Category Archives: Uncategorized

Question descriptions

As you have explored in this course, ongoing challenges in the global business environment are mostly attributed to unethical business practices, failure to embrace technology advancements

As you have explored in this course, ongoing challenges in the global business environment are mostly attributed to unethical business practices, failure to embrace technology advancements, and stiff competition among businesses. Imagine that you have been appointed as the Chief Compliance Officer of a Fortune 500 company of your choice and must prepare a presentation for your suppliers regarding your Supplier Code of Conduct to deliver via a web meeting.

This assignment has two parts. For the first part,you may submit a four to six (4–6) page paper that details what you would say in such a presentation following the same prompts as the video assignment below.

For the second part of the assignment, you will create a presentation using PowerPoint (or other equivalent software) summarizing the important changes

3and explanations regarding the code of conduct that you communicated in your video/paper presentation to email to the suppliers after the meeting for future reference. The specific points to cover are listed below.

You must submit both parts of the assignment to receive full credit.

Note: If you are using a tablet or smartphone you will need to email the video file to yourself, then save it to a computer in order to upload to Blackboard. You may want to upload your video to a file sharing service, such as Dropbox, if your email will not let you send a large video file. Dropbox is accessible from all smartphones and tablets from the Dropbox app.

Once you are ready to upload your video to Blackboard, view the Kaltura video tutorial found in your online course shell (Week 9). Please use the following naming convention in the popup window for your video once it is finished uploading:

Title: Your First Name, Your Last Name – Challenges in the Business Environment Tags: BUS475, Business EnvironmentDescription: First Name, Last Name – BUS475 Assignment 2 (Date Uploaded ex. 1-14-2018)

Part 1: Video Presentation OR Paper Write a six (6) page paper in which you:

1. List specific changes that your company has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Provide at least one (1) example of each change.

2. Explain the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that your company requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company.

. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Part 2: PowerPoint Presentation Create an eight to 10 (8-10) slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:

1. Summarize your chosen company’s Supplier Responsibility information.

2. Discuss your company’s stance on each of the following areas:

. Empowering Workers

. Labor and Human Rights

. Health and Safety

. The Environment

. Accountability

· Identify the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.

· Examine the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.

· Provide detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.

· Submit a reference page with at least three (3) quality references from the past 2 years that you have used for this presentation / paper. Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.

f. Tip: A good place to look for references is at the Strayer Library – research.strayer.edu

f. Here is an introductory video on the library and how to use it: Online Library Resources at Strayer University.mp4

Your PowerPoint presentation must follow these formatting requirements:

· Format the PowerPoint presentation with headings on each slide and three to four (3–4) relevant graphics (photographs, graphs, clip art, etc.), ensuring that the presentation is visually appealing and readable from 18 feet away. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

· Include a title slide containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The title and reference slides are not included in the required slide length.

Specific Library Resources to help you get started

The Strayer University Library is accessible at research.strayer.edu.

A general introduction to the Strayer Library is available in your course shell on the left-hand menu under Research-Library.

. Introductory Search – Use the home page’s search box to keyword search many, but not all, databases.

. Targeted Search – Scroll to the bottom of the page for an A to Z listing of all databases. Float over each link to see a description of the database and click to load that particular database’s custom search page. Custom search pages include both basic and advanced search options.

These databases are only partially searchable through the general search bar. You will have to search them individually to find resources for your paper.

Nexis Uni – This contains legal information and would be useful to search for court cases in which your company has been involved.

Video Explaining Nexis Uni

Mergent Online – This has company info on both public and private companies. Fortune 500 can be public or private. Mergent is known for financial and accounting info, but also has qualitative information too. They offer news feeds, country reports on business environments, industry-wide reporting, company reports, and Annual Reports—the middle 3 are unique to this database. Starting with looking at a company’s annual report would be very useful for this assignment. Industry reports would also be useful to see if your company is involved in any industry-wide initiatives or is notable in its industry in any way (could be good or bad.)

. Instructional Videos on each of the databases:

Library Databases – Mergent Online

Company Research – Annual Reports and 10-Ks

Company Research – Industry Reports

American City Business Journals – This is probably the most fun way to read business news by metro area. They have over 35 journals based around US cities. Look up the metro area your company is associated with, go to ACBJ, then choose the applicable city, and search for news articles.

Research Starters are like the academic version of Wikipedia. Search on a topic to get an overview with links to other information within that topic. It will help you get ideas for keywords for your own searches and what you need to know in order to successfully write your paper.

