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Global Strategy and International Management

Writing a group assignment in MMM306 dealing with Global Strategy and International Management is more like swimming where until you jump into the water, you need not know the intricacies involved in swimming. This assignment is based on the theoretical discussions to start with. The critical theoretical discussions is to be put in the beginning followed by the identification of the firm and to analyse the firm in terms of the Resource Based View, the widely accepted view of business strategy as applied in global strategy formulation. We will be discussing different types of strategies during this semester but the main emphasis is going to be on the resource based view. However, you are free to include discussions pertaining to the Delta Model of Hax and Wilde (Discussed in topic 2) and the Bottom of the Pyramid approach of Hart and Prahalad (again discussed in topic 2) if you think that their discussions clarify the firm’s global strategy.
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Total number of words: Approximately 3500
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The structure of the assignment: It should be based on report type of format.
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Acknowledgement (if you want to sound a bit more professional)
Abstract (Approximately 150 to 200 words)
Keywords
Contents
1.Introduction- (please avoid Introduction section and start from Review of the theory)
It can include the following
#Background of the firm
#Rationale of the study
#What resources are available to the firm?
#What is the level and characteristics of these resources?
#Are these recourses capable of creating sustainable competitive advantage?
#Purpose of the study
2.Review of the theory -(start Report from here onwards & include 2000 words)
It can include the following
#Conceptual background
#Characteristics of Resources
#Resources and the role of managers
#Resource functionality
#Resource recombination
#Resource creation and decay
The discussion of the resource based view can be expanded to include the contemporary development of the resource based view, dynamic capability, which discusses the combination and recombination of resources to deal with changing external environment and changing internal objectives of the firm.
3.Firm Analysis
It can include the following
#Overall analysis
#Analysis on VRIO or VRIN perspective
#Discussions and conclusion
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The report should be based on:
The critical theoretical discussions is to be put in the beginning followed by the identification of the firm and to analyse the firm in terms of the Resource Based View, the widely accepted view of business strategy as applied in global strategy formulation.
I have selected Microsoft (as a firm) and your report should be based on this firm.
This is a group assignment. Please avoid the “Introduction” section as it will be completed by my other team member.
Your report should only include Abstract and the rest of the section as follows.
4. Review of the theory
It can include the following
Conceptual background
Characteristics of Resources
Resources and the role of managers
Resource functionality
Resource recombination
Resource creation and decay
The discussion of the resource based view can be expanded to include the contemporary development of the resource based view, dynamic capability, which discusses the combination and recombination of resources to deal with changing external environment and changing internal objectives of the firm.
5.Firm Analysis
It can include the following
Overall analysis
Analysis on VRIO or VRIN perspective
Discussions and conclusion.
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Please refer to this as to what the lecturer has said about Report writing:
The essay normally requires “a coherently argued view of a topic” whereas a report focuses on “presenting information objectively.”
The difference between an essay and a report is a little difficult to define. The essay is argumentative whereas a report is around a point stated as a hypothesis. Reports are generally written for a specialized audience and that demands a specific format i.e. the format of a report is more rigidly constrained. Use of some headings in an essay does not convert it into a report. An essay provides wider latitude to your analysis. I hope I have cleared your doubts and if you still feel uncomfortable with the format we have suggested, you can use the format you have in mind regarding the essay. Evaluation is based a lot on the quality of the analysis.
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The paper will be assessed on the quality of the following criteria:
a. Development of a proper structure for your analysis.
b. The quality of your research. The number of citations is not a true reflection of your research, but the quality of the sources and the manner in which you incorporate this material into the paper would be considered as important factors in the evaluation of the assignment. However, we are looking at your ability to think through the issues and whether your analysis can help in a better understanding of global strategy of a firm.
c. Comprehensiveness of your analysis.
d. Reasonableness of your recommendation
e. Appropriate citations and referencing of all materials directly referred to in your research project.
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Requirements of the Report:
Appropriate Citations And Referencing Of All Materials Directly Referred To In Your Research Project.
. This Assignment Should Be Written In Report Format And Not More Than 2000 Words Long. It Must Be Typed 1.5 Spaced Using 12 Point Prints, With At Least 2.5 Cm Margins.
If You Are Using Data, Information Or Ideas From Other Authors (I.E. From Your Resources) In Your Paper, Make Sure That There Are Proper Citations For These Materials.
Use Tables And Diagrams Where Appropriate And Label Them Carefully.
The List Of References Should Be In Alphabetical Order And Consistently Presented. In Case, You Have Obtained The Documents From The Internet, Please Also Mention The Date Of Your Visit To The Site.
In-Text Citation Is A Must And Use Havard Referencing.
I Am Very Particular About Referencing, In fact My Lecturer Starts Reading The Assignment With The Bibliography And Matches With The Sections That You Have Covered To Ensure That You Have Well Researched And Presented The Assignment In A Step By Step Manner.
When moving From section to section in step by step manner prefer using Different Resources and yet the report should flow well from start till the end. Flowing Methodology will make readers understand the report easily.
Proper and relevant sub headings will make it Easier For The Reader To Understand How You Are Following The Master Plan In The Abstract And How Well You Are In Accordance With The References Used.
Please avoid U.S.A Based Articles As The Lecturer Will Feel That This Is Not My Commitment From Australia But A Paid Effort.
In-Text Referencing Is Core And Specially When Words Used Out Of The Common Language It Is Understood That We Have Cited It On A Reference And Quoting In Our Assignment, There For In-Text Citations Is Very Important As That Will Reduce Marks.
Please Break Down The Bibliography In An Alphabetical Order At The End Of Your Assignment. But Ensure That For Each Section You Include In-Text Citation, Also Use A Flowing Methodology For Reader Understanding In An Easy Manner Rather Than Bringing Out Surprises And Excitement Which Is Not Listed In The Abstract.
I Expect The Assignment To Be Simple And Practical And Have Related Sections To Cover The Topic. At the beginning of each section, I Would Prefer To Have A Heading Which Should Be Highlighted And In Bold. When Explaining Avoid Starting With A Direct Quote Or Citations But Explain What You Think About The Sub-Heading And Then Bring Out The Readings That You Prepared To Introduce Under Each Sub-Heading. It Is Very Important You Have Sub-Heading To Explain The Topic Of The Assignment.
Please Note- I Will Accept An Assignment Only If My Guidelines Are STRICTLY Followed.


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