Month: January 2014

What Makes Art so Valuable to Steal?

To quote the FBI Art Crime Team website, “Art and cultural property crime- which includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines- is a looming criminal enterprise with estimated losses running as high as $6 billion annually.” In 1990, paintings and other items were stolen from the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and valued at over $500 million. They were never recovered. Your job in this assignment is to be a detective reporter for the New York Times and gain an exclusive interview with one of the following:

  • owner of a stolen art piece or
  • curator of the museum where a work of art was stolen

First Paragraph: You are not limited to the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum crime scene and may choose an art work from any of the crime scenes found in the web sites you are linked to below. When formatting your post to the Advanced Forum, include one paragraph that describes the crime scene you have chosen to study. Include the name of the stolen work, the players in the heist, such as the criminals and the museum curators, directors, detectives names. Include historical details such as the time, place and title of the stolen work, the date the work was made and the artist. .

Second Paragraph: Consider the many reasons why the work stolen is valued by a certain segment of society, other than the obvious financial one, and include those considerations in a second paragraph. Explain the New York Times interest in covering this story, since you are the reporter.

Third:  Tell us to whom you are asking your questions. Then ask your three questions. Respond to all ask of you and in at least 150 words

 

Provide a real life example of classical conditioning from your life experience.

Provide a real life example of classical conditioning from your life experience. Be sure to label the different components of classical conditioning in your example, namely:

Neutral Stimulus (NS)
Unconditioned Stimulus (UCS)
Unconditioned Response (UCR)
Conditioned Stimulus (CS)
Conditioned Response (CR)
Feel free to use TV commercials, music, fears or phobias, or other real world illustrations in your answer.

Here is an example post to help you get started:

“When I was a kid growing up in NY, my grandma lived in Queens in a two story brick semi-attached house near the park. Whenever I went to visit Grandma, she would always have the heat cranked up really high. As you might imagine, every time I went to visit her, I would sweat profusely. Eventually, over time, I would break out into a sweat before I even went inside Grandma’s house. I would just see her house, and start to sweat. This effect can be explained by classical conditioning, or the repeated pairing of one stimulus (the house) with another (the heat). In this example, Grandma’s house before conditioning or repeated pairing with the heat is the neutral stimulus (NS). The heat is the unconditioned stimulus (UCS) because it causes a response or reaction that did not have to be learned. It is innate or a reflex. Sweating in reaction to the heat is the unconditioned response (UCR). Again, this is an unconditioned response because your body does it automatically, without any thought. It is automatic. After repeated pairings, conditioning or learning takes place, and the neutral stimulus (NS) alone causes the sweating to occur. When the neutral stimulus (house) takes on the properties of the unconditioned stimulus (heat), conditioning or learning has taken place. In this example, Grandma’s house becomes the conditioned stimulus (CS), and sweating in reaction to just Grandma’s house (nothing else) is the conditioned response (CR).

Leadership Technique

Success University (SU) is a medium sized undergraduate institution located in Southern California.  SU offers Associates and Bachelors programs in Business, Psychology and Education at their San Moreno campus and online. SU has decided to launch three new programs next Fall.

The three programs to be launched are:

1) A  Business Certificate in Leadership

2) An Associates of Science  (AS) degree in Business Administration

3) A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in Organizational Leadership

The accrediting body of Success University has given the programs their blessing and the School of Business has been charged with launching the three programs.  They have created a team consisting of faculty, graduates, admissions staff, student services personnel and a marketing representative from the Corporate Office to assist in the launch of the programs.

You are tasked with bringing the team together, app

rising them of their roles and responsibilities within the team and mapping out a timeline with deliverables.

You are to produce an executive brief of a 5 – 7 pages (not including the title or reference page) that clearly outlines the:

  1. Team plan: Your plan to create a cohesive team. Include at least three strategies you plan to use to ensure a unified team.
  2. Launch plan – a comprehensive list of steps (at least 6) describing how you will launch the new programs.
  3. Goals and Deliverables: Describe the goals you have set for this project and create a timeline with clearly marked deliverables.
  4. Evaluation and Monitoring: Explain how you plan to evaluate the progress of your team and individual team members – discuss the key strategies you will adopt to monitor your team’s progress and coach them to success. Examples might include weekly face to face meetings or written reports submitted to you weekly by each team member.
  5. Implementation plan: How do you intend to implement the launch plan? Discuss how the team will function and their roles during the implementation.
  6. Change plan: Create a strategy to deal with potential resistance from all stakeholders involved in the running and delivery of the new programs.  For example there may be a concern in terms of increased workload, having to learn new policies and processes and the speed of the planned changes.

