INF80042 TECHNOLOGY ESSENTIALS FOR MANAGERS Assignment 1: Managing Technology
Assessment Structure: Annotated Bibliography Individual or Group: Individual
Learning outcomes assessed: This assessment task is designed to test your achievement of learning outcomes 1,2 and 3.
Word limit: 1500 words +/- 10%
Weighting: This assessment task contributes 20% to your final grade
Due Date & Submission details: This assessment is due by: 11:59am 25/08/2019. This assessment task must be submitted inside the Assessment 1 Canvas submission link.
In this assignment you will demonstrate your level of awareness on the breadth of issues involved in managing Technology. Your task is to conduct a search using the Swinburne University Library Databases and Google Scholar and compile an Annotated Bibliography of 10 articles on “The challenges of managing technology in organisations”. As you can appreciate, the topic is quite large. You will be assessed on your initiative and ability to find and analyse appropriate articles and produce the subsequent notations.
What is an annotated Bibliography?
An annotated bibliography provides a brief account of the available research on a given topic. It is a list of citations, each followed by a short paragraph, called the annotation, of about 150 words, commenting on the sources cited.
How do you go about it?
Creating an annotated bibliography calls for a variety of skills: critical analysis, informed library research and the ability to be precise and succinct.
• First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and sources that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic.
• Briefly examine and review the items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
• Cite the book, article, or source using the appropriate style.
• Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that evaluate the authority or background of the author, comment on the intended audience, compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, and explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic (University of Melbourne, 2019). University of Melbourne 2019, LibGuides, How to prepare an annotated bibliography, viewed 22/03/2019, http://unimelb.libguides.com/c.php?g=402850 .
The University of Wollongong provides an excellent summary of aspects to be covered in the notation:
• AUTHORITY- Who wrote it? What are their credentials? (i.e. PhD, Professor, unqualified writer)
• AUDIENCE – Who are the intended audience – e.g. Researchers? Students? Consumers?
• USEFULNESS – How useful is it to your paper? e.g. Is it a research article? Is it too scientific for your needs? Is it too general?
• COMPARISON – Is it similar to another work or in contrast to another work/author?
• CONCLUSIONS – Have the author(s) made any conclusions? What methods were used for evaluation?
• LIMITATIONS – Are there any limitations in the work/methods/conclusions?
How should you present your annotated bibliography?
You may consider constructing the bibliography in a tabular format with 10 rows of article and notation or in a paragraph type structure (as shown in the example below). Both are acceptable and 1 is not favoured over the other in terms of marking preference. Your aim should be for clarity and consistency.
Example Annotated Bibliography: using Harvard referencing style
The following is taken from University of Wollongong 2019, Annotated Bibliography Guide, Library, viewed 22/02/2019, https://www.library.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@lib/documents/doc/uow085511.pdf .
Trevor, CO, Lansford, B & Black, JW 2004, ‘Employee turnover and job performance: monitoring the influences of salary growth and promotion’, Journal of Armchair Psychology, vol.113, no.1, pp. 56-64.
In this article Trevor et al. review the influences of pay and job opportunities in respect to job performance, turnover rates and employee motivation. The authors use data gained through organisational surveys of blue-chip companies in Vancouver, Canada to try to identify the main causes of employee turnover and whether it is linked to salary growth. Their research focuses on assessing a range of pay structures such as pay for performance and organisational reward schemes. The article is useful to my research topic, as Trevor et al. suggest that there are numerous reasons for employee turnover and variances in employee motivation and performance. The main limitation of the article is that the survey sample was restricted to mid-level management, thus the authors indicate that further, more extensive, research needs to be undertaken to develop a more in-depth understanding of employee turnover and job performance. This article will not form the basis of my research; however it will be useful supplementary information for my research on pay structures.
Further Guides to Annotated Bibliographies:
• Writing an annotated bibliography (QUT Library) http://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/write/annotated_bib.jsp
• How to prepare an annotated bibliography (Cornell University Libraries) http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm
• How do I write an annotated bibliography? (CSU) http://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/learning/annotated/
As you will be creating an annotated bibliography, a separate reference list is not required at the end of the document. There is no requirement for any other report/type structural element such as abstract or appendix.
You must use the Harvard Referencing style throughout your bibliography.
Keep a MS Word backup of your Report submissions. If your assessment goes astray, whether your fault or ours, you will be required to re-produce it.
It is expected that all work submitted, will have been edited for spelling, grammar and clarity.
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