Assignment 4: Merger, Acquisition, and International Strategies

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Choose two (2) public
corporations in an industry with which you are familiar – one (1) that
has acquired another company and operates internationally and one (1)
that does not have a history of mergers and acquisitions and operates
solely within the U.S. Research each company on its own Website, the
public filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR database (,
in the University’s online databases, and any other sources you can
find. The annual report will often provide insights that can help
address some of these questions.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. For
    the corporation that has acquired another company, merged with another
    company, or been acquired by another company, evaluate the strategy that
    led to the merger or acquisition to determine whether or not this
    merger or acquisition was a wise choice. Justify your opinion.
  2. For
    the corporation that has not been involved in any mergers or
    acquisitions, identify one (1) company that would be a profitable
    candidate for the corporation to acquire or merge with and explain why
    this company would be a profitable target. 
  3. For the corporation
    that operates internationally, briefly evaluate its international
    business-level strategy and international corporate-level strategy and
    make recommendations for improvement. 
  4. For the corporation that
    does not operate internationally, propose one business-level strategy
    and one corporate-level strategy that you would suggest the corporation
    consider. Justify your proposals.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be
    typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with
    one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or
    school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the
    assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,
    and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
    the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Identify various levels and types of strategy in a firm.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business administration.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business administration using proper writing mechanics.

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