• May 3rd, 2015

FEASIBILITY STUDY – GO/NO GO DECISION REPORT

Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements

 

 

Instructions:
• Scenario: The Chic Fila corporation for whom you work has assigned you to investigate whether to conduct business in a developing country. You are to research different aspects of the country you find relevant in making your recommendation. 
• You must choose a country from this list:

Continent: Countries

West Africa: Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria

Eurasia: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

Eurasia: Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan

Asia: China, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, Cambodia

Central America: Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago

• Aspects include:
o REQUIRED (in depth): Culture (cultural attitudes toward women and children, education level of workers in the country, values and attitudes, religious customs, physical environment) 
o REQUIRED (in depth): Labor conditions (safety and fairness, labor laws, availability of skilled and unskilled workers) 
o Optional: Economic and/or political conditions 
o Optional: Competition (local and international)

• You are required to have a minimum of five sources (at least one from each group of reference material listed below). Wikipedia is not allowed as a source. Adherence to MLA 7th edition guidelines in the presentation of the report and Works Cited page.

General Source: Newspaper (i.e. New York Times), magazine, internet sites 
Secondary Source: Books or internet sites such as CIA World FactBook or CountryWatch
Primary Source: Abstract or Journal

Report 
Approximate length is 6-10 pages typed, double-spaced, 11-point Times New Roman font, MS Word default margins, excluding appendix material and references; cover page with title of report, name(s). 
• Culture and Labor must be covered IN DEPTH 
• All references must be cited properly within the report. 
• It is very important you use your CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS to justify your recommendation. You will be graded 50% on research and 50% on critical thinking skills. This is NOT a “research” paper—it is a research feasibility study that answers the question at issue, “should we or should we not conduct business in our country?” You need to analyze your research with why it would be important and relevant to your company and question at issue. See grading guide for more detail.

• The company and country you choose must be logical. Don’t choose a company and country that would obviously not do business. For example, choosing Starbucks and hoping to do business in a very poor country ravaged with economic and political unsettledness may not make sense. As far as companies, remember “manufacturing” as these may make more sense in some of the countries.

TITLE OF RESEARCH REPORT
Introduction
Include a paragraph under this major section that briefly describes the topic or problem your research addresses. Also include any aspects from the list given that are not covered in depth
Findings
Include a paragraph introducing the points you will be discussing, i.e., the two required aspects: Culture and Labor Conditions and their elements.
Culture
Introduce this aspect.
Cultural attitudes toward women and children. Discuss this element of the Culture aspect with citations.
Education level of workers in the country. Discuss this element of the Culture aspect with citations.
Values and attitudes. Discuss this element of the Culture aspect with citations.
Religious customs. Discuss this element of the Culture aspect with citations.
Physical environment. Discuss this element of the Culture aspect with citations.
Labor Conditions
Introduce this aspect.
Safety and fairness. Discuss this element of the Labor Conditions aspect with citations.
Labor laws. Discuss this element of the Labor Conditions aspect with citations.
Availability of skilled and unskilled workers. Discuss this element of the Labor Conditions aspect with citations.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Include a brief review of the issues and the conclusions and recommendations (go or no go) reached.

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