Describe what are you hoping to achieve in measurable, data-driven outcomes.

Create a two- to four-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages) that:

Provides a narrative examining how you will evaluate your initiative to include the following points:

Your initial assessment – Appraise the “State of Now.”
Illustrate indicators of success – Describe what are you hoping to achieve in measurable, data-driven outcomes.
Illustrate how you will evaluate and report your outcomes – Identify how you will celebrate your successes.

Specifies your plan for growing and sustaining your initiative.

Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, two- to four- pages in length, and cite at least three scholarly sources in addition to your textbook.

Describe the benefits and purpose for an organizational vision statement.

Leaders today must be able to create a compelling vision for the organization. They also must be able to create an aligned strategy and then execute it. Visions have two parts, the envisioned future and the core values that support that vision of the future. The ability to create a compelling vision is the primary distinction between leadership and management. Leaders need to create a vision that will frame the decisions and behavior of the organization and keep it focused on the future while also delivering on the short-term goals.
To learn more about organizational vision statements, do an Internet search and review various vision statements.
In this assignment, you will consider yourself as a leader of an organization and write a vision statement and supporting values statement.
Select an organization of choice. This could be an organization that you are familiar with, or a fictitious organization. Then, respond to the following:

Provide the name and description of the organization. In the description, be sure to include the purpose of the organization, the products or services it provides, and the description of its customer base.
Describe the core values of the organization. Why are these specific values important to the organization?
Describe the benefits and purpose for an organizational vision statement.
Develop a vision statement for this organization. When developing a vision statement, be mindful of the module readings and lecture materials.
In the vision statement, be sure to communicate the future goals and aspirations of the organization.
Once you have developed the vision statement, describe how you would communicate the statement to the organizational stakeholders, that is, the owners, employees, vendors, and customers.
How would you incorporate the communication of the vision into the new employee on-boarding and ongoing training?

Write your response in approximately 3–5 pages in Microsoft Word. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.
Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.
By the due date assigned, deliver your assignment to the Submissions Area.
  Assignment 3 Grading Criteria   Maximum Points    Chose and described the organization. The description included the purpose of the organization, the products or services the organization provides, and the description of its customer base.  16    Developed a vision statement for the organization. Ensured to accurately communicate the goals and aspirations of the organization in the vision statement.  24    Ensured that the incorporation and communication strategy for the vision statement is clear, detailed, well thought out and realistic.  28    Evaluated and explained which values are most important to the organization.  24    Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  8    Total:  100

Is to morally justified for legal marriage to be available to couples of the same sex?

Ethical Reasoning
Is to morally justified for legal marriage to be available to couples of the same sex?  
[WLO: 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4]
Please read these assignment instructions before writing your paper as they contain very precise and specific instructions on both the content and format requirements. You should download the provided outline and use that to structure your paper, and consult the assignment guidance and modeled example for additional help. Finally, before submitting your assignment please use the checklist to ensure that you have completed all of the requirements.
Overview
This course has three written assignments that build upon one another and are designed to take you step-by-step through a process of writing a paper that identifies an ethical question, examines the context, issues, and arguments surrounding the question, and attempts to defend an answer to that question using strong moral reasoning.
In the Week 1 assignment, “Ethical Question,” you chose an ethical question, provided an introduction, a position statement and supporting reason, and an opposing position statement and supporting reason.
In the Week 3 assignment, “Applying an Ethical Theory,” you explained utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue ethics, including its core moral principle or ideal, and applied that theory to the topic by demonstrating how its principles would support a particular position on your ethical question.
In this final written assignment, you will combine what you have done in these two exercises by examining an ethical issue and defending your own position on an ethical question regarding that issue.
This final written assignment should be written in essay form with the following clearly labeled sections:

Introduction
Ethical Argument
Explanation and Defense
Objection and Response
Conclusion

The paper should be between 1,300 and 1,500 words, utilize three scholarly resources, and include a title page and reference page.
Part 1: Introduction
In this section of the paper, you will begin with your ethical question, introduce the topic and paper, and close with a thesis statement.

The ethical question may be the same as your Week 3 written assignment (“Applying an Ethical Theory”) or a revised version of it.
The introduction should be revised in a way that reflects your additional thinking on the issue and question.
End this section with a thesis statement that states your position on the issue (the answer to the ethical question you believe is strongest) and provides a brief summary of the main ideas you will be presenting in the paper. Please see the assignment guidance for examples of thesis statements.

Place the introduction under the Part 1: Introduction heading.
Part 2: Ethical Argument
In this section of the paper, you will present the strongest argument you can in support of the position you have stated in your introduction.

This will be similar to the “supporting reasons” you offered in the first assignment; however, this argument should reflect your research into the key ethical issues that need to be identified and addressed, the arguments on different sides of this problem, and the theories of moral reasoning we have studied in the class (you will discuss the specific details and implications of the moral theories in the next two sections).
You can think of this as a summary of the main argument you would give if you were an attorney trying to convince a jury of your position.

