This task provides you with opportunities to account for international and sustainability perspectives, examine the operational environment of a global firm, apply relevant theories and frameworks, analyze and evaluate strategies, recommend strategic propositions, and learn discipline-specific knowledge, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving (ULO 1, ULO 2, ULO 3, GLO 1, GLO 3, GLO 4 and GLO 5). By completing this task, you will develop your skills in researching, understanding, applying, evaluating, and presenting information required of business professionals.
For this task, assume you are applying for a graduate role in the given organization, and you must prepare and submit a business analysis report examining emerging issues in international operations that are relevant to the organization as part of the job application process.
Your task in this written assignment is to answer the following questions after thoroughly understanding the selected focal firm. You will draw on your knowledge of the topics covered from Weeks 1-5 in providing comprehensive but concise answers to the questions presented below. This written assignment will challenge your ability to apply what you have learned from this unit to date.
In this assignment, you will do well if you build on the theories, concepts, models, and frameworks that we have covered in this unit to date (i.e., textbook, lectures, tutorials, workshops, readings, and links through our Cloud Deakin unit site) when you answer the questions below. You are free to adapt your style, approach, and layout to present your answers to these questions in a formal written report. In other words, if you think you can give your arguments/ideas in narrative, tabular, graphic, or bullet-list forms (or a combination of these forms) clearly and persuasively, then please do what you think is best. However, there is a word limit for each question (i.e., the number of words).
The assignment has a total word limit of 2500 words. Please indicate the ACTUAL number of words at the end of your answer to each of the two questions. There is no minimum number of words nor a minimum number of references (a few lines over the limit in terms of no. of words are reasonable). Please indicate the actual total number of words on the cover page of your assignment.
Please use Times New Roman or Calibri, font 12, double space, and a 1-inch margin on all sides. Cite the references you have used using the Harvard referencing style (author-date system). The reference list you will provide at the end of your answer to question 2 is NOT counted in the maximum number of words.
You may have appendices for some supporting analyses but use these sparingly as these are not counted in the word limit and will not be marked. You will submit/upload your assignment in a Word document file to an Assessment Task 1 folder on our Cloud Deakin unit site. Please refer to the evaluation rubric, which the unit’s teaching team will use in marking your assignment.
You are expected to draw on our unit’s teaching and learning resources, such as our class and seminar resources and other learning resources found on our Cloud Deakin unit site.
AT1. Select a firm that has international operations with headquarters based in the Asia-Pacific region and prepare a report that answers the following two questions. You need not write these questions in your report to save space – just the numbers followed by your answers.
Q1. Provide a descriptive analysis of the firm and its environment. This may include discussing the nature of the business, level of competition it endures, peer group, target customers, financial performance trend, locational issues, environmental concerns, geopolitical situation and so on.
In writing your descriptive analysis, it is very important that you clearly incorporate and articulate your understanding of at least one aspect of relevant theory as covered in the weekly classes up to Week 5 of the trimester.
Please do not try to incorporate everything covered in the classes up to Week 5 – you can pick and choose one or two relevant aspects of the theory that best fits your research context.
(Approximately 1250 words)
Q2. To what extent do you think are the firm’s operations management and supply chain practices sustainable?
What evidence can you find through your online research about the firm’s ongoing relationship with other firms?
In your opinion, how resilient are the firm operations and supply chain practices to any future disruptive events?
Based on your research findings on the firm’s business operations management and supply chain practices, provide two recommendations to maintain/improve the sustainability of their operations and resilience to future disruptions going forward.
(Approximately 1250 words)
This task allows you to demonstrate your achievement towards the Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs), which have been aligned to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs). Deakin GLOs describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates acquire and can demonstrate on completion of their course. This assessment task is an important tool in determining your achievement of the ULOs. If you do not demonstrate achievement of the ULOs, you will not be successful in this unit. You are advised to familiarise yourself with these ULOs and GLOs as they will inform you on what you are expected to demonstrate for the successful completion of this unit.