Management theories & philosophies

Question 1: With reference to appropriate academic literature, critically evaluate the relevance of the contribution of Hofestede to our understanding of the influence of culture on global organisational practices.

Question 2: Peng and Pleggenkuhle-Miles (2009) identify four main debates in the field of global strategy.

Critically evaluate whether their approach fully captures the complexity of the influences of globalization on global strategy.

Reference: Peng, M. And Pleggenkuhle-Miles, E.G. (2009) Current Debates in Global Strategy. International Journal of Management Reviews, vol. 11, no. 1 pp. 51-68

Question 3: According to Dasgupta and Gupta “The increasing turbulence in the external business environment has focused attention on the resources and organisational capabilities as the principle source of competitive advantage.” (2009, p.204)

Discuss with reference to appropriate literature sources, the extent to which the creation, sharing and utilisation of knowledge is central to this resource based view of competitive advantage.

Reference: Dasgupta, M. And Gupta, R.K. (2009) Innovation in Organizations: A Review of the Role of Organizational Leearning and Knowledge Management. Global Business Review, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 203-224.

Instructions for the completion of assessment:

• Make sure you choose one question only.

• These questions are deliberately broad. Students are therefore allowed to focus their answers on the field in which their course is based (My course is Engineering management). This may aid the search for literature and examples through offering appropriate boundaries to your work.

• This is an essay not a report, so you should avoid the use of bullet points and lists. This is an essay question which is effectively asking you to complete a critical evaluation of the literature on the topics and use this literature to form arguments to address the discussion.

• Accurate referencing of sources is crucial in this coursework. The referencing system used on this module is the Harvard system.

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