Project Management Assignment

This submission requires you to reflect upon the performance of a team that you
have experience working with, and produce a report identifying the current
performance of the team and proposals for improving this. As the implementation of
your proposals would require some form of organisational change to take place, your
report should also explain this process and consider the organisational and cultural
factors within your team and company that would affect the successful delivery of the
changes proposed. You are also required to include a copy of the slides that you
would use to present the key findings from your report to the board of your company.

You are required to produce a report that satisfies the following objectives:
(i) A critical analysis of the culture and performance of a team which you have
experience working with, using appropriate methods and theories. In order to
achieve this, you will need to describe the roles and responsibilities within
your team and reflect critically on the functioning of the team and the team
working processes. Provide examples to support your arguments where
(ii) A description & discussion of three proposals for improving the
performance of your team. Refer to relevant theories and provide examples
to demonstrate the potential impact of your proposals upon the team’s
(iii) An explanation of the organisational change process and some of the
reasons why companies undertake change. Cite relevant sources and
examples to support your arguments;
(iv) A discussion of the organisational and cultural factors that would impact
upon the successful delivery of the organisational change in your company
associated with implementing your proposals in section ii above;
(v) A copy of a presentation slides you would use to present the key findings of
your report to the board of your company. The presentation should include no
more than 10 slides, with each slide having attached ‘notes’ as your
‘commentary’ to accompany the slides.
Your submission should be no more than 6000 words in length, excluding your
reference list and the slides. Detailed references should be included to link practical
proposals to theoretical ideas and models.
Your report should be presented as a professional report suitable for submission to
your company’s Board of Directors, but with detailed references linking practical
proposals to theoretical ideas and models.
• The assignment is to be submitted in report format and as such should have a
formal structure and layout. It should be submitted as a single document. The
report is to be individually prepared; this is NOT a group submission;
• The report should be structured as a management report in six main sections:
an executive summary and five further parts linked to the five objectives
• The report must be typed and be a maximum of 6000 words in length
exclusive of objective (v) and a reference section with no Appendices. For
any submission which exceeds the 6000 word limit, the first 6000 words only
will be assessed – words in excess of the 6000 word limit will not be
• The report should represent appropriately up to 80 hours of research
application and writing;
• The report must identify, apply and fully reference (Harvard/APA style)
appropriate sources, concepts and models.
This task’s report MUST be submitted electronically through Turnitin®
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Objectives i-iv: Contributes 80% of the overall module marks
Item ____Marks
Critical analysis of the team 25 %
Proposals for improving team performance 15%
Explanation of organisational change 25%
Discussion of change success factors 15%
Structure and presentation of the report 10%
Use of Harvard referencing 10%
Objective v: Contributes 20% of the overall module marks
Item Marks
Quality of powerpoint slides 50%
Quality of the supporting narrative 50%
At Postgraduate Level 7 the following marking scale shall be used:
Outstanding 90% – 100%
Excellent 80% – 89%
Very good 70% – 79%
Good 60% – 69%
Satisfactory 50% – 59%
Unsatisfactory 40% – 49%
Inadequate 30% – 39%
Poor 20% – 29%
Very poor 10% – 19%
Extremely poor 0% – 9%
Knowledge and Understanding:
• Analyse the dynamics of leadership, culture, people, and technology and their
influence on management of projects.
• Critically evaluate social and cultural factors related to group formation, team
development and organisational development
• Rigorously compare various change management strategies and prepare
appropriate implementation plans
• Analyse theories of learning and learning organisations to develop
appropriate strategies relevant to organisational and project scenarios.
Transferable/Key Skills and other attributes:
• Establish project teams and determine parameters for effective working
• Determine strategies for change.
• Practice leadership skills within real life projects
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