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BUS 375 (Project Management)

Project Proposal
Due Week 3 and worth 150 points
You have been selected to be the project manager (for a project of your choice). The project you choose here will be used again in Assignment 4 (Week 6) and you may be asked to reference this project in subsequent weekly discussions. The project that you decide to use should meet the key criteria of a project, such as (a) having a beginning and an end; (b) results in something being delivered to someone; (c) requires a series of activities that must be done to complete the project; and (d) requires resources (e.g, people, materials) to complete the work. The project can be one of a personal or professional nature.
Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you define the scope of your chosen project. In your paper you must:

  1. Provide a brief summary of your chosen project.
  2. Describe at least three (3) project goals and three (3) project objectives.
  3. Identify the key customer(s) and at least two (2) stakeholders for your project. Remember, you are delivering the project to your customer(s); however, there are others (stakeholders) who have a vested interest in your project.
  4. Describe at least three (3) key milestones and /or deliverables for your project.
  5. Describe a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines.
  6. Estimate the project’s overall cost and any key staffing and non-staffing resources needed.
  7. Examine your project’s greatest challenge and provide a recommendation for addressing the challenge in question.
  8. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
  • Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.

Project Schedule
Due Week 6 and worth 150 points
This assignment consists of two (2) parts: a project schedule, and a written response. You must submit both parts as separate files for the completion of this assignment. Label each file name according to the part of the assignment it is written for.
Part A: Project Schedule
(Submit as one [1] Microsoft Project file)

  1. In Assignment 2, you developed a project plan. Now, using the information from your project proposal, create a multi-level work breakdown structure (WBS) and detailed project schedule.
    Your project must include the following criteria:

    • The project must consist of at least twenty-five (25) tasks.
    • Each task must contain a start date, a finish date, and have main staffing and non-staffing resources assigned.
    • Assume that your work activities are completed during normal weekdays (no weekend work) under normal conditions (8 hours per day).
    • In terms of holidays, you can assume no work will be done the following days: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Good Monday, Friday before Memorial Day, Memorial Day, the business day before Independence Day, Independence Day, the Friday before Labor Day, Labor Day, the day before Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving), the business day before Christmas, Christmas Day, the business day after Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

Part B: Written Response
(Submit as a Microsoft Word file)
Write a one to two (1-2) page response in which you:

  1. Analyze your project in terms of project completion, critical path, and slack / float. Specifically, be sure to answer the following:
    • When will the project be completed?
    • What is the critical path for the project?
    • How much slack / float is in your project? What activities have the greatest slack / float?
  2. Summarize the recommendations or improvements you would make to your project schedule. Specifically, be sure to answer the following:
    • Identify the top three (3) activities that you believe could impact the project completion date.
    • What additional activities would you add to this project to make it more complete, from a project management viewpoint?
  3. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    • Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.

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BUS101 Technology Innovation and Critical Thinking for Business Human Resource Management Module 1-4 Case and SLP

Case 1
write a 2-3 page paper reviewing your research on problem solving using the Internet.  In addition to the websites provided:
Mullen, Timothy.  2014. Trident University Writing Guide. Accessed on July 28, 2015 at https://mytlc.trident.edu/index.php
Advice on Academic Writing.  University of Toronto Library.  Accessed on July 29, 2015 at  http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice
Find and use at least two additional websites on problem solving to write your paper on:

  • How you found your references on problem solving and the key guidelines to identifying credible internet sources
  • Compare the two methods of problem solving that you found and comment on which you think is most useful to you
  • Report any issues you had conducting your research and/or formatting your document in Microsoft Word

Assignment Expectations

Format your paper using the following parameters:

  1. Center the title, your name, and date on a separate page. Use Times New Roman, 14 point)
    1. Bold the title only
  2. Set Left and Right margins at 1 inch
  3. Number the pages
  4. Insert a footer
  5. Introduction:
    1. Left justified
    2. Times New Roman, 12 point)
    3. Line spacing at 1 ½
  6. Middle Paragraphs
    1. Use bulleted list in one paragraph
    2. Insert a picture or chart
  7. Conclusion
    1. Right justified
    2. Times New Roman, 11 point
    3. Line spacing at single
  8. Complete a word count of the entire document and report it at the end of your document before the References section.
  9. Include a References section using the guidelines from the two Writing resources provided above. Include those sites as references in addition to the two sites you found on Problem Solving.

SLP 1
When faced with a problem, what do you do to solve it?  In this SLP assignment you will apply a systematic approach to problem solving.  SLP 1 is divided into two (2) parts. In Part I, of the assignment, you will read three (3) articles that present variations on step-by-step problem solving strategies and then select one (1) of these strategies; you will engage in pre-writing to develop a solution to a problem scenario. In Part II of the assignment, you will present a synthesis of your ideas about solving the problem. As Voltaire said, “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
Part I
Preparation and Pre-writing: Follow the steps below to explore a problem through reading and writing –
1.  Choose one (1) of the problem scenarios as a topic choice for your paper
Scenario 1: You have worked at your company for eleven (11) years. You have returned to college to earn a Bachelor’s degree in order to increase your chances for a promotion. You are nearly finished with your degree; a supervisor’s position in a competing company becomes available in another state. The start date is in two (2) weeks, during your final exam period for your courses. The position offers a $15,000 per year salary increase, a car allowance, and relocation expenses. Your former supervisor works for the company and is recommending you for the position based on your outstanding job performance; if you want the job, it’s yours. All of the other supervisors at this level in the company have Master’s degrees. You know that you would be expected to earn your Bachelor’s degree and continue on to a Master’s degree. Your present company offers tuition reimbursement, but the new company does not.
Scenario 2: Your child comes home from school with an assignment sheet for a school project. He / she is very excited about the project and begins work immediately, doing research on the Internet and gathering materials. You read over the assignment sheet and notice that your child is not including all of the required items in the project, and you have some ideas for how to improve the quality of the presentation. You recently read an article in a parenting magazine about the importance of a child developing responsibility for his / her own learning. You recall the many ways in which your parents took over your school projects. You, on the other hand, want to encourage your child’s confidence in his / her ability to complete a project independently. The next day, you are at the grocery store when you see a parent of a student in your child’s class. That parent has spent over $30 in supplies for the science project and is taking a day off of work to put the pieces of the project together.
Scenario 3: You have two jobs—one during the week from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and one on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm. You are taking two classes—one that meets from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, and one class online. You have two kids—one who plays soccer, and one who is in band. You have two elderly parents who no longer drive. You have two siblings—one who lives two (2) miles away, and one who lives in another state. You have two (2) papers due in your classes the same week that one (1) of your children has a soccer tournament, and the other child has a band concert. You are coaching the soccer team, and you are in charge of fundraising for the band. You have a goal to complete your degree in two (2) years. Your doctor tells you that your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and your weight are too high and recommends several medications that cost you nearly $200 per month after your insurance co-pay.
Scenario 4: You are a sales representative for a company that encourages staff to log time in the field and away from the office. You are expected to begin and end your day at the office. You notice that each day when you arrive and return another co-worker is already there, and you wonder whether this person spends most of his / her time at the office. At your weekly sales meeting, you are informed of your co-workers’ outstanding sales performance. You suspect that this co-worker is spending more time flattering the boss instead of working leads in the field, and as a result is getting the best client referrals. Your own sales numbers have steadily decreased since this other sales representative was hired.
2.   Read the following articles:

3.  Select one (1) of the step-by-step problem solving strategies outlined in one (1) of the articles. Using the chosen problem solving strategy as a model, brainstorm ideas for each of the steps to develop a solution to the problem scenario you chose.
Part II Synthesizing and Writing: Now that you have developed a solution to the problem by pre-writing about your ideas –
Write a paper in which you:

  1. Analyze the problem scenario that you have chosen, and organize your analysis into sections that correlate to each step in the selected problem solving strategy.
  2. Apply each step within the selected problem solving strategy to related elements of the scenario that you have chosen.
  3. Suggest alternative actions to the situation(s) within the scenario that correspond to each of the steps within the selected problem solving strategy.
  4. Speculate on whether or not the same problem-solving strategy would be effective if used with different scenarios.

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

  • Write at least one paragraph for each of 1-4 above using complete sentences.
  • Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.
  • After you have reread and edited your paragraphs, add an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
  • Your introductory paragraph should begin with a broad sentence such as “There are many approaches to solving any problems…” or “When faced with a problem I find…”  Then continue with more specific information about what you will discuss in your paper.
  • Your concluding paragraph should summarize your problem solving approach and reflect on the things you have learned from the assignment.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

CASE 2
Develop a short PowerPoint presentation to illustrate your understanding of the creative process. Highlight your own creativity as you develop the following slides:
Slide 1: Include images and words in a collage that illustrates your first impressions when you see or hear the word “creativity.”
Slide 2: Include images and words in a collage that illustrates your first impressions when you see or hear the word “Problem Solving.”
Slides 3 & 4: The process for developing innovative ideas is often referred to as the design process, or the engineering design process. The article, “Decisions by Design,” was written by two designers at IDEO, an influential design firm. “Decisions by Design” describes how the process of engineering design can be viewed as a process for decision-making.  After reading this article, consider how design facilitates decision making. Based on your observations, what are some steps in the design process? How are these steps helpful in decision making?  Organize your answers to these questions in at least 2 slides using bullet points.  Include images wherever you would like to illustrate your own personal creativity.

Assignment Expectations

Develop at least 4 PowerPoint slides using the instructions above. Include a title on each slide and descriptive text in the notes section of each slide. Upload as a PowerPoint file
 
SLP 2
Define these terms in a PowerPoint presentation. Use your creativity to illustrate each term.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your PowerPoint presentation should be a minimum of 10 slides. Include a Title and References Cited slide. Your references slide should list the bibliographical information for each image you use to illustrate the required terms. Each slide must contain:

  • At least one image per term
  • Text defining the term (abbreviated definitions are allowed and recommended)
  • References cited next to each image
  • Full definition in each Notes Section
Case 3
For this Case assignment, you will apply basic Excel functions use as a tool (spreadsheet) to store, analyze and manipulate data. Use the spreadsheet and the linked Excel Tutorial Video provided to learn the steps required for each part of the Case assignment. Use the optional readings in your Background page to locate additional Excel help and tutorials.

Case Assignment

Manipulate the data in this sample order spreadsheet to answer the following questions:

  1. Sort your spreadsheet and then calculate each region’s order totals using Excel sort and “sum” functions. Which region’s order generated the highest dollar amount?  What percent of total sales does this region represent?
  2. Sort your spreadsheet and then calculate each region’s order totals using Excel sort and “sum” functions. Which rep generated the highest sales?
  3. Create a bar chart or a pie graph to illustrate both of these trends.

Save each sort and submit it as a worksheet in your Excel workbook. Label each worksheet.

Assignment Expectations

Save and submit your work on the sample spreadsheet as an Excel Workbook to show your sorting and totaling results as individual worksheets. For example, Worksheet 1 should be titled “Region;” Worksheet 2 should be titled “Rep;” and Worksheet 3, “Graphs.”
 
SLP 3
The initial phase of Creative Problem Solving is often referred to as Problem Scoping. This process establishes clear requirements for creating a viable final solution. It often is initiated by the identification of a need or issue. This part of the problem solving process focuses on the issue/need by gathering and analyzing information. In other words, you will clearly define what needs to be done prior to creating an effective solution.
This SLP will help you practice your problem scoping skills by completing a clear, focused Problem Scoping Document. This will provide a clear problem definition and target for solution development.
Problem Scoping Assignment Instructions:
As you complete problem scoping phase, your proposed document will include the following information:

  • Develop a Problem Statement.
  • Determine any potential constraints,
  • Determine the criteria
  • Identify the stakeholders
  • Develop a procedure for gathering data prior to decision making.

Be sure to thoroughly complete and submit the Problem Scoping Document.
Steps:

  1. Select a problem from either: Performance Management or Compensation Case
  2. Determine what questions you would ask yourself:
    1. Scope of the problem – Part of the Problem Statement.
    2. When and where the problem occurs – Part of the Problem Statement.
    3. Impact – Part of the Problem Statement.
    4. Identify two criteria related to the problem statement that you created.
    5. Who is directly involved with the problem? Stakeholders?
  3. Determine how you would gather data.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Address each step above in the Problem Scoping word document template.
 
Case 4
Case studies enhance learning by engaging students in active learning to promote deeper understanding and improve retention. This method will give you the opportunity to apply theory to real world events. This assignment will build on the problem solving process, by showing you another method to make decisions.

Case Assignment

Use your Problem Scoping document from Case 3 to more fully develop your solution to the problem you chose.  This will be your Case Study.  You will address the case study and use the problem solving and decision making model provided below to solve the problem you addressed in Case 3. Here you will identify the problem, root causes, develop alternatives, evaluate alternatives and select a solution.
Problem Scoping Assignment Instructions:
Read the Case Study Approach for information on how to effectively complete a Case Study. The next step is to read the Case Study provided.
Your final case study submission should include the following steps:

  1. Define the Problem.  What is happening?
  2. Write a problem Statement with Root Cause.  What is the “real” cause of the problem, not just the symptoms?
  3. Select and define criteria.  Illustrate in a decision table.
  4. Develop three Alternative Solutions and use them to complete your decision table.  Remember to refer to page 6 to complete the Ideation process necessary to creatively develop these alternative solutions.
  5. Select the Best Alternative by applying the criteria.
  6. Create an Implementation Plan.
  7. Develop an evaluation plan.  How will you know that it worked?

Assignment Expectations

This assignment need to be completed in paragraph format using full sentences.  Insert the decision table you made into your word document. Use this linked tutorial demonstrating techniques to Insert Tables into Word Documents.
 
SLP 4
Review the Problem Solving skills you have learned in SLP assignments 1-4.  Using your creativity, develop a Powerpoint presentation that illustrates what you have learned from each Problem Solving approach.  On your final slide, include your reaction to your results from the Decision Making Style Quiz results from Page 5 of the Case Study Packet.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your Powerpoint presentation should include a minimum of 5 slides and a reference slide.  Insert text summarizing each slide into the Notes section.  This is the text that you will record for your Discussion post.  Be sure to edit the text in your Notes sections so that you say it in 30 seconds or less.  You do not need to include text in the notes section of your reference slide.

Business SWOT Analysis

Company: Valero Energy
 
Conduct an internal and external environmental analysis, and a supply chain analysis for your proposed new division and its business model.
Create a SWOT table summarizing your findings. Your environmental analysis should consider, at a minimum, the following factors. For each factor, identify the one primary strength, weakness, opportunity, threat, and trend, and include it in your table.

  • External forces and trends considerations:
    • Legal and regulatory
    • Global
    • Economic
    • Technological
    • Innovation
    • Social
    • Environmental
    • Competitive analysis
  • Internal forces and trends considerations:
    • Strategy
    • Structures
    • Processes and systems
    • Resources
    • Goals
    • Strategic capabilities
    • Culture
    • Technologies
    • Innovations
    • Intellectual property
    • Leadership

Write a synopsis of no more than 1,000 words in which you analyze relevant forces and trends from the list above. Your analysis must include the following:

  • Include economic and legal and regulatory forces and trends.
  • Critique how well the organization adapts to change.
  • Analyze and explain the supply chain of the new division of the existing business. Share your plans to develop and leverage core competencies and resources within the supply chain in an effort to make a positive impact on the business model and the various stakeholders.
  • Identify issues and/or opportunities:
    • Identify the major issues and/or opportunities that the company faces based on your analysis.
    • Generate a hypothesis surrounding each issue and research questions to use for conducting analysis.
    • Identify the circumstances surrounding each issue; classify the circumstances; attribute the importance of each classification; and test the accuracy of the importance for each classification.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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Need 1 powerpint slide per issue.  The issues are below with all of the information.  The slides should have detialed information. So in total there should be 4 slides since there are 4 problems.  If need there can be multiple slides per problem.
 

  1. Management Process

DC has identified and recommends that CanGo revise their management process which is out of line with other successful corporate structures, their process is broken and not working for them. First we need to figure out what exactly a management processes is and how does it work. By definition, a management process is “is a process of setting goals, planning and/or controlling the organizing and leading the execution of any type of activity, such as: a project (project management process) or. a process (process management process, sometimes referred to as the process performance measurement and management system)”. (Definition of management processes) So in other words, it is the starting point of the business as well as a guidance tool.
In order for a good or rather great management process to happen in your job, you first must have the right people. So this means people who are genially patient and can multi-task two or more problems at once. For instance, in Can-Go`s situation, if they had, had a good management team in place we believe that their managers would of put a little more thought into going out and spending money on a machine they really had no need for. Also we think that had they had a good management team, they could have been more prepared for what could lay ahead for their job and future at Can-Go. Now our group is not saying that buying the machine was a horrible idea, we just do not really think it was the best time to. We believe that this piece of equipment could have been bought future down the road when there was enough business in the company to be profitable. But, at the end of the day it usually comes down to the management team for a vote to see what passes and what does not pass.
 

  1. Corporate Organizational Structure

The second issue that our group saw wrong during the video was the team’s lack of online selling techniques. It seems like they may have a website or a company page, but the only way they are going to get any business is market themselves. They can do this a couple of different ways: first off, they could go out on social media, and try to draw people in by offering some incentive like offering something free for allowing Can-Go to come into their business and help them solve a solution. Or two they need to reach out to investors that might be willing to give them money in exchange for a percentage of the company. An example of this, would be from our videos this week when they were talking about the conveyer belt they bought. Our group thinks that they either need to offer a discount to those who bought their product in bulk and how they could use the conveyer belt to speed that process up. So their ROI (return on investment is shorter than the average)
Our team thinks that it is a good idea but, we think that Can-Go either needs the business first or they need investors to come in and help with the finances. There is no reason that a company needs to run out a buy a conveyer belt to speed up production just because one or two people think so. Now it would be different, if there was a vote taken from the people on the board, but there was not. One of the managers just decided to go out a purchase the equipment before discussing it with anyone.
 

  1. Effects of Implementing Technology

One of the issues that were observed in week three’s videos were the concerns of the employees that with the implementation of technology, more specifically Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) that can go would ultimately end up downsizing its current staffing levels due to the replacement of people with computers, hardware, and software to perform many of the duties that the existing employees perform.
DC recommends that CanGo should find a way to utilize or re-allocate any displaced employees that are affected by consolidations due to technology implementation. According to the videos, a human employee is able to pick approximately 45 books per hour compared to the automated system retrieving approximately 360 books per hour, all while significantly minimizing picking errors and eliminating distractions. With minimal amount of effort the existing employees of can go can be retrained to perform new roles within a changing company. One of the sound benefits of utilizing the existing employees, is their understanding of company policies and expectations as opposed to hiring contractors or new employees that will have some sort of a curve when it comes to learning their roles responsibilities and expectations.

  1. Opportunities in New Markets

CanGo needs to stretch its market share across the globe, and they have a target in the Asian markets which currently dominate online sales. If can go is to be successful in new markets it must take full advantage of global opportunities and do its best to capture the Asian market audience.
DC recommends that CanGo respond to this new venture as a new startup situation with little information as an informational gathering in the beginning. In order to better educate themselves as to international etiquette and behaviors of the Asian market. Collect data on to as much sales trends as possible so that can go can utilize this information for its own benefit and corpora

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Use the following case study for this Critical Thinking assignment:
Amaladoss, M. X., & Manohar, H. L. (2013). Communicating corporate social responsibility – A case of CSR communication in emerging economiesCorporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Management20(2), 65-80.
For this assignment, you will serve as a management consultant for a company (real or fictitious) in an industry of your choice. Begin by reading the given case study and then develop a paper to inform the company’s leaders about best practices in communicating about corporate social responsibility (CSR). Your paper should include the following:

  • An analysis of the case study
  • Your recommendations for the best way(s) to communicate about CSR, using both the case study and what you know about managerial communication.

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

  • Be 2-3 pages in length
  • Be formatted according to the APA Requirements
  • Include at least three credible outside resources.

BA490: Business Policy & Strategy

Now that you have conducted a cultural review along with developing some marketing strategies for entry into the country, it is time to begin the third part of the project, which continues from Project Part 2. Using the same company of choice that is proposing an expansion opportunity oversea, conduct a strategic audit on the following areas:
Internal environment
External environment
Strengths
Problem analysis
Recommendations and implementation costs
Evaluation and Control Processes
Submit a two- to three-page Word document using 12-pt. font and APA format. In your paper include a title sheet and 2-3 references. Only one reference may be found on the internet. The other references must be found in the Grantham University online library. Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.

Trillo Apparel Company

Assignment 1: LASA – Final Project Report

 
Prepare an 8-10–page report in Word. This report should include a project history of your recent Trillo Apparel Company District 4 Production Warehouse Move experience over the last five weeks.
 
Your final report should include the following sections:
 

  • Executive Summary
  • Project Performance and Status Report
  • Organizational Structure
  • Project and Administrative Teams
  • Project Risk and Change Management
  • Project Management Techniques Employed
  • Conclusion

 
Include appropriate reports from your final project plans to corroborate your overall report. You may also use diagrams, charts, and other visual aids to make your report more effective. Assume that the report will be presented to the Board of Directors of Trillo Apparel Company. Your report should be done in the APA style.
 
In addition to the report, prepare an 7-9–slide presentation in PowerPoint that summarizes key aspects from the report.
Submit your report and presentation to M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox by Monday,

Case Study—Training Assessment

Case Study—Training Assessment
Training assessment is an important task for HR personnel. Use the University online library and textbooks to read about training assessments.
Then, consider the following scenario:
You have recently been appointed as a training manager for the southeast region of a major supermarket chain in the U.S. Your territory includes 15 retail stores. Your responsibility involves working directly with store managers and other stakeholders to develop training solutions to meet specific needs of employees in various stores. This includes, but is not limited to, performing needs assessments, determining appropriate instructional design and training delivery methods, as well as implementing and evaluating training initiatives.
Three of the stores in your territory have missed sales goals for the last two quarters. All three stores have received low customer satisfaction scores and are experiencing increased employee turnover rates. The high employee turnover has resulted in the store managers hiring many new and relatively inexperienced sales associates, which further contributes to the problem.
The senior management team of the supermarket chain believes that training and development may help decrease employee turnover and increase customer satisfaction. You have been asked to assess training needs and develop a proposal to address the situation in these three stores.
Instructions:
Use scholarly resources and your learning, address the following:

  1. Identify, using simple heuristics, the indicators that show that the specific problems experienced by the three stores can be resolved through training.
  2. Design a needs assessment plan and identify three specific training initiatives you would recommend for these employees. Include the expected outcomes for the three training initiatives in your proposal.
  3. Select one of the specific training initiatives you identified and develop a budget of projected costs to implement this initiative.

 
Write a 4-to-5-page training proposal in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources

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Based on research conducted on the South University online library or via the Internet, identify a brand which is struggling in the marketplace. In this project, you will assume the role of the brand manager who has been hired reposition the brand in the marketplace and increase sales through an integrated marketing communications (IMC) plan.

Complete the following activities:

  • Describe the brand you selected. Why is the brand struggling and how will you revitalize the brand?
  • Conduct a market segmentation analysis. Who is your target market and why? Be sure to consider the four sets of consumer characteristics which influence what people consume and how they respond to marketing communications.
  • Determine how your brand is positioned in the marketplace. Who are your competitors? What benefits and attributes are associated with the brand?
  • Determine the objective of your advertising campaign and provide justification.
  • Create your marcom budget. Determine if you will utilize the percentage of sales method, the task method, or the competitive method.
  • Create the advertising message for your campaign. How will you create effective advertising and get the message to stick in the minds of your target audience? What message strategy will you use?
  • Outline how you will measure the effectiveness of your advertising message.
  • MUST BE 5-6 PAGES AND INCLUDE A REFERENCE PAGE AS WELL AS INTEXT CITATIONS

Assignment 2: Required Assignment 1—Developing Communications Policy

In this assignment, you will prepare a communications policy for a company that you are familiar with or a fictitious company you create. The communications policy will map the type of communications messages (e.g., organizational or strategic changes, procedural changes, information important to organizational subgroups, confidential information, unwelcome information, etc.).
Using the module readings and the Argosy University online library resources, research requirements of and methods of creating communications policy documents.
Create a communications policy document that covers the following:
• Identify the audience
• Describe the media (including social media) to be used
• List and explain the appropriate approvals required
• Explain the tools and tactics to be used
In developing your plan, you should utilize at least five peer-reviewed articles in addition to the readings from the textbook and online resources.
Write a 6–7-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.
By Wednesday, November 25, 2015, submit your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 RA 1 Dropbox.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Developed a comprehensive communications policy that covers all the different types of communications messages (e.g., organizational or strategic changes, procedural changes, information important to organizational subgroups, confidential information, unwelcome information, etc.). 40
Described in detail the media (including social media) that should be used. 40
Explained the appropriate approvals that would be required. 40
Explained the tools and tactics to be used in the communications. 40
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 40
Total: 200

Assignment 2: Communicating Bad News

Leaders and managers often have to deliver unpleasant or difficult information to other employees or other internal or external stakeholders. How well this news is delivered can affect employee relations as well as public perceptions.
Review the following scenario:
A new company claims it manufactures the best dog food in the market. It employs around 250 people worldwide. After six months in business, one of the company’s brands is found to contain harmful bacteria. Overnight, reports start pouring in from all over the country about pets falling sick, some critically. The company wants to communicate with its stakeholders through a memo before major news channels start to cover the disease.
Assume that you are an assistant to the company’s chairperson. Based on your analysis of the scenario and using the tips you learned in this module, draft two memos for the chairperson. One memo should address the board of directors and the other the company’s employees.
Make assumptions about whether it is the food product that has bacteria or if there is another explanation for the pets’ sickness.
Write a 1–2-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc.

Assignment 3: Communication Efficacy

Being able to communicate effectively with employees and other stakeholders is an important skill for a leader or manager. Getting your point across is essential.
Using the Argosy University online library resources, locate and read the following article:
• Rodman, L. (2001). You-attitude: A linguistic perspective. Business Communication Quarterly, 64(4), 9–25.
http://www.thecampuscommon.com/library/ezproxy/ticketdemocs.asp?sch=auo&turl=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=5949866&site=ehost-live
Complete the following:
• Use the Internet to locate two passages that are examples of business communication. Analyze and evaluate the passages.
• Use the principles discussed in the article You-Attitude: A Linguistic Perspective, to rephrase the passages in a manner that increases communication efficacy.
• List the principles you used in each passage and explain how and why they have enhanced communication.
Write a paper and include the selected passages, the rephrased passages, and a double-spaced one-page list of the communication principles used for each passage along with the rationale behind their usage.
Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.

Business studies assignment

Tony’s Chips has recently been sold to a new independent company. The new company has hired you to manage a project that will move the old Website from an externally hosted solution to an internal one. The company’s leadership is very concerned about redundancy for their site, insisting that a back-up site be available as a failover in case the main site goes down. In addition, they want the site redesigned to allow customers to order products online.
As part of your job, you must complete a 10-to-15 page paper that follows this project through the system development life cycle (SDLC)

Assignment 4: Presentation

Assignment 4: Presentation
 
After you have fleshed out your business plan you will have the information you will need for a slide presentation (e.g., PowerPoint). This 12-slide presentation conveys the most important aspects of your business in a short time. More sophisticated investors, such as angel investors and venture capitalists, will typically not look at your written business plan until they have seen your slide presentation.
 
Presentation (MS PowerPoint or equivalent)
 

  1. Create a 12-slide presentation. Follow the outline (attached to this order) for the critical slides of your presentation and their placement.
  • Hints: Include the highlights of your elevator pitch, which shows that you understand your business. The elevator pitch is a concise description of your company—its product, market, competitive advantages, and so on. Whether pitching your business to an investor or describing it to a potential connection at a networking event, you need to be able explain your business succinctly to someone in the amount of time it would take to ride up a few floors in an elevator. Use the worksheet (see attachment) (Your “Elevator Pitch”) to develop your elevator pitch.
  • Hints: You must limit your presentation to twelve (12) slides. You do not want to overwhelm your audience with too many slides or bore them with information they already know.
  • Use graphs, charts, animation and make it colorful.

 
 
 

  1. Cite three (3) resources you have used to complete the exercise.
  • Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length

Final Project: Final Paper Business Management 495

Topic: Cemex manufacturing company This assignment is a group project. Students will be placed into groups consisting of groups of four or five students each. Groups will be assigned early, and the expectation is that the groups will work on the various parts of the assignment as relevant material is covered throughout the course. As an individual, you are expected to participate fully in the project. Required Elements to include in Applied Final Project: ◦Ø financial analysis ◦Ø action plan ◦Ø evaluative plan •Identify strategies •Discuss strategies used at the corporate, business and function levels using the concepts learned in the course. •Demonstrate critical thinking in the assessment.

Business management homework help

“Ethics and Globalization of Health Care, and Electronic Medical Records Versus Personal Health Records”  Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, examine the primary reasons why medical tourism is becoming popular among Americans, and determine whether or not the health care industry should encourage this consumer behavior. Give at least two (2) specific examples associated with such patient medical consumerism behaviors.
  • Compare and contrast electronic medical records with personal health records. Justify the ethical responsibility of keeping patients’ medical and personal health records confidential. Provide a rationale for your response.

Final Case Study: Consulting for the Caring Angel Hospital

Due Week 10 and worth 300 points
Imagine that you are a senior consultant at Practical Health Care Consulting firm. Your supervisor has instructed you to spend three (3) months at the Caring Angel Hospital to help improve the quality of care, add value to the organization, improve employee morale, design an efficient organizational chart, create a strong team environment, and create the hospital’s competitive advantage. The hospital has traditionally made losses year after year. Furthermore, it is not performing well financially, and the banks are not willing to lend it large sums of money for more effective marketing.
After spending two (2) months within the hospital, you are very happy with your progress, and you think you are capable of acquiring more patient base and expanding the hospital market. However, with a closer look, you notice that your patients are still hopping from one specialized hospital to another in search of various specialized treatments. You also notice that the seats are not comfortable in the waiting area, and the patients continuously show up for appointments on the wrong dates. The nurses and the employees are not smiling during patient conversations, and everyone looks for ways to blame others for failures in the patient treatment process. Everyone seems to work alone and hide what they do from their colleagues.
At the end of the three (3) month period, you must provide a report with your recommended strategies designed to help Caring Angel Hospital achieve its goals.
Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.
Write a Five (5) page paper in which you:

  1. From a consulting perspective, propose the major steps that Caring Angel Hospital could take to achieve each of the following goals:
    1. Improve the quality of care
    2. Add value to the organization
    3. Improve employee morale
    4. Design an efficient organizational chart
    5. Create a strong team environment
    6. Create the hospital’s competitive edge.
  2. Recommend one (1) approach that the hospital could use for acquiring a larger market share given the prevailing financial circumstances. Justify your recommendation.
  3. Investigate at least two (2) value-added services that Caring Angel Hospital could offer to strengthen its value proposition. Provide at least two (2) examples of the advantages of these value-added services to the hospital.
  4. Use four (4) recent (within the last five [5] years) quality academic resources in this assignment.
    Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as quality academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Propose methodologies that have been proven to increase value in health care delivery systems.
  • Examine leadership and management frameworks that are most applicable to a certain organization type within the health care industry.
  • Assess how politics in a health care organization motivates and demotivates employees, and recommend strategies to mitigate the challenges presented with each aspect.
  • Create a communication strategy to address an ethical dilemma within a health care organization regarding the quality of service and cost.
  • Craft a strategic plan that leads to a competitive advantage within a certain market.
  • Determine best practices for establishing and maintaining strategic alliances within the health care industry or enterprise.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in health care management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about health care management using proper writing mechanics.

Ethical and Socially Responsive Business

Because of the human aspect of ethics and its links to business success, corporate leaders must be careful about their behaviors, and how they address problems. For this assignment, you must select the code of ethical conduct for one (1) of the following restaurants:

As a basis for your written assignment, you will assume that you are the CEO of your chosen restaurant. Be sure to identify the restaurant you have chosen in your written paper.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

Describe key areas of the selected company’s code of conduct that are of significant importance to the business, and explain why. Explain the key steps that the company should take to ensure that employees follow the code of conduct. Suggest three (3) ways in which the restaurant can engage in socially responsive activities in the community within which it operates. Use at least two (2) quality resources. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as a quality resource. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. i would like to use chipotle as my restaurant as one of the choices that the professor offered here is a link to the code of conduct. http://ir.chipotle.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=194775&p=irol-govConduct

Fundamentals of Effective Communication in the Workplace

Assignment 1: Fundamentals of Effective Communication in the Workplace

Due Week 5 and worth 80 points

Effective communication skills are essential in the workplace. Some businesses invest in training their employees on how to effectively communicate, because effective communication skills go beyond conversations. Employees must know how to express business issues effectively when writing reports and emails. Understanding the benefits of effective communication helps businesses to develop a workforce that is able to communicate effectively with coworkers, customers, and suppliers and increase productivity.

Write a one to two (1-2) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe a time when you experienced effective communication in a business environment.
  2. Discuss at least three (3) reasons why you perceived the communication to be effective, and explain the resulting impact to the business.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the elements that foster effective communication in business.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business issues using proper writing mechanics.

Read “Successful Business Plan” and Create a Business Plan – Draft

Assignment 3 Part 2: Business Plan – Draft

Due Week 8 and worth 30 points

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: a draft of your business plan and an income statement containing your business plan financials (i.e. Week 7 Discussion “The Financials”). Note: You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment.

You must intend to raise money for your startup company. You can start with money from friends and family but at some point you will need funds from outside investors, either angels or venture capitalists, depending on how much money you project you will need to raise. Another possible angle is to develop money through crowdfunding, assuming your product meets the demand of such audiences.

Before you can raise money, you must develop a business plan that convinces an investor that your company will succeed.

Section 1: Business Plan (MS Word or equivalent)

Read Chapters 18 and 19 of the course text: Successful Business Plan. Use the Plan Preparation Forms at the end of each chapter of Successful Business Plan as a rough guide.

Write an approximately fifteen to twenty (15-20) page draft of your business plan in which you:

  1. Revise the components of the following previously submitted sections based on the feedback you have received.
      1. Company Description (Assignment 1)
      2. Industry Analysis and Trends (Assignment 1)
      3. Strategic Position & Risk Assessment (Assignment 1)
      4. Target Market (Assignment 2)
      5. Competition (Assignment 2)
      6. Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy (Assignment 2)
  1. Create an Ethics & Social Responsibility Plan.

Note: The Ethics & Social Responsibility plan should account for approximately three to five (3-5) pages of the Business Plan Draft.

    1. Describe the ways in which your company is committed to being a good corporate citizen.
      • Hints: Consider the following areas:
        • Creating jobs
        • Following the laws of every jurisdiction in which your company operates
        • Fair and honest treatment of employees
        • Non-discrimination of employees and increasing diversity of your work force
      • Hints: If your company is designed as a social venture—in which you have a primary purpose of achieving a social or environmental goal—describe what that goal is and what aspects of your company are designed to reach that goal. Provide a rationale for why you have or why you have not chosen this to be a social venture.
    1. Discuss how your company’s activities will affect the environment and identify the steps you will take to mitigate any negative impacts.
      • Hints: As a beverage company, consider such issues as your choice of packaging, disposal of bottles / packages by consumers, and your use of resources, such as water in areas where water may be scarce.
    1. Determine any health issues / claims related to the product you are making, whether negative or positive. Suggest the strategy your company will use to mitigate any negative issues, and to ensure any positive claims are true.
    1. Many beverage products have negative health impacts on certain segments of a population (e.g., children, pregnant mothers, etc.). Suggest your company’s plan, through advertising, distribution, and / or other methods, to target and reach only appropriate market segments.
  1. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
    1. Cite the resources you have used to complete the exercise. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the exercise.
    2. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    3. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

Section 2: Business Plan Financials (MS Excel worksheets template)

  1. For year one, revise and submit the Income Statement, Cash Flow Projections, and Balance Sheet sections from the “Business Plan Financials” MS Excel template (see: Course Required Files in Week 1).

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe strategic planning techniques used to formulate alternative strategies designed to achieve stated business goals.
  • Create a plan to implement a firm’s strategy and manage the change from current operations.
  • Analyze strategies for exerting the internal leadership needed to drive the implementation of strategic initiatives and improve operating excellence.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic management using proper writing mechanics.

Read "Successful Business Plan" and Create a Business Plan – Draft

Assignment 3 Part 2: Business Plan – Draft
Due Week 8 and worth 30 points
This assignment consists of two (2) sections: a draft of your business plan and an income statement containing your business plan financials (i.e. Week 7 Discussion “The Financials”). Note: You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment.
You must intend to raise money for your startup company. You can start with money from friends and family but at some point you will need funds from outside investors, either angels or venture capitalists, depending on how much money you project you will need to raise. Another possible angle is to develop money through crowdfunding, assuming your product meets the demand of such audiences.
Before you can raise money, you must develop a business plan that convinces an investor that your company will succeed.
Section 1: Business Plan (MS Word or equivalent)
Read Chapters 18 and 19 of the course text: Successful Business Plan. Use the Plan Preparation Forms at the end of each chapter of Successful Business Plan as a rough guide.
Write an approximately fifteen to twenty (15-20) page draft of your business plan in which you:

  1. Revise the components of the following previously submitted sections based on the feedback you have received.
      1. Company Description (Assignment 1)
      2. Industry Analysis and Trends (Assignment 1)
      3. Strategic Position & Risk Assessment (Assignment 1)
      4. Target Market (Assignment 2)
      5. Competition (Assignment 2)
      6. Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy (Assignment 2)
  1. Create an Ethics & Social Responsibility Plan.

Note: The Ethics & Social Responsibility plan should account for approximately three to five (3-5) pages of the Business Plan Draft.

    1. Describe the ways in which your company is committed to being a good corporate citizen.
      • Hints: Consider the following areas:
        • Creating jobs
        • Following the laws of every jurisdiction in which your company operates
        • Fair and honest treatment of employees
        • Non-discrimination of employees and increasing diversity of your work force
      • Hints: If your company is designed as a social venture—in which you have a primary purpose of achieving a social or environmental goal—describe what that goal is and what aspects of your company are designed to reach that goal. Provide a rationale for why you have or why you have not chosen this to be a social venture.
    1. Discuss how your company’s activities will affect the environment and identify the steps you will take to mitigate any negative impacts.
      • Hints: As a beverage company, consider such issues as your choice of packaging, disposal of bottles / packages by consumers, and your use of resources, such as water in areas where water may be scarce.
    1. Determine any health issues / claims related to the product you are making, whether negative or positive. Suggest the strategy your company will use to mitigate any negative issues, and to ensure any positive claims are true.
    1. Many beverage products have negative health impacts on certain segments of a population (e.g., children, pregnant mothers, etc.). Suggest your company’s plan, through advertising, distribution, and / or other methods, to target and reach only appropriate market segments.
  1. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements:
    1. Cite the resources you have used to complete the exercise. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the exercise.
    2. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    3. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

Section 2: Business Plan Financials (MS Excel worksheets template)

  1. For year one, revise and submit the Income Statement, Cash Flow Projections, and Balance Sheet sections from the “Business Plan Financials” MS Excel template (see: Course Required Files in Week 1).

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe strategic planning techniques used to formulate alternative strategies designed to achieve stated business goals.
  • Create a plan to implement a firm’s strategy and manage the change from current operations.
  • Analyze strategies for exerting the internal leadership needed to drive the implementation of strategic initiatives and improve operating excellence.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about strategic management using proper writing mechanics.

Internet domain names are linked to trademark issues

Week 5 Discussion 1 and 2

Discussion 1

 

Internet domain names are linked to trademark issues. Technology makes it easy to copy and distribute music and movies without paying royalties.  Business conducted on the internet raise security and privacy issues.  What legal concerns are raised by these issues? Predict which of these issues will be of major concern in the future in regard to the law and business practices.

 

Discussion 2

 

 

How do governments attempt to control foreign businesses operating within their borders? When U.S. companies do business in other countries, what issues do they face? Describe the responsibilities and ethical concerns that you feel are important for U.S. companies to consider when doing business in other countries

 

Do independent directors add value to a board of directors

Topic 2: Do independent directors add value to a board of directors?

 

Literature pointers:

 

Zattoni, A., Cuomo, F. (2010) ‘How Independent, Competent and Incentivized Should Non-executive Directors Be? An Empirical Investigation of Good Governance Codes’, British Journal of Management,  Vol. 21, Iss 1, pp.63-79.

 

Johanson, D., Østergren, K. (2010) ‘The Movement Toward Independent Directors on Boards: A Comparative Analysis of Sweden and the UK’, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp.527-539.

Entrepreneurship Versus Intrapreneurship

UNV-504 Week 4 Topic 4 DQ 2 – Entrepreneurship Versus Intrapreneurship

Refer to “Entrepreneurship Versus Intrapreneurship” and answer the following questions. What is entrepreneurship? In what ways are entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship similar? In what ways are they different? Explain which of these options seems most advantageous to you in your career and why.

Identify key trends, assumptions, and risks in the context of your final business model.

 Identify key trends, assumptions, and risks in the context of your final business model.

Develop the strategic objectives for your new division of the existing business in a balanced scorecard format in the context of key trends, assumptions, and risks.The strategic objectives are measures of attaining your vision and mission. As you develop them, consider the vision, mission, and values for your business and the outcomes of your SWOTT analysis and supply chain analysis.

Consider the following four quadrants of the balanced scorecard when developing your strategic objectives:

Shareholder Value or Financial Perspective, includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Market share

Revenues and costs

Profitability

Competitive position

Customer Value Perspective, includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Customer retention or turnover

Customer satisfaction

Customer value

Process or Internal Operations Perspective, includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Measure of process performance

Productivity or productivity improvement

Operations metrics

Impact of change on the organization

Learning and Growth (Employee) Perspective, includes strategic objectives in areas such as:

Employee satisfaction

Employee turnover or retention

Level of organizational capability

Nature of organizational culture or climate

Technological innovation

Develop at least three strategic objectives for each of the four balanced scorecard areas identified (Financial, Customer, Process, Learning and Growth). Your objectives should be selected, in part, based on an evaluation of a number of potential alternatives to the issues and/or opportunities identified in the SWOTT Analysis paper and table you completed in Week 3.

Base your solutions on a ranking of alternative solutions that includes an identification of potential risks and mitigation plans, and a stakeholder analysis that includes mitigation and contingency strategies. You should also incorporate the ethical implications of your solutions into your selection.

For each strategic objective, develop a metric and target using a balanced scorecard format. (For example, a strategic objective in the shareholder or Financial Perspective is to increase market share. A metric to actually measure this strategic objective of market share increase is, “The percentage of increase in market share.” The target is the specific number to be achieved in a particular time period. The target for the metric of “Increase market share” could be “Increase market share by 2% for each of the next 3 years” of an increase of 2% per year for 3 years.)

Outline a brief communication plan discussing how you will communicate the company’s strategic objectives that includes the following:

Define the purpose.

Define the audience.

Identify the channel(s) of communication and why you selected that channel.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word strategic objectives summary. Include your balanced scorecard and its impact on all stakeholders, and the communication plan.

Format paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

The 2007/2008 Financial Crisis

This needs to be done in at least 10 pages in APA format with at least 5 scholarly sources (references). Ensure that you address the following in your paper.

What were the causes of the financial crisis?

What were the effects of this crisis?

What lessons were learnt from this?

Could this crisis have been avoided and what mechanisms have been put in place to avert such a crisis in future?

The Excellent Consulting Group

Communication from Art:

I reviewed your report regarding Organizational Diagnosis, and I thought you did a nice job. I presented your recommendation to ABC Company and Whole Foods Market, and had several discussions with them.

They’ve finally decided that they want to use the Nadler-Tushman Congruence Model to analyze the overall congruence in the company – they like the Input and Output analysis that this model provides.

First, the company’s executives are interested in the Inputs, including the strategy. They are interested in getting an objective opinion of what their critical inputs are and how they align with their strategy. So I suggest that you very quickly brush up more on the Congruence model, particularly for this assignment on inputs.

Second, we need to analyze how Whole Foods Market has been doing in terms of its performance and how it stacks up against its goals. We will do this at three levels: the overall organizational level, the group level, and the individual level. The Congruence Model explains this well. You should be up to speed on this model.

The executives also want to know how congruent the outputs are across the three levels. Given your analysis of performance at each of the three levels, are the interactions of these outputs congruent – highly, somewhat, or very little? Make this determination and support it with a logical argument using the information that you obtain about Whole Foods Market’s goals and performance.

REQUIRED READING:

Nadler, D. A. & Tushman, M. L. (1980). A Model for Diagnosing Organizational Behavior. Organizational Dynamics, 9 (2), 35-51. Retrieved on November 7, 2012 from EBSCO.

Case Assignment

Using the Nadler-Tushman Congruence Model, conduct an analysis of Whole Foods Market’s inputs and how they align with the strategy, as well as its outputs.

For the analysis, I suggest that you start with strategy, since you have already done some work on this aspect in your first report. Review Whole Foods Market’s strategy and then determine which one of Porter’s competitive strategies fits with this strategy. Then review the company’s inputs and determine one or two specific critical inputs from each input category: environment, resources, and history.

Ultimately, I want you to determine how aligned the critical inputs are with the strategy. Is there high congruence (alignment), some congruence, or little to no congruence? I expect you to support your claim with a good, logical argument using the information you have collected.

In order to make this case, you first need to review the strategy and then classify it as one of Porter’s competitive strategies. Then identify the Key Input factors in the first three categories. Explain why these are the critical input factors. Then determine how congruent the three input factors are with the strategy.

Then use the Nadler-Tushman Congruence Module to analyze Whole Foods Market’s outputs. Start with the Organizational Level. Identify the Outputs – what does it produce and sell? What are its goals? How has it been performing? Then go the group level. What are some groups that Whole Foods Market identifies, and the goals and performance of these groups. Finally, discuss the Individual level. Here you will find it difficult to get much detailed information, so identify five to seven key jobs and their outputs. How can the performance of these jobs be measured? Finally determine the congruence of the outputs and make a strong argument for your case.

Be sure to include references. Turn in the 6 page paper by the end of the module.

KEYS TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

  1. Discuss the organization’s strategy and classify it according to Porter’s three generic competitive strategies.
  2. Identify the most critical inputs in each of the first three categories and justify why they are critical. Also explain what effect the inputs from one category have on inputs from the other categories. How well does the strategy fit with the environmental, resource and historical inputs you identified?
  3. Make a Case for your proposition as to how the Key Inputs support (are congruent with) the Strategy. Specifically make a claim: “The inputs at Whole Foods Market consisting of Organizational Environment factors, Internal Resource factors, and Historical Tradition factors are [highly, partially, or minimally] congruent with the company’s strategy.”
  4. In order to make your case you need to identify the outputs of the organization at each of three levels. Also identify the goals that it has set and its current performance. Include the following:
  • Outputs at the organizational level are the products and/or services that it provides to its customers. What are these and how does the company categorize them? How does it measure its organizational performance (e.g., sales, net profit, return on sales, return on assets, market share, customer satisfaction, etc.). Provide some specific performance data.
  • What are some ways the company identifies groups? For example, are there geographic groups (or divisions), functional groups, etc. What are the outputs of these groups? How does it (or how might it) measure performance of these groups?
  • What are some of the key individual functions, and what are their outputs? How do these outputs contribute to the group outputs? How do they measure individual performance?
  • Evaluate how the outputs at the different levels interact with each other. Determine if you think the congruence of the outputs is high, medium, or low. Then make a strong case. It is very important that you support your position with evidence and information that you have discussed earlier in the report.
  1. Support your analysis with objective evidence. Sources of information for the entire project may include interviews, organizational documents and reports, articles in newspapers, and trade publications. Be sure to cite your sources and provide a list of references.

Cultural Intelligence and Business

Assignment 1: Discussion—Cultural Intelligence and Business

Cross-cultural issues need to be addressed in domestic operations, but even more so in companies operating globally. What is considered a successful human resources (HR) decision in one part of the world may become a challenge in another part of the world. In this assignment, you will look for the appropriate global HR policies.

The Amaya Corporation is an MNC whose corporate headquarters are in the United Kingdom (UK), with manufacturing operations in various countries throughout the world. There has been a change in leadership in the company’s subsidiaries in two countries: the Czech Republic and China. In the Czech Republic, a young male executive was sent from Germany. In China, a middle-aged female executive was sent from the company’s operations in India.

Now, do the following to complete this assignment:

  • List possible issues the two executives could face in the Czech Republic and China. For each potential issue, provide an analysis to explain why it is a potential problem.
  • Discuss the importance of cultural intelligence and its impact on the globalization of business operations.
  • Propose methods for preparing each executive for their assignment.
  • Support your positions with scholarly resources.

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Business Ethics

Business Ethics/ Case & SLP/ Module 4

Module 4 – Case

ORGANIZATIONAL ETHICS AND CSR

Assignment Overview

A Critique of Lockheed Martin

In this assignment you will be asked to review the final chapter of Terris’ text book and to spend some time applying your critical thinking skills in evaluating Lockheed Martin’s efforts.

Assignment Instructions

After reading through the chapter please take some time to answer the following questions in 4-5 pages regarding the company’s ethics program efforts:

What is Lockheed Martin doing right? What do they need to do to improve?

Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be 4–5 pages, double-spaced, and in 12-point type size.

Your paper should have a separate cover page and a separate reference page.

Use APA style, and proofread your paper.

Upload your paper by the end of the module.

Module 4 – SLP

ORGANIZATIONAL ETHICS AND CSR

Assignment Overview

Corporate Social Responsibility

In this assignment please read the article by Popa & Salanta. You are also asked to do some additional research on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Assignment Instructions

In a 2- to 3-page paper discuss how the operational efforts related to organizational ethics tie to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (if at all). You may need to do some additional research or you may use some of the other readings presented in this course to justify your main arguments.

Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced and in 12-point type size.

Your paper should have a separate cover page and a separate reference page.

Use APA style, and proofread your paper.

Upload your paper by the end of the module.

Company Growth Discussion—Workforce 2010 and Workforce 2020

Assignment 1: Discussion—Workforce 2010 and Workforce 2020

The workplace is constantly changing. As companies grow on a global level, their needs change, as do the needs of employees. Researchers and statisticians often attempt to predict how things will change.

Using the module readings, the University online library resources, and the Internet, research and analyze theWorkforce 2010 and Workforce 2020 reports. Based on your research, respond to the following:

  • Workforce 2010: Comment on which predictions were correct and which ones were inaccurate.
  • Workforce 2020:Discuss which predictions you agree or disagree with.

By Saturday, August 15, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Monday, August 17, 2015, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Scenario: Roto Air

Project Charter

Scenario: Roto Air

You will be working with the following scenario throughout this course. You are free to make reasonable assumptions when facts have not been provided, but do state them as you complete the assignments.

You are a project manager for Roto Air, Inc., a successful manufacturer of autonomous rotorcraft (drone helicopters) headed by CEO Jackie Copperfield. You work at the research and development facility in central New York and have been given the assignment of transitioning the manufacturing processes for the newest product, the Quick Drop 100, to its permanent manufacturing site in central Florida. The Florida plant is non-union, has lower property taxes, and lower utility costs than the New York location. You will be sharing an existing building owned by Roto Air and used for assembly of other similar products. While floor space has been allocated for your product, the specialized machinery and tools must be procured. One of these machines is to be custom built and has a lead time of 5 months. Normal support functions such as human resources, facility maintenance, and manufacturing engineering are already available in Florida. A manual with the product assembly instructions and specifications is needed for training the new manufacturing technicians and will remain your responsibility to complete. An appropriate budget of $1M has been approved for first year transition costs. Annual savings from the move are expected to be $250,000 per year. The budget is controlled by John Golden, plant manager in Florida. Manufacturing is scheduled to start in the new location six months from today. You have a well-qualified team of four other employees that are free to travel as needed from their New York home to Florida. Although the team members have worked on many projects, they have not worked together before. Team members are Jackie, Ken, Jose, and Shawn. Upon successful transition you will return to your responsibilities in New York.

Assignment: 

This week you will complete the project charter. Various publications and organizations have differing contents for a charter; however you will be working with the outline preferred by Roto Air. Using the information provided, complete the steps below.

  1. Compose a business case for transitioning the product to Florida.
  2. Prepare a scope statement for the transition project.
  3. Identify the most logical project sponsor and justify your choice with at least two supporting reasons.
  4. Identify the top level project schedule.
  5. Identify the overall budget.
  6. Specifies at least one state or national safety standard that the manufacturing operation must comply with and explain the reason for its selection.

Your paper must be 900 to 1200 words in length (not including title and reference pages) and must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide. Contextual (Level One) headings must be used to organize your paper and your thoughts.

Inventory Systems Summary

QRB 501 Week 2 Learning Team Assignment Inventory Systems Summary

The purpose of this assignment is to prepare for subsequent assignments in this course.

 

Research one inventory system per Team Assignment member used in an organization with which you are familiar.

 

Collect four years of inventory data from each organization. You may also use the University of Phoenix Material: Summer Historical Inventory Data or University of Phoenix Material: Winter Historical Inventory Data.

 

Collaborate as a Team Assignment to compare the inventory systems.

 

Write a summary which includes:

 

·         250- to 350-word description of each inventory system.

·         350- to 700-word comparison describing the advantages and disadvantages of each system.

 

 

Format your summary consistent with APA guidelines.

Nestle Case Study

Nestle Case Study

Within this course, there is a total of three major cases for this class (Bank of America, Dove, and Nestle).  The objective of these case studies is to put you in the role of a marketing manager.   Your response should include an in-depth analysis of the case, accurately identifying the main issues, problems, opportunities, suggestions, and realistic outcomes. This writing assignment   requires two sections: executive brief and application section. Keep in mind, as an executive brief, it is more important to offer fewer pages with the correct perspective of the case and not several pages simply recapping or restating the case. When completed, your response should reflect a scholarly knowledge of the appropriate solutions and outcomes. Please refer to the writing requirements (shown in the syllabus) to gain an understanding of the difference between scholarly and advanced writing. The final case study, Nestle, has 100 points possible. Your assignments should contain the following components:

Part A: Executive brief

This is a one to two-page single-spaced summary of the case study.  Students should not simply recap the events but instead identify the major components, markets, and stakeholders and explain why this case is important to the marketing manager.

Identification

You should identify the main problems, issues, and/or opportunities of this case study.

This section should be single-spaced.

 

Recommendation

You should offer an in-depth plan of action to address the problems listed above. Be very specific in your recommendations. For example, simply stating the organizational leaders should change their pricing strategies does not meet the requirements of this assignment.  Instead, you should describe the proposed pricing strategy change and explain why you are proposing this change. To help support this recommendation, you should be able to identify other organizations who have implemented a similar strategy. This section should be single-spaced.

 

Part B: Application

Integrating the strategies, policies, and/or practices from the text, students are expected to “do the work.”Example #1, if you were to recommend the company pursues a new segment of the market; your work should offer specifics of the proposed market.

