Company: Nordstrom Inc
In this milestone, you will provide sufficient detail about expanding Nordstrom Inc. to Dubai, its costs, and its time frame to give a loan committee a firm sense of the proposed investment. You will also analyze the impact of the investment proposal on your business by explaining why now is the right time for this investment given the global context and by explaining how the investment is a good strategic fit with your company.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
II. Investment Project: Use this section to describe the investment for which you are seeking funding, its costs, and time frame. Specifically, you should:
- Describe the investment project. Be sure to provide sufficient detail to give the loan committee a firm sense of the parameters of the activity, the need for it, and what financial metrics are relevant for determining success. In other words, what do you propose to do, where, what marketplace
need will it fill, and how will you measure success?
- Specify the resources the project will require and where these resources will come from. In addition to noting the amount of the loan you are
requesting, you should also consider human resources, facilities, government approvals, intellectual property, access to natural resources, and other
resources that might be required to carry out the project.
- Time frame. When will the project start, what is the anticipated economic life of the proposed expansion, and how will you decide if, when, or how
to exit? Justify your choices with appropriate financial metrics.
III. Justification: In this section, you should analyze the impact of the investment proposal on your business. In particular, you should cover:
- Why is now a good time for this investment given the global context? Justify your response, citing specific external factors such as trade regulations,
foreign currency considerations, or trends in foreign direct investment that might affect business financial decisions.
- Strategic fit. Use this section to discuss why the investment proposal makes sense for your company strategically. Specifically:
- How does the investment align with the company’s organizational and financial priorities? Support your argument with evidence from company reports and financial statement analysis designed to persuade the lender that the investment is a good strategic fit for your company.
- How does the project fit within the global microeconomic environment? Support your response with evidence. For example, would theexpansion tap unmet demand for the company’s key products or services or fill a new niche? How do you know?
- How does the project build on the organization’s core competencies and comparative advantage? For example, does the company have a strategic advantage from intellectual property, regional expertise, suppliers, or organizational structure?
Guidelines for Submission: Your investment project and justification paper should be approximately 8-10 pages in length (excluding spreadsheets, other exhibits,
and list of references as necessary). It should be double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, and should use APA format for references and citations.
Your paper should include the following elements:
1. It must move beyond a summary of a topic or a biographical rendering on a character.
2. It must include an argument/claim to be proven in the body of the paper.
3. It should use at least 5 reading sources and draw on all of them to support your claims.
4. It should analyze evidence
5. It should draw a conclusion that mirrors the argument/claim lay out in the introduction
Your paper will be evaluated based on four elements: content, organization, style and mechanics. There will be a rubric available on Blackboard that explains each of these elements in detail. The first draft will be graded the based on the rubric and the product that you produced.
Your paper must have a thesis statement that contains an argument about the historical evidence. Your argument must be supported by evidence from both primary and secondary sources.
Your paper must have an introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs and a conclusion. Your thesis statement should provide some sense of the structure of your paper. Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence that supports the overall thesis.
Style & Mechanics:
•Your writing should be succinct, clear and free of grammatical errors.
•Your paper needs to be typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins (double-sided printing is allowed.) I prefer Times New Roman font.
•Your first draft must be 3-5 pages, your final draft must be 7-10 pages.
•include a title-center your title on the first page (double space after title, no more)
•use a header, include page # only (do not waste space)
•include footnotes & a bibliography (bibliography is not a part of the page requirement, footnotes are)
•No formatting shenanigans.
•For this paper you may use class sources and outside sources. All sources used must be either scholarly secondary sources or genuine primary sources. For this paper, you will be required to use a minimum of 5 sources, excluding our textbook by Sanchez, Spude, and Gomez. At least 1 of your sources must be primary sources, the rest must be scholarly articles, books or book reviews. Take care to use reputable sources—no Wikipedia, etc. The best historical work responds to the secondary literature on a topic and analyzes primary sources independently.
•Cite all sources that are not common knowledge. Think of the most uninformed person you know. If that person would not know the information you are using then it is not common knowledge.
· You must use footnotes formatted with Chicago style. There will be a handout posted on Blackboard on footnotes and you can consult this website:
•All direct quotes must be enclosed in quotation marks with the exception of quotations longer than 4 lines. Long quotes should be formatted as block quotations. Both must have citations. If quoted material is not indicated as such and properly cited with a footnote then it constitutes plagiarism.
•Paraphrases must be cited. If you paraphrase something that is not common knowledge and you don’t cite your source then it constitutes plagiarism.