COMPARATIVE BUSINESS SYSTEMS: INDIVIDUAL ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS

 

An essay of 2500 words (+/- 10%) including citations but excluding the references list must be submitted by the deadline indicated on your timetable, using the following instructions:

 

Select a national economy and describe it in terms of both the ‘Varieties of Capitalism’ framework (Hall and Soskice) and the ‘National Business Systems’ framework (Whitley) focusing on the theme of Corporate Governance.

 

GUIDELINES AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Read these requirements and restrictions carefully.

 

  • We have covered the relevant material during the module and you would be wise to draw upon this content. You are encouraged to make specific connections between lecture and workshop discussions and your selected economy.

 

  • Make sure you have a theoretical reason and justification for selecting your chosen economy. This will make it easier to develop a coherent and compelling case and build a clear argument.

 

  • The essay must include a coherent overview of the chosen economy and its characterisation under two different models – the ‘Varieties of Capitalism’ framework (Hall and Soskice) and the ‘National Business Systems’ framework (Whitley).

 

  • The essay must also provide an assessment of continuity or change within the context of globalization. Does the chosen economy show evidence of convergence with others, or remain distinctly different, in the area of corporate governance?

 

  • The essay must engage with the theoretical frameworks and conceptual tools covered and discussed in the module. For example, your discussion of corporate governance must be clearly embedded in institutional analysis and not related but different debates in the field of finance.

 

  • You must cite the appropriate academic sources for information and data on your selected economy. You may also incorporate additional information from other sources (for example reliable sources in the media that may provide evidence on recent developments such as the UK’s withdrawal from the EU) but these must be limited and secondary to robust academic sources.

 

  • You must follow the appropriate academic writing conventions, including clear and analytical language. This is rarely achieved by borrowing directly from sources. Your original voice must be heard in the essay. When in doubt, it is preferable to write in your own voice even if it is linguistically imperfect, rather than borrow directly from sources but fail to demonstrate your own thinking. Evidence of independent critical thinking is necessary in PG level coursework and for high marks.

 

  • Use Times New Roman 12pt font, double line spacing, and 2.54cm margins.

 

  • Citations and references must be complete, accurate and formatted according to the Harvard Referencing Style. The failure to properly attribute verbatim quotes or specific ideas/points may lead to the classification of your work as plagiarism.

 

  • Remove all personal identifiers on the written document when you submit your work electronically. No information about your identity should be available to the marker, the second marker or the external examiner. All marking is done anonymously in order to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all assessment work.

 

  • The Business School’s Generic Assessment Criteria will apply at Level 7:

 

Descriptor 1: Knowledge and understanding.

Within and module what does this mean?

You remember what you have been taught and know when to use it.

Expected at level 4 (1st year UG)

Understanding of principles, concepts, theories, and terminology.

Expected at L5 (2nd year UG)

L4 plus knowledge of discourse within the context of individual modules.

Expected at L6 (3rd year UG)

L5 plus ability to make justified decisions about validity of principles, concepts and theories and combine approaches from different modules.

Expected at L7 (PG)

L6 plus ability to combine with approaches from other disciplines in a variety of theoretical and practical contexts.

 

Descriptor 2: Application.

Within and module what does this mean?

You can make practical use of what you have been taught.

Expected at level 4 (1st year UG)

Appropriate use relevant theories, concepts and/or techniques from module content to solve/explain familiar scenarios.

Expected at L5 (2nd year UG)

L4 plus application of relevant theories, concepts and/or techniques outside of the context in which they were first studied.

Expected at L6 (3rd year UG)

L5 plus ability to develop viable solutions.

Expected at L7 (PG)

L6 plus ability to judge between multiple viable solutions.

 

 

 

 

Descriptor 3: Critical thinking.

Within and module what does this mean?

You develop your own reasoned view of the relevance and usefulness of what you have been taught.

Expected at level 4 (1st year UG)

Identification of principles and concepts underlying theoretical frameworks or approaches, identifying their strengths and weaknesses.

Expected at L5 (2nd year UG)

L4 plus recognition of competing perspectives and ability to make justified choices about which approach to take.

Expected at L6 (3rd year UG)

L5 plus ability to identify the possibility of new concepts within existing knowledge frameworks and approaches.

Expected at L7 (PG)

L6 plus ability to develop new approaches to problems based on theory, methodology or practice.

 

Descriptor 4: Reading and research.

Within and module what does this mean?

You can gather reliable and relevant information.

Expected at level 4 (1st year UG)

Correct referencing and use of reliable sources of information.

Expected at L5 (2nd year UG)

L4 plus undertaking own research / reading. Use of appropriate theoretical models to judge the significance of data collected.

Expected at L6 (3rd year UG)

L5 plus ability to make justified decisions about validity of principles, concepts and theories and combine approaches from different modules

Expected at L7 (PG)

L6 plus ability to design and undertake complex investigations involving conflicting data to address significant areas of theory and/or practice.

 

Descriptor 5: Presentation and style.

Within and module what does this mean?

You are able to make your ideas clear in a way that’s appropriate to the intended audience.

Expected at level 4 (1st year UG)

Accurate and effective communication with structured and coherent arguments.

Expected at L5 (2nd year UG)

L4 plus ability to explain competing points of view and ambiguities.

Expected at L6 (3rd year UG)

L5 plus ability to communicate viable solutions.

Expected at L7 (PG)

L6 plus ability to communicate complex and contradictory information coherently.

 

Descriptor 6: Teamwork.

Within and module what does this mean?

You are able to work with others.

Expected at level 4 (1st year UG)

Ability to work effectively within a team and recognize when factors are interfering with team performance.

Expected at L5 (2nd year UG)

L4 plus ability to effectively manage group conflicts.

Expected at L6 (3rd year UG)

L5 plus ability to negotiate in a professional manner and be a proactive resolver of conflicts.

Expected at L7 (PG)

L6 plus sufficient self-awareness to be able to adapt to different team contexts.