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Assignment Briefs 11-11-2023

Interpret the information provided in the case study, the UK Government tourism recovery plan, and British Airways’ annual reports by explaining how the chosen information will impact British Airways’ internal, micro, and macro environments

Module code and title:

Business Environment  

Module leader:


Assignment No. and type:

Case study report (2000 words)

Assessment weighting:


Submission time and date:

On or before: October 27, 2023  

2.00 pm


Target feedback time and date: 

3 weeks from the date of final submission 


Assignment task


This assessment is an individual case study report that focuses on a tourism business and the factors that

shape their operations. Each student is required to analyse British Airways’ business environment in the


United Kingdom and globally using the case study provided, the UK Government tourism recovery plan,

British Airways’ annual reports (2018 – 2022) and other relevant sources.



This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:

LO 2

Understand and interpret information relevant to analysis of a firm`s business environment.

LO 3

Demonstrate an understanding of how economic, political, social, technological, legal and environmental, factors impact the business activities of British Airways. 

Task requirements

Overview of the assignment

Business environmental dynamics have significant impact the performance of a business, relationship with stakeholders and strategic direction. For instance, the need to analyse the impact of environmental dynamics, fluctuation and uncertainties have become more crucial than before because of Brexit, the recent Covid-19 pandemic and global recession. As Worthington, et al. (2018) argues, it is essential for business owners and leaders to constantly analyse the business environment due to its complex nature. This implies that an analysis of the business environment helps to better understand the environment an organisation operates in, the types of organisations it competes and interacts with and the dynamics of different markets. This also help organisations to deal with contemporary socioeconomic, political, and legal factors (Worthington, Britton, and Thompson, 2018). 

Consequently, this assignment provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to understand and interpret information relevant to the analysis of a firm`s internal, micro and macro business environments. The evidence of this ability will be submitted as 2000 words written as case study report.

Description of the task – what you are being asked to do.

Required task:

Interpret the information provided in the case study, the UK Government tourism recovery plan, and British Airways’ annual reports by explaining how the chosen information will impact British Airways’ internal, micro, and macro environments in positive and negative ways. See the assignment guide for a breakdown of this




Referencing and research requirements

Please reference your work according to the Canterbury Harvard style guidance which you can access on Moodle.  

Include a minimum of 15 references.

How your work will be assessed

Your work will be assessed to the extent it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria, as defined in the University’s institutional grading descriptors. If it is appropriate to the format of your assignment and your subject area, a proportion of your marks will also depend on your use of academic referencing conventions.

This assignment will be marked according to the grading descriptors for Level 4.

Submission details


This assignment should be submitted electronically via Moodle (module tutors will discuss this process with you during class time). 

  • Please ensure that your work has been saved in an appropriate file format (Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, or PDF are the most widely used; Google Docs is also accepted). Your file must also contain at least 20 words of text, consist of fewer than 400 pages and be less than 40MB in size. 
  • You can submit your work as many times as you like before the submission date. If you do submit your work more than once, your earlier submission will be replaced by the most recent version. 
  • Once you have submitted your work, you will receive a digital receipt as proof of submission, which will be sent to your forwarded e-mail address (provided you have set this up). Please keep this receipt for future reference, along with the original electronic copy of your assignment. 
  • You are reminded of the University’s regulations on academic misconduct, which can be viewed on the University website: Academic Misconduct Policy. In submitting your assignment, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood these regulations.

Submission date and time

This assignment should be submitted to Moodle

You should submit all work for summative assessments by the above deadline. Work submitted up to three days after the deadline will be accepted and marked, but the mark will be capped at the pass mark (40%) unless there is a valid reason for the late submission (i.e., having been granted an extension to the deadline or a deferral under the terms of the Extenuating Circumstances Policy).

Work submitted more than three working days after the deadline without a valid reason will not be accepted and will be recorded as 0% RN (refer, no work submitted). 

For more information, please refer to: Student Handbook on Moodle.  

