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You will work in groups of 5 or 6 to produce a scripted podcast which addresses problems described in a cross cultural management case study.

Instructions for assessment

You will work in groups of 5 or 6 to produce a scripted podcast which addresses problems described in a cross cultural management case study.

Formative Assessment

Group Podcast planning document to be submitted in week 8 to enable feedback which will enhance the final submission. One document should be submitted by each group – maximum 300 words.


Submission date: TBC

This is in two parts.

  1. Podcast & Script 50%

Group podcast and written script which responds to a range of CCM issues in a single case study. The marks will be awarded for both elements of the assessment.  The script will be submitted via Turnitin. The podcast audio file will be submitted online. If the podcast is not submitted the written element will not be marked and a mark of 0% will be recorded for this part of the assessment.

The case study describes an organisation that is experiencing some problems. Your group should address some of these problems by relating them to a minimum of three to a maximum of five topics that have been covered  in lectures. The group should choose a minimum of one topic from each of the three categories listed below (maximum 5 topics altogether) and apply them to the selected problems that you have found in the case study. This application should be such that each problem identified in the given case must be applied to the mentioned minimum of one to a maximum of five topics chosen by the group. It is the problems that should be identified first before each is applied to the topics in the combinations mentioned

The topics are:

1-                  Category One

  • National Culture
  • Organisational Culture

2-                  Category Two

  • Leadership
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Organisational Structure
  • Diversity

3-                  Category three

  • Motivation and HRM
  • Ethics and CSR

In the scripted podcast your group will describe the problems in the case study, use theories to analyse them and make specific recommendations for possible solutions.

You will work in groups of 5 or 6 to produce the podcast and accompanying script. This podcast will present your group’s analysis and recommendations. It will include approximately 2 minutes of spoken input from each group member. It will receive a group mark where all members of the group receive the same mark, which is 50% of the assessment for the course. You must submit the script of the podcast as well as the audio file.  

 Script Regarding leadership, Jones has shown competence in his style when dealing with the Dam project by adopting a Humane style of leading which involved assigning work while considering the culture and the way of doing business in Tanzania (House et al, 2004) cited in (Hwang, 2015). However, the drawback in this process would involve Jones’s non-compliance with Hydro Generations company culture. Part of Jones’s key tasks was to engage with the project workforce, notifying them of certain cultural aspects of the way things worked in Tanzania. According to (Keskes, 2014), one of the most significant aspects of leadership in a foreign nation-based project is to lead your team in a way that allows them to adjust to the new environment by engaging with them. However, Jones did not comply with Hydro Generations provisions of luxury accommodation, rather he isolated himself and adapted to the local Tanzanian way of living. Apart from isolating himself from his colleagues, he also conducted business with Tanzanian attributes which influenced nepotistic actions regarding hiring of locals, instead of adopting the standards and policy of business endeavours which were set by the business organisation. This highlights Jones’s thought process in leading, as (Robinson, 2010) states, leaders tend to influence the employees to undertake similar activities as they are leading by example, which means that Jones’s actions would soon become a statutory procedure amongst all employees. Moreover, (Darling and Nurmi, 2009) affirms, it is essential for a company to generate leaders that work within the capacity of its most important principles and values. Therefore, Jones would need to find a way to influence his team by engaging more with the western workers departed in Tanzania, but in the same time his approach on blending into Tanzanian way of doing things is an asset for HG company and has proven to be a success in terms of actual results. So it is recommended to keep the same leadership style, with the specification that his actions will be slightly moderated in the future.

  Based on the script that is above you need to do only the REFLECTIVE REPORT

  1. Reflective Report 50%

Additionally, you will write a reflective report – maximum 1250 words.

The report will identify the sources used to support the argument of the podcast, including references in Harvard style. You should discuss how you applied the theory or theories that you chose to one of the issues you identified in your podcast. It will also include a short analysis of what went well in the group task and what could be improved if you were to be involved in a similar task in the future. The report receives an individual mark, which is 50% of the course assessment

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