dissertation题目：personal skills development
dissertation专业：international business management
dissertation用于：Master essay 硕士课程essay
Guidance – Structure and Content of the Management Skills Report
The Management Skills Report has been introduced into the MSc suite of programmes in support of your personal development and future career. It should focus on the skills managers require for the 21st Century, and be a self reflective piece of work. http://www.ukthesis.org/dissertation_sample/Australia_Dissertation_Sample/2012/0529/1913.htmlYou will need to research the extensive literature on management skills, and then apply the literature to your own skills base, identifying your strengths and weaknesses using examples. It is not appropriate to ask other people for their opinion of you, nor to use other managers or organisations as examples to illustrate your chosen managerial skills. You are the case study! This will give you a better understanding of what you can offer organisations in terms of managerial skills, both now and in the future. This report is a self reflective, individual piece of work, and so you will have to use the first person I/me when writing and referring to your own experiences.
You are strongly advised to keep a diary, or access the online facilities (see above links), and adopt the strategies recommended to you in the Personal Development Plan Workshops to help you record your audit of skills and experiences.
Your report should follow the following format (subtitled and numbered):
Title page, author, addressee, date and word count
Main and subsidiary sections
Contents list: You will only be able to put this together when you have completed the report, but it should accurately reflect the structure of the report and allow the reader to find their way around the report easily.
Executive Summary: This is an important part of the Report. It must be no longer than one page in length and should summarise the whole report. A busy executive should be able to read the executive summary, and get an accurate picture of the contents and on that basis decide whether to read further. It should contain a brief statement of the original problem and then the key issues addressed followed by the conclusions.#p#分页标题#e#
Introduction: This sets the scene, outlines the problem and tells the reader how you plan to structure your report. It should state the resources you plan to use and where these will be coming from. It is an important part of the paper. As you write the report you should always be checking to make sure that you are adhering to the structure you set out in this introduction.
Aim: This is crucial. Get the aim of the report wrong and you will fail. The aim defines the problem/issue that the report is being written for and the rest of the report should be focused on achieving this. Common mistakes here are:
• Having an aim that is unachievable in the time and space you have
• Having an aim that is unclear
• Having more than one aim. Within the aim you can have a number of objectives, but you can have only one aim!
• Having an aim which the paper fails to address
Background: This is helpful for the reader who is new to the topic. It provides the context in which the paper is being set and will also give the reader the necessary information on what has led to the present situation.
Main Section: This is the main body of the report and should conform to the structure you set out in the introduction. You might want to use a Chapter for each of the areas that you will be looking at. Get the structure right; is it logical? does each section follow the next? Decide what information you want to use to support your arguments – this is a very personal and self reflective piece of work, and you need to use evidence from your own experiences to do this. You may have a chapter discussing the literature and then another where you apply the theory to your own experiences. Alternatively, you may combine the literature and your experiences in one Chapter. This is also where the bulk of your marks will be obtained. Remember that we are looking for:
• Analysis. We don’t just want a descriptive account of an issue or a set of data. We want you to look at the issues and really work out what it is saying – what it means. Always ask the question…SO WHAT?…. when you are presenting information. Good papers will always include your analysis of what is really behind the information you are presenting.
• Academic/Business Support. Support your arguments with the academic/business literature using appropriate tools techniques and frameworks that have been introduced throughout the programme. You need to make a judgement on which are the most appropriate. Don’t include an inappropriate model because you think it looks good…it won’t work. If you fail to do this, you will not pass
• Always reference your work correctly both in the body of the report and in the References section at the end. You have had guidance on this.
Conclusions: If you get the structure right then the conclusions will naturally fall out of the work you have done so far. This pulls the report together. Don’t introduce new material into this section and make sure that it does reflect what you have been saying so far. Be careful of writing conclusions that do not reflect the main body of the report!#p#分页标题#e#
Recommendations: In most cases your report will be very personal, and and you cannot complete the report without making recommendations for your own personal development. This is a key part of the report and many busy executives will look at the executive summary, conclusions and recommendations only. Again these need to stem from what you are saying. Don’t make a recommendation that would come as a complete surprise to the reader. Make sure that your recommendations are also realistic!
Appendices: These give you the opportunity to provide more detailed information for a reader if they wish to access it.
References: This is where you record all the sources of data you have used. It is not difficult but is often done badly. Remember Kent Business School uses the Harvard referencing system and you should review your notes from the research methods classes if you have forgotten. In addition to the References section, ensure that you reference correctly in the report itself. You will be penalised if you do not use this system!
You should now have a clear idea of what is expected of you. The literature on management skills is extensive, and you may feel that you would benefit from selecting one area or a limited number. However, you must justify such an approach. This is an important piece of work and will not only enhance your CV but also stand you in good stead under interview conditions.
Finally a word about plagiarism…The University now uses a software tool, TURNITIN that identifies material which has not been referenced correctly. Where there is evidence of plagiarism you will automatically be given a mark of zero and your work referred to the Kent Business School Disciplinary Committee. If you are unclear about what constitutes plagiarism please refer to the referencing guidance notes that you have already been given, or ask your project advisor.
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