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Human Resource Management: BUSS 5302: Managing the Global Workforce - SP5 2019

1. Assignment details

For this assignment you will need to write a report about an Australian organisation that has NOT expanded overseas. 

For full assessment details please refer to your course outline

2. Plan your search

To begin your assessment, map out your question.

  • Identify the key concepts in the assignment question and any synonyms you could use
  • Remove task words from your assignment question eg. how, describe, analyse
  • Use the course readings or reliable websites to understand your topic
  • Think about what types of information you need - which parts of your argument need references as supporting evidence?
  • Explore relevant theories that might apply to your topic
  • Check the assignment requirements - do you need to use recent information?

For more tips watch this short (2:26) video.

3. Finding information on Australian companies

You can search or browse for Australian companies in IBISWorld​.

IBISWorld contains profiles of the top 2,000 Australian company profiles based on revenue.

To browse Australian companies select Company Research > Australia Company Reports. You will then be able to search by company name or browse through companies alphabetically or by industry.

Screenshot of IBISWorld Australian Company Reports menu item

Please note IBISWorld also includes foreign-owned companies or companies which have expanded internationally. Make sure you choose a company that operates in Australia.

For more information on how to find Australian company information have a look at our Company and industry information guide.

4. Finding information

The Library Catalogue can be a useful starting point in locating academic references. It searches across the Library’s collection of print and electronic books, DVDs, journals and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases.

To do a search, try using

  • double quotes for phrases
  • truncation* to find the plural and other forms of a word
  • connect using AND, OR and NOT

Example catalogue search

At the results list you can:

  • Limit to articles from Peer Reviewed publications 
  • Limit by Date eg 2015 to 2019
  • See the full text for many items by selecting the title, then look for the Online link

Complete the Library Catalogue interactive tutorial for additional searching tips.

You can search databases to find quality journal articles on your topic.  To find which databases are best suited to your subject area, go to the Database subject list, and select the > next to the Business and Management heading. For this course choose the Human resource management databases.

Most databases have a limiting feature which will allow you to retrieve items published within a particular year or year range e.g. 2013-2018.

Business Source Complete is a large international database which includes many premium peer-reviewed, business related journals and indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals, dating back as far as 1886.

Content covers all areas of business, including human resource management,  management and international business. Just enter your keywords into the search box to start searchingYou can limit your search to retrieve only peer-reviewed articles by ticking the scholarly/peer reviewed option. You can also limit your search by date range.

Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than over the whole internet like a regular Google Search. For more information on using Google Scholar, have a look at our Beyond Google for your Research Guide. Click on the image below to learn how to use Google Scholar effectively.

By accessing Google Scholar from within the library website, you will be able link directly to articles that the Library has access to by clicking on the Fulltext at UniSA link.

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5. Write Your Assignment

You also need to understand the requirements of your assignment. The Student Engagement Unit has created a suite of resources called Study Help that can help you understand different assignment types.

Have a look at:

6. How to write a report

Now that you have done your research it is time to put all of your information together. Watch this short video (approx 3 mins) for tips on how to write a report.

image of an information icon For more help on improving your academic skills and referencing, please visit the Study Help page.

7. Referencing and academic skills

Referencing Roadmap (Harvard)

Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!

What do you do with all those references you have found?

Use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote. There are also many free systems available.

Watch Managing Your References or have a look at the Managing References guide to decide which tool is best for you and then get started. 

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