Place this information under the Part 2: Ethical Argument heading.
Part 3: Explanation and Defense
In this section, you will explain and defend your argument by drawing on the moral theory that aligns most closely with the argument you presented in Part 2. This may be the same theory you discussed in your second assignment, but it may also be a different theory.

You must first explain the theory in general terms similar to how you explained a theory in your second assignment, including a brief account of the historical background of the theory and the philosopher(s) associated with it and general overview of the core moral ideal or principle of the theory, including the way it guides and constrains moral reasoning.
You should then clearly show how your argument represents an application of that form of moral reasoning.
In other words, if the argument you present in Part 2 is utilitarian, deontological, or virtue-based (teleological), you will want to explain utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue ethics in general terms, then explain how your argument from Part 2 reflects or draws upon the core principles and values of that theory. Please refer to the Week 3 assignment instructions for directions on how to explain and apply the moral theory.

Place this section under the Part 3: Explanation and Defense heading.
Part 4: Objection and Response
In this section of the paper, you will present the strongest objection you can to your argument, and briefly defend that objection by appealing to a different ethical theory than the one you focused on in Part 3.

Briefly explain the core moral ideal or principle of the theory and how that could be the basis of an objection to your argument. For instance, if you explained and defended your own argument by applying the principles of virtue ethics, you could raise an objection from the perspective of utilitarianism by briefly explaining the core utilitarian principle and how applying that principle could lead someone to a different conclusion than the one you are defending.
Next, you should respond to the objection by explaining why it is not strong enough to undermine the main argument in defense of your position.
See the assignment guidance for suggestions on how to effectively respond to the objection.

Place this section under the Part 4: Objection and Response heading.
Part 5: Conclusion
In this section of the paper, provide a summary of what you have done in the paper by briefly describing what you accomplished in each of the above sections.
Place this section under the Part 5: Conclusion heading.
Resource Requirement
You must use at least three scholarly resources, only one of which may be the textbook. In other words, you must use at least two scholarly resources in addition to the textbook.
Acceptable ways of using a source include providing a quotation, summary, or paraphrase; merely providing a citation, especially when it is unclear how or where the text supports your claim, is not sufficient.
If you need help with finding additional resources or are unsure about whether a particular resource will count toward the requirement, please contact your instructor.
For sources to count toward the resources requirement, they must be cited within the text of your paper and on the reference page. Sources that are listed on the references page but not cited within the paper do not count toward fulfilling the resources requirement.
In your paper,

Introduce the topic and paper.
Provide a thesis statement.
Present an argument in support of the position.
Defend the argument by explaining and applying the ethical theory that most closely aligns with the argument.
Present an objection to the argument by appealing to a different ethical theory.
Respond to the objection.
Provide a conclusion that describes what was accomplished in each of the sections of the paper.

The Ethical Reasoning Final Paper

Must be 1,300 to 1,500 words in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.resource.
Must include a separate title page with the following: 

Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. resource for additional guidance.
Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text. 

The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.

Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. guide.
(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Identify the distribution of national health spending by type of financing source.

4 PAGES 

1. Identify the distribution of national health spending by type of financing source.
2. Identify the distribution of health insurance coverage among the U.S. population.
3. Discuss the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the difficulties that might be encountered by those mandated to participate.
4. Discuss the origin of employment-based health insurance.
5. Explain the difference between fully insured and self-insured health plans.

Claxton, G. (2008). How Private Health Care Coverage Works: A Primer. A Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Report. Available at http://www.kff.org/insurance/upload/7766.pdf (Retrieved 11/21/2012)

Blumenthal D. (2006). Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the United States – Origins and Implications. New England Medical Journal, 355(1), 82-88. Retrieved from ProQuest on 11/21/2012.

RAND Corporation. (2010). US Health Care Today: Coverage. Available at http://www.randcompare.org/us-health-care-today/coverage#current-levels-of-coverage (Retrieved 11/21/2012)

Bodenheimer, T. (2005). High and Rising Health Care Costs. Part 1: 
Seeking an Explanation. Annals of Internal Medicine, 142 (10), 847-854. Available at: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=718406

Choudhry, N., Rosenthal, M. & Milstein, A. (2010). Assessing the Evidence for Value-Based Insurance Design. Health Affairs, 29 (11), 1988-1994. Retrieved from ProQuest on 11/21/2012.

Analyze how a company will capture value and sustain competitive advantage over time.

