Topic: Research to BHP Billiton
Topic/s: Report Planning: A major international business enterprise. This stage of theproject requires you to select a major international business enterprise andexamine its experience in the light of the concepts and theories introduced inthe early part of this unit (i.e. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8) of the text byCavusgil et. al. These chapters cover foundation concepts and selected aspectsof the environment of international business studies.
Details: The task is to create a Report Plan as a way of building your research skills byadopting a systematic approach to the task. This involves library and electronicdatabase searching, description and evaluation of a range of sources, briefsummaries of material, analysis of the significance of data sources and stepsthat will help you clarify and define the main issues relevant to the companythat you select.This exercise will allow you to use your research sources to develop a viableplan for research for the Project Report. (The skills learnt here should betransferable to all other units you study).You MUST NOT write an essay for this stage of the assignment; brief notesare appropriate. You need to develop your research skills so that you canconstruct a research plan and creates notes that explain how the material in thelisted chapters can be used to understand the experience of and challengesfacing your selected company.Following these steps should help you complete Assignment One. Listed hereas A-F for your convenience.A. Identify a major international business enterpriseUse the library data bases to be sure that you will be able to access andunderstand the materials you require for the project. You will need to considerseveral companies before making a final choice. A crucial consideration in yourchoice will be the extent to which the company chosen allows you to explore itsexperience using the concepts of this unit.• Explain why you have chosen this company? Some factors that mightinfluence your choice are:• A firm’s role in the global pattern of trade• Comparative and competitive advantage as they apply to the firm• Does its activity represent some aspect of New Trade Theory? If soexamine the implications of such theory for its pattern of internationalbusinesses.• Theories of Foreign Direct Investment and the Eclectic Paradigm• Does the firm represent an example of the Stages Models ofInternationalisation?• Its organisational form• Effects of and implications of culture, legal and economic systems inthe countries in which the firm operates.• And other concepts or ideas from the relevant chapters of the Cavusgilet. al. text.Once you have settled on a company you should list the main issues that arepertinent to this company and offer examples to illustrate. The emphasis thatyou give to international business concepts will be depend upon the relevanceof each to the company that you have chosen. You need use your judgementhere and that judgment needs to be informed by careful reading of the text andselected journal articles.B. Search Library CataloguesConsult a range of catalogues including University of Canberra and theNational Library of Australia (NLA). Data bases such as those for journals andcompanies (e.g. Global Mint). These will contain books and articles relevant to your chosen company and the generic international business issues thatconfront that company.C. Use quality items published on the internet:Find some sources that meet these criteria• It is authoritative• The site is clear about its own sources and reliability• It is up to date or provide material that most likely not been publishedin other formats (e.g. refereed journals)D. Statistics and secondary data used to illustrate your argument.Look for suitable statistics and data to include in your report. Show the reader afew examples of the types of evidence you will use in your Report. Cite thesources and availability of the data, and show how you might compile anddisplay it. A summary table you have constructed or a diagram that richlyillustrates main points in your research would be ideal.E. Progress so far – time to pause and reflect.Reflect and carefully evaluate your progress. Have you covered all the pointsadequately and do are you beginning to form a thesis or main line of argumentfor your Project Report? Check that you have used the theory of the early partof the unit to examine key issues confronting your company.F. Plan for the Project ReportNow as the final step for the this Assignment One construct a plan with sectionheadings, sub-headings, bullet points or phrases and short paragraphs thatreflect your development of the report and your line of argument up to thispoint. It needs to be more than a list of points; the reader should be able todiscern clearly your line of argument from your plan.An assessment evaluation sheet will be provided on the Moodle site. Read it forguidance on the presentation of your work. Check you have covered all thepoints in this sheet before you hand in the assignment.Take care to use correct citation methods: use Harvard Author/Date (Check theUC library site for full information on these methods).
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