Africana Studies

In a detailed essay, discuss the contemporary function of Africana Studies as an intellectual and social mechanism for racial justice within the United States. How must Africana Studies adjust to the changing times and what must it stay committed to in order to maintain sociohistorical and cultural legitimacy? Conclude by discussing three contemporary issues that Africana Studies is well-suited to engage and provide valuable insight on.

This paper should range between 3-5 pages. Also make sure that you use direct quotes and/or paraphrasing, according to any (APA/MLA/Chicago Style) citation format. Please remember whenever using direct quotes that you must explain them to the best of your ability, and also provide the proper context for their usage.

In a detailed essay, discuss the contemporary function of Africana Studies as an intellectual and social mechanism for racial justice within the United States. How must Africana Studies adjust to the changing times and what must it stay committed to in order to maintain sociohistorical and cultural legitimacy? Conclude by discussing three contemporary issues that Africana Studies is well-suited to engage and provide valuable insight on.

This paper should range between 3-5 pages. Also make sure that you use direct quotes and/or paraphrasing, according to any (APA/MLA/Chicago Style) citation format. Please remember whenever using direct quotes that you must explain them to the best of your ability, and also provide the proper context for their usage.

Comparative Analysis – Jerome’s Case

Analyze  and diagnosis your assigned case in a 300-word analysis. Apply APA standards to citation of sources

Jerome’s Case

Jerome is a 28-year old African American male who lives alone in an apartment.  He tells everyone he meets that he is a rapper and a male model.  He has business cards for each vocation.  He has never recorded a song nor held any modeling job.  He has worked in a series of entry-level jobs to pay his bills.  He usually gets fired for failing to show up to work.  He claims he has modeling gigs or is recording when, in fact, he is not.

Much of Jerome’s spare time is spent at the gym and in nightclubs.  He has had a series of failed relationships with women that typically end when they confront him about his supposed fame.  He has a great deal of difficulty in considering their needs or interests and becomes upset or even abrsive if he is not the focus of the conversation.

The closest Jerome got to a singing audition was when he traveled to a nearby city to audition for American Idol.  He performed for the judges and was quickly told to stop.  When confronted with negative feedback he screamed that they had no idea about music and that he was already a star.  He became so unruly that security had to escort him out.

Jerome has had several arrests for fights in nightclubs.  He tells the police on each occasion that the other guy started it because “he was jealous of my fame.”  Jerome has never been in treatment nor taken any medications.  When asked if he has any problems, Jerome reports, “not me-Just waiting for the world to bow down at my feet”

Chronic Disease Risk Assessment And Prevention Through Physical Fitness – Assignment Instructions

Prepare a personal assessment of chronic disease risk and prevention through physical fitness:

Part I: Assess Yourself

Using the Health History Questionnaire (HHQ) in the ACSM Health Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual on pages 20-22 and 50, list all modifiable risk factors that increase your chance of getting cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, cancer, obesity, and osteoporosis. Rank the list from highest to lowest. Which ones pertain to you? How can you address them through a personal fitness program? Be specific.

Part II: Assess a Friend

Do the same for a friend or family member using the same diseases (CVD, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis). How can you, as a health educator, assist them in preventing or modifying their risk for these diseases through fitness? What resources would you use? Be specific.

Prepare a 3-5 page paper based on the above requirements (not including title page and reference page) and list at least three scholarly references. Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference

 

Research early computers

 Research early computers

Computers has changed considerably over the last 50 years. List and describe computers starting from 1940s. Research computers for the past 50 years. Identify the different kinds of computer existed. Identify their major characteristics.

Your paper should be between 3 and 8 pages, double-spaced, with standard 1″ margins, and page numbers. Your name, the title of the paper, and the designation Homework 1 should appear on the first page. Identify your sources, cite your references in your paper to show where you obtained the facts you are discussing. You may use Internet sources, magazines, or textbooks.

Citations: When you use the Internet as a source for research, you still cite the information the same as any publication. This means to list the author(s) of the article first, the title of the article next, and the publication for the article after that. If there is no formal publication for the article, then leave that part out. In those cases where the author is not known, then use the name of the company that provided the article. The company name may be different from the URL information for the web site. Finally, include the web URL to show where the information was found. DO NOT begin your citation with the web URL.

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).

 

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Describes the healthcare company in sufficient detail. Description includes the service they offer, their mission statement and their financial state. Gives examples to justify your assessment of their financial state.

