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1. Discuss the key characteristics of well written goals and outcomes, such as those in a proposal i.e. give examples.

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1. Discuss the key characteristics of well written goals and outcomes, such as those in a proposal--give examples.

One essential element of a proposal is stating the project's goals and objectives, which is the section where the proposal should state the project's goal(s) to address the need (i.e. what your organization hopes to accomplish with your project) and put forth specific expected results or outcomes. In other words, the goals and objectives section of your grant proposal provides a description of what your organization hopes to accomplish with your project and spells out the specific results or outcomes you plan to accomplish in clearly stated objectives.

Characteristics of Goals

When writing a goal, it is a broad statement of what the organization wants to accomplish. Goals are broad, general, intangible, and abstract. A goal is directed toward the final impact or outcome that they want to bring about. In the case of goals for a grant proposal, it is important to link it back to your need statement. It is improtant to "hook" grant reviewers. Therefore, to more effectively "hook" grant reviewers, they should use visionary words in their goals, trying words such as decrease, deliver, develop, establish, improve, increase, produce, and provide.


An example of a goal is: "Decrease the degree of malnutrition ...

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Discusses the key characteristics of well written goals and outcomes, such as those in a proposal. Examples are provided, as well as references.

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Visit the Starbucks website, identify Starbucks' mission statement, and analyze it.

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Analyze Starbucks' mission statement, as well as the company's goals and objectives.

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Analyze how Starbucks' strategies meet its mission, vision, and objectives.

Write a five page paper, answering the question above!

Required Articles:

Helm, B. (2007). Saving Starbuck's Soul: Chairman Howard Schultz is on a mission to take the company back to its roots! Oh, yeah-- he also wants to triple sales in five years. Business Week. New York: April 09, 2007, Issue 4029, p. 56

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Business school case assignments are meant to offer practice opportunities for future business people, such as you, who are earning their MBA degrees. Therefore, case assignments should not be descriptive. Consider yourself a consultant hired to make these assessments.

There are no right or wrong answer to the Case question, as long as it is well-supported and argued.

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Apply strategy concepts to facts in the Case and your own research (such as the company's website, etc.). Be sure you have the most current information!

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Analyze how the company meets its major stakeholders' goals.

Identify and appraise some of the strategic choices Starbucks has made (e.g., product differentiation, R&D, operations)

Compare their strategic choices to the mission statement, goals, and objectives.

Make a decision (yes or no), and critically defend it using arguments based upon your analysis of mission/vision and strategic choices.

Ensure that you apply strategic concepts to facts.

Use your analysis in order to defend your position.


Writing! This is a business report that you develop for the board of directors and shareholders if you were the CEO, or for the CEO if you were the consultant. This is a professional and objective document. Use Tips of Good Writing to structure your report. This is an important business skill to acquire.

Executive summary:

Starbucks' mission/strategic choices/Do they align


Starbucks' mission, summary of your analysis

Main Body: Sections (use titles/headings)

Mission Statement


Your conclusion

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Conclusion: Summarize paper

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