Choose a company with which you are familiar…



Question 1:

Companies in Crisis.

Choose a company with which you are familiar and identify three important issues facing that company. Explain in detail why these issues are important.

Question 2:

Choose one of the issues you identified in the previous topic. Propose how each step in the issue management process (see “Issues Management” in Chapter 19) can help the firm deal with this issue.

Question 3:

Planning for a Crisis.

Successfully handling a crisis often depends on how well the firm has planned for the crisis in advance. Choose one crisis affecting a business that has been widely reported in the media. Explain in detail the ways in which this crisis could affect the business.

Question 4:

For the crisis you discussed in the previous topic, explain in detail how the five crisis planning issues (Chapter 19, “Planning in a Crisis”) could have helped the firm deal with the crisis.

Question 5:

Examine the similarities and differences between an ESOP, MBO, and a Family Transition Exit. Determine which one would be the easiest to successfully complete and which one would be the most difficult to complete. Support your answers.

Question 6:

Successfully transitioning a family business from one generation to another is a goal of most owners of family firms. Provide advice to a business owner who wants to have a family member take over the business. Create a checklist for the owner to follow and include an introduction and closing statement that provides a summary of your recommendations.

Question 7:

Determine the conditions and reasons why a company should consider a public offering. From the viewpoint of the owner of the business undertaking the Initial Public Offering (IPO), determine three advantages and three disadvantages of an IPO.

Question 8:

From an investor’s point of view, determine three advantages and three disadvantages of an IPO. Contrast these advantages and disadvantages with those from an owner’s point of view.

Question 9:

Examine the issues and suggest at least two (2) options for society to deal with children who display aggressive bullying behaviors toward other children.

Question 10:

Take a position for or against the statement: Parents should be held legally responsible for aggressive bullying behaviors if another child is hurt physically. Support your response with an example.

Question 11:

Examine the four (4) primary theories of prosocial behavior (a) empathy-altruism hypothesis, (b) negative-state relief, (c) empathetic joy, and (d) genetic determinism. Discuss the two (2) that you believe influence people most. Explain your reasons.

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