· Library Databases – Research Starters Instructional Video

Note – This is an exception example. Research Starter articles do appear in a feature box above the results list when using the general search box on research.strayer.edu.

Don’t stress over writing papers! Watch this video on writing papers and essays. Topics include how to start your research, how to organize your research, how to draft your paper, and how to revise it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlgR1q3UQZE&t=9s

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the  rubric .

· By submitting this paper, you agree: (1) that you are submitting your paper to be used and stored as part of the SafeAssign™ services in accordance with the Blackboard Privacy Policy; (2) that your institution may use your paper in accordance with your institution’s policies; and (3) that your use of SafeAssign will be without recourse against Blackboard Inc. and its affiliates.

Points: 165 Assignment 2: Challenges in the Global Business Environment
Criteria  

Unacceptable  Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations  60-69% D  

Fair  70-79% C

 

Proficient  80-89% B

 

Exemplary  90-100% A

Part 1: Video Presentation OR Paper
1. List specific changes that your company has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Provide at least one (1) example of each change. Weight: 50% Did not submit or incompletely listed specific changes that your company has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Did not submit or incompletely provided at least one (1) example of each change. Insufficiently listed specific changes that your company has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Insufficiently provided at least one (1) example of each change. Partially listed specific changes that your company has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Partially provided at least one (1) example of each change. Satisfactorily listed specific changes that your company has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Satisfactorily provided at least one (1) example of each change. Thoroughly listed specific changes that your company has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Thoroughly provided at least one (1) example of each change.
2. Explain the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that your company requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company. Weight: 50% Did not submit or incompletely explained the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that your company requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company. Insufficiently explained the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that your company requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company. Partially explained the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that your company requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company. Satisfactorily explained the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that your company requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company. Thoroughly explained the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that your company requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company.
Points: 165 Assignment 2: Challenges in the Global Business Environment
Criteria  

Unacceptable  Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations  60-69% D  

Fair  70-79% C

 

Proficient  80-89% B

 

Exemplary  90-100% A

Part 2: PowerPoint Presentation
1. Summarize your company’s Supplier Responsibility information. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information. Insufficiently summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information. Partially summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information. Satisfactorily summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information. Thoroughly summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information.
2. Discuss your company’s stance on each of the following areas: a. Empowering workers b. Labor and Human Rights c. Health and Safety d. The Environment  e. Accountability Weight: 25% Did not submit or incompletely discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas: a. Empowering workers b. Labor and Human Rights c. Health and Safety d. The Environment e. Accountability Insufficiently discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas: a. Empowering workers b. Labor and Human Rights c. Health and Safety d. The Environment e. Accountability Partially discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas: a. Empowering workers b. Labor and Human Rights c. Health and Safety d. The Environment e. Accountability Satisfactorily discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas: a. Empowering workers b. Labor and Human Rights c. Health and Safety d. The Environment e. Accountability Thoroughly discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas: a. Empowering workers b. Labor and Human Rights c. Health and Safety d. The Environment e. Accountability
3. Identify the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year. Weight: 25% Did not submit or incompletely identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year. Insufficiently identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year. Partially identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year. Satisfactorily identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year. Thoroughly identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.
4. Examine the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization. Insufficiently examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization. Partially examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization. Satisfactorily examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization. Thoroughly examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.
5. Provide detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation. Weight: 10% Did not submit or incompletely provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation. Insufficiently provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation. Partially provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation. Satisfactorily provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation. Thoroughly, provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.
6. Writing Mechanics, Grammar, and Formatting / Oral Communication. Clarity and Coherence of Writing / Presentation  Weight: 10% Serious and persistent errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is confusing to the reader and fails to include reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Numerous errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is somewhat confusing with not enough reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Partially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is partially clear with minimal reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Mostly free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is mostly clear and generally supported with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Error free or almost error free grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is provided in a clear, coherent, and consistent manner with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.
7. Appropriate use of APA in-text citations and 3 references provided  Weight: 10% Lack of in-text citations and / or lack of reference section. In-text citations and references are given, but not in APA format. Does not meet the required number of references, and / or references are of poor quality. In-text citations and references are provided, but they are only partially formatted correctly in APA style. Meets the required number of references; some or all references poor quality choices. Most in-text citations and references are provided, and they are generally formatted correctly in APA style. Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices. In-text citations and references are error free or almost error free and consistently formatted correctly in APA style. Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Question descriptions

