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Topic:Management Principles and Practices module
In this discussion forum please discuss the below topic:
“Looking at the major changes that are facing the contemporary business world, consider what impact this has on the way that managers operate within the workplace.
What are managers doing differently now compared to their management practices before the changes, with regards to their approach to managing individuals. Within this response consider: Personality, perceptions, values and the impact that this will have on performance and individual motivation.
Provide support for your arguments using theory, literary sources and applied organisational examples.”
Fundamentally, the question is asking you to identify what significant changes have occurred, or are occurring, in the external business environment within which organisations operate, and then go on to consider the consequential impacts this has had, or is having, upon the ways in which managers operate within the workplace. So, for example, you might identify digitalisation, or globalisation, or diversity in the workforce (or other factors; these are just examples) as changes which have taken place, and then note the impacts this has had upon how managers operate today.
An effective way to approach an initial post is to introduce the topic, set the scene and provide context for your posts which will follow. You cannot cover everything in 300 words, so I often see the IP as being the “introduction” to what follows, as long as it demonstrates an overall appreciation of the topic and its complexity you are then able to expand more fully in your follow-up posts. So, give your initial response to the overall question, but do not worry too much about doing extensive additional reading before you post it as you will be making up to a further nine posts in which you can bring in material from further reading as the debate develops. It is very good practice to include a question for your peers at the end of your Initial Post in order to draw response to the thread you have opened.
Guidelines for discussion responses:
Your initial post should be 200 – 300 words long and should provide a summary of the key arguments within the core question.
A maximum of 9 follow up posts should then respond to your peers and expand upon the topics under discussion to demonstrate module knowledge and understanding.
The word count for all posts are between 200 – 300 words. This will encourage peers to reflect on and respond to your ideas.
Provide support for posts using theory, applied examples and wider reading in line with the Harvard Referencing Guidance.
To gain good grades within the discussion forums:
Ensure that all elements of the question are fully covered in the posts you make over the two weeks.
Your IP(Initial Post) should be your first post within the forum, and you should open up a new thread when you enter it. The IP should be an “introduction” to all elements of the question. These ideas will then be further developed in your subsequent discussion posts.
Refer back to your IP, and to the forum question, to help you develop your thoughts based on your learning over the period – this will aid you in covering the entire question by the time the forum closes.
Post a thought-provoking question at the end of posts, where applicable, but certainly in your Initial Post, to engage and challenge your peers.
Make use of a range of reliable academic sources to support your posts, clearly referenced using Harvard Referencing. Sources of wider reading /research can also be shared with your peers.
Support your work using both theory and applied organisational examples.
You may make up to a maximum of 10 posts – any posts in excess of 10 cannot be included for grading purposes.
Quality over quantity – so 6 or 7 really high-quality posts are better than 10 brief, weak or off-topic posts. However, better still (of course) is making 10 high quality posts!
Keep within the allocated word count for each post of 200 – 300 words (not including the reference list). Always aim to use up the full permitted word count though whenever possible to maximise your opportunity to fully address the task set and demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and application of your learning. We always allow an over-run of 10% on published word-count requirements, so, your posts may go up to 330 words.
NOTE: Going forward, please make good use of the e-library and/or Google Scholar and Google Books, in identifying academically credible sources to assist in your assessed work. We ask students to avoid potentially unreliable, non peer-reviewed sources, such as internet blogs, Wikipedia, essay repository sites.