|| MBM9260 |
|| MANAGERIAL REPORTS |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Mr Elton A W St George |
|| Semester 3 (Summer) |
|| MBM9160 |
| Course delivery
|| Other || 12 Hours. workshop + ongoing contact during the programme |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| One related Management report, not in excess of 4,000 words on the subject of Leadership and Managerial skills utilising the knowledge and experience gained during the programme activities as well as research. Candidates should show direct contact with a manager or management. A personal reflection (500 words) may be appropriate.||30%|
|Semester Assessment|| One written Company report not in excess of 10,000 words on a specific company or issue within a company covering one or more of the key subject areas: Economics, HRM/OB, Financial Management/Management Accounting, Marketing and Strategy.||70%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Gain experience of working within a team in a more effective way via the experience and theory gained during the programme
Focus on their personal development with regards to their managerial skills
Critically assess their own and their colleagues managerial skills performance
Further their knowledge in the theory of team-building, interpersonal communication, leadership and other skills related topics and be able to utilise this knowledge in a practical and efficient manner
Focus on a specific company/organisation/institution or Management related issue/problem and equip themselves with an increased knowledge and understanding of this field with respect to the four key areas of business outlined previously.
Gain an awareness of the professional and academic literature available by researching the subject area prior to the writing of the report
Gain further knowledge and experience by working with the module co-ordinator and/or practitioner during both the research and writing-up stages of the project
Write the project conclusion in a form consistent with the typical 'management report' format employed in business and industry
This module will use a series of activities and workshops, delivered during the programme, as points of reference on which to base two written reports. These two reports are distinct and related:
The Company Report (10,000 words, 70%) will offer the opportunity for students to gain specific in-depth knowledge in a particular subject area encompassing each (or a selecton of) four key areas of business (Financial Management/Management Accounting, Human Resource Management/Organisational Behaviour, Marketing and Strategy). Students will be required to research their chosen subject/topic with relevance to a particular company, sector, organisation or instiution prior to the production of a management style report, no less than 7,000 words and not in excess of 10,000 words (plus appendices).
The Management Report (40,000 words, 30%) will cover the subject of Leadership and Managerial Skills which are related to the company report. Students will be required to research their chosen subject/topic with relevance to a particular form of Leadership or Management style or issue related to the Company Report, no less than 2,500 words and not in excess of 4,000 words (plus appendices). They may reflect on their own management style (500 words) but this is not essential.
The Reports together should not simply describe the company/organisation/institution (although aspects of the Report will inevitably provide some description of, for instance, financial data and product-market strategy); examiners will seek to specifically award grades to students that address the following:
1. Critical analysis of the company/organisational/institutional situation
2. Demonstrate the use of tools, techniques, frameworks and analytical approaches to diagnose the company/organisational/institutional situation
3. Demonstrate an appreciation of 'time' illustrating the dynamic elements involved in strategic and organisational evolution (students are strongly recommended to consider the longitudinal issues over time rather than purely adopt a static viewpoint of the issues today).
4. Use appropriate referencing (both managerial and academic sources) so as to anchor analyses to literature rather than make the project self-opinion-based.
Students should appreciate that this assignment is deliberately broad. There is no definitive structure and the scope given in the brief above is designed as integral to the assessment process. This latitude provides an opportunity for students to compile the most incisive report that analyses the company/organisational/institutional situation. An implicit part of the assessment is that students devise the structure that they feel is most appropriate to their critical analysis.
The main aims of the module are to:
Bring together the knowledge and practical experience acquired (regarding the subject of managerial skills and the managerial skills ability of the student and their team) from the Masters programme.
Bring together the knowledge and practical experience acquired during Management Skills events (such as communication workshops, leadership weekends and team-building activities) that are held during the relevant masters programme and apply it in the production of two written reports.
Use the professional and academic literature to extend their knowledge and add to the depth of coverage during the report writing.
To utilise the existing professional and academic literature and their practical business/management experience (where relevant) in order to critically evaluate their personal managerial skills related performance and development as well as that of their team members.
a) a specific company, organisation or institution and/or
b) a management related issue, event or problem
Investigated the theory and practice of the specific management issue, event or problem selected using the existing professional, academic and prescriptive literature in each (or a selection of) the following business sub-disciplines:
3. Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour
4. Managerial Economics
5. Financial Management / Organisational Behaviour
Report Writing: structure, and style
Leadership and Motivation
Recruitment and Selection
Sources of information
Relevant, practical and current theory and practice in the sub-disciplines of:
Economics, Human Resource Management/Organisational Behaviour
Financial Management/Management Accounting, Marketing and Strategy.
Working within a team
** General Text
Myners, Paul The Myners Report (2001) to H M Treasury
(download 2001pp from www.treasury.gov.uk) and consultation documents
Students will be expected to research material relevant to their chosen subject area via electronic and other sources
Style Guides from:
The New York Times (1976), The Economist (1986), The Times (1992), The Financial Times (1993)
Adair, J (1997) Effective Team Building
Adair, J (1986) Effective Team Building
Belbin, M R (1981) Management Teams: Why they succeed or fail
De Bono, Edward (1985) Six Thinking Hats
Doherty, Michael (1998) Write for Business: Skills for effective report writing in English
Goodworth, Clive T (1991) The Secrets of Successful Business Report Writing
Handy, Charles (1989) The Age of Unreason
Jankowicz, A D (2000) Business Research Projects
Thomson, Business Press
Kuiper, Shirley (1999) Contemporary Business Report Writing
Leadbeater, Charles (1999) Living on Thin Air
Rees, W David The Skills of Management
Thomson Business Press
St George, Andrew (1995) Clear English
St George, Andrew (2002) How to Buy a Business
Stewart, Dorothy M Handbook of Management Skills
Stogdill, R M (1974) Handbook of Leadership: A survey of theory and research
New York: Free Press, London: Collier Macmillan
Strunk & White (1959) Elements of Style
** Recommended Text
Adair, J (1988) Effective Leadership
This module is at CQFW Level 7