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Internal Assignment Applicable for JUNE 2018 Examination

Course: Compensation & Benefits

1. Assume that you are the HR manager of a multinational manufacturing organization. Devise a compensation plan to accommodate the needs of the employees. (10 Marks)
2. Analyse the current reward trends and comment on the pros and cons of those trends. (10 Marks)
3. “A competitive compensation plan is not only favourable for the employees but it also perks up the company’s performance. It alters an employee’s focus towards generating more revenue for their organization and empowers them to overcome their departmental schedules”.
a. Do you agree with the above statement? Explain your reasons with examples. (5 Marks)
b. What approach can be adopted by companies to make the compensation plan more holistic? (5 Marks)

Course: Performance Management System

1. Assume that you have just joined a start-up organization which is around 6 months in existence. Explain to the Founders of the company the elements of an effective Performance Management System and putting forward a convincing argument in favor of implementing a Performance Management System. (10 Marks)
2. Disha Enterprises is a 5 year old organization in the manufacturing space. The organization has seen challenges likes conflicts among team members and also a growing number of First Time Managers. The organization is deliberating on introducing Coaching and Mentoring in the organization. Keeping the above background in perspective will a Coaching and Mentoring program help Disha Enterprises? (10 Marks)
3. Assume you are an HR manager in a small company which has recently introduced Performance Management System for its employees. The employees are being coached on the concepts and application of the same.
a. Explain the concept of SMART goals (5 Marks)
b. Provide 2 illustrations of SMART goals . (5 Marks)

Course: Industrial Relations & Labour Laws

1. Anil is a rural worker, working in an establishment which carries manufacturing of plastic sacks used for packing cement. This establishment is owned by a registered corporation. This establishment has 4 units, each carrying out a particular task relating to manufacturing process. The number of workers work in two shifts, with each shift lasting for around 7 hours. The total number of workers employed by the establishment is 154. Anil and the other workers have issues with their health as the unit is not kept clean. They have to face problems with regard to drinking water also. Sunil, another employee, suffered an accident because the unit was not well lit. The owners do not take the complaints seriously stating that none of the labour laws apply to the manufacturing unit.
Advise Anil. (10 Marks)
2. Amit was working in a factory. He was employed in lifting the goods with a crane. Abhay another employee was given the job of stacking the goods together, before they could be lifted by the crane. Abhay had to go home early, but the owner refused to leave him until he completed his task. In a hurry to complete the job Abhay overburdened the goods. When Amit, lifted the goods with the crane, the goods toppled and fell an Arvind, an employee, who was standing below. This accident resulted in the death of Arvind.
After a few days, the dependents of Arvind came to the employer and claimed for compensation. The employer refused stating that it was not his fault that led to the accident and it was the carelessness and negligence of Amit and Abhay which led to the accident.
Advice the Dependants. (10 Marks)
3. A) An organization was in operation for the past 20 years. The organization gave a bonus every year during Diwali. For the past two years the organization did not give a bonus stating the reason that the company had not earned any profits. However, the balance sheet reflected clear profits. When the workers raised this issue the employers did not pay any heed as the workers were lacking a collective bargaining power. Without a trade union existing the workers found it difficult to fight for their rights. The employers also threatened to file a criminal conspiracy case against the workers. Analyze the case and advice the workers on a suitable solution. (5 Marks)
3. B) Arjun was Director in a company. The company has units across the country – 2 in cities and 4 in rural areas. Each unit has approximately 30 to 40 workers working. The wages of each employee are different. Also the employees doing the same work but working in different units were not paid the same wages. An employee who was transferred from a rural unit raised this issue with the trade union. The trade union asked Arjun to get all the wages of all the employees at par. Arjun replied stating that disparities in wages was allowed.
Is Arjun justified in giving different wages to different employees working in different areas? (5 Marks)

Course: Organisation Culture

1. ABC Ltd, a medium sized IT firm, has hired you as a consultant to help the company correctly understand the cultural patterns in the organization. Before this, there was no attempt made to look at the culture of the organization. You decide to use Hofstede’s model of organizational culture to make the company understand cultural patterns. In this background, explain Hofstede’s model. (10 Marks)
2. Consider the following two characteristics of XYZ Ltd, an online retail start up. Promoters don’t have proper awareness of firm’s strengths and weaknesses Promoters are not aware of opportunities and threats Based on the above characteristics, identify the type of culture that XYZ has and then point out other characteristics of the same type. (10 Marks)
3. In the fresh recruitment drive, 25 new employees have joined your organization which is a medium sized textiles manufacturing firm. One of the tasks on your hands is to make these fresh employees well aware of present organizational culture. Explain how will you use following ways to make these new employees learn the organizational culture?
a) Stories (5 Marks)
b) Material symbols (5 Marks)

Course: Manpower Planning, Recruitment and Selection

1. Performance appraisal has been one of the core functions of HRM. In the scenario today when attrition has increased and cost savings are the need of the hour, do you feel that Performance Appraisal is still a required function? Why? (10 Marks)
2. Why is Succession Planning important for companies? Give atleast two examples from Indian / Foreign businesses. (10 Marks)
3. A training program on Customer Service was designed for petrol pump attendants in the state of Gujarat. Due care was taken to include matters most relevant to the petrol pump attendants and that would contribute to their productivity. The training program was not found effective inspite of it being conducted in the local language and by experienced trainers.
a. What according to you may be the possible reason for the failure of the program? (5 Marks)
b. Discuss factors that should be considered while designing a effective training program. (5 Marks)

