Saturday, April 26, 2014

BUS576 Team Project Instructions

Throughout the semester, student teams will produce a comprehensive report on evidence-based recommendations for management based on scientific research on Organizational Behavior. There are five parts of the analysis, and during each session the team will complete one part of the analysis and post it on the Team Project Site. These weekly postings constitute Team Assignments 2-6. 

During the last session, each team is required to give a live presentation through a virtual class meeting (hosted on Lync), and produce a final report based on the weekly analysis, instructor feedback, and insights from peers.

Create Team Project Site using Blogger (Team Assignment 1)
During the first week, your team will set up a Team Project Site like this one.
To do so, you will first create a new Gmail account for the team, and then use this new account to create a Blogger site.
Instructions for creating a Blogger site is available here

Configure the layout of the Team Project Site
1. Create five pages
  • Page 1: Project Overview
  • Page 2: Evidence-Based Recommendation 1
  • Page 3: Evidence-Based Recommendation 2
  • Page 4: Evidence-Based Recommendation 3
  • Page 5: Applications to Human Resource Management
2. Make these five pages tabs across the top (like how the template is designed.) You can do so by "Adding a Gadget" on the Layout page of the Dashboard. See instructions if needed.
  • "Add the Gadget" across the top, and then choose the "Pages" function.
  • Delete the Gadget's title (which is optional). The default title is "Pages." Delete it and save. 
3. Remove blog archive from the right-hand-side panel (by configuring the Layout on the blog Dashboard). 

Topic Choices
Team A. Managing individuals (Week 2 materials)
Team B. Managing teams (Week 3 materials)
Team C. Managing conflicts and negotiations (Week 4 materials)
Team D. Managing organizations (Week 5 materials)
(Individual Project) E. Motivating honesty/ethical behavior, and preventing fraud

Note that these are very broad topical areas. Your team is free to identify a narrow topic within the broad area. For example, it's completely fine to focus your team project on the topic of "employee fraud prevention" or "motivating employees to show up on time"

However, please make sure your topic does not duplicate evidence-based recommendations available through the textbook, or other evidence-based EIA materials. Some of our EIA materials or additional resources are not evidence based, and they could serve as great topics for your evidence-based research.

Positive Example for the Team Project
If you need some concrete and positive examples for what the instructor is looking for in the team project, take a look at these reports

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

Does Coaching Work and Does Anyone Care?

Sources for Team Work
You will need reliable sources of scientific research for building your evidence-based recommendations. In addition to the weekly resources available on the course website, you are encouraged to use these sites for identifying relevant materials. The easiest way to find cool ideas is to sign up for these blogs or newsletters so inspirations automatically come your way!

Greater Good at UC Berkeley
The Daily Stat by Harvard Business Review: Sign up for this free daily newsletter and you'll get a dosage of scientific research relevant for business every day
Our textbook author Jeffrey Pfeffer's blog offers many sources of insights and ideas
Our textbook author Bob Sutton's blog also offers great sources of brilliance
Dan Ariely's blog never offers wisdom without humor
Freakonomics offers scientific research disguised as entertainment!

On the Center for Evidence-Based Management site, You can find a comprehensive list of management researchers whose research work can serve as excellent sources of your evidence-based recommendation. 

You must follow guidelines available from the Week 1 instructor lecture, and the reading How to evaluate psychological sciences for organizations to evaluate the scientific literature that you are using as the basis of your recommendation. 

Accessing Research Articles
Most research articles are available for hefty fees. Luckily as a Chatham student, you can access research articles for free through our awesome library using your Chatham account. See the Chatham Library Guide for Business and Economics as a starting point. Contact our awesome librarian Ms. Kate Wenger if you have any questions regarding accessing research articles.

Searching Research Databases
Chatham's Library provides access to comprehensive research databases. You can also use Google Scholar for very quick and effective searches. However, most research articles that come up on Google Scholar results must be purchased. You should go to Chatham's library to obtain the article you need for free. The "cited by" link under each Google Scholar result, however, is a great little tool that allows you to very quickly find related articles and expand your search exponentially.