 

Example #2, if you were to recommend the company changes their pricing strategy; you should offer support (in the terms of outside references) as to why you are proposing such a change and a detailed list of the expected returns/outcomes.

 

Example #3, if you were to recommend a change in the organizational branding strategies, you should offer support (in terms of outside references) as to why you are proposing such a change and a detailed list of the expected results of this change.

 

This section should be three to five double-spaced pages.

Budget

Budget

For your project you will need to do the following:

  • In a minimum of 2 pages, prepare an essay that includes a breakdown of charges and costs that MovieFlix will incur as a result of trying to solve their problem.
  • Include a balance sheet for MovieFlix so that they can see a snapshot of their current financial condition so that they will know if they have enough resources to fix their problem right now. Click on the link below to download the template for the balance sheet.

*Remember, the balance sheet has to “balance” and make sense. Watch the podcast on the “Financial Control” page for a review of the balance sheet.

Balance Sheet

how to apply multi-product break-even analysis

Do an Internet search and develop a list of at least 7 Internet sites that describe how to apply multiproduct break-even analysis in manufacturing and/or service organizations. For each site you include in the list, present the site’s URL and name, and description on how the organization utilizes multiproduct break-even analysis.

 

 

Use MS Word to prepare at least a two-page long paper (double space, font – Times New Roman, size 12, and margins 1″)

foreign monetary system

Bus 450 Final Paper

Select a foreign country and analyze its monetary system. Research the country’s monetary system using at least five scholarly sources, including a minimum of three from the Ashford Online Library. Your analysis should be an eight to ten page paper formatted according to APA style guidelines.

Address the following aspects in your paper:

  • Analyze the evolution of the country’s monetary system, including the impact of any fiscal monetary and trade policies.
  • Describe the major components of the monetary system, including organizations and financial institutions.
  • Describe the currency exchange rates and any significant impacts on the exchange rates.
  • Analyze the issues around economic exposure, transaction exposure, and translation exposure.
  • Recommend to investors whether they should buy or sell futures or options in that currency.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least five scholarly sources.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

business ethics

Seminar Option 2 Discussion

The topic of Unit 6 Seminar focuses on business ethics.

 

●     Today, most people work in organizations. Does this affect people’s sense of moral responsibility and conduct? For example, does working within an organization serve to attenuate responsibility?

●     What are the most pressing issues in business ethics today? Why do you believe these are so important?

For this discussion I need at least 5 sentences per question.

Scenario: Roto Air

Scenario: Roto Air

You will be working with the following scenario throughout this course. You are free to make reasonable assumptions when facts have not been provided, but do state them as you complete the assignments.

You are a project manager for Roto Air, Inc., a successful manufacturer of autonomous rotorcraft (drone helicopters) headed by CEO Jackie Copperfield. You work at the research and development facility in central New York and have been given the assignment of transitioning the manufacturing processes for the newest product, the Quick Drop 100, to its permanent manufacturing site in central Florida. The Florida plant is non-union, has lower property taxes, and lower utility costs than the New York location. You will be sharing an existing building owned by Roto Air and used for assembly of other similar products. While floor space has been allocated for your product, the specialized machinery and tools must be procured. One of these machines is to be custom built and has a lead time of 5 months. Normal support functions such as human resources, facility maintenance, and manufacturing engineering are already available in Florida. A manual with the product assembly instructions and specifications is needed for training the new manufacturing technicians and will remain your responsibility to complete. An appropriate budget of $1M has been approved for first year transition costs. Annual savings from the move are expected to be $250,000 per year. The budget is controlled by John Golden, plant manager in Florida. Manufacturing is scheduled to start in the new location six months from today. You have a well-qualified team of four other employees that are free to travel as needed from their New York home to Florida. Although the team members have worked on many projects, they have not worked together before. Team members are Jackie, Ken, Jose, and Shawn. Upon successful transition you will return to your responsibilities in New York.

Assignment:

This week you will complete the project charter. Various publications and organizations have differing contents for a charter; however you will be working with the outline preferred by Roto Air. Using the information provided, complete the steps below.

  1. Compose a business case for transitioning the product to Florida.
  2. Prepare a scope statement for the transition project.
  3. Identify the most logical project sponsor and justify your choice with at least two supporting reasons.
  4. Identify the top level project schedule.
  5. Identify the overall budget.
  6. Specifies at least one state or national safety standard that the manufacturing operation must comply with and explain the reason for its selection.

Your paper must be 900 to 1200 words in length (not including title and reference pages) and must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide. Contextual (Level One) headings must be used to organize your paper and your thoughts. You must cite at least two scholarly sources from the Ashford Online Library in addition to the textbook.

Corporate Culture, Governance & Ethical Leadership: ENRON ethical scandal

Introduction
The managers are expected maximize the returns while comparing with the other standards. In America the mangers was recently arrested through this we can understood that the increasing level of manager negligence. The America stock market has added to the political fields to reform the style of business (Bratton, n.d.). The corporate irresponsibility in the ENRON scandal for instance multiple lawsuits from a range of stakeholders with demand for the demo crazing structure for the corporate power (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). Thus the scandal involve illegal activity and the court of law will determine the extent of the civil and the criminal liability. Then to control the fraud more effective department punishment should be given by the officials.
In the modern business the Enron scandal make a shame to the modern business. And within the end of the scandal some of the people lost their entire pension and also the main people did not get their salary. And the CEO was in a typical condition to face the consequences. There are many causes of Enron collapse (Bratton, n.d.). Among them, there has been a conflict arise of the cases the culture of the Enron was the major cause for the collapse. Then when some of their business and trading ventures began to perform poorly, they tried to cover up their failures.
Professional Dilemmas and the Failure of the market
There is nothing wrong with the market filing to fulfill their task of leveling the playing field between the buyer and the seller. There are also certain types of market with failures. The most common form of the market failures are the asymmetries and it’s a thread to the raise of others attitude. Insider trading is one of the indefensible exploitation of information asymmetric (Bratton, n.d.).
Ethical literacy is all about recognizing. The issues before they become legal problems. The neglect of managerial integrity capacity is at the moral root of Enron legal and financial problems. The spectacle of top Enron executives pleading the fifth in congressional hearings about managerial immoral and illegal conduct is a vivid examples of the consequences (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003).
The government was also harmed because American political tradition of chartering only the cooperative which serve the good was incur pirated by the public (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). The scandal also affect the secondary and the tertiary stake holders. Then a parallel process ordered in the legal profession. The industry reputation furthermore, was tarnished by the aggressive marketing leader ship practices, the taxpaying public general all included in the additional fill risk form.
These multiple stake holder damages can be viewed as the result of serious lapses in the four dimension of management integrity capacity process, judgement, development, and system. While unlikely that Enron executives failed to perceive the relevant moral issues, it is clear that they were not sensitive to them (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). Moral deliberation then second component of process integrity is the capacity to engage critical and the comprehensive appraisal.
The moral character the third component of process integrity is the individual and collective capacity to be ready to act ethically. The motives and the corrupting workplace couture they created (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). The lack of potential virtue of citizenship is particularly damaging to internal and external character cultivation. The moral conduct, component process integrity, is the individual and collective carrying out of justifying actions on a sustained basis.
Tenor scandal adverse moral input on the primary stakeholders is evident, top managers chose the stake holder deception and short term financial gains for them financial gain for themselves which destroyed their personal and business reputation that means rotation. They all risk criminal and civil prosecution that could lead to improve bankruptcy (Bratton, n.d.).
Employees were deceived about the firm actual financial condition a and descried of the freedom to diversify their retirement portfolio they had to stand by helplessly while their detriment savings evaporated at the time of the top manager cashed in on their business (Bratton, n.d.). The government was also turned into harmful because America political tradition of chartering only corporations that serve the public good was violated by an utter lack of economic abuse of power that benefited select elite.
Develop a reputation for dependability and alignment of moral reality but the duplication exploitation of employee detriment savings exposed the cruel behavioral hypocrisy of top ten executives that means that giving of top ten executives (Bratton, n.d.).
Conclusion
The manager can attempt to evenfall moral accountability by fragmenting their handling of management and the ethics issues. The way to address this evaluation is to enhance the capacity. For the business leaders and their firms exhibiting judgment integrity means being held accountable for achieving good outcomes.

References
Bratton, W. Enron and the Dark Side of Shareholder Value. SSRN Journal. doi:10.2139/ssrn.301475
Learning from the mistakes of Enron. (2003). Strategic Direction, 19(3), 23-25. doi:10.1108/02580540310794417

Corporate Culture, Governance & Ethical Leadership: ENRON ethical scandal

Introduction
The managers are expected maximize the returns while comparing with the other standards. In America the mangers was recently arrested through this we can understood that the increasing level of manager negligence. The America stock market has added to the political fields to reform the style of business (Bratton, n.d.). The corporate irresponsibility in the ENRON scandal for instance multiple lawsuits from a range of stakeholders with demand for the demo crazing structure for the corporate power (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). Thus the scandal involve illegal activity and the court of law will determine the extent of the civil and the criminal liability. Then to control the fraud more effective department punishment should be given by the officials.
In the modern business the Enron scandal make a shame to the modern business. And within the end of the scandal some of the people lost their entire pension and also the main people did not get their salary. And the CEO was in a typical condition to face the consequences. There are many causes of Enron collapse (Bratton, n.d.). Among them, there has been a conflict arise of the cases the culture of the Enron was the major cause for the collapse. Then when some of their business and trading ventures began to perform poorly, they tried to cover up their failures.
Professional Dilemmas and the Failure of the market
There is nothing wrong with the market filing to fulfill their task of leveling the playing field between the buyer and the seller. There are also certain types of market with failures. The most common form of the market failures are the asymmetries and it’s a thread to the raise of others attitude. Insider trading is one of the indefensible exploitation of information asymmetric (Bratton, n.d.).
Ethical literacy is all about recognizing. The issues before they become legal problems. The neglect of managerial integrity capacity is at the moral root of Enron legal and financial problems. The spectacle of top Enron executives pleading the fifth in congressional hearings about managerial immoral and illegal conduct is a vivid examples of the consequences (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003).
The government was also harmed because American political tradition of chartering only the cooperative which serve the good was incur pirated by the public (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). The scandal also affect the secondary and the tertiary stake holders. Then a parallel process ordered in the legal profession. The industry reputation furthermore, was tarnished by the aggressive marketing leader ship practices, the taxpaying public general all included in the additional fill risk form.
These multiple stake holder damages can be viewed as the result of serious lapses in the four dimension of management integrity capacity process, judgement, development, and system. While unlikely that Enron executives failed to perceive the relevant moral issues, it is clear that they were not sensitive to them (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). Moral deliberation then second component of process integrity is the capacity to engage critical and the comprehensive appraisal.
The moral character the third component of process integrity is the individual and collective capacity to be ready to act ethically. The motives and the corrupting workplace couture they created (‘Learning from the mistakes of Enron’, 2003). The lack of potential virtue of citizenship is particularly damaging to internal and external character cultivation. The moral conduct, component process integrity, is the individual and collective carrying out of justifying actions on a sustained basis.
Tenor scandal adverse moral input on the primary stakeholders is evident, top managers chose the stake holder deception and short term financial gains for them financial gain for themselves which destroyed their personal and business reputation that means rotation. They all risk criminal and civil prosecution that could lead to improve bankruptcy (Bratton, n.d.).
Employees were deceived about the firm actual financial condition a and descried of the freedom to diversify their retirement portfolio they had to stand by helplessly while their detriment savings evaporated at the time of the top manager cashed in on their business (Bratton, n.d.). The government was also turned into harmful because America political tradition of chartering only corporations that serve the public good was violated by an utter lack of economic abuse of power that benefited select elite.
Develop a reputation for dependability and alignment of moral reality but the duplication exploitation of employee detriment savings exposed the cruel behavioral hypocrisy of top ten executives that means that giving of top ten executives (Bratton, n.d.).
Conclusion
The manager can attempt to evenfall moral accountability by fragmenting their handling of management and the ethics issues. The way to address this evaluation is to enhance the capacity. For the business leaders and their firms exhibiting judgment integrity means being held accountable for achieving good outcomes.
References
Bratton, W. Enron and the Dark Side of Shareholder Value. SSRN Journal. doi:10.2139/ssrn.301475
Learning from the mistakes of Enron. (2003). Strategic Direction, 19(3), 23-25. doi:10.1108/02580540310794417

Assignment 2: Genesis Energy Capital Plan Report

The Genesis Energy operations management team, nearing completion of its agreement with Sensible Essentials, was asked by senior management to present a capital plan for the operating expansion. The capital plan was not to be a wish list but an analysis of the necessary expenditures to successfully establish a fully equipped operating facility overseas.

In addition, senior management requested meaningful financial and operating metrics to ensure that the performance objectives for the facility were being met. The operations management team was given five days to accomplish the following:

  1. Calculate the firm’s WACC.
  2. Prepare and analyze each planned capital expenditure.
  3. Evaluate, rank, and recommend the capital expenditures according to beneficial value to the organization, using the evaluation tools NPV, payback, and IRR. Evaluation, ranking, and recommendations should be by category of expenditures. For example, facility, equipment 1, 2, and 3, and inspection.
  4. Using the selected choices in part three, calculate the full cost of establishing a fully equipped facility. This would include the facility, equipment 1, 2, and 3, and inspection. In addition, calculate the payback, NPV, and IRR for the completed facility.
  5. Construct and recommend between three and five metrics to measure the performance of the organization. At least one metric should be dividend decision-making driven.
  6. Prepare an executive summary along with a separate document showing the calculations.

 Part I

 Following the example of the operations management team, do the following:

  1. Download the Capital Budgeting spreadsheet, and compute the WACC for Genesis Energy.
  2. Using the information provided in the spreadsheet, analyze Genesis Energy’s project options. Then, calculate the periodic and cumulative net cash flows for each potential project and its associated options. Please note that there are five projects (facility, equipment pieces 1, 2, and 3, and internal inspection), and that each project offers multiple-configuration options (facility size, equipment type, etc.).
  3. Evaluate, rank, and recommend a specific option for each capital project according to beneficial value to the organization, using the evaluation tools NPV, payback, and IRR.
  4. Construct and recommend between three and five metrics to measure the performance of the new operating strategy. At least one metric should reflect dividend policy as it relates to rewarding shareholders.
  5. Prepare an executive summary describing your recommendations for each project and the overall cost, net cash flows, and expected returns of the operating configuration that you recommend. Be sure to justify your recommendations in terms of the investment criteria applied in Step 3 above. Be sure to report the full cost of the facility as it is configured per your recommendations. Present and justify your operating strategy performance metrics.

Your complete report should include all of your calculations as appendices (5 pages, or 1 page for each project).

 Part II—Executive Summary Presentation

 Because of limited resources in an era of plentiful opportunities, companies must carefully select investments. You analyzed Genesis Energy’s expansion plans and explained your findings in M5: Assignment 1.

This assignment is based on those findings. In this assignment, you will create a PowerPoint presentation that will include the following information:

  • An executive summary of your findings from M5: Assignment 1. Be sure to adhere to the following:
    • The presentation should be approximately 6–8 minutes (or 10–12 slides).
    • A statement of the problem or topic is included.
    • A concise analysis of the findings is included.
    • Specific details from M5: Assignment 1 to highlight or support the summary are incorporated.

Develop a 10–12-slide presentation in PowerPoint format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Assignment 1: Corporate Responsibility and Marketing Strategies

Use the Internet to research the Apple Corporation, its current position and reputation regarding ethical and social responsibility, and the strategies that it currently employs to market its products.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Examine Apple’s current position on the company’s ethical and social responsibilities, and determine whether or not the company has met these responsibilities. Provide two (2) examples that support your position.
  2. Determine the impact that the publication of ethics and social responsibilities violations made by Apple’s suppliers has had on Apple’s reputation. Support your response with examples of the impact in question.
  3. Suggest two (2) methods that Apple can utilize to ensure that its suppliers adhere to wage and benefits standards going forward. Justify your response.
  4. Determine whether or not you believe that Apple’s customers would be willing to pay more for its products if Apple had to increase selling prices in order to provide better wages and benefits for suppliers’ workers. Provide a rationale for your position.
  5. Analyze Apple’s current overall marketing strategy. Recommend two (2) actions that Apple can take in order to improve its competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Support your response with examples of instances where your recommendations yielded the desired results.
  6. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Examine the private enterprise systems, drivers of change on the system, ethical and social responsibilities of business, and the requirements for success in today’s business environment.
  • Analyze the factors that drive supply and demand, different types of market structures in a free enterprise system, and factors of stability in a nation’s economy.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in contemporary business.
  • Write clearly and concisely about contemporary business using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric found here.

Strategy Development in Context of a Business Mode

BUS/475 week 2Strategy Development in Context of a Business Mode

Conduct an internal and external environmental analysis, and a supply chain analysis for your proposed new division and its business model.

Create a SWOTT table summarizing your findings. Your environmental analysis should consider, at a minimum, the following factors. For each factor, identify the one primary strength, weakness, opportunity, threat, and trend, and include it in your table.

  • External forces and trends considerations:
    • Legal and regulatory
    • Global
    • Economic
    • Technological
    • Innovation
    • Social
    • Environmental
    • Competitive analysis
  • Internal forces and trends considerations:
    • Strategy
    • Structures
    • Processes and systems
    • Resources
    • Goals
    • Strategic capabilities
    • Culture
    • Technologies
    • Innovations
    • Intellectual property
    • Leadership

Write a synopsis of no more than 1,050 words in which you analyze relevant forces and trends from the list above. Your analysis must include the following:

  • Include economic and legal and regulatory forces and trends.
  • Critique how well the organization adapts to change.
  • Analyze and explain the supply chain of the new division of the existing business. Share your plans to develop and leverage core competencies and resources within the supply chain in an effort to make a positive impact on the business model and the various stakeholders.
  • Identify issues and/or opportunities:
    • Identify the major issues and/or opportunities that the company faces based on your analysis.
    • Generate a hypothesis surrounding each issue and research questions to use for conducting analysis.
    • Identify the circumstances surrounding each issue; classify the circumstances; attribute the importance of each classification; and test the accuracy of the importance for each classification.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Business Organizational Leadership

In the final project, students will complete the case study provided as a comprehensive leadership plan analysis) applying concepts learned throughout the course. This paper continues the saga of Joseph Dunn’s leadership at Dunn’s Ski Emporium and The Deli.

You are to help Dunn address his role as relationship builder. Interface the plan you have created in Assignment #1- leader vs. manager assignment with a plan for Dunn’s need to address the potential threats to workforce harmony. Emphasize his role as leader and what he can do to build his relationship with his employees so that he empowers his managers and workforce to implement his vision for the company.

The goal of this paper is to have students link the concepts of Dunn as a social architect, change agent, and individual to Dunn as a relationship builder. Think of a relationship builder as a leader who aligns people to his or her vision. Again, students will write from the leader’s perspective.

Remember that in order to determine strategic direction, the leader must look inward, outward, forward and beyond.

Students will create a Leadership Plan:

  • Discuss the role of Dunn as a leader to motivate, empower, create followers, and promote communication;
  • Discuss how Dunn should address cultural diversity within the organization;
  • Discuss the areas in the original plan that would require change to accommodate Dunn’s role as a relationship builder.
  • Discuss how Dunn can use John’s knowledge of The Deli business to his advantage;
  • Students are expected to be creative but realistic in applying the concepts from the course to expand Dunn’s environment and leadership role.

Required Formatting of the Final Project:

  • This report should be double spaced, 12-point font, and six to eight pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and instructor’s name;
  • Include references with at least one reference other than the course material;
  • Use headings;
  • Writing is expected to be clear and concise;
  • Write in the third person;
  • Use APA formatting for in-text citations and reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use quotes. Deductions will be taken when quotes are used and found to be unnecessary;
  • No dictionary or encyclopedia definition or use of wiki files;
  • Submit the paper in the Assignment Folder.

Global Management – Managing Global Buisness

lessons this week focus on managing a global business. Chapter 11 examines global strategic human resource management, including staffing policies, performance appraisal and compensation, international trade, labor relations, and HRM policies. Chapter 12 focuses on global marketing and analysis of international markets, marketing research vs. marketing intelligence systems, and making the standardization and adaptation decision. In addition, developing the international product mix, the international promotion mix, the international distribution mix, the international pricing mix, and the international customer service mix will be studied.

Assignment Instructions Companies collect a wide variety of information about their foreign markets to decide in which countries to conduct business and which market segments in these markets they should target. What are the three major markets that exist in all foreign markets? Describe the markets and provide examples of each. Write a paper of 500-600 words, typewritten in double-spaced format (Arial 12-point font or Times New Roman styles), page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances. In your response, make certain that you include at least two outside references from search engines. please create reference page. please note that this assignment will be submitted to turnitin.com

Business Ethics Paper

TOPIC: Marketing to Children (Discuss ethical concerns in regards to this topic and ethical dilemmas)

Two Traditional Theories can be found here http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~cp28/ethterm.htm

Please do in-text citation in APA Format and reference page/

Required Elements of Final Project:

  • students will thoroughly research the topic and define the ethical concerns in detail.
  • Using two of the traditional theories from week 2, suggest potential resolutions to the dilemma(s)
  • In the discussion of the resolution, include the impact that ethical relativism and globalization may have upon the suggested dilemma resolution.
  • Select the best resolution and explain in detail why.

Required Formatting of Final Project:

  • This paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and eight to ten pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;
  • Title page;
  • Introductory paragraph and a summary paragraph;
  • Use headings to demarcate your discussion;
  • Write in the third person
  • Use APA formatting for in-text citations and a reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use quotes. Deductions will be taken when quotes are used and found to be unnecessary;
  • Submit the paper in the Assignment Folder.

mingle activity to help Students introduce themselves

Describe a mingle activity you might create for a new class of intermediate level students to help them introduce themselves to each other.

Devise an information gap activity where over the phone one student describes a used car he wants to sell. Another student, having seen an ad in the paper about the car, calls asking for more information about the car. Each wants to strike the best deal.

Explain why a board game like “Monopoly” or “Clue” might not be appropriate for a group of language learners. How could you adapt them to be appropriate?

Explain why traditional party games like Charades or 20 Questions would be good games to use in the EFLESL classroom. What would be the specific language point students would be working on with these games? Give examples.

Interest Rates

Assignment 1: Discussion—Interest Rates

Interest rates are a fact of life that you will encounter both professionally and personally. One area of interest rates that you may be most concerned about are those applied to credit card debt. Let’s say that you had $2400 on a particular credit card that charges an annual percentage rate (APR) of 21% and requires that you pay a minimum of 2% per month. Could you determine the minimum monthly payment? The minimum monthly payment would simply be 2% times the balance as shown:

2% x $2400.00 = 0.02 x $2400.00 = $48.00

So, your monthly minimum payment would be $48.00. Do you know how much of this is being applied to the principal and how much is going to interest? To determine this, you would need to know the simple interest formula.

I = Prt

In this formula, I = interest, P = is the principal (balance), r = is the annual percentage rate, and t is the time frame. To determine the interest per month on a balance of $2400 with an APR of 21%, you would let P = $2400, r = .21, and t = 1/12 (1 month is 1/12 of a year). The interest paid each month would then be:

I = Prt = ($2400)(.21)(1/12) = $42.00

So, you are paying $42.00 per month towards interest. With a minimum payment of $48.00, that means you are paying $6.00 per month towards the balance ($48.00 – $42.00 = $6.00). No wonder it takes so long to pay off a credit card!

Research interest rates and consumer debt using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet.

Based on the articles and your independent research, respond to the following:

  • How is consumer debt different today than in the past?
  • What role do interest rates play in mounting consumer debt?
  • What are the typical interest rates applied to credit cards, mortgages, and other debt?
  • Many of today’s interest rates are variable rather than fixed. What difference does this make to pension plans, housing loans, and other personal finances?

Write your response in 1–2 paragraphs (a total of 200-300 words).

Comment on your peers’ responses, addressing the following:

  • Have the issue of consumer debt and the role of interest rates been explored?
  • Does the response clearly explain the causal relationship between fixed interest rates and pension plans, housing loans, and other personal finances?
  • Are statements supported by reason and research?

By Saturday, August 1, 2015, deliver your assignment to the appropriate Discussion Area. ThroughWednesday, August 5, 2015, review and comment on your peers’ responses.

Organizational Survival Strategies

In this increasingly difficult economic environment, many organizations have been forced to take drastic operational and systematic measures to stay afloat and maintain their position within the community. If you were a health care manager leading an organization in which its financial, political, and/or social position was threatened, what survival strategies would you employ? Please choose at least three strategies from your textbook to discuss and thoroughly explain the rationale for your choices.
The Challenge of Change
Change is usually positive, but it can also be difficult to embrace at times. Employees can be resistant to change, while managers may feel that it is necessary for organizational stability. Discuss the challenge of change as it relates to health care organizations. What is the overall impact of change on the organization, its employees, and its constituents, and what role does the manager play as an agent of change? In addition to responding to these questions, review the examples of successful change in your textbook and choose two examples to discuss in greater detail. What did you learn from these examples? In each case, how did the individuals overcome the barriers to change, and what were the resulting benefits?

Madoff Securities

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine the regulatory oversight that was in place while the Ponzi scheme was operating, and speculate on the main reasons why they did not discover the scheme.
  2. Assume you are an auditor for a firm that had $10 million dollars invested in Madoff Securities.
  3. Determine the fundamental audit procedures that you should have applied to this investment.
  4. Predict the way in which a peer review of Friehling and Horowitz would have uncovered the scheme related to Madoff Securities.
  5. Pretend you are Harry Markopolos and suggest one (1) strategy, different from that of the case study, to expose the potential fraud. Provide a rationale to support the suggestion.
  6. Analyze the role of the audit committee for Madoff Securities in regard to the discovery of Ponzi scheme, and suggest one (1) action the audit committee could have taken in order to prevent or detect the fraud. Provide a rationale to support the suggestion.
  7. Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar type Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

The assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze the requirement for the profession of auditing and the integral role that independence assurance plays within the economy.
  • Examine the corporate governance of audits including the professional, regulatory, and corporate managerial requirements.
  • Write clearly and concisely about auditing using proper writing mechanics.

Case Study 3: Insurance

 

Darrien owns a dry cleaners that also offers pickup and delivery service. One day when Darrien was exceptionally busy, the company van broke down, so he allowed one of his employees, Nick, to use Nick’s personal vehicle to pick up and deliver laundry. At 17, Nick only obtained his driver’s license four months ago. While making deliveries, Nick was involved in an accident that was his fault. Using your state’s insurance laws, explore the various types of insurance involved and determine whose liability insurance is responsible for payment of damages and/or injuries? Explain the reason for your selection and support it with laws, cases or other appropriate examples.

The Boeing Company

Prepare a 400- 500-word response to the questions below.
How has The Boeing Company returned cash to its owners?
Has it paid dividends, bought back stock, or spun off assets?
Given The Boeing Company’s characteristics today, how would you recommend that they return cash to stockholders (assuming that they have excess cash)?
How much could The Boeing Company have returned to its stockholders over the last few years (FCFE)?
How much did it actually return?
Given this dividend policy and the current cash balance of The Boeing Company, would you push the firm to change its dividend policy (return more or less cash to its owners)?
How does The Boeing Company’s dividend policy compare to those of its peer group and to the rest of the market?

Risk Tolerance

A situation in which your organization has faced risk.
Describe the risk-related situation or event.
What was the Risk Response Plan?
How did the leadership team handle that risk?
What could have been done differently?
What were the lessons learned?
Please create a fictitious risk-related situation or event (preferably some IT type related event, etc…)  In this case, the organization will be an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.  And please create a solution to this fictitious risk-related situation or event per the directions above.
Make sure to integrate strategic concepts, such as the SWOT Analysis, Balanced Scorecard, and Porter’s Five Forces.
Make sure you support your work with citations/references following the APA form and style of writing. Citations serve to strengthen your paper and clearly display whether you have integrated anything from the class into your paper.
Provide a properly formatted APA style references page.
Create a PowerPoint presentation in preparation for your midterm exam. The presentation is a high-level discussion that you might present to your upper management team.
The PowerPoint requirements include:
15 Slides
Address the main topics you will write about extensively for your midterm.
Include at least 8 sources, which you will also list on your midterm exam.
Presentation must look professional.

Business Analysis

analyze a company  from http://fortune.com/fortune500/
Download the most recent Annual Report from your chosen company’s Web site; this is commonly located on the Investor Relations page. Prepare a report analyzing business mathematics concepts. Be sure to include the following in your report:
Explain how mathematics is used in the preparation of financial statements.
Discuss examples of business problem solving using mathematics from the Annual Report.
Explain the cost recovery methods used in the Annual Report, and indicate how these are factored into the Balance Sheet and Income Statement.
Discuss the types of indebtedness reported on the Balance Sheet and how the interest is computed.
Prepare and explain a horizontal analysis of the Balance Sheet for all years presented in the Annual Report.
Prepare and explain a vertical analysis of the Income Statement for all years presented in the Annual Report.
Explain the importance of using ratios and percentages in communicating financial results.

Business Studies Assignment

KapTechnology is in the process of building a centralized database for the company, KapConsulting. The process has been quite challenging due to the various departments sending inconsistent forms to the systems analyst. As the systems analyst of this project, what steps would you take to standardize the input forms from different departments to create an efficient database design? Why are entity relationship diagrams and normalization so important?
Topic 2 Now that you have normalized your input design and data, what are your objectives for effective output for KapConsulting? How will you avoid bias with users? In your post, include the seven essentials of website design, good screen design, and dashboards. What are the drawbacks of electronic and Web-based output? Provide the URLs of, in your opinion, a good website design and a poor website design. Explain the reasons for your choices.

Moving Average Forecasting Models

Moving average forecasting models are powerful tools that help managers in making educated forecasting decisions. A moving average is mainly used to forecast short historical range data. This tool along with other forecasting tools is now computerized such as in Excel, which makes it easy to use. With regard to moving average forecasting, read the following task.
Obtain the daily price data over the past five years for three different stocks. Data can be obtained from the Internet by using the following keywords: stock price data, return data, company data, and stock returns.
•Create trend-moving averages with the following values form: 10, 100, and 200. Graph the data with Excel.
•Create centered-moving averages with the following values form: 10, 100, and 200. Graph the data with Excel.
•How do the moving averages for the same values of m compare between a trend-moving average and a centered-moving average?
•Explain how these moving averages can assist a stock analyst in determining the stocks’ price direction. Provide a detailed explanation with justifications.
Submit your answers in an eight- to ten-page Word document and in an Excel sheet.
 

Raise or Lower Tuition?

You have been hired by Nobody State University (NSU) as a consultant to help the university with how to increase their total revenue. The university has been struggling in recent years, so they have hired you to help them in their last attempt to find an appropriate solution so that the university can survive.
Raise or Lower Tuition? Suppose that, in an attempt to raise more revenue, Nobody State University increases its tuition.

  • Assess a raise in tuition and if it will necessarily result in more revenue.
  • Describe the conditions under which revenue will (a) rise, (b) fall, or (c) remain the same.
  • Explain the process of revenue at NSU, focusing on the relationship between the increased revenue from students enrolling at NSU despite the higher tuition and the lost revenue from possible lower enrollment.
  • If the true price elasticity were (-1.2), discuss what you would suggest the university do to expand revenue.
  • Using what you have learned in this course, explain how you would resolve this problem if you were the President of NSU.

Wealth and Happiness

Write your mock Concept Paper using the Concept Paper template found in the Dissertation Center. Follow the template guidelines for each section.

  1. Write an Introduction describing your topic.
  2. Write the Statement of the Problem section.
  3. Describe the Purpose of the Study. Include the results of your power analysis.
  4. State your Research Question and your null and alternative hypotheses. Be sure that your question aligns with your purpose.
  5. Write a Brief Review of the Literature.
  6. Complete the Research Methods section (including the Operational Definition of Variables, Constructs, and Measurement sub sections). Follow the instructions in the CP template. Be sure to:
    1. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your envisioned design and methods.
    2. Identify threats to validity and how your design will address them.
    3. Justify why your chosen design and methods are more appropriate for your research question than alternatives you have considered.
    4. Define the constructs you will measure and what you will do in order to determine how to operationalize them.
    5. Describe the sample you propose to study and its characteristics; this should include, but is not limited, to: 1) age; 2) gender; 3) ethnicity; 4) additional cultural factors; and 5) education level. Justify your choice of sample.
    6. Describe your method of sampling.
    7. Describe the type of data you need to collect and how you will collect it.
    8.  Briefly describe any ethical issues you foresee with your study. Make a preliminary assessment of the level of risk associated with participation in your study that might need to be raised with the Institutional Review Board.
    9. Describe and justify how you will analyze your data and the descriptive statistics will you present.
    10. Explain how you conducted your power analysis.
    11. Describe how you will handle your data, check for accuracy etc.
    12. What problems do you foresee in implementing the design? How might you prevent them?

Support your paper with a minimum of 7 resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 12-15 pages not including title and reference pages
References: Minimum of 7 scholarly resources.

Business finance

1.Jack Hammer invests in a stock that will pay dividends of $3.01 at the end of the first year; $3.32 at the end of the second year; and $3.63 at the end of the third year. Also, he believes that at the end of the third year he will be able to sell the stock for $51.
What is the present value of all future benefits if a discount rate of 8 percent is applied? Use Appendix B for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods
2. our grandfather has offered you a choice of one of the three following alternatives: $14,500 now; $7,500 a year for five years; or $101,000 at the end of five years. Use Appendix B and Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.
a-1.
Assuming you could earn 9 percent annually, compute the present value of each alternative
3. Franklin Templeton has just invested $10,260 for his son (age one). This money will be used for his son’s education 20 years from now. He calculates that he will need $168,197 by the time the boy goes to school.
What rate of return will Mr. Templeton need in order to achieve this goal? Use Appendix B for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.
4. On January 1, 2011, Mr. Dow bought 100 shares of stock at $22 per share. On December 31, 2013, he sold the stock for $28 per share.
What is his annual rate of return? Use Appendix B for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the financial calculator method.
5. Morgan Jennings, a geography professor, invests $96,000 in a parcel of land that is expected to increase in value by 16 percent per year for the next eight years. He will take the proceeds and provide himself with a 12-year annuity.
Assuming a 16 percent interest rate, how much will this annuity be? Use Appendix A and Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.
6. Cal Lury owes $34,000 now. A lender will carry the debt for eight more years at 9 percent interest. That is, in this particular case, the amount owed will go up by 9 percent per year for eight years. The lender then will require that Cal pay off the loan over the next 16 years at 12 percent interest.
What will his annual payment be? Use Appendix A and Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.
7.
Larry Davis borrows $82,000 at 12 percent interest toward the purchase of a home. His mortgage is for 30 years. Use Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.
a.
How much will his annual payments be? (Although home payments are usually on a monthly basis, we shall do our analysis on an annual basis for ease of computation. We will get a reasonably accurate
Annual payments:
How much interest will he pay over the life of the loan?
Amount of interest:
How much should he be willing to pay to get out of a 12 percent mortgage and into a 10 percent mortgage with 30 years remaining on the mortgage? Assume current interest rates are 10 percent. Carefully consider the time value of money. Disregard taxes.
Amount to be paid:
8.
You are chairperson of the investment fund for the Continental Soccer League. You are asked to set up a fund of semiannual payments to be compounded semiannually to accumulate a sum of $270,000 after fifteen years at a 14 percent annual rate (30 payments). The first payment into the fund is to take place six months from today, and the last payment is to take place at the end of the fifteenth year. Use Appendix A and Appendix C for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.
a.
Determine how much the semiannual payment should be.
Semi annual payment:
On the day after the sixth payment is made (the beginning of the fourth year), the interest rate goes up to an annual rate of 16 percent. This new rate applies to the funds that have been accumulated as well as all future payments into the fund. Interest is to be compounded semiannually on all funds.
b.
Determine how much the revised semiannual payments should be after this rate change (there are 24 payments and compounding dates). The next payment will be in the middle of the fourth year
Revised semi annual payment:

Strategic Management

Multiple Assignments..
I have 6 Case Study Analysis due weekly for the next four weeks. They are all similar to the following below.
I am looking for someone who can deliver effective work and also a reasonable bid to do all 6 Assignments, therefore LOWEST BID will get all Assignments if interested. Place Bid for this Assignment and if selected I will pay that times 6..
NOTE: There are 6 total Assignments, so lowest bid will have the best chance of getting Assignments.
Case Study Analysis—Case 1: Quality Matters

To complete this assignment read the following article:

Hospital at Home Program in New Mexico Improves Care Quality and Patient Satisfaction While Reducing Costs

Complete a detailed case study analysis of the given case, using the process described in the following chapter of your course textbook Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations:

From the Backmatter section of your book, please read:

  • Appendix A Analyzing strategic health care cases

Your completed case study analysis report will include the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Body of the case report
    • Key issues
    • Situational analysis
    • Strategy formulation
    • Recommendation
    • Implementation strategies
    • Benchmarks for success and contingency plans

Where not all pertinent information is given in the case itself, search for that information through the South University Online Library, or perform a Web search for the required information. Note: Do not search for information beyond the date of the case.

For the situational analysis you are encouraged to provide visual presentation of data in your situational analysis and use the analysis tools from your textbook and other analysis tools you have used in your program, such as trend analysis, stakeholder analysis, etc.

Present your case study analysis report in a Microsoft Word document, formatted in the headings and subheadings given above.

Submit your report in two steps. First, submit a preliminary report with the key issues, situational analysis, and strategy formulation. Then, submit the complete report with recommendation, implementation strategies, benchmarks, and executive summary.

warehouse health and safety risks

Chapter 7 provides a detailed discussion of warehouse health and safety risks. These include risks associated with layout, floors, heating, noise, housekeeping and fire. Review these risks, and in a two- to three-page paper (not including the title and reference pages), present a risk assessment of a warehouse. If you do not have access to a local warehouse, you can use a buyers’ club (i.e., Costco or Sam’s Club) as a substitute. In addition, for each risk identified, present at least one recommendation on how to mitigate that risk.
Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide and should cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.

BUS 433 STRATEGY CHANGE

Strategy Change
In a four- to five-page paper, not including the title and reference pages, discuss an organization that has changed its strategy (e.g., moving from differentiation to low cost) in the marketplace. Describe what circumstances prompted a change in strategy by the company and how appropriate the timing of the change was. Evaluate the results of the strategic changes.
You are required to use at least three scholarly sources to support your paper, including the textbook.
Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Sponsorship or Revenue Sharing

Read the prescribed number of articles from each section.  Then prepare, type in double-space, 12-pt., Times New Roman font an Executive Summary and Critique for each article you select.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Each of your articles should start with an Executive Summary.  At the top of the first page of each executive summary, type the words in all caps “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.”  Then double space and type the name of the article.  The executive summary is a synopsis of the article – no opinions in this section. The length of executive summary will vary from article to article, but normally it can be accomplished in approximately one to two typewritten pages.
 
CRITIQUE:  Each executive summary should be followed by a critique.  At the top of the first page of each critique, type in all caps “CRITIQUE.”  Then double space and type the title of the article.  The critique is a critical analysis of the article.  This is the appropriate section for your professional opinion; for you to apply what you have learned from your Sports Management courses as well as from any management and business experience you may have.  Again, the length will vary from article to article, but most critiques can be accomplished in approximately two to three typewritten pages. So, your summary and critique should range between a minimum of three and a maximum of five pages.

Application: Solicitation Strategies Resource Development

Foundations, corporations, and government entities are important sources of funding for many nonprofit organizations. These sources are especially crucial to emerging organizations that have not had time to create relationships with individual donors or other organizations. The key to successfully soliciting foundations, corporations, and government entities is to gather information on each specific source. Each has specific instructions and requirements for how to apply for funding, which ultimately influences the solicitation strategies that nonprofit organizations use.
To prepare for this assignment:

  • Review Chapters 10 and 11 in the course text Fundraising Basics: A Complete Guide, and think about specific strategies for soliciting resources from foundations and corporations. Also consider the key steps in each strategy.
  • Review Appendix 8-C in the course text Fundraising Basics: A Complete Guide, and pay particular attention to how grant proposals might be used to solicit resources from government entities. Also think about the steps for writing a grant proposal.
  • Reflect on similarities and differences in strategies for soliciting resources from foundations, corporations, and government entities.

The assignment (2–3 pages):

  • Compare (similarities and differences) solicitation strategies for foundations, corporations, and government entities. In your assignment, briefly describe the strategies you are comparing and key steps in each.
  • Explain at least two insights you gained about solicitation strategies based on your comparison.

Use These Resources for In-text citation as well as any other you may come up with
Readings

Defining Needs Assessment

Training is a fundamental component to any organization. Organizations spend thousands of dollars each year to train and develop employees. Many of the programs do not produce the desired result of increased productivity.
Using the internet research factors to determine how needs assessments benefit organizations.
Write a 6-7 page paper addressing the following items:

  • Define needs assessment
  • Determine the cost-effectiveness of companies conducting need assessments
  • Identify steps companies can employ to modify ineffective training programs that are not cost effective
  • Discuss the role that technology, computer based training, webinars, etc, play in determining the cost effectiveness of training programs.
  • Explain the steps or guidelines which can be utilized to help guide the successful implementation of a training program

Minimum of three (3) peer-reviewed, scholarly sources, within the last ten (10) years, not including the text material.

Socometal: Rewarding African Workers By: Evalde Mutabazi and C. Brooklyn Derr

 It was a most unusual meeting at a local café in Dakar. Diop, a young Senegalese engineer who was educated at one of Frances’s elite engineering grandes ‘ecoles in Lyon, was meeting with N’Diaye, a model factory worker to whom other workers from his tribe often turned when there were personal or professional difficulties. N’Diaye was a chief’s son, but he didn’t belong to the union and he was not an official representative of any group within the factory.
Socometal is a metal container and can company. While multinational, this particular plant is a joint venture wherein 52 percent is owned by the French parent company and 48 percent is Senegalese. Over the last twenty years Socometal has grown in size from 150 to 800 employees and it has returns of about 400 million FCFA (African francs) or $144 million. The firm is often held up as a model in terms of its Africanization of management policies, whereby most managers are now West African with only 8-10 top managers coming from France.
During the meeting N’Diaye asked Diop if he would accept an agreement to pay each worker for two extra hours in exchange for a 30 percent increase in daily production levels. If so, N’Diaye would the guarantor for this target production level that would enable the company to meet the order in the shortest time period. “If you accept my offer,” he said with a smile, “we could even produce more. We are at 12,000 (units) a day, but we’ve never been confronted with this situation. I would never have made this proposal to Mr. Bernard but, if you agree today, I will see that the 20,000 (unit) level is reached as of tomorrow evening. I’ll ask each worker to find ways of going faster, to communicate this to the others and to help each other if they have problems…”
Mr. Olivier Bernard, a graduate of Ecole Centrale in Paris (one of Frances’s more prestigious engineering schools), was the French production manager, and Diop was the assistant production manager. Mr. Bernard was about 40 and had not succeeded at climbing the hierarchal ladder in the parent company. Some report that this was due to his tendency to be arrogant, uncommunicative and negative. His family lived in a very nice neighborhood in Marseille, and it was his practice to come to Dakar, precisely organize the work using various flowcharts, tell Diop exactly what was expected by a certain date and then return to France for periods of two to six weeks. This time he maintained that he had contracted a virus and needed to return for medical treatment.
Shortly before Mr. Bernard fell ill, Socometal agreed to a contract requiring them to reach in short time a volume of production never before achieved. Mr. Bernard, after having done a quick calculation, declared, “We’ll never get that from our workers— c’est impossible!” After organizing as best he could, he left for Marseille.
 
Diop pondered what N’Diaye had proposed, and then he sought the opinions of influential people in different departments. Some of the French and Italian expatriates told him they were sure that the workers would not do overtime, but felt confident enough to take the risk. The next morning N’Diaye and Diop met in front of the factory and Diop gave his agreement on the condition that the 30 percent rise in daily production levels be reached that evening. He and the management would take a final decision on a wage increase only after assessing the results and on evaluating the ability of the workers to maintain this level of production in the long run.
The reasons given by the French and Italian expatriates for why the Senegalese would not perform overtime or speed up their productivity are interesting. One older French logistics manager said, “Africans aren’t lazy but they work to live, and once they have enough they refuse to do more. It won’t make any sense to them to work harder or longer for more pay.” And the Italian human resource manager exclaimed, “We already tried two years ago to get them to do more faster. We threatened to fire anyone caught going too slow or missing more than one day’s work per month, and we told them they would all get bonuses if they reached the production target. We had the sense that they were laughing behind our backs and doing just enough to keep their jobs while maintaining the same production levels.”
Four days after their first negotiation, the contract between Diop and N’Diaye went into action. Throughout the day N’Diaye gave his job on the line to two of his colleagues in order to have enough time and energy to mobilize all the workers. The workers found the agreement an excellent initiative. “This will be a chance to earn a bit more money, but especially to show them (the French management) that we’re more capable than they think,” declared one of the Senegalese foremen. From its first day of application the formula worked wonders. Working only one extra hour per day, every work unit produced 8 percent more than was forecast by Diop and N’Diaye. Over the next two months, the daily production level oscillated between 18,000 and 22,000 units per day — between 38 and 43 percent more than the previous daily production. It was at this production level, never experienced during the history of the company, that Mr. Bernard found things when he returned from his illness.
“I,” said Diop, “was very happy to see the workers so proud of their results, so satisfied with their pay raise and finally really involved in their work…. In view of some expatriates’ attitudes it was a veritable miracle…. But, instead of rejoicing, Mr. Bernard reproached me for giving two hours’ pay to the workers, who were only really doing one hour more than usual. ‘By making this absurd decision,’ he said, ‘you have put the management in danger of losing its authority over the workers. You have acted against house rules… You have created a precedent too costly for our business. Now, we must stop this ridiculous operation as quickly as possible. We must apply work regulations…’ And he slammed the door in my face before I had the time to say anything. After all, he has more power than me in this company, which is financed 52 percent by French people. Nevertheless, I thought I would go to see the managing director and explain myself and present my arguments. I owed this action to N’Diaye and his workers, who had trusted me, and I didn’t care if it made Bernard any angrier.”
In the meantime, the decided to maintain the new production level in order to honor their word to N’Diaye and Diop. A foreman and friend of N’Diaye stated, “At least he knows how to listen and speak to us like men.”
The foreman indicated, however, that they might return to the former production level if Bernard dealt with them as he did before.
 
CASE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
 

  1. What are the underlying cultural assumptions for Mr. Bernard and how are these different from the basic assumptions of N’Diaye and Diop?
  2. What would you do if you were Bernard’s boss, the managing director?
  3. In what ways is a reward system a cultural phenomenon? How might you design an effective reward system for Senegal?

 

Managing the Modern Workplace

  1. Now let us take a look at what it takes to put it all together. How do you manage human resources in a global technological environment? How can an organization be strategic with their most important resource-their people? Explain your answer. You must use at least two scholarly sources to support your discussion.
    Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

BUS 439 International Human Resource Management

Instructor: Steven Foster
Why did Nestle’s decentralized structure, which had brought the company success in the past, no longer fit the new realities of increasing global competition?  What were the objectives of the GLOBE initiative?  How was it more than just an SAP change?

Organization Problem

Assignment Using Maslow’s, Alderfer, Herzberg and McClelland Theories, explain how you would develop a motivation plan for your place of employment? Please give a little introduction section on what you see as a problem in your organization and how this motivation plan will work. Please make sure that in the paper you have headings for each of the theories. Assignment must be submitted in APA Format, minimum 4-6 pages.

Time Cost CPM scheduling analysis table

Question 16: Time-Cost CPM Scheduling Model Analysis
Below are the data for a Time-Cost CPM Scheduling model analysis. The time is in days.
Activity

Immediate Predecessor Normal Time Crash Time Normal Cost Crash Cost
A None 4 3 $213 $397
B A 4 3 $307 $623
C A 1 1 $212 $212
D B and C 5 4 $503 $551
E D 4 3 $494 $897

Part b: 4 points
What are the total normal cost of this project? Please give your answer in $.
Locally stored answer:

Part c: 6 points
If you crash this project to reduce the total time by one day (keeping the cost as low as possible), what is the total cost of the project? Please give your answer in $.
Locally stored answer:

Part d: 6 points
If you crash this project to reduce the total time by three days (keeping the cost as low as possible), what is the total cost of the project? Please give your answer in $.
Locally stored answer:

Data-Driven Decision Making Using Microsoft Excel

This assignment must be completed and submitted using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xls). Provide a source for each equation you use. Sources must be listed at the bottom of the spreadsheet. No title page or additional formatting is required.

  1. Channels of Communication
    • It has been estimated that project managers spend up to 90% of their time communicating and your position at Roto Air is typical. Calculate the number of possible channels of communication if the project team were to grow to nine members, Important: show your work.
    • The total number of stakeholders, including the project team, is estimated at 75 people. Calculate how many more possible channels of communication the additional stakeholders beyond the team members represent. Important: show your work.
  2. Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR)
    • Roto Air plans to spend $1,000,000 on this project, resulting in a total savings of $2,500,000 over the life of the project. Calculate the Benefit Cost Ratio. Important: show your work. Ignore any effects of the time value of money.
    • Roto Air also considered another project that would have partially satisfied their needs. It would have required a $750,000 investment and would result in a savings of $125,000 per year for 10 years. Calculate the Benefit Cost Ratio. Important: show your work. Ignore any effects of the time value of money.
    • Comparing only the BCRs, explain which project should Roto Air should have chosen. Ignore any effects of the time value of money.
  3. Payback Period
    • Calculate the payback period for the $1,000,000 investment shown above. Important: show your work. Ignore any effects of the time value of money.
    • Calculate the payback period for the $750,000 investment shown above. Important: show your work. Ignore any effects of the time value of money.
    • Comparing only on the payback periods, explain which project should Roto Air have chosen. Ignore any effects of the time value of money.
  4. Net Present Value (NPV)
    • Calculate the Net Present Value of Roto Air’s $1,000,000 investment with a $250,000 annual savings for 10 years when the interest rate averages 3% annually. Important: show your work.

Managing Ethics in Organizations

Ethics in the News
I need 3 page paper APA format  plus reference page of an organization/ company that was in the news for unethical practices.
 
PLEASE DO NOT SELECT ENRON

Conduct a research on the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP)

Write a very well written essay and get the best information based on The United States, Japan and Singapore are 3 of the 12 countries that have participated in the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
 
You are required to conduct a research on the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP)
 
2 pages

Ethics and Impact of Enron

Research on the Internet and the University Library to learn more about the Enron case. For example, considerthe book, Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron located in Skillsoft by searching by the book title.

  1. To locate Skillsoft, click on the Library tab.
  2. Scroll down to Skillsoft.
  3. Click on Skillsoft
  4. Enter the title of the book into the Search box.

select and research one of the following roles in the Enron case:

  • Jeffrey Skilling (CEO)

Post a summary of your research in the Learning Team forum that includes the following:

  • What position did the individual hold within or outside of Enron?
  • What role did the person play in the Enron case?
  • How did he or she contribute to the fraud and demise of Enron?
  • What were the financial ramifications to stakeholders from this individual’s actions or inactions?

Complete the following as a team:

  • Discuss the ethical ramifications and aspects.
  • What were the root causes and the impact of the Enron case?
  • What corporate governance and regulatory changes should be made to prohibit a future Enron?

Write a paper of no more than 700 words summarizing the main outcomes of your team discussion to the questions above.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

"Government Intervention and Market Operations"

  • From the scenario, analyze the effects of enforcing a price ceiling on copies where the state or government determines that the copy center is charging too much per copy. Identify the stakeholders affected by this change as well as the effects on the market price.

 
From the scenario, assume that all paper was imported from Canada, a major producer of wood. In addition, assume the U.S. government imposed a tariff. Explain how your answers would change from Part 1 of this discussion based on this new set of information.

Business Ethics

Robert Nardelli was heavily criticized for his leadership style and methods he used during his tenure as CEO of Home Depot. Using your readings for this week, along with outside research, describe his style of leadership and take a position on whether you think his actions rose to the level of being unethical.
Write a three- to four-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages) addressing the following in your paper:

  1. Clearly describe Robert Nardelli’s leadership style in terms of Leadership Theory, incorporating the following theories within your paper:
    • Trait Theory
    • Behavioral Theory
    • Situational and Contingency Theories
  2. State whether his actions were ethical or unethical.
  3. Cite the text material and research that support your position.

Your paper must use a minimum of three scholarly sources, in addition to the textbook. Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Paper- Evaluation of corporate performance

Evaluation of Corporate Performance –
APPLE <– company selected
The analysis of a company using data from its annual report. Using the concepts from this course, you will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the company and write a report recommending whether or not to purchase the company stock.
***The completed report should include:

  • An introduction to the company, including background information.
  • A financial statement review.
  • Pro Forma financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the next two fiscal years, assuming a 10% growth rate in sales and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for each of the next two years.
  • A ratio analysis for the last fiscal year using at least two ratios from each of the following categories:

a.       Liquidity
b.      Financial leverage
c.       Asset management
d.      Profitability
e.       Market value
 

  • Calculate Return on Equity (ROE) using the DuPont system.
  • Assess management performance by calculating Economic Value Added (EVA).
  • Evaluate the soundness of the company’s financial policies (e.g. capital structure, debt, leverage, dividend policy, etc.) based on the material covered during class.
  • A synopsis of your findings, including your recommendations and rationale for whether or not to purchase stock from this company.

 
This report should be 15 to 20 pages long, excluding title page and reference page(s), using APA 6th edition formatting guidelines. Support your findings and recommendations with evidence from at least five scholarly sources in addition to the annual report, such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles.

Strategic Management for the Multi Enterprise Capstone

International economics is dominated by the idea of comparative advantage – that different endowments and activities in different countries make them relatively more or less efficient at different economic activities.  In other words, countries (and organizations) should specialize in the economic activities where they have a competitive edge against the competition.
In a two to three page research paper in APA style, elaborate on the concept of comparative advantage and how this concept is the determining factor in the long-term stability of a country and profitability of an organization.  In particular, research and determine the following:

  • Define and explain the concept of comparative advantage.
  • Select any country that interests you.  Then, determine one product or service where the country has a comparative advantage and one where they have a comparative disadvantage.  Discuss the factors within the country that created this comparative advantage, and also the factors that contributed to their comparative disadvantage.
  • Finally, where the country has a comparative advantage, detail the strategy the country should adapt to maintain this advantage for the next five years.  Importantly, comparative advantages fade rapidly and countries (and organizations) should constantly strive to maintain and expand their existing comparative advantages.

Note that some of the information related to this project may not be readily available in course materials, requiring you to research contemporary management trends in the public sector. At least two outside scholarly resources are required, including a minimum of one from the Ashford Online Library.

