Please read the following news items:
- “Australia fails to improve ranking in global corruption index amid mounting push for federal watchdog” (Available at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-25/australia-fails-to-improve-ranking-in-global-corruption-index/8212226),
- “Major concerns over Australian corporate corruption, but convictions few” (Available at http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/major-concerns-over-australian-corporate-corruption-but-convictions-few-20160331-gnv8ap.html)
- “Black economy a drain on tax take” (Available at http://www.smh.com.au/business/black-economy-a-drain-on-tax-take-20120415-1x1ng.html)
In light of these articles, please respond to the following questions:
- First, briefly introduce the concept of “Black International Business” (As-Saber & Cairns, 2015) and its relevance to Australian business enterprises.
- Now, identify and briefly introduce at least one Australian company for each of the four types of businesses categorised in the ‘Black International Business’ taxonomy.
- In your opinion, which type of business operations is the most prevalent among Australian-owned business entities engaged in international business activities? Please justify your response.
- What are the steps the Australian government requires to take in making Australian business operators more ethically responsible in their activities both locally and internationally?
Note: In addition to your own research, you may find the following two article links useful in responding to these questions:
- “Lax rules boost risk of organised crime snaring government contracts” (Available at https://theconversation.com/lax-rules-boost-risk-of-organised-crime-snaring-government-contracts-44292).
- “Australia ‘failing’ to tackle bribery by multinational companies: OECD” (Available at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-06/australia-accused-of-failing-to-tackle-bribery-among-multinatio/5187070).
Assessment Task Guidelines:
Part 1: PechaKucha presentation
PechaKucha is an innovative individual presentation mechanism in which the content could be presented succinctly, easily and efficiently within a constrained timeframe. Using the PowerPoint presentation technique, each student will require to present 20 images with a length of 20 seconds each, for a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. The images advance automatically while you talk along to the images.
As a controlled presentation style, students are required to use PechaKucha to summarise key issues found through their research endeavours and communicate them using images and verbal narratives in an engaging manner. Despite its challenging nature, it may provide students with an opportunity to both learn and present critical international business ideas in an enjoyable, efficient and creative style.
Each student will require to prepare and submit a separate transcript of the narratives used in the PechaKucha presentation in the form of a word/pdf document.
- Submitted together with the PechaKucha, the transcript will have 20 separate sections based on 20 images.
- Each section should include at least one or more ‘in-text’ reference/s used in preparing the presentation. Please note, any images, tables or animations used from online or other sources needs to be referenced as well.
- At the end, the 21stsection needs to be added to include a reference list (http://libguides.scu.edu.au/c.php?g=356711&p=2405577).
- Any additional material such as figures or tables could also be included if you feel it necessary. You can include them as appendices after the reference list. However, you need to show the link of each of the appendices used to the relevant section of the transcript.
Additional Guidelines for PechaKucha
PechaKucha is tightly structured. Therefore, it is important to plan it out slide by slide and rehearse well before recording the narratives. A significant amount of web material is available to learn more about PechaKucha and how to create one. I have picked up a few from the web for providing you with some ideas:
Use wide research to gather evidence for your perspective. You must demonstrate your ability to understand and incorporate ideas from academic (i.e., peer-reviewed) journals and other information sources, and show consistent argumentation throughout (not a mere description). Use relevant theories and examples in order to substantiate your arguments.
Mandatory Referencing Requirements
- It is important that the assignment reflects the student’s own understanding of relevant literature. An effective integration of these materials to the discussion is also vital that could primarily be achieved through the use of appropriate referencing.
- Accordingly,at least 5(five) academic references MUST be cited along with other non-academic references such as articles from periodicals, newspapers and web pages.
Structure, and Formatting
- The students are expected to maintain a high standard in presenting their works.
- The presentation must be well-structured and well-argued. The clarity of expressions together with the appropriate use of grammar, spelling and punctuations are important to maintain.
- As mentioned above, an appropriate structure must be maintained.
- For the report, the referencing format must strictly be adhered to (Harvard System).
- For the PechKucha report, use appropriate pagination. 12 point font in Times New Roman should be used throughout with appropriate margins on each side (at least 2 cm).