Performance Management

You are the HR manager for an upscale retail store which sells clothing, shoes, handbags, and other accessories. Due to the economic downturn, the company has experienced a significant reduction in earnings, resulting in the layoff of a number of retail sales associates. Business seems to be rebounding, but you are concerned about the performance of the retail sales staff. The CEO has requested that you recommend ways to increase sales and customer service. You believe that implementing a performance management system may help modify employee behavior and improve results.

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

  1. Create a job description for a retail sales associate, which includes the most significant components necessary to describe the job both internally and externally.
  2. Create an organizational behavior modification (OBM) plan to define four (4) key behaviors that are required for successful job performance as a retail sales associate. Suggest the significant ways that your plan will benefit the organization.
  3. Specify two (2) ways that you would measure whether current employees exhibit the key job performance behaviors. Propose two (2) methods that you could use to inform employees of the new performance standards.
  4. Outline a plan with two (2) methods of providing feedback to employees. Include the frequency with which the feedback will be provided. Propose two (2) actions company leaders should take to reinforce positive employee behaviors.
  5. Examine at least three (3) key legal and ethical issues that could potentially impact the performance management system. Support your response with specific examples of the identified issues’ possible effects on the performance management system.
  6. Use at least four (4) quality academic (peer-reviewed) resources in this assignment.

Key Elements of a Supply Chain

The success of any supply chain depends on the framework of the organization. The framework of an organization identifies strategic challenges that were critical to the organization’s existence in the past and are also critical to its future growth. In this assignment, you will examine the ways in which selection of a framework can affect the success or failure of the supply chain program.

Most organizations use a single framework or a combination of frameworks to develop supply chains.

Then respond to the following:

  • What is a supply chain? What are some potential benefits of managing the supply chain?
  • What are the key factors that help an organization decide what type of framework they should use to develop the supply chain?
  • What would be the impact on the development process if an incorrect framework is used? Discuss your reasoning by providing examples.
  • Describe the three types of value (supply) chain frameworks and explain which one you think is the best. If possible provide a visual illustration or representation. Why do think your chosen framework is best? Justify your explanation.

After your initial post, discuss the following:

  • What are the strategic, tactical, and operations issues in supply chain management?
  • What is the bullwhip effect, and why does it occur? How can it be overcome?
  • What impact has eBusiness had on supply chain management?

Integration of Technology

Technology has changed the way we conduct business on a daily basis. A number of organizations have opted for integrating systems and sharing information with their counterparts.

Then respond to the following:

  • As a manager, if you have to design an IT system for supply chain purposes using a cross-functional team, who would you include on your team and why?
  • Explain some of the trade-offs you would consider when designing/acquiring the system. Be specific and support your reasoning with examples.

After your initial post, discuss the following:

  • What trade-offs are involved in (a) sharing information with other organizations in a supply chain and (b) the acquisition of information-processing technology?
  • Who needs to be involved in decisions as they pertain to technology acquisition for supply chain management?
  • Name three different ways that technology has improved the ability to manage supply chains.
  • Explain why integrated technology has improved the ability to manage supply chains.

Performance Management

Research and identify a performance management tool. In a 2-page paper, discuss performance management, how it is applied in the workplace and concluding the paper with a description of a performance management tool you would utilize. At least three different resources must be utilized and cited correctly (APA 6th edition). The selected performance management tool will be utilized as the basis for the subsequent components of your final project.

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Managerial Accounting & Cultural and Ethnic Studies

The purpose of this paper is to research a particular country in the world and how the managerial task is performed in that culture. It is meant to be a “how to manage” report for an American expatriate manager. It should focus on the important cultural distinctions and the unique aspects of the culture that dictate appropriate management behavior. It is important that the linkage between the culture and management style be explained. If there are important social considerations for the expatriate and his/her family, these should also be included.
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In addition, avoid the temptation to present a travelogue of the country or region and focus on the cultural aspects of management and living abroad. Some historical perspective may also be appropriate. The outline of topic headings for the paper should be:

1. Transmittal Document.
2. Title Page.
3. Table of Contents (with numbered pages)
4. List of Illustrations.
5. Executive Summary.
6. Introduction.
7. Country Overview (history, religions, language, legal system, development, economic conditions)
8. Business environment (currency, organization structure, trade and political relationships, and financial markets/stock exchanges)
9. Cultural (Cultural dimensions, space and time, context, paternalism, female managers, etc.)

