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Part 1

You bring your initial proposal work (ATTACHED BELOW) (topic, purpose statement, research questions, and hypothesis) (from Unit 1 Individual GP Project) to a stakeholder committee, which is comprised of your manager and other senior-level people. They react and you take NOTES. (Notes are below.)
? What, if any, biases do you detect in the steering committee members' remarks?
? At this point, are they using reflective or expedient decision-making methods? What do you need to do to address their concerns

Notes

Juicy Red Tomato Company
Steering Committee Meeting notes
? Discussed research proposal
? HR manager comments - agreed with everything, seemed a little upset
that her suggestions were not followed previously
? Agri director disagrees that wages are not adequate - "after all we're
using migrant workers" Also argued that JRT provides housing for
workers, so that should count as compensation.
? IT manager commented he's been fighting for budget to improve
communications but has been denied funding
? President believes that field personnel will not use "hi tech toys" like
cellphones and pdas
? CFO commented that if JRT starts paying production people more, profit
margin will be destroyed

PART 2

Despite the comments from the steering committee (from your group proposal), your manager thinks that your proposal thus far is sound, and encourages you to take the next step - conducting research.

develop a PowerPoint presentation of your proposal to date. You will need to use both literature review and data, and your sources need to be credible and current, In the speaker notes elaborate on your outline and give references to support your claim. Include information on the following:
? Introduction to your proposal thus far
? Definition of the problem
? a purpose statement
? Pertinent data that you have gathered to help you formulate your decision
? The type of data you will gather, how it will be collected and how will it aid in your research

I have a group project and one of the OTAs helped me with finding info, We are having trouble with this part. There are a few more, but these are the most confusing.

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Part 1

You bring your initial proposal work (ATTACHED BELOW) (topic, purpose statement, research questions, and hypothesis) (from Unit 1 Individual GP Project) to a stakeholder committee, which is comprised of your manager and other senior-level people. They react and you take NOTES. (Notes are below.)
? What, if any, biases do you detect in the steering committee members' remarks?
? At this point, are they using reflective or expedient decision-making methods? What do you need to do to address their concerns.

have a group project and one of the OTAs helped me with finding info, We are having trouble with this part. There are a few more, but these are the most confusing.

Hi,

These assignments often expect you to read between the lines, and defer from the information the potential outcomes. It also expects you to imagine yourself in the position and that you have actually did what the scenario says that you have done (like preliminary interviews, literature review, research the competition, etc.). For example, the notes from the steering committee below give you some indication of what type of data you plan to collect (e.g., information about pay rates, amount of pay increases e.g., production workers, compensation packages, communication resources available, types of IT, resource allocation for purchase and implementation, get the employees to buy into IT devices, etc.)

Notes

Juicy Red Tomato Company

Steering Committee Meeting notes
? Discussed research proposal
? HR manager comments - agreed with everything, seemed a little upset
that her suggestions were not followed previously
? Agri director disagrees that wages are not adequate - "after all we're
using migrant workers" Also argued that JRT provides housing for
workers, so that ...

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Based on the proposal for Juicy Red Tomato Company, this solution provides information in point form for the slides for the PowerPoint presentation.

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Business research for decision making: Juicy Red Tomato Company

You have just been hired by Juicy Red Tomato Company as a human resources consultant. Juicy Red Tomato Company (JRT), a tomato grower operating in Florida, hired you to investigate (1) the effectiveness and efficiency of its organizational structure, and (2) the selection and maintenance of managerial personnel. The reason why? Internal costs are rising, key personnel are leaving, and the company is considering expanding its operations.

You are not the first consultant; your predecessor had started to develop a proposal, but left suddenly. Review the proposal in progress, then add what is needed to complete this initial stage of problem definition. (Use the first five steps of the Research Process for Basic and Applied Research).

Following is your predecessor's work:

Juicy Red Tomato Company is a tomato grower, operating in Florida. The company has been in operation for 15 years, during which it has grown at a rate of about 5% per year. Costs have remained steady for the first 10 years of the company's existence, but have grown by 2.5 - 4% over the past 3 years. Reasons cited by the company include unexpected temperature drops, pests, and increased labor costs. Management has tended to come from within the company, as long-term employees "rise through the ranks". Over the past year, several long-term, key personnel have left, citing that they had "no future" with JRT. On the bright side, JRT is poised for an increased rate of growth, through possible expansion of the business.

JRT has retained this consultant to investigate (1) the effectiveness and efficiency of its organizational structure, and (2) the selection and maintenance of managerial personnel. We will conduct internal and external research on the causes of the issues and present recommendations.

After preliminary interviews within the organization and research of the produce industry, and business cases with similar challenges, we have formed a hypothesis; that Juicy Red Tomato Company needs to invest in retention not only of its managerial personnel, but also front-line production employees. In addition, JRT needs to improve communication between production and operations, possibly by enhancing technology used by the company as a whole.

Prepare a document via Word that elaborates on your proposal, filling in any pieces that your predecessor omitted.

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