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FIN 336 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of a multinational performance report. The report will investigate the motivation behind expanding business
internationally, whether revenue-related, cost-related, or a combination of both. You will gain a better understanding of international business and the factors
that make multinational business complex (e.g., risk management, ethical and legal compliance). As you work though this project, you will explore how the
2007–2008 financial crisis affected multinational corporations (MNCs), with both additional opportunities and potential risks.

The project is divided into two milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final
submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two and Five. The final product will be submitted in Module Seven.

In order to successfully complete this project, you will choose a multinational company from the Final Project Company List document and access the following
financial reports:

 Balance sheet
 Income statement
 Statement of cash flows
 Current annual report
 2007–2008 annual report
 Statement of retained earnings

In order to access this information, follow the steps in the Mergent Online Instructions document to access the Mergent Online database. P lease ensure that you
select forms based on the company’s most recent tax submission. The annual report is also available on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website.

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

 FIN-336-01: Analyze the impact of legal and ethical challenges on stakeholders for supporting an organization’s conduct and decision making in global
markets

 FIN-336-02: Analyze risks and financial factors associated with multinational corporate expansion for informing strategic financial decisions and
mitigating risk

 FIN-336-03: Assess multinational expansion factors for ensuring alignment with corporate strategies based on economic environments and market
conditions

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Prompt
Develop a report that analyzes one company’s approach to multinational expansion and includes financial factors such as economic environments and market
conditions, risk mitigation strategies, and ethical and legal practices.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Company Overview: Use the company’s website and 10-K report to support responses for this section.
A. Describe the company’s background, including its industry and extent of its multinational reach for identifying expansion factors and corporate

strategies. [FIN-336-03]

II. Economic Environments and Market Conditions: Use the 2007-2008 annual report and the most current annual report to support responses for this
section.

A. Identify international financial markets in which the company operates, such as stock markets, bond markets, and money markets, for
explaining how the company raises capital within these markets. [FIN-336-03]

B. Discuss effects of the global credit crisis on the company’s ability to raise capital required to support its expansion and operations, and provide
examples to support your claims. [FIN-336-03]

C. Explain the role of international financial markets and institutions in global environments in evaluating their impact on the company’s risk
management strategies. [FIN-336-03]

D. Analyze impacts of exchange rate on the company’s performance for determining if a loss occurred because of fluctuations or devaluations of
foreign currencies, providing examples from the past year to support your claims. [FIN-336-03]

E. Assess the impact of the global financial crisis as it relates to transaction, economy, and translation exposures with consideration of liabilities
and assets in foreign currencies, and support your assessment with financial information. [FIN-336-03]

III. Risk Mitigation: Examine sources of risk and risk reduction methods available to multinational corporations. Use the 2007–2008 annual report and the
most current annual report to support responses in this section.

A. Discuss techniques the company used to hedge foreign exchange exposure such as the use of forwards, futures, options, money markets, or
swap agreements, and support with financial information from the past year. [FIN-336-02]

B. Discuss risks and financial factors associated with exchange rates and interest rates for assessing how they inform the company’s financial
management approaches. [FIN-336-02]

C. Discuss diversification in the company’s expansion model for examining advantages or disadvantages, and provide examples and financial
information from the past year to support your claims. [FIN-336-02]

D. Discuss company strategies before and after the 2007–2008 crisis for determining possible reasons for the company’s current financial
performance, and provide examples to support your claims. [FIN-336-02]

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IV. Ethical and Legal Considerations: Explain how the company is maximizing shareholders’ value while maintaining ethical and legal practices.
A. Discuss the company’s ethical and legal management during the 2007–2008 crisis for evaluating its impacts on international investing. [FIN-336-

01]
B. Analyze the impact of ethical and legal decisions on internal stakeholders, including shareholders, for identifying strengths and areas of

improvement in international expansion strategies. Provide examples to support your claims. [FIN-336-01]
C. Discuss the impact of the company’s ethical and legal decisions on external stakeholders, including the government, culture, and environment

into which the company expanded, for identifying strengths and areas of improvement in expansion strategies. Provide examples to support
your claims. [FIN-336-01]

V. Future Risks and Challenges: Based on the company’s financial information and your research, make informed predictions about the company’s future
risks and challenges.

