Asses the relationship between organizational performance and financial management practices.

 
The essay should demonstrate a student’s ability to integrate and synthesize course concepts with selected readings to communicate his/her understanding of financial management concepts and their application in organizations.  The essay should also demonstrate a student’s ability to communicate as a manager. This includes proper writing style, organization, grammar, and spelling, as well as integration of course-related material. The writing style must follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , 6th edition. Citations for online sources should include the online address (URL) and access date as well as the citation for the specific reference. 
Research for the paper may be conducted online using the UMUC online library as the primary source. Do not use abstracts, use full-text articles. Publications that may be relevant for the topics listed below include: Strategic Finance, The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, CFO Magazine, Nonprofit World, Harvard Business Review, or other accounting and financial journals.
The paper should: 

Be based on your reading and research relevant to the topic.
Be 5 to 6 double-spaced pages, not including the title page, executive summary, appendices, exhibits, and references.
Include a one-page Executive Summary immediately following the title page that includes a statement of the major issue(s) and your conclusions and specific recommendations. The content of an Executive Summary is similar to an abstract. 
Properly cite reference sources: these may include course material, information from magazines, journals, and online sources. All reference sources must have a publication date within the last fifteen years. Students who wish to use an older source publication should contact the instructor with the request and reason. 

Essay Topics/Individual Research Paper: Select one of the following topics
1. Ratio and Financial Statement Analysis – Your essay should critically analyze the benefits and limitations of ratio analysis, explaining what factors impact the meaningfulness of such measures and what new practices or theories may be emerging regarding the application of ratio and financial statement analysis.   Emphasize practical applications and real-world use of ratios synthesizing your readings in published research or survey articles.
2. Challenges faced by Financial Managers in a Changing Economic Environment
Your essay should critically asses the challenges faced by financial managers due to changes in the macroeconomic environment and how these impact businesses operations. Emphasize how there are consequences related to changes in strategies and priorities and in the way the departments adjust.
3.  Financial Management Practices and Their Impact on Organizational Performance: 
Your essay should critically asses the relationship between organizational performance and financial management practices. These include capital structure decision, investment appraisal techniques, dividend policy, working capital management and financial performance assessment.

Give an example of a good that is best transported via truck. Why is this the best mode of transportation?

 Give an example of a good that is best transported via truck. Why is this the best mode of transportation? 
 
What is a RO-RO. What company and product would use this type of transportation?

 
What are the pros and cons of warehousing your company’s excess inventory? Should Brad’s Brick Manufacturing be worried about too much inventory in a warehouse?
  
Give an example of a company that uses reverse logistics. Why is this an important element of supply chain management?
  
Give an example of an organization that uses excellent CRM. What is the positive impact on the organization’s supply chain?
 

 

What is Mercantilism?

I need a short essay on 2 out of the 5 following questions:

1. International trade has always existed, although it did not create huge volumes of exchanges in antiquity. We discussed in class early examples of societies that specialized on trade, with significant success, (think of the Phoenicians, and the Athenians). Among them, at the dawn of the Modern Era, the Republic of Venice was especially successful. For centuries it managed to dominate East-West trade, (mostly goods that had traveled from East to West on the “Silk Road” and arrived to the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean), after having acquired control over the sea lanes in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Explain how Venice accomplished this dominant position, and why eventually it was lost.
2. Discuss the “Hansa League” and why it became so successful, for centuries in creating a reliable system of trade relations connecting cities in Northern Germany, to other cities in the Baltic City and beyond. It was a rules based system. Please describe why this is a significant achievement in the history of modern trade.
3. What is Mercantilism? Who was Jean Baptiste Colbert? What were mercantilist policies supposed to achieve? Was this approach to trade ultimately successful; or not? Please discuss.
4. The first long public debate about the merits of “Protectionism”, versus “Free Trade” policies took place in Britain around the issue of the “Corn Laws’. Please discuss the arguments made on both sides, and why eventually Free Trade won.
5. The European Union is a solid example of a successful Free Trade Area, FTA. Please discuss the motives that led back in the 1950s to the beginning of the process of trade cooperation among the first group of 6 members and the EU mixed record when later on its development it started a process of integration in areas beyond trade (free movement of people, competition policy, monetary union, and more).

