Business Management


Questions

# Description Question
13959

See Attachments for details-(I will create a video presentation narrating this assignment) Capstone Project: Part IV - Board Room Presentation - "You’ve been working hard and have gained a lot of insight into your new role as CEO during your first 90 days on the job. During that time, you’ve developed your decision making and action plan (Project Parts I, II, and III) to take the organization forward. In doing so, you’ve taken a close look at the internal and external competitive environments, examined the financials, and determined what’s needed to accomplish your plan and what the payback should look like. You’ve also looked at the current people and structures in light of what may be needed to execute your strategy. Now, there’s just one thing left to do – convince the Board to give you the go-ahead. This week you make your pitch! As you prepare your “pitch” you want to ensure you fully understand the context so you seek counsel from your Chair. Your Chair has shared: Your previous Executive Briefs (decision making and action plan) will be updated for you and a bound copy will be placed before each board member for their reference during your upcoming presentation. The Chair wants you to be consistent with your previous work by clearly stating the vision and explaining the “game winning move”/disruptive innovation in your first moments of your presentation. Context is critical and you do not want your board members wondering what may have changed, if anything, since your last communication. Since your board members know you well at this point, there is no reason to introduce yourself or your past experience. Simply welcome them to the meeting and then start. The Board has a very busy agenda. Given that you have had ongoing discussion with the board and they have your final “Plan” (updated decision making and action plan) in front of them, you are to keep your “pitch” to no more than 5 minutes. In real life, after your pitch, your board members would have plenty of time for questions and answers specific to what you have shared and to what is documented in your updated Executive Briefs."

Capstone P4
13958

I have started the work but can't complete - add to word doc. See Attachment - Capstone Project: Part I - Strategic Analysis - Role Play Scenario: "Your staff has been busy conducting their research and equipped you with the answers to all of the questions posed in Jack’s 5 slide model. You have had many discussions over the last week with members of your board via emails and phone calls. You have discussed with your board member’s drafts of your vision statement and “game winning move”. Your board members have probed and pushed during your discussions seeking to help bring greater clarity to your thinking and decisions. The Chair has asked you to finalize a draft Executive Brief of your current thinking related to strategy to achieve your vision and execute on your “game winning move”. You have been asked to email this Executive Brief to the Chair for evaluation before he/she forwards it on to the board members."

Capstone P1
13956

Role Play Scenario: "You know that no plan can succeed unless you align the people and processes to the allocation of resources needed to achieve your vision and afford your “game winning move”. As wearying as it may seem at times, you are excited to have your professional and capable board members continue to challenge your assumptions, ideas and perspectives. You have continued to get sharper as you approach your formal presentation to the board. As usual, your staff has proven their value to you as they provide challenges and insights you need related to organizational design, talent development and the hiring and retaining of the “best of the best”, in the industry, that will make it possible for you to lead your business to successful execution of your “game winning move”. As you prepare your final Executive Brief for your Chair you decide to take both a short and long term perspective on changes that are necessary to ensure you have aligned your people and organization for disrupting your industry short and long term. Your Chair has made you aware that this is your last Executive Brief before your Boardroom Pitch. The heat is on but you feel very much in control and are excited to deliver your assessment of this key strategy for success."

Capstone Project Part III: Leadership and Management (Due: Sunday, Midnight of Week 3)

 

Strategic and financial analyses are just words and numbers without the right people in place to execute the plan. The final component of your research prior to your presentation requires that you assess the

 

“human element” of the organization. This includes: taking stock of the culture; examining team structures; reviewing incentives to drive performance; and last, but certainly not least, ensuring you have the right people in key leadership roles. As you consider these issues, address the following:

 

  1. Assess the current situation related to leadership, management, and organizational structure.

 

    1. Explain key roles of personnel and team(s)

 

    1. Explain any recent changes that were made and the reasons for those changes

 

    1. Explain any challenges/limitations that exist within the current structure and offer your recommendations

 

  1. Describe and defend what the organization should look like 12-36 months from now?

 

    1. Should there be any changes to the mission, vision, values? If so, why and how will you implement these changes?

 

    1. What are the current unchallenged assumptions about, “how work is done around here”?

 

Explain.

 

    1. Describe and defend how you will align people, processes and resources to your vision over the next 12-36 months, considering the following:

 

i.    Which are your strategic positions/roles?

 

ii.    Where will your talent be coming from?

 

iii.    How will you develop your talent?

 

iv.    How will you motivate your talent to overachieve?

 

v.    What is your performance management plan?

