How the Unit works
across two semesters.
The first part of IMP is taken in Semester 3 and the second part in Semester 4.
There are two submissions in IMP 1 in Semester 3:
1. The first submission is a short proposal of 350500
words which describes the nature of the problem being identifiedÍ¾ what
theories, tools and techniques are available to provide a business solutionÍ¾ and how the various parts of the business /
organisation come into play, i.e. the integrated nature of the problem is critical here.
This means drawing on your previous and current units in your MBA â Leading and Managing People, Leadership styles and
qualities from LP 1 & LP2, Accounting & Finance, Marketing, Competing in a Global Context, Operations and Project
Management, Strategy, Entrepreneurship etc. It is important that you should identify the problem within your own
references and citations are not required at this stage, but can be included if you would like to.
This submission is due before via a BREO a link. The link will not work after this date and submissions will not be accepted by
Your unit tutor will assess the proposal and indicate whether it is in the right direction. This submission is not graded. It is,
however, important to make this submission, as it informs the unit tutor how you are progressing towards your second
2. The second part of IMP 1
is a 4000 word submission that addresses the assessment brief, which is to produce a report
Identifies an issue in your organisation that has multiple and varied approaches to its resolution. The issue need not be one
of failure but may be a challenge facing an organisation. This should be current or impending but not a past issue. You will
identify and integrate a range of theories and techniques drawn from multiple appropriate disciplines from your MBA in the
creation of appropriate solutions.
How will you approach this assessment? Answer: By elaborating on the proposal and addressing the areas that the unit tutor
has indicated in the feedback to your proposal. Explain which theories, tools and techniques are being used and justify their
choices. Remember that the integrated nature of the problem is critical here.
references and citations are required at this stage.
Once you have framed the problem you will identify and discuss theories, models and paradigms related to the problem.
Make sure that you look at the problem from different points of view and relate them to your learning from as many different
units of the MBA. For example:
â¢ People LMP,
LP, MCI â how does your problem/ solution impact on the team & company? Performance, leadership,
managing creativity/innovation etc.
â¢ Financial aspect â AfL â How will your solution improve/ impact positively on the financial aspect of the company?
â¢ Marketing â How does your problem/solution impact on the marketing dimension?
â¢ Strategy â From the Strategy unit (Business Strategy) TCGC (locating your problem / organisation within the wider context of
global business/ sector â macroenvironmental
impact â PESTEL, etc.) or business models and strategies from the unit on
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
â¢ Operations Management â How does the problem/solution impact on the supply chain, procurement and operational
â¢ Project management â Consider the models for managing change and other project management theories or models. Can
any of these be applied to your problem area? You may use the soft and hard systems approach within this context. Is thereÂ any other approach that would be appropriate? If so, present it (with appropriate referencing) and explain how and why it isÂ more suitable to the task at hand.
This is not an exhaustive list and you may want to broaden the range of theories as you see fit.
Again the unit tutor will be assessing the submission and indicating broadly whether it is headed in the right direction. This isÂ not a graded submission. It is, however, critical that all students make this submission as it ensures that they are well on trackÂ to have worked on a substantial part of the unit’s final assessment.
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