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MBA 529 Project Paper Final




MBA 529 Project Paper Final;Guideline for Term Project(MBA529, Spring 2014);[1] Topic: Critical Evaluation of Business Operations or Strategies (Comparative Study);1) Choose one Finance topic of your interest, related to those topics in the textbook (Chap. 1 through 19);2) Topics should be related to Corporate Finance (managerial perspectives);3) Do not try to write a book or books;4) Some examples (not limited to) are as follow;Agency problem (SH ?Manager, Type-1), Regulations (capital markets, corporate governance, tax rates, IPOs, ?), interest rate (Fed policy, economic conditions, ?), risk-return tradeoff (SML, CML, CAPM, modern portfolio theory, new developments, ?), cost of capital (component costs, WACC,.), capital budgeting (related issues, tools (NPV, IRR, ?), applications, reality check (who uses these tools, how, and how often), capital structure (issues, theories, implications, ?), dividend policy (theory, practice, application), working capital management (OC, CCC, AAI, ACP, APP, EOQ, EAR, ?), M&A (mergers and acquisition, LBOs, ATM (anti-takeover measures, examples, list of events for each ATM, ?), global financial issues (economic or financial crises, trade policy (or war), tariffs, and regulations), leasing (types, valuation, and valuation (stock, bonds, rights, warrants, options, EMH, new developments (EVA, MVA, ?)).;3) Useful sites (not limited to) ? Refer to the file (Useful sites in D2L);*,,,;[2] Learning Goals: To learn how to apply (or integrate) financial principles/theories to business;operations (management, operations, customer services) and professional writing;1) To help students to better understand business operations (strategies, global view as financialmanagers);2) To help students to better understand ?Financetheories and principles?;3) To help students to improve?communication and interpersonal skills?;4) To learn how to get reliable information on industries and firms? operating and financing activities;5) To help students to improve organization skills in writing (professional) papers for business publications (e.g., Economists, Fortune, Business Week, ?);6) To help students to familiarize with current development of economies and financial markets;7) To help students to be better prepared for dynamic job opportunities in global business settings.;[3] Procedures to follow;1) Individual project (Need 7 articles if you have a group of 2);2) Find any five articles of your interests, which are related to those Finance topics in Ch. 1~19;3) Summarize the main issues, themes, and/or points of your papers in 5 pages (SS (single space));4) Criticize (i.e., analyze and evaluate critically) them with your (reasonable, constructive) suggestions;improvement, or alternative actions?) in 2 pages (or less) with you conclusion;5) Allthe articles and papers (referenced) should be attached in Appendix (no limit in length) with a list.;6) Refer to the article writing style in professional magazines (Economists, Fortune, Business Week, ?);7) Your proposal is due by Feb. 25, 2014 (Tuesday, to be posted in D2L Dropbox by 10pm);8) (Remember)The best approach is ?writing your business strategies from the perspectives of CEO or CFO (or CXX) of those (selected) companies;9) (final version) Term Paper should be typed in SS with comparisontables, graphs, and other charts for brevity and clerity;10) Term Paper should be posted in Dropbox (D2L) by April 9, 2014 (Wednesday). A hard copy (final Version with Power Point) should be submitted in classor send it to me by April 10 (Thursday);11) A sign-up sheet for individual presentation and discussion will be available in the week of April 7;12) Ask for any help for clarification and/or additional information or in D2L.;[3] Proposal Format (10 pts.);P.1: Project Title withsubtitles, and Name (and ID);P. 2: Objective(s): What to evaluate, criticize, demonstrate, prove, or show?;Plan: Brief description of your plan(s)(i.e., specific subjects, issues, procedures, and steps);Justify:Why thisissue (or topic) is important to you and readers? Discuss any learning goals.;[4]Paper Format: (Limit your paper to 7 pages (typed in SS,no overflow) and appendices (resources, no limit).;P.1: Title, Name (SU ID), and Abstract (10 pts., 150 words: Objectives, findings, conclusion);(refer to the OMM approach in writing);P. 2: Approved Proposal (with my comments on);P. 3: Table of Contents (use title(s), subtitles, and page numbers).;Main Text (starting from P.4);I. Introduction (Use subtitles (I.1, I.2,...) for clarity);II. Main Body:Background information (issues, topics), and summary of papers (e.g., findings,suggestions.;III. Summary and Conclusion;IV. Appendices: References, information sources, and original data (charts/diagrams, comparison tables);V. Suggestions for Good Papers(Yellow mark or underline important words, sentences, and paragraph);Section I: Introduction (10 pts.);1) Introduction: importance of your study, plan and expectations;2) Objective(s): What to criticize, find, show, or prove (usefulness, implication). What readers may learn from your paper,Why is it important?;3) Scope of your study (issues, topics (e.g., corporate governance, companies, industry, market(s), ?);4) Brief description of current economic outlook, industry and market conditions, related to your topic(s).;Section II: Criticize (or Evaluate) THE ISSUES (20 pts.);II.1Overview of the Issue(s) (suggestions but not limited to);1) Any important issues, related to economy, industry, financial market(s) (e.g., business cycle, interest, inflation, unemployment, economic (leading/lagging) indicators, minimum wages, and other relevant information);2) Why the issue(s) are so important to you, the firm (e.g., major product(s), national/global market(s) trend, foreign trade/investments, global banking relations, and foreign operations and financing activities);3) Related or affected companies and industries, Any important development(s) (e.g., new challenges);4) Strategic consideration of competitiveness andefficiency (e.g., business reengineering, downsizing);5) Any impactsor issues from unexpected changes in exchange rates and/or global economic conditions (e.g., U.S. financial crisis (2008), Euro crisis (2011-2013));6) Evaluate and/or criticize their arguments or issues with a summary of major findings.;Section III: Summary and Conclusion (10 pts.);1) Objective(s) (of your study);2) Summary of findings, conclusion, and suggestionsfor improvements);3) Discuss what you have learned from this project (application, usefulness, new concepts or ideas,...)!;IV. Appendices: Attach all relevant documents or reference in the paper (with a list and explanation).;Examples are ?articles, documents, papers, commentaries (e.g., Business Week, NBR, ?), and compelling issues,comparison tables,?).;V. Presentation (10 pts.): Use Power Point. (Sign up on SHEET for presentation time in April);Texts: Objective(s), importance, background, and major findings.;Data: Charts, Diagrams, and Comparison Table(s).;Conclusion: Summary of findings, Suggestions, and Lessons.;VI. Grading Policy and Instruction;1) No credit for late submission or no presentation;2) Abstract (quality, conciseness, and completeness): 10 points penalty for no Abstract (Follow OMM);3) Misspelling, incomplete sentences and sentences out of context: 5 pts. penalty for each;4) Missing items or unanswered questions: 5 pts. penalty for each;5) Follow the writing instruction: 10 pts. penalty will be applied for not following the format or inconsistency;6) No ? Table of Contents ? with subtitles and page numbers: 5 pts. penalty;7) Need to sign for a presentationin time;8) If one or two students are selected, be prepared for making a presentation in class (10 pts. bonus).


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