BA Business

300- to 700-word APA Format

 

·         What motivational techniques, methods, or strategies does (or did) your current or past employer use to try to keep employees productive, satisfied, or motivated?

 

·         What worked and didn’t work to keep you productive, satisfied, and/or motivated?

 

·         What motivational theories explain why your employer’s efforts worked or didn’t work to keep their employees productive, satisfied, or motivated?

 

·         Based on your experiences and the readings, what would you recommend that your current or past employer do to try to keep their employees productive, satisfied, and/or motivated?

BA Business paper

Ensure that the project meets all of the following requirements:

 

  • The subject of your project is one of the 10 approved subjects. “Leadership”
  • The body of the paper has the three required parts:
    • An introduction to subject area and the topic
    • A detailed explanation with at least one real or theoretical example of its application.
    • A critique of the subject
  • The paper is no fewer than 1000 words and not more than 1500 words, not including references, cover page, or the abstract.
  • The paper follows APA (American Psychological Association) style and format:
    • Cover page
    • Abstract (not to exceed 50 words)
    • Headings
    • Footers
    • Page numbers
    • Font and size
    • Margins
    • References (at least three: the course text and Wikipedia are not acceptable)
    • Citations
      • In proper format
      • For all information presented
  • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation is correct
  • Quotation marks where appropriate
  • Paper has flow

Project Proposal and Comparative Analysis

Research the Internet for the Geert Hofstede’s Country Comparison Tool.

Select your target country from the dropdown menu. (FRANCE)

Analyze the cultural dimension indicators from your target country report.

Use the country analysis information gathered.

Complete a 700-word report or a 12- to 16-slide presentation with speaker notes (not including title slide or citations slide) that includes the following:

  • Describe the specific IT or technology transfer project you intend to execute in your target country and industry
    • Describe the project
    • Describe the industry
    • Describe the major challenges
  • Describe the comparative challenges involved with completing an IT or technology transfer project within this country.
  • Describe the comparative advantages, i.e. regionally, globally
    • Describe how the challenges and the advantages impact the viability of your project
    • Discuss how they affect your target industry
  • Describe the optimum innovation conditions needed to support your project
    • Characterize the innovation potential of your target country
    • Characterize the impact of the innovation potential of your target country on your project
  • Describe the outcomes expected from the successful execution of your project

Note: charts/graphs you construct that illustrate the comparative challenges, advantages, and innovation potential can be used to enhance your submission.

 

APA Format….

assignment

As you have learned, teamwork is not random, it has stages. Conduct academic research on Tuckman’s stages and on business team building exercises.

In a 1-2 pages, discuss the following:

  • Briefly explain Tuckman’s Theory and pick one stage to explore more and report about.
  • Find and describe two team building exercises companies might use.
  • Report on your experiences being part of a team or leading a team.
  • Your assignment should include APA formatted in-text citations and references page. Your assignment should be checked for proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Assignment 1: LASA 2 Strategic Plan and Self-Reflection Summary

Review the initial scenario and the Strategic Business Plan presented in Module 1 to make sure that the requirements of the Board and the Part II Strategic Plan are met. In order to meet the requirements of the Board, you will prepare the final Strategic Business Plan—Part II—Strategic Plan to the Executive Board. Ensure your strategic plan is thorough, succinct, and complete. Challenge yourself to link the targets to specific initiatives you have identified in the Strategic Plan you are developing for H-D.

Your written report should include a title page, table of contents, executive summary, and each of the following sections in an 8- to 12-page report:

Part I: Global Economy & Factors Affecting H-D  

    1. Identify H-D’s Motivations & Risks
    • Motivations for Expansion
    • Risks in Expansion
    1. Explain H-D’s competitive advantage in Global Markets
    2. Determine and explain entry strategies for global expansion
    3. Recommend an Internet approach/strategy for H-D
    • How the Internet adds value
    • Internet Business Models
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Leverage E-Business Capabilities

Part II: Corporate Leadership

Develop the following: Current Direction Setting

  1. Organizational Culture: In addition, evaluate the culture at Harley-Davidson (H-D) and define what attributes you think team members should possess in reaching the business goals set forth by the organization. If you were part of the management team at H-D, what motivational techniques would you implement to make these teams successful?
  2. Organizational Design: As you have been completing the Strategic Business

    Plan, the management at Harley-Davidson has decided to take a team-oriented approach in various departments rather than the traditional, functional structure. Based on your knowledge of different types of teams and their focus, suggest what kinds of team strategies should be applied to each department. Be sure to explain your recommendations in detail.

