IB 3680 (2014)
(15 CAT – please see additional assignment pages 2-3)
Assignment 1: Final length 1500 words (40% of module assessment)
Please note this assessment is for the 12-CAT version of this module.
Assignment 1 is completed in two halves. Each optional question comprises two distinct components, the first half completed in Phase 1 (750 words), and the second in Phase 2 (total combined length 1500 words).
Students are to complete the question selected from the below list of options, and hand it in. They will then obtain formative feedback. What formative feedback means is that you do not get a formal mark for this that forms part of your final mark. However, what you do get is an indication of your overall performance, and written feedback as to what you have got wrong and what you have done right. Formative feedback will be on your overall academic writing capabilities (very important in preparation for the exam too!), technical presentation, and coverage of key areas of content (i.e. subject knowledge, again useful for the exam). This will be provided electronically (in case you have gone home for the Easter holidays). Maximum length is 750 words.
Formative Feedback (First Half) Assignment Topic (ie Topics for Phase 1 of the final assignment): Complete ONE of the following
1- Discuss the integration - responsiveness framework and explain how the pressures for local responsiveness and pressures for global integration determine the firm’s strategy.
2- Porter Diamond advocates that there are inherent reasons why some nations are more competitive in certain industries than others. Critically examine the usefulness of Porter Diamond model in today’s global business environment.
3- What organizational structures are used to implement the international, multi-domestic, global and transnational strategies? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each structure? Use examples