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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.

Discussing Logical Design: Normalization of Databases

The figure in the attached document illustrates the relationship between Data Modeling and the systems development life cycle. In Logical Design, there is a process called normalization. Please describe what this is in your own words.

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

Basic Critical Thinking

Question: Who's American? How did you develop this concept of being an American? If you or your parents were born in another country, how would you define the national identity of that country? (For example, what does it mean to be Dominican or Chinese?).

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

Negotiation Strategy and Plan

The organization will focus on developing a sophisticated online web portal infrastructure to support and improve quality service nationally. The progress will be monitor through submission of data, information sharing and monitoring quality improvement enterprises. The main objective of the team members is the designing the org

Hofstede's Value Dimensions

Hofstede's Value Dimensions Please help comparing and contrasting how Hofstede's value dimensions relate to behaviors of managers in the following three countries. Japan, Germany and the United States In the report, these should be analyzed: - Hofstede's Value Dimensions tool. - Relationship between behaviors of managers

Syndication of Information

What is syndication of information? List the types of syndication and explain briefly how syndication and explain briefly how syndication of information helps in the new-economy.

Excel Solver Problem: BW's Food and Drinks

BW's offers a variety of delicious foods and drinks. Management is trying to decide how many employees to schedule over the time period 12 PM - 10 PM on Saturdays. There are two options for employees: Option 1: Part-time employees, who work 4-hour shifts and are paid $8 per hour. These employees could start a shift at 12 PM, 1 P

Core Strategy for Bait Delivery Business

You are beginning a bait delivery service in a lake district and need to now turn the business focus to core strategy. Discuss your core strategy and make sure to connect it to your mission and objectives. Include a discussion on product positioning and the value proposition (which should take into consideration the target ma

Operation Management: Libbey's Ruby Glass

1. Disucuss Libbey's innovative approach to developing ruby glass. What is it? How does it work? What are the benefits? etc... 2. Discuss Libbey's approach to making money from bottle making machines. http://www.libbey.com/

Solving Questions using Excel

Please assist with the following questions and add solutions to the attached Excel spreadsheets: 1.a) Construct a column chart to visually represent these data (see attachment 1). 1.b) Construct a stacked bar chart to display the sub-categories where relevant. (Note that you will have to compute additional subcategories, for

Excel Solver Problem and Maximum Flows

Problem 1 The network below shows the product flows possible between pairs of six locations. Formulate a Solver model to find the maximal flow possible from Node 1 to Node 6. Caution: The arrows indicate which flows are possible, e.g. product could flow from Node 2 to Node 4 but cannot flow from Node 4 to Node 2. Question: W

Effects of Strategic Alliances

Locate and read three articles on the topic of strategic alliances between Starbucks, Pepsi Co., iTunes, and Barnes and Noble. Analyze the social responsibility issues that arise between strategic alliance partners. Make sure to: - Describe each company. - Describe the strategic alliance and the economic benefit to each comp

Recruitment Strategy for a Computer Support Specialist

You have been asked to recruit for a computer support specialist who assists with LAN/WAN networks in an organization you represent as an HR professional. Filling this position will address an important strategic need for the organization, which is short of people in this area and cannot operate effectively without filling this

Funder Mifflin Inc. Strategic Resources

What role does that of resources and capabilities play in Funder Mifflin Inc's strategy formulation? What are Facebook's key resources? How are Facebook's key resources linked to competitiveness? What are the steps Funder Mifflin Inc. needs to take to put resources and capabilities to work? What are Walt Disney's key resourc

Alignment Importance to a Concept Paper

Why is alignment across all elements of a concept paper important? How does a concept paper set the stage for the research proposal? (Answer provided in approximately 150 words.)

At-Risk Youths - Interview Questions

Hi, I need some ideas for this. What would you say? I'm very nervous. This is to work with at-risk kids in sort of an 'inner city' center. (I also need some questions you believe they will ask and how to answer based on this type of job.) I need to have some sort of revitalization plan, just in case. I am meeting 8 people. W