SWOT Analysis

Create a SWOT analysis based off the attached company information

Strategic Plan
For a business to attain its set goals and objectives, a well-defined strategic plan is paramount. That is because the plan will guide the various operations that are carried out in the organization. Typically, a strategic plan assists the management of a given company or business enterprise to make various decisions regarding resource allocation. For an organization to achieve optimum profits, it should have the relevant resources that are appropriately placed in the organizations. Moreover, a strategic plan defines the various strategies that are set by the organization and gives direction to various activities in the firm. Besides a strategic plan controls and guides the various mechanisms that are used the implementation of the proposed strategies in the company (Rushmer, 2002). In order to attain its goals and objectives, a company should, therefore, come up with a well-defined strategic plan that will enhance the operations of the overall operations of the firm. Britsam is a company that is involved in the production of various types of drugs that are used in various health centers for treatment of varied ailments. Moreover, the company runs various health care centers across the globe that is used to provide health services to the people across the globe. The company aims to provide equal and quality services top its customers across the globe. This essay gives an outline and analysis of Britsam Company. The overview focuses on both the internal as well as external business activities that the company is engaged.
Britsam is a company that has been in existence for more than ten years and throughout the period, the company has improved the quality of the drugs that are produced as well as the services provided in their nursing and health institutions. That has been achieved through the extensive research that the company is conducting to find out more about various ailments and their cure. Moreover, the company has been hiring well trained, qualified and competent doctors and nurses who ensure the provision of excellent services. The company produces their drugs from the herbal and naturally available products that ensure that the drugs that are produced do not have adverse after use effects to the users. Moreover, the company uses experts who are well acquainted with the field, hence produces drugs that are effective in treating various ailments. The company has different branches that are spread in various nations across the globe where the company uses the natural materials available in those nations to produce their drugs. The produced drugs are used in the different health centers that are established in the nation while others are exported. Besides, the company provides training to the natives in these nations
There are various challenges that the company encounters in their day to day operation. These include; inadequacy of the raw materials that are used in the production of the drugs. There are cases where the company has been involved in over-exploitation of the vegetation and other resources that result in their exhaustion. That poses a challenge for the company as it production activities is hampered. Moreover, the company faces a challenge in some countries that have laws that govern the exploitation of the natural resources. The laws protect their natural forests from exploitation in the effort to prevent the adverse effects such as desertification (Burton & Ludwig, 2014). Additionally, lack of well-trained personnel who will be involved in the exploitation as well as in the various medical centers is the other challenge facing the company. Britsam Company was chosen for the research since it is one of the most vibrant companies across the globe and, therefore, need a well-researched and formulated strategic plan so as to overcome some of their challenges.
References
Burton, M., & Ludwig, L. J. M. (2014). Fundamentals of nursing care: Concepts, connections & skills.
Rushmer, R. K. (2002). Organisation development in health care: Strategic issues in health care management. Aldershot, Hants, England: Ashgate.

Dispute resolution

A contract or agreement does not have to be between two companies. Another example of a dispute can be that of companies producing similar products and determining who has the rights to it. In determining a resolution, political risks must be considered. Conducting an assessment of the risk in order to determine the impact (macro- or micro-political) is important.
With this in mind, create a 1-2 page response to the following:
1. Research an international dispute
2. Describe the dispute and political risk
3. Analyze the situation
4. Conclude a possible way to avoid the dispute or risk OR a possible resolution
Your final assignment should be proofread for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Submit your completed assignment to the drop box below. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.
Save your assignment as a Microsoft Word document. (Mac users, please remember to append the “.docx” extension to the filename.) The name of the file should be your first initial and last name, followed by an underscore and the name of the assignment, and an underscore and the date. An example is shown below:
Jstudent_exampleproblem_101504

HRM 517 Case Study

Case Study 1: Prioritizing Projects at D. D. Williamson (Chapter 2)

Due Week 3 and worth 240 points
Read the case titled: “Prioritizing Projects at D. D. Williamson” found in Chapter 2.
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze the prioritizing process at D. D. Williamson.
  2. Suggest two (2) recommendations to improve the prioritizing process.
  3. Create a scenario where the implemented process at D. D. Williamson would not work.
  4. Project five (5) years ahead and speculate whether or not D. D. Williamson will be using the same process. Justify your answer.
  5. Use at least four (4) quality (peer-reviewed) resources in this assignment.

Your assignment must:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Assess organizational strategies that contribute to effective project management of human resources.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in managing human resource projects.
  • Write clearly and concisely about managing human resource projects using proper writing mechanics.

Risk Management Planning

Prepare a paper of no more than 1,050 words, including the following elements:

  • Determine project risk management procedures and relay forms of risk management.
  • Determine responses to potential risks. Relay initial risk response measures for risks in earlier weeks.
  • Create a risk action plan. Relay the components of a risk action plan and provide one example of a risk in your project. A portion of this assignment is utilized in your final project.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines

Business Ethics

Robert Nardelli was heavily criticized for his leadership style and methods he used during his tenure as CEO of Home Depot. Using your readings for this week, along with outside research, describe his style of leadership and take a position on whether you think his actions rose to the level of being unethical.
Write a three- to four-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages) addressing the following in your paper:

  1. Clearly describe Robert Nardelli’s leadership style in terms of Leadership Theory, incorporating the following theories within your paper:
    • Trait Theory
    • Behavioral Theory
    • Situational and Contingency Theories
  2. State whether his actions were ethical or unethical.
  3. Cite the text material and research that support your position.

Your paper must use a minimum of three scholarly sources, in addition to the textbook. Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Business Ideas and Opportunities

Describe the difference between a business idea and a business opportunity. Provide one example of an idea and one example of an opportunity. Why are these good examples of ideas and opportunities? Provide a 350- to 700-word response.
 

Format your report consistent with APA guidelines.

Mergers of large firms within oligopolies

There have been several mergers of large firms within oligopolies. In this assignment, you are to select one merger that has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the last five years; describe and analyze the impact of those mergers, on industry, on consumers, and on society as a whole. Complete the following:
Go to the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site and select 1 merger that the FTC has approved in the last five years.
Write a paper that describes the principle firms, their industry, and that summarizes arguments in support of the merger and arguments opposing the merger. The paper should be approximately 2 pages in length, excluding the title page and bibliography.
In addition to the 2 pages of content, include a title page, abstract, and bibliography.
Some Things to Consider: Industry Description
Consider the following:
Describe the firms in the proposed merger. List their annual sales, and extent of their operations.
From the firms’ point of view, what are some of the incentives to consolidate?
Describe the competitive environment within the industry.
Some Things to Consider: Summaries
Consider the following:
Explain whether the competitive environment in this industry benefits society or not.
Is a high degree of market concentration a boon or threat to consumers? Explain.
How would the merger benefit the firms?
Would it benefit society or not? Explain.
You might use one or more of the following concepts: productive efficiency or administrative efficiency.
2 Pages
Apa
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BUS 405 Complete Class – All Quizzes and Assignments

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BUS 405 WK 2 Quiz 1 Chapter 1
BUS 405 WK 3 Quiz 2 Chapter 2,3
BUS 405 WK 4 Assignment 1 – Union Management and Organization
BUS 405 WK 4 Quiz 3 Chapter 4,5
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BUS 405 WK 6 Quiz 5 Chapter 7
BUS 405 WK 7 Quiz 6 Chapter 8
BUS 405 WK 8 Assignment 2 – Labor Relations
BUS 405 WK 8 Quiz 7 Chapter 9,10
BUS 405 WK 9 Quiz 8 Chapter 11,12
BUS 405 WK 10 Quiz 9 Chapter 13
BUS 405 WK 11 Quiz 10 Chapter 14
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Probability and Conditional Probability in Business Decision-Making

Can someone please reword this for me is due by midnight today.
In the video he talks about traffic on the freeway. He said that if you know the conditional probability you can see when the freeway will have more traffic and on what day. He then goes into talking about a hard ware store and how that knowing the probability of people sending a product back.  If you know the conditional probability you can find the age and gender of the people more likely to send a product back.  Knowing this information can benefit a company because you know what to expect before it happens and know that it may not be the company but the people getting the product.  He also talked about an x box and how they release a new x box you can get rebates and that draws people in to buy that product or to trade up.  Much thought is put into these when deciding what to do next with a product.
 

Budget Request and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Assume that you are the IT manager for a small, private business. You have been asked to submit a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. After extensive thought, you have decided to include implementation of a voice over IP (VoIP) telephone system in your budget request. By implementing a VoIP system, you believe you can dramatically lower your monthly landline telephone expenditures and provide useful, sophisticated unified communications services. Your current telephony environment consists of 120 landlines supplied by the local telephone company. The local telephone company also supplies voicemail and related services, which brings your total expenditure to $7,500 per month. However, there are costs associated with implementing a VoIP system; these costs include necessary hardware, software, consulting services, and training. For this task, you must research VoIP technology and associated costs to complete your budget request, and then perform a cost-benefit analysis to bolster your argument for implementing a VoIP system.
Task:
A. Complete the attached “Budget Request.”
Note: Use your research findings to complete the attached “Budget Request.”
1. Discuss the constituent costs for each of the highlighted cells based on your research.
B. Complete the attached “Cost-Benefit Analysis” for the VoIP project to support your budget request.
1. Explain your cost-benefit analysis, including the following:
• Direct costs
• Indirect costs
• Benefits (financial and non-quantifiable)
2. Determine how many years it will take before the VoIP project will show a return on investment.

Business and Strategic Planning

 

    • What is the difference between a healthcare organization’s business and strategic plan? Be sure to include the purpose of each plan and how they relate to one another.
    • Why is it important for a healthcare organization to develop a strategic plan?

 

  • Support  with in-text citations and references for at least two scholarly sources.

Process Performance Measures

please prepare presentation about (process performance Measures) power point slide including the following :

1. Introduction

2. Background

3. Literature review

4. analysis

5. Discussion and Conclusions

6. Recommendations ( provide some suggestions to the management of the organization to improve the organizational efficiency and effectiveness) its up to you to chose the number of the slide and prepare the speech with the presentation

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business Unit 5

In this assignment, you will prepare an in-depth comparative analysis research paper between two different firms operating in two different countries but which have similar challenges. This analysis will provide an opportunity for you to compare and contrast and critically assess the impact on management decision making based on the differences in political, social, ethical, and legal environments. Specifically, your paper should:

Identify two firms with similar problems but from different countries
Conduct a comparative analysis of the firms
Analyze political, social, ethical, and legal differences facing both organizations and determine the impact these differences have on management decision making
Provide substantive conclusion and recommendations
Support your analysis with academic citations and aligned references
Present your findings as a Word document of 3–5 pages formatted in APA style.
Submit your assignment.
Submitting your assignment in APA format means, at a minimum, you will need the following:
Title page: Remember the running head and title in all capital letters.
Abstract: This is a summary of your paper, not an introduction. Begin writing in third-person voice.
Body: The body of your paper begins on the page following the title page and abstract page, and it must be double-spaced between paragraphs. The typeface should be 12-pt. Times Roman or 12-pt. Courier in regular black type. Do not use color, bold type, or italics except as required for APA level headings and references. The deliverable length of the body of your paper for this assignment is 3–4 pages. In-text academic citations to support your decisions and analysis are required. A variety of academic sources is encouraged.
Reference page: References that align with your in-text academic sources are listed on the final page of your paper. The references must be in APA format using appropriate spacing, hang indention, italics, and upper- and lower-case usage as appropriate for the type of resource used. Remember, the reference page is not a bibliography, but it is a further listing of the abbreviated in-text citations used in the paper. Every referenced item must have a corresponding in-text citation.

Diversity,Social Perception, Individual Difference

Writing Assignment 2 3 – 4 pages, textbook references and 6 outside references. Diversity As a manager, Discuss and address: •Why do you think that the Social Perception: A social information processing model is important to understand and how might this model be used? Provide an example and a rationale for your answer. •Diversity; barriers and challenges to managing diversity. Using what you know, how would you overcome any diversity barriers and challenges to managing diversity? Explain and provide an example and a rationale for your answer. And how the Attribution Theory may be of use in applying effective leadership interventions in ensuring effective positive outcomes in overcoming diversity barriers while fostering effective teamwork. 2-3 pages textbook and 3 references Individual Differences: •Discuss the overall personality dynamics, including attitudes, and emotional intelligence that were observed and should be addressed. As a manager/leader, how would you correct, or maintain, effective individual differences to maintain a positive productive culture? 1-2 pages, 3 references Diversity: As a manager, Discuss and address: •Why do you think that the Social Perception: A social information processing model is important to understand and how might this model be used? Provide an example and a rationale for your answer. •Diversity; barriers and challenges to managing diversity. Using what you know, how would you overcome any diversity barriers and challenges to managing diversity? Explain, provide an example and a rationale for your answer. and how the Attribution Theory may be of use in applying effective leadership interventions in ensuring effective positive outcomes in overcoming diversity barriers while fostering effective teamwork. 2 – 3 pages 3 references 50 points Individual Differences: •Discuss the overall personality dynamics, including attitudes, and emotional intelligence that were observed and should be addressed. •As a manager/leader, how would you correct, or maintain, effective individual differences to maintain a positive productive culture? 1-2 pages 3 references 30 points.

Business (Marketing)

Chuck Staben, President of the University of Idaho, has made growth in enrollment at the institution one of his primary strategic objectives. As he has stated in several presentations to various stakeholder groups, growth in student enrollment will result in stream of revenue that the university has more control over relative to funds distributed by the State of Idaho to support higher education. The increased revenue stream can then be used in order to more effectively support, enhance, and strengthen the student educational experience. Note that competition among colleges and universities across the United States for qualified undergraduate students is very intense, and, similar to the University of Idaho, the vast majority of higher education institutions seek to grow enrollment to support, enhance, and strengthen the student educational experience. President Staben has already reconfigured some parts of the university in an effort to more efficiently and effectively pursue growth in undergraduate enrollment. This includes a restructuring of the enrollment management function in the Office of Admissions and the creation of a new position – Executive Director of Marketing and Communications – reporting directly to the president. The president has also hired multiple external consulting firms to assist in developing strategies and tactics to grow undergraduate enrollment. The focus of your term paper will be the application of fundamental marketing concepts to enrollment growth objectives at the University of Idaho; in particular, the growth in undergraduate enrollment (do not focus on graduate student enrollment growth). Your task is to identify and describe in detail the various undergraduate segments that exist in the marketplace that could be served by the University of Idaho’s product offering. After identifying segments, you will choose one specific market segment to target (your target market) using the elements of the marketing mix (four Ps). You will detail the product offering. You will discuss the place issues related to the product offering. You will present how the elements of the promotional mix will be used to educate and inform the target market. Finally, you will discuss the pricing issues as they relate to your target market. In other words, you are required to describe and discuss the marketing mix and explain how it creates a value proposition that would entice your defined target market to apply for admission to the University of Idaho. Remember, the four Ps in the marketing mix are dependent on one another; changing one element in the marketing mix usually affects the other three elements of the marketing mix. As an example, an enrollment growth strategy may focus on changing the university’s product by reducing class sizes for 100- and 200-level courses, which could possibly attract more students within a certain target market to apply for admission to the institution. Smaller class sizes, however, would affect other elements of the marketing mix. To illustrate, one can reduce class size by increasing the number of faculty (which would be a place issue – delivery mode) or through delivering fewer courses (which would be a product issue – product offering). Given these situations, how would smaller course sizes be promoted to potential applicants in the target market? Would there be a change in price to support smaller courses sizes? The topic of the term paper allows you to be very creative in crafting a marketing strategy to increase undergraduate enrollment growth in your targeted market segment. Before you start writing your paper, take some time review strategies that other colleges and universities have used to increase enrollment. Using Google or similar Internet search engine, use such search phrases as: enrollment growth plan enrollment growth strategy enrollment management Contemplate the factors that influenced your decision to attend the University of Idaho, and consider using these factors as drivers to market the University of Idaho to potential undergraduate applicants in your targeted market segment. Just a few examples that often drive a student’s choice of school to attend include: quality of degree program, rural/urban location, distance from home, recreational opportunities, strength of athletic program, Greek life, level of tuition and fees, networking opportunities, quality of teaching, class sizes, scholarship availability, campus safety, internship and career placement programs, and experiential (hands-on) learning opportunities. There are many other factors that drive an applicant’s school choice other than those listed here. Requirements You must follow these requirements when preparing and submitting your term paper: Subheadings provide term papers structure and a logical format to present information. Your term paper must be written using each of the following subheadings: Introduction Market Segments (covered in chapter 7) Target Market (covered in chapter 7) Product Offering (covered in chapters 8 and 9) Place (covered in chapters 12 and 13) Promotional Mix (covered in chapters 14, 15, 16, and 17) Price (covered in chapters 10 and 11) Positioning (covered in chapter 7) Conclusion Bibliography Your term paper must be written using Standard English. Quality of writing matters when presenting a strategic argument. Errors in English spelling, grammar, usage, and syntax will result in a deduction of points. The deduction of points is dependent on the number of errors present in your term paper. Numerous errors can result in a significant deduction of points. I strongly encourage you to seek assistance from someone proficient in written English to proof read your term paper if English is not your native language or if your English proficiency skills are weak. Please note that I do not “pre-grade” term papers. A bibliography containing your cited sources must be included at the end of your paper. You may use either the American Psychological Association (APA) style or the Modern Language Association (MLA) style to cite your sources and to create your bibliography; one (or both) of these styles would have been introduced to you in your introductory college-level English course. However, do not use these styles interchangeably within your paper – choose one or the other. Your term paper must be submitted using the BbLearn interface; do not email your term paper to the instructor. A term paper emailed to me without my prior approval will receive zero points. The term paper must be typed, using a font size of 11. You can either single space or double space your paper. Failure to type your term paper will result in an automatic ten point deduction beyond points deducted using the grading rubric. There is no minimum or maximum page length for your paper. Each of the ten sections listed above, however, must be covered thoroughly enough to allow for application of your strategic marketing plan. Discussing your term paper with others (fellow students, faculty members, family, friends, etc.) is perfectly fine and encouraged in this course. However, the written term paper must be your own original work. I have a zero tolerance policy as it applies to plagiarism; any form of plagiarism, regardless of the extent of plagiarism contained in a term paper, will result in failing the course. I do not adhere to the idea of “accidental plagiarism.” Given that this is an upper-division undergraduate course, there is no reasonable excuse for not knowing what constitutes plagiarism. If you are unsure as to what constitutes plagiarism, then you are strongly advised to review the material presented on the following website: www.plagiarism.org. The term paper is due by the stated date and time unless I advise otherwise. Your paper will not be accepted for a grade after its stated due date without a valid university excused absence – no exceptions.

Bus519 Project Risk Management

“Need for Risk Management” Please respond to the following:
There are four (4) critical success factors that are important for effective risk management: supportive organization; competent people; appropriate methods, tools and techniques; and simple, scalable process. Determine three (3) obstacles for an organization to manage risk effectively. Suggest strategies from the perspective of a project manager to avoid the obstacles.

Organizational theory, design, and change (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

How Mattel’s Barbie Lost the War against the Bratz Doll
Read the case study, How Mattel’s Barbie Lost the War against the Bratz Doll, on pages 361-362 in the course textbook, and compose a persuasive 500-700 word essay that includes the following:
 Explain why Mattel’s managers were able to slowly change decision making over time and what kinds of cognitive errors contributed.
 Explain and comment on any factors related to organizational culture and innovation within Mattel’s setting that might have influenced the company in a more positive direction.
Your paper should be 500-700 words in length, not including the title page or reference page. You are required to cite Chapters 12 and 13 of your textbook and at least one article from the CSU Online Library. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying in-text citations in the proper APA format.
 

Business Capstone

Business Capstone course MGT 599

Write a three to five (5) page paper in which you:
 

  1. Define strategy and examine how the definition of strategy fits your chosen company and its situation. Support your response.
  2. Summarize the main strategies that your chosen company’s management took leading up to this company’s recent development.
  3. Identify your chosen company’s industry and determine its main competitors. Next, select two to three (2-3) strategies that the competitors use, and analyze whether or not the selected strategies are successful. Support your response.
  4. Perform an industry analysis for the CEO of your chosen company in order for him / her to develop strategy for the company. Next, evaluate the company’s current standing in this industry taking into account the company’s resources and capabilities.
  5. Propose at least three (3) performance goals for the company for the next one (1) and five (5) year period respectively. Provide a rationale for your response.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Operation Management homework

Describe an example of a contract that you or someone you know entered into (e.g., rental agreement, cell phone agreement, property purchase or lease [e.g., car, home, furniture, etc.], home or car repair, or student loan agreement). In your description, be sure to provide specific contractual details including parties and subject matter involved. You must also address the following:

  1. Define the five essential elements of an enforceable contract, and demonstrate how each element relates to your example.
  2. Explain the circumstances of a breach of contract in your example, and discuss possible remedies.

Your paper must be three to four pages (excluding title and references pages), and it must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook..

Transformative Leadership

Complete Part I of Stories of Transformative Leadership in the Human Services.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that addresses the following:

  • Are the staff in this agency self-aware? Why or why not? Provide examples.
  • How do the staff members perceive the work they do? How is this perception affecting their relationship with each other and how might it be harmful to clients? Provide examples.
  • Based on the readings, how would you define personal values? What values do the staff of this agency hold? Are these values a good match for quality human services work? Explain.
  • What belief system or systems do the staff adhere to? What are some beliefs that can be improved on or changed to create a better work experience, while maintaining quality in services delivered?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

Microsoft Cost Structure

Microsoft Cost Structure
The fixed costs are the business costs that do not change (they remain the same) in total but vary for every unit when the volume of production changes. The facility-level costs, for instance, depreciation, rent, salary, property taxes and insurance are some examples of fixed costs. The variable costs, on the other hand, changes in different proportions to the changes in the volume of production. The variable costs increases in direct proportion to volumetric change as the production increases. Likewise, as the production decreases, the variable costs also reduce in direct proportion.
Analysing the variable costs and fixed costs of Microsoft Corporation gives us the operating leverage. Companies that tend to have high operating leverages are the companies that have high proportions of the fixed operating costs in connection with the variable operating costs. It means that the company uses a lot of fixed assets as a base of operation. Conversely, the companies that operate in low fixed assets have low operating leverage in connection with the variable operating costs. The bulk of Microsoft cost structure is fixed. The cost is also limited to marketing costs and development. Whether Microsoft sells one copy or over 100 million copies of the latest Windows 10 software, the company costs remain the same. Once Microsoft sells enough copies of its software to cover for all its fixed costs, the additional sales are basically profits. This means that Microsoft has a high operating leverage.
Figure 1: Microsoft Fixed Cost Trends and Behavior
Elasticity discussion
Microsoft is a monopoly. Even a monopolist cannot set overly-exorbitant prices and make good sales. The real-world transactions are, therefore, never infinitely high. Microsoft when deciding to set prices for its software and other products, must consider the tradeoff between two factors; setting a higher price leads to increase in every sold unit, however, a higher price will contribute to a decrease/ reduction in the number of units sold due to a decrease in the consumer demand and the other suppliers are likely to release better and cheaper version of the product. It is therefore in the best interest of Microsoft as a monopoly to maximize their profits when there is a significant balance between the following two factors; the direct revenues gain obtained from higher prices charged on windows would be offset by the lost net revenue because of the reduction in volume caused by higher pricing.
In several occasions as in the case of Microsoft, the demand for one product leads to the demand for another product. For example, people who do not have personal computers do not require an operating system. On the other hand, the people who have computers require the operating system. The demand for Microsoft Windows 10 therefore directly depends on the demand for computers.
Short-run versus long-run dynamics for Microsoft Corporation
The short run and the long run can be defined in the market dynamics. In the short run a company already have chosen whether to do business and at what scale and the intended production technology. Therefore, the number of companies in a given sector is fixed in the short run, and the firms already in the market are making the decision about how much to produce. In the long run, on the other hand, the companies have the flexibility to enter or exit fully from an industry, since they have the power to choose whether they will renew or incur the initial fixed costs of staying or existing from the business in an industry in the long run.
The long run and the short run can therefore be differentiated in terms of the market dynamics as follows:
• For short run, the number of companies in a given sector (even though companies can close their shops and produce zero quantity)
• For the long run, the number of companies in a given sector varies since the company can exit or enter the market.
Microsoft has its fixed costs covered. It can therefore only enter a market where the variable costs can be covered. Microsoft can, therefore, enter the short run market. In the long run, the firm can enter the market if there is a high enough market price to result in negative economic profits.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) fixed costs and variable costs based on the Income Statements for the three latest years (see figure 2)
Figure 2: Microsoft Income Statement period 2012 to 2014 (Source Yahoo Finance)
The variable costs are the operational costs including research development, non-recurring costs, selling general and administrative. The fixed costs of Microsoft include income expenses, earnings before taxes and interest, income tax expense and income before tax expenses. As observed from the income statement over the three year periods, the fixed costs are much higher as compared to the variable costs. This justifies the earlier statement that the company has a high leverage.
Ability to Change to the Ever-Changing Market Conditions
Microsoft has what it takes to keep up with the pace of the ever-changing business environment. The software is one of the top global competitive and prone to change sectors. The company has heavily invested in research and development (see the income statement), people skills and the assets. Microsoft also has the capacity and resources to fund changes and beat the competition. Being almost a perfect monopoly, it means that Microsoft has the best chance to change alongside the changing market conditions. The high-profit margin makes Microsoft more liquid in terms of cash and assets and it can, therefore, diversify to other areas of production.

Evaluation of a Business Code of Ethics

The purpose of this assignment is to assist you in refining problem-solving capabilities that organizations already possess for use in business ethics applications. This paper uses a structured, objective format sometimes called a system of inquiry. This assignment is a systematic formalized inquiry into, or examination of, the code of ethics of an organization and its effects to achieve a specific level of ethical behavior in employees, management, and executives. Each business should have a framework for ensuring ethical behavior. The structure, format, and scope of codes vary depending on the company’s business. An oil company’s code, for example, would probably have different criteria and emphases than a health care provider’s code of ethics. Sometimes, codes of ethics are called by other names, such as an employee code of conduct. A code of ethics, though, should be differentiated from standard good operating practices.

Evaluation and analysis includes problem solving and behavior in assessing organizational ethics along with decision-making processes. In this case, you are evaluating your own company’s code of ethics, or that of another company if your employer does not have a code of ethics.

Write a 1,200- to 1,400-word paper, one not using question-and-answer format, discussing your organization’s code of ethics in detail. Perform the following steps:

  • Obtain a copy of your employer’s code of ethics or find an example on the Internet from a major corporation, such as Shell Oil Company’s Statement of Ethics. This is the document upon which to base your inquiry.
  • Write a general information paragraph on the company, including its mission statement.
  • Determine the type of ethical system used by the firm and reasons or examples upon which you based your decisions. Ethical systems include ends-driven, relativistic, entitlement, and duty-driven (legal or religious) ethics.
  • Identify and discuss how the code of ethics is used. Include several paragraphs on each use: one for employees, one for management, one for the board of directors, and so forth. Some of this information comes from the company’s code of ethics. Others may be available through an Internet search. Consider the following:
    • Why it is used—the general or special circumstances
    • How it is used
    • When it is used

Note. You may not be able to find all the information. In that case, state this fact and indicate which sources were examined with no results.

  • Why might the organization need to modify their existing code of ethics? Consider how you might modify the code if you were the new CEO and how you would implement the changes.
  • What possible reactions to the code are to be expected from employees and managers? What effects does the organizational culture have on the acceptance of the code?
  • What is the effect of the code on the organization?
  • Summarize the results of your systematic analysis or inquiry into the code of ethics of this organization.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

  • Prepare an introduction and use section headings identifying each of the steps with information and discussion following. Summarize your findings in the conclusion.
  • Do not include paragraphs directly from your company’s code. Summarize what is contained in the document. Your paper may contain no more than 15% unoriginal or quoted material.

*****This is a reminder to follow the guidelines of your assignment. You must use a code of ethics on an organization. If you simply discuss a code of ethics, you cannot answer the requirements of the assignment. Remember per the instructions, you may use any organization if you cannot use your own. Do not use any proprietary information.

I have 4 weeks worth of assignments due

Resource: Implementation, Strategic Controls, and Contingency Plans assignment with facilitator feedback
Complete a strategic plan for your organization of no more than 3,500 words.
Update your plan to incorporate facilitator feedback from the drafts you submitted in previous weeks. Include the following:

  • Table of contents
  • Executive summary, with a 2-page maximum
  • Company background, organizational mission, vision, and value statements
  • Note. For a start-up, you should focus on the backgrounds and accomplishments of key anticipated management personnel. The goal is to convince the investor that these individuals are trustworthy and successful.
  • Environmental scan
  • Review of Week 4 strategies and a recommendation for the best strategy for your organization
  • Implementation plan including contingency plans for identified risks

Prepare a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation of no more than 10 slides with speaker notes. Your audience will play the board of directors or a venture capital firm. The focus is to sell your recommendations to the board or venture capital firm and obtain approval for funding your plan.
Format your plan and presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

Organizational Management

Write a draft of no more than 1,800 words of the strategic plan for your organization, including the following:

  • Implementation plan
    • Objectives
    • Functional tactics
    • Action items
    • Milestones and a deadline
    • Tasks and task ownership
    • Resource allocation
  • Any required organizational change management strategies that would enhance successful implementation
  • Key success factors, budget, and forecasted financials, including a break-even chart
  • Risk management plan, including contingency plans for identified risks

Format your plan consistent with APA guidelines.

Business Studies homework

Write a paper of no more than 1,400 words that evaluates alternatives an organization must consider to realize growth.
Identify the best value discipline, generic strategy, and grand strategy for your organization.
Recommend a strategy or combination of strategies the organization should implement.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Airvalue Airways Strategic Planning

Airvalue Airways is a regional carrier whose strategy is to expand gradually as they can identify routes that offer an attractive return on the investment necessary to support successful coverage of the route.  As part of this expansion, the company is planning to buy a new plane in the upcoming fiscal year. The purchasing department has narrowed the choice down to two models.  One is the A220 which is manufactured in Europe.  The other plane is the G435 which is built in the United States.  The two aircraft have similar profiles. However, the locally-built G435 is significantly more expensive to purchase.
The A220 has an expected life of 5 years, will cost $90 million and its use will produce net operating cash inflows of $30 million per year. The G435 has a life of 10 years, will cost $128 million, and its use will produce net operating cash inflows of $25 million per year.  Airvalue plans to serve the route for 10 years. When they need to purchase a new A220 at the end of five years, the cost will be $115 million net after allowing for salvage value of the used plane.  Net operating cash inflows will remain at $30 million throughout the second five years.  At the end of 10 years, salvage value of the G435 and of the second A220 are expected to be about the same at approximately $500,000 each.
As the company’s CFO you are to provide the financial analysis that will be considered by the strategic planning executive committee during evaluation of this expansion alternative.  Your plan is to use a capital budgeting approach to the analysis in order to best assure that the decision will result in maximization of wealth for the company’s stockholders.  You also want to convert the entire committee to the concept that capital budgeting should be used as the main tool for the financial analysis of capital expenditure alternatives.
The company uses the historical difference in returns between the S&P 500 and the Treasury bond rates of 7% as their estimated market risk premium.   The current yield to maturity on a 10-year Treasury bond is 6.2%.  Airvalue Airways’ common-stock equity beta is estimated as 1.40.
Airvalue’s capital structure is 58% common stock, 32% preferred stock and 10% long-term debt.  An 8.8% after tax cost of debt has been determined and the cost of preferred stock is 12%.
 
Your task is to:

  1. Describe for other members of the strategic planning committee the role that capital budgeting should play in corporate strategic management.
  2. Explain why the NPV and IRR capital budgeting tools are superior to the accounting rate of return and simple payback techniques for determining the attractiveness of capital investment opportunities.
  3. Use the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to identify the cost of common stock.
  4. Calculate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for the firm’s existing capital structure.
  5. Calculate the net present value (NPV) for each plane model using the company’s WACC as the hurdle rate.
  6. Recommend which plane should be purchased and justify your recommendation.
  7. Discuss the need to manage implementation of the project so that the higher returns can be realized.  Include the strategic management keys to protecting the project from competitive forces that would erode the earning power of the project and jeopardize realization of the projected rate of return on the investment.

To complete this assignment, you must submit a 6-8 page paper that addresses the seven elements of the task as listed above and exhibits your calculations of the cost of common stock, the weighted average cost of capital, and the NPV for each plane along with an explanation of the calculations.
 
The paper must be submitted as a Word document and it must follow APA style guidelines.
By Monday, August 10, 2015

Phases of the Strategic Management Process

As you may recall, UPS faced allot of scrutiny during the 2013 holiday season for packages that were delivered late.  You will find below three sources of information on this issue.  The first is a 2013 news clip that provides an overview of the 2013 issue.  The second is an interview with the CFO of UPS who discusses plans that were made to avoid the 2013 issues in 2014.  The last link is a recent article that discusses the results of the actions that UPS took in 2014.
I find this to be an excellent real world illustration of high stakes strategy decisions that major corporations make to maintain a competitive advantage. After reviewing this information provide yours takeaways from the review of this case and what it tells you about strategy. Discuss examples of each of the three phases of the Strategic Management Process.
Strategy Formulation
Strategy Execution
Strategy Evaluation
 
2013 UPS Video
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/how-did-ups-miss-so-many-christmas-shipments-EiozJnLSRQKGZrvl~6x4EQ.html
2014 UPS Video
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/ups-cfo-kurt-kuehn-on-holiday-shipping-u-s-economy-J9ob7yBaRzWf_ZVEvDa2Jw.html
UPS Prepared To Well For the Holiday Rush
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-23/ups-says-2014-earnings-lower-than-forecast-

BUSINESS STATISTICS

Part 1:
“Variation and Statistical Thinking Strategy”
 
Compare and contrast the fundamental differences between special-cause variation and common-cause variation. Provide one (1) business process example of each variation to support your response.
 
Part 2:
Explain the importance of variation to health-care organizations and answer the following questions.
 

  1. What might be the key processes for health-care organizations?
  2. What are the potential common causes of variation that would have an impact on the key processes of health-care organizations?
  3. What special causes might be more important than the others?
  4. How might health-care organizations’ business environment be dynamic and change over time?

Evaluation of Corporate Performance

The Final Project will involve applying the concepts learned in class to an analysis of a company using data from its annual report. Using the concepts from this course, you will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the company and write a report either recommending or not recommending purchase of the company stock.
The completed report should include:
An introduction to the company, including background information.
A complete and thorough financial statement review.
Pro Forma financial statements (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the next two fiscal years, assuming a 10% growth rate in sales and Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for each of the next two years.
Complete ratio analysis for the last fiscal year using at least two ratios from each of the following categories:
a. Liquidity
b. Financial leverage
c. Asset management
d. Profitability
e. Market value
Calculate Return on Equity (ROE) using the DuPont system.
Assess management performance by calculating Economic Value Added (EVA).
Review of the soundness of the company’s financial policies (e.g. capital structure, debt, leverage, dividend policy, etc.) based on the material covered during class.
A synopsis of your findings, including your recommendations and rationale for whether or not to purchase stock from this company.
This report should be 15 – 20 pages long excluding title page and reference page(s) using APA 6th edition formatting guidelines. Support your findings and recommendations with evidence from at least five scholarly sources in addition to the annual report; such as the textbook, industry reports, and articles from the Ashford library. Be sure to include links to websites that were used as references or to access company information. Include in cite quotations

"Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.-Energy Beverages,"

Unit II Case Study
For this assignment, read the case study, “Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.-Energy Beverages,” beginning on page 91 of your textbook. Once you have read and reviewed the case scenario, respond to the following questions with thorough explanations and well-supported rationale.
1. What would be the challenges associated with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. extending their product offering to include an energy beverage?
2. Analyze the energy beverage market extending your research beyond the textbook. Is this a growing market? Contrast the domestic and global markets.
3. Explain how the determined pricing strategy would have a significant impact on profitability. Include discussion on retail pricing, expected unit volume, and margins.
 
 
 
 
4. Take on the role of marketing manager at Dr. Pepper. Identify several alternatives to overcome these challenges. Looking at these possible alternatives, which would you select and why?
 
 
 
MBA 5841, Strategic Marketing 3
 
 
 
 
 
Your response should be a minimum of two pages in length, double-spaced. References should include your textbook plus a minimum of one additional credible reference. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations per APA guidelines.
 
Reference:
 
Kerin, R., & Peterson, R. (2013). Strategic marketing problems: Cases and comments (13th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

BUSINESS POLICIES AND STRATEGIES DB2

 

Primary Discussion Response is due by Wednesday (11:59:59pm Central), Peer Responses are due by Sunday (11:59:59pm Central).
Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
You plan to hold a weekly breakfast meeting with your team of strategic planners to practice how to conduct a SWOTT analysis. For the upcoming week’s breakfast meeting, you told your team that they should be prepared to conduct a SWOTT analysis of an organization in the consumer electronics industry.
Conduct a brief SWOTT analysis on any real organization in the consumer electronics industry. Provide a short introduction of the organization you chose, and describe the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, and trends.

  • Strengths:The internal and external characteristics of a company that are stronger than its competitors.
  • Weaknesses:The internal and external characteristics of a company that are weaker than its competitors.
  • Opportunities:The issues internal and external to a company that can affect the company and its competitors in a favorable way.
  • Threats:The issues internal and external to a company that can affect the company and its competitors in an unfavorable way.
  • Trends: The internal and external patterns in the organization, market, or industry.

Risk Management Homework

Sources of Risk. Identify sources of risk and contrast them (include examples) and explain why investors should be concerned with them.

Your response should be at least 250 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.
 
 
Lasher, W. R. (2011). Practical financial management (6th ed., Pg. 404-408). Mason, OH: South-Western.
Attachments:

Assignment 2: Discussion: Costco Wholesale

 
Using your text book, the AUO library and the Internet, research Costco Wholesale Corporation.  Discuss the following in 2-3 paragraphs:
How does Costco’s business strategy provide value to the consumer?
How does Costco’s strategy provide a competitive advantage over their primary competitors?
What recommendations could you provide regarding Costco’s strengths and opportunities for improvement?

Communication Process

WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT 1

Assignment 1:  Communication Process
Find a Web site that has an “About Us” section or a “Press Release” section.
Write a three to four (3-4) page paper addressing the following:
 

  • Identify the Web site, the sender, and perceived receiver.
  • Analyze the integrated business communication.
  • Assess the media richness of the section.
  • Describe how the message is framed.
  • Identify opinion leaders.
  • Make recommendations for improving word choice.

 
The format of the paper is to be as follows:
 

  • Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides, APA format. Microsoft Word document.
  • Use headers for each of the subjects being covered, followed by your response.
  • In addition to the three to four (3-4) pages required, a title page is to be included. The title page is to contain the title of the assignment, your name, the instructor’s name, the course title, and the date.

 
Note: You will be graded on the quality of your answers, the logic/organization of the report, your language skills, and your writing skills.

Business Communication

MBA501 Quiz Week Six / Chapter 13
 

  1. The type of sampling technique a researcher uses is mainly determined by:
A.    the credentials of the researcher.
B.     the recommendations that the researcher possesses.
C.     the organization that sponsors the researcher.
D.    the purpose of the research.
E.     the amount of information the researcher has prior to the research.

 

  1. Which of the following is true about the before–after experimental design?
A.    The first step involved in this design is injecting the experimental factor.
B.     It is the most complex experimental design.
C.     It involves selecting a test group of subjects.
D.    It compares two groups.
E.     It conducts a comparative study involving three groups.

 

  1. Which of the following is a form of convenience sampling?
A.    Purposeful sampling
B.     Referral sampling
C.     Judgement sampling
D.    Stratified sampling
E.     Simple random sampling

 

  1. In the context of designing a questionnaire, which of the following is a characteristic feature of the rating technique?
A.    It presents the respondents with yes/no questions.
B.     It separates easy to answer questions from the difficult ones.
C.     It graphically sets up a scale showing the complete range of possible attitudes on a topic.
D.    It provides the best possible sequence of questions.
E.     It separates questions on the basis of the interests of the respondents.

 

  1. _____ most effectively measures a person’s experience when interacting with a product.
A.    Sugging
B.     Convenience sampling
C.     Usability testing
D.    Hashtags
E.     Double-barreled question
 

 

  1. Which of the following is true about focus groups?
A.    It involves talking with people one-on-one to gather research data.
B.     It is a brainstorming session that yields rich data.
C.     It cannot be conducted online.
D.    It is invariably the same as personal interviews.
E.     It systematically manipulates one factor of a problem while holding all the others constant.

 

  1. Which of the following is true about using observation as a technique in business research?
A.    It does not involve manipulation of details.
B.     It does not ensure the collection of complete information.
C.     It cannot be used to measure a person’s experience when interacting with a product.
D.    It is unethical to use observation as a technique in business research.
E.     It is a small-scale version of an actual survey.

 

  1. Which of the following is true of a double-barreled question?
A.    It focuses on one concept at a time.
B.     It leads to inaccurate answers.
C.     It produces highly reliable data.
D.    It ensures that the result of a survey is valid.
E.     It is invariably the same as a leading question.

 

  1. Which of the following is a defining characteristic of probability samples?
A.    They are biased toward the group that forms the majority of the samples.
B.     They consist of members who are convenient and economical to reach.
C.     They are based on chance selection procedures.
D.    They include samples that have certain characteristics.
E.     They include members who are referred by others.
  1. The sampling technique that subdivides the group under study and makes random selections within each subgroup is known as _____.
A.    simple random sampling
B.     referral random sampling
C.     purposeful sampling
D.    convenience sampling
E.     stratified random sampling

 

Business Communication

MBA501 Quiz Week 7 Chapter 5
 
 

  1. Select the most formally worded statement.
A.    I’ll look into the problem and will try to come up with a solution that is feasible.
B.     I’ll send you the report after I’ve analyzed it thoroughly.
C.     Thanks for letting me know, I’ll send you an updated version when time permits.
D.    I will consult with my superiors on the matter and report back to you by tomorrow.
E.     FYI, I’ve sent the final document to the client as you had stated in your previous mail.

 
 

  1. The you-viewpoint:
A.    should typically be avoided in a business communication.
B.     emphasizes the writer’s perspective.
C.     cannot be used in sentences containing the words “we” and “mine.”
D.    places the writer at the center of things.
E.     is specially important when delivering bad-news messages.

 
 

  1. You have received an email from a customer who claims that his package contained a size ‘M’ T-shirt as opposed to the size ‘L’ T-shirt that he had ordered. Which of the following openings handles the subject most positively?
A.    A replacement size ‘L’ T-shirt has been shipped and will reach you by tomorrow.
B.     We are sorry but we could not entertain your order.
C.     We are sorry, we will be sending a replacement at the earliest that is of the size you ordered.
D.    The error is because of a newly hired employee who is unfamiliar with our system.
E.     A size ‘L’ version of your T-shirt was unavailable, hence a size ‘M’ version was shipped.

 
 

  1. Which of the following statements is least conversational?
A.    Here is a detailed cost analysis for the proposed project.
B.     I cannot quote the exact requirements for the project, but here are the estimates.
C.     Enclosed is the spreadsheet with all the elements of the project and corresponding costs.
D.    Enclosed please find an estimate whose confirmation will aid the procedures of the project.
E.     I’ve attached a preliminary estimate of our requirements for this project.

 
 

  1. Which of the following statements is most conversational?
A.    Enclosed please find the details of the products about which you had enquired previously.
B.     You will find the details of the products you had enquired about enclosed within the document.
C.     In accordance to your request, I herewith attach details of those specific products.
D.    This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for product details which will be addressed.
E.     Kindly find attached information related to products that you have expressed interest in.

 
 

  1. In which of the following cases will the style of communication be least formal?
A.    Writing a crisis response or official reprimand.
B.     Communicating with someone at a higher level than the writer.
C.     Communicating with a letter, long report, or external proposal.
D.    Communicating with a well-acquainted co-worker or associate of the writer.
E.     Writing a ceremonial message, such a commendation or inspirational announcement.

 
 

  1. Important information can best be emphasized by including it:
A.    in the middle statement of the middle paragraph.
B.     in long, convoluted sentences.
C.     in the middle statement of the last paragraph.
D.    in a dependent clause or modifying phrases.
E.     in the last statement of the last paragraph.

 
 

  1. Which of the following best exemplifies the we-viewpoint?
A.    You must specify the color of the product to complete the purchase order.
B.     The package you ordered will reach you by the end of this week.
C.     We will do our best to assist you with your problem.
D.    If you do not return the item within the specified date, you will be fined.
E.     Our policy ensures that your family members get all the benefits that you do.

 
 
 

  1. Which of the following statements handles its subject most negatively?
A.    We have the cell phone you have requested in other colors.
B.     We do not have the cell phone you have requested.
C.     Only the red and blue versions of the cell phone are currently available.
D.    You will be notified as soon as we have your requested product in stock again.
E.     You can book in advance for the next batch of the requested product.

 
 

  1. Which of the following statements avoids the use of rubber stamps?
A.    Please feel free to contact me for any further clarifications.
B.     Thank you for choosing us.
C.     The MP3 player you requested, will reach you latest by Monday.
D.    I deeply appreciate your assistance and cooperation in this matter.
E.     I will be happy to clarify any queries you may have for me.

 

Industry Analysis – Modular Homes

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS GUIDELINES
MANUFACTURED MODULAR HOME INDUSTRY

  1. Identify the major players in the manufactured modular home industry ( not a competitive anal.) and their market share. http://modularhomeowners.com/modular-home-manufacturers/.. This website list the major players in the manufactured modular home industry. Please utilize other references (please see highlighted section) besides this website
  1. Industry codes governing manufactured modular housing. If available list all the major HUD codes for manufactured modular homes. If there are no codes please explain this in detail as well.

Use charts, graphics, tables etc., if relevant, otherwise don’t waste space. Find articles, periodicals, journals, media news, magazines, trade/professional associations, conferences/conventions, white papers, government publications, SEC quarterly and annual reports, company marketing materials, etc., about the industry. Limit the amount of internet references. 3-4 pages
 

E-Commerce Marketing and Advertising Concepts

MIS 677 – E-Commerce
Assignment 2 – 10 Points
Reference Chapter for Assignment 2: Chapter 6: E-Commerce Marketing and Advertising Concepts
Use the above Online Consumer Purchasing Model and information provided to assess the effectiveness of an e-mail marketing campaign for a small-sized e-commerce company focused on sales of trendy apparel to the ages 18-26 young adult market in the United States.
For this e-mail marketing campaign:
The company purchased and used 100,000 e-mails @ 25 cents cost per e-mail address.
The expected clickthrough rate is 15%
The conversion to customer rate is 10%
The loyal customer retention rate is 25% (for the purpose of this e-mail marketing campaign assume that a loyal customer makes two purchases).
The average sale is $60.00
The profit margin is 50%
In 4-pages, 1 in margins, and double spaced, Answer/Respond to the following:

  1. Does this e-mail marketing campaign produce a profit? (Must show all work to support answer to receive credit).
  1. Suggest some specific ways to increase the response rate to this e-mail marketing campaign.
  1. Are e-mail marketing campaigns effective? If not, why not? If yes, why are they effective and which specific types of e-mail marketing campaigns are most effective?

Management at One Smooth Stone

Compose a two-part analysis (750-1,000 words total for parts 1 and 2 combined).
Students will complete Part 1 by the end of Topic 1 and Part 2 by the end of Topic 2. Please note that the two-part analysis deadline is at the end of Topic 2, when you have completed Parts 1 and 2.
Part 1
Address the following in Topic 1:

  1. View “One Smooth Stone.”

http://lc.gcumedia.com/zwebassets/courseMaterialPages/mgt240_organizational-behavior-video-v1.1.php

  1. Students can gain additional insight on the company by viewing the company’s promo video and website at the following links:
  2. One Smooth Stone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itVZIRZROSY
  3. One Smooth Stone: Giving Back: http://www.onesmoothstone.com/giving_back.html
  4. Address the following questions:
  5. How do Mark Ledogar and Gary Vik exemplify the definition of management?
  6. Which of Mintzberg’s managerial roles do Ledogar and Vik display in the video?
  7. Which of Katz’s management skills are evident in this video?
  8. In what way is One Smooth Stone an open system? Explain your answer.

Part 2
Based on the videos and your responses to the questions in Part 1, describe in an essay how One Smooth Stone demonstrates/applies any three historical management theories.
For each of the three management theories selected, be sure to address each of the following management approaches: classical, behavioral, and modern management. (Modern management approaches include the quantitative, systems, contingency, quality-management, or learning organization viewpoints).
Reflecting on your organization and address the following:

  1. How does management in your organization compare to management at One Smooth Stone?
  2. What two management theories are currently being applied in your organization? Do you believe they are the most effective choices? Why or why not?

Cite two academic references in your analysis. Academic references include the textbook, the additional readings in the course, or any article from the GCU Library. You may use information found online but online encyclopedias (e.g., Wikipedia) and blogs do not count as academic references.

The Tax Burden

The tax burden has continuously shifted from corporations to individuals.  As an individual taxpayer please discuss the equity related to the distribution of the tax burden in the United States.  Identify legislation you would propose to change the equity or distribution of the tax burden and explain why.

Business has always sought to operate in the most efficient way possible

Today technology is one of the most important factors in improving business efficiency. A way of measuring the impact of technology on efficiency is to look at labor productivity. Productivity is measured in terms of the cost of labor and the output of the business. It is easiest to measure in manufacturing companies, but it is also used to assess the results of service businesses.
Go online and research the impact of technology on productivity in the United States over the past ten years. Then, go to the Discussion Forum and engage in a dialogue with your classmates regarding the impact of technology on productivity.
Be prepared to document your ideas with the results of your research.

Culture of the Lincoln Electric Company.

Instructions for submission A company with a distinctive organization culture is the Lincoln Electric Company. This company manufactures welding equipment. It is located near Cleveland, Ohio USA. It is considered to be one of the best managed manufacturing companies in the world.
Read the Lincoln Electric Company Harvard Case Study by Arthur Sharplin, which you can download here.
Read and analyze the case study. In your analysis use the framework from chapter eight of the textbook to discern aspects of the company’s culture. First, look at the continuing influence of the founders of the company. Then look at the golden rule, the incentive management plan, the performance appraisal system, the way people communicate in the company, the merit pay plan, the bonus plan, and the management style. By analyzing these features you will get an idea of the culture of the company.
Write a three page (double-spaced) case analysis that summarizes your understanding of the culture of the Lincoln Electric Company.

Manufactured Modular Home Industry

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS GUIDELINES
MANUFACTURED MODULAR HOME INDUSTRY
1. Identify the major players in the manufactured modular home industry ( not a competitive anal.) and their market share.
2. Industry codes governing manufactured modular housing.
Use charts, graphics, tables etc., if relevant, otherwise don’t waste space. Find articles, periodicals, journals, media news, magazines, trade/professional associations, conferences/conventions, white papers, government publications, SEC quarterly and annual reports, company marketing materials, etc., about the industry. Limit the amount of internet references. 3-4 pages

corporate strategy

One page “bulletized” summary of your collective thoughts on the following:
For this reading, you will need to use the McKinsey Quarterly Website (Links to an external site.).
Search the McKinsey Quarterly for the following article:
“Creating more value with corporate strategy: McKinsey Global Survey results”
(Key Word Search: corporate strategy).
Read the McKinsey Survey and consider why few companies deliver more value than the sum of their business unit parts…but there are some that do…why?
Does how accompany approaches the strategy process make a difference? Why?
What about strategy implementation? Always successful?…and what are results of that?

The strategic audit system

[BA490 Business Policy and strategy] Week 1 Assignment

The strategic audit system is a diagnostic tool to pinpoint an organization’s strengths and weaknesses. Use the Strategic Analysis Framework and other tools in order to conduct a strategic audit.  You might consider using a SWOT analysis for both companies to analyze each companies situation.
 
For this assignment, a mini strategic audit will be conducted for two companies with an overall goal to compare how each company differs in the strategy management and implementation, while indentifying the importance of strategic management.
Assignment Requirements
Conduct a mini Strategic Audit on e-company Tigerdirect.com and Best Buy, Visit the each company’s website at Tiger Direct at http://www.tigerdirect.com/ and Best Buy at www.bestbuy.com.  After conducting research, identify key strategies that each company has in common.  List a brief introduction of each company, to include the Mission Statement and compare key aspects of each company.  Identify the importance of strategic management based on your research. Be sure to include the concepts identified in the readings for this week’s topics.
 
Submit your answers in a 1000 word, APA style paper.  Include a title sheet and 2-3 references.  Only one reference may be found on the internet.  The other references must be found in the Grantham University online library.  Only the body of the paper will count toward the word requirement.

Business policy and strategy Case Study

Read the Assurance of Learning Exercise 8A and 8B on page 282 of the textbook. Prepare a product positioning map, and perform the EPS/EBIT calculations given in 8B. Discuss, in a two-page APA formatted paper, how the product positioning is aligned with McDonald’s corporate strategy. Identify potential gaps in the product line or weaknesses in positioning. Describe the relevance of the EPS/EBIT chart and why it is significant with respect to strategy implementation.
must have use textbook
David, F. R. (2011). Strategic management: Concepts and cases (13th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

Strategy Paper

Resources: Internet, organization’s website, University of Phoenix library, and course-related texts

Write a paper of no more than 1,400 words that evaluates alternative strategies of the Total Oiling Company’s organization must consider to realize growth.

Relate each alternative strategy to its corresponding generic or grand strategy. From these alternatives, recommend a single, integrated strategy that the organization may implement.

Summarize how you would propose the implementation of the chosen strategy, including the following:

  • Key leadership, organizational, cultural, technological, and risk management issues to be addressed during implementation
  • A Gantt chart for your implementation plan
  • Operating, technological, and financial risks as well as performance measures to be monitored and evaluated for determining whether the implementation strategy is successful or requires adjustment

Format your paper according to APA standards.

Attachments:

Business studies homework

Go to AnnualReports.com and review the annual reports recently released by two corporations in the same industry. Review each report and discuss the following questions:

  1. What organizational differences, if any, do you see in the way each corporation discusses its annual performance? Is the data presented clearly so that shareholders can draw conclusions about how well the company performed?
  2. What goals, challenges, and plans do top managers emphasize in their discussion of results?
  3. How does the format and organization of each report enhance or detract from the information being presented?

Write a two- to three-page report (excluding the title and reference pages), formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, that discusses your findings from the annual reports. Make sure you appropriately cite your sources from AnnualReports.com.

McCafe Coffee

Read McDonald’s and the McCafe Coffee Initiative (this is a Case Study located in your text on p. 639). using the case analysis framework, prepare a submission that reflects your analysis of this case and your thoughts about the future of McCafe. Support your ideas with some of the concepts discussed in this week’s readings

la farge company analysis

Literature Review – A Literature Review is a survey of everything written you have used in researching your topic for your Term Research Project.  It serves to survey all relevant literature to determine what is known and not known about your topic.

