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Question;Explanation of Article Collection Synthesis;Assignments;This;activity helps for building your skill at using multiple sources to reach a;deeper understanding about the subject you are investigating and about possible;managerial applications.;What you are doing and are not doing, when doing a;synthesis;- You are not looking at a set of articles about a given topic as competitors, from among which you;pick one to follow. Treating multiple articles you read about a given subject;as competitors, with all but one;effectively being discarded after reading, would be a poor way to pick out;ideas upon which you intend to further your career as a manager. Instead, you;synthesize what is true and helpful in all;of them together to reach a deeper state of understanding about the;questions being raised.;Also;a written synthesis of ideas contained in multiple sources is organized around issues. It is never organized around;individual articles and it is;almost never organized around a single author.;Thus, each paragraph in the body of your written synthesis focuses on one or;more issues. Not one paragraph is ever focused solely on;analyzing or summarizing ideas presented in a single article. Devoting one or more whole paragraphs to;summarizing / analyzing individual written works is what you did for book;reports in high school or as a college freshman, and this assignment is aimed;at strengthening a higher-order set of critical thinking skills, skills that;are much more like the kind you will want to have developed well by the time;you graduate.;?;A simple "rule of thumb" you can use to;predict your grade, with a fair amount of accuracy, is to ask if you have one;or more paragraphs that are wholly focused on one article. If your answer to this question is "yes;then you are all but certain to receive a "D" or "F" if you;submit your assignment for grading, without further editing and revision.;An example of an "issue"-focused synthesis - If your first;paragraph about the assigned articles summarizes key issues addressed in all;articles, and raises one or a few points of difference for the purpose of;showing how the articles are different, then you are well on your way to doing;a good synthesis. If your second and following paragraphs focus, in turn, on;one or more of the issues raised in your introductory paragraph in greater;detail, then you're likely to be on the right track. If your concluding;paragraph contains a summary of ideas discussed earlier, and presents a summary;of what the articles you are synthesizing, taken together, are telling us about;a subject (ie: how to make good decisions, how to handle inclusiveness /;diversity issues, how to lead effectively, handling teams,...), then you are;likely to be on the right track.;Remember your larger purpose - You always address;a larger managerial challenge when looking at multiple sources about a;topic--possible subjects could be decision making, motivation, performance;management, leadership, change management, and a variety of other topics.;Always remember your larger purpose because that becomes the most natural your;compass" for organizing your synthesis -- what's the managerial;challenge you'd like to address better, after synthesizing ideas you find in;multiple sources? This overall objective is true for this assignment and;similar, later assignments, true for the "Synthesis of Current;Literature" assignment due later in the semester, and true for the;Literature Review portion of your team's research project.;What do I do? - First, take the time to read everything above this set of;instructions. It is crucial for understanding what you need to do, for;identifying what skills you are practicing by doing this assignment, and for;identifying how the skills you are practicing here will help you later in this;course. Second, read the;articles assigned as readings for this week. Third, upload a MS Word file containing a four to five paragraph;written synthesis of no more than 600 words to the assignment upload point. You;should have an introductory paragraph that summarize the issues you will raise;one or two paragraphs about issues raised in the articles, and a concluding;paragraph about what the articles taken together teach us about the issues they;raise, and about how managers can respond to the challenges those articles;address.;This;assignment is intended to be done individually;without reference to the thoughts of others beforehand, as that is how you;would be likely to do this kind of reading after graduation.;Citations: Give in-text citations and provide a;bibliography at the end, with everything done in APA format.;?Synthesis of Current Literature Assignment;Assignment objectives: This;assignment helps to develop better skills at drawing out key ideas from;multiple intellectual works, so that after you are finished you have a more;thorough understanding of the subject you are investigating than if you had;read only one article.;Remember the larger;purpose, Sample topics;- You always have a larger question or issue you are addressing by looking at;multiple articles about a topic--possible subjects could be decision making;motivation, performance management, leadership styles, change management, and a;variety of other topics covered in the field of management.Always remember your;larger purpose because that becomes your compass for organizing your synthesis;assignment.;Organizing what you write;-A;written synthesis of ideas contained in multiple intellectual works is;organized around issues, it is;not organized around individual articles and it is almost never organized;around a single author. An introductory paragraph will lay out the key issues;to be examined, and those issues will be areas of agreement and disagreement;between the articles you are writing about. That means each paragraph in the body of your written synthesis focuses on one or;more issues, as the subject(s) of the paragraph. Finally, a