36

Lists the organizations strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

40

Describes at least two assets that are unique and provide competitive advantage.

32

Discusses an area that is a weakness, which may be the target of strategic attacks.

32

Chooses one activity from the value chain that appears to incur the largest portion of costs for this organization. Describes this activity and what factor makes it so costly. Determines what can be done to reduce this cost, giving the organization a competitive edge, without reducing the value of the activity.

44

Develops an overview of how the satellite office will function. Provides a mission statement and four strategic goals to address the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, or threats that the satellite office will work on over the next year.

52

Style (8 points): Tone, audience, and word choice

Organization (16 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion

Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure

APA Elements (24 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style

Application: Effects of Legislation on HR Outsourcing

Application: Effects of Legislation on HR Outsourcing

The stated goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is to give more Americans access to health care. But relative to the topic of outsourcing, it may also be causing an increase in benefits administration outsourcing, as employers, especially those that are smaller, seek help in navigating the uncertain, complicated, ongoing health care-reform measures.

When facing the massive reporting and compliance requirements required by the new health care laws, many smaller and mid-size employers will seek more outside assistance/partnering. Many of them lack the back-office support to meet the PPACA’s regulations and it is not a skill they want to make a core competency (Starner, 2011).

Using the 5C model (culture, costs, competencies, compliance, competitors), analyze how new laws would specifically stimulate increased outsourcing of health care and related benefits. Consider examples at the local, state, and federal level of changes in laws/regulations that either increased or decreased business partnering and outsourcing. For example, why would a federal requirement for universal health care coverage increase HR outsourcing?

To complete this Assignment, respond to the following in a 3- to 4-page paper:

Analyze the effects of legislation on HR outsourcing.
Using the 5C model, analyze how new laws requiring universal health care would specifically stimulate increased outsourcing of health care and related benefits.
Using the table provided in this week’s Learning Resources (Effects of Legislation on HR Outsourcing), do research to fill in five of the nine cells illustrating the effects of local, state, and federal legislation on HR outsourcing.
Provide a brief description/explanation of each.
Identify whether the legislation increased, decreased, or had no effect on HR outsourcing.
Evaluate the effects of federal legislation requiring universal health care coverage on the outsourcing of health care in the U.S.
From your research, describe three specific effects you think such legislation would have on outsourcing of health care.
What specific actions can HR professionals take to enable employees to navigate the complexities of PPACA?

Reference:
Starner, T. (2011). Outsourcing health benefits grows more popular. Human Resources Executive Online. Retrieved from http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/story.jsp?storyId=533342142

Also note need at least 5-6 references

Stress Management Assignment

You are the senior veteran partner of a special highway patrol unit that is working a major interstate that is a corridor for drug and gun smuggling. Your partner has the highest marks ever in the academy and has a great civilian education in criminology. He knows the laws and regulations by heart. He is a staunch family man who is faithful to his wife, and except for an occasional beer with the boy, does not abuse alcohol. He has an exemplary work record and is extremely reliable. As such, he is assigned as your partner in a very hazardous detail of drug and gun intervention.

The job requires the officers to make legitimate profiling assessments of potential smugglers and wait for them to make a motor vehicle violation so that they can be stopped. Once stopped, minimal interview techniques almost always lead to the discovery of contraband and a subsequent arrest.

The first 3 months on the job with your new partner have been great. The two of you have made 18 felony arrests for narcotics and gun possession. Six of the drug arrests were major weights of crack and heroin. Two of the gun arrests involved the seizure of numerous fully automatic weapons.

In the beginning 2 weeks of month 4, things start to get dicey. Three of the last 12 traffic stops have resulted in shootouts with the occupants of the cars stopped. While nobody was killed and only two people wounded (both of them suspects), the shooting appears to be taking its toll on the new officer.

When going to the car last week at the start of shift, an officer in an adjacent car slammed the trunk lid, causing a loud bang. As you turned toward your car, you found your partner on the ground trying to scoot under the vehicle. Four nights earlier, you were called to back up another unit that had a high-risk stop. Upon your arrival, you drew your weapon and ran up to the other unit, two officers who were wrestling with two suspects. After the suspects were handcuffed, you turned to find your partner crouching behind your unit shaking. When you tried to talk to him about it, he said he was starting to get the flu. The next night he called in sick.

The night following the sick night, while on patrol, you stopped a suspect vehicle, and the driver was a huge sawmill worker with 3 outstanding felony warrants for robbery and assault. The suspect attacked you, and you rolled around on the ground for a full 45 seconds trying to get the suspect handcuffed. After getting him under control you looked up to see your partner frantically screaming on the radio for back up about 30 feet away. He never came to your aid during the incident.