  1. Gather your sources and focus on your topic.  A good lit review requires you to isolate key themes or issues related to your own research interests.
  2. Evaluate your sources determining if the author is an expert and is there evidence to support the conclusion.
  3. When you compare your sources, consider if all research arrives at the same conclusion or if there are differences of option.  What questions did this literature raise?
  4. Finally, write your lit review with an introduction that identified your topic, give discussion on the significance of the topic and a thesis statement that outlines what conclusion you will draw from your analysis and synthesis of the literature.  Write a body that discusses and assesses the research through organizational principles and not by sources separately.  For example, each paragraph will discuss more than one source.  Do not list your sources alphabetically.  Your conclusion should provide a summary of your findings from the literature review.  Explain what your analysis of the material leads you to conclude about the overall state of the literature, what it provides and where it is lacking.  You can provide suggestions for future research or explain how your future research will fill in the gaps in the body of work on your topic.

There are numerous FREE resources and examples of literature reviews online.  Some of my personal favorites are:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/13/
http://guides.library.ucsc.edu/write-a-literature-review
Minimum 2 page response required
Remember that your assignment is to research the Lafarge Company.
Apply the fundamentals of financial management concepts to your corporate analysis based upon the type of inquiry you would like to make about this company.
Ratio analysis, The factors that influence the cost of money, market interest rates are affected by inflation, risk and liquidity, related risk and return principles as corporate managers and investors. Stocks and bonds, the merger with Holcim LTD.,
I would like to analyze financial performance of the company. The outline should not be longer than 2 pages.
 
This outline will serve as your guide to write a minimum 15 page analysis of the company and maximum 25 page analysis that include a cover page and reference page in good APA format.

Profits and Sustainability

 
The traditional business decision and evaluation methods have a narrow focus on maximizing earnings and valuation. The recent focus on sustainability and social responsibility has caused many organizations to look for ways to match sustainability with profits i.e. increase profits while decreasing waste.
Using the AUO library and the Internet, review the corporate sustainability efforts of several Fortune 500 companies and identify the metrics these companies are using to measure or evaluate their sustainability efforts.   Identify what you believe are the five most important measures companies should be using and provide a rationale for the selection of these five measures.
Remember that you would want measures that capture the impact on profits, people, and the planet.
Write your responses in three to four paragraphs.
 

The Case For, or Against, New Orleans

Sometimes one’s choices may involve catastrophic decisions and bear great risk and yet there can be no clear answer. For example, if a person gets a divorce, shutters a plant, sells a losing investment, or closes their business, will he or she be better off? The following case incorporates nearly all of the material you have covered this far and presents an example of one such choice where nearly all of the alternatives have a significant downside risk.
Review the following information from the article “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the New Orleans Flood Protection System” by Stéphane Hallegatte (2005):

  • Hallegatte, an environmentalist, assigns a probability (p) of a Katrina-like hurricane of 1/130 in his cost-benefit analysis for flood protection. However, the levees that protect New Orleans also put other regions at greater risk. You may assume the frequency of other floods is greater than Katrina-like events (Vastag & Rein, 2011).
  • The new levees that were built in response to Katrina cost approximately fourteen billion dollars (in 2010). This is in addition to the direct costs of Katrina (eighty-one billion dollars in 2005).
  • 50 percent of New Orleans is at or below sea level.
  • A 100-year event means that there is a 63 percent chance that such an event will occur within a 100-year period.
  • The following are the interested (anchored and/or biased) constituencies:
    • Residents of New Orleans—both those that can move and those who cannot move
    • Residents of the surrounding floodplains at risk from New Orleans levees
    • The Mayor of New Orleans
    • The federal government—specifically taxpayers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Assume that the availability heuristics make people more risk averse (populations drop, at least in the short term). Consider how this would affect the local economy.
You are an analyst at FEMA and are in charge of developing a recommendation for both the state and the local governments on whether or not to redevelop New Orleans.
Write a report with your recommendation. Address the following in your report:
Part A

  • Analyze the economics of New Orleans in light of the above parameters and develop your own Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for rebuilding.
  • Evaluate the value of the CBA for each constituency and integrate these estimates into a scenario model and/or decision tree. Analyze the results.
  • Clearly each of these constituencies may both overlap and be prey to a variety of group dynamics internally. For one of these options, discuss the decision pitfalls to which they may be susceptible and make a recommendation on how to alleviate these pressures.
  • Starting with your CBA, estimate the relevant expected utility for the interested constituencies.

Note: You need not have absolute amounts but your relevant utilities should be proportional to one another.
Hint: If you assume that your total CBA for New Orleans is fixed for each constituency (do not forget the overlaps), then each constituency will have a piece of the utility pie.
Part B

  • Make a case for or against rebuilding the city of New Orleans. This should be an executive summary; be concise and brief. Include exhibits.
  • Whether you are for or against, discuss how social heuristics could be used to your advantage, both ethically and unethically, in making your case. You may choose to fill the role of one of the constituents, if you prefer.

Write an 8–12-page report in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use proper spelling and grammar throughout, and keep the text legible and balanced with visuals. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A1.doc.
By Saturday, July 4, 2015, deliver your assignment to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox.

Hallegatte, S. (2006). A cost-benefit analysis of the New Orleans flood protection system. Center for Environmental Sciences and Policy. Stanford University. Retrieved from
http://hal.cirad.fr/docs/00/16/46/28/PDF/Hallegatte_NewOrleans_CBA9.pdf

Vastag, B., & Rein, L. (2011, May 11). In Louisiana, a choice between two floods. The Washington Post. Retrieved from
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-louisiana-a-choice-between-two-
floods/2011/05/11/AFrjFotG_story.html

Company Analysis

Write a five-to seven-page financial statement analysis of a public company, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. In this analysis you will discuss the financial health of this company with the ultimate goal of making a recommendation to other investors. Your paper should consist of the following sections: introduction, company overview, horizontal analysis, ratio analysis, final recommendation, and conclusions. Your paper needs to include a minimum of two scholarly resources in addition to the textbook as references. I have chosen to rote my paper on General Electric
Here is a breakdown of the sections within the body of the assignment:
Company Overview
Provide a brief overview of your company (one to two paragraphs at most). What industry is it in? What are its main products or services? Who are its competitors?
Horizontal Analysis of Income Statement and Balance Sheet
Prepare a three-year horizontal analysis of the income statement and balance sheet of your selected company. Discuss the importance and meaning of horizontal analysis. Discuss both the positive and negative trends presented in your company.
Ratio Analysis
Calculate the current ratio, quick ratio, cash to current liabilities ratio, over a two-year period. Discuss and interpret the ratios that you calculated. Discuss potential liquidity issues based on your calculations of the current and quick ratios. Are there any factors that could be erroneously influencing the results of the ratios? Discuss liquidity issues of competitive companies within the same industry.
Recommendation
Based on your analysis would you recommend an individual invest in this company? What strengths do you see? What risks do you see? It is perfectly acceptable to state that you would recommend avoiding this company as long as you provide support for your position.
Writing the Final Paper
1. Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
2. Must include a title page with the following:
a. Title of paper
b. Student’s name
c. Course name and number
d. Instructor’s name
e. Date submitted
3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
6. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
7. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Assignment Overview
In this assignment please read the article by Popa & Salanta. Then, please provide an overview in which you integrate your SLP readings on stakeholder theory, ethical decision making, ethics program leadership and the most recent reading on corporate social responsibility.
Assignment Instructions
In a 4- to 5-page paper discuss how, and to what extent these ethics based concepts intertwine in ethically grounded organizations? That is, what role does stakeholder management play? What must be done to make sure employees are ethically grounded when facing difficult situations? What role does the Ethics Officer play in orchestrating the ethics related efforts of the organization? And how does the operational efforts related to organizational ethics tie to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (if at all)?

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your paper should be 4–5 pages, double-spaced and in 12-point type size.
Your paper should have a separate cover page and a separate reference page.
Use APA style, and proofread your paper.
Upload your paper by the end of the module.

Ethics Assignment

Construction Safety Management
Ethics is a cornerstone of professional construction practice. This assignment is to help students to gain a better understanding of ethics standards through a real-life case study. This assignment is also an assessment of your written communication skills. Please take the time to write well to ensure a high grade.
Instruction
Read the attached Ethic Case Study and reference any code of ethics adopted by any professional or trades organization to answer the following questions:
Q1. What is the main ethical issue in the case study? Describe any circumstances to help the reader to fully appreciate the issue.
Q2. What caused the issue/problem in the first place?
Q3. Imagine you are in place of William J. LeMessurier and you have noticed such a flaw after finalization of construction of such a huge civil project.
What will you do? Explain your reasons.
1. You would deny accepting the flaw in your design. It was due to the fact that the construction of this project was finished and it was not possible to return back to engineering stage. Besides, you think that requirements of codes and standards are too meticulous and ask for much safety factor that is not needed in practice. Additionally this project is covered widely in public and it is not wise to panic people with such matters.
2. You would accept the flaw and you decide to abide by the rules. You will discuss the matter with the owners of the project and inform them of this problem. In this case you have given priority to public safety but this matter may damage your professional reputation highly and possibly other owners will not trust your job in the future that can be a big loss from commercial point of view.
Q4. Discuss your rationale for declining the other option.
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Evaluation
CRITERIA
POINTS
I. Technical Merit (7 points)
– Q1 & Q2 (300 words minimum)
/3
– Q3 & Q4 (500 words minimum)
/4
II. Writing skill (3 points)
– Use of appropriate grammar & spelling
/1.5
– Logic structure & development of ideas
/1.5
TOTAL
/10pt
Deadline: Please submit your solution in Blackboard (click “Ethics Assignment” link on the left navigation menu) prior to attending the next lecture.
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Public Safety In Civil Projects
SITUATION
The 59-story Citicorp Center, one of New York City’s most distinctive skyscrapers, was the brainchild of the structural engineer William J. LeMessurier and the architect Hugh Stubbins, Jr. A deal struck by Citicorp and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the original landowners, allowed Citicorp to build a structure on the site if it also constructed a church on the northwest corner of the block that would not be connected to the skyscraper in any way. To accommodate this requirement, LeMessurier devised an innovative structure in which the skyscraper rested atop a central core and four immense 114 ft (34.8 m) columns set at the midpoint of each side of the building. This design made it possible for the structure’s corner to be cantilevered over the new church on the northwest, and it created an open plaza on the southwest corner.
LeMessurier’s design also included a unique wind brace system comprising 48 braces arranged in a six-tiered V pattern on each side of the building. The system was intended to enhance the structure’s lateral stability by channeling stress from the building’s corners to the steel support columns at the center of each facade.
In June 1978, one year after construction of the skyscraper was completed, LeMessurier received a call from an engineering student in New Jersey requesting more information about the design. According to the student’s professor, LeMessurier had placed the columns incorrectly. In revisiting his calculations, LeMessurier became aware of a serious flaw in the building’s design.
At the time, New York City’s building code required testing of a building’s resistance only to perpendicular winds. Yet the placement of the support columns at the midpoint of each facade, rather than at the corners, meant that a greater risk to the structure’s stability was presented by diagonal winds. When LeMessurier tested his wind brace system against winds hitting a column at an angle of 45 degrees, he realized that the winds increased the tension in four of the eight affected girders by 40 percent, substantially more than he had anticipated.
The increase in tension on the wind brace system would not have been a significant concern to LeMessurier if he had not recently learned of an on-site modification to his original design. His design had specified that the diagonal girders be welded to the support columns at the center of each facade; however, since welded joints were both expensive and commonly regarded as needlessly strong, LeMessurier’s New York office had approved a change to bolted joints. Even more troubling was the news that while American Institute of Steel Construction specifications required an extra safety margin in the strength of joints in structural columns, the people on LeMessurier’s team had chosen to regard the diagonal braces as trusses, not columns; thus, the number of bolts securing the joints had not provided for this extra margin of strength.
As a result of these design flaws, LeMessurier estimated that the Citicorp Center would be able to withstand only a 16-year storm, not the 50-year storm the building had supposedly been designed for. The design had also included a tuned mass damper, which might have lessened the risk of failure, but the damper relied on electric power and thus would provide no protection in the event of a power outage. With hurricane season on the horizon, LeMessurier believed that the potential for strong diagonal winds presented a significant risk to the newly occupied skyscraper.

Real Estate Development

This comes from the Organized Home Case. There will be modified construction/cost budgets that differ from the base assignment which will be used in the assessment. You will be assigned a cost/budget. All other issues remain the same. Outcomes are working spreadsheet with return calculations and answering all related questions from the case

Income Tax Problem

John Alan Kelly and Rosalyn Elaine Kelly, a married couple, live at 3822 Robin Lane Houston, Texas 77049-7236. Their home telephone number is (713) 468-9721, home fax number is (713) 591-7014, cell telephone number for John is (832) 921-8427 and cell telephone number for Rosalyn is (832) 366-8122. John, whose social security number is 437-29-1297 and date of birth is April 2, 1963, is employed as a Loan Officer with Houston First National Bank located at 1100 Smith Street Houston, Texas 77002-0002 and whose Employer Identification Number is 42-4732689. John’s work telephone number is (713) 654-8739 and E-Mail address is kellyj@houstonfirstnationalbank.com. Rosalyn’s social security number is 443-63-7289 and her date of birth is January 10, 1965. She is presently a Self-Employed sole owner of a small retail bookstore (ROSALYN’S BOOKSTORE) which she has owned and operated since January 6, 2011. Rosalyn’s Bookstore is located at 2345 Marshall Lane Houston, Texas 77044-5943, her work telephone number is (713) 434-1275, her fax number is (713) 434-1276 and E-Mail address is kellyr@rosalynbookstore.com. The Employer Identification Number for the bookstore is 76-5678901. The Kellys have two (2) children who lived with them for the entire year of 2014 and that they fully supported for the entire year of 2014. The two (2) children are Jocelyn Danielle Kelly (age 17 (date of birth November 14, 1997) and social security number 643-28-1863) and Charles Aaron Kelly (age 10 (date of birth June 16, 2004) and social security number 623-51-2467). In addition, the Kellys provided in 2014 more than one-half (1/2) of the support of Rosalyn Kelly’s mother, Louise Myra Anderson, (age 74 (date of birth May 29, 1940) at the end of 2014 and social security number 440-83-6278) and who lived the entire year of 2014 in her own home located in Livingston, Texas and her only Gross Income for 2014 was nontaxable Social Security Benefits.
The Kellys, who neither wishes to contribute to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, have presented you with the following information to prepare their 2014 Federal Income Tax Return:
(a)        John earned a salary from Houston First National Bank, Inc. of $71,540 (also Social Security Wages and Medicare Wages). Federal Income Taxes withheld from his pay was $7,832, Social Security Taxes (FICA) withheld was $4,435 and Medicare Taxes withheld was $1,037. John is covered by a retirement pension plan provided by Houston First National Bank.
(b)        The Kellys received Interest on Savings Accounts of $1,200 from Houston First National Bank and Interest of $520 from Harris County Bonds that they own. In addition, the Kellys received Cash Dividends of $442 (all “Qualified Dividends“) from Common Stock owned in Bush Corporation.
(c)        Rosalyn uses the Cash Method Of Accounting for Federal Income Tax purposes for her business, ROSALYN’S BOOKSTORE, and the business code for the business for Federal Income Tax purposes is 451211. Relevant Financial Information for the business for 2014 is as follows:
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Gross Sales                                                               $126,800
Less: Returns And Allowances                                     2,350
Expenses
Accounting Services                                                   $ 1,800
Advertising                                                                  2,500
Salaries And Wages                                                    28,720
Payroll Taxes                                                                  2,866
Office Rent                                                                10,800
Entertainment Of Customers                                           500
Interest (Miscellaneous Debts)                                                   600
Seminar (Related To Bookstore Retailers)                     400
Supplies                                                                          1,450
Telephone                                                                       1,600
Utilities                                                                          1,300
INVENTORY
Beginning Inventory January 1, 2014                      $28,400
Ending Inventory December 31, 2014                                 16,800
Purchases In 2014                                                     12,900
All Inventory is valued at cost. There were no changes in determining quantities, costs or valuations between Opening and Closing Inventory.
(All of the above Revenues, Expenses and Expenditures represent cash transactions that occurred during the year of 2014)
DEPRECIABLE ASSETS
Original
Description                                           Cost                    Date Purchased
 
Personal Computer And Printer          $1,600.00               January 2, 2014
 
(Five-Year Property)
Computer Software                               250.00                January 2, 2014
(Three-Year Property)
Furniture And Fixtures                       12,000.00                March 5, 2011
(Seven-Year Property)
(All of the above assets are used exclusively at Rosalyn’s Bookstore and were originally placed in service on the date purchased)
 
 
 
Rosalyn elected to take the Section 179 Deduction for all assets acquired during the year of 2014. Assets acquired before 2014 are depreciated using the designated useful life and the Section 179 Deduction was not elected. (The First Year Additional Depreciation was not elected for any of these assets).
 
 
 
Rosalyn also drove in 2014 her personal automobile, a 2013 Buick Park Avenue, which she acquired on April 28, 2013, a total of 6,000 miles (500 miles per month) for business purposes. Rosalyn has always used the automobile in her business and drove the automobile a total of 15,000 miles for the entire year of 2014 including 5,200 of commuting miles (Beginning Mileage Reading was 35,000 miles and Ending Mileage Reading was 50,000 miles). Rosalyn uses the Standard Mileage Method (Automatic Mileage Method) ($.56 per mile in 2014) to recover the cost of using her automobile for business purposes. In 2014, Rosalyn also paid $200 for parking and toll fees while using the automobile for business purposes and paid a total of $400 of Interest on the loan for the automobile.
 
 
 
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(d)       The Kellys also own a rent home that they rent out (Actively Participate) to people unrelated to them. The rent home (not Low-Income Housing) is located at 825 Lincoln Street Houston, Texas 77048-3252. The Kellys originally began to rent this home on May 1, 1995 when its depreciable basis was $30,000 (total cost of $37,500 less $7,500 allocated to the Land (Straight-Line Depreciation not elected)). Relevant information that pertains to the rent home for 2014 is as follows:
 
 
 
Total Rental Revenues                                    $5,600
 
 
 
EXPENSES
 
Insurance                                                  760
 
Mortgage Interest                                1,980
 
Repairs                                                                 460
 
Property (Real Estate) Taxes              1,020
 
Lawn Maintenance                                320
 
 
 
 
 
(All of the above Rental Revenues and Rental Expenses represent Cash transactions that occurred during the year of 2014)
 
 
 
In addition to the above, John Kelly drove in 2014 his personal automobile, a 2011 Chevrolet Caprice, in attending to the rental property a total of 400 miles (33.33 miles per month). Finally, on June 19, 2014, the Kellys purchased new appliances (ie. refrigerator, stove and dishwasher) (five-year property) for the Rental Property for a total purchase price of $1,950.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(e)John attended a Banking Seminar in San Francisco, California. He incurred unreimbursed expenses of $1,450 for airfare, lodging and meals ($160 of the $1,450 was for meals).
 
 
 
In addition, John drove in 2014 his personal automobile a total of 1,200 miles (100 miles per month) for work related purposes. John purchased the car on February 3, 2011 and has always used it for work related purposes. He drove the car a total of 12,000 miles in 2014 of which 5,200 were commuting miles (average daily round trip commuting distance of 20 miles per day) (Beginning Mileage Reading was 50,000 miles and Ending Mileage Reading was 62,000 miles). John has always used the Standard Mileage Method (Automatic Mileage Method) in recovering the cost of using his automobile for work related purposes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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(f)        The Kellys incurred the following personal expenses during the year of 2014:
 
 
 
Medical Expenses (Unreimbursed) (Various):
 
For Themselves And Their Children                                  $4,500
 
For Rosalyn’s Mother                                                            900
 
Real Estate Taxes On Personal Residence                             2,470
 
Home Mortgage Interest On Personal Residence                   9,600
 
(Jawdat Mortgage Company)
 
Credit Card Interest                                                               1,900
 
Interest On Car Loans                                                                       2,400
 
Charitable Contributions – (Cash) (Various Charities)                       1,600
 
Charitable Contributions – (Property – Clothing, etc.) (FMV)             460 ($1,000 ORIGINAL COST)
 
(Star Of Hope 1240 North Main Street Houston, Texas 77001-8877)
 
Income Tax Preparation Fee                                                        225
 
 
 
(g)        The Kellys utilizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Optional State Sales Tax Table (See page A-14 through page A-15 of the Instructions for Schedule A) to compute their Itemized Deduction for General Sales Taxes (Their State General Sales Tax Rate is 6.25% and their Local General Sales Tax Rate is 2.00% for a Total Sales Tax Rate of 8.25%).
 
 
 
 
 
(h)        The Kellys paid an unrelated housekeeper/child caretaker, Shelly R. Baker, (address 3785 Pinkston Street Houston, Texas 77046-2386 and social security number 466-37-3682) and telephone number (713) 864-3267, $300 per month during the entire year of 2014 to care for their youngest child at their home while they were at work.
 
 
 
 
 
(i)         The Kelly’s 2013 Federal Income Tax Liability was $12,420.
 
 
 
 
 
(j)         Rosalyn Kelly made the following Estimated Tax Payments for the year of 2014:
 
 
 
April 15, 2014                         $2,000
 
June 16, 2014                          3,100
 
September 15, 2014                1,200
 
January 15, 2015                     2,100
 
 
 
 
 
(k)        The Kellys will file a Joint Federal Income Tax Return for the year of 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
(l)         If the Kellys will receive a refund for their 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, they would like for the refund to be Direct Deposited into their bank account as follows:
 
 
 
Name Of Financial Institution:           Annette Bank Of Texas
 
Routing Number:                    111000025
 
Checking Account Number:   0049637821732
 
 
 
(m)       Everyone on the Tax Return was covered by Health Insurance for the entire year.
 
 
 
NOTE: Visit “www.irs.gov” (Search in top right hand box for “Tax Tables” then click on “2014                Instruction 1040“) for   the Tax Table (not the Tax Rate Schedules) to use to assist in                       determining the Tax Liability on the Taxable Income (if preparing Income Tax Return                     manually).
 
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REQUIRED FORMS AND SCHEDULES
 
Form 1040          Schedule B                  Schedule E            Form 2106       Form 4562 (2)
 
Schedule A         Schedule C       Schedule SE        Form 2441     Form 8582
 
 
 
 
 
The Income Tax Project is due on JULY 24, 2015. (PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAME ON THE PROJECT).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHECK FIGURES
 
 
 

  1. Schedule E total Depreciation (Line 18): $1,480.80. (Also Line 22 – Form 4562).

 
 
 

  1. Schedule E Net Income (Loss) (Line 26): ($644.80).

 
 
 

  1. Schedule C Net Income (Line 31): $40,595.20.

 
 
 

  1. Schedule A General Sales Taxes Deduction (Line 5): $1,692.24.

 
 
 

  1. Schedule A total Deduction (Line 29): $15,883.95.

 
 
 

  1. Adjusted Gross Income (Line 37 and Line 38 (Form 1040)): $110,264.44.

 
 
 

  1. Tax Liability On Taxable Income (Line 44 Form 1040): $10,322.30.

 
 
 

  1. Form 2441 Credit For Child And Dependent Care Expenses (Line 11): $600.

 
 
 

  1. Child Tax Credit (Line 52 (Form 1040): $950.00.

 
 
 

  1. Tax Refund (Line 75 and Line 76a (Form 1040)): $1,723.78.

 
 
 
NOTE:
 
THERE MAY BE SMALL DIFFERENCES FROM THESE CHECK FIGURES DUE TO ROUNDING.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Research, individually, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy at a large organization. Prepare to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the policy with your team.

Imagine your team represents the executive committee at an imaginary organization tasked with drafting a CSR policy. Each person must represent a different stakeholder in the company.

Document your committee’s views on the essential components of a CSR policy. Include the following:

  • What role does your organization play in the community?
  • What factors in your organization influence the social responsibility strategies?
  • What is one social initiative your organization will champion?
  • What is your organization’s responsibility to the community? Explain.
  • What are the main components of an effective CSR policy?
  • What are the potential consequences of your chosen social initiative and policy?

Prepare a 15- to 20-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, including speaker notes, presenting your CSR policy to key stakeholders in your organization.

Project Management

1. Two investments (A and B, below) have been proposed to the Capital Investment committee of your organization;
a. The required rate of return for your company is 6%. What is the NPV for each investment?
b. What is the payback period for each investment?
c. Which investment would you recommend and why?

Business Studies Project Paper

You are required to write a 15-page (minimum), double-spaced Review of Literature (ROL) on an instructor-approved topic related to the course. The ROL is an academic paper following APA writing and citation guidelines. The paper includes a critical analysis of the relationship among different works (articles). You must use at least 10 scholarly, peer- reviewed journal articles to build your ROL.
Purpose
The general purpose for writing a literature review is to critically analyze and summarize the published knowledge related to a specific narrowed topic. Most reviews summarize, classify, and compare and contrast the information found in peer-reviewed journal articles. A well-written ROL should identify the thought leaders in the given field as well as present a clear idea of what is known, not known, and still needs to be known.
Requirements
Topic submission must include a specific purpose statement and two supporting peer-reviewed journal article citations in APA format. Submit this to your instructor via email. The earlier your topic is approved, the more time you will have to complete the paper. When selecting your topic, review those covered in the Corporate Communications textbook and the module materials. Your ROL topic must relate directly to the course material. Be certain that your topic is timely, represents contemporary business issues, and is of interest to you and your career path. You will find that with timely, current topics that the discussion is still being debated by authors and researchers. The final paper must adhere to APA 6th edition writing style and format, including title page, abstract and citation page (references). It must be a minimum of 15 pages, double-spaced, and reference at least 10 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.
Review process
Similar to primary research, development of the literature review requires four stages:
ï‚· Problem formulation—which topic or field is being examined and what are its component issues?
ï‚· Literature search—finding materials relevant to the subject being explored.
ï‚· Data evaluation—determining which literature makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the topic.
ï‚· Analysis and interpretation—discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature.
Literature reviews should comprise the following elements:
ï‚· An overview of the subject, issue, or theory under consideration, along with the objectives of the literature review.
ï‚· Division of works under review into categories (e.g. those in support of a particular position, those against, and those offering alternative theses entirely).
ï‚· Explanation of how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others.
ï‚· Conclusions as to which pieces are best considered in their argument, are most convincing of their opinions, and make the greatest contribution to the understanding and development of their area of research.
In assessing each piece, consideration should be given to:
ï‚· Provenance—What are the author’s credentials? Are the author’s arguments supported by evidence (e.g. primary historical material, case studies, narratives, statistics, recent scientific findings)?
ï‚· Objectivity—Is the author’s perspective even-handed or prejudicial? Is contrary data considered or is certain pertinent information ignored to prove the author’s point?
ï‚· Persuasiveness—Which of the author’s theses are most/least convincing?
ï‚· Value—Are the author’s arguments and conclusions convincing? Does the work ultimately contribute in any significant way to an understanding of the subject?
Statement on graduate-level writing requirements
Your writing reflects your ideas and communicates your understanding of the topic to the instructor. This assignment will be graded on the composition elements listed below, as well as your understanding of the content: Successful graduate-level writing should demonstrate
ï‚· Proofreading skills
ï‚· Correct grammar and punctuation
ï‚· Logical organization
ï‚· Proper content presentation (introduction, body, conclusion)
ï‚· Correct formatting for citations, references, and headings
ï‚· Correct and consistent use of APA style and formatting
Grading Rubric Students will complete the assignment with attention to the criteria below.
Rating:
Exceptional corresponds to a grade of A- to A (90-100). Performance is outstanding; significantly above the usual expectations.
Proficient corresponds to a grade of B- to B+ (80-89%). Skills and standards are at the level of expectation.
Basic corresponds to a grade of C (75-79%). Skills and standards are acceptable but improvements are needed to meet expectations well.
Missing corresponds to a grade of F (below 75%). Performance is weak; the skills or standards are not sufficiently demonstrated at this time.

Market Plan

  • Final Marketing Plan

The paper for your term project CARMAX.  Your term project for this class is a 8-10 page marketing plan for the product or service of Carmax.
Thank you!

Business Psychology

Jack Johnson has been an employee of ABC Inc. for the past 4 years.   During that time he has been passed over for promotion on two separate occasions. Rochelle, Jack’s manager, believes Jack is not performing his current job at full capacity.  She attempts to motivate Jack by promising that in return for improved performance, Jack will receive a new position that will provide him a higher level of acceptance and respect within ABC Inc; however, the position does not include a pay raise. In spite of Rochelle’s offer Jack’s performance does not improve.
Using Vroom’s VIE theory discuss why Jack’s performance did not improve. In addition, discuss other offers of motivation that could be used to motivate Jack?

Business Psychology

An Effective Training Evaluation Plan

Instructions:

In the online lectures in Module 3 and your textbook readings (“Training and Development”, Leadership”, and “Motivation, Job Satisfaction, and Job Involvement”) you learned about the importance of training your employees.  However, training is only effective when employees can retain the information and incorporate what they learn to improve their job performance.
You have just learned that your company is looking for ways to cut back expenses.  One of the cost cutting measures being considered is to terminate the training department, as the company considers this an expense and they do not believe training is contributing to the profitability of the company.  As the head of the training department it is your job to defend the value of the department.  You realize that well trained employees perform their jobs more efficiently and consequently can contribute to higher productivity and profits for the company. One way to show the value of training is to have tools that will allow a manager to track the performance of an employee both before and after they have received training.

    1. Report
      Write a report that will be shared with senior management on why training is a very important part of the company’s overall financial success.  Discuss the advantages of having well-trained employees.
  1. Evaluation Tool
    Using what you have learned about transfer training and the evaluation of training programs create an evaluation tool which can be used to evaluate how effective any given employee training program is in terms of:
    • Increasing the level of transfer of knowledge (knowledge retention)
    • Monitoring the effectiveness of the skill performance in the job performance improvement
    • Include common attributes in your evaluation tool which could be applicable to most employees at the organization such as: employees showing concern for saving the company money or consistently turning in error free work.  Your training tool should contain a minimum of 10 evaluation criteria.

Your training evaluation tool must be included with your report defending the value of the training department.  You know that your report will be shared with senior level managers and eventually to the board of directors.  However, you are uncertain whether or not you will be allowed to present your work at a later time or in a different manner.  Therefore it is important that your report is well written and professional.
Report Details
The report should be 5-7 pages in length and include:

  • Executive Summary highlighting all the factors in the scenario.
  • Justification of the importance of retaining the training department in the company and explanation of how the training department is important to the overall success of the company.
  • Training Evaluation Tool to evaluate knowledge retention and job performance improvement (10 criteria minimum).
  • Explanation of how the evaluation tool will be implemented.
  • Describe how the evaluation tool will help evaluate the level of transfer of knowledge and skill performance for current training programs as well as, monitor and improve planning for future training effectiveness.
  • Summary and conclusion of tool’s effectiveness.

Developing Business and Acquisition Plans – Article Summary

See Instructions Below, link to article is enclosed:  Within 24 hrs.
 
1) Summarize the article (in 250 words).
2) What key messages do you take away from this article? (in 200 words)
3) Do research on Nokia and update its status to determine where it stands today. You have to do research on Nokia and cite its reference(s) (in 150 words)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/nokia-in-talks-to-buy-alcatel-lucent-1428996832

Organization Culture

Describe the structure and culture at your organization (past or present). List the weaknesses and strengths. How does the structure and culture of your organization influence the behavior of its members? What are your recommendations for improvements?
1 page 2 APA Reference.

Commercial Banking

Hi, I’m looking for someone who majors in banking & finance to assist me with this essay.

There are two parts to this essay.

Part A: An Analysis of Tampa National Bank (3000 words)

Part B: Shadow Banking: Sharma 2014 (1000 words)

Format requirements:

– double spaced

– cite all sources

– have correct formats for the bibliography, footnotes and references

– Chicago citations

– includes an executive summary for Part A and abstract for Part B

 

Questions & case studies are attached.

Price Quotes and Pricing Decisions Applied Problems

Please complete the following two applied problems:

Problem 1:
Jessica Alba, a famous actress, starts the baby and family products business, The Honest Company, with Christopher Gavigan. Alba and Gavigan set up their site so families can choose what kinds of non-toxic, all-natural products they’d like to use and get them in a bundle. Families can choose all kinds of products from food to hygiene necessities and cleaning supplies. Suppose they are thinking of expanding their business into five domestic markets: Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Assume their primary goal of business is to maximize economic profits, although they want to do business honestly.

Show all your calculations and process. Describe your answer for each question in three- to five-complete sentences.

  1. You are a business adviser for Alba and Gavigan. Describe a skimming price and a penetration price, and advise them whether they should charge a skimming price or a penetration price, with supportive reasoning for and against each pricing alternative.
  2. Are they likely to make economic profits initially? Can they continue to make economic profits in the long term? Why or why not? Discuss.
  3. What advice would you give to Alba and Gavigan to help them make more profit in the long term?

Problem 2:

You operate your own small building company and have decided to bid on a government contract to build a pedestrian walkway in a national park during the coming winter. The walkway is to be of standard government design and should involve no unexpected costs. Your present capacity utilization rate is moderate and allows sufficient scope to understand this contract, if you win it. You calculate your incremental costs to be $268,000 and your fully allocated costs to be $440,000. Your usual practice is to add between 60% and 80% to your incremental costs, depending on capacity utilization rate and other factors. You expect three other firms to also bid on this contract, and you have assembled the following competitor intelligence about those companies.

Show all of your calculations and processes. Describe your answers in three- to five-complete sentences.

  1. What price would you bid if you must win the project?
  2. What price would you bid if you want to maximize the expected value of the contribution from this contract?
  3. Defend your answers with discussion, making any assumptions you feel are reasonable and/or are supported by the information provided.

Consumer Behavior APA format

Watch the video in the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLAX0XwHAVM&list=PL524843495F0503CD&index=1

Write a 1 page paper in paragraph format, answering the following question.

  1. Explain the concepts of loss aversion, value attribution, and group dynamics. Explain why human behavior and actions are important to study and understand by economists.
  2. An economic principle is that markets will act in rational ways, do you agree or disagree that consumers act rationally? Explain why or why not. If you are a business owner/manager, how would understanding human behavior benefit your business?  Would it help you in better marketing your products/services?
  3. Describe a consumer decision you made recently that was irrational?
  4. Which of the irrational thought patterns formed the basis for your decision?
  5. What steps can you take to avoid making irrational financial and/or consumption decisions in the future?

Crisis Briefing Assignment

Restoring Organizational Image While Protecting Public Interests

AUDIENCE: Assume that you are an organizational spokesperson responding to a specific organizational crisis event. Your audience consists of various media representatives (newspaper, radio, television). Depending on the nature of your organization and the scope of the crisis, you can assume they represent a mix of local, state, regional, national, and international media sources.

TOPIC: Your goal is to create a briefing based on a case study of a particular organizational crisis. Consider organizational crises similar to those identified in the Crisis Communication chapter in your text. You need to pick a real organizational crisis that has occurred within the last 20 years. You might consider choosing something with local/regional implications since it is often more interesting for you and the rest of the class, and you might be able to access first-hand sources of information as well as news records. Thoroughly research the crisis to discover the background and precipitating events, what the organization did and said in response to the crisis, and any critique or praise that commentators made about the organization’s actions. This information will form the backbone of your crisis briefing.

Assume the role of a corporate representative for the organization experiencing the crisis, and create a media briefing that responds to the crisis using image restoration strategies dealt with in class. Select the strategies that are most appropriate for the circumstances you have discovered (primarily your understanding of audience perceptions) in your research. This is a persuasive presentation. Your goal is to deal with organizational image damage while protecting affected publics. Therefore, it is vital that you provide solid, unbiased support from independent information sources for the image restoration strategies you use.

STRUCTURE: All crisis briefings should conform to the N-A-R persuasive speaking structure. Because of the nature of this speech, it is possible that the refutation section will be eliminated from the speech structure.

TIME LIMITS: Your speech is to be 5 to 8 minutes in length. Effective time management will be considered in the speech grade. Speeches that are undertime will be given a rating of “1″ at best in terms of Idea Development. Overtime speeches will lose one percentage point for every 15 seconds exceeding the 10 minute maximum. Plan carefully and practice thoroughly.

• Identify all supporting material and source citations in the manuscript by using bold print.

COVER PAGE: Create a cover page(s) that includes the following information:

1. Your name.
2. The name of the organization you are representing.
3. A concise several sentence statement identifying the crisis situation.
4. The approximate date of the crisis itself.
5. The hypothetical date the crisis briefing would have taken place. Be sure the sources you cite would have been available at the time of the hypothetical briefing date.
6. A thorough paragraph that clearly justifies what you consider to be the three most important image repair strategies used in the briefing. Justification must take into account an analysis of the target audience.

Note: Do not choose a hypothetical briefing date that is too close to the actual crisis situation. You will need to give yourself some “distance” from the event so that it will be possible to locate and include various written sources as supporting material (see below). Responses immediately following crisis events are almost always limited to unsupported and unverified speculation.

SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Use a good deal of supporting material (statistics, testimonies, examples) throughout your speech to clarify, defend, and validate your points. This support must come from a minimum of three highly credible independent sources. You will likely rely on reputable news outlets. Sources of support material must be clearly and thoroughly cited orally for your audience in the speech. Prepare a separate reference page of support sources (only those sources specifically cited in the speech) using APA style format, and include it with your manuscript.

PRESENTATIONAL STYLE: Deliver the briefing the extemporaneous style we have been emphasizing throughout the semester.

Note: Turn in the cover page, outline, and references in a single document to Turnitin by the deadline specified in class.

Organization’s development

Explain the role of training in an organization’s development.

Describe different employee development methods and their benefits.

Analyze the relationship between employee development and organizational development.

Describe the role of human resource management in career development.

Reflect on your personal career development. Where do you see your career in 5 years? How can your company or your future company assist you with your career development? Will your company’s career development opportunities be sufficient for your needs? You may answer this part of the assignment in first person.

1,050- to 1,400-word paper

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Path-Goal Style

Write a three to four page paper (not including the title and reference pages) about a contemporary leadership situation that is familiar to you.  You may use the same situation from the week two assignment.  Your paper needs to:

  • Define path-goal leadership.
  • Identify the path-goal leadership style used in this situation; provide the tasks, and the subordinates’ characteristics.
  • Support your position with specific examples.
  • Explain whether the action taken was appropriate and effective.
  • Discuss if the path-goal leadership approach would be useful in understanding the leadership applied to the situation.

In addition to the requirements above, your paper:

  • Must be double-spaced and 12 point font
  • Must be formatted according to APA style
  • Must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement
  • Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph
  • Must reference at least two scholarly resources
  • Must include a reference page written in APA format

Crisis Management

1. The Melamine Milk Crisis in China In a narrative format, summarize the key facts and issues of the case.

2. Update the information in the case by researching it on the Internet. Focus your response on the specific issues in the case.

3. What steps should Fonterra have taken to prevent the crisis? Why?

4. What is the responsibility of a company, such as Fonterra or BP, in controlling the actions of suppliers and sub-contractors?

5. Assume that you are the Chief Ethics Officer for Fonterra. How do you rebuild the trust and reputation of the company?

U.S.’s deficit, surplus and debt effects

Discuss within your Learning Team, if you want, but this is still an individual paper, how and why the U.S.’s deficit, surplus and debt have an effect on the following:

  • Tax payers
  • Future Social Security and Medicare users
  • Ability of United States to wage future wars or intervene in economy in case of major depression.
  • Then offer long-term economically reasonable recommendations for the USA to reduce long-term debt.

Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper that details your team’s findings.

U.S.'s deficit, surplus and debt effects

Discuss within your Learning Team, if you want, but this is still an individual paper, how and why the U.S.’s deficit, surplus and debt have an effect on the following:

  • Tax payers
  • Future Social Security and Medicare users
  • Ability of United States to wage future wars or intervene in economy in case of major depression.
  • Then offer long-term economically reasonable recommendations for the USA to reduce long-term debt.

Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper that details your team’s findings.

Research Project

Task 1

Prepare a research proposal relating to a specified area of business which includes:

Formulating and recording possible research project outline specifications (P1)

Identify the factors that contribute to the process of research project selection (P2)

Undertake a critical review of key references (P3)

Task 2

Produce a research project specification (P4) including justification of your chosen methodology.

Provide an appropriate plan and procedures for the agreed research specification (P5). You must justify your research project specification.

Task 3

Match resources efficiently to the research question (P6) as evidenced and justified in your methodology, including a code of ethics.

Undertake the proposed research investigation in accordance with the agreed specification and procedures (P7)

Record and collate relevant data where appropriate (P8) in line with your project specification

Task 4

Interpret and analyse the results in terms of your original research specification (P10)

Draw conclusions, make recommendations for the future and justify areas for further research (P11)

Task 5

You are required to make a 10 minute presentation using appropriate media to present the outcomes of your research to an audience (P12).  Your presentation must also evaluate the overall success or failure of the research project including the benefits of the research, difficulties experienced, achievement of objectives, validity and reliability concepts (P9).

Notes

  1. You are required to prepare a research report and a research proposal/specification.
  2. The report must be word processed using 12 point Arial with  1 ½ line spacing
  3. The report must be referenced using the Harvard Referencing system
  4. Word limit – 4,500 words
  5. This sheet must be signed and handed in with your report, together with a relevant Turnitin report.

Crisis Management

1. – Stage Collapse at the Indiana State Fair In a narrative format, summarize the key facts and issues of the case.

2. Update the information in the case by researching it on the Internet. Focus your response on the specific issues in the case.

3. Who should have been the final decision-maker regarding the concert? Why?

4. Discuss why team learning is as important as individual learning in crisis management situations. What is meant by the idea of building resilience through redundancy?

5. Assume you are an official in charge at a similar event. What steps would you take to promote organizational learning in the wake of the Indiana State Fair crisis?

Business Plan for Construction Management

The business plan’s table of contents does not have to perfectly match the order provided on the following page.

Effectively craft your business plan in detail, and give great thought to each section. Present the business plan in paragraph format and check for spelling and grammatical errors. See the rubric on the following page for specific grading details.  No Plagiarism!

Organizational Chart & Employee Roles and Job Descriptions Section: This is the most important section of the business plan.  The Organizational Chart and Employee Roles must account for all 7 functional areas:

o Business Management

o Estimating

o Project Management

o Construction

o Engineering

o Equipment Management

o Accounting

REQUIRED SECTIONS:

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Summary of Major Business Plan Components

III. Company Overview

  1. General Description of the Business
  2. Business Location
  3. Company History
  4. Missions, Goals, and Objectives
  5. Mission Statement
  6. Goals and Objectives
  7. Values
  8. Keys to Success
  9. Organization
  10. Management Summary and Strategy
  11. Services Offered
  12. Organizational Chart
  13. Employee Roles and Job Descriptions
  14. Market Conditions
  15. Background Industry Information
  16. Region Specific Background Industry Information
  17. Regional Competition
  18. Current and Future Trends

VII. The Financial Plan

  1. Startup Funding Description
  2. Accounting Practices
  3. Current Balance Sheet
  4. Break-even Analysis
  5. Projected Monthly Income Statement (One Year)

VIII. The Marketing Plan

  1. Marketing Strategies
  2. Promotional Strategies
  3. Public Relations

iii. Advertising

  1. The Safety Plan
  1. Assumptions (if necessary)

Partnership Taxation:Fundamentals

I have an exam that I need assistance with. The course is called Partnership Taxation: Fundamentals. The website is https://checkpointlearning.thomsonreuters.com/ My username is Fprout1982 with a password of College218. First select the Activity History tab at the top. Then on the left select Activities in Progress. There is a list of three courses and launch the Partnership Taxation: Fundamentals course. Once that comes up on the left hand side there is a menu bar that has 8 chapters and an exam with 45 questions.

Please help!!!

Risks

Prepare a paper that addresses the political and business risks and the rewards associated with global business operations. Include a discussion of the impact of monetary exchange rates on corporate profits (CO 9).
Submit a 500-1,500 word writing assignment in APA (6th ed.) format

The City of Melvin

The City of Melvin received a gift of $2,500,000 from a local resident on April 1, 2012 and signed an agreement that the funds would be invested on a permanent basis and the income would be used to purchase books for the city library. The following transactions took place during the fiscal year ended Dec 31, 2012.

a. The gift was recorded on the books on April 1.

b. On April 1, 2012, the PRZ Co. bonds were purchased in the amount of $2,500,000, at par. The bonds carry an annual interest rate of 5 percent, payable semiannually on October 1 and April 1.

c. On October 1, the semiannual interest was received.

d. From October 1 through December 1, payments were made totaling $35,000 to purchase books for the city library.

e. On December 31, an accrual was made for interest.

f. After a review of the bond market on December 31, 2012, the bonds had a market value of $2,511,000, exclusive of accrued interest.

g. The books were closed on December 31.

Required

a. Record the transactions on the books for Library Book Permanent Fund.

b. Prepare a Statement of Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balance for the Library Book Permanent Fund for the year ended December 31, 2012.

c. Prepare the Balance Sheet for the Library Book Permanent Fund for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Business Ethics – Business Management 2216

 Corporate Social Responsibility

Instructions: first read the chapter and reading 5-1.

The article, Re-thinking the Social Responsibility of Business, examines the view of Friedman, John Mackey, and Rogers and provides their responses to one another in a debate over the social responsibility of business. After reading the article watch the following video clips on each of the three men…

John Mackey – Whole Foods

TJ Rodgers – Cypress Semiconductor

Milton Friedman – Economist

Write a 1000 words analysis of the article which:

-       Compare and contrasts the perspectives of each participant

-       Relates each perspective to the models of corporate social responsibility as presented in the book

-       Answers the question—Which participant do you agree with most and why?

 

Helpful Hints…The purpose of this assignment was to compare/contrast how the three authors view the mission of corporate social responsibility. What ends up happening in every class is that 95% of the students side with one person. I don’t have an issue with this, but it always boils down to them just not liking the other two. Don’t be so quick to judge, there are good and bad arguments to each person. Your job is to dig deeper into what they are saying and the ramifications of their actions. One more side note…don’t tell me that Whole Food is better because they treat their customers well. The point of the Economic Model of CSR is that you make as much profit as you can. For that to happen you have to treat your customers well by developing great products. Great products will generate sales and make your customers happy.

Organizational Effectiveness Paper

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that addresses the following components:

  • Define organizational effectiveness.
  • Apply theories of organizational effectiveness to the management of criminal justice personnel.
  • Describe methods for exerting control in an organizational setting.
  • Provide 2 scholarly references

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Compute the sales-activity variance and the flexible-budget variance for operating income

Suppose a chain of KFC franchises in Shanghai had budgeted sales for 2012 of RMB 7.7 million (where RMB stands for the Chinese unit of currency, officially the renminbi, also called the yuan). Cost of goods sold and other variable costs were expected to be 55% of sales.  Budgeted annual fixed costs were RMB 1.4 million. A thriving Chinese economy caused actual 2012 sales to rise to RMB 10.1 million and actual profits to increase to RMB 2,790,000. Fixed costs in 2012 were as budgeted.

The franchisee was pleased with the increase in profit.

  1. Compute the sales-activity variance and the flexible-budget variance for operating income for 2012. What can the franchisee learn from these variances?
  2. Suppose that in 2013 the Chinese economy weakened, and the franchise’s sales fell back to the RMB 7.7 million level. Given what happened in 2012, what do you expect to happen to profits in 2013?
  Actual Results at Actual Activity Level Flexible-Budget Variances Flexible Budget for Actual Sales Activity Sales-Activity Variances Static Budget
Sales
Variable Costs
Contribution Margin
Fixed Costs
Operating Income

Acquisitions and Integration

BANKS Industries is a manufacturing company located in Centervale. A U.S.-based organization, BANKS’s major product line is electronics components. BANKS has just over 200 employees at their main plant in Centervale, but has recently acquired a new subsidiary in China. This acquisition adds close to 100 employees and their expertise in a new line of personal computing devices. BANKS expects these devices to give them a competitive advantage in their market.

BANKS started out as a family-owned organization that has a relatively flat organizational structure. After 15 years of being in business, BANKS continues to be family-owned and has acquired several small companies in the U.S. The acquisition of the Chinese company, which has now been renamed BANKS Components, is the first acquisition outside U.S. borders.

At this point, the acquisition is official and the company is in the process of taking over the operations of the plant in China. All employees have been retained, although turnover and some expansion are anticipated in the near future. Employees in both locations are feeling uneasy regarding potential changes, and some reorganization is going to be necessary. During the acquisition, some key employees of the Chinese company left the organization out of fear that their positions would be eliminated. This has left some upper management and director-level positions vacant, adding to the challenges that BANKS is currently facing.

As the HR manager, you report directly to the owner-president of BANKS Industries. You have a relatively small staff working under you, leaving you to make the majority of the HR recommendations and decisions on your own. You have been charged with identifying some of the challenges and issues in this new endeavor, making recommendations for action, working with employees, and several other tasks related to the acquisition.

Overseas Assignments, Acquisition & Integration

Consider the challenges of posting U.S. employees to overseas locations. You will develop a 25 – 30 slide presentation to make recommendations on the HR-related challenges. The PowerPoint presentation should include a title slide as well as a slide with references in APA format. A minimum of five scholarly references should be used, which may include direct reference to relevant laws and research. Be brief and professional on your slides, but use the notes feature to go into more detail regarding the topics. Consider your audience, so be sure that your text and background has enough contrast, that you limit animations and other distractions, and use graphs and tables where appropriate. Address the following in your presentation:

  • Identify and explain anticipated challenges and at least three common reasons why overseas assignments might fail.
  • Propose solutions for each of the reasons you identified.
  • Recommend special training for the employees going to China to increase their chance of success, including your justification for your recommendations citing scholarly references.
  • Determine how to select and train the acquired employees. Will you need to terminate some employees and hire replacements?
  • Identify challenges of integrating employees and issues which might create conflict.
  • Prepare the selection, retention, and separation plans.
  • Develop the new organization infrastructure; that is, the organizational chart

Address the different employment laws in each country.

Find the Right Insurance Plan

Part I

Each consumer of medical services has slightly different needs. Think about your own needs with regard to medical services and those of your family. Research the plan options that are available to you and choose a plan that best meets your needs. Create a chart that compares three (3) of the plan options and indicate which option you have chosen. Your chart should contain the following:

  • Plan features and characteristics (e.g., type, benefits, costs)
  • Visual indication of your chosen insurance plan

Part II

Write a 7-8 page description of your decision-making process. Your reflection should address the following questions:

  • What are the most important features that impacted your plan choice?
  • What difficulties did you face in choosing a plan?
  • Under what circumstances would your plan choice be different, and why?

Your paper must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Be written in accordance with the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements
  • Be 7-8 pages in length (not including the cover and reference pages); that is, approximately 3,000-3,500 words
  • Include headings, per APA guidelines
  • Include at least  four (4) sources

Behavioral Heuristics

Behavioral heuristics, such as availability, anchoring, vividness, storage, conjunction fallacy, and representativeness, all reflect behavioral traits, which if left unchecked may lead to systematic bias in the choices you make. For example, anchoring and availability can lead to disastrous decisions.

You may know how to recognize these heuristics, but consider how they may have influenced you in the past.

Find at least one example from your own career where you, or another manager, allowed one of these or another pitfall, to sway you from the mean.

Respond to the following:

  • Why did you/they ignore the base rates?
  • What other statistically relevant factors did you/they fail to incorporate?
  • How could you have altered the framing of the situation to make a better decision?

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Business studies assignment

Prepare an 11- to 15-page paper (not including the title and reference pages) that assesses a legal/ethical issue or situation relating to a current, previous, or potential future work environment. Use at least 10 scholarly sources that are suitable for research in a graduate-level course.

Your paper must include the following::

  1. A description of a business situation that presents a legal and ethical issue. The business situation must be from prior, current, or anticipated future employment experiences or from a current event. The description of the business situation must not exceed two pages.
  2. An analysis of the ethical concerns raised by the situation.
    1. Apply at least two different ethical theories to the situation to support at least two different outcomes.
    2. The paper must determine which ethical outlook as applied to this particular situation will result in the best legal outcome for the business.
  3. An explanation of at least three of the relevant areas of law that have been addressed in this course (e.g., constitutional law, contracts, anti-trust law, securities regulations, employment law, environmental law, crimes, or torts) and an assessment of the each area of law as it applies to the business situation identified.
  4. A recommendation to reduce liability exposure and improve the ethical climate or the overall ethics of the situation. Your recommendation must be supported by specific legal, ethical, and business principles.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Must be 11 to 15 double-spaced pages in length (not including the title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement which identifies the focus of the paper.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least 10 scholarly sources.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Business Ethics

Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) double-spaced pages; refer to the “Assignment Format” page located on the Course Home page for specific format requirements.

Respond to the items below.

1. Define the following: a right, a legal right, a moral right, a human right. How are they related?

2. What three (3) features define a moral right?

3. How do we know that people have rights? What is the basis of the moral rights according to a utilitarian view? According to Immanuel Kant?

4. Fully discuss the idea that human beings have a “natural right” to liberty and a “natural right” to private property, as claimed by John Locke (1632-1704).
Grading Rubric

Please refer to the rubric on the next page for the grading criteria for this assignment.

Internal and External Factors Paper

Select an organization you are familiar with.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you:

  • Explain how internal and external factors affect the four functions of management.
  • Explain how the following internal and external factors affect the four functions of management, and includes specific examples for each:
  • Globalization
  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Ethics

Include specific examples from your chosen organization for each factor.

Include peer-reviewed sources to support your ideas.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

History of Apple

5-6 page APA style paper on History of Apple Computers. How they transformed into Most Valuable Technology Company

Stock market report

Stock Market Project
This is a great opportunity to apply all of the concepts you have learned to date in one assignment. This project is valued at 80 points. Projects submitted after the due date will have a 30 % penalty.
Steps in accomplishing this project.
1. Identify a company that you want to research. Make sure material is available for this company because once you have identified it and it has been accepted by me you must follow through with that company.
2. Notify me of your company. Each student will have a different company. The first email I receive with a particular company name will be notified and I will post in announcements the company names and who will report on what company.
3. In writing your paper, please include the information in your paper in the order requested below. This assists me in locating your data. Once you have the report written, submit it as an attachment to me.
4. The presentation should be in paragraph format. The content of the report must contain the following items:
Name of Company
Articles: Titles and urls of two articles about the company, include their text in your report.
Company Stock Information:
1. Company stock is traded on what stock exchange?
2. What is the stock price?
3. On what date?
4. What is its trading range over the past year?
5. What is the dividend rate?
Introduction:
1. Name of chief executive officer.
2. Home office location.
3. Ending date of latest year.
4. Description of principles products or services.
5. Main geographic area of activity.
6. Name of company’s independent accountants.
7. In your own words what did the auditors say about the financial statement.
Industry Situation and Company Plans:
Describe the industry its outlook, and summarize the company’s future plans based on your research. Be sure to read the letter to the stockholders and include relevant information about the company’s plans from its discussion. (2 -3 paragraphs)
Financial Statements:
Refer to the Income Statements for the last two years:
1. Single-step or multiple-step?
2. What is gross margin?
3. What is income from operations?
4. What is net income?
5. Comment on the increases /decreases in these amounts. What do you think caused them?
Refer to the Statement of Cash Flows for the last two years:
1. Overall has cash increased or decreased over the past two years?
2. Are cash flows from operations more or less than net income for the past two years?
3. What is the company investing in?
4. What is the company’s most important sources of financing?
Accounting Policies:
List all of the topics in the notes to the financial statements?
Financial Analysis:
For the past two years, calculate and discuss the significance of the following ratios:
Working capital
Current ratio
Ratio of net sales to assets
Rate earned on total assets
Rate earned on common stockholder’s equity
Price-earnings ratio

Conclusion: One to two paragraphs regarding your future expectations for this company. How will it perform in contrast to its competitors?
It is best for you to print off the above requirements and check off what you have completed in your writeup. Points will be lost for items not included in your report.
You will be evaluated in the following way:
70% content.
30% written presentation. The presentation should be in paragraph format. It is helpful to me in the grading of your writeup if you follow the order presented above.
Spelling and grammar will be part of written presentation evaluation.

