Apples decision to market the new iPhone 3Gs in the U.K

STRATEGIC MANAGMENT

Coursework Title and contents

Critically evaluate the 5 Strategic Directions with particular reference to Apple s decision to market the new iPhone 3Gs in the U.K. Your paper should include which strategic decision you think Apple has used and why. All work should be properly supported.


Generic Assessment Marking Criteria
You will be marked according to six criteria:


” Quality of presentation
” Understanding and use of Theory
” Quality of Analysis
” Structure and Argument
” Conclusions
” Correctness of Referencing

The examiners will be looking for the following elements for each of these criteria.

Presentation

” All material is thoroughly and correctly referenced.
” Citations are given in the Harvard format
” Direct quotations from sources are referenced with page numbers.
” Appropriate use has been made of tables, diagrams, graphs and pictures.
” The use of formatting (DOUBLE line spacing, fontsize12(TIMES NEW ROMAN), justified margins etc) is consistent throughout.
” The text is clear and readable, without typographic errors and spelling mistakes
” The assignment is within the stipulated maximum word length.
” The bibliography contains only the works cited in the assignment, is presented in author alphabetical order and is complete, accurate and consistently formatted.


Theory

” Evidence of wider reading i.e. not relying on a textbook or single text source, but engaging with specialist texts, journal articles and reports
” A demonstration of an understanding and awareness of a range of theoretical positions or technical options
” The ability to place a particular text s argument within a range of positions evident in the literature and to recognise its strengths and limitations as an explanatory framework
” Direct quotes, paraphrasing or other evidence of active engagement with theory and/or technique is apparent throughout the assignment.


Analysis

” The assignment demonstrates an ability to understand different perspectives i.e. the student can evaluate different options, engage critically with theory and practice and can justify their analysis above other available solutions or viewpoints.
” The analysis results from the use of judgement and discernment in selecting theory and applying it to the situation or problem.
” The selection of techniques and viewpoints are justified by the problem or issue outlined.
” Reflection and observation are integrated in the analysis in an appropriate way i.e. a supported argument illustrated with observation rather than a statement of opinion.


Structure and Argument

” An essay assignment will normally include an introduction, several sub-titled sections in the main body, a conclusion and a bibliography. Alternative formats may be specified by the assignment brief and, if so, have been used.
” A coherent argument is evident, which clearly links the different elements of the assignment together and leads the reader through to a justifiable conclusion.
” The argument is logically constructed with each section building on the insights of preceding sections i.e. different perspectives are not simply thrown together without an understanding of how they contribute to the overall argument presented.
” Theory is integrated into analytical and/or practical elements of the assignment where appropriate.
” Meaning is not obscured by poor grammar, paragraph or sentence construction.


Conclusion

” The conclusion summarises the whole of the assignment and not just the analysis i.e. conclusions relate questions posed, adequacy of theory, empirical issues explored and reflect on the author s approach to the work.
” The conclusions refer to the argument presented to that point and do not introduce new ideas or argument at the last moment.
” The conclusion demonstrates the ability of the student to justify their theoretical and analytical approach.
” Conclusions have been drawn and follow, and are justified by, the analysis in the main body of the assignment. When required, practical recommendations are feasible and follow on from the conclusions, addressing the issues identified.


Correctness of referencing

Your essay should follow the conventions of academic writing, must be fully referenced using Harvard system and will be assessed according to the criteria set above.
Books:-
1)Exploring corporate strategy-8th edition-(Publisher-Prentice hall Financial Times)by Gerry Johnson,Kevan Scholes,Richard Wittington
2)Principles of Marketing-9th Edition-(Publisher-Prentice hall Financial Times)by Kotler and Armstrong
3)Essentials Of Marketing-2005-(Publisher-Prentice hall Financial Times)by Frances Bassington and Stephen Pettitt
4)Oxford english dictionary
ALL REFERENCING SHOULD BE IN HARVARD REFERENCING FORMAT AND ALSO INCLUDE IN TEXT REFERENCING AS WELL AS QUOTATIONS FROM AUTHORS.THE ASSIGNMENT IS FOR STRATEGIC MANAGMENT.