  3. Leadership Traits
  4. Ethical Organization Characteristics
  • Identify elements
  • Identify missing elements

Learning Organization Characteristics

  • Identify elements
  • Identify missing elements

Part III: Strategic Plan Summary

  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Implementation
    • Discuss how you will implement your strategic plans, including how teams should be implemented in each department
    • Develop a brief roadmap for implementation
    • Identify the primary benchmarks to assess success or failure
  • Risks

Part IV:  Self-Reflection Summary

Self-reflection is the key to good leadership and good management. Reflect on what you have learned in this class and on what you gained from your Bachelor of Science program. Based on your reflections, discuss the following:

  • Five or six key “lessons” learned from the textbook and the content that will help you in your career.
  • Consider what you have learned throughout this program. Discuss career opportunities that interest you in business.
  • Include what you have learned about yourself.

Evaluate how your personal biases and assumptions have affected your work in the past and how you plan to manage them in the future. Your final product will be in an MS Word document approximately 8–12 pages in length and utilizing approximately 4–6 scholarly/professional sources. Your document should be written in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Assignment 1: LASA 2 – Development of a Healthcare Business Unit’s Strategy

Identify a health care organization for which a significant amount of information is available, in books, journals, reports, or on the Internet. Conduct an audit of the organization’s strategic assets based on the information you are able to gather from various sources. The audit you conduct will not be as thorough and detailed of an audit as the organization itself might conduct as you will not have access to the same inside information as internal auditors. Do your best to gather and report the following information.

Start with a general description of the service that the healthcare organization provides.  Include the mission statement for the organization.  If there is not one, create one you believe would best describe the mission of the organization.

The first part of your audit should address the organization’s historical financial performance and its current financial condition, as described in your textbook. A lot of the necessary data can be found in the organization’s annual report and its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state-level government regulatory agencies. Research sources such as business journals, magazines, and other media that report on these types of organizations.

The second part of the audit should describe in as much detail as possible what you consider to be the major resources and competencies of the organization.  Use a SWOT chart to categorize the most relevant points (these may be more narrative than quantitatively analytical). Try to identify assets that appear to be unique to the organization and that give it some competitive advantage over its rivals. Also make a note of areas in which the organization is weak, which might be the target of strategic attacks by those rivals.

Now consider the activities that are described in the value chain for this organization.  Which do you believe cost the most to perform?  What factors do you base your opinion on? What do you believe can be done to reduce the costs, thereby giving this organization a competitive edge?

Finally, consider that this organization would like to set up a satellite office in a nearby city.  In this satellite office they will make changes to their processes to address their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  Develop a mission statement for this satellite office.  Create four strategic goals for this office, one for each SWOT category.

Use the HCM401 – LASA2 Template, to organize your work.

Make sure your final paper (6-8 pages) follows APA guidelines with a title page, reference page (include at least three scholarly references), in text citations, double space throughout, indent paragraphs 5 spaces and use section headers to differentiate the sections.

(Moseley III, George B. . Managing Health Care Business Strategy. Jones & Bartlett Publishers, May 2008. pp. 48 – 51).

 

HCM401- LASA 2 – Development of a Healthcare Business Unit’s Strategy

Note: Use this template to organize your work. Make sure your final paper (6-8 pages) follows APA guidelines with a title page, reference page, in text citations, double space throughout, indent paragraphs 5 spaces and use section headers to differentiate the sections.

  1. Research a health care organization you found.  Describe this organization including:
  2. General description of the healthcare organization, specifically what service they provide

 

 

  1. The mission statement of the organization.  If there is not one, create one.

 

 

  1. The financial state of the organization justified with examples of their historical and current financial position

 

  1. List the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for this organization
  2. Strengths:

 

  1. Weaknesses:

 

  1. Opportunities:

 

 

  1. Threats

 

 

  1. Describe assets (at least two) that are unique to this company that gives it some competitive advantage over its rivals:

 

 

  1. Describe an area in which the organization is weak, which might be the target of strategic attacks:

 

 

  1. Describe one activity from the value chain that you believe incurs the largest portion of costs. What are the factors that drive the cost?  What can be done to reduce this cost and give the organization a competitive edge, without reducing its value?

 

  1. Describe how the satellite office will work:

 

 

  1. Develop its mission statement

 

  1. Considering that the corporate office would like the satellite office to try out strategic goals that would addresses each of the SWOT areas, develop a strategic goal for each SWOT area:
  2. Strategic Goal to address Strengths:

 

  1. Strategic Goal to address Weaknesses:

 

 

                                                 iii.     Strategic Goal to address Opportunities:

 

 

  1. Strategic Goal to address Threats:

 

 

 

  1. References. You should include at least three outside resources in your final paper. 

Assignment 2: LASA 1—Afterschool Depot: Channel Design and Implementation Plan

Scenario

Janet Hains is an entrepreneur and former afterschool programmer administrator. She has been monitoring the education industry for potential trends that may provide an opportunity for her to utilize her experience in starting a new business. In response to an identified increase in childhood obesity rates within the United States, coupled with the increased governmental grant offerings for youth nutrition programs, Janet has started a new company, Afterschool Depot.