 

vi.    How will you differentiate performance?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JWI 598: Executive Graduate Capstone

Course Guide

 

 

 

 

RUBRICS: Capstone Project Part III

 

CRITERIA

Unsatisfactory

Low Pass

Pass

High Pass

Honors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incomplete

Identifies 2 – 3

Identifies 2 – 3

Plus, includes

Plus, includes

 

Needs Quality and

demonstrating a

leadership or

leadership or

analysis of

elaboration on

 

quantity of

lack of insight

management

management

longer-term

selected

 

research

into current

needs, but does

needs AND

impact of

competitive

 

 

leadership and

not support this

supports this

continuing with

organizations

 

Weight: 30%

management

analysis with

analysis with

current cultural

and/or

 

 

 

 

needs

reference to

reference to

and leadership

market/industry

 

 

 

literature and/or

literature and/or

development

examples as

 

 

 

management

management

practices

benchmarks for

 

 

 

teachings of

teachings of

 

improvement

 

 

 

Jack Welch from

Jack Welch from

 

 

 

 

 

previous

previous courses

 

 

 

 

 

courses

 

 

 

 

 

No synthesis of

Explains or

Plus, constructs

Plus,

Plus, predicts

 

 

 

 

research

summarizes key

meaning by

distinguishes

and defends

 

Derive meaning,

 

issues and

synthesizing

between

possible

 

insights, and

 

challenges &

research to offer

alternatives

outcomes of all

 

recommendations

 

opportunities in

novel insights

and draws

proposed

 

 

 

leadership and

that will improve

conclusions for

solutions on the

 

Weight: 40%

 

management

the function of

the most

larger

 

 

 

 

the impacted

effective use of

organization

 

 

 

 

teams

people,

 

 

 

 

 

 

processes and

 

 

 

 

 

 

resources

 

 

 

Reader is

Reader is able

Plus, uses

Plus, spells,

Plus, transitions

 

 

 

 

unable to follow

to follow the

conventions

constructs

and logic are

 

Quality in

the student’s

discussion and

outlined in

sentences,

composed to

 

communication of

discussion or

logic but content

Instructions:

uses grammar

simplify

 

deliverable

logic.

is incomplete,

Title, Executive

and punctuates

understanding for

 

 

 

inconsistent

Summary, Body

correctly in

the Board

 

Weight: 30%

 

formatting,

of the paper

keeping with

 

 

 

 

poorly

includes

the

 

 

 

 

communicated

headings and

expectations of

 

 

 

 

in writing

subheadings,

a CEO

 

 

 

 

 

Reference page,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addendums with

 

 

 

 

 

 

supporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

documentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capstone P3
13951

See Attachments - here is summary - Role Play Scenario: "The Chair and Board are excited with your proposed plan from last week. Wanting to ensure you have identified a disruptive innovation that will dramatically change your future and the marketplace, you have continued discussions with your board. You have shared your company's and competitors financials related to how you intend to afford your proposed disruptive innovation. Your board has peppered you with more questions, ideas and direction related to the financial challenges you face. Your staff has continued to research deep and wide seeking to give you all the data you may need need in order to distill it down to a few key strategic decisions and actions. The Chair has asked that you submit an Executive Brief of the financials you consider important to your short term and long term strategies as you seek to lead your company and market with your “game winning move”. Once again, you have been asked to submit this Executive Brief to your Chair for evaluation and dissemination to the rest of the board."

Capstone Project Part II: Financial Analysis (Due: Sunday, Midnight of Week 2)

 

Perform a financial analysis of your selected organization in order to determine its current financial condition and identify opportunities and threats. This analysis should accomplish two things: (1) establish a baseline for current financial performance, and (2) provide a cost/benefit analysis for the strategy (your “winning move”) you are proposing and the changes you will need to make to execute that strategy.

 

As a reminder, the purpose of this part of the Capstone Project is not for you to present an exhaustive analysis of all financial elements of the organization. The purpose is to focus on those elements which impact (and are impacted by) your plan. Approach this as a CEO, not a CFO. Where will you get the money you need to fund your initiative? What is the proposed payoff in terms of increased sales or decreased expenses? How do these stack up to key benchmarks (like IRR) against which your success will be measured? Which market related financial data impact your numbers, and strengthen your conclusions and help you defend your arguments?

 

As you analyze, derive meaning from, and present your recommendations, you will want to consider the following:

 

1.     Asset Review:

 

Cash Position, Working Capital (Current Assets vs Current Liabilities), Long Term Assets (including depreciation/condition) and Intangible Assets

 

2.     Company Structure:

 

Debt vs Equity, Liquidity, Dividend Payment, Debt Terms/Interest

 

3.     Growth:

 

Revenue Growth Trends, Net Income Growth Trends

 

4.     Profit Margins:

 

Gross Margin, Operating Margin, Net Income Margin

 

5.     Cash Flow:

 

Cash from Operations, Investing, Financing

 

 

Format

 