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10. Management (relationships, contracts, hierarchy, labor relations, mobility, business etiquette)
11. Life as an expatriate (housing, health, banking, schools, food, transportation, social etiquette)
12. Fun and interesting facts (information that you find interesting)
13. General overview and Conclusions about the expatriate experience in Germany.
14. Appendices (A Must!)
15. Bibliography
16. Graphic Illustrations (A Must!)

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Management

Can the concepts of ‘early’ and ‘late’ industrialization explain the key institutional and organizational characteristics of national business systems, Do they have any bearing on long-term national competitiveness?

 

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Management

Please answer the to parts questions.The answers should be from the book the book: (Leadership: Understanding its Global Impact) the question.What is a Personality trait? (text pps 91-93;197; 123-125)Based on your reading list 3 of the following for Kevin Rudd

 

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Management

Task: Produce a report for the Board of Directors that analyses the provided scenario, that:.(2500 words)Explains the issues in operations management that are discussed in the scenario. Discusses the problems and opportunities the organisation faces, and explain how the Risk Matrix and the WBS below will underpin project success and thus help create a better customer experience. Develop a Risk Matrix for the project to relocate the factory,Create a Work Breakdown Structure(WBS) diagram for the project to relocate the factory.Your work should draw on the concepts, systems and tools covered in the module and show evidence of academic and commercial research.

 

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Organizational Performance

The question that need to be answered are:What sources of information are you using? That is, what sources of information are you using to understand your assigned schools as organisations?What issues are you discovering about your assigned schools?What perspective or perspectives are you using to understand the performance of the schools? For example are you using a structural-scientific view; a power-political view; or a systems theory view?you can make use of diagrams or graphs or tables to set out your findings and explain those

 

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Management

Prepare a Time Phased Budget and and S-Curve for your personal project. You may cost the tasks in ProjectLibre and show it in this way or prepare an Excel budget and show it in a time phased budget. Then use this time-phased data to draw a S-Curve in Excel for you Project.

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Management

Explain how techniques of rationalization aim to increase efficiency and control in organizations. Compare and contrast the rationalization perspective with ONE of the following topic areas:

• The social organisation (Hawthorne Studies/Groups and Teams)
• Psychological perspectives (Personality/Motivation)
• Knowledge and learning
• Organisational culture
• Organisational change
• Leadership, power and politics
• Globalisation
• Service and leisure industries
• Corporate social responsibility

 

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Management

write a formal letter or memo using appropriate formatting. Your letter or memo should be one page in which you state your role (consultant), briefly discuss the problem, your research, and state your recommendation to the client.

The point of this exercise is to challenge you to succinctly summarize your thoughts in writing. This is a useful skill to learn. You may not always have a long span of attention from those you wish to influence, so learning to condense your thoughts into the space of one page will be a tool you may find valuable to your future success.

Submit a ONE page recommendation to the client. This should be no longer than one page addressed to the CEO or Manager.

The recommendation should be in either a memo or formal letter format.

Letter format can be found at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/01/

Memo format can be found at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/590/03/
Reminder: Include a cover page with your letter/memo assignment.

 

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Mediation

Discuss all seven areas, the four principles and the three obstacles. In each of these seven sections I would like you to 1) define what the principle and obstacle means to you, 2) define for each of the seven areas an example where you experienced this issue in your professional past (personal past if you so choose), 3) define for each of the seven areas an example where you are presently experiencing this issue, and 4) in summary, explain how this class and what you have learned (I’ll take care of this part), to date, will help you address any of these seven issues moving forward (you can be specific and offer examples such as how this information will assist you to negotiate a raise this upcoming summer).

Book: Getting To Yes by: Roger Fisher, William Ury

 

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Management

Define motivation and outline the basic model of motivation. Describe the main needs and expectations managers have to take note of in order to motivate their employees to achieve company goals. In your answer outline:The basic model of motivation,Three motivation theories one for each of the three areas – needs, cognitive activities, reward/reinforcement- highlighting strengths and weakness of each.Use work-based examples to support discussion of the theories of motivation beginning to end.