A. Discuss financial decisions for informing future approaches to increase the company’s value based on trends in corporate strategies and
financial information. [FIN-336-03]

B. Discuss ethical and legal considerations and approaches the company may consider for supporting its value in global markets. [FIN-336-01]
C. Discuss risk mitigation strategies the company may use for avoiding potential financial crisis and informing strategic financial decisions. [FIN-

336-02]

Milestones
Milestone One: Multinational Company Selection
In Module Two, you will submit a company overview based on your selected company as well as specific critical elements from Section II: Economic
Environments and Market Conditions and Section IV: Ethical and Legal Considerations. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.

Milestone Two: Economic Environments and Risk Mitigation
In Module Five, you will submit specific elements of Section II: Economic Environments and Market conditions and Section III: Risk Mitigation. This milestone
will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.

Final Submission: Multinational Performance Report
In Module Seven, you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should
reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission will be graded with the Final Project Rubric.

Please note that Section II: Economic Environments and Market Conditions, Section III: Risk Mitigation, and Section IV: Future Risks and Challenges need to
be submitted in addition to the revised milestones.

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Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your multinational performance report must be 5 to 8 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and must be written in APA
format. Use double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Cite references in APA format.

Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Company
Overview:
Company

Background
[FIN-336-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
description demonstrates
sophisticated awareness of
expansion factors and company’s
corporate strategies

Describes the company’s
background, including its
industry and extent of its
multinational reach for
identifying expansion factors and
corporate strategies

Describes the company’s
background, including its
industry and extent of its
multinational reach for
identifying expansion factors and
corporate strategies, but
description is cursory or contains
inaccuracies

Does not describe the company’s
background

4.52

Economic
Environments and
Market Conditions:

International
Financial Markets

[FIN-336-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
explanation demonstrates a
nuanced understanding of how
the company raises capital in
identified markets

Identifies international financial
markets in which the company
operates, such as stock markets,
bond markets, and money
markets, for explaining how the
company raises capital within
these markets

Identifies international financial
markets in which the company
operates for explaining how the
company raises capital within
those markets, but explanation is
cursory, illogical, or missing key
elements

Does not identify international
financial markets in which the
company operates

4.52

Economic
Environments and
Market Conditions:
Global Credit Crisis

[FIN-336-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
examples used illustrate a
sophisticated understanding of
the effects of the global credit
crisis on the company’s ability to
raise capital required to support
its expansion and operations

Discusses effects of the global
credit crisis on the company’s
ability to raise capital required to
support its expansion and
operations, and provides
examples to support claims

Discusses effects of the global
credit crisis on the company’s
ability to raise capital required to
support its expansion and
operations, but discussion is
cursory or contains inaccuracies
or examples provided are
illogical

Does not discuss effects of the
global credit crisis on the
company’s ability to raise capital
required to support its expansion
and operations

4.52

Economic
Environments and
Market Conditions:
Financial Markets
and Institutions

[FIN-336-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
explanation demonstrates a
nuanced understanding of the
role of international financial
markets and institutions and
their impact on the company’s
risk management strategies

Explains the role of international
financial markets and institutions
in global environments in
evaluating their impact on the
company’s risk management
strategies

Explains the role of international
financial markets and institutions
in global environments in
evaluating their impact on the
company’s risk management
strategies, but explanation is
cursory, illogical, or missing key
elements

Does not explain the role of
international financial markets
and institutions in global
environments

4.52

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Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Economic
Environments and
Market Conditions:

Impacts of
Exchange Rate

[FIN-336-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
examples provided illustrate a
nuanced understanding of the
impacts of exchange rate

Analyzes impacts of exchange
rate on the company’s
performance for determining if a
loss occurred because of
fluctuations or devaluations of
foreign currencies, and provides
examples from the past year to
support claims

