ENGG1863 – Virtual Communication in Project Teams – Essay Assignment
|Due:||25th of April 2021 at 11:59 pm AEST|
|Where:||TurnitIn on Canvas|
|Submission Type:||Soft copy only (docx, or pdf)|
|Marks:||25% of Final Grade|
|Maximum Words:||2,000 words (excluding Cover Page & References)|
This essay assignment requires you to think and write critically about virtual communication in project teams. The main purpose of this essay is for students (1) to conduct a thorough literature review and (2) to create a model of effective virtual project team communication that is justified by the literature review.
You can refer to Week 2 material for examples of communication models as well as the workshop activity where they built your own models of communication (you can also take a look at the Discussion Boards Week 2 and the submissions there) . However, you should not use the models discussed in Week 2 as your primary source of research. Instead, peer-reviewed journals and articles in project management (accessible through the university database Links to an external site.and google scholarLinks to an external site.) should be used to develop your model.
For this essay, you will need to identify your research question and your underlying argument. For example, you may focus on creating a model that focuses on virtual project teams in a specific industry, or on the role of emotional intelligence in virtual project team communication. You can also choose to focus on a specific type of project team (e.g. effective communication in construction project teams or agile project teams). Remember, to create your model you will need to conduct extensive research (i.e. academic, conference, and/or journals papers as well as industry white papers, standards, etc.) on your chosen topic. During your research you will find out the factors that are important for your chosen topic. These will go beyond mere source, receiver, noise, and feedback; they may include things like trust, collaboration, expertise, interpersonal relationships etc. Please ensure that you do not make up your model and that you support and justify it by research.
As you conduct more research on your topic, your knowledge may exceed the material that is covered in the workshops. This assignment is not only designed for you to study your chosen topic in great depth, but to also develop your critical thinking and writing skills.
2. Useful references
The following references may help you to get started with your research phase. Please note that you should find your own sources as well.
- Barczak, G., Lassk, F., & Mulki, J. (2010). Antecedents of team creativity: An examination of team emotional intelligence, team trust and collaborative culture. Creativity and Innovation Management, 19(4), 332-345.
- Daim, T. U., Ha, A., Reutiman, S., Hughes, B., Pathak, U., Bynum, W., & Bhatla, A. (2012). Exploring the communication breakdown in global virtual teams. International Journal of Project Management, 30(2), 199-212.
- Gratton, L., & Erickson, T. J. (2007). Eight ways to build collaborative teams. Harvard business review, 85(11), 100.
- Hambley, L. A., O’Neill, T. A., & Kline, T. J. (2007). Virtual team leadership: The effects of leadership style and communication medium on team interaction styles and outcomes. Organizational behavior and human decision processes, 103(1), 1-20.
- Katzenbach, J. R., & Smith, D. K. (2005). The discipline of teams. Harvard Business Review, 83(7), 162.
- Malhotra, A., Majchrzak, A., & Rosen, B. (2007). Leading virtual teams. Academy of Management perspectives, 21(1), 60-70.
- Montoya, M. M., Massey, A. P., Hung, Y. T. C., & Crisp, C. B. (2009). Can you hear me now? Communication in virtual product development teams. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 26(2), 139-155.
- Müller, R., & Turner, J. R. (2007). Matching the project manager’s leadership style to project type. International journal of project management, 25(1), 21-32.
- Ochieng, E. G., & Price, A. D. F. (2010). Managing cross-cultural communication in multicultural construction project teams: The case of Kenya and UK. International Journal of Project Management, 28(5), 449-460.
- Shachaf, P. (2008). Cultural diversity and information and communication technology impacts on global virtual teams: An exploratory study. Information & Management, 45(2), 131-142.
- Shore, B. (2008). Systematic biases and culture in project failures. Project Management Journal, 39(4), 5-16.
3. Referencing and referencing tools
Although you may use any referencing tools (e.g. Zotero.org), Endnotes is highly recommended as it is available for free from the university’s library. Refer to http://libguides.library.usyd.edu.au/endnoteLinks to an external site. for further information and software download.
Please use the APA referencing style (see: http://libguides.library.usyd.edu.au/c.php?g=508212&p=3476096Links to an external site.).
Please include at least 7 peer-reviewed references in your essay.
4. Essay writing resources
Make sure that you use the material provided in Modules 4. The essay writing guide on that page will help you in structuring your essay correctly. The following websites are helpful for writing effective essays:
On writing clearly:
On writing a proper essay:
5. Writing & formatting
- Use Times New Roman 11 point font, single-spaced.
- Page setup: A4 size, Portrait, Margin space of 2cm top, bottom, left, and right.
- Maximum words allowed in this assignment: 2,000 words (excluding Cover sheet & References).
6. Text matching software
Please note, as specified in the UoS outline, a text matching software such as TurnitIn will be used to identify potential plagiarism. In extreme cases, plagiarism could cause you to fail this unit. For this reason, you should always paraphrase in your own words and use appropriate citation and references where applicable.
While the University is aware that the vast majority of students and staff act ethically and honestly, it is opposed to and will not tolerate academic dishonesty or plagiarism and will treat all allegations of dishonesty seriously.
Further information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students can be found on the academic integrity pages on the current students website: https://sydney.edu.au/students/academic-integrity.html.
Further information for on research integrity and ethics for postgraduate research students and students undertaking research-focussed coursework such as Honours and capstone research projects can be also be found on the current students website: https://sydney.edu.au/students/research-integrity-ethics.html.
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- I have read and understood the University of Sydney’s Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015.
- The work is substantially my own and where any parts of this work are not my own I have indicated this by acknowledging the source of those parts of the work and enclosed any quoted text in quotation marks.
- The work has not previously been submitted in part or in full for assessment in another unit unless I have been given permission by my unit of study coordinator to do so.
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- Engaging in plagiarism or academic dishonesty in coursework will, if detected, lead to the University commencing proceedings under the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016.
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- Engaging another person to complete part or all of the submitted work will, if detected, lead to the University commencing proceedings against me for potential student misconduct under the University of Sydney (Student Discipline) Rule 2016.
Individual Essay Rubric (1)
|Individual Essay Rubric (1)
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStructure & Organisation||
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritical Analysis||
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWritten Expression||
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of Sources||
|Total Points: 100|