Managing Information & Technology

Managing Information & TechnologySelect a medium UK based business and give a full description of it. Mention the Primary activities of business, identify its sales, support activities, HR department. Go through book Laudon & Laudon.Assignment Brief:-Given the dynamism of today?s market and the ever-increasing degree of competition globally, you are required to produce a written report critically assessing the role of Information Technology in generating competitive advantage.Your assessment should include appropriate application of Porter?s Five Forces Model as well as the primary and secondary activities of value chain and show how information systems could aid management of organisations to achieve the objective of gaining competitive advantage.Using a suitable example (of a business organisation) discuss the role of information system and technology in the competitive business environment. The report should include discussion about? Identify a business organisation and give its industry ? Competitive environment using Porter?s five forces model ? Primary and secondary activities of business value chain ? Environmental actors surrounding information systems and interacting with organisation ? Role of information system in the organisation you have chosen as an example ? Conclusions drawn from your own analysisCardiff Metropolitan UniversityModule Title: Managing Information and Technology Programme: BA in Business Studies Semester: 2, Level 4 Academic Year Period: Oct 2014 ? Jan 2015 Lecturer: Chandranna Rayadurg Submission Method: Online via Turnitin Assessment Type: An individual assignment, a report based on role of information system Weighting: 40% Word Length: 3000 words (+/- 10%)Module Learning Outcomes to be Assessed:-? Understanding the effects of information systems on business and their relationship to globalization. ? Define and describe business processes and their relationship to information systems. ? Identify and describe important features of organizations that managers need to know about in order to build and use information systems successfully.???????????????????????????????????????? Description of Assessment RequirementsStudents are required to produce a critical assessment of the role that Information system plays in organisations in their pursuit of gaining competitive advantage. Through addressing the set requirements of the assignment, students are expected to demonstrate course concepts and ideas studied in the course. In addition, students ought to demonstrate their analytical skills, and communicate using management terms or language.The assignment requires students to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge, and therefore requires adequate research work.The report should typically include:1. Table of contents 2. Abstract (200 words) 3. Main body of the report 4. Analysis and conclusion 5. Listing of references/bibliography (Using Harvard referencing)???????????????????????????????????????-Assignment Brief:-Given the dynamism of today?s market and the ever-increasing degree of competition globally, you are required to produce a written report critically assessing the role of Information Technology in generating competitive advantage.Your assessment should include appropriate application of Porter?s Five Forces Model as well as the primary and secondary activities of value chain and show how information systems could aid management of organisations to achieve the objective of gaining competitive advantage.Using a suitable example (of a business organisation) discuss the role of information system and technology in the competitive business environment. The report should include discussion about? Identify a business organisation and give its industry ? Competitive environment using Porter?s five forces model ? Primary and secondary activities of business value chain ? Environmental actors surrounding information systems and interacting with organisation ? Role of information system in the organisation you have chosen as an example ? Conclusions drawn from your own analysisMarking Scheme including assessment and grading criteria.# Criteria Weight SCALE1(0%) SCALE2(20%) SCALE3(40%) SCALE4(60%) SCALE5(80%) SCALE6(100%) 1 Company Profile and background 10% Not attempted Basic definition Acceptable level of description of company profile or background Adequate level of description of company profile or background Excellent coverage of company profile and background 2 Competitive Environment ? Porter?s five forces model 20% Competitive environment has not been identified Basic description of competitive environment. Porter?s five forces model has been introduced but not applied to the given case. Acceptable description of competitive environment and basic application of Porter?s 5 forces Adequate analysis of competitive environment and basic application of Porter?s 5 forces Excellent critical analysis of competitive environment and application of Porter?s 5 forces 3 Knowledge and Application of Business Value Chain 20% Not attempted/No evidence of value chain Basic description of Value chain model. Value chain analysis have been briefly discussed and at least one of them has been applied to the case value chain analysis have been discussed in detail and both of them have been applied to the case. Value chain analysis has been discussed in detail and excellently applied to the case with suitable examples from each category. Value chain analysis has been discussed in detail and applied to the case with suitable examples from each category. Suitable diagrams have been drawn for explaining the adopted concept4 Environmental actors 10% Environmental actors have not been identified Few basic actors have been identified An attempt is evident to find all actors Clear evidence of actors identification and their analysis is shown. Very clear evidence of environmental actors and their interaction with information system or organisation , but not both Evidence of environmental actors and their interaction with both information system and organisation has been clearly shown 5 Role and Impact of Information System 25% Role of information system not identified Role of the IS has been identified and briefly discussed Role of IS in terms of achieving the competitive advantage has been discussed