Strategy of International BUSINESS

Assignment Requirements

Coursework Assignment Brief

Semester: E15

 

Module Code: PM107

 

Module Title: Strategy of International Business

 

Programme: MBA Programme

 

Level: Level 7

 

Awarding Body: Plymouth

 

Module Leader: TBC

 

Format: Report

 

Presentation: No

 

Any special requirements: All written work should be submitted on the Student Portal along with aTurnitin Report

 

Word Limit: 3,500 (+/- 10%)

 

Deadline date for submission: tba

 

Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment

  • Evaluate the features of the international business and the ways in which they affect corporate strategy.
  • Demonstrate the nature of international cultural diversity and the implications for formulating corporate strategy.
  • Analyse optimum methods of organising management, including control processes and communication systems, for international business.

Percentage of marks awarded for module: This assignment is worth 50% of the total marks for the module.

 

Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on the assessment criteria Maximum marks for each section

 

Content, style, relevance, originality Formal report 40

Format, referencing, bibliography 10

Constructive critical analysis, introduction, conclusion 50

Candidates must clearly label their ID Number on additional separate reference, formula or answer sheets.Assessment Task:

Scenario

 

You have been appointed as advisor to the Board of Ryanair and have been asked to consider a proposalto expand through an internationalisationprogramme(based upon its successful “no-frills” positioning strategy/business model) by setting up a new strategic business unit (SBU) in Australia.

 

You are required to write a report to the Board setting out your recommendations and justifying them.

 

Your report should include:

 

  • Introduction 10 marks

 

  • Consideration of Porter’s National Double Diamond model (Porter M.E.1990) as adapted by Rugman and D’Cruz (1993,) between Ryanair’s home country (Ireland) and Australia. 20 marks

 

  • An evaluation of the proposal by briefly applying the SAFe Criteria (Suitability, Acceptability and Feasibility criteria from Johnson et al 2014). 20 marks

 

  • An explanation as to how the company’s Human Resource Management (HRM) strategies should be adjusted / changed / developed if the internationalisationprogramme were to be pursued.

20 marks

 

  • Conclusion 15 marks

 

  • Recommendations 15 marks

 

Total 100 marks

 

The Board has advised you that you can assume that the sources of funds are available and that upon receipt of your report they may then commission a separate financial evaluation which need not be of concern to you.

 

Attached as an Appendix to this Assignment Brief is a Case Study taken from Johnson et al, Exploring Strategy Texts and Cases, 2014. Whilst this contains information which you may consider relevant, it should not preclude you from your own further reading and undertaking your own research.

 

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