International Business; Research the process of Tesco’s internationalisation and assess why it has proven problematic.

International Business; Research the process of Tesco’s internationalisation and assess why it has proven problematic.


Note: do not merely describe what Tesco has done but try to understand why. Taking into account the knowledge you have gained during this module, what mistakes have Tesco made and what might they have done better? The best essays will attemot to apply some of the theoretical concepts covered in the module.

Assessment criteria for coursework

The module will be assessed according to whether you meet the appropriate learning outcomes (see Module Specification) and, in particular, WHETHER YOU FOCUS UPON AND ANSWER THE QUESTION SET. Those of you who merely talk about the topic in general will not achieve the higher grades.

You should also consider the following in relation to your coursework for this module:
•    conciseness: – particularly relevance. Do not spend so long setting the background, that you never get round to answering the question. Always ask yourself how and whether what you are writing helps you answer the question
•    clarity: – layout and structure
•    completeness: most important – do you actually answer the question or just talk around the subject of the question in a general way.
•    References: your work should be fully referenced. If you have any doubts on this matter, please see a module tutor or consult the Study Advice Centre.

Credit will be given to students who relate their argument to the effects of policy on business where appropriate.

In assigning a grade to your work, tutors are guided by the following:

70+: Analytical throughout. Strong and thorough focus on the question. Development of own ideas based on a wide range of literature and sources that have been critically analysed and assessed. Must be properly referenced and sourced. Demonstration of ability to set answer within a broader context and use of pertinent examples where appropriate to demonstrate more general principles. A well-integrated, logically argued, internally consistent piece of work.

60-70: Significant evidence of wider reading and clear identification of problems raised by the question. Critical discussion of most key areas of the question that makes good use of the literature.

50-60: largely analytical in nature (the more the balance shifts towards description, the nearer to the lower end of this range will be the mark). Will cover many of the key areas but could be some omissions and some minor errors.

40-50: Largely descriptive, basic answers with little evidence of further reading. A broad understanding of the subject area but possibly some confusion, inconsistencies or errors.

Below forty: limited reading. Inappropriate choice of content or theory and absence of critical, analytical thought. Major errors and

Coursework submission – procedure
eSubmission is the approved method for your HUBS programme of study.  You must hand in your assessed Assignment(s), for all modules that you are taking during the 2013/14 Academic Year using the eBridge system.  Submission of a printed copy is NOT allowed. You should submit via the Submission Menu on the relevant module eBridge site.
An assignment for eSubmission must be prepared using the HUBS Electronic Submission System Coursework Coversheet.  This document is stored in MSWord and is available from the ‘Making an Electronic Coursework Submission’ folder of the Resources section on the Programme support eBridge site.

There are special versions of the Coursework Coversheet which you must use if you are making a group submission or if you have a disability (which has been recognised formally by the University).  These are also available from the ‘Making an Electronic Coursework Submission’ folder of the Resources section on the Programme support eBridge site.

You must complete the first page of the Coversheet accurately and in full.  If you make a mistake this could result in you not getting credit for your work. You must add your submission directly to the coversheet document, or paste your submission into the document starting on page 3.

When you submit your assignments they are stored electronically and submitted automatically to the Turnitin system.  The uses of the Turnitin system will be explained to you and details are available from the HUBS Turnitin2 eBridge site.

If you are unfamiliar with eSubmission you are advised to consult your programme eBridge site and work through the “Making an eSubmission Guide”. The guide will show you how to use the system and is set up to help you to practice submitting assignments in advance of the ‘real’ assignment submissions. This allows you to see how the Turnitin system works.

You are strongly advised to make your electronic submission well ahead of the deadline (we suggest 3 hours) to ensure that you have time to produce the required documentation.  Failure to make effective use of the eSubmission system will not be accepted as grounds for an extension, or mitigation.

Assignments must be submitted by the date and time stipulated.  Deadlines will be strictly adhered to.  Students submitting late, and who do not have mitigating circumstances approved by the Mitigating Circumstances Panel, will be subject to penalties for late submission specified by the University.  Please note that Saturday and Sunday are treated as “working days” for the purposes of the late submission policy.

If a mark of less than the pass mark is received on an assessment element then you should wait for the decision of the relevant module board which will inform you of your next step.

16. Module specification

Aims and distinctive features:

The aims of this module are to:
•    Comply with QAA Business and Management benchmarking in relation to the need to understand the external business environment [3.5] and to deal with ‘contemporary and pervasive issues’ [3.7].
•    Produce graduates with an international perspective
•    Provide students an opportunity to engage with the debate on globalisation and internationalisation, an important contemporary debate but one which is not covered elsewhere in the HUBS curriculum

The distinctive features of this module are:
•    Consolidation of the international experience of HUBS students that have spent a year abroad (this does not preclude students that have not spent the year abroad from following this module and benefiting from it)
•    Although the module incorporates the conventional International Business curriculum, it also includes important contemporary issues that are not always dealt with within this curriculum. For example, it deals with the issue of small and medium-sized enterprises and internationalisation and treats information as a key factor input into the firm.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
(a)    Demonstrate an understanding of the context in which international business operates
(b)    Critically assess the controversies surrounding globalisation and identify the implications for business
(c)    Evaluate the problems of regulating international business, with particular reference to the role of international organisations
(d)    Demonstrate an understanding of theories of internationalisation of the firm and of different modes of internationalisation
(e)    Apply learning outcomes (a) to (d) as appropriate to specific international business issues and problems

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