Concepts of Strategy and Strategic Thinking- Assignment

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ASSIGNMENT FRONT SHEETStudent Name:Certification:I certify that the whole of this work is the result of my individual effort and that allquotations from books, periodicals etc. have been acknowledged.Student Signature:Date:Student Registration Number:Student email address :Programme : MBA All routesYear/Level : 1/7Academic Year : 2018/19Trimester : 1Module title : Implementing StrategiesAssignment no. : 1Module code: BUS7AQWord guide:3000/equivalentPercentage Weighting of this assignment for the module: 100%Issue date :Return date : 01 January 2019Lecturer : Dr Jan GreenSecond marker : tbcNotes for students :1.Electronic copy of assignment must be submitted2.10% of marks are awarded for satisfactory use of language and/or good presentation.3.5% of marks are awarded for satisfactory referencing and/or presentation of a bibliography where either isrequired. Note that all referenced work should be obtained from credible sources.4.Students should ensure that they comply with Glyndwr University’s plagiarism policy.5.Students should make correct use of the Harvard referencing method.Learning Outcomes Tested in this Assignment :1.Critically review the concepts of strategy, strategic thinking and strategy as practice2.Critically evaluate the strategic context within which an organization is competing3.Provide a critical judgement of ways in which organizational resources and capabilities contribute tostrategic performance4.Formulate a relevant strategy and justify the choices making a contribution to the overall strategyOverall Comment :Mark (%)
Would students please note that achievement of the learning outcomes for this assessment isdemonstrated against the assessment criteria shown below (which are not necessarily weightedequally). All marks/grades remain indicative until they have been considered and confirmed by theAssessment BoardAssessment CriteriaMarksAwardedMarksAvailable1Demonstrate the ability to contribute in an effective manner to acritical debate which requires strategic thinking techniques toinitiate strategy as practice202Insight into the prevailing context within which the organizationwhich is the subject of the assignment is required to operate andcompete, supported by illustration203Adoption of a selective approach to the ways in which resourcesand capabilities contribute to strategic success204Contribute to a critical, evidence based argument which justifiesa strategic choice and route for the organization254Harvard referencing principles are applied throughout thesubmission in the correct manner. Authentic and academicsources have been utilised to support each section of the workOmitting to reference correctly reduces work to a descriptivelevel only.055The work, both oral and written is presented in a professionaland business-like standard and incorporates an introduction andsummary. Sections and contributions are clearly identified witha sub-heading. International business English that is correctlystructured and applied throughout.10Additional Comments from Second marker or External Examiner (if required) :
MBA – Implementing Strategies – October 2018“Water is critical for sustainable development, including environmentalintegrity and the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and is indispensablefor human health and well-being” -United NationsIntroductionWhilst the debate related to global climate change remains somewhat inconclusive from a scientificperspective, the incidents of more extreme weather occurrences in various parts of the world areincreasingly evident. Temperature records are being equalled and surpassed in many parts of theworld, prolonged periods of drought are followed by intense rainfall and subsequent flooding due todry ground conditions. Forest fires are more frequent, take longer to get under control and damageextensive areas of land.Recordings of cattle stampeding towards water containers being brought into water-stricken areas ofWestern Australia earlier in the year illustrated the outcome of water shortages. Cattle were beingslaughtered and grain exports being reduced to meet domestic shortfall as the measure of rainfalldeficiency was being classified as serious to severe in September 2018 in the Bureau of Meteorology,Monthly Drought Statement (Source: bom.gov.au).The price of vegetables and bread is predicted due to the summer weather, the Centre for Economicsand Business Research in September 2018, reported the following:Wholesale vegetable prices had jumped between March and July, with onion prices up 41%,carrots by 80%, and wheat for bread by a fifthThe farm gate price of butter has climbed 24% since March, as hot weather hampered grassgrowth for grazing.Meat prices are set to rise due to a shortage of livestock feed.A weekly price monitor is available on:https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/wholesale-fruit-and-vegetable-prices-weekly-averageGovernments are united in the view that the increasingly precious and precarious supply of waterrequires greater prominence and attention from a political, societal and economic perspective toalleviate the need to introduce legislation related to water. In the UK the Environment Agency hascommented on the need for action to reduce climate change and the consequences. This is at theheart of all that they Agency does. They make a stark statement: “We cannot do this alone.” (Source:evidence.environment-agency.co.uk – cost estimation for flood storage summary of evidence, March2015)Discussions between governments resulted in the issuing of a tender document which has three corestrands:1.Design and implementation of an overarching strategy based on a critical, evaluative anddetailed contextual analysis related to the ongoing supply of drinking water. To achieve theexpected depth the tender document requests that, for the purposes of the first meeting, thefocus is restricted to one country or geographical area. Factors of relevance include bufferzones, community input and culture. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee has severalstrategic initiatives, source:http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-45122.A creative and contemporary assessment of integrated marketing communications techniquesand the effectiveness of brand management, which contributes to differentiation. of relevanceto the range of stakeholders involved in the supply and consumption of water. A presentationof the contents will be required.(Source: Maibach, Roser-Renoug and Leiserswitz,2008)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2008.08.016- Communication and Marketing As ClimateChange
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