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Assignment Brief


Assignment Theme:


Strategic Development of Organisations in the Age of Uncertainty


Assignment Type

Literature Review




Purpose of the Assessment


The purpose of this assignment is to undertake a literature review in relation to a critical issue for organisations and/or leadership.


A literature review is a critical analysis of published sources on a particular topic. It is an assessment of the literature and provides a summary, classification, comparison and evaluation. Undertaking a critical review of literature is a key component for postgraduate study. It allows you to demonstrate the depth of your research, highlight your ability to question, compare and contrast and analyse a range of theories and texts in relation to your topic.


Why do we write literature reviews?

A literature review allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the literature on a particular topic. You show your understanding by analysing and then synthesising the information to:

  • Determine what has already been written on a topic
  • Provide an overview of key concepts
  • Identify major relationships or patterns
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify any gaps in the research
  • Identify any conflicting evidence
  • Provide a solid background to further research

All of the above will be required for your Business Research Report so this is a good opportunity to develop your research skills in a topic that is of interest to you


Assessment Task


The task is to complete a literature review within the area of strategic development of organisations in the age of uncertainty.


Task Guidance


  1. For this assessment you need to select one area that is relevant to the strategic development of organisations in the age of uncertainty. You must clearly state what area you are researching at the beginning of your introduction.

  2. Once you choose a topic, you must write a 2,500 word literature review.
  3. A literature review is a critical analysis of published sources, or literature, on a particular topic. It is an assessment of the literature and provides a summary, classification, comparison and evaluation.
  4. The literature review is generally in the format of a standard essay made up of three components: an introduction, a body and a conclusion.
  5. A reasonable distribution of words is expected – consider the following structure as a guideline – note the word-count is only relevant to the introduction, main body and conclusion.  

Title Page

Table of Contents

Introduction: Clearly state what area you are researching in the introduction

Main Body of Research:  Follow the guidelines on how to develop a literature review

Conclusion: Summarise the key points that you have identified

Reference List: Use the Harvard Referencing Guide

  1. You should use theme headings within the main body of research as you critically evaluate your research sources and compare and contrast ideas.
  2. You must use quality sources of information.  Quality sources normally include academic journals and business reports. You must also cite and reference your sources using Harvard Referencing. There is guidance on NILE to help you to consider the credibility of your research and to help you with Harvard Referencing

Possible Topics


Your literature review could be based on a critical evaluation of one of the following ideas (Please note: these are examples, not a limit, of issues that you can research and analyse for your assessment)


  • Disruptors and Challenges in the Age of Uncertainty – ways in which disruptors and challenges are being addressed by organisations in the age of uncertainty
  • Sustainability in the Age of Uncertainty – sustainability and corporate success in the age of uncertainty
  • Leadership and Employee retention in the Age of Uncertainty – the role of culture and importance of employee engagement in the age of uncertainty


  • Leadership Traits for the Age of Uncertainty – leadership competencies for the 21st century



Keep in mind you have 2,500 words to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your research so focus carefully on one particular area and research it well. You may go over (or under) this word count by 10% anything longer than this will not be included in the grading.


Assessment Breakdown

You work will be marked against the following criteria



Selection of Research Sources – demonstrate ability to identify and select quality, relevant sources to underpin knowledge base.





Critical analysis and evaluation of sources in a relevant and logical manner – development of a report that reflects advanced scholarship and effectively integrates analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application to the real world.





Professional Report presentation with citations & referencing in Harvard referencing style.