Academic conduct

Work submitted for assessment must be your own, if authorship is misrepresented this may be considered to be academic misconduct. Academic misconduct can be considered to be any act whereby a candidate seeks to obtain an unfair advantage for themselves or another candidate. The penalties for academic misconduct can be serious. Examples of academic misconduct (not exhaustive) are as follows;

Plagiarism; defined broadly as the unacknowledged use of the work of another person. Including words, images, artwork, computer generated work (including Internet sources), thoughts, inventions and/or discoveries whether published or not.

Fabrication; falsification of results or evidence, for example, experiments, interviews, observations or other forms of empirical research and investigation.

Collusion; working collaboratively with others in the preparation or production of material submitted for assessment where not explicitly permitted by programme documentation.

Misrepresentation; falsification of degree of participation or responsibility for shared work submitted for assessment.

Authenticity declaration

Business EnvironmentI have read the above and confirm that the work submitted is my own. All material for which I am not the author (published or unpublished) has been clearly identified, attributed to others, fully acknowledged and reference made to the original sources. I understand that the College has the right to submit my work to further checks for originality if deemed necessary.

I am unwell and/or have been affected by unforeseen circumstances [delete as appropriate] during or immediately prior to this assessment or examination. However, I choose to continue to take this assessment or examination and I have drawn this to the attention of the assessor/invigilator.Note this grade is provisional until agreed by the Examination Board Assessor Feedback related to grading criteria:All work for submission must be signed in using the assignment submission log All written assignments must be submitted using Turnitin Attach the first page of the Turnitin report to the submitted work

Areas for Improvement:

Action: (referrals only

Grading CriteriaP3 –Explain the relationship between different organisational functions and how they link to organisational objectives and structure.LO2 – Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various functions within an organisation and how they link to organisational structure.

M2 – Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of interrelationships between organisational functions and the impact that can have upon organisational structure.

D1 –Provide a critical analysis of the complexities of different types of business structures and the interrelationships of the different organisational functions.

LO3 – Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive and negative influence/impact the macro environment has on business operations

P4 – Identify the positive and negative impacts the macro environment has upon business operations, supported by specific examples

M3 – Apply appropriately the PESTLE model to support a detailed analysis of the macro environment within an organisation.

D2 – Critically evaluate the impacts that both macro and micro factors have upon business objectives and decision-making.

LO4 – Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses and explain their interrelationship with external macro factors.

P5 – Conduct internal and external analysis of specific organisations to identify strengths and weaknesses.

P6 – Explain how strengths and weaknesses interrelate with external macro factors.

M4 – Apply appropriately SWOT/TOWS analysis and justify how they influence decision-making.

D2 – Critically evaluate the impacts that both macro and micro factors have upon business objectives and decision-making.

Assignment Brief and Guidance


You have been employed as a Junior Business Analyst by one of the following organisations

  1. KFC
  2. McDonald’s
  3. TESCO
  5. OXFAM
  6. H&M

Your line manager has asked you to take part in a number of activities which will determine whether you will be promoted to the next level.

Your chosen method will need to provide:

An overview of the different types of organisations. An explanation of each of the chosen organisations, including: background details of the organisation; the products and services they supply; the size and scope of the organisation; their vision, mission and business objectives; the organisational and legal structure; and information about their stakeholders. This should lead to an analysis of how the structure, size and scope of different organisations link to the business objectives and product and services offered by the organisations leading to a critical analysis of the complexities of different types of business structures and the interrelationship of the different organisational functions.

Explain the various functions within the business alongside an organisation chart that explains the interrelationships between these functions and how do they link to the organisational objectives and structure? An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the interrelationships between the organisational functions and their impact on the organisation structure.

Activity 2:

With reference to Activity one, your line manager has asked you to investigate the internal and external environmental factors that affect one of your chosen organisations.

An identification and the discussion of the various environmental factors that impact the business both positively and negatively giving specific examples. You can further use PESTLE analysis for your chosen organisation leading to a critical evaluation of the impact of the micro and macro

factors on decision-making.

Explain how internal and external analysis leads to identification of strengths and weakness in the case of a few organisations of your choice and explain their interrelation with the external macro factors. This should lead to application of SWOT/ TOWS analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the organisations, how do SWOT/TOWS influence decision making?

Instructions on Submission:

Activity 1: The submission is in the form of

  1. An essay or a report or a booklet
  2. Written paper

Please also provide a bibliography using the Harvard referencing system. The recommended word limit for both the presentation and the booklet is a maximum of 1500 words, including speaker notes, although you will not be penalised for exceeding the total word limit.

Please also provide a bibliography using the Harvard referencing system.

Support materials


Understanding Organisational Context – 2nd Edition, by Claire Capon- Dec 2003 Business and its Environment- United States Edition, by David Baron- Aug 2012

The Global Business Environment: Meeting the Challenges – 3rd Edition, by Janet Morrison Business in the Context of David Needle – Fifth Edition, By David Needle

Business Environment : Managing in a Strategic Context- 1 May 2008, by John Kew (Author), John Stredwick (Author)

Organisations and the Business Environment- 31 May 2005 by Tom Craig The Business Environment – 2 Jul 2009, by Ian Worthington and Chris Britton

The Business Environment: Themes and Issues 20 Jan 2011, by Paul Wetherly (Editor), Dorron Otter (Editor)

Business Analysis Techniques: 99 Essential Tools for Success – 22 Sep 2014 by James Cadle (Author), Debra Paul (Author), Paul Turner (Author)

Business Environment: Theoretical & Organizational Aspects- Ghazi Mokammel Hossain in English (1 Jul 2016)

Jacob, W. 2013, “Economic and Business Environment”, Vision: The Journal of Business Perspective, vol. 17,




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