Dawn Hewlett maintains a specialized clientele for whom she performs various services, among which are the sourcing of, and sale to them of, handcrafted artifacts from various parts of the Caribbean

Dawn Hewlett maintains a specialized clientele for whom she performs various services, among which are the sourcing of, and sale to them of, handcrafted artifacts from various parts of the Caribbean. At the end of her first year, she disclosed the selected financial information for her business below.
Identify the effect of each transaction on her taxable business income.
a. She signed a contract to sell certain artifacts from St. Croix to an entity in Texas on the condition that after examining them, an expert team certifies them as genuine. On December 15th 2018, she delivers under the contract, artifacts for $20,000 which cost $14,000. The earliest that the artifacts can be examined is March 15th 2019.
b. Also in December, she paid $6,000 to rent a vital piece of equipment for a three-month period and returned the equipment in March at end of the lease term although she had no further use for the equipment by year end.
c. On November 1, she did the following:
a. Paid $1,200 for “key-person” insurance premiums for a policy of $80,000. The premiums were for one year
b. Met a prospective client for lunch and met later that evening for dinner and live performance at the Tillet Gardens Theatre. Total cost amounted to $500.
d. At the end of her first year of operation, December 31, 2018, she identifies $15,000 of accounts receivable but estimates that about one-fifth of the amount will not be collectible
e. She went to Miami to meet prospective clients and promote her business. She paid $650 for airfare, $1,400 for hotels; $550 for car rental and $500 for meals. While there she was ticketed for running a red light while hurrying to an appointment and had to pay $150. She stayed over for a couple of days to do some shopping and incurred incremental expenses for hotel meals and car rental of $600.
f. She owns a Mercedes 350SE which she picked up in Puerto Rico very inexpensively and uses it to travel from her home to work as well as to and from business appointments. At the end of the year she had driven the Mercedes for 3,600 miles, 80% of which was for business purposes. She uses the standard mileage rate to determine automobile business expenses.
g. Her parents live in New York and over the holidays, she visited them for Christmas. While there she attend a business conference on Identifying Genuine from Fake Artifacts hosted by an expert from the Caribbean. Travel to the venue cost $150 and registration and meals cost $500.

Question descriptions

DATA 610 – Decision Management Systems Assignment №2 – Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) using Watson Analytics

DATA 610 – Decision Management Systems

Assignment №2 – Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) using Watson Analytics

Deadline: Last day of week 5, 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Submission via LEO.

This is an individual assignment. Each student will complete the assignment outlined below and post his/her written results to the appropriate assignment. Please note that only 1 document is allowed to be submitted. See content on p.2.

Grading criteria

Submitted assignments will be graded for (a) content, (b) document quality (i.e. formatting, following guidelines, pleasant to read, etc.), and timeliness of submission. Assignments submitted late will be deducted 5 points for each day it is late.

Activities

  1. Select from the datasetsprovided (or ones designated by your instructor). Provide a brief description of the dataset to include the number of cases, description of the inputs, description of the variables that could be used to develop predictive models, etc.

 

  1. Examine the dataset and eliminate mistakes, bad records, data entry errors, and outliers.

Using Watson Analytics:

 

  1. Explore the dataset, including:
    1. Examine the initial set of questions posed by Watson Analytics. Provide any insights gained from this initial dataset.
    2. Develop newspecific questions which provide additional insights into and answer specific questions from the dataset. Discuss how these insights could be useful.  Did Watson Analytics provide the answers necessary?  Discuss how you would improve the relevancy.
    3. Experiment with the available filters and visualization options and summarize the results. Create and explain at least one insightful global and one local filter for your dataset.
    4. Create and explain at least one insightful calculation. Discuss why this would be useful.
  2. Refine the dataset.
    1. Which variables have the highest quality score? Which ones have the lowest quality score and why?  Discuss how the quality of the dataset could be improved.
    2. Utilize the available grouping, filtering and hierarchical functionalities to refine the data. Summarize the approach you took and the outcome.  What suggestions or insights are gained?

 

Submission

 

Each student will submit a single document conforming to the guidelines and standards outlined below.

 

Document format:

  • limited to 5pages (excludingtitle page, references, and appendix),
  • Double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, 1” margins, Bottom-right page numbering.

Note:   Submitted report must be either in MS Word or PDF format and titled: “Assignment2_LastName”.

Only one document will be allowed to be submitted.

