No class on Friday 18th May 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to give class on Friday.

I will announce some hints for you for the final exam.


Assignment 5 Strategy Execution

Assignment 5

Set: 9 May 2018             due: 25 May 2018

Strategy Execution

What are the major advantages and disadvantages of a Strategic Business Unit (SBU) type organisational structure?

At what point in a firm’s growth do you feel the advantages offset the disadvantages? Explain.


Would you recommend a divisional structure by geographic area, product, customer, or process for a medium sized bank in your local area? Why?

Add your answers to the comments section below, remembering to add your student number, name and department.




Notes on Friday’s Class – WORKSHOP


This week our class will be a bit different.

We have  guest presenter who will take you through some useful concepts.

  • Positivity
  • Flexibility
  • Voice Exercises
  • How to be a good listener

Please wear comfortable clothing, low heels, and be prepared to take part with some movement exercises.

NOTE: Marks awarded for participation



Videos for chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10

Here are the videos (made for the flipped learning students) for chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10

Chapter 7


Chapter 8


Chapter 9


Chapter 10


Assignment 4 – Internal Audit

Assignment 4

set: 29 March 2018                     due: 6 April 2018

As we have no class this week, due to undergraduate mid term exams, I am providing you some analysis work, to help you better understand chapter 6 The Internal Audit.

From the items below, select 2 questions to work on. You will need to submit your work.

Copy and paste your answer to the comments section below. Remember to add your name, student number and department.

1.      Resource Based View

For a resource to be valuable, it must be either (1) rare, (2) hard to imitate, or (3) not easily substitutable.

In your opinion, what, in North Cyprus, product or service, is “valuable”?

2.      SCENARIO 1

Gloria Jeans, on Dereboyu, is a very popular coffee shop. Some time in the recent past they extended the shop on the East side of the building, providing much more room for customers inside, and some outdoor seating. What would a cost/benefit have looked like for them, before deciding to do this extension?

3.      SCENARIO 2

Caffe Pascucci Cyprus

Why, do you think,  did they move from the Avenue Cinema building to further up Mehmet Akif Caddesi (Dereboyu) ?

What might their cost/benefit analysis looked like prior to this move?

4.      SCENARIO 3

GUNSEL, which may be the first car to produced in the TRNC

Create a cost/benefit analysis for bringing this car into production. In your opinion, is automobile manufacture possible in the TRNC, based on the results of your cost/benefit analysis?

5.      SCENARIO 4

A group of investors has contacted you with an aim of creating an “eco-friendly” hotel, West of Kyrenia (Girne). Create a cost/benefit scenario for the investors.


What was the main resource of Cyprus?

Since ancient times, to the middle ages and beyond, what have been some of the major resources and production on the island?

Which products today are manufactured in the same way as they were in the middle ages?

Do these products have a competitive advantage in today’s market?