Read the following two readings ‘Globalisation, Education and Schooling’ and ‘W(H)Ither the early childhood teacher: Tensions for early childhood professional identity between the policy landscape and the politics of teacher regulation’ and fill your responses in the template.
1.Identity 3 points from the reading: 1a. idea headline sentence (key concept based on quotation) 1b. quotation, in-text reference, summary of idea (summarise the quotation in your own words) 1c. discussion/own views (e.g. The text says… I think… – P.S. must be written in paragraphs and remember to elaborate, connect, opinion)
2. Identity 2 questions that arose from the readings
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BUSM 1311: The Entrepreneurial Process
Semester 1, 2015
Case Study Analysis Report (Pair based)
Information Sheet and Marking Criteria
You will need to submit a hard copy of your case study analysis report to the course team at the beginning of your respective class in Week 12 (i.e., 25 May for Monday class, 26 May for Tuesday class and 29 May for Friday class).
You should also submit a soft copy of your report to the ‘Case Study Analysis Report’ link created within ‘Assignments’ menu at your course Blackboard by no later than 6:00 pm on 29 May 2015.
The report must be either spiral bound or securely stapled with the standard RMIT School of Management cover sheet attached (available on-line).
Please also attach a copy of the marking guide for the case study analysis provided at the end of this document, with the hard copy of your final report.
Purpose: The purpose of the case study analysis is to enable students to develop:
1. Qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, including problem identification skills, research skills, data interpreting and critical thinking skills
2. Decision making skills, including generating different alternatives, selecting decision criteria, evaluating alternatives, choosing the best one, and formulate congruent action and implementation plans; despite the complexity and partial knowledge characterising the situation being studied
3. Application skills, using various tools, techniques and theories.
4. Time management skills, dealing with individual preparation, team discussion and in-class presentation.
5. Interpersonal or social skills, dealing with peers, solving conflicts and practicing the art of compromise, in small or large teams.
6. Creative skills, looking for and finding solutions geared to the unique circumstances of each case.
7. Written communication skills, involving effective note taking, developing key themes and writing case reports.
Question for the Case Study Analysis
Consider the following theoretical constructs critical to the entrepreneurial process, as discussed in this course.
• Creativity, Innovation and knowledge, Intellectual Property (IP)
• Ethnicity, culture, networks and seed capital
• Opportunity identification, PESTEL, capacity to identify market
• Value chain
• Access to finance/funding models
• Legal and regulatory considerations
• The competitiveness of the industry (Porter’s Five Forces Model)
• What an entrepreneur has to give up to succeed in business (dark side of entrepreneurship)
• Ethics, social responsibility and environmental sustainability
a) In the 19th Century, Claus Spreckels had to address the above fundamental elements of the entrepreneurial process. Choose any three of these theoretical constructs and analyse how Claus Spreckles evolved his business according to the three chosen constructs in context to that period of history. Provide theoretical arguments and specific examples from the case study in support of your position.
b) Choose another three of these theoretical constructs and analyse how these constructs would apply to entrepreneurship in the 21st Century. Support your answer with relevant theoretical foundation and practical examples of business scenarios.
Body of the report: 4000 Words (excluding the prefatory part and references)
Total Value: 30%
Distribution of marks:
• Research based around course contents, academic literature and other relevant business and media publications
• Originality and insight in the analysis of the six theoretical constructs in context to 19th and 21st century entrepreneurship. (15 marks)
• Report structure and presentation of content (5 marks)
Essentially your report will contain three sections: (1) Prefatory, (2) text, and (3) supplemental.
In general, following points are to be noted in preparing your report:
1. This states information that identifies and introduces the report to the reader. It tells the reader what to expect. Some common parts of the prefatory section are:
• Title Page
• Table of Contents
1. Generally, the body of a research report presents a logical argument that supports the main theme or proposition of the study. Since this is a case study analysis report, below is a thematic structure recommended for you to consider in preparing your report:
– Introduction i.e., setting the scene/context. You should have a common introduction for your report. Tell the reader what this assignment is about. What is the purpose of this assignment? What are the major themes to be discussed /analysed in this assignment?
– Critical literature review of the 6 major themes/key theoretical constructs you have decided to address in part a and b.
– Background research – you will need to discuss the socio-economic and political contexts of the 19th and the 21st centuries separately in relation to answering part a and part b. For example, in part a, you need to explore the nature of the political and the social systems of the time and both the direct and the indirect impacts they had on the entrepreneurial process. Similarly, you will need to do the same for answering part b.
– Research protocols i.e., briefly discuss the processes undertaken to identify relevant literature and information pertaining to your assignment. If you have consulted with any individual as a key informant for your analysis pertaining to the 19th or 21st century together with the secondary information, you should mention it in your report. What are the various types of secondary information have you used in your research and why did you choose them?
– Analysis and discussion – This is the most important section of your report. You should analyse and discuss the 6 key constructs in relation to part a and part b separately through extensive use of relevant research and examples to validate your arguments and expand your position.
