Critically evaluate the Leadership and Management style at Apple using relevant models.

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MSc Management

 Executive Leadership and Governance

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2.Assessment Brief

APPLE INC.

LEADERSHIP AND RISK MANAGEMENT REPORT

You are a management consultant undertaking a series of projects for the Board of Directors of the Apple company. As a company, Apple regularly reviews the effectiveness of the Board as part of their Corporate Governance Strategy.

The Board have asked you to complete two pieces of work focussing on Executive Leadership and

Governance. The two tasks are set out below.

PART A (Formative) – Board Review Report for new and existing Board Members (40 MARKS)

You are required to produce a report which will cover a key section in the Annual Board Review. Two new board members have recently joined as non-executive directors who are to sit on the main board as well as joining the remuneration committee. Your report should contain the following sections:

1.Organisational Culture and the Role of the Board (12 marks)

·A brief evaluation of the leadership style and organisational culture at Apple.

·The main duties of the board – what we are responsible for, and who we are responsible to

2.Corporate Governance (10 marks)

·The Corporate Governance framework for Apple

·A critical evaluation of the remuneration committee’s role at Apple

3.Regulatory Landscape and Management of Risk (18 marks)

·Evaluate the Board’s responsibility for risk management

·Analyse and evaluate the regulatory landscape for Apple and the impact regulators have on the company’s success

·Analyse and evaluate the risks faced by Apple

·Recommend and explain appropriate responses to the risks faced by Apple and explain the role of the Board in managing these risks

PART B- Leadership Report – 60 MARKS

You are required to undertake a review of Leadership at Apple and to provide report extracts to

the CEO on the strengths and weaknesses of Apple’s Leadership using the techniques and concepts you have covered in the module. Your report extracts should cover the following:

Task 1-Leadership and Management (18 marks; LO1,LO2)

oCritically evaluate the Leadership and Management style at Apple using relevant models.

oProvide an in-depth comparison of Apple’s Leadership Style with that of at least one of its competitors,highlighting the key challenges for the company’s future development.

oCritically evaluate how Apple’s ability to overcome these significant business challenges in the future

oYou are required to support your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real companies.

Task 2 – Leadership for Performance (18 marks; LO1, LO2, LO3)

oCreate a Balanced Scorecard for Apple which includes a range of Strategic Objectives and Key Performance Indicators

oExplain how “Leadership for Performance” approaches can be applied to help Apple achieve the objectives identified above

oCritically evaluate key financial statements within recent 2023 quarterly results (quarter ended 1st July 2023) and evaluate performance based on data provided

oSupport your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real companies.

Task 3 - Ethical Leadership (16 marks; LO3, LO4)

oIdentify and critically evaluate at least two of the most significant ethical issues that Apple now faces.

oProvide a few recommendations on how the ethical issues identified can be managed effectively.

oSupport your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real companies.

Presentation and Structure (8 Marks)

·Clear structure and layout

·Writing style:professional and concise

·Appropriate Harvard referencing: range and credibility of the sources use and correct application of Harvard referencing style throughout report and appendices

A full report is not required: do NOT include an executive summary, introduction or conclusion.

Your report structure should include the following sections: Cover page (University cover sheet)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations (if appropriate)

Part A : Board Review Report Extracts for New and Existing Board Members

Task 1 - Organisational Culture and the Role of the Board Task 2- Corporate Governance

Task 3 - Regulatory Landscape and Management of Risk

Part B : Leadership Report

Task 1 - Leadership and Management Task 2 - Leadership for Performance Task 3 - Ethical Leadership

Concluding remarks

References

Assessment Self-Evaluation Appendix (if appropriate)

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3.Marking Guide

Part A – Board Review Report

Assignment task

Distinction (70-100%)

Merit (60-69%)

 

Pass (50-59%)

Fail (0-49%)

Introduce the new

Guidelines:

Introduction

An introduction to the leadership style and organisational culture at Apple.

Role of the board

·The main duties of the board – what we are responsible for, and who we are responsible to.

Critically evaluate the Leadership and Management style at Apple using relevant models.

board members to

Apple Inc. and to

their specific roles as

part of the Board.

(12 marks, LO1,

LO4)

 

A good introduction

A good

A satisfactory

A limited introduction

about the culture of

introduction

introduction about

about the culture of the

the organisation which

about the culture

the culture of the

organisation, with no link

also sets the context

of the

organisation, with no

to the rest of the

for the rest of the

organisation, with

link to the rest of the

presentation.

presentation.

some link to the

presentation.

Limited knowledge of the

Excellent/outstanding

rest of the

Satisfactory

business context in which

knowledge of the

presentation.

knowledge of the

the Apple operates.

business context in

Good knowledge

business context in

Limited knowledge of the

which Apple

of the business

which the Apple

role of board members.

operates.

context in which

operates.

 

Excellent/outstanding

Apple operates.

Satisfactory

 

knowledge of the role

Good knowledge

knowledge of the

 

of board members.

of the role of

role of board

 

 

board members.

members.

 

Ensure that the new

Guidelines

Corporate Governance

·The Corporate Governance framework for Apple

·A critical evaluation of the remuneration committee’s role at Apple

board members

understand the

Corporate

Governance context

that Apple Inc.

operates within, and

their specific role as

part of the

remuneration

committee.

(10 marks, LO3)

 

Excellent

Good

Satisfactory

Limited understanding of

understanding of the

understanding

understanding of the

the Domestic and

Domestic and

of the Domestic

Domestic and

International Corporate

International

and

International

Governance Framework

Corporate Governance

International

Corporate Governance

for Apple. Limited

Framework for Apple.

