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Successful differentiation strategy

One simple component of strategy is a company's decision to differentiate their product. For example, McDonald's and Burger King try to differentiate their burgers. Computer operating systems may be a different story. For the past 20 years or so, Microsoft has trying to make Windows look a lot like an Apple Mac. 1. When s

Fluctuations in economics

Just looking for a paragraph or two for each question to help get a discussion going. Please cite references when needed. 1) What have been the major sources of disruption over the past several years? 2) From an Aggregate Demand and Supply perspective, does it matter which programs are adopted? Which programs do you reco

Developmental and Transformation Participation Evaluation

1. During the planning stage of an evaluation, it is essential that all key stakeholders be identified. Involving them at an early stage reducing anxieties and keeps them engaged. Setting boundaries is a fundamental step in gaining a clear sense of what an evaluation is all about. Question: Why is it important to understand t

Evaluation Capacity Building

1.Evaluation capacity building is in its infancy. So, how do you build an organization's capacity for conducting and using evaluations? 2.Consider the advantages of "eclecticism" in which one may make use of the variety of approaches and data collection methodologies. Think of yourself, for purposes of this discussion, as an

Insider Trade

Give your opinion as to whether or not additional laws and harsher penalties on financial fraud can eliminate or mitigate financial fraud. Support the rationale. Suggest three (3) new strategies that you believe the government can implement to eliminate or mitigate insider trading. Provide a rationale to support the suggestion.

Analysis of Operations and Threats of Caterpillar Inc

Please help with the following response: An external analysis is very important for the success and survivability of a company. Look outside the company (Caterpillar INC). 1) What are the major threats to the organization's ability to compete and succeed? 2) What are the major opportunities available to improve the orga

Walmart Sex Discrimination Issue

Please research Walmart's sex discrimination problem. The first section of the paper is a description of the problem and how the problem developed in this company. Was it over a long period of time, or did the problem emerge through one specific incident?

Performance Evaluation and Non-Profits

I need some guidance answering these questions that are related to Non Profit and Association Management. Please include a couple of sources. 1. List three things evaluation can do and three things evaluation cannot do in your field. Briefly explain each response. 2. What is an example of an issue an evaluator might addre

Jumstarter vs. Hartley

In the late nineties, Jumpstarter, Inc. became aware that its product Jumpstart I-- a pacemaker designed to regulate heartbeat within the body -- had begun to fail when the temperature rose to above normal body temperature. The company asked hospitals with unused units of Jumpstart I to return them for credit and advised doctor

Environmental Analysis of Harley-Davidson

Spend some time considering what might go into such a PEST analysis and also consider what a strategic manager at HD might include in a Porters 5 forces analysis in considering this organization's external environment. Some of the more interesting things happening in HD's world right now from a competition perspective includ

Respondent Superior

How would you advise an employer to limit the scope of employment under respondent superior of their employees, and what steps should they take? By limiting the scope of employment, will the employer be limiting an employee qualifying for FMLA (i.e., for calculating the 1,250 hours worked to be eligible for it)? Will the employe

Training Due to a Lack of Legal Knowledge

To combat the lack of legal knowledge by team members, should the employer provide discussion/training to educate employees on legal issues, is this training an expensive extra financial burden to the employer or should the employees be required to pay out of their pockets to go to training to help defray the costs?

Differences between Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

Sample Question: Addressing the issue of the benefits of independent contractors versus the use of employees, the issue of exempt / non-exempt employees is important. There are two types of employees under a federal law called FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938). One is hourly and is not paid for time that they do not w

Replacing Employees with Contract Labor

An employer is provided the benefits of an employee's labor and often compensates them far below the monetary value they bring to the organization. The trade-off for that is the employer is responsible for the safety, welfare and protection of the employee. If an employer does not want those responsibilities they can utilize c

Changing Demographics in the USA by 2050

The Demographic makeup of the U.S. is changing rapidly. The faces in the U.S. will look far different in 2050 than they did in 1950. How does this affect business? What are the issues, legal responsibilities and marketing factors that demographic shifts in the U.S. will have on the business community? What are the opportunities?


Are the concepts of fairness and honor interchangeable, do they have distinct properties or isn't it just smart and strategic business to exploit a weakness in another competitor individual in an organization?

Dealing With Employee Psychological Issues

Please help with the following problem. What should business leaders do with regards to the inability to implement necessary business processes due to the psychological challenges of staff? Should we continue down the path of treating these business, psychological and legal issues or should the leadership simply demand that

Witnessing Unethical Behavior as a Manager

What advice would you provide to a middle manager who is working in an unethical environment, should they speak out about the changes that need to happen to be more ethical or keep their mouth shut and not make any waves?

The Importance of an MBA Education

Please help with the following problem regarding business analysis. Provide at least 200 words in the solution. If office politics are influential, how truly transferable are the skills one would obtain in an MBA program, and all of the course content are primed and able to lead with systems thinking and organizational learn

Resource Based Competitive Advantage

Some argue that the implementation of a firm's strategy is more important than its strategy. In fact what is often termed a business level strategy is really the identification of the way in which the firm plans on implementing its corporate or generic strategy. Part of this is the way in which the firm will approach its world m

Google Analysis

1. Using competitor intelligence from the case material, assess the levels of market commonality and resource similarity that Google has with key industry competitors. For this question identify the market commonalities for this industry and the resource commonalities or differences for Google and Yahoo, Apple and Microsoft. The

Impact of outsourcing on workforce planning

Looking at an organization of your choice, what influence would outsourcing have on its workforce planning? If your organization has already outsourced, what are some influences on current workforce planning?

Kraft Foods Resources

Resources are the inputs into a production process. They can be capital, equipment, patents, skill sets of individual employees and/or managers, financial resources, etc. Resources can be tangible or intangible. Individually, they may not necessarily lead to a competitive advantage - it is how they are used and the synergies the

Analysis of Conflict Resolution

What stressors can cause a conflict and what approaches are used to manage conflicts in an organization? How conflicts are manifested itself within organization? How positive and negative conflicts can be solved within organization?

Basic Ideas of Strategy

Basic Ideas of Strategy 1) What is strategy ? How might it differ from tactics? 2) How does strategy differ from strategic planning? How does it differ from the process by which we arrive at it? What is the distinction between strategy formulation and strategic implementation? 3) What do you make of the idea of different kind

Economics and education

1) Should a country invest in education? Why or why not? How will investment in education affect a county's production possibilities frontier in the future? If a country should invest in education which level should get the majority of the funds? Should High Schools and Elementary Schools get the funding or should higher educ