Organisational Behaviour

Teaching Period 2, 2020

ORG20003: Organisational Behaviour

Assignment 2: Case study team report

Word limit: 2000 (+/- 10%)

Weighting: 30%

Due date: 5pm AEST Monday 14 September 2020 (Week 10)

After you have read this information, head over to the Assignment 2 Q&A discussion board to ask any

questions and see what your peers are saying about this assignment.

Assignment overview

The purpose of this assignment is to challenge you to apply OB concepts to real life issues/problems.

You should try to capture one or more organisational behaviour issue/dilemmas/challenges faced by

management in a real organisational setting, and come up with alternative approaches to solving

issues and problems based on sound reasoning and support of relevant OB theory and best practice.

Assignment 2 is a team assignment. The teams are made up of four to five students and you will use

a team discussion board to collaborate. There is a discussion in Week 4 where you can allocate

yourself to a team. Your eLA will ensure that you know how to access your team discussion board

once the teams are formed.

Working as a team to produce this report will provide you with an opportunity to hone your teamwork

skills. These skills are directly transferable to workplace environments where individual and team

accountability is expected.

This assignment supports unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Assignment details

As a team of four to five students, you will draw on your understanding of Organisational Behaviour

(OB) theory and apply it to a case study. The five cases form the basis for this assignment. You are

required to choose one of them, as a team, and produce a report drawing on two or three of the OB

theories you have covered during this unit. You can access them via the link below:

Case studies (PDF 136 KB) (Swinburne Online n.d.)

You should thoroughly research the issues you consider relevant to the case and link them to

associated OB theories providing recommendations.

Your report should cover the following items:

Why this particular case was chosen for your report.

An overview of the case study.

A summary of the major OB-related issues involved in this case.

An explanation of these issues and recommendations for processes and procedures to avoid a

reoccurence (supported by relevant OB concepts and theories).

The team charter you developed during the Week 6 activity is an essential part of establishing a

common focus for this task. It should be appended to your report to attract an automatic 5% of the

overall mark for this assignment.

Please note: the team charter is not included in the word count for this assignment.

Please draw from the following suggested structure to guide your report development:

Title page

Executive summary

Table of contents

Introduction

Brief overview of the case study.

Why this particular case was chosen for your report.

The purpose of the report.

Your methodology (including the scope of the report).

Body

Overview of the case study.

Issues identified (an issues statement).

Conclusion

Highlighting what has been learnt from the case study.

Recommendations

The issues you have identified should be addressed here using relevant academic literature

to support your decisions.

References

All sources used should have in-text citations and should be properly referenced using

Swinburne Harvard-style referencing. You may refer to the Swinburne Harvard style guide

(http://www.swinburne.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard-style-guide/) for assistance.

Appendices

Including the team charter (DOC 64 KB) (not included in word count) you created in

Week 6 as well as any relevant information (such as tables, graphs, etc.) that supports your

findings.

The Study Resources area of the Student Hub has a section on Report writing

(https://studenthub.swinburneonline.edu.au/academic-writing-and-presenting) and a document on Tips

for successful teamwork (https://studenthub.swinburneonline.edu.au/teamwork) that may help you

with this assignment.

Submission details overview

This assignment will be submitted through Canvas. When you are ready to submit your assignment,

select the 'Submit Assignment' button at the top of this page. You will be taken to the 'File Upload' tab

where you can choose your file or submit your URL.

Please note: When you submit your assignment through Canvas, you are also submitting the

assignment through Turnitin, which is a text-matching service that compares your work with an

international database of information sources. You will need to agree to using it.

Once you have submitted your assignment, select 'Submission Details' on the right of your screen to

view your originality report if you haven't already done so.

Please allow a 24-hour turnaround for an originality report to be generated. See the 'Turnitin

originality report' area of the Academic practice

(https://studenthub.swinburneonline.edu.au/academic-practice) page in the Study Resources section of

the Student Hub for several guides to assist with the submission process.

Assignment support

Don't forget that in addition to your eLAs who provide discipline-specific content advice, you can

access the 24/7 draft writing service from Studiosity.

If you need assistance with academic feedback on a draft of your assignment task, see Assignment

support: Studiosity.

Assignment criteria

  1. Structure and format of report (including referencing).
  2. Content knowledge.
  3. Critical analysis.
  4. Written communication.
  5. Team charter.

Your work will be assessed using the following marking guide:

Assignment 2 marking guide

Criteria No Pass Pass

50-59%

Credit

60-69%

Distinction

70-79%

High Distinction

80-100%

Criteria No Pass Pass

50-59%

Credit

60-69%

Distinction

70-79%

High Distinction

80-100%

Structure

and format

of report

(including

referencing)

(15%)

Did not

meet

criterion.

