as a three-part case study that is an example of both continuity and change. In classes we discussed how specific change concepts can help us to understand the evolution of Morgan as a company. We have viewed several videos of the company Your assignment is to take your knowledge of the topics studied on the course, the additional reading you have done and what we have discussed about Morgan, extend this with what you discovered from your own further researches in library sources, databases, press reports, the company’s website, independent reports and other credible sources and do the following: First, summarise the important elements, from the perspective of theory and practice, of the company’s position in 2009, and how they got there (you may wish to focus particularly on the period between 1989 and 2009). You may choose to consider how well they had managed change up to that point, what their strengths and weaknesses seemed to be, the state of company culture, and power/politics. Make sure that your conclusions are not opinion, and are backed up with evidence and analysis from scholarly sources, using concepts from the course. (This is not a strategy or marketing assignment, but one on managing change processes. Nor is it a second assignment on basic organizational analysis). Now look at the present day, and drawing on your research, again using theory from the course, assess what the company has done 2009-2020. Identify the problems and challenges it has encountered, and how it has addressed the issue of balance between continuity and change, managing conflict, and how well the change process has been handled using concepts from the course. Finally, imagine that you have been called in as a change consultant to advise the company. What challenges now confront the company and how should it respond? How should that response be managed? Given the history, resources, capabilities and experience the company has acquired, how should the company prepare for the next five to ten years? Given the uncertainties in the trading environment (perhaps surrounding Brexit, the aftermath of Covid, and the change in ownership), what problems might it usefully anticipate, what opportunities should it prepare for, and most importantly what processes will it need to master to increase the likelihood of success? Remember, this aspect of the question is about change management in a time of uncertainty and maybe crisis. Do not fall into the trap of discussing in detail WHAT the right path for the company is. The point is to identify what change skills and capacities the company will need for a range of scenarios. Theory will help here. There is no strict allocation of marks for each section, one mark will be given overall, but you should try to maintain a broad balance between the sections, and avoid being tempted into too much description in section 1 in particular. Now go back and read the instructions again. When you have finished the assignment, and before submitting, read them again and ask yourself whether you have done what they ask and demonstrated your ability to apply knowledge acquired on this module to the practicalities of the Morgan case. THE YORK MANAGEMENT SCHOOLStudent number:Module title: Continuity and Change in OrganisationsGeneric criteriaModule specific learning outcomesG1Argument inc. criticalityS1Develop creative, deeper and more challenging ways of understanding organisational change, based on contemporary theory and organisation casesG2StructureS2appreciate the advantages and limitations of particular theories and organisational practicesG3Use of sources inc. quotationsS3Demonstrate sensitivity to the complexity of social, political, ethical, economic and philosophical issues that shape managers’ desire for changeG4ReferencingS4Evaluate critically different approaches to organisational change and appraise future directions.G5PresentationS5Comments on assessment criteriaSuggestions for improvementDate:Marker: Generic Assessment Marking Criteria You will be marked according to five criteria: Quality of PresentationUnderstanding and use of TheoryQuality of AnalysisStructure and ArgumentConclusions The examiners will be looking for the following elements for each of these criteria. Presentation All material is thoroughly and correctly referenced.Citations are given in the Harvard format, unless specifically specified otherwise in the assignment brief.Direct quotations from sources are referenced with page numbers.Appropriate use has been made of tables, diagrams, graphs and pictures.The use of formatting (line spacing, font, justified margins etc) is consistent throughout.The text is clear and readable, without typographic errors and spelling mistakes.The assignment is within the maximum word length suggested.The bibliography contains only the works cited in the assignment, is presented in author alphabetical order and is complete, accurate, and consistently formatted. Theory Evidence of wider reading i.e. not relying on a textbook or single text source, but engaging with specialist texts, journal articles and reports.A demonstration of an understanding and awareness of a range of theoretical positions or technical options.The ability to place a particular text’s argument within a range of positions evident in the literature and to recognise its strengths and limitations as an explanatory framework.Direct quotes, paraphrasing or other evidence of active engagement with theory and/or technique is apparent throughout the assignment. Analysis The assignment demonstrates an ability to understand different perspectives i.e. the student can evaluate different options, engage critically with theory and practice and can justify their analysis above other available solutions or viewpoints.The analysis results from the use of judgement and discernment in selecting theory and applying it to the situation or problem.The selection of techniques and viewpoints are justified by the problem or issue outlined.Reflection and observation are integrated in the analysis in an appropriate way i.e. a supported argument illustrated with observation rather than a statement of opinion. Structure and Argument An essay assignment will normally include an introduction, several sub-titled sections in the main body, a conclusion and a bibliography. Alternative formats may be specified by the assignment brief and, if so, have been used.A coherent argument is evident, which clearly links the different elements of the assignment together and leads the reader through to a justifiable conclusion.The argument is logically constructed with each section building on the insights of preceding sections i.e. different perspectives are not simply thrown together without an understanding of how they contribute to the overall argument presented.Theory is integrated into the analytical and/or practical elements of the assignment where appropriateMeaning is not obscured by poor grammar, paragraph or sentence construction. Conclusions The conclusion summarises the whole of the assignment and not just the analysis i.e. conclusions relate questions posed, adequacy of the theory, empirical issues explored and reflect on the student’s approach to the work.The conclusions refer to the argument presented to that point and do not introduce new ideas or arguments “at the last moment”.The conclusion demonstrates the ability of the student to justify their theoretical and analytical approach.Conclusions have been drawn and follow, and are justified by, the analysis in the main body of the assignment. Where required, practical recommendations are feasible and follow on from the conclusions, addressing the issues identified. END OF ASSESSMENT PAPER
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