Content(note that the document must have clearly marked sections for the items listed below)

  • Title page (1 page limit): course number and term, assignment number and project title, student name and contact information, instructor’s name. Format it so it looks pleasant and presentable. Follow formatting guidelines above.
  • Provide a brief outline of the dataset you are using for this assignment. Briefly explain the content of the data. Include a screenshot of the data (not all, but partial as far as all relevant variables are visible).
  • Discuss the data exploration process followed and the results. Include any specific ideas or suggestions as to how this could be used in your organization.
  • Discuss the data refinement process followed and the results.

 

  • References (1 page limit): List all references in APA format used in preparing this report. It is strongly recommended to use outside knowledge in setting-up the analysis or discussing the results where possible.

 

  • Appendix (4 page limit):
  1. Appendix A: Include any appropriateworkbooks and/or screenshots (figures, tables, diagrams) used in this assignment. Make sure all tables, figures, or diagrams are properly numbered and titled. For example, “Table 1. Model Results”. Make sure all tables or figures or diagrams are easily readable and visually presentable.

 

 

General guidance

  • Assignments that: 1) adequately address all required tasks; 2) are submitted on time; 3) are properly formatted (APA format for references, no typos or misspelled words, no grammar errors, cover page, etc.) will receive a grade of B (80-89, depending on content).
  • In order to increase (but not guarantee) your chances of receiving a higher grade, you need to show clear evidence of critical thinking. Critical thinking can take many forms, depending on the type of assignment. In some instances, showing greater depth (e.g., such as creating more models, looking at more than one insightful fact or relationships, and comparing them on key criteria) is one method for providing evidence of critical thinking. In other cases, it might include providing more explanation to include the pros and cons of the approach used or the arguments in favor and against the proposal as well as some criteria for choosing among the alternatives. Still another example would be providing significant insights as to how the assignment outcome would benefit (or would meet resistance) in your organization and what steps might be employed to facilitate acceptance. Certainly, this is not a complete list, but gives some examples of critical thinking aspects.

 

 

 

DATA 610 – Decision Management Systems

 

Student Name:                                               Assignment №2 – EDA using Watson Analytics                            Total points: 100

Content Explanation Points Comment
Total Earned
Written Report        
a.       Introduction Is the dataset fully described and outlined?Is the dataset a robust (i.e., lots of cases and inputs) selection?  Is the intent of the assignment discussed at an appropriate level of detail?  Are any initial insights provided? 10

max

   
b.      Dataset cleansing Is the dataset fully described and cleansed of outliers (as appropriate), mistakes and erroneous entries? Is rationale provided for any cleansing to the data set? 5

max

   
c.       Data exploration a)      Are the initial questions discussed and their relevance analyzed?  Are insights from the questions provided? 15

max

   
b)      How well additional specific questions developed and discussed?  Are the answers provided by Watson Analytics insightful and do they provide specific answers? 20

max

   
c)      Are the available filters and visualization options utilized and explained?  Are insights provided from using the filters and visualization options? 15

max

   
a.       Data refinement a)      Are quality scores compared and explained?  Are suggestions provided to improve the scores? 15

max

   
b)      Are the grouping, filtering, and hierarchical features fully explored and summarized?  Are suggestions for improving the outcomes provided? 15

max

   
b.      Mechanics (spelling, grammar) Is the paper free of grammatical errors and spelling and punctuation?  Is the paper properly formatted? 3

max

   
c.       Citations and References Are all references and citations correctly written and presented? 2

max

   
Total   100    
         
d)     Less        
1.      Formatting Does the submission follow formatting guidelines? – 5    
2.      Page limit Is the submission written within specified page limits? – 5    
3.      Late submission (less) 5 points will be deducted for each day the assignment is late. -5 each day    
         
Final Grade for Assignment 2      

 

Question descriptions

Case Study 2: Cases Analysis of Risk, Uncertainty and Managing Incentives Select a company of your choice, any company but Southwest Airlines, and write a

Case Study 2: Cases Analysis of Risk, Uncertainty and Managing Incentives

Select a company of your choice, any company but Southwest Airlines, and write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Evaluate a company’s recent (with in the last year) actions dealing with risk and uncertainty.
  2. Offer advice for improving risk management.
  3. Examine an adverse selection problem your company is facing and recommend how it should minimize its negative impact on transactions.
  4. Determine the ways your company is dealing with the moral hazard problem and suggest best practices used in the industry to deal with it.
  5. Identify a principal-agent problem in your company and evaluate the tools it uses to align incentives and improve profitability.
  6. Examine the organizational structure of your company and suggests ways it can be changed to improve the overall profitability.
  7. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: One of your references regarding your should have been published within the last 6 months. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

 

Question descriptions

Theresa and Mike want to create a merged company that is defined by a culture of integrity, thus aiding employees in making ethical decisions, such as in Joe’s ethical dilemma. They will begin

write 400-600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

Note: All character and company names are fictional and are not intended to depict any actual person or business.

