About this Assignment
As part of this course, you’ve learned about the affect globalization can have on businesses, some strategies for managing businesses and teams internationally, concerns about legality, culture, and ethics, and the necessities for entering foreign markets. In a 1500 to 2000-word paper, please write a business proposal.
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You are the operations manager of an electronics manufacturer based in Vermont. You currently use locally-made materials and assemble electronics in your Vermont facility. Your company does both wholesale and retail, selling to mid-channel distributors like Best Buy or selling directly to the buyer. You also offer in-house repairs and maintain a customer service department. The CEO of the company has come to you to explain that the company is being ‘priced out’ of the industry because the products are priced too high and the current production processes are not scalable. If expenses can be reduced, the company could lower the cost of the products and be more competitive in the market. If production processes can be increased, market share can grow, particularly internationally. The CEO has asked you to use your knowledge of the global business environment, multinational operations, and diverse work teams to come up with ways to lower costs and increase production, including possible outsourcing and expansion of operations to overseas locations. Please create a proposal that compiles your analysis and recommendations for the CEO.
In your proposal, be sure to include the following elements:
The possible advantages and disadvantages of the different types of global sourcing for your company. Identify areas in the company that may benefit from a form of sourcing. Identify specific countries that may serve as sources of materials, components, and labor. Explain how global sourcing could impact the existing issues with pricing, competition, and production.
The managerial impact of using a global workforce. Include a description of the in-house management required to implement a global workforce scenario in the countries identified as potential sources of labor. Discuss the qualifications and characteristics that should be sought when recruiting and hiring an international management team.
Cultural and ethical concerns with using a global workforce. Offer some possible solutions to overcoming these concerns and negotiating cultural conflicts that may arise.
An evaluation of communication and decision-making for your recommendations. Identify the managerial philosophies and the technology needed to keep everyone ‘in the loop,’ no matter how remote that person may be.
Evaluate whether globalization of production and expansion in the global marketplace can improve competitive advantage while decreasing costs.
A final summary of your recommendations, tying together the components so that the CEO understands the potential benefits, risks, and changes to the company.
Your papers will be graded based on the following rubric:
Does not identify the forms of outsourcing nor identify the advantages and disadvantages of each as they relate to the scenario. (0-2 Points)
Identifies some of the forms of outsourcing but not all OR identifies advantages or the disadvantages but does not do both. (3-6 Points)
Identifies most of the forms of outsourcing OR identifies most of the advantages and disadvantages. (7-8 Points)
Identifies the forms of outsourcing, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each as they relate to the scenario. (9-10 Points)
Cultural, Ethical, or Legal Concerns
Does not fully articulate the cultural, ethical, or legal environment of the scenario. (0-2 points)
Articulates some of the cultural, ethical, or legal environment of the scenario but does not articulate the advantages and disadvantages of the environment. (3-6 Points)
Articulates most of the cultural, ethical, or legal environment of the scenario and articulates the advantages and disadvantages of the environment. (7-8 Points)
Fully articulates the cultural, ethical, or legal environment of the scenario, including the advantages and disadvantages of the environment. (9-10 Points)
Neither articulates the needed technological infrastructure to implement a global workforce environment nor links it to the entities in the scenario. (0-3 Points)
Does not fully articulate the needed technological infrastructure to implement a global workforce environment and briefly links it to the entities in the scenario. (4-5 Points)
Mostly articulates the needed technological infrastructure to implement a global workforce environment and how it would apply to the entities in the scenario. (6-7 Points)
Fully articulates the needed technological infrastructure to implement a global workforce environment and how it would be used in the scenario. (8 Points)
Company Management and Infrastructure
Does not identify any infrastructure or management changes to the company. (0-3 Points)
Identifies the changes to management but does not relate them to the inclusion of a global workforce. (4-5 Points)
Identifies the changes to management and mostly relates them to the inclusion of a global work force. (6-7 Points)
Clearly identifies the changes to management that are necessary as they relate to the inclusion of a global workforce. (8 Points)
Summary of Recommendations
Does not make recommendations. (0-3 Points)
Makes recommendations but the recommendations are not consistent with the previously related main ideas. (4-5 Points)
Makes decent recommendations that are mostly consistent with previously related main ideas. (6-7 Points)
Makes solid recommendations that are consistent with the previously related main ideas. (8 Points)
Articulation of Response
Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas (0-2 Points)
Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas. (3-4 Point)
Submission has a few errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas. (5 Points)
Submission has no errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization. (6 Points)
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