In keeping with the purpose of this exercise, you should attempt to present your financial analysis in an efficient way which shows that you understand what really matters. The suggested guideline is 2 pages for your analysis/recommendation. Please place any supporting documents (spreadsheets, reports, etc.) in an Appendix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JWI 598: Executive Graduate Capstone

Course Guide

 

 

 

 

 

RUBRICS: Capstone Project Part II

 

CRITERIA

Unsatisfactory

Low Pass

Pass

High Pass

Honors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incomplete or

Demonstrates

Properly focuses

Properly

Plus, elaborates

 

Selection of Key

no financial data

partial

on key financial

focuses on keys

on how these

 

Financial Data

is identified

understanding of

measures but

financial

key data

 

 

 

which data is

fails to fully

measures and is

compare to

 

Weight: 30%

 

most important

explain why

able to fully

those of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

these are most

explain why

competitors

 

 

 

 

pertinent to the

these are most

 

 

 

 

 

Strategic

pertinent to the

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Plan

Strategic

 

 

 

 

 

 

leadership Plan

 

 

 

Performs no

Includes minor

Correctly

Plus, includes

Plus,

 

 

 

 

financial

errors or

performs all

comprehensive

comprehensive

 

Accuracy of

calculations or

assumptions

basic financial

calculations that

forward-looking

 

Financial

makes

which do not

calculations

correctly and

calculations of

 

Calculations

substantive

materially

 

accurately

payback relative

 

 

errors

impact the

 

present the

to IRR and other

 

Weight: 40%

 

Strategic

 

financial health

established

 

 

 

Leadership Plan

 

of the

metrics

 

 

 

 

 

organization

 

 

 

No explanation

Partial

Clear

Plus, clear

Plus, compelling

 

 

of why the

explanation of

explanation of

explanation of

defense of why

 

Explanation of

financial metrics

why the financial

rationale for

what happens if

these proposed

 

Financial Impact of

selected are the

measured

selection of all

Board does not

financial

 

Key Data

most important

selected are the

financial metrics

approve of the

measures will

 

 

ones for the

most important

used in analysis

proposed

enable the

 

Weight: 30%

Strategic

ones for the

and planning

changes

organization to

 

 

Leadership Plan

Strategic

 

 

beat its

 

 

 

Leadership Plan

 

 

competitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Financial Analysis - Alcoa Corp
13948

See Attachment Assignement 2 for description- PowerPoint presentation with notes. 5-7 slides. Use excel reference for financial numbers. This must be completed NO LATER than 5/11/17 by 8pm CST. See attachment JLongoria-Assignement 1 for formatting the slides. 

Assignment 2: Case Study Brief

 

Due Week 5, Day 7 (Weight: 35%)

 

For this assignment, you will take on the role of an employee of health company Cambridge Sciences Pharmaceuticals (CSP). You have been assigned to assist Barbara Printup (Senior Director of Marketing) in crafting a launch strategy for Metabical – a new weight-loss drug.

 

The Chief Executive Officer of CSP is facing important decisions regarding the rollout of Metabical. Your goal is to provide Barbara with data-driven recommendations she can then present to the CEO. These recommendations need to be backed up with relevant data to ensure effectiveness and persuasiveness.

 

You may choose to create either a slide deck (5-slide minimum) or a written brief (5-page minimum) for this assignment. Relevant information, such as models, calculations, and analysis results, should be included in appendices.

 

For this assignment, create a slide deck or written brief that addresses the following 5 topics:

 

1.     Frame the problem. Utilize your work from Assignment 1 for this topic. Consider incorporating feedback from faculty into your document. Guiding Questions:

a.     What is the problem, clearly stated?

b.    What are the key variables you will need to study?

c.     Who is the stakeholder and what decision will they make based on the analysis results?

d.    What are the multiple ways you might solve this problem?

e.     What type of analytical story will you want to tell in solving this problem?

f.     What previous findings or experiences related to this problem are conveyed in the case study, or exist in the business industry?

 

2.     Solve for demand. Guiding Questions:

 

a.     Barbara has asked you to estimate the demand for Metabical. What are the forecasting options you should contemplate? For each option, what is your estimate of the target market?

 

b.    For each forecasting option, how many packages will the target market buy in year 1? How do the purchasing assumptions change in Year 2? What is your forecasted demand for each of the first 5 years?

 

c.     Which of the forecasting models do you recommend to estimate the demand for Metabical, and why? In addition to your forecast results, what data supports your recommendation?

 

d.    Why is providing sound guidance on expected demand important?

 

 

3.     Formulate a sound pricing strategy recommendation. Guiding questions:

 

a.     Barbara has also asked you to evaluate pricing options for the Metabical drug. Which pricing strategy would you recommend, and why?

b.    Is there any additional information you need to frame or solve the problem?

c.     Based on the demand forecast you chose in question 2, what are the forecasted sales in year 1? What are the forecasted sales in year 2? What are the forecasted sales up to year 5?

