Midterm Assignment

Midterm Assignment
Prepare a fictional jewellery wholesale business of that has been affected by eCommerce (either negatively or positively). You produce jewellery and sell it to retailers. Pick a country/region as a potential new market for your firm’s operations. Using what you have learned in this course, other courses, and online resources write a report with the following structure:

prepare an introduction about your company or product / service include the background, owners, history in the market, etc. (10%).
Analyze how technology has had an effect on that business and how technology may help (or not) your global expansion. These effects can be positive or negative, but you are required to support your analysis with factual data (not just your opinion). provide a unique prospective to your analysis. One that has not been discussed or an innovative solution to a common problem (25%).
Assess the local political, economic, legal factors of the country/region. To that end, conduct a SWOT analysis of your firm. Consider ethical and cultural issues of your chosen country. (25%).
Consider local and foreign competition (state your competitors in your analysis) (20%)
Would you recommend to your senior management that your firm establishes operations and invest in this country? What factors do you think are most important in this decision? Present your case to your senior management team giving all of the reasons for or against the global decision. (20%)

· Wordcount: 2500-3000
· Cover, Table of Contents, References and Appendix are excluded of the total wordcount.
· Font: Arial 12,5 pts.
· Text alignment: Justified.
· The in-text References and the Bibliography have to be in Harvard’s citation style.
Submission: 21 June 2020 at 23:59 CEST – Via Moodle (Turnitin).
Weight: This task is worth 40% of your total grade for this subject.
It assesses the following learning outcomes:
· gain a deep understanding of the combination of localization and globalization factors;
· be able to discuss the means and ways to develop abroad;
· assess and evaluate the challenges (currency risk, shipping, cultures) and rewards of international expansion;
· Rubrics
Exceptional 90-100
Good 80-89
Fair 70-79
Marginal fail 60-69
Knowledge & Understanding (20%)
Student demonstrates excellent understanding of key concepts and uses vocabulary in an entirely appropriate manner.
Student demonstrates good understanding of the task and mentions some relevant concepts and demonstrates use of the relevant vocabulary.
Student understands the task and provides minimum theory and/or some use of vocabulary.
Student understands the task and attempts to answer the question but does not mention key concepts or uses minimum amount of relevant vocabulary.
Application (30%)
Student applies fully relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class.
Student applies mostly relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class.
Student applies some relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class. Misunderstanding may be evident.
Student applies little relevant knowledge from the topics delivered in class. Misunderstands are evident.
Critical Thinking (30%)
Student critically assesses in excellent ways, drawing outstanding conclusions from relevant authors.
Student critically assesses in good ways, drawing conclusions from relevant authors and references.
Student provides some insights but stays on the surface of the topic. References may not be relevant.
Student makes little or none critical thinking insights, does not quote appropriate authors, and does not provide valid sources.
Communication (20%)
Student communicates their ideas extremely clearly and concisely, respecting word count, grammar and spellcheck
Student communicates their ideas clearly and concisely, respecting word count, grammar and spellcheck
Student communicates their ideas with some clarity and concision. It may be slightly over or under the wordcount limit. Some misspelling errors may be evident.
Student communicates their ideas in a somewhat unclear and unconcise way. Does not reach or does exceed wordcount excessively and misspelling errors are evident.

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