Assignment 1: Discussion—Exploring Potential Research Topics
Based on your business experience and the information accumulated in this course, identify three possible research topics related to the subject of the course. What managerial problems or opportunities would each of the three studies address? Provide a short description for each research topic, highlighting:
The problem or opportunity in organizations that needs to be addressed
The purpose of the research
The question(s) that, if answered, will help in solving the problem or seizing the opportunity
Beginning Sunday, February 22, 2015, post your responses to the appropriate Discussion Area. Write your initial response in 300–500 words.
Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Assignment 2: Global Strategy Analysis—Choice of Country/Region to Internationalize Operations
For this assignment, you evaluate and determine which country/region is the best fit for the company of your choice to have international operations. Then, you will prepare a 3–4-page report, to include a weighted comparison chart.
Utilizing sources used for RA1, as well as other reputable and relevant sources, create a comparison chart regarding all the choices of countries/regions following the instructions below:
First, determine what factors you will use to rate each country/region, depending on the operations you chose to expand.
Consider areas such as attractiveness, strategic importance in the global marketplace, target markets, and possible synergies with current operations.
For each one of these areas, some factors should be identified in order to allow for a better assessment of all countries/regions under consideration.
Examples are provided in the following table:
Size of MarketGrowth rate of marketLabor costsBarriers to entryCompetitive situationPolitical/social risks, etc.
Importance in the global market place
Important source of industry innovationHome market of global customers and/or competitorsHome of most demanding customersHome of big number of potential customers, etc.
Possible synergies with current operations
Activities shared with other business from the same companyLocal partners that would share operationsProximity to other current or targeted markets
List all countries/regions along with rating factors. Assign each factor a weight, according to its importance leading up to the final decision. All weights should add up 100%.
You should grade each country/region under consideration on each factor, using a scale of 0 to 5.
The score for each factor should be multiplied by its corresponding weight. Add the partial for each country/region.
Explain how you assessed the data by creating a comparison chart.
Present your final decision for which country/region is the choice for your company to expand its operations.
Provide a rationale for your decision, reinforcing it with evidence from scholarly sources.
For this assignment, prepare a 3–pages report and use a minimum of 3 different scholarly sources to reinforce your conclusions. Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; display accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation, and APA format
Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M6_A2.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M6_A2.doc.
By Wednesday, February 25, 2015, deliver your assignment .