module 2 case 3
this is the Marketing course.
Module 2 – Case
Product Management and SWOT Analysis
This Case Assignment focuses on Volkswagenâ€™s emissions scandal and related brand management and business ethics issues.
Boston, W., & Houston-Waesch, M. (2015, Oct 15). Volkswagen suspends another top engineer; Berlin orders recall; transport minister says recall of tainted diesel cars is mandatory. Wall Street Journal (Online).
Carey, N., & Shepardson, D. (2017). Volkswagen pleads guilty in U.S. court in diesel emissions scandal. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKBN16H1W4
Cremer, A. (2016, April 20). VW to pay each U.S. customer $5,000 to settle dieselgate: Die Welt. Reuters. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-court-idUSKCN0XH0ZV
Danny, Hakim, Kessler, A. M., & Ewing, J. (2015, Sep 27). As VW pushed to be no. 1, ambitions fueled a scandal. New York Times.
Ewing, J. (2015, Sep 23). Diesel scandal at VW spreads to core market. New York Times.
Farrell, S. (2015, Oct. 26). Volkswagen loses sales top spot to Toyota after emissions scandal. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/oct/26/volkswagen-top-spot-toyota-vw-emissions-scandal.
Fung, B. (2015). Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO apologizes for emissions cheating scandal. Washington: WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post.
Lane, C. (2015, Oct. 26). Emissions scandal is hurting VW owners trying to resell. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2015/10/26/450238773/emissions-scandal-is-hurting-vw-owners-trying-to-resell .
La Monica, P.,R. (2015, Sep 23). Volkswagen has plunged 50%. Will it ever recover? CNN Wire Service.
Tabuchi, H., Apuzzo, M., & Ewing, J. (2017). U.S. Charges 6 Volkswagen executives in emissions-cheating case. New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/business/volkswagen-diesel-vw-settlement-charges-criminal.html?_r=0
Here are some articles on brand equity and brand management.
Keller, K. L. (1993). Conceptualizing, measuring, and managing customer-based brand equity. Journal of Marketing, 57(1), 1-22.
Helm, S., & Tolsdorf, J. (2013). How does corporate reputation affect customer loyalty in a corporate crisis? Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management, 21 (3), p144-152.
Develop a report in terms of the following guidelines. A well-written report should have a brief introduction, headings or subheadings, and a brief concluding comment. Note that you should use some keywords as headings or subheadings such as “Brand Equity of VW,â€ instead of a sentence or a question. Looking at required articles on Volkswagenâ€™s emissions scandal, as well as additional research you have done on Volkswagenâ€™s emissions scandal, address the following issues:
- Briefly describe Volkswagenâ€™s emissions scandal and provide background on the company and automobile industry.
- Do you think Volkswagenâ€™s brand reputation was severely damaged by the emissions scandal? How about its brand equity? Discuss what brand equity is, and how Volkswagenâ€™s brand equity is impacted.
- How should Volkswagen have handled the emissions scandal in an ethical way? Discuss the related ethical issues from both consumer and brand manager perspectives.
- What can you learn from this case? What suggestions could you offer to the top management at Volkswagen and other car makers?
Write clearly, simply, and logically. Your paper should be 750-1,500 words, excluding title pages and references, but quality of writing is more important than length. Use double-spaced, black Verdana or Times Roman font in 12 pt. type size.
Back up your positions or opinions with references to the required reading found in the Background and Ongoing Useful Resources. In using those references, demonstrate your understanding of the concepts presented. Rather than grading on how much information you find, emphasis will be on the defense of the positions you take on the issues. Also remember that:
- The “why” is more important than the “what.”
- The defense of your positions on the issues is more important than the positions you take.
Paraphrase the facts using your own words and ideas, employing quotes sparingly. Quotes, if absolutely necessary, should not be more than a few words. When writing an academically oriented paper, you will uncover many facts about the product. If you paraphrase the facts, cite the sources in your text and link those citations to references at the end of the paper.
Here are some guidelines on how to conduct an information search and build critical-thinking skills.
Emerald Group Publishing. (n.d.). Searching for Information. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/learning/study_skills/skills/searching.htm
Emerald Group Publishing. (n.d.). Developing Critical Thinking. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/learning/study_skills/skills/critical_thinking.htm
Guidelines for handling quoted and paraphrased material are found at:
Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). Academic Writing. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/2/
Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/1/
Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). Avoiding Plagiarism. Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/
Your paper consists of arguments in favor of your opinions or positions on the issues addressed by the guidelines; therefore, avoid the logical fallacies described in the resource below:
Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). Logic in Argumentative Writing. Retrieved from