The unit commander suspects that there is a problem and asks you to write a fitness report on your new partner with recommendations for follow-up on the report you submit.

In a report to the unit commander of the special highway patrol unit, indicate the issues in the scenario that cause you concern about the new officer. You will identify how the symptoms displayed by the new officer are consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You will provide at least 2 recommendations for action concerning the new officer. You will provide the commander with options on what you think can be done to prevent this type of problem in the unit.

Assignment Guidelines

 

  • Address the following in 2–3 pages:
    • How important is it for partners to react appropriately in the field? Explain.
    • What are the key symptoms that may be observed in the partners actions and reactions in the scenario? Explain.
    • What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder on the part of the partner in the scenario? Explain.
    • What are 2 specific actions that should be taken concerning the partner? Explain.
  • Address the following in 2–3 pages:
    • Select 2 personality disorders common to surviving victims of a life-threatening experience other than post-traumatic stress disorder.
    • For each selected personality disorder, address the following questions:
      • What are the symptoms of this disorder? List and describe.
      • What types of people typically succumb to this disorder? Explain.
      • How can individuals with this disorder be treated? Explain.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

Eco 550 Assignment

Imagine that you work for the maker of a leading brand of low-calorie microwavable food that estimates the following demand equation for its product using data from 26 supermarkets around the country for the month of April.

For a refresher on independent and dependent variables, please go to Sophia’s Website and review the Independent and Dependent Variables tutorial, located athttp://www.sophia.org/tutorials/independent-and-dependent-variables–3.

Note: Your professor will provide you with the equation and data necessary for you to complete thisassignment. You will find this information attached to Assignment 1 within the course shell.

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Compute the elasticities for each independent variable. Note: Write down all of your calculations.
  2. Determine the implications for each of the computed elasticities for the business in terms of short-term and long-term pricing strategies. Provide a rationale in which you cite your results.
  3. Recommend whether you believe that this firm should or should not cut its price to increase its market share. Provide support for your recommendation.
  4. Assume that all the factors affecting demand in this model remain the same, but that the price has changed. Further assume that the price changes are 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 dollars.
    1. Plot the demand curve for the firm.
    2. Plot the corresponding supply curve on the same graph using the supply function Q = 5200 + 45P with the same prices.
    3. Determine the equilibrium price and quantity.
    4. Outline the significant factors that could cause changes in supply and demand for the product. Determine the primary manner in which both the short-term and the long-term changes in market conditions could impact the demand for, and the supply, of the product.
  5. Indicate the crucial factors that could cause rightward shifts and leftward shifts of the demand and supply curves.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • 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:

  • Analyze how production and cost functions in the short run and long run affect the strategy of individual firms.
  • Apply the concepts of supply and demand to determine the impact of changes in market conditions in the short run and long run, and the economic impact on a company’s operations.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in managerial economics and globalization.
  • Write clearly and concisely about managerial economics and globalization using proper writing mechanics.

Project 12.4 Homeshoring Hiring Issues

Project 12.4 Homeshoring Hiring Issues

Many companies are still working through the best employment strategy to use when hiring homeshoring reps. Consider the following examples of two people who are interested in becoming an e-rep.

Mai Lee has over 25 years of customer service and administrative experience and is completely bilingual in Vietnamese and English. She has a home office with high-speed Internet, a great phone service, and most everything else she needs to work from home. However, she has been fired from her last three jobs because of excessive absences due to caring for her elderly parents.

Raúl was born in San Diego, California but is now moving to Canada. He has muscular dystrophy, which robs him of motor skills and his ability to hold down his last job as a technical data clerk. His physical challenges prevent him from working outside his home but he has excellent communication skills. He sees working as a homeshore rep as an opportunity to be productive and earn money for his family by taking customer service, technical support, and inbound sales calls from his home.

  1. Given these two persons who show an interest in a homeshoring position, evaluate each one’s strengths and weaknesses relative to a largely unsupervised position of working at home.
  2. To what extent do you think the concept of homeshoring will change the type of person who applies for these kinds of positions?

Species Interactions and You – Assignment

Humans interact with various species every day without actually realizing it. In the field of ecology, these interactions can either be interspecific (between species) or intraspecific (within species). Interactions between humans are known as intraspecific (within species) interactions. For example, interactions between a human and a pet would be interspecific, whereas interactions between a human and another human would be intraspecific.

