Do you believe that it is appropriate to have one set of ethical standards for business or the marketplace and a different set of standards for home and church?

Do you believe that it is appropriate to have one set of ethical standards for business or the marketplace and a different set of standards for home and church? Explain and defend your answer.

Explain the role of organizational culture and its influences.

 
Instructions
Organizational culture involves many different details, including customer service, employee benefits, and hiring/termination processes. In this essay, you will further explain the role of organizational culture and its influences.
Within your essay, include the following points:

What are the cultural influences on training and development? Provide two examples.
Discuss the effects of cultural continuity and change on organizational succession planning. Provide two examples.
How do internal and external social media influence organizational culture?
Is social media the most effective way for employees to share knowledge? Explain.

Your essay must be a minimum of two full pages in length, not including the title and reference page. You are required to use a minimum of two outside sources; one must be from the CSU Online Library. All sources used, including the required reading assignments, must be cited and referenced according to APA standards.

If a business started encrypting all of its removable media, what part of any risk equation involving removable media would be impacted? Why?

The answer should be from the reading no outside reference. Use the attach file to answer the question.

1. If a business started encrypting all of its removable media, what part of any risk equation involving removable media would be impacted? Why? 

Which product do you believe Digital Worldwide should release to consumers?

 NEED TO ANSWER ALL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS… 

 
The discussion posts in this course will follow a fictitious company called Digital Worldwide. They have hired you as an entry level manager, and you will be asked to make decisions about the direction of the business and the strategic management process. Each week there will be a new video and a new scenario. It’s important to understand that the decisions that you make will carry over to the following weeks, so choose wisely.

Which product do you believe Digital Worldwide should release to consumers? Why did you make this choice?
What is one supply chain management strategy that you think is viable in this market (choose from disintermediation, strategic collaboration, outsourcing, and vertical integration)? Why did you make this choice?
How will one of the competencies or core values you chose last week help the company be successful in this market? (Refer back to the module 1 discussion to review the competencies or core values you chose.)

Metrics to evaluate supply chain performance for companies.

Assignment 2: Inventory Management

Research two (2) manufacturing or two (2) service companies that manage inventory and complete this assignment.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

Determine the types of inventories these companies currently manage and describe their essential inventory characteristics.
Analyze how each of their goods and service design concepts are integrated.
Evaluate the role their inventory plays in the company’s performance, operational efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
Compare and contrast the four (4) different types of layouts found with each company; explain the importance of the layouts to the company’s manufacturing or service operations.
Determine at least two (2) metrics to evaluate supply chain performance of the companies; suggest improvements to the design and operations of their supply chains based on those metrics.
Suggest ways to improve the inventory management for each of the companies without affecting operations and the customer benefit package. Provide a rationale to support the suggestion.
Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format may be different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details (more information and an example is included in the Strayer Writing Standards left menu link).
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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Evaluate the processes used in designing and producing goods and services.
Determine four layout patterns and when they should be used.
Utilize the concept of supply chain management.
Employ the concept of capacity management.
Evaluate the management of inventories and resources.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in operations management.
Write clearly and concisely about operations management using proper writing mechanics.

How would you employ user generated content to promote, brand, and sell the product you are using in your marketing plan?

Conduct a web search for examples of firms that have successfully employed user generated content; there are lots of great ones to choose from. If they can do it, so can you! How would you employ user generated content to promote, brand, and sell the product you are using in your marketing plan? Is mommy blogging for you? Photo contests? How will you create the “buzz” you need to launch your product? Describe your user generated content plan and why you selected one type of content over another. How will you get your customers to participate? What’s in it for them? Be specific and share at least one example of a firm that has used a similar strategy.

Your opening post should be at least 350 words and feel free to include photos and samples of the content. 

Why do firms bundle products and services?

 1)  Why did HBO offer an OTT streaming service? 

What are the economics?
Pluses and minuses?

2)  Why hasn’t ESPN offered a comparable service?                        
a)  Discuss ESPN’s revenue model.
b)  Discuss similar revenue models from other industries.
3)  How should Comcast respond?                                                      

What should Comcast do?
How important is HBO to Comcast?
Does Comcast have any leverage over HBO?
Is unbundling simply a threat, or is it an opportunity for Comcast?

4)  Online Streaming and Unbundling                                                

Why rush to consider OTT streaming services?
Why do firms bundle products and services?
Is bundling bad for consumers?
Which products should form a bundle?
Implications for Comcast?
Are skinny bundles a good idea?

5)  The Future of Television                                                                 
m)  What is it about TV that makes unbundling so difficult?
n)  Will players from outside the industry disrupt TV?
o)  Is Apple a threat to Comcast or a potential partner (or both)?
6)  Lessons & Takeaways                                                                     

Digital tech as a threat and opportunity
Bundling as a form of price discrimination
Must understand economics, motivations, strengths and weaknesses of various competitors as you craft a strategy. 

1-2 pages, no more

Do you think that Google is financially successful in their online advertising business model?

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 Google is an example of a company that has quickly emerged as a market leader in “information” access, distribution and online advertising. Have you ever wondered how Google can afford to build, staff and operate Best of Breed data centers that enable near immediate access to a world of information, with an “intuitive” capability that adapts to the search interests of a user? Here is your opportunity to answer these question, and more.

Read the Google business case in the text, and watch the Google video: http://www.viddler.com/embed/bf7fc9fa. Provide comprehensive responses to the following questions:

• Research “Google” using Google, and describe the first two (non-Google, non-Wiki, non Facebook) “website hits” that appear. How did these two “hits” make it to the “first displayed” positions in a Google search?
• Explain Google’s AdWord and AdSense services and describe how each benefits a firm considering online advertising with Google. What are the differences in the two services?
• Do you think that Google is financially successful in their online advertising business model? Explain why or why not.
• What other areas of growth are likely to be pursued by Google in the future?