How will you be competitive and provide services at a reasonable cost using technology and innovation in a recent opened healthcare center in a major American city.

You have just opened a healthcare center in a major American city. You have a handful of employees and your main business is to provide urgent-care medical services, pharmacy, patient education, and various kinds of therapy. Answer the following questions?

1. How will you be competitive and provide services at a reasonable cost using technology and innovation? 

2. How will you be able to sustain a competitive advantage using technology and innovation? 

3. What measures would you take to initiate innovative strategies within your company? 

4. Explain what type of innovations is available to you, including dominant design, and incorporate that into your strategy for initiating innovation strategy. 

5. What type of technologies, innovations, etc. will enable you to become a first mover and describe how and when you will implement these strategies? 

6. Describe your strategies for assessment of company performance by using Porter’s five-force model, stakeholder analysis, and other measures. What areas of competition do you need to be especially cognizant of in order to remain competitive and relevant in the healthcare provider industry?

Your report should be 5 – 7 pages in APA format and contain detailed and convincing reasons in support of each one of your recommendations. It is imperative that the support offered for each of your recommendation be based on analysis-based conclusions. 

Are there potential changes due to globalization or technology that might alter this Perfectly Competitive Industry? And if so, what are they?

 
Option #1: Perfectly Competitive Industry
Complete the following:

Based upon this week’s readings, analyze an article published within 60 days prior to the term that deals with a perfectly competitive industry.
Analyze the factors driving change in the industry. Are there potential changes due to globalization or technology that might alter this industry? And if so, what are they?

Requirements:

Your paper should be at least 2 pages in length and must conform to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
Include a supply-demand graph relevant to a perfectly competitive firm. Please note, that you need to create the graph and not copy it from any source. Any copied and pasted graphs will not earn any points.
Incorporate at least three scholarly references that are not required readings for this module. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these references.

Explain the relevance of changes in net income to investors.

 
purpose of Assignment 
This activity helps students recognize the significant role accounting plays in providing financial information to management for decision making through the evaluation of financial statements. This experiential assignment requires students to use ratios to evaluate and analyze a company’s liquidity, solvency, and profitability. 
Assignment Steps 
Resources: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), University Library, Library resources: Company Directories and Financials Tutorial help on Excel and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. 
Select a publicly traded, U.S. corporation with which you are familiar or one where you currently work or have worked in the past.
Research the company on the Internet and download the Income Statement, Statement of Shareholders’ Equity, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows.
Develop a minimum 700-word examination of the financial statements and include the following:

Determine the net income for the current fiscal year (FY). Is this income up or down from the prior year? 
Explain the relevance of changes in net income to investors.
Determine the ending balance in shareholders’ equity. Why would organizations such as labor unions be interested in this?
Determine the total value of assets. 
Discuss the relevance of the total value of assets to potential creditors and why this is important.
Compute the return on assets. Discuss the relative profitability of the company based on your results.
Compute the working capital and current ratio. Evaluate the relative liquidity of the company based on your results.
Compute the debt to assets ratio and the free cash flow for your company. Analyze the results and comment on the relative solvency of the company.
Discuss how the financial statements are used in your current role or a position you would like to hold. How might these aid you in managerial decision making?

Show your work in Microsoft Word or Excel. 
Complete calculations/computations using Microsoft Word or Excel. 
Include the four financial statements along with your assignment.
Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines. 

Why has the business world become so much more global in the last 20 years?

Why has the business world become so much more global in the last 20 years? What should we do if we are ready to engage in business in a foreign country for the first time? What is an example of business or personal mishaps that resulted from cultural misunderstandings? How did it occur, and how was it resolved? Provide a specific example 

Identify and explain a potential ethical dilemma facing a real-world organization and discuss the current relevance of the issue.

Identify and explain a potential ethical dilemma facing a real-world organization and discuss the current relevance of the issue.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Evaluate the parameters for ethical decision making in 21st century multicultural business environments.

Describe an ethical issue that can be resolved by an organizational policy.
Evaluate why an organizational policy would be needed to resolve an ethical issue.
Examine the current relevance of an ethical issue.
Evaluate the importance of resolving an ethical issue.

