APPENDIX 3 : Group Case study project (Essay)
I – IMPORTANT PRELIMINARY INFORMATION ON WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO
- Number of words : 1500 – 2000 words
- Must be typed
- Due on ………. (Date to be advised) towards the end of semester
- YOU MUST NOT USE EMAIL FOR SENDING THE CASE IT MUST BE PRINTED AND SUIBMITTED ON THE DUE DATE
- LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE PENALIZED
- YOU MUST FILL IN AND ATTACH AN FRONT PAGE/COVER SHEET SHOWING:
- Course Title and course code
- Title of the Case
- Course Section
- Names and ID of ALL group members
- Date of Submission
- Name of your Lecturer
II – THE STRUCTURE AND CONTENTS OF YOUR ESSAY
Your essay must contain the following
- A brief Introduction
Here you outline the relevance/importance of the case and give some idea of what you are going to do in the essay (ie how you are going to structure the essay.
Here you provide clear explanations about the organization
What the main issue of the case is
Any other information about the organization/the case that will help understand the issue
Add any information about the organization you obtain yourselves from website searches . Do not Insert too much information (Summaries only). If there is something you wish to attach, put it in Appendix of the Essay. (Word counts DO NOT INCLUDE APPENDICES)
You must use your own words Do not copy information from the case and simply type it. You MUST follow the referencing guidelines provided and you MUST not plagiarise.
- Case Analysis
Here you should explain how the case relate to “Management” and/or any of the topics in Management
You should discuss the way in which the case help understand the above topic and/or issues.
Here is an example of what you should be doing here
: “ this case relates to the issues of planning and control ……It highlights some of the problems that arise when managers try to plan and control. According to the theory about planning , planning is ….” (Reference textbook). According top
You should be very clear about how what we learnt in management applies to this particular case.
What have you learnt from this case ? What can you conclude generally about this case and how it relates to management
- TWO Questions about the case (and Answers)
Choose 2 of the questions appearing at the end of the case
Suggest how each of these may be answered.
You must reference any material you obtained from any book, website or journals. You must list the reference sources in the way shown in the referencing guide below. You must show that you have searched, accessed and used at least TWO references (journal articles). If you borrow phrases, graphs, table… from the textbook, you must reference these.
POOR REFERENCING WILL LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT LOSSES IN MARKS
HOW TO REFERENCE?
When you summarise the main ideas from someone else in your own words, you are also expected to clearly acknowledge that someone else first wrote about the ideas you have summarised. Giving proper references shows that you have read the appropriate literature and are well informed (Devlin 2004, p. 23).
“A recommended solution to the problems that students experience is for THEM TO CHECK on how referencing is done in Books, Journal Articles …etc” (Landau, Druen & Arcuri 2002, p. 113) .
The reference list is designed to provide information to enable each source that you have cited in text to be identified. The list should appear at the end of a work, under the heading ‘References’. The references should be listed alphabetically by the surname of the first author/editor or by the title if no author/editor is given.
Use the APA style as follows:
Denison, D. R. (1990). Corporate culture and organizational effectiveness. John Wiley & Sons.
McCormick, M. J. (2001). Self-efficacy and leadership effectiveness: Applying social cognitive theory to leadership. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 8(1), 22-33.
Prati, L., Douglas, C., Ferris, G. R., Ammeter, A. P., & Buckley, M. R. (2003). Emotional intelligence, leadership effectiveness, and team outcomes. The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 11(1), 21-40.
Zhao, F. (2005). Exploring the synergy between entrepreneurship and innovation. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 11(1), 25-41.