Corporate

Framework for Apple.

understanding of the

 

 

Clear understanding of the remuneration committee’s role and responsibilities and the challenges faced by such a committee.

Governance Framework for Apple. Clear understanding of the remuneration committee’s role and

responsibilities.

Reasonable understanding of the remuneration committee’s role and responsibilities.

remuneration committee’s role and responsibilities.

Ensure that the new

Guidelines:

Risk Management

·Evaluate the Board’s responsibility for risk management

·Analyse and evaluate the regulatory landscape for Apple

and the impact regulators have on the company’s success.

·Analyse and evaluate the risks faced by Apple.

·Recommend and explain appropriate responses to the top risks faced by Apple and explain the role of the Board in managing these risks

board members

understand the

regulatory

landscape and the

key risks that Apple

Inc. faces and the

board’s role in

assessing and

managing risks.

(18 marks, LO3)

 

Excellent evaluation of

Good evaluation of

Satisfactory

Poor evaluation of the

the board’s

the board’s

evaluation of the

board’s responsibility for

responsibility for risk

responsibility for

board’s

risk management and of

management and of

risk management

responsibility for risk

the regulatory

the regulatory

and of the

management and

landscape.

landscape.

regulatory

the regulatory

Limited analysis and

Excellent analysis and

landscape.

landscape.

evaluation of risks faced

evaluation of risks

Good analysis and

Satisfactory analysis

by Apple.

faced by Apple, with

evaluation of risks

and evaluation of

Little/no attempt to make

clear use of an

faced by Apple.

risks faced by

recommendations for the

appropriate risk

Good

Apple.

management risks.

management

recommendations

Some attempt to

 

framework.

for the

make

 

Clear and appropriate

management

recommendations

 

recommendations for

risks.

for the management

 

the management

 

risks.

 

risks.

 

 

 

           

Part B – Leadership Report

(18 marks, LO1,LO2)

 

 

 

Excellent evaluation of Apple’s leadership capability, showing a deep understanding of the case study and the context in which Apple operates. Insightful comparison with Apple’s competitors with examples of issues that Apple may

face in the future.

Good evaluation of Apple’s leadership capability, showing an understanding of the case study and the context in which Apple operates. Good comparison with Apple’s competitors with examples of issues that Apple may face in the future.

Satisfactory evaluation of Apple’s leadership capability, showing some understanding of the case study and the context in which Apple operates.Some comparison with Apple’s competitors.

Limited evaluation of Apple’s leadership capability, showing little understanding of the case study and the context in which Apple operates.Little/no comparison with Apple’s

competitors.

Weak evaluation of Apple’s leadership capability, showing little understanding of the case study and the context in which Apple operates. Little/no comparison with Apple’s

competitors.

Task 2 Show how “Leadership for Performance” approaches can enable Apple to achieve its key objectives

(18 marks, LO1,

LO2, LO3)

Task 2 – Leadership for Performance

oCreate a Balanced Scorecard for Apple which includes a range of Strategic Objectives and Key Performance Indicators

oExplain how “Leadership for Performance” approaches can be applied to help Apple achieve the objectives identified above

oCritically evaluate key financial statements within recent 2023 quarterly results (quarter ended 1st July 2023) and evaluate performance based on data provided

oSupport your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real companies.

 

 

Excellent use of the Balanced Scorecard with clear, measurable KPIs.

Excellent review of recent financial statements and application key ratios to interpret information.

Excellent and realistic strategies are explained which would help

Good use of the Balanced Scorecard with relevant KPIs.

Good review of recent financial statements and use key ratios to interpret information Strategies are explained which would help Apple to achieve key objectives

Satisfactory use of the Balanced Scorecard with an attempt to identify KPIs.

Brief review of recent financial statements, which may be partial.Satisfactory application of key ratios to interpret information.

Limited attempt at identifying objectives and KPIs for Apple.

Limited/no review of financial statements. No application or very little application of key ratios to interpret information.

Limited/no strategies are explained which

Weak attempt at identifying objectives and KPIs for Apple.

No review of financial statements. No application or very little application of key ratios to interpret information.

No strategies are explained which would help Apple

 

 

Apple to achieve key objectives through high performance.

through high performance.

Some strategies are explained which would help Apple to achieve key objectives through high performance.

would help Apple to achieve key objectives through high performance.

to achieve key objectives through high performance.

Task 3 Critically evaluate ethical decision-making at Apple and recommend how current ethical challenges can be effectively

managed

(16 marks LO3,

LO4)

Task 3 Ethical Leadership

oIdentify and critically evaluate at least two of the most significant ethical issues that Apple now faces.

oProvide a few recommendations on how the ethical issues identified can be managed effectively.

oSupport your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real companies.

Critically evaluate key financial statements within recent 2023 quarterly results (quarter ended 1st July 2023) and evaluate performance based on data provided

 

 

Excellent understanding and critical evaluation of a recent ethical issue at Apple– uses an appropriate ethical decision-making framework to analyse Apple’s response.Identification of a range of current ethical issues and clear and realistic recommendations of how to deal with such issues.

Good understanding and critical evaluation of a recent ethical issue at Apple – uses an appropriate ethical decision- making framework to analyse Apple’s response.

Identification of a range of current ethical issues and good recommendations of how to deal with such issues.

Satisfactory understanding and critical evaluation of a recent ethical issue at Apple.

Identification of current ethical issues and an attempt made to recommend actions relating to these issues.

Limited understanding and little/no evaluation of a recent ethical issue at Apple.

Identification of current ethical issues with limited attempt made to recommend actions relating to these issues.

Weak understanding and no evaluation of a recent ethical issue at Apple.

No Identification of current ethical issues with a weak/ no attempt made to recommend actions relating to these issues.

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