an essay (i.e. 1500-2000 words) on the main organizational behaviour issues he/she observed and/or positive teamwork experiences she/he had during the group-based video making project, and what he/she personally learned from his/her participation in the project.
- Addresses learning outcome(s):
- 1. students will have developed or improved their skills in analysis and problem solving; academic competencies as they relate to written and oral presentations.
- 2. application of basic and enduring principles developed from the study of organisational behaviour as they apply to the workplace.
- 3. comprehension of the interactions between the various theoretical approaches in organisational behaviour.
- Related graduate attribute(s):
- 1. UC graduates are professional – display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
- 1. UC graduates are professional – employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
- 1. UC graduates are professional – take pride in their professional and personal integrity
- 1. UC graduates are professional – use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
- 2. UC graduates are global citizens – behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
- 3. UC graduates are lifelong learners – reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
In addition to participating in video making and presentation project, each student will be required to submit, an essay (i.e. 1500-2000 words) on the main organizational behaviour issues he/she observed and/or positive teamwork experiences she/he had during the group-based video making project, and what he/she personally learned from his/her participation in the project.
Please note that the essay is not about the subject matter covered in the actual team-based project but on the teamwork and learning processes towards the project. The purpose of this assignment is to critically assess your personal experience of working in your group for the video-based project using the OB literature, especially considering theories on group dynamics
and any other relevant Organizational Behaviour theories
. More specifically, for this assignment, you shall analyse your teamwork experience (e.g. problems occurred, yours and your team members’ approach to solve the problems, style of leadership, power distribution, change management, decision making, learning process, empowerment, motivation, cross-cultural issues, communication issues, communication skills, and communication methods, impression management and emotional intelligence) during the video-based project using OB related theories and at least 10 peer-reviewed journal articles are required
to be discussed while analysing your group-based project (video making) experience]. It is also highly valued if you put your reflections into any work-related context and explain how your team-based experience in the video-based project could influence your team work skills in your current job or how it can increase your employability in future.
- First: discuss the teamwork-related problems you observed and/or positive teamwork-related experiences you had during the group-based video making project (e.g. social loafing, group cohesion, lack of cohesion in group, motivation or lack of motivation, learning processes, difficulty to persuade others, cross-cultural issues, miscommunication or effective communication, difficulty or ease of decision making, misunderstanding group members, not knowing the group norms and expectations, …)
- Second: relate your positive and/or negative experiences (i.e. the problems you discussed above or positive experiences you discussed above) to organizational behavior theories discussed in this unit (e.g. motivation, perception, learning, group formation processes, personality traits, culture, communication skills, technology use, contingency theories, biased perceptions, stereotyping, halo effect, biased attribution, inertia or resistance to change, …).
- Third: discuss how your group as a whole; or you as an individual; or a particular member of your group (you should not name the group member) responded to the problems. For example, if there was a miscommunication problem, how did the group as a whole, or you as a group member, or any other member in your group responded to it. Explain if anyone took any measures to solve this problem. As another example, if there was someone in a group who was taking social loafing, you can explain how group tried to solve this problem, or how group responded to this situation.
- Forth: analyse the strategies used to solve the above-mentioned problems or responses of group to the problems using peer-reviewed journal articles and organizational behaviour theories (e.g. theories about motivation, learning, leadership style, tactics to influence others, emotional intelligence, communication skills, communication channels, distribution of power, participative decision making …).
- If no one in a group reacted upon facing a problem, you can discuss the reasons why (e.g. lack of engagement, lack of motivation, differences in priorities and values, or cultural differences in terms of goal orientation, collectivism or individualism, or femininity vs. masculinity). To analyse such factors you should rely on peer-reviewed journal articles.
- If there was no problem and everything was going well, you can discuss the factors you think were influential to have a cohesive team or you can explain what helped have a cohesive team, what resulted in effective leadership, what facilitated collaboration, what facilitated learning, what motivated individuals, what facilitated dealing with resistance to change. You need to analyze your successful teamwork experience using peer reviewed journal articles and organizational behavior theories (e.g. distribution of power, group formation processes, leadership style, participative decision making, reasons why members would accept decisions, factors influencing having a cohesive group, effective learning, …).
- If you had both positive and negative experiences during the time you were working on your video making project, you can explain them both and analyse them relying on peer-reviewed journal articles and organizational behaviour theories.
- Finally, discuss what you personally learned from participation in the video making group project. For example you can discuss what you will take into consideration for your future group work. What problems should be solved at the early stages of group formation, what measures you will take to reduce the likelihood of social loafing, what measures you will take to facilitate effective communication, how you will be more emotionally intelligent, what should be done to increase engagement and participation, …).
- When you are explaining your experience you can use first person.