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Week 4 Learning Activities

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WEEK FOUR

Learning Activity #1  Motivation

This learning activity requires you to role-play.  Henrietta, your manager, a person you are not thrilled to work with, walks into the office and says to you, “The company is willing to give you a twenty percent raise if you agree to work with me every other Sunday. You have a family with young children and are currently a UMUC student take several courses at a time. To say the least, you are stretched beyond your means!

 

Learning Activity #2  Human Resource Management

Declan Debois is the new Human Resource Officer.  There is an opening in the design department for a new graphic artist and Declan’s first assignment is to find the best candidate for the job.  The job is part of a new project that will change the company’s brand in a major way.  Sales have been down and the new branding project is critical to keeping the company going.  The graphic artist is a necessity to ensure the making of a great sales marketing plan.

How should Declan go about his new job?  Explain the best process to use and include a description of why recruitment and selection of employees is critical to placing the right person in a job and how it impacts the company’s success.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Academic Writing

 

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Week 3 Learning Activities

To complete the learning activities, please create a new thread for each theme and identify in the subject line the theme for which you are responding. Students are expected to post to each theme by Thursday and to at least two other students (across all themes) by Sunday.

In responding to both the learning activities and to other students, please be sure to use the course material using in-text citations and a reference list to cite the source(s) used. Remember, an in-text citation cannot exist without having a corresponding reference list and a reference list cannot exist without having a corresponding in-text citation.   In learning how to use the course material and your own research, avoid using direct quotes and instead paraphrase.

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WEEK THREE

 

Learning Activity #1: Forms of Business Ownership

 

When owners set out to create a business they do so because they believe they can make money.   Not just money to pay the bills, but money that will support the expenses of running the business, pay the people employed by the business, and a handsome profit for themselves.  However, if a business owner is smart they understand there are many things that could happen to the business that are beyond their control.  Drought, tornedos, regulations, supply problems, are just a few examples.  The government wants to reward the entrepreneur because as discussed in week one, the economy of a country depends on people working and spending money.  The government wants to create job and has provided business owners legal methods that protects society and limits an owner’s exposure to liability that may come about because of unforeseen events, problems or other issues that can hinder a person’s desire to own a business.  The legal form of business is one of the main methods government uses to encourage business ownership.

 

A business owner must choose from these forms to select the legal form that best fits the purpose and size of the business as well as the amount of exposure to liability the owner is willing to take.  Fill in the chart below with the pros and cons of each legal form. Then, give examples of the type and size of company that might be best suited for the form.

 

 

Characteristic Sole Proprietorship General Partnership LLP LLC Corporation Joint Venture Franchise
Liability Exposure              
Tax Exposure              
Owners Relationship              
Purpose of Form              
Example              

 

 

 

Learning Activity #2: Entrepreneurship 

Complete the following entrepreneurial ability quiz, Quiz: What’s Your Entrepreneurial I.Q.?.  Pay attention to the questions asked! Then answer the questions

 

  • How did you fare on the quiz? 
  • What characteristics does an individual need to make a good entrepreneur (according to the quiz)? 
  • Knowing what it takes to be entrepreneur do you want to own a business?  Why or why not?
  • Research the idea of intrapreneurship.  Would you want to be an intrapreneur?  Why or why not?
  • Make sure to use the course readings to support your reasoning.
 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Academic Writing

 

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Week 2 Learning Activities

To complete the learning activities, please create a new thread for each theme and identify in the subject line the theme for which you are responding. Students are expected to post to each theme by Thursday and to at least two other students (across all themes) by Sunday.

In responding to both the learning activities and to other students, please be sure to use the course material using in-text citations and a reference list to cite the source(s) used. Remember, an in-text citation cannot exist without having a corresponding reference list and a reference list cannot exist without having a corresponding in-text citation.   In learning how to use the course material and your own research, avoid using direct quotes and instead paraphrase.

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Week Two 

Learning Activity #1: Overseas Markets

1. Expanding overseas for a business is tricky. Aside from the cultural differences, the ways of doing business, the legal systems, and the economic systems present challenges to a business from another country.  Explain in detail what challenges face a business when they expand into overseas market and suggest possible ways that a business can overcome the challenges.

 

2. There are four common ways for a firm to expand its operations into overseas markets: importing, exporting, licensing, and franchising.

  • Select the one method that you would use if you were the CEO of a large company.  Then, explain in detail why this approach is particularly appealing.  Be sure to define what the method is and how the method benefits or does not benefit a company.  Be sure to use concepts from the course readings to support the reasoning or conclusions.
  • Note: When explaining importing and exporting options, pay attention to the discussion last week about the balance of trade.  You may want to review the information on this in the Exploring Business chapters.