 

4.     Make a sound packaging recommendation. Assume that count size is based on a blister pack of seven (7) tablets that can be in turn packaged into a SKU with 1, 2, or 4 blister packs. Guiding Questions:

 

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JWI 580 Assignment 2                                                                                                                  Page 1 of 3


JWI 580: Business Analytics

Academic Submissions and Evaluations

 

 

a.     What considerations need to be taken into account when making the packaging decision?

b.    What additional data would you want, and what analysis would you perform to be able to better answer this question?

 

5.     Using your demand forecast and pricing recommendations from questions 2 and 3, estimate CSP’s return on investment (ROI) over a 5-year period that meets the company’s expectations. Guiding Questions:

 

a.     What are your cost assumptions? Do you anticipate any changes in year 2 and beyond?

b.    What is your estimate of total costs at the end of 5 years?

c.     Calculate the ROI for the Metabical drug. If the ROI achieved is less than 5%, what steps of your analytical process would you need to revisit?

 

 

The specific learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

 

        Develop habits of quantitative thinking

 

        Frame a problem and predict potential results

        Formulate and communicate actionable recommendations based on data interpretations and insights

 

Grading for this assignment will be based on the following grading criteria:

 

 

Weight: 35%

 

Assignment 2: Case Analysis

 

 

 

 

Criteria

Unsatisfactory

Low Pass

Pass

High Pass

Honors

 

 

 

1. Frame the

Did not frame

Partially framed

Satisfactorily

Completely

Exemplarily

 

 

 

problem.

the problem.

the problem.

framed the

framed the

framed the

 

 

 

 

 

 

problem.

problem.

problem.

 

 

 

Weight: 10%

 

 

 

Incorporates

Incorporates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

relevant context.

relevant context

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

persuasively

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indicates a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Solve for

Did not solve for

Partially solved

Satisfactorily

Accurately

Accurately

 

 

 

demand.

demand.

for demand.

solved for

solved for

solved for

 

 

 

 

 

 

demand.

demand.

demand.

 

 

 

Weight: 20%

 

 

 

Provided sound

Provided sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

rationale.

rationale and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

data to support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JWI 580: Business Analytics

Academic Submissions and Evaluations

 

3. Formulate a

Did not

Partially

Satisfactorily

Accurately

Accurately

 

sound pricing

formulate a

formulated a

formulated a

formulated a

formulated a

 

strategy

sound pricing

sound pricing

sound pricing

sound pricing

sound pricing

 

recommendation

strategy

strategy

strategy

strategy

strategy

 

.

recommendation

recommendation

recommendation

recommendation

recommendatio

 

 

.

.

.

. Provided

n. Provided

 

Weight: 20%

 

 

 

sound rationale.

sound rationale

 

 

 

 

 

and data to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

support the

 

 

 

 

 

 

solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Make a sound

Did not make a

Partially made a

Satisfactorily

Completely

Exemplarily

 

packaging

sound

sound

made a sound

made a sound

made a sound

 

recommendation

packaging

packaging

packaging

packaging

packaging

 

.

recommendation

recommendation

recommendation

recommendation

recommendatio

 

 

.

.

.

. Provided

n. Provided

 

Weight: 20%

 

 

 

logical rationale.

logical rationale

 

 

 

 

 

and data to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

support the

 

 

 

 

 

 

recommendatio

 

 

 

 

 

 

n.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Estimate an

Did not estimate

Partially

Satisfactorily

Accurately

Accurately

 

ROI over a 5-

an ROI over a 5-

estimated an

estimated an

estimated an

estimated an

 

year period that

year period that

ROI over a 5-

ROI over a 5-

ROI over a 5-

ROI over a 5-

 

meets the

met the

year period that

year period that

year period that

year period that

 

company’s

company’s

met the

met the

met the

met the

 

expectations.

expectations.

company’s

company’s

company’s

company’s

 

 

 

expectations.

expectations.

expectations.

expectations.

