strategic Management

strategic Management

Order Description
• Assignment
Below is your assignment for this subject. Please read the brief and instructions thoroughly.
o Your task is to undertake strategic planning for a private construction company who tenders for Government contracts and Private contracts.
o Locate the vision statement, mission statement, statement of values and formal objectives of your chosen organisation. Not all organisations have a statement of values; if that is the case, you
can do without the statement of values. Not all organisations have formal objectives; if that is the case, you will be required to develop some appropriate objectives as part of the assignment.
Write a report in which you:
? Briefly describe the organisation and its industry.
? Identify the vision statement, mission statement and statement of values; explain their appropriateness for the organisation; suggest potential improvements.
? Identify the objectives; analyse their appropriateness for the organisation; suggest potential improvements, or develop some appropriate objectives and discuss why they are applicable.
? Undertake an internal analysis of the organisation and an analysis of its external environment using appropriate strategic management tools such as SWOT Analysis, Gap Analysis, PEST Analysis and
Five Forces Analysis.
? Develop an appropriate strategy for the organization. Make sure you explain why the strategy is relevant and how it relates to vision/mission/objectives. Clearly justify your argument.
Note : You do not need to develop implementation processes, but you should mention the critical importance of implementation, execution, and evaluation of the strategies you come up with for this
Note: In a real world strategic plan it is unlikely that you would use formal referencing. While you might not use referencing in an actual strategic plan, you would definitely source your
information from various company/industry reports and from journal articles. In this assignment you are required to make use of such sources explicit through referencing.
? This assessment is an individual assessment (ie this is not a group assessment). Please ensure you avoid collusion and other practices which compromise individual assessment work. (Refer to the
Academic Integrity Policy available on AIB website)
o ________________________________________
o Submit Your Assignment
Current Status: Not Submitted
Subject: Strategic Management [703SMGT]
Subject Dates: 27-01-2017 to 23-02-2017 [NSBM]
o All assignments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the due date.
With online submission of your assignment, this means that you no longer need to include a cover sheet. However, all assignments (including Final Projects) must still include a title page, as
outlined with the Style and Assignment guides including:
? your name
? student ID number
? subject title
? AQF level
? Word count
o ________________________________________
Important Assignment Instructions
• The required word length for this assignment is 2500 words (plus or minus 10%).Note the reference, appendices and Executive summary not included in the word count and my grade will be adversely
affected if my assignment word length is beyond the allowed tolerance level.

In terms of structure, presentation and style you are normally required to use:
• Use concepts from the text: thompson, AA, Peteraf, MA, Gamble, JE & Strickland, AJ 2016, Crafting and executing strategy: the quest for competitive advantage, concepts and cases, 20th edn,
McGraw-Hill Education, New York; (ISBN: 9780077720599).
• Word format is Calibri, 12 point.
• Spacing 1.5 Line spacing.
• Left aligned
• Inner Margin ( normally 3.17cm)
• Use references from different sources: 6-12
• Harvard style referencing (which includes in-text citations plus a reference list). My grade will be adversely affected if your assignment contains no/poor citations
• All references must be from credible sources such as books, industry related journals, magazines, company documents and recent academic articles. Use recent peer reviewed journal articles as they
would contribute to a higher grade.
• AIB standard report format ( SEE BELOW FOR FORMAT)
• AIB preferred Microsoft Word settings
• These requirements are detailed in the AIB Style Guide attached.

Various Sources:

Topic 1
Swanson, LA 2013, ‘A strategic engagement framework for nonprofits’, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 303–323.

Topic 2
Ahenkora, K & Peasah, O 2011, ‘Crafting strategy that measures up’, International Journal of Business & Management, vol. 6, no. 10, pp. 278–283.

Topic 3
Banham, HC 2010, ‘External environmental analysis for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)’, Journal of Business & Economics Research, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 19–25.

Topic 4
Bose, TK 2012, ‘Market segmentation and customer focus strategies and their contribution towards effective value chain management’, International Journal of Marketing Studies, vol. 4, no. 3, pp.

Topic 5
Ning, H 2012, ‘How to maintain sustainable competitive advantages – case study on the evolution of organisational strategic management’, International Journal of Business Administration, vol. 3,
no. 5, pp. 45–51.

Topic 6
Kumar, R 2014, ‘Managing ambiguity in strategic alliances’, California Management Review, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 82–102.

Topic 7
Aspelund, A & Moen, CF 2012, ‘International new ventures and governance structures – are international entrepreneurs strategic or entrepreneurial?’, Journal of Management & Governance, vol. 16, no.
1, pp. 125–146.

Topic 8
Cre?u, RF 2012, ‘Corporate governance and corporate diversification strategies’, Review of International Comparative Management, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 621–633.

Topic 9
Bigler, JWR & Williams, FA 2013, ‘World-class strategy execution through ‘on the job’ leadership development’, Business Studies Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 95–112.

