Case Report Assignment #1: Company Analysis ACCT 3560 - Winter 2021 Due: Wednesday, March 17th at 11:59 PM on Blackboard Overview: This assignment will be graded out of 50 points and will count towards 10% of your course grade. Your completed assignment should be submitted through Blackboard in advance of the deadline in PDF format. Assignments should be 5-7 pages, double-spaced (not including the title page or any appendices). Use Times New Roman 12pt font and 1-inch margins. A Note on plagiarism: The University of Windsor Policy on Plagiarism states “the source of any ideas, wording, or data obtained from others must be disclosed and properly acknowledged by citations, quotation marks, and bibliographic references in the proper format. Using the work of others without acknowledgment is plagiarism.” (FAHSS Plagiarism Policy, 2014). Use American Psychological Association (APA) formatting for your title page and any references. You must cite all sources, including the textbook. APA resources can be found at: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guid e/general_format.html Assignment Details: Students will perform a strategic analysis and create a case report related to a company of your choice. You will research any company you choose but it will be best to choose a company and industry that you are most interested in. You will be responsible for writing a background section on the industry and company that you choose. Based on one of the chapters we have covered in the textbook, you will write a case report about a potential problem could potentially occur within the company you choose. Although your problem and solution may be based on any chapter that we cover this semester, you will need to structure your report on the Five-Step Strategic Decision Model (first introduced on Page 19 of the textbook). You must select a scenario that will require you to include calculations for the given problem and provide a viable solution. The grading rubric reflects how detailed you will need to be (Appendix A). The assignment contains 4 main components as follows: 1. Background (10 Marks) - This section should be approximately 1-2 pages and include a brief description of the industry that your chosen company belongs to, as well as of the company itself. You will include brief SWOT analysis (at least 2 items per category) and a detailed analysis of their strategy. You will also provide a brief Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map based on what you find out about the company. In most cases this information will be available on the company’s web site (don’t forget to cite your sources). You should also add some insight into the company that you gained through your research that leads into the issue that you will be addressing in Part 2. 2. Decision Model (20 Marks) - Based on the Five-Step Strategic Decision Model, you will create five sections (one for each step in the model). This section will make up the bulk of your case report. Step 1: Identify a problem where a management decision needs to be made. The closer this is to a real-world problem, the better. You may either find research that talks about the problem or base the problem off a scenario found in the textbook. Step 2: Outline what types of information you will need to have to address the problem named in the previous step and why. Step 3: Make predictions about the future based on the information you obtain in the previous step. You will add your calculations component to this step. The actual calculations will be kept in the Appendix to keep the body of the report short. Only refer to the results of your calculations in the body of the report. Step 4: Use the calculations from the previous step to make a choice between alternatives. You must relate your choice back to strategic reasoning and referencing back to your Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map. Creating and commenting on your calculations will be the longest step in this section. You may redevelop calculations found in homework problems and in the textbook as long as they are adequately modified. You may also use real-world reports as inspiration as long as they are cited properly. Step 5: Explain how you will implement your decision and how you will evaluate performance and learn from it going forward. Ensure that there are feedback provisions in place to defer any deviance from the strategic direction. 3. Calculations (15 Marks) - In the Appendix section of the paper you will detail the calculations you performed for Step 3 of the Decision Model. The calculations should be fairly extensive and detailed, containing multiple elements. They must also be properly performed and formatted. For example, performing only one component of the strategic analysis of operating income would be too little, while performing all components would exceed what you would need. 4. Qualitative Aspects (5 Marks) - You will be graded on how polished your report is, how creative it is and how closely it addresses real-world issues. Make sure to proofread extensively, use APA properly, and draw inspiration from problems you have seen while performing your research. The report should be professional looking, contain some visuals, and appealing to read. Appendix A: Marking Rubric NAME: _______________________ 1.1 Background for chosen company and industry (2). 1.2 SWOT Analysis (3). 1.3 Bal-anced Scorecard (BSC) and Strategy Map (5). 2. Use of the five-step decision model (20). 4. Development of calculations (15). 5. Spelling, grammar, APA, citations, creativity, esthetics (5) SCORE: _____________ / 50 5 Strong, concise, with cited outside sources. 4 Above average background. 3 Average background information. 2 Some background but not strong. 1 Missing most of the background information. 0 Does not provide background. Exceeds minimum requirements. Meets minimum requirements and correct. Does not provide any of the elements. Draws on all components of BSC and Strategy Map but lacks some details. Good use of the model, applies each step correctly. Proper conclusion. Does not meet minimum requirements and mostly incorrect. Draws on more than one component of BSC, but limited. Missing most of the required information. Detailed use of full BSC, demon-strates good understanding of strategy. Excellent use of the model, well explained, strong, feasible problem and resolution. Excellent use of calculations, solutions well performed and justified. Excellently written, no errors, creative and appealing to read. Exceeds minimum requirements. Almost meets minimum requirements, and mostly correct. Draws on most components of BSC. Good attempt at Strategy Map. Draws on one component of BSC. Strategy Map incomplete. Does not draw on BSC. Lacks Strategy Map. Average use of the model, lacks detail. Chosen issue is feasible. Uses the model but not adequately applied. Does not demonstrate full understanding. Only limited steps of the model used. Not applied fully. Problem not feasible. Does not employ the model. Strong use of calculations, some errors and based on realworld. Average use of calculations, some errors, not feasible in real-world. Some calculations, not applied properly, limited in scope. Limited use of calculations Does not include calculations Few errors, well-written, creative and strong esthetics. Some visuals. Some errors, average creativity and esthetics. Meets most requirements. Some errors, lack of creativity, lacking formality. No visuals. Many errors, lacking appeal, limited creativity. Poorly formatted. Poorly proofread, many errors, no creativity.