Global and Transnational Business
Hand in Date:
|11th May 2022 by 1200 noon.|
Further information about general assessment criteria, ARTA regulations, referencing and plagiarism can be found on the module’s site on the e-Learning Portal. Students are advised to read and follow this information.
Instructions on Assessment:
This assignment is an INDIVIDUAL piece of work. It represents 80% of assessment and of the module mark. Students are required to select ONE of the questions below and produce a two-part 3500-word essay.
- Upgrading in Global Value Chains Part 1: Conduct a comprehensive literature review of recent scholarly work (last 10 years) on social and economic upgrading in Global Value Chains.
Part 2: Find an example of region or country which experienced upgrading as part of a global value chain and analyse whether the case aligns or diverges from the literature discussed in part 1. Provide a recommendation of countries or regions may enable social and/or economic upgrading as part of a global value chain.
- The Global Financial System Part 1: Conduct a comprehensive literature review of recent scholarly work (last 10 years) on the global financial system.
Part 2: Using one financial crisis as an example, demonstrate how financial crises impact global financial markets. Provide a recommendation on how companies can mitigate financial risks when operating abroad. Link your findings to the literature reviewed in Part 1.
- National Culture Part 1: Conduct a comprehensive literature review of recent scholarly work (last 10 years) on the role of national culture in global business.
Part 2: Provide an example of a real-world company and briefly describe how the culture of their home country (country of origin) impacts their organizational culture. Provide recommendations on how companies may navigate cross-cultural risk when operating abroad. Draw on the academic literature explored in part 1 in your case analysis and recommendations.
Assignment Guidance Notes
Writing and submission instructions:
- The word limit for the assignment is 3500 words. See below for what is excluded from the word count.
- An electronic version of your assignment must be submitted via the Turnitin FINAL SUBMISSION
- Write your analysis as a piece of business communication in essay style, including any illustrations you think are useful. Make sure all data sources used are properly explained and referenced.
- Avoid first person usage (I, we, us) in the report.
Instructions on crafting your Assignment:
- This is a research-based The assignment requires you to demonstrate that you understand how to appropriately analyse the academic literature and any relevant theories.
- Your analytical discussion must be supported by a significant number of information sources as well as theory. You are free to gather the information you need from different authoritative sources to make your argument.
- You should be thorough and detailed in your analysis, and should fully explain and justify all the points. However, there is a balance to be sought between a mass of detail and a thorough, yet relatively concise reasoning. Thus, your writing must be clear and concise.
- Append only relevant information to support your discussion and analysis in the main body of the report. Appendices should be properly organised and the reader referred to the appropriate appendix at the appropriate point in the text.
- Cite sources of all researched data and theories/concepts/models on which your analysis is based so as not to be flagged as plagiarism. Use APA referencing style.
- NOTE: Referring to the Assessment Criteria at the end of this assessment brief may help you craft your submission well.
Word limits and penalties for assignments
If the assignment is within +10% of the stated word limit no penalty will apply.
The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment and the assignment cover sheet. The word count does not include:
|· Title and Contents page||· Reference list||· Appendices||· Appropriate tables, figures and illustrations|
|· Glossary||· Bibliography||· Quotes from interviews and focus groups.|
Please note, in text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e.g. “dib-dab nonsense analysis” (Smith, 2011 p.123)] are INCLUDED in the word count.
If this word count is falsified, students are reminded that under ARTA page 11 Section 1.13.2 this will be regarded as academic misconduct.
If the word limit of the full assignment exceeds the +10% limit, 10% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted. For example: if the assignment is worth 70 marks but is above the word limit by more than 10%, a penalty of 7 marks will be imposed, giving a final mark of 63.
Submission of Assessment:
An electronic version of your assignment must be submitted via the Turnitin FINAL SUBMISSION link.
Marked assignments will be returned to students. It is advisable to retain a copy and any drafts of your assignment for your own records.
Mapping to Programme Goals and Objectives:
This assessment will contribute directly to the following Postgraduate programme goals and objectives.
Goal One: Be independent, reflective critical thinkers
|X||1.||Demonstrate awareness of their personal strengths and weaknesses through critical reflective practice.|
|2.||Understand and challenge personal patterns of thinking and behaving.
Goal Two: Be culturally and ethically aware
|1.||Demonstrate their ability to work in diverse groups and teams.
|2.||Reflect on their own ethical values.