 

Weight: 30%

 

 

 

Provided sound

Provided sound

 

 

 

 

rationale.

rationale and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

data to support

 

 

 

 

 

 

the estimate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gave additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

advisories

 

 

 

 

 

 

related to the

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROI and

 

 

 

 

 

 

company

 

 

 

 

 

 

growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JWI 580 Assignment 2

Case Study Breif
13946 Research the various change models used by organizations today. After assessing these models, create a change model conducive to your field, and that will work within your organization's culture. This model should serve to implement a strategic process that can help your organization integrate a change and respond to the internal or external driving forces that affect organizational success. Create a visual representation of your model using a graphic organizer of your choice (flow chart, concept map, etc.). The design of your model will be unique and relevant to your organization, based on a critical analysis of its culture and behavior. However, your model must demonstrate the necessary steps for realistic implementation. Your model will be assessed on the quality of strategic implementation you design, the support you present for your model, and inclusion of the following concepts: 1.Methods to evaluate the need for change 2.Approach and criteria for choosing individuals or teams necessary for a change initiative 3.Communication strategies 4.Strategies to gather stakeholder support and overcome resistance 5.Implementation strategies 6.Sustainability strategies Once you have created your model, prepare a 15-20 slide PowerPoint presentation to present your model and demonstrate how this model is relevant to your organization and why it will work well within your organization's culture. In conclusion, discuss why this model will lead to sustainable change when most change initiatives fail. You will utilize this change model for your final paper. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Models
13945

"Real-Life Applications of Binomial Distribution" (Note: Please respond to one [1] of the following two [2] bulleted items) Provide one (1) real-life example or application of a binomial distribution. Explain how the example matches the conditions for the binomial distribution. Determine the conditions under which you would use a discrete probability distribution rather than a continuous probability distribution. Provide one (1) example to illustrate your reasoning.

Real life applications
13944

"Real-Life Applications of Binomial Distribution" (Note: Please respond to one [1] of the following two [2] bulleted items) Provide one (1) real-life example or application of a binomial distribution. Explain how the example matches the conditions for the binomial distribution. Determine the conditions under which you would use a discrete probability distribution rather than a continuous probability distribution. Provide one (1) example to illustrate your reasoning.

Real life applications
13901 Outline a plan that managers in the low-calorie, frozen microwaveable food company could follow in anticipation of raising prices when selecting pricing strategies for making their products response to a change in price less elastic. Provide a rationale for your response. Examine the major effects that government policies have on production and employment. Predict the potential effects that government policies could have on your company. Determine whether or not government regulation to ensure fairness in the low-calorie, frozen microwavable food industry is needed. Cite the major reasons for government involvement in a market economy. Provide two (2) examples of government involvement in a similar market economy to support your response. Examine the major complexities that would arise under expansion via capital projects. Propose key actions that the company could take in order to prevent or address these complexities. Suggest the substantive manner in which the company could create a convergence between the interests of stockholders and managers. Indicate the most likely impact to profitability of such a convergence. Provide two (2) examples of instances that support your response. Long-time investment decision
13883 this is a test test
13881

Answer the 6 questions. About 150-300 words per question. 2 references per question. I've provided some reference documents.

Answer 6 questions
13856

It's veces easy, you just need to find the answers and do some easy maths, there are 10 questions. It doesn't need to be perfect! Just good. Contact me asap! we can discuss about the payment too! 

Manage employee relations
13839 SOMEONE WHO HAS A BACKGROUND IN BUSINESS ONLY PLZ> I need someone to look over my business proposal and make sure what I have is correct. I'll give more information if someone can help business proposals
13838

need someone familiar with law. need help giving insight on how to make a legal proposal better.

proposal revision
13830

MBA-Strategic Management - See attachments

Assignment 1

Assignment 1: Case Study — Walmart External Environment Analysis Due Week 4, Day 7 (Weight: 15%)

Walmart's latest woes - sales dwindling, market share eroding — are featured heavily in the media today, and even in the Wall Street Journal. But is disaster really looming on the horizon for the low-cost giant? Or do the issues simply present an opportunity for big success?

Assess Walmart's external environment using three or more media sources to identify factors that are impacting Walmart's business model and take a stance on whether these factors signal imminent doom or new growth opportunities (if approached correctly).

 

Write a 3-6 page Business Brief for the Walmart Executive team on your findings.

1.       Identify and concisely describe four external factors impacting Walmart.

• Describe each of the four factors. Is each a positive or negative for Walmart? Explain.

 • What are the "symptoms" of each factor? (What is likely happening as a result of a factor?)

• How does each factor correlate to Porter's Five Forces or the Blue Ocean models? Explain.

2. Rank the factors in order from least to greatest potential impact and briefly explain your rationale.

 3. Take a stand — Persuasively assert what these factors imply for the future of Walmart.

• Consider how the factors potentially influence the organization's capabilities, behavior, and strategic options.

 4. Support your recommendations, assertions, and facts with in-text citations, appendixes, and references.

Recommended format and organization for the Business Brief. Business briefs are often used to convince and inform clearly and concisely in the business environment. For this assignment, your business brief should state its purpose, create awareness, and provide a persuasive informed assertion based on research and conceptual understandings. 1. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, professor's name, and the course title and date. (The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.) 2. Single-spaced, professional font (Times New Roman or Ariel), 10-12 font size 3. Headings used to identify main topics and subtopics 4. Paragraphs separated by a single space

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Case Study-Walmart External Environment Analysis
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Request Letter
Write a letter requesting a few booklets that explain how college students can apply for
scholarships to study abroad. Address the letter to Nancy Reibold, the executive director of the
Global Initiative Center at 1012 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021. You learned about this booklet
when you were surfing the Web and came upon the Global Initiative Center Web site.

