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Individual Research Reports - Due at the end of Session 8; (topic selection by Session 3) Each student in the class must individually complete an...

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Individual Research Reports - Due at the end of Session 8; (topic selection by Session 3) Each student in the class must individually complete an independent RESEARCH PAPER ( no more than 10 double-spaced pages ) on a company/topic of your choice or you may select one of the topics below. You must confirm your paper topic by Session 3. These are brief reports, critiquing how a company or industry has dealt with a crisis it faced. Look particularly for management issues and implications. (See Research Guidelines for specific instructions.) Some examples of topics include: Nike and International Labor Practices – (past 5 years) – consider, in particular, what options Nike (and other firms in similar circumstances) realistically have when sourcing products from emerging nations. Do not neglect the economic issues as well as the ethical concerns. Shell UK’s North Sea (Brent Spar) Platform (1995) – consider how well Shell and its nemesis Greenpeace handled the situation, and how and why it got out of hand. Was it ultimately handled in the public’s best interest? Danish newspaper publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammad that caused riots throughout the Muslim world – consider the right of free press in tension with the respect for religious beliefs, and reflect on an appropriate response for the newspaper when the violence began. GE's bid to acquire Honeywell (US/EU antitrust) – consider the differing standards of the EU and the USA in antitrust legislation and GE's attempts to deal with the differences. Apple in China -- the company has come under fire for labor conditions in its production facilities in China. Consider the company's options and how it might address the situation so that its beneficial to all concerned parties. This assignment represents 25% of your grade. II. Individual Research Paper (represents 25% of your grade) Each member of a group will complete one research report. The recommended topics outlined below constitute a list of possible topics.to choose from In fact, you can choose any topic you wish. You must submit your selected topic during Session 3. Your selection should be a one-page (or 3 paragraph) indication of the company and issue you intend to investigate and what you intend to discover about managing country risk. I will be looking for a clear question to investigate – and will be noticing your writing ability. Communication is an important part of management and clear writing plays a crucial part. If you have difficulty, UMUC has resources to help. The operating rational for the individual research paper shall be for you to use all of the class materials and concepts you have learned and present a cogent research paper to your CEO in terms of how she/he can successfully manage operations in an international setting. Please present your findings/report to the CEO in memorandum form. One purpose of the paper is to determine how well you understand and apply the methods and concepts we have studied. In this context, you are the Chief of Staff for your corporation and you must submit a report to your CEO so that he/she can make a rational decision about operations in another country. In some of the cases, the company has encountered difficulties in conducting business in its "foreign" country, and your task is to advise the CEO on appropriate remedial actions. It is your job to employ all of the theories you have learned in the course and lay out a compelling argument about how to proceed. The organization of the paper is entirely of your choosing but obviously it must demonstrate both academic expertise and operational sense. In other words, it must be based on reality.
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The research paper/memorandum is not to exceed 15 pages and is intended to be a MANAGEMENT type report; therefore it needs to be strong on recommendations but obviously you need to analyze the firm and the country that the firm is relating to. As a specific example, how would a Danish firm wanting to export its products to Saudi Arabia (based on the conceptual models you learned in this course) proceed, given the circumstances and developments surrounding the Danish cartoon situation? You can organize your individual paper in any manner you wish but it must follow APA format (be double spaced, 12 size font, etc.). Here are some potential topics (but you can choose a different one you prefer to analyze). Union Carbide and the Bhopal gas leak – (India, 1984) – discuss the various views of who (and why) was responsible for the disaster, and how well the disaster was handled by all parties at various stages in the occurrence. In the aftermath of the Bhopal gas leak disaster how would your corporation strategize to operate in India? Nike and International Labor Practices in a particular country – (past 5 years) – consider, in particular, what options Nike (and other firms in similar circumstances) realistically have when sourcing products from emerging nations. Do not neglect the economic issues as well as the ethical concerns. Given what Nike has gone through as the result of its bad press, what country would you recommend that Nike enter in the pursuit of its corporate policies? Profile that country to show why you recommend it. . Shell UK’s North Sea (Brent Spar) Platform (1995) – consider how well Shell and its nemesis Greenpeace handled the situation, and how and why it got out of hand. Was it ultimately handled in the public’s best interest? What options does Shell have in pursuing future platform opportunities in various countries? Danish newspaper publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed that caused riots throughout the Muslim world – consider the right of free press in tension with the respect for religious beliefs, and reflect on an appropriate response for the newspaper when the violence began. Since the controversy has continued, what actions should the newspaper take to fulfill its social responsibility? Consider the impact of the controversy on Danish corporations operating in Muslim countries. Apple in China -- The company has faced serious difficulties with its workers in its plants in China. Sort out the difficulties and recommend an appropriate course of action for the company. In whatever topic you select, you must include a brief profile of the firm and of the country your paper is investigating. These are important aspects of your analysis.
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