management and organisation for global environment




HI 6005 (HI 5005):  Research Paper 2









Maximum of 10 pages and 25 minutes


This is a group assignment with specific individual components.

Groups of 2 or 3 choose the topics relevant to first term lecture material and research the topic in more depth.  A set if such topics will be provided from which your group must choose on a ‘first-come, first-served basis”.

Note that each topic has a group component to which each group member must contribute.  However there are also specific individual components which have been defined.

Your will deliver the findings of your research topic in the lectures of second term.

Following suggestions at the presentation, groups may take advantage of suggestions in preparing the written report which is to be submitted on the last day of term.


















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Listed below are points to bear in mind in regard to this Research Paper.

The Report
Fifteen (15) Marks in total and Page Limit 10 pages:

Students form into groups and nominate their broad research topic.  Research on the broad topic is a group activity and each student must contribute to that work.  Students in the group will then research, in depth, an individual component drawn from the broad research topic.

Following the delivery of the presentation, the topic will be written up as a seminar report (worth 15%) and submitted to your lecturer within a week of the live presentation.  You may incorporate ideas generated in the live presentation.  If a live presentation is below standard a time extension may be granted to allow for improving the quality of the written report.  That written report should begin with the broad research topic which is followed by each individual component identified by the individual student who prepared it.

Organisation of the research report – a key ingredient of writing a successful report is the planning or organising stage. Organising can help you to sort out your ideas and to present your report in the order that communicates best to your readers. Organisation is the procedure of constructing an outline that acts as a plan for your writing task. An outline forces you to think before you write.

Your essay is to be structured and written as a business report.   
It, therefore, must begin with a Management (or Executive) Summary within which you state in stark form (i.e. unsupported by argument) what you are asserting in this report and you must do that in less than two pages. 

As already stated above, you begin the main body of the report with some general background on the broad research topic.  This introduction will normally end with a brief paragraph outlining the plan of the rest of the essay. 

What follows is the specific issues of each individual component which were considered. Each of these individual components can be divided into 2-4 sub-sections if necessary contains an in-depth discussion of the relevant issues based on the existing literature and/or data. You must provide in-text references to your sources.

The last section contains a brief summary followed by a complete list of references that are cited in the text of the essay. Follow a standard referencing method consistently. 

Suggested limits are as follows:

§    Executive Summary: ideally one page but no more than two.

§    Sections 1: Introduction  400-600 words,

§    Section 2: Main body of the essay consisting of each of the individual
            components limit each component to approximately 1,000 words each,

§    Sections 3: Conclusions 100-300 words,

§    References (5-15 references).

Assessment Criteria:

There are two components of assessment adding to a total possible mark of 25% of the subject:

§  The Report which is worth 15 marks.  It is here that we assess the academic quality of your work (including referencing) as well as your ability to correctly structure a business report.

§  The Management Summary                         4 marks

§  Report Structure (TOC, Paragraphs, Sections      
                                        and use of Diagrams)      3 marks

§  Academic Quality (incl. Referencing)            8 marks











General Framework

The study of control theory is an academic discipline in itself and is known as cybernetics. Control mechanisms are ubiquitous.  Some examples are: the engineering control of the trajectory of a space rocket to the control of the speed of a train.  Outline the well-known control mechanisms and explain why control in the management sense may be more difficult than engineering control.

Individual Components…You get a choice of which individual components you will investigate.

1.      Describe the role that each of the ‘elements of control’ must play and how the effectiveness of control mechanism is dependent on each.

2.      Give an example of how feed-back (reactive) control is used in business and identify the situations where it would be effective and those where it would not be effective

3.      Explain how the standard (the goal) should be set in a managerial control context

4.      Explain why feed-forward (proactive) control is more difficult to apply than feedback (reactive control)

5.      Explain the concept of Requisite Variety in the Activating Unit




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