Critically analyse the implications of the systemic and globalised nature of contemporary innovation for firms in a global industry of your choice


MGT7174 Global Innovation Management



Re-Assessment 2: Individual Essay

(2,000 words; 60% weighting)


Deadline: Monday 9th August @ 23:59

Submit to the Canvas submission point:  


Key Requirements:

  • Individually, you will prepare a written essay-style assignment with a word limit of 2,000 words (+/-10%, excluding reference list & figures/tables – but tables must not be used to cheat the word limit).
  • This will be an applied essay, linking academic ideas to real-world examples and evidence, drawing primarily on the material covered in Blocks C & D of the module – i.e. material from the Week 6-9 topics (although knowledge developed in Blocks A & B is also relevant, since it provides an essential foundation for our study of these later topics).
  • The question for the essay is:

Critically analyse the implications of the systemic and globalised nature of contemporary innovation for firms in a global industry of your choice*

  o Choose ONE of these industries:Financial ServicesorAgri-Food  
  o Note: Your essay must directly and explicitly address the above essay question wording!  
  o Clarification/elaboration on question wording: Innovation has become a systemic process and a globalised phenomenon, so firms can no longer innovate alone and only in their home country. So what are the implications be for firms and their innovation strategies/approaches?  
  o Additional note on ‘industry scope’: You should consider narrowing the scope of the industry chosen for your essay – i.e. to focus on a sub-sector or clearly identified segment of the wider industry – if you feel this can be justified logically. You should be clear (in the title and introduction) about the scope of your essay – i.e. explain your understanding and definition of the chosen industry, for the purposes of analysis in the essay.  
Specific requirements – your essay should:
  o Include carefully selected company examples (plural) and supporting evidence, which can be located via online research from reputable secondary sources and published academic sources.  
  o Consider at least 1 of the 4 systemic innovation perspectives covered in weeks 6 and 7  
  o Consider the globalisation of R&D, innovation and knowledge per weeks 8 and 9.  


  • All 3 module learning outcomes are being assessed by this task, but especially LO2 & LO3:
    • LO2: Appreciate, and critically analyse, the systemic and spatial nature of innovation, using relevant academic models.
    • LO3: Recognise, and critically evaluate, some of the contemporary innovation opportunities and challenges facing firms operating in a global context.
  • Your essay should seek to demonstrate: (1) your knowledge and understanding of key academic ideas covered in the module (2) your ability to apply relevant academic conceptualisations to the interpretation and analysis of ‘real-world’ evidence and examples (from the chosen industry).
Your assignment must comply with the specified style guidelines (see below).


Assessment Criteria

  • Essays will be marked against the following assessment criteria:
    1. Relevance of content / selection of themes
    2. Clarity of writing and quality of argumentation
    3. Understanding and effective application of relevant theory/concepts (*DOUBLE-WEIGHTED*)
    4. Evidence of research on chosen global industry and use of supporting evidence and sources
  • These criteria will form the basis of the marking rubric that will be used to grade your work and disseminate feedback in Canvas.
  • Levels of attainment for each criterion will be informed by the QMS postgraduate conceptual marking scale (see Appendix 1 at the end of this document).


Style Guidelines

  • All assignments must be word processed in Word. You must submit a Word file (not any other format).
  • Please use a clear, plain font such as Calibri, Verdana or Arial (minimum font size 11pt).
  • Please use double line spacing (to improve on-screen readability) and insert page numbers.
  • The first page of your essay should be a title page that contains the following information:
    1. Your name and student ID number.
    2. Accurate word-count (excluding figures, tables and reference list).
    3. Module code and module title – i.e. MGT7174 Global Innovation Management.
    4. The title of the essay and your chosen industry.
  • Work that exceeds the word limit or omits an accurate word-count may be penalised.
  • Use the Harvard referencing system. A complete reference list, giving full details of all sources used, must be provided at the end of your assignment. Guidance on referencing can be found here.



