MGMT 611 Managing Established Enterprises

MGMT 611 Managing Established Enterprises

The ask of the assignment is as follows:

Your individual assignment for the Human and Social Capital paper is to examine your last job (or an earlier job) and use theories and concepts from the course to analyze and explain your work experience. Essentially, in this assignment, you will use your job as the case material that allows you to demonstrate your understanding of course theories/concepts. You may use course materials from Sessions 1-8 in which we cover such topics as motivation, job design, reward systems, managing individual and group performance, and the interface between management decisions and strategy. Certain readings focus on specific theories (e.g. expectancy or equity theory) that provide a full framework for explaining and predicting behavior; while other readings include concepts that may not be full theories but can be abstracted and applied to a wide range of situations, e.g. Rewarding A While Hoping for B (Kerr).

The choice about what issues to cover and what theories/concepts to apply is yours. In evaluating your answer, we will look to see whether the theories/concepts you use are described accurately (i.e. substantively correct), applied appropriately (i.e. fit the job situation you describe), and most relevant to the situation (i.e. did you pick the theories/concepts that best illuminate your situation).

In analyzing your job, focus on how you were managed, not how you behaved in managing others. It does not matter whether you had a good job experience or a bad job experience. You can talk about both the successful and the unsuccessful aspects of the job, and about what was missing for you. The paper presents you with an opportunity to explore in-depth the course readings, master them, and apply them to your experience. Thus, very good papers do not simply present a lively and detailed description of your past job. Rather, they demonstrate in-depth understanding and application of course concepts and theories. More specifically, they:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of a minimum of three theories/concepts and a maximum of five theories/concepts from the human and social capital sessions by making specific links between theories/concepts and key elements of your job experience.
  2. Explore (and demonstrate your understanding of) the similarities, complementarities, or inconsistencies among the theories and concepts (i.e., do the theories/concepts fit together and reinforce each other or do they disagree? How do they complement each other? Conversely, how are they inconsistent or conflicting?)
  3. Explain why the theories or concepts you’ve chosen are important and useful for understanding (and perhaps for suggesting changes to) your prior job or organization.
  4. We take the 3 theories that you cover best and give you the maximum points for those. If you cover a 4thand/or 5th theory, each gives additional points but 50% less than the first 3.
  5. Covering more than 3 theories is necessary to score the highest possible number of points. You will face a cap on the number of points if you only do three theories, even if you do them extremely well

Here are some tips based on our collective experience with this course assignment. Each instructor will offer additional guidance with his/her specific expectations and recommendations.

  • In a relative comparison (which is how we evaluate these papers), applying more theories is better than applying fewer theories. There are, however, two caveats: you need enough rich descriptive material about your job so we can understand it, and you need to cover each theory thoroughly enough that we are sure you know how to apply it. We will not give much, if any, credit if theories/concepts are covered so superficially that your knowledge cannot be convincingly displayed.
  • Don’t forget that this is an exercise that must be graded. It is easy to get carried away with an interesting story and forget that this is also a way to test your knowledge of and ability to apply the course material.
  • Be sure to explore your personal experience with your job, rather than writing generically about the experience of all people in positions like yours.
  • Remember to mention course concepts specifically, so we don’t have to read your mind to figure out what concepts you are applying to your work experience. Drawing explicit links between the concepts you identify and the case material is the key. Don’t just drop in the names of a few theories or concepts into the midst of describing your job. Show how they apply to your situation.
  • It may be useful to develop a comparative angle in the paper, i.e. compare how your job experience varied for two different tasks or before and after a change in your boss or a company restructuring.
  • Comparing and contrasting how two or more different theories can be applied to the same aspect of your job situation is another effective strategy. Be sure you make it clear to us why you chose those theories and which you felt provided more insight.

The write-up should be printed double-spaced, using a normal font-size. The maximum length is 1,000 words (plus or minus 5%). Please include a word count on the front page. You will have to be concise and make choices about what issues to discuss.

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