Critical Issues in Business
The Assignment Task: The purpose of this assignment is to undertake a critical review of literature in relation to key themes in Strategic Business and Management. A literature review is a critical analysis of published sources on a particular topic. It is an assessment of the literature and provides a summary, classification, comparison and evaluation. Undertaking a critical review of literature is a key component for postgraduate study. It allows you to demonstrate the depth of your knowledge and understanding, highlight your ability to challenge, question, compare and contrast and analyse a range of theories and concepts in relation to your topic. It is important that you demonstrate that you are able to evaluate and critically analyse what you are reading. As a post graduate business student, it is essential that you demonstrate up-to-date knowledge regarding critical business issues and that you can reach evidence-based conclusions in your writing. The task: is to undertake a Critical Literature Review in relation to key themes in Strategic Business and Management that being introduced in this module within the context of International Business. Choose one of the following topics below for your essay: ❖ Leadership in the 21st century and strategic development of organisations. ❖ Leading innovation and strategic development of organisations in the 21st century. ❖ Leading organisations in complex business environment in the 21st century. ❖ Leadership for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability issues in Strategic Management in the 21st century. Once you choose a topic, you must write a 2,000-word research essay (+/-10%). Remember your final reference list, cover page, list of tables, list of figures and list of appendices and appendices are not included. Using headings, you should introduce your topic, then critically evaluate your research sources, comparing and contrasting ideas to summarise key themes and identify new theories based on your research. Finally, you should synthesise and add a conclusion to summarise what you have found. (The assignment template will be provided). A Critical Literature Review is a research-based essay requires you to identify, select and analyse the research on the key themes and to critically discuss the implications of the research in relation to real world situations. You must employ evidence-based analysis and cite your sources and present a reference list (Harvard Style). 4 | P a g e Evidence-based analysis: This means you should support and critically analyse arguments made within your essay by providing proper justifications from academic articles and academic books (sourced via UoN library and NELSON) and/or from other creditable sources mentioned in your Harvard Referencing guide. You must use quality sources of information. Quality sources normally include academic journals and academic books and credible business reports. You must also cite and reference your sources using Harvard Referencing. There will be guidance on NILE to help you to consider the credibility of your research and to help you with Harvard Referencing. For support with critical reading and writing, how to approach literature reviews and postgraduate level work, Harvard referencing and other academic skills please use the University of Northampton skills hub: http://skillshub.northampton.ac.uk/ Learning Outcomes: The learning outcomes that are being assessed in this assignment are: Depth of Knowledge and Understanding: LO1: Critically explain the value and importance of an integrated perspective to organisational leadership LO2: Apply a range of analytical models and conceptual tools and techniques in the analysis of organisations. LO3: Demonstrate knowledge applied to practical situations of business management. Subject Specific skills: LO4: Engage in critical, developmental reflection about professional knowledge. LO5: Produce evidence-based arguments and conclusions. Key Skills: LO6: Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as an individual and group member in order to carry out tasks linking theory to practice LO7: Make discriminating use of a range of learning resources in order to solve business related problems. LO8: Communicate the solutions arrived at, and the thinking underlying them, in verbal and written form Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assignment. Please see the grading rubric at the end of this assignment brief for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed. 5 | P a g e Word Limits: The maximum word limit for this assignment is 2,000 words. In accordance with the Assessment and Feedback Policy, as stated in section 4.40 where a submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%, the submission will only be marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements. In line with section 4.41 of the same Policy, where a submission is notably under the word limit, the full submission will be marked on the extent to which the learning objectives have been met.