Topic 10
Nongo, ES & Ikyanyon, DN 2012, ‘The influence of corporate culture on employee commitment to the organization’, International Journal of Business and Management, vol. 7, no. 22, pp. 21–28.
All article readings are available as PDFs under the relevant subject on the student learning portal.


An example assignment that follows the format developed here appears in Appendix A.
Title page

Give your assignment a title and type out the main words from the assignment for the marker to know what the report is all about. You will place the word count (from the start of the Introduction
section to the end of the Conclusion section) here just before the report is submitted.

Executive summary
This tells your reader what the report is about because it describes the topics or issues discussed, as well as providing a summary of the conclusions and recommendations and reasons for them. It
is usually one or two paragraphs of only 100 or so words and these words are not included in the word count.

Table of contents
After the title page and the executive summary, you should show a table of contents with a list of the numbered sections and subsections of the report, with their page numbers. Numbered appendices,
tables and figures with their titles should also be presented in the table of contents. Office Word provides a function for inserting a table of contents that will automatically update your page
numbers as you edit and revise your document.

1 Introduction
The introduction tells your reader what you are going to tell them in the body of your report. The first paragraph of your introduction gives the background to the report and why it is useful. Then
©Australian Institute of Business 4 V4-1July2011 your second paragraph should say what the aim, purpose or objective of the report is, any limitations and a very brief summary of the sections (no
more than about two lines for this summary of the sections). The whole Introduction section should not take more than about half a page or so.

2 Discussion
The sections after the Introduction are where you begin the discussion, outlining relevant facts and events. A rule of thumb is that there should be at least one section or subsection heading per
page. These sections after the Introduction will follow a logical pattern of thought. Make your headings longer than just one or two cryptic words, so that they also help the reader to quickly
understand the sections and flow of the assignment. The start of each section should make obvious its link to previous sections; for example, ‘The previous sections discussed strengths; this
section turns to weaknesses’. Transition words are especially useful for this linking of paragraphs; for example, ‘moreover, furthermore, in addition, consequently, so, on the other hand, in
contrast, but, however, nevertheless’. After this linkage has been established, the purpose of the section should be made clear in a theme sentence at the start of each paragraph, for example,
‘This section aims to discover those areas where threats could affect strategies’.

In other words, the main body of the report will include headings, sub-headings and topics like:
1 Heading
Under the primary level heading, the first paragraph of this section begins like this.
1.1 Sub-heading topic
Under the secondary level heading, the first paragraph of this section begins like this.
1.1.1 Sub-heading topic. Following the tertiary level heading, the first paragraph of this section begins like this.
2 Heading
Under the primary level heading, the first paragraph of this section begins like this.
2.1 Sub-heading topic
Under the secondary level heading, the first paragraph of this section begins like this.

2.1.1 Sub-heading topic. Following this tertiary level heading, the first paragraph of this section begins like this. Tables and figures are an excellent way of illustrating and justifying your
argument. However, they complement the written words discussed in the sections above and do not replace that discussion, so make sure all the important points in your arguments are in your text and
that the reader does not have to search in a table or figure for those points. A figure such as a pie chart, a bar chart or a line chart is especially useful for showing relationships between
variables. Each table and figure should have:

• A number and a title at the top – the title should be long enough to make the table or figure self-contained so that its conclusion can be grasped without referring back to the text of the
report; for example, ‘Figure 3: plume path for a nuclear power plant incident based upon wind blowing from the top. No pollution extends beyond ten miles’
• a legend clearly showing what each line or symbol in a figure stands for
• axes titles and column headings that clearly describe the variables involved, including the scale
used; for example, ‘sales revenue in $00s’
• axes scales which are clearly marked, and which have a clear break if the scale is not continuous from zero.
• More details about tables and figures are in Appendix A.

3 Conclusion
The conclusion has two paragraphs or so, and takes up to three quarters of a page and no more. This conclusion should summarise and tie together the whole of the report, without introducing new
material. The conclusion should briefly describe the report’s recommendations that are detailed in the next section. A final sentence should demonstrate that the purpose of the report that was
stated in the Introduction section has been achieved.

In some reports, you may have been asked to make some recommendations or you may think that you will get more marks if you make some, especially if the assignment is about an organizational
strategy or a managerial decision. These recommendations are drawn from your conclusions above. Your recommendations outline the specific actions that are required. When detailing your
recommendations, you may also need to consider who will action them; how they will be measured; and the timeframe for the recommendations. The priority that you place on each recommendation may
also be required.

A listing of all resources referred to in the report; assembled in author alphabetical order. These are not included in the word count. Refer to Appendix A and the AIB Style Guide for details.

The appendices include appropriate, related materials. They are not included in the word count. These are optional for the reader, that is, the reader can choose whether they look at an appendix or
not. So you should explicitly refer to an appendix in the text of the body of you report, with a very
• brief outlin

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