Guo Assignment - Global Management Issues: Team Project
NOTE: Please see your instructor's assignment handout for complete details, this is just a brief summary of the basics.
Assignment #3: Individual Research Project Instruction - Dr. Guo
To complete this project, you will be asked to select a company (see appendix) to research using resources from SHU library (see Library Resources and Business Research for detailed information). Your research should cover the following areas:
1. Management Practices (domestic and international, if applicable):
a. Business scope / major business lines/products/services
b. Organizational Culture (Stories behind the brand, heroes, Company symbols, rites and rituals)
c. Organizational structure (Functional structure? Divisional structure? Network structure?)
d. International operation and internationalization/globalization strategy (if applicable)
2. Organizational Environment (either general OR specific)
a. General environment: identify company information related to economic, technological, sociocultural and political/legal trends
b. Specific environment: identify company information related to customer, competitor, supplier, industry regulation)
3. SWOT analysis: identify companies strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats
4. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Ethical Assessment:
a. identify companies practices related to social responsibility (e.g. specific programs and product lines related to CSR)
b. Your personal ethical assessment of the company’s practices (e.g. whether the company has addressed triple bottom lines; three-part model of business ethics)
Citing Your Sources
In academic writing, it is VERY important to properly cite your sources. This not only provides the original author with the acknowledgement deserved, but also allows your readers to verify your claims. There are a number of different styles to choose from when formatting citations, the Welch College of Business uses the APA style. See the link below for more on how to cite your sources, or ask for a hard copy of the APA Manual at the SHU Library Reference Desk.
hard copy in library: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
RefWorks® is available to all SHU users and allows you to import references from the Library's many electronic databases and catalog and format them in a wide variety of citation styles, including APA. You can conveniently compile a list of sources you intend to read and save the list online. You can also grab references from web pages and format citations while you write your paper. For more help with using RefWorks, check out this guide: http://libguides.sacredheart.edu/refworks.