OBU RAP Topic 7


A critical evaluation of the restructuring of an organisation’s operational activities and the effect on the organisation’s financial performance

 

restructuring in company

The improved knowledge of all the operational activities that have direct impact on the long term growth of the company along with a proper crosslink of the general reconstruction process under guidance from a highly qualified mentor is very important for passing the RAP.

Overview

The restructuring of an organization is the act of organizing it in a new manner in order to make it more effective in its workings, both in a financial and an organizational sense. The organizational restructuring points to the processes that, when a significant change occurs in the business, enable the management of the company to gain more from the employees. In order to achieve the best in the business, it is very important to develop a plan for corporate restructuring, and plans for layoffs and mergers to be put in place.

The most important reason for restructuring of a business is to enable achievement of the set goals. Before any major changes are made, the company needs to understand the importance of restructuring and to know the reasons behind this act.

There are external factors that point to the need for changes in the business:

  • Addressing new markets;
  • Following the trends of change;
  • Keeping in pace with developing technologies and competition;
  • Achieving the set long-term objectives and satisfying the demands of the shareholders.

There are also internal factors that can point to the need for changes in the business:

  • Raising additional capital;
  • Dealing with inefficient or outdated working practices.

The aspects that the students should they choose this topic, is their understanding of the various operational activities of the company and the connection with the long-term objectives of the company. The student will need to obtain more precise information about the changes that are needed under the reconstruction process. Without this knowledge, the student is not going to manage analyzing the selected company and meet the goals and objectives of this topic. This is not an easy topic, and it strongly depends on the area of interest of the student.

Key features / requirements

  • Evaluating the whole restructuring process of the selected company;
  • The impact of the restructuring process on the various activities of the selected company;
  • Impact of the restructuring process on the financial performance of the company;
  • Properly prepare a quantitative and a qualitative analysis to support all the aspects of the restructuring;
  • Provide adequate explanations and analysis of the different aspects of the topic.

* The feedback from the Project Mentor is of key importance for obtaining good grades on your RAP.

Key Success Factors

  • Understanding the basics of restructuring.
  • Very good understanding of the complete restructuring process of the selected company.
  • Connecting the restructuring steps in accordance with the operations of the selected organization.
  • Appropriate implementation of the selected goals and objectives that were decided in the beginning of the RAP.
  • Adequate answers to the research questions that were set up at the beginning of the RAP in the appropriate sections.
  • The use of the appropriate research method in getting good results on the goals and objectives that were put in place at the beginning of the RAP.
  • Enable a logical flow of the discussion by keeping the requirements of the topic.
  • Give logical conclusions on the work in the Research Report by having in mind all the requirements of the topic.

* The feedback from the Project Mentor is of key importance for obtaining good grades on your RAP.

Major benefits for choosing this topic

  • The students will be able to incorporate their theoretical knowledge in real life situation.
  • The student will be met with various major steps in the overall restructuring.
  • The student will notice the connections between the different aspects of the restructuring process and the overall operations of the selected company.
  • The techniques learned during the preparation of the RAP under this topic will be of great help to the student in their professional career.

Major possible limitations faced by the student under this topic

  • The student may not be welcomed by the management of the selected company, and may not be provided all the necessary documentation (due to confidentiality issues or lack of authorized personnel).
  • The student may face with lack of relevant information from secondary sources, due to inadequate research approach.
  • The student may get confused by the contradiction in the gathered information provided by the primary sources, against the results of their actual research works.

Suitable organisation under this topic

The best company for preparation of the RAP under this topic is the one for which the students has adequate access to the management and such where the management is able to provide the necessary information. The proper selection of the most suitable organization is very important, and the student needs to have proper understanding of the sector where the company operates. Upon their knowledge on the company and sector, the student can connect the different aspects of the overall operations of the selected company and will be able to more easily fulfil the requirements of the topic and get good grades on their RAP.

The student will need to evaluate these aspects in the choosing for a company for their RAP:

  • The interest of the student in relation to the business of the company;
  • Access to primary sources of information (of great importance in topic 7);
  • Access to relevant secondary sources of information;
  • Knowing  the whole operation of the selected company (very important in topic 7);
  • Knowledge on the sector in which the selected company operates;
  • Access to adequate officials from the selected company (very important in topic 7);
  • General idea of the requirements of the selected topic in the beginning of the RAP and their proper application in the selected organization.

Suggested approach for this topic

The student needs to adequately plan the time needed to properly finish all the necessary requirements of this topic. The student will need to clearly understand the major requirements of the topic and analytically evaluate all the necessary aspects by outlining a detailed strategy. The student will need to make estimation on all the necessary processes that need to be followed in the beginning of the preparation of the RAP in order to fulfil the prescribed requirements of the topic.

The student will need to prepare the whole content of the RAP under topic 7 in a logical manner. The table of content will enable the student to stay on the right track from the beginning and also help the student in making a proper time table and estimation of the necessary time to complete each task.

After finalizing the table of contents of the RAP under topic 7, the student will need to start work in a logical manner in gathering of the necessary information. The student has to logically and analytically evaluate the gathered information by consulting the Project Mentor. The feedback and proper guidance from the Mentor in some key aspects of the RAP is of great importance for the completion of the RAP.

As there is no 100% correct approach for the creation of the RAP under topic 7, the broad level approach described here is the start. It needs to be followed by the student’s plans that were made in the beginning of the preparation of the RAP in accordance to the available information on the selected company. No matter the approach the student will choose to follow, the guidance from the Project Mentor along every step of the process has major influence in preparing a good RAP and getting good grades.

Availability of Information

The student will have to prepare the RAP from the information provided by the management of the company (primary source of information), in relation with the information gathered from reliable secondary sources of information (internet, newspapers, books, etc.). The availability of primary sources of information is of key importance for topic 7 that this topic can’t be completed without this specific information. The student needs to be assured that he/she has access to information provided by the management of the selected company and there are no confidentiality clauses behind these.

The student needs to analytically approach this topic, all the prescribed requirements, and the availability of information before making a decision to base their RAP on this topic. If there are doubts on any of these factors, the student should not choose this topic for their RAP, as these factors have very big influence on the evaluation of the RAP and their final grades.

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