EXMBM531-20J (HAM)

Applied Research and Consultancy Practices

30 Points

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Division of Management
Strategic Engagement
Professional Programmes

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: ashleigh.neame@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper has two components:

1. Internship/Consulting/Work Integrated Learning Project

Your internship project with a host organisation will provide you practical experience to understand a business and their operating environment while giving you the opportunity to build credibility in the workforce.

You will be matched with a suitable host organisation over a period of 4-5 weeks and required to work on your assigned internship project for approximately 20-25 hours each week (totally 100 hours), This internship could be onsite, remote or a blend of both depending on the requirements of the internship project. Your internship will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to conduct yourself in a workplace in New Zealand or overseas, and how to contribute value to the organisation. Through this experience, you will understand what businesses look for when they make decisions to add high-value team members, and you will have the opportunity to learn the skills to present yourself as a competent contributor.

As part of the paper requirements, you will required to journal your internship experience which we will be reviewed by the academic supervisor and paper conveyor. Upon completion of your internship, you will present like a management consultant to a panel of Academic supervisors and the MBM programme team to share your internship experience and provide advice to your host organisation relating to the internship project.

2. Applied Research Report

Your research component runs in parallel with the internship and is also focused on developing your integrated learning skills.

You will identify a business research topic that aligns with the themes/ topics covered within their MBM programme. You will learn how to undertake reviews of the existing research literature in this particular area and learn to use electronic databases. You will also understand the role of ethics in research, develop a research proposal, plan and complete a research report.

This research will be supervised by an academic supervisor. The main requirement of this paper entails a final and full research report submission with literature review and research methods (4,000-6,000 words).

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Paper Structure

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This paper will be facilitated with face-to-face sessions, supported by online resources. Refer to Moodle for details

Internship

You will undertake an internship project for a NZ organisation during which you work individually or as teams for 4-5 weeks; or undertake an internship overseas (personally managed and sourced by the student and at their own expense for travel and accommodation) and upon approval by the Director of Professional Programmes and MBM Programme Lead.

The internship is an opportunity to develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills, work on management challenges and support the employer’s mission. During this 4-5 week period, you are “at work” and present at the workplace as agreed upon with host organisation – sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time and, in some cases, working on your project remotely. The employer may be located in Hamilton or the surrounding regions of Tauranga, Auckland or other NZ cities. We will discuss with you whether you have the ability to travel and be “at work” outside of Hamilton. Internships are unpaid and you may receive a letter of reference for your contribution which you could use for future employment searches (subject to the satisfactory completion of the required project).

Once you have been assigned to an internship, you are responsible for contacting the employer/host organisation, setting up the initial meeting and reviewing the scope of work. You will then be responsible for performing the project given to you by the employer and to document your experience as part of a reflective journal that you will be submit via Moodle/E-Portfolio. At the end of your internship you will deliver a presentation to a University panel on your internship experience and provide business advice and recommendations relating to the internship project.

The Convenor has the right to remove you from an internship for any reason, especially if there is a lack of performance or incompatibility with the employer.

Applied Research

You will be assigned an academic supervisor for your Applied Research report. You will complete a significant business research report of your own design that is aligned with the MBM papers you have undertaken. You will develop an effective research topic for your report that meets the academic standard.

As part of this paper, you will need to complete an ethics application.

Please refer to the assessments outlined below for managing your time.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Examine the NZ business context and importance of ethical conduct in business
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  • Develop critical thinking, communications and problem-solving skills
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  • Analyse data, formulate ideas and learn to carry out business research
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  • Develop, plan and implement an applied research report
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  • Write a literature review with appropriate citations and referencing
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Assessment

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Assessment structure and schedule below is tentative
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Draft Ethics Submission: Review by Academic Supervisors
26 Feb 2020
8:00 AM
0
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Submit Ethics application for approval by Ethics Committee
3 Mar 2020
8:00 AM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Research proposal and Literature Review
13 Mar 2020
8:00 AM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Internship Reflection Journal
30 Mar 2020
8:00 AM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Online: EPortfolio System
5. Draft Applied Research Report
5 May 2020
8:00 AM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Consulting Presentation on Internship Project (TBC)
14 May 2020
9:00 AM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Online: EPortfolio System
  • Presentation: In Class
7. Final Applied Research Report
29 May 2020
8:00 AM
30
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no required readings for this paper.
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Online Support

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Please refer to Moodle for any further online support.
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Workload

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The workload associated with this paper is 300 hours. This includes 30 hours of taught classes and supervision sessions with your supervisor. You will complete 100 hours in your internship and the remaining 170 hours is to do the research for your paper, develop your literature review and write up your findings and recommendations and complete your presentation

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: EXPM509

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