Theresa and Mike want to create a merged company that is defined by a culture of integrity, thus aiding employees in making ethical decisions, such as in Joe’s ethical dilemma. They will begin by understanding the methods of embedding ethical decision making and behaviors into the culture, including their responsibilities as leaders. You, the consultant, are asked to provide recommendations and guidance to help them shape the culture they intend. This discussion is about values, a culture of integrity, and the role of leaders in creating and maintaining it.

Answer the following:

  • Identify the key initiatives that are required to build a values-driven culture that is defined by integrity.
    • Discuss the development of values, including what ethical theories underpin organizational values.
    • Discuss specific decision-making processes that lead to ethical decision making. Include any insights from your professional experience.
    • What programs or processes help achieve a values-driven culture of integrity?
  • Identify the key behaviors required of Theresa and Mike to embed the desired culture.
    • What is their role in leading the initiatives?
    • What actions are important to communicate and establish alignment across the merged organization?
  • ****3 references

Question descriptions

Case Study 2: Cases Analysis of Risk, Uncertainty and Managing Incentives Select a company of your choice, any company but Southwest Airlines, and write a six to eight

Case Study 2: Cases Analysis of Risk, Uncertainty and Managing Incentives

Select a company of your choice, any company but Southwest Airlines, and write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

  1. Evaluate a company’s recent (with in the last year) actions dealing with risk and uncertainty.
  2. Offer advice for improving risk management.
  3. Examine an adverse selection problem your company is facing and recommend how it should minimize its negative impact on transactions.
  4. Determine the ways your company is dealing with the moral hazard problem and suggest best practices used in the industry to deal with it.
  5. Identify a principal-agent problem in your company and evaluate the tools it uses to align incentives and improve profitability.
  6. Examine the organizational structure of your company and suggests ways it can be changed to improve the overall profitability.
  7. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: One of your references regarding your should have been published within the last 6 months. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

 

Question descriptions

Goal: Conduct/construct an experiential evaluation/assessment of the business model of your organization (or one with which you are closely familiar) using the business model canvas and related text

Goal: Conduct/construct an experiential evaluation/assessment of the business model of your organization (or one with which you are closely familiar) using the business model canvas and related text.
Introduction: Managers who want to improve the effectiveness of their business model and organization, as well as to increase their own ability to manage, use diagnostics/assessments to determine the reality of business effectiveness in comparison to what they originally envisioned. Good feedback contributes to the development of plans to improve business/organizational effectiveness and management performance.
Instructions: Students will write a 2500-3000 word (about 10 pages in the main body) properly formatted APA paper (including a title page and references page, but no abstract) that evaluates/assesses the overall effectiveness of the business model used by your organization. This is the third of three assignments that draws from your association with your organization. The previous two “canvas” assignments flow into this one. Identify one or more of the building blocks from the business model canvas where modification should be recommended. Be careful to avoid bias in determining the issue/problem identified by using the canvas. Do not merely critique, but contribute to your organization’s overall success. This paper should be the culmination of the overall work you have done with the business model canvas so that all the pieces go together.
Your final paper should include:
• Your business model canvas – Post-It notes discussion/observations (week 2)—summarize this area, but provide the initial canvas.
• Identification of theoretical/behavioral trends that you observe in the business model and organization (week 5)—summarize this, do not merely cut and paste.
• Discussion of appropriate theory, metaphors, and frames with which to describe your business model in operation, as well as to identify areas needing improvement and how to get there.
• Use of the Osterwalder/Pigneur text to evaluate and diagnose your organization’s business model, as well as an integration of the course materials into your writing and consideration.
• Recommendations for improvements identified using the canvas, theories, and assessment tools used in this course. What are the expected outcomes.
• Use eight scholarly sources besides our textbook (especially case studies) to undergird your assertions from peer-reviewed literature.
• Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the assignment specs and ask questions if you are unsure of expectations.
The paper must have at least eight additional scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook. No abstract is necessary, but a title page and references page should be included. Write your paper in third person, even though you are writing about an organization that you are familiar with. To do this, write from the perspective of a scholar who observes and researches about the case. Therefore, first person should be avoided.
Upload your paper (.doc) in the assignment section for grading. Follow the Submissions Guidelines as listed in the Syllabus: The various assignments for this course should be submitted as Word.doc attachments in the Assignment section of our virtual classroom. Do not use macros or automatic referencing in your papers for this course. The auto features usually cause unforeseen problems in format. Plus, part of the evaluation of this paper involves your ability to write using the essentials of the APA style format. Each file OF YOUR WORK should be named in the following manner: Last name–truncated Week Number-Assignment name (abbreviated if necessary)

