Assignment 2 – Case Study
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22nd October 2014
This assignment must be your own work. It is acceptable to discuss Course Content section with others to improve your understanding and clarify requirements, but solutions to assignment questions must be done on your own. You must not copy from anyone, including tutors and fellow students, nor allow others to copy your work. All Assignments will be checked using collusion monitoring tools to ensure that each assignment is the original work of the submitting student. Assignments that do not adhere to this requirement will be deemed as being the result of collusion or plagiarism. This may lead to severe academic penalties as outlined in USQ Policy Library. It is your own responsibility to ensure the integrity of your work. Refer to the Academic Integrity Policy for more details:
In completing this assignment, you are expected to use available resources such as the practical activities in the study modules, the Communication skills handbook, the Course Study Desk – especially the Discussion List (click the Study Desk link on USQConnect – ), as well as exploring and experimenting on your own.
Applicable course objective:
· develop an understanding of domain knowledge about a range of issues relating to electronic commerce
· analyse and advise stakeholders about technical requirements for specific business contexts
· demonstrate the capacity to communicate clearly with stakeholders a range of options that should be considered by a business in an online environment and the ability to apply appropriate structure and referencing formats
· identify and explain the impact of historical and emerging trends relating to the internet, including how it works..
In this report of 3000 – 4000 words you are required to draw upon the work you have covered up to and including Module 11 as the base knowledge for your report. In addition, you are required to search at least 6 academically sound sources for ideas that add depth to your report. The USQ library has access to a wide range of such online sources for you to access. (Please note: sites such as Wikipedia, enotes, ask.com, etc. are not academically sound sources).
Your report must be written in your own words. Ideas obtained from sources must be included in your discussion by expressing the idea in your words and citing the source using theHarvard Referencing style. Direct quotes of more than five (5) words will not be considered a demonstration of your knowledge and will be assessed accordingly.
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Once you are satisfied with your assignment, submit it as aWord 2007/2010/2013 Documentthrough EASE on or before the due date by 23:59 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
TARDIS Travel currently has branches in 50 cities around the country from which they organize all aspects of their clients’ travel arrangements. TARDIS Travel’s marketing research team has established that the majority of its customers are between the ages of 18 and 45 and are regular uses of the Web. In recent times, the business has received feedback from many of them that they enjoy the convenience of online purchasing and would appreciate TARDIS Travel having an online presence.
TARDIS Travel latest market and financial reports have indicated that turnover is down and that it is losing market share. Further investigation show that this is primarily because of its lack of an online presence in an increasingly dynamic, highly competitive and online business environment. The business now recognises that it must go online if it wishes to regain its market share and to continue to be competitive into the future.
Your consulting company, Yana Consulting, has been contracted by TARDIS Travel to investigate its business practices and the current practices of the online travel industry and to recommendations how TARDIS Travel might best make a successful transition into this environment.
You are required to: Investigate online business models to identify a suitable model for TARDIS Travel. Its Board of Directors will want to know why you recommend the chosen model, so ensure that you di