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A guide to BUS 333, Professor Gettman

Organizational Behavior

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Team Project

BUS 333 Team Project

There’s a lot here, please read all the way through

What: The project will consist of a written team paper and an oral team presentation.  Teams are free to select any topic relevant to the field of Organizational Behavior (subject to instructor approval so that there will not be duplication).  Typically, teams find a specific topic in the textbook that is of particular interest to them and do more in depth research on the subject, ideally looking at a different angle on the topic such as examining the interplay between two topics to get a new perspective. Topics can be studied through multiple authoritative sources including journal articles, news articles, books, interviews, etc. (more details below). Email the professor with your choice of topic by the due date on the schedule.

Why: The primary reason for this assignment is to create formal, purposeful teams in the classroom so that you can apply what you are learning about organizational behavior to the team, and transform it into a highly effective unit. This team experience is your ‘laboratory’ for learning about structuring and leading organizations. Use the concepts and models from the course to understand and improve your team’s performance.

Also, your team will be the basis for your individual final paper.  To that end, you will be required to keep an Individual Journal about your team’s interactions and your experiences with your team.

 

Paper Guidelines

Paper Guidelines

 

Writing

  • Title page with title of paper, all team member names, date
  • Minimum of fifteen double-spaced pages (not counting title or reference pages), with no extra spaces between paragraphs, sections, etc.
  • One-inch margins and 12 point Times New Roman font, with page numbers
  • Introduction, segues, conclusion. It’s important for the paper to read like a unified paper (vs. stitched together parts)
  • Use section headings (and sub-headings where appropriate) to improve readability. 
  • Citations/References:  Please use APA style with in text citations, and a reference page.
  • Be careful not to outline your paper based upon a textbook chapter or other reading (we’ve already done that in class!) You should pick an aspect of the topic and go into more depth, or take a different approach, or combine it with another topic for a new perspective.

 

How to Use Sources:

  • Body of the paper should include at least one citation for each paragraph (unless it’s general intro information). 
  • No sub-section/topic should rely only on (or mostly on) one source.  This is to be a research paper where you bring many sources together, rather than just summarize what one article says. 
  • No sub-section/topic should have only the textbook/course readings as its primary source.  This is true for each section / sub-topic of the paper as well – no section should have only the text/course articles as the sole/major source.  If you only use class materials, the highest you can get for that section (if it’s phenomenally written) is a C. It’s more likely to get a lower grade than that.
  • Your paper should show analysis of your sources and some kind of synthesis.  You should be drawing conclusions from multiple sources, rather than merely summarizing what the sources say about the subject.
  • When you report on a study, you should not include all details of the study unless it's particularly relevant or interesting.

 

Sources Requirements:

  • You need to have 15 different sources minimum. Articles/textbook assigned in class do not count (you can use/cite them, but they don’t count towards your 15). 
  • All sources need to be credible.  Magazine article and blog posts are likely not credible sources (there are exceptions, such as a reputable scholar has an academic blog, or writes something for the WSJ).  We’ll discuss this more in class.
  • At least 8 of these sources need to be from “peer reviewed journals,” and 5 of the 8 must be from this list of HIGH QUALITY peer-reviewed journals (peer reviewed does not necessarily = high quality):

“Academy of Management Journal” or “Academy of Management Review” or “Administrative Science Quarterly” or “American Psychologist” or “Basic and Applied Social Psychology” or “Decision Sciences” or “Group and Organization Management” or “Human Performance” or “Human Relations” or “Human Resource and Management Review” or “Journal of Applied Psychology” or “Journal of Applied Social Psychology” or “Journal of Business Ethics” or “Journal of Management” or “Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology” or “Journal of Organizational Behavior” or “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology” or “Journal of Vocational Behavior” or “Leadership Quarterly” or “Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes” or “Personnel Psychology”

  • If you find a relevant article in a journal from another field (e.g., MIS, economics, sociology) you can run it by me to see if it can count towards your 5 “high quality.” 
  • Textbook & course articles.  You may use (and cite) the textbook / articles as a starting point, but they cannot be major sources of information since you are expected to go into more detail than the course materials provide (see above).  They also don’t count towards your source counts.
  • Wikipedia. You are welcome to use Wikipedia, but it does not count as one of your 15 sources. Using Wikipedia to find other sources is a great idea, and if you use it you should list it in your reference section. But any information you get from Wikipedia needs to be verified in the original source that they cite (it’s not a cite in and of itself).

 

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