EFIM10021 Enquiry Analysis and Communication
Essay Question: “The study of ‘Management’ is important for managing Business processes / issues and the management of our everyday life”. Critically Discuss this statement and support arguments with sources from the diverse management literature, management theories and use examples from organisations and everyday life experiences.
1) Break down the question (Brainstorm) into smaller bits so you are clear on how you will address each of these small chunks in the Essay e.g., the question mentions the following:
a) What is your Claim or position or line of argument in response to the question? Refer to lecture on Argumentation. E.g., Do you support the statement that the study of Management is important or contributes to the Management of Business Practices or processes and the management of our everyday life or not? (Knowing your position / claim / stance or line of argument will help you build stronger arguments)
b) The study of ‘management’ (explain what this means, what does management cover, what area of management and management theory your essay will focus on, to address the question, make the question your own) support with sources
c) Management of Business Processes or issues or practices: what does this mean, how are you looking at these e.g., business processes or issues or practices such as Decision making, planning, project management, Human Resource Management, policy making, problem solving etc. You may talk about which areas you wish to focus on. But be clear on what you mean here to guide you. Support with sources
d) Management of our everyday life: What does this mean and how are you looking at this in your essay e.g., managing our health, our finances, our time, our goals, our everyday work life, managers everyday life. Be clear on how you are addressing this in your essay. Support with sources
e) “Critically discuss”: Refer to lecture on Critical thinking and argumentation. You must be objective and show your claim or your position in response to the question and then show both sides of the arguments i.e., using arguments from the literature that support your claim and showing those that do not support your claim, and making your own judgements based on other writers’ perspectives i.e., Consensus /lack of consensus). support with sources.
f) Diverse management literature: Ensure you are using sources from Good Quality Sources (Academic Journal articles, textbooks) and the GREY Literature.
g) Management theory(ies): Which management theory(ies) will you focus on in your essay in response to the question (support with sources)
h) Examples (Qualitative & Quantitative):
i) Must show examples of how studying management supports management of business process/practices or issues in organisations
ii) Examples of how studying management supports management of our everyday life
2) Introduction Paragraph: Explain what the main concept is briefly and what has been said about it (briefly) e.g., why it has growing interest or why it is important. State your stance/stand/ position. Explain how you plan to structure your essay to address the question. E.g., The essay will address how the study of management e.g., project management and management theories such as Scientific Mangement is important for managing business issues and our everyday life by showing both sides of the arguments, using Case and statistical evidence from various industries and stakeholders etc. The conclusion will summarise discussions and present their implications for management
practice and the management of our everyday life etc. (support with sources)
3) Main Body: (Follow your outline in your introduction) Show to what extent the study of management is important and show how it is not important for managing our everyday life and Business issues or processes and practices, using management theory, and examples from organisational practices (qualitative) everyday life practices (qualitative) and/or statistics (quantitative) examples e.g., surveys to illustrate and support discussions. (Support with sources at least two to three sources in every paragraph)
4) Conclusion: Summarise all your points identified above and why you maintain your claim, then state implications of your discussions for managers or future management practices.
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