Response Letter
Assume that you are Nancy Reibold, and you received the request for the booklet. You are out of
copies at the moment, however, because you have received more requests than anticipated. You
expect to receive more copies within two weeks. Write a response to the inquiry, explaining these
circumstances. Tell the reader that you will send the booklet, titled, “Study Abroad,” as soon as
you can—and offer the alternative of downloading a document that you will make available at your
Web site.

Complaint Letter

You are Nancy Reibold’s assistant at the Global Initiative Center, and both you and Nancy are
angry. You have just received 10,000 copies of the booklet from the Jones Printing Company,
105 East Summit Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08910. When you opened the carton, you discovered
each booklet is missing several pages. This printing is the second one to contain a mistake made
by Jones Printing, and the shipment is late as well, even though Robert Mason, the sales
representative, had promised that you would have no problems this time. Nancy Reibold wants to
“get this problem corrected immediately.” Write a complaint letter to Robert Mason for Ms. Reibold
to sign.

Adjustment Letter
Assume that you are Robert Mason. You have received the complaint letter about the printing
mistake. After checking, you discover that the booklets sent to the Global Initiative Center had
been subcontracted to another printing firm (ILM Printing Company) because of the backlog at
Jones. You know that Jones Printing will not be billed for the booklets if you return them to
ILM Printing within five working days. You decide that you must write an adjustment letter to
Ms. Reibold quickly, asking her to return the booklets.


Persuasive Memo
Assume that you are Robert Mason. Send a convincing, detailed memo to J. R. Jones, your boss
and president of Jones Printing, recommending that ILM Printing Company not be used for future
subcontracting work. Assume that Mr. Jones is reluctant to change subcontractors because of
personal ties to ILM Printing and the significant discount that it gives to Jones, so you will need to
be persuasive.

Grading Criteria

Formatting will count on this assignment. You may use a letterhead template, but make sure that
you edit it appropriately so all your design elements make sense for your rhetorical situation.

The rubric, including formatting standards, is listed in the syllabus. Your letters should include all
official parts (date, inside address, salutation, body, complimentary closing, signature, writer’s
signature block, end notations), and your memo should be formatted as a standard print memo. In
order to earn the highest possible grade, you should also create a letterhead to match the
scenario/organization for which you are writing. Avoid affectation in all your deliverables.

In addition to the correspondence deliverables, I want you to compose an audience and purpose
statement for each one. Write me a memo that lists these statements.
Put all four letters and memo into one PDF file.

 Typed. Type and present all out-of-class assignments on good-quality paper. Handwritten memos, letters, and reports are not acceptable in a professional or academic setting. Clean. Appearance and format will count toward your grade.

The proper use of headers, white space, margins, and other visual devices all contribute to readability and accessibility of information, and skillfully handling them is extremely important. Error-free.

Simple mechanical and grammatical accuracy is necessary. Nothing destroys an author’s credibility faster than spelling or grammatical errors. Audience-appropriate. Readability, style, and tone chosen for clarity of expression and suitable to the target audience will play a significant role in determining the grade on assignments.

 

Purposeful and well supported. Whether you set out to explain, analyze, or persuade, your work should have a clear purpose that is supported by appropriate facts and details. Visuals should be incorporated where useful, and research should be properly documented.

Business Letters
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REQUEST LETTERS
RESPONSE LETTERS
COMPLAINT LETTERS
ADJUSTMENT LETTERS
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Assignment 2: Workplace Ethics
Due Week 8 and worth 275 points

Overview
This assignment will give you the opportunity to write about the ethical implications and the impact of the events that are described. The case study includes a set of questions that you should answer. Case Study 9.1: Unprofessional Conduct.  You will be graded on the following criteria:

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze the questions associated with your chosen case study and discuss them using concepts you learned in this course.
  2. Explain your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.
  3. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    2. 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.
    3. Cite your textbook as a reference.
    4. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine the considerations for and process of ethical business decision making to balance corporate and social responsibilities and address moral, economic, and legal concerns.
  • Analyze selected business situations using the predominant ethical theories, such as utilitarian, Kantian, and virtue ethics to guide ethical business decision making.
  • Determine the implications and impact of various civil liberty laws in the workplace, such as hiring, promotion, discipline, discharge, and wage discrimination.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business ethics.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business ethics using proper writing mechanics.