PLEASE SEE Attached for week 3 assignment 

 
Purpose of Assignment 
The Week 4 individual assignment is the second part of a three part strategic management plan for the company selected by the student in Week 3. The purpose of the assignment is for students to establish long-term goals and objectives; indicate, specify and discuss strategies; and investigate, consider and describe specific business strategies including vertical integration and strategic alliances, to achieve competitive advantage in the industry. The student also generates an appropriate organizational chart in alignment with the stated strategies. 
Weeks 3, 4, and 5 Individual Assignments are integrated to generate a Strategic Management Plan. This is Part 2 of the three part Strategic Management Plan. 
Assignment Steps 
Write a 1,050-word report on the company you selected in Week 3, following up on the Individual Assignment of Week 3 (Environmental Scanning), and address the following: 

Establish Long-term Goals and Objectives

Strategy Formulation.
Indicate the markets that the company will pursue.
Specify the unique value the company will offer in the selected markets.
Discuss the resources and capabilities that are required.
Analyze how the company will capture value and sustain competitive advantage over time. 

Business Management Strategy

Consider Cost and Differentiation Advantages.
Describe the Corporate Strategy.
Investigate Vertical Integration.
Describe Strategic Alliances.
Detail the Company Competitive Advantage.
Generate an Organizational Chart of the company you selected. 

Why is industrial policy used most in the high-tech industry?

Look at the PDF ( 
International Political Economy (Fifth Edition) – the political avenue book and help me answer to this questions, please: Just small and simple answers to each questions.
Chapter 4: Questions

For Q1-6: Assume there are 2 countries, the US and Malaysia, that can produce 2 goods, PCs and wheat; assume PCs are capital intensive and wheat is labor intensive; and assume the US is endowed with lots of capital and Malaysia is endowed with lots of labor.
1. Who are the winners and losers according to the factor model? Explain. 
2. What is the Stolper/Samuelson theory?
3. What is the factor mobility assumption in the Factor Model? How does it differ in the Sector Model?
4. Given the different assumption about factor mobility, what does the sector model predict will be the result of trade? Who are the winners and losers?
5. A Society-Centered approach argues that “Trade policy reflects interest-group demands.” What do the factor and sector models agree on? What do they differ on?
6. What is the evidence for the factor model? Sector model?
7. Once we determine certain groups have common interests to lobby for or against trade barriers, how might the Collective Action Problem prevent them from organizing? Explain the 3 Important Characteristics of Trade Politics that seem to support this is a problem.
8. The factor and sector models show how trade preferences are formed. And we have seen the challenges of organizing the interest into a demand for trade policy. But how the supply side work? In general, why does the electoral system and the number of veto players matter?
9. What part/statement/example/concept/story in the chapter did you like the most? Why?
10. What question do you think needs to be asked about this chapter that has not been?

 Chapter 5: Questions
  
1. Contrast the State-Centered approach to the Society-Centered approach. What are the 2 central assumptions of the State Centered approach that contrast sharply with the Society Centered approach?
2. Define industrial policy. What is meant by a “strong state?” Is a strong or weak state more likely to implement industrial policy? Why? 
3. Explain the Infant Industry justification for the industrial policy of raising tariffs to protect a new industry.
4. How does Strategic Trade Theory differ from the Infant Industry theory? Explain the impact of subsidies using the example detailed in Figure 5.1 pages 100-103.
5. Why is industrial policy used most in the high-tech industry? Previously, we had said comparative advantage determines what country should produce a good. What does Strategic Trade theory suggest?
6. What part/statement/example/concept/story in the chapter did you like the most? Why?
7. What question do you think needs to be asked about this chapter that has not been?

Describe how performance appraisals can be used to promote employee growth.

 
You are the vice president of a human resources department and Susan has been your executive assistant for one (1) year. She effectively completes her given assignments, sometimes ahead of schedule. Susan has a welcoming personality and is commended on her willingness to help when asked. As a result of her efficiency, Susan often has spare time on her hands. In several conversations, you have spoken with Susan about taking a proactive stance and involving herself in the business to increase her knowledge base. You have suggested she attend strategic planning meetings, shadow other Business Partners, and take professional development courses geared towards human resources.  Susan has not incorporated any of these suggestions. The organization promotes and encourages employee development and has a requirement of 24 professional development (PD) hours for each employee per annual review cycle.  As VP of the department, you have offered to mentor Susan; yet she has not taken advantage of the offer. Given Susan capabilities and potential, you want to mutually establish future performance goals and developmental opportunities to enhance her effectiveness and maximize her organizational contributions. Susan professional appearance and interaction with co-workers is superb.  When asked to complete a task, she fulfills the assignment willingly and with very few errors.  She is well liked and respected by her peers.  She has impeccable oral and written communication skills. Overall, you are pleased with her performance but want to see Susan take initiative to seek out tasks to complete rather than waiting to be told what to do. As the VP of HR, you have been tasked with a two part assignment. In part one of this assignment you will explain the importance of performance appraisals, analyze the essential elements which should be included and describe how performance appraisals can be used to promote employee growth. In part two of this assignment you will create a performance appraisal for Susan. Your paper should be 8-10 pages in length incorporating both parts I and II.  You can either design a performance appraisal document or use an existing template. The performance appraisal should be no more than 3 pages of the total page count for the assignment.  Be sure your paper addresses all of the following components:

