Assessment Type: Individual research on company report (2, XXXXXXXXXX% words).
Purpose: This assessment is designed to allow students to continue to develop their research and analytical skills, applying the subject theory relating to organisational processes and technologies, to explain how and why real world organisations are managed, and how they respond to changes in the environment. This assessment relates to learning outcomes b, d and e.
Value: 20% Due Date: Week 10 – 5:00 pm Friday. Topic: Strategic management in an organisation:
o CSR activities
o Business ethics
o Strategy formulation by environmental analyses
o The strategic leadership of the CEOs in the company’s history
Tasks Details: Students will be assigned an organisation and asked to answer the following questions:
1. Describe one (1) social responsibility and one (1) managerial ethics practice which the organisation uses to engage with stakeholders and discuss the impact of these practices.
2. Analyse the external environment where the organisation operates, then locate the main opportunities and threats these environments generate.
3 Analyse the internal environment of the organisation, then locate the main strengths and weaknesses that the organisation has.
4. Describe the strategic leadership of a successful CEO(s) in the organisation’s history and how this leadership has affected the strategy of the organisation and contributed to its organisational success.
Possible Companies to Assign to Students:
o Mining - BHP
o Banking/Finance -, Westpac Bank, CBA, NAB, Macquarie Group, ANZ Banking Group
o Telecommunication – Telstra
o Insurance - Insurance Australia, Suncorp
o Construction - Landlease,
o Consumer Staples - Coles, Woolworth
o Health care - CSL Limited, Ramsay
o Energy - AGL energy
o Materials – Boral
o Airline - Qantas
The assessment is designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability to research current theory on change management and compare, contrast and evaluate the suitability of different models for various scenarios.
Students must complete the task by:
o Researching a range of current academic journal articles related to the selected change management topic.
o Explaining clearly what the current change management literature is saying about the topic.
o Interpreting the research to demonstrate an understanding of the literature and be able to explain what it means in terms of today’s organisations.
o Drawing supported conclusions as to the validity of current change models discussed in the literature.
Students need to format their research, analysis and conclusions into a professionally presented report that has the following items:
o Title page
o Executive summary
o Table of contents,
o Body (Analysis/Discussion) with suitable headings and subheadings
o Reference list (Harvard – Anglia style).
o Attachment if relevant
The report’s headings must be properly numbered. Furthermore, the report must be 1.5 spaced and written in either Times New Roman 12pt, Calibri 11pt or Arial 10pt.
Students must support their analysis with reference from the text and a minimum of eight (8) suitable, reliable, current and academically acceptable academic sources.