 

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Management

select a well established, blue chip company. You will do research on your selected company, and answer the following questions:you are the new CEO of the company who is looking to improve the effectiveness of the company. Perform a SWOT analysis, and discuss strategies to correct the weakness and threats that you have uncovered.Discuss three new innovative ideas, products or services you will bring to the company so you are better able to compete in the global marketplace.How are you going to motivate your employees to achieve more when you realize that you do not have the resources to increase compensation? Discuss at least four strategies.Go to the website of Business week, or Fortune and select an article about the management of the company that you have selected that is at least one page in length. Submit a copy of the article and critique it.Go to the website of the company that you selected.Locate the topics of ethics and social corporate responsibility. If you cannot find these, then type the topics into the search box on the website. Do you feel your company is ethical and socially responsible? Why or why not? Give three concrete examples relating to ethics and social responsibility from the website or your knowledge of the company.As the CEO of your company, you need to look at the issues from a global perspective to increase sales. How are you going to address each one of the following while doing what is in the best interests of all the stakeholders of the company? ( define at least 5 stakeholders)
​A.- Outsourcing more of your work which reduces the number of U.S. citizens you employ, but reduces Labor costs? Why?
​B.-Where will you place your customer call centers? What issues does this create?
​C.-Are you going to be an advocate for free trade or protectionist legislation? Why?

SUBMISSION OF THE PROJECT
The paper must be double spaced with 1 inch margins using 12 point font.
You must have a cover sheet, with your name, date, the course name, and the company that you have selected.
You must have a Table of Contents listing the format of the project.
The report must be at least 6 pages of written content. ( any references that you have used must be listed on an additional sheet of paper.

 

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Management

With reference to ‘real live’ examples discuss the usefulness of Hofstede’s National Culture model in understanding and leading business organizations in the 21st century?”With regard to the above title and making use of a range of resources please provide a critical discussion of the arguments for and against the use of ideas about national culture in the organization, management and leadership of 21st century organizations. Please provide some insight into the epistemological models that you are engaging with when making your argument (See Lecture 3 – Organization Theory 2). How might engagement with other models have changed the course of your discussion? Which models are McSweeney’s work and Hofstede’s work rooted in?

In developing your work you should use a range of sources including, but not restricted to, the ones below:Hofstede, G; Neuijam, B; Daval Ohayv, D and Sanders, G (1990) Measuring Organizational Cultures: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study Across Twenty Cases. Administrative Science Quarterly. Vol 35 (2): 286-316
McSweeney, B (2002) Hofstede’s model of national cultural differences and their consequences: A triumph of faith – a failure of analysis. Human Relations Vol 55 (1): 89–118
The two references are merely a starting point. You will need to search out additional academic material to build your discussion and develop your own argument. You should also search out a couple of examples to help illuminate your discussion. These examples may come from news media sources.Finding these resources and identifying other relevant materials is a test of your learning in respect of selecting resources (lecture from the library) and critical analysis (essay writing lecture). The expected word count for the essay is 1500 – 2000 words excluding bibliography/reference list. Please note that you are expected to include a word count (excluding the bibliography) on the cover sheet of your essay. Please note that the reference style must be Harvard: Author (Date). Footnote referencing styles are not permitted.

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Managerial Negotiations

write a 10 page paper on the field of negotiations that demonstrates the knowledge of negotiations we learned in the managerial negotiations class. The topic on this paper can be broad and it can go into 1) historical study: analyze a deal/treaty/conflict through library research and/or interviews 2) consulting project: analyze a manager’s or company’s current challenge and develop recommendations, 3) business plan: propose a business concept related to negotiation/ collaboration/ resource allocation/ trading/ group decision making/ networking etc. The writer can choose from the three options above and write the essay. This essay will need to include concepts of negotiation skills and will need to be written by someone who has knowledge in the field. While the topic can be broad, we need to make sure that good knowledge of negotiation skills is demonstrated in the paper.