Feedback and marks for this assignment will be available in three weeks from the deadline    

Assignment Guide-Case Study

This Assignment Guide should be used with the Assignment Brief. Its purpose is to provide guidance on the best way to meet the task requirements in the assignment brief. It also gives an indication of what the marker will be looking for in the case study.

Introduction (200 words)  

The introduction should draw from academic sources and include (but not limited to):

  • A brief explanation of the aim of the case study report
  • A definition of the internal business environment
  • A definition of the micro business environment       A definition of the macro business environment.

Section 1 (400 words) 

This section should give a summary of British Airways by including the following (but not limited to):

  • Business overview (e.g., key events, products/services, business type, legal structure)
  • Size (e.g., annual revenue, number of employees, scale of operation, market share)
  • Sector and industry operations
  • Direct and indirect competitors
  • Organisational structure and leadership team.

Section 2 (400 words)  

This section should interpret the information provided by including the following (but not limited to):

  • The impacts of Brexit and Covid-19 Pandemic on British Airways’ internal environment.
  • The impacts of the UK government’s recovery plan on British Airways’ internal environment.

Section 3 (400 words) 

This section should interpret the information provided by including the following (but not limited to):

   The impacts of the UK government’s recovery plan on British Airways’ micro-environment         The impacts of Brexit and Covid-19 Pandemic on British Airways’ micro-environment.

Section 4 (400 words)

This section should use the information provided to analyse British Airways’ macro environment:

                         The impacts of PESTLE factors on British Airways’ operations.

Conclusion (200 words)

This section should include (but not limited to):

  • Suggestions for British Airways how to improve its operations considering the micro, internal and macro analysis.
  • Recommendations on how British Airways can benefit from the UK government tourism recovery plan.   

Indicative Resources:

Core text

Worthington, I. and Britton, C. and Thompson, E. (2018) The business environment: a global perspective. 8th ed. Harlow: Pearson 

Recommended text

Academic journal articles and other resources

  • Brinkman, J., Bateman, I. N., Harper, D., & Hodgson, C. (2014). Unlocking: The business environment. Unlocking: The Business Environment (pp. 1–378). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203782644
  • Hoffman, A. J., & Georg, S. (2018). Business and the Natural Environment. Business and the Natural Environment. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351238946
  • Slocum, S. L., Aidoo, A., & McMahon, K. (2020). The Business of Sustainable Tourism Development and Management. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351031066
  • Richard Brunet-Thornton and Felipe Martinez (2018) Analyzing the Impacts of Industry 4.0 in Modern Business Environments. IGI Global Publisher. 10.4018/978-1-5225-3468-6 
  • Sheng Fang Chorching Goh Mark Roberts L. Colin Xu Albert Zeufack (2020) Female Business Leaders, Business and Cultural Environment, and Productivity around the World. World Bank Group Development Economics Development Research Group. 
  • “World Bank 2020”. Doing Business 2020: Comparing Business Regulation in 190 Economies. Washington, DC: World Bank. © World Bank.

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/32436 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”

  • “World Bank 2021”. The World Bank Annual Report 2021: From Crisis to Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Recovery. Washington, DC: World Bank. © World Bank.

https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/36067 License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO.

  • “World Bank Group 2021”. World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan 2021–2025: Supporting Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Development. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World

Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/35799 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”

  • “World Bank 2021”. Global Economic Prospects, June 2021. Washington, DC: World Bank. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/35647 License: CC BY 3.0


  • van Hall, S.A., van Leeuwen, C., Lengton, E.E., & van der Linden, R.W.H. (2010) European Business Environment: Doing Business in the EU (F.J.L. Somers, Ed.) (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003021926
  • “Zhenwei Qiang, Christine; Wang, He; Xu, L. Colin. 2020. Heterogeneous Effects of the de jure and de facto Business Environment: Findings from Multiple Data Sets on the Business Environment. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 9115. World Bank, Washington, DC. ©

World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/33229 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.

News & Magazines

  • The Chartered Management Institute journals 
  • The Business Review journal
  • The Economist
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • The Financial Times
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