 

The following case study for Assignment 2:

Case 9.1: Unprofessional Conduct?
Located on page 342 of your textbook

  1. Do you believe the Board of Education violated her right to privacy? Were they justified in firing her? Explain two to three (2-3) major reasons why or why not.
  2. Was Pettit’s behavior unprofessional or immoral? Do you believe she was unfit to teach? Provide a rationale for your position.
  3. If teachers have good performance inside the classroom, should they also be held to a higher moral standard outside the classroom? Explain why or why not. 
  4. Analyze five (5) behaviors you believe would show unprofessional or immoral conduct for a teacher.

CASE 9.1

Unprofessional Conduct?

TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN with intellectual disabilities requires skill, patience, and devotion, and those who undertake this task are among the unsung heroes of our society. Their difficult and challenging work rarely brings the prestige or financial rewards it deserves. Mrs. Pettit was one of those dedicated teachers. Licensed to teach in California, she had been working with mentally challenged children for over thirteen years when her career came to an abrupt end. Throughout that career, her competence was never questioned, and the evaluations of her school principal were always positive.

Teaching was not Pettit’s only interest, however. She and her husband viewed with favor various “nonconventional sexual lifestyles,” including “wife swapping.” Because so-called sexual liberation was a hot topic at the time, the Pettits were invited to discuss their ideas on two local television shows. Although they wore disguises, at least one fellow teacher recognized them and discussed Mrs. Pettit’s views with colleagues. A year later Pettit, then forty-eight years old, and her husband joined “The Swingers,” a private club in Los Angeles that sponsored parties intended to promote diverse sexual activities among its members. An undercover police officer, Sergeant Berk, visited one of those parties at a private residence. Amid a welter of sexual activity, he observed Mrs. Pettit perform fellatio on three different men in a one-hour period.

Pettit was arrested and charged with oral copulation, which at the time contravened the California Penal Code (although now it does only if one of the parties is under eighteen). After a plea bargain was arranged, she pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of outraging public decency and paid a fine. The school district renewed her teaching contract the next academic year, but two years later, disciplinary proceedings were initiated against her. The State Board of Education found no reason to complain about her services as a teacher, and it conceded that she was unlikely to repeat her sexual misconduct. But the Board revoked her elementary school life diploma—that is, her license to teach—on the ground that by engaging in immoral and unprofessional conduct at the party, she had demonstrated that she was unfit to teach.

Pettit fought the loss of her license all the way to the California Supreme Court, which upheld the decision of the Board of Education.116 In an earlier case, the court had reversed the firing of a public school teacher for unspecified homosexual conduct, concluding that a teacher’s actions could not constitute “immoral or unprofessional conduct” or “moral turpitude” unless there was clear evidence of unfitness to teach. But Pettit’s case was different, the court hastened to explain.

The conduct in the earlier case had not been criminal, oral copulation had not been involved, and the conduct had been private. Further, in that case the Board had acted with insufficient evidence of unfitness to teach; by contrast, three school administrators had testified that in their opinion, Pettit’s conduct proved her unfit to teach. These experts worried that she would inject her views of sexual morality into the classroom, and they doubted that she could act as a moral example to the children she taught. Yet teachers, the court reaffirmed, are supposed to serve as exemplars, and the Education Code makes it a statutory duty of teachers to “endeavor to impress upon the min

In a vigorous dissent, Justice Tobringer rejected the opinion of the majority, arguing that no evidence had established that Pettit was not fit to teach. The three experts didn’t consider her record; they couldn’t point to any past misconduct with students, nor did they suggest any reason to anticipate future problems. They simply assumed that the fact of her sexual acts at the “swingers” party itself demonstrated that she would be unable to set a proper example or to teach her pupils moral principles.

Such an attitude is unrealistic, Tobringer argued, when studies show that 75 to 80 percent of the women of Pettit’s educational level and age range engage in oral copulation. The majority opinion “is blind to the reality of sexual behavior” and unrealistically assumes that “teachers in their private lives should exemplify Victorian principles of sexual morality.” Pettit’s actions were private and could not have affected her teaching ability. Had there not been clandestine surveillance of the party, the whole issue would never have arisen.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. In concerning itself with Pettit’s off-the-job conduct, did the Board of Education violate her right to privacy? Or was its concern with her lifestyle legitimate and employment related?
  2. Was Pettit’s behavior “unprofessional”? Was it “immoral”? Did it show a “lack of fitness” to teach? Explain how you understand the terms in quotation marks.
  3. Was the Board of Education justified in firing Pettit? Explain.
  4. Was the court’s verdict consistent with its earlier handling of the case of the homosexual teacher?
  5. If teachers perform competently in the classroom, should they also be required to be moral exemplars in their private lives? Are employees in other occupations expected to provide a moral example—either on or off the job?
  6. Which of the following, in your view, would show unprofessional conduct, immorality, or lack of fitness to teach: drunken driving, smoking marijuana, advocating the use of marijuana, forging a check, resisting arrest for disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer, being discovered in a compromising position with a student, propositioning a student, cheating on income tax, calling attention to one’s openly homosexual lifestyle?
  7. Under what conditions do employers have a legitimate interest in their employees’ off-the-job conduct?

