Shareholder Value Article Critique

Business Finance

  • Overview

    Write a 3- to 4-page formal analysis and critical review of Rappaport’s 2006 cover story “Ten Ways to Create Shareholder Value.”Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.SHOW LESSBy successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment objectives:

    • Competency 1: Apply the theories, models, and practices of finance to the financial management of the firm.
      • Analyze the validity of finance and value creation arguments.
      • Assess the use of financial persuasion elements to support the arguments.
    • Competency 3: Evaluate alternative methods of financing a firm in diverse economic environments.
      • Analyze the financial implications of an author’s arguments.
    • Competency 4: Integrate financial analyses into general business management planning and decision making.
      • Synthesize an analysis of the article and observations of the finance function at a workplace.
    • Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.
      • Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.
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    Resources

    Required Resources

    The following article discusses the expected value model..

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    Suggested Resources

    The resources provided here are optional. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. They provide helpful information about the topics in this unit. The MBA-FP6016 – Finance and Value Creation Library Guide can help direct your research. The Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.

    Additional Resources for Further Exploration

    The following texts are designed to assist learners to master core concepts, solve financial problems, and analyze results.

    • Ross, S. A., Westerfield, R. W., Jaffe, J. F., & Jordan, B. D. (2014). Corporate finance: Core principles and applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. – Available from the bookstore

    The text offers an introductory look at corporate finance.

    • Welch, I. (2017). Corporate finance (4th ed.). Retrieved from http://book.ivo-welch.info/read/.
      • Chapter 20, “Equity Payouts: Dividends and Share Structure,” pages 555-579.
  • Assessment Instructions

    Write a 3- to 4-page critique of Rappaport’s 2006 cover story “Ten Ways to Create Shareholder Value,” linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading.Note that a critique is not just a summary or opinion—it requires a formal analysis and critical review. Your critique should address what the author is saying and what arguments are being made. Be sure to examine whether the author’s arguments are supported with facts or data. Address what implications the article may have. Consider what the author has omitted from the article.In your analysis, address the following points:

    • Analyze the validity of finance and value creation arguments.
      • What are the facts and data upon which those arguments rest?
      • How do these facts validate or invalidate the author’s arguments?
    • Assess the use of financial persuasion to support the arguments.
      • What financial persuasion elements were present?
      • Were any financial data or facts omitted?
    • Analyze the financial implications of the author’s arguments.
      • What does this mean for the organization?
      • Are there implications for constituents and interested parties?
    • Synthesize your analysis of the article and your observation of the finance function at your workplace, or a major publicly rated corporation.
      • What new or deeper understandings do you have about the finance function?
      • What other insights do you have about the finance function? Use the arguments, facts, data, and financial persuasion elements from the article to support your understanding of the finance function.

    Your paper should be written in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

    Additional Requirements

    • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
    • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
    • Number of resources: Minimum of three references.
    • Length of paper: 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages.
    • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

    SCORING GUIDE/RUBICS

  • Shareholder Value Article Critique Scoring Guide

    CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED
    Analyze the validity of finance and value creation arguments. Does not describe the validity of finance and value creation arguments. Describes the validity of finance and value creation arguments. Analyzes the validity of finance and value creation arguments. Analyzes the validity of finance and value creation arguments; provides details and examples to support the analysis.
    Assess the use of financial persuasion elements to support the arguments. Does not describe the use of financial persuasion elements to support the arguments. Describes the use of financial persuasion elements to support the arguments. Assesses the use of financial persuasion elements to support the arguments. Assesses the use of financial persuasion elements to support the arguments; provides details and examples to support the assessment.
    Analyze the financial implications of an author’s arguments. Does not describe the financial implications of an author’s arguments. Describes the financial implications of an author’s arguments. Analyzes the financial implications of an author’s arguments. Analyzes the financial implications of an author’s arguments; provides details and examples to support the analysis.
    Synthesize an analysis of the article and observations of the finance function at a workplace. Does not synthesize an analysis of the article and observations of the finance function at a workplace. Explains an analysis of the article and observations of the finance function at a workplace, but the synthesis is unclear or unrelated. Synthesizes an analysis of the article and observations of the finance function at a workplace. Synthesizes an analysis of the article and observations of the finance function at a workplace; makes logical correlations or identifies discrepancies with details and examples.
    Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions. Communicates in a manner that is not professional or consistent with expectations for members of the business professions. Communicates in a manner that is inconsistent with expectations for members of the business professions. Communicates in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions. Communicates in a manner that is professional, scholarly, and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions. Adheres to APA formatting guidelines and produces work that is appropriate for publication.

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