Assignment 4: Merger, Acquisition, and International Strategies
Choose two (2) public corporations in an industry with which you are familiar – one (1) that has acquired another company and operates internationally and one (1) that does not have a history of mergers and acquisitions and operates solely within the U.S. Research each company on its own Website, the public filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR database (http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml), in the University’s online databases, and any other sources you can find. The annual report will often provide insights that can help address some of these questions.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:
- For the corporation that has acquired another company, merged with another company, or been acquired by another company, evaluate the strategy that led to the merger or acquisition to determine whether or not this merger or acquisition was a wise choice. Justify your opinion.
- For the corporation that has not been involved in any mergers or acquisitions, identify one (1) company that would be a profitable candidate for the corporation to acquire or merge with and explain why this company would be a profitable target.
- For the corporation that operates internationally, briefly evaluate its international business-level strategy and international corporate-level strategy and make recommendations for improvement.
- For the corporation that does not operate internationally, propose one business-level strategy and one corporate-level strategy that you would suggest the corporation consider. Justify your proposals.
- Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
Assignment 2: Designing a Training Program
Create a written proposal in which you detail the complete design of an employee training program.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:
- Design a two (2) day training program for a group of twenty (20) employees.
- Identify two to three (2-3) training needs though a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and justify an approach for this training.
- Develop the training objective for this program based on an analysis of the business.
- Determine the training cost for the training program you are proposing. Include a detailed breakdown of time allotted for each piece, the subsequent cost analysis, and the total cost for the project as a whole.
- Select key training method(s) to deliver the program to employees, such as an e-Learning module or a one-day face-to-face training program.
- Create an agenda of activities for the training program.
- Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
- Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
- Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
- Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.
The following is what I will be looking for in your week eight paper. Please check your work again before turning it in. No guarantee that you will be able to redo your work.
Those of you who applied yourselves to the discussions will have an easy go, as these questions mimic what was done in the discussion threads.
Design a two (2) day training program for a group of twenty (20) employees. This question requires a response similar to the material on pages 134 – 138, 194 – 195, 306 – 311, and 337 – 344. This is a lengthy response and containes parts of some of the following questions. It is not an agenda. That is question six. Please reread the pages to see how a proper Training Program of any length should be created.
Identify two to three (2-3) training needs though a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and justify an approach for this training. TNA’s are either proactive or reactive and both provide an organizational analysis, an operational analysis, or a person analysis. These items need to be identified in your response of the question. Pages 124 – 129
Develop the training objective for this program based on an analysis of the business. Based on the choice of proactive or reactive TNA, and an operational, organizational, or person analysis, your objectives need to address the training needs and be focused on either the trained reaction, learning, transfer of training, or organizational outcome. Pages 152 – 158
Determine the training cost for the training program you are proposing. Include a detailed breakdown of time allotted for each piece, the subsequent cost analysis, and the total cost for the project as a whole. This should be a chart or table similar to the one on page 151, or for e-training on pages 266 and 267. You should have a list of training items as well as personal costs listed with their respective costs AND a total cost. In addition to the chart, you must have a narrative explaining the chart or table.
Select key training method (s) to deliver the program to employees, such as an e-Learning module or a one-day face-to-face training program. Chapter Six was all on training methods with a chart on page 237 listing lecturettes, open discussion, demonstrations, small-group discussion, equipment simulators, business games, memory games, in-basket and case studies, role-play, behavior modeling, task-related exercises or activities, coaching, and mentoring.
Create an agenda of activities for the training program. An agenda should contain some of the following traits: Type the name of the training at the top of the agenda. Add the date, time, and location of the training. Make a list of the items you need to cover. For instance, if the training session is on Fire Safety, some of the items to be covered might include Electrical Safety, Fire Hazards, and Emergency Evacuation Plans. Organize the items in the order to be presented. Put them into a logical sequence. For instance, it may not make the most sense to start Fire Safety training by going over the Emergency Evacuation Plans before explaining how to identify fire hazards. Start the agenda with Introductions and end with Questions and Answers. Assign each topic item a bullet point or a numeral. Include the name of the individual responsible for presenting a particular item if more than one person is conducting the training. Review the agenda to verify it includes everything. Compare the duration of the training to the amount of information on the agenda. Adjust the agenda if you feel that the training will run over or run short.
If all else fails, READ THE QUESTION.