MGT5005 International Management - Individual Report

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Topic overview

For this assessment, you will provide recommendations to management to improve ethical conduct and corporate governance in your organisation in relation to dealing with international parties, such as suppliers, outsourced contractors, or direct service delivery providers who are outside the country. First you will identify how the organisation is dealing with international parties and potential issues that may be arising from these relationships.

Utilising contemporary research on ethics and governance in international management, you will present to executive management key findings and recommendations, in the form of a concise and professional report.

Assessment criteria

This assessment will be marked based on the quality of your:

  • Context and problem statement (20%)
  • Recommendations (40%)
  • Research and evidence (20%)
  • Presentation (20%)

Guidelines

A senior manager in your organisation* has approached you about your MoM studies. She is excited to learn that you are taking a subject in international management, as she feels that the senior

management team is a bit ‘behind the curve’ in the most recent developments in this area, which she believes is negatively affecting the organisation’s performance. She has asked you to prepare a report for senior management that provides concise and actionable recommendations aimed at improving

ethical conduct within the organisation as well as improving the organisation’s approach to corporate governance when dealing with organisations outside your country. She requests that the handout be approximately two pages, concise (about 1500 words) and clearly relevant to the organisation.

*You can use your current organisation or an organisation where you have worked previously.

With relation to international management learnings, identify a specific problem in relation to ethical conduct as well as corporate governance that is relevant to your organisation (e.g. how can your organisation ensure a higher ethical standard of decisions when dealing with suppliers in host

developing countries?). Research academic literature in international management to understand the prevalent models, theories, key issues and so on related to the problem you’ve identified. You will need to find at least five (5) recent scholarly journal articles that are relevant to the topic. The academic research articles should be relevant to the topic, contemporary (i.e. published in the last five years) and of high quality (i.e. published in journals ranked by the Australian Business Dean’s Council or Australian Research Council as A*, A or B; see also list of recommended academic journals on pp. 2–3 of this document).

Based on your reading of the academic literature and your knowledge of your organisation, your report should contain the following information:

  • Problem statement(s): clearly and concisely state the international management problem and how it relates to your organisation
  • Recommendations: clearly and concisely state specific and actionable recommendations that your organisation can use to manage the problem. Note:
    • Recommendations should reflect your analysis of the academic literature — do not simply copy or re-word someone else’s recommendations
    • Recommendations should be tailored to your organisation
    • You should have at least five (5) but no more than eight (8) recommendations in total
    • Recommendations can be formatted in bullet points
  • References: include a separate list of at least five scholarly references (not included in the word count)

Submission format

The assignment should be approximately 1500 words not including in-text citations and reference list. The problem statement and recommendations should fit on two pages and be professionally presented and easy to read. Use standard fonts and font sizes.

Graphics and other non-text elements are not necessary.

Referencing guidelines

You are expected to take a scholarly approach and your analysis and recommendations should be informed by relevant international management theory and research. You are expected to read and use information from a minimum of five academic research articles other than the research sources provided in class. Academic research articles refer to articles published in academic, peer-reviewed journal articles. The academic research articles should be relevant to the topic, contemporary (i.e. published in the last five years) and of high quality (i.e. published in journals ranked by the Australian

Business Dean’s Council or Australian Research Council as A*, A or B; see also list of recommended academic journals below). You may also include assigned readings (e.g. articles or textbook readings), as well as relevant and credible industry/media/opinion pieces regarding your organisation and its activities.

Cite all sources in the main text of the document and include a separate reference page at the end of the document. The in-text citations and references should be formatted using the current version of the Harvard style or APA7. Refer to the tips on applying these styles in the Assessments module of the LMS. Note that Wikipedia and similar sources are NOT acceptable for any assessments in this subject.

Recommended journals:

  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of World Business
  • Journal of International Management
  • International Public Management Journal
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Management
  • Management International Review
  • Emerging Markets Review
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Corporate Governance: An International Review
  • International Business Review
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • International Journal of Operations and Production Management

Note that the above list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. There are many other excellent academic journals.

Academic integrity and plagiarism

You are required to upload the assignment by the due date into the LMS in the Turnitin portal.

‘Academic integrity means being honest in academic work and taking responsibility for learning the conventions of scholarship . . . Academic integrity education is integral to the learning experience at La Trobe University . . . The University requires its academic staff and students to observe the highest ethical standards in all aspects of academic work, and it demonstrates its commitment to these values by awarding due credit for honestly conducted scholarly work, and by penalising academic misconduct and all forms of cheating’ (La Trobe University, n.d.).

The penalty for submitting an assignment as your own that is the work of a third-party may be as severe

as ‘exclusion from the University without readmission’ (La Trobe University, 2020, p. 4).

Refer to the Academic integrity – schedule of responses and penalties for academic misconduct.

You should familiarise yourself with the Academic integrity website and complete the academic integrity module (AIM) in your LMS.

If you have any questions regarding academic integrity, your Subject or Course Coordinator will be able to assist.

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