Individual Assignment information and guidelines

PechaKucha Presentation and Report

Due: Friday of week 12

Since the beginning of 2020, the planet and its inhabitants have been going through a shock due to an unprecedented wave of Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic killing more than

541,000 people  and infecting nearly 12 million people so far (as of  7 July 2020) (

( ) . It has already unsettled millions of people’s lives and livelihoods around the world by restricting their movements and culling their jobs. It has resulted in declining economic activities and deteriorating consumer demand and supply which, in turn, has drastically affected the global business environment.

In this context, this assignment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to better understand the implications of this pandemic for international businesses.

Now, please carefully go through the following readings:

1. Deloitte (2020). COVID19: Managing supply chain risk and disruption, Deloitte

2. KPMG (2020). Conscious culture creation: seizing new ways of workingA resource for leaders to recreate their organisationsculture postCOVID19, KPMG

  1. McKinsey & Company (2020). COVID19: Implications for business, McKinsey & Company

4. The World Bank (2020). The Global Economic Outlook During the COVID19 Pandemic:

A Changed World     ( , The World Bank

  1. World Economic Forum (2020). How the great COVID19 reset can help firms build a sustainable future( ,

In light of these readings, please respond to the following questions:

  1. “…when the global pandemic seemed to gather strength, our new research both shows the grim economic news and reveals a streak of optimism that many are starting to feel”

(Reading 3). Based on this comment, please briefly discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 on businesses worldwide. Please consult Reading 4 as well in responding to this question.

  1. With the onslaught of COVID-19, the global supply chain has been experiencing real disruption. What measures global companies can take to protect their supply chain operations? Please consult Reading 1 to respond to this question.
  2. COVID-19 has affected the way organisations usually operate. Reading 2 proposes ‘a pragmatic process’ in order to ‘capture insights and determine key actions to embed into the new normal and ensure the opportunities emerging from this particular crisis are not wasted’. Do you agree with its approach? Please justify your response.
  3. According to the World Economic Forum (Reading 5), COVID-19 provides an opportunity to ‘reset and reshape the world in a more sustainable way’. How can this help firms build a sustainable future?

Please note, this particular assessment will test your knowledge and experience you gained throughout your learning process as an MIB/postgraduate student at RMIT.


Assessment Task Guidelines:

Part 1: PechaKucha Presentation

Value: 30%

PechaKucha is an innovative individual presentation mechanism in which the content could be presented succinctly, easily and efficiently within a constrained timeframe. Using the PowerPoint presentation technique, each student will require to present 20 images with a length of 20 seconds each, for a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. The images advance automatically while you talk along to the images.

As a controlled presentation style, students are required to use PechaKucha to summarise key issues found through their research endeavours and communicate them using images and verbal narratives in an engaging manner.  Despite its challenging nature, it may provide students with an opportunity to both learn and present critical international business ideas in an enjoyable, efficient and creative style.

Part 2: PechaKucha Transcript (Report)

Value: 10%

Each student will require to prepare and submit a separate transcript of the narratives used in the PechaKucha presentation in the form of a word/pdf document.

Submitted together with the PechaKucha, the transcript will have 20 separate sections based on 20 images.

Each section should include at least one or more ‘in-text’ reference/s used in preparing the presentation. Please note, any images, tables or animations used from online or other sources needs to be referenced as well.

At the end, the 21st section needs to be added to include a reference list (

( ).

Any additional material such as figures or tables could also be included if you feel it necessary. You can include them as appendices after the reference list. However, you need to show the link of each of the appendices used to the relevant section of the transcript.

Additional Guidelines for PechaKucha

PechaKucha is tightly structured. Therefore, it is important to plan it out slide by slide and rehearse well before recording the narratives. A significant amount of web material is available to learn more about PechaKucha and how to create one. I have picked up a few from the web for providing you with some ideas:


Creating a Pecha Kucha Presentation Using PowerPoint



How to Make a Pecha Kucha                                                (


Use wide research to gather evidence for your perspective. You must demonstrate your ability to understand and incorporate ideas from academic (i.e., peer-reviewed) journals and other information sources, and show consistent argumentation throughout (not a mere description). Use relevant theories and examples in order to substantiate your arguments.

Mandatory Referencing Requirements

  1. It is important that the assignment reflects the student’s own understanding of relevant literature. An effective integration of these materials to the discussion is also vital that could primarily be achieved through the use of appropriate referencing.
  2. Accordingly, at least 8 (eight) academic references from peer reviewed journals MUST be cited along with other non-academic references such as books and articles from periodicals, newspapers and web pages.

Structure, and Formatting

The students are expected to maintain a high standard in presenting their works.

  1. The presentation must be well-structured and well-argued. The clarity of expressions together with the appropriate use of grammar, spelling and punctuations are important to maintain.
  2. As mentioned above, an appropriate structure must be maintained.
  3. For the report, the referencing format must strictly be adhered to (Harvard System).

For the PechKucha report, use appropriate pagination. 12 point font in Times New Roman should be used throughout with appropriate margins on each side (at least 2 cm).



Individual Assignment  Transcript/PechaKucha

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Criteria Poor











Content and Analysis
Support for argument/analysis          
Use of Information


Integration of relevant theories
Integration of literature:


Integration of literature:


Technical Issues
Organisation and structure          
Correct referencing and citations          
Grammar and spelling          
Quality and clarity of narration          
Quality and relevance of pictures/animations used          

IMPORTANT: In addition to the above Rubric, please consult the Academic and Communication Skills Rubric for a better understanding of different grades and their associated criteria.