Project #14793 - International Business

Assignment # 1 – Business Report - Country Analysis

 

 

You are an executive working at a large Canadian company that is considering expanding foreign operations.  The CEO has asked you to do an analysis of one of the target countries and provide a recommendation as to whether or not to proceed.  Please note that you are being asked to do a general analysis of the country.  You are not doing the analysis based on any one company or industry.  The CEO is a very busy person so it is important that the report be written in a clear and concise manner.  It will be judged on the factual information it contains, the clarity of your argument and the depth of your analysis.  Please note that you should not try to gather data that supports only one side or the other of whether or not to proceed.  Rather, you should gather all the pertinent data and let your analysis guide you to the best recommendation.

The paper is to be a maximum of five (5) pages (doubled spaced, 12 pt font, 2.54 cm margins) plus title page, references, endnotes, and appendices, if any. If the report is longer than five pages, only the first five pages will be read and graded. The title page must contain your name, student number and the country you have chosen from the list provided.  The first half page (maximum) of the report will be an executive summary of the report’s highlights and your recommendation.  The remainder of the five pages will cover the material noted in the rubric below with marks allocated as shown.  Do not forget to number the pages in your report.  You should use the items (left-hand column) listed in the rubric as headings in your report.

 

The report must cite at least six different sources, which could include resources from the globalEDGE Website (http://globaledge.msu.edu), institutions such as the World Bank (http://data.worldbank.org/) and the International Monetary Fund (http://www.imf.org/external/), the CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/), country websites, business journals, business newspapers, business websites, etc.  Be wary of relying too heavily on any one source, especially a country’s own websites as they will most certainly put a positive spin on the material.  Do not use Wikipedia as a data source. 

 

 

Ensure that all data is cited in APA Style. Guidelines for APA Style can be found at:  http://www1.carleton.ca/sasc/ccms/wp-content/ccms-files/apa_style2.pdf.  In this report, there should be few, if any, quotations.  If you do use a quotation, ensure that it is in quotation marks and properly cited.  If a quotation is not in quotation marks and properly cited, it is plagiarism.

 

 Countries to choose from:

 

 

•           Austria

 

•           Bulgaria

 

•           Ecuador

 

•           Haiti

 

•           Kuwait

 

•           Morocco

 

 

 

Assignment #1 Rubric

 

Item

Item % of Grade

Sub-item

Sub-item % of Grade

Executive Summary

10

This should be a concise and very well written summation of the whole report.  Approx. length one-half page.

 

Country’s Macro Environment

40

Country description: could include level of development and wealth, infrastructure including physical and IT, important industries, economic ties to other countries (e.g. NAFTA or EU), history of inward foreign investment, large multinationals with operations there, level of corruption, etc.

10

 

 

Political situation and stability

5

 

 

Legislation that affects inward foreign investment (e.g. tariffs, subsidies, informal trade barriers, intellectual property protection, etc.)

5

 

 

Economic conditions and stability including growth statistics

10

 

 

Cultural issues that may affect business and social stability.  Work force skills.

10

Factor Endowments

20

An analysis of the basic and advanced factors of production (Hill & McKaig, p.184/5) in the country and the sorts of business opportunities they might support.

 

Analysis

15

An analysis of the business implications (i.e. benefits, costs and risks) inherent in doing business in the country.  This section must be a logical distillation of the most important facets of the macro environment and factor endowments discussions. (Hill & McKaig, p.78/83)

 

Recommendation & Conclusion

5

Your recommendation regarding your company expanding into the country.  This section must be a logical follow-on from the summary of benefits, costs and risks. State the key rationale for your recommendation.

 

Style & Presentation

5

Presentation: Spelling, grammar and clarity of writing.  This is in recognition of the negative credibility impact on an executive reader of a poorly written document.

 

Formatting

5

Accurate use of APA style citations/endnotes and use of at least six reference sources.

 

 

Total=100

 

 

 

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/17/2013 12:00 am
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