Company Valuation

Research project, Stage 1

Identify a company and industry in order to conduct a corporate valuation, including a merger and/or acquisition

Research project, Stage2

Evaluate all of the financial statements for the company, compute the company’s financial ratios (including trend and cross-sectional figures), and compare these with industrial figures. Research should include the company’s history in regard to past Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), mergers, stocks repurchases, and dividends. Calculate the company’s cost of capital.

Research project, Stage 3

Your final report will include an evaluation, a discussion, and strategy recommendation. Your company must include Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and a detailed corporate valuation. Make recommendations on the optimal capital structure for the company.

Qualitative Design and Quantitative Design

Qualitative Design and Quantitative Design

Identify two articles: one in which the business problem is researched using a qualitative design and the other using a quantitative design.

 

Summarize each of the research designs.

 

Write a 350- to 700-word paper in which you compare and contrast the two approaches:

 

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach?

 

  • How can they be used most effectively in a combined approach?

 

  • Which method is more appropriate for research in your own business and functional area?

 

  • Include an in-depth introduction and conclusion

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Literature Review on Internal and External recruitment

Must be at least 8–10 full pages minimum, in current APA format, utilizing at least 12 scholarly articles from peer-reviewed journals. References may not come from websites, blogs, newspapers, books, dictionaries, conference proceedings, or magazines.

Below are 8 of the 12 scholarly articles that must be used:

Davison, H., Maraist, C., & Bing, M. (2011). Friend or foe? The promise and pitfalls of using social networking sites for HR decisions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 26(2), 153-159. doi:10.1007/s10869-011-9215-8. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/article/10.1007%2Fs10869-011-9215-8

DeVaro, J., & Morita, H. (2013). Internal promotion and external recruitment: Theoretical and empirical analysis. Journal of Labor Economics, 3(12), 227-269. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/action/showPublication?journalCode=jlaboreconomics

External recruitment brings added value. (2013). Khaleej Times Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1447024707?accountid=12085

Harris, A. (2000). Hiring middle management: External recruitment of internal promotion? Canadian HR Reporter, 13(7), 8-8,10. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/docview/220806215/8DA6BCFD1EF2499EPQ/1?accountid=12085

Madia, S. (2011). Best practices for using social media as a recruitment strategy. Strategic HR Review, 10(6), 19-24. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/doi/full/10.1108/14754391111172788

McGrath, L. C., PhD. (2012). Social media and employment: Is there a limit? Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, 4(1), 17-24. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1029925262?accountid=12085

Moser, K. (2005). Recruitment sources and post-hire outcomes: The mediating role of unmet expectations. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 13(3), 188-197. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2389.2005.00314.x

Rivera, L. (2012). Diversity within reach: Recruitment versus hiring in elite firms. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 639(1), 71-90. Retrieved from http://ann.sagepub.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/content/639/1/71

Briefly describe Young Life

  • Briefly describe Young Life. ( the nonprofit organization you are using for your Final Project)
  • Describe two foundations that you identified as appropriate prospective donors and two foundations you identified as inappropriate prospective donors for the organization you selected, and explain why each would or would not be an appropriate prospective donor. Be sure to explain how you arrived at your decisions.
  • Explain at least two conclusions you drew or insights you gained about prospect research in general as a result of completing this assignment.

The assignment (2–3 pages):
Learning Resources

Readings

  • Course Text: Fundraising Basics: A Complete Guide
    • Chapter 8, “Prospect Research,” including Appendices
  • Article: Tsiotsou, R. (2007). An empirically based typology of intercollegiate athletic donors: High and low motivation scenarios. Journal of Targeting, Measurement and Analysis for Marketing, 15(2), 79–92.

    Use the Business Source Premier database, and search using the article’s title.

corporate strategy

Sustainable competitive advantage is the “holy grail” of corporate strategy, but it is elusive.

Using all you have learned to date about Harley-Davidson, analyze whether or not Harley-Davidson has a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Defend your answer using examples from your readings, the annual report, and other sources.

Answer must be in 2 paragraphs or more.

Business Structures

Multimedia activity: Business Organization

Visit the Choose Your Business Structure section of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website.

If you were to start your own business, which business entity structure would you choose? Justify why your chosen structure is the best organizational form.

Explain the following business structures: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, and a corporation. In your analysis address the following for each business structure:

  1. Steps to form
  2. Personal liability for owners
  3. Taxation
  4. Advantages and disadvantages

Your paper must be three to five pages (excluding title and reference pages), and it must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook..

Implementation Strategy

The company name is SCOBIN, the product is called Chargeon. The attachments will provide you with the Rubric, the product history and a plan to expand into Canada.

The directions are as follows:

Develop an implementation strategy (suggested length of 3–6 pages) in which you do the following:

1.  Summarize the overall strategy that will be utilized to launch your business, including target dates and goals for implementation.

2.  Develop a post-launch monitoring plan (e.g., financial impact, quality control, customer satisfaction, monitoring schedule) to evaluate the success of the company in meeting milestones.

Measuring Business Performance

The CEO heard about your lunchtime discussion with the supervisors and managers when metrics were discussed. He would like you to help him prepare a PowerPoint presentation that he could use at the next board of directors meeting to link the day-to-day new metrics you suggested using to the bigger picture metrics that CEOs, CFOs and Board members would better relate to.

Create a presentation using the following format:

  • 10 to 12 PowerPoint slides
  • Eye-catching graphics, clip art, and charts
  • A minimum of 100 to 150 words per slide of speaker notes

Content should include the following:

  • Specifically describe the linkage between the following pairs of metrics (Note: In each pair, the first metric is the kind of measurement the supervisors and managers would monitor and be evaluated on, and the second is the bigger picture metric the CEO, CFO, and board of directors may monitor.):
    • Dollar amount of WIP inventory: Return On Assets (ROA)
    • Order lead time to customers: Cash flow requirements or cash conversion cycle
    • Cycle time: Return On Assets (ROA)
    • Changeover time: Inventory turn
    • Inventory turn: Profit
  • For each pair, describe how a meaningful change in the first metric will impact the second metric.

Successful Change Versus a Dismal Failure

Locate and discuss a scholarly article that describes a successful change initiative within an organization. Next, locate and discuss a scholarly article that describes a failed change initiative within an organization. Compare and contrast the implementation theories used for the change events discussed in the two articles. Provide a summation of what could have been done to make the failed initiative a success.

paper should be three to four pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages).  paper must be formatted according to APA style  and it must include references and in-text citations for at least two scholarly sources

Business Homework Help

The Analysis of Mission and Vision Statements and the Company’s Strategic Direction paper is an individual assignment that focuses on the analysis of the mission and vision statement and strategic direction of a fairly well known company. Students should select from the list of companies below.

List of Company Selection:

 Arena Pharmaceuticals

 Office Depot

 Monster Worldwide

 The Washington Post

 Blackberry

 Education Management (EDMC)

 Eastman Kodak

 Sears

 JCPenney

 Best Buy

 Netflix

 Hewlett Packard

There are two parts to this assignment.  Part 1 focuses on the mission statement of the selected organization.  Part 2 focuses on the strategic direction of the selected organization.

Part 1:

  • Select an organization from the list above;
  • Research the organization’s website and identify the mission statement and vision statement;
  • Research the challenges the organization is facing consider the objectives the organization has established for revitalization;
  • Evaluate the mission and vision statements to determine whether these statements align with the objectives of the organization (this requires research to identify new objectives);
  • Using the Characteristics of the Mission Statement website http://www.zainbooks.com/books/management/strategic-management_6_characteristics-of-a-mission-statement.html

o   Create a three-column table in which you (1) list the salient characteristics of the mission statement; (2) identify those elements of the mission statement that comport with the characteristic from the article, and (3) provide any comments, recommendations, or criticism of the company’s mission statement.

o   The table should be no more than one page.

Part 2:

Students will identify strategies presented in this course that are currently being used by the company. The strategies should be identified and discussed at the corporate, business, and functional levels.

Required Elements to include in Strategic Analysis:

  • Identify strategies
  • Discuss strategies used at the corporate, business and function levels using the concepts learned in the course.

Required Formatting of Paper:

  • This report should be double spaced, 12-point font, and four to five pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and instructor’s name;
  • Use headings;
  • Write in the third person.
  • Include references with at least one reference other than the course material;
  • Use APA formatting for in-text citations and reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use quotes. Deductions will be taken when quotes are used and found to be unnecessary;

Assignment Journal Article Critique

Assignment in APA Style…  Plagiarism Free… An abstract is not required…

This assignment  is required to critique a journal article on risk management. Your critique must include the following:

1) A summary of the article’s main points in a clear and concise manner.

2) Analysis of the article as it relates to risk management in health care organizations.

3) An evaluation or critique of the article:

Did you agree or disagree with the merits of the article and why?

 

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

 

Need References.

Application: Informatics Functional Areas

Informatics is one of the most diverse disciplines in health care. Many nurses have been able to capitalize on their informatics knowledge and interests to carve out new roles within their own health care setting.  As you embark on your own informatics career path, it is important to be aware of the vast possibilities that await you. One of the best sources to begin your investigation is the American Nurses Association (ANA). The ANA recognizes that nursing informatics titles have little standardization across health care settings. As such, they have categorized the roles of informaticist into nine functional categories:

  • Administration, leadership, and management
  • Analysis
  • Compliance and integrity management
  • Consultation
  • Coordination, facilitation, and integration
  • Development
  • Educational and professional development
  • Policy development and advocacy
  • Research and evaluation (ANA, 2015, pp. 32-34)

In this Assignment, you first consider the various functional areas as outlined by the ANA. You then examine your personal attributes and interests as you consider your future as a nurse informaticist.

To prepare:

  • Review the nine functional areas for nurse informaticists as identified by the ANA.
  • Select the functional area in which you are most interested. Then, conduct additional research to identify the general responsibilities and duties associated with nurses working within this area.
  • Consider your current professional role. How might your personal attributes and interests help you to be successful in your selected functional area? What skills might you wish to develop to better position yourself for success?

To complete:

Submit a 3- to 5-page paper on or before Day 7 of Week 2 that addresses the following:

  • Identify the nursing informatics functional area in which you are most interested.
  • Summarize the general responsibilities and duties of nurses who work within this functional area.
  • Explain how your personal attributes, interests, knowledge, and nursing background will help you thrive within this area.
  • Propose three overarching skills you could develop to become more effective in this functional area. Justify the importance of each skill by providing applicable examples. Cite your resources as appropriate.

This Assignment is due on or before Day 7 of Week 2.

Reference:

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing informatics: Scope and standards of practice (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association.

Application: Systems Theory

Inter professional Organizational and Systems Leadership

Walden University Week 2 writing assignment 3-5 pages, APA format:

Note: I am retired military officer: Decision making within the organizational hierarchy is typically decentralized. The top-level leaders make decisions on the organization’s goals, but decisions are made at all levels of management creating the decentralized hierarchy. Also, the formal leadership style at this organization is a combination of transactional, transformational, situational and serving leader style.

Note: The military culture is a unique organization in its own ways such as its mission, vision, strategic planning, and military community lifestyle.  The current organization primary mission is to Treat- Teach -Train. That being said, its mission is based on deployment platforms and a teaching hospital.

Vision Statement: Superior Health Care and Readiness through prevention, innovation and partnerships (Local communities hospital and VA)

***I have included my week 1 writing discussion for reference.

For this Assignment, you apply systems theory to the examination of a problem in a department or a unit within a health care organization. (Note: You may use the same problem you identified for the Discussion as long as it meets the criteria for this assignment.)

To prepare:

  • Review the Meyer article, “Nursing Services Delivery Theory: An Open System Approach,” in this week’s Learning Resources. Focus especially on the information presented in Table 1 (p. 2831) and Figure 2 (p. 2833).
  • Reflect on your organization or one with which you are familiar. Within a particular department or unit in this organization, identify a problem the staff is encountering.
  • Using Table 1 in the Meyer article as a guide, analyze the department or unit, identifying inputs, throughput, output, cycles of events, and negative feedback. Consider whether the problem you have selected relates to input, throughput, output, cycles of events, and/or negative feedback.
  • Think about how you could address the problem: Consider what a desired outcome would be, then formulate related goals and objectives, and translate those goals into policies and procedures.
  • Research professional standards that are pertinent to your identified problem.
  • Reflect on the organization’s mission statement and values. In addition, consider how addressing this problem would uphold the mission and values, while improving the organizational culture and climate. (Depending on the organization you have selected, you may have explored these in the Week 1 Discussion.)

To complete:

Write a 3- to 5-page paper that addresses the following:

  • Describe a department or unit within a health care organization using systems theory terminology. Include a description of inputs, throughput, output, cycles of events, and negative feedback.
  • Describe the problem you identified within the department or unit using an open- systems approach, and state where the problem exists using the systems theory model (input, throughput, output, cycles of events, or negative feedback).
  • Based on this information, explain how you would address the problem as follows:

o    Formulate a desired outcome.

o    Identify goals and objectives that would facilitate that outcome.

o    Translate those goals and objectives into policies and procedures for the department or unit.

o    Describe relevant professional standards.

Explain how your proposed resolution to the problem would uphold the organization’s mission and values and improve the culture and climate.

Building an Ethical Organization

Write a 2,100- to 2,800-word paper in APA format containing the following:

  • Introduction
  • Description of the organization: Expand and incorporate feedback from Building an Ethical Organization Part 1.
  • Mission statement: Expand and incorporate feedback from Building an Ethical Organization Part 1.
  • Values statement: Expand and incorporate feedback from Building an Ethical Organization Part 1.
  • Code of ethics: List your organization’s code of ethics, with a minimum of 10 items. How does the code inspire a tangible outcome from employees? How is it related to the mission and values of the organization?
  • Organizational culture: What type of culture do you plan to foster and how? How will the culture institutionalize the organization’s values?
  • Leadership: What approach to leadership will you take? How will you develop and maintain organizational culture as a leader? What is your moral responsibility as a leader?
  • Oversight: How will you measure your organization’s performance in maintaining an ethical standard? What structures or systems will you put in place for oversight?
  • Conclusion

Use a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources.

Post your completed project an attachment.

Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

Maximizing Profits and Minimizing Losses

Consider a supplier of agricultural equipment who is deciding how much of two products should be produced by his firm. You determine what the two products are.

Now create a report that includes a discussion and analysis regarding how such a supplier makes such a determination in order to maximize the firm’s profits. Include in your response:

  • A discussion of exactly what costs are associated with profit maximization.
  • A discussion of the concept of “opportunity cost.”
  • A discussion of the alternative production opportunities.
  • A discussion of the various constraints which firms face in maximizing their economic profit.

In responding to this assignment, quotations, paraphrases, and ideas you get from books or other sources of information should be cited using APA style. Help with citing sources can be found through the Academic Resources page under Course Home.

The Costs of Production

Joseph Farms, Inc. is a small firm in the agricultural industry. They have asked you to help them complete the limited data they have gathered in an effort to enable effective decision-making. Some work can be done using MS Excel but it must be copied to an MS Word file for the final submission of this assignment. To assist Joseph Farms, Inc., respond to the following:

  • Using MS Excel or a table in MS Word, complete Table-1 (Joseph Farms, Inc., Cost and Revenue Data).
    • Assume that the price is $165.
    • Assume the fixed costs are $125, at an output level of 1.
    • Assume that the data represents a firm in pure competition.
    • Show your calculations.
  • Explain the MC=MR Rule.  Describe the market structures to which this rule applies.
  • Create a chart to illustrate the data in Columns 9 and 10.
  • Describe the profit maximizing (or loss minimizing) output for this firm.  Explain why or why not there is an economic profit?
  • Explain why a firm in pure competition is considered to be a “price taker.”

(Assignment continues below Table-1.)
Table-1:  Joseph Farms, Inc., Cost and Revenue Data

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 Column 8 Column 9 Column 10 Column 11
Output

Level

Price per unit Total Fixed Cost Total Variable Cost Total Cost Average Fixed Cost Average Variable Cost Average Total Cost Marginal

Cost

Marginal Revenue Total Revenue
0  $             –  NA
1  $    113.00
2  $    213.00
3  $    300.00
4  $    375.00
5  $    463.00
6  $    563.00
7  $    675.00
8  $    813.00
9  $    975.00
10  $ 1,163.00

 

  • Using the data in Table-1 (Joseph Farms, Inc., Cost and Revenue Data), complete Table-2 (Joseph Farms, Inc., Revenue/Profit/Loss Data). Show your calculations in summary form.
  • Using the completed data in Table-2 (Joseph Farms, Inc., Revenue/Profit/Loss Data), Identify the break even output level for this firm.

Table-2: Joseph Farms, Inc., Revenue/Profit/Loss Data

Output

Level

Price Total Revenue Total Costs from Table 1 Profit or Loss
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

 

 

 

Company Analysis

Write a paper of 1,000-1,250 words in which you analyze and evaluate the business strategy of a publicly traded company. Your analysis should include the following:

  1. Create an overview of the company. Include such things as mission/ethics statements, products, markets, recent financial performance, global operations (if any), etc.
  2. Complete a SWOT analysis.
  3. Identify the company’s strategic objectives.
  4. Explain specific plans in place to meet objectives (identify elements of price differentiation, image, support, quality, niche, penetration, geographic expansion, and any other marketing, operational, HR, or financial initiatives that might be in place).
  5. Determine if the company has contingency plans for possible risk events and evaluate the viability of the plan.
  6.  Evaluate the business strategy by indicating whether you agree/disagree with the company’s present strategy, situational factors (if any) that you think might have been overlooked, and any suggested changes that you would make to the strategy.
  7. Prepare the assignment according to the APA guidelines

Contemporary Leadership

Write a three to four page paper (not including the title and reference pages) about a contemporary leadership situation that is familiar to you.  Your paper needs to:

  • Identify the development level and style demonstrated in the situation.
  • Support your position with specific examples.
  • Explain whether the action taken was appropriate and effective.
  • Determine and discuss if the situational leadership approach would be useful in understanding the leadership applied to the situation.

In addition to the requirements above, your paper:

  • Must be double-spaced and 12 point font
  • Must be formatted according to APA style
  • Must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement
  • Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph
  • Must reference at least two scholarly resources
  • Must include a reference page written in APA format

Overseas Assignments, Acquisitions and Integration

BANKS Industries is a manufacturing company located in Centervale. A U.S.-based organization, BANKS’s major product line is electronics components. BANKS has just over 200 employees at their main plant in Centervale, but has recently acquired a new subsidiary in China. This acquisition adds close to 100 employees and their expertise in a new line of personal computing devices. BANKS expects these devices to give them a competitive advantage in their market.

BANKS started out as a family-owned organization that has a relatively flat organizational structure. After 15 years of being in business, BANKS continues to be family-owned and has acquired several small companies in the U.S. The acquisition of the Chinese company, which has now been renamed BANKS Components, is the first acquisition outside U.S. borders.

At this point, the acquisition is official and the company is in the process of taking over the operations of the plant in China. All employees have been retained, although turnover and some expansion are anticipated in the near future. Employees in both locations are feeling uneasy regarding potential changes, and some reorganization is going to be necessary. During the acquisition, some key employees of the Chinese company left the organization out of fear that their positions would be eliminated. This has left some upper management and director-level positions vacant, adding to the challenges that BANKS is currently facing.

As the HR manager, you report directly to the owner-president of BANKS Industries. You have a relatively small staff working under you, leaving you to make the majority of the HR recommendations and decisions on your own. You have been charged with identifying some of the challenges and issues in this new endeavor, making recommendations for action, working with employees, and several other tasks related to the acquisition.

Overseas Assignments, Acquisition & Integration

Consider the challenges of posting U.S. employees to overseas locations. You will develop a 25 – 30 slide presentation to make recommendations on the HR-related challenges. The PowerPoint presentation should include a title slide as well as a slide with references in APA format. A minimum of five scholarly references should be used, which may include direct reference to relevant laws and research. Be brief and professional on your slides, but use the notes feature to go into more detail regarding the topics. Consider your audience, so be sure that your text and background has enough contrast, that you limit animations and other distractions, and use graphs and tables where appropriate. Address the following in your presentation:

  • Identify and explain anticipated challenges and at least three common reasons why overseas assignments might fail.
  • Propose solutions for each of the reasons you identified.
  • Recommend special training for the employees going to China to increase their chance of success, including your justification for your recommendations citing scholarly references.
  • Determine how to select and train the acquired employees. Will you need to terminate some employees and hire replacements?
  • Identify challenges of integrating employees and issues which might create conflict.
  • Prepare the selection, retention, and separation plans.
  • Develop the new organization infrastructure; that is, the organizational chart
  • Address the different employment laws in each country.

Berkshire Hathaway’s Investment Strategy

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has almost a “personality cult” organizational culture which essentially revolves around one man and his investing prowess. The man’s name is Warren Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha.” Historically, Berkshire Hathaway’s business model has been to purchase insurance companies. One great thing about insurance companies is the “cash float,” which works as follows. Suppose that a person purchases a $100,000 whole life insurance policy from Berkshire Hathaway and pays premiums of $4,000 per year to Berkshire for this policy. The Berkshire Hathaway company is obligated to pay the $100,000 death benefit when the person dies; in the meantime it gets to invest the $4,000 per year “float.” Warren Buffett, who has been a very savvy investor, has made a huge fortune from investing this float money. But recently, Berkshire Hathaway has been moving away from purchasing insurance companies with large floats and has been buying major industrial businesses instead. In 2010, for example, it completed a $44 billion purchase of one of the nation’s largest railroads, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). Berkshire paid for this acquisition with $15.8 billion in cash it had on hand, and the remainder in Berkshire Hathaway stock. Mr. Buffett, who was born in 1930, is now well beyond the age when most workers retire.

For this activity, answer:

  • How does Mr. Buffett’s age affect Berkshire Hathaway’s recent strategic moves such as buying Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad instead of another large insurance company?
  • What does Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of BNSF Railroad say about where Buffett thinks the price of energy (oil and gasoline) is going to be in the future?
  • How does the energy efficiency of shipping goods via rail compare with shipping goods via truck or airplane?
  • Your case study should be two to three pages in length (not including title and reference pages).
  • Your paper should be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, in-text citations and references for all resources following proper APA formatting.

Resolving Ethical Business Challenges

Read “Resolving Ethical Business Challenges” in Chapter 10 of your text, and then address the following points. Support your response with evidence from the text.

  • Discuss the corporate ethical issues of providing questionable products to other markets.
  • Discuss the suggestions submitted in the suggestions box in light of the decision that George must make. Should the suggestions have an influence?
  • Identify the pressures that have caused the ethical and legal issues in this scenario to arise.

Required Text

  1. Read the following chapter from Business Ethics & Social Responsibility:
    1. Chapter 10: Business Ethics in a Global Economy

Senge’s Five Disciplines and Organizational Climate

The learning organization is affected by both the individual and the organizational climate. In a two- to three-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages), describe Senge’s five disciplines and the characteristics of an organizational climate that promotes organizational learning. Include the following in your paper:

  1. Describe Senge’s five disciplines.
  2. Discuss characteristics of an organizational climate that supports organizational learning.
  3. Analyze how organizational climate and Senge’s disciplines are related to organizational learning.

Your paper must include in-text citations and references from at least two scholarly sources, excluding the textbook. You may use this week’s lecture as an additional resource. Your paper must be formatted according to APA Guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Senge's Five Disciplines and Organizational Climate

The learning organization is affected by both the individual and the organizational climate. In a two- to three-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages), describe Senge’s five disciplines and the characteristics of an organizational climate that promotes organizational learning. Include the following in your paper:

  1. Describe Senge’s five disciplines.
  2. Discuss characteristics of an organizational climate that supports organizational learning.
  3. Analyze how organizational climate and Senge’s disciplines are related to organizational learning.

Your paper must include in-text citations and references from at least two scholarly sources, excluding the textbook. You may use this week’s lecture as an additional resource. Your paper must be formatted according to APA Guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

The Janice Corporation UK,

In regard to the Janice Corporation UK, discuss the economic consequences concept which holds that economic practices which a company adopts may affect its security price and value. Discuss the pros and cons of fair value and make a recommendation to Janice Corporation UK and support your decisions regarding the measurement of company assets.

Your well-written paper must be 2-3 pages,

Answer Essay Questions

Class is Management information systems

Answer all 9 essay type questions in attachment “week 1 assignment.”

Use the book chapters 1 to 5 will be provided once project is awarded, use the web (no Wikipedia or unaccredited sites) to answer.

APA style and references must be cited including the book.  Do not plagiarize.  Spelling and grammar count.

Studied, analytical, business focused responses in proper essay written form (intro/summary/body/conclusion).

 

Not all questions require big answers, several do.  If you put time into this, you will figure that out.

Quantitative Analysis

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Competency 309.3.1: Decision-Making Models – The graduate uses optimizing models and other models as aids for making more informed decisions.


Introduction:
In this task, you are asked to conduct a small number of simulation trials. This task should be completed with manual calculations. Please be aware that the simulation results of such a small number of trials would not be sufficient for one to draw valid conclusions in a real situation. A large number of trials run on a computer would be necessary in order to arrive at a valid conclusion. Random numbers are provided in the attached template; these numbers are discrete, uniform, and between 1 and 100 inclusive.

Scenario:
Management has asked you to help estimate the average cost per unit to produce a new product so that they can project profits at different selling prices. You will conduct a Monte Carlo simulation for cost behavior using provided probabilistic data for the following cost estimates, which are provided in the attached worksheet: cost per unit for materials, labor, and utilities and their probability distributions. In your calculations, round to the nearest cent.

Requirements:
Note: When the files opens, enter your name and student ID as they appear in Taskstream into the respective boxes so the task questions and problems will populate the worksheet. If the attached template does not open or is missing information, please contact Ecare for assistance with opening the file.
Note: Complete 12 trials using the random numbers that are provided on the “Simulation Template” for each probability distribution. Use the random numbers in the exact sequence that they appear on the template for each cost.

A.  Complete the attached “QAT1 Task 1 Spreadsheet” (responses should include two decimal places) by doing the following:

1.  Determine required unit costs correctly by doing the following:

a.  Determine the average materials cost per unit.

b.  Determine the average labor cost per unit.

c.  Determine the average utilities cost per unit.

d.  Determine the average total cost per unit.

2.  Include the three random interval tables needed to correctly determine the costs from part A1.

a.  Describe how you correctly used the random interval tables from part A2 to populate the “QAT1 Task 1 Spreadsheet.

B.  Determine the selling price per unit that should be established for the new product using your simulation results.

1.  Describe how you arrived at the selling price from part B.

Note: For your calculations in parts B and B1, assume that the company wants to realize an average markup of $20 on each unit sold.

C.  When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: To reduce unnecessary matches select ignore “small matches <20 words” and “bibliography.”

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the assessment.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the APA Guidelines section

Market Structures and Pricing Decisions Applied Problems

Please complete the following two applied problems:

Problem 1: 

Robert’s New Way Vacuum Cleaner Company is a newly started small business that produces vacuum cleaners and belongs to a monopolistically competitive market. Its demand curve for the product is expressed as Q = 5000 – 25P where Q is the number of vacuum cleaners per year and P is in dollars. Cost estimation processes have determined that the firm’s cost function is represented by TC = 1500 + 20Q + 0.02Q2.

Show all of your calculations and processes. Describe your answer for each question in complete sentences, whenever it is necessary.

  1. What are the profit-maximizing price and output levels? Explain them and calculate algebraically for equilibrium P (price) and Q (output). Then, plot the MC (marginal cost), D (demand), and MR (marginal revenue) curves graphically and illustrate the equilibrium point.
  2. How much economic profit do you expect that Robert’s company will make in the first year?
  3. Do you expect this economic profit level to continue in subsequent years? Why or why not?

Problem 2: 

Greener Grass Company (GGC) competes with its main rival, Better Lawns and Gardens (BLG), in the supply and installation of in-ground lawn watering systems in the wealthy western suburbs of a major east-coast city. Last year, GGC’s price for the typical lawn system was $1,900 compared with BLG’s price of $2,100. GGC installed 9,960 systems, or about 60% of total sales and BLG installed the rest. (No doubt many additional systems were installed by do-it-yourself homeowners because the parts are readily available at hardware stores.)

GGC has substantial excess capacity–it could easily install 25,000 systems annually, as it has all the necessary equipment and can easily hire and train installers. Accordingly, GGC is considering expansion into the eastern suburbs, where the homeowners are less wealthy. In past years, both GGC and BLG have installed several hundred systems in the eastern suburbs but generally their sales efforts are met with the response that the systems are too expensive. GGC has hired you to recommend a pricing strategy for both the western and eastern suburb markets for this coming season. You have estimated two distinct demand functions, as follows:

Qw =2100 – 6.25Pgw + 3Pbw + 2100Ag – 1500Ab + 0.2Yw

for the western market and

Qe = 36620 – 25Pge + 7Pbe + 1180Ag – 950Ab + 0.085Ye

for the eastern market, where Q refers to the number of units sold; P refers to price level; A refers to advertising budgets of the firms (in millions); Y refers to average disposable income levels of the potential customers; the subscripts w and e refer to the western and eastern markets, respectively; and the subscripts g and b refer to GGC and BLG, respectively. GGC expects to spend $1.5 million (use Ag = 1.5) on advertising this coming year and expects BLG to spend $1.2 million (use Ab = 1.2) on advertising. The average household disposable income is $60,000 in the western suburbs and $30,000 in the eastern suburbs. GGC does not expect BLG to change its price from last year because it has already distributed its glossy brochures (with the $2,100 price stated) in both suburbs, and its TV commercial has already been produced. GGC’s cost structure has been estimated as TVC = 750Q + 0.005Q2, where Q represents single lawn watering systems.

Show all of your calculations and processes. Describe your answer for each item below in complete sentences, whenever it is necessary.

  1. Derive the demand curves for GGC’s product in each market.
  2. Derive GGC’s marginal revenue (MR) and marginal cost (MC) curves in each market. Show graphically GGC’s demand, MR, and MC curves for each market.
  3. Derive algebraically the quantities that should be produced and sold, and the prices that should be charged, in each market.
  4. Calculate the price elasticities of demand in each market and discuss these in relation to the prices to be charged in each market.
  5. Add a short note to GGC management outlining any reservations and qualifications you may have concerning your price recommendations.

Business paper

There are 2 question that needed to be respond.

 

the resbond should be 2-3 pages and we can use outside sourcing from a relibale database but we must cite them.

 

In breif summry,

 

the questions are cases and we need to discuss any violations might occur.

Willitte Pharmaceuticals manufacturers

Willitte Pharmaceuticals manufacturers an over-th-counter allergy medication. The company sells both large commercial containers of 1,000 capsules to health-care facilities and travel packs of 20 capsules to shops in airports, train stations, and hotels. The following information has been developed to determine if an activity-based costing system would be beneficial: Materials handling…$115,000 estimated indirect activity costs; 23,000 kilos estimated qty. of allocation base Packaging…$204,000 estimated indirect activity costs; 2,125 machine hours estimated qty. of allocation base Quality assurance…$118,000 estimated indirect activity costs; 2,000 samples estimated qty. of allocation base TOTAL INDIRECT COSTS $437,000 estimated indirect activity costs “Other production information includes the following:” 1) Units produced…2,4000 commercial containers; 41,000 travel packs 2) Weight in Kilos….8,000 commercial containers; 6,000 travel packs 3) Machine hours…1,5000 commercial containers; 500 travel packs 4) Number of samples…200 commercial containers; 300 travel packs REQUIREMENTS 1. Compute the cost allocation rate for each activity. 2. Use the activity-based cost allocation rates to compute the activity costs per unit of hte commercial containers and the travel packs (Hint: First compute the cost per unit). 3.Willitte’s original single-allocation-base costing system allocated indirect costs to products at $158 per machine hour. Compute the total indirect costs allocated to the commercial containers and to the travel packs under the original system. Then compute the indirect cost per unit for each product. 4. Compare the activity-based costs per unit to the costs from the single-allocation-base system. How have the units changed? Explain why the costs changed.

Tuxedo Corporation

Tuxedo Corporation�s condensed comparative income statements and balance sheets follow. All figures are given in thousands of dollars, except earnings per share.
Additional data for Tuxedo in 2014 and 2013 follow.
Balances of selected accounts at the end of 2012 were accounts receivable (net), $52,700; inventory, $99,400; accounts payable, $64,800; total assets, $647,800; and stockholders� equity, $376,600. All of the bonds payable were long-term liabilities.

Required
Perform the following analyses. (Round to one decimal place.)
1. Prepare an operating asset management analysis by calculating for each year the
(a) Current ratio,
(b) Quick ratio,
(c) Receivables turnover,
(d) Days� sales uncollected,
(e) Inventory turnover,
(f) Days� inventory on hand,
(g) Payables turnover,
(h) Days� payable,
(i) Financing period.

2. Prepare a profitability and total asset management analysis by calculating for each year the
(a) Profit margin,
(b) Asset turnover,
(c) Return on assets.

3. Prepare a financial risk analysis by calculating for each year the
(a) Debt to equity ratio,
(b) Return on equity,
(c) Interest coverage ratio.
4. Prepare a liquidity analysis by calculating for each year the

(a) Cash flow yield,
(b) Cash flows to sales,
(c) Cash flows to assets,
(d) Free cash flow.

5. Prepare an analysis of market strength by calculating for each year the
(a) Price/earnings (P/E) ratio
(b) Dividend yield.

6. After making the calculations, indicate whether each ratio improved or deteriorated from 2013 to 2014 (use F for favorable and U for unfavorable and consider changes of 0.1 or less to beneutral).

Google Evaluation

Evaluate Google company and answer the following questions How dynamic is the industry in which your company is based? Is there evidence that industry structure is reshaping competition, or has done so in the recent past? A good place to start with an internal firm analysis is to catalog the assets a firm has. Make a list of the firm’s tangible assets. Then, make a separate list of the intangible assets you can identify. Identify the core competencies that are at the heart of the firm’s competitive advantage. (Remember, a firm will have only one, or at most a few, core competencies, by definition.) Based on information in the annual reports or published on the firm’s website, summarize what the firm views as the reasons for its successes (either past or expected in the future). Search for both quantitative and qualitative success factors provided in the report. Does the firm seem most focused on the economic, accounting, or shareholder perspective of its competitive advantage? Give quotes or information from these sources to support your view. What suggestions do you have to improve the firm’s business strategy and strategic position? Is your firm highly vertically integrated? Use the preceding vertical value chain to identify the corporate strategy of the firm. In other words, where within the industry has the firm chosen to compete? Has your firm participated in any mergers or acquisitions in the past three years? What was the nature of these actions? Did they result in a consolidation of competitors? Research what strategic alliances your firm has entered in the past three years. Based on company press releases and business journal reports for each alliance, what do you find to be the main reason the firm entered these alliances? Do you think each of the three alliances achieves the original intent, and therefore is successful? Why or why not?

Corporate Fraud

Identify an organization that was involved in corporate fraud. Explain how fraud can be detected and evaluate the importance of teamwork and leadership in a fraud investigation.
For this assignment, research the Internet or Strayer databases and identify an organization that was involved in corporate fraud.
Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
  1. Based on your research, identify and assess the fraud that occurred in the organization and the impact it has had on the corporation’s investors and creditors. Provide support for your rationale.
  2. Suggest how a financial forensic investigation could have detected fraud in the organization that you researched. Consider the risk factors, the elements of fraud, and the analysis of competing hypotheses.
  3. Evaluate how teamwork and leadership is an effective tool for financial forensic investigations. Provide support for your evaluation.
  4. Assess the role of research in fraud examinations and financial forensics professions. Give your opinion on whether or not fraud examinations and financial forensics professions can have long-term success without continuous research in the field. Provide support for your rationale.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
  • Examine the basic concepts related to fraud, including environment, impact, and the methodologies related to fraud examination.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in forensic accounting.
  • Write clearly and concisely about forensic accounting issues using proper writing mechanics

Genesis Energy Cash Position Analysis

The Genesis Energy operations management team is now preparing to implement the operating expansion plan. Previously, the firm’s cash position did not pose a challenge. However, the planned foreign expansion requires Genesis Energy to have a reliable source of funds for both short-term and long-term needs.

One of Genesis Energy’s potential lenders tells the team that in order to be considered as a viable customer, Genesis Energy must prepare and submit a monthly cash budget for the current year and a quarterly budget for the subsequent year. The lender will review the cash budget and determine whether or not Genesis Energy can meet the loan repayment terms. Genesis Energy’s ability to repay the loan depends not only on sales and expenses but also on how quickly the company can collect payment from customers and how well it manages its supplier terms and other operating expenses. The Genesis Energy team members agreed that being fully prepared with factual data would allow them to maximize their position as well as negotiate favorable financing terms.

The Genesis Energy management team held a brainstorming session to chart a plan of action, which is detailed here.

  • Evaluate historical data and prepare assumptions that will drive the planning process.
  • Produce a detailed cash budget that summarizes cash inflow, outflow, and financing needs.
  • Identify and compare interest rates, both short-term and long-term, using debt and equity.
  • Analyze the financing mix (short/long) and the cost associated with the recommendation.

Since this expansion is critical to Genesis Energy expanding into new overseas markets, the operations management team has been asked to prepare an executive summary with supporting details for Genesis Energy’s senior executives.

Working over a weekend, the management team developed realistic assumptions to construct a working capital budget.

  1. Sales: The marketing expert and the newly created customer service personnel developed sales projections based on historical data and forecast research
  2. Other cash receipt: Rental income $15,000 per month
  3. Production material: The production manager forecasted material cost based on cost quotes from reliable vendors, the average of which is 50 percent of sales
  4. Other production cost: Based on historical cost data, this cost on an average is 30 percent of the material cost and occurs in the month after material purchase
  5. Selling and marketing expense: Five percent of sales
  6. General and administrative expense: Twenty percent of sales
  7. Interest payments: $75,000—Payable in December
  8. Tax payments: $15,000—Quarterly due on 15th of April, July, October, and January
  9. Minimum cash balance desired: $25,000 per month
  10. Cash balance start of month (December): $15,000
  11. Available short-term annual interest rate is 8 percent, long-term debt rate is 9 percent, and long-term equity is 10 percent. All funds would be available the first month when the firm encounters a deficit
  12. Dividend payment: None

Based on this information, do the following:

  1. Using the Cash Budget spreadsheet, calculate detailed company cash budgets for the forthcoming and subsequent years. Summarize the sources and uses of cash, and identify the external financing needs for both the forthcoming and subsequent years.

    Download this Excel spreadsheet to view the company’s cash budget. You will calculate the company’s monthly cash budget for the forthcoming year and quarterly budget for the subsequent year using this information.

  1. In an executive-level report, summarize the company’s financing needs for the forecast period and provide your recommendations for financing the planned activities. Be sure to comment on the following:
    1. Your recommended financing solution and cost to the firm: If Genesis Energy needs operating cash, how should it fund this need? Are there internal policy changes with regard to collections or payables management you would recommend? What types of external financing are available?
    2. Your concerns associated with the firm’s cash budget. Is this a sign of weak sales performance or poor cost control? Why or why not?

Write a 7-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Business Capstone

Select a publicly traded corporation for which you would like to work or are currently working.

Research the corporation on its own Website, the public filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR database (http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml), in the University’s online databases, and any other sources you can find. The annual report will often provide insights that can help address some of these questions.

Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine the impact of the company’s mission, vision, and primary stakeholders on its overall success.
  2. Analyze the five (5) forces of competition to determine how they impact the company.
  3. Create a SWOT analysis for the company to determine its major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  4. Based on the SWOT analysis, outline a strategy for the company to capitalize on its strengths and opportunities, and minimize its weaknesses and threats.
  5. Discuss the various levels and types of strategies the firm may use to maximize its competitiveness and profitability.
  6. Outline a communications plan the company could use to make the strategies you recommend above known to all stakeholders.
  7. Select two (2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and evaluate how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.
  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership within this corporation and make at least one (1) recommendation for improvement.
  9. Assess efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and determine the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Provide specific examples to support your response.
  10. Use at least five (5) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

Strategic Plan and Presentation

JC Penney Strategic Plan

Individual Strategic Plan and Presentation

Resource: Implementation, Strategic Controls, and Contingency Plans assignment with facilitator feedback

Complete a 2,800- to 3,500-word strategic plan for your organization.

Update your plan to incorporate facilitator feedback from the draft versions submitted in previous weeks. Include the following:

· Table of contents

· Executive summary, with a 2-page maximum

· Company background, organizational mission, vision, and value statements

· Note. For a start-up, this should focus on the backgrounds and accomplishments of key anticipated management personnel. The goal is to convince the investor that these individuals are trustworthy and successful.

· Environmental scan

· Review of Week Four strategies and a recommendation for the best strategy for your organization

· Implementation plan: Include objectives, functional tactics, action items, milestones, tasks, resource allocation, and a deadline. In addition, analyze key success factors. Include a budget and forecasted financials, including a break-even chart.

· Risk management plan, including contingency plans for identified risks

Prepare a 6- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with speaker notes. Your audience will play the board of directors or a venture capital firm. The focus is to sell your recommendations to the board or venture capital firm, and obtain approval for funding your plan.

Format your plan and presentation consistent with APA guidelines

International Business Law Instructor: Cheryl Toops

  1. The business forms found in most countries are limited to: (Points : 1)

companies.

partnerships.

sole proprietorships.

All of the above.

  1. The unfair competition provisions (Articles 81 and 82) of the European Community Treaty are: (Points : 1)

applied extra territorially if a foreign firm’s activities have an effect on trade or commerce within the European Union.

applied extra territorially if a foreign firm’s activities when balanced against the interests of the European Union are detrimental to the European Union.

never applied extra territorially.

uniformly applied extra territorially.

None of the above.

  1. In the United Kingdom, the law specifies the minimum number of subscribers who must agree to purchase shares to form a public corporation as: (Points : 1)

one.

two.

three.

five.

twenty-one.

  1. Nondiscrimination guarantees assure foreign investors that they will be treated in the same manner as national investors. (Points : 1)

True

False

  1. In order to show that a defendant has “minimum contacts” for the purpose of establishing personal jurisdiction in a United States court when bringing a suit based on an alleged violation of the US antitrust laws a plaintiff must show: (Points : 1)

the defendant conducted business on a regular and permanent basis in the forum state.

the defendant purposefully did business in the forum state.

the defendant reasonably could have anticipated that it would have to defend itself in the forum state.

Both a. and b. above.

Both b. and c. above.

  1. To establish that personal jurisdiction exists for the purpose of bringing a suit based on the United States antitrust laws, a plaintiff may rely on the jurisdictional definitions found in: (Points : 1)

a long-arm statute enacted by one of the constituent states of the US.

Section 12 of the Clayton Act.

Section 67 of the Sherman Act.

Both a. and b. above.

Both a. and c. above.

  1. Although a foreign investor can be fined for failing to comply with an investment agreement, a host country is forbidden by international law from revoking the facilities it granted to the investor. (Points : 1)

True

False

  1. A “free port” is a place in international airports and harbors (and near some border crossings) which caters to tourists and other travelers who are leaving a country by offering them goods free of local sales and excise taxes. (Points : 1)

True

False

  1. Which of the following multinational enterprises has parent companies that are located in different states? (Points : 1)

The international multinational.

The national multinational.

The non multinational.

The public transnational.

All of the above.

  1. In civil law countries, a company can be an association of persons or of capital. (Points : 1)

True

False

International Dispute Settlement Paper

Develop a short 3 page paper that describes the methods of international dispute settlement as described in Chapter Three of the textbook.

Your paper must include the following:

    1. Describe the methods of international dispute settlement including the use of both diplomacy (alternative dispute resolution) and international tribunals (ICJ, WTO).
    2. Compare these methods to litigation used in municipal courts (domestic courts of sovereign nation-states).
    3. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of each method of international dispute resolution.
    4. Provide an opinion as to how these methods affect international trade and business decisions.

 

You are encouraged to use Westlaw, which is available through the Ashford University Library. It is a research tool specific to the subject area of law. It contains legal articles, legal encyclopedias, journals, statutes, and written case law from the United States and Europe. Of course, other credible research sources will also be acceptable. Students should also consider using the websites listed as recommended reading for this course, as well as other credible sources from the Internet that may support their writing. The websites of the International Court of Justice (http://www.icj-cij.org/homepage/index.php) and the World Trade Organization (http://www.wto.org) are strongly suggested.

Ethical and Socially Responsive Business

Because of the human aspect of ethics and its links to business success, corporate leaders must be careful about their behaviors, and how they address problems. For this assignment, you must select the code of ethical conduct for one (1) of the following restaurants:

As a basis for your written assignment, you will assume that you are the CEO of your chosen restaurant. Be sure to identify the restaurant you have chosen in your written paper.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe key areas of the selected company’s code of conduct that are of significant importance to the business, and explain why.
  2. Explain the key steps that the company should take to ensure that employees follow the code of conduct.
  3. Suggest three (3) ways in which the restaurant can engage in socially responsive activities in the community within which it operates.
  4. Use at least two (2) quality resources. Note:Wikipedia does not qualify as a quality resource.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Discuss the roles of ethics and social responsibilities in business.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business issues using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the rubric found here.

Keys to Success in Multinational Companies

It is widely known that Knowledge Management Systems are the key to success in multinational companies. Imagine that you are a Vice President of a company that is ramping up to go global.
Please choose one (1) of the following industries for the purposes of this assignment:

  • Jewelry
  • Fashion / Apparel
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer electronics, electronic components
  • Medical supplies or equipment
  • Bins, totes, crates, material handling
  • Food products
  • Drug products
  • Children’s products, clothing, toys, etc.

Note: You may create and / or assume all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.
You have been tasked with designing a comprehensive best practices policy list geared towards managing existing knowledge and any new knowledge as it becomes viable. The best practices policy should include a compiled task list that will help your company to handle not only the regular issues of conducting business within a foreign country, but also the unexpected events (e.g., earthquakes, demonstrations, bomb threats, etc.), no matter the country or countries into which you will be expanding. The policy list should also take any unique challenges that your company may face into consideration.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Design a comprehensive best practices policy list that includes policies on the following:
    1. Sanitation (e.g., hand washing, toilet facilities, etc.)
    2. Eating and / or drinking (e.g., at desks, on the company grounds, inside in the manufacturing area at designated tables / areas, etc.)
    3. Conflict resolution (e.g., settling disputes, mediation and / or arbitration with designated mediator on staff, etc.)
    4. In-house teams (e.g., minimum meeting times, scribes, appointed leaders, etc.)
    5. Online team (e.g., 24-hour coverage on phone due to time differences, etc.)
    6. Security (e.g., leaving doors open, locks, key return policy for departing workers, etc.)
    7. Emergency evacuation procedures
  2. Determine the key benefits of creating such policies. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Speculate on the major ramifications if such policies are not created. Provide a rationale for your response.
  4. Predict the significant ways in which the best practices policy that you created will contribute towards the long-term sustainability of the company. Provide a rationale for your response.
  5. Determine whether or not your best practices policy would provide a competitive advantage over other international companies. Provide one (1) example of a company using a best practices policy to support your response.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

NEED TO BE AN ORIGINAL WORK AND APA STYLE

Firm Value

Cell phone is a cellular firm that reported a net income of $50 million in the most recent financial year. The firm had $1 billion in debt, on which it reported interest expenses of $100 million in the most recent financial year. The firm had depreciation of $100 million for the year and capital expenditures were 200% of depreciation. The firm had a cost of capital of 11%. Assuming that there is no working capital requirement, and using a constant growth rate of 4% in perpetuity, estimate the value of the firm. Also assume that the risk premium is 5.5% and the tax rate is 40%.

Building customer sales

In this Assignment you will examine the history of print advertising and look at original advertisements and brands from the 1920s onward as reflected in traditions and compare it to today’s advertising. You will reflect on what was going on in history at the time and what it tells us about what humans are able to accomplish for the future.

Research original advertising from the 1920s to present day. Start your research by reading this article from the KU Library database:

Pracejus, J. W., Olsen, G. D., & O’Guinn, T. C. (2006, June). How nothing became something: White space, rhetoric, history, and meaning. Journal of Consumer Research, 33(1), 82-90. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier.
Identify a tradition in culture you want to research in advertising. For example you may use: Christmas, Thanksgiving, The Olympics, 4th of July, etc., Mother’s/Father’s Day, summer vacation, etc. You can use the urls below and follow these up with your own research:

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/ (Search by Brand name and then look for the tradition). John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History. (2010, March 16). Duke University Libraries [graphics]. Retrieved from http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess
Examine the history timeline below to see what was transpiring at the time a particular ad was used at:

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/chron20.cfm

Mintz, S. (2007). Digital history. Retrieved from http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu

Based on your research respond to the Checklist:

Specify the changes in advertising regarding your chosen tradition as portrayed over the years (1920s until today) in advertising in terms of communicating with the customer.
Tell how these advertisements reflect cultural changes in the greater society
State what you think this says about human potential (future possibilities for mankind) and your own potential capabilities for the future.

Respond to this Assignment in a minimum of 2 pages in a Microsoft Word document in APA format and submit it to the Dropbox before the end of the unit.

Mobile phone industry mapping analysis

Overview

This is the first part of your three-part Group Project. The purpose of this assignment is to present a broad understanding of a particular industry—to collaboratively discuss your industry, the key forces that shape the industry, the key performance indicators within the industry, a sense of the total market size and a good grasp of the key competitor relationships within the industry, and the future shape of the industry. In essence, you are developing an industry map. This is also to be a timely analysis, with information through 2014.

The group may structure the assignment in any way it likes, but here is, at a minimum, what should be included:

1. What is the general environment? Key factors and trends—much like what is considered in Chapter 2. What are the overall trends that are going to shape the industry? Please consider the global nature of the industry environment.
2. Position of key competitors in the industry relative to each other—strengths, weaknesses, market share/position
3. Key strategies of the primary competitors – are there significant differences between them?
4. Recent Financial, Sales/Market Information—changes in positions, for at least three major competitors. 

Research

There are numerous suggestions about sources for industry data. Many of these data sources are available through the IU East library website, such as Hoovers, ABI/Inform, and Mergent â€‹Online. There are numerous government data sources available as well. Websites like â€‹Wikipedia andAbout.com are not reputable academic sources and should not be used in college-level papers. You are greatly encouraged to utilize the LibGuides tab in our Oncourse â€‹site as well as our embedded librarian, Lora Baldwin. It is imperative to summarize things in your own words, supported by third party data. Cutting and pasting from the Internet is considered plagiarism.

Format

Your Industry Mapping Analysis should be between 8-12 double-spaced pages (that’s anywhere from 2400-3600 words), Times New Roman, size 12 font.  You could write additional pages, but part of your job is to synthesize and analyze concisely. You must use formal APA or MLA format.

Multinational Management

Benefits

This week we are learning about employment benefits. Select one benefit – compare and contrast this benefit to a US only company compared to an international company. We are looking for what is the same and what is different

  • A Venn diagram is a useful tool to show the differences and similarities during a comparison such as this.
  • Learn about creating Venn diagrams in Word by clicking here. You can also use Google or YouTube to find your favorite guide. Click here to watch a video tutorial.
  • Create your Venn diagram.
  • Write no less than 800 words explaining your findings

 

It is to be written in APA format, type face: Times New Roman – 12 point, with a cover page. Remember to cite your sources in APA format. Minimum of 2-3 sources, not Wikipedia, one source can be your textbook.

Company X Code of Ethics

Confidentiality

Company X is committed to maintaining the highest degree of integrity in all our dealings with potential, current, and past clients, both in terms of normal commercial confidentiality and the protection of all personal information received in the course of providing the business services concerned. We extend the same standards to all our customers, suppliers, and associates

Ethics

We conduct business honestly and honorably and expect our clients and suppliers to do the same. We train our employees to be ethical and expect them to always act in the best interests of Company X.

Duty of Care

Our actions and advice will always conform to relevant law and we believe that all businesses, including Company X, should avoid causing any adverse effect on the human rights of people in the organizations we deal with, the local and wider environments, and the well-being of society at large.

Conflict of Interest

Employees of Company X must act exclusively for the benefit of Company X. Employees should avoid providing services to a direct competitor of Company X, or engage in any type of business relationship that is not in the best interests of Company X.

Our contract will usually be in the form of a detailed proposal, including aims, activities, costs, timescales, and deliverables. The quality of our service and the value of our support provide the only true basis for continuity. We always try to meet our clients’ contractual requirements, particularly for situations where an external funding provider requires more official parameters and controls.

Intellectual Property and Moral Rights

We retain the moral rights in, and ownership of, all intellectual property that we create unless agreed otherwise in advance with our clients. In return, we respect the moral and intellectual copyright vested in our clients’ intellectual property. Employees are not to use the intellectual property of Company X for any means other than the terms and conditions of their employment and to advance the interests of Company X.

Quality Assurance

We maintain the quality of what we do through constant ongoing review with our clients, of all aims, activities, outcomes, and the cost-effectiveness of every activity. We encourage regular review meetings and provide regular progress reports. This consultancy has been accredited under a number of quality assurance schemes. Further details are available on request

Professional Conduct

We conduct all of our activities professionally and with integrity. We take great care to be completely objective in our judgment and any recommendations that we give, so that issues are never influenced by anything other than the best and proper interests of our clients.

Equality and Discrimination

We always strive to be fair and objective in our advice and actions and we are never influenced in our decisions, actions, or recommendations by issues of gender, race, creed, color, age, or personal disability.

Your Role:

The human resources department worked with management to carefully craft a Code of Ethics. All employees received a copy of the code and were required to sign off stating that they had read the code and agreed to abide by its conditions. If an issue concerning an employee occurs, the human resources department investigates. As the assistant director of human resources, you are asked to evaluate an employee’s behavior. You meet with Gloria Smithson to obtain all information needed to begin your investigation.

Owner (Gloria)

Gloria has now been in business for 2 years. Her business is called International Widgets, and she employs more than 300 people in the business headquarters. In the early stages of the business, she created a Code of Ethics to govern employees’ behavior. Recently, one of her salespeople, John Anderson, seems to be under performing. Historically, he has been a stellar employee and salesperson, bringing in new clients every month. However, over the last 6 months, not only has he not brought in any new business, but 30% of his accounts have gone to a competitor. Even with this downturn, John was on the road 5 days a week and continued to submit expense reports. Is this ethical?

