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Starting Your Own Small Business

Many people would like to have their own business. If you were to start your own small business, why would you take on this venture.

Improving alignment between IT and internal business partners

Assume that you are asked by the CIO of your IT organization to develop a strategy for improving the alignment between IT and its internal business partners. Besides creating governance and relationship management structures, what approaches might you propose to satisfy the CIO's request? The alignment process will require a com

Reengineering a Process

If you were charged with the task of reengineering a process, would you be concerned with integrating only the outcomes of parallel activities that must eventually come together? Defend your response.

Pull and Customer-Orientated Product Strategies

1. Because of expenses, the new product development stages for convenience goods should be reduced to idea generation, screening, and then, product development and commercialization (national roll-out). The savings (from streamlining the development process) will be used in an exorbitant, initial pull promotion campaign. After t

The Magic of the iPod 725 word essay with reference

1. Go to Apple's website ( and check the page on iPods. What personality traits is Apple targeting? 2. What lifestyles is Apple targeting? 3. Assume that you are the product manager for Nokia's MP3 player. How would you attempt to win consumers away from iPod? 725 word essay with reference

Nexus 7 Tablet by Google

Corporate Mission and Objectives Broad Marketing Objectives Situation Assessment Market Including Segments Competition-Total Internal Technology (as needed) Political (as needed) Social/Cultural Product Market Definition

Strategic Predispositions of Countries

Match each country (or culture) with a strategic predisposition (polycentric, geocentric, etc.). Briefly describe why you feel each strategic predisposition appropriately matches the country or culture you selected. a. China b. Russia c. India d. France e. Brazil f. Arab countries

Consumer Behavior and the Recession

1. Summarize the key facts of the case. 2. What are the key consumer behaviors that changed as a result of the recession? 3. How might the wheel of consumer spending explain these changes in consumer behavior? 4. Assume you are the manager of a grocery store at the beginning of the recession. What changes would you make to ma

Risk Assessment, CERT, & Privacy

Need help with discussion questions regarding risk assessment. 1. Using the Internet, search for information on the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT/CC) and the Computer Security Division of NIST. What role do you envision for them in the development of better information systems security in the future? Do either of th

Johnson's Algorithm for Optimal Scheduling: Production Line

A production line consists of two main workstations: an assembly workstation and a packaging workstation. The processing times for 11 jobs (in minutes) that must be processed on these two workstations are given below. There is plenty of space in between the workstations such that blocking does not occur. Find the optimal job seq

Wal-Mart and Business Strategy

Discuss the standout features of Wal-Mart's approaches to managing operations. Discuss the attributes you find impressive about Wal-Mart's policies and procedures, and use of best practices. Discuss how Wal-Mart's emphasize continuous improvement and the use of rewards and incentives. - Assess how the constant bashing of

Discussing the Operating Capacity of a Process

Question: In order to produce more than the operating capacity of a process, you would have to perform activities in parallel, change the sequence of operations, or reduce interruptions. Do you agree or disagree? Defend your position.

Apple vs. Google

I need help with following question.... Please help with the two companies of "Apple and Google" for the below question: Assess the financial position of your company in comparison to one of its competitors. The emphasis is on cash flow for this analysis? Please explain clearly how you retrieve the amounts ($$$ figures

The Process of Conceptual Data Modeling

Conceptual Modeling looks at how the data is structured and what the characteristics of the data are. What characteristics of data are represented in an E-R diagram?

Volatility of Demand and Delivery Service Systems

Assume that the volatility of demand on your service delivery system is much higher than that on your manufacturing production system. Your management has indicated that the anticipated inventory storage will smooth the demand in manufacturing, so this will not be a problem. Do you agree or disagree with management? Defend yo

Risk Management: BUYU

BUYU Manufacturing has been contracted to provide SAEL Electronics with printed circuit and motherboards (PC) boards under the following terms: 1. 100,000 PC boards will be delivered to SAEL in one month. 2. In 3 months, SAEL has an option to take the delivery of an additional 100,000 boards by giving BUYU a 30-day notice. 3

Capacity Planning and Queuing Models

On average, 4 customers per hour use the public telephone in the sheriff's detention area, and this use has a Poisson distribution. The length of a phone call varies according to a negative exponential distribution, with a mean of 5 minutes. The sheriff will install a second telephone booth when an arrival can expect to wait 3

Product Components for Adaptation

What are the three major components of a product and what is their importance to product adaptation? Name an American product that has been changed physically to sell in foreign markets and explain the process and the reason. Name an American product that has been changed culturally to sell in foreign markets and explain

Your Ideal Organization

What kind of organization would you like to work for? What would be the best? What would be the most realistic? Think about and discuss its structure, physical environment, lines of communication, treatment of employees, recruitment and promotion practices, policies towards the community and so on. Consider also what y

iPhone - Pricing Strategy and Distribution Channels

I'm working on a project about the iPhone. Please help me with the following: 1) Evaluate the pricing strategy of the product (iPhone). 2) Identify and evaluate the distribution channels employed to distribute the product in question (iPhone). What types of channels are used? List all the channel members and describe their f