essay

2000 words maximum [+10% if required] excluding references. Deadline: Week 9.
Select one of the following. All answers should be fully referenced with the appropriate academic sources. They should not repeat the portfolio entries submitted.
§ “It is more important for managers to understand people’s behaviour as part of a complex social system, than as a collection of individuals acting in different ways”. Consider the extent to which you agree with this statement and provide arguments and evidence to support your perspective.
OR
§ Should a manager try to influence employee behaviour or employee beliefs? Answer this question with reference to at least two topics from this module.
OR
§ Compare and contrast rational and emotional approaches to understanding and managing behaviour. Consider the strengths and limitations of both approaches.

The submission link will be made available nearer the deadline.
Marking criteria: please refer to the generic level 7 marking criteria on ELE for “knowledge and understanding of subject” and “cognitive and intellectual skills”.
Specifically they are graded for
– Understanding of the concept(s) and themes discussed
– Appropriate selection of theories and evidence to support your argument
– Ability to make an effective and well-reasoned argument
– An appreciation of management practice demonstrated by making arguments that are credible for real world settings.

I’ve been asked: why can’t I find the answer to the question in the material?
Answer:
It’s important that you don’t try and ‘find’ the answer like a google search engine (search material – match terms – hurrah!). Likely a) the “answer” won’t be there and even if you could match terms b) it wouldn’t provide a very good answer.
The questions are asking you to think for yourself – use the material to think how you might answer it. Don’t repeat back what I’ve told you but identify bits of evidence that enable you to create your own answer. If you’re looking for literal matches to words you’re going to struggle. If you think through the material you will learn and understand more.
I appreciate this ‘understanding’ can be more difficult if you read things literally and don’t have the confidence to explore meaning, so let’s take Q3 about emotional and rational approaches. You wouldn’t look for ’emotional approach’ and ‘rational approach’ but look for ideas that explicitly engage with rationality and emotions. In other words what ideas explore emotions at work, what ideas explore rationality at work? And then: how can these ideas help the understanding of behaviour at work? How can these ideas help the management of people at work? The more adventurous might also ask: where can *I* find evidence of rationality and emotionality implied in ideas that I can use as evidence in my analysis even if they’re not explicitly about emotions and rationality?