Strategic Management

Order Instructions/Description

Using relevant models, theories and business examples, critically assess the view that mergers and acquisitions add little value or no value to a corporate entity.

Table of Contents:
Description of Assessment Requirements
Marking Scheme and Learning Outcomes (Individual Assignment)
Group Assignment
General Guidelines
Notes on Plagiarism
Harvard Referencing
Group Presentation
Group Presentation Evaluation Criteria

1.Description of Assessment Requirements: Individual Written Assignment

Using relevant models, theories and business examples, critically assess the view that mergers and acquisitions add little value or no value to a corporate entity.

Total: 2000 words
Assessment value: 25%

2.Marking Scheme (Individual Assignment)

The assignment assessment criteria and mark allocation are as follows :

L.O. Critically analyse how the different perspectives of social science disciplines inform strategic management
Introduction .( 10 marks)
Literature review of content and process approaches to strategy (40 marks)
Comparative analysis of selected models (30 marks)
Business examples (20 marks)

(Total 100 marks: value=25%)

Group Assignment

You are required to research a suitable organisation of  your choice and in a formal report  attempt the following tasks
Task 1
Critically appraise the mission and objectives of the company including its corporate social responsibility.
Task 2
Drawing on relevant schools of strategy and strategic management models critically discuss the company’s approach to strategic management.
Task 3
Identify and discuss strategic recommendations that you would make in the light of your analysis in tasks 1 and 2 above.

Marking Scheme: Group Presentation and PowerPoint Slides

Organisation and Evidence of Teamwork         10  marks

Topic Knowledge                    50  marks

Creativity                        10  marks

Visual Aids                        10  marks

Summary                        10  marks

Impact on audience                    10  marks

Total                             100 marks

Value                             25%

SECTION 8 : Group Presention Guidelines

Students are required to fully participate in and contribute to the development of the Group Presentation. Non-participation and/or non-attendance will result in restriction of marks for this aspect of assessment

The group size will be determined by the module leader and module teaching team and will normally be 4 group members (normal maximum).
The formal Group Presentation will be delivered by  all members of the group.
The duration of the presentation is 30 minutes. This will be timed and there will be NO extensions to this time period. Student Groups are strongly advised to rehearse their presentation to ensure that the time period is strictly adhered to.
Presentations will be stopped by the lecturer/assessment team at the end of 20 minutes.
Presentations are followed by Questions which are required to be fielded by/responded to by  members of the group. The absolute timed period for questions is 10 minutes.
Both times are required to be strictly adhered to.
There is a stipulated Maximum of 15 power point slides in the 20 minute presentation.
Students are required to be aware and are formally advised of all maximum times which will be cut off times with no exceptions.
Power Point printouts with the individual texts provided for the presentation by each student are required to be handed in to the assessment team/lecturer at the time of the presentation immediately before the commencement of the presentation and will be retained by the lecturer/assessment team.
The Assessment Weighting for this aspect of the group assessment is 25% (all students in the particular group are awarded the same mark)

SECTION 9:Notes on Plagiarism & Harvard Referencing


Plagiarism is passing off the work of others as your own. This constitutes academic theft and is a serious matter which is penalized in assignment marking.

Plagiarism is the submission of an item of assessment containing elements of work produced by another person(s) in such a way that it could be assumed to be the student’s own work. Examples of plagiarism are :

the verbatim copying of another person’s work without acknowledgement
the close paraphrasing of another person’s work by simply changing a few  words or altering the order of presentation without acknowledgement
the unacknowledged quotation of phrases from another person’s work and/or the presentation of another person’s idea(s) as one’s own.

Copying or close paraphrasing with occasional acknowledgement of the source may also be deemed to be plagiarism is the absence of quotation marks implies that the phraseology is the student’s own.

Plagiarised work may belong to another student or be from a published source such as a book, report, journal or material available on the internet.