Analyzes impacts of exchange
rate on the company’s
performance for determining if a
loss occurred because of
fluctuations or devaluations of
foreign currencies, and provides
examples from the past year to
support claims, but analysis or
examples provided are cursory,
illogical, missing key elements or
contain inaccuracies

Does not analyze impacts of
exchange rate on the company’s
performance

4.52

Economic
Environments and
Market Conditions:

Global Financial
Crisis

[FIN-336-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
supporting financial information
demonstrates a sophisticated
awareness of the impact of the
global financial crisis on
transaction, economy, and
translation exposures

Assesses the impact of the global
financial crisis as it relates to
transaction, economy, and
translation exposures with
consideration of liabilities and
assets in foreign currencies, and
supports assessment with
financial information

Assesses the impact of the global
financial crisis as it relates to
transaction, economy, and
translation exposures with
consideration of liabilities and
assets in foreign currencies, and
supports assessment with
financial information, but
assessment or supporting
information is cursory, illogical,
missing key elements or contains
inaccuracies

Does not assess the impact of
the global financial crisis as it
relates to transaction, economy,
and translation exposures

4.52

Risk Mitigation:
Hedge Foreign

Exchange Exposure
[FIN-336-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
supporting financial information
demonstrates a sophisticated
awareness of techniques the
company used to hedge foreign
exchange exposure

Discusses techniques the
company used to hedge foreign
exchange exposure such as the
use of forwards, futures, options,
money markets, or swap
agreements, and supports with
financial information from the
past year

Discusses techniques the
company used to hedge foreign
exchange exposure such as the
use of forwards, futures, options,
money markets, or swap
agreements, and supports with
financial information from the
past year, but discussion or
supporting information is cursory
or illogical or contains
inaccuracies

Does not discuss techniques the
company used to hedge foreign
exchange exposure

6.33

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Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Risk Mitigation:
Exchange Rates and

Interest Rates
[FIN-336-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
the discussion demonstrates
sophisticated awareness of how
exchange rates and interest rates
inform the company’s financial
management approaches

Discusses risks and financial
factors associated with exchange
rates and interest rates for
assessing how they inform the
company’s financial
management approaches

Discusses risks and financial
factors associated with exchange
rates and interest rates for
assessing how they inform the
company’s financial
management approaches, but
discussion is cursory or illogical
or contains inaccuracies

Does not discuss risks and
financial factors associated with
exchange rates and interest rates

6.33

Risk Mitigation:
Diversification
[FIN-336-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
supporting financial information
demonstrates a nuanced
understanding of diversification
in the company’s expansion
model

Discusses diversification in the
company’s expansion model for
examining advantages or
disadvantages, and provides
examples and financial
information from the past year
to support claims

Discusses diversification in the
company’s expansion model for
examining advantages or
disadvantages, and provides
examples and financial
information from the past year
to support claims, but discussion
or supporting financial
information is cursory or illogical
or contains inaccuracies

Does not discuss diversification
in the company’s expansion
model

6.33

Risk Mitigation:
Company
Strategies

[FIN-336-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
articulation of supporting
examples demonstrates a
complex grasp of how the 2007–
2008 crisis impacted the
company

Discusses company strategies
before and after the 2007–2008
crisis for determining possible
reasons for the company’s
current financial performance,
and provides examples to
support claims

Discusses company strategies
before and after the 2007–2008
crisis for determining possible
reasons for the company’s
current financial performance,
and provides examples to
support claims, but discussion or
supporting examples are cursory
or illogical or contain
inaccuracies

Does not discuss company
strategies before and after the
2007–2008 crisis for determining
possible reasons for the
company’s current financial
performance

6.33

Ethical and Legal
Considerations:

Ethical and Legal
Management
[FIN-336-01]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
response demonstrates a
sophisticated understanding of
ethical and legal management
during the 2007–2008 crisis and
its impacts on international
investing

Discusses the company’s ethical
and legal management during
the 2007–2008 crisis for
evaluating its impacts on
international investing

