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Applying Management Functions - Transportation

Assume you are the owner-driver of a truck, which transports vegetables overnight from the farmers in Florida to the markets in Atlanta. On the way back you haul whatever goods need transporting in the opposite direction. You have five employees in your office located in Atlanta. 1. Clearly identify all the necessary activiti

Equal opportunity is a protective order that mandates that all organizations must exercise fair employment practices where minorities are concerned. Several years ago (18 and1900s) organizations would only hire Caucasians, therefore any promotions, salary increases, prestige, etc. would be extended to that particular race of people. Unfortunately, minorities were unable to obtain a job if they were not an organizational fit within the selected organizations. Only hiring a specific race, gender, etc. was in direct violation of our civil rights, as a result of unfair practices in the work place President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order that would eliminate discrimination in the workplace. When President Kennedy put the wheels in motion for affirmative action to take root, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 broadened the policy in which case affirmative action was extended to not only ethnic groups, but also for gender, age, religion, and/or national origin, in which can an individual's ethnicity, cultural background, etc. could not be a deterrent for employment and it could not be a determining factor for termination also. For several years after Affirmative Action has been in effect, there is still an overwhelming number of discrimination cases as reported by the Equal Rights Commission. Equal opportunity laws are working towards reducing the number of discriminatory cases, Affirmative Action, is an entity that often rewards organizations for leveling the playing field by employing an equal number of minorities to Caucasians. "Anthony P. Carnevale (1999) highlighted research that shows: 'Diverse work groups and customers are not only inevitable, they also are more efficient, flexible, and creative at a time when the intensity and complexity of organizational life and economic competition reward these behaviors the most.'" (Carnevale, 1999).

Equal opportunity is a protective order that mandates that all organizations must exercise fair employment practices where minorities are concerned. Several years ago (18 and1900s) organizations would only hire Caucasians, therefore any promotions, salary increases, prestige, etc. would be extended to that particular race of pe

Joint ventures to gain competitive advantage

Identify a company that recently developed a joint venture. Identify why the decision to pursue a joint venture was the right strategic decision in giving the firm a competitive advantage.

Identify Companies that used Business Model

Being able to transfer the business model to other locations is a key advantage for a firm expanding globally. Identify companies that have transferred their business model to other countries. Another way of expanding globally is to have a strong basis of competitive advantage that can be leveraged internationally. Identify comp

Categories in Leveraging Competitive Advantage

Examine the home page of Anheuser-Busch InBev and explore the six categories in leveraging competitive advantage that helped the company become the number one brewer in the world. Six Categories of Advantage: Customer Market Products/Services Business System/Value Chain Assets/Resources Partners Scale/Scope.

Management Agency Theory and Incentives

Question 1: Brennan said that the agency theory & incentives will 'coarsen' humanity and make the world we live in a less hospitable place. Do you agree? why or why not, whether your business uses them and if so, whether they work or what you would do differently. Question 2: what is altruism and what role does altruis

Competitive Advantage

What core competences give an organization competitive advantage? What are examples of an organization's functional-level strategies?

Examples of How Information Systems Have Enhanced the Competitive Position of Cirque Du Soleil or Disney, Technology has allowed Cirque Du Soleil to engage audiences of captivating technological advancements that allow the organization to have a competitive advantage among shows in various cities. "Most of the show's lighting, for example, is controlled using a protocol called Wireless DMX. The idea, Wilder (2009) explained, is that so much action goes on in midair-like the acrobats suspended from the chandeliers-that it would be impossible to use a wired system. Thus, technicians use computers that automatically send signals to hundreds of lights throughout the theater, both in the air and attached to beams or trusses, turning them on or off as needed." (Hunkins, 2009). Disney's technological competitiveness include the use of Pixar animation studios in which the company brings characters to life by utilizing 3D technologies. Everything from on screen technology to theme park technology is advanced enough to enter into much needed innovation for instance, patrons at the theme park enhanced their methodology of entrance in the theme park, instead of using old-school ticketing services everything is electronic. Patrons are provided a credit-card type of device upon purchase that would allow users to scan a card as if it were a credit card in order to enter the facility.

