Introduce your critical case study, linking to the assignment question & terms of assessment that you have been set and describe how you intend to answer the question through your case study

ASB & ABJ 4431 2023-2024

Organisations and People

Due Date: Thursday 14th December 2023, 23.59 pm (UK) 100% Weighted INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT

3000 WORDS (excluding references, +/- 10%)

A HRM/ OB Case Study into Hybrid/ Remote working

Background: In response to rapidly changing political and legislative external drivers (due to the pandemic),organisational interest and adoption of both remote,then hybrid working policies and practices has surged.With 83% of workers preferring hybrid forms of work organisation (Accenture: Future of Work 2022), many academics, HR Managers and Leaders believe that forms of hybrid working are here to stay.

Assignment: This assignment requires you to select an organisation and write a critical case study that discusses hybrid/ remote working strategies adopted by your organisation and discuss their strengths and highlight any challenges/ areas for improvement.

Key content: Your assignment must draw on key theory from HRM and OB and focus on employee initiatives (individuals & teams), culture,leadership and HRM policies and practices.

It is strongly recommended you use McKinsey’s 7S as a framework for breaking down this discussion across key OB/HRM elements:

1. HRM Strategy,

2. Organisational Structure,

3. Management & Leadership Style,

4. Employee Skills,Training & Development,

5. ICT and other Systems,

6. Employees or Staff inc recruitment, retention, reward, relations etc

7. Culture or Shared Values

You must also critically reflect upon how insight from this assignment has changed and improved your own management, leadership & HRM practice.

Company Selection:You may select one of the organisations below or choose a different one.The organisation must be a recognised organisation with plenty of information available on the internet in relation to hybrid/ remote working.

· Ford

· Tata Consultancy Services

· Google

· Deutsche Bank

· Microsoft

Suggested Structure of Case Study

1.Introduce your critical case study, linking to the assignment question & terms of assessment that you have been set and describe how you intend to answer the question through your case study.

2.Introduce and outline your selected organisation, including basic key statistics and organisation overview.

3.Drawing on an appropriate definitions, theories and models (and using McKinsey’s 7S model as a structure); critically describe hybrid/ remote working strategy in your chosen organisation using examples at individual, group and strategic levels.

4.Critically discuss your selected company’s strengths at hybrid/ remote working but also some of the weaknesses/challenges they face, based on evidence you can find.

5.Critically reflect on how your own understanding on managing, leading and resourcing for improved hybrid/ remote working has been shaped through completing this assignment and the module.

6. Conclude your essay with a meaningful summary referring to the assignment question & terms of assessment, and offer some direction/ recommendations as to how challenges could be addressed.

Additional Important points

· Please ensure you include your name, Banner ID and email on the first page

· Please ensure all pages are numbered

· Please include key theories from the HRM & OB module/ Textbook and ensure that these are cited to their original author (not me & my power point slides!)

· Use Mckinsey’s 7S as a helpful framework

· Don’t forget a paragraph that critically reflects on how you have changed!

· End references are NOT included in the word count.

· Any figures must be drawn yourself and not cut and pasted from the internet.

· You are reminded not to copy material from any sources without properly referencing it, as this constitutes plagiarism: cases of plagiarism will be referred to the Business School Academic Integrity Officer and will be subject to a deduction of marks, which can result in an overall mark of 0%.

·The copying of material extends to the use of essay mills and AI technology such as ChatGPT. You are reminded that the use of such services to generate work in substitute of your own original contributions contravenes Bangor’s Academic Integrity policy. Any detected attempt to use such tools will also result in referral to the Business School Academic Integrity Officer.

Introduce your critical case study, linking to the assignment question & terms of assessment that you have been set and describe how you intend to answer the question through your case study.

Assessment Mapping

This assessment maps to the following learning outcomes

U1: Critically evaluate key human resource management and organisational theory and practice. U2: Critically assess the human resource management and organisational behaviour processes involved in managing in an increasingly complex, global, changing environment.

U3: Critically reflect and relate theories of human resource management and organisational behaviour to personal experiences (of being an employee, manager, working in a group etc)

U4: Understand the individual & group/ team complexities inherent within organisational behaviour and human resource management

U5: Appreciate the strategic, change and leadership elements of OB and HRM

Drawing on an appropriate definitions, theories and models (and using McKinsey’s 7S model as a structure); critically describe hybrid/ remote working strategy in your chosen organisation using examples at individual, group and strategic levels.

Suggested Reading

Specific Journal and Web Articles relating to the assignment question are available in the assignment folder on Blackboard

Module Textbooks

Option 1: Combined textbook of HRM and OB topics covering the essentials of key topics

Sutton, A (2018) People, Management and Organizations Palgrave Macmillan; London

Option 2: Two in-depth textbooks covering HRM and OB comprehensively.

·Bratton, J and Gold, J (2017) HRM Theory and Practice (6th ed) Palgrave Macmillan; London

·Bratton, J (2016) Introduction to Work and Organizational Behaviour (3rd edition) Palgrave Macmillan; London

Option 3: Two streamlined ‘essential’ texts books covering the essentials of HRM and OB separately

·Henderson, I (2017) Human Resource Management for MBA and Business Masters, CIPD 3rd Edition London

·Robbins, S.P., and Judge, T.A., (2017) Essentials of Organisational Behaviour, Global Edition, Pearson; London

General Journals:

HRM Journal

 https://whel-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/19r260k/44BAN_ALMA5181521470002422

Journal of HRM

https://whel- primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/19r260k/44BAN_ALMA5181521210002422

Human Resource Management Review

 https://whel-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/19r260k/44BAN_ALMA5181386490002422

Organization Studies https://journals.sagepub.com/home/oss

Human Relations https://journals.sagepub.com/home/hum

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