 

 

Learning Activity #2: Globalization 

 

In this learning activity, students will role play.  Imagine you are a business executive who is deciding between launching a website in English only or Multilanguage which is very expensive. The product she sells is moderately priced. It is something that might be found in a Target here in the US. It is geared for the middle class. Based on the readings and the video, Emerging Middle Class- Changing Global Marketplace under week 2 content, what choice would you make?  Be sure to explain your answer and support your reasoning using the course readings.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Academic Writing

 

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Week 1 Learning Activities

To complete the learning activities, please create a new thread for each theme and identify in the subject line the theme for which you are responding. Students are expected to post to each theme by Thursday and to at least two other students (across all themes) by Sunday.

In responding to both the learning activities and to other students, please be sure to use the course material using in-text citations and a reference list to cite the source(s) used. Remember, an in-text citation cannot exist without having a corresponding reference list and a reference list cannot exist without having a corresponding in-text citation.   In learning how to use the course material and your own research, avoid using direct quotes and instead paraphrase.

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Learning Activity #1: Economics

This learning activity focuses on a variety of economic topics that affect the business decisions we make every day (e.g. law of supply and demand).  

Part A:  Review the table below.  Notice the economic categories across the top row.  Select one item from two of the economic categories and explain how the topic exemplifies the principle.  Be sure to define the principle and how a business can be affected by the principle.

Balance of Trade Supply and Demand New Technology-Obsolesce Employment GDP health indicators
Made in America product identification Buying toys at Christmas versus other times of the year Ceasing to use a landline in favor of a cell phone Aging population Rise in Federal Interest Rates
Buying a Toyota Tacoma or Dodge Ram Shovels and generators during a blizzard New Bio Gasoline Discovery Length of time it takes to get a job A downturn in the housing rate
Buying products at Walmart or the Dollar Store Gas prices when OPEC reduces production An App that controls you home doors, oven etc. Christmas hires Christmas Sales

 

Part B: Select two recent monetary decisions you have made and explain how they affect the economy (e.g. buying a car).

Learning Activity #2: Ethics

Jan and Juan worked in an up and coming solar panel manufacturing firm.  The firm started five years ago, and was making a profit, but needed several bigger contracts to expand the business.  The firm put in a bid for a city government contract and was one of two businesses up for the government contract.  The presentation for the final decision was due in three weeks.

Juan was preoccupied with a sick child leaving much of the work for Jan to do.  Having pulled the entire presentation together Jan went over the final presentation with Juan.  Since Juan had better speaking skills, they decided that Juan would present most the work and Jan would supplement information in a few areas.  

The presentation was a huge hit. The firm was awarded the contract and brought Juan many accolades.  So grateful were the owners of the business that they gave Juan a bonus of $5,000.  Juan was torn because the bonus money would help with the medical bills for his son, but Juan knew that Jan was more deserving of the money.

Displaying ethical behavior in the workplace comes from the employee recognizing the conflicting issues between what is good for the business and what is morally uncomfortable for the employee. The conflict between these two ideas is known as an ethical dilemma. Three of the most common ethical dilemmas in a business fall in these categories conflict of interest, conflict of loyalty, and honesty and integrity.

In this learning activity, it is important to recognize the issues in conflict or the dilemma that is at stake and decide which of the three categories the dilemma fits into the best.

Task: Explain the three categories of ethical dilemmas commonly found in business and identify which one best fits Juan’s dilemma.  Be sure to explain the actual issues that would be in conflict (business vs. individual) in each of the categories. Then once you have selected the category identify Juan’s dilemma and make suggestions as to how he might resolve the dilemma.

 
 

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Understanding Market Targets

Purpose of Assignment 

To develop effective relationship marketing, a company must first understand its targeted consumers’ buying influences and behaviors. This week’s assignment is the first part of the development of a marketing plan. It provides the foundation of the marketing plan and introduces the student to a variety of diagrammatic tools for understanding a business. 

Assignment Steps 

To develop effective relationship marketing, a company must first understand its targeted consumers’ buying influences and behaviors. In Week 2, create the Research section of your plan.

Create the research section of your marketing plan in minimum of 700 words.

Include at least 3 elements of the Research List of Topics (see list below):

  • Research List of Topics:
    • Primary Research
    • Secondary Research
    • Consumer Analysis
    • Customer Profile
    • Continuous Consumer Monitoring & Research
    • Environmental Scanning
    • Identify Market, Economic, Technological, Regulatory, Legal, Social, and Ecological Forces
    • Current Opportunities
    • Potential Future Opportunities
    • Current Threats
    • Potential Future Threat
  • Diagrams are not required but can be used to provide clarity and conciseness. Diagrams (and subsequent discussion) can include SWOT (emphasizes internal market–Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) TOWS (emphasizes the external market–Threats, Opportunities, Weakness, Strength), PEST (Political, Economical, Social, Technological), SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results), and/or STEEP (Social, Technological, Environmental, Economical, Political). All diagram(s) should be in APA format and must include a subsequent discussion of the diagram(s) providing insight and clarity.

