Consultancy Project Report (Cross-Cultural Management)

Overall information about the team consultancy project

Imagine you are a consultant for a consultancy company. RMIT University is one of your clients. Team assignments have has become an often-used assessment format in universities because they can encourage collaboration, innovation and team learning. The student body of RMIT is becoming increasingly multicultural. RMIT would like to hire you to investigate multicultural student teams and provide suggestions on how to ensure their effectiveness.

Your tasks:

  1. Identify ONE key challenge faced by multicultural student teams.
  2. Formulate a problem statement.
  3. Undertake an in-depth analysis of the proposed problem. This can be achieved throughreflecting on the experiences of your team members or informal discussions with RMITstudents, and researching the academic literature on multicultural teams.
  4. Propose systematic solutions to RMIT through a professional team presentation and awritten report.

Assessment Task 2: Team Consultancy Project (Part 2: Report) Weight: 40%Assignment type: team assignmentWord count: 2,500 words +/- 10% (references excluded)Deadline: TBD

Learning outcomes:

To achieve learning outcomes #1, #2, #3 and #5, you need to do the following:

  1. 1)  Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of cross-cultural management in a culturally diverseteamwork context.
  2. 2)  Demonstrate the ability to identify, critically analyze and generate solutions to amulticultural teamwork problem.
  3. 3)  Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse team and solve team-level challenges.
  4. 4)  Demonstrate the written ability to communicate effectively and professionally aboutyour investigation of an identified problem.

Suggested report structure

  1. 1)  Part 1: Explain the issue you have identified related to RMIT’s multicultural teams, and state the research question
  2. 2)  Part 2: One paragraph on the data collection process, including whom you talked with, why you investigated this group of students, some key interview questions, how you divide the data collection task within the team etc.
  3. 3)  Part 3: Analyze why the issue you have identified can occur (integrate the data and the literature). This should be inductive research, meaning based on your investigation of RMITs’ multicultural team; not deductive research, meaning developing views only based on the literature. You can use the literature to support and explain the data you have collected.
  4. 4)  Part 4: Solutions or suggestions.

You can have multiple paragraphs in each part.

Marking rubric (see below)

Advice for writing the report

1) Research investigation: Since you do not have research ethics approval from RMIT’s Research Ethics Committee, you cannot conduct formal interviews, surveys or experiments to collect data for this assignment. However, you can identify the research problem through collecting experiences from your team members or from informal discussions with other students.

  1. 2)  Research investigation: To protect others’ rights, you cannot collect audio or image materials of other students in research for this assignment. You cannot upload any materials that contain others’ identifiable information (such as images, voice or names) to any Internet platforms.
  2. 3)  Research investigation: The purpose of this assignment is to reduce misunderstandings and stereotyping, not to enhance them.
  3. 4)  Report: The first page should include the title of the paper, every one’s full name, student number, tutor’s name, time of your tutorial and your group number. It is NOT necessary to use an existing cover page template, as it will increase the similarity level of the paper.
  4. 5)  Report: You do not need to write an executive summary.
  5. 6)  Report: You are expected to conduct an independent and in-depth research on youridentified topic; thus, it is important to review related literature and to gain inspirationfrom it.
  6. 7)  Report: Your report should not be purely literature-based (i.e. deductive research). Youneed to integrate your investigation and the literature.
  7. 8)  Report: A good report should be formatted professionally and contain no errors inlanguage, formatting or references.
  8. 9)  Report: Times New Roman, font size 12, should be used throughout. Spacing must be1.5 lines or double lines and margins on all sides (at least 2 cm).

10) Report: Compiling a to-do-list is not a systematic solution. The solutions should be

connected with your analyses in previous section, connect to theories and clearly


  1. 11)  Report: Good solutions should be actionable and useful in the eyes of experts.
  2. 12)  Report: You need to use at least 5 academic references in your reports.
  3. 13)  Report: Only the final submission in Canvas before the deadline will be marked.

Project targets

You can choose from one of the example research targets listed below and formulate your own problem statements. You can also develop your own research target after consulting with your tutor. Example research topics*:

  1. 1)  Lack of participation in multicultural student teams.
  2. 2)  Conflicts in multicultural student teams
  3. 3)  Lack of trust in multicultural student teams
  4. 4)  Language barriers in multicultural student teams
  5. 5)  Cultural misunderstandings in multicultural student teams
  6. 6)  The issue of stereotyping in multicultural student teams
  7. 7)  Leadership challenges in multicultural student teams

* For each topic, you can focus on domestic students, international students (or one specific group of international student) or both.

Other important information

Late penalties


For assignments 1 to 5 days late, a penalty of 10% (of the marks awarded) per day will


Assignments willnot be accepted if more than five days late, unless special consideration is approved.

Extension procedure

Extension approval possible for up to 7 days late after which Special Consideration is required (unless student has equitable assessment arrangement): Extensions of time for submission of assessable work

Special Consideration

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 5 working days after the official due date.

Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own (selff-plagiarism).

The penalties for cheating in assessment are severe, whether the cheating involves plagiarism, fabrication, falsification of data, copyright infringement or some other method. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. It is also a disciplinary offence for you to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. You are responsible for keeping your work in a secure place. RMIT has a policy on plagiarism available at responsibilities/academic-integrity. Students are reminded that the Turnitin program is used in this course to check the submitted assessment. To avoid plagiarism, you must acknowledge the sources of other’s ideas by appropriate citation and referencing. More information about referencing can be found in the Learning Lab:

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