Business Studies Assignment on Network International Plc

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ASSESSMENT INSTRUCTIONS

 This is a 2,500-word assessment and it consists of two tasks.

You are required to write a report of 1250 words on each of the two tasks.

ASSESSMENT TASK 1: (1250 words)

ASSESSMENT INTRODUCTION – TASK 1

 “Innovation is increasingly seen as a key strategic priority due to its potential to create sustainable competitive advantage. Innovative organizations are more able to mobilize the knowledge, skills, and experiences of people, and create new products, services, and processes successfully to get things done faster, better, and at a lower cost. When customers buy the outcome of innovations, companies increase their turnover.” (Cole and Kelly, 2015).

ASSESSMENT TASK 1: A. Assess the impacts of innovation and technology and how it has affected the sales, profits, and growth of :

Network International Plc

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

POINTS TO CONSIDER:

  1. Demonstrate your understanding of innovation and the role of technological change in economic progress.
  2. A brief overview of your chosen company and practical illustrations of how innovation has impacted the operations, sales and profits of your chosen company.

Reading List:

  1. Morrison, J. (2017) The Global Business Environment, (4th edition), Palgrave.
  2. Needle, D. (2015) Business in Context, An Introduction to Business and Its Environment, (6th edition), Cengage Learning.
  3. Boddy. D. (2016) Management An Introduction, (7th edition), Pearson Press.
  4. Please visit the web site of your chosen company for its annual report and other necessary information. In addition to the recommended textbooks and the website of your chosen organization, you are expected to read other textbooks and journals for your research.

ASSESSMENT TASK 2: (1250 words)

ASSESSMENT INTRODUCTION TASK 2:

 Corporate Governance specifies the distribution of rights and responsibilities among different participants in the company, such as the board, managers, shareholders, and other stakeholders. (Source: OECD April 1999).

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is “the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large (Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development).

ASSESSMENT TASK 2:

  1. A. Evaluate the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the same organization of your choice in Task One above

B.Apply Archie Carroll’s (1991) CSR model to your chosen organization.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA.

  • Knowledge and understanding of corporate governance.
  • Abilities to appraise and recognize the use of corporate governance and ethics within a business context.
  • Understanding of the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Understanding of a CSR model (Archie Carroll’s model) and its practical applications.

POINTS TO CONSIDER

  1. You must briefly discuss corporate governance, including the responsibilities of the Board of Directors to the stakeholders.
  2. Explain the four areas that make up corporate social responsibility as identified by Archie Carroll. (1991). Apply this model to your chosen company. Please give relevant practical examples to demonstrate your understanding of this model

READING LIST

  1. 1. Morrison, J. (2017) The Global Business Environment, (4th edition), Palgrave.
  2. Needle, D. (2015) Business in Context, An Introduction to Business and Its Environment, (6th edition), Cengage Learning.
  3. Boddy, D. (2016) Management An Introduction, (7th edition), Pearson Press.
  4. Please visit the web site of your chosen company for its annual report and other necessary information. In addition to the recommended textbook, you are expected to read other textbooks and journals for your research.

Further Details: • This assignment must be completed  following the appropriate academic structure:

  • Executive summary
  • Table of Contents o Introduction
  • Main body
  • Conclusions
  • Reference list
  • The word limit for this assignment is 2500 words. This word limit does not include the executive summary, tables, diagrams, appendices, or references.
  • You must use Harvard Referencing (Citations in-text) to acknowledge your sources of information and provide a reference list (and bibliography where appropriate
  • Any bibliography provided must be included as an appendix