Managing Organisations (MNG10247)

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Managing Organisations (MNG10247)
Assignment 2 Guidelines
Title: Assignment 2 – Manager Interview
Marks: 20 (which is 20% of the unit grade)
Due: Prior to 9:00 am Monday, April 13, 2020 (Week 7)
Task: Students are to interview a current Manager to identify and analyse how he/she performs, as part of
their Managerial responsibilities, one of the fundamental Functions of Management (i.e. Planning,
Leading, Organising or Controlling). This information is to be presented as a report (max 1000 words
+10% allowed) with a minimum of three distinct references from academic ‘peer-reviewed’ journals
to support your analysis. Citing the textbook is permissible but counts as a fourth reference only.
Purpose: The assignment is designed to help students recognise the way in which a key management concept
studied in the unit is applied in practice.
Submitting: The assignment is to be submitted via TURNITIN. Look for the submission link in the Task 2 folder.
The link is active from Week 3 and students can submit any time up to the due date.
Feedback: Students who submit their report by the due date will receive feedback within 2 weeks. This
feedback will be in the form of a marking rubric and a copy of the report with electronic comments
made by the marker.
Report Research:
The aim of the report is to explain and evaluate how theory is applied in practice. Specifically, how a manager applies
in practice ONE of the four managerial functions (i.e. either Planning, Leading, Organising or Controlling).
As such, develop three to five open-ended questions that specifically address the manager’s understanding and
application of the selected managerial function, analyse the information you get for your evaluation and discuss your
findings. It is anticipated that the interview last no longer than 15mins.
Report Structure:
The evaluative report structure must be used for this assessment. It is often used when researching theory and
applying it to a practical or real situation. For this assessment, it must be used and contains the following sections
and headings.
Executive Summary
Table of Contents
Body (This is a generic word, use a different heading for your report; e.g. “Analysis”)
List of References
Report Format:
As noted above, the single document submitted for this assignment is to contain the following components and
formatting features:
• Title Page
o This is developed by the individual student. It is to identify the unit name & code, assignment title,
student name & ID, and the word count. Note: Executive Summary, Table of Contents and Reference
List do not contribute to the word count.
o The title should provide insight into the focus of the report.
o The Title Page is not numbered.
• Executive Summary
o A brief overview of the context, aim and findings of the report.
o On a page by itself and should be numbered in lower case roman numerals but acceptable to have
no page numbering at all.
• Table of Contents
o Professional presentation using MSWord Insert Table of Contents function.
o On a page by itself and the page should be numbered in roman numerals but acceptable to have no
page numbering at all.
• Introduction
o “Page 1” begins here at the bottom right hand corner. Use the ‘page number’ formatting function for
this purpose. The remaining pages should then be numbered ‘Page 2’, ‘Page 3’, etc.
o Provide topic orientation (what is the topic and why is it important), present business under
investigation, state the aim of the report, define any key terms and outline what will be presented in
the report.
• Body (use the following three separate sections and any other applicable subheadings)
o Theory (explain the managerial function you are investigating)
o Observation (describe how the managerial function is applied in practice)
 Briefly describe the Manager’s role and the organisation for which they work.
 Describe the key tasks or activities that the Manager spends their time on and explain how
they relate to the managerial function you have selected to investigate.
 Describe the key challenges of the Manager’s role and explain how they relate to the
selected managerial function.
o Evaluation/interpretation (compare managerial function in practice with theory, evaluate whether
the managerial function is effectively applied)
• Conclusion
o Restate aim of report and summarise findings/evaluation
• Recommendations
o List three recommendations on how the managerial function may be more effectively implemented.
• Reference List
o Correctly apply Harvard referencing style.
• Appendices
o Interviewee details (use the template provided in the Task 2 folder)
o Transcript of the interview. The entire interview does not need to be transcribed; just the key
questions asked and the Manager’s responses.
• Formatting
o Perspective – Use 3rd
-person perspective when writing.
o Font style – Times New Roman, 12pt, justified1
, 1½ line spacing.
o Margins – top and bottom to be 2.54cm. Left and right to be 2.54cm. No page borders.
o Spelling – specify Australian English language/grammar when running spell-check.
o Writing – Grammar and expression must conform to the standards of an academic and professional
Paragraph or block of text in which all words in all lines are spaced-out such that the first word aligns with the left margin and last word with
the right margin