CDS: Contemporary Developments in Business and Management Assignments

Contemporary Developments in Business and ManagementAssignmentsChoose an organization or industry-sector in a country which you are familiar and in each case consider how the various factors had impacted or could impact on your chosen organization or industry-sector (Environmental Scan).ContentsPlease elaborate the following topics in relating to the industry chosen, IntroductionOutline the main external, internal, task and general environment factors which would need to be considered by the potential outside investor when making a major investment decision;Explain on how some of the major operational / operational environment factor would impact on the functional areas within the chosen industry;In relation to the industry chosen, explain in general terms on how PESTLE-C categories applies and please give at least an example;Briefly explain the forces in Porter’s Five Force Analysis and illustrate your answer with the industry-specific examples; and,Explain how some of the major operational / operational environment factors impact on functional areas within the industry chosenThe Political environmentPlease outline the political system of the main country or countries within which your chosen organization / industry operate;How is the organization be affected by the economic system within which it operate;How do the great differences between the wealth and incomes of people living in the richest and poorest countries of the world affect your chosen organization; and,Explain the importance of the increasingly integrated world economy and world political organization in relation to the operations of the organization selected (i.e. UN, G8, G20, WTO).Legal EnvironmentPlease describe the Legal System in the chosen country;Briefly explain why knowledge of different legal systems is useful for firms involved in the international trade and investments. Give examples related to the chosen organization;In relation to the chosen organization operating across national...

Contemporary Developments in Business and Management


Assignments
Choose an organization or industry-sector in a country which you are familiar and in each case consider how the various factors had impacted or could impact on your chosen organization or industry-sector (Environmental Scan).

Contents

Please elaborate the following topics in relating to the industry chosen, 

Introduction

 	Outline the main external, internal, task and general environment factors which would need to be considered by the potential outside investor when making a major investment decision;
 	Explain on how some of the major operational / operational environment factor would impact on the functional areas within the chosen industry;
 	In relation to the industry chosen, explain in general terms on how PESTLE-C categories applies and please give at least an example;
 	Briefly explain the forces in Porter's Five Force Analysis and illustrate your answer with the industry-specific examples; and,
 	Explain how some of the major operational / operational environment factors impact on functional areas within the industry chosen

The Political environment

 	Please outline the political system of the main country or countries within which your chosen organization / industry operate;
 	How is the organization be affected by the economic system within which it operate;
 	How do the great differences between the wealth and incomes of people living in the richest and poorest countries of the world affect your chosen organization; and,
 	Explain the importance of the increasingly integrated world economy and world political organization in relation to the operations of the organization selected (i.e. UN, G8, G20, WTO).

Legal Environment

 	Please describe the Legal System in the chosen country;
 	Briefly explain why knowledge of different legal systems is useful for firms involved in the international trade and investments. Give examples related to the chosen organization;
 	In relation to the chosen organization operating across national boundaries consider which laws are most important;
 	How the membership of, or dealings with a regional trade organization (i.e. ASEAN, NAFTA, EU) affect your chosen organization; and,
 	What are the main rules of the WTO and how might they affect your chosen organization;

Competitive Environment

 	Explain the distinction between 'industry' and 'market' by using examples and illustrations from your chose industry / market;
 	With reference to a standard industrial classification system with which you are familiar (e.g. ISCS) in which category does your organization sit, explain;
 	What are the criteria that you have applied when defining the scope of your chosen industry / market or the industries / markets within which your chosen organization operates;
 	Give an outline of Porter's Five Forces Analysis based on your chosen organization or a firm in your chosen industry;
 	Within the context of Porter's Five Forced Analysis in relation to your chosen organization or industry, explain one of the following forces: competitive rivalry, customer power, buyer power, threat of new entrant and threat of substitutes;
 	Porter's Five Forces Analysis identifies five major forces which affect the competitive environment. What other important force or forces could be included and how they affect your chosen or industry / market;

Social and Cultural

 	How do cultural factors affect the operations of your chosen organization or of firms in your chosen industry sector;
 	How does Language, Religion, Business Etiquette, Aesthetics, Manners and customs, Educational levels and attitudes affects the operations of your chosen industry sector and its firms/organization;
 	What demographic changes are taking place and are predicted and how might they affect the operations of your chosen organization or firms in your chosen industry sector;
 	What is the most important demographic factor affecting your chosen industry, please explain;
 	How does age distribution within a population affect your chosen organization / industry;

The Technological Environment

 	The discovery and/or invention of new materials are an important area of technological development. Give some examples of new materials that have affected your chosen firm or industry and/or give examples of imaginary new materials that might affect your chosen firm or industry.
 	In relation to and area of technological development ( e.g.: pharmaceuticals ,genetics ,transport or communications) give example of some of its main effects on your chosen organization and/or industry sector. 
 	" A major factor in globalization has been the ability of multinational corporations(MNSs) to manage the values-chain internationally and globally. "Explain and illustrate this statement with examples based on your chosen organization and/or industry.
 	What are the main ways of protecting intellectual property and what are some of the main problems. Illustrate your answer with examples ( real or hypothetical) based on your chosen organization and/or industry.
 	Using examples from your chosen organization and/or industry sector show how work activities within organizations have been affected by the increased use od computers and information technology.
 	In relation to your chosen organization and/or industry sector explain what is meant by the following terms: ' e-business' ,'e-commerce'.'B2B' and 'B2C".

Financial Environment

 	Briefly explain why and how money supply, inflation and exchange rates are important to your chosen firm and/or industry.
 	Different countries run different exchange rate for their currencies. What is the exchange rate regime for your country? Compared to the alternatives what are the advantages and disadvantages of this exchange rate regime for your organization and / or industry?
 	Consider the creation of Euro currency. What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of the Euro for your chosen organization and/or industry?
 	Interest rates are the price of borrowing money. How have or could changes in interest rates affect your chosen organization and /or industry?
 	What are some of the main financial services and institutions? Briefly explain their importance for your chosen organization and/or industry.
 	Within a country or currency zone what are the main functions of central bank or its equivalent? Give examples of how its decisions could affect your organization/industry.

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

 	In relation to your chosen organization and /or industry sector, what are the main ethical and business arguments in favour of corporate social responsibility'?
 	What is meant by 'corporate social responsibility'? Illustrate your answer with examples based on your chosen organization and/or industry.
 	In relation to your chosen organization and/or industry who are the main 'stakehoders 'and how do they compare in terms od power and interest.
 	Using examples discuss some of the major ethical challenges that globalization presents to business and in particular to your chosen organization and/or industry.
 	"Ethno-centrism" and " cultural relativism " are different approaches to ethical considerations. Using examples based on your chosen country , organization and/or industry , illustrate how these two approaches differ.
 	 The United Nations considerations apply to labour standard and labour rights and how might such considerations affect your chosen organization and /or industry?