This report has selected Tyco International to discuss the planning function of management, the impact of those legal issues, ethics, and corporate social responsibility of management and three factors such as present market condition, an adaptation of advanced technology and corporate Governance Practice those influence the company’s planning function. However, it is an extremely diversified multinational company established in 1960 and incorporated in 1962 with three key sectors. Still, ADT and Fire Protection Service are the most profitable segment of this company, according to the annual review 2010.
Evaluation of the Planning Function of Management
Planning is one of the most significant functions of the management of Tyco International in the era of competition as the performance of the company highly depends on the execution of the plan; moreover, it needs to change policy and operating mechanism frequently as it has a business operation in more than 60 countries of the world. At the same time, this company has strong brand awareness and a loyal customer base; therefore, the customers ask for quality service, and Tyco products, especially the customers of security service, are not interested in compromising with the quality while the property is the key concern. As a result, management
On the other hand, the global financial crisis has adversely affected the company as it reduced the purchasing power of the buyers, increased the price of raw materials and operating costs, so the management team should always be attentive to sustain as a market leader; they had taken much effective decision at the time of economic downturn and sold four affiliates. However, its strategic and tactical planning function handled in accordance with vision by the top-level management of Tyco, and they mainly consider the return on investment (ROI), customer satisfaction, growth rate of the business, and evaluation of net income for the last five years, performance of the executives in the fiscal year 2003 and 2004. The management also gives a broad guideline to the employees and managers of different segments to operate the company considering these instructions; however, the management also provides alternate plans to save the company from an external and internal crisis.
The impact that legal issues, ethics, and corporate social responsibility on Management Planning
The impact of legal issues on Management Planning
Legal issues have an extensive impact on the management planning as Tyco International has to contact with the customers, and some customers are influential; for instance, governmental and commercial customers are more sensitive groups while breach of contract or legal factors can damage the good image of the company and reduce sales and increase legal costs. Therefore, the management of Tyco International is now trying to operate its business segments compatible with its internal rules and regulation, such as it considers the code of corporate governance practice. The decision of the board of directors, Switch law as Tyco established in Switzerland, and rules and regulation of foreign countries to enter or operate its business. However, the impact of legal issues on management planning can observe in case of patent filing or grant and trademark rights where it has operation due to avoid legal proceedings in this regard.
The impact of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility on Management Planning
Tyco International has maintained the Company’s Guide to Ethical Conduct, and the management frequently reviewed the guide to avoid internal conflicts and to learn from previous ethical battles; however, the CEO, all employees, shareholders, and executives are bound to act in accordance with this guide as it contains code of ethics.
However, corporate social responsibility influence the management of Tyco as it is highly concern about the Life safety issues and provides security services from the very beginning to save the life of vulnerable people; also, it focuses on the protection and preservation of the environment to develop awareness about drinking, sanitation, wildlife preservation and education under its citizenship programs.
Three factors that influence Tyco’s management planning
Many external and internal factors influence Tyco’s management to decide regarding strategic, tactical, operational, and contingency planning. However, the most influential issues are present market conditions, good ethical and corporate governance practices, and advanced technology adaptation.
Present Market Condition
According to the annual report 2010 of Tyco International, present Market Condition depends on the performance of subsidiaries, global economic situation, demand, and position of the competitors in the national and international market, customers’ behavior, operation and production costs, income from sales revenue, relation with suppliers, core competencies and so on. However, Tyco International (2010) reported that it changes its strategic, tactical, operational, and contingency planning time-to-time considering the company’s economic position with the success and failure of the subsidiaries. For instance, Tyco generated more than 41.0% of its total service income from two major subsidiaries, and these companies are – ADT Worldwide and security from the fire business. In this context, the management aims to uphold the success of ADT worldwide in a long-term period. Therefore, they give special attention to design the strategy of this subsidiary. For example, it recruits many qualified engineers to build paramount R&D personnel to develop the quality of security service and expand business in a new market. At the same time, Tyco follows divestiture strategy if the performances of particular services were not satisfactory, and Tyco sells the loose projects to concentrate more on the core business like Tyco sold four affiliates in 2010 by $720 though it involves risks in terms of restructuring or separating business, loss of efficient workers and so on.
Corporate Governance Practice
According to the report of Waller (2002), Tyco International had collapsed in 2002 because of misrepresentation or corporate fraud in financial reports and other mismanagement of the corporate governance system, which influence the US government to pass the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 to protect the company from mismanagement in financial issue. However, Tyco has successfully recovered from such conditions by developing its ethical practice and corporate governance mechanism; therefore, this is now one of the most influential factors for Tyco International to design strategic, tactical, and contingency planning.
Adaptation of advanced technology
Implementation of innovative technologies can change the structure and profitability level of the company. For instance, Tyco was able to earn the highest profit from ADT security service as the customers rely on the advanced security system of ADT, which was developed by renowned company IBM and Tyco itself (Tyco International, 2010). However, Tyco expends a huge amount on technological development. For instance, it expends more than $43.0 million to acquire Vue Technology from RFID1 and invested about $131 million for the R&D team to implement advanced technology by finding out the appropriate sector (Tyco International, 2010).
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