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GROUP CASE REPORT GUIDELINES [Please refer to pp. 11- 13 of your unit guide for other details about this assessment item] Deadlines: Group 1 (week 7): Monday 4 September 9:00 am (Turnitin submission on Moodle). Group 2 (week 8): Monday 11 September 9:00 am (Turnitin submission on Moodle). Group 3 (week 9): Monday 18 September 9:00 am (Turnitin submission on Moodle). Group 4 (week 10): Monday 2 October 9:00 am (Turnitin submission on Moodle). Group 5 (week 11): Monday 9 October 9:00 am (Turnitin submission on Moodle). Group 6 (week 12): Monday 16 October 9:00 am (Turnitin submission on Moodle). Format to be followed and related instructions • Group identifier page • Executive summary (2/3rd of a page to one page max.) • Table of contents • Body of the report  Introduction  Analysis and Discussion [Use sub-headings, paragraphs, bullets, pictures, graphs as appropriate]  Conclusion  Recommendations (2/3rd of a page to one page max) • References • Appendices • Marking Schedule  Font: 11- 12 point (depending on the font type chosen)  Spacing: 1.5 or double spacing (1.5 preferred)  Page margins: minimum of 2 cm 1. Total word count allowed for this assignment is 2,500 words (excluding: group identifier page, table of content, executive summary, reference list, and appendices). 2. Amongst other resources, your report will have utilised at least five refereed, scholarly journal articles published in either A* or A-ranked journals (in accounting or other business disciplines) as evidenced in the ABDC list: http://www.abdc.edu.au/master-journal-list.php. 3. Your assignment should have a group identifier page (see appendix 1 of this document) as the first page of the whole document submitted. Do not attach any other coversheet (e.g. faculty assignment coversheet). The file you submit can be a WORD or a native PDF file (i.e., one converted from a word processor), NOT a PDF using a scanner as turnitin won’t work with images or scans).4. As you will be submitting a soft copy only, the file name is very important for a quick identification. The file name should be as follows: “TutorName_Day&Time”. For example, “PaulYap_Fri1230” for the group from Paul’s tute on Friday at 12.30 pm. 5. Beware of your turnitin similarity count (percentage). Harsh penalties apply for plagiarism. Similarity count below 10%, no questions asked. At or above 10%, you might be asked to justify the similarity count and penalties may follow if the justification is not satisfactory. The group identifier page will definitely increase the similarity count of your assignment. You need to ensure that your report’s overall similarity count MINUS the similarity count for the group identifier page end up being less than 10%. Submissions will be allowed multiple times, so that you can take corrective measures once you have the first turnitin similarity report, generated as soon as you submit (however, between the first and the second turnitin report generation, there may be up to a 24 hour delay; so don’t do things in the last minute). Please make sure that the submission is made by only ONE member of the group and by the SAME member every time subsequently, if multiple submissions is necessary to manage/reduce the similarity count. 6. The marking schedule to be used by the markers is reproduced in appendix 2 of this document. Please make the marking schedule the last page of your submitted document. Further Explanations (from the Unit Guide) In marking the report, particular attention will be paid to: • The extent to which the requirements of the assignment have been met (including adequate referencing of refereed scholarly sources); • The fluency of the line of reasoning, that is, the extent to which the assignment is well-written and provides convincing arguments; • The consistency of the assignment, that is, the extent to which the assignment is a coherent piece rather than a sum of individual parts; • The innovation and originality shown, and; • The adherence to the word limit. The number of words in the assignment is not an indication of its quality. Marks will be allocated for the substance and clarity of the work, not for its length. Tables and diagrams, for example, may communicate substance more clearly than a large number of words. However, the words in tables and figures constitute part of the word count. Mark penalties will apply to groups that exceed the limit by 10% or more. This mark deduction will be up to twice the percentage excess in the word count. All students are expected to make a similar contribution to the assignment. Where a student fails to contribute to the group assignment with his/her fair share of the workload, s/he may receive a mark penalty of up to the entire mark for the assessment. The mark of some or all of the remaining group members may be adjusted upwards to reflect the incremental contribution made to the group task. Students should discuss their issues and seek to resolve the issues within the group, before approaching their tutor. Ultimately, where the matter remainsunresolved, students need to bring this issue to the attention of the chief examiner before the assignment is submitted, who will seek evidence to support the claims and may require members to perform a peer-evaluation of individual contributions to the assignment.Case questions Requirements for week 7 case [case title: Transworld Auto Parts] Your role will be that of a management consultant. You will analyse the case and prepare a report (in the format prescribed in page 2 of this document) for the board of directors/ senior leadership of the organisation addressing the following questions/ concerns: • What are the respective business strategies of Transworld Auto Part’s economy and luxury divisions? (You may want to think about how each division adds value to its customers and differentiates itself from its competition.) • What must each division do well to execute its strategy? • Which division manager has done a better job of executing his business unit’s strategy? • What is Transworld Auto Part’s rationale for implementing a strategy map and balanced scorecard exercise? • Which division manager developed a better strategy map and balanced scorecard? What changes would you propose to the strategy maps and balanced scorecards of the two divisions? • Using the strategy map and balanced scorecard tool available at https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/resources/marketing/multimedia/strategymap/ind ex.html create your own strategy