Assignment 1 (individual assessment): strategic analysis

 Length 1500 words (max), 1.5 line spaced, 12 point Times New Roman. Note: The word count does not include references nor appendices 

You will work individually to conduct a strategic analysis, and write a report on a real-life business. Please note that this report will focus on business-level strategy. 

You are required to conduct strategic analyses for Coles Supermarkets, a division of Coles Group (Corporation) which is a publicly listed company (https://www.colesgroup.com.au/home/), for this assignment. The focus of this assignment will be on Coles Supermarkets (“Coles” hereafter for short), an Australian supermarket chain. You are advised to conduct research such as Internet searching for industry and media reports, and browsing the website and annual reports of Coles Group 

(https://www.colesgroup.com.au/investors/?page=investors) and other relevant organisations.

 Write a 1500 word report, excluding references and appendix. In this report, you are required to perform the following tasks:

 1. Describe briefly the background information (strategic context) of the corporation and the organisation. This information should be brief and relevant to the discussion of your assignment and thus may include ownership, history, size, business scope, major products/services, and major markets, and financial performance of the organization selected. 

2. Conduct a macro-environment analysis (focusing on Coles Supermarkets in this assignment) for the entire industry (The Australian Supermarkets Industry) within which the organisation operates. You should use the analytical framework provided in the textbook. Foci will be placed on the understanding of the purpose of this analysis, the identification of key factors and their implications in terms of key opportunities and threats, and the discussion of their overall impact on the industry growth in the future. Draw your conclusion based on your macro-environment analysis. 

3. Undertake an industry (competitive) analysis using Porter’s 5-forces model. You are required to pay attention to the purpose of this analysis, the inter-connectedness of different aspects of the competitive forces, the links between the competitive forces and macro-environment, and their overall impact on the industry and the organization selected in terms of main driving forces in the competitive environment. Draw your conclusions based on your five-force analyses.

 References should be utilised within this Report to validate the information presented, and should be drawn from academic sources and organisational information such as the website and annual reports. The business press may be used to identify relevant issues.

 Please note that no executive summary is required in this report. 

Learning outcome/s and capability development 

This assessment is deliberately designed not only to test what you know, but also to build your lifelong learning skills. The skills that you will be developing include: 

• cognitive conceptualisation skills 

• critical thinking and analysis skills

• creative application skills. 

All these are valuable skills you will need in future employment. How well you are able to demonstrate these skills and knowledges will impact not only on you and your group (in terms of a mark) but also has the potential to influence the future of the case study organisation. Your work matters.

 Specifically, completing this assignment can help you develop your capabilities in the following areas:

 • Understanding of the key concepts, models, theories, and analytical concepts covered from the relevant Modules (1-3) in this Course; 

• Developing your ability to apply strategic management concepts and theories to the organisation selected, particularly in analysing its strategic position;

 • Enhancing your capability in critical think through evaluating existing strategic concepts, analytical frameworks, and theories; and 

• Developing your generic skills for pursuing your professional career in the areas of communication and report writing.

 Advisory notes for this assignment 

• You should conduct an extensive information search on the organisation selected. 

• Company websites, annual reports, and media reports are important sources of such information, but their objectives, and thus credibility, should be carefully analysed and evaluated. 

• You should use appropriate concepts and analytical tools in your report. • The report should be written in prose; however limited use of dot points is acceptable.

 • This advice should be read in conjunction with RMIT assessment policy and the course guide.

 Guide for assignment presentation 

Written assignments must be presented in a professional format. Quality of presentation, especially literacy, will be considered in the marking criteria. Written communication skills are an essential component of RMIT University’s courses. In line with RMIT policy, all sources of information must be fully referenced using standard Harvard or APA referencing systems. You are encouraged to use referencing software such as Endnote for referencing and formatting. The assignment should be in report format and use Times New Roman font size 12, 1.5 line spacing. 

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