HRM 6632 Research Paper Assignment 2015

| January 30, 2017

Question
I.Topic: CEO pay at Caterpillar and John Deere
II.Objectives:
a.Practice, assess and improve research skills
b.Practice, assess and improve written communication skills at level 12+
c.Practice project management skills to produce professional quality on-time deliverables.
III.Target Audience: As a Compensation Consultant, you have been hired by the National Association of Manufacturers to evaluate the appropriateness of Caterpillar and John Deere’s CEO compensation packages and the firms’ communication of their packages
IV.Structure:
a.Introduction: the importance of CEO pay for the stakeholders of Caterpillar and John Deere
b.Literature Review (2 – 4 paragraphs); Identify Issues
i.Shareholder Reports & Public
ii.Professional Press:
iii.Popular Press: up to two (2) in introduction
c.Compare and Contrast the approaches of Caterpillar and John Deere to CEO Pay addressing questions like:
i.Which stakeholders appear to be valued by the Board and it’s Compensation Committee? Why?
ii.Which firm’s communication is clearer and accessible?
iii.Which firm’s rationale for its CEO compensation package seems more logical and winsome?
d.Evaluation and Recommendation
V.Deliverables: Please Check ‘Course Schedule’ (red) and weekly ‘Assignments’ for deliverables and dates: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.
VI.‘Learning Resources’: Grading Rubric; Company & Industry Research; and MSWord Setup

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