Employee in question (John)

Gloria has now been in business for 2 years. Her business is called International Widgets, and she employs more than 300 people in the business headquarters. In the early stages of the business, she created a Code of Ethics to govern employees’ behavior. Recently, one of her salespeople, John Anderson, seems to be under performing. Historically, he has been a stellar employee and salesperson, bringing in new clients every month. However, over the last 6 months, not only has he not brought in any new business, but 30% of his accounts have gone to a competitor. Even with this downturn, John was on the road 5 days a week and continued to submit expense reports. Is this ethical?

You are the assistant director of human resources. Janice Marshall (director) has asked you to review the Code of Ethics to determine if John has violated its provisions. You are to prepare a paper that addresses the following.

  1. Evaluate International Widgets Code of Ethics at the conclusion of the You Decide scenario. Are there any provisions which would prohibit Johns behavior? Please explain.
  2. In addition to a possible ethics violation, are there other legal avenues that International Widgets could pursue against John or its competitor? Review your textbook and library references to assist you in answering these questions.
  3. Is John in a fiduciary relationship with International Widgets? Why or why not? Is he an agent of International Widgets? Identify the duties and responsibilities of an agent and whether or not John is fulfilling those obligations. Review your textbook and library references to assist you in answering these questions.
  4. What action should Gloria take involving John?

People, Environment and Business

Assessment guidelines

i. Formative Assessment>>> due in week 8
Draft Poster Research (individual submission)
• By end of week 2 you will be requested to select a topic, directly linked to the contents and objectives of this module.
• Topics you might wish to consider could be, for example:Money and Nature; Environmental and social impact of the diamond industry; How can deliberate economic influences such as grants and incentives on farming/agriculture/fisheries affect what is grown/harvested; Landfill taxes; The tobacco industry; Peak Oil; Water: The fur industry; Detergents; Fuels for airlines; Advantages and disadvantages of wind farms; Tidal power; The sustainability of ore mining; Marble; Gold; Sustaining the textile industry.
• You can either focus on a specific situation (e.g. you own home town or country) or focus on a broader approach to the topic in general terms.
• Probably the easiest (but not necessarily the only one) way to develop your coursework is to select a specific business case and evaluate it against all the data you collect during your further research.
• Please note that, whatever your choice, your coursework must relate to specific business practices/ industries and it has to clearly identify how that specific business industry impacts on the natural environment and on society. Highlight what are the key issues (hazards, risks, impacts) it triggers, when did these issues start to become a serious worry and why, and what measures did the business come up with to minimize or avoid those issues once they were identified. You should also consider reflecting briefly on what the specific business/industry might implement to reduce their further impact on natural resources and contribute to generate societal well-being.
• You are expected to use your time wisely and start independent secondary research, i.e. using books, notes, journals, and any other documents that may help you gather enough information and illustrative case studies on the topic on which you may base your arguments.
• This will serve as the basis for your summative assessment.
• Feedback will be provided if you submit your research data and the intended outline of your Poster via Turnitinwithin the set deadline.

ii. Summative Assessment>>> due in week 10
Poster: 100% TMM (individual submission)
• An individual thematic poster which should summarize visually (and further sustained by your own 3-minute presentation) the research you did for the formative assessment.
• It is to be presented in class in the form of a Wall Poster (printed or “glued patchwork” A1 size paper/card).
• You will have 3 minutes to summarize your ideas and present your findings. This will be followed by 2 minutes Q&As from your colleagues and the lecturers.
• This assessment should reflect the depth and focus of your research, and clearly show the extent to which you gained further knowledge and understanding of the issues that are core to this module. It is also meant to indicate to what extent you used your own critical evaluation of the situations analysed.
• The Poster should aim to reflect your own perception of sustainability (environmental and social aspects) and its relevance to the business and economic matrix; it will also give you the opportunity to explore a holistic approach of topics and use skills such as qualitative and quantitative analysis.
• Bibliography (i.e. the full list of sources analysed) is to be included (it can be attached to the back of the Poster) using the Harvard referencing style.
• Consider checking on what the learning outcomes of the module are, as they will all be evaluated during this Poster presentation.

Assessment Criteria and their weighting
CRITERIA
Visual layout, structure and relevance of the Poster
In-depth level of the analysis
Coherence (including selection of illustrative case studies)
Critical overview
Presentation and argumentative skills
Bibliography (using Harvard referencing system)

Planning and Organizing

A management plan is a model that demonstrates how an organization operates on a day-to-day basis as well as over the long run.  A management plan includes numerous sections that cover various aspects of the business.

In this assignment students will take the role of the consultant creating a mini-management plan that focuses on those aspects of the business related to planning and organizing.  The management plan is a report and as a consultant you are required to help Joseph Jackson, the leader of Cyber Software, Inc., solve his organizational problems.  The mini-management plan is a professionally written document that will be given to Joseph Jackson.  In writing the plan, you must use the terminology learned in the course.  As a consultant, you are not defining terms using a dictionary but you must explain and describe concepts and ideas so Joseph Jackson understands what you mean and how to implement the plan.  The plan is not one in which the consultant tells Joseph Jackson that he should do this or do that or he needs to do this or do that but present in an action-oriented manner./Students are expected to make connections between the facts of the case study and concepts, theories, and ideas presented in the course material.

The mini-management plan will structure the entire company and will cover Joseph Jackson’s organization’s mission, vision, structure and culture.

Students will read the case study provided that focuses on the planning and organizing and respond to the following requirements.

Resource that will help you develop the mini-management plan:

How to Make a Management Plan

http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/leadership/effective-manager/management-plan/main

Management Plan Example

https://wakenature.wordpress.com/resources/management-plan-examples/

Required Elements to Include in the Management Plan:

  • Write from a consultant’s perspective;
  • Use at least three references from the course material and at least three outside resources.
  • Provide a brief management history of Cyber Software, Inc.;
  • Create mission and vision statements that align with what Joseph Jackson envisions for his company;
    • Discuss why the mission and vision statements are appropriate for Cyber Software, Inc.;
    • Discuss other aspects of the planning phase that impacts Cyber Software, Inc.;
  • Create an organizational structure that aligns with the vision of Joseph Jackson
    • Structure the entire company;
    •  Explain why the structure is the most appropriate structure for Cyber Software, Inc.;
    • Discuss why other structures are not appropriate;
    • Illustrate the structure with an organizational chart with names, job titles, and direct reports;
  • Create an organizational culture that aligns with the vision of Joseph Jackson and his new organization structure;
  • How will the new organizational structure and culture affect the planning and organizing facet of Joe’s business and prevent future mishaps;

Required Formatting of the Management Plan:

  • This management plan should be presented in a professional manner using single space, double-spaced between paragraphs.
  • 5-7 pages in length excluding the title page and reference page.
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and the instructor’s name.
  • The use of headings is required;
  • Use APA formatting for in-text citations and reference page.  You are expected to paraphrase and not use quotes other than in identifying the mission statement and vision statement.
  • In citing sources, the page number/paragraph of the cited source must be provided;
  • Write in the third person as the consultant;
  • Submit paper in the Assignment Folder.

System Evaluation Paper

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper identifying and describing how specific system used in an organization has transformed how the organization operates.

Discuss how the business requirements drove the system’s initial development.

Describe the type and basic uses of the system, how the system has helped the organization, and any likely future development plans.

Note. This cannot be the same as the system discussed in Week Three. This system must be used in your current place of employment or an organization

you are familiar with.

 

Format your paper using APA format.

Working Capital Simulation: Managing Growth

Harvard Business Publishing: Working Capital Simulation: Managing Growth Assignment

Ch. 1 – 21 ofFundamentals of Corporate Finance

WileyPLUS Assignments

All additional resources from each week

Review the following scenario:

Acting as the CEO of a small company, you will apply the principles of capital budgeting to invest in growth and cash flow improvement opportunities in three phases over 10 simulated years. Each opportunity has a unique financial profile and you must analyze the effects on working capital. Examples of opportunities include taking on new customers, capitalizing on supplier discounts, and reducing inventory.

You must understand how the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows are interconnected and be able to analyze forecasted financial information to consider possible effects of each opportunity on the firm’s financial position. The company operates on thin margins with a constrained cash position and limited available credit. You must optimize use of internal and external credit as you balance the desire for growth with the need for maintaining liquidity.

Sign-in to the simulation and review each of the following:

  • Welcome Statement
  • How to Play
  • Terminology Primer
  • More Details (this includes information to help you understand how to play the simulation

Write a paper of no more than 1,400 words that analyzes your decisions during each phase (1-3) and how they influenced each of the following final outcomes (metrics) of SNC:

  • Sales
  • EBIT
  • Net Income
  • Free Cash Flow
  • Total Firm Value

Address the following in your paper:

  • A summary of your decisions and why you made them
  • How they affected SNC’s working capital
  • What general effects are associated with limited access to financing

Include scholarly references (in addition to your course textbook and simulation materials) to support your positions.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Budgeting techniques

you are a manager in a fictitious company of your choice. Your director has asked you to explain to the department staff the different types of budgets and techniques in order to provide an overall understanding.

For this assignment, you must develop a 2 to 3-page narrative that you will deliver to the department staff and director explaining the different kinds of budgets. Please select or make up your company and its purpose. You will also recommend which type of budget should be used and which budgeting technique would best fit the company. Using an income of 1 Million per year, you must answer the following questions:

  • What are the various kinds of budgets? Please explain each.
  • Which type of budget is best for your selected company?
  • Which type of calendar year will you choose and why?

Remember to use the library or other credible resources to support your argument. Be sure to cite your sources using the correct standard of APA.

Must have at least 3 cited sources

Reorganizing a Global Company

Reorganizing a company can be very difficult and time consuming. It involves various resources including human interactions as well as monetary investments. Reorganization can deal with adding to present knowledge as well as utilizing and creating new methods and techniques. It can also involve changes in the communication flow and responsibilities.

With this in mind, create a 2-3 page analysis containing the following:

  1. Through an internet search, identify a multinational company and present its current organizational chart
  2. Select a method of reorganization and create the new organizational chart.
  3. Provide your rationale for the changes made including why it is efficient, how is this better financially and for human resources.
  4. APA Format & References

Organizational Structure Paper

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you select an organization with which you are familiar and present the following items as they relate to that organization:

  • Analyze the organizational structure of your selected organization.
  • Differentiated the structure of the selected organization from two different organizational structures.
  • Evaluate how organizational functions (such as marketing, finance, human resources, and operations) influence and determine the organizational structure of your selected organization.
  • Explain how organizational design (such as geographic, functional, customer-based, product, service, hybrid, matrix, marketing channels, and departmentalization) helps determine which structure best suits your selected organization’s needs.

Multinational Corporations and Public Trading

Read the following scenarios and the questions that follow. Identify the legal issue(s) and apply legal concepts and possible arguments for each question. Prepare a resolution for each question using laws, cases, examples, and/or other relevant materials. In a separate section of the paper, identify potential ethical issues and propose a solution for each issue. Finally, provide suggestions to help the organization to avoid future occurrences of the legal and ethical issues identified in the dilemma.

Walexron is a publicly traded, US multinational corporation headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, operating in all 50 states, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. In 2009, Walexron was created by the consolidation of a large discount retailer, express carrier, and energy company with the intent to become one of the most powerful and efficient companies in the world.
1.    Ima Klutz was painting one of the hangar facilities operated by Walexron for its package delivery services. Ima was electrocuted when she came in contact with a high voltage electrical wire. OSHA requires employers to prevent employees from working near any part of an electric power circuit unless protected against electric shock through one of various insulation techniques.
2.    The package delivery division of Walexron produces a significant amount of hazardous materials such as used oil, brake fluid, batteries, paint, and others. The costs involved in properly disposing of the company’s hazardous materials in the United States continue to increase. Dee Zaster, Welexron’s environmental specialist, is considering options for reducing costs, such as shipping some of the materials for disposal in Vietnam, Thailand, Colombia, and Brazil.
3.    The energy division of Walexron developed a new oil that will be sold to wholesalers.  The vice president of marketing asked you to review the four pricing proposals submitted by the marketing teams.
o    Walexron should set a minimum price that the wholesalers can charge.
o    Walexron should set a maximum price that the wholesalers can charge.
o    The wholesalers can charge any price they want within a certain range; if they charge a higher price, they must give the customer a rebate or coupon for the differential.
o    The wholesalers can charge any price they want, but if they advertise a price that is less than Walexron’s specified minimum advertised price, the wholesalers are not entitled to receive the marketing funds that Walexron provides to wholesalers that do not advertise prices that are less than the specified minimum.
4.    Walexron entered into an agreement with Chuangxiang Toys in China to manufacture remote control helicopters, which would carry the name RC Ranger Helicopter W450. Walexron requires its overseas suppliers to conduct quality control testing on most of its imported products before selling them in the stores. In a recent study, there was a small indication that the helicopters had the potential to catch fire if the batteries overheat. Walexron’s executives approved the design anyway, and the helicopters were delivered to Walexron’s stores in the United States, Canada, and South America. Initial market response to the Ranger Helicopters was positive, and many competitors eyed the unique feature of the camera located in the helicopter.

A Walexron employee, Lou Scannon, leaked the findings of the safety study to the public and a consumer watchdog group. In a press conference called by Scannon, Lou explained the safety testing process for the Ranger Helicopter and results in detail. Based on the information provided by Scannon, a consumer group known as Public Interest for Toy Safety “PITS” sued Walexron and Chuangxiang Toys, claiming negligence.
5.    Walexron’s Senior Vice President of Finance, Penny Lis, and one of her colleagues, Sue Denaly, were on a WebEx and learned that Walexron’s new Ranger Helicopters were going to be recalled within the next 48 hours. While the speaker was talking, Sue typed a comment in the chat box, “This won’t be good for stock prices.” After the WebEx ended, Penny and Sue immediately contacted their brokers and sold a large portion of their interests in Walexron stocks.
6.    Silver Wings Aircraft (SWA) periodically purchased used planes and parts from Walexron’s package delivery division. In 2012, SWA purchased a used tug for $18,000. Because of the good relationship between Walexron and SWA, Walexron financed the tug. Last month, SWA sold the tug to a smaller hangar facility for $3,500 two days before filing bankruptcy. SWA still owes Walexron $15,000 for the tug.
7.    Walexron offered to sell 5000 Ranger Helicopters W450 to a retailer in Canada known as Toy Surplus. Walexron sent the offer by e-mail. Toy Surplus accepted the offer, stating, “We accept your offer for 5000 Ranger Helicopters, but require an additional 250 Ranger Helicopter V100 for the same price.”
8.    Walexron ships the new oil to various countries, including several countries in South America. For a shipment to Brazil, an employee of Walexron offered a customs official 1,000 US dollars in exchange for levying duties on only half of the shipment, which would save Walexron over $65,000 a year in duties, taxes, and administrative fees.
9.    Walexron’s stores in Indonesia employ children as young as ten and most work at least six days a week and more than 60 hours per week. Recently, a television news program in the United States reported that Walexron’s employees in Indonesia were paid less than the applicable minimum wage, were required to work excessive overtime, did not receive any benefits, and were exposed to toxic chemicals in violation of applicable health and safety laws.
10.    In 2008, 50-year-old Ophelia Paine was involved in a collision with a semi-trailer, which left her with permanent brain damage and in a wheelchair. The accident was not related to Paine’s work with Walexron. Her husband and two children were awarded a $900,000 accident settlement from the trucking company. After legal costs and other expenses, the remaining $615,000 was put in a special trust to care for Mrs. Paine. However, five years later the providers of Mrs. Paine’s health plan at Walexron sued the Paines for the $375,000 the company spent on her medical care. Walexron claimed that they were entitled to the money because in the fine print of Mrs. Paine’s employment contract it said that money won in damages after an accident belonged to Walexron.
Support your answers with information from at least two scholarly sources.  Prepare a 10- to 14-page paper that identifies the legal issues and potential solutions and answers all questions presented, supported by relevant legal authority. Properly cite all sources using APA format.

•    Describe the civil and/or criminal penalties that might arise from Ima’s death.
•    What are the legal issues related to Dee’s decision options for reducing costs, such as shipping some of the materials for disposal in Vietnam, Thailand, Colombia, and Brazil.
•    What are the legal pros and cons of each marketing proposal? What additional information do you need to adequately respond to the vice president?
•    Based on the elements required for a claim of negligence, will PITS be successful in its suit against Walexron? Chuangxiang Toys? Why or why not?
•    What steps should Walexron take to protect the design of the Ranger Helicopter from competitors?
•    Did Penny or Sue commit any securities violations? Please explain the reasons for your conclusion. What factors might the court consider in conducting such an analysis?
•    Discuss the legal and ethical issues associated with SWA’s action in selling the tug before filing bankruptcy. What recourse does Walexron have in recovering the monies still owed on the equipment?
•    Under the CISG, has Walexron entered a contract with Toy Supply? Why or why not?
•    What are the legal and ethical ramifications of the employee’s offer to the customs official? Would it make a difference if the officer requested a $1000 gift to his son’s soccer team in order to expedite the shipments?
•    What legal and ethical issues are presented by the working conditions of Walexron’s Indonesian stores?
•    What are the legal and ethical ramifications of Walexron’s lawsuit against the Paine family?
•    As the new Director of Compliance, you have reviewed each of the issues presented and the Vice President of Legal requested that you identify any ethical concerns and provide recommendations on how to avoid both legal and ethical issues in the future. Be specific and detailed, and be sure to base recommendations on relevant legal and ethical principles.

Personal Strategic Plan

Develop a personal strategic plan outlining personal vision, mission, key factors of success, industry/environmental factors pertinent to your chosen career path, SWOT analysis, and obstacles to overcome. Examine career path options, job market, and salary projections, educational/professional certification requirements. Develop a set of personal financial statements projecting salary, expenses, assets (include discussion of risk profile, investment strategy, expected return) and liabilities over a 10-year horizon. Recommended length: 5-7 pages,(please do not double space).

Intellectual Property

Purpose: In this world of rapid and easy exchange of information online, the gray areas of copyright have become an even darker shade. Is it wrong to copy music or movie files without paying, for example? Information is out there on the web, and many feel that there is a need for intellectual property laws to evolve. A controversy exists in our time over what constitutes intellectual property and how it should be protected. Bills presented in the House and Senate (SOPA and PIPA) aimed to protect businesses against foreign internet theft raised many questions about public internet freedom. Other internet-related intellectual property entities such as open source, creative commons, and fair use doctrine also require scrutiny. As students, you should be aware of current conversations about student intellectual property and ethics involving essays stored online via content management system plagiarism detectors (e.g., Turnitin.com on D2L). File sharing creates new parameters for discovering and determining instances of plagiarism. Intellectual property virtually touches almost any entity that you can think of,  from designer knockoffs to medicine, from songwriting to classroom lesson plans. The purpose of the assignment is to develop a research essay with at least two outside sources supporting a thesis that demonstrates a solid understand of what constitutes intellectual property and how the laws govern its protection. You decide which facet of intellectual property to research.

Assignment: Choose an issue involving intellectual property and write an MLA style academic essay. The following “argumentative” strategies are possible for development:

*Comparing and Contrasting

*Defining

*Describing

*Classifying and Dividing

*Explaining Processes

This essay should segue from Essay #1, incorporating summary, analysis, and synthesis, and selective use of quoted material for support.

The particular facet of intellectual property that you wish to discuss is at your discretion. You may be interested in researching medicine patents, creative musical intellectual property, or intellectual property in academe. You may want to know how laws regarding intellectual property vary in different parts of the world and why discrepancies in ethics regarding intellectual property import/export pose a problem in the current information age. Or you may be interested in some other issues involving intellectual property in your field of study. In your essay you may wish to define and develop an understanding of the background of copyright law in the U.S. and First Sale Doctrine. For this assignment I will be looking for how well you incorporate your sources into your own argument, and how well you enter into the conversation. Remember that the best academic writing is in response to what others say (Graff and Birkenstein).

Requirements: Stemming from the Library Research Session, you must have at least TWO (2) outside sources and can use the sources that you find for the Evaluating Resources Assignment. Include a Works Cited page with proper MLA entries. Citations must be in MLA format, which means in-text parenthetical references and a Works Cited Page. At least five (5) FULL pages typed, double-spaced, MLA format PLUS a Works Cited page (6 pp. total, max 6 pp.). Refer to the resources posted on the Blackboard Announcement

Quality Control

Directions: Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be two (2) single-spaced pages;

Today’s business arenas are extremely competitive nationally and internationally. Please thoughtfully consider the following statements and provide answers supported from information in your textbook and include at least one outside source with appropriate citations.

Support a leadership impact ideology for TQ implementation by synthesizing the processes necessary to provide an organization with a TQ paradigm.

Assess three (3) characteristics that contribute to a TQ organization by prioritizing the steps necessary to achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace using TQ methodology.

Evaluate how you, as a manger, would integrate three (3) specific leadership initiative tools to provide your company with a TQ organization.

Business Expansion and Sustainability

In order to complete this assignment, refer to the scenario that you chose in Assignment 1.

Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of these assignments.

Using the scenario from Assignment 1, write a six to seven (6-7) page paper in which you:

  1. Identify three (3) job requirements (e.g., needed certifications, previous work experience, external influences, etc.) that could apply to your chosen scenario. Determine two (2) ways these requirements could impact staffing at your organization. Next, suggest one (1) strategy that you could utilize to ensure that all applicants meet the identified job requirements for your organization. Justify your response.
  2. Outline a long-term recruitment plan that contains at least four (4) components, is aligned with your company’s recruitment strategy, but also addresses possible job skill or credential shortages. Note: Consider concepts such as succession planning and hiring retirees.
  3. Describe three (3) branding strategies that you would employ to attract qualified applicants to your organization. Next, suggest three (3) communication methods that you would utilize to reach out to applicants. Predict the outcome of integrating your branding strategies and communication methods at your organization. Provide a rationale for your response.
  4. Determine two (2) selection processes for recruiting new employees that could apply to your chosen scenario and then identify five (5) selection criteria that you could use when hiring new employees. Next, analyze the effect of the five (5) identified selection criteria on long-term employee retention and preservation of organizational knowledge. Justify your response.
  5. Suggest two (2) assessment methods that you could employ to select new employees for your organization and then analyze the validity and reliability of each method in regards to the job your organization is offering. Next, identify four (4) job predictors that you believe can assess candidates’ knowledge, skills, abilities, and other skills and experiences (KSAO’s). Provide support for your rationale.
  6.  Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the role of staffing to support an organization’s strategy and improve productivity.
  • Explain the planning considerations for staffing organizations, the use of job analysis, and the components of a staffing plan.
  • Develop recruitment plans using both internal and external recruitment.
  • Design a selection process that incorporates a variety of assessment methods and a supporting decision method for candidate selection.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in staffing organizations.
  • Write clearly and concisely about staffing organizations using proper writing mechanics.

Enforce Compliance Standards and Take Corrective Action

The sixth and seventh elements in your compliance program at Green Tree Hospital are combined because, as you can see from your reading this week, in real health care facilities, they go together. For any compliance program to be achieved successfully, you must (Element #6) Reinforce Compliance Standards and then (Element #7) Take Corrective Action if someone violates your standards.

How are you going to handle this? You discuss the issue with staff and then close your office door to think, research, and write. (Research today’s assigned reading and one or two websites of your regulatory or accrediting agencies.) For this assignment, write a 3-4 page, two-part plan of action on Pharmacy staff compliance in dispensing medical prescriptions to patients.

  • Part I of your plan covers ways you will enforce compliance standards in this area.
  • Part II covers corrective action steps you will take in the event that someone violates these compliance standards.

Federal Policy

In recent years, immigration, health care reform, and fiscal policy have emerged as key issues in U.S. federal policy. There are many sides to each debate, and research is proliferating. Using the Ashford Online Library, identify a scholarly article that answers research questions associated with the debate over immigration, health care reform, or fiscal policy (select one). Apply the principles of critical thinking to the selected issue. Cite the article or website that contains the research. Then, describe the findings of this research and provide your perspective on the validity of the findings. Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references.

Porters Diamond Framework

Porters Diamond Framework Using Porter’s diamond framework for national competitiveness, discuss the success of the software industry in India. How do the four factors in Porter’s diamond explain the success of this industry over related industries in the country? During the next five years what do you predict might happen to the software industry in India based on all that you have learned so far in all your classes?

Business Operation Training

Business Operation Training Pin It You are an internal consultant working for a large organization. Top management believes all managers should understand how and why they operate the business in the manner they do. You have been asked to create a document to be used in an internal training program for newly appointed or newly hired managers. The company develops its strategic/business plans, objectives, and goals on the basis of competitor strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis. The training program will focus on this process. Respond to the four (4) elements as described below, each in its own dedicated section 1. On the basis of the research, generically explain the difference between mission and vision statements. Provide two examples (of mission and vision statements) of two actual companies and compare and contrast the statements of the two companies. 2. Explain the difference between the purpose of a business strategy and a business model. Provide examples (of the business strategy and the business model) of two actual companies, discussing them. 3. After researching the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis, explain each element, describing how each might be used to gain a competitive advantage. 4. Discuss why each level of an organization must set goals that support the overall organizational goals (i.e., goal alignment) and ramifications for the organization if they are not aligned. Need a 3 page essay in APA format Criteria Points Explained the difference between vision and mission statements. 12 Explained the difference between the purpose of a business strategy and a business model. 12 Explained each element of a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis, describing how each might be used to gain a competitive advantage. 28 Discussed why each level of an organization must set goals that support the overall organizational goals (i.e., goal alignment) and ramifications for the organization if they are not aligned. 28

Local Market Power

Bulls Eye department store specializes in the sales of discounted clothing, shoes, household items, etc. similar to the offerings at a regular Walmart or Target. Bulls Eye is the only department store in Show Low and the nearest other discount retailer is Target, located 49 miles away in Eagar. Bulls Eye, therefore, has some market power in its local area. Despite having some market power, Bulls Eye is currently suffering losses. An analyst at Bulls Eye is recommending to the manager to raise prices, so that profitability can be improved. The manager is unsure of this strategy as recent data points to increasing numbers of individuals shopping more and more. What are the pros and cons of raising the prices at Bulls Eye and would that strategy be profitable?
Guided Response:
Consider demand elasticity and market structure in your response. How is increasing of the price going to impact the company s revenues given its demand elasticity? In 300 words or more, please, provide your response to the above discussion questions

New Product Introduction

New Product Introduction: Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Germany owns the Alka-Seltzer, which was launched in 1931 and was meant for relief of minor aches, pains, inflammation, fever, headache, heartburn, sour stomach, indigestion, and hangovers. The Alka-Seltzer Plus was a spin-off of the original medicine, meant to relieve colds and flu.

The company has recently introduced a new and improved Alka-Seltzer Plus, as described in the TV ad: “The Cold Truth”, (please, watch the ad listed in the Required Readings).

Game Theory and Strategic Behavior

Game Theory and Strategic Behavior: Suppose that GE is trying to prevent Maytag from entering the market for high efficiency clothes dryers. Even though high efficiency dryers are more costly to produce, they are also more profitable as they command sufficiently higher prices from consumers. The following payoffs table shows the annual profits for GE and Maytag for the advertising spending and entry decisions that they are facing.

Based on this information, can GE successfully prevent Maytag from entering this market by increasing its advertising levels? What is the equilibrium outcome in this game?

Formal business letter

Write a formal business letter from your company (Rassen Consulting) to MoeFlix. For your letter, you will need to follow proper business formatting guidelines and use “block letter formatting.” Also, include an APA formatted title page Your business letter needs to be a minimum of 2 pages in length and must include the following: Let MoeFlix know that you have researched the issue and what your conclusions are for their company based on your research. Discuss latest developments surrounding the issue. Describe what the first steps will be in helping them to resolve their issue. Explain why it’s important that these be the first steps and what your role will be in helping them to implement these first steps.

Decision Making Gone Awry

Assignment 2: Decision Making Gone Awry Pin It Sometimes social influences and societal pressures can influence decision making for the better and sometimes for the worse. In addition to these pressures, there are risks that need to be evaluated and measured when making decisions. In this assignment, you will reflect on decisions you made using social influence, persuasion, and risk taking that went awry. Examine a time when you were involved in decision making that went awry as a result of protocols, social norms, or persuasive techniques. If you do not want to use an example from your business or personal experience, you can select a journal article on which you can base your assignment. Here are some key words to help you find an article for this assignment: Decision making Risk taking Persuasion Social heuristics Write a 3–5-page paper in Word format that addresses the following: Describe a decision-making scenario using your business experience, personal decision making or cited journal article; include an example of the decision-making process, describe the risk, and whether persuasion was used. What were the social heuristics? Explain the incentives in this scenario. Were they effective? Identify the risks and the potential decision biases in your scenario. Propose the corrective steps that should have been taken to overcome these biases. If a risk assessment was conducted how did this affect the decision-making process? Analyze your scenario for what happened in terms of social heuristics. Explain how decisions were made and the social factors that shaped the decision-making environment. Discuss the greatest challenges to sound decision-making in your scenario. Critique the decision-making process used by the sponsor(s) and leader(s) of the decision. Identify the mistakes made by the sponsor(s), leader(s), and team members or others impacted by the decision during the implementation of the decision. Support your statements with scholarly references and appropriate examples. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc. deliver your assignment to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox. Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Thoroughly evaluated the decision-making situation, the social heuristics involved, and the decisions they made including proposing corrective steps that should have been taken. 40 Articulated the greatest challenges to sound decision making in your scenario. Included decision biases and risk assessment. 20 Critiqued the decision process used by the sponsor(s) and leader(s) of the decision. Identified the mistakes made by the sponsor(s), leader(s), and team members or others impacted by the decision during the implementation of the decision. 20 Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 20 Total: 100

The Impacts Of The Ebola Outbreak On The Global Travel Industry

 

l  The final paper is a 10 pages (double spaced and 12 point font) analysis of a competitive situation or industry practice. Reference list is not include in 10 pages.

l  An important aspect of business communication is the elimination of the extraneous. Supporting exhibits are not counted in the page total. Using a few well-chosen exhibits is a better strategy than many irrelevant exhibits. It is important to provide references for facts you rely on in the analysis.

l  The paper’s focus should be on analysis, with industry description provided to support that analysis. A common mistake is too much description, too little analysis.

l  This project is intended for you to perform hands-on strategic analysis. If you were handed a project to analyze a strategic situation by the CEO of your company, what would you hand back?

l  The paper will be checked for plagiarism. Any kind of plagiarism leads fail of the class.

 

Product Pricing

The ideal price for any product or service is one that is acceptable to both buyer and seller. From the buyer’s standpoint, the right price is a function of product purchase value and other competitive choices in the marketplace.
From the seller’s viewpoint, there are many potential pricing objectives, but the basic concern for almost all business is to price products to maximize both sales and profit. (Discuss)
Listed below are steps to consider for determination of product pricing:
• Analyze the size and composition of your target market
• Research price elasticity for your product
• Evaluate your product’s uniqueness
• Select your channels of distribution
• Consider product life cycles
• Analyze cost and overhead
• Estimate sales at different pricing levels
• Consider secondary pricing strategies
What does price elasticity mean for product pricing? What does Predatory pricing or defensive pricing mean?
Break-even analysis:
Volume of sales needed to at least cover all your costs. TR= TC
1. Sales price per unit – VC per unit = contribution margin per unit
2. Contribution margin per unit divided by sales price per unit = contribution margin ratio
3. Breakeven Sales Volume = Fixed Costs divided by contribution margin ratio

Most common errors made in pricing are:
1. Pricing products or services based solely on the cost to produce.
2. Pricing products based on competitor’s prices.
3. Not pricing product relative to its value!!!
PRICING ASSIGNMENT

STEP ONE:
Must identify competitive price structure you are operating under.
• Pure competition – many competitors, no differentiation in product, same price is very elastic or sensitive to price changes
• Monopolistic competition – no dominant competitor in the industry, very little differentiation, elastic price conditions. Use markup on selling price method to pricing
• Oligopolistic competition – industry has a dominant competitor. Price is inelastic. Use markup on cost method for pricing.

STEP TWO:
Build a demand curve. Consumers determine product demand curve with emphasis is placed on shifting demand curve upwards to the right. Curve helps marketers understand how customers determine market value. Develop a plan to take market share away from your closest competitor.
Choose four competitors product pricing and plot on a curve using a bar graph. List the price for each on the vertical axis.

STEP THREE:
Determine competitive price range. Ceiling and floor pricing from step two to determine your range.
FLOOR- cannot sell below without changing our consumers’ view of your product.
CEILING-price too high changes view of what my product is? You can raise the ceiling if you are successful with your marketing efforts by creating greater value.
*Price development – strategically where am I going with the product? Link to market share objectives.
*Price relative to value…competitive price range.

Evaluation of Business Operations

Scenario

You are the human resources (HR) manager for a public organization and you are conducting a New Hire Orientation session for all new employees. Last week, you analyzed the organization, including its strengths and weaknesses, as well as its mission, vision, goals, and objectives. This week, you have been asked to give a presentation on the business operations of the organization.

Instructions

Refer to the report you prepared on the organization for M1: Assignment 3.

Develop a PowerPoint presentation that accomplishes the following:

  1. Create a diagram of the organizational structure showing the hierarchy and chain of command.
  2. Develop a flowchart that analyzes the steps of the organization’s business processes.
  3. Conduct a capacity analysis of the location(s) and logistics. Your capacity analysis should address both short- and long-term implications regarding all aspects of the business process, including storage, production, processes, costs, and accessibility.

Develop a PowerPoint presentation. In addition to the slides, include a detailed outline in the speaker notes section explaining the content on each slide. Be sure to support your responses using at least two scholarly sources from the Argosy University online library resources or the Internet. Cite the sources for your information.

Make sure your presentation adheres to the following Presentation Guidelines:

  • Create a presentation that is professional and visually appealing.
  • Include a combination of text and graphics.
  • Do not write out your entire presentation on the slides. Use bullet points of keywords and short phrases instead of long sentences and paragraphs.
  • Create your presentation (slides and speaker notes) using language that can be easily understood by the intended audience.
  • Use APA formatting for your slides and Speaker Notes (outline).

Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner. Your response should demonstrate ethical scholarship in appropriate and accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Develop a 5–10-slide presentation (including the title slide and reference slide) in PowerPoint format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Business Integration Project

Type of service: Writing from scratch
Work type: Business Integration Project
Deadline: 23 Jun, 03:59 PM (9d 18h)
Academic level: College (3-4 years: Junior, Senior)
Subject or discipline: Business Studies
Title: Business Plan OR Case Study
Number of sources: 25
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: Other: Harvard
# of pages: 9
Spacing: Single spaced
# of words: 4950
# of slides: ppt icon 0
Paper details:
This is the ‘Big One’; the consolidation of all your learning on the programme, and your opportunity to prove that you have the commercial/business acumen needed to succeed.

This is a practical project based module underpinned with sound academic principles that gives you a choice of project type.

Firstly, you can write detailed and substantive case study or report that identifies and addresses a contemporary business issue, problem or question, providing a platform for the further development of your major employability skills such as self management and research, but importantly, it also gives you an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a specific industry or market that you may be wanting to enter. This can give you a significant advantage in interview situations.

Alternatively, you may choose to write a full coherent and convincing business plan. The ability to write an effective business plan is essential to secure funding for any future business project you may get involved in. It also provides a clear template for you to assess the viability of the idea itself and is an opportunity for you to show your commercial awareness, another key employability skill.

The outcome of your endeavours will lead to a value adding, practical business solutions during which you will be able to demonstrate your professional credibility. This module gives you the opportunity to use your academic and business skills in a professional context.

Educational Aims

This module aims to:

* Allow you to demonstrate your ability to utilise and contextualise significant amount of self-directed research, applying investigatory and analytical skills to present meaningful outcomes
* Demonstrate the ability to present, in conjunction with others, a sustained piece of writing that address a business problem or opportunity
* Engage with the opportunity for in depth individual and group study of business activity
* Create an opportunity for you to develop, with others, a range of skills associated with research including analysis, interpretation, written expression, formal report writing, verbal presentation and self-disciplined study
* Provide you with a ‘showcase’ that allows you to demonstrate your ability to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the course to a significant and specialised task
* Encourages reflection upon the relationship of business decisions to the appropriateness of the finished task
* Allow you to work on a complex, integrated activity that will consolidate and integrate previous skills and learning

I have attached the relevant word documents and PDFs to aid the writer in writing this project.
A vast number of sources need to be used but please do not copy and paste and plagiarise any work.

I have asked for an inquiry first because I need to know what topic the writer chooses and then approve the relevant topic.

Business 313 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

This is a discussion question I need help in answering:

 

Week 10 Discussion Question

From the e-Activity, examine the similarities and differences between an ESOP, MBO, and a Family Transition Exit.  Determine which one would be the easiest to successfully complete and which one would be the most difficult to complete.  Support your answers.

Competitive Strategies and Government Policies

Management has recognized the effect of changes in the real-world competitive environment and government policies on other industries and anticipates similar events occurring in their industry, so they ask you for a report considering the following points.

Write 1,400 –1,750-word paper of no more than in which you describe how each of the following are or potentially will affect your industry or one with which you are familiar:

  • New companies entering the market, mergers, and globalization, on pricing and the sustainability of profits: Identify the type of merger activity in your industry or one with which you are familiar–horizontal, vertical, or conglomerate–and explain why you made that choice.
  • Current and expected government policies and regulations, including taxes and regulations in place to address issues related to externalities
  • Global competition on the decisions made by management with regards to change in labor demand, supply, relations, unions, and rules and regulations in your chosen industry

Recommend how the industry you chose may respond to each of the previous points.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines

International Business

Some factors to be considered for a successful global strategy include developing plans for creating new products, assuring customer service and products are what customers want, and recruiting skilled employees to provide this competitive advantage.

With this in mind, complete the following:

  1. Identify a non-global company.
  2. Select a market entry strategy.
  3. Create a 3-4 page description of how you would enter a specific global market using your chosen entry strategy.
  4. APA Format and Reference Page in APA format
  5. due tomorrow 11am CST

Demand Management

You have recently been hired as a project manager by the CEO of the ABC Firm, a large manufacturing firm (just one division of the XYZ Conglomerate Corporation). The CEO of ABC has been a manufacturing executive since the beginning of the 1950s. He and most of the managers and supervisors are steeped only in traditional manufacturing and operations methods, which are outdated. The board of directors has been concerned about lagging results of ABC versus its more modern thinking competitors.

You were hired by the CEO as the project manager with the specific charge to changeover ABC’s outdated manufacturing, forecasting, and scheduling systems to more modern methodology. You have successfully accomplished this very same task at 7 different companies over the last 20 years, so you feel confident that you can get the transition to occur, although you do have some reservations. However, with the patience of the board and the understanding by the CEO and most of the managers, you can show them how different life will really be under the new operations paradigms.

After your working lunch with the CEO, he asked you to prepare a memo, specifically for the senior management team, dealing with demand management and forecasting. As the CEO is a practical type of team leader, he asked that you specifically describe the following points in your memo:

  • Traditional manufacturing methods
  • Pros of traditional manufacturing methods
  • An in-depth description of at least 2 issues faced by most manufacturing firms that have traditional manufacturing methods
  • Contemporary methods to overcome the cons without losing the advantages of the traditional method

Your assignment will be graded in accordance with the following criteria.

Deliverable Length:  750-1,000 words

Business plan-Recommendation report

 

Business plan-Recommendation report

creating a new business for Tim Houtons, write a memorandom and draw a business plan/ recommendation report on the service or product you are suggesting to the company

Organizing and Leading (5-6 pages)

Case Study #2: Planning, Organizing and Leading

The presented case study illustrates the importance of the functions of management, planning, organizing and leading. Many entrepreneurs with dreams of starting their own businesses believe that managing a business is simple. This case shows what can happen when new owners do not pay adequate attention to important components of management.

The plan is not one in which the consultant tells Joseph Jackson that he should do this or do that or he needs to do this or do that but present in an action-oriented manner. Students are expected to make connections between the facts of the case study and concepts, theories, and ideas presented in the course material.

Required Elements to include in the Case Study:

  • Students will act as the management consultant, Justin Thyme;
  • Using what has been learned in the course thus far, look at every aspect of the business depicted in the case study and identify all possible issues related to planning, organizing and leading;
  • Explain in detail how the identified issues have  impacted the business;

 

  • Make recommendations to Tom on how to improve the management of his small business.

 

  • Students are expected to show what they have learned in the course by applying theories and concepts.  Be sure to support your reasoning using the course readings.

 

 

 

Required Formatting of Case Study:

 

 

  • Create a consultant’s report that is double-spaced, 12-point font, and between five and six pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;
  • Title page with your name, the course name, the date, and instructor’s name;
  • Include a reference page;
  • An introductory paragraph, a summary paragraph and the use of headings are required;
  • Write in the third person from the perspective of Justin Thyme;
  • Use the course material to support your reasoning.  Outside resources may be used but the main resources must come from the classroom;
  • Use APA format for in-text citations and references. You are required to use the e-text and at least two academic or highly respected business publications, for a total of no less than three references. Students need to paraphrase and avoid direct quotes;
  • In citing sources, the page number/paragraph of the cited source must be provided;
  • Submit the paper in the Assignment Folder.

E-Commerce (Demographic Trends of US Internet Use)

MIS 677 – E-Commerce – E1 – EMBA – Summer 2015

Assignment 1 – 25 Points

  1. Based on the latest Pew Internet and American Life Project (http://www.pewinternet.org/) reports, articles, and, news prepare a report on the current demographic trends of US Internet use.

Demographic features reported on should include but are not limited to gender, age, education, income, location (urban vs. rural), ethnicity/race, etc.

Data report should be based on data for 2014 and/or 2015 as applicable.

All data reported should be from the same time frame. That is, you cannot report on age from data for 2014 and on income from data for 2015.

You should compare data across two reporting cycles such as 2012 and 2015. For comparison reporting data cannot be older than 2010.

Please note that copying and pasting does not constitute a report and if that is all that you do you will get no credit for this assignment!

Prepare a table with the information you find AND provide a brief analysis and summary of the data that you have included in your report.                                                                (8 points)

 

 

  1. Based on your research, analysis, related readings and knowledge identify some current major social and legal trends in E-Commerce and Internet usage. (5 points)

 

 

  1. What is the impact of your findings on the marketing strategies adopted by e-commerce vendors for current and future e-commerce ventures? Provide specific suggestions to ensure the success of their on-line ventures.                                     (6 points)

 

 

  1. Based on your findings, and, in light of the recent massive federal hack suggest provide specific suggestions to ensure the success of on-line e-government ventures? (6 points)
    Some reference web-sites:

Federal:                https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/e-gov

State: Texas:        http://www.texas.gov/       

Scroll down to view link for online services

City: Houston:     http://www.houstontx.gov/

 Make sure you include a reference list (bibliography) of all the materials used and have provided in-text citations as appropriate (For example, for the Table for Question # 1 provide the source of the data). You must use the APA format for all citations including but not limited to citing online resources, reference/citation list and in-text citations.

Integrated Business Communication

MGT 505 – Integrated Business Communication

Assignment 5: Integrated Business Communication.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper that addresses the following: As a future executive, explain what you think are the most important communication issues you will have to face as you embark upon your career. Discuss whether communication will become more complex, or less complex, and why. Address what role technology will play in the communication of thoughts and ideas. Discuss how the information gap between generations, cultures, income levels, and education can be resolved. Include a statement of your personal philosophy on the future of integrated business communication. The format of the paper is to be as follows: Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides, APA format, a Microsoft Word document. Use headers for each of the subjects being covered, followed by your response. In addition to the three to four (3-4) pages required Text: Stuart, B. E., Sarow, M. S., & Stuart, L. (2007). Integrated business communication: In a global marketplace. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Product, Pricing, and Channels

MKT 421 Week 4 Product, Pricing, and Channels Paper Paper

Use the product and organization you identified in your Week 3 Strategy and Positioning Paper.

Write a 1,500- to 2,000- word paper that includes:

  • A detailed description of the features of your product or service including how it solves the needs of your target market
  • A description of how your marketing efforts will change with each phase in the product life cycle
  • The packaging you will use for your product or service and how it will add value
  • The appropriate pricing strategy for your product or service and the price you will set at launch
  • The channels of distribution you will use to sell your product along with a description of how each channel partner will add value

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Evaluating vendors

Assume you are evaluating vendors providing cloud-based solutions for your current organization or a hypothetical organization. Complete the following:

Identify three potential vendors.

Compare and contrast the three different vendors. Be sure to consider the services, data solutions, and security features they provide.

Based on your analysis, provide a recommendation about which provider or solution you think would work best.

Provide a justification explaining why it would be the best product for your selected business to use (using your current organization or a hypothetical organization). Support your recommendation with up-to-date knowledge of business practices and technology use. Be sure to provide a little background about the organization to help justify your recommendation.

Utilize at least 2 scholarly sources in support of your assertions.

Evaluate the strategy that led FedEx to the merger or acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express

  1. Evaluate the strategy that led FedEx to the merger or acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express. Determine why this merger or acquisition was a wise choice. Justify you opinion.
    2. For the United States Postal Service that has not been involved in any mergers or acquisitions, identify one(1) company that would be a profitable candidate for the USPS to acquire or merge with and explain why the company would be a profitable target.
    3. Evaluate FedEx’s international business-level strategy and international corporate-level strategy and make recommendations for improvements.
    4. Propose one(1) business-level strategy and one(1) corporate-level strategy for the United States Postal Service that you would suggest they consider. Justify your proposals.
    5. Use four(4) quality references. Keeping in mind that each company website can be used as a quality reference as well as the public filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR database.

9 pages

apa

sources:7

Procurement and Contract Management

This is a procurement and contract management course

Conduct online research and select a company whose headquarters are not based in the U.S. Answer the following two questions below in detail. You may not be able to find detailed financial information or procurement information on these companies, so you will have to answer the questions as best as possible given the possibility of limited information available to you. Submit this assignment as one comprehensive document of no less than 300 words.

  1. Give some background information on the company you chose. What do they sell and what products are they most likely to procure?
  2. On pages 194 – 197 of the textbook, there are a list of misconceptions and reality scenarios. What misconceptions are likely to come into play given the international company you have chosen to research?

Introduction to Business Process Management

Business Process Examples

This Discussion should help prepare you for the Assignment in Unit 2, in which you will select the process that you may be using for subsequent Assignments. As part of your preparation, also read the Assignment instructions.

Take extra time this week to read what kinds of processes are being described by your classmates. Use the Discussion to focus on a good selection for your Assignment.

For this Discussion topic, do the following:

Describe two examples of a business process from your professional experience. For each process, follow this format and number your sections for each example as you clearly state the following:

  1. The objective.
  2. The scope (where the process begins and ends).
  3. A brief description of those involved. (Is this a one-person process, or do multiple people get involved?)
  4. How BPM would help in this process.

As you progress through the course, you will need to analyze elements such as the connection of this process to company strategy, metrics and goals of the process, stakeholders and team members involved, etc.

Use this Discussion topic as a preparation for the Assignment. Try to pick two examples that will provide you with enough information without being too general. Your instructor will provide you with additional guidelines and feedback. If you have found a good example in this Discussion, you will be ready to complete the Assignment.
600 words apa with intext references

Donald Trump Leadership Research Paper

Critical Elements

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed in your completed paper:

 

 

  1. Company Policies and Practices
    1. Aspects of Company Policies and Practices: What aspects of the company’s management policies and practices have shaped the organizational framework? This is where you should describe key policies and practices in the organization’s framework related to planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
      1. Planning: For example, this is where you would discuss an aspect of the company’s mission, vision, strategy, goals, or objectives connected with the planning stage. Did the company alter its mission statement to emphasize the stakeholders it serves?
      2. Organizing: For example, this is where you would discuss the climate of the organization, its design, culture, social networks, and similar aspects. Be sure to include how the leader’s role in orchestrating these elements shaped the organization.

        Leading: For example, this is where you describe the leadership style, which includes decision making and communication within the organization. How have the leader’s decisions shaped such things as motivation? Work ethics? Is communication open and encouraged?

  1. How have these leadership decisions shaped the company? Interpret the outcomes of a decision made—is it related directly to the leader’s style? If delivered from a different point of view, would the results be different?
  2. Controlling: For example, this is where you discuss how the leader’s process, structures, and human resources put into place are shaping the organization. Are the systems effective? What processes have been put into place and why, with what result?

 Aspects of Organizational Culture: What aspects of the organizational culture have resulted from the leader’s decisions and values? Use examples to illustrate these connections. Contrast these examples with examples of the organizational culture that are influenced by other factors that may or may not be beyond the leader’s control to provide additional insight into this culture.

  1. Applicability of Leadership Style: How are aspects of this leader’s style applicable to other organizations?

    The paper should be about 3-4 pages longs

Establishing a Security Program in Your Organization

Assignment: Justification for Establishing a Security Program in Your Organization

The motivation for security reviews and assessments is changing and, consequently, the nature of security assessments is changing. The practice of risk analysis is relatively less developed in the field of homeland security than in other areas. Although there are numerous reasons that account for this, two primary reasons are:

  • The dynamic nature of terrorism and the ability of terrorists to successfully adapt to countermeasures.
  • The lack of a database on terrorist attacks, which necessitates reliance on intelligence and terrorist experts for probabilistic assessments on different types of terrorist attacks against critical assets or regions.

Tasks:

Consider your readings so far and answer the following questions:

  • How would you resolve a security issue in a situation where the need for security is great but the available funds are limited?
  • What are the benefits if personnel in security management develop skills as educators for their organization’s security? Analyze and explain your point of view.
  • Why are security programs relevant? What is the single most important asset of a security program?
  • What could be the primary target of a potential terrorist in the United States? If you are asked to provide the risk and compliance manager one suggestion to secure the target, what would it be and why?

Your answers should be written in a 3–5-page Microsoft Word document. Use a minimum of three scholarly resources from the Argosy University online library for reference. Use APA in-text citations to cite the sources.

Genesis Energy Cash Position Analysis

The Genesis Energy operations management team is now preparing to implement the operating expansion plan. Previously, the firm’s cash position did not pose a challenge. However, the planned foreign expansion requires Genesis Energy to have a reliable source of funds for both short-term and long-term needs.

One of Genesis Energy’s potential lenders tells the team that in order to be considered as a viable customer, Genesis Energy must prepare and submit a monthly cash budget for the current year and a quarterly budget for the subsequent year. The lender will review the cash budget and determine whether or not Genesis Energy can meet the loan repayment terms. Genesis Energy’s ability to repay the loan depends not only on sales and expenses but also on how quickly the company can collect payment from customers and how well it manages its supplier terms and other operating expenses. The Genesis Energy team members agreed that being fully prepared with factual data would allow them to maximize their position as well as negotiate favorable financing terms.

The Genesis Energy management team held a brainstorming session to chart a plan of action, which is detailed here.

  • Evaluate historical data and prepare assumptions that will drive the planning process.
  • Produce a detailed cash budget that summarizes cash inflow, outflow, and financing needs.
  • Identify and compare interest rates, both short-term and long-term, using debt and equity.
  • Analyze the financing mix (short/long) and the cost associated with the recommendation.

Since this expansion is critical to Genesis Energy expanding into new overseas markets, the operations management team has been asked to prepare an executive summary with supporting details for Genesis Energy’s senior executives.

Working over a weekend, the management team developed realistic assumptions to construct a working capital budget.

  1. Sales: The marketing expert and the newly created customer service personnel developed sales projections based on historical data and forecast research
  2. Other cash receipt: Rental income $15,000 per month
  3. Production material: The production manager forecasted material cost based on cost quotes from reliable vendors, the average of which is 50 percent of sales
  4. Other production cost: Based on historical cost data, this cost on an average is 30 percent of the material cost and occurs in the month after material purchase
  5. Selling and marketing expense: Five percent of sales
  6. General and administrative expense: Twenty percent of sales
  7. Interest payments: $75,000—Payable in December
  8. Tax payments: $15,000—Quarterly due on 15th of April, July, October, and January
  9. Minimum cash balance desired: $25,000 per month
  10. Cash balance start of month (December): $15,000
  11. Available short-term annual interest rate is 8 percent, long-term debt rate is 9 percent, and long-term equity is 10 percent. All funds would be available the first month when the firm encounters a deficit
  12. Dividend payment: None

Based on this information, do the following:

  1. Using the Cash Budget spreadsheet, calculate detailed company cash budgets for the forthcoming and subsequent years. Summarize the sources and uses of cash, and identify the external financing needs for both the forthcoming and subsequent years.

    Download this Excel spreadsheet to view the company’s cash budget. You will calculate the company’s monthly cash budget for the forthcoming year and quarterly budget for the subsequent year using this information.

  1. In an executive-level report, summarize the company’s financing needs for the forecast period and provide your recommendations for financing the planned activities. Be sure to comment on the following:
    1. Your recommended financing solution and cost to the firm: If Genesis Energy needs operating cash, how should it fund this need? Are there internal policy changes with regard to collections or payables management you would recommend? What types of external financing are available?
    2. Your concerns associated with the firm’s cash budget. Is this a sign of weak sales performance or poor cost control? Why or why not?

Write a 7-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards in citation of sources.

“Workplace Culture” in Business Administration

Defining and understanding the elements of a group culture is essential to forging a professional identity either online or in person. These elements are important because they reflect how professionals interact, whether online or in person.

An industrial or work place culture consists of different occupations, roles and statuses. A hospital is an excellent example of a number of people working in close proximity representing different occupational groups. Patients, nurses, health care specialists, surgeons, administrators, security, and support staff groups all function together but may be identified by their equipment, behaviors and language, and the tools and training used to get their work completed.

In this Assignment you will write a descriptive report about the culture of a group of people, a company, or an organization based on background research and an interview of a professional person who is part of that culture. The culture is Business Administration field

Assignment Instructions

Part 1

Search using individual internet research and write a report that investigates a cultural group in business administration field. Describe what the group is like in your own words.

Part 2

Select and interview a professional person in your field of interest. Ask questions about this person’s group that will allow you to gain insights into aspects of the culture that he/she is a member of. Integrate the insights gained from the interview responses and your impressions into your written report. (which i have the question and answer from the person i interview)

Assignment Format

  • Cover page that includes your name, course and section number, date, and the Assignment title.
  • Five pages clearly typewritten in college-level American English text (3 pages background text, pages describing what you learned from the interview).
  • One reference page listing sources you discovered in your background research and used to support your descriptive writing in Part 1 (use APA citation).

"Workplace Culture" in Business Administration

Defining and understanding the elements of a group culture is essential to forging a professional identity either online or in person. These elements are important because they reflect how professionals interact, whether online or in person.

An industrial or work place culture consists of different occupations, roles and statuses. A hospital is an excellent example of a number of people working in close proximity representing different occupational groups. Patients, nurses, health care specialists, surgeons, administrators, security, and support staff groups all function together but may be identified by their equipment, behaviors and language, and the tools and training used to get their work completed.

