MBA611 International Strategy Strategy Formulation
Assessment information MBA611
|Subject Name:||International Strategy|
|Assessment Title:||Strategy Formulation|
|Assessment Type: Length:||Individual written report 1200 words (+/- 10% allowable range)|
|Total Marks: Submission:||100 Online|
|Due Date:||Week 9|
Using the same company that you worked on in the first assessment, individually, you are required to prepare a 1200-word report in which you must identify possible strategies that companies can adopt when considering engaging with international markets. Please note that if you focus on any other company than the one your workshop facilitator provides, your submission will receive a grade of zero.
The purpose of this assessment is to foster students’ ability to analyse strategic opportunities in an international context and developing skills for analysing the process of ethical decision making upon entry and operations into the international markets.
To complete this assignment, you will have to use the same company you in the first assessment.
This report must summarise the strategy you propose the company adopts in the country you’ve identified in the first assessment. The strategy needs to be developed to give the company and its product/service the best chance of success.
The strategy requires you to conduct in-depth research into the country that you have selected and collect information about the following:
- The average pay rate for staff in entry-level and managerial roles in your chosen compay’s industry
- The attitudes of local consumers or businesses towards international companies. You can identify this by reading a range of news articles or listening to podcast news about the country.
- How easy or difficult it is to transfer funds to and from the country with particular emphasis on the ability to repatriate funds back to the home country (Australia)
- Whether Australian banks have relationships or agreements with banks in that country
- The number and timing of public holidays in that country or seasons where work may be slower than usual or disrupted
- The current GDP, interest rate and inflation rate in that country
You are required to recommend one of the following strategies (choose one and justify it)
- Opening a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company in the selected country
- Buying a local comapny in the chosen country.
The report does not require an executive summary.
The word count does not include the cover sheet or reference list, or any tables you may use. The assessment must be completed individually.
Please remember that you will need to cite the sources you used, so you are required to reference at least 8 sources of information. These may include corporate websites, government publications, industry reports, census data, journal articles, newspaper articles and textbook material. You must apply Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style to your in-text citations and your reference list in referencing sources.
This file must be submitted as a ‘Word’ document to avoid any technical issues that may occur from incorrect file format upload. Uploaded files with a virus will not be considered as a legitimate submission. MyKBS will notify you if there is an issue with the submitted file. In this case, you must contact your workshop facilitator via email and provide a brief description of the problem and a screenshot of the MyKBS error message. You are also encouraged to submit your work well before the deadline to avoid any possible delay involving the Turnitin similarity report or any other technical difficulties.
Late assignment submission penalties
Penalties will be imposed on late assignment submissions in accordance with the table below unless approval in advance has been granted.
|Number of days||Penalty|
|1* – 9 days||5% per day for each calendar day late deducted from the total marks available|
|10 – 14 days||50% deducted from the total marks available.|
|After 14 days||Assignments that are submitted more than 14 calendar days after the due date will not be accepted, and the student will receive a mark of zero for the assignment(s).|
|Note||Notwithstanding the above penalty rules, assignments will also be given a mark of zero if they are submitted after assignments have been returned to students|
*Assignments submitted at any stage within the first 24 hours after the deadline will be considered to be one day late and therefore subject to the associated penalty
Important Study Information
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Word Limits for Written Assessments
Submissions that exceed the word limit by more than 10% will cease to be marked from the point at which that limit is exceeded.
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MBA611 Assessment 2 Marking Rubric – Strategy Formulation 30%
|Marking Criteria ( /100)||F (Fail) 0 – 49%||P (Pass) 50 – 64%||C (Credit) 65 – 74%||D (Distinction) 75 – 84%||HD (High Distinction) 85 – 100%|
|Analysis of socio-cultural, political and market factors /30 marks||Your analysis lacks depth and/or is not relevant to the chosen country’s socio-cultural, political and market factors.||You have briefly analysed socio- cultural, political and market factors of the chosen country.||You have analysed the socio- cultural, political and market factors of the chosen country.||You have provided a detailed analysis of the socio-cultural, political and market factors of the chosen country.||You have critically analysed the socio-cultural, political and market factors of the chosen country.|
|Recommendations regarding wholly-owned subsidiary versus buying a local company /30 marks||You have proposed unclear or no recommendation that demonstrates an understanding of a selection of wholly-owned subsidiary versus buying a local company.||You have proposed recommendations that demonstrate a developing understanding of a selection of wholly-owned subsidiary versus buying a local company.||You have proposed recommendations that demonstrate an adequate level of understanding of a selection of wholly-owned subsidiary versus buying a local company.||You have proposed recommendations that demonstrate a sufficient understanding of a wholly-owned subsidiary selection versus buying a local company.||You have proposed recommendations that demonstrate an expert understanding of a wholly- owned subsidiary selection versus buying a local company.|
|Research /20 marks||Your research lacks focus and/or you have chosen unsuitable or bogus sources, which do not link to the required assessment task.||You have demonstrated a basic level of research by supporting your report with a somewhat adequate selection of secondary sources about country-specific issues and expansion strategies.||You have demonstrated substantial research by supporting your report with an adequate selection of secondary sources about country-specific issues and expansion strategies.||You have demonstrated substantial research by supporting your report with a sufficient selection of secondary sources about country- specific issues and expansion strategies.||You have demonstrated extensive research by supporting your report with an excellent selection and range of secondary sources about country-specific issues and expansion strategies.|
|Grammar/Spelling /5 marks||Spelling and/or grammar is consistently incorrect. It impacts the flow and readability of your report.||Though there are some errors in grammar and spelling, these do not detract from the readability and flow of your report.||Mostly correct grammar and spelling, but any errors do not impact your report’s readability and flow.||Errors in grammar and spelling are rare, which enhances the readability and flow of your report.||Perfect grammar and spelling throughout, which enhances the readability and flow of your report.|
|Format /5 marks||The format chosen for your report is inappropriate and/or lacks thought and consideration for the intended audience.||The format chosen for your report is appropriate, but further attention to detail would improve its presentation.||The format chosen for your report is appropriate, but minor changes would enhance its presentation.||Your report is professionally presented and has been submitted in the appropriate format.||Your report is professionally presented and exceeds expectations for what is suitable for a business audience.|
|In-text citations and referencing /10 marks||Neither in-text referencing nor reference list adheres to Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style.||In-text referencing or the resultant reference list adheres to Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style, with some errors.||Both in-text referencing and the resultant reference list adhere to Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style, with some errors.||Both in-text referencing and the resultant reference list adhere to Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style, with only occasional minor errors.||Both in-text referencing and the resultant reference list adhere strictly to Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style, with no errors.|
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