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THE YORK MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
Module: Strategy in Global Organisations
Module Lecturers: Kevin Tennent
Assessment: Open Assessment
Maximum word count: 3,000
Release: Week 2 Spring Term
Submission: Noon, Friday 21 April 2017
10 marks will be deducted for every 24 hours (or part thereof) that the submission is
late for a total of 5 days. After 5 days it is treated as a non-submission and given a
mark of zero. The consequences of non-submission are serious and can include deregistration
from the University.
If you are unable to complete your open assessment by the submission date indicated
above because of Exceptional Circumstances you can apply for an extension. If
unforeseeable and exceptional circumstances do occur, you must seek support and
provide evidence as soon as possible at the time of the occurrence. Applications must
be made before the deadline to be considered.
Full details of the Exceptional Circumstances Policy and claim form can be found here:
If you submit your open assessment on time but feel that your performance has been
affected by Exceptional Circumstances you may submit an Exceptional
Circumstances Affecting Assessment claim form by Noon, Friday 28 April 2017. If
you do not submit by the deadline indicated without good reason your claim will not be
Please take proper precautions to safeguard your work and remember to make
backup copies of your data. The University provides all its students with storage
space on the University server and you should save and back up any work in
progress on this server on a regular basis. Computer failure and theft of your
equipment or storage media are not considered exceptional circumstances and
extensions cannot be granted for work lost for these reasons.
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Word count requirements
The word count for this assignment is 3,000 words.
You must state on the front of your assignment the number of words used and this
will be checked.
The main text for this assignment must be word-processed in Arial, font 12, double
spacing, minimum 2cm margins all around.
You must observe the word count specified in this assignment brief. The
School has a policy of accepting variations to the recommended word count of
plus or minus 10%.
What does this mean for you?
Markers will mark your work up to the word count maximum plus 10% and then will
stop marking; therefore all words which are in excess of the word count plus 10% will
not be marked.
Where your word count is more than 10% below that specified, it is likely that this will
result in a lack of analytical depth or relevant content which will be reflected in the
What is in the word count?
The word count includes:
– the main text, including in-text reference citations and quotations.
The word count does not include:
– Appendices. These may be used to include supporting data which may be
too detailed or complex to include as a Table. They are not a device to
incorporate material which would otherwise cause you to exceed the word
– Title page
– Contents page
– Tables, figures, legends
– Reference lists
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Length: 1 page, single-spaced
Task: You will summarise the report project that you intend to carry out for the
summative module assessment. This is not expected to be all-encompassing, but
you must include the following:
· What the topic of the report is
· What issue it will address – this could relate to a broad topic area on the
module, an industrial policy area relating to international management
for government, an international organisation or NGO, or strategy
within a single industry or organisation. This could be a contemporary
issue or relate to change over time. For clarity, the issue should be
formulated as a question.
· Who the report will be addressed to. This will give your report context.
This must be a real individual or unnamed CEO or analyst, with
strategic or business interests related to the topic. This person could
work for a particular organisation with a strategic interest in the topic, a
government department, an actor in a relevant NGO, or international
organisation such as the World Bank or EU. The individual could be
real or fictional, but must be situated within a real world institutional
· How the research will be carried out. What useful secondary
information is available on the topic from reliable sources such as
academic publications, quality newspapers such the Financial Times,
industry periodicals, government and NGO reports and relevant
databases as well as an idea of which concepts will be used.
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Length: 3,000 words
Task: You will report on an international management problem or issue of your own
choosing, current or historical, relating to the specific themes covered in the module.
This must follow the topic approved in the formative assessment. You will be
responsible for researching the topic, using module concepts to analyse the
problems or issues, and then arrive at realistic recommendations and conclusions.
Context: You should roleplay the part of a researcher, consultant, manager or civil
servant who has been commissioned to carry out this piece of research into the
topic. The title of the report should be formulated as a question and the investigative
nature of the topic should be made clear in the problem statement.