Part I: Importance of Performance Appraisals:Explain how performance appraisals can be used as part of employee development.Explain why rankings are given to employees and the advantages and disadvantages of including rankings.Address why organizations should deliver appraisals in a timely manner to employees.Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of three different types of performance appraisals. Make a recommendation of which type of performance appraisal is most appropriate for Susan. Provide suggestions on how the manager can give feedback on a continual basis to the employee to encourage continual development. 
Part II: Susan Performance Evaluation As the VP of HR, you are providing Susan with feedback on these areas and suggesting ways to develop in the areas where she is not meeting expectations as outlined in the scenario. The performance appraisal directly ties to compensation increases. The appraisal should highlight achievements over the past year; while addressing expectations and setting goals moving forward. The performance evaluation should address the following areas:
Professional Development
Job performance
Communication internal and external
Professional Demeanor
Working relationships
Compensation recommendation

Discuss how critical thinking can be used to improve corporate social responsibility best practices.

  
Identify a business in your community. This can be your place of employment, a business with which you are familiar, or a business that you research in the University Library (Wells Fargo, Enron, Bank of America, Pepsi, etc.).
Develop a 10- to 15-slide presentation (including detailed speaker notes) in which you evaluate the ethical and social responsibility practices within your chosen organization. You may use Microsoft® PowerPoint®, Microsoft® Publisher®, or any other presentation software of your choice.
Include the following in your evaluation:
§ Select a major business decision recently made by the business.
§ Evaluate how the business applies corporate social responsibility within its decision-making processes.
§ Identify potential ethical issues related to the major business decision that was recently made, and determine the effect that these issues may have had on decision-making processes in general at the business.
§ Discuss how critical thinking can be used to improve corporate social responsibility best practices.

Explain the basic steps of designing a total rewards philosophy.

FINC 331 
Interest rates are the “cost” of money charged to borrowers and we look at what factors make up an interest rate this week. 

STUDY:

Nominal vs Real interest rates
Stated vs APR interest rates
Stated vs Coupon rates
Effect of compounding
Bonds, Bond Valuation, Bond ratings
Risk and return and risk & return trade off
READ:

1)      Module 2: Financial Securities  (Content>Course Resources>Financial Securities Module)

a)      Financial Risk and Return

b)      Valuation and Characteristics of Bonds

 

2)      Course Text : Boundless Finance Online Text

(A PDF of the Boundless course textbook may also be found in Leo under Content > Syllabus)

a)        Chapter 6:  Bond Valuation 

 

3)      TeachMeFinance.com – read topics:   

a)     Kinds of Interest,  http://www.teachmefinance.com/kindsofinterestrates.html

b)     Bond Valuation, http://www.teachmefinance.com/bondvaluation.html

 TO DO:

Participate in the Weekly Discussion
Problem Set in ‘Homework’ #4 – My Tools/ Quizzes & Exams/ Finc 331 Homework Week 4
Check out Alaina Mackin’s file called  FINC 331 Week 4 Homework Hints.pptx 
Begin Work on Group Paper
Discussion 
Do bonds have a place in your portfolio? Explain your logic. Some considerations to touch on: time horizon, risk tolerance, and return objective.

HRMN 395 
Week 4: Designing and Implementing a Total Rewards Program
Objectives:
After completing this week, you should be able to:
1.  Explain the basic steps of designing a total rewards philosophy.
2.  Demonstrate why segmentation of the workforce is integral to the design of total rewards.
3.  Describe the implementation process of a total rewards approach to compensation management.
4.  List the levels, types, and components of communication to successfully market the total rewards philosophy.
Read:
Module 4 Designing and Implementing a Total Rewards Program (found below)
Designing and Managing Incentive Compensation Programs
How to Design an Employee Benefits Program
Do:
Go to the discussion questions and post initial answers and value added responses to classmates by Sunday 11:59 p.m.

Take the Self Assessment for module 4.

Reminder: The second assignment is due next week!
Discussion #1
After reviewing the reading material about the terms differentiation and segmentation, share an example in your own organization of how employees are differentiated or segmented.  
In addition, share how your organization differentiates itself from its competitors (competitors for employees).
Use a minimum of one reference to support your discussion and interact with at least two classmates. 
Discussion #2: Midterm Check
We are at the mid-point in our course!
Please provide feedback on how you are progressing toward the learning outcomes stated for the course. Share, in addition, a tip or recommendation you have for the rest of the class for staying focused, organized and successful for the rest of the course.
You don’t need to interact and you don’t need a reference.