In this Signature Assignment, you will select two of the firms you used for the Week 2 social media assignment (Walmart and Amazon). In this scenario, the two firms will engage in a merger in order to broaden their scope and increase accessibility to global markets. As a change consultant called in to facilitate this merger, assess the following and prepare a paper in which you address each item using what you have learned in this course.
Identify the mission statements for each firm. Combine them into one global mission statement.
Compare and contrast the two firms’ organizational structures and suggest a new structure that will work for the combined firms. Define the new structure according to the mechanistic/organic dichotomy.
Prepare a S.W.O.T. analysis in which you identify five of each category. Discuss how you might leverage the merged firms’ combined strengths in order to take advantage of the opportunities listed. At least one opportunity must be ‘global’ in nature. Also, discuss how the combined firms’ weaknesses might constrain pursuit of opportunity.
Develop a communication plan for rolling out information about the merger.
Identify the types of resistance that managers will face and describe strategies for managing resistance.
Discuss how a change like a merger will affect employee engagement and offer strategies to keep employees engaged.
Identify the ethics/values in the culture of each firm.
Are these values complementary to a merger? Is there a possibility of a misalignment of values, and how might this be managed?
Length: 10-12 pages, not including title page and references
References: Include at least 5 – 7 sources; at least three should be scholarly.
Your manuscript should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.
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