Discusses the company’s ethical
and legal management during
the 2007–2008 crisis for
evaluating its impacts on
international investing, but
discussion is cursory, inaccurate,
or missing key elements

Does not discuss the company’s
ethical and legal management
during the 2007–2008 crisis

7.92

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Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Ethical and Legal
Considerations:

Impact on Internal
Stakeholders
[FIN-336-01]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
articulation of supporting
examples demonstrates a
sophisticated awareness of the
impact of ethical and legal
decisions on internal
stakeholders

Analyzes the impact of ethical
and legal decisions on internal
stakeholders, including
shareholders, for identifying
strengths and areas of
improvement in international
expansion strategies, and
provides examples to support
claims

Analyzes the impact of ethical
and legal decisions on internal
stakeholders, including
shareholders, for identifying
strengths and areas of
improvement in international
expansion strategies, and
provides examples to support
claims, but analysis or examples
are cursory or illogical

Does not analyze the impact of
ethical and legal decisions on
internal stakeholders

7.92

Ethical and Legal
Considerations:

Impact on External
Stakeholders
[FIN-336-01]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
articulation of supporting
examples demonstrates a
sophisticated awareness of the
impact of ethical and legal
decisions on external
stakeholders

Discusses the impact of the
company’s ethical and legal
decisions on external
stakeholders, including the
government, culture, and
environment into which the
company expanded, for
identifying strengths and areas
of improvement in expansion
strategies, and provides
examples to support claims

Discusses the impact of the
company’s ethical and legal
decisions on external
stakeholders, including the
government, culture, and
environment into which the
company expanded, for
identifying strengths and areas
of improvement in expansion
strategies, and provides
examples to support claims, but
response or supporting examples
are cursory or illogical

Does not discuss the impact of
the company’s ethical and legal
decisions on external
stakeholders

7.92

Future Risks and
Challenges:

Financial Decisions
[FIN-336-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
response demonstrates a
sophisticated awareness of
financial decisions based on
trends in corporate strategies
and financial information

Discusses financial decisions for
informing future approaches to
increase the company’s value
based on trends in corporate
strategies and financial
information

Discusses financial decisions for
informing future approaches to
increase the company’s value
based on trends in corporate
strategies and financial
information, but response is
cursory or illogical

Does not discuss financial
decisions for informing future
approaches to increase the
company’s value

4.52

Future Risks and
Challenges: Ethical

and Legal
Considerations

[FIN-336-01]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
response demonstrates a
nuanced understanding of
ethical and legal considerations
that support the company’s
value in global markets

Discusses ethical and legal
considerations and approaches
the company may consider for
supporting its value in global
markets

Discusses ethical and legal
considerations and approaches
the company may consider for
supporting its value in global
markets, but response is cursory
or illogical

Does not discuss ethical and
legal considerations and
approaches the company may
consider

7.92

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Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Future Risks and
Challenges: Risk

Mitigation
Strategies

[FIN-336-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
response demonstrates a
nuanced understanding of risk
mitigation strategies that inform
strategic financial decisions

Discusses risk mitigation
strategies the company may use
for avoiding potential financial
crisis and informing strategic
financial decisions

Discusses risk mitigation
strategies the company may use
for avoiding potential financial
crisis and informing strategic
financial decisions, but response
is cursory or illogical

Does not discuss risk mitigation
strategies the company may use
for avoiding potential financial
crisis

6.33

Articulation of
Response

Submission has no major errors
related to grammar, spelling,
syntax, or organization

Submission has few minor errors
related to organization,
grammar, and style

Submission has several errors
related to grammar, spelling,
syntax, or organization

Submission has major errors
related to grammar, spelling,
syntax, or organization that
negatively impact readability and
articulation of main ideas

5.03

Total 100%

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  • FIN 336 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
    • Overview
    • Prompt
    • Milestones
      • Milestone One: Multinational Company Selection
      • Milestone Two: Economic Environments and Risk Mitigation
      • Final Submission: Multinational Performance Report
    • Final Project Rubric
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