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Motorola, Cisco: Compare and contrast problem formulation and identification styles

How can I investigate and observe the decision making processes in a telecom vendor such as Motorola and Cisco?

I need to prepare a paper in which I compare and contrast the problem identification and formulation styles and to specifically discuss the strengths and weaknesses found in each style. I also need to consider the most favorable aspects of each style discussed to describe a process by which a problem can be identified and described to stakeholders in a manner that is sensitive to their perspectives.

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Motorola has established in 1928 as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. Greg Brown is the president and Co-CEO of the company (About Motorola: Our Executives, 2009). It belongs to telecommunications industry that provides embedded systems, microprocessors, mobile phones, two-way radios and networking system facilities. The government, public safety officials, business installments and the general public use these various products (About Motorola, 2009). Motorola established itself as an innovator and trendsetter in wireless and broadband communications (Motorola, Inc., 2008).

Motorola visualizes a future in which their plants are accident-free, create zero waste, use power in greatly effective ways and use redundant products as supply for new products (About Motorola, 2009). They aimed to mean all of the products for innovative performance and low ecological impact. Motorola had developed the six-sigma quality system (Motorola, Inc., 2008). Employees, managers and officers conduct the company's business under the guidance of the chief executive officer and the oversight of the board (About Motorola, 2009). They are committed to add to the long-lasting value of the corporation for shareholders. The performance of the CEO and the senior management is examined by the board, which ensures about shareholder's long-lasting interests (About Motorola, 2009).

There are three committees in the board: compensation and leadership, audit and legal and governance and nominating (About Motorola, 2009). The New York Stock Exchange established the criteria by which all committee members are independent directors. Executive and finance are other committees of the Motorola board (Motorola, Inc., 2008). A clear outlining the purposes and responsibilities are defined to each of the committee. They are obligated to report to the board. The board reviews the charters of each standing committee annually (About Motorola, 2009).

Cisco provides different communication technologies and network systems to connect the people in the global world. A small group of computer scientist of Standard University founded Cisco in 1984 (Cisco: Corporate Overview, 2009). Cisco is a large dealer of the network and security technologies. At the time of the company's commencement, engineers of the Cisco have become leaders in the Internet Protocol- based technologies (Velte & Velte, 2004). Due to these technologies, the world has become a global village.

In the industry of networking and telecommunication Cisco is the leading company (Bunnell, 2000). Due to the innovation of latest technologies, the world and business industry is continuously changing and there is a need to establish various communication technologies (Velte & Velte, 2004). These communication and networking systems are based on the Cisco's Internet Protocol (IP) Systems. In the present time, the company is serving worldwide with more than 66,000 employees with various technologies, services and products such as routing, switching, network ...

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The solution compares and contrasts problem formulation and identification styles for Motorola and Cisco.