Afterschool Depot will produce and sell materials to assist afterschool programmers in implementing nutrition-based programs. Afterschool Depot has just finalized its initial product line and is now in the process of preparing to market its line for sale within the United States as well as several international locations.

Due to financial and human resource constraints, Janet has decided to produce and sell only one product from the proposed product line during the first year of operation. She has selected the Healthy Kitchen to be her first product launch.

The Healthy Kitchen is a mobile kitchen that can be wheeled out onto the playground or into the classroom. It includes an 8-week curriculum to assist afterschool programmers in conducting healthy cooking classes.

Although Afterschool Depot has spent considerable time researching and developing the initial product line, they have not spent much time on developing their overall marketing strategy to include its channel design and implementation plan.

Assume that you have been hired as the channel manager for Afterschool Depot.  Beth Nammons, Marketing Director for Afterschool Depot, has assigned you to develop the channel design and implementation plan.  She has asked that you complete the following three tasks in your report:

  1. Assess the four target markets that the company has selected.
  2. Determine whether Afterschool Depot should include wholesalers as channel members or sell directly to retailers.
  3. Prepare an instructional explanation that will help Beth understand the role of vertical integration in channel design and present your analysis of whether vertical integration will be valuable to Afterschool Depot.

TASK 1:

Being aware that the first step in the channel design process is to segment the target market, assume that you reviewed the Healthy Kitchen’s target market analysis performed by Beth. Your review uncovered the information shown in the table below.

Target Market
Buying Process
Purchasing Requirement
Pertinent Information
U.S. Public School District Administrators Buying decision is made at district level; thus district buyer purchases for all schools within its district. Must obtain an approved purchase order prior to placing order.

Will not accept invoice prior to product delivery. Payment is delivered within 30 days of receiving invoice.

Some public school programs have received twenty-first century grant funds that must be spent within this fiscal year.
Private Afterschool Program Administrators Buying decision is made by individual program administrators; thus the administrator would purchase for his or her own program. Does not require an approved purchase order prior to placing order. Will accept invoice prior to product delivery. Half the payment is provided at the time of placing the order. Rest of the payment is provided upon delivery. Some private programs have received twenty-first century grant funds that must be spent within this fiscal year.
Youth Weight Camp Administrators Buying decision is made by individual camp administrators; thus administrator would purchase for his or her own program. Does not require an approved purchase order prior to placing order. Will accept invoice prior to product delivery. Half the payment is provided at the time of placing the order. Rest of the payment is provided upon delivery. Youth Weight Camps have not been awarded twenty-first century funds.
Department of Defense Afterschool Program Administrators Buying decision is made at the regional level; thus regional buyer purchases for all military base programs within their region. Must obtain an approved purchase order prior to placing order. Will not except invoice prior to product delivery. Payment is delivered within 30 days of receiving invoice. Department of defense provides substantial budget for afterschool programs that are not tied to grant spending timelines or specifications.

To complete Task 1, you are to assess the four identified target markets using the service output demand (SOD) template in Word format for your analysis.  Include the completed template and a 1-2 page explanation of your analysis as the first subset of your report to Beth. Prepare your report in MS Word format.

 

TASK 2:

To complete Task 2, you should use the target market information and your SOD analysis to determine whether including wholesalers as channel members will assist in creating a sustainable competitive advantage for Afterschool Depot.   The alternative is to sell directly to retailers.

In order to make a well-informed decision, you assessed Afterschool Depot’s internal constraints that may affect channel member selection. Your assessment identified warehouse space and the sales representative compensation budget as potential constraints.

Once you have determined whether to include wholesalers as channel members, you must complete your analysis using the efficiency chart template in Word format.  Include the completed template and a 1-2 page explanation of your analysis as the second subset of your report to Beth.

 

TASK 3:

Task 3 requires you to prepare an instructional explanation to Beth that will help her understand the following:

  • The role of vertical integration in channel design
  • Your analysis of whether vertical integration will be valuable to Afterschool Depot
  • Your recommendation regarding whether the company should plan to utilize vertical integration.

Write 2-3 pages that address Task 3 to include as the third subset of your report to Beth.

Prepare your completed report (tasks 1, 2 and 3) in MS Word format and submit the entire report for grading.