 

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Admiralty law

On 1 February 2014 the Ocean Dragon, a vessel owned and operated by ConCo Enterprises, runs aground five miles outside the port of Southampton. Salvage services are rendered by a local company, Tawe Marine Solutions Ltd, and the Ocean Dragon arrives in Southampton for repairs on 5 February 2014. On 1 March 2014 a salvage award of £60,000 is ordered by arbitrators.

Steve and Tony are two members of the crew of the Ocean Dragon, and have worked for ConCo Enterprises for a number of years. On 1 March 2014 they sue ConCo Enterprises for four months of unpaid wages. On 28 March 2014, summary judgment is ordered against ConCo, which is required to pay Steve and Tony the sum of £8,000 each.

ConCo Ltd has been experiencing significant cash-flow problems for a number of years. It decides to adjust its business interests and sells the Ocean Dragon to Rosa Ltd, a shipping company based in London. Rosa Ltd takes formal ownership of the Ocean Dragon on 31 March 2014 and immediately renames and registers the vessel as the Rising Tide. Unknown to Rosa Ltd, ConCo has refused to date to pay either Marine Solutions Ltd or Steve and Tony.

Please advise the parties of their possible options.
B PART

Question 1

To what extent does the current international and regional legal framework provide clear and effective protection for the rights of seafarers?

 

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Management

The topics of management and leadership are important to a healthy and productive organization. Students will write a paper focused on the human side of management and leadership using information from the course material, plus any supplemental material provided to you or from your own research.

This paper requires student to reflect on the various topics covered in chapters 6-8 and then select three aspects of the human side of management and leadership and write about what is valuable to you, not to employees or other stakeholders within an organization. In writing this short paper, students are expected to explain why each aspect is valued and why. In explaining why, students must support their reasoning using the course material.

Students need to avoid taking articles and writing the paper around the article. Course material and articles contain information that will help students support their reasoning and it the reflection of the material that will provide the basis for the paper.

Required Elements of the Short Paper:

· Identify at least three aspects of the human side of management and leadership from the readings;
Explain why the aspects chosen should be valued;
Apply the material learned in the course to support the reasoning of why these aspects are valued.
Required Formatting of Paper:

· This report should be double spaced, 12-point font, and two to three pages in length excluding the title page and reference page;

· Title page;

· Introductory paragraph and a summary paragraph;

· Write in the third person;

· Use APA formatting for in-text citations and a reference page. You are expected to paraphrase and not use quotes. Deductions will be taken when quotes are used and found to be unnecessary;

 

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Managing Project

What are the different types of evaluation options for achieving project goals for both team-based and financial analysis?What are possible sources of conflict within a project team? What approach can a project manager use to keep the project on track and not be negatively impacted by such conflicts?What are the components of a business case, and how does it relate to the decision of a project being selected or rejected by an organization? Explain your answer.How does an organization benefit from having a portfolio map? Explain how this process continues to help the team reach its project goals.What are the attributes necessary for a team to be effective when preparing to begin a project initiation? Are all equally important? Why, or why not?Why do stakeholders need to be informed throughout the project? What are some effective ways to communicate with stakeholders?List and explain ways to measure project success. Why does success need to be monitored during the progression of the project?What role does the project sponsor play when initiating a project? Why is this important?

 

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Management for Organzations

Reflect on your reading for the week, specifically Analytical Exercise 8. Is another form of structural configuration better suited to multiproduct, multiservice companies? If not, is there a form of departmentalization for multiproduct, multiservice companies which would match somewhat the divisional structure configuration?”

Explain how the following somewhat match each other:functional structure with simple structure,divisional structure with departmentalization by product,machine bureaucracy with centralized, mechanistic structure, professional bureaucracy with decentralized, organic structure

Address the following questions and also provide the name of a company example of each structure with supporting rationale. Reply substantively to two other learners.What kinds of companies should employ the simple structure organizational configuration?What kind of companies should use the machine bureaucracy form of structure?What kinds of organizations should feature a professional bureaucracy form of structure?What kinds of firms should use the divisional form of structure?What types of organizations are best suited to the adhocracy form of structure?

 

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