Suggested Approach & Structure

  • Take time to analyse the question wording, to think about relevant content and themes, and to make a plan before you start writing. Draft, edit/revise and proof read your essay before submission.
  • Structure your essay clearly and logically using thematic headings and sub-headings, to guide the reader through your arguments and analysis.
  • It is expected that your essay will comprise:
    1. A short introduction that briefly defines and profiles the chosen industry and clearly explains your approach to the essay and the key themes that will be explored (i.e. ‘signposting’).
    2. A ‘main body’ of the essay divided into several paragraphs and organised thematically and logically. These ‘themes’ are most likely to be based on key academic ideas covered during the module and/or emerging from the key academic readings. See further advice below on paragraphs.
    3. A brief conclusion that synthesizes the key arguments and overall findings of your essay, and perhaps speculates about current trends and future issues or directions for innovation in the chosen industry.
  • Each paragraph in the main body should normally have one main argument. Paragraphs will typically be ~150-200 words long, with approximately 5-8 sentences. Avoid long paragraphs containing many ideas.
  • Within each paragraph:
    • Clearly state/explain then elaborate your key argument, using concise/direct sentences. o Concisely define/explain any key academic ideas to show your understanding. o Link your arguments explicitly to relevant academic theories and concepts from the module.
    • Support your arguments with relevant evidence and examples.
    • Use in-text citations to identify the source of all academic ideas and sources of evidence.
  • Figures and tables can be included – e.g. present relevant frameworks and/or supporting evidence – but these must be presented correctly and they must be discussed in the text.


Self-Assessment Checklist

In order to meet the required standard to pass, your essay should have the following features:

  • Content is relevant to the question and relates to key themes covered in Blocks C & D of the module.
  • Has a clear and logical structure, with thematic headings.
  • Uses relevant academic theories, frameworks and concepts covered in the module and recommended readings, and demonstrates understanding of these.
  • Provides clear and well-reasoned arguments about the chosen themes, informed by relevant academic theories, frameworks and concepts and supported by relevant evidence and examples.
  • Content goes beyond simple description of the industry, to provide analysis and insights.
  • Presented to an acceptable standard and adheres to the style guidelines.
  • Follows the expected citation and referencing conventions (i.e. Harvard style).


Academic Conduct Warning

  • This will be an individual You should NOT collaborate with any other student. Collusion (e.g. working with another student) and plagiarism (e.g. copying from another student or published or online sources; allowing your own work to be copied; ‘passing off’ the ideas of others without proper acknowledgement; getting someone to help you write your assignment) are academic offences.
  • Turnitin software and tutor judgement will be used to identify potential offences.
  • Suspected offences will be referred to an academic offences panel, which may result in a sanction.
  • You are strongly encouraged to familiarise yourself with the university expectations and procedures on academic conduct. Useful student-focused guidance on these issues can be found here:
    • Student guide to University procedures for dealing with academic offences: intsandMisconduct/AcademicOffences/StudentGuide/

  • Advice on understanding plagiarism and how to avoid it: ingPlagiarism/


Late Submissions

Assessed work submitted after the deadline will be penalised at the rate of 5 marks for each working day late up to a maximum of five working days, after which a mark of zero should be awarded, i.e., day one is -5 marks; day two is -10 marks; day three is -15 marks, etc.


Exceptional Circumstances

If you have genuine Exceptional Circumstances and you think you need an extension, you should inform the Module Coordinator and your Adviser of Studies as soon as possible.

Click here for detailed guidance on the QUB Exceptional Circumstances policy, including definition of normally acceptable exceptional circumstances and what you process you need to follow.

Please note: module coordinators have no role in the awarding of extensions. This is the responsibility of the School EC panel and Director of Education.



Appendix 1: Conceptual Equivalents Scale For Postgraduate Courses





Mark Band   Criteria  Determinator within Grade Band
A (Outstanding) 80-100

Thorough and systematic knowledge and understanding of module content

Clear grasp of issues involved, with evidence of innovative and original use of learning resources

Knowledge beyond module content

Clear evidence of independence of thought/originality High critical judgement and confident grasp of complex issues

Originality of argument
A (Clear) 70-79


Critical judgement

Use of additional learning resources.

Methodological rigour



Very good knowledge and understanding of module content

Well-argued answer

Some evidence of originality and critical judgement

Critical judgement and some grasp of complex issues

Extent of use of additional or noncore learning resources
C 50-59

Good knowledge and understanding of the module content

Reasonably well argued

Largely descriptive or narrative in focus

Understanding of the main issues
Marginal Fail 40-49

Adequately argued

Basic understanding and knowledge

Gaps or inaccuracies but not damaging

Relevance of knowledge displayed
Weak Fail 0-39

Little relevant material and/or inaccurate answer or incomplete


Largely irrelevant material and misunderstanding

Minimal or no relevant material

Weakness of argument


* Module content should be interpreted as the topic or area of research being undertaken in the study in keeping with the learning outcomes for the module.


The above criteria can be applied to both taught modules at M-level and the M-level dissertation (ignoring reference to module content).