Goal Three: Have developed leadership and management capability
|1.||Demonstrate their personal contribution to team effectiveness.
|X||2.||Communicate complex issues effectively.
|X||3.||Demonstrate decision making and problem solving skills.
|4.||Carry out presentations and lead discussions.|
Goal Four: Have developed and applied knowledge of international business and management theory
|X||1.||Acquire, interpret and apply knowledge of international business, management and organisational functions.|
Goal Five: Have developed a range of research skills and project capabilities
|X||1.||Plan and complete a major individual piece of research on a contemporary business, management or leadership topic of their choice.|
|X||2.||Demonstrate skills of analysis and synthesis in the application of research methods to the exploration of contemporary business issues.|
Goal Six: Have developed specialist knowledge about the theory and practice of your programme of study
|1.||Demonstrate specialist functional knowledge in relation to your programme of study.|
Assessment Criteria (NBS)
Module Specific Assessment Criteria
Standard Not Met 1
Standard Not Met 2
Meets Standard 1
Meets Standard 2
|70-79% Exceeds Standard 1||80-89% Exceeds Standard 2||90-100%
Exceeds Standard 3
|Analysis is completely insufficient with hardly any relevant case aspects included. There is a limited summary of the solutions and/or observations.||Analysis is insufficient lacking appropriate choice of relevant case aspects included. The summary presented does not contain well-informed solutions and/or observations.||Analysis is adequate with demonstration of an appropriate choice of relevant case aspects included and an adequate summary presenting somewhat viable solutions and/or observations.||Analysis is good with demonstration of a good choice of relevant case aspects included and a good summary presenting viable solutions and/or observations.||Analysis is very good with demonstration of educated choice of detail included and a very good summary presenting viable solutions and/or observations.||Analysis is sophisticated with demonstration of excellent choice of detail included and a superb summary presenting exceedingly viable solutions and/or observations.||Analysis is exceedingly sophisticated with demonstration of outstanding choice of detail included and an executive summary presenting expert solutions and/or observations.|
|No research undertaken for the case study. Only superficial data given with no references to evidence research.||Very limited research undertaken for the case study. Limited to no engagement with academic literature and relevant data.||Satisfactory amount of research undertaken for the case study. Some engagement with current literature and relevant debates. A reasonable amount of sources used.||Good amount of research undertaken for the case study. Critical engagement with academic literature and relevant debates. A good amount of sources used, varied in type with good use of journals, empirical data and other relevant sources||Very good amount of research undertaken for the case study, critical engagement with current academic literature and relevant data. A very good amount of sources used, varied in type with very good use of journals, empirical data and other relevant sources||Excellent amount of research undertaken for the case study, sophisticated critical engagement with current academic literature and relevant debate. An excellent amount of sources used, varied in type with advanced use of journals, empirical data and other relevant sources.||Outstanding amount of research undertaken for the case study, sophisticated critical engagement with multiple scholarly perspectives and superb data. An excellent amount of sources used, varied in type with extremely advanced use of journals, empirical data and other relevant sources.|
|Recommendations and Implications for International Business
Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of innovative and contemporary research on the business and management community
|Completely Insufficient link between research conducted and wider implications. No feasible recommendations are made.||Insufficient link between research conducted and wider implications. Some recommendations are made but they are minimally justified..||Adequate recommendations made with some link into the analysis, but only partial justifications. Only partial demonstration of the wider implications of research.||Good recommendations made with some link into the analysis and sound justifications. Good links between current academic debates and the wider implications of this research.||Very good recommendations made with significant links into the analysis. Very good links between current academic debates and the wider implications of this research.||Excellent recommendations made with some link into the analysis. Excellent links between current academic debates and the wider implications of this research. A sophisticated understanding of the bridge between research and practice.||Outstanding recommendations made with some link into the analysis. Outstanding links between current academic debates and the wider implications of this research. A sophisticated assessment, worthy of publication in an academic journal or practitioner report.|
|Overall quality of report (structure, formatting and overall style)
|The case study has a very poor structure and, as a result, is not clear. APA referencing format is lacking in most places with many errors.||The case study has a poor structure and, as a result, is not very clear. APA referencing format is lacking in some places with a large amount of errors.||The case study has a reasonable structure and is somewhat clear. Appropriate use of APA referencing in most places with a small amount of errors.||The case study has a good structure and is mostly clear, flow is reasonable. Appropriate use of APA referencing in almost all places with very few errors.||The case study has a very good structure and is clear, flow is good. Appropriate use of APA referencing in almost all places with one or two errors.||The case study has an excellent structure and is very clear, flow is very good. Appropriate use of APA referencing in all places with no errors.||The case study has an outstanding structure and flows seamlessly. Appropriate use of APA referencing throughout with a comprehensive synthesis of sources.|
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