Assessment 3: Business Research Plan

Assessment Brief

Overview 

Purpose: The purpose of this assessment is for you to submit a research plan that is clear, concise, consistent, and convincing. By doing this assessment, you will be able to not only apply what you have learnt in the BRD course but also develop the necessary written communication skills to communicate your plan.

Description:  your research plan should be clear, concise, consistent and convincing. This would demonstrate your level of skills relevant to gaining agreement from others, by convincing an organisation’s Board (or other industry-relevant decision-makers such as a funding body) to approve the cost of employees being given time away from their normal duties to conduct the research that you are proposing.

Assessment Details

In this assessment task, you are required to develop a research plan that addresses the issue of effectively demonstrating commitment to create meaningful opportunities for Indigenous communities through the internal and external investment practices of an organization.

The research plan should integrate reconciliation and Indigenous perspectives into the organization's strategies. The plan should be structured and presented as if it were to be presented to a team of business executives or members of a company's board.

You are expected to critically review relevant literature, identify key components of the research problem, formulate a research questions, and propose a suitable research methodology to address the research issue (this includes justifying your choice of methodology and providing a list of survey or interview questionaries).

Interview with Gheran Yarraman Steel - Australian Indigenous Perspective

Description: Interview with Gheran Yarraman Steel, a Boon Wurrung Traditional Owner exploring the role of Australian organisations in engaging with and understanding the indigenous voice and perspective on matters relating to the business end of delivering social impact, inclusive outcomes and creating meaningful economic and social opportunities for indigenous Australians.

Note: Indigenous communitiesLinks to an external site. refer to any of the 490 million Indigenous/First Nations living in the world (e.g., Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Canada, USA etc). Many of these communities' core estates are tangible and intangible. According to a report by PwC Indigenous Consulting (2022)Links to an external site., for example, Australia’s Indigenous community their tangible assets (i.e., lands and waters) while intangible assets (i.e., cultural and intellectual property rights, and environmental and biosciences practices). These assets, among others, are key estates the Indigenous communities rely on for survivability, sustainability and prosperity. Refer to the additional resource links below for more detail.

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will measure your ability to:

  • Research Problem: Clear articulation and identification of key components of the research problem within the context of reconciliation and Indigenous perspectives.
  • Literature Review (AOL 4A and 4C Job Ready): Comprehensive critical review of relevant literature on reconciliation, Indigenous perspectives, and challenges/barriers in organizational investment practices.
  • Research Methodology: Appropriate research design selection, detailed data collection methods involving stakeholders, and justified data analysis techniques.
  • Critical Thinking and Originality (AOL 3A Analysis & Problem Solving): Demonstration of critical thinking skills, creative integration of reconciliation and Indigenous perspectives, and innovative ideas for addressing challenges and maximizing opportunities.
  • AOL 1A Global Citizen Local, national, global perspective Awareness of how diverse cultural perspectives are shaped within local, national, and global context
  • Presentation and Structure: Clear and concise presentation suitable for business executives or board members, well-organized content, and correct academic writing style.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically evaluate the broad range of research literature and synthesise options for innovative business research design.
  • CLO4. Critically analyse the contemporary issues, theories and practice including future of work and technology in the workplace.
  • Evaluate the different perspectives in business research design. In the Australian offerings, this includes opportunities and challenges that facilitate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People knowledge in Australia.

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