Examples of How Information Systems Have Enhanced the Competitive Position of Cirque Du Soleil or Disney, Technology has allowed Cirque Du Soleil to engage audiences of captivating technological advancements that allow the organization to have a competitive advantage among shows in various cities. "Most of the show's lighting

Define firm performance; competitive advantage, VRIO framework

1). What might we mean by firm performance? 2). What is competitive advantage, in OPERATIONAL and CONCRETE terms? 3). Assess the merits of the VRIO framework when determining a firm's competetive advantage. The class is using the book "Gaining and Sustaining Competetive Advantage" by Jay B. Barney published by Pearson/Prent

Microsoft's 2010 pricing strategies and Porter's Competitive Advantage theory

(ORGN) **Please read the abstract below from BusinessWeek and answer the question that follows: I just need to look at different opinions to help me with my studies, your answer will not be submitted under my name **Please read the abstract below from BusinessWeek and answer the question that follows: Microsoft's Aggressive

Sustained competitive advantage

Value and sustained competitive advantage for Kudler Fine Foods. While implementing this strategy, what factors would you monitor and evaluate to determine if you were successful? Why would monitoring and evaluating these factors be important?

Executive Summary Skilled employees are essential to maintaining a successful organization. Many organizations face a lack of corporate-wide training which result in miniscule competencies. U.S. Employees are receiving more annual hours of training, according to the American Society for Training and development (ASTD) 2005 state of the industry report, which found an increase in average hours of formal learning per employee from 2004-2005 (HR.Com Limited, 2010).

***See Attached*** Executive Summary Skilled employees are essential to maintaining a successful organization. Many organizations face a lack of corporate-wide training which result in miniscule competencies. U.S. Employees are receiving more annual hours of training, according to the American Society for Training and deve

Florida Citrus Web Site: Firms in Competitive Markets

Florida Citrus Web Site: Go to http://www.floridajuice.com/. The "Florida Citrus Web Site" is sponsored by the Florida Department of Citrus on behalf of the State's Orange Industry. Among other things, the site is clearly an advertisement for the state's orange industry. Have you ever seen or do you expect to see advertising for

How luxury car companies' strategies are similar

1. In what ways are the luxury car companies' strategies similar? In what ways are they different? Now look at Honda. How are its business strategies similar or different? 2. Which company would you say has the competitive advantage? Why?

Being the First Mover in an Industry

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being the first mover in an industry? Are buyer-switching costs the most important factor to becoming the first mover? Give some examples of first and late mover firms. Which were the most successful? Why?

International Mini-Plan on Selling Automobiles Internationally

Write an international mini-plan for a company that interests you (or a product/service that you want to sell yourself). Address the following in your mini-plan: Location of value-added functions: The choice of where to locate each of the functions that comprise the entire value-added chain, from research to production to aft

Global strategy

It is necessary to highlight the purpose and direction of global strategy. The why of globalization will provide a basis for discussing factors that need consideration, prioritization, and possible inclusion in your strategic plans. Hitt, Keats, and DeMarie (1998) identified strategic flexibility and competitive advantage

Guiding principles of strategy

1- Considering the external environment faced by organizations in the 21st century, what factors do you believe should form the guiding principles of strategy? 2-Locate an organization in the news and explain how it is trying to create value and competitive advantage in its sector.

What is Strategic Management?

1. Define strategic management in your own words for a general audience. Imagine you were trying to explain what strategic management is to one of your family members who is a junior in high school. 2. Does the competition between various companies affect your daily life in any way? Give an example that might apply. For exam

Competitive Analysis and Business Cycles (Competition and Market Power)

Competition and Market Power 1. Firms in Competitive Markets The official "Incredible Edible Egg" Web Sit http://www.aeb.org/ is sponsored by the American Egg Board. Among other things, the site is clearly an advertisement for the egg industry. Do you expect to see advertising for individual egg producers? What characteri

Competitive Analysis and Business Cycles (Price Dynamics) SLP

Some of the goods and services are produced by the Coca Cola Company are non-alcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, carbonated soft drinks, packaged drinking water, and non-alcoholic beverages. These products are produced by the Coca Cola Company. The revenues from the sales of these products were $31.00 billion in 2009.

Competitive advantages

Compare the competitive advantages enjoyed by a large restaurant chain, such as Red Lobster, Chili's, or Outback Steakhouse, and the sources of competitive advantages enjoyed by a small, local restaurant

Merits of competent workforce

Can workforce competencies be a source of competitive advantage, and thus, the focal point of a strategic plan? Briefly explain.

Net Advantage to Leasing: Redstone Corporation

Redstone Corporation is considering a leasing arrangement to finance some special manufacturing tools that it needs for production during the next three years. A planned change in the firm's production technology will make the tools obsolete after 3 years. The firm will depreciate the cost of the tools on a straight-line basis