26 August 2015

Invasive speciesPaper instructions:
Broad contemporary issues topic: Invasive Species (both plants & animals)
Using – “Invasion triangle: an organizational framework for species invasion” as the main article & a couple others as references – plenty provided; only need 2-3.

Instructions:
Prepare a formal PowerPoint presentation to outline the topic, discuss the implications of the topic, & lead the discussion while encouraging debate. Presentation should last 30 (+/- 5) minutes.

List of categories to cover:

Introduction – background: what are invasive species (definitions, species lists, pictures, etc.), where do they come from, the severity of the problems they cause, etc.

Statement of importance – can be discussed w/the problems they cause (or could cause)

Concerning the article used, this should include:
Objective (and also hypothesis, if there is one)
materials & methods (identified & defined)
results (figures/tables/statistics)
data compared to other studies (or other articles referenced)
discussion & conclusion (what's currently being done, what could be done)
final slide w/references used


Discussion questions are welcome, as this will be an interactive presentation.

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Invasive speciesPaper instructions:Broad contemporary issues topic: Invasive Species (both plants & animals)Using – “Invasion triangle: an organizational framework for species invasion” as the main […]


26 August 2015

Develop Human Resource Plan: Inputs
Final Exam essay questions (Chapters 7-13)
1)     Estimate Costs: Tools and Techniques: Describe 3 of the 5 Estimating Tools & Techniques, provide an example of each.

2)     Develop Human Resource Plan: Inputs. There are 3 Inputs for the Develop Human Resource Plan process: Describe each of them as relates to your Project Management Plan.

3)     Project Quality Management.     Research & Review a Modern Quality Management Approach (i.e., Deming, Juran, Crosby, etc.); Describe how you can/will implement it in your class Project Management Plan.

4)     Manage Project Team: Tools and Techniques: Interpersonal Skills. Describe how a project manager can provide leadership in an environment were the level of authority may not be commensurate with the perceived needs of the position. Think specifically of an organization structured in a matrix environment.

5)     Control Costs: Tools and Techniques: Earned Value Management. Is Earned Value Management (EVM) useful or relevant to your project? Use examples and sample calculations to fully detail why it is or is not.

6)     Develop Project Team Tools & Techniques includes “Co-Location:” Describe the pros and cons of Co-Location versus distributed teams.

7)     Determine Budgets: Inputs. There are 7 Inputs for this Process: Describe 3 in detail, and relate them to your class Project.

8)     Control Costs. In your opinion, what is/are the most critical factors in Controlling Costs in a Project? Use PMBOK to justify your answer

9)     Argue for or against the following: Communications Management is the most important Knowledge Area and Role for a Project Manager. Support your arguments be referencing the 5 Communication Management Processes: Identify Stakeholders, Plan Communications, Distribute Information, Manage Stakeholder Expectations, and Report Performance.  Be persuasive, either side can be correct.

10)  Compare the Qualitative and Quantitative approaches to Risk Analysis, note when each is appropriate, and the strengths and weaknesses of each.




11)  Consider your class project: select or identify an area or task that may be completed via contract. Outline the make/buy decision, describe which contract type you would use and why.




12)  Review your organization's Conduct Procurement process: outline the process and how they modify or deviate from PM Standards. Use the list of Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs to describe your response. If your organization does not have a PMO or use PMI standard practices, review them as if there was a PMO or standard PM methodology in place.



13)   As a seller of project services what is the most advantageous type of contract and why?




14)  What are some ways to manage Stakeholder relationships closely?  Give examples of how you might manage relationships differently based upon unique personalities of different people.



15)  Describe the type of information that is documented in an issue log.  How can you avoid spending too much time documenting and tracking issues.  Use your Project Management Plan as an example.



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26 August 2015

Stand-Alone Project: International Business Plan

nstructions
Stand-Alone Project: International Business Plan (300 points)

You should begin working on the Stand-Alone Project early in the course. Each assignment provides a benchmark for completing the Stand-Alone Project in a timely manner while working through the course. You will find this information in the “Stand-Alone Project Benchmark” section of each assignment.

