BA 7040 Application Assignment 2 –F19
Instructions: Answer questions 1, 2 and 3. Expected double-spaced typed page limit is
between 6-8. For any page after 9, there will be a 4%/page penalty. Further, I encourage
you to focus on our class lectures, readings, and class discussion to answer these
questions (not internet sources). The scoring rubric from Application 1 will be used for
this assignment. Specifically, proposed solutions to the case, application of course
concepts, critical thinking insights on your part and integration of readings (and personal
experiences) will be weighted equally in my evaluation.
Please refer to the case: “Hancock Products, Inc.” (Answer Q1, Q2, Q3). The case can be
downloaded from Course Documents.
Q1. How should Bill Phillips lead and manage the changes at Hancock? Discuss a set of
actions that need to be taken to resolve the problems at Hancock. Please note that, here,
you need to focus on resolving the already created problems due to his actions. You
are NOT asked what he SHOULD have done differently. Use examples and insights from
readings and class discussion as part of your answer (40% weight).
Q2. Consider in more depth the readings and class discussions on leadership: How are
insights from various authors and class discussion useful for understanding the role of
leadership in this situation. (40% weight)
Q3. Suppose this event occurred in another country or geographical area, such as Germany,
Japan, India, China (you can chose a particular country), would Bill Phillip’s CFO career
get derailed? Why or why not? What is your definition of derailment? (20% weight).
Submit the entire project as a single file, including the cover sheet (with your name, section
number, and access ID # only on the cover page) to the same folder you downloaded this
assignment in Assignments. Please remember to hit the SUBMIT button, not the Save as
This project is due by Tuesday, Nov 12 at 1 pm. If a paper is submitted after 1pm, a
late penalty applies.*
*Late papers are subject to 10%/day penalty (see syllabus). Also a grade based on work completed will be
submitted to the university if I do not receive your paper when I submit grades.
• Important: Use the following file name: LastnameFirstnameApp2. So if fictional
student Megan Smith were submitting her project, she would use the following file
Typing/Word Processing Instructions
Use the same typing instructions from the first application assignment and syllabus.
We will use the same grading criteria from Application 1. Specifically, your answers should
have the following properties (equally weighted for each question).
1. A convincing case solution and/or examples, (including personal applications
and examples from class discussion).
2. Wide ranging use of course concepts and readings to provide insights into the
context or conditions that explain the specific case issues. It is important to mention
course readings and class discussion.
3. New insights or ways of understanding issues that you see in our readings and
and class discussion that can be applied to this case. This could include new
personal insights into how the material applies to you or your critical evaluation of
4. Integration of course materials, such as referencing readings and class
discussion on one topic area, to lend understanding to this case.
I highly recommend you use and reference course readings and class discussion as part of
Letter grades will be posted in Academica and a grade summary will be available on
Canvas once I am done grading. When I post the grades, I will also send an e-mail
notifying you that grades have been posted on Canvas and Academica. (Please wait for
my e-mail notification).