Individual Strategic Analysis Report UOR322 Corporate Strategy

Assessment Brief: Individual Strategic Analysis Report UOR322 Corporate Strategy (Spring 2021)

The module is assessed (100%) by an Individual Strategic Analysis Report (3,000 words +/- 10%) involving an in-depth, strategic analysis of a large organization. The guidelines for the report have been determined by the module lecturer, but students will be able to choose a company, from the list of 5 below, as the subject of the report. These companies include:

  • Alibaba
  • IKEA
  • Tesla Motors
  • KLM Airlines
  • Uber

The final Individual Strategic Analysis Report is due on April 19th, 2021 at 11:59pm (Munich time).

PROPOSAL

Week 4: Students must submit a one-page proposal, via Moodle, that answers thefollowing questions about the company they have chosen. This proposal is due on

Referring to Whittington, et. al. (2020), pp. 7-15:

  1. What is the purpose of this company? Outline its:
  1. Mission
  • Vision
  • Values
  • Describe the scope of your report. Are you writing about a whole company, a strategic business unit (SBU), or an SBU in a specific market? Explain why you have made this decision.
  • Identify 3 key strategic issues facing the organization (and clearly indicate why these issues are strategic).
  • Outline 3 resources that, at this point, you would likely consult to write the Strategic Analysis Report.

Please be sure to do your own work. Your proposal must be submitted via Turnitin on Moodle. Please follow all EUBS and UOR guidelines to avoid Plagiarism.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSESSMENT

The Strategic Report will take the form of a 3000-word report (students should not exceed this limit by more than 10%, which is 3300 words) and must demonstrate clear report style using Harvard referencing system (these guidelines are available on the University of Roehampton and the EU Business School websites). Your report must be submitted as a unified whole. Formative work in weekly seminars will guide the students through analytical techniques and processes required to complete the assessment.

For the selected organization, assume you are an outside consultant reporting to the Chief Executive Officer.

HOW WILL WE SUPPORT YOU WITH YOUR ASSESSMENT?

There will be weekly references to the assessment task in seminars and weekly activities in those seminars will be helpful in creating “scaffolding” for eventual submission.

The formative case studies in seminars will be of direct help in the application of relevant strategic tools. There will be regular Q&A sessions linked to the assessment report and in the final weeks of teaching there will be an opportunity to review and reflect upon work from previous cohorts.

HOW WILL YOUR WORK BE ASSESSED?

Your work will be assessed by a subject expert who will use the marking scheme indicated below. Feedback will be given via Turnitin on Moodle. When you access your marked work, it is important that you reflect on the feedback so that you can use it to improve future assignments.

In this Strategic Analysis Report, high marks come from clearly applying strategic concepts and analysis from the module to the chosen organization. Harvard referencing, a professional report style, plus appropriate diagrams/tables, are also required. Marking and grading expectations are as follows.

For the selected organization, assume you are an outside consultant reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. The Strategic Analysis Report MUST:

  1. Q1 (20%) Identify 3 key strategic issues facing the organization with a clear explanation of why they are “strategic”. Outstanding work is clear, well-structured anduses relevant facts. Knowledge and application of PESTEL, 5 Forces, and Internal aspects.
  • Q2 (40%) Analyse fully the resources and capabilities of the organization plus key factors that give the company its competitive advantage. Provide a fully-reasoneddefinition of the relevant industry plus first class understanding of its CSFs. The

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organisation’s resources are clearly analysed using Grant’s three types with unique capabilities identified & further analysed using Value Chain, VRIO & other tools. An outstanding grasp of links to advantage by comparing capabilities with CSFs & a correct choice of Porter or Strategy Clock generic are present. Overall, an outstanding demonstration of knowledge and analysis.

  • Q3 (30%). Assess the extent to which the organization’s competitive strategy addresses its strategic issues and suggest improvement where they might be justified. Outstanding work is fluent, extremely well-structured, & question focused.There is a strong analysis of how strategy addresses the strategic issues identified earlier. The suitability test links strategy clearly to the environment & strategic position. The acceptability test identifies key stakeholders with the Power/Interest matrix & examines their needs. The feasibility test justifies the strategy & shows sustainability. The tests are used with outstanding knowledge & insightful discussion. Improvements are strongly focused on resources, capability & advantage with a concise conclusion.
  • Q4 (10%). Clarity, structure, grammar, correct Harvard referencing, and overall professional presentation showing a clear report style is present.

In addition to marker feedback, a full marking rubric will be available within the Turnitin submission system for student consideration (this rubric is also located on our course Moodle pages).

Tips for how to make a good start:

Tip 1: Read the Assessment Brief to understand clearly what is required.

Tip 2: Use web links to initially research each of the 5 organizations.

Tip 3: Choose your organization with the assessment task in mind.

Tip 4: Assemble material from a wide range of research sources.

Tip 5: Focus on knowledge & application of relevant module concepts.

Tip 6: Participate in module seminars & draw upon lessons for your Report.

Tip 7: Make full use of Whittington, et.al. (2020) and the resources that are placed on Moodle.

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSIONS

EU Business School requires a digital version of all assignment submissions. These must be submitted via Turnitin on the module’s Moodle classroom page. Reports must be submitted as a Word file (or a PDF) and must not include scanned-in text or text boxes.

If you cannot submit a piece of work and wish to submit a Mitigating Circumstances form, the University Mitigating Circumstances Policy can be found on the University website.

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MARKING AND FEEDBACK PROCESS

Between you handing in your work and then receiving your feedback and marks within 20 days, there are several quality assurance processes that we go through to ensure that you receive the marks that reflect your submitted work. A brief summary is provided below:

Step 1 –The module and marking team meet to agree standards, expectations and howfeedback will be provided.

Step 2 –A subject expert (your tutor, for example) will mark your work using the criteriaprovided in the assessment brief.

Step 3 –A moderation meeting takes place where all members of the teaching and markingteam will review the marking of others to confirm whether they agree with the mark and feedback

Step 4 –Work at Levels 5 and 6 then goes to an external examiner who will review a sampleof work to confirm that the marking between different staff is consistent and fair.

Step 5 –Academic Administration records your grade & feedback and they are madeavailable to you.

RESIT INSTRUCTIONS TO STUDENTS

If you need to Resit this assessment, the requirements are as follows:

You are required to re-work your original submission in line with the original assessment brief and criteria. Your re-submission must address the feedback comments provided by the marker on the original submission. You should provide a summary of the marker’s original feedback from your first submission together with a commentary (between 400 and 500 words) that explains how your revisions improve the original submission by addressing the marker’s feedback.

In brief your Resit submission MUST include:

  • A summary of the original feedback;
  • A reflective account [400-500 words] detailing how your revisions have addressed the feedback; and
  • The reworked assignment.
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