Research interspecific and intraspecific interactions using the module readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet.

This assignment has two parts. Complete both parts.

Part A

Complete the following:

  • Track your interactions with other organisms—between and within species—for one day.
  • Summarize your interactions throughout the day, using the terms from this module’s readings. If required, review the module’s readings again.
  • At a minimum, identify ten interactions that you witnessed or participated in today. Among those interactions, you should be able to identify a predatory-prey relationship, a competitive relationship, and a mutualism. You could also identify parasitic relationships or commensalisms, if you choose. Although you can repeat interaction types—for instance, you can have multiple mutualisms—the examples must differ. These are some examples:
    • Did you have a predatory-prey relationship with a chicken today? That is, did you eat chicken for lunch?
    • Did you have a competitive relationship with a coworker today? That is, were you competing for a raise?

Part B

Respond to the following:

  • For every interaction you identified above, describe an interaction in nature that is similar to what you experienced or witnessed. For example, if you had a predatory-prey interaction with your meal, identify and describe an example of a predatory-prey interaction in nature. Or, if you had a competitive interaction with your coworker, identify and describe a competitive interaction in nature.
  • Using the information you reviewed, explain why it is important to recognize these interactions.

Support your statements with appropriate examples and scholarly references.

Using the information that you compiled above, summarize your interactions for the day. Be sure to classify your interactions (parasitic, mutualism, etc.) and that you also determine if the interactions are considered intraspecific or interspecific.

Write your initial response in a minimum of 300–350 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Evaluate at least two different historical perspectives on the delivery of health care in America

Write an essay of 750-1,000 words in three sections:

1. Evaluate at least two different historical perspectives on the delivery of health care in America. How has technology and the lack of developing technology affected these perspectives?

2. Compare and contrast two technological advances that have affected health care delivery in America.

3. How have these changing technological advances affected public opinion of the changing health care system? Are the opinions positive or negative? How do you see these advances affecting the delivery of health care in the future?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

Application: Comprehensive Outsourcing Decisions

Application: Comprehensive Outsourcing Decisions
When a company successfully makes use of outsourcing agreements time and again, its decision-making process is probably worth emulating. Smiths Medical is one such company that assesses potential outsourcing partners with a checklist that communicates the basic traits required of candidates (Barbella, 2009). Company executives explain Smiths Medical’s role in the medical device market, and question potential suppliers to determine if there might be a mutually beneficial fit.

To complete this Assignment, respond to the following in a 3- to 4-page paper:

•Analyze HR executives’ outsourcing decisions.
◦How would the HR skills identified in the Human Resource Competency Study aid an HR executive in assessing potential outsourcing partners?
◦How would the skills identified in the Human Resource Competency Study enable an HR executive to effectively manage outsourcing agreements?
◦How would such skills enable an HR executive to effectively advise the CEO of the organization regarding outsourcing decisions?
◦What has been left unaddressed in the Human Resource Competency Study? Explain your concern or rationale in thinking something might be missing.

Barbella, M. (2009). Decision time. Medical Product Outsourcing. Retrieved from http://www.mpo-mag.com/articles/2009/11/decision-time

Dimensions of Wellness

You must prioritize the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, as they fit into your life. This paper will be the first step towards your Behavior Change for the semester.
Once you have ranked the 7 dimensions, please provide a rationale as to why you ranked this in the spot you did. Which dimension is the most important to you? Which dimension is the least important? Continue to rank them until all 7 dimensions have been listed.  Why does one dimension fall higher or lower than another?

You should write roughly one paragraph for each dimension (5-6 sentences).
The 7 Dimensions of Wellness are:
Occupational
Physical
Environmental
Intellectual
Social
Emotional
Spiritual
Lastly, write a paragraph on a behavior that you would like to change throughout the semester. Use your ranking of the 7 dimensions as a guide to help you decipher what behavior you may want to change. Your final paragraph should include the following information:
What behavior do you want to change?
How did you come to this decision?
Why do you want to change this behavior?
Which dimension of wellness does this behavior fit into?
Some examples of behavior changes in the past include alcohol use, tobacco cessation, nutrition and dieting, exercise and fitness plans, sleep cycles, and study tactics.

Strategic management of Apple Inc

Use the Internet to research articles on strategic management of Apple Inc. and
Samsung Group. Write a ten to twelve (10-12) page paper in which you:

1. Analyze the existing business strategies, domestic and global environments, industry, and internal capabilities for both Apple and Samsung. Assess the significant manner in which each company’s mission and vision align with the long-terms goals and strategic direction of the organization.