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5 NIV). Describe the vastness of God’s wisdom, knowledge, and power in consideration of the power of humans’ marvels such as Google. 

Why is business experimentation important?

  
Read article and answer the question ,APA style , 2 pages
  
1. What does BEworks do and how is it different from typical consulting firms?
2. Why is business experimentation important?
3. What are the principle of business testing?
4. Describe the luxury cosmetics industry and BEworks’s client engagement?
5. Which test is suited for BEworks’s client? Why?6
6. What are some ethical considerations regarding business testing?

Explain how the use of an activity-based costing system could change the results of the budget if utilized.

M5 Assignment 2 Submission  Assignment                       
Required Assignment 2—Manufacturing Budget Analysis
   Tom Emory and Jim Morris strolled back to their plant from the administrative offices of Ferguson & Son Manufacturing Company. Tom is manager of the machine shop in the company’s factory; Jim is manager of the equipment maintenance department.
The men had just attended the monthly performance evaluation meeting for plant department heads. These meetings had been held on the third Tuesday of each month since Robert Ferguson, Jr., the president’s son, had become plant manager a year earlier.
As they were walking, Tom Emory spoke: “Boy, I hate those meetings! I never know whether my department’s accounting reports will show good or bad performance. I’m beginning to expect the worst. If the accountants say I saved the company a dollar, I’m called ‘Sir,’ but if I spend even a little too much—boy, do I get in trouble. I don’t know if I can hold on until I retire.”
Tom had just been given the worst evaluation he had ever received in his long career with Ferguson & Son. He was the most respected of the experienced machinists in the company. He had been with the company for many years and was promoted to supervisor of the machine shop when the company expanded and moved to its present location. The president (Robert Ferguson, Sr.) had often stated that the company’s success was due to the high-quality work of machinists like Tom. As supervisor, Tom stressed the importance of craftsmanship and told his workers that he wanted no sloppy work coming from his department.
When Robert Ferguson, Jr., became the plant manager, he directed that monthly performance comparisons be made between actual and budgeted costs for each department. The departmental budgets were intended to encourage the supervisors to reduce inefficiencies and to seek cost reduction opportunities. The company controller was instructed to have his staff “tighten” the budget slightly whenever a department attained its budget in a given month; this was done to reinforce the plant manager’s desire to reduce costs. The young plant manager often stressed the importance of continued progress toward attaining the budget; he also made it known that he kept a file of these performance reports for future reference when he succeeded his father.
Tom Emory’s conversation with Jim Morris continued as follows:
Emory: I really don’t understand. We’ve worked so hard to meet the budget, and the minute we do so they tighten it on us. We can’t work any faster and still maintain quality. I think my men are ready to quit trying. Besides, those reports don’t tell the whole story. We always seem to be interrupting the big jobs for all those small rush orders. All that setup and machine adjustment time is killing us. And quite frankly, Jim, you were no help. When our hydraulic press broke down last month, your people were nowhere to be found. We had to take it apart ourselves and got stuck with all that idle time.
Morris: I’m sorry about that, Tom, but you know my department has had trouble making budget, too. We were running well behind at the time of that problem, and if we had spent a day on that old machine, we would never have made it up. Instead, we made the scheduled inspections of the forklift trucks because we knew we could do those in less than the budgeted time.
Emory: Well, Jim, at least you have some options. I’m locked into what the scheduling department assigns to me and you know they’re being harassed by sales for those special orders. Incidentally, why didn’t your report show all the supplies you guys wasted last month when you were working in Bill’s department?
Morris: We’re not out of the woods on that deal yet. We charged the maximum we could to other work and haven’t even reported some of it yet.
Emory: Well, I’m glad you have a way of getting out of the pressure. The accountants seem to know everything that’s happening in my department, sometimes even before I do. I thought all that budget and accounting stuff was supposed to help, but it just gets me into trouble. It’s all a big pain. I’m trying to put out quality work; they’re trying to save pennies.
    
Review the case. Respond to the following:

Identify the problems that appear to exist in Ferguson & Son Manufacturing Company’s budgetary control system and explain how the problems are likely to reduce the effectiveness of the system. (approximately 1 page)
Explain how Ferguson & Son Manufacturing Company’s budgetary control system could be revised to improve its effectiveness. (approximately 1–2 pages)
Explain how the use of an activity-based costing system could change the results of the budget, if utilized. (approximately 1 page)
As stated in the case, many employees have “quit trying” and have altered behavior on the job. Provide specific ways for how you would use a budget to change employee behavior and align goals in the organization. Explain how goal alignment can improve profitability and overall return to the shareholders of the company. (approximately 1 page)
Synthesize data to explain the concept of ROI and describe how the use of an activity-based costing system can improve the company’s ROI and the potential impact on free cash flow. (approximately 1 page)

Write a 5–6-page report in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A2.doc.
By the due date assigned, deliver your assignment to the Submissions Area
     Assignment 2 Grading Criteria   Maximum Points     
Identified the problems that appear to exist in the company’s budgetary control system and explained how the problems are likely to reduce the effectiveness of the system.
64     
Explained how the company’s budgetary control system could be revised to improve its effectiveness.
64     
Explained how the use of an activity-based costing system could change the results of the budget if utilized.
44     
Identified ways of how one can use a budget to change employee behavior and align goals in the organization and explained how goal alignment can improve profitability and overall return to shareholders of the company.
44     
Synthesized data to explain the concept of ROI, how the use of an activity-based costing system can improve the company’s ROI, and the potential impact on free cash flow.
56     
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
28    Total:  300

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