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Culture and Organisation

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Culture and Organisation

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To be submitted by 12 noon on  -  The module hand in date will be part of a schedule of dates for all assignments to be issued at a later date     

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This coursework accounts for 100% of the total mark for this module

Submission of Assessment

All assignments must be submitted to Room 223, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST

It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignment arrives before the submission deadline stated above. See the University policy on late submission of work (the relevant extract is set out below).

Please note that assignments are normally subject to anonymous marking.  Your name should only appear in the name box on the assignment submission cover sheet unless instructed otherwise.

Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA): Please note if your assignment is submitted electronically it will be submitted online via Turnitin by the given deadline. You will find a Turnitin link on the module’s eLP site.



Instructions on Assessment:


‘The value of a student’s international experience goes beyond purely the acquisition of language – it lies in the ability to see business and personal issues from other than your own cultural perspective’ Charles MacLeod, Head of UK Resourcing, Price Waterhouse Coopers


Title: An analysis of the culture of an organisation




Your report will apply ONE theoretical framework used in the study of organizational culture to conduct an analysis of an organization’s culture.


The analysis will illustrate the culture by focusing on EITHER


1.  an issue (something which the organization has responded to) OR

2.  a particular organizational practice (something the organization does) OR

3.  an event (some particular incident or series of incidents inside the organization) OR

4.  a sub – unit (an organizational department department/division) .


You will be able to choose from ONE of seven organizations:




(The web sites are provided as somewhere to consult but will only be the start of your research)



This module is studied in many overseas locations. The lists of organizations available to choose are amended slightly to take into account greater suitability for the part of the world they study in. Whilst not giving you too much choice! We think it only fair to allow all students to choose from the entire list, so have included these as well and you can choose one organisation from this list as well if you wish, however normally UK based students choose from the list of seven organizations above and so please speak to your seminar tutor for guidance before choosing from the list below:


Hutchison Whampoa, UNIQLO,United Overseas Bank (UOB), Tigerair, ZARA, ZTE,  ArcelorMittal


Your report will not exceed 3000 words (excluding appendices if any provided)


  • A brief background to the organization and its environment
  • An Introduction to the focus of the report (the practice, issue, event or sub-unit)


  • A brief argument which explains/justifies why you have chosen a particular theoretical framework instead of 1 other alternative that you considered but have rejected.
  • A brief explanation of your chosen theoretical framework that you will use to analyse the organization, including its main concepts
  • An analysis of the practice, issue, event or sub-unit which uses the chosen theoretical framework and concepts
  • Conclusions (including recommendations if necessary).





Late submission of work


Where coursework is submitted without approval, after the published hand-in deadline, the following penalties will apply.


For coursework submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval, 10% of the total marks available for the assessment (i.e.100%) shall be deducted from the assessment mark.


For clarity: a late piece of work that would have scored 65%, 55% or 45% had it been handed in on time will be awarded 55%, 45% or 35% respectively as 10% of the total available marks will have been deducted.


The Penalty does not apply to Pass/Fail Modules, i.e. there will be no penalty for late submission if assessments on Pass/Fail are submitted up to 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline.


Coursework submitted more than 1 working day (24 hours) after the published hand-in deadline without approval will be regarded as not having been completed. A mark of zero will be awarded for the assessment and the module will be failed, irrespective of the overall module mark.


For clarity: if the original hand-in time on working day A is 12noon the 24 hour late submission allowance will end at 12noon on working day B.


These provisions apply to all assessments, including those assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.




Word limits and penalties


If the assignment is within +10% of the stated word limit no penalty will apply.


The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment and the assignment cover sheet.  The word count does not include:


  • Title and Contents page
    • Reference list
    • Appendices
    • Appropriate tables, figures and illustrations
      • Glossary
        • Bibliography
        • Quotes from interviews and focus groups.


Please note, in text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e.g. “dib-dab nonsense analysis” (Smith, 2011 p.123)] are INCLUDED in the word count.


If this word count is falsified, students are reminded that under ARNA page 30 Section 3.4 this will be regarded as academic misconduct.


If the word limit of the full assignment exceeds the +10% limit, 10% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted.  For example: if the assignment is worth 70 marks but is above the word limit by more than 10%, a penalty of 7 marks will be imposed, giving a final mark of 63.


Students must retain an electronic copy of this assignment (including ALL appendices) and it must be made available within 24hours of them requesting it be submitted.


Note:    For those assessments or partial assessments based on calculation, multiple choice etc., marks will be gained on an accumulative basis.  In these cases, marks allocated to each section will be made clear.


Time limits and penalties for presentations


The time allocated for the presentation must be adhered to.  At the end of this time, the presentation will be stopped and will be marked based on what has been delivered within the time limit.


Academic Misconduct


The Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards (ARNA) contain the Regulations and procedures applying to cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct.


The full policy is available at: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/central/ar/qualitysupport/asspolicies/


You are reminded that plagiarism, collusion and other forms of academic misconduct as referred to in the Academic Misconduct procedure of the assessment regulations are taken very seriously by Newcastle Business School.  Assignments in which evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct is found may receive a mark of zero.


Mapping to Programme Goals and Objectives



This assessment will contribute directly to the following Undergraduate programme goals and objectives. 


1. Knowledgeable about the theory and practice of international business and management


Students will be able to:           




Acquire knowledge of functional areas of business and management.





Acquire knowledge of specialist areas of business.




Apply their knowledge to business and management contexts.




Conduct contemporary research into business and management.



2. Skilful in the use of professional and managerial techniques and processes


Students will be able to:




Provide evidence of self reflection as a means of informing personal development planning.




Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in a team.




Demonstrate critical thinking skills .




Demonstrate problem solving skills.



3. Aware of ethical issues impacting on business and professional practice


Students will be able to:




Identify an ethical dilemma in a business situation





Suggest ethical solutions to this dilemma


4. Employable as graduates


Students will be able to:




In the context of securing graduate employment demonstrate the skills of self presentation.



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