Strategic International Business Management

Strategic International Business Management

Module Title:Strategic International Business Management
CRN:November 2018
Level:Masters
Assessment title:Final Assignment
Task details and instructions:Read the case study at the end of this assignment brief and then complete the following tasks:Write an academic report in four parts below explaining why Jan may be encountering the difficulties he is facing and to make practical recommendations supported by theory as to how he should proceed, in order to implement this change successfully. Your report should address the following: 1. The people management issues that potentially underpin the difficulties Jan is facing (30 marks) – 900 words.·         Draw on theories of resistance to change ie., Lewin Field Force Analysis·         Outline survival and learning anxieties (Schein) and  / or psychological transiation theories (Bridges Transition Model) or the change curve.2. The steps that Jan should take in the short and medium term, to get the launch of the new product back on track (40 marks) – 1200 words.·         Draw on theories of change leadership-·         Draw on models of change or change management (ie., Kotter, ADKAR, Burke and Litwins model, McKinsey 7S etc..)- ·         Highlight the need for a case for change and communication- ·         Provide practical examples of what should happen supported by the theory3. The leadership style(s) that Jan should adopt in this process, including the reasons why (20 marks) – 600 words.·         Which of the Goleman leadership styles is needed and why ?·         What leadership style is needed in the functional areas4. Any decisions or support that might be needed at board level to help improve this situation (10 marks) – 300 words.·         What can the board do to support (any referenced best practice ?)- Additional resources for QA / incentives?·         Provide practical examples of what should the board do supported by the theoryASSESSMENT INSTRUCTIONSThe word count is 3,000 words (+/- 10%). You will also need to take the following into account when completing your assignment:·         Quality of executive summary (does it give a brief complete summary of your paper for an executive to read?)·         Introduction·         Comprehensive literature review. Evaluation and synthesis of source material to produce an outstanding contribution.·         Establishment of relevant theory and ensure that all materials used is cited and referenced as per Harvard Referencing System 06th edition.·         Clarity of argument·         Overall report presentation including spelling and grammar·         Adherence to nominated word limit·         Word processed (letter size 12, times new roman, 1.5 space), fully referenced (Harvard Referencing System).·         Outstanding clarity of focus, includes what is important, and excludes irrelevant issues.·         Well structured, compelling and persuasive argument that leads to a valuable contribution to the field of study, paving the way for future work.·         Avoid description, think more about applicationYour answer should be written as a report, with headings and sub-headings.You should draw on and reference theories of leadership and change management Useful ResourcesBooks:·         Bridges, W. (2009). Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change. 3rd edn. London: Nicholas Brealey.·         Carnall, C.A (2007). Managing Change in Organisations. 5th edn. Harlow: Prentice Hall.·         Hayes, J. (2014). The Theory and Practice of Change Management. 4th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Journal Articles:·         Brisson-Banks, C.V. (2009). Managing Change and Transitions: A Comparison of Different Models and Their Commonalities. Library Management, 31 (4/5), 241-252.·         Kotter, J.P. (1995). Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail. Harvard Business Review, (73) 2, 59-67.·         Schein, E. (2002). The Anxiety of Learning. Harvard Business Review, 80 (3), 100-106.On the Internet:·         Prosci’s ADKAR model (a goal-oriented change management model to guide individual and organizational change) – free guides are available to download from:https://www.prosci.com/adkar/adkar-model·         ‘Managing Transitions’ by William Bridges: Brief Summary of Key points;·         Online interview with Ed Schein’s learning and survival anxieties:https://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/edgar-schein-the-anxiety-of-learning-the-darker-side-of-organizational-learning·         TED Talk by Jenni Cross on 3 myths of behaviour change, which highlights ways in which behaviour may be altered:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5d8GW6GdR0 * There are multiple models of change management to be found within the academic and practitioner literature. Lewin’s field-force analysis and 3-step model of change led the way.

Write an academic report in four parts below explaining why Jan may be encountering the difficulties he is facing and to make practical recommendations supported by theory as to how he should proceed, in order to implement this change successfully.

ASSESSMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The word count is 3,000 words (+/- 10%). You will also need to take the following into account when completing your assignment:
• Quality of executive summary (does it give a brief complete summary of your paper for an executive to read?)
• Introduction
• Comprehensive literature review. Evaluation and synthesis of source material to produce an outstanding contribution.
• Establishment of relevant theory and ensure that all materials used is cited and referenced as per Harvard Referencing System 06th edition.
• Clarity of argument
• Overall report presentation including spelling and grammar
• Adherence to a nominated word limit
• Word-processed (letter size 12, times new roman, 1.5 space), fully referenced (Harvard Referencing System).
• Outstanding clarity of focus includes what is important, and excludes irrelevant issues.
• Well structured, compelling and persuasive argument that leads to a valuable contribution to the field of study, paving the way for future work.
• Avoid description, think more about the application
Your answer should be written as a report, with headings and sub-headings.
You should draw on and reference theories of leadership and change management

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