Assume the role of a corporate manager responsible for selling your company’s products in three (3) new international markets. You have been directed to conduct a competitive analysis of potential international markets for distribution of your company’s products/services and to develop an international business plan, which is both strategic for each region (European Union, Pacific Rim and Latin America) and specific in detail for the establishment of milestone, forecasts capital requirements, human resource, and financial issues. Your business plan is to be submitted to the Executive Committee by the third business quarter.
First, select a product or service. It cannot be a product that is sold solely via the Internet, although the Internet can be one distribution outlet. You must have a physical sales presence in each region. For example, your product must be sold in “stores” in each of the three (3) new international markets. The Internet can be used as a communication tool to build awareness and drive traffic to your physical location within the region.

Next, select three (3) international markets for marketing your product/service. The Executive Committee has provided the following guidance for your selection.

European Union: We want to have a physical presence with our name on the building.
Pacific Rim: We must be focused on China.
Latin America: We must be protected from the downside risks in this potentially unstable environment.
While this situation is hypothetical with respect to your role and your new product/service, base your competitive analysis on reality. Below is a guide (outline format) to assist you in writing your International Business Plan. You must provide the information identified in the outline (at a minimum), and you must also include descriptive explanations. Your business plan should be tailored to the specific needs and requirements of your selected product/service and international markets.

If you feel that any part of the instructions does not apply to a specific region/product, then you must address why the issue does not apply.

Your Stand-Alone Project responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the project itself. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. (300 points) (A 20-page, double-spaced, response is required.)

Part A Title Page (4 points)

In addition to the required Activity Cover Sheet, you must submit a title page for your International Business Plan. Create a title page including the name of your company, a description of your product/service, the three international markets, your name and student identification number, and the date.
Part B Executive Summary (44 points)

Your International Business Plan is a proposal to the Executive Committee. The committee members must first understand the scope of your proposal before delving into the details. So, summarize the primary points of your proposal, get to the point quickly, and report the most important facts contributing to the adoption of your proposal and your anticipated business results. This is not a selling document, but rather a clarifying document to ensure the reader has a general understanding and positive disposition toward your proposal. Use the key approach (who, what, where, why, when, how, and how much) to summarize the following.
1. Your globalization plan
2. Factors critical to the plan’s success
3. Key issues that require decisions by the Executive Committee
4. Key risks, risk triggers, and contingency plans to manage the identified risks

Part C Product/Service (By Region) (60 points)

1. Description of the Product/Service: Include pictures or graphic representations; these can be very important to your success. Detail the product/service, marketing channels, distribution, etc. Make sure you indicate any modifications to the product description needed for each of your new international market regions. A product description is a clear, precise statement of the “product,” including, from an international perspective, factors that must be included to be accepted in the specific region. Provide detailed information on the transformation required to be regionally successful.
a. European Union
b. Pacific Rim
c. Latin America
2. Description of Consumer Target Market: This information must be supported with specific information about the size in units and value ($). You must be specific in your target market information. For example: males, ages 18-24, high-school graduates going to college must be linked to individual countries. Alternatively, limit the market size information by excluding select elements.
a. Target Market Size
b. Value
c. Growth Rate
3. Product/Service Consumer Benefits and Costs: For each region, provide region specific information on the value proposition to the consumer. This information must be specific and detailed to the region. This section must answer the questions, “What’s in it for me?” and “When I purchase your product what benefit do I receive?”
4. Price Strategy and Estimate of Price Elasticity: Each region requires a separate pricing strategy. Make sure that your pricing strategy is specific to the region, as well as to the cultural and economic realities of the target market. A “poor response” is one claiming that your product will be the lowest priced product. Establishing a price on an international scale requires an understanding of the relationship between price and demand: elasticity. In most cases, this is the difference between profitability and losses. You must develop price elasticity curves consistent with your pricing strategy and your target market.

