Finance and Value Article Critique

01 Mar


Recently, we have seen a number of examples of unethical behavior in organizations, often tied to the organization’s handling of finances.


Questions to Consider

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.

  • ethical issues in financial matters may arise for the top leadership or financial managers in today’s corporate environment?
  • What pressures might encourage unethical behavior, particularly pertaining to the organization’s financial reporting or situation?
  • How might these pressures be mitigated? Consider recent examples or actions (suggested or taken) to help mitigate these instances.

Assessment Instructions

Write a 3- to 4-page critique of Desai’s 2008 article “The Finance Function of a Global Corporation,” linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading.

Note that a critique is not just a summary or opinion—it requires a formal analysis and critical review. Your critique should address what the author is saying and what arguments are being made. Be sure to examine whether the author’s arguments are supported with facts or data. Address what implications the article may have. Consider what the author has omitted from the article.

In your analysis, address the following points:

  • Analyze the validity of finance and value creation arguments.
    • What are the facts and data upon which those arguments rest?
    • How do these facts validate or invalidate the author’s arguments?
  • Assess the use of financial persuasion to support the arguments.
    • What financial persuasion elements were present?
    • Were any financial data or facts omitted?
  • Analyze the financial implications of the author’s arguments.
    • What does this mean for the organization?
    • Are there implications for constituents and interested parties?
  • Synthesize your analysis of the article and your observation of the finance function at your workplace, or a major publicly rated corporation.
    • What new or deeper understandings do you have about the finance function?
    • What other insights do you have about the finance function? Use the arguments, facts, data, and financial persuasion elements from the article to support your understanding of the finance function.

Your paper should be written in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
  • Number of resources: Minimum of three references.
  • Length of paper: 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.




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