ULMS700 2020-21 Individual Coursework Assignment
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ULMS700 2020-21 Individual Coursework Assignment Brief
The individual coursework assignment requires you to:
1. Select TWO organisations, one from a country in one of the continents in list A and
the other from list B. They need to be different organisations, can be of any size and
can be in any sector at all (from private, public or charity sectors). Choose diverse
organisations and try to be innovative in your choice (it is best to avoid very large
multinationals such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Huawei and Alibaba).
List A: Australia, Europe or North America
List B: Africa, Asia or South America
2. Provide a short introduction, outlining the chosen model or theory, nations and
organisations selected, as well as the two leaders (about 100 words)
3. Critically analyse one academic model and/or theory of leadership. Use high quality
journal articles (3 and 4 star mainly) and academic books to substantiate your ideas.
(about 900 words)
4. Critically analyse the applicability of the theory or model identified above in relation to
leadership in each organisation, giving evidence and examples to validate your
ideas. Discuss one leader from each organisation. Ensure that your argument is
balanced, as you consider both positive and negative aspects of leadership in each
company. (about 1900 words)
5. Conclude (about 100 words)
PART A Wordcount: Total wordcount for Part A is MAXIMUM 3000 words, excluding cover
page, diagrams and bibliography. Do not exceed the wordcount as penalties will apply.
A learning outcome of ULMS700 is to:
‘Recognise the business drivers for diversity, together with the significance of cross- cultural
influences on leadership when leading diverse teams.’
Part B Assignment
Reflect on your teamwork (actual and/or virtual) in all modules in your programme (M.Sc. HRM or
M.Sc. Occupational and Organisational Psychology), in work, at school and in outside activities.
Write a reflective account of your own teamwork experiences with respect to diversity, using two
key examples from any setting. Ensure that you are also reflexive in your writing. (maximum 300
Guidance for part B
1. Choose two examples of teamwork, when you have worked in diverse groups. Focus on cross-
cultural diversity (this includes different subcultures within a nation) and / or any of these types of
diversity: gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. It is fine to choose 2 cross-cultural
examples, for example, or 2 from the different types of diversity listed. These examples can be
drawn from school, university, work or any outside activity.
2. Use one of these two reflective models to guide your reflection: Gibbs (1988) or Moon (1999).
These are helpful guides to the Gibbs and Moon models:
3. Reflect on your 2 examples using the Gibbs or Moon approach.
4. Write a reflective account of your two chosen examples of working in diverse teams.
Consider your teamwork experiences in relation to diversity of team members, not
leadership of the team. What illuminating experiences did you have, which helped you to
appreciate the benefits of diversity? What challenges did you face, which made you consider
the difficulties of diverse teams? How have you learned and developed as a result of this?
How have you appreciated differences between people, as a result of teamwork?
5. Think about who you are (Belbin; MBTI etc.) and how this had affected your perception of
each chosen team experience.
6. Read about reflexivity in order to help with this work, such as
Finlay, L. (1998) ‘Reflexivity: an essential component for all research?’, British Journal of
Occupational Therapy, 61, 10: 453-456.
Johnson, P. and Duberley, J. (2003) ‘Reflexivity in management research’, Journal of
Management Studies, 40: 1279-1303.
NB The only references needed are Gibbs or Moon; any reflexivity reading and any models
(MBTI; Belbin etc.). No other theory or academic references are needed. This is an exercise
in personal reflection and reflexivity rather than using academic theory.
Marking and submission guidance
Please submit this as ONE assignment (part A and part B together) in ONE Word
document. Online submission only.
Marking criteria – the Postgraduate assignment marking criteria will apply
The assignment will have one overall mark for the whole submission (i.e. Part A and B will
not have separate marks)
The re-sit assignment brief will be the same questions, but you will need to use different
companies and leaders in part A, as well as different examples in part B.
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