Assignment 1: Discussion—Key Performance Measures and the Business Culture

Business culture is the context in which the measures exist. They are bound to each other in terms of context and environment. Understanding business metrics as key performance measures is an important part of business strategy and management. In this assignment, you will look at financial performance measures.

Financial performance measures are vitally important to assessing corporate performance. However, financial measures are primarily backward looking in that they measure the results of past actions, and do not always give a reliable indication of future direction.

Using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, respond to the following for your own organization:

  • Give three examples of key performance measures that are forward looking and more predictive.
  • What aspect of the value chain are they measuring?
  • How do these measures tie to specific strategies in your business unit?
  • Does the business’ culture enable or block its business strategy and/or does it have an effect on financial performance in the value chain? Provide a rationale in support of your answer.
  • What are cultural norms that govern the organization, and what types of behaviors does the culture promote or punish?

Write your initial response in approximately 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

By the due date assigned, post your response to the appropriate Discussion AreaThrough the end of the module, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Consider the following when you respond to your peers’ posts:

  • Comment on which you found most helpful and the reasons you found them helpful. Provide a citation or resource to each response based on your learning or research.
  • Comment on one of the measures described in your peers’ posts about how their organizations are alike or different from your own organization.
  • Explain how your organization might benefit from considering the measures stated by your peers.

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Assignment 1: Discussion—Employee Health And Safety: A Global Perspective

BANKS Industries is currently operating in both the United States and China. As a US-based company, BANKS is accustomed to conforming to US law regarding employee health and safety. However, Chinese law is different and, in many cases, offers looser standards for employee protection.

Using the module readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, respond to the following:

  • From a global perspective, should the company operate under the laws that are provided in each country of operation or should it adhere to the higher standard regardless of where it operates? Justify your answer.
  • Is this a legal issue, an ethical issue, or both? Justify your answer.
  • Cite at least one example of differences in health or safety standards that BANKS should consider as it moves forward. Explain why this standard should be considered.

By the due date assigned, post your response to the appropriate Discussion AreaThrough the end of the module, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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