Individual assignment: Report– (Individual assignment- 40%)
CONSULTANCY REPORTWhat strategies should Australian Business adopt in current times .Please select one from
these current trends: a)Covid 19 b)Black Lives matter c)Brexit d)USA China Trade war
e)The rise of the Internet Revolution etc)
This assessment requires students to provide a briefing report as a consultant on a key global
issue in international business management. The length of this report is 4000 words. You are
a Management Consultant tasked with an assignment to research and report on a prominent
issue that will impact on the world and Australian Business in any industry operating
overseas. You can select any existing Australian business small or large operating overseas in
any country and select a current issue impacting their business or your own choice and
research and write a report on that topic. Please note you can also select a hypothetical
Australian business operating in a country of your choice.
YOUR TASK: You are a consultant tasked with a submission, developing a comprehensive
analysis of the impact of any current global event in general and to “AUSTRALIAN
BUSINESS” in particular to assist them with their future internationalisation strategy.
Whilst doing this your focus will be on the “CULTURE” and the “CONTEXT” you select
and you will analyse the situation based on the cross cultural dimensions, concepts and
cultural theories that you study in class. Your report should encompass all risks: Political,
Cultural, Social, Legal, Economic and provide advice on the impact of the current happenings
to Australian businesses operating globally. In particular you are required to critique, analyse
and assess the following four issues with CULTURE as a basis:
i. Global impact of a current happening (For example: Covid 19, Black lives matter, Brexit,
USA China trade War) on businesses in general in the World and in specific on Australian
businesses operating overseas and what strategies they should adopt.
ii. Country (where the Australian business is operating) specific economic, political, legal,
cultural, social, cultural characteristics and history and its impact on Australian business.
iii. Possible implications, strategies and contingency planning for Australian business.
The assignment is research based and requires the student to gain knowledge about using
varied research sources. The assignment will develop critical thinking and analytical skills
and enable students to synthesize information and develop informed views. This assignment
requires students to explore and apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of current
contexts in Diversity Management, Cross Cultural Management/Business or Cross-Cultural
Leadership/International Business/ Management discipline.
The research report will begin with identifying a current topic in the above-mentioned
disciplines. Discuss with your unit coordinator for guidance if necessary. Start the project
with conducting a brief research on the topic to advance the theoretical knowledge and
develop your cognitive skills in the discipline. Students will identify one or two theories from
the vast knowledge in the area and investigate their research informed by these theories.
Collect quantitative or qualitative data, secondary data or case studies to support your
research. The report will end with a conclusion section to analyse the data and draw
outcomes, implications, strategies and conclusions for the business in context. Please note
that the time available to you is limited, so please keep the scope of the research limited and
commence the research and writing work as soon as possible as the individual report is an
important part of your unit. Sample assignments from past semesters can be seen on ilearn.
Please prepare your research paper, using the following guidelines:
Format All files should be submitted as a Word document: Times Roman,
Article Length Articles should have a max length of 4000 words. This includes all
text including references and appendices.
Article Title A title of not more than eight words should be provided.
Structure • Purpose/Objectives
• Practical implications
References References to other publications must be in Harvard style and
carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency.
You should cite publications in the text: (Adams, 2006) using the
first named author’s name or (Adams and Brown, 2006) citing both
names of two, and (Adams et al., 2006), when there are three or
more authors. At the end of the paper a reference list in
alphabetical order should be supplied:
For books Surname, Initials (year), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of
e.g. Harrow, R. (2005), No Place to Hide, Simon & Schuster, New
For book chapters Surname, Initials (year), “Chapter title”, Editor’s Surname,
Initials, Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
e.g. Calabrese, F.A. (2005), “The early pathways: theory to
practice – a continuum”, in Stankosky, M. (Ed.), Creating the
Discipline of Knowledge Management, Elsevier, New York, NY,
For journals Surname, Initials (year), “Title of article”, Journal Name, volume,
e.g. Capizzi, M.T. and Ferguson, R. (2005), “Loyalty trends for the
twenty-first century”, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 22
No. 2, pp. 72-80.
Surname, Initials (year of publication), “Title of paper”, in
Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may
include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication,
e.g. Jakkilinki, R., Georgievski, M. and Sharda, N. (2007),
“Connecting destinations with an ontology-based e-tourism
planner”, in Information and communication technologies in
tourism 2007 proceedings of the international conference in
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2007, Springer-Verlag, Vienna, pp. 12-32.
Surname, Initials (year), “Title of paper”, paper presented at Name
of Conference, date of conference, place of conference, available
at: URL if freely available on the internet (accessed date).
e.g. Aumueller, D. (2005), “Semantic authoring and retrieval
within a wiki”, paper presented at the European Semantic Web
Conference (ESWC), 29 May-1 June, Heraklion, Crete, available
at: http://dbs.uni-leipzig.de/file/aumueller05wiksar.pdf (accessed
20 February 2007).
For working papers Surname, Initials (year), “Title of article”, working paper [number
if available], Institution or organization, Place of organization,
e.g. Moizer, P. (2003), “How published academic research can
inform policy decisions: the case of mandatory rotation of audit
appointments”, working paper, Leeds University Business School,
University of Leeds, Leeds, 28 March.
(with no author or
Title of Encyclopedia (year) “Title of entry”, volume, edition, Title
of Encyclopedia, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
e.g. Encyclopaedia Britannica (1926) “Psychology of culture
contact”, Vol. 1, 13th ed., Encyclopaedia Britannica, London and
New York, NY, pp. 765-71.
(For authored entries please refer to book chapter guidelines
Surname, Initials (year), “Article title”, Newspaper, date, pages.
e.g. Smith, A. (2008), “Money for old rope”, Daily News, 21
January, pp. 1, 3-4.
Newspaper (year), “Article title”, date, pages.
e.g. Daily News (2008), “Small change”, 2 February, p. 7.
If available online, the full URL should be supplied at the end of
the reference, as well as a date that the resource was accessed.
e.g. Castle, B. (2005), “Introduction to web services for r emote
portlets”, available at: http://www128.ibm.com/developerworks/library/ws-wsrp/ (accessed 12
Standalone URLs, i.e. without an author or date, should be
included either within parentheses within the main text, or
preferably set as a note (roman numeral within square brackets
within text followed by the full URL address at the end of the