A person cannot evaluate the ethicality of organizational policies until he or she identifies the issues that those policies are intended to address. In this assessment, you will do just that.
Complete the following:

Identify a potential ethical dilemma from a real-world organization. As an example of an ethical dilemma, consider the following scenario: an organization may choose to videotape the office and read employee e-mails. The conflict here may be that employees feel these practices are a violation of their privacy, and that they have a right to a certain level of privacy. However, organizational stakeholders defend these practices because their concern is whether the employees are getting their work done.

Choose any organization about which you can find sufficient information to complete the assessment. For example, you might use the organization for which you currently work, where you used to work, or where an associate of yours works.
If there is any concern with disclosing confidential information, substitute a made-up name for the organization’s name and indicate you are doing so.
The ethical issue or problem selected must affect the organization, potentially affect the organization, or involve the organization.

Explain the issues involved, including the following:

Identify the stakeholders.
Identify the concerns of the stakeholders.

Explain why you chose this particular issue and why the issue is important.
Examine the current relevance of the issue.

Is the issue currently in the media spotlight?
Are there any recent incidents or reasons why this issue has come to the public’s attention?

The word ethics usually evokes a strong emotional reaction or opinion from most people. Having a keen eye and observing reactions (yours as well as others’) in a nonjudgmental manner will serve you best as you pursue the objectives of this course.
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Business ethics can be a gray area. As conditions and environments change, people’s behaviors change. The regulations intended to create fair standards in the world of business also subsequently change. Examining the hard-to-define parameters of ethics should help us to develop our perceptiveness and skills in analyzing the best solutions to ethical dilemmas.
There are a range of models for ethical decision making and analysis of ethical dilemmas. Different prevailing theories underlay the reasoning approaches to ethical issues and challenges. No one approach is considered best for all situations. However, by knowing these approaches, and applying them to different ethical problems, you can become a valuable participant in creating ethical solutions.

APA Format 4 Pages

Evaluate the impact of corporate social responsibility policy on the workplace and the corporate world.

Evaluate the impact of corporate social responsibility policy on the workplace and the corporate world. Also, assess the ethicality of an organization and identify the related stakeholders and their roles.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Complete the following:

Assess the impact of corporate social responsibility policy on the workplace and the corporate world.

Assess how, and to what extent, corporate social responsibility can be coordinated with an organization’s obligation to maximize profits for its shareholders.

Identify a potential ethical issue at a real-world organization. You may use the organization and issue you used in the first and second assessments.

Assess the ethicality of the organization.
Identify the major stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities regarding the issue.
Assess the potential impact of the organization’s choice to address or not address the issue via corporate policy. Address the financial and legal impacts of this choice on the organization, employees, and other stakeholders. In addition, address the potential impact on the organization’s reputation.

Competency 2: Assess the impact of corporate social responsibility policy.

Assesses the impact of corporate social responsibility policy.
Assess the ethical nature of a selected organization.
Identify the major stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities regarding an issue.
Assess the impact of the issue on various stakeholders.
Assess the potential costs and benefits for various stakeholders in addressing an issue through corporate policy.

APA format 4 pages

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.

Workplace privacy is a very contentious issue today, because the growth of technology that might threaten privacy is outpacing the development of privacy laws. New technologies for communication and surveillance are not legally restricted because they are not yet addressed in existing laws. What right to privacy you believe an employee should enjoy at work? What right to surveillance should a company have in watching over the employees it is paying, and the property it owns? Where would you draw the line with regard to workplace privacy?
Think about a real-world example of whistleblowing with which you are personally familiar, or which you have heard about. Why might you feel pressure not to report what you know in the situation, and to what extent would it affect you? What would you do (or did you do) in this situation? Would a code of ethics you are familiar with, such as a military code that requires reporting of unethical behavior, influence your decision?
Analyze an advertisement that was misleading, and did not provide complete and honest information about the product or service. Your example might be from print, television, radio, or the Internet. It might be local, national, or international. How could this deception have been harmful? What action would you recommend to deter this type of deception in the future?

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