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LO1: Understand the dynamic of business management issues in the contemporary global business environment

 LSC UoS BA in Business Studies

Assignment Brief


BA Business Studies



Module Title:

Contemporary Management Issues in the 21st Century

Module Leader:


Assignment titles:

Case Study

Assignment number:




Date given out:

April 2022

Submission date:


Eligible for late submission (3 working days, with penalty)?


Method of submission:


Online only


Online and paper copy

Special instructions for submission (if any):


Date for results and feedback:


Employability skills assessed:

C1:         Reading, selecting, analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources

C2:         Producing different types of document

C3:         Participating in discussions

LP1:       Develop a strategy for using a range of skills to improve own learning and performance

IT1:        Preparing information

IT2:        Processing and presenting information

IT3:        Reviewing the use of information technology

LP2:       Review and Critically Reflect on Progress

LP3:       Evaluate overall effectiveness of strategy and present achievements

N1:         Collecting and recording data

N2:         Working with data

N3:         Presenting your findings

PS1:       Develop a strategy for using skills in problem solving, for a short-term routine problem and a longer term extended problem.

PS2:       Monitor progress and adapt any problem solving strategy as necessary to achieve the quality of outcomes required when tackling one complex problem with at least three options.

PS3:       Evaluate your overall strategy considered in PS2 and consider improvements.

S1:         Plan personal work schedules

S2:         Monitor and manage progress on prolonged tasks

S3:         Review achievement of objectives and the effectiveness of your own self-management skills

WWO2:  Working towards identified targets




Learning outcomes assessed:

LO1: Understand the dynamic of business management issues in the contemporary global business environment

LO2: Critically evaluate a wide range of contemporary management issues by synthesizing relevant theories

LO3: Assess and critically evaluate the significance of contemporary change and the impacts on decisions, behaviours, human capital and the organisation configuration

LO4: Critically analyse and evaluate an organisational situation and change so as to inform and improve performance and enhance value

LO5: Evidence highly developed autonomous learning skills, problem solving and the ability to clearly and appropriately communicate findings and recommendations.

TASK DESCRIPTION – Individual Case Study Analysis



Description of Assessment Requirements:

Study the following article carefully and complete the tasks below:

Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance by Nancy F. Koehn




  1. Martha Lagace states: “One of the great challenges of managing or leading in turbulence is being able to play to your stronger suit as a leader and also play to others` stronger suits. Lincoln did it, Shackleton did it, Gandhi, Frederick Douglass, and many others have done it. We need to be able to help our students understand how they can do it both in "big L" leadership contexts, and, as HBS Dean Kim Clark says, in "small l" leadership roles”. (Harvard Business School, Shakelton: An Entrepreneur of Survival, 2003, p.3).

How would you characterise Shackleton’s leadership style? What are the important lessons that can be learned from the article in the context of contemporary business organisations in a crisis?

(LO 2).

  1. In relation to a business example of your choosing, critically analyse and evaluate an organisational situation by drawing on the schools of leadership.  

Make recommendations for improving performance and enhancing value.

(LO 4)


1500 words.


Please note the following when completing your written assignment:

  1. Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
  2. Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
  3. Document format: Report
  4. Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a reference using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided.
  5. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive.

The use of a range of information sources is expected – academic books, peer reviewed journal articles, professional articles, press releases and newspaper articles, reliable statistics, company annual reports and other company information. All referencing should be in Harvard style.



 marking criteria and Student FEEDBACK

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers use a similar format to comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit from development/improvement.

Common Assessment Criteria Applied

Marks available



1. Research-informed Literature

Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.







2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.







3. Analysis

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence







4. Practical Application and Deployment

Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.







5. Skills for Professional Practice

Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.










Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the UoS Assessment Board.  These comments and marks are to give feedback on module work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. )

72 Hour Late Submission Penalties (tick if appropriate)



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