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Case Study: Designing and evaluating a new employee training program at Ryan Door

Reinventing the Wheel at Ryan Door Company Jack Ryan, CEO of Ryan Doors, has a problem. No matter how often he tells his employees how to do their jobs, they invariably "decide to do it their way," as he puts it, and arguments ensure between Jack, the employee, and the employee's supervisor. One example is the door-design dep

Writing a Recommendation Letter

Audience: Harvard Business School Admissions Committee Assignment: Write a recommendation letter for Ms. Susan Fishburn's admission to the Harvard Business School MBA program. You have worked with Ms. Fishburn at the Bank of America for the past several years in the department of consumer affairs. Ms. Fishburn has decided to

Importance of Listening

Discuss the importance of listening. In your opinion, has our fast paced society impacted our ability to listen? Explain and support your answer.

Forecasting and Forecasting Errors in Business

Should your division be using moving average, weighted average, or exponential smoothing in forecasting calculations? Why? What are some sources of forecast errors? What is a control chart, and what is the benefit to using them for forecasting errors? What are aggregate capacity requirements, and how could they be applied?

Living Wills

People who currently work in a health care setting understand the importance of asking patient's about a living will or advanced directive. However, unless this document is included in a patient's chart, what is the legal standing from the professional nurse's perspective? When does the law concerning a living will or advanced d

Materials Requirement Analysis and Planning

Discuss ways the company you researched could benefit (or more likely already is benefiting) from robust materials requirement planning. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Model for 'Budgeting' Staff to Provide the Best Service

A service itself cannot be inventoried since you can't have a warehouse full of haircuts or massages. So, the service itself depends on staff to meet demand - and this leads to a decision on how to "staff up". This depends on the skills and capabilities of the staff. You could plan to have two of your best people or three of

Problems Encountered with Aggregate Planning

One of the problems encountered with aggregate planning is the potential for products competing with each other. In years past, General Motors ran into the problem of one product line competing with another - for example, a Chevrolet Pickup competing with a GMC Pickup in which case one product line actually damages the sales

Are appraisal systems necessary?

Do you think that with an effective performance management program an appraisal system is necessary? What arguments would you make in support of doing an appraisal in addition to the ongoing management?

Measuring Job Productivity

How you would measure productivity in a job or task? (You write some software as a software developer.) Al Bundy might say, "I sold shoes and had a few productivity measures: Shoes sold / hours paid. We also measured sales dollars divided by cost of labor; Sales divided by # of employees; Specific employees were measured by divi

Calculating Productivity

Please see attached. Two workers have the same job assembling units for shipment to customers. The first worker can assemble 100 units in 3 hours. The second worker can assemble 85 units in 2 hours. Which worker is more productive? Worker Input Output Productivity 1 3 100 33.33333333 2 2 85 42.5

Construct a decision tree to help Expando make the best decision.

Expando, Inc, is considering the possibility of building an additional factory that would produce a new addition to its product line. The company is currently considering two options. The first is a small facility that it could build at a cost of $6 million. If demand for new products is low, the company expects to receive $10 m

Learning Curves

Lambda Computer Products competed for and won a contract to produce two prototype units of a new type of computer that is based on optics using lasers rather than on electronic binary bits. The first unit produced by Lambda took 5,000 hours to produce and required $250,000 worth of materials, equipment usage and supplies. The se

Top Training Organizations

Microsoft, Verizon, United States Navy and Farmers Insurance are the best of the best training organizations, according to Training Magazine (see the below for a link). Choose one of these companies, visit their website and describe how integrity and ethics play a role in their training program. Be sure to address the follow

E-Governance

Hello, I would appreciate assistance with the following question: Explain e-governance and assess its relationship to public administration. Please provide references used. Thanks.

Term and Whole Life Insurance

Develop a set of family circumstances where each of term insurance and whole life insurance are the most appropriate type of policy to meet the consumer's needs. Explain why a whole life insurance policy requires a larger premium than a term insurance.

Interpersonal Mastery: Business Realities

(1) I am stuck on finding an engaging introduction regarding Leaders of the 21 st Century and the importance of utilizing Interpersonal Mastery in today's business working environment. 2) How does the following New Business Realities Driving forces (Knowledge and Transformative change) and the following thinking habits of

Learning Curves in a Business Setting

How might the following business specialists use a learning curve? - Financial Analysts - Personnel Managers - Marketers - Accountants - Computer Programmers

Human Side of Management

Please see the article attached below and answer the next two questions. 1) Teal argues that 'mediocre management' is the norm, and a scarcity of 'managerial greatness' exists - why is this so? 2) Do you agree with Teal that "management is terrifically difficult"? How would you assess your own managerial capabilities

Case Study on Tires Plus (Employee Training and Development)

Please read the following case, and help me answer the questions below. Case: Training and Development Help Rubber Hit the Road at Tires Plus The mission at Tires Plus's headquarters and its 500 stores in 22 states is to encourage employees to be the same at work as they are in every other area of their lives. Tires Plus s

Aggregate Production and Hires/Fires

Chapter 13, Problem 4 Although the BackPack Company has always used a level aggregate plan, Jill is interested in evaluating chase aggregate plans also. She has calculated how many hires and fires would be necessary to adjust capacity to meet demand exactly each period. Use the following data to solve the problem. Problem

Aggregate Production Problem

Please help with the following tasks, from A to D. A. Calculate the aggregate production rate in units (Round the answer to 0 decimal places, the tolerance is +/-1). B. Calculate the appropriate workforce given the aggregate production rate: employees. C. Show what would happen if this plan were implemented. Please