- Critically review a range of literature pertaining to advanced management theories and practice;
- Debate the Kaupapa Māori, bicultural, legal, and ethical principles in management studies and practice.
You can select any contemporary management topic you like. But here are a few that might help if you are unable to identify anything.
Management processes (e.g., “Organisational learning in organisation X”);
Management styles (e.g., “The economic and cultural determinants of managerial choices and their implications for firm X performance”);
Managerial incentives (e.g., “The allocation of decision rights in organisation X”);
Managerial skills (e.g., “Ethical challenges that arise in organisation X and how choices and their implications for firm X performance”); managers can navigate these challenges with practical effectiveness and moral integrity”);
‐ Managing growth (e.g., “Managing technology start‐ups in organisation X”);
‐ Managing innovation (e.g., “The relations between technological change, executive leadership and organisation X adaptation”).
1. Research Title
In this section, you need to give an outline of
Why your topic is important;
The scope of the review — what aspects of the topic will be discussed;
The criteria used for your literature selection (e.g., type of sources used, quality and number of sources);
Intentional exclusions (e.g., “This review will not explore ways to control aggressive behaviour in psychiatric settings”);
State the general findings of the review (what do most of the sources conclude);
Point out gaps in research.
3. Literature review
- In the literature review, you need to
- Point out overall trends in what has been published about your topic.
- Summarise individual studies with as much or as little detail as each merits according to its comparative importance in the literature, remembering that space (length) denotes significance.
- Proceed from the general, wider view of the research under review to the specific problem. This problem/opportunity should be of applied character (dealing with a specific business decision for a specific organisation).
- After reviewing at least seven sources relevant to your topic, you are expected to raise at least three research questions. These research questions need to be justified by linking them to the discussed literature and/or problems of an organisation.
- What method(s) of data collection would you use and why?
- How many participants would be involved? Explain why you need this number of study participants.
- How long would this research take?
- Where would you conduct the research (e.g. in a specific organisation, industry, geographic region; in a laboratory or field environment)?
- How would your research findings be communicated back to the interested parties or participants?
5. Ethical approval
- Include information on the ethical approval procedures that you need to follow (as defined by Waiariki Institute of Technology).
- Include information about the process of obtaining informed consent.
- Point out major gaps in research, inconsistencies in theory and findings, and areas or issues pertinent to the future study.
- Indicate who the potential users of the study findings could be, and how the study might be used to improve the organisation(s), group(s), or sector.