Project Management Assignment: Harvard Case Study

Project Management Assignment Harvard Case Study

Project Management Assignment: Harvard Case Study

The Questions

  1. What caused the conflict between the project managers and the other employees and what recommendations/ solutions based on your academic research into OB theory do would you suggest to minimize the chances of such conflict occurring in the future?
  2. How would you design the authorities of a project manager at BEC?  Your recommendations/solutions/suggestions need to be based on your academic research into OB theory?
  3. BEC is still growing and needs to hire more employees. For the future, what are your suggestions for Mr. Zheng about specifying employee qualifications and designing appropriate training sessions? Your recommendations/solutions need to be based on your academic research into OB theory.

When reviewing your written responses you should reflect on the following areas:

  1. Is your diagnosis and recommended action practical to implement and/or a good fit for the context presented in the case study?
  2. Is the diagnosis and recommended action you put forward based on a sound theoretical basis?
  3. Have you demonstrated critical thinking skills in responding to these issues, i.e. have you gone beyond description and demonstrated deep, critical analysis to arrive at their recommendations/solutions?
  4. Have you used appropriate academic writing style and referencing?

General Information

  1. You will be asked to review the case study in the context of the relevant OB concepts and theories available in the textbook and academic journals anduse this information to answer the questions relating to the case study.
  2. You are asked to read and analyse the case study and then answer One (1) of Three (3) questions.
  3. The chosen question must be numbered according to the number in the question sheet and you must write the question out in full, before answering.
  4. At the end of thequestion you must provide a word count and reference list

Analysing the Questions

#1 Read the questions carefully

  • What are you being asked to do?  Decide? Describe? Analyse? Make recommendations? Use this information to focus your reading of the case study.  Highlight key words, characters, and events.
  •  Start to think about the OB theories and concepts that could be related to the case.

#2 Read the case study carefully

  • Read it from beginning to end to get an overall idea of what is happening.
  • Highlight anything you feel is important and related to the problem.

Sometimes the problems are not immediately clear and you may need to read the case several times before you understand fully what is happening. It’s important to understand the context of the situation so that you can see how this might influence decisions made and resulting consequences.

#3 Ask questions and be a detective

  • Descriptive questions:  Where? What? When? Who?
  • Analytical questions:  Why? How? What if?
  • Evaluative questions:  So what?  What next?
  • Investigate and eliminate what is irrelevant to the situation or appears to not fit the case context.
  • Make notes.   Analyse and organise the information.
  • Support your argument using theories and facts found in your course and reference literature – academic journals found using Google Scholar or Curtin library facilities such as One Search and/or databases

#4 Structure your response
Make sure your answer:

  • Is evidence-based (using data from the case),
  • Is supported by relevant literature,
  • Demonstrates integration and synthesis,
  • Uses linking words to connect your argument, and includes a short introduction and conclusion
  • There is no “right” answer – as long as your argumentsare supported through evidence of research and well crafted by your critical thinking skills, many different points of view are possible.  I have marked at least 300 Harvard Case Studies in MBA and Project Management programmes – the variety of possible responses always amazes me!

#5 One possible structure

  • Introduction
  • Analysis of the case
  • Identification of major issues
  • Possible solutions/recommendations
  • Conclusion

#6 Always look at the marking guide (remember this one?)

Always look at the assessment question and marking guide together.  Think of them as one document.  Remember these questions from last time?

  • How are the marks distributed and what are the implications?
  • Are there any ‘easy’ marks in the marking guide (relatively speaking)?
  • How many parts to this assessment?
  • Four Questions to ask yourself from the marking guide:
    • Is your diagnosis and recommended action practical to implement and/or a good fit for the context presented in the case study?
    • Is the diagnosis and recommended action you put forward based on a sound theoretical basis?
    • Have you demonstrated critical thinking skills in responding to these issues, i.e. have you gone beyond description and demonstrated deep, critical analysis to arrive at their recommendations/solutions?
    • Have you used appropriate academic writing style and referencing

Academic Writing

This essay, like all the assessments in this course, uses academic writing style. Academic writing is an exercise in higher order thinking and developing intellectual rigor, skills which are beneficial for all aspects of your life.  It is a life long learning skill and the hallmark of an educated individual so it is worth the endeavour.  As William James, philosopher and psychologist said, “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. 

Area covered

  1. Are the recommendations/solutions provided practical to implement and a good fit for the context? 
  2. Are the recommendations/solutions based on a sound theoretical basis? 
  3. Has the student demonstrated critical thinking skills in responding to these issues, ie they have gone beyond description and demonstrated deep, critical analysis to arrive at their recommendations/solutions?
  4. Does the student use appropriate academic writing style and referencing?