This individual assignment provides you with an
1 MGT5OBR ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR Assessment 2: Individual Assignment This individual assignment provides you with an opportunity to develop your critical thinking skills and skills in reading and understanding academic journal articles. This assignment is an Article Analysis. Your task is to compare and contrast three academic journal articles. You need to: (a) Summarise each article (b) Analyse the articles (c) Provide recommendations As a general guide these three main parts should be roughly equal in word count. The introduction and conclusion should each be approximately 10% of the length of the paper. Instructions 1. Select one of the articles provided by the workshop facilitator, and then use the library databases and search engines to find two additional journal articles published on the same topic. In approximately week 3, your workshop facilitator or the subject coordinator will provide a short list of recent academic journal articles. Select one of the articles for inclusion in your report. The two additional journal articles must have been published between 2010 and present and must be selected from the following list of journals: *Journal of Organizational Behavior *Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes *Journal of Applied Psychology Academy of Management Journal British Journal of Management Human Relations Journal of Management Leadership Quarterly *It is recommended that you start your search within one of the journals marked with an *. These journals principally publish topics in organisational behaviour. **Note: These are the exact names of the acceptable journals. Click on the journal name to go to the online library access page (La Trobe sign in may be required). 2. Read each article thoroughly. Pay particular attention to the introduction, literature review, and discussion sections. You can skim the methods and results sections. You will use this information to analyse and compare and contrast the articles. 3. Write your essay The individual assignment should be written in a neat, professional and engaging manner using an essay format. Your essay should have the following sections: 2 Introduction o Try to write something engaging to capture the readers interest. o Clearly identify the topic that ties the three articles together (e.g., motivation, organisational citizenship, etc.). o Include a brief overview of the assignment and how it is organised. Article summary o Briefly summarise the articles. Focus on describing the key concepts and main points from each article (e.g., the theoretical concepts). Article analysis o Identify and discuss on which points they agree and on which points they differ. Can the differing opinions be synthesised? If you deem an authors position more credible explain your arguments. If you disagree with an authors position, explain your reasoning. Do the research findings matter, and can the research be applied in real work settings? Recommendations o Based on the above analysis, what specific recommendations can you make for managers or organisations? Aim for 2 to 4 clear and concise recommendations. Dont simply re-state the authors recommendations from each article; develop your own recommendations based on all three articles. If it isnt possible to make any recommendations (e.g., all the articles were severely flawed), explain your reasoning. Conclusion o Summarise and integrate your findings. Identify any limitations within your essay. Final comments. References o Provide references as a separate page at the end of the document. You need to use the APA or Harvard Referencing System. Length: The total length of the assignment is a maximum of 2,000 words (+/- 10%) (Reference list and title page are excluded from the word count) Weighting: 40% of your total mark. Due date: Sunday ending Week 8 by 11:55pm Submission: Submit via the LMS (Assignment Turnitin). Hard copies are NOT required Format: The document should be written as clear, concise essay. It is important that your essay has a logical flow and good structure, makes use of relevant subheadings where appropriate, and that you write using coherent, integrated text, avoiding grammatical and spelling mistakes. For reading (and marking) ease please use a 12-point Calibri font with 1.5x spacing. Marking Criteria: Please refer to the LMS for marking criteria. 3 Tips Focus your discussion and analysis on the key concepts and theories in the articles. Focus your discussion and analysis on the information contained in the three articles, and only the three articles. You can skim the methods and results sections for each article, especially for highly complex statistical analysis. Teaching staff understand that these sections are often complex and difficult to understand, and they will not expect detailed analysis of these sections. The paragraphs just before the Methods section will usually give a brief overview of how the study or studies were conducted, and the first few paragraphs of the Discussion section will usually give you a brief summary of the results. Use in-text citations throughout your report and include a separate reference page at the end of the document. In the main body of the report, use in-text citations to identify the articles and the source of your ideas. In APA and Harvard style, this means you should provide the author surnames and the year of publication when discussing something from that article. For example, Smith and Jackson (1997) argued that Concept X or Concept X can be defined as (Smith and Jackson, 1997). Ask for help if you are unsure about what to do. Refer to Assessment Help Guide (located on the LMS). Only use the three articles as references.