Strategic Agility

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Assignment Brief Academic Year 2021-22

Module code
and title:
BM633 Strategic Agility Module leader: Michael Taylor
Assignment
No. and type:
CW1: Consultants strategic
report and recommendations for
Oak Tree Inn (case study).
Assessment
weighting:
100%
Submission
time and date:
Friday 11th November
2022before 2pm
Target feedback
time and date:
3 weeks after submission
deadline

 

Assignment task
You are a recent graduate who has just started work at McKinsey, a consultancy, as a junior
business management consultant. Your team leader has assigned you to a client engagement,
(consultant speak for ‘a project’), to assist an SME firm in the hospitality and leisure sector based in
Scotland to create some strategic options for the firm. McKinsey has already asked the client for
some key information in order to assess the situation and this material is being provided to you in
the separate notes provided.
The Directors of Oak Tree Inn have engaged you to write a management strategy report that
analyses and assess Oak Tree Inn’s business situation taking into consideration internal, external
and competitive factors. You are to produce two strategic options for the Directors and
management team to consider and select one as your preferred strategy for the firm to adopt. The
firm requires you to;
A. Provide a brief
overview of the firm and its activities providing pertinent data and information
drawn from reputable sources. Areas to consider include competitors, financial data, their
values and most pressing issues. It is recommended that you write no more than 450 words in
this section.
B. Present a SWOT table as a summary of Oak Tree Inns’ internal and external environment.
To do this, external environment models such as PESTEL and Five Forces, should be applied
and presented in the appendices. The key issues from these models should be summarised
using coding, in the ‘O – Opportunities’ and ‘T – Threats’ section of the SWOT table in the main
body of the paper
Internal models such as VRIO, BCG, Value Chain, Business Canvas etc should then be applied
in the appendices and the key issues from these models should be summarised using coding in
the ‘S – Strengths’ and ‘W – Weaknesses’ section of the SWOT table in the main body of the
paper
An approx. 400 word summary of your analysis should follow the SWOT table

Internal approval: John Hathaway
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C. Following logically from your previous analysis and using your research as rationale, create
and critically assess TWO potential strategic options
from your SWOT analysis that will
mitigate threats, exploit opportunities and strengths as well as play to the firm’s competitive
advantage and strategic capabilities. These should be
detailed strategic choices, and not just
broad suggestions. To do this, provide specific information and detail such as how, where,
costings etc with as much reference to research to support your strategic choices. It is
recommended that you write no more than 750 words in this section.
D.
Critically evaluate the two strategic choices generated from the research and analysis
through the application of theories one of which
must be a SAFe analysis which should be
included in the main body of the paper
. From the two strategies generated you are to make one
recommendation for your preferred strategy that will convince the Directors of Oak Tree Inn
ensuring you
refer to previous evidence, analysis and evaluation within your work as part of
your rationale. It is recommended that you write no more than 400 words in this section
following the presentation of the SAFe model.
This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your
achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO 1 Analyse the external environment of an organisation and justify critical opportunities and threats
appropriate to that organisation;
LO 2 Analyse the strategic capability of an organisation and justify critical strengths and weaknesses
linked to competitive advantage;
LO 3 Develop suitable strategic choices for an organisation;
LO 4 Evaluate strategic choices for an organisation, referring back to previous analysis in 1 and 2.
LO 5 Recommend and justify an appropriate strategic choice for an organisation.
Task requirements
Further Support
This assessment takes the format of a 2,000-word, maximum of 16 pages from introduction to
recommendation, professionally produced report that would be suitable for use in the boardroom of
a FTSE100 company. You are to complete the task set. The report must apply models and
theoretical concepts and be supported by evidence, with references, from reputable sources
throughout. From your analysis and evaluation, you are to present TWO strategic options for
consideration by the board of the chosen firm. You will analyse the two strategic options and build
an evidence-based argument for both using the SAFe framework before making your
recommendation for one of the two strategies proposed.

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Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning
outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria as defined by your programme
team.
See marking criteria grid provided below for how each element/task of the assessment will be marked and
the corresponding weighting of marks for each element/task required.
How your work will be assessed

 

Please reference your work according to the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online
(http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and
Shields, G. (2019)
Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 11th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Macmillan. Copies are available via the University library.
Referencing and research requirements

 