Points: 275

Assignment 2: Workplace Ethics

Criteria

 

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

 

Fair

70-79% C

 

Proficient

80-89% B

 

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Analyze the questions associated with your chosen case study and discuss them using concepts you learned in this course.

Weight: 45%

Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the questions associated with your chosen case study and did not submit or incompletely discussed them using concepts you learned in this course.

Insufficiently analyzed the questions associated with your chosen case study and insufficiently discussed them using concepts you learned in this course.

Partially analyzed the questions associated with your chosen case study and partially discussed them using concepts you learned in this course.

Satisfactorily analyzed the questions associated with your chosen case study and satisfactorily discussed them using concepts you learned in this course.

Thoroughly analyzed the questions associated with your chosen case study and thoroughly discussed them using concepts you learned in this course.

2. Explain your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.
Weight: 45%

Did not submit or incompletely explained your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.

Insufficiently explained your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.

Partially explained your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.

Satisfactorily explained your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.

Thoroughly explained your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.

3. Clarity, writing mechanics, citations, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Assignment 1: Not All Companies Are Viewed as Equal
Due Week 4 and worth 175 points

In the land of free trade, the public does not view all industries as equal. Do you believe that is ethical? Do you believe that some industries are unfairly targeted? Should it be consumers’ choice to partake in products that are not healthy for them, or do those companies have an ethical obligation to protect people? In this assignment, you will choose one (1) industry to write about. Possible industries to research could be tobacco, soda, alcohol, casinos, or candy companies, just to name a few.

Write a one and a half to two (1½ - 2) page paper in which you:

  1. Become an advocate for either the consumer or the industry. Prepare an argument explaining the major reasons why you support either the consumer or the industry. 
  2. Explain the role capitalism plays in corporate decision making.
  3. Discuss if you believe it is possible for a company to cater to both its best interest and that of the consumer conjointly or if one always has to prevail. Justify your response.
  4. Use at least two (2) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
  5. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
    3. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine the considerations for and process of ethical business decision making to balance corporate and social responsibilities, and address moral, economic, and legal concerns.
  • Analyze selected business situations using the predominant ethical theories, such as utilitarian, Kantian, and virtue ethics to guide ethical business decision making.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business ethics.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business ethics using proper writing mechanics.

 

 

 

 

Points: 175

Assignment 1: Not All Companies Are Viewed as Equal

Criteria

Unacceptable\ Below 60% F

minimum Expectations

60-69% D

 Fair

70-79% C

 Proficient

80-89% B

 Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Prepare an argument explaining the major reasons why you support either the consumer or the industry.
Weight: 35%

Did not submit or incompletely prepared an argument explaining the major reasons why you support either the consumer or the industry.

Insufficiently prepared an argument explaining the major reasons why you support either the consumer or the industry.

Partially prepared an argument explaining the major reasons why you support either the consumer or the industry.

Satisfactorily prepared an argument explaining the major reasons why you support either the consumer or the industry.

Thoroughly prepared an argument explaining the major reasons why you support either the consumer or the industry.

2. Explain the role capitalism plays in corporate decision making.

Weight 20%

Did not submit or incompletely explained the role capitalism plays in corporate decision making.

Insufficiently explained the role capitalism plays in corporate decision making.

Partially explained the role capitalism plays in corporate decision making.

Satisfactorily explained the role capitalism plays in corporate decision making.

Thoroughly explained the role capitalism plays in corporate decision making.

3. Discuss if you believe it is possible for a company to cater to both its best interest and that of the consumer conjointly or if one always has to prevail. Justify your response.

Weight 20%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed if you believe it is possible for a company to cater to both its best interest and that of the consumer conjointly or if one always has to prevail. Did not submit or incompletely justified your response.

Insufficiently discussed if you believe it is possible for a company to cater to both its best interest and that of the consumer conjointly or if one always has to prevail. Insufficiently justified your response.

Partially discussed if you believe it is possible for a company to cater to both its best interest and that of the consumer conjointly or if one always has to prevail. Partially justified your response.

Satisfactorily discussed if you believe it is possible for a company to cater to both its best interest and that of the consumer conjointly or if one always has to prevail. Satisfactorily justified your response.

Thoroughly discussed if you believe it is possible for a company to cater to both its best interest and that of the consumer conjointly or if one always has to prevail. Thoroughly justified your response.

4. 2 references

Weight: 10%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; some references high-quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high-quality choices.

5. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 15%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

 

 

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