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Wallace, who originally just wanted his, then defense-related dependent, Electronics Business gain a foothold of the private market within the electronics industry. Mr. Wallace and the Board embark a vertical integration into plastics and chemicals, by acquiring previous Supplier companies, in order to lessen production cost for Electronics group so that finances may be channeled towards product development and line extensions. The acquisition required a public stock offering that would channel most of the funds to pay off debts incurred by the 3 groups especially the Chemicals Group s debt. Mr. Wallace ended with 45% of the Stocks, Jerome Luskics, former owner of the Chemicals Company with 5% and rest of the 50% distributed among the public. The company now consists of a corporate staff and the three operational groups, running as three independent companies: Plastics, Chemicals and Electronics, each managed by a Group Vice President with Harold Wallace serving as both Chairman and President and keeps sole control all of the three entities, generating sales of $70 million with a net income of $1,760,000. Presently, the morale within the company has deteriorated to the point where some of the employee stockholders made an attempt to force Wallace s resignation. Mr. Wallace has hired Frances Rampar, a management consultant, to conduct a management survey into the problems facing The Wallace Group. Her task is to develop a series of priorities for Wallace s consideration. Identification of key Issues The most important problem facing the Wallace group is leadership. The Wallace group may have a Board of Directors but lacks Corporate Governance because there seems to be no transition from a single proprietorship to corporation thinking and management which very much evident in lack of cohesiveness between the three divisions. Rather than operating as a team, the three are more like rivals competing for resources and personnel. The apparent problems are only the symptoms of the real problems which will be detailed below: Corporate Governance 1. Stage one management in a stage three corporation. Harold Wallace is trying to micromanage all three divisions 2. Lack of a corporate strategy, company has no mission and no definite goals. 3. Poor organizational design creates span of control problems and results in poor operations. Personnel management: 1. Morale is poor 2. Recruitment backlog 3. Salary structure not commensurate and updated based on the current demand. 4. Experienced staff/ personnel is retiring and no one is heading the business expansion effort. 5. There is no management development program in-placed. 6. No performance standard and evaluation of employees Reports management: 1. There are no standard reports required by higher management. 2. There is no value chain or coordination in between departments Information Technology 1. Un-standardized methods of collecting data and presenting information MIS being develop is not a users need- based system. No consultation has been made to users as to what benefits they could get from the new system. Corporate policy on transfer pricing 1. Cannot meet volume and profit targets when saddle with noncompetitive material costs. The corporate policy of transfer pricing needs to be addressed in terms of product cost and profit margin. Diversification 1. Heavy dependence on government contracts could put the corporation in financial difficulty if further sales diversification cannot be found.
Financial issues 1. Potential for increased sales due to administration s commitment to a strong military with the latest technology.54 of total assets is supported for every $1 unit of equity. it is positively increasing its profit. Unprofitable chemical division needs new management or it needs to be analyzed for sale to someone else. . Being a public corporation provides the firm with flexibility to attract equity capital vs. long or short term debt. the more leveraged the company is in the sense of using debt and other liabilities to finance assets. Favorable market niche in electronics. In current year. Comparing the PY and CY performance. money is not a problem. B. Auto industry on an upward trend with high sales volume suggests solid future sales. Recommendations Corporate Governance. or objectives. Tremendous dissatisfaction among management and employees. giving equal importance to all divisions and not as a sole proprietorship company. Solid performance from the plastics and electronics divisions in the past. goals. Strengths A. 1. C. To address the identified key issues and problem of the company. This resulted from Wallace s failure to delegate to subordinates and a lack of clear strategies or long term plans. No clear marketing strategy Analysis and Evaluation Internal Environment A. and solvent thus. the decision of Harold Wallace to undertake diversification to reduce exposure to risk was a good portfolio strategy. higher financial risk and thus weaker solvency Debt-to-equity ratio 54% 54% Higher ratio indicates weaker solvency Financial leverage 1. The company is able to supply many of its own component parts and raw materials because it is well-integrated. External Environment A. The higher the financial leverage ratio. 7% was the return earned on its capital and 5% in prior years. B. Capital structure Financial ratios Solvency ratio CY PY Analysis Debt-to-assets ratio 35% 35% 35% of company s assets are financed with debt. Generally. B. Develop a new organizational chart. with clearly defined job responsibilities so that the Wallace group can operate effectively as a corporation.54 Measures the amount of TA supported for each one money unit of equity. higher debt. Merely revisiting the company s policy and structure is needed to strengthen its internal capacity for future growth and development. Lethargy and lack of direction on top management s part. The electronics group has a good track record in developing and manufacturing countermeasure equipment. Long standing reputation of reliable government contracts. Marketing 1. This means. Profitability ratios Net profit margin 4% 3% This measures the better view of a company's potential future profitability. The company is earning. The above capital structure of The Wallace Group depicted how financially sound the company is. Return on Equity 7% 5% This measures the return earned by the company on its capital. best suited for a large corporation.
The overall profitability of the corporation is what is important. Unprofitable chemical division needs new management or it needs to be analyzed and sold off based on Cost/benefit analysis to corporation. problem-solving achievement. Promote trained and skilled staff if there is a problem in hiring new staff Develop a staff career development to help employees advance their work lives within a specific organization. This policy needs to be weighed in terms of overall profitability to corporation and not individual departments. 2. Reports management: 1. Mr. Wallace must focus his attention on being the Chairman of the Board and let his managers manage. detailing the goals and objectives of the company as a whole not as three separate entities. . better communication. Competitive analysis on purchases should be done and will be a basis of procurement. evaluates and disseminates information from the internal as well as the external environments and provides this information to the right people within the organization. This is currently needed since there is currently some problems within the Wallace group with obtaining needed information by department Corporate policy on transfer pricing 1. 6. Gauge the areas of importance in career development. This will give the staff guide on what they what to deliver in a monthly/quarterly/annually basis Team-building should be done to build rapport between departments and all staff. Clarify transfer pricing policy. Determine what motivates employees through a survey. revised and updated to cope with the existing demands. Review the recruitment process and identify what causes the slow turn-over of hiring staff Review the salary structure. Personnel management 1.Hire a new President/CEO who can create a stronger management team that will help to continue to provide a growing EPS for the shareholders. and cost effective production must be greatly considered Evaluation and control will be important to the Wallace group because it monitors actual performance and compares it to desired performance. Conduct system survey among staff to determine their need and wants in terms of MIS. The transfer pricing policy must be reviewed. Diversification 1. Establish objectives for each division where Inputs from the various directors expressing each divisions need for more qualified personnel. It is through this process that management is able to take corrective action and resolve problems. praise. Management should set a standard reporting format or standard reports needed for decision making. This is one way of creating a culture of unity and cooperation which consequently will address the problem on value chain. task accomplishment. and guiding others. assessment and training needed to help employees realize their career goals while attracting and retaining highly talented people. Make sure that all managers understand that it is a team effort. 3. Information Technology 1. Identify the staffing needs first before entering to business expansion. 2. Establish performance standards and evaluate output in order to arrive at objective human resource decisions as well as to provide procedures to support those decisions. The focus of such programs was to provide the information. 2. 4. Diversify product mix and customer base to hedge against loss of large customers. 2. & conduct economic or cost of living study to come up with sound company salary philosophy. leadership. Environmental scanning will be important because it monitors. status. 5. This will also help identify the capacity of staff in terms of MIS. Allocation of sufficient and proper resources must be given priority Financial and Accounting issues 1. recognition. Formulate the corporate strategy involving all division directors.
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