In this Assignment you will write a descriptive report about the culture of a group of people, a company, or an organization based on background research and an interview of a professional person who is part of that culture. The culture is Business Administration field

Assignment Instructions

Part 1

Search using individual internet research and write a report that investigates a cultural group in business administration field. Describe what the group is like in your own words.

Part 2

Select and interview a professional person in your field of interest. Ask questions about this person’s group that will allow you to gain insights into aspects of the culture that he/she is a member of. Integrate the insights gained from the interview responses and your impressions into your written report. (which i have the question and answer from the person i interview)

Assignment Format

  • Cover page that includes your name, course and section number, date, and the Assignment title.
  • Five pages clearly typewritten in college-level American English text (3 pages background text, pages describing what you learned from the interview).
  • One reference page listing sources you discovered in your background research and used to support your descriptive writing in Part 1 (use APA citation).

Technology and Politics

Technology and Politics

These essays should be a minimum of five paragraphs in length each. They should contain a clear thesis statement in the first paragraph (an answer to the question!). Make sure your explanation is clear and that you provide specific examples. Any quotes from the readings or external materials must include quotation marks and an in-text citation. Failure to identify quoted material could result in a 0 for the exam and a formal academic dishonesty charge.

(TCOs 1 & 2) Baase states that it is not only technologies and systems that change quickly, but also the social impacts and controversies that are inherent in such rapid development. Discuss some of the positive and negative aspects that the pace of advancement has upon our culture as a whole. Use detailed examples. (Points : 50)

Question 2. 2. (TCOs 4 & 8) Define and compare at least two of the ethical theories described by Baase.  What are their strengths? In what areas do they lack? Do these theories hold up within our modern, technological society? (Points : 50)

Question 3. 3. (TCOs 3 & 4) How have changes in technology affected the recording industry and our understanding of what it means to be a professional musician? How have changes in technology affected our access to recorded music and the control exercised by traditional distributors? How will all these changes affect cultural trends and our expectations of music as an art form? Provide specific examples.

Challenges in Post-Earthquake Japan

Final Paper week 5 BUS 307

Focus of the Final Paper
Read the case study at the end of Chapter 12 and the case study at the end of Chapter 13, and thoroughly answer all the following questions. Supplement your answers with scholarly research using the Ashford Online Library. Each case study should be addressed in at least 5 pages, resulting in a combined Final Paper of at least 10 pages.

  1. Create a master production schedule for the breadmaker in the case that considers production levels, demand for the product, and the best business strategy for the situation presented.
  2. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of Jack’s approach, considering how master scheduling can improve the process, and considering the organizational changes needed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the process.
  3. Examine the impact of refusing a customer’s order because of lack of supply of the product vs. accepting the order and failing to deliver.
  4. Describe the impact on average inventory levels and production if Realco produces 20,000 breadmakers every week, rather than 40,000 every other week.

    Chapter 13 Case Study: Supply-Chain Challenges in Post-Earthquake Japan

  5. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the supply chain used in the Japanese auto industry before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
  6. Evaluate whether or not Toyota’s plan for a “foolproof” supply chain is consistent with the Lean production philosophy.
  7. Provide a recommendation and plan that you believe would be the best supply chain strategy for Toyota.
  8. Examine the impact Toyota’s plan will have on the way it handles relationship management in its supply chain.

The Final Paper Construction:

  • Must be at least 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that tells the reader what will be covered in the paper.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that tells the reader what was learned from reading the paper.
  • Must use at least five professional resources, including a minimum of two from Ashford Online Library in addition to the text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Carrie Morgan 2012

Carrie Morgan 2012

1) Form 1040 2) Form 1040 Schedule A 3) Form 1040 Schedule B 4) Form 1040 Schedule C 5) Form 1040 Schedule D 6) Form 1040 Schedule SE 7) Form 8949 8) Form 4562 Carrie A. Morgan, age 45, is single and lives with her dependent mother atXXXXX Allentown, PA 18105. Her social security number isNNN-NN-NNNN 1. Carrie is a licensed hairstylist and operates her own business. Located atXXXXX Allentown, PA 18105, the business is conducted under the name of “Carrie’s Coiffures.” Carrie’s business activity code is 812112. In addition to 10 workstations (i.e., stylist chairs) and a small reception area, the shop has display and storage areas for the products Carrie sells (see item 2 below). During the year, Carrie leased nine of the stations to other hairstylists. As is common practice in similar businesses in the area, the other stylists are considered to be self-employed. In fact, the IRS sanctioned the self-employment classification for the stylists in an audit of one of Carrie’s prior tax returns. Each stylist pays Carrie a fixed rent for the use of a workstation, resulting in $68,000 of rents received during 2012. From her own station, Carrie earned $44,000 (including tips of $12,000) for the styling services she provided to her own clients. 2. Carrie’s Coiffures is the local distributor for several beauty products (e.g., conditioners, shampoos) that cannot be purchased anywhere else. Carrie buys these items from the manufacturers and sells them to regular patrons, walk-in customers, and other beauticians (including those who lease chairs from her). Carrie’s Coiffures is also known for the selection and quality of its hairpieces (i.e., wigs, toupees). Through the shop, Carrie made the following sales during the year: Hairpieces and wigs $69,000 Beauty products 48,000 3. Although Carrie operates her business on a cash basis, she maintains inventory accounts for the items she sells as required by law. Relevant information about the inventories (based on lower of cost or market) is summarized below. 4. 12/31/11 12/31/12 Hairpieces and wigs $10,700 $12,600 Beauty products 11,400 9,900 5. Carrie’s purchases for 2012 were $30,500 of hairpieces and wigs and $26,100 of beauty products. 6. Carrie’s Coiffures had the following operating expenses for 2012: Utilities (i.e., gas, electric, telephone) $12,900 Ad valorem property taxes: On realty (e.g., shop building and land) $4,200 On personalty (e.g., equipment, inventory) 1,800 6,000 Styling supplies (e.g., rinses, dyes, gels, hair spray) 5,700 Fire and casualty insurance 4,100 Liability insurance 4,000 Accounting services 3,800 Janitorial services 2,400 Sewer service, garbage pickup $ 2,300 Water 2,200 Occupation licenses (city and state) 1,500 Waiting room supplies (e.g., magazines, coffee) 1,300 7. As Carrie prefers to avoid employer-employee arrangements and the payroll tax complexities, she retains outside agencies to handle her accounting and janitorial needs. 8. In early 2012, Carrie decided to renovate the waiting room. On May 10, she spent $10,400 for new chairs, a sofa, various lamps, coffee bar, and other furnishings. Carrie follows a policy of claiming as much depreciation as soon as possible. The old furnishings were thrown away or given to customers. For tax purposes, the old furnishings had a zero basis. 9. Carrie’s Coiffures is located in a building Carrie had constructed atXXXXXin March 1998. The shop was built for a cost of $300,000 on a lot she purchased earlier for $35,000. Except for a down payment from savings, the cost was financed by a 20- year mortgage. For tax purposes, MACRS depreciation is claimed on the building. During 2012, the following expenses were attributable to the property: Repainting (both exterior and interior) $8,000 Repairs (plumbing and electrical) 1,900 10. In May (after her accident settlement discussed in item 11 below), Carrie paid the balance due on the business mortgage. To do so, she incurred a prepayment penalty of $4,400. Prior to paying it off, she paid regular interest on the mortgage in 2012 of $6,000. 11. In February 2012, Carrie’s Coiffures was cited by the city for improper disposal of certain waste chemicals. Carrie questioned the propriety of the proposed fine of $2,000 and retained an attorney to represent her at the hearing. By pleading nolo contendere, the attorney was able to get the fine reduced to $500. Carrie paid both the fine of $500 and the attorney’s fee of $600 in 2012.
12. In August 2012, Carrie saw an ad in a trade publication that attracted her attention. The owner of a well-respected styling salon in Reading (PA) had died, and his estate was offering the business for sale. Carrie traveled to Reading, spent several days looking over the business ((including books and financial results), and met with the executor. Carried treated the executor to dinner and a music concert. Immediately after the concert, Carrie made an offer for the business, but the executor rejected it. Her expenses in connection with this trip were as follows:
Car rental $140
Entertainment of executor 280
Motel (August 6-7) 220
Meals 110
13. In March 2011, Joan Myers, one of Carrie’s best stylists, left town to get away from a troublesome ex-husband. In order to help Joan establish a business elsewhere, Carrie loaned her $7,000. Joan signed a note dated March 3, 2011, that was payable in one year with 6% interest. On December 30, 2012, Carrie learned that Joan had declared bankruptcy and was awaiting trial on felony theft charges. Carrie never received payment from Joan, nor did she receive any interest on the loan.
14. At Christmas, Carrie gave each of her 35 best customers a large bottle of body lotion.

Each bottle had a wholesale cost to Carrie of $12 but a retail price of $24. Carrie also spent $3 to have each bottle gift wrapped. (Note: The lotion was special order merchandise and was not part of the business’s inventory or purchases for the year—see item 2 above.) She also gave each of the nine stylists who leased chairs from her a basket of fruit that cost $30 (not including $5 delivery cost).
15. In March 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue audited Carrie’s state income tax returns for 2009 and 2010. She was assessed additional state income tax of $340 for these years. Surprisingly, no interest was included in the assessment. Carrie paid he back taxes promptly.
16. On a morning walk in November 2011, Carrie was injured when she was sideswiped by
a delivery truck. Carrie was hospitalized for several days, and the driver of the truck was ticketed and charged with DUI. The owner of the truck, a national parcel delivery service, was concerned that further adverse publicity might result if the matter went to court. Consequently, the owner offered Carrie a settlement if she would sign a release. Under the settlement, her medical expenses were paid and she would receive a cash award of $200,000. The award specified that the entire amount was for physical pain and suffering. Because she suffered no permanent injury as a result of the mishap, she signed the release in April 2012 and received the $200,000 settlement.
17. In January 2012, Carrie was contacted by the state of Pennsylvania regarding a tract of land she owned in York County. The state intended to convert the property into a district headquarters, barracks, and training center for its highway patrol. Carrie had inherited the property from her father when he died on August 11, 2011. The property had a value of $140,000 on that date and had been purchased by her father on March 3, 1980, for $30,000. On July 25, 2012, after considerable negotiation and after the
state threatened to initiate condemnation proceedings, she sold the tract to the state for $158,000. Since Carrie is not comfortable with real estate investments, she does not plan to reinvest any of the proceeds received in another piece of realty.

18. When her father died in 2011, Carrie did not know that he had an insurance policy on his life (maturity value of $50,000) in which she was named as the beneficiary. When her mother told her about the policy in July 2012, Carrie filed a claim with the carrier, Falcon Life Insurance Company. In August 2012, she received a check from Falcon for $51,500 (including $1,500 interest).
19. Upon the advice of a client who is a respected broker, Carrie purchased 1,000 shares of common stock in Grosbeak Exploration for $40,000 on March 4, 2012. In the months following her purchase, the share value of Grosbeak plummeted. Disgusted with the unexpected erosion in the value of her investment, Carrie sold the stock for $28,000 on December 23, 2012.
20. While on her way to work in 2011, Carrie was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. The damage to her Lexus was covered by her insurance company, General Casualty, except for the $1,000 deductible she was required to pay. In 2012, the insurance company located the driver who caused the accident and was reimbursed by his insurer.
Consequently, Carrie received a $1,000 refund check from General Casualty in May 2012 to reimburse her for her $1,000 deductible.
21. After her father’s death, Carrie’s mother (Mildred Morgan, Social Security number NNN-NN-NNNN moved in with her. Mildred’s persistent back trouble made it difficult for her to climb the stairs to the second-floor bedrooms in Carrie’s house. So Carrie had an elevator installed in her personal residence at a cost of $12,000 in January 2012. A qualified appraiser determined that the elevator increased the value of the personal residence by $7,000. The appraisal cost $400. The operation of the elevator during 2012 increased Carrie’s electric bill by $300.
22. As a favor to a long-time client who is a drama professor at a local state university, Carrie spent a weekend as a stylist preparing hairdos for the key actresses in the annual Theater Department fund-raising event. The drama professor supplied all of the resources that Carrie needed to provide her services. Carrie estimates that she would have charged $800 for the services she donated to this charitable event.
23. In addition to the items already mentioned, Carrie had the following receipts during 2012:
Interest income—
CD at Scranton First National Bank $900
City of Lancaster general purpose bonds 490
Money market account at Allentown State Bank 340 $1,730
Qualified dividends on stock investments—
General Motors $470
AT&T common 380 850
Federal income tax refund (for tax year 2011) 791
Pennsylvania state income tax refund (for tax year 2011) 205
24. Expenditures for 2012, not previously noted, are summarized below.
Contribution to pension plan $10,000
Medical—
Premiums on medical insurance $4,800
Dental bills 1,400 6,200
Property taxes on personal residence 3,800
Interest on home mortgage 3,200
Professional expenses—
Subscriptions to trade journals $ 180
Dues to beautician groups 140 320
25. The $10,000 contribution to the pension plan is to a § 401(k) type of plan she
established in 2011. Previously, she had contributed to an H.R. 10 (Keogh) plan but
found that the § 401(k) retirement arrangement provides more flexibility and is less
complex. The medical insurance policy covers Carrie and her dependents and was
issued in the name of the business (i.e., “Carrie’s Coiffures”). It does not cover dental
work or capital modifications to a residence (see item 16 above).
26. During 2012, Carrie made the following total estimated tax payments with respect to
her 2012 tax returns:
Federal estimated income tax payments $20,800
Pennsylvania estimated income tax payments 2,400
Allentown City estimated income tax payments 800
Requirements
Prepare an income tax return (with appropriate schedules) for Carrie for 2012. In doing this, use the
following guidelines:
1) Make necessary assumptions for information not given in the problem.
2) Carrie has itemized deductions ever since she became a homeowner many years ago.
3) The sales tax option was not chosen in 2011, and Carrie had no major purchases that
qualify for the sales tax deduction in 2012.
4)Carrie has substantiation (e.g., records, receipts) to support the transactions involved.
5) If a refund results, Carrie wants it sent to her.
6) Carrie is preparing her own return (i.e., no preparer is involved).
7) Carrie does not wish to contribute to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

Stakeholder Management Theory

In this assignment you will be asked to apply stakeholder management theory to the following scenario.

A public corporation of 980 employees manufactures a popular brand of garments (mostly jeans) that are primarily made and sold in America nation-wide. It has a large contingent of employees in several small rural communities in the Eastern US and is the primary employer in all of those communities. Two if its 5 shops are unionized but the union and management have a good working relationship. The company has traditionally marketed its clothing line as “Made in the USA” and attracted a bit of a “cult like” following as a result, but an outside consulting firm has suggested that significantly greater profits are possible if a different strategy is employed. The corporation is subsequently considering whether to off-shore its manufacturing facilities to a poor nation to save money on labor. It would also discretely discontinue its “Made in the USA” marketing ads and hopefully ride the wave of its previous marketing campaigns for a while. It is estimated that total cost per unit of production will be decreased by one third which equates to tens of millions of dollars.

Please write a 3 page paper in which you 1). Summarize key points from your reading, and 2). Include a brief stakeholder analysis narrative of the scenario described above considering different stakeholder groups that may benefit or be negatively impacted in this scenario. Make sure you demonstrate your understanding of the stakeholder management concepts presented in the reading. For instance, who might be considered to be the primary stakeholders? Are there any secondary stakeholders? How powerful are the respective stakeholder groups? Finally, make a recommendation regarding the scenario based on your analysis.

Business Studies

You are the manager of Acme Fireworks, a fireworks retailer who sells fireworks, puts on ground display fireworks, and large aerial display fireworks. The company started in the owner’s garage two years ago and now has 15 employees that you manage. The company started as a sole proprietorship, and the owner has never changed the entity. The owner has informed you that the company has received inquiries from several large businesses wondering if the company could create several fireworks displays on a regular basis. The owner told the inquirers that the company could fill such display orders, and a price per display was agreed upon. It was discussed that most of the cost for a fireworks display is for skilled labor, insurance, and the actual service of setting off the fireworks. No other details were discussed. The owner is anticipating that new employees will need to be hired, but he is worried that if the large orders for fireworks displays do not continue, the company will not have the funds to pay the new employees. The owner is now considering changing the business entity, but he does not know what entity to form or how to form it.
The owner has asked you to do the following:

  • Determine if the contracts with the businesses will be governed by common law or the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and explain why.
  • Analyze whether the owner formed a contract with the businesses, and apply the five essential elements of an enforceable contract.
  • Explain the potential personal liability to Acme Fireworks if a spectator is injured by a stray firework from a fireworks display.
  • Discuss the different employment types and relationships relevant to agency law, and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each type specific to Acme Fireworks.
  • Explain why Acme Fireworks should not operate as a sole proprietorship. Recommend a new business entity, and provide rationale to support your recommendation.

For each task, be sure to analyze the relevant law, apply the facts to the law, and make a conclusion.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including the title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

  1. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  2. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  3. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. That is, describe what your response is to the content, either positive or negative, and defend your position. If multiple options, alternatives, and/or positions are present and are being rejected, you must also defend the reasons for rejecting an option.
  4. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  5. Must include at least five scholarly sources, two of which must be from the Ashford University Library, in addition to the course textbook.
  6. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  7. Must include a separate references page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Business Studies Assignment

Type of service: Writing from scratch
Work type: Essay (any type)
Deadline: 10 June
Academic level: College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Business Studies
Title: Welcome to Organizational Behavior !
Number of sources: 0
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 2
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 550
# of slides: ppt icon 0
Paper details:
One of the most important aspects of this class is that I have the opportunity to work with you. The second most important thing about this class is that you, as students, get to work with each other through interactive activities. Last but not least, this class is important because the material is very relevant in our professional and personal lives.

In an MBA course such as this, I suspect there are many interesting people enrolled. The purpose of this first assignment is to introduce yourself to me and your classmates. Post the essay under the “Self-Introduction Essay” THREAD. The essay will appear as a threaded discussion item for the entire class to read. Prepare a short essay of self-introduction. Introduce yourself by stating your name and hometown. In your essay, be sure to include the following information:

Your undergraduate alma mater, and major
Your current program of graduate study at EMU (i.e., MBA, MSHROD, Psychology, or graduate certificate program)
Your current or most recent employer
Your current or most recent job title/position and a brief description of your job duties/responsibilities
State why you chose to pursue graduate studies at this time in your life
State at least two work related characteristics you would like to develop (i.e., leadership skills, conflict management skill, or designing effective workplace rewards)
Review Ch. 1 and the Tentative Calendar of Course Readings on the syllabus. Pay particular attention to the topics that will be presented and discussed this semester. Which topic(s) do you find most interesting or appealing? Briefly explain your response.

Instructions for preparing your “Self-Introduction Essay” posting:

Type your discussion posting (essay) in a word processing (e.g. MicroSoft Word) application and save it to your PC or a removable drive before posting to the THREAD. This is important for two reasons: 1) If for some reason your essay is lost in in Blackboard, you will have another copy; 2) Grammatical errors can be greatly minimized by the use of the spell-and-grammar check functions in word processing applications. Once the post(s) has been typed and corrected in the word processing application, it should be copied and pasted to the Discussion Board. Please do NOT upload a document. Remember to post your essay as a REPLY to the THREAD.

Cultural Abuse

Ass# 1: Teams/Groups Considerations

Continuing on the journey of individual differences, leaders and managers face an increasingly diverse workforce. Not only are diverse individuals working side-by-side in organizations, many people are working virtually with teams from all around the world. Teams are not just groups of people sitting in a conference room but individuals who come together via technology; each individual attending a team meeting can join in from an office or cubicle potentially located anywhere in the world. In such a virtual environment, there is always the possibility of conflict due to the diverse nature of the meeting participants.

Consider the aforementioned aspects, and using the module readings and the University online library resources, research the challenges, benefits, and impacts related to teams or groups. Then, respond to the following:

  • Discuss the varied challenges faced by leaders or managers concerning teams made of a diverse workforce. Include considerations such as how some team members might be from different countries or how the teams might meet virtually.
  • Explain how factors related to internal and external teams (participants both from within the same room and those attending virtually) may affect organizational behavior.
  • How can these internal and external factors be constructively managed to enhance not only team performance but also organizational performance?

By Saturday, June 13, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area.

Write your initial response in 500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Ass# 2: Ethical Implications of Cultural Abuse

After addressing the challenges leaders and managers face regarding diversity in M6: Assignment 1, let us focus on how leaders and managers might abuse power in dealing with a diverse workforce. Consider the role cultural stigmas play regarding how leaders and managers communicate with and react to a diverse workforce. Consider the importance of diversity training for leaders, managers, and employees. Further, consider how sociocultural factors related to leaders, managers, and employees help or hinder functionally effective communications. Finally, there is the ethical consideration of determining whether a leader or manager’s use of power to gain compliance is acceptable.

Using the module readings and the University online library resources, research the ethical implication of cultural abuse. Based on your research, respond to the following:

  • Explain the ethical implications of cultural abuse of leader/manager power. Your response should not simply state whether cultural abuse of power is ethical or unethical but also include the underlying theoretical premise that justifies your position as well as personal experiential examples.
  • Briefly discuss how diversity might influence (hinder or aid) such abuse.
  • Research your textbook as well as appropriate trade journals and academic peer-reviewed journals to support your arguments.

Write a 4-pages paper in Word format. Note: The title page, references, and appendices are not included in the page count.

Apply APA standards to citation of sources.Write your responses in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation per APA (6th edition) standards.

Ethical and Socially Responsive Business

Assignment: Ethical and Socially Responsive Business

Because of the human aspect of ethics and its links to business success, corporate leaders must be careful about their behaviors, and how they address problems. For this assignment, you must select the code of ethical conduct for one (1) of the following restaurants:

As a basis for your written assignment, you will assume that you are the CEO of your chosen restaurant. Be sure to identify the restaurant you have chosen in your written paper.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe key areas of the selected company’s code of conduct that are of significant importance to the business, and explain why.
  2. Explain the key steps that the company should take to ensure that employees follow the code of conduct.
  3. Suggest three (3) ways in which the restaurant can engage in socially responsive activities in the community within which it operates.
  4. Use at least two (2) quality resources. Note:Wikipedia does not qualify as a quality resource.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Discuss the roles of ethics and social responsibilities in business.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business issues using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the rubric found here.

 

Management and Allocation of System Resources

Your organization has received approval to expand primary care in a local rural community. This new facility will consist of a primary care practice of physicians and staff. In addition, the facility will be equipped for imaging and lab collection. Develop a 1,400- to 1,750-word operational plan which details the management and allocation of human and non-human resources necessary for the facility. Consider the following resources in your plan: Buildings Equipment Information Technology Consumables Human Resources Methods Money Include clinical and non-clinical staff members, hours of operation, and 3rd party services (For example: cleaning, shred, and courier services) in your plan. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Real Estate

Type of service: Writing from scratch
Work type: Research paper
Deadline: 12 hours
Academic level: College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Business Studies
Title: Closing real estate loans
Number of sources: 4
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: APA
# of pages: 7
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 1925
# of slides: ppt icon 0
Paper details:
Please choose a real estate finance topic identified in the text book or another topic relative to this course which has the potential to impact the buying, selling and finance of real estate. Prepare a paper of at least 7 pages discussing the topic. The 7 pages are in addition to your title and reference page. It must be in proper APA format. Upon completion, upload your work to the Assignments area of the classroom.

Stakeholder Management

Part of being an effective project manager is communication and representing the interests of the different stakeholders regarding the project. Stakeholder interests can often fluctuate during a life cycle of the project. Maintaining contact and effective communication with all stakeholders is vitally important to successful conclusion of a project.

This week you crossed over the halfway point of the class. As result you’re halfway through the project.

It is your task and this week to address stakeholder needs in a progress report that will be sent to the client team.

Write a 1000 word, APA style paper that addresses the needs of different project stakeholders and restate the mission and purpose of the project. It is suggested recapping what has been agreed upon for this project in order to minimize scope creep.

Please use 2-3 outside references. Only one reference may be from the internet (not Wikipedia). Use supporting materials that are credible to strengthen your position as to your methodology for presenting this information and in what manner. Only the body of the paper will count towards the word requirement. Include a title page. Please see rubric below.

Demand and Supply

Demand and Supply

The use of E-Books has increased in recent years, especially with the advent of mobile E-Readers.  A marketing research firm recently developed the following supply and demand schedules for E-books:

Price/E-Book Quantity Demanded Quantity Supplied
$18 4000 10,000
16 5000 9500
14 6000 9000
12 7000 8500
10 8000 8000
9 9000 7500
8 10000 7000
7 11000 6500
6 12000 6000
5 13000 5500
4 14000 5000
2 15000 4500

Assignment Guidelines:
Using Microsoft (MS) Excel, construct a graph showing supply and demand in the E-Book market based on the data above. (Save this file because you will re-work it later in the assignment.) When finished, copy and paste or import your graph into an MS Word document.

(Tutorials for working with MS Excel and MS Word can be found through the Tutoring Services and Tutorials link at the top of the page.)
In your MS Word document, below your imported graph, respond to the following:

  1. Explain how the Laws of Supply and Demand are illustrated in this graph.
  2. Describe the equilibrium price and quantity in this market.
  3. Assume that the government imposes a price floor of $12 in the E-Book market. Explain what would happen in this market.
  4. Assume that the price floor is removed and a price ceiling is imposed at $6. Explain what would happen in this market.
  5. Now, assume that the price of E-Readers (used with E-Books) drops from $60 by fifty percent. How would this change impact the demand for E-Books? Explain your answer. Then, reconstruct your original graph to show this change and place it in your MS Word document below your explanation.

Remember, quotations, paraphrases, and ideas you get from books, articles, or other sources of information should be cited using APA style. Help with citing sources can be found through the Academic Resources page under Course Home.

Business Studies

Type of service: Writing from scratch
Work type: Essay (any type)
Deadline: 10 June
Academic level: Undergraduate
Subject or discipline: Business Studies
Title: Business Decision Making One
Number of sources: 2
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 8
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 2200
# of slides: ppt icon 0
Paper details:
Guidelines to achieve Pass grade for Task 1
ï‚· You will need to produce a detailed plan of how you will collect the data, justifying the usage of primary and secondary sources. Primary data can be collected by administering questionnaires. Data from the Internet or other published sources can be used as examples of secondary data.
ï‚· You will need to present the survey methodology used. Discuss in your report how the sample was selected from a population.
Higher National Diploma – Business Management
ï‚· Produce a questionnaire for the investigation into the current and possibly future leisure needs and preferences of the residents of the UAE. The questionnaire may ask 10-15 questions; you can circulate your questionnaire within or outside of the University. You can also work on the design of the questionnaire together with a fellow student, if you wish.
ï‚· You will need to classify, record and present your market findings appropriately.
ï‚· Using market data collected, analyse it by the use of averages (mean, median, mode) and measures of dispersion (standard deviation, inter-quartile range).
 You are required to estimate the statistical relationship between the monthly household income and the price an average adult visitor would be willing to pay for one-day visit ticket to the park using a linear regression model. For this, you can use the survey collected data. You will need to calculate and interpret the correlation coefficient and coefficient of determination, calculate the constants “a” and “b” for your linear regression model.
ï‚· You will need to present your findings appropriately, using Excel spreadsheet graphs (line, pie, bar charts and histograms), tables, scatter XY graphs.
ï‚· You will need to predict the price level for the monthly household income range outside of your collected source data.
ï‚· You will need to produce a formal business report detailing your findings from the tasks above to the Company.

Business Plan

Type of service: Writing from scratch
Work type: Business plan
Deadline: 6 Jun, 07:27 AM
Academic level: College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Business Studies
Title: Writer’s choice
Number of sources: 2
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 4
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 1100
# of slides: ppt icon 0
Paper details:
Identify a situation in real life where a stakeholder power and interest grid could be a useful tool to use. Please complete a short report with hypothetical power and interest grid for this situation. Include what would your next steps as the project manager be after completing this tool?

Organizational Behavior

In many organizations, being “people-centered” is considered soft, irrelevant, and unrelated to profitability. Using support from historical perspectives of organizational behavior, explain how you would rebut these arguments.

Options and futures on oil

Title: Options and futures on oil
Order Instructions: You are the administrator of an oil-drilling platform with a monthly production of 500,000 barrels of light sweet crude (WTI). The board of directors of your company has suggested that you use derivatives products to fix the sale price of the oil you are producing for the next six months so they can prepare forecasted financial statements.

Use live options to cover the next six months of oil production. What is the total cost (premium) of the hedge (ignore transaction fees)? What exact products (description) did you use, how many contracts? (screen capture please…)

Once you have completed the hedge, criticize the board’s decision. Using technical or fundamental analysis, discuss if it is a wise decision to hedge the production of oil at this point in time. 

High frequency trading (10 points)

“There’s millions in those milliseconds”. Read the article and choose, in the article, a subject that interests you. Write a report (3-4 pages) on the topic of your choice as if you were presenting it to a group of experienced traders. Do not hesitate to expand your research beyond the boundaries of the article.

I shall attach everything you need, i shall attach the slides to the topics related for futures and options just so that you know how much is expected as well as the article

IMPORTANT : I WILL ATTACH A SAMPLE PAPER ITS A STUDENTS PAPER U CANNOT COPY OR USE ANYTHING FROM IT JUST FOLLOW THE WAY

Number of pages: 13  Number of sources: 5  Citation style: apa  Academic level: collegeyear2  Course name: futures and options trading  Course level: 400

Scion’s Quest to Crack Gen Y

Case Study “Scion’s Quest to Crack Gen Y” on pp. 534-535

(Answer each question in 200-350 words)

At least two external (outside of the textbook) scholarly sources on the analysis topics must be included and cited. Two scholarly sources are the MINIMUM. This scholarly research on the analysis topics is IN ADDITION to the text or other websites. Most of the .com and .net sources are NOT scholarly and will not be counted toward the required two. Wikipedia, Ask.com, online dictionaries, etc. are NOT scholarly sources and should never be included in your work.

PLEASE PUT SOURCES USED WHEN ANSWERING QUESTIONS, AT THE END OF THE ANSWER SO I WILL KNOW WHAT SOURCE GOES WITH WHAT.  THANK YOU!!

1.Summarize the key facts of the case. What are the critical issues being presented here?

2. Discuss how income, social class, and age interact in Toyota’s marketing strategy. How do income and social class affect age as a means of segmentation for the Scion?

3. What are some of the challenges Scion CURRENTLY faces as their brand has grown? How can they continue to reach young people and what media outlets should they be using?

4. Select another vehicle that you believe is marketed based on the age of potential consumers. How is the marketing similar? How is it different?

 

Scion's Quest to Crack Gen Y

Case Study “Scion’s Quest to Crack Gen Y” on pp. 534-535
(Answer each question in 200-350 words)
At least two external (outside of the textbook) scholarly sources on the analysis topics must be included and cited. Two scholarly sources are the MINIMUM. This scholarly research on the analysis topics is IN ADDITION to the text or other websites. Most of the .com and .net sources are NOT scholarly and will not be counted toward the required two. Wikipedia, Ask.com, online dictionaries, etc. are NOT scholarly sources and should never be included in your work.
PLEASE PUT SOURCES USED WHEN ANSWERING QUESTIONS, AT THE END OF THE ANSWER SO I WILL KNOW WHAT SOURCE GOES WITH WHAT.  THANK YOU!!
1.Summarize the key facts of the case. What are the critical issues being presented here?
2. Discuss how income, social class, and age interact in Toyota’s marketing strategy. How do income and social class affect age as a means of segmentation for the Scion?
3. What are some of the challenges Scion CURRENTLY faces as their brand has grown? How can they continue to reach young people and what media outlets should they be using?
4. Select another vehicle that you believe is marketed based on the age of potential consumers. How is the marketing similar? How is it different?
 

MOBILE PHONES INVADE THE WORLD

Read the Chapter 15 Case Study: “MOBILE PHONES INVADE THE WORLD”

(Answer each question in 200-350 words)

At least two external (outside of the textbook) scholarly sources on the analysis topics must be included and cited. Two scholarly sources are the MINIMUM. This scholarly research on the analysis topics is IN ADDITION to the text or other websites. Most of the .com and .net sources are NOT scholarly and will not be counted toward the required two. Wikipedia, Ask.com, online dictionaries, etc. are NOT scholarly sources and should never be included in your work.

PLEASE PUT SOURCES USED WHEN ANSWERING QUESTIONS, AT THE END OF THE ANSWER SO I WILL KNOW WHAT SOURCE GOES WITH WHAT.  THANK YOU!!

1. Summarize the key facts of the case. What are the critical issues being presented here?

2. Why have Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries taken a strong stance on regulating the use of camera phones? Discuss this case in the context of sacred and profane consumption

3. Discuss the Russian culture particularly as it relates to cell phone consumption. On another note, identify and discuss product categories that are accepted in Russia, but would be rejected in the USA due to cultural differences.

4. As a cell phone marketer, how might you boost sales and usage by influencing cultural rituals and encouraging the development of cultural rituals? Provide examples.

Dividend Policy

Your team was assigned the task of presenting to CFP’s board of directors on their dividend policy.Thus far, CFP has needed to retain all of its earnings, but its future sales and asset growth requirements are likely to decline, and as growth slows the company expects to generate free cash flow that can be paid out to stockholders.

The dividend issue has never been seriously considered for several reasons. First, the firm’s rapid growth has absorbed all of its cash flows to fund capital investment opportunities. Second, CFP’s directors did not personally need dividend income; hence if dividends had been paid, they would have simply paid about 40 percent of them out to cover state and federal taxes and then reinvested the remainder, ending up worse off than before. However, in 2003 a new tax law took effect,lowering the maximum federal tax rate on dividends from 39.6 percent to 15 percent and the maximum rate on capital gains from 20 percent to 15 percent. Under the old tax structure,stockholders’ potential after‐tax returns were maximized by having the company retain and reinvest earnings to generate capital gains. Under the new law, with both dividends and capital gains taxed at 15 percent, the tax disadvantage of dividends has been largely eliminated.

Also, several CFP directors (and officers) are thinking about retirement, and when they do retire,they will need cash income. This is making them more interested in dividends. Finally, CFP President Brian Smith and several other large stockholders (including some of the other officers) would like to diversify their holdings, which would mean selling some CFP shares and reinvesting the proceeds in other securities. Obviously, they would like to sell their shares at as high a price as possible, and the CFO thinks that paying a dividend might increase the price of the shares. This view was reinforced at the company’s last annual meeting, when several stockholders asked about dividends and commented that a dividend would be well received.

The CFO is also aware that since the new tax law took effect, many companies have increased their dividends, and stock market pundits have been arguing that companies such as CFP could increase their stock prices by initiating cash dividends. Indeed, in mid‐2004 Microsoft announced the largest dividend action in history, which included a one‐time special dividend of $30 billion, a substantial increase in the regular quarterly dividend, and a very large stock repurchase program.

Many other companies have taken similar actions, and they have typically seen a pop—which may not be permanent—in their stock prices. However, given its rapid growth and need for funds, few‐if any‐analysts expect CFP to pay dividends for a couple of years. Indeed, one influential analyst recently published a report in which he forecasted no dividends for the next two years, then an initial dividend of $0.50, then rapid grow in the dividend for the next two years (75% in the first year and 40% in the second), and finally a constant growth rate of about 7.6% thereafter. The CFO thinks this forecast is consistent with most analysts’ views, but CFP’s management has not indicated that it agrees.

Before the recent tax change, Brian Smith and CFP’s directors stated publicly that they had no plans to pay dividends any time soon. However, the dramatic change in the tax situation and the inevitability that slower growth will make free cash flow available has moved dividend policy to the front burner. Write a report in preparation of your presentation to the board of directors.

Questions

  1. What “signals” do managers send investors through their dividend actions? Should CFP be concerned about signaling effects if it established a payout policy and later thought about altering that policy? Are signaling effects reflected in the residual model?
  1. Excess funds not needed in operations could also be used to buy marketable securities or for acquisitions rather than used to pay dividends. Should the board consider these alternatives for the excess funds instead?
  2. How might dividend policy affect agency costs? Are agency costs likely to be more important for a company whose managers own a large percentage of its shares or a company whose managers do not own much of its stock?

 

Case Study Analysis: External and Global Environment

Case Study Analysis Paper: External and Global Environment

Prepare a case study analysis on Case 14: “Louis Vuitton in Japan” found in the Cases section of your Pearce and Robinson textbook.

Closely follow the Case Study Analysis Template by clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of conducting a SWOT analysis with respect to Louis Vuitton’s external and global environment which includes the remote, industry, and operating environments. Be sure to include the SWOT analysis as shown in the Appendix of your paper (after the References page).

Assignment Checklist:

  • Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s external and global environment.
  • Create a case study analysis on the company’s external and global environmental issues while focusing upon the remote, industry, and operating environments.

Case Write-Up – Starbucks and Conservation International

Case Write-Up
You have to write an essay on the following case: Starbucks and Conservation International (June 4)

The write-up should be an answer to the respective discussion questions for the case (they are listed below).

((1) What are the key success factors for the Starbucks – Conservation International partnership on the Chiapas coffee project in Mexico?
(2) How does Starbuck’s relationship with Conservation International compare to that of its relationship with the Fair Trade Movement organizations Global Exchange/TransFair? In that regard, do the criticisms against Starbucks make sense to you?
(3) What would you recommend to Starbucks regarding the future of its relationship with Conservation International? What might you change?

Please answer separately each of the discussion questions and create a clear structure of your write-up – that is, identify your answers to each question by using subheadings (for example: Question 1 – Answer; Question 2 – Answer; etc.).

Length: Up to 1,300 words. Less words is not bad; I will be evaluating the quality of your logical thinking and critical assessment of the case, not the quantity of words with which you express yourself. In any case you have to assume that quantity and quality are often interdependent. With more space/words you can increase the general quality of your answer by bringing additional relevant evidence/data in support of your argumentation.

Formatting: Use any easily readable font and margins of your liking. Please save your essay as a Word document and send it to me.
Your essay is due by 8 pm on June 4.

Integrated Business Communication

Assignment 5: Integrated Business Communication. Write a three to four (3-4) page paper that addresses the following:

  • As a future executive, explain what you think are the most important communication issues you will have to face as you embark upon your career.
  • Discuss whether communication will become more complex, or less complex, and why.
  • Address what role technology will play in the communication of thoughts and ideas.
  • Discuss how the information gap between generations, cultures, income levels, and education can be resolved.
  • Include a statement of your personal philosophy on the future of integrated business communication.

The format of the paper is to be as follows:

  • Typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (size 12), one-inch margins on all sides, APA format, a Microsoft Word document.
  • Use headers for each of the subjects being covered, followed by your response.
  • In addition to the three to four (3-4) pages required, a title page is to be included. The title page is to contain the title of the assignment, your name, the instructor’s name, the course title, and the date.

Note: You will be graded on the quality of your answers, the logic/organization of the report, your language skills, and your writing skills.

Management Strategy

Case Study:

Banco Santander is a Spaniard bank, the biggest for market capitalization and the eight largest by assets in Europe. The last 25 years, Emilio Botin, Chairman, has lead a process of internationalization and diversification through overseas acquisitions.

Please read the article Banco Santander’s Emilio Botín takes on the world, which is posted in week 7. You can review additional information from business journals as Businessweek, Fortune, Forbes, CNN Money, McKinsey Harvard Business review or other credible source from internet.

Please prepare a document where you answer the following questions:

(4pages-APA Style 6th edition )

  1. Botin’s strategy was to acquire large foreign banks which have some sort of financial straits, some of these banks are located in developing countries in South America. Will this risk spreading create value for shareholders? Under what circumstances could these acquisitions create benefits for shareholders?
  1. Should Banco Santander increase its presence in the U.S. market? Why or why not?(need industry analysis, porter’s 5 forces, pest analysis)
  1. Assume that Banco Santander decides to increase its presence in the U.S. market. How should it do so?
  1. What do you think are the key success factors for the international diversification of Banco Santander?
  1. Analyze the internal governance mechanism of ownership concentration in Banco Santander.( use this link to help : http://www.santanderannualreport.com/2014/en/annual-report/structure-and-internal-governance.html )

SWOT analysis

MGT435 Assignment

Select an organization and describe its history, products, and major competitors in a paragraph or two. Develop a SWOT analysis detailing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that may affect the organization.
You must submit a three-to four-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages) formatted according to APA style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. In addition to the textbook, you must use at least two scholarly sources.
Instructions 
Locate a competing organization in your local market (or region) to help develop your SWOT analysis. You can find this information on the website for the US Chamber of Commerce. Your SWOT analysis should address the Questions to Ask on Rob Berman’s blog.

Turnaround at Nissan

“Turnaround at Nissan”

 Read the case study “Turnaround at Nissan” and answer the questions at the end of the reading.
Turnaround at Nissan
In 1999, Nissan was in a state of serious decline and had lost money in all but one of
the previous eight years. Only Renault’s willingness to assume part of Nissan’s debt saved the
Japanese company from going bankrupt. As part of the deal, the French automaker appointed
Carlos Ghosn to become Nissan’s chief operating officer. However, there was widespread skepti-
cism that the alliance between Renault and Nissan could succeed, or that someone who was not
Japanese could provide effective leadership at Nissan.
During the three months prior to assuming the position of COO at Nissan, Ghosn met
with hundreds of people, including employees, union officials, suppliers, and customers, to learn
more about the company and its strengths and weaknesses. From these meetings and earlier
experiences with turnaround assignments, Ghosn understood that major changes would not be
successful if they were dictated by him and the experts he brought with him from Renault. Soon
after assuming his new position at Nissan in June 1999, Ghosn created nine cross‐functional
teams and gave them responsibility for determining what needed to be done to revive the
company. Such teams had never been used before at Nissan, and it was unusual in a Japanese
company to involve a broad cross‐section of managers in determining major changes.
The cross‐functional teams examined different aspects of company operations to identify
problems and recommend solutions to Ghosn and the executive committee. Several interrelated problems were identified, and they were mostly consistent with Ghosn’s initial impressions. The poor financial performance at Nissan was a joint result of declining sales and
excessive costs, and weak management was the primary reason for the failure to resolve these
problems. Management lacked a coherent strategy, a strong profit orientation, and a clear focus on customers. There was little cooperation across functions, and there was no urgency about
the need for major change.
One reason for excessive costs at Nissan was that only half of the available capacity in the company’s factories was being used; production capacity was sufficient to build almost a million more cars a year than the company could sell. To reduce costs, Ghosn decided to close five factories in Japan and eliminate more than 21,000 jobs, which was 14 percent of Nissan’s global
workforce. To simplify production operations at the remaining factories and make them more efficient, Ghosn planned to reduce the number of car platforms by half and the number of powertrain combinations by a third. Plant closings can undermine relations with employees, and Ghosn took steps to ensure that employees knew why they were necessary and who would be
affected. In general, he understood that most employees prefer to learn what would happen to them and prepare for it, rather than remaining in a state of uncertainty and anxiety. Ghosn attempted to minimize adverse effects on employees by selling subsidiaries and using natural attrition, early retirements, and opportunities for part‐time work at other company facilities.
Purchasing costs represent 60 percent of the operating costs for an automaker, and Nissan was paying much more than necessary for the parts and supplies used to build its cars. After comparing expenses at Nissan and Renault, Ghosn discovered that Nissan’s purchasing costs were 25 percent higher. One reason was the practice of purchasing small orders from many
suppliers instead of larger orders from a smaller number of global sources. It would be necessary to reduce the number of suppliers, even though this action was unprecedented in a country where supplier relationships were considered sacrosanct. Higher purchasing costs were also a result of overly exacting specifications imposed on suppliers by Nissan engineers. The
engineers who worked with the cross‐functional team on purchasing initially defended their specifications, but when they finally realized that they were wrong, the team was able to achieve greater savings than expected. Excessive purchasing costs are not the type of problem that can be solved quickly, but after three years of persistent effort it was possible to achieve Ghosn’s goal
of a 20 percent reduction.  Years of declining sales at Nissan were caused by a lack of customer appeal for most of the
company’s cars. When Ghosn made a detailed analysis of sales data, he discovered that only 4 of the 43 different Nissan models had sufficient sales to be profitable. Final decisions about the design of new models were made by the head of engineering. Designers were taking orders from engineers who focused completely on performance, and there was little effort to determine
what types of cars customers really wanted. To increase the customer appeal of Nissan vehicles, Ghosn hired the innovative designer Shiro Nakamura, who became another key leader in the turnaround effort. The designers would now have more authority over design decisions, and Ghosn encouraged them to be innovative rather than merely copying competitors. For the first time in over a decade, Nissan began coming up with cars that excited customers both in Japan and abroad. Ghosn planned to introduce 12 new models over a three‐year period, but the time necessary to bring a new model into production meant that few would be available until 2002.
Another reason for declining sales was Nissan’s weak distribution network. In Japan strong brand loyalty is reinforced by efforts to maintain close relationships with customers, and it is essential for the dealerships to be managed by people who can build customer loyalty and convert it into repeat sales. In 1999, many Nissan dealerships in Japan were subsidiaries managed by Nissan executives nearing retirement, and they viewed their role more in social terms than as an entrepreneur responsible for helping the company to increase market share and profits. Ghosn reduced the number of company‐owned dealerships (10 percent were closed or sold), and he took steps to improve management at the remaining dealerships.  Saving Nissan would also require major changes in human resource practices, such as guaranteed lifetime employment and pay and promotion based on seniority. Transforming these strongly embedded aspects of the company culture without engendering resentment and demoralizing employees was perhaps the most difficult challenge. The changes would primarily affect nonunionized employees at Nissan, including the managers. A merit pay plan was established, and instead of being rewarded for seniority, employees were now expected to earn their promotions and salary increases through effective performance. Areas of accountability were sharply defined so that performance could be measured in relation to specific goals. New bonuses provided employees an opportunity to earn up to a third of their annual salary for effective performance, and hundreds of upper‐level managers could also earn stock options. These and other changes in human resource practices would make it possible for Ghosn to gradually replace weak middle‐ and upper‐level managers with more competent successors.
In October 1999, Ghosn announced the plan for revitalizing Nissan. He had been careful to avoid any earlier leaks about individual changes that would be criticized without understanding why they were necessary and how they fit into the overall plan. The announcement included a pledge that Ghosn and the executive committee would resign if Nissan failed to show a profit by the end of 2000. It was an impressive demonstration of his sincerity and commitment, and it made what he was asking of others seem more acceptable. Fortunately, the primary objectives of the change were all achieved on schedule, and by 2001 earnings were at a record high for the company. That year Ghosn was appointed as the chief executive officer at Nissan, and in 2005, he would become the CEO of Renault as well.  Questions
1.  What was done to improve efficiency, adaptation, and human relations, and how were the
potential trade‐offs among these performance determinants handled?
2.  What effective change management practices were used at Nissan?
3.  What traits and skills can help to explain the successful strategic leadership by Ghosn?

Business Expansion and Sustainability

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Assignment 2: Business Expansion and Sustainability
You are a Human Resources Manager of an expanding technology company consisting of 170 employees that develops and distributes small electronic devices. Over the past two (2) years, a research group formed, designed, and built prototypes of small remote surveillance cameras used for security. Recently, your company won a contract to build and provide these remote surveillance cameras to various government agencies. The contract will begin with your company supplying these cameras to agencies within your home state. If all orders are fulfilled sufficiently, the contract will be expanded to supplying agencies outside of your home state.
For the immediate future, you will need to secure a larger facility and hire more staff to sustain the first part of the contract. This staff will consist of ten (10) Assembly Technicians, one (1) Certified Quality Control Engineer, one (1) Contract Administrator, and one (1) Office Support Paraprofessional. Meanwhile, there is a contract clause requiring that you provide a staffing plan in order to ensure future product deliveries and sustain the possible future growth.
Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of these assignments. Write a six to seven (6-7) page paper in which you:
1. Identify three (3) job requirements (e.g., needed certifications, previous work experience, external influences, etc.) that could apply to your chosen scenario. Determine two (2) ways these requirements could impact staffing at your organization. Next, suggest one (1) strategy that you could utilize to ensure that all applicants meet the identified job requirements for your organization. Justify your response.
2. Outline a long-term recruitment plan that contains at least four (4) components, is aligned with your company’s recruitment strategy, but also addresses possible job skill or credential shortages. Note: Consider concepts such as succession planning and hiring retirees.
3. Describe three (3) branding strategies that you would employ to attract qualified applicants to your organization. Next, suggest three (3) communication methods that you would utilize to reach out to applicants. Predict the outcome of integrating your branding strategies and communication methods at your organization. Provide a rationale for your response.
4. Determine two (2) selection processes for recruiting new employees that could apply to your chosen scenario and then identify five (5) selection criteria that you could use when hiring new employees. Next, analyze the effect of the five (5) identified selection criteria on long-term employee retention and preservation of organizational knowledge. Justify your response.
5. Suggest two (2) assessment methods that you could employ to select new employees for your organization and then analyze the validity and reliability of each method in regards to the job your organization is offering. Next, identify four (4) job predictors that you believe can assess candidates’ knowledge, skills, abilities, and other skills and experiences (KSAO’s). Provide support for your rationale.
6. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Explain the role of staffing to support an organization’s strategy and improve productivity.
• Explain the planning considerations for staffing organizations, the use of job analysis, and the components of a staffing plan.
• Develop recruitment plans using both internal and external recruitment.
• Design a selection process that incorporates a variety of assessment methods and a supporting decision method for candidate selection.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in staffing organizations.
• Write clearly and concisely about staffing organizations using proper writing mechanics.

Memo : Researching the Market

1–2 page memo: Researching the Market

Michelle has asked you to send her a memo that explains the target market for MM’s new product. Because a global market is under consideration, she wants you and Elena to meet for an in-depth discussion of the different characteristics of your target market before sending her the information.
Elena meets you for coffee the next morning to explain her reasons for advocating the global market. As you finish your discussion, Elena stops and says,

“We’ve discussed a lot of different market segments to target with the new product, but the choice comes back to you,” says Elena. “What’s your final decision on the target market that we should focus on? Are you going to propose that we try to market this product globally?
You sigh, knowing this is a key decision in your marketing strategy. “I appreciate our discussion today. I’m going to have to do some more research to determine the exact market and if we should go global or not.”

You know Michelle is expecting a detailed description of your targeted market segment including justification for selecting the market. You also need to remember to include your recommendation for or against marketing globally.

  • What are the demographic characteristics of your target market and why are they important?
  • Where is your target market located geographically and why is that important?
  • What psychographic characteristics define your target market? How do these impact your marketing strategy?
  • What behavioral characteristics are shared by your target market? Why are these important?

Successfully Funding Your Business Venture

Assignment 2: Successfully Funding Your Business Venture
For Assignment 1, you imagined that you were going to start a company that offered an innovative product or service. In Assignment 1 you also determined the business structure you would use for that venture. For this assignment, you can use that same idea and structure or imagine different ones. Use the Internet and the Strayer Online Library to locate any additional information needed to complete this assignment.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine the steps you would need to take to officially establish your company with the business structure that you feel is most appropriate. For each of those steps, be sure to include specifics that are relevant to your market and geographic area.
  2. Examine at least three (3) funding sources that might be appropriate for your business. Describe what those sources of capital are, and explain the pros and cons of each.
  3. Select the funding source that you believe to be the best fit for your business and explain why.
  4. Determine the form(s) of intellectual property that you will have to protect when starting your business. Develop a plan to protect these intellectual properties.
  5. Choose one (1) of the following approaches: Assume you decide to revamp your product or service so that it is completely virtual / online and concentrates on fulfilling a social need. Propose two (2) ways that you would need to alter your preferred funding sources and explain why. Determine whether you would or would not have additional forms of intellectual property to protect. Support your decision. Or If your initial business product or service was already completely online and geared toward social entrepreneurship, determine ways that you might need to revise your funding and protection of intellectual property had your company not been rooted in social entrepreneurship and had a physical location.
  6. Imagine that you established your initial idea for a company and have been successfully operating for five years (5). Describe how your hypothetical need for capital changed over the years. Determine which sources of funding would be the most appropriate if you wanted to raise capital to expand your hypothetical business. Examine how, if at all, those funding sources might have differed from those needed in early stage funding.
  7. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Competitive Strategies

BUS 508 Assignment 2: Competitive Strategies

Choose an industry in which two or more companies has historically competed to maintain a significant share of the marketplace. These could include: Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola, Apple and Microsoft, GM and Ford Motor Company, or any other well-known pair of competitors.
 Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine how each corporate culture differs from the other.
  2. Analyze three (3) ways that each unique culture has benefited by the other’s competition.
  3. Speculate how each would continue to thrive if its current corporate culture would need to change in the near future. Be sure to state what change(s) you are speculating on and what led you to identify that possibility.
  4. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other. Websites do not quality as academic resources.

 
 Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

 
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Examine the private enterprise systems, drivers of change on the system, ethic and social responsibilities of business, and the requirements for success in today’s business environment.
  • Analyze the factors that drive supply and demand, different types of market structures in a free enterprise system, and factors of stability in a nation’s economy.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in contemporary business.
  • Write clearly and concisely about contemporary business using proper writing mechanics.

 

Ethical issue faced by American Businesses

Consider an ethical issue faced by American businesses in the international arena. What are the ethical issues involved? If the issue was domestic, what would the proper solution be? How does expanding into the global context change your analysis? Do we have to consider ethics universally or in terms of specific practices within a country?
Please cite a case or news article that contributes to your answer. You do not have to agree with the result or the analysis in the article

Business law ethics paper

For this assignment, you will consider the consequences of acting ethically or unethically.  After carefully reading the supplemental ethics materials (Jennings handout), discuss fully the ethical issues related to this case.  (1) Categorize the ethical dilemma(s), (2) examine the matter from the various parties’ perspectives, and finally, (3) discuss whether or not the entrustment rule can be justified from an ethical point of view.
You will also be graded on grammar, spelling and punctuation.  Your answer must be typed (double-spaced, font size 12) and between 500 to 1000 words in length.  This assignment is to be added to your “iWeb Folio” file.
GRADING RUBRIC
Writing assignments will be graded on the depth of the arguments, the analysis, coherence, and editing (grammar and mechanical correctness).  (50 points)
THE CASE
Toby and Rita Kagen donated some used clothing to Community Charities, Inc which sells used clothing and household items to raise money for charitable programs.  They were not aware that a small bag containing their sterling silver had been accidentally included within one of the bags of donated clothing.  The silverware, which was valued at over $3,500, had been given to them twenty-seven years earlier by Rita’s father as a wedding present and had great sentimental value for them.
The Kagens realized what had happened shortly after Toby returned from Community Charities, but when Toby called Community Charities, he was told that the silver had immediately been sold to a customer, Karen Makefield, for $15.  Although Community Charities called Makefield and asked her to return the silver, Makefield refused to return it.  The Kagens then brought an action against Makefield to regain the silver, claiming that Makefield did not have good title to it.  If the silver is lost property, the Kagens will be entitled to the return of the silver.  If the silver is deemed to be entrusted to Community Charities and Makefield is a good faith purchaser, the Kagens will not have the right to recover the silver from Makefield.