2. Analyze the business-level strategy of each company by conducting a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis. Next, determine the fundamental way in which each sector influences its competitive position within the industry. Provide rationale to support the response.

3. Analyze the central manner in which the strategies of each company’s
business leaders have adapted to cultural differences in order to both facilitate effective operations within global markets and drive new strategic initiatives with improved innovation excellence. Provide one (1) example of such strategies in use from each company to support the response.

4. Evaluate the superiority of each company’s organizational competencies in terms of entrepreneurial capabilities, organizational design capabilities, and strategic capabilities geared toward increased performance and profitability. Include one (1) example of such superiority from each company to support the response.

5. Recommend one (1) appropriate new business strategy for each company that may maximize profitability and improved competitiveness in the industry. Provide a detailed rationale for this strategy.

6. Evaluate the success of both companies’ corporate-level strategies in terms of horizontal integration, vertical integration, strategic outsourcing, or diversification. Next, determine the type of strategy that contributed most effectively to the creation of a successful and profitable multibusiness model. Provide a detailed rationale to support the response.

7. Analyze the strategies that the internal leadership of both Apple and Samsung has taken to discourage unethical behaviors. Provide at least three (3) examples of such leadership in action from both companies to support the response.

8. Assume that both Apple and Samsung are in need of organizational change and must alter existing strategies. Recommend three (3) specific ways in which Apple and Samsung could change functional, business, and corporate strategies, as well as organizational structure and control in order to improve business performance and competitiveness in their industry. Provide a rationale to support the response.

9. Use at least seven (7) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources

Assignment 1: Discussion—The Rise of Political Parties

The two major political parties in the U.S. today, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, did not exist at the time the Constitution was drafted and ratified. Various issues led to the development of these political parties, some of which are pertinent to politics, even today.

In this assignment, you will examine the development of the two-party system. You will have the opportunity to analyze the American need and desire to have opposing views.

Based on your research and analysis of the readings for this module, respond to the following:

  • What issues led to the rise of the Jefferson-Republican party in the 1790s?
  • What mistakes were made by the Federalists that allowed the Republican Party to succeed?
  • What issues that were controversial in the 1790s remain controversial today?
  • Do you think partisan politics is a good method for solving the nation’s problems and advancing the nation’s interests? In the present two-party system, what impact do minor parties have on specific issues in recent elections?
  • How have the Democratic and Republican Parties implemented these issues into their party platform?

Provide appropriate justification for your answers. Be sure to support your positions with references to scholarly sources.

Write your initial response in a minimum of 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

 

Option 2: Environmental Pollution Argument

Option 2: Environmental Pollution Argument

 

Select a physical item. Your selected item must represent some aspect concerning environmental pollution as a direct result of human activities. Write a 700- to 1,050-word argument discussing how your selected item contributes to environmental pollution. Include the following:

  • Describe your selected item.
  • What is the significance of this item?
  • What relationship exists between your item and pollution? Identify the origin or causes of the pollution.
  • What is your item’s relationship to people and the environment?
  • What are the possible effects and consequences of this pollution to human and ecosystem health?
  • What does your item and pollution issue mean to the present and future quality of life to you, your family, your community, your region, the nation, and the world?
  • How does your object relate to climate change?
  • How does your item connect some significant attitude or action that people might use toward changing how others think, react, or take actions in solving, eliminating, or reducing your selected pollution issue?
  • Identify treatments and preventative measures for this pollution.
  • Identify and discuss what caused you to reconsider your attitude, mindset, values, and actions to change regarding your selected issue.
  • How or what might you do to suggest, influence, or be a role model who inspires individuals, your community, or region to improve the existing conditions of the environment in relationship to your item and your selected issue?

 

Additional Tips

 

  • Your argument is not valid if it is only your opinion.
  • In defending your stance, ask “So what?” and “Who cares?” to test potential challenges your audience may ask you to test if your argument is convincing or not. These are two questions to test if your argument is convincing or not.
  • You may include a short personal story with a limited use of first-person pronouns.
  • Your story must be relevant to your pollution issue.
  • Use APA guidelines including citations and references.
  • Include no less than one reference.
  • Demonstrate that you were reflective, innovative, or creative in constructing your argument.
  • Negative or resigned arguments are not valid.
  • Local campus students can bring this item in as show and tell. Discuss this with your instructor.

