Your individual essay or report requires you to critique a published paper on issues pertaining to family business, entrepreneurs and innovation.
Your assignment must
• be your own original work (please speak with me if you have any doubts about what this means).
• have all relevant information on the cover (name, student number, module name and number,
assignment title, due date, word count).
• be no longer than 2000 words.
• have proper references using the Harvard system of referencing.
• be written in English – although there are no specific marks allocated for grammar, punctuation
and spelling, overall impression is important and can affect marks awarded. Concise and cogent arguments are encouraged.
The assignment will be marked according to the following criteria:
• the degree of critical evaluation and analysis in the arguments made (descriptive submissions are likely to receive low marks).
• clear identification of the main arguments presented in the paper and topic areas of Strategic Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
• the degree to which your arguments are underpinned by relevant theory from the papers or any textbooks that you have consulted to facilitate your analysis.
• evidence of a range and depth of background reading conducted to facilitate your critical analysis and comments.
• overall evaluative conclusion based on logical argument and your overall conclusion based on comments on how the paper being critiqued might be improved.
• scope of reading and research demonstrated in the answer by appropriate referencing.
Other considerations include:
• clarity and structure of the arguments (essay format with appropriate introduction and conclusions should be used).
• use of appropriate examples.
• overall presentation, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Distribution of marks for the assignment:
10% Presentation and Layout.
10% Characteristics of the papers available for selection and rational of your paper choice. 20% Discussion of the area of coverage by the paper and related theories.
40% Critical analysis of the papers findings and contribution to knowledge.
20% Your personal thoughts on the paper.
Guidelines on critiquing a published paper
Although there is no one best way to assess information from published papers critically, it is however useful to take a systematic approach and use a framework to base your judgement and evaluations on. Below are four broad headings that you may wish to adopt to conduct your evaluation of a published paper.
Ascetics of the Paper
a. Readability of the paper – jargon or plain English
b. Who’s the audience – practioners or academics?
c. Who’s the publisher?
d. Flow of arguments, ideas in the paper – are they logical?
e. Use of diagrams, charts and tables – graphically presentations?
Area of investigation of the paper
a. Aims and Objectives of paper – are they reasonable? b. Theoretical underpinning
c. Depth and breath of literature review in the paper
d. Citations used – are they from leading authors?
e. Mastery of the subject
Validity of the paper and research
a. Empirical evidence – data collection method b. Adequacy of the methods used to collect data c. Adequacy and relevance of data analysis
d. Contribution to knowledge
e. Timeliness of the research
Conclusions and Findings
a. Your personal thoughts on the paper
b. The papers ability to meet the journals objectives
c. Does the paper cover important areas of debate and current issues?
d. What could the authors have done better in or how could they have improved the paper?
Hint: there is no reason why the above headings should be responded to in equal length. You may find that the second and third headings have more relevance and importance than the other areas.
The paper that needs to be crtiqued is attached.
Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Coursework
Number of sources: 15
Academic level: Junior (college 3rd year)
Paper format: Harvard
Line spacing: Single
Language style: US English