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The idea of a learning portfolio like this is twofold: It provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate to us the work that you have done on BE410. This means that you have to show us that you have read and understood not only the readings from classes and lectures, but also some of the supplementary readings. The assignments are related to key class activities, so if you neglect the readings and case studies we provide, you are unlikely to pass. For the highest grades you will also be expected to take your research and reading beyond the reading lists. It provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate a wide range of different academic skills. This includes your knowledge of the subject, but also your ability to: summarise and explain academic theories; describe empirical examples; apply theory to explain examples; synthesise and combine different bodies of knowledge; reflect upon your personal experience using theory; critically evaluate theories, models and examples on the basis of evidence and consistency; develop and defend your position in an academic debate; conduct research in the library in order to find and analyse appropriate academic materials. —

-Assignment task 2 – suggested length 800 words

(a) Describe and explain the informal work group dynamics that the Hawthorne researchers discovered in the Bank Wiring Observation ROOM.

(b) Reflecting upon a place where you have worked, or on your work as a student at the University of Essex, compare and contrast your experiences of informal work groups with those discovered in the Bank Wiring Observation Room at Hawthorne. Start date: 23rd October 2014. Discuss in class w/c 27th October 2014 Submission: Monday 12th January, 2015.

-Assignment Task 3 – suggested length 600 words Would you like to work in a post-bureaucracy like Valve or at Morning Star Tomatoes? If so, why? If not, why not? Your answer should refer to the academic literature on post-bureaucracies and you can refer back to your earlier assignment on bureaucracy to compare and contrast these two forms of organization. Start date: 30th October 2014 Discuss in class: w/c 3rd November 2014 Submission: Monday 12th January, 2015 PS: -I will upload two articles, because each assignment has an article. -Quality and quantity of references. Please note that while we do not want to discourage reading around the topics, you should ensure that you understand fully and use appropriately the references and articles we have provided. (On other modules you will be assessed on your ability to search for, retrieve and evaluate relevant literature: on this module we are more focused on your ability to demonstrate understanding of a variety of academic and non-academic texts). If you do cite and reference other materials, ensure it is of high quality, appropriate and academically credible. This is especially the case for internet websites and textbooks. It is the quality rather than quantity of references which will count most. Marks will be lost for poor quality references. -Remember to focus on the questions being asked. Each task is not very long (500-1000 words), so you do not have space for lengthy introductions or discussions of “interesting” information which is not directly relevant to the question posed

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