Case study “HP’s ProCurve in 2009: Internal Entrepreneurship navigates evolving Corporate strategy

Assignment Instructions

As part of the formal assessment for the BA (Hons) Programme you are required to submit a Strategic Management assignment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Apply a number of theoretical models and their potential for developing strategy and supporting strategic decisions.
  • Critically analyse theoretical developments in strategy.
  •  Critically evaluate the process of strategy making in multinational organisations in an increasingly volatile and turbulent environment.
  • Appreciate the significance of and the difficulties in formulating and implementing strategy.

Assignment Task

Read the case study “HP’s ProCurve in 2009: Internal Entrepreneurship navigates evolving Corporate strategy”
Make sure you look at the HP’s website (ProCurve is now known as HP networking Solutions) and the website for their key competitors

NB: The business on which the case focuses was given several names during the period of the case study, including Information Networks Division and ProCurve).In the examination the term Networks should be taken to cover the successive names of the business

Answer the following questions, based on the case, your own research and relevant strategic management theories.

  1. Would you describe the management of Networks as ‘fitting’ the market or ‘stretching’ the organisation’s capabilities? Your answer should explain the difference between a “fit” (Market Based View) and a “stretch” (Resources Based View) approach to strategy (Johnson et al, 2011) and then identify examples from the case to justify your answer.
  2.  Conduct a stakeholder analysis for Networks, and evaluate the impact on its strategy of different stakeholders.
  3. Evaluate Hurd’s decision to keep Networks in HP, and advise him on future strategy for ProCurve.
  4. Before starting this assignment you are required to send to your tutor an outline in up to 500 words of your approach to the assignment, indicating the theory which you believe is relevant, and the key areas you propose to discuss.

Guidelines:

You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the Harvard system (See ‘Referencing Guide’ in the Study Skills Guide in My Resources). You must use the Harvard referencing method in your assignment.

SOC 342 Social and Health assignment

Complete a brief analysis (one to two page paper) of the homeless population within your state of residence. First, be sure to identify your state of residence. Begin your search by visiting the following website:

  • First, be sure to identify your state of residence (Texas).
  • Next, begin information gathering by visiting the following website: National Alliance to End Homelessness at http://www.endhomelessness.org
  • Once on this site you will find a live link to the State of Homelessness in America in 2013. Click on the link and you will be brought to the page which contains several chapters of this report.
  • Click on the Chapter 1 live link and read the information found there (approximately 11 pages with lots of charts and graphs).
  • Find out about homelessness in your state of residence. Report the estimated number of people in your state for each of the following categories: a) the total number of homeless people in the state; b) the number who are chronically homeless; c) the number which represents family homelessness; and d) those who are unsheltered homeless.
  • Also indicate the percent change in the homeless population in your state from 2011 to 2012.
  • Also indicate in your report which methodology was used for this report in order to determine the counts. Explain if you agree with the methodology used or not, and explain why.

ABC Company and Whole Foods Market assignment

So far, ABC Company and Whole Foods Market like what we’ve been doing. I have this last project, which involves analyzing Whole Foods Market’s feedback loops and organizational learning opportunities.

I want you to take a look at the feedback loops in Whole Foods Market.

REQUIRED READING:

Refer to the background reading on System Feedback Loops.

CASE 5 ASSIGNMENT:

Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop. These feedback loops should be critical to Whole Foods Market’s performance and success. You should have a good idea of what these are from your previous analysis.

Explain each one of these loops – what are the causal factors and how do they affect each other. For the Reinforcing Loop, look for an area where there is growth. For the Balancing Loop, look for goal behavior. Once you have identified and explained these critical feedback loops, identify how Whole Foods Market has generated organizational learning, and how they can go further and generate additional organizational learning. What do they need to do to improve their performance further?

Be sure to include references. Turn in the 5- to 6-page paper by the end of the module.

KEYS TO THE ASSIGNMENT:

This is what you need to do:

  1. Determine the two critical feedback loops. Describe each Feedback Loop that you identify in your organization and explain why you selected them. Make sure you explain the Loop, the cause and effect process within the Loop. You could also include a Causal Loop Diagram. If you do, show the arrows and direction of effect (+ or -). Also, determine what the warrant is for your case.
  2. Briefly discuss the theory of organizational learning so that you provide a summary of this information to the executives – establish this as common ground.
  3. Identify the learning activities in each feedback loop that Whole Foods Market has already undertaken.
  4. Identify the opportunities for organizational learning in each Feedback Loop. Make a Case that these are learning opportunities. Logically show how the feedback process provides an opportunity for the organization to learn and improve its performance. Be precise. Depth and breadth in your discussion is always a good thing.

