OBU RAP Topic 14


An appraisal of the business and financial objectives of a strategic investment decision made by an organisation and its impact on key stakeholders

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“Better knowledge of overall operations of the selected organisation along with technical aspects of strategic investment decision is essential under this RAP. Proper linkage of strategic investment decision with overall operations of selected organisation with detail assessment under well qualified mentor is key to success for passing RAP under this topic”

This topic relates with appraisal of various business and financial objectives based on some strategic investment decision taken by management of the organisation and how this decision impact on key stakeholders of the organisation both.

Objective is defined as a specific goal or aim set by a person or any organisation. By setting aims and objectives, companies give themselves a sense of purpose and direction. This provides a framework around which to create their plans. Most organizations have general or overall aims which they can break down into specific objectives, or targets.

Business owners set different types of objectives, including financial objectives, to give them a solid plan for moving in the direction of long-term success. Financial objectives focuses on monetary aspects of the organisation and common financial objectives includes increasing revenue, increasing profit margins, retrenching in times of hardship and earning a return on investment. On the other hand, business objectives can be non-monetary terms as common example of business objectives include increment in overall market share , reputation , long term sustainability of the organisation.

Any strategic investment decision taken by a organisation has the same basic goals like  to strengthen the financial condition of the organisation, increase the competitive edge, improve operational efficiency and improve accountability and initiative. A strategic investment is no different. Examples of strategic investment decisions are upgrading the information technology systems, acquiring new facilities, acquiring new machinery and even acquiring a competitor.

Under this topic, first of all student basic understanding of overall business and financial objectives and he/she must have excellent knowledge of these objectives for his/her selected organisation along with strategic investment decision taken by the selected organisation recently. He must aware technical aspects of strategic investment decision of the organisation so the he/she can easily link it up with various operations of the organisation that ultimately link up with overall business and financial objectives of the organisation.

Moreover, he also must have excellent knowledge of key stakeholders of the selected organisation and their interest with the organisation. Based on recently strategic investment decision (it varies as per selected organisation), student need to assess that how this decision impact overall quantitative  (financial) and qualitative (business) objectives of the organisation.  Moreover, student needs to link existing state of the organisation with prior state (before strategic investment decision) to identify overall advantage and disadvantages attain by the organisation. He also need to give particular focus on impact of all initiatives of the organisation on key stakeholder (owners, employees, competitors, government (if applicable) etc.

In short , requirements of this topic is not easy to cater without excellent information of overall operations of the organisation along with impact of strategic investment decision on overall interest of various key stakeholders.

 Key features / requirements:

  • Proper explanation of overall concept of strategic investment both in general and specific to the selected organisation
  • Assessment of how business and financial objectives of a strategic investment decision  impact on overall business performance of the organisation.
  • In depth analysis that how business and financial objectives of a strategic investment decision impact on key stakeholders (i.e. government, regulatory authorities, employees, senior management, competitors, etc.) of selected organisation.
  • Provide some quantitative and qualitative analysis to substantiate above mentioned aspects in proper manner.
  • Maintain proper balance in explanation / analysis of different aspects of business and financial objectives of a strategic investment decision  and their impact on key Stakeholder of the organisation.

 *Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

 Key Success Factors:

  • Proper application of all selected aims and objectives (that decided in inception of RAP) in appropriate sections of RAP.
  • Proper answering of all research questions (that decided in inception of RAP) in appropriate sections of RAP.
  • Usage of proper research methodology to achieve good result against all selected aims and objectives (that decided in inception of RAP).
  • Maintain proper sequence of all discussion in logical manner by keeping all requirements of the topic.
  • Logically conclude all performed work at the end of Research Report by keeping in consideration of all requirements of the topic.

 *Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Major benefits for choosing this topic:

  • Student will practically apply his/her bookish knowledge into real life.
  • Various techniques learned under this topic will substantially help student in his/her professional life.

Major possible limitations faced by student under this topic:

  • Students may not entertain well by the management of selected organisation in provision of required information due to various issues (e.g. confidentiality aspects, non availability of authorized person to disseminate information to student for research work, etc.)
  • Student may not find good stuff from internet  or other sources (due to weak research approach) to bring ideas for improvement in the project.
  • Student may be confused due to variation in actual information (verbal or documented) provided from primary sources with the result that he/she actually derive from his/her research work as per requirement of the topic.

 *Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Suitable organisation under this topic:

The most suitable organisation under this topic is that for which student have access to management of the company and moreover management of the company is willingly provide all required information to student as required under the topic. Selection of most appropriate organisation is very essential as student must have better understanding of overall operations of the organisation and moreover he/she also have enough knowledge of the sector in which his/her selected organisation actually operates. Based on better knowledge of the organisation and respective sector , student will be able to interlink various aspect of overall operations of the selected organisation with all requirements of the topic that ultimately help him/her in getting good grades.

In short student need to assess following aspects in selection of organisation for RAP.

  • Student’s own interest related to overall business of the organisation;
  • Accessibility of information from primary sources (extremely important in topic 14);
  • Accessibility of information from secondary sources;
  • Knowledge of overall operations of the organisation (extremely important in topic 14);
  • Knowledge of overall associated sector of the organisation;
  • Availability of time from concerned officials of selected organisation (extremely important in topic 14);
  • Basic idea of requirements of selected topic and their applications on proposed organisation in inception of RAP.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Suggested approach for this topic:

Under this topic, student must plan properly from inception so that he/she can complete all tasks effectively in proper manners. First of all, student must  gain excellent understanding of major requirements of this topic and he/she need to critically assess all aspects of requirement by defining detailed strategy.  Student need to assess that what process that he/she actually follow to meet all requirements that only possible through detailed planning in inception of RAP.

Student need to  prepare overall content of RAP under topic 14 that describes logical sequence of all tasks that need to adhere by the student. This content will also help student to keep on right track from inception and at the same time student can also assess time factor against planned vs. actual tasks through considering his allocated time for complete preparation of RAP.

After finalization of overall content of RAP under topic 14, student need to start working logically from gathering of information as per requirement of topic. Student need to assess all gathered information very critically through consultation from mentor. Mentor feedback on key areas of RAP is very essential so student should share his/her thoughts with project mentor regularly to get efficient guidance in time accordingly.

In short, there is no 100% suggested approach for topic 14 as keeping broader level approach (described above) , detailed approach under topic 14 varies due to student’s perception that he conceived from requirements of the topic along with available information of selected organisation. Whatever, the approach you will follow , keep getting guidance from project mentor at every step so that you can meet all requirements of topic and get good grades.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Availability of Information:

Student have to complete his/her RAP based on provision of information directly from management of the organisation (i.e. primary sources of information) along with vast information available through different mediums (internet, newspaper, books, etc.) under secondary sources of information.  Availability of information from primary sources under topic number 14 is very essential as this topic cannot complete at all without getting specific information of the selected organisation. Student need to ensure that he has access of vast information from management of the selected organisation and there is no confidentiality concerns by them as well.

In short, student need to assess very critically before opting this topic for RAP as all requirements of this topic only meet if student have enough information about selected organisation. If there is any doubt on provision of required information during perpetration of RAP then student should not select this topic for RAP as it impact on overall evaluation of information and overall grades of RAP.

*Feedback from project mentor is essential to get good grades in RAP.

Important Links:

Business Analysis Section of RAP

Reference Generator Link

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