Develop the first two parts of the Target Market section, which includes an overview of the demographics (age, income, family members, and birthdays) and psychographics (activities, interests, and opinions) analysis. This is not a detailed analysis but an overview (basic trends and insights from the data that is presented in annual reports and other SEC type filings).

Explain the insights you have gained from your inspection and analysis of the demographic and psychographic information you have found.

This assignment will be incorporated into your overall marketing plan for Week 6.

Cite a minimum of three peer-reviewed references.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

Grading Guide

 

Content Met Partially Met Not Met Comments:
Student creates the research section of his/her marketing plan and includes at least 3 elements of the research list of topics provided here:

·         Research List of Topics

o    Primary Research

o    Secondary Research

o    Consumer Analysis

o    Customer Profile

o    Continuous Consumer Monitoring & Research

o    Environmental Scanning

o    Identify Market, Economic, Technological, Regulatory, Legal, Social, and Ecological Forces

o    Current Opportunities

o    Potential Future Opportunities

o    Current Threats

o    Potential Future Threat

Any diagram(s) provided (not required) are in APA format and includes discussion providing insight and clarity.

       
Student develops the first two parts of the Target Market section, which includes an overview of the demographics (age, income, family members, and birthdays) and psychographics (activities, interests, and opinions) analysis.        
Student explains the insights he/she has gained from his/her inspection and analysis of the demographic and psychographic information he/she has found.

 

       
The Research section is a minimum of 700 words in length.        
 

 

 

  Total Available Total Earned  
    3.5 #/3.5  

 

 

Writing Guidelines Met Partially Met Not Met Comments:
The paper—including tables and graphs, headings, title page, and reference page—is consistent with APA formatting guidelines and meets course-level requirements.        
Intellectual property is recognized with in-text citations and a reference page.        
Paragraph and sentence transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.        
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.        
Rules of grammar and usage are followed including spelling and punctuation.        
    Total Available Total Earned  
    1.5 #/1.5  

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Academic Writing

 

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Training and Development

Training and Development

Conduct a phone or personal interview with a current or past manager

.Ask this person to describe the role that training plays in the company and where he or she thinks the future of training is headed for the organization.

Do you agree with the manager? Please justify your response.

Use Microsoft Word to create your response.

The write up should be between three to five pages in length

,and all sources used need to be cited according to APA format.

 

 

Information Systems

Utilizing the unit lessons, textbook, ONline Library, and other outside sources ,Write a two-page (not including title and reference pages) Research Paper identifying the key components of information systems management discussed throughout this course. Provide a description of An organization you are familiar with (possibly a company you have worked for in the past or are currently working for)and describe briefly what services they contribute. Then, select three out of the six questions below,And provide detailed answers, supporting those answers by referencing any sources used. Be sure to use examples from your research to strengthen your argument as needed.

 

  • What personal knowledge management tools does this organization utilize?
  • What steps has this organization taken in securing their information and knowledge?
  • What has this organization done to gain and sustain an advantage over their competitors?
  • Describe in detail how this organization manages the components of its IT infrastructure
  • In what ways does the organization demonstrate successful collaboration?
  • Identify at least Two types of hardware and

two types of software used by this organization

 

APA rules for formatting, quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed

 

 

Just answer questions no format ( Information system)

1.Define threat, vulnerability, safeguard, and target. Support your answer with examples (200 word)

  1. Explain what is meant by security policy and describe the basic information that a security policy must stipulate. ( 200 word)
 
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Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Academic Writing

 

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Discussion Essay

Many college students have a doubt about staying  in the college. Because the cost of college education is creeping up and many financially successful business people do not have college education.(successful stories of college drop outs such as Bill Gates,Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell etc.)

Equally  it’s true that many successful people have a solid college education background such as Warren buffett.

Do you think a college education is still a good investment  for future financial payoffs?

1) what’s the opportunity cost of typical college education? what’s your opportunity cost?

2) Compare earning potentials between high school and college graduates through life time active career.

3) what’s your opinion about staying or dropping out from the college?

4) Since the future will be highly technology oriented, will the  higher education be very necessary ? Because the robot with artificial intelligence can replace many jobs of human labor in the future.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Academic Writing

 

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