Food Memory

Write a description of a food memory, preferably from your childhood. This could be a memory of tasting or liking/disliking a particular food, or it could be a memory focused on a dish from a particular eating event, collective or individual. Pay attention to as many senses as you can invoke to evoke this memory.

Dish: Paula Deen’s Macaroni & Cheese- Crock Pot Recipe

Do a bit of research to place your memory in wider context.  Discuss the cultural, symbolic, social, structural, or other meanings of this dish. Specify the social group for whom it has meaning, for what kinds of occasions and settings is this dish prepared, who is involved in the preparation, serving, and consumption of this dish, etc.

Is this a food that unique to your culture? What are its traditional names? (And do these names have any special significance and/or meaning?) What ingredients go into making these foods? How and when are they eaten? Are there unspoken family “rules” about food consumption (e.g., what’s okay, and not okay, to eat; how and where should one eat, etc.)

There are many ways to approach this assignment:

1) If you recalled a dish at a specific event, talk to others who were also present and see how they remember the dish and the event; analyze the similarities and discrepancies between your recollections;

2) If you remembered a specific dish, you might also try to find the recipe for it. You may find multiple, slightly different recipes for a regional dish (say, gooey butter cake or black eyed peas) – if so, see how many varieties you can collect from friends, family members, and other sources (do not only look in Better Homes and Gardens or some other standard cookbook, or the internet for a general recipe). If it is a family recipe that has one ‘original’ source (say, a great grandmother), see if others with access to this recipe have    come up with modified versions. You might also try to interview at least one other person about his or her memories, feelings, associations with this dish and/or recipe. DO NOT HAVE MOST OF YOUR PAPER BE THE RECIPE! Just summarize it into ONE, particularly if you have several!

This paper needs to be 4 pages or more. You will need to use 12 Times New Roman Font. You need to double space and provide a cover page/reference page. These two items are NOT part of your page cou

Application: Professional Ethics and Codes of Conduct

Application: Professional Ethics and Codes of Conduct

A professional licensing board or professional association governs each area of practice within human services and defines professional ethics or codes of conduct for their members. These professional ethics or codes of conduct clearly define the expected conduct and/or ethical considerations that members must follow to remain in good standing. Disciplinary processes are often in place as a means of enforcement when ethical violations occur. Depending upon the professional licensing board and/or association, various consequences of violations can result, ranging from mediation between involved parties to legal proceedings, depending on the severity of the violation. Human services professionals must be aware of their professional ethics and codes of conduct in their area of interest to avoid violations and related consequences.

To prepare for this assignment, research a professional human services association in your area of interest. Choose an association in which their professional ethics or code of conduct is available for you to access. Consider the history, evolution, and enforcement of the professional ethics or code of conduct.

The assignment: (3 – 4 pages)

  • Analyze the history of the professional ethics or code of conduct within your area of interest in human services. Briefly describe:
  • Who developed it
  • Where it originated
  • How it evolved
  • What major changes/additions were made

Explain how the professional ethics or codes of conduct are enforced. Briefly describe:

  • Who or what groups enforce them
  • What processes/procedures are used to enforce and resolve disputes or violations
  • What consequences exist as a result of violations

Merchant of Venice Research Paper Assignment

Merchant of Venice Research Paper Assignment

Many people believe that the character of Shylock, a Jew who is also a moneylender, is the ultimate character that represents Shakespeare’s own anti-Semitism.  He is depicted as a crude, unrelenting individual that demands a pound of flesh when Antonio can’t repay his loan.
In some modern productions of the play, the decision to paint a different picture of Shylock is evident.  He is rather the injured party in an unfair justice system.  He eventually pays a disastrous price for remaining consistent with his decision of demanding repayment.

Many people in history have ambiguous reputations.  Some people love them, while others hate them and what they stand for.

Investigate Jackie Robinson and compare and contrast him to the character Shylock.
–    What makes him a positive or negative person?
–    What has he/ done to gain this reputation?

You are required to organize your essay in a “point-by-point” structure and not “subject-by-subject.”  This means that you must compare and contrast your historical figure and Shylock in each paragraph, not discuss one in a paragraph and then the other in a separate paragraph.

Write a paper of at least 4 pages in length describing and discussing how both figures play on each side of their own ambiguous reputations.

You must use the play as one source, and find 2 additional sources to aid in your comparative composition.
You have received materials in class that you will be permitted to use.

All in-text citations must be in MLA format, as well as your Works Cited page.

Your paper should be    font: Times New Roman
size: 12
appropriate indents