SIM336 – STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT - 25586

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  • Due on: Sun 22 Sep, 2013 (01:26am)
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You are required to submit an individual report of 3,000 ±10% words, which can be based on an organization or idea of your own choice.

The strategic analysis must be related to a recognised aspect of business policy, strategic management or the philosophical underpinning of a particular methodology within the public or private sector strategic management domain.

The assignment (Part 2) you submit, as part of the final submission may be a slightly modified version of the initial idea because as you progress, your research may cause you to re-think your ideas. Minor changes are allowed to give you some freedom. Major changes of the idea (e.g. changing the whole topic) should not be necessary, as your initial research should have got you beyond any major stumbling blocks with your topic.

 

 

The report must be written in a recognised style, i.e. table of contents, introduction, main analysis, conclusions, recommendations, references and bibliography. You must apply the Harvard system of referencing in your report.

 

 

Objectives

To analyse a business policy or strategic management topic, to carry out individual research or evaluation of an organization.

 

 

Requirements

Meet the learning outcomes listed above, identify and critically analyse fundamental issues related to strategic management. Undertake a study that shows clear evidence of synthesis and evaluation.

 

There are a number of ways you might carry out this assignment: here are a few ideas:

  • Use a theoretical model to reflect upon the reality (practice) of a situation. Use theory to predict the outcomes of practice. Use practice to reflect upon / modify theory;

 

  • Compare theory and practice: Does M.E. Porter’s (1985) model of competition support the experience of practitioners? i.e. use a practical example /case / issue to reflect on Porter’s model(s) and examine success and / or failure.
  • A case study approach: Is Steve Ballmer, C.E.O. managing Microsoft as effectively as he might? i.e. do an analysis of Microsoft’s performance in  relation to declared (or undeclared) strategy and the efficacy of his strategy.
  • A recovery plan: My advice to the Chief Executive Officer of the News Corporation is ……i.e. suggest a way forward for the organization in light of their debacle over the telephone “Hacking” scandal and their pursuit of organizational growth.
  • A risk management strategy: My advice to British Petroleum’s Chief Executive Officer in light of their environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

These are merely examples of approaches you might take; thinking up your own ideas might be more productive and fun.

 

 

 

Assessment Criteria

Your seminar tutor on the basis of the following general criteria will assess the paper:

 

  • Content - the quality of research and analysis undertaken and the use of initiative in finding sources of information;

 

  • Process - the quality and clarity of the assignment and your ability to demonstrate command over the subject area and the development of a case or argument;

 

  • Discretion - additional credit may be awarded to a student who tackles a difficult subject well.

 

 

The assignment will be graded for individuals on the basis of the specific criteria outlined on the following page.

 

The “Presentation” element of the Generic Assessment Criteria will be used to assess the report structure.

You are required to submit an individual report of 3,000 ±10% words, which can be based on an organization or idea of your own choice.

The strategic analysis must be related to a recognised aspect of business policy, strategic management or the philosophical underpinning of a particular methodology within the public or private sector strategic management domain.

The assignment (Part 2) you submit, as part of the final submission may be a slightly modified version of the initial idea because as you progress, your research may cause you to re-think your ideas. Minor changes are allowed to give you some freedom. Major changes of the idea (e.g. changing the whole topic) should not be necessary, as your initial research should have got you beyond any major stumbling blocks with your topic.

 

 

The report must be written in a recognised style, i.e. table of contents, introduction, main analysis, conclusions, recommendations, references and bibliography. You must apply the Harvard system of referencing in your report.

 

 

Objectives

To analyse a business policy or strategic management topic, to carry out individual research or evaluation of an organization.

 

 

Requirements

Meet the learning outcomes listed above, identify and critically analyse fundamental issues related to strategic management. Undertake a study that shows clear evidence of synthesis and evaluation.

 

There are a number of ways you might carry out this assignment: here are a few ideas:

  • Use a theoretical model to reflect upon the reality (practice) of a situation. Use theory to predict the outcomes of practice. Use practice to reflect upon / modify theory;

 

  • Compare theory and practice: Does M.E. Porter’s (1985) model of competition support the experience of practitioners? i.e. use a practical example /case / issue to reflect on Porter’s model(s) and examine success and / or failure.
  • A case study approach: Is Steve Ballmer, C.E.O. managing Microsoft as effectively as he might? i.e. do an analysis of Microsoft’s performance in  relation to declared (or undeclared) strategy and the efficacy of his strategy.
  • A recovery plan: My advice to the Chief Executive Officer of the News Corporation is ……i.e. suggest a way forward for the organization in light of their debacle over the telephone “Hacking” scandal and their pursuit of organizational growth.
  • A risk management strategy: My advice to British Petroleum’s Chief Executive Officer in light of their environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

These are merely examples of approaches you might take; thinking up your own ideas might be more productive and fun.

 

 

 

Assessment Criteria

Your seminar tutor on the basis of the following general criteria will assess the paper:

 

  • Content - the quality of research and analysis undertaken and the use of initiative in finding sources of information;

 

  • Process - the quality and clarity of the assignment and your ability to demonstrate command over the subject area and the development of a case or argument;

 

  • Discretion - additional credit may be awarded to a student who tackles a difficult subject well.

 

 

The assignment will be graded for individuals on the basis of the specific criteria outlined on the following page.

 

The “Presentation” element of the Generic Assessment Criteria will be used to assess the report structure.

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