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Foundations of Organisational Behaviour (IB1230)
Referencing Assessment

Submission deadline: 12.00 noon, 9th December 2014, via my.wbs

Using this form, please supply one (1) reference source and one (1) evaluation for each of the listed reference source types. All sources should relate to one (1) of the six (6) assignment topics listed below.

Enter your Student Number: 1431334

First, select one (1) of the following themes on which you are basing your answers:

 Groups and teams  Ford & Taylor  Conflict Perspectives

 Science of management theory  Manager vs. Leader  Hawthorne Experiments

Second, locate one reference source of each of the following types and do both of the following:
1. For each source, provide the full reference formatted in the Harvard Style.
2. For each source, write an evaluation (150 words maximum) of the reliability and trustworthiness of the chosen reference material i.e. explain why the reference material you cite is a credible source.

Source 1 – Chapter in an edited book
Godard, J., 2014. Conflict in Capitalism In: W. K. Roche, P. Teague, A. J. S. Colvin, eds. 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Conflict Management in Organizations. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ch. 2.
This book has an undeniable upper-hand over many others due to its up-to-date information. As sources of conflict and structure of industries have undergone various changes throughout the years, this recent publication (2014) is best able to reflect recent perspectives applicable to the present industrial world.

With regards to its publisher, Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world and also the second-oldest (founded in 1586), thus having an established reputation that increases its credibility.

The author, John Godard, is currently a professor in University of Manitoba. He has attained a Business Communication (Honours) and MBA from the University of Manitoba and also a Ph.D from Cornell University. Qualifications aside, he is presently Chief Editor of British Journal of Industrial Relations and has previously done work for governments of Manitoba, Canada and Great Britain. These, coupled with 23 years of teaching experience, surely has contributed to his trustworthiness.

Source 2 – Online journal article
Provis, C. (1996). Unitarism, Pluralism, Interests and Values. British Journal of Industrial Relations [Online], 34(4), pp.473-495. Available at: <> [Accessed: 28 November 2014]
This online journal article was published in British Journal of Industrial Relations, the leading British Industrial Relations journal and the third most highly ranked industrial relations journal worldwide, making it a reliable source.
In addition to being peer-reviewed, the article was written by a credible author, Chris Provis, who has been involved in many research publications regarding employee relations.
As this article was published in 1996, it is arguable that some content and data may no longer be relevant to current situations. For instance, some may argue that articles such as Strategic choices in pluralist and unitarist employment relations: A study of Australian telecommunications (2009) may be preferable as it involves a recent case-study. However, the chosen article does lay the foundations of unitarism and pluralism and is still cited in recent publications such as International Journal of Human Resource Management in 2012, suggesting that it is still relatively useful.

Source 3 – Government or market research report

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2011. Understanding the Behaviour and Decision Making of Employees in Conflicts and Disputes at Work. [pdf] London: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Available at: