OBU RAP Topic 19

An analysis and evaluation of the financial and operational consequences of a merger between two organizations or of the acquisition of one organisation by another.



“Better knowledge of financial and operation issues of the selected organisation and its critical assessment before and after merger/acquisition in proper manner under well qualified mentor is key to success RAP under this topic”


This topic relates with overall assessment of consequences with respect to financial and operational issues of an organisation due to either merger of two companies or acquisition of one organisation by another.

Merger is a general term used to refer to the consolidation of companies. A merger is a combination of two companies to form a new organisation, while an acquisition is the purchase of one organisation by another in which no new organisation is formed. When two businesses merge, the financial and operational aspects of the pairing can swamp management, leaving the new organization less profitable than either of the two were before the venture. During your research on this topic Knowledge of Management buyout model and SAF model will be very helpful for you.

Student must have better knowledge of key aspects of merger or acquisition with specific to his/her selected organisation and he/she also need to assess that how this decision of the organisation actually impact the new formed entity in financial and operational aspects.  Critical detailed in depth evaluation of financial and operational consequence of the organisation both in positive or negative terms due to merger or acquisition is the important aspect that student focus to work under this topic.

Key features / requirements

  • Proper explanation of overall concept of merger / acquisition both in general (i.e. Litterateur Review) and specific to the selected organisation.
  • In depth analysis of financial and operational consequences that ultimately result into merger / acquisition of the organisation. 
  • Assessment of how business of the organisation improved after merger / acquisition.
  • Provide some quantitative and qualitative analysis to substantiate above mentioned aspects in proper manner.
  • Maintain proper balance in explanation / analysis of different aspects of merger / acquisition and their impact on overall business performance in both quantitative as well as qualitative terms.   

*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.
  • If student acquire information from primary sources then he/she 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 (not 100% essential as it various as per students approach);
  • Accessibility of information from secondary sources;
  • Knowledge of overall operations of the organisation (extremely important in topic 19);
  • Knowledge of overall associated sector of the organisation;
  • 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 19 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 19, 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 19 as keeping broader level approach (described above) , detailed approach under topic 19 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 18 is not 100% essential as it various as per overall approach of the student. If student plan to get information from primary sources then he/she needs to ensure that he/she 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.

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