Give a brief overview of the primary external influences to which the organization is subject and briefly explain the particular importance of each to the organization

Contemporary Developments in Business and Management (SIM337)

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Activity: Prepare a management report of 3,500 to 4,000 words* on an organization within one of the following industry-sectors**: 1. Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers C29 2. Warehousing and support activities for transportation H52 3. Education P85 4. Telecommunications J61 5. Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply D35 [An organization profile must be included in your submission as “Appendix 1”.] This report should assess the impact of external business environmental factors on the organization and evaluate the organization’s position and responses. In the case of a large organization it is permissible to confine your report to part of the organization. An organization’s activities may range beyond the designated industrial sector in which case the focus of your report must be on the organization’s activities within the designated sector. * You are advised to write between 3.500 and 4,000 words and the word limit is 4,000 words. This word limit does not include the title page, the executive summary, the contents page, the organization profile, tables, diagrams, appendices or references. You must include an accurate a word count on your title page. (See the following link https://docushare.sunderland.ac.uk/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document- 8851/AQHF14%20Policy%20on%20penalties%20for%20exceeding%20the%20prescribed%20limit%20for%2 0an%20assignment.pdf for guidance) ** According to the “International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities” http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=27.

Task 1

Give a brief overview of the primary external influences to which the organization is subject and briefly explain the particular importance of each to the organization. This first task should contribute no more than one third of your overall report.

Task 2

Choose one of the following themes:

1. Technological disruption and disruptive innovation

2. Globalization and ‘Guarded’ Globalization

3. Knowledge management

4. Cultural Change and Organisational Culture In relation to your chosen theme:

i. analyse its relevance to your chosen organization and how it influences policies and decision-making within your chosen organization or industry-sector.

ii. critically evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s response.

iii. (if possible and appropriate) demonstrate some areas for improvement in the response of the organization.

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