International Strategic Mgmt final project Analysis and Strategic Report

INT 422 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of an analysis and strategic report.
As an international business manager, you will be expected to integrate effective, culturally sensitive, and business-minded strategies to mitigate the impacts of
internal and external challenges that commonly occur in international business environments. Throughout this course, you will act as a decision maker for an
international business, practicing the skills and abilities necessary for such a professional. Your final project will require you to reflect upon this experience and
the knowledge you have gained throughout the program, evaluate the decisions made based on analysis of the corresponding results, and plan strategically for
future decision making and management of your international company.
You will run the GlobalDNA simulation four times, each time reflecting upon your decisions and the outcomes. The simulation rounds and debriefings will take
place in Modules Two, Three, Four, and Five. Your completed analysis and strategic report is due in Module Seven.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
• Integrate interdisciplinary strategies into a plan for managing international resources to mitigate risk
• Develop adaptive plans for managing external factors that impact internal strategies and objectives
• Analyze cultural, economic, and political environmental factors for informing international decision making
• Analyze business factors, organizational data, and past business decisions for informing strategic international business management decisions
• Select managerial strategies that address legal and ethical issues in an international business environment
Prompt
Based on your knowledge and in-class experience regarding the management of international business functions, international barriers and challenges, and
ethical and legal standards, reflect on past decisions and recommend strategies to better mitigate internal and external forces that challenge business success.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction
Detail the company and background information. This should include the type of company and the product or service, target market, political
environment, or whatever information is necessary to set the stage for your report.
II. Analysis
A. Domestic Activities: Analyze the domestic activities and decisions that you made during the course in conjunction with the observed results.
Some things to consider include the impacts of specific decisions made and the types of activities and their intended purposes.
B. Domestic Strategies: What business strategies did you use in making these decisions and why? Reflect on the strategies used in terms of their
appropriateness.
C. Domestic Culture: Explain the key characteristics of the domestic culture in terms of its impact on the organizational culture. During the course,
you discussed cultural and social aspects of international business, so use those experiences and any research you may have done to inform your
explanations.
D. Domestic Law and Politics: Discuss any legal and political issues that could impact your company and decisions regarding the domestic market,
based on your own research and the considerations of law and politics you learned throughout the course. If your organization was a real
organization in today’s environment, what would you need to consider?
E. International Location Decisions: During the course, your company expanded into an international location. Discuss the cultural, legal,
economic, and political factors you may have analyzed to inform your decision regarding the location for expansion. If you did not analyze any of
these factors, analyze them and discuss how your decision may or may not have changed.
F. Business Factors: What business factors and organizational data or information did you analyze while making the decision for expansion into
your international area? Why?
III. External Factors and Risk Mitigation
A. External Impacts: Discuss the external factors that influence or impact your company and why these impacts occur.
B. External Factor Management: Explain how you attempted to manage these external factors to prevent impacts on business goals.
C. Risk: Discuss the areas of risk that your company could fall prey to, including areas of risk that may go beyond financial risk. In other words, what
are the biggest risks for your company and why?
D. Resource Risk Mitigation: Discuss various strategies that can be integrated into a plan for managing resources for your international company to
mitigate risk.
E. International Risk Mitigation: Given your discussions and knowledge of the multiple sources of risk that could impact an internationally
operating company, what interdisciplinary strategies could be integrated to mitigate the various risks beyond resource-related risk?
IV. Future Planning
A. Future Decisions: Analyze your past business decisions—those made throughout your course experience—and discuss the how these decisions
and their corresponding results could be used to inform future decision making in your international company.
B. Dynamic Plan: Develop a dynamic plan for managing the impact of external factors on internal strategies and objectives based on your
experiences in the course.
C. Law for Management: What managerial strategies would you use to address the specific legal concerns and issues for your company in today’s
international business environment and why? This will require you to research your area of expansion and the domestic environment.
D. Ethics in Management: What managerial strategies would you use to address the ethical concerns and challenges your company could
encounter in today’s international business environment?
Note: There are no milestone submissions in this course. You will run the simulation, the basis of your report, four times (in Modules Two, Three, Four, and Five),
acquiring new knowledge and experience in each round. At the end of each round, you will debrief with your peers and your instructor, discussing the
application of concepts, the decisions made, and the outcome. After the third round of the simulation (Module Four), you should begin to outline your final
project according to the sections above. Feel free to share your outline with your team to get feedback.
Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your analysis and strategic report must be 15–20 pages in length (in addition to appendices) and must be written in APA format. Use
double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. All graphs, tables, and visuals should be included in the appendices of your report, and
all resources should be correctly cited according to APA style.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Introduction Meets “Proficient” criteria and
expertly balances detail with
brevity
Describes in detail the company
background information and
culture necessary to lay the
foundation for the remainder of
the report
Describes the company
background information and
culture, but with gaps in accuracy
or detail necessary to lay the
foundation for the remainder of
the report
Does not describe the
company background
information and culture
6.33
Analysis: Domestic
Activities
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates professional or
exceptional business acumen in
the analysis
Analyzes the domestic activities
and decisions made during the
course in conjunction with the
results
Analyzes the domestic activities
and decisions made during the
course in conjunction with the
results, but with gaps in detail or
accuracy
Does not analyze the domestic
activities and decisions made
during the course in
conjunction with the results
6.33
Analysis: Domestic
Strategies
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates in-depth
understanding of the purpose of
the utilized strategies
Reflects on the strategies used
to inform domestic activities in
terms of their appropriateness
Reflects on the strategies used to
inform domestic activities, but
not in terms of their
appropriateness, or with gaps in
detail
Does not reflect on the
strategies used to inform
domestic activities
4.76
Analysis: Domestic
Culture
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows keen insight into the
influences of culture on domestic
organizations
Explains the key characteristics
of the domestic cultural
environment in terms of its
impact on the organizational
culture with supporting
examples and sources
Explains characteristics of the
domestic cultural environment in
terms of its impact on the
organizational culture but lacks
specific detail, or examples or
sources are not supportive
Does not explain the
characteristics of the domestic
cultural environment in terms
of its impact on the
organizational culture
6.33
Analysis: Domestic
Law and Politics
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows intuitive understanding of
the potential influences of law
and politics on domestic business
decisions
Discusses legal and political
issues that could or did impact
domestic activities or decisions,
based on relevant research and
today’s domestic environment
Discusses legal and political issues
that could or did impact domestic
activities or decisions but lacks
relevant research, necessary
detail, or grounding in today’s
environment
Does not discuss legal and
political issues that could or
did impact domestic activities
or decisions
6.33
Analysis:
International
Location Decisions
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows a nuanced understanding
of the interrelationships between
external factors and their impact
on international organizational
expansion
Analyzes the cultural, legal,
economic, and political factors
used to inform location selection
during expansion
Analyzes the cultural, legal,
economic, and political factors,
but with gaps in accuracy or detail
Does not analyze the cultural,
legal, economic, and political
factors
6.33
Analysis: Business
Factors
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows keen understanding of the
value of internal data and
business factors for informing
organizational decisions
Explains and defends the
analysis of business factors and
organizational data for
informing expansion into the
international area
Explains and defends the analysis
of business factors and
organizational data for informing
expansion into the international
area, but with gaps in accuracy or
detail
Does not explain and defend
the analysis of business factors
and organizational data for
informing expansion into the
international area
6.33
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation:
External Impacts
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows nuanced understanding of
the relationship between
organizational operations and
external factors
Discusses the external
influences and impacts on the
organization in terms of why
they occur
Discusses the external influences
and impacts on the organization,
but not in terms of why they
occur, or with gaps in necessary
detail or accuracy
Does not discuss the external
influences and impacts on the
organization
6.33
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation:
External Factor
Management
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows keen insight into necessary
actions for mitigating external
factor impacts
Explains in detail the past
attempts to manage the impacts
of external factors on the
organization
Explains the past attempts to
manage the impacts of external
factors on the organization, but
with gaps in detail
Does not explain past attempts
to manage the impacts of
external factors on the
organization
6.33
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation: Risk
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows nuanced insight into risk
areas beyond financial to which
international organizations could
fall prey
Discusses the key areas of risk
the organization is susceptible
to and why
Discusses the areas of risk the
organization is susceptible to and
why, but with gaps in detail or
specificity regarding why
Does not discuss the areas of
risk the organization is
susceptible to
4.76
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation:
Resource Risk
Mitigation
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows nuanced understanding of
resource risk mitigation needs
Discusses various strategies that
could be integrated into a plan
for managing resource-related
risks
Discusses various strategies that
could be integrated into a plan for
managing resource-related risks,
but strategies are not applicable
for the organization, or there is a
lack of necessary detail
Does not discuss various
strategies that could be
integrated into a plan for
managing resource-related risk
4.76
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation:
International Risk
Mitigation
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows nuanced understanding of
the best practices or proven
strategies to mitigate
international organization risks
Determines interdisciplinary
strategies that could be
implemented to logically
mitigate the various risks to
which international
organizations could fall prey
Determines interdisciplinary
strategies that could be
implemented to mitigate the
various risks to which
international organizations could
fall prey, but with gaps in logic,
accuracy, or detail
Does not determine
interdisciplinary strategies that
could be implemented to
mitigate the various risks to
which international
organizations could fall prey
4.76
Future Planning:
Future Decisions
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows insight into planning and
decision making, based on past
experiences in business practice
Analyzes past decisions and
corresponding results to inform
decision making
Analyzes past decisions and
corresponding results to inform
decision making, but with gaps in
logic, detail, or accuracy
Does not analyze past
decisions and corresponding
results to inform decision
making
6.33
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation:
Dynamic Plan
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows nuanced insight into
strategic and dynamic planning in
an international environment
Develops a dynamic plan for
managing the impact of external
factors on internal strategies
and objectives, based on past
experiences
Develops a plan for managing the
impact of external factors on
internal strategies and objectives,
but plan is not dynamic, is not
based on past experiences, or
lacks necessary detail
Does not develop a plan for
managing the impact of
external factors on internal
strategies and objectives
6.33
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation: Law
for Management
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
evidences keen insight into the
evolution of legal impacts on
internationally operating
organizations
Suggests and supports
managerial strategies for use in
addressing specific legal
concerns and issues for the
organization given today’s
international environment,
based on research
Suggests managerial strategies for
use in addressing specific legal
concerns and issues for the
organization given today’s
international environment, but
suggestions are not based on
research, or there are gaps in
logic, accuracy, or detail
Does not suggest and support
managerial strategies for
addressing specific legal
concerns and issues for the
organization given today’s
international environment
6.33
External Factors and
Risk Mitigation:
Ethics in
Management
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
shows intuitive application of an
ethical lens for ensuring ethical
practice in international and
domestic environments
Determines reasonable ethical
managerial strategies for
addressing concerns and
challenges the organization
could encounter in today’s
international business
environment
Determines ethical managerial
strategies for addressing concerns
and challenges the organization
could encounter, but with gaps in
detail, reason, or specificity
regarding today’s environment
Does not determine ethical
managerial strategies for
addressing concerns and
challenges the organization
could encounter
6.33
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and organization
and is presented in a professional
and easy to read format
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact readability
and articulation of main ideas
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or
organization that prevent
understanding of ideas
5
Total 100%