Question descriptions

Final Project – Business Model Assessment Goal: Conduct/construct an experiential evaluation/assessment of the business model of your organization

Final Project – Business Model Assessment

Goal: Conduct/construct an experiential evaluation/assessment of the business model of your organization (or one with which you are closely familiar) using the business model canvas and related sources.

Introduction: Managers who want to improve the effectiveness of their business model and organization, as well as to increase their own ability to manage, use diagnostics/assessments to determine the reality of business effectiveness in comparison to what they originally envisioned. Good feedback contributes to the development of plans to improve business/organizational effectiveness and management performance.

Instructions: Students will write a 2500-3000 word (about 10 pages in the main body) properly formatted APA paper (including a title page and references page, but no abstract) that evaluates/assesses the overall effectiveness of the business model used by your organization. This is the third of three assignments that draws from your association with your organization. The previous two “canvas” assignments flow into this one. Identify one or more of the building blocks from the business model canvas where modification should be recommended. Be careful to avoid bias in determining the issue/problem identified by using the canvas . Do not merely critique, but contribute to your organization’s overall success. This paper should be the culmination of the overall work you have done with the business model canvas so that all the pieces go together.

Your final paper should include:

· Your business model canvas – Post-It notes discussion/observations (week 2)—summarize this area, but provide the initial canvas.

· Identification of theoretical/behavioral trends that you observe in the business model and organization (week 5)—summarize this, do not merely cut and paste.

· Discussion of appropriate theory, metaphors, and frames with which to describe your business model in operation, as well as to identify areas needing improvement and how to get there.

· Use of the course resources to evaluate and diagnose your organization’s business model, as well as an integration of the course materials into your writing and consideration.

· Recommendations for improvements identified using the canvas, theories, and assessment tools used in this course. What are the expected outcomes.

· Use eight scholarly sources (especially case studies) to undergird your assertions from peer-reviewed literature.

· Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the assignment specs and ask questions if you are unsure of expectations.

The paper must have at least eight scholarly sources. No abstract is necessary, but a title page and references page should be included. Write your paper in third person , even though you are writing about an organization that you are familiar with. To do this, write from the perspective of a scholar who observes and researches about the case. Therefore, first person should be avoided.

IMPORTANT: Do not use macros or automatic referencing in your papers for this course. The auto features usually cause unforeseen problems in format.

DIAGNOSING THE BUSINESS MODEL

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the module 8 lesson, your last lesson for this course. The main topic we will explore this week is organizational development. The purpose of organizational development is to make improvements in the organization’s health or effectiveness. This can encompass all of the lesson topics covered throughout this course and several other areas. In weeks one through seven, we identified potential areas of improvements in our own organization. Now, we can apply what we have learned to make improvements. Even if our organizational culture and health are in good shape, we can find areas to work on to make our organization even better.

low/facilitate/impede this interaction.

Problem

A problem meets one of the following conditions:

· Something that is not happening, but should be happening

· Something that is happening, but should not be happening

· Something that is happening and should be happening, but is not happening at the desired level

To understand O.D. problems more fully, consider some of the topical areas O.D. professionals involve themselves in the table below. The table is representative, but not exhaustive.

 

Conflict Resolution Organizational Citizenship Behavior Retention
Family-work conflict Work-family conflict Organizational commitment
Organizational support Workplace violence Downsizing and the subsequent behavior problems that result
Motivation Situational leadership Organizational communication
Leadership succession Person-job fit Person-Organization fit
Team building Workgroup effectiveness Organizational culture
Organizational identity Power and organizational politics Change, and resistance to change
Goal setting Spirituality in the workplace  

Although O.D. consultants do interact with senior leadership in the areas of strategy and general operations, for the purposes of the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program we will restrict our scope of O.D. examination and intervention to the organizational leadership of people-to-people topics.

 

Example

A client consults with an O.D. specialist because the client perceived a lack of commitment by employees, and the client provided observed evidence of a lack of performance in assigned tasks. (The problem here is that performance is not as high as it should be, which ties to the third listed type of problem).

