Assessment 2: Sustainable Solutions Report

Assessment Brief

Overview

Your task will involve working in small, fast teams to collaboratively (max 4 per group) develop a comprehensive sustainable solution digital report. This report will focus on proposing sustainable solutions to address the wicked problem presented by the industry partner (DiDi). You are encouraged to glean on the insights gained from the first assignment and discuss in your group the challenges, issues and opportunities your insights presents to the inudstry partner.

Your objective will be to showcase your skills in evaluating, analysing, and applying research designs, as well as proposing innovative solutions to wicked probelm provided.

Purpose

As a business research student, engaging in this assessment task offers valuable opportunities to enhance critical thinking, immersion into research designs and problem-solving skills. You will achieve this by working in teams and addressing the problem from various perspectives. Your solutions must be aligned with one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this way you will not only deepen your understanding of the shared economy but also contributing to creative a positive societal impact.

You will collaborate with your team using the Miro software, a preferred platform for global organisations due to its ability to optimise collaboration, boost creativity, and streamline workflows. Through Miro, you will collectively plan, generate ideas, and create your sustainable solutions report. Miro will be the primary tool of team collaboration and report submission.

This assessment task is the second part of your three-part assessment journey. 

Learning Outcomes

The targeted Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this assessment are:

  • CLO1: Critically evaluate the broad range of research literature and synthesise options for innovative business research design.
  • Develop innovative solutions to business problems for sustainable social, environmental, and economic impact.
  • Effectively communicate advanced and integrated research designs to professional target audiences and make reasoned judgments to inform transformative and sustainable business practices.
  • Critically analyse the contemporary issues, theories and practice including future of work and technology in the workplace

Marking Criteria

This assessment will measure your ability to:

  • Research and analysis (30%):Depth and quality of research and analysis, demonstrating critical evaluation of research literature and findings.
  • Evaluation of proposed solution (30%): Evaluation of the proposed solution in terms of its creativity, practicality, applicability, sustainability, creativity and effectiveness in contributing to social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
  • Sustainable development goals (SDGs)alignment [AOL1C] (10%): Development of innovative and sustainable solutions aligned with relevant SDGs.
  • Assurance of Learning (AoL) 2B (10%): Collaboration, teamwork, and effective communication within the team, including individual participation, attitude, cooperation with others, team role fulfilment and accuracy.
  • Group Pitch (20%): Demonstrate clear and concise pitch, oral expression, team work, digital influency and the use of innovation application, and digital expression skills.

Assessment Details

In assessment one you individually explored the research probelm and identified its root causes, both form the primray and secondary data perspectives. Now you are  required to bring those insights into your groups and utilise the design thinking methodology particuarly the immersion and ideation stages, to empthise with the problem, seek additional insights/data from stakeholders directly related to the problem and ideate these insights into strategies to developing a customer centered innovative solution. You should consider the customer journey and the jobs to be done as primary theories to help drive your immersion stage.

You are required at minumum to interview 3 to 5 individuals in your closed circle of friends and family memberseach group member is expected to carry out these interviews indiviudally. All insights should be collated and gathered into a single empathy canvas map - identifying the key stakeholders and the relevant key inisghts/themes derived from the interview.

Finally, you are expected to articulate the wicked probelm into a how might we statement to arrive at a proposal solution stage. In doing so, you are expected to consider the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the role of technology in the creation and development of your proposed sustainable solution report. Your solution should be customer centered, viable, feasible and desirable. Your report must be submitted online using the digital report format provided.

You are expected to present your solution through a video pitch - the video must be submitted to Miroboard.

Follow the steps outlined below on how you should submit your report and pitch.

Miro Board:
Small Fast Teams and Sustainable Solutions Report Template (Duplicate the template before you begin)

Miro Board: Pitch

Small Fast Teams and Sustainable Solutions Report Template (Duplicate the template before you begin)

Your Task

Your assessment consists of three key elements: collaborating within a small, fast team, generating a comprehensive report on sustainable solutions, and utilising the team collaboration platform Miro.

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