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Concepts in Strategic Management

Answer the following: Conduct an External Environmental Scan for your organization and place each trend on a 3x5 index card. Identify the key trends in the social and task environments. Cluster the scan cards into the following areas: social, technological, economic, ecological, political and industry trends. Select key trend

Strategic Management and Communication Methods

? Why is communication important to proper strategic management. ? Who communicates the company strategy? ? Mention a couple of methods that a company uses effectively to communicate updates to strategies.

Business Research Methods: Customer and Impact

Business Research Methods - Additional questions 1. Who is your ultimate customer when writing a research proposal? 2. How does your customer impact your research proposal? 3. What were some of the most important ideas you learned about Research from this week's study? How might you apply something you learned at work o

Equivalent units of production for the year

A company's January 1 goods in process inventory contained 30,000 units that were 1/4 complete with respect to direct labor. The beginning inventory was completed this year and another 120,000 units were started. Of those started, 80,000 were finished and the remaining 40,000 were left 1/5 complete. Calculate the equivalent unit

Job Interviews - types

I would appreciate any help that I can get with the following discussion question: 1. Describe three types of job interviews and then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Decision Impacts on Stakeholders

Any help with this discussion question would be very appreciated. Thank you. TASK: An Open Letter to Walt Disney May 29, 1996 Michael Eisner, CEO Walt Disney Company 500 South Buena Vista Street Burbank, CA 91522 Dear Mr. Eisner: The National Labor Committee fully supports Walt Disney's decision

Negotiations with suppliers

I've worked with many buyers over the years that feel that certain tactics, like making the supplier wait for you for at least 15 minutes in the lobby, conducting negotiations only at the buyer's facility and sitting at the head of the table, ensure an advantage in negotiations. Do you think this is true? Why or why not?

ADA and Discrimination

In actual practice, how well does the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) protect workers against discrimination? Are there any examples from recent court decisions I could reference?

Pregnancy and Discrimination

What is the significance of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act? Can a company ever consider pregnancy in its employment decisions?

Ramada Demonstrates its Personal Best

Based on the Case, "Ramada Demonstrates its Personal Best", in Chapter 4, write a response in which you define business research, and demonstrate why this case represents an example of business research (i.e., which characteristics of good research are included in the case). Identify the business research question that was asked

Pension forecasting and Interest Cost

Question 1. Interest cost included in the net pension cost recognized for a period by an employer sponsoring a defined benefit pension plan represents the a.shortage between the expected and actual returns on plan assets. b.increase in the projected benefit obligation due to the passage of time. c.increase in the fair v

Import protection

Domestic producers often base their claim for import protection in the fact that workers in country X are paid substandard wages. Is this a valid argument for protection? Can you give examples of when it did/did not work? Is there any trade restriction that the US government could impose that would have a negative/positive im

Imported commodities

Suppose we refused to sell goods to any country that reduced or halted its exports to us. Who would benefit and who would lose from such retaliation? Can you suggest alternative ways to ensure import supplies? Are there any particular imported commodities that you or your firm rely on? What has happened to the supply of these im

Cost analysis & negotiations

1) What are the components of cost analysis? In what situations would you use cost analysis versus price analysis? Why? 2) Is willingness to collaborate during negotiation important? How do you establish a negotiation strategy? What cultural differences should be considered when negotiating on a global basis?

Obligation to Employees

Many times a BCP is enacted due to some sort of natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, tornado, etc. These events often impact the employees personally as well as the company. Does a company have an obligation to it's employees during this time, if so what is the companies responsibility?

Implementing Instant Messaging

Write about the ease of implementing the Instant Messaging system which will facilitate security, customer and client communication as well as decrease telecommunication costs and increase corporate productivity.

Organization as a machine - metaphor

One of the useful aspects of a "machine" is that it usually has a way to turn it on or off, and some more or less relatively easy controls to make it behave. When we think about an organization as a machine, it's not so easy to visualize what the "switches" might be. 1. If you're thinking about your organization -- or any or

Critical Thinking: Making Decisions constrained by past decision

THis is a brainstorming question... Almost every decision we make is constrained by decisions we have already made and could limit the decisions we make in the future. Which decisions are made that will constrain future decisions? How can more flexibility be created for the future decision to help alleviate the constraint of

HP's Losses During Carly Fiorina's Tenure

Summarize why HP, Inc. lost revenue and market share during ex-CEO Carly Fiorina's tenure, and critically compare the Compaq merger/acquisition with the acquisition of EDS under CEO Hurd. Critically assess the strategic choices made by ex-CEO Carly Fiorina, comparing them with those made by current CEO Mark Hurd.

Creative Thinking

I need help with t he following: Illustrate a viewpoint which you held and altered through reasoning. What were the previous and new viewpoints and which reasoning concepts contributed to arriving at this new vantage point? Also, which invalid assumptions, if any, contributed to your previous stance? I am looking for a s

Applied and Basic Research & Scientific Inquiry

What is the major difference between applied and basic research? . basic research is more traditional . basic research has no immediate application . applied research is less important . basic research takes longer to complete Identify and select the correct order of steps in scientific inquiry.

Quasi-experimental research & Factorial designs

1. What is a characteristic of quasi-experimental research? (a) assignment to groups based on some pre-determined characteristic (b) has the highest degree of control over the factors being examined (c) does not establish cause and effect relationships (d) assignment to groups is random in nature