Much of organization theory (and thinking about business in general) has evolved and emerged in the era before the internet, and before the rapid pace of change that we are familiar with now.
In today’s business and organization environment, two of the most frequently heard words are ‘disruption’ and ‘innovation’.
The task for this assignment is to focus on ONE aspect of organization theory (your choice) that we look at it in this course (i.e. any element of our text in chapters that we cover), and consider it in light of EITHER disruption OR innovation.
This guide should help you get your research started.
The two most important parts of your search are always;
The right place for most of your Business research is Business Source Complete, but you can find other potential databases listed on this guide under "Articles" or "Books".
Select your topic from those you've covered in class. Choose one that you're familiar enough with that you know the best terminology to use and you'll recognize articles that are relevant to your topic - they won't all have the exact wording you expect. Computers don't think or interpret your ideas; they look for the letters you tell them to find. You can't ask a scholarly database a question, only look for key terms. So give some thought to what terms might be useful to your topic.
Example: How does disruption change the profile of advances and disadvantages of organization size?
Here's an example of a very complex search:
In the first box, several options for "business" are entered, with OR between them:
In the second box, options for "size" are entered (also with OR between them):
In the third box, "digital economy" is entered. The boxes are joined with AND.
What happens? the system looks for all items that include any of the terms in the first box AND ALSO contain any of the terms in the second box AND "digital economy".
The Harvard Business Review is the most influential business periodical in the world, and you should look at it. It's ONLY available online through the Business Source Complete database. You can search it on its own, or include it in your search of all content. Alternately, use Journals A-Z to search Harvard Business Review, and follow the link to all the available issues in Business Source Complete.
Set the search to look ONLY in this publication using the following steps.
3. Under "Browse for:", enter "harvard". Click "Browse".
4. A list of publications starting with the word "Harvard" is displayed. Find th e title and click on it.
5. The resulting screen shows details for Harvard Business Review, including the dates covered.
The system enters a search term to limit searches to the Harvard Business Review. Enter your search terms in the rows below it.
This can be quicker, and it finds articles in other publications at the same time.
Click on the box to see only the articles from a specific publication. Un-click it later to see everything again.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review is an influential periodical for people interested in the social and environmental and community aspects of organization, business and management. It's available through the Business Source Complete database.
Use the same techniques to find articles in this publication that you used for the Harvard Business Review.