Preliminary work for two industry research
The course objectives met by this
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This assessment item requires you to find
two organisations that you will be using for the other assignments in this
In your essay, you need to provide information
about these two organisations you selected.
You are required to find two organisations:
one large organisation with more than 5,000 employees and one small-to-medium
organisation with between 50-1,000 employees.
The size of these organisations is
important as their current and future requirements would be different. When you are selecting these organisations,
consider their footprint, such as are they operating within one country only,
are they branching out to another country or are planning to do so, or are they
already operating on a global scale?
Other points you need to consider at this point is the type of business
(pharmaceutical versus distribution for example). You may find some information on their
history that provides some clues. You could look at their mission, vision,
values statements. An organisation may
be small now (they might have just started) and has the potential to grow. Some
organisations pride themselves to be a family business and their expansion
would encompass minimal risks, while large conglomerate organisations may have
more assets to take larger risks. Some
organisations are owned by another organisation, and this may impact their
current and future situation differently.
Please do not contact any organisation to
obtain information. There are security
reasons why this information is not availably publicly. What you need to do for your assignments it
to use the technical aspect of this course to make your own assumptions and
deductions from the information that is publicly available. Then translate this into a managerial view.
In addition, it would be more beneficial and
workable to select two organisations that do not have the same product or type
or operation. This will assist you in
the requirements of the other assignments in this course.
For all assignments in this course you are
expected to write clearly, with the relevant theme of the specific assignment
requirements flowing from one point to another, and succinctly addressing the
issues within the word limit given to you.
This is a normal expectation when you work in the industry, and
therefore also of this course.
In your essay for this assignment you need
to provide the following for each organisation:
these two organisations
why you have selected them
the URL of the web sites
their main product(s)
the number of employees
about their presence (global, local)
- type of
business (family owned, multinational)
One last point to consider is that in your
other assignments you will be looking at the organisations requirements for the
technologies we are covering in this course.
Not how an organisation is going to provide this technology to their
customers – a big difference to be aware of when selecting your organisations.
The structure of this assignment is essay
type – please refer to the communications handbook for guidelines.
Please note that all assessment items in
this course must adhere to the correct Harvard specifications for in text citing
and reference list. For this purpose
links have been provided to you on the study desk. However, you can consult the
library web site for further details and clarifications. It is optional to use Endnote, and the links
are provided to you on the study desk for the course. Endnote is of great assistance to get the
citing and referring correct. However,
you can do this without Endnote, but you need to make sure that the format of
in text citing and the format of the list of references are correct according
to the Harvard guidelines.
Submit your assignment into EASE. Please note that the link will be visible to
you only when the assignment is due. Do not email the essay to the course
leader. If you are unable to upload, notify the course leader of the issue so
that it may be resolved so that you can upload the assessment.
for Preliminary work (essay)
Student name: ___________________________ Student number:
Essay contains the requested information; good reasoning has been
Structured development of essay
Clear and succinct communication;
Depth of research/ critical reflection
Assumptions and deductions made in
Understanding of key ideas and concepts
The essay reflects the ability to relate own research to course
Evidence of support
Citing and referencing: Correctly