Choose a company then identify a management problem in that organisation recommend way of solving the problem identified.


 Identifying and solving a managment problem in Accenture organization

versity Dublin


Principles of Management


“Identifying and Solving a Management Problem in ABC Organisation”

Lecturer: Marese Kelly

Group Case Study Guidelines

Weighting 30%

Submission Date Wednesday 1st May 2019.

1General Guidelines

In groups of 3 you must do the following;

 Choose a company. It must be a real company that is currently operational.

 You must then identify a management problem in that organisation.

 You must investigated the problem using relevant management theory and secondary


 You must offer recommendations by way of solving the problem identified.

You will have the opportunity to register your groups online via a link on webcourses

in Week 7 and 8.

The report must include the following three basic headings;

  1. Introduction
  2. Main Body
  3. Conclusion
  4. Introduction

It is important to include the following in relation to the problem;

(A) Provide brief details on the organisation in which the project is to be conducted. This can be

done by providing the following information in brief:

 Name and background information for the organisation, e.g. when the organisation was

established, is it a family business, multi-national corporation, etc

 Type of service(s) or product(s) provided

 Number of employees, age of organisation

 If based in a specific department, details about the unit or department in question

 The group may also provide a mission statement for the organisation

(B) Provide a concise statement of the problem(s)/ challenge(s) to be investigated

 What exactly is the problem?

 Where does this problem(s)/challenge(s) fit into the theory and frameworks that are

being covered in the module?

 If there are multiple problems, rank the problems in order of severity and address

accordingly thereafter.

  1. 2 Main Body

In the previous section the group has introduced the organisation and given a concise statement of

the problem(s)/challenge(s) that will be investigated.

In this section you need to explain the organisational problem(s)/challenge(s) in greater depth and

describe where it fits into the management framework being using in class. In other words is the

organisational problem(s)/challenge(s) caused by inadequacies in planning and decision-making,

organizational structure and design, staffing, leadership and motivation abilities or organisational

control? You may find it is a combination of these?

Groups should identify what has caused these problem(s)/challenge(s), if the true causes are not

known assumptions may be drawn based on theory covered in the module. Any such assumptions

should be explicitly stated.

It is important that groups highlight where information about the organisation was sourced,

therefore when reporting this, you must reference the information correctly. (Please refer to the DIT

Style Guide on Webcourses for further details).

Having identified the organisational problem(s)/challenge(s) and the causes of the

problem(s)/challenge(s) it is now necessary to provide solutions and recommendations for solving

the organisational problem(s)/challenge(s). These solutions must be plausible and feasible for the

organisation to implement.

Consideration must also be paid to the resources and finance available to the organisation when

deciding on the possible solutions. The recommendations should follow logically from your

determination regarding the causes of the organisational problem(s)/challenge(s).

  1. Conclusion

The conclusions allow you to present the results of your investigation. It is the section in which you

tie together and summarise briefly and concisely what you discussed in the main body, the problem


investigated, the causes of the problem(s)/challenge(s) and the solutions to the


It is vital that you do not introduce new material into the conclusion. Instead you should be

focusing on drawing together the key issues you discuss in the main body.

Presentation of the Written Assignment

The layout of the assignment should be based on the format outlined in these guidance notes, i.e. the

main headings should be as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Main Body
  3. Conclusion

However, you should also use sub-headings and numbering where appropriate. The use of

diagrams and tables is also encouraged. In addition, you should ensure that your assignment

contains the following:

Title Page

This should contain the following details.

Title: Identifying and Solving a Management Problem in ABC Organisation

Submitted by: Name and I.D. Number (all group members)

Organisation: ABC Company

Date: Wednesday 1


May 2019

Lecturer: Marese Kelly

Students failing to meet the submission deadline will be penalised accordingly. For every day,

or part there of, that the assignment is late, 3% will be deducted from the final grade.

Reference list

This is the list of material used and referenced in the assignment. Only material used for the project

should be included in this section. Avoid referencing books, articles and other sources of

information that were not used or read for the purpose of the project. (Reference list is not included

in the final word count).

AppendicesItems included in the appendices are not included in the final word count of the assignment. Groups

may include any figures or tables they have produce that are important but not important enough to

include in the main body of your text. Appendices may include additional information on the

organisation being investigated.

Sections of the Assignment

Each section of the assignment should start on a fresh page, with a bold heading of the section’s title at the

top. Where possible and if suitable, use sub-headings, bullet points, and tables and figures to break up the

text and make it more interesting.


Your project should be no longer than 2,500 words for the main text, i.e. from the introduction to

the recommendations inclusive. The project must be typed on A4 paper in ‘Times New Roman’

font style, with a font size of 12 and using 1.5-line spacing.

Final Editing of the Project

It is essential that one member of the group takes charge of the final editing of the document. It is

important to use a spell checker. Get a friend to proof read it for you – few people notice their own

errors when they are so close to the subject matter! The case grading guide provides you with a

quick summary of the various different aspects of your assignment that will be assessed. It is

strongly advised that you consult this when writing your assignment.

How will the assignment be marked?

This assignment will be marked out of 30%. The assignment is a group assignment and it is up to

each group to manage their work load. Groups experiencing difficulties should bring these

difficulties to the attention of the lecturer before the assignments are handed in.

Submission of the case study report

The written document is due Wednesday 1


May 2019.

It must be submitted in two forms;

 One Softy copy must be submitted via Safe Assign on Webcourses before class on

Wednesday 1


May 2019.

 One hard copy must be submitted in class on Wednesday 1


May 2019.

 It should be submitted as a single document, stapled in the top left-hand corner only. It

should not be placed in a folder of any sort.


Case Study Grading Guide

Section Criteria


(5 marks)

 Brief details on the organisation which is examined in the project

 Concise statement of the management problem(s)/challenge to be


Main Body

(12 marks)

(7 marks)

 Appraisal of the evidence gathered including:

– A description of the problem,

– Why it is a management problem(s)/challenge(s),

– What may have cause this problem(s)/challenge,

– Where this problem fits into the management framework that we

are examining in class.

 Clarity and specificity of arguments and recommendations for solving the

problem(s)/challenge(s) using the management framework from the module


(3 marks)

 Logical flow of conclusions from the facts and the analysis of them

 Indication of measures the organisation may put in place in the future to

eliminate the escalation of management problem(s)/challenge(s)s


(3 marks)

 Layout of assignment in terms of above structure

 Adequacy of referencing & bibliography

 Clarity of expression

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