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The Breadth component Module: Descriptive Analysis of Theories / Theorists

The Breadth component Module: Descriptive Analysis of Theories / Theorists he next component, the Depth, reviews recent literature that explores methods and practices implemented by SHRM professionals. The application component integrates the concepts derived from the Breadth and Depth by creating and designing a deliverable for SHRM practitioners. The deliverable consists of a training package that illustrates and promotes implementation techniques for SHRM practitioners. Breadth

Breadth Objectives

  1. Describe and analyze the theories of Schon, Mintzberg, and Ulrich.
  2. Critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these theoretical perspectives as                they relate to decision-making in organizations.
  3. Compare and contrast theories of decision-making as proposed by Schon, Mintzberg, and Ulrich.

Breadth References

Mintzberg, H. (2004). Managers, not MBAs: A hard look at the soft practice of managing and                     management development. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.   Mintzberg, H. (2009). Managing. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Schön, D. A. (1983). The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action (Vol. 5126). Basic books.   Ulrich, D, Allen, J, Brockbank, W., Younger, J., & Nyman, M. (2009). HR Transformation: Building Human Resources from the Outside In. Salt Lake City: The RBL Institute.

Descriptive Analysis of Theories / Theorists

  • Who developed the theory, or who were the major contributors?
  • Who uses the theory?
  • When was the theory developed?
  • Is the theory still applicable or are there conflicts?
  • What is the theory about?
  • What does the theory explain?
  • What might it predict?
  • What confidence is there in this theory / theorist?
  • What are the key variables?
  • What are the key characteristics or properties?
  • What are some examples of the application of this theory / theorist?
  • Where does it apply (scope)?
  • Where does it not apply?
  • How is it used in practice?
  • How might it be used?
  • How was it tested?
  • How has the approach to research changed over time?
  • Why is this theory / theorist important?
Some definitions may be helpful. According to Cooper and Schindler (2003), a proposition is “a statement about concepts that may be judged as true or false” (p. 50). A hypothesis is “a proposition formulated for empirical testing” (p. 50). A theory “is a set of systematically interrelated concepts, definitions, and propositions that are advanced to explain and predict phenomena” (p. 54). Finally, provide an example of the theory or an application of it in real life. This should be a simple example or application such that most people could understand it

Name of Theory 1 / Theorist 1 [Replace “Name of Theory 1 / Theorist 1” heading with the name of the appropriate theory / theorist / method]

[Text begins here.  Provide a critical analysis of the first theory / theorist / method on this KAM topic and an example of how the theory is applied.]

Name of Theory 2 / Theorist 2 [Replace with name of theory / theorist / method]

[Text begins here.  Provide a critical analysis of the second theory / theorist / method on this KAM topic and an example of how the theory is applied.]

Name of Theory 3 / Theorist 3 [Replace with name of theory / theorist / method]

[Text begins here.  Provide a critical analysis of the third theory / theorist / method on this KAM topic and an example of how the theory is applied.]

Strengths and Weaknesses

[Text begins here. Critically analyze the strengths and weakness of each theory / theorist in light of the topics of interest. For example, list and discuss the primary strengths and weaknesses of each theory / theorist. Who argues that these are strengths or weaknesses; where are these strengths and weaknesses found; or where does convergence or conflict exists for example?  Delete the text within this paragraph and including these square brackets.]

Name of Theory 1 / Theorist Strengths and Weaknesses [Replace with name of theory / theorist / method]

[Text begins here. The strengths of this theory / theorist are (a) … , (b), …..

Name of Theory 2 / Theorist Strengths and Weaknesses [Replace with name of theory / theorist / method]

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Name of Theory 3 / Theorist Strengths and Weaknesses [Replace with name of theory / theorist / method]

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Compare and Contrast

[Text begins here. Compare and contrast these theories / theorists / methods. For example, how are they similar and how do they differ? Is the similarity or difference minimal or substantive – in other words, what is the degree of similarity or difference? Delete the text within this paragraph and including these square brackets.]

Names of Theories / Theorists 1 and 2d [Replace with names of theories / theorists / methods]

[Text begins here. Compare and contrast theories / theorists / methods 1 and 2.]

Names of Theories / Theorists 1 and 3 [Replace names of theories / theorists / methods]

[Text begins here. Compare and contrast theories / theorists / methods 1 and 3.]

Names of Theories / Theorists 2 and 3 [Replace names of theories / theorists / methods]

[Text begins here. Compare and contrast theories / theorists / methods 2 and 3.]

Integrated Critical Analysis

[Text begins here. Provide an integrated critical analysis of the theories / theorists / methods covered above. This could include a synthesis and/or evaluation of the assumptions and contributions of major theories, models, and conceptual frameworks.]

Conclusions

[Text begins here. Provide a summary and/or conclusions of the major points discussed in the Breadth component along with a brief transition statement connecting the Breadth and Depth components.]]]>

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