business report in which you apply learnings from the capstone topics and apply them to the organisation by undertaking additional research.
Assessment 2 Information
Subject Code: MBA600
Due Date: Capstone: Strategy
Individual Written Analysis
2000 words (+/- 10% allowable range)
Using the same organisation chosen for Assessment 1, you are required to write a 2000-word business report in which you apply learnings from the capstone topics and apply them to the organisation by undertaking additional research.
The purpose of this assessment is to foster students ability to evaluate an organisation’s performance and develop recommendations to promote future performance improvements. (LO2, LO3 and LO4)
Again, assuming the role of an organisational consultant, you are to write a report that clearly articulates the organisation’s strategy and business model and outlines a detailed approach to Competition Strategy (Week 3), how the chosen organisation’s performance is/can be measured against their strategies (Week 4). You will also be required to prepare a Balanced Scorecard for their chosen organisation (Week 7). Attention should be paid to the use of secondary research and insights (Week 8). Areas covered should include:
• An Executive Summary.
• An Introduction that summarises the purpose of the report. • A summary of the organisation’s strategy. • A specific outline of the organisation’s approach to competition strategy, performance measurement and the balanced scorecard.
• A summary of recommendations that identify areas of focus and opportunity to enhance the organisation’s performance in the future.
• A conclusion.
You are encouraged to use a wide variety of information sources that include, where possible, primary research such as interviews with staff or executive members within their chosen organisation as well as the use of an appropriate mix of strategic and business analysis tools and references.
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MBA600 Assessment 2 Marking Rubric – Business Report 35%
Criteria ( /100) F (Fail)
0 – 49% P (Pass) 50 – 64% C (Credit) 65 – 74% D (Distinction) 75 – 84% HD (High Distinction) 85 – 100%
/15 marks Provides poor context and does not link to the assessment in a clear and coherent way. May be missing entirely. Provides satisfactory context but links to the assessment only partially. Provides reasonable context and links to the assessment in a clear and coherent way. Provides solid context and links to the assessment in a clear and coherent way. Provides excellent context and links to the assessment in an extremely clear and coherent way.
Summary of the organisation’s competitive strategy
/15 marks Outline of the organisation’s performance measurement and Balanced scorecard
/20 marks The strategy is poorly presented, not thorough and only partially
identifies some of the pertinent issues. The strategy is presented but not very thoroughly and only
identifies a few of the pertinent issues. The strategy is well-presented, reasonably thorough and
identifies some of the pertinent issues. The strategy is very well presented, very thorough and
identifies most of the pertinent issues. The strategy is excellently presented, extremely thorough and identifies all the pertinent issues.
Poor evaluation of the organisation’s activities that may not be substantiated by learnt concepts or research. Satisfactory evaluation of the organisation’s activities that are partially substantiated by learnt concepts or research. An adequate evaluation of the organisation’s activities that are
substantiated by learnt concepts or research. A distinctive evaluation of the organisation’s activities that are
very well substantiated by learnt concepts or research. Excellent evaluation of the organisation’s activities that are
thoroughly substantiated by learnt concepts or research.
Recommendations are not useful or actionable. May be poorly supported by research or theory. Recommendations are partially useful or actionable. May be reasonably supported by research or theory. Recommendations are useful or actionable and mostly supported by research or theory. Recommendations are very useful or actionable and are
strongly supported by research and theory. Recommendations are excellent and highly useful or actionable.
They are thoroughly and clearly supported by research and theory.
/10 marks The conclusion is not comprehensive at all. It doesn’t
bring out most of the salient points of the report. The conclusion brings out some of the salient points of the report. The conclusion brings out many of the salient points of the report. The conclusion brings out most of the salient points of the report. The conclusion is excellently written and brings out all the salient points of the report.
Writing & Grammar
/5 marks Most of the report is not written clearly and logically. The report is written with a degree of clarity and logic.. The report is written clearly and logically. The report is written very clearly and logically. The report is written extremely clearly and logically.
Writing is of an inadequate standard with substantial errors. Writing is of a reasonable standard with substantial errors. Writing is of a good standard with some errors. Writing is of a high standard with very few errors. Writing is of an excellent standard with only negligible errors.
The format chosen for your report is inappropriate and/or lacks
thought and consideration for the intended audience. The format chosen for your report is appropriate, but further
attention to detail would improve its presentation. The format chosen for your report is appropriate, but minor changes would enhance its presentation. Your report is professionally presented and has been
submitted in the appropriate format. Your report is professionally presented and exceeds
expectations for what is suitable for a business environment.
In-text Citations and
/5 marks Neither in-text referencing and/or reference list adheres to Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style. In-text referencing or the resultant reference list adheres to Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style, with some errors. Both, in-text referencing and the resultant reference list adhere to
Kaplan Harvard Referencing
Style, with some minor errors. Both, in-text referencing and the resultant reference list adhere to
Kaplan Harvard Referencing
Style, with only occasional minor errors. Both, in-text referencing and the resultant reference list adhere strictly to Kaplan Harvard
Referencing Style, with no errors.
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