In anticipation of CIMA May 2016 results being announced, CIMA have produced an article to explain the results. The original article can be found here. Operational Case Study Exam Grade descriptors for Case Study exams By Julia from CIMA Administrator, Editor, Moderator, Staff 20th June 2016 As part of our efforts to improve your learning […]
Here’s a short video produced by CIMA to explain the process of standardising marks across all five variants of the case study exam to ensure a balanced assessment of student performance is made. There’s a link in the video to further information published on CIMA’s website too.
B&M Value Retail sales growth slows in UKhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33563152 B&M Value offer branded products at prices significantly below the prices charged by supermarkets. Mainly due to purchasing production over-runs and a completely different fixed cost structure. However consider how supermarkets such as Merchants are fighting back. Increasing their own-branded product range, by requiring their suppliers to […]
Supermarket workers have to claim £11bn benefits, charity sayshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32272817 The UK government recently announced plans to scrap minimum wage and instead offer the “living wage”, whereby employees would be paid a wage relative to the cost of living. Whilst the supermarkets have to pay minimum wage, this article highlights that a number of employees still […]
Supermarket price war ‘hitting food supply firms’http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33592415 Consider the ethical implications of supermarkets increasing pressure on their suppliers to reduce prices, the potential impact of suppliers entering administration or liquidation as a result. This could link Porters Five Forces from E1 with Pricing Strategies and short term decision making from P1 and potentially the financial […]
Small business commissioner to tackle late payments http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33667447 Small business commissioner to target late payments http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33667024 An interesting point to consider for any exam, in that regulation imposed by the UK Government within the Enterprise Bill to create the Small Business Commissioner to tackle the estimated £26bn of late payments. Supermarkets are renowned for using […]
Should shoppers in England pay for plastic bags? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33648089 Environmental and ethical issues arising from the sheer volume of carrier bags given away are a likely to appear within your exam. Scotland and Wales have already started charging customers for carrier bags, most supermarkets offer “bags for life” and offer reward points for reusing carrier […]
“I hesitate to say this, but I actually quite enjoyed the format of this exam!” – by a February 2015 Operational Case Study Prizewinner https://connect.cimaglobal.com/blogs/operational-case-study-exam/%26quot%3Bi-hesitate-to-say-this%2C-but-i-actually-quite-enjoyed-the-format-of-this-exam%21%26quot%3B—by-a-february-2015-operational-case-study-prizewinner/Richard Feedback from another Global Prizewinner, Richard, on his success in February 2015. His comments on application certainly ring true following the examiner’s report stating that students who failed, generally produced […]
Evelina, Global Prize Winner for Operational Integrated Case Study in February 2015, has shared her thoughts on the exam. You can view the whole article here: – https://connect.cimaglobal.com/blogs/operational-case-study-exam/%26quot%3Bhave-a-clear-study-plan-and-study-frequently-in-order-to-build-up-knowledge-and-skills.-%26quot%3B—by-a-february-2015-operational-level-case-study-prizewinner/Evelina Her biggest challenge and how she overcome it certainly provides food for thought for others who have either passed a E1, F1 or P1 under the 2010 […]
2015.02 – Writing a report in the Case Study exams Report writing is a valuable skill within the workplace, and CIMA have published another useful article on how to write a report within the Case Study exams.