concluding;paragraph will summarize the key issues addressed, and explore the (preferably;non-obvious) takeaways for managers that you were able to draw out by synthesizing;good ideas contained in the articles you read to carry out this assignment.;What not to do for this;assignment?;Do not look at a set of articles about a given topic as competitors, from among;which you pick one article to serve as your one and only guide. Treating;multiple articles you read about a given subject as competitors would be an;extraordinarily poor way to pick out ideas upon which you intend to further;your career as a manager. Instead, look for what is helpful in each, and all;of a set of articles, to synthesize what is true and helpful in all of them;together so that you reach a deeper state of understanding about the issues;being addressed. Accordingly, no;paragraph should focus on analyzing or summarizing ideas presented in a single article, grades will be very low for;synthesis" assignments that are written in the manner of a series of;disconnected article summaries.;An example of an;issue"-focused synthesis, for this assignment - If your first;paragraph summarizes key issues addressed in your chosen articles, and raises;some (substantive and meaningful) points of similarity and difference between;your chosen articles, then you?re heading in a good direction.If your second;through second-to-last paragraphs focus, in turn, on one or more of the issues;given in your introduction, then you're likely to be on the right track.If your;concluding paragraph contains a summary of ideas discussed earlier, and;presents a summary of what the articles you are synthesizing, taken together;are telling us about a subject (ie: how to make good decisions, how to handle;inclusiveness / diversity issues, how to lead effectively, forming or managing;teams,...), then you are likely to be on the right track.;Article Selection --pick;out 5 to 7 scholarly articles and/or high-quality practitioner articles related;to a specific, single, and fairly;narrow subject area in management theory and practice that is not related to your term project.These articles must have some meaningful;disagreement about some issue of importance to the practice of management.Possible;examples include articles presenting different;views about team-building, about the merits of using path-goal;leadership theory and Fiedler?s contingency theory to decide how to lead, about;how managers might make practical use of expectancy theory or intrinsic;motivation, and so on ?;?;Check;with me if you?re uncertain about whether or not disagreement exists between;the articles you collect.Provide me with either a copy of your articles or;links to them, when asking questions.;?;You;may pick a maximum of one of the articles assigned as;readings for this course to be one of the 5 to 7 articles you use to carry out;this assignment.;Sources for articles to analyze:All sources;must have been published in the last ten;years.And, the use of high quality sources is required for this assignment.Use only articles from the following;sources;?;Harvard;Business Review, Business Horizons, California Management Review, Sloan Management;Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of;Management Review, Academy of Management Journal;?;if you have an article in mind from a different source, that you would like to;use, then you need to pre-approve it with me before going ahead.Articles from other sources, and not;pre-approved, will not be;accepted for this assignment.;Assignment Format and;Submission Procedures;?;Hand;in a 2-3 page analysis, typed and single spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point;font, with 1 inch margins for each page.;?;Provide;full citations for all articles you used.Follow the APA citation style for the citations you give.;?;As;always, an upload point will be available on Moodle for this assignment.;Grading Rubric;Click;on the "Rubric" link on the left hand side of this webpage to view;the grading rubric for this assignment.;4 Synthesis of Current Literature Assignment;4.1 Grading Rubric for Synthesis of Current;Literature assignment;Quality;of Work;Description;Grading;Range;Superior;Clearly;describes the management problem or opportunity to be addressed and carries;out an insightful, thorough, and;creative synthesis of chosen articles to do a superior evaluation of;options for addressing the management problem or opportunity that has been;described. Must be well written to be ?Superior.?;A-toA+;Able;Strengths;are as given under ?Developing? (given below), with no significant weaknesses.Must be at least fairly well written;to be ?Able.?;B-toB+;Developing;Uneven, with multiple strengths and one or;more significant weaknesses, one or more strengths could include good choice;of sources, a well developed comparison of strengths and limitations of the;chosen sources, an insightful examination of similarities and differences;between chosen sources, and well developed efforts to draw implications from;chosen sources for the practice of management. Possible weaknesses are as;given for ?Beginning?, but are less severe in how they undermine the quality;of the synthesis.;C-toC+;Beginning;At;least one serious weakness;possibilities include poor quality sources, poorly developed comparison of;strengths and limitations of chosen sources, weak analysis of similarities;and differences between chosen sources, a poorly developed description of the;management problem or opportunity of interest, or a poorly developed;explanation of how chosen sources can help in addressing the management;problem or opportunity that has been described.;D-toD+;(Way;Off);At;least one fatal error;possibilities include using inappropriate sources, a set of independent;disconnected, and shallow article summaries that offers little or no;synthesis of ideas in the chosen sources, or no attempt to draw out ideas;from the chosen sources that would be helpful for management practitioners.;FtoD-;Grades;can be higher