The strategic position of the Close Protection Unit (CPU), Royal Military Police (RMP)

The overall assessment of the module is divided in three sections.

Section 1: You are required to produce an individual report that includes an analysis and reflection of the strategic position of the Close Protection Unit (CPU), Royal Military Police (RMP)

One way you may approach this is to ask: How can the Close Protection Unit maintain and enhance the sustainable (triple bottom line) value it delivers to its stakeholders?
a. A critical introduction discussing the meaning and importance of strategy, sustainable (triple bottom line) value, and stakeholders (analysing 3-5 key stakeholders) in relation to the Close Protection Unit.
b. Critically evaluate the external environment of the Close Protection Unit using a suitable strategic analysis framework(s) (e.g. Macro environment using PESTEL and Micro environment using Porter’s 5 Forces). (This may involve a brief evaluation of the framework itself, as well as an analysis of the Close Protection Unit.) Summarise your findings by drawing attention to the key drivers for change.
In the assignment it must include a thorough, well-evidenced analysis of the organisation, with a detailed critical discussion, which leads logically on to your recommendations. (Use the golden thread)
c. Critically evaluate the internal environment of the Close Protection Unit, using a suitable strategic analysis framework(s) (i.e. Resources and Capabilities and Value Chain). (This may involve a brief evaluation of the framework itself, as well as an analysis of the Close Protection Unit.) Summarise your findings by drawing attention to the key drivers of competitive advantage in the Close Protection Unit.
d. Recommend and justify how sustainable value creation in the Close Protection Unit may be sustained and enhanced for its stakeholders

In the assignment it is expected that you will be able to draw upon and cite credible sources of information and literature both internal and external to the organisation- e.g. journal papers and quality newspapers as well as industry reports, company publications and website materials. The judicious use of supporting data and analysis is essential to the assignment.
The theoretical strategic analysis frameworks should be used to assist in the analysis and preparation of the report rather than a dominant feature of it or a focus of theory-based discussion. However, they should be used explicitly enough to demonstrate your ability to apply them, a ‘story’ is not enough! You need to show evidence of wider reading on the subject of strategic management by critically evaluating the advantages and limitations of the diagnostic tools you have used.
Appendices must only be used in support of the main text discussion and must be referenced properly.
Overall, assume that the assessors know very little about the organisation. You should write the assignment with the assumption that the reader is very new to your industry and situation. Describe the relevant background clearly and if necessary, provide the business background in the appendices.

Section 2: You should supplement your report with a personal strategy learning log. This log requires you to reflect on your learning experiences throughout this module and should demonstrate how you have developed during the module.
(The writer should put themselves in the shoes of the student and complete the learning log as best they can with a minimum of 20 logged entries, preferable more)
You are asked to produce a learning log, where you are expected to reflect on your learning experience throughout this module. Within the learning log you should refer and reflect on any reading or activities you have done while working on the assessment task.
You should demonstrate a wide range of activities that demonstrate reflectivity – what did I learn? – how did I contextualise it within my organisation? Did I change what I do/think? What happened as a result? How did that affect the focus for my learning?
You may use the following table format as guidance in presenting your learning log:
Topic Area Activity Undertaken What I have learned as a result How this could be used in my assignment or organisational practice

In particular reflective statements are used to reflect on, in and for action. The most important aspect of reflective journal writing is to encourage students to begin to think about their own thinking. Every time you engage with the module you should attempt to make an entry in your learning log, penning down your experience of the learning process, from the acquisition of knowledge, the understanding you derive from the learning, your attempts at utilising the learning and the results of these attempts. As a ‘learning by doing’ process, you will try and sometimes succeed while sometimes failing. You are expected to record that process on a frequent basis.

Section 3: You are required to produce the following appendix’s:
• Learning Log (All research / reading / thinking / reflection should be included in the log and as many entries as possible)
• Power / Interest matrix for CPU RMP (Partially completed, amend as required)
• PESTEL Analysis of CPU RMP (First entry included as an example)
• Porters 5 Forces analysis of CPU RMP
• Value Chain
• Resources and Capability Model for CPU RMP
All appendix’s should be referred to in the main body of the essay (Apart from the learning log).

Additional Comments:
Academic and Practical references must be used to support and defend your case / argument. All key information must be evidences and supported.

The following book covers the key subjects in the assignment:
 Johnson, Whittington, Scholes, Angwin & Regnér (2017) Exploring strategy: text and cases (11th ed.). Harlow, Essex: Pearson.