FDI The case study of why, and how Bridgestone invested in Firestone serves as a good example of FDI since it covers the main categories of FDI.
You are obliged to discuss the FDI activities of a real Canadian company such that you can discuss
you have trouble finding a company, check here www.witiger.com/internationalbusiness/countryinfo.htm
You are not allowed to use the examples we discussed in class.
You will be marked 60% on your ability to draw out description and explanation of the various categories of FDI, and 40% on your ability to use a real company's FDI and what they did.
In substantiating your scenario you are welcome to make reference to any newspaper, magazine or online or offline sources you may have accessed.
You should cite these sources on an attached page.
You do not have to remember exact URL's, and exact periodical publication info but you should be able to prove (if later asked), that it is a real company and that the circumstances really existed. (so you can't make this up)
- what the Report should look like
- binding, pages, table of contents
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Reports Part 2
The importance of using "Mature Language" in your writing
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Reports Part 4
Coordinating the submission
Communication w group members
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The importance of spelling and grammar and how you can help each other
NOT do ones we covered in class
(unless your research uncovers a totally new FDI situation)
NOT do the ones we have done in class
- that would be silly because the professor has already told you about them
- there is no learning involved in doing one the professor has already covered
- eg - Saputo, ALCAN, Quebecor, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, Magna, Lavalin, Ivanhoe Energy, DDM Plastics of Tilsonburg, Nova Chemicals Corp, iFire Technology, Sipro Lab Telecom
- check your online course outline to make sure the company you are doing is not already discussed on witiger.com
- learn something new please
What to do
most cases, you would be advised to pick a medium or large sized company
- simply because that is easier to find information about.
If it is a medium or large sized company it is highly likely they have a detailed web site and a published annual report. You can check the company's web site for press releases that may discuss any FDI or export situation. You can also use CanadExport to look for a good company that is mentioned there. You can also check the membership lists of trade associations like the Canadian Export Association, the Canadian Mining Association, the APMA Automotive Parts Manufactuers Association, the Canadian Co-operation Association, the Canadian banking Association, IT associations like ITAC, etc. etc.
It is to your advantage to take time selecting a good company, and also pick a company that no other student might pick - be original, don't do Molson's or Nortel; I get that year after year.
Make sure it is a Canadian company - don't do Ford Canada or General Motors Canada
Please do not ask the professor detailed additional questions about WHERE to get information - that is part of your challenge !! You may ask if a particular company is Canadian (if you really can't ascertain this) but you cannot ask for an opinion "if this is a good company" - in order to be fair to everybody, you have to make your choice independently.
If you have selected 2 or 3 companies and you need help deciding, the professor may give you some advice, but you need to make the final decision.
remember the class about Sources of Information
- if you have no clue,
look at lists like this
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is recommended that you attach a page with a proper list of your sources
You do not need to put footnotes at the bottom of each page, you can simply put numbers within the page, and refer those numbers to the corresponding number on your sources/references page.
compare similar companies -
- if you do the same company as another student, I will presume it is an accident
- nevertheless I will read both side-by-side to make sure there is no copying, or any other form of cheating.
NOT cut and paste in sentences off the company website without using "quote"
It is OK to put in a few short quotes, but you must identify the speaker and context.
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