MBA 520 Module One Short Paper-choose and examine a publicly listed company that you are considering analyzing for your final project

MBA 520 Module One Short Paper Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: For this task, you will choose and examine a publicly listed company that you are considering analyzing for your final project. You will provide the
reason you are choosing to analyze this company for your final project, introduce the key goods and services provided by the company, and explain how the
company is organized.
Prompt: First, review the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document so that you understand the scope of the final project. Then, visit the webpage SEC
EDGAR Company Filings
, and select a company for your final project. Research the company’s background using the corporate website and other web resources.
Be sure to cite your sources in APA style.
Next, identify the company and address the following
critical elements:
Company Selection: Explain why you have you chosen this company for your final project (personal interest, business interest, professional interest,
etc.).
Financial Context: Key Goods or Services/Features: Describe the key goods and services your selected organization provides. Include information
about where, why, and for whom they are provided. Separate the financial interest of the company into financial and nonfinancial features. For
example: Are they a manufacturer offering their own financing to customers? Is the company currently facing any financial woes? Explain how these
features of the organization (e.g., major products or services, customers, location) help set the boundaries for business decisions.
Financial Context: Organized: Describe how the company is organized (by product groups, geographic region, function, etc.). Explain how the
organization of the company affects accounting and financial information and subsequent business decisions. Hint: A good place to search
for this information is in the notes in financial statements. For example: Is the company filing using GAAP, and are there any provisions for
non-GAAP filing? Or, how are revenues treated from foreign subsidiaries?
Note: This paper and the instructor’s feedback will inform Final Project Milestone One, which is due in Module Three.
Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: The short paper should follow these formatting guidelines: 1 to 2 pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), double
spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and citations in the latest APA style.

Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Company Selection Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates sophisticated
understanding of the selected
company
Explains why the company was
chosen for the final project
Explains why the company was
chosen for the final project, but
explanation is cursory or lacking in
detail
Does not explain why the
company was chosen for the final
project
30

 

Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Financial Context: Key
Goods or
Services/Features
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
draws particularly insightful
connections between
organization’s financial and
nonfinancial features and
business decisions
Describes how key goods or
services and features of
organization help set
boundaries for business
decisions
Describes how key goods or
services and features of the
organization help set boundaries
for business decisions, but
response is cursory or contains
inaccuracies, or links to decision
making are weak or illogical
Does not describe how key
goods or services and features of
the organization help set
boundaries for business
decisions
30
Financial Context:
Organized
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates especially keen
insight into relationships
between organization’s
structure, how financial
information is recorded, and
impact on business decisions
Analyzes how company is
organized and managed and the
effect on accounting and
financial information and
subsequent business decisions
Analyzes how company is
organized and the effect on
accounting and financial
information and decisions, but
response is cursory or contains
inaccuracies, or links between
organizational structure, finance,
and decision making are weak or
illogical
Does not analyze how company
is organized and managed and
the effect on accounting and
financial information and
subsequent business decisions
30
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
10
Total 100%

 

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