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BUSM3229 Leadership Issues in International Management

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BUSM3229 Leadership Issues in International Management

Assessment 2: Flexible Collaborative Teams Pitch

Assessment type: Pitch and reflectionWord limit: No more than 10- minute pitch + 300 words (+/- 10%) reflection
Due Date: During Class in Week 11 
  Weighting: 20% 

Overview

There are two parts to this assessment:

  • Part A: This assessment requires you to work in Flexible Collaborative Teams (FCTs). As an FCT, you will be presenting a pitch that is no more than 10-minutes to discuss the group’s analysis of the researched country/city/economy/market and their suitability for the industry partner. You will provide recommendations on how the industry partner could enter those country/city/economy/market taking into consideration the implementation and operational considerations to execute your recommendations.
  • Part B: You will complete a short individual reflection on the group discussions and group work. You can also include a short reflection of your final consideration; will you be continuing with your initial chosen country/city/economy/market or have you changed and why.

This assessment will develop your understanding of the contemporary issues faced by leaders in the management of international business, your ability to source, appraise and use relevant information and theory to evaluate those issues, and to develop and communicate options and strategies to address those issues.

Assessment criteria

This assessment will measure your ability to:

  • Engaging pitch, clear and logical explanation of analysis and evaluation (10%)
  • Support materials / presentation aids were used intentionally and logically presented (5%)
  • In-depth reflection of your analysis and evaluation based on the comparative analysis and discussion with group members (5%)

Course learning outcomes

This assessment is relevant to the following course learning outcomes:

CLO1Demonstrate advanced and critical understanding of contemporary issues faced by leaders in the management of international business.
CLO2Source, appraise and use relevant information and theory to evaluate current issues in international management.
CLO3Apply knowledge and expert judgement to develop and communicate options to address the contemporary leadership issues in international management.
CLO4Explore strategies to incorporate new understandings into practice.

Assessment details

To complete this assessment, you are required to submit two parts:

  • Part A – FCT Pitch (15%)
  • Part B – Individual Reflection (5%)

Part A – FCT Pitch (15%)

To complete Part A, you are required to work in a Flexible Collaborative Team (FCT). As an FCT, you will produce a pitch that is no more than 10 minutes, to:

Present the comparative analysis of the country/city/economy/market that have been selected by the team members in Assessment 1. You should answer the following questions during the pitch:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges (pros and cons) of entry into each country/city/economy/market?
    • Are the opportunities that outweigh the challenges?
  • What are the more favourable conditions in each country/city/economy/market?
    • Define and justify the groups interpretation of favourable conditions
  • Evaluate the cities in order of feasibility. Provide a justification for the reasons why the group has ranked in this way and the criteria used for your analysis. You could use the feasibility analysis matrix from Task 7.8 as form the basis of your evaluation, however you may also include evaluation criteria such as (but not subjected to) the following:
    • Financial costs: consider the financial impact of entering this country/city/economy/market, or the project
    • Economic/tax impacts: you may consider any the economic or tax impact of entering each country/city/economy/market
    • Public perception: would entering the country/city/economy/market impact the public perception of the company in a good or bad way?
    • Environmental effects: what are the environmental impacts of entering this country/city/economy/market?
    • Resources needed: what are the resources required to establish the business or project in this country/city/economy/market, is this something that is easily attainable?
  • Based on your group analysis and discussions recommend entry into one specific country/city/economy/market (the most feasible one).
  • Pitch the group’s recommendations for the industry partner overall– what can the industry partner do in each of the country/city/economy/market(s) presented?
  • Discuss any operational challenges or implications that the industry partner may be presented with in implementing the recommendations that the group has pitched.

Part B – Individual Reflection (5%)

To complete Part B, you will write a 300-word reflection on your assessment 1 country/city/economy/market and recommendations:

  • For assessment 3, will you be continuing with the country/city/economy/market that you analysed in assessment 1? If not, which country/city/economy/market have you changed to and why?
  • To what extent have your initial recommendations for the industry partner changed based on comparative analysis and discussion with your group members? How have you adapted your recommendations since working with your FCT to evaluate and analyse them?

Referencing guidelines

Use RMIT Harvard referencing style for this assessment.

You must acknowledge all the courses of information you have used in your assessments.

Refer to the RMIT Easy Cite referencing tool to see examples and tips on how to reference in the appropriated style. You can also refer to the library referencing page for more tools such as EndNote, referencing tutorials and referencing guides for printing.

Submission format

Part A to be presented in class during week 11. A copy of your slides (if you have slides) should be sent to your tutor via email by one member of the group prior to the week 11 class.

Part B of the assessment to be submitted in Canvas as a .doc or PDF file for upload no later than one day after the presentation.

Academic integrity and plagiarism

Academic integrity is about honest presentation of your academic work. It means acknowledging the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge, and ideas.

