Diagnosing the causes of the organisational challenge.


Assignment 1: Individual Report – Diagnosing the causes of the organisational challenge.

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Length: Maximum of 3000 words

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Learning Objectives Assessed:

This assignment assesses Learning Objectives 1 and 5

  • Apply broad theoretical and practical knowledge of management in real business situations. 
  • Evaluate management approaches and alternatives through a collaborative process to solve business problems in ethical and socially responsible manners.


Purpose of the assignment: 

This assignment is designed for you to identify and analyse the elements that define the challenge faced by the partner organisation. You are to present your analysis in a business report format. This involves undertaking an external and internal SWOT analysis of the organisation and making predictions about its potential role engaging with the case study organisation.  Overall management challenge: The FFCRC, as an R&D organisation, helps energy businesses design solutions to technical & management problems.  This semester, we will advise the FFCRC on the best way to approach the business development challenges of Engie Energy Resources. 

This assignment is designed to get you to think more deeply about Part 1 of how you might solve the overall management challenge and why your chosen approach could be the “best way.”  Whereas your goal in A2 (Part 2) is to analyse a particular energy product created by Engie Energy Resources (listed in A2).  In A3 (Part 3), you will bring what you have learned in A1 and A2 together to design a business model / roadmap for FFCRC to present to Engie Energy Resources about how the two organisations could work together to commercialise that product.


Requirements for the assignment: 

  • Examine the data provided by the partner organisation and undertake your own research to find more relevant data.
    • Do you have the data you need? What other data would be helpful?
  • Analyse the data / information you have collected using appropriate management tools and theories.
    • External organisational analysis – this includes describing both the Singapore and global energy sectors
    • Internal organisational analysis – include a discussion of the governance structure & purpose of the PO
  • Explain how the FFCRC’s potential approach to the challenge results from a combination of external and internal factors that you have discovered through your research 
  • Make sure you re-define the management challenge as a problem that can be solved through the combination of management theory and practice. 
  • Write a business report diagnosing & analysing the role of the FFCRC in the energy sector and what management lens(es) you are using

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Further discussion about the 1st assignment: 

  • Your job is to offer meaningful insights about the PO operating environment by making balanced use of a variety of analytical frameworks to interpret the data / information you have collected. 
  • By analysing internal / external environments, you are redefining the management challenge(s) as a business problem(s) that can be solved.
  • Remember that you are functioning as a management consultant.  Part of the intellectual work you need to do is provide a unique perspective or prism through which you interpret the PO and its role in the energy sector.  Each student will have a slightly different interpretation – and that is okay.  You will be marked on how well you support your point of view with robust use of theoretical frameworks.
  • You should not offer solutions/practices to how the PO should engage with the Case Study organisation at this point.  You will do so with the 2nd & 3rd assignments. 

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