or lower than the given grade ranges, depending on two issues;?;Quality;of the writing;?;Following;the APA citation format;Writing quality ? Writing is expected to be coherent;concise, and professional in tone. English errors should be few in number, or;nonexistent.A particularly well written ?Synthesis? assignment will generally;receive a higher grade than would be indicated only by looking at the portion;of this grading rubric given directly above--and vice versa.;Citations? No grade will be assigned until the;APA format for citations has been correctly followed.;Synthesis;of Current Literature Assignment;Assignment;objectives;This assignment helps to develop better skills at drawing out key ideas from multiple;intellectual works, so that after you are finished you have a more thorough;understanding of the subject you are investigating than if you had read only;one article.;Remember;the larger purpose, Sample topics - You always have a larger question or issue;you are addressing by looking at multiple articles about a topic--possible;subjects could be decision making, motivation, performance management;leadership styles, change management, and a variety of other topics covered in;the field of management.Always remember your larger purpose because that;becomes your compass for organizing your synthesis assignment.;Organizing;what you write -A;written synthesis of ideas contained in multiple intellectual works is;organized around issues, it is not organized around individual;articles and it is almost never organized around a single author. An;introductory paragraph will lay out the key issues to be examined, and those;issues will be areas of agreement and disagreement between the articles you are;writing about. That means each paragraph in the body of your written;synthesis focuses on one or more issues, as the subject(s) of the;paragraph. Finally, a concluding paragraph will summarize the key issues;addressed, and explore the (preferably non-obvious) takeaways for managers that;you were able to draw out by synthesizing good ideas contained in the articles;you read to carry out this assignment.;What;not to do for this assignment? Do not look at a set of;articles about a given topic as competitors, from among which you pick one;article to serve as your one and only guide. Treating multiple articles you;read about a given subject as competitors would be an extraordinarily poor way;to pick out ideas upon which you intend to further your career as a manager. Instead;look for what is helpful in each, and all, of a set of articles, to synthesize;what is true and helpful in all of them together so that you reach a deeper;state of understanding about the issues being addressed. Accordingly, no;paragraph should focus on analyzing or summarizing ideas presented in a single article;grades will be very low for "synthesis" assignments that are written;in the manner of a series of disconnected article summaries.;An;example of an "issue"-focused synthesis, for this assignment - If your first;paragraph summarizes key issues addressed in your chosen articles, and raises;some (substantive and meaningful) points of similarity and difference between;your chosen articles, then you?re heading in a good direction.If your second;through second-to-last paragraphs focus, in turn, on one or more of the issues;given in your introduction, then you're likely to be on the right track.If your;concluding paragraph contains a summary of ideas discussed earlier, and;presents a summary of what the articles you are synthesizing, taken together;are telling us about a subject (ie: how to make good decisions, how to handle;inclusiveness / diversity issues, how to lead effectively, forming or managing;teams,...), then you are likely to be on the right track.;Article;Selection;--pick;out 5 to 7 scholarly articles and/or high-quality practitioner articles;related to a specific, single, and fairly narrow subject area in;management theory and practice that is not related to your term;project.These articles must have some meaningful disagreement about;some issue of importance to the practice of management.Possible examples;include articles presenting differentviews about team-building, about;the merits of using path-goal leadership theory and Fiedler?s contingency;theory to decide how to lead, about how managers might make practical use of;expectancy theory or intrinsic motivation, and so on ?;?;Check;with me if you?re uncertain about whether or not disagreement exists between;the articles you collect.Provide me with either a copy of your articles or;links to them, when asking questions.;?;You;may pick a maximum of one of the articles assigned as;readings for this course to be one of the 5 to 7 articles you use to carry out;this assignment.;Sources;for articles to analyze:All sources must have been published in the last ten;years.And, the use of high quality sources is required for this assignment.Use only;articles from the following sources;?;Harvard;Business Review, Business Horizons, California Management Review, Sloan;Management Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Academy of Management Perspectives;Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal;?;if you have an article in mind from a different source, that you would like to;use, then you need to pre-approve it with me before going ahead.Articles;from other sources, and not pre-approved, willnot be accepted for this;assignment.;Assignment;Format and Submission Procedures;?;Hand;in a 2-3 page analysis, typed and single spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point;font, with 1 inch margins for each page.;?;Provide;full citations for all articles you used.Follow theAPA citation style for;the citations you give.;?;As;always, an upload point will be available on Moodle for this assignment.;Grading;Rubric;Click;on the "Rubric" link on the left hand side of this webpage to view;the grading rubric for this assignment.

 

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