Posted: September 17th, 2017
“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
-Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901-1909)
If President Roosevelt wasn’t so busy being President he might have written an excellent book on strategic management!
All organisations need to adopt proactive strategic management. To ‘stand still’ is not an option (if you want to remain in existence)!
This doesn’t mean that organisations always get it right but it’s important that they do it.
In the unit we cover a wide range of Strategic Management issues including numerous case studies in varying depth.
There is obviously not enough time to cover everything in depth.
This assignment enables students to examine in more detail Strategic Management in companies / organisations that are of particular interest to them.
It can also be started from ‘Day 1’ of the semester and will enable students to explore the wonderful world of strategic management by doing their own research on how it is practiced in an organisation that is of interest to them.
You are to select an organisation and prepare an assignment on how Strategic Management was/is practiced in that organisation.
You can look at a bad example or a good one or even a bad example that became good.
In doing so you should use the concepts you have learnt from this subject and your own research.
Instructions / Rules
1.The report should have appropriate headings and subheadings.
2.In your report include references to other websites and articles.
3.Ensure you have an appropriate Executive Summary.
4.This work should be in one document such as Microsoft Word. This assignment should be typed using Times New Roman font size 12, single spacing with appropriate headings and attention to spelling and grammar. The report should not exceed fifteen (10) pages (excluding the list of references).
5.You should read additional material which should be included your sources in a list of references at the end of your assignment.
Normal University referencing rules apply.
Students should use the Harvard (Author-Date) Style because it is the common style used in the Strategic Management discipline.
6.You are able to use any e.g. graphics you want. Feel free to be creative.
7.Whilst the assignment should follow academic standards in relation to non-plagiarism, recognition of sources etc.; the report presented should be of a professional (business) standard in terms of content and layout. It should include:
A Table of Contents
An Executive Summary
Appropriate use of headings, sub headings etc.
Single spacing and no ‘widows and orphans’ (paragraphs that go over a page)
8.The assignment is due at the start of the week 6 lecture, otherwise it will be considered late (this attracts a 10% per day penalty or part thereof).
9.While the final details are being sorted out you must also submit also your work ‘online’ – through the unit’s Moodle site using Turnitin
Your lecturer will advise you of exactly what he wants you to do.
10.You should also physically hand your lecturer a hard (printed) copy of the assignment prior to the commencement of the lecture.
11.Your assignment must have the correct TOP sheet as its first page.
12.Please ensure a thorough edit and spell check using English (Australian). Minor errors, typographical mistakes and poor spelling detract from the quality of any report will be penalized.
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