Why do companies globalize? Discuss with reference to key theories in the area. Critically assess the contribution of Bartlett and Ghoshal to our understanding of MNCs and their strategies. What is the Varieties of Capitalism School and how might it help us to understand the challenges faced by MNCs? How can MNCs use International Human Resource Management to manage the challenges of globalization?
- The length of the essay is 2000 words (+/- 10%). The list of references is not included in the word-count of the paper. Being under or over these limits may result in penalties
- The essay should be typed in double spacing on A4 sized paper with margins of 2.5cm on left, right, top and bottom. Font size for text must be 12 and all pages should be numbered.
- Use our Student ID to identify your work, as well as your name and course name.
- The piece must be your own individual piece of work. Collaboration between students in writing the essay is not permitted.
Upload an electronic copy to Turnitin using the assignment link on Blackboard– go to “Assignment Submission”. In that content area, the essay will have its own link that you can use to upload your paper.
All assessments must be submitted on time. If the assignment is submitted within 7 days of the deadline date, the assignment will be considered late and will be capped with a maximum mark of 40%. Anything submitted after 7 days will receive a mark of zero.
Turnitin provides originality reports for submitted student papers to lecturers. You may receive an originality score as well. You don’t need to worry about the originality score as such, this is just an indicator for lecturers. Each submission is assessed individually and any signs of plagiarism are studied carefully. You need to remember to cite the sources of ideas, theories, concepts, facts, figures, tables and other information in the main text of your essay and provide a list of references at the end.
The essay should be typed in double spacing on A4 sized paper with margins of 2.5cm on left, right, top and bottom. Font size for text must be 12 and all pages should be numbered.
Use diagrams and brief tables if appropriate to illustrate points and to support your arguments. Ensure that these are relevant, based on your reading, and that their significance to your argument is clear.
Your work should discuss and appraise the findings from your study and research and, in doing so, should provide analysis that is relevant to the question posed. Your style should be analytical, interpretative and informative. The content should be focused, relevant to the question and clearly structured.
You may attach appendices to your work which will not be included in the word-count. Appendices may include, for example, certain tables or analyses, the conclusions or outputs of which you have included in the main text. They should not be the sole location for any information that is essential to your argument. While appendices can provide supporting evidence for your argument it must be possible to understand and assess the validity of your argument without reference to the appendix (for example, where statistics are drawn from data in an appendix make sure that the key statistics on which your argument depends are summarised or reproduced in the main text of your work). Just as appendices do not influence the word count, so they will not affect the mark you are awarded for the work.
FEEDBACK ON THE ESSAY
Students will receive an individual feedback on your essay via Turnitin Grademark system. The feedback will contain a mark out of 100%, a written feedback and comments along the script. All feedback will be electronic.
MARKING CRITERIA AND MODERATION
All essays are marked according to the Newcastle University marking criteria for undergraduate students (please see attached). The portion of essays are moderated by other lecturers (who teach the same subject at Newcastle University Business School) to ensure the consistency of marking. At least 10% or 10 scripts will be moderated, whichever is the largest, for each cohort of students.
PLAGIARISM AND REFERENCING
Plagiarism: Except for the parts specifically referenced, your work should be your own. This means, you should not take any or all of it from a book, a journal article, another student’s essay, the internet, lecture handouts, newspaper articles, or any other source. We take plagiarism very seriously and will deal with it with the full force of university regulations. If you have ANY doubts about what constitutes plagiarism, you are advised to speak to us BEFORE you submit your assignment. After the work is submitted, it is the point of no return!
The piece must be your own individual piece of work. Collaboration between students in writing the essay is not permitted.
Referencing: You should demonstrate your reading in the subject area through reference to or occasional direct quotations from appropriate sources. Remember to credit all sources of information that you use, in text and in the references section. Avoid using sources that have poor validity and reliability, for example poorly constructed internet sources (e.g. Wikipedia).
Harvard referencing. Please use Harvard referencing style in putting together the citations in text and reference list at the end of your essay.
All the lectures will from the first term will be provided as attachments below.
The assignment guidance has all the necessary information.
The paper needs to have very decent research and use a few theories (e.g. Hofstede), Varieties of capitalism), having properly explained them. Please use the lectures as guidance so you know what topics are better to use. Please use materials students would normally use on this course. Most lectures have suggested reading.
It is 50% of final year grade so it has to be very well done.
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