Case Analysis: Bank of America’s Acquisition of Merrill Lynch

Case Analysis: Bank of America’s Acquisition of Merrill Lynch

Read the case, “Bank of America’s Acquisition of Merrill Lynch” on page 702-718. Use the case analysis format provided below to address to identify the problems and provide several suggested solutions that the Bank of America executive team can review for possible implementation.

Be sure to identify “identify 2 to 3 problems” and “develop 2 to 3 possible solutions to the problems identified”, and use this as the focus for making your case in the case format. Note: The case questions provided at the end of each case can be used as an insight to what the problems might be; so be sure to investigate the case carefully.

Case Format

I. Write the Executive Summary

  • One to two paragraphs in length
  • On cover page of the report
  • Briefly identify the major problems facing the manager/key person
  • Summarize the recommended plan of action and include a brief justification of the recommended plan

II. Statement of the Problem

  • State the problems facing the manager/key person
  • Identify and link the symptoms and root causes of the problems
  • Differentiate short term from long term problems
  • Conclude with the decision facing the manager/key person

III. Causes of the Problem 

  • Provide a detailed analysis of the problems; identify in the Statement of the Problem
  • In the analysis, apply theories and models from the text and/or readings
  • Support conclusions and /or assumptions with specific references to the case and/or the readings

 

IV. Decision Criteria and Alternative Solutions

  • Identify criteria against which you evaluate alternative solutions (i.e. time for implementation, tangible costs, acceptability to management)
  • Include two or three possible alternative solutions
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of each alternative against the criteria listed
  • Suggest additional pros/cons if appropriate

V. Recommended Solution, Implementation and Justification

  • Identify who, what, when, and how in your recommended plan of action
  • Solution and implementation should address the problems and causes identified in the previous section
  • The recommended plan should include a contingency plan(s) to back up the ‘ideal’ course of action
  • Using models and theories, identify why you chose the recommended plan of action – why it’s the best and why it would work

VI. External Sourcing

  • 2 to 3 external sources (in addition to your textbook) should be referenced to back up your recommendations or to identify issues.  This information would be ideally sourced in current journals, magazines and newspapers and should reflect current management thought or practice with respect to the issues Identify.

 

The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded:

  • Write between 750 – 1,250 words (approximately 3 – 5 pages) using Microsoft Word in APA style, see example below.
  • Use font size 12 and 1” margins.
  • Include cover page and reference page.
  • At least 80% of your paper must be original content/writing.
  • No more than 20% of your content/information may come from references.
  • Use at least three references from outside the course material, one reference must be from EBSCOhost. Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used, but are not counted toward the three reference requirement.
  • Cite all reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values, etc.) in the paper and list on a reference page in APA style.

OSHA has identified falls as (36.5%) of hazards in construction.  Falls—(36.5%) ********(I have attached 3 articles required from the online library)********* The assignment is to write a research paper involving FALLS as a construction hazard. You may narrow your topic down to a more specific type of accident within the major category. For example, under falls, you could focus your research on falls from ladders. When writing the paper, consider the following questions:

OSHA has identified falls as (36.5%) of hazards in construction.

 

 Falls—(36.5%)

********(I have attached 3 articles required from the online library)*********

The assignment is to write a research paper involving FALLS as a construction hazard. You may narrow your topic down to a more specific type of accident within the major category. For example, under falls, you could focus your research on falls from ladders. When writing the paper, consider the following questions:

 

1. What are the common causative factors?

2. What does data indicate?

3. What are the effective proven corrective measures?

 

Remember that a significant aspect of any research paper is the summary analysis by the writer of that research (in this case, you).

 

The submission must be a minimum of three pages in length, not including the title page or reference page. A minimum of three scholarly reference sources must be used from the Online Library.

 

Scholarly sources include:

 peer-reviewed journal articles (Click here to access a webinar outlining peer-reviewed articles.)

 safety reference books and textbooks, and

 other publications by safety professionals and organizations (print or online).

 

Note that wikipedia.com, answers.com, ask.com, about.com, and similar broad-based Internet sites are not considered scholarly sources. Use government and professional safety-related sources, such as osha.gov., niosh.gov, asse.org, nsc.org, and nfpa.org. Contact your professor if you have any questions about the validity of a reference source. APA format is required. Be sure to use in text citations for direct quotes and paraphrased information.

OPS/571 University of Phoenix [Pin It] Research, select and review industry and companies of interest in areas of Operations, Supply and Value Chains in context of the global competitive landscape in preparation for an assignment due in Week 6. Select and review Operations and Supply / Value Chain as well as the global competitive landscape for one company in your industry using the IBISWorld and Mergent Online databases found in the University Library along with official company reports (SEC filings, Investor presentations, etc.). Use at least 3 sources. Submit your selected industry, company, and information to the instructor for approval.

OPS/571 University of Phoenix

Research, select and review industry and companies of interest in areas of Operations, Supply and Value Chains in context of the global competitive landscape in preparation for an assignment due in Week 6.

Select and review Operations and Supply / Value Chain as well as the global competitive landscape for one company in your industry using the IBISWorld and Mergent Online databases found in the University Library along with official company reports (SEC filings, Investor presentations, etc.). Use at least 3 sources.

Submit your selected industry, company, and information to the instructor for approval.