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Assignment Briefs 02-26-2023

Critically appraise the strategic position of an organisation.

MSc ACCOUNTANCY & FINANCE

COURSEWORK - DIPLOMA STAGE

MODULE TITLE: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT   

MODULE CODE: ACC7023

LECTURER:

Learning outcomes and pass attainment level:

2. Critically appraise the strategic position of an organisation.

3. Evaluate the strategic options for an organisation and recommend an option.

4. Recommend and justify an appropriate Strategic Implementation Strategy.

Brief

Business success depends upon effective strategic choices as to which industry an organisation will complete in and how competitive advantage will be achieved in that industry.  The assessment requires you to analyse Ocado’s Business Strategy between 2018 and 2022

Answer the questions set taking into account the mark distribution for each question.

  1. Identify Ocado’s Business Strategy between 2018 and 2022 and produce a critical appraisal of Ocado’s strategic position. (70 marks) 
  2. Identify and evaluate the strategic options available to Ocado and recommend an option. (30 marks) (Total 100 marks)
Submission Guidelines:
  • Using Microsoft Word the assignment must be written in English.
  • The assignment should be submitted electronically in a Word document via the module Moodle site no later than 12pm on the date stated on the cover sheet.
  • Any references should be clearly shown and in Harvard format.
  • The assessments must be your own work and adhere to the presentation requirements outlined above.  Cheating and plagiarism is considered to be a serious issue within the University.
  • This is an individual assignment.
  • Please ensure your submission uses the assignment cover sheet.

To be submitted by 12.00pm on 105h FEBRUARY 2023 

NOTE:  WORD LIMIT 

This assignment should have up to a maximum of 2000 words.

Note on Plagiarism, Collusion and Cheating

This is an individual assignment - University policy will apply where cases of copying and plagiarism are suspected.

When you submit the assignment you declare that you:

  • Have read and understand that university’s guidance on plagiarism and cheating.
  • You confirm that it is solely your own work or, in the case of a group submission, that it is the result of joint work by members of the group that you represent.
  • That it contains no unreferenced material from another source.
  • That you keep a copy of the assignment.
  • Failure to abide by the rules will result in disciplinary action against you.

 

Advice:

 

Guidance Notes

- You need to research Ocado using business databases and articles.

- For the Strategic Analysis use the Rational Top Down method.

- For the evaluation of options use the SAF model.

 

Marking Guide

Criterion 2

Mark:

 Critically appraise the strategic position of an organisation.

Unable to select the correct model to apply or if the correct model is selected the application of the model provides no insight into the situation.

A limited application of the model.

 

Some degree of analysis is provided, though not necessarily critical or relevant analysis. Identify Ocado’s Business Strategy between 2018 and 2022 and produce a critical appraisal of Ocado’s strategic position.

A good application of the model that meets the requirements of the assignment.

 

A fair degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated in addition to some recommendations for which some justification is provided

A very good application of the model which meets the requirements of the assignment.

 

A good degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated.

An excellent application of the model.

 

A high degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated.

An outstanding application of the model. 

 

A high degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated. In addition links are made to other appropriate strategic analysis models.

Criterion 3

Mark:

Evaluate the strategic options for an organisation and recommend an option

Unable to select the correct models to apply or if the correct models are selected the application of the models provides no insight into the situation.

A limited application of the models.

 

Some degree of analysis is provided, though not necessarily critical or relevant analysis.

 

A good application of the models that meets the requirements of the assignment.

 

A fair degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated in addition to some recommendations for which some justification is provided.

A very good application of the models which meets the requirements of the assignment.

 

A good degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated

 An excellent application of the models.

 

A high degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated.

 

An outstanding application of the models. 

 

A high degree of critical awareness and analytical skills are demonstrated. In addition a critical evaluation is made of the recommended option.

 

 

 

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