Wgt A
70%+
B
60-69%
C
50-59%
D
40-49%
E and F
<40%
Knowledge &
Understanding:
Introduction &
Summary of
firm’s position
PART A
10% Answer shows an
excellent summary
of an
organisation’s
strategic position
(Internal and
benchmark
summary).
Answer shows a
good summary of
an organisation’s
strategic position
(Internal and
External).
Answer shows a
good summary of
an organisation’s
strategic position
(Internal and
External) but may
contain some gaps
or errors.
Answer shows a
summary of an
organisation’s
strategic position
(Internal and
External) but
contains significant
gaps and errors or
is hard to
understand.
Answer shows
no summary of
an
organisation’s
strategic
position
(Internal and
External).
Knowledge &
Understanding:
SWOT summary.
PART B
25% Answer shows
excellent
application of
theory/models,
including PESTEL,
5 Forces and
strategic
capabilities to
Answer shows
good application of
theory/models,
including PESTEL,
5 Forces and
strategic
capabilities to
develop
Answer shows
some application of
theory/models,
including PESTEL,
5 Forces and
strategic
capabilities to
develop
Answer shows
limited application
of theory/models,
including PESTEL,
5 Forces and
strategic
capabilities to
develop
Answer shows
no application
of theory and
models. Key
drivers are not
identified nor
highlighted in

The case study materials will be provided for you via the module VLE shell and these should be
used to aid you in the completion of your task. You should also refer to contemporary data sources
as well as market data insight from sources such as Mintel and other such reputable sources.
Front cover, executive summary, contents page, reference pages and appendices are NOT
included in either the page count or the word count that have been allocated. Words used in
tables, charts, diagrams are also NOT included in the word count. Note we do not expect to see
any Wikipedia, Investopedia, Business Balls, Slide Share, and Essays4U, Term Papers or other
spurious non-academic non-reputable sources within your work or in the reference list. Font size
should be 11 with single line spacing. Reference list should be presented in the Harvard format
along with in text referencing and there is a maximum of 4 pages allocated to appendices should
you need them.

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develop
appropriate key
drivers which are
highlighted in the
SWOT analysis.
appropriate key
drivers which are
highlighted in the
SWOT analysis.
appropriate key
drivers which are
highlighted in the
SWOT analysis.
appropriate key
drivers which may
be highlighted in
the SWOT
analysis.
the SWOT
analysis.
Evaluation:
Identification of
strategic options
and critical
assessment
PART C
25% Excellent
evaluation criteria
have been critically
assessed and
applied showing
deep
understanding of
the organisation,
environment and
relevant theories.
Sound
recommendations,
fully supported by
evidence, analysis
and evaluation.
Generally good
critical assessment
of evaluation
criteria, showing a
reasonable
understanding of
the organisation,
environment and
relevant theories.
Generally sound
recommendations,
supported by
reasonable
evidence, analysis
and evaluation.
Some critical
assessment of
evaluation criteria,
but there are gaps
or errors. There
are gaps in
understanding of
the organisation,
environment and
how to select and
apply relevant
theories.
Recommendations
have gaps and
weaknesses. Some
gaps or errors in
evidence, analysis
and evaluation.
Limited critical
assessment of
evaluation criteria
with significant
gaps or errors.
Significant
weaknesses in
understanding of
the organisation
and environment
Relevant theories
are missing or
poorly applied.
Limited
recommendations,
not really
supported by
sufficient evidence,
analysis and
evaluation.
There is no
critical
assessment of
evaluation
criteria.
Evaluation:
Evaluation of
Strategic
choices, SAFe,
Discussion &
Recommendation
PART D
30% Excellent
evaluation criteria
have been applied,
critical assessment
and evaluation
within the SAFe
framework showing
deep
understanding of
the organisation,
environment and
relevant theories.
Excellent strategic
choices, fully
supported by
evidence, analysis
and evaluation.
Very good
evaluation criteria
have been applied,
critical assessment
and evaluation
within the SAFe
framework showing
deep
understanding of
the organisation,
environment and
relevant theories.
Sound strategic
choices, fully
supported by
evidence, analysis
and evaluation.
Good evaluation
criteria have been
applied, critical
assessment and
evaluation within
the SAFe
framework showing
good
understanding of
the organisation,
environment and
relevant theories.
Reasonably sound
strategic choices
not always fully
supported by
evidence, analysis
and evaluation.
Acceptable
evaluation criteria
have been applied,
critical assessment
and evaluation
within the SAFe
framework showing
some
understanding of
the organisation,
environment and
relevant theories.
Weak strategic
choices, not fully
supported by
evidence, analysis
and evaluation.
Poor or no
evaluation
criteria have
been applied,
critical
assessment
and evaluation
within SAFe
framework is
missing and
weak/no
understanding
of the
organization
and
environment is
evident.
Strategic
choices are
poorly argued
and not
supported by
evidence,
analysis and
evaluation.
Assignment
Parameters
10% Clearly written and
presented, fully
and clearly
referenced, and
within +/-10% of
the word limit
Fully Harvard
referenced.
In general, answer
is clearly written
and presented,
fully and clearly
referenced, and
within +/- 10% of
the word limit.
Correct Harvard
referencing.
Despite a small
number of specific
problems, answer
is easy to follow
with sound
referencing.
Answer may suffer
from weak
communication
and presentation
but is
understandable
with reasonably
sound referencing.
Weak
communication
and/or
presentation
limited
effectiveness/
comprehension
of argument.
Poor or no
referencing

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