You should take extreme care that you have:

  • Acknowledged words, data, diagrams, models, frameworks and/or ideas of others you have quoted (i.e. directly copied), summarised, paraphrased, discussed or mentioned in your assessment through the appropriate referencing methods
    • Provided a reference list of the publication details so your reader can locate the source if necessary. This includes material taken from Internet sites

If you do not acknowledge the sources of your material, you may be accused of plagiarism because you have passed off the work and ideas of another person without appropriate referencing, as if they were your own.

RMIT University treats plagiarism as a very serious offence constituting misconduct. Plagiarism covers a variety of inappropriate behaviours, including:

  • Failure to properly document a source
    • Copyright material from the internet or databases
    • Collusion between students

For further information on our policies and procedures, please refer to the University website.

Assessment declaration

When you submit work electronically, you agree to the assessment declaration.

Criteria  Ratings       Pts
 HDDCPNDNS 
  Pitch   Engaging pitch, clear and logical explanation of analysis and evaluationExcellent preparation, presentation is well- organised, well-timed, clear and has a logical structure Confident and enthusiastic, interacts with the audience in a way that is clear and easy to understand Coverage of topic, clarity of topic and critical/balanced content is logical, clear and persuasiveVery good preparation, presentation is organised and well- timed with a logical structure Confident and interacts with the audience in a way that is clear Coverage of topic, clarity of topic and critical/balanced content is logical and clearGood preparation, presentation is organised, well-timed and structured Interacts with the audience Coverage of topic, clarity of topic and critical/balanced content is clearBasic preparation, presentation is somewhat organised and structured Some interaction with the audience Some coverage of topic, somewhat clear in terms of topic and critical/balanced content is includedPresentation was difficult to understand and/or poorly timed and/or organisedNo presentati on given
 10 to > 7.99 pts7.99 to > 6.99 pts6.99 to > 5.99 pts5.99 to > 4.99 pts4.99 to > 0 pts0 pts10pt s
  Support materials, timing and engagem ent   Support materials / presentation aids were usedPresentation aids support the main points in a logical and clear way Uses engaging and impactful presentation techniques with appropriate technology Consistently integrates research and ideas from relevant and appropriate sources Pitch is completed within the suggested timePresentation aids support the main points in a logical way Uses engaging presentation techniques with appropriate technology Integrates research and ideas from relevant and appropriate sources Pitch is completed within the suggestedPresentation aids support the main points Uses presentation techniques with appropriate technology Generally integrates relevant theory from a number of mostly appropriate sources Pitch is completed exceeding the suggested time allocation of 10 minutes by 1 to 5 minutes.Presentation aids are connected to the main points Basic use of presentation techniques and technology Integrates relevant theory from a number of mostly appropriate sources but with occasional irrelevant informationPresentation aids were disconnected and did not provide any clarity or support to the presentation Fails to use relevant theory / or number of sources indicates lack of research.No presentati on given

intentionally and logically presentedallocation of no more than 10 minutes.time allocation of no more than 10 minutes Pitch is completed exceeding the suggested time allocation of 10 minutes by more than 5 minutes.   
 5 to > 3.99 pts3.99 to > 3.49 pts3.49 to > 2.99 pts2.99 to > 2.49 pts2.49 to > 0 pts0 pts5pts
        
  Reflection   In-depth reflection of your analysis and evaluation based on the comparative analysis and discussion with group membersVery clearly articulated and extremely well- justified reflection of your evaluation of your final chosen country/city/economy/ma rket and recommendations   Great integration of reflections of group discussions to show your active engagement in the group work.   Consistent use of appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure enabling unambiguous grasp of the meaning   Communicates meaning through use of clear and unambiguous languageClearly articulated and well-justified reflection of your evaluation of your final chosen country/city/economy/ market and recommendations   Good integration of reflections of group discussions to show your active engagement in the group work.   Consistent use of appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure enabling unambiguous grasp of the meaning   Communicates meaning through use of clear and unambiguous languageGood reflection of your evaluation of your final chosen country/city/economy/m arket and recommendations   Some integration of reflections of group discussions to show your active engagement in the group work.   Mostly uses appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure enabling clear grasp of the meaning   Communicates meaning mostly through use of clear and unambiguous languageGeneral discussion of your final chosen country/city/economy/m arket and recommendations with no integration of reflections of group discussions to show your active engagement in the group work.   Generally, uses appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure; some lapses causing lack of clarity   Generally, communicates clearly; some instances of incorrect use of languagePoor discussion of your final chosen country/city/economy/m arket, no mention of recommendations. No linkage or discussion of group work or discussions   Vocabulary limited and frequently inappropriate; sentence structure often incorrect/does not convey meaningReflection was not submitted

5 to > 3.99 pts3.99 to > 3.49 pts3.49 to > 2.99 pts2.99 to > 2.49 pts2.49 to > 0 pts0 pts5pts
      Total:   20 pts

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