This writing assignment should be in an essay
format. It should use two or more published news or academic articles which are
less than a year old as cited references. This writing assignment addresses the
values learning outcome (LO7) as detailed in the syllabus.

For this assignment,
assume that you are a corporate manager that needs to make an important
decision. Your company currently has its largest factory (700 employees)
located in the Midwestern United States. This factory is currently not
competitive in international markets and its poor results are threatening to
force the entire company into bankruptcy. The company employs 3,000 in other
areas of the U.S.

You have to decide whether
to keep the factory where it is or move it to Canada or Ireland. You can only
keep one factory open. The corporate tax rates of Canada (20%) and Ireland
(15%) are much lower than the U.S. (35%). Labor costs will not change
significantly because the cost of training new employees will be offset by the
replacement of highly paid senior employees with younger employees in the other
countries. The old factory needs extensive renovation which will still not
leave it as efficient as the new factories planned for the new countries.
Therefore, the NPV of the capital investments involved are equal for all three
countries.

You have calculated the NPV of each choice. The
NPV of keeping the U.S. factory open is $1,000,000. The NPV of moving the
factory to Canada or Ireland is $10,000,000 and $35,000,000 respectively.

In this writing assignment, you should answer the
following questions:
·
Where should
your factory be located? Why?

·
Who are the
stakeholders in this decision? How did you take the stakeholders into account
when making your decision?

·
How does your
decision support responsible stewardship and integrity in the context of
financial management?

The essay will be in APA format and be 500-1,000
words in length (this range includes everything in the assignment including
your name, title, and citations). Turnitin.com software will be used to ensure
that submitted assignments are original works. See the rubric on the next page
for complete grading criteria.

Recent published news or academic articles are
available in the ProQuest database at the Saint Leo University Library website.
Click here for instructions on accessing
ProQuest.

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