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Semester 2 Assessment D – Case Study (10%)

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Semester 2 Assessment D – Case Study (10%)

Due Date: See Assessment Calendar

Task Description for Case Study Journal

Students are required to write 1 journal which analyses the case study from the following table:

Theory Topic

Case Study

Corporate Social Responsibility


What Is the Purpose of Writing a Journal Entry?

The purpose of writing case study journal entries is to strengthen the link between business theory and real world business practice through thoughtful analysis and application.

How does theory link to actions taken in a real world business environment and which leads to organisational effectiveness?

How Do I Get Started?

A case study journal entry starts with reading. As you read, underline or highlight the parts that stand out to you as interesting, important or relevant to the theories you have studied in Business Management.

How Do I Write a Journal Entry?

A case study journal entry consists of at least onedirect quotation of the part you underlined in the case study, copied word for word and enclosed in quotation marks. Be sure to reference the author(s), the year of publication and page number in parentheses after the quotation. You should follow with an explanation of why you found the passage to be relevant and supportive of your analysis.

You should write about how the case study relates to a theory or several theories you have learnt in a particular topic in Business Management. Make sure you write thoughtfully and analytically when you address the key contents listed on the checklist for each case study journal.

Language and Format

- Write in the third person

- Present tense when writing in the third person voice.

- Use appropriate paragraph structure.

- Use Harvard referencing style

- Word Limit:750 words (plus/minus 10%)

Structure of a Case Study Journal 

Justify how the relevant business theory is evident in areal world business example. Discuss how the application of the theory in the case study leads to organisational performance?

Title of case study

  • Introduce the case study and the relevant business theory that will be discussed.


  • Address the relevant key contents listed on the checklist
  • Support analysis and discussion by referring to specific examples from the case study 
  • Include a relevant passagefrom the case study with formal referencing of the case study
  • Linktopics and ideas so that there is flow and cohesion
  • Summarise the main points. Evaluate the organisation’s performance through the application of the theory discussed.
Word count: 750 words

Reference list

Please put this on a separate page

Format of a Case Study Journal

Header: insert a header (student name, theory topic, class name)

Title:place title in centre at top of page; bold title

Footer: insert a footer with the page number in the bottom centre of the page

Word count:insert the word count at the end of the text

Font face:Arial/Calibri/Courier/Times New Roman

Size:11 or 12

Line spacing: 1.5 or 2.0 (double spacing)

Paragraphs: indent new paragraphs (or space between them); left align


Do not use subheadings in your text.

Do not use boldor italicsin your text (bold title is fine)

Do not use first person pronouns such as I, we, or my (write in the third person)

Format of Referencing 

Use Harvard style referencing

In-text referencing: Author(s), year of publication & page number in parentheses.

End of text referencing:

Use title and bold: Reference list(align left)

Remember on a separate page

ALL case studies for Semesters 1 & 2 are located electronicallyin Moodle for referencing purposes.

Only use the electronic copy found on Moodle as your source for referencing.

Treat the case study as an Internet-Electronic source.

‘IKEA’ Case Study Journal – Self-Assessment Checklist

Make sure you address the following key contents in your journal.

Refer to the UQ marking sheet to see performance criteria details.


Key contents

Case study Reference



Introduce the following:

  1. CSR theory and the two opposing views
  2. Background on IKEA and size
  3. IKEA’s vision and business strategies
  4. Link to CSR and the socioeconomic view

‘People & Planet Positive 2017’ - P 1-2

‘Ikea Global Expansion’– Pg1-2


Discuss the responsibility of managers in adjusting strategies. Identify if they have been successful or a failure and analyse why that might be the case. Provide Relevant examples from the Ikea global expansion case study to support the discussion.

Use the old Case study to identify the situation and the change in strategy and other sources to determine if it was successful or not.

‘Ikea Global Expansion’– Ikea Global Expansion – Pg12-16/ 19


Identify and comment on the social factors that affect IKEA including the following:

a. impact on business objective
b. impact on management strategies

‘People & Planet Positive 2017’ - P 5 – 8 Accelerated Urbanisation

‘People & Planet Positive 2017’ - P 12 – 14 People and Planet Positive


Discuss how socio-cultural issues such as the concept of Democratic Design and providing flexible employment to South East Asian women affect IKEA’s business culture and operations.

‘People & Planet Positive 2017’ - P 9 Future Community

‘People & Planet Positive 2017’ - P 11 The handwoven SOARE place mat


Discuss how sustainabilityissues such as the use of forestry products, plastic, cotton and transport affect IKEA’s business culture and operations.

‘Ikea Global Expansion’ – Pg12-13/19

‘People & Planet Positive 2017’ - P 12-19

‘People & Planet Positive 2017’ - P 21-26

Include at least one direct quotation with formal referencing of the case study to support this key content.

The journal entry consist 750 words 10% above or below the word limit is acceptable.

The journal entry consist an Introduction, Body and Conclusion.

A reference list is provided. Harvard referencing style is used.

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