This assessment addresses the following Subject Learning Outcomes:
1) Evaluate organisational performance against best practice benchmarks and apply these benchmarks to establish organisational improvements
2) Critically reflect on the holistic and systemic importance that continuous improvement has on sustainable outcomes
Best practice and continuous improvement are constant concerns of a high-performing organisation. In an ever-changing environment, this means that every initiative, successful or not, must be reviewed and reflected upon so that future threats and opportunities can be identified and analysed against a deep knowledge of previous efforts.
This assessment requires students to critically reflect on their earlier efforts to analyse a potential strategic weakness and design a set of benchmarks to help future-proof the organisation. It asks you to compare your early assignment recommendations against the theories and examples covered later in subject modules, and against the growth in understanding you experienced through the unit. Such reflection, in light of the later learning in the subject, should form that foundation of a student’s professional body of understanding and practice.
Instructions You will write a reflective essay focused on the relevance of what you have learnt through this subject. This essay should include your personal reflections upon how you view the importance of continuous improvement for long-term business sustainability and how you believe the tools and methods available may be best utilised as a business analyst and understood by executive management.
In writing this reflective journal you should draw on the learning resources provided during the subject, further readings you have undertaken as part of your own research, your previous assessments, the formative exercises conducted in class and/or online, and your personal experiences and opinions formed in relation to this topic. The reflective Journal should critically review the topic at the highest level, which means reflecting upon the importance of best practice and continuous improvement to business sustainability rather than upon the effectiveness of any particular approach or tool. You should also reflect upon their relevance to a range of business types, including corporate, B-Corporation, not-for-profit, and public sector enterprises.