BUSN2044/DE Managing Diversity 2021
Assessment 2: Case Study
Format: Word format
Word Count: 1500 words (+/ -10%)
Proportion of total marks: 40%
Due Dates: 14th May, 2021 5:00 pm (Late Submissions will incur a 5% per day penalty, unless extension is approved)
Submission Instructions: Submission via FLO
You are required to identify an organisation and their diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives and management practices. Provide brief information about the organisation, including age, industry, areas of operation, number of employees and demographic distribution. You can use an organisation that you are or have worked for, or an organisation that you are familiar with (e.g., through personal sources and/or online sources), or search online for an organisation and find the relevant information. You do not have to use the official name of the organisation if you do not wish to.
Your case study must cover the following points:
1. Introduction to the organisation. 3 marks
2. Identify the diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives and practices that your chosen organisation have in place, and structure your case study to address the following questions:
2.1 What D&I practices do they have in place, and why? 10 marks
2.2 How effective have these D&I practices been? 10 marks
2.3 Based on your analysis, which of the paradigms covered in the topic (i.e., Thomas & Ely XXXXXXXXXXand/or Dass & Parker XXXXXXXXXXdo you think the organisation best fits into? Explain your answer. 10 marks
2.4 What would you recommend the organisation does to improve their D&I, and why? 7 marks
Remember, not all organisations, especially smaller organisations will have formal D&I practices in place.
You can either focus on any one dimension of D&I within the organisation (e.g., gender), OR attempt to include multiple dimensions such as age, ethnicity etc. You should not discuss too many dimensions in your case study (suggested number is between 1 to 3) given the word limit.
Minimum 5 academic references (academic book - including your textbook, academic journal article, professional journal article, Top-tier consulting firm article) are required.
· Adherence to Harvard format for all citations.
· Sources in alphabetical order according to author.
· Avoid editing errors - Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
· Avoid unreliable websites, articles or other sources, or sources with relatively limited reliability such as Investopedia or Wikipedia. They can usually provide a ‘general’ idea, but do not cite them in your work.
Please see the Flinders style guide to Harvard referencing for further clarification: https://students.flinders.edu.au/content/dam/student/slc/harvard-referencing.pdf
The case study format:
A case study follows particular structure. If you are unsure of how to write one, please see the Flinders guide, made available through the Student Learning Centre (SLC):
General case study structure
A case study (formal case report) has the following sections:
1. Title page *
2. Executive Summary *
3. Table of contents/ contents page*
4. Introduction (Case background)
7. Body of case: XXXXXXXXXX.
8. Recommendations: 2.4
9. List of references (Harvard, alphabetical order by authors surname) *
*not included in word count
· The guide provided above can be further categorised as suitable to your chosen discussion. For example, if you wish to create additional sub-sections, then feel free to do so. Formatting guidelines
Cover page: Title of assignment/chosen topic(s), your name, FAN.
Font/size: An easily readable font such as Arial, Calibri, Verdana or Times New Roman (size 12 preferred). Titles should be between size 12 – 14.
Page numbering: Your case study should have pages clearly numbered (making it easier for the reader).
Margins: Normal to Moderate preferred (feel free to adjust as required for tables/graphs etc.)
Clarification of word count limit: 1500
Marks will be deducted if your case study is above or below the specified word limit. That means; the maximum word limit is XXXXXXXXXX% (1650), and the minimum word limit is – 10% XXXXXXXXXXTitles, in-text references and word content in tables/graphs is not included in word count.
The marker is not expected to read substantially beyond the expected word length.
Selection of discussion material (further advice)
If you are not sure which dimension of diversity to choose for your assignment, consider some of the discussions in Part II of the text.
Additional study assistance:
For further questions please contact the Student Learning Centre (SLC). You can find their details at: https://students.flinders.edu.au/study-support/slc
You can gain access to a range of useful online guides to improve your academic writing skills at: https://students.flinders.edu.au/study-support/slc/online-guides/writing-resources
Additional reference and readings
Dass, P. and Parker, B., 1999. Strategies for managing human resource diversity: From resistance to learning. Academy of Management Perspectives, 13(2), pp.68-80.
D'Netto, B., Shen, J., Chelliah, J. and Monga, M., 2014. Human resource diversity management practices in the Australian manufacturing sector. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(9), pp XXXXXXXXXX.
McKay, P.F. and Avery, D.R., 2005. Warning! Diversity recruitment could backfire. Journal of Management Inquiry, 14(4), pp XXXXXXXXXX.
Thomas, D.A. and Ely, R.J., 1996. Making differences matter. Harvard business review, pp.1-12.
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