The ‘great man’ perspective on leadership with the post-heroic approaches

 

This is an individual assignment. Each student must choose one of the questions below. The essay needs to be 1500-2000 words, EXCLUDING references and title page.

Submission
Students must submit their essay on Turnitin on MyLearning no later than 2nd of May, 2018. The turnitin link will close at 17.00 on this date.

1. Compare and contrast the ‘great man’ perspective on leadership with the post-heroic approaches.
Suggested readings:
Bratton (2015) Chapter 12: Leadership. In Bratton, J. Work and Organizational Behaviour (3rd edition) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Crevani, L., Lindgren, M. and Packendorff, J. (2010) Leadership, not leaders: On the study of leadership as practices and interactions. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26(1): 77-86.
Grint, K. (2005) Leadership: Limits and possibilities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Harris, A. and Spillane, J. (2008) Distributed leadership through the looking glass. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society, 22(1): 31-34.
King, D. and Lawley, S. (2013) Chapter 12: Leadership. In King, D. and Lawley, S. Organizational Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sarti, D. (2014) Leadership style to engage employees: Evidence from human services organizations in Italy, Journal of workplace learning, 26(3/4), pp.202-16.

2. In what ways does surveillance operate in the workplace?
Suggested readings
Barker, J.R. (1993) Tightening the iron cage: Concertive control in self-managing teams. Administrative Science Quarterly, 38, 408-437
Callaghan, G. and Thompson, P. (2001) Edwards revisited: Technical control and call centres. Economic and Industrial Democracy 22(1): 13-37.
King, D. and Lawley, S. (2016) Chapter 4: Rationalization in contemporary organizations. In King. D and Lawley. Organizational Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
King, D. and Lawley, S. (2016) Chapter 13: Power and politics in organizations. In King. D and Lawley. Organizational Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Newton, T. and Findlay, P. (1996) Playing God? The performance of appraisal. Human Resource Management Journal, 6(3): 42-58.
Sewell, G. (1998) The discipline of teams: The control of team-based industrial work through electronic and peer surveillance. Administrative Science Quarterly 43(2): 397-428.

3. Organizational communication is more than a process by which information is exchanged. Critically discuss.
Suggested readings
Bratton (2015) Chapter 11: Communication. In Bratton, J. Work and Organizational Behaviour. 3rd edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Czarniawska-Joerges, B. and Joerges, B. (1988) How to control things with words: Organizational talk and control. Management communication quarterly 2(2): 170-193.
Keyton, J. (2011) Chapter 1: Positioning organizational culture. In Keyton, J. Communication and organizational culture: A Key to understanding work experiences. London: Sage.
King, D. and Lawley, S. (2016) Chapter 14: information, communication, and technology. Organizational Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kurtland, N.B., and Pelled, L.H. (2000) Passing the word: Toward a model of gossip and power in the workplace. Academy of Management Review 25(2): 428-38.

Marking criteria
Criteria Excellent
+70% Good
60-69% Average
50-59% Pass
40-49% Fail
-39%
Introduction includes
– contextualization of the topic
– definitions
– thesis statement
– outline of essay
Theories
– Relevant theories are discussed
– Shows understanding of theories and perspectives, such as the ‘managerial’ and ‘critical’ approaches in OB.
Evidence of use of research
– Academic sources are used to support the argument
Presentation and structure
– Use of academic writing skills
– Clear and logical structure
Focus on question
– Addresses the question
Conclusion includes
– a repetition of the thesis statement
– a summary of the essay

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