map and balanced scorecard for the luxury division. Requirements for week 8 case [case title: Mandatory environmental, social, and governance disclosure in the European Union] Your role will be that of a management consultant. You will analyse the case and prepare a report (in the format prescribed in page 2 of this document) for the board of directors/ senior leadership of the organisation addressing the following questions/ concerns: • As a CEO of a company that would have to comply with the new disclosure requirements in the EU, would you be in favor or against the new requirements? • What factors would affect your above position? • What is the EU trying to achieve with the new disclosure requirements? • How effective do you think reporting is likely to be in achieving these objectives? • What alternative mechanisms exist to achieve the same objectives?Requirements for week 9 case [case title: Andrew Ryan at VC Brakes] Your role will be that of a management consultant. You will analyse the case and prepare a report (in the format prescribed in page 2 of this document) for the board of directors/ senior leadership of the organisation addressing the following questions/ concerns: • Analyze the effectiveness of the approach to change taken at VC Brakes. • Was Andrew Ryan effective? What could he have done differently? • Should Ryan stay at VC Brakes and continue
to help with the TQM initiative? If so, what should he do differently? Requirements for week 10 case [case title: Ten thousand villages of Cincinnati: the first year and beyond] Your role will be that of a management consultant. You will analyse the case and prepare a report (in the format prescribed in page 2 of this document) for the board of directors/ senior leadership of the organisation addressing the following questions/ concerns: • Contrast fair trade (as introduced in the case) with the traditional form of free trade. • How do the mission statements and operating principles of TTV and TTV Cincinnati (TTVC) support the ideology of fair trade? Discuss the balance/conflict that may exist between the nonprofit mission and the effort to increase sales. • What should Karen do to prepare for year two and beyond? Does it make sense for TTVC to focus on its current customers in year two? Why or why not? • Define customer relationship management (CRM), discuss how CRM is appropriate for TTVC and give samples of CRM strategies that Cheryl may implement in the TTVC store.Requirements for week 11 case [case title: General Electric- thermocouple manufacturing] Your role will be that of a management consultant. You will analyse the case and prepare a report (in the format prescribed in page 2 of this document) for the board of directors/ senior leadership of the organisation addressing the following questions/ concerns: [Although this case is set in the 1980s, it serves our learning objective from this topic well] • As William Draper, what plan of action would you adopt after the meeting? Please be specific regarding the things you would try to get your own people to do (and how you would manage their activities) and the changes you would like to see made by Division management (and how you would persuade them to make these changes)? (Note: The J-79 thermocouple presented about 5% of Wilmington’s thermocouple production, and its production lead time was 6-9 weeks.) • As Phillip Renquist, vice president responsible for all of Wilmington’s operations, how would you react to the changes that William Draper is proposing? Requirements for week 12 case [case title: Applying Target Costing to the service sector: Sunline Auto Insurance case] Your role will be that of a management consultant. You will analyse the case and prepare a report (in the format prescribed in page 2 of this document) for the board of directors/ senior leadership of the organisation addressing the following questions/ concerns: • Describe the general competitive environment in the general insurance industry. • Describe and discuss cost-plus pricing in a service business context, specifying cost categories and their influence on pricing. • Describe and discuss the key steps involved in TC. Use Table 4 as the basis for your discussion. • Identify and discuss the key challenges (cultural, management systems, information needs etc.) involved in implementing a TC approach at Sunline. • How would you improve the profitability of Sunline? List and discuss specific steps you would consider. Focus in particular on the costs currently incurred and how they could be reprioritised and cut to meet the target cost, in line with the current competitive positioning. Use the information in Table 2 – 4 to illustrate your answer. • Discuss the specific challenges of introducing TC in a services firm as opposed to a manufacturing firm. How should TC be adapted in a services firm?Appendix 1: Group identifier page Assignment title Unit Code: Tutor: Tutorial Day & Time: Group no. & week presenting: Group Membership Student No. Surname, Firstname (actual/official) Submission Date: / / No. of words Example Whole document 3,000 words (‐) Group identifier page ‐100 words (-) Table of contents -100 words (-) Executive summary -100 words (‐) Reference list ‐200 words (‐) Appendices (non‐essential) ‐50 words = Relevant word count (≤ 2500 words) 2,450 wordsAppendix 2: Marking schedule ACC/ACF 3200 assignment marking schedule Semester 2, 2017 Group no. ………………………………………………… Tutorial time and day…………………………. Tutor/marker………………………………………………………………………………………………………. KEY AREAS MARK 1 Executive summary (spend some time on it if you’d like your client to read through the rest!)—1 page max (generally between ½ and 2/3rd of a page should be enough) / 10 2 Analysis and discussion Remind yourself of the following as you write this section How well were the problems of the case diagnosed? How well were the problems analysed and contextualised? How well was prior research assimilated in analysis & discussion? Was good use made of case data to support the analysis? Were appropriate conclusions drawn from the analysis? /70 3 Key Recommendations in bullet points (drawn logically from the analysis and discussion section; avoid suggesting too many or too few … both can create a problem)— 1 page max /10 4 Overall presentation (report format as prescribed; professional formatting; error free- spelling & grammar; proper referencing using the Q manual) /10 PROVISIONAL MARK Note: Marks are subject to change/standardisation /100 OTHER COMMENTS:

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