Retirement planning and insurance

Personal Finance FNBK 301
Final Exam
Student: ___________________________________
Regina and Stanley Lane are 40- and 45-years-old, respectively. They are parents of twenty-one-year-old twin daughters, both of whom are in their junior year at Iowa. Lana and Lyra Lane are both majoring in biology with the hope of attending U of I College of Medicine to become doctors like their grandmother and father. Regina currently works as an architect in her own firm and Stanley is an orthopedic surgeon. Regina makes approximately $100,000 gross from her firm and Stanley makes $500,000 per year gross as a surgeon. Stanley has a whole life insurance policy with a cash value of approximately $2000 that has a $100,000 face value plus $25,000 group life insurance from the hospital; Regina has $10,000 group life insurance that her firm provides. Their daughters have $10,000 whole life policies each that the Lanes bought when they were born.
Stanley’s parents have passed away, but Regina’s parents, Jacqueline and Reggie Smith, age 70 and 78 live just down the block from Regina and Stan. Jacki is a retired pediatrician and Reggie is a retired hospital administrator. Jacki has 25-year term life insurance policy that pays $500,000 of death benefit that she took out in 1990; Reggie has a 25-year term life insurance policy that pays $1,000,000 of death benefit that he also took out in 1990. Both Jacki and Reggie enjoy good health. Stanley’s parents have a net worth of approximately $8,000,000 exclusive of their home which is worth another $1.5 million.
Lyra and Lana rent an apartment in Iowa City for $1050 per month plus utilities. The Lanes are considering purchasing a house for them to live in since they are planning on staying in Iowa City for the next five years. In addition, since they are big Hawkeye football fans, it would give them someplace to stay on football weekends.
Knowing that you recently took personal finance, the Lanes ask you to review their balance sheets and give them some advice on what steps they should take in regard to estate planning, life insurance, purchasing a house in Iowa City and other financial matters. Since they are curious about the effects of Stanley’s parents’ situation, they also ask you to see what issues you think there may be with their finances.
They would like you to identify what problems or issues you see with their finances plan and a suggestion for resolution of the problem or issue. Since they are not familiar with life insurance, please describe the various types of policies and then suggest a policy for them…make sure you identify how you arrived at the face value.
Describe the Lanes’ retirement situation, any issues you see with their retirement and what suggestions do you have?
What other issues do you see that the Lanes are facing?
Regina and Stanley Lane
Personal Balance Sheet as of November 30, 2010
 Assets
 Liquid Assets
Checking Account balance……………………………………………..                                $     2500.00
Savings…………………………………………………………………………..                      25,000.00
Money Market………………………………………………………………                     15,000.00
Cash value of life insurance…………………………………………..                       2,000.00
Total Liquid Assets                                                                                                                           $ 44,500.00
 
Real Estate
Current Market Value of Home……………………………………..                                                                              $500,000.00
 
Personal Possessions
Market value of automobile………………………………………….                 $ 80,000.00
Furniture and appliances……………………………………………….                    50,000.00
Stereo and video equipment………………………………………..                    10,000.00
Home computer……………………………………………………………                     10,000.00
Jewelry…………………………………………………………………………                   110,000.00
Total Household Assets                                                                                                                 $260,000.00
 
Investment Assets
Retirement Accounts….Regina’s 401(k)…$400,000                             $2,000,000.00
Stanley’s 401(k)…$900,000
Regina’s Roth IRA… $8000[i]
Stanley’s annuity… $692,000
Mutual Funds                                                                                                         140,000.00
Total Investment Assets                                                                                                                               $2,140,000.00
Total Assets                                                                                                                                       $2,944,500.00
 
Liabilities
 
Current Liabilities
Medical Bills…………………………………………………………………… $       500.00
Charge accounts and credit card balances…………………….                    30,000.00
Balance due on auto loan………………………………………………                    75,000.00
Total Current Liabilities                                                                                                                  $ 105,500.00
 
Long-Term Liabilities
Mortgage…………………………………………………………………….                    $ 450,000.00
Student Loans……………………………………………………………..                       310,000.00
Total Long-term liabilities                                                                                                                760,000.00
Total Liabilities                                                                                                                                 $865,000.00
 
Net Worth                                                                                                                                                          $2,079,000.00
 
[i] This was a rollover from a retirement plan that Regina had with a former employer; due to their income, they are not eligible to participate in Roth IRAs at this point in time.

Cost of Debt and Equity

The manager of Sensible Essentials conducted an excellent seminar explaining debt and equity financing and how firms should analyze their cost of capital. Nevertheless, the guidelines failed to fully demonstrate the essence of the cost of debt and equity, which is the required rate of return expected by suppliers of funds.
You are the Genesis accountant and have taken a class recently in financing. You agree to prepare a PowerPoint presentation of approximately 6–8 minutes using the examples and information below:
Debt: Jones Industries borrows $600,000 for 10 years with an annual payment of $100,000. What is the expected interest rate (cost of debt)?
Internal common stock: Jones Industries has a beta of 1.39. The risk-free rate as measured by the rate on short-term US Treasury bill is 3 percent, and the expected return on the overall market is 12 percent. Determine the expected rate of return on Jones’s stock (cost of equity). Here are the details:
Jones Total Assets
$2,000,000
Long- & short-term debt $600,000
Common internal stock equity $400,000
New common stock equity $1,000,000
Total liabilities & equity $2,000,000
Develop a 10–12-slide presentation in PowerPoint format. Perform your calculations in an Excel spreadsheet. Cut and paste the calculation into your presentation. Include speaker’s notes to explain each point in detail. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Capital Projects Recommendation

The operations management team evaluated, ranked, and recommended a set of capital projects, using evaluation tools, such as NPV, payback, and IRR. The evaluation, ranking, and recommendations were by category of expenditures with the intent of establishing the cost of fully equipping a facility in compliance with the planned expansion. The fully equipped facility cost was then evaluated using tools, such as payback, NPV, and IRR.
As part of the operations management team, you will do the following:
Explain your recommendations about the choice of capital projects to the business owners, comprising the two founders and private investors.
Consider the following points while providing your recommendations:
What factors will you consider before planning the recommendations?
How did the use of tools, such as payback, NPV, and IRR, help you in evaluating the fully equipped facility cost?
Write your initial response in 4–5 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Foreign Restrictions on Termination

BUS 692 Foreign Restrictions on Termination

Search your text and at least one article found through ProQuest on the topic of restrictions on termination of employment in European countries. Assess the different requirements and consider risks, operational requirements for MNCs, modified HRM policies, and any other conditions or restrictions facing a firm operating in such environments. Present your views in 200 words or more in your discussion post. Respond to at least 3 of your classmates’ postings. Remember to properly cite your sources.

Potential Issues in Ratio Analysis

BUS 650 Week 6 DQ 2 Potential Issues in Ratio Analysis

As your text describes, ratio analysis is a common technique in financial analysis. One of your colleagues states that a thorough ratio analysis is all that is needed in considering the financial health of a company. Although you agree that ratio analysis is a helpful guide, there may be some potential pitfalls in ratio analysis.
Discuss at least three potential issues in utilizing ratio analysis that you would share with your colleague. In addition, calculate a liquidity, profitability, and efficiency ratio from your Week Six Company to demonstrate your observations.

Applying the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)

BUS 650 Week 4 DQ 1 Applying the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM

Analyze the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). Using the course text and an article from ProQuest as references, address the following:
 

  1. Explain how the CAPM assists in measuring both risk and return.
  2. Explain how the CAPM assists in calculating the weighted average costs of capital (WACC) and its components.
  3. Illustrate why some managers have difficulty applying the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) in financial decision making.
  4. Identify the benefits and drawbacks of using the CAPM.

Write a 300-word summary that addresses the following criteria

Write a 300-word summary that addresses the following criteria with references.

  • Define statistics.
  • Identify different types and levels of statistics.
  • Describe the role of statistics in business decision-making.
  • Provide at least two examples or problem situations in which statistics was used or could be used.

Dunking Donuts Assignment

Assumption and Context: You have been the manager of a Dunkin Donuts store in the Midwest for the past two years. The store is owned by a Dunkin Donuts franchisee who owns 20 other Dunkin Donuts locations. Your employer took an employee inventory and examined all current employees. It has been noted by the owner that you have a highly successful track record. You have been recognized for doing an exceptional job staffing, leading, training, coaching, and managing people. You have been recognized for successfully managing all key components of your store and have successfully managed key business drivers such as cash, profits, growth, asset utilization and people. In regards to the metrics that are used to measure their stores for sales, quality, and customer service, your store is the top performing store in their system.
Congratulations! You have just been promoted to District Manager! The Dunkin Donuts franchisee sees your growth potential and the growth potential in your geographic area. The owner now has committed significant capital and plans to open five new locations over the next two years. You will be given complete autonomy, authority, and responsibility to structure, staff, and operate these five new locations. You will be playing a key role in this expansion for growth.
Assignment: Prepare a five-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages), including at least three scholarly sources, in addition to the textbook, formatted according to APA style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. In your paper, explain your chosen job design, organizational design, your recruiting strategy and methods, and your training and performance appraisal process as the new District Manager for Dunkin Donuts.
You must organize your paper using the following section headings and include additional section headings as needed:
 

  1. Introduction
  2. Job Design
  3. Organizational Design
  4. Recruiting and Selection
  5. Training and Performance Appraisals
  6. Conclusion

Report on the accounting scandal Enron

1) Research Enron Corporation’s Fall from Grace (or another company of interest)

  • Do a google search and do a brief report on the accounting scandal that took place with the Oil giant a few years back. Make sure you include the terms Balance Sheet and Income Statement in your report. In the report, make sure you can identify how the scandal (the false picture of Enron’s reality) affected people who made decisions based on falsified financial statements. Finally, offer your own thoughts from scripture on the importance of keeping God’s order in an area of life.

Final Case Analysis Paper

Social Media
In one paragraph supported by your text and other research, give your opinion on whether or not employees have the right to use social media to make negative statements about their employers online. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Corporate Philanthropy
In one paragraph supported by your text and other research, describe the criteria you would use if you were a manager charged with evaluating corporate contributions to decide whether or not to give to a particular organization. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.


Assignments
To complete this assignment, go to this week’s Final Paper link in the left navigation:

Final Case Analysis Paper The Final Case Analysis Paper should demonstrate an understanding of the reading as well as the implications of new knowledge. Your paper must integrate readings, class discussions, personal experiences, and implications for future applications.
The purpose of the Final Case Analysis Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by describing your understanding and application of knowledge in the field.
Focus of the Final Case Analysis Paper:

The Final Case Analysis Paper should focus on real life and real time application of topics covered in this course; the uses you have seen and the uses you can envision.
Read Case Eight, Mattel and Toy Safety, in the Business and Society section at the end of the book. This case describes the 2007 Mattel toy recalls, which were in response to findings that several children’s toys were coated in lead-based paint.
Write an eight- to ten-page paper (not including the title and reference pages), that addresses the following:

  1. Explain if Mattel acted in a socially responsible and ethical manner with regard to the safety of its toys.
  2. Describe what Mattel should or could have done differently.
  3. Describe who or what was responsible for the fact that children were exposed to potentially dangerous toys.
  4. Explain the best way to ensure the safety of children’s toys and consider how the following groups would respond: government regulators (in the United States and China); consumer advocates, the toy industry, children’s product retailers, and standard-setting organizations. Explain the differences in their point of view.
  5. Describe what you think is the best way for society to protect children from harmful toys and discuss the appropriate roles for various stakeholders in this process.

Writing the Final Case Analysis Paper
The Final Case Analysis Paper:

  1. Must be eight- to ten- pages in length (excluding the title page, references page, exhibits, etc.) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a cover page:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must include an introductory paragraph with a clearly stated thesis or topic.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. That is, state your response to the content, either positive or negative, and then defend your position. If multiple options/alternatives/positions are present and are being rejected, you must also defend the reasons for rejecting an option.
  5. Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis or topic and a closing paragraph that summarizes the main point or points of your paper.
  6. Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.
  7. Must include, on the final page, a reference list that is completed according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Quantitative Analysis

Question 1
Probability is used in business on a consistent basis to gauge the likelihood of one event occurring over another at a given time in the business cycle.
Considering this, respond to the following:

  • From your organization, (Manufacturing company)  identify 1–2 examples related to how data are collected and displayed to facilitate the determination of probability in the resolution of business-related problems.
  • Describe how you would use probability to solve a business-related problem, such as budget forecasting or market forecasting for a particular season.
  • Describe how the probability that a given product will be sold successfully in a given target market can be determined.

 
Question 2
In business, managers are consistently faced with making important business decisions that involve one event occurring over another. Hypothesizing in business assists leadership in deciding which avenue to take for the overall health of the organization.
Respond to the following:

  • What is difference between a null hypothesis and an alternate hypothesis?
  • How can the null hypothesis and alternate hypothesis be used in making critical business decisions? Give examples.

Data Privacy and Security

Write a paper of 500-1,000 words (double-spaced) about your experience in the Week 1 You Decide exercise. Briefly explain some of the issues that a company may face as it experiences growth and begins to address the proper use of its information systems.
See Appendix C of the textbook for examples of policies which address issues companies may face.
Since you are responsible for IT Services and want to keep the systems and network functioning effectively, you will want to identify activities which would be permitted and which activities would be prohibited. Management will take your policy suggestions, finalize the policy and it will be provided to the employees.
Follow the instructions provided in the You Decide Exercise: Information Systems Use Security Policy.

Ethical Research Design (Coca-Cola)

Week 2 Course Project- Ethical Research Design (Coca-Cola)
Prepare 3 – 4 additional pages to your research project proposal, including the reference page to the material you were approved for last week from your company selection. Create these pages:

  • Research Design
  • Determine which research method you will use and defend your position with pros and cons about using it. Explain the pros and cons of the ethical considerations you identified last week.
  • Design your references in APA format on the last sheet of your Word file. Select at least 4 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles for this assignment.

Submit your completed assignment to the drop box below. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.
Save your assignment as a Microsoft Word document (Mac users, please remember to append the “.docx” extension to the filename.) The name of the file should be your first initial and last name, followed by an underscore and the name of the assignment, and an underscore and the date. An example is shown below:

Comprehensive Individual Assignment

This is a comprehensive Individual Assignment consisting of seven parts spread out over the length of the course. Each section is graded individually; however you are expected to integrate each section into a final document with appropriate revisions based on the feedback from your instructor on each section.
Write a paper of  750-1000 words that serves as the introduction to your Health and Safety Practices Plan.
Identify an organization by choosing your organization or one you know, but the company you choose must produce a product.
Identify the industry of your business.
Correlate the applicable regulations to the types of risks that may be found in your organization. Base this correlation from your research of the industry you have chosen.
Week2 Due 6 June
This is the second part of your Health and Safety Practices Plan. This section may vary in length, but not scope; be sure to address each part, while not exceeding the 25-page maximum for the project.
Use research, articles, and your text to complete the assignment.
Determine, at minimum, the four most common safety and security risks in your chosen organization.
Choose one safety and one security risk, and identify relevant risk assessment techniques for your chosen safety or security risk.
Evaluate the potential effect of the chosen product safety and security risks on your chosen company.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Week3 Due 13 June
This is the third part of your Health and Safety Practices Plan. This section may vary in length, but not scope; be sure to address each part, while not exceeding the 25-page maximum for the project.
Use research, articles, and your text to complete your paper.
Identify two injury or illness on-the-job issues related to your chosen company.
Evaluate, through research, the issues and the possible effects of those issues regarding the following:

  • Workers
  • Production
  • Management Format

Discuss the financial implications of the chosen organization.
Include a discussion on employee and employer responsibility.
Identify two occupational safety assessment techniques that may help you evaluate the occupational-related illness.
Create an occupational safety and illness prevention strategy for the identification of on-the-job illnesses and safety. You may use components of existing plans from your research; however, your plan must be customized and specific to your selected business.
Provide any supplemental materials and guidelines that might be used as part of the plan.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Week4 Due 20 June
This is the fourth part of your Health and Safety Practices Plan. This section may vary in length, but not scope; be sure to address each part, while not exceeding the 25-page maximum for the project.
Use research, articles, and your textbook to complete this paper.
Explain possible human risk factors including violence, substance abuse, and stress related to your chosen organization.
Create a mitigation strategy for the following:

  • Workplace violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Stress

Evaluate the pros and cons of having a company policy related to these policies and/or programs.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Week5 Due 27 June
This is the fifth part of your Health and Safety Practices Plan. This section may vary in length, but not scope; be sure to address each part, while not exceeding the 25-page maximum for the project.
Provide an example of an occupational emergency response plan for your company that includes the following:
 

  • Outline of the basic elements of an emergency response to an occupational incident related to your chosen company. Consider the following examples: chemical spills, machinery accident, or other occupational accidents.
  • Summary of the main components of a hazard evacuation plan for a workplace or work area based on the incident you identified.
  • Create a fictional diagram of the worksite if necessary.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Week6 Due 27 June
Health and Safety Practices Plan (Part Six):
Write a health and safety plan section on the two occupational safety issues you identified in part one of your Health and Safety Practices Plan.
Include the use of at least one external and internal group whose expertise is in the monitoring or development of appropriate workplace safety policies.
Provide rationale for why the external and internal group was chosen and the advantages and disadvantages of using them.
Final Summary:
This is the final part of your Health and Safety Practices Plan.
Use research, articles, and your text to complete your paper.
Write a final summary conclusion where you make your recommendations to your CEO on the plan. Based on your knowledge of safety, illness and response plans, discuss the ethical responsibility of a company on the following:

  • Responsiveness to regulations
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Whistle-blowing for noncompliance
  • Emergency plans
  • Social responsibility

Provide a section on negative consequences related to organizational risk and regulatory risk of not adopting a company position or plan.
Include all the components of your plan, along with revisions from all previous sections. Be sure to submit this as this is part of your Final Summary grade. While the length of each section may vary, your final plan must not exceed 25 pages.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Impact of Social networking on e-commerce

Conduct an independent online search regarding social networking sites, such as Facebook. In a 1-2 page Word document, address the following prompts:
Briefly summarize the nature of social networking.
How has social networking impacted e-commerce?
In what ways have small businesses used social networking to increase their exposure?
How do you envision that social networking will continue to enhance e-commerce in the next 2-3 years?

The Future of Business Ethics

The Future of Business Ethics
Explain why you agree or disagree with the following proposition: “Corporations will be less likely to act in socially responsible ways if there is either too much, or too little competition.”
Please explain your reasoning.

Entrepreneurship

“Bootstrapping to Fund a Business Venture” Please respond to the following:

  • Bootstrapping allows founders to have more control and give up less of their company to investors. Yet continually living on limited resources can take its toll on entrepreneurs. Examine the pros and cons of both working full time and taking a part-time job to help finance a new business.
  • Prepare a plan that describes how a new entrepreneur can manage his or her personal credit prior to starting a business so he or she can qualify for bank loans and other sources of funding.

Cultural Differences and Ethical Standards

Your Module 3 readings explained that understanding cultural differences are critical to success in international business. A country’s culture reflects and shapes its values, and each country adopts laws that reflect their prevailing ethical standards.
Consider the following scenario:
To assist the sale of your products in a particular foreign market, you are advised to pay a 10 percent commission to a go-between who has access to high-ranking government officials in that market. You suspect, but do not know, that the go-between will split the commission with the government officials who decide which goods to buy.
Use your module readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet to research the importance of understanding cultural differences in global business. Then, respond to the following:

  • Should you pay the 10 percent commission? Justify your response.
  • Does it make a difference if your competitors routinely pay such commissions? Explain why this may or may not have an impact on your decision.
  • Do you think there should be more or fewer attempt to regulate international ethics? Why? Justify your answer using the research you have done in preparation for this assignment.

By May 23, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through May 27, 2015, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. Examine their arguments in support of the selected system and provide counterarguments.
Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Grading Criteria

Assignment Components
Max Points

Initial response was:

  • Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.
  • Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.
  • Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.
16

Discussion Response and Participation:

  • Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.
  • Offered points of view supported by research.
  • Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.
  • Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.
16

Writing:

  • Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.
  • Responses were error free.
  • Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.
8
Total:
40

Evaluating Mission Statements

The mission statement describes the purpose of the organization (i.e., why the business exists). As outlined in the Mission Statements article, here are some things to consider when evaluating a mission statement:

  • Is the mission statement focused on satisfying customer needs rather than on the product?
  • Does the mission statement tell who the company’s customers are?
  • Does the mission statement explain what customer needs the company is trying to satisfy?
  • Does the mission statement explain how the company will serve its customers?
  • Does the mission statement fit the current market environment?
  • Is the mission statement based on the company’s core competencies?
  • Is the mission statement motivating and does it inspire employee commitment?
  • Is the mission statement realistic?
  • Is the mission statement specific, short, sharply focused, and memorable?
  • Is the mission statement clear and easily understood?
  • Does the mission statement say how the company wants to be remembered?

Review the following mission statements. Evaluate each mission statement based on the above criteria and explain how the mission statements meet or failed to meet those criteria.
Home Depot’s Mission Statement
The Home Depot is in the home improvement business and our goal is to provide the highest level of service, the broadest selection of products, and the most competitive prices. We are a values-driven company and our eight core values include the following:

  • Excellent customer service
  • Taking care of our people
  • Giving back
  • Doing the “right” thing
  • Creating shareholder value
  • Respect for all people
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Building strong relationships

Nike’s Mission Statement
Our mission is to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.

SWOT Analysis and considerations

I’m giving you $700,000 for start up capital to get your business up and running. I would like you to do a written presentation with at least 7 pages of typed material, (double spaced). pictures and graphs are not count as part of the 7 pages of written.

our presentation is about a coffee shop called Nocturnal. My parts is about:
1-Situation analysis relies on SWOT considerations; therefore this section describes the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing the company both internally. what kind of competition is in the market place? who is your competition and what do you know about their business, pricing, location, etc.?
2- STP analysis- the analysis proceeds by assessing the market in which the company functions, the products it currently offers or plans to offer in the future, and the characteristics of current or potential customers in the market place. I would include some industry analysis as well. pictures and graphs do not count as part of the 7 pages of written material.
** I would like you to use Power Point for the presentation **

ANNUITIES

An annuity is a series of equal dollar payments for a specified number of years. Examples of annuities include mortgage payments, interest payments on bonds, fixed lease payments, and any fixed contractual payment. Presented are two formulas to calculate annuities: Present value of annuity and future value of annuity
The offered several examples and shortcuts in calculating annuities.
 
If you are a lottery winner, would you accept a cash option or annuity for your winnings? If so, why? How would choosing either cash option or annuity benefit you now or in the future

SWOT ANALYSIS

For this assignment, select an organization of your choice on which to conduct a thorough SWOT analysis of the internal strengths and weaknesses andexternal opportunities and threats for that organization. You can write about your current or former workplace or any organization with which you are familiar, such as a well-known company, your church, volunteer organization, or even DeVry University. Please remember that research is required so use an actual organization for which you can find information. This is not a case where you could make up information.
You must use the Mandatory Outline Framework to organize your paper. Using the outline framework to organize sections of your analysis. Paragraphs should be cited in APA format.

Describe Supervisory Challenges

Write a paper discussing what you think are the most important supervisory challenges in the modern workplace. How do these challenges reflect society? How has workplace supervision changed over the last 50 years and why?
Support your paper with a minimum of two (2) resources, which may include your required text(s). In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 5-7 pages not including title and reference pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards

Whole Foods Market 2010: How to Grow in an Increasingly Competitive Market

Prepare a case study analysis on Case 29: “Whole Foods Market 2010: How to Grow in an Increasingly Competitive Market” found in the Cases section of your digital textbook.

Closely adhere to the Case Study Analysis Template by clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of conducting a SWOT analysis with respect to Whole Food’s internal environment and use long-term objectives to remedy the issue presented in the case study. Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants in the Appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the case study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing.

Assignment Checklist:

  • Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s internal environment.
  • Create a case study analysis focusing on the company’s internal environmental issues through the development of long-term objectives

The emergence of born global firms

Using examples explain the emergence of born global firms. I would like to get some help on that topic. It should be done in Harvard referencing style.It needs to include series of reasons why firm become born global and their examples. Introduction  should briefly summarise the complexity of  the reasons & why will you focus on just 3 or 4.
It should be 2500 words.

Research Proposal Samsung galaxy

My  organisation is Samsung galaxy
Research the hot topics about innovation related to this organisation
Then develop an innovation management action plan based on these criteria:
 
Cover page
Executive summary
Table of contents
Introduction

  • Discuss 3 hot topics about innovation related to your organisation .
  • Develop an idea for an innovative product or service based on the goals and portfolio management for the organisation .
  • Discuss how your innovation will be streamlined with the organisations current capabilities .

Body of report

  • Design thinking about your innovation- include a diagram depicting the innovation
  • User involvement .
  • Fast integration- time, costs, resources .
  • Prototyping and testing capabilities .
  • Cross functional management .

Conclusion

  • Discuss future innovations that might affect your innovative idea

References

  • At least 15 needed with the majority being 2014-2015
  • Harvard format
  • Must include a range of references- books, articles, websites

Appendix

Social Performance of Organizations

According to the textbook, the current world economy is increasingly becoming integrated and interdependent; as a result, the relationship between business and society is becoming more complex. Use the Internet to research Apple.
write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
Specify the nature, structure, and types of products or services of Apple, and identify two (2) key factors in the organization’s external environment that can affect its success. Provide explanation to support the rationale. Suggest five (5) ways in which the primary stakeholders can influence the organization’s financial performance. Provide support for the response. Specify one (1) controversial corporate social responsibility concern associated with Apple. Submit a reference page with at least four (4) quality references that you have used for this presentation / paper. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. If you choose the written paper, your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
 
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Research Paper Walmart’s Global Strategics In-Depth Integrative Case

Research Paper Walmart’s Global Strategics In-Depth Integrative Case 2.2
1. What was Walmart’s early global expansion strategy? Why did it choose to first enter Mexico and Canada rather than expand into Europe and Asia?
2. What cultural problems did Walmart face in some of the international markets it entered? Which early strategies succeeded and which failed? Why? What lessons did Walmart learn from its experience in Germany and in Japan?
3. How would you characterize Walmart’s Latin America strategy? What countries were argeted as part of this strategy? What potential does this region brings to Walmart’s future global expansion? What cultural challenges and opportunities have Walmart faced in Latin America?
 4. What group of countries will be targeted for Walmart’s future growth? What are the attractiveness and risk profiles of these countries? What regions of the world do you think will be vital for Walmart’s future global expansion?
 
Present your answers to the case questions using APA-format: Ten to twelve pages about 2500 words, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font. Also, please ensure that you cite all scholarly information paraphrased or quoted from your researched sources of information on the case topic. Finally, be sure to include a separate Reference Page on which you list all of your research information sources according to correct APA citation style, depending on the kind of source: book, chapter, published article, internet article, etc.

Twenty-First-Century Change Challenges

Power and politics in organizations are not new considerations. However, with the competitive challenges organizations face in the twenty-first century, power and politics require new meaning and application to enhance organizational functional efficiency and effectiveness. Though many leadership theories have been proposed and implemented in the last twenty years, have these theories really reshaped organizational behavior (OB) in such a way that employees are excited and ready to help the organization achieve its goals and objectives? Are there newer theories beyond servant leadership, stewardship, or transformational leadership that might reframe employees and even OB? Were theories proposed more than twenty years ago perhaps too futuristic at the time?
Consider the aforementioned questions using the module readings and the University online library resources. Then, respond to the following:

  • Power and politics have often been touted as influencing, even shaping, organizational behavior. Discuss how leadership might be used (the style, approach, and essentials) so that power and coercion do not shape employee behavior negatively.
  • How can you reframe employees’ feelings about offshoring jobs to restore trust in leader/managers?

By Saturday, May 30, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, June 3, 2015, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.
Write your initial response in 400–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Applying organizational Behavior Theory

In this assignment, you will apply organizational behavior theory to an organization with which you have past or present experience.
You are an organizational change consultant who has been hired to address a current problem within an organization. In addition to defining and justifying the problem, you must also apply organizational behavior theory to bring about positive change regarding the problem.
Complete the following:

  • Consider an organization with which you have past or present experience and for which you can make a case. Define a problem, past or present for that organization.
  • Using a combination of trade industry materials and/or personal communication with industry leaders/managers, justify the problem (i.e., provide enough detail to prove the existence and significance of the problem). Use appropriate academic peer-reviewed literature to support your argument.
  • Using organizational behavior theory, discuss how the theory might be applied practically to manage employee behavior to bring about positive, constructive change to the noted problem.
  • Explicitly include in your case a discussion of the following aspects of systems theory:
    • The climate and types of cultures likely to be encountered, and the types of systems to be considered based on the organization’s cultural climate
    • Employee motivation, including factors of motivation (such as planning and communication) and the types of motivation present within the organization
    • Possible employee satisfaction issues regarding development and implementation of a change plan to address the noted problem

Write a well-argued, 5-pages paper in Word format. Note: The title page, references, and appendices are not included in the page count.
Apply APA standards to citation of sources .. The course text, the trade journal(s) noting the problem, and peer-reviewed journal articles are to be used to support your position and theoretical constructs. General Internet sources will not be accepted as references.
Write your responses in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc.

Advertising to children

The issue of doing marketing to children really does bring into focus the issue of obesity and the McDonalds handling of responsibility being one of the world’s largest fast food chains. Using McDonald’s new masot, Happy to marketing to children can be classified as being deceptive marketing as it does factor in the really issue that can arise from the foods that they sell. Due to this, McDonalds has been accused of deceptive marketing practices that use lure of toys to induce children to buy Happy meals (Schlosser, 2012). The ethical issues arise due to the fact that the McDonalds know the healthy alternatives that exist such as the apple slices in place of fries, and milk instead of soda but do not notify the children on this.
In my opinion it is not ethical to use Ronald or Happy in the McDonalds charitable efforts since this is based on the income that comes in from the proceedings of the junk food sales. Ronald and Happy advertise the foods and do promotions in order to use the funds in the charitable organization. The issues that concern me are that it is not right to help people by harming others especially children.
McDonalds and the other food sellers will need to stop advertising their menus if they still sell junk food that will harm the health of children and other people. If such foods are the main cause of problems like obesity then they need to be stopped from advertising since advertising them is like further spreading this bad effect (McDonald & McDonald, 2004).
The changes that should be made include the food sellers ensuring that the foods that they do advertise are healthy and satisfy the usage standards of people and mostly children. Food sellers like McDonalds have the obligation of selling healthy products and the government should pass rules that should regulate the advertising of foods that can harm people.
Works Cited
McDonald, R. L., & McDonald, R. J. (2004). Ronald McDonald’s International Burger Book. Wheatmark, 2004.
Schlosser, E. (2012). Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Exploring Interests to Identify Research Problems

The most important task in preparing to write a dissertation is identifying a current problem that is of interest to you. Conducting research can be a daunting task; however, conducting research on a topic or area that is of interest to the researcher can be motivating and make the research process easier. In this assignment, you will conduct research to identify a current problem in your dissertation topic or area of interest.
Using the module readings and the University online library resources, address the following:
Research at least five articles in appropriate trade journals or academic peer-reviewed journals to find a current problem in your dissertation topic or area of interest.
Describe the problem.
Discuss why you are interested in this topic.
Explain why addressing this problem might aid the field of study both practically (actual organizational setting) and academically.
Identify professional organizations that might assist your research efforts in your topic or area or perhaps be interested in your dissertation study findings.
Make sure no plagiarism
Write a 4-page paper in Word format. Note: The title page, references, and appendices are not included in the page count.

Business Financing and the Capital Structure

Businesses have to make many financial decisions that have a direct impact on operations and the ability to successfully compete in the marketplace. Base your writing on the information from the course coupled with information located in the Strayer databases or Internet.
Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Assume that you are financial advisor to a business. Describe the advice that you would give to the client for raising business capital using both debt and equity options in today’s economy. Outline the major advantages and disadvantages of each option.
  2. Summarize the advice that you would give the client on selecting an investment banker to assist the business in raising this capital.
  3. Explain the historical relationships between risk and return for common stocks versus corporate bonds. Explain the manner in which diversification helps in risk reduction in a portfolio. Support response with actual data and concepts learned in this course.
  4. Use at least one (1) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources. However, you may use data sources, such as Yahoo Finance.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the characteristics and valuation of stocks and bonds, and how each is a key component in the financing of corporations.
  • Describe the key elements of the securities markets, and how the markets drive financial transactions, decision making, and risk analysis.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in finance.
  • Write clearly and concisely about finance using proper writing mechanics.

Business Financing and the Capital Structure

Assignment 2: Business Financing and the Capital Structure
Due Week 8 and worth 240 points
Businesses have to make many financial decisions that have a direct impact on operations and the ability to successfully compete in the marketplace. Base your writing on the information from the course coupled with information located in the Strayer databases or Internet.
Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Assume that you are financial advisor to a business. Describe the advice that you would give to the client for raising business capital using both debt and equity options in today’s economy. Outline the major advantages and disadvantages of each option.
  2. Summarize the advice that you would give the client on selecting an investment banker to assist the business in raising this capital.
  3. Explain the historical relationships between risk and return for common stocks versus corporate bonds. Explain the manner in which diversification helps in risk reduction in a portfolio. Support response with actual data and concepts learned in this course.
  4. Use at least one (1) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources. However, you may use data sources, such as Yahoo Finance.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the characteristics and valuation of stocks and bonds, and how each is a key component in the financing of corporations.
  • Describe the key elements of the securities markets, and how the markets drive financial transactions, decision making, and risk analysis.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in finance.
  • Write clearly and concisely about finance using proper writing mechanics.

Corporate Responsibility

Read Case #1 “Family Business.” Prepare a three-page analysis that applies the four theories of ethics using examples, relates what distinguishes the requirements for each individual theory and illustrates how the ethical theories are used in reasoned decision making. Also, your paper should answer the questions below.
Remember to review the checklist requirements.
Introduction
  • Who are the stakeholders in this case?
  • What are the interests of the stakeholders?
Legal Analysis
  • Do any of the labor or employment laws from the eGuide apply to this case?
    • If they do apply, analyze the legality of the corporation’s actions in this case.
    • If the laws do not apply to the actions in this case, explain why they do not apply.
Ethical Analysis
  • If the decision maker applied the categorical imperative theory in this case, what would the result be, and why?
  • If the decision maker applied the utilitarian theory in this case, what would the result be, and why?
  • If the decision maker applied the rights theory in this case, what would the result be, and why?
  • If the decision maker applied the justice theory in this case, what would the result be, and why?
Conclusion and Recommendation
Based on the previous page, as well as what you have learned about ethical theories and foundations of moral development, what is your final recommendation to the corporation regarding this case? Your recommendation should be at least two paragraphs and include at least three reasons, with specific references to course material, stating how you arrived at that conclusion.

REGIONAL TRADING BLOCS & MARKET

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
(WTO)
 
Objective: To research and identify the role the WTO plays in the overall development of Global/International Commerce.
 
What is required?

  1. Research the website and answer the following Questions regarding the World Trade Organization (WTO). Google the WTO

 
Answer the following questions:

  1. What is the WTO?
    Organization for world trade opening. It is a global dissection and negotiate trade agreements.
  2. What are the functions of the WTO?
  • Administering WTO exchange assentions

 

  • Forum for exchange arrangements

 

  • Handling exchange debate

 

  • Monitoring national exchange approaches

 

  • Technical support and preparing for creating nations

 

  • Cooperation with other worldwide
  1. Where is the WTO located?
    Geneva, Switzerland
  2. What is the total number of membership countries?
  3. Define what does the term Most Favored Nation mean?

A level of status given to one country by another and enforced by the World Trade Organization. A country grants this clause to another nation if it is interested in increasing trade with that country. Countries achieving most favored nation status are given specific trade advantages such as reduced tariffs on imported goods.

  1. What does ‘Comparative Advantage’ mean?

The ability of a firm or individual to produce goods and/or services at a lower opportunity cost than other firms or individuals. A comparative advantage gives a company the ability to sell goods and services at a lower price than its competitors and realize stronger sales margins.
 

  1. Briefly discuss what was meant by the organization referred to as The General Agreement on Tariffs and Taxes (GATT)?

A bargain made after the finish of World War II. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was actualized to further control world exchange to helper in the monetary recuperation taking after the war. GATT’s fundamental target was to lessen the hindrances of global exchange through the decrease of duties, standards and sponsorships.

  1. Discuss what was accomplished with the Uruguay Round?

It secured all exchange, from toothbrushes to delight watercrafts, from saving money to information transfers, from the qualities of wild rice to AIDS medications.

  1. List the three (3) areas that apply to the Agriculture Agreement?
  2. What does ‘dumping’ mean? What options do countries have to counter dumping according to the WTO guidelines?

In worldwide exchange, the fare by a nation or organization of an item at a value that is lower in the outside business than the cost charged in the local business. As dumping ordinarily includes significant fare volumes of the item, it regularly has the impact of jeopardizing the monetary reasonability of makers or makers of the item in the importing country. Dumping is likewise an informal term that alludes to the demonstration of offloading a stock with little respect at its cost.
 

  1. Settling Disputes:
  2. Define the term – unique contributions?
  3. Define the term – panel process?
  4. Discuss what the case study (Venezuela vs. United States) was about. What

was the central issue of the dispute? How was this dispute resolved?
 

  • Type
  • Do not use a cover page
  • Failure to turn in on due date will result in a penalty of ten points

 
 

Business Ethics

The purpose of this discussion is to help you understand the role of corporations in the modern world, and evaluating ethical aspects of corporate market domination. Prepare and post a response to the following prompts:

  • What is a corporation? What are the defining characteristics of a public corporation? What is a conglomerate? What is the difference between a corporation and a conglomerate?
  • Describe how media conglomerates are organized in the United States. Use an example of one media conglomerate and examine is various parts. How might these parts work together for mutual advantage?
  • Consider the ethics of media conglomerates. What are the advantages and drawbacks of allowing large conglomerates to control the mass media? What are alternative ways the media can be organized? Would the alternatives be more ethical or virtuous? Explain your reasoning.

SWOT Analysis

Primary Task Response: Respond to the following scenario with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. Be substantive and clear, and use research to reinforce your ideas.

Now is the time to make a decision about relocating the manufacturing operation to the United States is fast-approaching. AutoEdge, like most companies, uses a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threat (SWOT) analysis to facilitate its decision making.
You have just completed your first monthly activity report for the board when Lester calls.
“Hi,” you say. “I just finished my monthly report for the board. I’ll e-mail it to you when we get done talking.”
“Sounds good,” he says. “I’m calling because we need your expertise again for another facet of our investigation into the manufacturing operation. This time, I want you to conduct a detailed SWOT analysis for AutoEdge, and provide a brief summary of your analysis.”
“I was expecting this,” you say. “Some of the research I’ve done over the past 4 weeks will be useful as I put this analysis together for you.”
“Yes, I thought you were in a good position to do this work,” he says. “Your analysis may be different from other people who have been at the company longer, but your fresh perspective on the components will be helpful in moving the debate forward.”
“That’s a good point,” you say. “I’ll keep that in mind as I go through the information.”
The materials found in the M.U.S.E. may help you with this assignment. Additional information is also provided in the Lessons from Experienceseries found at the following link:

  • Forecasting With Numbers
  • Lessons From Experience: Forecasting With Numbers
    Introduction
    The story that you are about to read is from actual events that occurred in the field. Its purpose is to provide you with a real-world example from a seasoned professional in the business world.
    Forecasting With Numbers
    Working in the jewelry industry involves forecasting; that is, forecasting which jewelry pieces will be in demand and then determining how many to order.
    While working at a jewelry company, one of my tasks was to place orders for various jewelry products for the store. But for me at that time, forecasting meant looking at last year’s orders and then simply copying those numbers. I never gave much thought to why I was ordering what I did; I just did it. As it turned out, my orders were off the mark—not just by a little bit, but by a lot. The store got stuck with a surplus of items that eventually went on clearance for less than what we paid for them, all because I didn’t use a financial model or take into account external factors that could have affected the jewelry items. Today, I implement many financial models and include net present value (NPV) so that I have a better understanding about what I’m ordering, and so I can be more accurate in forecasting.
    It is important to take away the following from this scenario:
    • Financial models are crucial when forecasting. • Subjectivity and objectivity are equally important.

Business Organizations; Employment Law

Research and analyze a case involving ethical issues surrounding corporate governance from a global position. A common example may be where a corporate board of directors breached one or more duties, such as the duty of loyalty to its shareholders, although there are many other areas where business ethics are at the center of a case that originated at the governance level of an organization.

Ethical issues in management

Read each question carefully and respond thoroughly with a 500-700 words response to each question. Therefore, your complete paper must be from 2500-3500 words. Each response must include at least three credible/quality references. Citations and references in APA 6th ed. format are expected and required.
The formal essay must be in APA 6th edition format to include title page and references page. Use level headings to introduce each question. An abstract is not required.
WARNING: Cite all sources used in your responses. Any instance of plagiarism can have detrimental consequences on your exam grade and/or final grade. No more than 10% of your writing should consist of quotes from other sources. The vast majority of your work should be your own original analysis. Paraphrase what you read instead of quoting.  Also, review plagiarism.org, as this shows that a paper that consists of quotes strung together is not original and is plagiarism.  Using too many quotes will bump you into this category.
Question 1
Should management in a plant make a full disclosure of known risk, even when the risks are believed to be insignificant? Did the government have the responsibility to pay the workers for the risk that they were asked to undertake as well as the health effects that resulted? In failing to make full disclosure, are the plant owner and managers guilty of moral violation? What is the moral violation, and is some form punish in order? Explain. ( Chapter 3: Case 3- Exposing Workers to Plutonium)
Question 2
Smith argues that there are valuable moral distinctions between direct, indirect, active, and passive violations of human rights. Do these distinctions make sense to you? Do you believe that corporations who merely follow the dictates of an authoritative figure are absolved of much of their moral culpability, even if their compliance knowingly leads to violations of human rights?
Question 3
Enron Corporation has come to symbolize the worst of recent corporate corruption scandal. Billions of dollars were lost by investors and thousands of people lost their jobs and retirements savings. To whom does the board of directors owe their primary responsibility? Can you think of any law regulations that would help ensure that the board meet their primary responsibility? What responsibilities do government regulations own to business? To the market? To the general public? Are the accounting and law professions or business? What is the difference?
Question 4
What potential benefits do you see as important in integrating different groups that are targeted under affirmative action policies? Are these benefits sufficient to justify affirmative action policies? Why, or why not?
Question 5
Advertising to children in school is morally objectionable to many people. Some of the reasons used to criticize the practice include the following: First, children at school are a captive audience. Second, children are not yet autonomous and are typically unable to make the kind of rational distinctions that we attribute to adults. Third, schools have epistemic (knowledge) authority and so may be understood by children as endorsing the products. Do you believe that marketing to children in schools is morally wrong? Why, or why not?

stakeholders in an organization

Discussion Question 1

There are various stakeholders in an organization. The two key stakeholders are the customers and the stockholders. Some financial managers believe that the customer is always right and an organization must do everything possible to win customer delight, thereby gaining a high market share and, subsequently, investor confidence. Conversely, some financial managers believe that a stockholder is more important than a customer because investors have many stock options available to them. Some organizations are better at attracting investors’ capital.
 
With this framework in mind, what according to you should be the objective of an organization that is particularly good at attracting investors’ capital? How can a financial manager increase the chances of meeting this objective?
 
Justify your answers using examples and reasoning. Comment on the postings of at least two peers and indicate whether you agree or disagree with their views.

Business Ethics

Respond thoroughly with a 500 words response to each question. Each response must include at least three credible/quality references. Citations and references in APA 6th ed. format are expected and required.
The formal essay must be in APA 6th edition format to include title page and references page. Use level headings to introduce each question. An abstract is not required.
Question 1
Smith argues that there are valuable moral distinctions between direct, indirect, active, and passive violations of human rights. Do these distinctions make sense to you? Do you believe that corporations who merely follow the dictates of an authoritative figure are absolved of much of their moral culpability, even if their compliance knowingly leads to violations of human rights?
 
Question 2
What potential benefits do you see as important in integrating different groups that are targeted under affirmative action policies? Are these benefits sufficient to justify affirmative action policies? Why, or why not?
Question 3
Advertising to children in school is morally objectionable to many people. Some of the reasons used to criticize the practice include the following: First, children at school are a captive audience. Second, children are not yet autonomous and are typically unable to make the kind of rational distinctions that we attribute to adults. Third, schools have epistemic (knowledge) authority and so may be understood by children as endorsing the products. Do you believe that marketing to children in schools is morally wrong? Why, or why not?

Business Maths

Unit 5: Instructor Graded Assignment
Future Value and Present Value
Unit 5 focuses on the future value and present value of compounding interest, which is covered in your reading of Chapter 13: “Compound Interest, Future Value, and Present Value.”
You must show your work at all times. The steps for solving each problem must be explained. Failure to do so could result in your submission being given a 0 grade. If you have any questions about how much work to show, please contact your instructor.
Assignments must be submitted as a Microsoft® Word® document and uploaded to the Dropbox for Unit 5. Type all answers directly in this Assignment below each question.
All Assignments are due by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. ET of the assigned unit.
Available Resources
One of the benefits of attending here at Kaplan is that we have a tremendous amount of resources available for you. If you find yourself having difficulties completing this exercise consider taking advantage on one or more of the following resources:
1. Textbook: The textbook reading assigned for each unit includes the topics and calculation details for each type of problems you will complete.
2. LiveBinders: In the LiveBinder for the unit, you will find more information on unit topics, example problems, and video content on the unit’s topics. To access the LiveBinder for a unit, use the menu on the left side of the classroom, select the unit you are in, and when you click the unit link several additional links will appear below the unit heading, one of those links will be “Live Binders.”
3. KU Math Center: Take advantage of the KU Math Center’s many services:
a. Math Tutoring
b. Question & Answer Services
c. Request a Video Example Services
d. Project Review Services (be sure to submit Assignments early enough to receive feedback and make corrections before the Assignment due date, 24 hour turn-around times Monday-Thursday and 48 hour turn-around times on weekends are typical).
e. Math Center Reference Library
To access the KU Math Center start at the KU Campus Home Page. From the KU Campus Home Page, select My Studies (top menu bar), then select Academic Support Center, and review the Math Center offerings.
4. Email Your Instructor: Your instructor is only an email away; when you cannot make any more progress on a problem, reach out. Send your instructor the work you started and steps of the problem you have completed so far, and ask for help. Your instructor will respond within 24 hours.
Future Value and Present Value Assignment (Total 40 Points)
Question 1: (10 Points)
Calculate the future value of an investment of $1,000, after 6 months, earning 6% APR, compounded monthly, by compounding manually. 1,000x(1+0.06)^.5 = 1,029.56
Reminder: Be sure to show your work, and to calculate the period interest before solving.
Question 2: (10 Points)
Find the future value of a $150,000 Certificate of Deposit that pays compounded interest every six months at the rate of 4% per year. The CD has a term of 5 years. 1+I
1.04040(150,000)=156,060
Calculate the FV (Future Value) using the “Future Value or Compound Amount of $1.00” table in your textbook.
a) Calculate the FV (Future Value) using the formula: FV = P(1 + R)N
$156,000
b) How much interest was earned on the investment?
Question 3: (10 Points)
$6,000
You inherit $200,000 and decide to invest it for 28 days compounded daily at 6% annual interest. After the 28 days, you are going to invest your new found money in a startup business.
a) How much interest is earned on this investment?
5.11169(100%)=0.0511169
0.0511169(200,000)=10,223.38
$10,223.38 was earned
b) How much money will you have to invest in the startup after the 28 days?
$200,000+10,223.38=$210.223.38
Question 4: (10 Points)
How much money must be invested into an account paying 6% annually, compounded annually, to have $500,000 in 25 years when I retire?
a) Calculate the PV (Present Value) using the “Present Value of $1.00” table in your textbook.
b) Calculate the PV (Present Value) using the formula: PV = FV / (1 +R)N
c) How much interest did you earn over the life of the investment?

Market Diversification

Diversification is best described as which of the following? Options Existing products in new markets Existing products in existing markets New products for new markets New products for existing markets

APPLIED BUSINESS LAW

You are an employee at a nice paper mill and want to impress the boss by burning the midnight oil (but not too close to the wood pulp).  For four consecutive weeks, you work forty-five, forty-two, thirty-nine, and thirty-one hours.
If you are a nonexempt employee covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, how many hours of overtime pay, if any, would you be entitled to? What would be the rate?
These individual work assignments should each include the following:

  • An in-depth submission that should be free of spelling and grammar errors.
  • An essay containing a minimum of 200 words.
  • You will be assessed on the rationale you use in addressing the questions/issue posted, and how well you justify your argument regarding this issue.
  • Your response must be thought provoking, have well developed ideas and/or opinions, and should reference any supporting material from the text, lecture or other sources you have used to complete the assignment.

You may use your text or the internet as a reference, but remember to cite your sources according to APA guidelines.

ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS & QUALITY LEADERSHIP

Task:
4 to 5 pages

  1. Complete a root cause analysis (RCA) that takes into consideration causative factors that led to the sentinel event (this patient’s outcome).
  2. Discuss errors or hazards in care in the scenario.
  1. Use change theory to develop an improvement plan to decrease the likelihood of a reoccurrence of the outcome of the scenario.
  1. Use a failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to project the likelihood that the process improvement plan you suggest would not fail.
  • Identify the members of the interdisciplinary team who will be included in the RCA and FMEA.
  1. Explain how you would test any interventions to improve care in a similar situation by changing the process of care.
  2. Discuss pre-steps for preparing for the FMEA.
  3. Describe thethreesteps of the FMEA: severity, occurrence, and detection.

Note: You are not expected to carry out the full FMEA, but you should describe each step and how you would go about it.

  1. Discuss the key role nurses would play in improving the quality of care in this situation.
  1. When you use sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, provide acknowledgement of source information for any content that is quoted, paraphrased or summarized. Acknowledgement of source information includes in-text citation noting specifically where in the submission the source is used and a corresponding reference, which includes:
  • Author
  • Date
  • Title
  • Location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

Note: The use of APA citation style is encouraged but is not required for this task. Evaluators will offer feedback on the acknowledgement of source information but not with regard to conformity with APA or other citation style. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Resources web link found under General Information/APA Guidelines in the left-hand panel in Taskstream.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or 

Baton Rouge Complete Street Policy

The Final Paper will be 4 to 5 double-spaced pages
Focus of the Final Paper

Utilizing Baton Rouge Complete Street Public Policy, complete the following:

  • Analyze that local government’s revenues and possible funding options for the chosen public policy.

Additionally, utilizing the local government’s annual budgeting documents and any other pertinent documents, incorporate the following into your paper:

  1. Describe restrictions that are (or could be) placed on those revenues.
  2. Evaluate how public policy decisions affect the receipt of revenues.
  3. Analyze the economic conditions that affect revenue projections.
  4. Recommend a revenue policy that aligns with community values.

The Final Paper should focus on real-life, real-time applications of topics covered in this course, including the uses you have seen and the uses you can envision.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Paper must be 4 to 5 doubled spaced pages double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a cover page that includes:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  4. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  5. Must use at least FOUR scholarly sources.
  6. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  7. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style, which lists the scholarly sources you relied upon in constructing your paper.

Company Analysis using LIFO or FIFO

  1. Inventory and cost of goods sold figures prepared under the LIFO cost flow assumption versus the FIFO cost flow assumption can differ dramatically.

Required:
a: Would an analyst consider ending inventory asset value more useful if computed using LIFO or FIFO? Explain.

  1. Would an analyst consider cost of goods sold more useful if computed using LIFO or FIFO? Explain.
  2. Assume a company uses the LIFO cost flow assumption. Identify any FIFO-computed values that are useful for analysis purposes, and explain how they are determined using financial statement information.
  3. During a period of rising inventory costs and stable output prices, describe how new income and total assets would differ depending upon whether LIFO or FIFO is applied. Explain how your answer would change if the company is experiencing declining inventory costs and stable output prices.

The Budgeting Process and Capital Investment Decisions" Please respond to the following:

  • Use the Internet or Strayer databases to research information related to the budgeting processes within the various types of health care organizations. Next, determine the most-effective budgeting approach for a hospital, indicating how this approach can lead to effective financial management of the facility. Provide support for your rationale.
  • Assume that you are an administrator for a hospital, and you need to acquire a new technology system so that you may comply with regulatory requirements. Create an argument to be presented to the leadership team in which you justify the need for your facility to invest in this new technology. Then indicate the value to the organization and provide support for your argument.

Business Expansion and Sustainability

In order to complete this assignment, refer to the scenario that you chose in Assignment 1.
Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of these assignments.
Using the scenario from Assignment 1, write a six to seven (6-7) page paper in which you:

  1. Identify three (3) job requirements (e.g., needed certifications, previous work experience, external influences, etc.) that could apply to your chosen scenario. Determine two (2) ways these requirements could impact staffing at your organization. Next, suggest one (1) strategy that you could utilize to ensure that all applicants meet the identified job requirements for your organization. Justify your response.
  2. Outline a long-term recruitment plan that contains at least four (4) components, is aligned with your company’s recruitment strategy, but also addresses possible job skill or credential shortages. Note: Consider concepts such as succession planning and hiring retirees.
  3. Describe three (3) branding strategies that you would employ to attract qualified applicants to your organization. Next, suggest three (3) communication methods that you would utilize to reach out to applicants. Predict the outcome of integrating your branding strategies and communication methods at your organization. Provide a rationale for your response.
  4. Determine two (2) selection processes for recruiting new employees that could apply to your chosen scenario and then identify five (5) selection criteria that you could use when hiring new employees. Next, analyze the effect of the five (5) identified selection criteria on long-term employee retention and preservation of organizational knowledge. Justify your response.
  5. Suggest two (2) assessment methods that you could employ to select new employees for your organization and then analyze the validity and reliability of each method in regards to the job your organization is offering. Next, identify four (4) job predictors that you believe can assess candidates’ knowledge, skills, abilities, and other skills and experiences (KSAO’s). Provide support for your rationale.
  6.  Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the role of staffing to support an organization’s strategy and improve productivity.
  • Explain the planning considerations for staffing organizations, the use of job analysis, and the components of a staffing plan.
  • Develop recruitment plans using both internal and external recruitment.
  • Design a selection process that incorporates a variety of assessment methods and a supporting decision method for candidate selection.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in staffing organizations.
  • Write clearly and concisely about staffing organizations using proper writing mechanics.

CISCO CASE ANALYSIS

CISCO Case Analysis Guidelines
 One of the major objectives of the case method is to help students develop the ability to summarize, analyze, synthesize and evaluate the key elements of a complex problem.
 The narrative portion of the analysis should be approximately five double-spaced typewritten pages adhering to APA, 6th Ed. Format guidelines. A title page and references page are required, but an abstract is not.