Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Module learning outcomes being assessed
3. Challenge the prevailing orthodoxy by focusing upon the role of conversations and language in organising.

5. Appreciate the role of politics and power in organisations.

Assignment Information

This assignment requires you to write a 1500 word original essay answering the following question/s:

Consider the attached text taken from a Strategic Management text.
a) Identify the main discourses (taken-for-granted’s) in the text; b) discuss alternative ways that the information might have been presented i.e. alternative discourses and c) how might these alternatives change your understanding?

Discourses (as we are using the term here) are ideas that the author presents as taken-for-granted truth(s) and therefore does not fully explain to the reader.  Burr’s (1995, 2003) discussion of fox-hunting discourses is particularly useful in understanding the term and the online book and additional notes within the module web should help you to get your plan started (particular reference to lectures 2 and 3, seminar 2, and  chapters 4 and 8 of Burr).
A basic understanding of discourses is very useful in helping us to appreciate the nature of individual truth(s).  As business people and managers this can heighten our awareness of the world that other people inhabit, heighten our sensitivity to others, and potentially reduce the likelihood of being involved in unnecessary conflict.

How to submit your assessment

The essay must be submitted via Turnitin by 23.55 on Friday Feb 20th 2015. No paper copies are required. You can access the Turnitin link through the module web.

•    Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin. Should you submit work on time but fail the assignment, you will be offered a resit opportunity but the resit mark will be capped at 40%.
•    All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero. Please note that a non-submission is not the same as a failed submission; a failed submission counts as an attempt whereas an absent mark does not necessarily allow you to resit the coursework.
•    Short deferrals (extensions) of up to three calendar weeks can only be given for genuine “force majeure” and medical reasons, not for bad planning of your time. Please note that theft, loss, or failure to keep a back-up file, are not valid reasons. The short deferral must be applied for on or before the submission date. You can apply for a short deferral by submitting an Examination/ Coursework Deferral Application Form. Application Forms along with the supporting evidence should go to the relevant Student Support Office (WMG03). For a longer delay in submission a student may apply for a long deferral.
•    Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.