Walmart Store Incorporation Strategic Management Analysis

1. Critically analyse the characteristics of strategic decisions and explain what is meant by strategy and strategic management.

2. Critically evaluate the role of organisational stakeholders, structures and processes and how stakeholders’ expectations shape strategy.

3. Critically assess and apply appropriate concepts and principles of strategic management in an organisational context.

A: Assessment Details
Module Title STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Module Code BU7405: FULL-TIME COHORTS
Component Number A2
Assessment Type, Word Count & Weighting 3000-WORD WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (75%)

 

B: Learning Outcomes
1.            Critically analyse the characteristics of strategic decisions and explain what is meant by strategy and strategic management.

2.            Critically evaluate the role of organisational stakeholders, structures and processes and how stakeholders’ expectations shape strategy.

3.            Critically assess and apply appropriate concepts and principles of strategic management in an organisational context.

 

C: Assessment Task
Applying what you have learnt from the module content, you are to produce a fully referenced written submission of approximately 3000 words (+/- 10%) that uses appropriate models, frameworks and concepts to analyse a strategic business issue (s) within a chosen organisation.

Note: The chosen organisation cannot be one you have already significantly referred to in other assignments or dissertation.

 

D: Specific Criteria/Guidance
Students can use their own employer or select a large international organisation and address the following issues:

*             Brief introduction to the organisation and sector it operates in.

*             Outline of the strategic business issue – contextualised within the organisational setting, including an overview of relevant strategic decisions that led to the current position (discussed through relevant literature, tools and techniques).

Critical analysis which sets out why the issue had strategic implications and the impact it had on competitive performance (discussed through relevant literature and supported by other contemporary examples).

*             Relevant conclusions.

*            Recommendations (if appropriate).

*             List of References.

 

E: Key Resources
De Wit, B., & Meyer, R. (2010). Strategy, Process, Content, Context: An International Perspective. (4th ed.). London, UK: Thomson Learning.

Johnson, G., Scholes, K., Whittington, R., Agwin, D., & Regner, P. (2017). Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases. (11th ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B., & Lampel, J. (2009). Strategy Safari. (2nd ed.). Harlow, UK: FT Prentice Hall.

Supported by:

Ansoff, I. (1987). Corporate Strategy. London, UK: Penguin.

Clegg, S. R., Schweitzer, J., Whittle, A., & Pitelis, C. (2017). Strategy Theory and Practice. (2nd ed.). London, UK: Sage Publishing Ltd.

Coulter, M. (2012). Strategic Management in Action. (6th ed.). London, UK: Prentice Hall.

Cummings, S., & Wilson, D. (Eds.). (2003). Images of Strategy. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

Doherty, T., & Horne, T. (2013). Managing Public Services: Implementing Changes – a Thoughtful Approach to the practice of management. (2nd ed.). London, UK: Routledge.

Finlay, P. (2000). Strategic Management: an Introduction to Business and Corporate Strategy. London, UK: FT Prentice Hall.

Haberberg, A., & Rieple, A. (2001). The Strategic Management of Organisations. London, UK: FT Prentice Hall.

Mintzberg, H., & Quinn, J. B. (2003). The Strategy Process. (4th ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Pettinger, R. (2004). Contemporary Strategic Management. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Porter, M. (2004). Competitive Advantage: Creating and sustaining superior performance. New York, NY: Free Press.

Segal-Horn, S. (ed). The Strategy Reader. (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Business.

Thompson, J., & Martin, F. (2014). Strategic Awareness Management & Change. (7th ed.) London, UK: Thomson.

White, C. (2004). Strategic Management. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Whittington, R. (2001). What is Strategy and Does it Matter? (2nd ed.). London, UK: Thomson.

 

F: Submission Guidance
·         Students should submit work before 12 noon on the deadline date via the appropriate ‘Turnitin submission’ link on the Moodle module page. Please check your email confirmation to ensure you have submitted to the correct place.

·         Assessments should be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx. .pps and .ppsx), Excel (.xls and .xlsx) or PDF format (generated from the word-processing or presentation software you are using, not a scanned document. Do not upload Open Office documents (.odt, .odp).

·         Do not upload documents directly from Google Drive and One Drive.

·         The file must be no larger than 40MB.

Please refer to Help with Assignment Submission section on Moodle for further guidance on online submissions.

G: Document Format  
 

·         The font size must be a minimum of point 12 Calibri (or equivalent).

·         Line spacing in the body of the assessment must be 1.5 lines.

·         Include the following details written on the first page:

Title of your work

Module title and code

Your student assessment number (J Number). Do not write your name or your student number.

Word count (Please note penalties for excess word count)

Module Leader and Seminar Tutor (if relevant)

·         Number the pages consecutively.

 

 

H: Academic Integrity and Penalties
 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are familiar with all of the information contained in this brief as failure to do this may impact on your achievement.

Please refer to the various Assessment Guidance below for detailed information on:

 

 

 

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