Take-home Assignment Questions

Take-home Assignment Questions

Please choose ONE of the two questions to write your essay on. Your essay needs to be 1,000 words (+10% allowed if necessary) and submitted to CANVAS by Thursday 20th May, 2021 at 9 am. Tables and figures (if applicable) are included in the word count, but references will not count against the word count.

Please mention the word count, along with your name and student number in the footer of your essay. Please do not include a cover page or any other images (e.g., logos or photos) not created by you. However, if you created an image (e.g., a figure, a table, a graph) as part of your analysis, please include it. Please clearly mention the Question Option you selected.

It is important that your essay has a logical flow and good structure. Make good use of appropriate subheadings, write in coherent and integrated paragraphs, and avoid grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Please use the articles covered in the subject, class discussions, presentation slides, and references from outside (as necessary) to support your analysis.

Remember to draw on class concepts and provide clear examples to support your analysis. Generation of novel insights based on your personal understanding and critical reflection are also important for a well-crafted essay. Critical analysis in the essay is required, meaning that you will need to reflect on how the class contents influenced your development and thinking.


Question option 1:

What are the major ways in which Asian firms can grow to become global giants? Please use cases (e.g., YG, Splash and Patanjali), class discussion, and the various articles assigned for the topic “Strategy and Growth”?

While the following list is not exhaustive, your response should address points such as:

  • Major avenues that the articles have identified/recommended for growth.
  • Whether the cases discussed in the class follow the avenues presented in the articles or different/additional ones.
  • What additional avenues exist for Asian companies now to grow and succeed (i.e., in addition to those discussed in point 1 & 2 above).


Question option 2:

What are the major challenges that firms face in forming international joint ventures and how can those be resolved? Please use Nora-Sakari case to illustrate your points.

While the following list is not exhaustive, your response should address points such as:

  • Issues related to control, rewards, and performance, and their interrelationships.
  • Issues arising out of environmental factors (e.g., differences in cultures and institutions).
  • How managers can deal with the above and succeed in their joint ventures.



Grading criteria:


  • Quality of analysis, including effective application of subject content and theories in response to the question
  • Well embedded reflective insights and/or critical discussion
  • Appropriate use of case examples
  • Structure, style and presentation



Frequently asked questions:


What formatting is required?


Please make use of 2.5cm page margins, 1.5 line spacing, 12-pt Times New Roman or Calibri and appropriate subheadings.


Is external research required?


Feel free to conduct external research to strengthen your arguments and make sure these are referenced appropriately in APA citation style. There is no minimum number of references that are required in each assignment. Grading of the assignment will be based on the overall quality of analysis, and not based on the number and/or quality of references.


Is the exam open-book?


Yes. This means that you are welcome to refer to any material we covered in the subject. Additionally, you may use relevant external resources, such as published research articles or industry reports. You are not, however, permitted to communicate with others to prepare responses or to search for relevant material. All necessary studying and research should be conducted by you alone. Any violation of this rule will invite appropriate action as per the university guidelines.


Do I need to reference seminar slides, the cases, or readings?


You do not need to reference the seminar slides or the case. When you refer to a theory, concept, framework or model from the readings, make use of in-text citations and include these in the reference list.


It is important to clearly cite all reference sources when you draw on data, information, text, description, or any content that is not your own. Try to paraphrase as much as possible instead of using direct quotes from other sources (including slides, cases, readings, and external sources). If direct quotes must be used, make sure that these are referenced appropriately in APA citation style. Always paraphrase when you refer to seminar slides or cases. Refer to the University’s instructions and guidelines on academic integrity to avoid plagiarism: