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Professional Report Length: 6 Pages Maximum Due Date: Week 7/Check subject guide for exact time and requirements. Task: Students are to choose a real organisational case illustrating questionable...

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Professional Report
Length: 6 Pages Maximum
Due Date: Week 7/Check subject guide for exact time and requirements.
Task: Students are to choose a real organisational case illustrating questionable organisational and management practices that have been critiqued in the public spaces. Examples include companies, such as BP, Toyota, WorldCom, VW; government agencies such as the Wheat Board, Wollongong Council planning approval; non-profits, e.g. Health Union, FIFA, Essendon Football Club. Students can choose a case from their home country as long as it represents questionable management practices and has been under public scrutiny.
Students are then to analyse the reasons for these questionable organisational and management practices including an analysis of the judgements made by leaders/managers of these organisations via organisation theories discussed in class (see list below). How accountable do you see have managers and leaders of the chosen organisation been in their actions and decisions?
Based on their analysis, students are then to develop high-level recommendations to the management/leaders of the chosen organisation how to change these practices. These recommendations need to be written in a form that persuades for the need for changes and they need to be based on one of the alternative/future approaches to organisation theory and practice discussed in class. This section should be seen as part of a dialogue you are trying to open with the organisation and its leadership. Students are strongly advised to avoid simplistic recommendations and ‘quick fix’ solutions, as these are not realistic.
In their analysis, students must draw from different Organisation Theory lenses from the following list of Organisation Theory perspectives discussed in class:
1. Agency Theory
2. Institutional theory
3. Bureaucracy
4. Control
5. Stakeholder Theory
6. Power and Politics
7. Ethical & moral dimensions of Organisation Theories
8. Approaches on employee co-ownership and commons
9. Organisational culture
10. Stewardship.
The report must be structured in three parts:
1. Executive summary: approx. ½ page.
2. Background: approx. ½ page. Briefly describe the chosen organisation and what questionable practices you are discussing. Briefly describe the public scrutiny the organisation has found itself under.
3. Issues identified and analysis: approx. 2.5 pages. Provide an analysis on the reasons for these questionable organisation and management practices including an analysis of the judgements made by leaders/managers of these organisations via two Organisation theory perspectives discussed in class. Discuss how these perspectives explain the identified management/organisational issues and the implications from the application of the theory. Here students must illustrate their deepening personal and critical awareness of management and organisational practices and how theoretical lenses in the literature can illuminate these practices.
4. High-level recommendations: approx. 1 to 1.5 pages. Develop high-level recommendations to the management/leaders of the chosen organisation how to change these practices based on your analysis in the previous. In doing so, students need to choose one Organisation Theory perspective from the list above to develop and support their recommendations. These recommendations need to be written in a form that persuades for the need for changes. This section should be seen as part of a dialogue you are trying to open with the organisation and its leadership. Students are strongly advised to avoid simplistic recommendations and ‘quick fix’ solutions, as these are not realistic.
5. Conclusion: approx. ½ page. Summarise your arguments and insights. Outline questions for the organisation related to its responsibilities and role in society.
    MARKING CRITERIA
    
Weighting
    Demonstration of academic and research skills
Written expression, including sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar and layout.
    7
    Substantive content
Accuracy of information/data relevant to the topic. Awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of different reference materials as a basis for argument/evidence.
    10
    Persuasive Argument
Analysis of the situation + Critical analysis of competing ideas and assessment of implications.
    12
    Conclusions and recommendations
Ability to construct plausible and coherent conclusion and recommendations.
    6
    TOTAL MARKS
    35
1. The focus of the report is on critically discussing organisational and management practices with the help of Organisation Theories.
Based on your reading, you then need to critically discuss and assess the organisational and management practices of your selected organisation. The focus is on developing skills to analyse and assess organisational and management practices and develop realistic high-level recommendations, refe
ing to academic articles, and then using the selected organisation to provide illustrations/examples.
Answered Same Day Apr 26, 2020

Solution

Aarti J answered on Apr 28 2020
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Organizational Practices at British Petroleum
Course Name
Course Date
Student’s Name
ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICE AT BRITISH PETROLEUM    9
Organizational Practice at British Petroleum
Executive summary
In this paper, we have analysed different aspects organizational development theories in context to British Petroleum. British Petroleum is one of the biggest oil and gas companies of the world, with the primary operations related to the exploration of gas and oil along with its marketing and distribution. On 20th April’ 2010, the company had a massive explosion took place in the Gulf of Mexico which led to massive oil spill in the gulf and effected the company as well as safety and environment of the company. In this report, we have analysed the company from different aspects which relates to stakeholder theory, ethical perspective and organizational culture particularly related to this incident and practice. After the analysis we have concluded that the company lied to the shareholders on the oil spill perspective. The company adopted unethical means to prove that the company is working as per the regulations given by the government. Considering the oil spill, the first stakeholders which were affected by the oil spill were the workers who were present there at the time of the oil spill. The other stakeholders who were affected included the environment, the community, and the fishing department of the Gulf area. All the stakeholders were affected badly by this incident and this affected the sea and the sea animals to a great extent.
Background
British Petroleum is one of the biggest oil and gas companies of the world, with primary operations related to the exploration of gas and oil along with its marketing and distribution. The company is emphasising on driving its future performance by focusing on research and development and maintain a competitive edge from its competitors by focusing on technology and following different rules and regulations.
The oil spill in the gulf of Mexico, led to the questionable management practice and the ethical aspect of the company. This was one of the biggest disasters that the company faced. This explosion took the life of 11 workers and resulted in the leak of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. This explosion resulted in different facets of the company along with its practices, which included its organisational culture, the ethics of the company and its stakeholder.
Issues identified and analysis
Stakeholder’s Theory
The stakeholder theory implies that the stakeholders are not just the owners of the company but the people who are affected by the company’s working and actions. Considering the oil spill, the first stakeholders which were affected by the oil spill were the workers who were present there at the time of the oil spill. The other stakeholders who were affected included the environment, the community, and the fishing department of the Gulf area. All the stakeholders were affected badly by this incident and this affected the sea and the sea animals to a great extent. (Sheppard, K. 2010)
It is important that the company should consider the normative principle aspect for its stakeholder’s theory to be success. BP followed short-sighted self-interested initiatives and did not consider the ethical aspect in its incident. The initial results showed that the company faced the oil spill because of the significant failure of the equipment which resulted in the blowout. But the fact was that the company knew that the equipment has some malfunction, as the employees of the company had informed the executives about the malfunction. The employees had told that...
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