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Unit 18 Global Business Environment

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Unit 18 Global Business Environment

Task 1

The submission is in the form of a 10-minute individual PowerPoint presentation and 5 minutes allocated for questions. The presentation slides and speaker notes should be submitted as one copy (Speaker notes must cover LO 1 and LO2 in detail). You are required to make effective use of PowerPoint headings, bullet points and subsections as appropriate. Your research should be referenced using the Harvard referencing system. Please also provide a bibliography using the Harvard referencing system. The recommended word limit is 1,500 to 2,000 words, including speaker notes, although you will not be penalised for exceeding the total word limit.

 Task 2

This must be submitted as a professional report and this should be written in a concise, formal business style using single spacing and font size 12. You are required to make use of headings, paragraphs and subsections as appropriate, and all work must be supported with research and referenced using the Harvard referencing system. Please also provide a bibliography using the Harvard referencing system. The recommended word limit is 2,500 to 3,000 words, although you will not be penalised for exceeding the total word limit.

 

 

Task 1

LO1 Analyse the key factors which drive globalisation.

LO2 Determine the strategic complexities associated with operating in a global environment

Task 2

LO3 Evaluate how operating in a global market influences an organisation’s structure, culture and functions.

LO4 Evaluate the influence of globalisation on organisational decision making and strategy.

 

 

Assignment Brief and Guidance:

Task 1

Scenario

You are an advisor for the board of directors of ‘SASOL Limited’, a fast-growing energy andchemical company, based in South Africa [or insert here a global organisation of your choice].The company has also expanded into Mozambique, Canada, Gabon and Australia, and hope toexpand into other countries soon.

A new CEO has taken over the organisation and has asked you to produce a presentation to theboard of directors to advise them on the concept of ‘Globalisation’ and the challenges thiscreates for global businesses trying to enter new markets.

You are required to investigate and explain the key factors that drive globalisation as well as thekey challenges this creates when operating globally. This will be presented by using a PESTLEanalysis to guide you and show analysis of cultural, economic, political and social dimensions. 

The presentation should include the following:

1.     An introduction to the concept of globalisation.

2.     An explanation on the driving factors of globalisation.

3.     The significant impact of digital technology upon globalisation.

4.     Complete and present a PEST/LE analysis of the organisation.

5.     Explain the challenges of globalisation and the strategic challenges this represents for theorganisation.

6.     Provide recommendations on how to overcome these challenges

 

Task 2 

Scenario

You required to continue the research on the organisation you have chosen in task one and you are required to evaluate the impact that globalisationhas on organisational structures, cultures and functions. As part of your research you have toinvestigate how globalisation affects decision making and strategy within a global business.This will require that you consider theory (McKinsey’s 7S model, Hofstede’s Dimensions ofCulture etc) and factors that influence structures, culture and organisational functions in thegiven business. You should relate to the given organisation and demonstrate how their strategyand decisions have been influenced by the factors you have discussed. 

The report should include the following: 

1.     An explanation of the structure, culture and governance of the organisation. Applying

McKinsey’s 7S model and checklist to illustrate an overview of the organisation. 

2.     An evaluation of how the above has been influenced by global operations and how the

organisation has adapted to operating in a global market. Applying Hofstede’s Dimensions of

Culture to demonstrate how the organisation has been influenced. 

3.     An evaluation of ethical and sustainable factors that the organisation has to consider in a

global market. 

4.     Assess how these factors have affected decision making in a global context. 

5.     Assess which strategic expansion routes the organisation took and analyse both advantages and disadvantages. 

Submission Guidelines

·       Submit a soft copy to CRM/ Virtual Learning Environment. Use Normal script of a proper font size 12.

·       Add a table of contents in the beginning of your assignment.

·       Assignments submitted after the deadline will not be accepted unless Extenuating Circumstances Form is submitted with third party evidence.

·       Collusion and Plagiarism must be avoided.

·       Start each answer on a new page and pages should be numbered. Highlight each question clearly.

·       Include a Bibliography at the end of the assignment and use the Harvard referencing system.  

·       All work should be comprehensively referenced and all sources must be fully acknowledged, such as books and journals, websites (include the date of visit), etc.

·       In order to pass you need to address all the learning outcomes (LOs) and meet all the PASS (Ps) criterions within the LO.

·       In order to get a merit, you need to address the characteristics of Pass and then M1, M2, M3 and M4 

·        In order to get a distinction, you need to address the characteristics of Pass, Merit and then D1and D2. 

Recommended Resources 

·       BARTLETT, C. and BEAMISH, P. (2011). Transnational Management: Texts, Cases,

and Readings in Cross-Border Management. 6th Ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.

 

·       DANIELS, J. D., RADEBAUGH, L.H. and SULLIVAN D.P. (2013) International

Business Environments and Operations. 14th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.

 

·       DERESKY, H. (2014). International Management: Managing Across Borders and

Cultures. 8th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.

 

·       GUAY, T. R. (2014) The Business Environment of Europe: Firms, Governments, and

Institutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

·       PENG, M. (2014) Global Business. 3rd Ed. Cengage Learning.

 

  

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Pass

Merit

Distinction

LO1 Analyse the key factors which drive globalisation

LO1 & 2

D1 Critically evaluate the global business environment, including the opportunities and challenges faced by organisations.

P1 Analyse key factors of cost, market, environment and competition that drive global commerce and trade.

M1 Critically analyse the impact that key factors have upon the global business environment in terms of benefits and challenges.

LO2 Determine the strategic complexities associated with operating in a global environment

P2 Explain the complexity of strategic challenges faced by organisations when operating in a global environment supported by specific examples.

M2 Critically analyse strategic challenges in context of risk and diversification strategies and the supply chain flow.

LO3 Evaluate how operating in a global market influences an organisation’s structure, culture and functions

LO3 & 4

D2 Critique strategies that can be adopted by organisations operating in a global business environment, making valid and justified recommendations of how they should adapt their organisational structure and decision-making processes.

P3Evaluate the influences of globalisation on organisational governance and leadership, structure, culture and functions.

P4 Evaluate the influences of ethical and sustainable globalisation on organisational functions.

M3 Critically evaluate global market influences in application to appropriate theories and models relating to organisational structure and culture.

LO4 Evaluate the influence of globalisation on organisational decision making and strategy

P5Evaluate the different ways decision making can work effectively in a global context.

P6 Determine and articulate the various routes to internationalisation an organisation may adopt, including key barriers.

M4 Critically evaluate the key barriers in doing business internationally and makerecommendations on how they can be overcome.

 

 



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