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Strategy formation in former South African firms' London headquarters and in their South African operations Your title should be not more than 16 words, must include “South Africa” and/or other relevant countries and should not refer to the methodology (eg A case study of . . .”). Don’t start each word with a capital letter – use ordinary sentence case and only capitalise proper nouns.

A research proposal submitted by SxxxxCxxxxx
Student number: 1234567 Tel: 089 5555555 Student.wbs@hotmail.com

Proposed Supervisor: Dr TxxxxMxxxxx
Your proposal is the plan of your research. You must NOT do any actual research, eg interviews, before the panel.

Wits BusinessSchool 2ndMarch 2011
The final Research Report resulting from this proposal was 116 pages long, including references and appendices, excluding the beginning section – dedication, declaration, Table of Contents, etc (see Research Report template at www.wbs.ac.za). We prefer a maximum of 80 pages.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF TABLES ............................................................................... III  LIST OF FIGURES ..............................................................................III  1  1.1  1.2  1.3 

INTRODUCTION.........................................................................1  PURPOSE OF THE STUDY .................................................................................. 1  CONTEXT OF THE STUDY .................................................................................. 1  PROBLEM STATEMENT...................................................................................... 3  1.3.1  MAIN PROBLEM ......................................................................................................... 3  1.3.2  SUB PROBLEM 1 ....................................................................................................... 3  1.3.3  SUB PROBLEM 2 ....................................................................................................... 3 

1.4  1.5  1.6  1.7 

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY............................................................................ 3  DELIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY .......................................................................... 4  DEFINITION OF TERMS ...................................................................................... 5  ASSUMPTIONS ................................................................................................. 5 


2.1  2.2  2.3 

LITERATURE REVIEW ..............................................................7  INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................ 7  BACKGROUND DISCUSSION............................................................................... 7  STRATEGY FORMATION IN MULTI NATIONAL ENTERPRISES ................................. 8  2.3.1  VISION, MISSION AND GOALS ..................................................................................... 8  2.3.1  THEORIES OF STRATEGY FORMATION REQUIREMENTS ................................................. 9 

2.4 

RELOCATION OF CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS AND STRATEGY FORMATION ..... 10  2.4.1  FUNCTION OF CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS ............................................................. 10  2.4.2  RELOCATION OF CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS ......................................................... 11 

2.5  2.6 

SOUTH AFRICAN STRATEGY FORMATION ......................................................... 12  CONCLUSION OF LITERATURE REVIEW ............................................................ 13  2.6.1  RESEARCH QUESTION: ............................................................................................ 13  2.6.2  RESEARCH SUB-QUESTIONS: ................................................................................... 13 


3.1  3.2  3.3 

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY ................................................14  RESEARCH METHODOLOGY...
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