Referencing Styles : Harvard Word limit: 3000 words Weighting of assessment: 50% total marks Learning Outcomes Covered â€¢ Evaluate and reflect on the internal and external influences that created an intense demand for strategic change management â€¢ Critically assess the sources of resistance and the change management models used for effective change management â€¢ Asses the influence of culture of the organization on change management â€¢ Critically evaluate the various schools of thought in strategy Brief â€¢ This is an Individual Assignment â€¢ You are required to produce an academic/research document maximum 3000 words Topic: Strategic change management to capture benefits of demand change â€œOpportunities are found in changing environments, not in stable environmentsâ€, Richard Branson once said. The true entrepreneurs welcome changes or even volatility in the corporate environment. However, the firm which operates in a changing environment must gave two strategic capabilities: Identify the great opportunities emerging from change, and the ability to change and capture the opportunity, to change the organizationâ€™s Mission, Strategic Capabilities, Competitive advantage(s), Structure, Culture, Technology, Location, or Marketing strategy, to benefit from changes. Task Identify an organization which identified an opportunity as a result of change in its environment and prudently changed to benefit by the new opportunity. The objective of change should be to benefit from the demand change (domestic or international). Recent cases of change (less than Five years) are most preferred. 1. Clearly identify and describe the environment change and how the environmental change led to a demand change. Ex. End to the civil war increasing the inflow of tourists. 2. How did the organization identify the early signs of environmental change and demand change. 3. What organizational changes did the organization made to benefit from demand change? 4. Explain how the organizationâ€™s culture and leadership influenced the change management process 5. Critically assess the effectiveness of the change management exercise and provide recommendations for a better change management plan. 6. Provide a critical view of schools of thought on strategic management.[This is an independent task and not related to the previous five tasks] Assessment criteria The following criteria will be used when marking your Assignment: 1. Clearly identified the environmental change (10%) 2. Clearly identified the opportunity (ies) created by the environmental change, and demand change (20%) 3. A clear assessment of how the organization responded to changes and managed the organizational change(s) (10%) 4. Explain the influence of the organizational culture and leadership in change management (10%) 5. Rationality and the validity of conclusions and recommendations, based on analysis and findings (20%) 6. Provided a critical review of various schools of thought on strategic management (20%) 7. Extent and relevance of references and conformity to Harvard systems of citations (10%) â€ƒ Marking Scheme 1 10-08 Clearly identified the environmental and demand change 07-05 Satisfactorily identified the environmental and demand change 04-02 Poorly identified the environmental and demand change Less than 02 Failed to identify 2. 20-16 Clearly identified opportunity(ies) and demand changes 15-11 Satisfactorily identified opportunity(ies) and demand changes 10-06 Poor identification of opportunity(ies) and demand changes Less than 06 Has not identified important opportunity(ies) and demand changes 3 20-16 An excellent account of how the firm responded to opportunity (ies) and demand change 15-11 A fair excellent account of how the firm responded to opportunity (ies) and demand change 10-06 A poor account of how the firm responded to opportunity (ies) and demand change Less than 06 Failed to explain how the firm responded to opportunity (ies) and demand change 4. 20-16 An excellent account of the role of leadership and culture in managing change 15-11 A fair account of the role of leadership and culture in managing change 10-06 A poor account of the role of leadership and culture in managing change Less than 06 Failed to provide an account of the role of leadership and culture in managing change 5 20-16 Conclusions and recommendations are based on analysis. Valid and rational 15-11 Conclusions and recommendations are fairly based on analysis. Valid and rational to some extent 10-06 Conclusions and recommendations are not based on analysis. Invalid and irrational Less than 06 Conclusions and recommendations are not found or not based on analysis. Invalid and irrational 6. 20-16 Identified important schools of thought and an excellent critical view is provided 15-11 Identified schools of thought and a very good critical view is provided 10-06 Identified a few schools of thought but the criticality of review is only fair Less than 06 Failed to Identify irrelevant schools of thought and the review is unacceptable 7 10-08 References are relevant, adequate, and own interpretations are provided. Conformity to Harvard citation is excellent 07-05 References are relevant, moderate, and fair own interpretations are provided. Conformity to Harvard citation is good 04-02 References are irrelevant, inadequate, and own interpretations are often not provided. Conformity to Harvard citation is poor Less than 02 No or irrelevant, references, not conforming to Harvard citations REPORT STRUCTURE ï‚§ Paper Size : A4 ï‚§ Word Count : 3000 words ï‚§ Printing Margins : LHS; RHS: 1 Inch ï‚§ Binding Margin : Â½ Inch ï‚§ Header and Footer : 1 Inch ï‚§ Printing : Single Sided ï‚§ Basic Font Size : 12 ï‚§ Font Style : Arial/Times New Roman ï‚§ Presentation : Bound Document Important Information for Students â€¢ The assignment should be submitted as a SOFT COPY in a word format ONLY (CD ONLY) as well as HARD COPY on or before the due date. â€¢ The soft copy should be saved directly to a CD as one file. 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