“We see in the world many examples of sets of human activities related to each other so that they can be viewed as a whole” (Checkland, 1999, pp115). Critically appraise the statement in relation to the changing ideas of strategic thinking and practice.
A strong essay will use the key themes addressed over the module to develop the analysis, namely:
• Complexity thinking & the Practice Perspective
• Knowledge Management/Environment & Intellectual Capital
• Systems Thinking
• Communities of Practice & Power relationships
• Emergent Leadership
Organisations with which you are familiar can be used to illustrate the themes covered in the essay. However, the essay is not a case study, it is a theoretical paper.
Remember that a critical study aims to provide a balanced analysis of differing perspectives, and points of view, before drawing the argument to a coherent conclusion
Required: A word processed essay with referencing to literature. The essay will be a maximum of 6,000 (+/- 10%) words (inclusive of appendices, NOT inclusive of references).
In order to complete this activity you need to undertake three principal tasks:
(1) Utilise academic research using literature from journals, books, etc.
(2) Undertake a critical evaluation making effective use of evidence and sources
(3) Present findings in an appropriate format (ensure that Harvard referencing is used)
(i) Introduction to the assignment describing scope, objectives, methods of investigation etc.
(ii) Identification of key areas
(iii) Application of theory
(iv) Structured analysis
(v) Creativity of thought
(vi) Presentation of document including clarity of expression and referencing.
Guidelines for completion:
1. The word limit is 6,000 words, +/- 10% inclusive of appendices. Bear in mind that the appendices count towards the word limit so avoid including organisational material such as annual reports in any appendices.
2. Where you quote directly or take ideas from something you have read you must reference these correctly using the Harvard referencing system, not numbered footnotes.
3. Assignments should be word-processed in Times New Roman 12 point type.
4. Write clearly and professionally, avoid use of the first person such as ‘I’ or ‘we’ and take pride in the presentation and spelling.
5. It may sound obvious, but make sure you answer the question. A good conclusion is crucial for good marks.
You are free to quote directly or indirectly from any publication, provided that you give a reference for the author or originator. In other words, if the research or the views you cite are not your own, then you MUST acknowledge your source(s), in accordance with the Harvard style whereby citations are made in the text by author and date, with a full alphabetical listing at the end of the paper. If you fail to acknowledge your sources, you run the risk of being accused of plagiarism, which is an academic offence. The University’s guidelines on academic offences are available online at
Please note that tutors cannot read large amounts of material prior to handing in, so please do not ask them to do so. We can advise on style and overall structure but will not proof read.
Draft assignments cannot be evaluated by module staff. Exemplar coursework also cannot be provided.
Please submit your work through the Turnitin link set up in the Assessment folder on the module’s Blackboard site. Please use your University identification number, not your name, and ensure that the document is clearly marked in terms of your Scheme, the module and the module leader. Number each page of the document submitted. It is recommended that you place your identification number on each separate page of the document.
LATE SUBMISSION, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH UNIVERSITY POLICY. If you are unable to meet the deadline set and have reasonable grounds then apply for ‘Reasons for Poor Performance’ (mitigating circumstances – see your Scheme Handbook). The policy on late submission will be strictly followed.
Coursework feedback can be obtained from your tutor, however actual coursework documents cannot be returned and therefore it is recommended that students retain a copy of their work. Please note that no feedback (marks) will be given by phone by any member of the Business School staff.
Coursework failure or inability to complete: In line with University regulations students will have to obtain a minimum of 30% in the coursework. Failure to achieve this grade will automatically result in the student failing the module and having to resit, at least, the coursework element of the module. Resit coursework will be distributed with module results at the end of the academic year. The date for resubmission will be given at this time with the relevant documentation.
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