Part D Manufacturing/Operation/Supply Chain (By Region) ): Discuss each of the following. (54 points)

1. Compatibilities of Supply Chain: Both global and corporate business strategies
2. Configuration of Supply Chain: Location and type of operations
3. Coordination of Supply Chain: Relationship to other global operations
4. Control of Supply Chain: Span and freedom of independence
5. Implementation Plan
6. Capital Requirements (very broad brush)

Part E Market/Sales (By Region): Discuss each of the following. (60 points)

1. Global Marketing Strategy
2. Sales Structure (local, regional, global)
3. Branding
4. 4 P’s of Marketing (product, price, place, promotion)

Part F Financial, Payment, Collections, Currency (By Region) ): Discuss each of the following. (42 points)

1. Currency Issues (By Country and Region)
2. Credit Terms
3. Financial Records
a. Income Statement
b. Cash Flow
c. Corporate Reporting
4. Capital Requirements
5. Taxes

Part G Management Structure and Human Resource Requirements (36 points)

1. Management Structure (By Country and Region)
2. Experience and Skill Level
3. Transitional Strategy
4. Form of Operations

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Stand-Alone Project: International Business Plan nstructionsStand-Alone Project: International Business Plan (300 points) You should begin working on the Stand-Alone Project early in the course. […]


26 August 2015

Public policy paperPaper instructions:
Students will be required to write a paper that identifies a problem within a specific public policy and use policy stages to outline a solution.

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Public policy paperPaper instructions:Students will be required to write a paper that identifies a problem within a specific public policy and use policy stages […]


26 August 2015

Business and Management

Accordingly, case notes will be collected. case notes should include , answers to the questions at the end of the case, and annotations or additional issues you think are pertinent. These analyses should be approximately 1-2 typed pages.

Starbucks Returns to its Roots
You are probably so used to seeing Starbucks coffee shops
everywhere that you might not realize the company went
from just 11 stores in 1987 to 2,600 in the year 2000. This
incredibly rapid growth sprang from the company’s ability
to create a unique experience for customers who wanted
to buy its distinct brand of lattes and mochas wherever
they found themselves. At Starbucks’ core, there was also
a culture of treating each customer as a valued guest who
should feel comfortable relaxing and taking in the ambience
of the store. Whether you were in the company’s
founding location in Seattle, Washington, or at the other
end of the country in Miami, Florida, you knew what to
expect when you went to a Starbucks.
This uniform culture was truly put to the test in the face
of massive expansion, however, and by 2006 Starbucks’
chairman and former CEO Howard Schultz knew something
had gone wrong. He noted that “As I visited hundreds
of Starbucks stores in cities around the world, the
entrepreneurial merchant in me sensed that something
intrinsic to Starbucks’ brand was missing. An aura. A spirit.
The stores were lacking a certain soul.” Starbucks’ performance
had become lackluster, with hundreds of planned
store openings being canceled and hundreds more stores
being closed.
So, Schultz took the dramatic step of coming back as
CEO and engaging in a companywide effort to change
the corporate culture back to what it had been before
its expansion. All 7,000 Starbucks stores were closed
for a single afternoon as part of a training effort of
135,000 baristas. Quality control was a primary mission;
baristas were instructed to pour every glass of espresso
like honey from a spoon, to preserve the flavor. This emphasis
on quality over speed ran counter to the principles
of mass production, but it was just what the company
needed to ensure it could retain its culture. Espresso machines
that obscured the customers’ view were replaced
with lower-profile machines that allowed baristas to look
directly at guests while making beverages. And “assemblyline
production,” like making several drinks at once, was
discouraged in favor of slowly making each drink for
each customer.
Schultz is convinced his efforts to take the culture
back to its roots as a neighborhood coffee shop—one entranced
with the “romance of coffee” and treating every
customer as an old friend—has saved the company. Today,
Starbucks earns more than $10 billion in annual revenue
and serves more than 50 million customers a week around
the globe.
Questions
1. What factors are most likely to change when a
company grows very rapidly, as Starbucks did?
How can these changes threaten the culture of an
organization?
2. Why might this type of radical change process be
easier for Starbucks to implement than it would be
for other companies?
3. A great deal of the return to an original culture has
been credited to Howard Schultz, who acted as an
idea champion. Explain how Schultz’s efforts to
change the Starbucks culture fit with our discussion
of culture change earlier in the chapter.
4. Schultz’s change initiative might succeed at another
company that values customization and high levels
of customer service, but how would it need to differ
at a firm that emphasizes speed and efficiency of
service?

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