Organizational Strategy and Leadership

Additional Information
It is important to note that the unit of analysis for assignment 2 is an organisation (not
industry). You may choose an organisation that you are familiar with – either through your
employment (current or past) or simply by research.
 
This assignment involves research within the context of existing knowledge. Your
investigation may be based on both primary and secondary data that should be analyzed
and used to support a logically structured argument. It is important to recognize that mere
reporting of facts will be inadequate and I will look for evidence of critical review and
analysis.
 
You are expected to assess three distinct dimensions of strategy for the selected
organisation. The dimensions are:
 
 Generic business strategy
 Organisational culture
 Formal organisational structure
 
 
You must report the current status of each dimension and provide a critique of its relevance.
You need to clearly articulate the conclusions that you draw about these dimensions
individually. What linkages and consistency can you identify or infer within these
dimensions?
 
As stated earlier it is important to ensure that your assignment is not limited to reporting of
facts. While reporting of facts is important, it should lead to analysis and discussion to further
your argument. Statements and claims without any credible evidence do not add any value
to the quality of any assignment.
 
I expect that a good balance will be maintained for academic and professional sources of
information. I am concerned that many earlier assignments were driven by non-academic
Assessment Item 2 – MAN508: Organisational Strategy and Leadership
 
web sources such as QuickMBA.com, Docstoc.com, 123Helpme.com,
BusinessTimes100.com Marketing Teacher.com etc.
 
Assessment Criteria:
Your assignment will be assessed on multiple criteria including an ability to utilise
appropriate academic theories that can provide a framework for analysing various issues;
ability to develop and present an effective argument for the selected industry; ability to utilise
sources such as the Internet and University library facilities to search, locate and summarise
relevant information and data to develop and present your argument and an ability to
critically analyse information, formulate conclusions and exhibit original thought.
 
You must make an effort to use multiple sources of information in preparing your
assignment. These sources may include- articles from refereed journals (the most important
source), electronic database, newspapers, and in some cases (where feasible and
desirable) interviews with key stakeholders. Assignments will be assessed based on
demonstrated conceptual understanding, evidence of wide reading and research,
appropriate editing and consistent use of referencing.
 
Date Due: Friday, 27 May 2016
Assessment Value: 60% of final mark
Assessment Format: Typed double spaced with at least 2.5cm margins
following specified style requirements; Times New
Roman font 12.
2500-3000 words (plus appendices)
Reference Style: Harvard
Assignment text may be organized in either essay or report format. In either case it is
essential that you include a list of references.
Assessment Item 2 – MAN508: Organisational Strategy and Leadership
 
Plagiarism and Other Forms of Cheating: Plagiarism is a serious act of academic
misconduct. Please familiarize yourself with the University’s Policies on Examination and
Assessment, including plagiarism and other forms of cheating. Students must not submit
work that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course.
Late Assignment Submission: I am sympathetic to unforseen personal and professional
problems that might arise from time to time. However students are expected to submit their
work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system.  Extensions will only be given
for medical or other serious reasons. Requests for extensions must be emailed to the
lecturer of the course, preferably before the due date.  Each request will be assessed on its
merits.  Late assignments (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% reduction
for each day the assignment is late.
 
Please retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
Assessment Item 2 – MAN508: Organisational Strategy and Leadership
 
Student Name: ………………………………………………………………………………..
Student Number: ……………………………………………………………………………..
Introduction  15
Clarity of problem and or issues
Outline of investigation method
Body  60
Review of current and relevant  literature
Extent of research effort
Quality of research
Nature of supporting evidence for arguments
Logical sequence
Arguments, critique and original thought
Conclusion  15
Whether all assessment items addressed
Appropriate recommendations (if any with justification)
Justifiable conclusion
Others items  10
Consistent layout and format
Evidence of careful editing
Accurate referencing
 
 
TOTAL  100

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