– Conclusions and limitations – you should have a common conclusions and limitations section for the entire assignment. You will briefly state a concluding note on the key issues and/or lessons on the entrepreneurial process that has emerged from this case study analysis. You should also indicate the overall limitations of the report in relation to your research and analysis and what could have been done better.
– Important: Since this is a pair based assignment, you are required to make some comments in the conclusion and limitation section on how the two of you have worked. What were the strengths and the weaknesses of this partnership and if you were to work together again on this assignment, how would you have done things differently.
2. As mentioned before, in presenting your analysis, discussion and conclusion, you must use theory and other relevant literature and practical examples to provide evidence in support of your arguments.
3. Remember that you are trying to present a logical, cohesive and clear analysis of the six key constructs that you have chosen to investigate, analyse and report on, and to use these to support your proposition or key themes in a systematic way.
4. DO NOT TRY TO WRITE EVERYTHING THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE TOPIC IN THE HOPE THAT SOMETHING WILL BE GOOD.
5. A conclusion is not just a list of the key points you have made. You need to draw together and summarise your key points to demonstrate that you have supported your themes or position.
6. The overall conclusion must be linked to each question and needs to be consistent with the introduction, the research and analysis of key issues.
7. Any final report with more than 10% of turnitin originality index will be penalised in accordance with RMIT policy on Academic Integrity.
This section contains additional information that the reader finds useful. The supplemental section of your report must contain the followings:
• ‘References’ which is a formal listing of the sources cited in the case study report that may include books, journal articles, reports, news media articles and other publications. A minimum of 10 academic journal articles and 10 other relevant sources must be cited.
• ‘Appendices’ (if appropriate) that contain related and supportive items such as, contact details of key informants, photographs, newspaper clips, tables, figures etc.
• Your report must be typed and double spaced with a font size of no smaller than 12 points Times New Roman or 10 point Arial for clarity.
• Sources of information must be consistently and comprehensively referenced throughout the essay using the Harvard style of referencing.
• At least 10 refereed journal articles and at least 10 high quality professional, company or media sources should be used.
• It is not sufficient just to repeat information from single sources such as, book, journal or Wikipedia.
• You can use headings, but use them sparingly. Headings only add value if they assist the reader in following the logical argument.
• Poor spelling and grammar detracts from your ability to build an argument. CHECK BOTH GRAMMAR AND SPELLING THOROUGHLY.
You should also submit a soft copy of your report to the ‘Case Study Analysis Report’ link created within the ‘Assignments’ menu at the course Blackboard by no later than 6:00 pm on 29 May 2015.
You can upload your pair based case study analysis report through this link. There should be one submission per pair.
Turnitin will check your assignment for originality and will generate a report indicating areas in which the content overlaps with other academic papers and student assignments. By inspecting this report you should be able to determine whether your assignment would be acceptable as predominantly your own work. Please take care to allow time to submit your draft assignment to Turnitin so that you have time to review the report before making a final submission of the assignment by the due date prescribed. Final reports with more than 10% of turnitin originality index will be penalised in accordance with RMIT policy on Academic Integrity
Poor presentation (up to 5 marks)
Any late submission, unless granted an extension by the course coordinator (see course guide for information on extensions) will be penalised at 10% of the assessment weighting for each day after the due date. No report will be accepted more than seven calendar days late without Special Consideration.
Failure to adequately reference is plagiarism. Plagiarism will be dealt with in line with university policy.
BUSM 1311 The Entrepreneurial Process
Length: 4000 words (excluding prefatory part and list of references)
Is the paper well informed 20%
Demonstrates appropriate understanding of the issues.
Shows awareness of relevant ideas and arguments raised in the literature.
Shows initiative in locating and using additional relevant information sources
Is the paper well-argued? 20%
Relationships between specific points/issues are made clear.
The paper is interpretative and analytical rather than merely descriptive.
Appropriate evidence is used to support statements.
Direct quotations are used economically but effectively.
Does the report demonstrate originality? 20%
Reveals independence of thought beyond a mere restatement of received ideas.
The writer addresses the issues with insight and originality.
Is the report well structured? 20%
The introduction is clear and signals the direction the paper will take.
The body of the report is cohesive and built on a logical sequence of relevant paragraph based points.
The conclusion follows logically and consistently from the introduction and the body of the paper.
Is the report well written? 10%
The writing is clear, concise and smooth-flowing.
Each paragraph introduces and develops a specific point.
Sentences are properly constructed and the prose is grammatically correct and well punctuated.
Word choice is appropriate and words are correctly spelt.
* Is the paper well referenced? 10%
Sources used are adequately and accurately referenced throughout the paper
The reference list is presented appropriately and accurately.
* Note 1: Although this section is technically worth only 10%, students who do not use references correctly (they must be cited throughout the body of the report), or who are unable to express their points with any clarity, risk receiving a mark of zero for the whole assignment.