But what should be the solution? The traditional proverb that “fools rush in where angels fear to tread” appears appropriate here. There is a need for an organizational diagnosis here, and a diagnosis is just that—a diagnosis—not a solution.

A masters-level approach would seek a solution and an implementation plan, usually resulting in less than desired results. However, if we keep implementing solutions—sooner or later we might solve something. The doctoral-level approach involves considerable effort to find the correct diagnosis because if the diagnosis is correct, the solution is usually quite straightforward.

 

Theory

What could be causing the reduced performance in the above problem? This is where theory comes into the diagnostic process. Kurt Lewin said that there is nothing as practical as a good theory, and that certainly is true for O.D. work. Theories explain and predict. Selecting the appropriate theory should explain and predict appropriate action. If the theory explains the problem then O.D. specialists know they can manipulate the variable(s) to change the process outcome.

But which theory should be used? Consider the problem stated above regarding reduced performance. Does McGregor’s Theory X/Theory Y apply? Or what of Hersey-Blanchard’s situational leadership theory? Or what of Pfeiffer’s institutional theory? Or what of Fieldler’s contingency theory? Or what of Locke’s goal setting theory?

To determine which theory to use we need to collect some data on the problem. We need to find out what the deeper issues to the problem are. To do this we could gather some data by asking the employees in the above-stated problem what is wrong. Perhaps we hear the employees tell us that they do not know how to do the job, and from another folk, we hear that they do not care if the tasks are done. This data eliminates some of the theories listed above that we considered.

Of the theories that we considered, Hersey-Blancard’s situational leadership theory still applies. Hersey-Blanchard’s theory states that performance is dependent on the correct leadership style called for by the situation. Hersey-Blanchard determined that two levels (high and low) of two variables (a) follower-readiness and (b) follower-willingness created a 2 x 2 grid of leadership styles. (Note that Hersey-Blanchard changed the titles of these variables over the years).

of the variables of a theory apply to a problem.

Data

To determine if we have the correct variables—and thus the right theory—we gather data that is variable specific. To determine if the readiness variable is correct, we could review training data to discover if all affected employees received training for the specific tasks and if there were measures for attaining performance objectives in the training programs. For the willingness variable, we could collect data on follower commitment, organizational citizenship behavior, etc.

What do we do if we find that the two variables are the useful variables? We know we have the correct theory, and we know that we train leaders on how to choose the leadership styles from the right quadrant of the Hersey-Blanchard model. We can also advise the client that changing the training programs will change the quadrant that the employee fits in.

We also know that we need to investigate the reasons for the reduced willingness. This requires additional research to determine if the problem involves person-job fit, or motivation, or values congruence, etc. When we know the root-cause of the problem, we can take the correct intervention steps.

But what do we do if we find that the variables are not the correct ones? We start over. This is what a medical doctor does when a patient comes in with a set of symptoms. The doctor looks for a cause (problem) and then treats the condition to affect a certain outcome.

Conclusion

Through this lesson, we learned how to identify problems and work through to a solution. We learned how different variables could affect the outcome of our problem-solving steps and you were provided a few ideas if you encounter roadblocks or difficulties. This is where situational leadership really comes to light. I hope you have enjoyed this course and have learned several things that will be useful to you now or in the future.

 

References

Learning & Organization Development. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2017, from  http://ucsfhr.ucsf.edu/training/info.html?x=195

Organizational Development. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2017, from  http://www.coloradocareers.com/?s=organizational%2Bdevelopment

Question descriptions

PAPER 2 The relevance of sociological ideas, theory, and research extends to the everyday happenings in our personal/social lives and the world around us. In this assignment, you will find one current event/news story that relates to families

PAPER 2
The relevance of sociological ideas, theory, and research extends to the everyday happenings in our personal/social lives and the world around us. In this assignment, you will find one current event/news story that relates to families and/or relationships that appears in a reputable news source, discuss the basic issues/ideas, and discuss how sociology helps you to understand the content.

Choosing a Current Event

You may choose any current event/news story that pertains to families and/or relationships from a reputable online news source. Reputable news sources include those that report factual counts of events/stories (to the best of the reporter’s knowledge) (e.g. NPR, the New York Times, etc.), lease do not choose events/stories described by satirical (e.g. The Onion), tabloid (e.g. Sun, Star), or entertainment (e.g. People magazine) sources. A good place to search is the Council on contemporary Families (https://contemporaryfamilies.org); click or hover over Publications on the top menu (especially Brief Reports, but please do not use Fact Sheets). If you are unsure about the credibility of a particular news source, or the acceptability of a particular article, please ask me in advance of making your choice. Be sure to include the website address of your chosen news item.