Role of IS in terms of achieving the competitive advantage has been discussed The business processes from the value chain have been identified in order to use the information system. Role of IS in terms of achieving the competitive advantage has been discussed with the specific example of the types of information system and the business processes from the chosen case. A detailed discussion has been produced for the types of information system and the functions of those systems which could be applied to the specific business processes from the chosen case.6 Structure and Presentation 10% Structure is disorganized A report format has been indicated with table of contents, introduction, discussion A report format has been followed with table of contents, introduction, discussion of the case and brief conclusion A report has been presented with table of contents, introduction, discussion of the case and conclusion based on the evaluation. A report with table of contents, introduction about the case and the theories to be applied, Discussion about the case and application of the theoretical knowledge, Conclusion based on evaluation of the case and theory has been generated A report with table of contents, table of figures, introduction about the case and the theories to be applied Discussion about the case and application of the theoretical knowledge has been produced Conclusion based on in-depth evaluation of the case and theory. 7 Conclusion and References 05% No referencing or conclusion done Very few references mentioned. Basic conclusion. A shortlist of references has been produced by following the Harvard referencing system. Evidence of some, but inadequate Most of the content has been referenced following the Harvard referencing system. Evidence with adequate conclusion A complete list of references has been produced by following Harvard referencing system. Excellent conclusion summarising key report findings A complete list of references has been produced by following Harvard referencing system. Bibliography has also been mentioned? The Harvard Style of Referencing system is COMPULSORY.? Indicate the sources of information and literature review by including all the necessary citations and references adopting the Harvard Referencing System.? Students who have been found to have committed acts of Plagiarism are automatically considered to have failed the entire semester. If found to have breached the regulation for the second time, you will be asked to leave the course. Plagiarism involves taking someone else?s words, thoughts, ideas or essays from online essay banks and trying to pass them off as your own. It is a form of cheating which is taken very seriously. Take care of your work and keep it safe. Don?t leave it lying around where your classmates can find it.Notes on Plagiarism & Harvard Referencing Plagiarism Plagiarism is passing off the work of others as your own. This constitutes academic theft and is a serious matter which is penalised in assignment marking. Plagiarism is the submission of an item of assessment containing elements of work produced by another person(s) in such a way that it could be assumed to be the student?s own work. Examples of plagiarism are: ? the verbatim copying of another person?s work without acknowledgement ? the close paraphrasing of another person?s work by simply changing a few words or altering the order of presentation without acknowledgement ? the unacknowledged quotation of phrases from another person?s work and/or the presentation of another person?s idea(s) as one?s own. Copying or close paraphrasing with occasional acknowledgement of the source may also be deemed to be plagiarism if the absence of quotation marks implies that the phraseology is the student?s own.Plagiarised work may belong to another student or be from a published source such as a book, report, journal or material available on the internet.Harvard Referencing The structure of a citation under the Harvard referencing system is the author?s surname, year of publication, and page number or range, in parentheses, as illustrated in the Smith example near the top of this article. ? The page number or page range is omitted if the entire work is cited. The author?s surname is omitted if it appears in the text. Thus we may say: ?Jones (2001) revolutionized the field of trauma surgery.? ? Two or three authors are cited using ?and? or ?&?: (Deane, Smith, and Jones, 1991) or (Deane, Smith & Jones, 1991). More than three authors are cited using et al. (Deane et al. 1992). ? An unknown date is cited as no date (Deane n.d.). A reference to a reprint is cited with the original publication date in square brackets (Marx [1867] 1967, p. 90). ? If an author published two books in 2005, the year of the first (in the alphabetic order of the references) is cited and referenced as 2005a, the second as 2005b. ? A citation is placed wherever appropriate in or after the sentence. If it is at the end of a sentence, it is placed before the period, but a citation for an entire block quote immediately follows the period at the end of the block since the citation is not an actual part of the quotation itself. ? Complete citations are provided in alphabetical order in a section following the text, usually designated as ?Works cited? or ?References.? The difference between a ?works cited? or ?references? list and a bibliography is that a bibliography may include works not directly cited in the text. ? All citations are in the same font as the main text. Examples Examples of book references are: ? Smith, J. (2005a). Dutch Citing Practices. The Hague: Holland Research Foundation. ? Smith, J. (2005b). Harvard Referencing. London: Jolly Good Publishing. In giving the city of publication, an internationally well-known city (such as London, The Hague, or New York) is referenced as the city alone. If the city is not internationally well known, the country (or state and country if in the U.S.) are given. An example of a journal reference: ? Smith, John Maynard. ?The origin of altruism,? Nature 393, 1998, pp. 639?40. An example of a newspaper reference: Bowcott, Owen. ?Street Protest?, The Guardian, October 18, 2005, accessed February 7, 2006PLACE THIS ORDER OR A SIMILAR ORDER WITH US TODAY AND GET AN AMAZING DISCOUNT :

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