Research Problem Review

Assessment 2 – Research Problem Review (Group) (30%)

  • You will be automatically allocated a group by your tutor in Week 2.
  • Once the tutorial groups have been created, please contact your group members quickly and connect.
  • In the live Zoom tutorials in Week 4,6 and 7, your group will have a formal meeting and check-in with your tutor. Make the most of this time to progress your group discussions and seek advice from your tutor.
  • In a group of 4 students (TBC pending final class numbers), identify a current research topic based on industry issues or future challenges for organizations, as discussed in subject and class materials. For example, aging workforce, managing remote workers, modern slavery in supply chains, sustainable investing, big data, blockchain, managing millennials, technology regulation, data ownership and surveillance, measuring social impact, responding to environment threats (including bushfire recovery, water restrictions, and other natural resources) amongst MANY other options (discuss your ideas with your tutor during tutorial meetings).
  • The topic analysis should provide:
    1. background to the industry issue you have identified
    2. definition of the problem (including scope),
    3. an analysis of the types of data and information available (including critical reflection on the credibility and reliability of sources). Students should use both academic literature and non-academic (grey) sources to support their arguments.
    4. To conclude, the topic analysis needs to include suggestions as to what further information would be needed at an industry or organizational level in Australia to answer or be better informed about how to respond to the issue.
  • The format topic analysis will comprise of:
    • A set of power point slides that cover the content stated above (use the template provided online) to be submitted online (there is no other written submission required)
    • Each group member to do an audio recording on at least one slide
    • Each group member to provide analysis of 2 academic journal articles (or 1 academic article and 1 non-academic article) on the topic (see template) to create an annotated bibliography as the end of the summary
    • See Appendix A for an example of an annotated article (noting that you will complete this exact template within the provided in the PowerPoint template)
  • Other key points o Once the group allocations become available, suggest that group members contact each other (emails will be provided on the group allocation list). Likely that one or two zoom calls (or skype, face time) might assist initially and then the rest of the correspondence may be possible via email.
    • The use of a PowerPoint template for submission is to enable audio recordings in order to replace the previously required in-class presentations. Please do not use any other software or programs.
    • As no other written submission is required, the text on each slide therefore needs to

be sufficient. You can use bullet points and size 18 font (i.e. since this is not to be displayed as a presentation, you do not need to keep the words on the slide to a minimum nor use an extra large font size as we would normally when presenting slides in class. Please note that the font sizes have already been set up for you in the template)

  • Each student is to provide audio recording on at least one slide (and note student name and number on the slide(s)
  • Each student is to include their student name and number for their 2 annotated articles
  • See Appendix B for the revised grading criteria
  • One group member only is to submit the complete PowerPoint deck before the due date Tips:
  • Given the current situation, you may wish to examine Corvid19 as an industry issue – this is absolutely far reaching and catastrophic for many industries. However keep in mind, given the current and evolving nature of this global pandemic, it will be difficult to get any large reports from public bodies (e.g. grey literature) and also there will not be any academic articles on this yet. If you do want to explore this though, you may want to relate this crisis to articles that talk about the impact of

SARs (as a somewhat similar issue) or other exogenous shocks/external events (including the Global Financial Crisis)