Course: Organisational Theory, Structure and Design

1. You are a consultant at Super Manufacturing; a family owned company is having 4 members of the family as the main decision maker. Generally they take decisions with experience. The company is facing a big problem of low performance and low morale of the employees. Discuss the various approaches of organizational effectiveness and find out the most suitable approach to effectiveness in such situation (10 Marks)
2. Megha recently joined Capex Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.’ As a Factory Manager. Before joining she was working as a factory manager of Index Healthcare Solutions. Comparatively a small system with a simple organizational structure. Generally, a simple organisational structure is followed in small-organisations comprising of the owner and a few employees. As the number of employees increases, the layers in the organisational structure also multiply, which results in a complex structure of the organization. Thus, a complex organisational structure is a result of various divisions of an organisation spread across the globe. Discuss the common problems Ms. Megha will face in managing new organization. What she can do to overcome with this problem.
(10 Marks)
3. ‘Pebble Pharmaceuticals’ is facing a big issue of conflict between Amit the production head and Prashant the head of Purchase department. A full lot of cough syrup is ready but cannot be dispatched because labels are not available. The purchase department takes labels once in a year to reduce the cost. If any specific demand will come from the departments they follow the due process of purchase. Although the store department already made a request for labels when cough syrup production started but Prashant is waiting on the request from Mr Amit the head of production. It happened because last year Amit and Prashant had a big conflict of sub-standard purchase, huge raw material was rejected by production department due to substandard quality. Prashant has taken it a personally and trying to play politics against him.
a) Describe the type of conflict discussed and what are the possible outcomes of such conflicts. (5 Marks)
b) Suggest how the organization can avoid such conflicts. (5 Marks)

Course: Strategic Financial Management

1. From the following details supplied by Amaya Plastics ltd. you are required to:
a. Calculate the Net Present Value
b. Calculate the Discounted Payback Period
For each Capital Expenditure proposal given below:
Details Proposal A Proposal B
Initial Cost Rs. 20,00,000 Rs. 15,00,000
Expected life 10 years 8 years
Cash flows before tax
after depreciation
Rs. 3,00,000 each for
first four years
Rs. 2,00,000 for next 6
Rs. 2,00,000 each for first
five years
Rs. 3,00,000 for last three
Estimated scrap value Rs. 50,000 Rs. 1,00,000
The discounting factor is 12% and tax rate 30%.
(10 Marks)
2. Kailash Ltd. Earns Operating Profit (EBIT) of Rs.1,80,00,000 at existing capital
structure. You are required to calculate financial leverage and EPS with the help of
Following information
Particulars Amount in Rs
13.5% Debentures ( FV 100) 4,00,00,000
15% Cumulative Preference Shares( FV 100) 1,00,00,000
Equity Share Capital ( FV 10) 3,00,00,000
Tax rate 35%
(10 Marks)
3. A) Naysha Ltd. has the following capital structure as on 31st March,2017
10% debentures (before tax) (Rs) 300000
9% preference shares (Rs) 200000
Equity shares of Rs.100 each 500000
Total 1000000
The equity shares of the company are quoted at Rs.102 and the company is
expected to declare a dividend of Rs.9 per share for the year. Tax rate is 40%
Calculate the cost of capital (5 Marks)
3. B. Discuss the cheapest form of raising long term finance with reference to
Question 3 (A) and state the reasons for the same. (5 Marks)

Course: International Finance

1. Finance minister Mr. Arun Jaitley announced in the budget about long term capital gain tax, share market gave negative reaction on it, explain the reaction of FII or FPI on long term capital gain tax. (10 Marks)
2. “The Eurocurrency market owes its existence to differences in national financial regulation combined with declining barriers to international capital movements.” Do you agree with the statement? Explain with the help of various Euro-Currency Market instruments. (10 Marks)
3. The Chinese government’s move to ban waste paper amidst environment concerns is expected to benefit the Indian paper manufacturers.Waste Paper (WP) is one of the major sources of raw material used for manufacturing the recycled paper products. The recycled paper products are extensively used for manufacturing packaging materials like corrugated boxes.The Chinese Government’s decision to ban waste paper imports has caused a drop in global waste paper prices. As a result, the price of recycled paper in China, used for packaging material, has increased due to short supply of WP. Indian manufacturers using waste paper stand to benefit on account of lower global waste paper prices (on excess supply) and higher realization for recycled paper.The global shortage of wood pulp has resulted in increasing prices of finished paper. Indian wood pulp based having requisite self-sourcing (farm forestry) are expected to benefit from increasing global finished paper prices.The companies like West Coast Paper, TNPL and NR Agarwal Industries which majorly import waste paper for manufacturing processed recycled paper are expected to improve margins on account of falling waste paper prices. As per the industry reports, the global price fall in waste paper is evident as the old corrugated containers (OCC), the most common form of waste paper, fell from €150 per tonne in July 2017 to €135 per tonne in December 2017. Also, the prices of Kraftliner, the recycled paper manufactured by processing the waste paper, have risen from €642 per tonne in July 2017 to €694 per tonne in December 2017.
a. Paper manufacturing Industry is one of the important industry for India and China, from above paragraph explain the positive and negative effects on the revenue of Indian paper exporter. (5 Marks)
b. What will the impacts on FOREX because of Government of China Decision on paper bans? How India can take advantage of it?

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