• April 22nd, 2016

Organisational Behaviour – management and leadership with culturally diverse workforces

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Task

This assessment task requires that you synthesise your understanding of organisational culture and leadership with your theoretical and practical knowledge of OB in Australian organisations. The focus of this activity is to determine how the practice of OB must be redesigned and realigned in multiethnic/multicultural contexts to ensure cultural appropriateness and to achieve organisational effectiveness.

Scenario

Australia has one of the world’s most culturally diverse workforces. Managing different cultural workgroups has ongoing implications on the success of the organisation. However, cultural differences leading to conflicts caused by ineffective communication and increasing moral and ethical degradation at workplaces continue to be issues of growing concern. Furthermore, as the workforce becomes more diverse and multigenerational, labour power may force improvement in the employment relationship and call for different kinds of leaderships. Recently, exploratory studies conducted in Australia have examined the blend of leadership styles/behaviours that different cultural workgroups preferred their managers to exhibit.

Using both literature and publicly available data:

  1. Identify and critically analyse and discuss the communication challenges that a leader would expect to encounter in relation to the cultural diversity of many Australian organisations.
  2. Critically discuss how leaders can address the ethical issues related to the cultural diversity in many Australian organisations.
  3. Identify, synthesise and critically discuss an optimal mix of leadership styles/behaviours which would be aligned with managing culturally diverse workplaces; these should be sufficiently flexible, and able to be appropriately adopted in Australian organisations.

Rationale

The purpose of the assignment is to build up a specific understanding of managing a multicultural workforce and behavioural practices. This is a multi-strand knowledge gathering research that focuses on critical strategic issues in leadership and employee behaviour.

Marking criteria

There are three key themes to be addressed, all in relation to culturally diverse Australian organisations.

  1. Identify, critically analyse and discuss the communication challenges that a leader would expect to encounter in culturally diverse Australian organisations (10 marks – see marking guide below: Information=3; Critique=3; Application=4).
  2. Critically discuss how leaders can confront the ethical issues related to culturally diverse workforces in Australian organisations (10 marks – (10 marks – see marking guide below: Information=3; Critique=3; Application=4).
  3. Identify and critically discuss the appropriate leadership models/styles for managing culturally diverse workplaces in Australian organisations (10 marks – see marking guide below: Information=3; Critique=3; Application=4).

 

  1. Correct use of spelling, puncuation, grammar, syntax, and sematics; well-organised structure; the use of academic style of writing and the correct use of APA6 referencing (10 marks).

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