The report

contains most

required sections,

although each

section could be

better developed

or detailed.

An attempt has

been made to

correctly cite and

reference all

sources used.

There is an overreliance on direct

quotes (10% of

total word count)

and the

integration of

others' ideas with

the writing can at

times be

awkward.

The reference list

adheres mostly to

Swinburne

Harvard style.

The report

contains all the

required sections,

which have been

adequately

developed and

detailed.

Most sources

used are correctly

cited and

referenced

according to

Swinburne

Harvard style.

There are fewer

than 10 errors in

the referencing. A

limited number of

reporting verbs

have been used

to introduce and

integrate the

ideas of others.

The report

contains all the

required sections.

The majority of

sources used are

correctly cited

and referenced

according to

Swinburne

Harvard style.

There are fewer

than 5 errors in

the referencing.

A reasonable

number of

reporting verbs

have been used

to introduce and

integrate the

ideas of others.

The report

contains all the

required sections.

All sources used

are correctly cited

and referenced

according to

Swinburne

Harvard style.

There are no

errors with the

referencing.

Criteria No Pass Pass

50-59%

Credit

60-69%

Distinction

70-79%

High Distinction

80-100%

Content

knowledge

(35%)

Did not

meet

criterion.

Some significant

issues in the case

study have been

identified. These

issues have been

addressed in the

recommendations

section using

some relevant

academic

literature and OB

theory.

Nevertheless,

some unclear and

irrelevant content

remains.

The conclusion

section mostly

highlights what

has been learnt

from the case

study.

Most significant

issues in the case

study have been

identified and

discussed with

appropriate and

accurate detail

and description.

These issues

have been

addressed in the

recommendations

section using a

range of relevant

and reliable

academic

literature and OB

theory.

The conclusion

section highlights

what has been

learnt from the

case study.

All significant

issues in the case

study have been

identified.

These issues

have been

addressed in the

recommendations

section using a

range of relevant,

current and highly

credible

resources,

showing a

consistent and

sound

understanding of

OB theory.

There is a

consistent

justification of

answers to

identified issues

and the learning

reflection.

The conclusion

section clearly

highlights what

has been learnt

from the case

study.

The issues in the

case study have

been identified.

These issues

have been

addressed in the

recommendations

section using a

wide range of

relevant, current

and highly

credible

resources,

showing a

consistent and

sound

understanding of

OB theory.

The report

consistently and

confidently

demonstrates

accurate, detailed

and

comprehensive

understanding of

the relevant

theories to

explain and justify

decisions and

these decisions

clearly link to a

thorough analysis

of the case study

and relevant

literature.

The conclusion

section clearly

and effectively

highlights what

has been learnt

from the case

study.

Criteria No Pass Pass

50-59%

Credit

60-69%

Distinction

70-79%

High Distinction

80-100%

Critical

analysis

(30%)

Did not

meet

criterion.

The writing is

largely

descriptive with

statements of

theories provided.

Critical analysis

requires greater

analysis of the

applicability of

these theories

and

considerations to

the particular

case study, so

this needs to be

evident.

Information from

more relevant

and reliable

sources could be

presented, so

that greater

points of

view/approaches

are presented.

Proposes

recommendations

that are difficult to

evaluate because

they are vague or

only indirectly

addresses the

case study

situation.

The relevant

theories are

correctly

identified, defined

and applied to the

case study

example.

There is some

comparative

evaluation.

The writing

questions some

assumptions in

the literature. It

identifies several

relevant contexts

when presenting

a position.

The report

demonstrates the

ability to

construct an

issues statement

based on the

relevant theories

with evidence

provided of the

most relevant

contextual

factors. However,

the issues

statement could

be more complex.

The issues

statement is

complex and

complete.

The writing ably

demonstrates the

attributes of

critical reading,

critical thinking

and analysis

through the

report's structure

and the way it is

supported and

illustrated.

Criteria No Pass Pass

50-59%

Credit

60-69%

Distinction

70-79%

High Distinction

80-100%

Written

expression

(15%)

Did not

meet

criterion.

There is some

evidence of

appropriate word

choice in terms of

academic and

professional

standards.

Nevertheless, this

is inconsistent

throughout.

There are 10

significant errors

in grammar and

punctuation.

These can prove

intrusive and

disruptive for the

reader.

The report has

little evidence of

final editing so

some careless,

ambiguous

and/or

inappropriate

language use is

evident.

There is some

evidence of

appropriate and

deliberate word

choice.

Nevertheless,

there remains

half a dozen

significant errors

in grammar and

punctuation,

some of which

require

reformulation of

the sentence by

the reader.

The review has

some evidence of