Assessment Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment is for students to develop skills in applying frameworks and theories to identify and critically evaluate a workplace case study in relation to the most important issues that impact on the practice of international Human Resource Management. The secondary purpose of this assessment is to give students the opportunity to enhance their research, analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of argument development and report writing.

Assessment Task

This assessment requires you to analyse and write a business report based on the discussion questions for the case study. To successfully complete your case study report, the following is required:

1) Before starting this assessment, please read the assessment rubric (at the end of this document) and refer to Academic Learning Centre and CQU Library Help pages for the guidelines regarding writing academic reports. You should always check the Moodle site for unit-specific instructions, which may be updated continuously.

2) Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature from the CQU library databases and quality business press publications such as Harvard Business Review, particularly in relation to international human resource management, international performance management and compensation to answer the two case study questions.

3) You must cite at least ten (10) relevant peer reviewed journal articles (absolute minimum requirement). You can cite other academic references such as books, conference papers, andbook chapters but these will NOT be counted as part of the ten (10) journal articles.

4) Creating a consistent and professional looking document is important and demonstrates that you have taken care with the work. Ideally, use a simple font such as Times New Roman 12 point and 1.5 spacing.

5) All assessments must be submitted through the Moodle site. No email submissions will be accepted. All assessments submitted electronically through Moodle must be through the Student Portal Failure to submit electronically will be taken as a failure to submit and therefore a zero (0) score will apply to the specific assessment. No assessment coversheet is needed to be attached while submitting through Moodle.

6) You must use APA referencing. For more information, see:

Case Study

You are an external consultant that has been engaged to advise the Board of Directors of an Australian technology organisation that has successfully expanded its business internationally, but recently, have been experiencing organisational culture issues across its subsidiaries. Two years ago, the organisation opened up its first subsidiary in New Zealand. At the time, in order to maintain the organisation’s corporate identity, the HR Manager had decided that the same HR policies and practices would be used in the subsidiary that are used in the Australian parent company. Last year, the organisation opened a second subsidiary in Indonesia and following the strategy that was decided upon at the time that the organisation first went international, the same HR policies and practices are also being used in the Indonesian subsidiary. However, the HR policies and practices are not nearly as effective in the Indonesian subsidiary as in the Australian or New Zealand businesses. The organisation’s HR policy of rewarding outstanding performance by individual employees appears to be having a negative effect on team performance and cohesion.

Case Study Questions:

1) Relate the case study scenario to the cultural dimensions identified by Hofstede and explain the issues faced by the organisation.

2) Provide recommendations on how to address the issues.

Suggested Report format:

Title page: The title page of a report should be brief and precise. It contains the following information: the name of the report, who prepared the report, for whom the report was prepared, the nature of the report, the date the report was prepared.

Executive summary (ideally approx. 100 words): The executive summary is a one-page (or less) statement of a report’s purpose, findings and recommendations. It is more detailed than a couple of sentences, enabling the reader to see the “big picture” without getting absorbed in technicalities.

Table of contents: List the page numbers for headings and subheadings of the report. 

Introduction (ideally approx. 200 words): The introduction consists of two or three paragraphs in which the aims, structure and methodology of the report are outlined. It states clearly the purpose or main task of the report and what the reader can expect to obtain from Important background information is included, such as why the report was initiated in the first place. Please include a thesis statement that clearly mentions the main purpose of the report. The introduction may mention previous reports and research projects if the present report builds on, or challenges them.

Body of report with Headings and Subheadings (ideally approx. 1300 words): The main body of the report should be structured into logical sections by topic. It may be appropriate to format into sections according to major topics or questions and then outline logical sub-topics with sub- sections (if needed). Headings and sub-headings can be used to organise arguments, to reflect your answers to the assessment questions. Present evidence to support your arguments. All answers to the assessment questions should be based on arguments and sources from research findings (references).

Conclusion (ideally approx. 200 words): The conclusion is a brief section (less than a page) in which the writer analyses the significance of the report’s findings and reiterates the main points of the report. These findings must derive logically from material presented in the report. A generalisation is then drawn from the specific findings of the research. New information is not included in the conclusion.

References: A Reference List is a listing of all external resources that were consulted and mentioned during research for the report, and information from which is directly referred to in the text of the report. It is strongly recommended to avoid secondary referencing in assessments. Read the references before mentioning in reference list. APA referencing.  For more information, see :




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