*please note you cannot news covering gray divorce as a topic as that is related to the extra credit assignment

Discussing the Basics

Describe the basic ideas and content of the news item. What is the basic topic? What basic ideas/facts about the topic are covered? What (if any) evidence is provided about the topic? What overall point/message does the source convey about the topic? Is the evidence (if any is provided) consistent with the message/conclusion? You should cover any information necessary to understanding the news story.

Applying Sociology

The majority of your paper should address how sociology helps clarify the meaning of the news story. To this end, choose at least three concepts from the course material that relate to your chosen topic. Thoroughly describe the definition of each concept and any supporting details/information necessary to understanding it. Then, thoughtfully and thoroughly discuss how each concept relates to the topic of the news story. Consider, for example, how each of your chosen sociological concepts 1) clarifies the meaning or consequences of the topic, 2) challenges or contradicts the content of the news source.

Here are some examples of concepts that you might use (there are many more):

  • paradigms and worldviews
  • public/private spheres of men and women
  • the time bind
  • racism
  • ethnocentricity
  • stereotypes
  • homogamy and homophily
  • intersectionality
  • the feminine mystique
  • gender socialization
  • acculturation/assimilation
  • colorblind/symbolic racism
  • sexual double standard
  • romantic love
  • utilitarian love
  • relationship rituals
  • opportunity cost
  • intensive motherhood

****PAPER INSTRUCTIONS****

You should use readings from class (book and articles) and cite accordingly. If you want to reference other academic sources in your paper, you may, but this paper is primarily to help me understand if you comprehend the readings. Therefore outside sources should never replace the required readings.

This Paper is due Sunday, February 17th at 10 PM Central Time

This paper should be double-spaced, in 12 point font with 1-inch margins.

Your paper should be at least 1,000 words. Include a separate cover page with your name, course, paper title, and word count.

You must cite vour sources (any format is fine).

/ will subtract 20% for not following formatting instructions. In other words, do not change the margins, and do not forget the cover page with the word count!

Please consult the grading rubric in the “Resources” folder for full information on how this paper will be graded. However, remember you must: 1) choose a news story from a reputable news source and providing the exact website URL, 2) adequately describe basic information about the topic, 3) describe and apply three sociological concepts thoughtfully and thoroughly.

Due Date

Feb 17, 2019 10:00 PM

▼ Hide Rubrics

Rubric Name: Paper Rubric FINAL

Communication

of Ideas                 explores the issues showing

thorough comprehension of the text; goes beyond the obvious or class discussion

 

is well organized and developed with appropriate reasons and examples

is adequately organized and developed, generally supporting ideas with reasons and examples

 

 

 

 

 

 

Control of

Mechanics,

Sentence

Structure,

Grammar,

Spelling

is generally free from errors in               may have a few errors in

mechanics, usage, and sentence mechanics, usage, and structure                                             sentence structure

may have some errors, but generally demonstrates control of mechanics, usage, and sentence structure
Formatting
Paper formatted correctly, including:

At least 1,000 words

Times New Roman 12 point font

1-inch margins

All sources cited

NOTE: do not change the

margins, font, kerning, or size of

punctuation (I know all of these

tricks!). Think of the page

requirement is a guide, not a

strict rule for you to try to get

around

Total
/ 100
Overall Score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 3                                            Level 2                                             Level 1

8 points minimum                             5 points minimum                              0 points minimum

Question descriptions

Conduct a virtual field trip on which you will explore your choice of geologic feature in the California region. Examples may include: local caves, lakes, glacial deposits, rock formations, etc.

Conduct a virtual field trip on which you will explore your choice of geologic feature in the California region. Examples may include: local caves, lakes, glacial deposits, rock formations, etc.

Prepare a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation about the geologic feature in which you:

  • Identify the feature,
  • Summarize the relevant geologic history of the region,
  • Discuss the formation and age of the feature,
  • Assess the role of the hydrologic cycle in shaping the feature,
  • Discuss the role of erosion and/or weathering on the feature, and
  • Identify unique aspects of the geologic feature (such as how it has changed over time, where similar features found, and so on).

Include relevant pictures or examples of the feature, including detailed speaker notes as if you were narrating the presentation.

Format in-text citations and reference slides according to APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment.

I appreciate the help, please have completed by 1400 PST on the due date stated (earlier is appreciated)