[Authentic] Reflective essay questions and assessment

Reflective essay questions and assessment guidelines (500 words)
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Think about: why are there different perspectives to studying strategy? Which perspective would you adopt if you were designing this course?
There are three journal articles that are assigned readings which are attached. The articles representing different viewpoints in a debate relevant to the strategy field of knowledge. And across the articles, there is a storyline that, in some cases, depicts the evolution of the debate over time. In the reflective essay assessment, you will record your reflections on the all three articles of readings.
You would read these papers carefully. Our interest is in the overall ideas of the papers, rather than their intricate technical details. You should then also search for and gather more journal papers that are relevant to the topic. Your reflective piece would be all the better if you reach out to more papers.
As the third step, I would like you to sit back and reflect on what you have read. Think about being in an intellectual cafe, conversing with the group of authors of the papers you have read. What would you say to them about their collective work? Do you think their collective work is interesting and important? Is it compelling? Is it exciting? Do you think that, as a group, they have been on the right track to finding answers to the issues they have been debating? Do you think there could be ways to integrate their work together? Is there a storyline that connects their work together? If they invite you to come back again to join them for coffee so they can listen to your deep insights, what would your comments to them look like? These are some of the questions that you might keep in mind while reflecting on the papers.
(a) A very brief overview of the papers to reflect on (at the minimum, these should consist of the assigned papers). In the overview, your focus should be on highlighting the storyline that connects the papers (three articles). What we don’t want is a “he said this”, “she said that” account.
(b) The larger part of the reflective report should be your own reflections on what you have read. You need to try and bring precision and coherency into your reflection, and also, you need to try and demonstrate deeper levels of thinking and insight. You need to say what you might do as a scholar to either extend the body of work you have just read. For example, you might suggest ways of evaluating competing arguments or standpoints in the debate. Or, alternatively, you might suggest ways to integrate the competing viewpoints in the literature into one coherent, mutually compatible view. Whatever you do, you should try hard to make unique and insightful observations. After all, this is a reflective piece and not a standard essay assignment. Use figures, tables, or charts if they better convey your ideas. But do also describe your figures and charts in the text.
(c) Finally, you need to include full references to all the papers you have read and reflected on in this piece. Harvard style referencing is what we usually require. Marking criteria for the reflective essay assessment
Overview of the chosen set of studies (succinct synthesis, strong storyline) 30%
Reflection on the set of readings (depth of reflection, suggestion for integrating the studies, proposal for taking the conversation forward) 60%
Overall professionalism, report structure and style, writing, etc 10%
 

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