23rd September 2013
DATE OF SUBMISSION:
LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1, 2, 3 & 4
Know the range of different businesses and their ownership
Understand how businesses are organised to achieve their purposes
Know the impact of the economic environment on businesses
Know how political, legal and social factors impact on business.
You work as a junior journalist for a newspaper which is planning to run a feature article on UK businesses. You have been asked to produce an article on two contrasting businesses covering purpose, ownership, organisational structure, strategic planning and how businesses interact with their environments. Task 1 (P1,P3, P4) Submission date: w/c 7/10/13
Business organisations exist for many different purposes and have a range of aims and objectives. Privately owned businesses usually aim to make a profit for the owner(s); publicly owned organisations work to deliver services and there are many organisations working for a common cause or service rather than for profit. All these businesses employ staff and use other resources and are important to the economy of a region.
As part of your duties you and three colleagues have been asked to produce a presentation to local Chamber of Commerce.
You and your team members have been asked to research and compare one Public Sector Organisation and one Private Sector Organisation and produce a short PowerPoint presentation of the above of no more 10 minutes duration and of 8 to 12 slides. Covering the following areas: a)
(P1) Describe the type of business (what does the business/organisation do?) b)
(P1) Describe the purpose and ownership (including liability for any business debts) of each business. c)
(P3) Describe how two businesses are organised
(P4) Explain how their style of organisation helps them to fulfil their purpose. (note you will need to hand in a copy of the powerpoint and notes at the end of the presentation and answer questions from your tutor)
Task 2 (p2) Submission date: wc 11/11/13
All organisations have groups or individuals who are said to be stakeholders in the business. This means that they have an interest in the actions, performance or plans of the business. For example, a decision to move location affects staff, suppliers, neighbours and customers, all of whom are stakeholders. Produce an article for the paper covering the following: a)
(P2) Describe the different stakeholders of each of the selected contrasting
(P2) Describe how each one influences the purpose of each of the organisations. c)
(M1) Explain the points of view of different stakeholders seeking to influence the
aims and objectives of these two contrasting organisations. d)
(D1) Evaluate the influence different stakeholders exert in one of your chosen businesses.
Task 3 (p5, m2) Submission date: w/c 25/11/13
Your first article for the supplement proved popular and you have been asked to write another. a)
(P5) Describe how the activities of one of your chosen businesses are affected by
the changes in the economic cycle and contrast how it would behave in times of
boom and recession. b)
(M2) Compare the challenges to selected business activities within your selected
organisation, in two stages of the economic cycle.
Task 4 (P6, M3, D2) Submission date w/c 16/12/13
Businesses operate in a world in which they have to change what they do, and how they operate, according to the social, legal, economic and political environment. You have been asked by the editor to write an article for the business supplement in which you compare how one business behaves in different circumstances.
(P6) Describe how:
social factors are impacting upon the business activities of both your selected organisations and their stakeholders.
(M3) Analyse how political, legal and social...
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