HOLI STAR information 2015-2016+ Application Form + instruction for application (motivation letter)

The HOLI module STAR variant HOLISTAR 2015-2016

Author: Fons Wijnhoven

Date: February 12, 2016

Learning objective

The HOLI module is designed to give students the opportunity to excel in the HRM, OB, Business Law, and Information Management disciplines in an initial stage. The module also challenges students to merge these insights with scientific methodological, business and reflective skills in solving a real business problem. Yet, some students may aim at more in-depth insights, which is offered to them by:

1.

More in-depth studies in the HOLI disciplines in next year study and electives.

2.

More in-depth analysis and solving of real business problems during bachelor and master thesis and internships.

3.

More in-depth reflection on what actually has been done and learned in the module project.

The third objective is offered here in the HOLISTAR track.

Students who participate in the HOLISTAR program are given reflective project methodological assignments related to the HOLI module project and will discuss their ideas in an action rules which will be used to update and improve the project manual and add the project manual with illustrative material from their HOLI project case.

Learning method

For each project step (problem ID, causes and consequences, alternatives generation, choice, action planning) a lecture will be organized that…

1.

Gives a summarization and discussion of a key related classic article for this step.

2.

The HOLISTAR members will evaluate what actually has been done and what learning lessons can be drawn from this for the group by discussing per step what grounding assumptions and what method variant actually has been used by the student team, answers what-if questions if another approach would have been taking.

3.

Updating of the respective chapter from the project manual and the addition of illustrative material from their HOLI case.

Selection criteria:

1.

Belonging to the top 10% performers in TOP and BOM.

2.

A high motivation presentation in a short (max 400 words) convincing letter. This letter should minimally include the following:

1.

Motivation for studying HRM

2.

Motivation for studying Organizational Behavior.

3.

Motivation for studying Business Law.

4.

Motivation for studying Information Management.

5.

Motivation for reflection about project results and methods.

6.

Motivation for extra reflective assignments and possible additional reading.

7.

Availability for the extra HOLISTAR meetings (six times).

8.

Willingness to collaborate with other HOLISTARS on enhancing a manual for consulting projects.

9.

Excellent usage of English, great structure, and a professional layout.

Because of the six extra meetings and possible extra reading, we expect that a HOLISTAR may need about 24 hours extra for this effort.

Based on both the letter of motivation and the study results in TOP and BOM, a selection is made of around 10-15 students that will be invited to join the HOLISTAR program. Each of the HOLISTAR participants must be a full participant of a HOLI project team. To be considered for the HOLISTAR program, students should have passed the exams of the TOP and BOM modules organized before March 9, 13:00h , 2016.

The selection process will be as follows:

Week # in HOLI

Activity

Before HOLI; Mid February

Announcement of HOLISTAR objectives and start of application submissions

Begin of March

HOLISTAR selection finished and published

 

 

The HOLISTAR

Upon successful completion of these assignments the students will receive the HOLISTAR. The IBA diploma supplement will state that the student has successfully completed the HOLISTAR. For students participating in at least four out of six STAR versions of the IBA modules, a special rule for graduation with distinction is stated in the exam regulations.

Project step

When?

Preliminary literature list

Session -1

26 Feb

Introduction, explanation, recruiting

Session 0

22 April

First meeting, plans and interests. Assignment: read the manual.

Session 1: Problem identification

Week 22

(Franco & Meadows, 2006)

Deliver problem ID per case

Session 2: Theory & methodology

Week 23

(Edmondson & Mcmanus, 2007)

Deliver methodological reflection

Session 3: Alternatives generation & choice

Week 24

(Franco & Meadows, 2006)

Deliver method and results of choice

Session 4: Action plan

Week 25

(Lindblom, 1959)(Ocasio & Joseph, 2008)

Deliver a method and result of a planning activity

Session 5: Evaluate and compile results

Week 26

Updated manual

Grading

Tutors will check:

1.

HOLISTAR active reading of papers and active at discussions during the HOLISTAR meetings.

2.

HOLISTAR evaluation of each step in terms of new possible action rules for the manual.

3.

HOLISTAR presence and active participation in the HOLISTAR meetings.

4.

Each HOLISTAR writes illustrative experiences from the HOLI team work.

All these activities have to be completed satisfactory to earn the HOLISTAR.

References per step

This list is suggested reading

Wijnhoven, F. & K. Dekker (2016) Project manual HOLI. PFD at BB.

Edmondson, A. C., & Mcmanus, S. E. (2007). Methodological fit in management field research. Academy of Management Review, 32(4), 1155–1179. doi:10.5465/AMR.2007.26586086

Franco, L. A., & Meadows, M. (2006). Exploring new directions for research in problem structuring methods: on the role of cognitive style. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 58(12), 1621–1629. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602346

Lindblom, C. E. (1959). The science of“ muddling through.” Public Administration Review, 79–88.

Ocasio, W., & Joseph, J. (2008). Rise and Fall - or Transformation?. The Evolution of Strategic Planning at the General Electric Company, 1940-2006. Long Range Planning, 41(3), 248–272. doi:10.1016/j.lrp.2008.02.010

HOLI STAR Application

HOLI STAR 2015-2016

The deadline of application for the STAR version of HOLI is 13:00h on 9 March 2016. Application is only possible by filling in this form.

Student Information







Motivation Letter

Students are expected to write a short (max 400 words) convincing letter of motivation. This letter should minimally include the following:
1. Motivation for studying HRM
2. Motivation for studying Organizational Behavior.
3. Motivation for studying Business Law.
4. Motivation for studying Information Management.
5. Motivation for performing a consulting project.
6. Motivation to take motivational leadership roles in the team.
7. View of and motivation for taking intellectual leadership roles in a team.
8. Motivation for reflection about project results and methods.
9. Motivation for extra reflective assignments and possible additional reading.
10. Availability for all Tutor Meetings.
11. Availability for the extra HOLISTAR meetings (six times).
12. Willingness to collaborate with other HOLISTARS on developing a manual for consulting projects.


The questions marked with an * are required.