Format: It must follow the following format:
o A brief overview of the issue and your findings
o A short statement of the question you are seeking to answer. Why is this
an issue of strategic importance for international management?
o A summary of how the research underpinning the result was done. How
and on which basis were sources selected?
o A description of what you found in the research through the lens of
concepts learned on the module. Any frameworks applied should be
displayed here or in the appendices, as well as a discussion of relevant
Conclusions and recommendations
o A critical evaluation of the strategic implications for the industry,
organisation or other institution being discussed and how strategy or
policy to might be changed to manage the implications of the findings.
These recommendations should ideally reflect some awareness of the
organisational or institutional context, particularly likely resource
constraints or implementation barriers.
o No credit will be given for appendices, but relevant frameworks,
diagrams or other workings, which enhance the findings, might be
displayed here. No prose should appear here.
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THE YORK MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
Student number: Module title: Strategy in Global Organisations
Generic criteria Module specific learning outcomes
G1 Quality of
S1 A professional looking report, with clearly differentiated
sections, concise expression, and care taken in preparation.
This includes spelling, grammar and proofreading.
G2 Knowledge and
S2 Problem statement and research findings must in some way
include the use of module content.
G3 Analysis and
S3 Module concepts should be clearly applied to the problem
G4 Structure and
S4 The prescribed structure should be followed and the findings
should result from a critical evaluation of the implications of
G5 Quality of conclusion S5 The conclusion should follow logically from the analysis and
argument being made.
Comments on assessment criteria
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Generic Assessment Marking Criteria
You will be marked according to five criteria:
● Quality of Presentation
● Understanding and use of Theory
● Quality of Analysis
● Structure and Argument
The examiners will be looking for the following elements for each of these criteria.
● All material is thoroughly and correctly referenced.
● Citations are given in the Harvard format, unless specifically specified otherwise in
the assignment brief.
● Direct quotations from sources are referenced with page numbers.
● Appropriate use has been made of tables, diagrams, graphs and pictures.
● The use of formatting (line spacing, font, justified margins etc.) is consistent
● The text is clear and readable, without typographic errors and spelling mistakes.
● The assignment is within the maximum word length suggested.
● The bibliography contains only the works cited in the assignment, is presented in
author alphabetical order and is complete, accurate, and consistently formatted.
● Evidence of wider reading i.e. not relying on a textbook or single text source, but
engaging with specialist texts, journal articles and reports.
● A demonstration of an understanding and awareness of a range of theoretical
positions or technical options.
● The ability to place a particular text’s argument within a range of positions evident
in the literature and to recognise its strengths and limitations as an explanatory
● Direct quotes, paraphrasing or other evidence of active engagement with theory
and/or technique is apparent throughout the assignment.
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● The assignment demonstrates an ability to understand different perspectives i.e.
the student can evaluate different options, engage critically with theory and
practice and can justify their analysis above other available solutions or
● The analysis results from the use of judgement and discernment in selecting
theory and applying it to the situation or problem.
● The selection of techniques and viewpoints are justified by the problem or issue
● Reflection and observation are integrated in the analysis in an appropriate way
i.e. a supported argument illustrated with observation rather than a statement of
Structure and Argument
● An essay assignment will normally include an introduction, several sub-titled
sections in the main body, a conclusion and a bibliography. Alternative formats
may be specified by the assignment brief and, if so, have been used.
● A coherent argument is evident, which clearly links the different elements of the
assignment together and leads the reader through to a justifiable conclusion.
● The argument is logically constructed with each section building on the insights of
preceding sections i.e. different perspectives are not simply thrown together
without an understanding of how they contribute to the overall argument
● Theory is integrated into the analytical and/or practical elements of the
assignment where appropriate
● Meaning is not obscured by poor grammar, paragraph or sentence construction.
● The conclusion summarises the whole of the assignment and not just the
analysis i.e. conclusions relate questions posed, adequacy of the theory,
empirical issues explored and reflect on the student’s approach to the work.
● The conclusions refer to the argument presented to that point and do not
introduce new ideas or arguments “at the last moment”.
● The conclusion demonstrates the ability of the student to justify their theoretical
and analytical approach.
● Conclusions have been drawn and follow, and are justified by, the analysis in the
main body of the assignment. Where required, practical recommendations are
feasible and follow on from the conclusions, addressing the issues identified.
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