Business finance – accounting assignment

Case Study Part 2

This is Part 2 of the case study project and is due in Unit 4. (Part 3 will be due in Unit 5.)

The following Course Outcome is assessed in this assignment: 

GB519-2: Evaluate leadership approaches to the process of decision-making.

Part 2 of the project, due at the end of Unit 4, requires you to complete an analysis of a manufacturing organization. This evaluation will also provide the foundation for Part 3 of the project.

For the case project Part 2, you are to conduct research and complete an analysis of the manufacturing company you selected.

Note: Do not delay — Read 
all instructions and start work on your project immediately during Unit 1. The Unit 4 Case Project Paper cannot be submitted later than the end of Unit 5. A 1-week (10%) late penalty will be assessed for papers submitted late.

Your project organization must be selected from the approved case company list located at the end of this document. 

A title page with properly APA-formatted running head, an abstract, and reference pages are required. Review the “APA Template” and “APA Sample Paper” documents in the writing resources located within the Course Resources in the left navigation Content pane. Incorporate 
all feedback and guidance from your Unit 3 Case Part 1. 

1. Begin with an introduction to the organization. Identify its manufacturing segment. Detail briefly the products manufactured by your organization and the company’s market niche and/or customer base.

2. Identify significant costs in your organization. Some of the topics to research and present about your organization include but are not limited to: (a) costs associated with environmental concerns, (b) cost behavior, (c) prevention costs, (d) appraisal (detection) costs, (e) internal failure costs, and (f) external failure costs.

3. Include a section devoted to cost-volume-profit analysis (CVP). Review Chapters 18 and 19 in your textbook. The level of detail you include in this section is flexible. But, make sure your analysis is related to actual financial data from the company. Suggested metrics include the contribution margin, degree of operating leverage (DOL), break-even point, and others. Remember, it is vital that you determine whether or not you will have access to this information 
before you start the project. Otherwise, you may not have time to change organizations later during the course.

4. Discuss budgeting considerations. Include the organization’s budget process (for example, whether it is top-down or bottom-up) and the organization’s budget variances, and discuss management decisions related to budgeting.

5. Based on 
independent research and 
additional textbook readings, create a balanced scorecard (BSC), incorporating all four of the organizational dimensions (financial, customer, internal business, and learning & growth). Identify two or three strategic objectives (SOs), also known as critical success factors (CSFs), for each category/perspective. Then, evaluate and analyze your organization’s performance in relation to these critical success factors. (To help you with this part, review the material found on pages 14-19 and 24-20 to 24-22 of the textbook.) Do not simply cut and paste a BSC collected from an online source. Create your own BSC.

Additional readings/references to use for this project: 

Use an Advanced Search in the Purdue Global Library to access the following:

Balaji, M., Dinesh. S. N., & Parthiban. V. V. (2018). Applying balanced scorecards to supply chain performance: More enterprises in developing countries should adopt Kaplan and Norton innovation. 
ISE: Industrial & Systems Engineering at Work
50(11), 42. 

Eaton, D., & Kilby, G. (2015). Does your organizational culture support your business strategy? 
Journal for Quality & Participation
37(4), 4. 

6. Discuss corporate sustainability and responsibility.

1. a) Identify the concepts of corporate sustainability.

2. b) Identify the topics related to corporate responsibility.

3. c) Discuss how your organization implements the concepts of corporate sustainability and responsibility.

4. d) Discuss how your organization could further benefit from additional attention to sustainability and responsibility.

7. Analyze potential biases in the organization’s decision-making processes.

1. a) Evaluate the role of heuristics in managerial decision-making within your organization.

2. b) Evaluate how heuristics may bias your organization’s management decision-making.

8. Finally, end with a summary review. (A formal “Conclusion” heading and section is required.) Use subheadings to discuss key strengths and weaknesses of the organization and describe recommendations to be made to the current organizational strategy.

Part 2 of the project should have a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10, properly formatted, double-spaced pages of analysis. The assignment will be evaluated for content, analysis, critical thinking, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting. So, be sure to proofread and then proofread again! Be certain that you do a “Spelling and Grammar” check on your project paper before it is submitted to the Dropbox.

Include the appropriate headings and subheadings for every section of the project. A good strategy will be to use the assignment rubric as a basic outline for headings and subheadings. 

The 8- to 10-page minimum/maximum does

not
include the required title, abstract, and reference list pages. Do not use enlarged type, extra line spaces, extra points at the end of a line, oversized graphs and charts, or unusual margins to artificially inflate the page length — the score will be significantly reduced if the proper APA formatting for these elements is not applied.

Do

not
use wordy phrases. 
Do use economy of expression. Use concise and precise language that avoids slang or colloquial expressions. For example, instead of using “on the other hand,” simply use “alternatively.”

Your project must be presented in accordance with the guidance found in the 
APA Publication Manual, 7th edition. The Writing Lab is a tremendous resource, so please take full advantage of the great help available there. You may access the Writing Lab by going to your My Studies tab located at the campus home page. Then, access the Academic Success Center link. The writing resources will be located there for your access.

One very important suggestion will be to use the Writing Center’s paper review service. You do not have to wait until your paper is fully completed to ask for a review. One thing to note, though — the Writing Lab will not be able to provide any feedback related to the specifics of the assignment content. However, they will be able to provide sample guidance about spelling, grammar, formatting, punctuation, and all elements of a formal written analysis.

Remember, this assignment will be processed using the Turnitin software to determine the level of original content in the assignment. Please review the Syllabus and the University Academic Policy regarding plagiarism. Excessive similarity to existing works will result in varying consequences, depending on the nature of the similarity.

You must name your assignment using this format: LastName_FirstName_Unit#_AssignmentName. For example: Smith_Joan_Unit4_CasePart2. 

 The Unit 4 Case Paper Assignment must be submitted no later than the end of Unit 5 for consideration. Assignments submitted late will be subject to a 10% late penalty. Assignments submitted after the end of Unit 5 will not be accepted for credit.

Please review the rubric document for a complete understanding of how your assignments will be assessed. Doing so will help you successfully complete your assignments.

LOOKING AHEAD

You may submit the case study Part 3 PowerPoint presentation only after the case study Part 2 feedback file has been returned to you.

Submit your completed assignment to the Unit 4 Assignment Dropbox. Assignments are due Tuesday 11:59 p.m. ET of their assigned unit.

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