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HRM320 Research Skills Guide: Assessment 2

Case Analysis on Diversity

For Assessment Item 2 you are to present a critical analysis of the case study that will be given to you in week 5 of the session. Please refer to your subject outline for in depth information of the task. 

The main body of the report includes the following sections:

  • An Introduction that includes a clear description of the issue of diversity especially in a cross-cultural setting, and includes a brief discussion on why diversity is an important and current Human Resource Issue in organisations.
  • Identification and analysis of three problems in the case, keeping in mind cross-cultural differences. You should include relevant facts in the case to support your analysis and you must include relevant literature to support the analysis of problems.
  • Identification of alternative strategies that can be adopted to solve the problems in the case. Each alternative can deal with one or more than one of the problems you identified in the case.
  • Critical evaluation of the alternative strategies focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of the alternatives. You need to present an in-depth analysis of each of the alternatives presented and you must include relevant literature to support the analysis.
  • Provide and discuss specific recommendations to solve the problems you have identified. You need to integrate some references to support your recommendations.
  • Conclusion

It is greatly emphasised throughout the task that you should include relevant literature to support your analysis. As well as using Primo Search and A-Z Databases, there is a wealth of other sources from where you can draw useful information relevant to your topic. Refer to the box below and the following tabs to guide you more extensively through the process of searching and evaluating literature..


There are many different types of resources which might offer information on the topic you are researching, but you need to consider whether the source is scholarly or authoritative enough for an academic assignment. (If in doubt, check with your lecturer.)

Source type*: Use this source to:
  • Get an overview, introduction, and/or background on a topic
  • Get in-depth information about a broad topic
Journal article   
  • Access the latest research and ideas on your topic
  • Learn about varied perspectives on a topic
  • Examine a topic in very specific detail
  • Get the latest current affairs and business information
  • Investigate public attitudes to topics and issues
  • Locate reports and documents from government, academic, or professional organisations
  • Find background or introductory information
  • Familiarise yourself with the topic

Reference material

(dictionaries, encyclopaedias)

  • Find factual and statistical information on a topic
  • Get an overview of a subject
  • Find definitions
  • Use subject specific resources to decipher the "jargon" of your topic

*Source type includes both hard copy and online versions of the source (for example, books includes both hard copy books and ebooks

Book and eBook Resources

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