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Discuss how the company uses its human resource management strategy to support its business strategy.

Select a publicly traded company by searching the Internet. Download the annual report for the most recent year reported for use in this assignment. Based on your review and analysis of the annual report, prepare a ten to twelve (10-12) page report in which you:

  1. Discuss how the company uses its human resource management strategy to support its business strategy.
  2. Evaluate how the company is leveraging its human capital to contribute to the financial performance of the business.
  3. Discuss how the legal and regulatory environment impact human capital management.
  4. Evaluate the company’s hiring and employee retention strategies.
  5. Create a training and development program that would be appropriate for the company’s management team.
  6. Evaluate the company’s compensation strategy.
  7. Discuss how the company can gain a competitive advantage by adopting a strategy of diversity in its employee base.
  8. Recommend a human capital strategy for the company.
  9. Use at least five to seven (5-7) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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; 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 page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze how human resource management is an essential element of business strategy.
  • Assess the strategic role of human resource management and the components that provide a competitive advantage to the organization.
  • Determine the human resource management function of human resource planning and its importance to business strategy.
  • Develop work designs that support the human resources strategy.
  • Describe key laws governing employment and the required compliance for organizations.
  • Examine the human resource management function of recruiting and its importance to business strategy.
  • Review the human resource management function of training and development and the function’s importance to business strategy.
  • Discuss the importance of the performance appraisal process and how it is a key component of business strategy.
  • Establish the importance of compensation and how it supports business strategy.
  • Decide how to administer employee separation and retention plans.
  • Examine diversity in the workplace and how diversity can be used for a competitive business advantage.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management.

Write clearly and concisely about human resource management using proper writing mechanics.

Marketing campaign for Lenovo Computers

Imagine that you are a marketing manager in charge of developing a marketing campaign for Lenovo Computers (www.lenovo.com). Your company is currently selling products in fifty different countries around the world. Lenovo just launched a new notebook. One of the issues that you face is whether Lenovo should employ a multi-country strategy or a global strategy for the new notebook.

Write a three to four page paper in which you: determine the key approaches that you will use in order to incorporate branding and co-branding opportunities. Devise your strategy for leveraging the current Lenovo brands with the new notebook product.

1.Determine approaches to use in order to incorporate branding and co-branding opportunities.

2.Devise a strategy for leveraging the current Lenovo brands with the new notebook product.

3.Propose a strategy for advertising the new notebook within other countries. Determine whether the content of the ads would be similar to the standardized ads geared toward other world markets or if they would be customized for a new country. Provide a rationale for the response.

4.Select a country as a new market for the new notebook, and predict the market segmentation variables for the new notebook in the country that you have selected (e.g., geography, psychographics, and demographics).

5.Define the company’s main types of pricing strategies and target market objectives for the new notebook.

6.Suggest the key methods to use to create unique distribution channels and logistics through the company’s existing global channel intermediaries, and predict the manner in which these distribution channels would create utility for current and potential customers.

7.Decide whether to employ a multicounty strategy or a global strategy for the new notebook. Provide a rationale to support the response.

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: Expected Commercial Value Forecast and Marketing Strategy Research Paper. You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment.

Imagine that you are a marketing manager in charge of developing a marketing campaign for Lenovo Computers (www.lenovo.com). Your company is currently selling products in fifty (50) different countries around the world. Lenovo just launched a new notebook. One (1) of the issues that you face is whether Lenovo should employ a multi-country strategy or a global strategy for the new notebook. Your job as a marketing manager requires you to first use an analytical tool to forecast Expected Commercial Value – Net Present Value (NPV) over the next ten (10) years.

Section 1: Expected Commercial Value Forecast

1. Utilize the Expected Commercial Value Excel Calculator to estimate the potential commercial success of the new notebook. Note: The Expected Commercial Value Excel Calculator can be found in the online course shell.

a. Fill in the Cashflows section ( column FY 13 through FY 23) found in the MS Excel sheet to project an NPV of above $10,000,000.

Development Costs
Launch and Marketing Costs
Forecasted Units Sold

Assuming the following parameters remain the same in the Excel calculator.

Probability of Commercial Success 0.8
Probability of Technical Success 1
Unit Sales Price $400
Discount Rate 0.06

Estimate the commercial success of the new notebook, based on your quantitative analysis from 1a of this assignment.

Section 2: Marketing Strategy Research Paper Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine the key approaches that you will use in order to incorporate branding and co-branding opportunities. Devise your strategy for leveraging the current Lenovo brands with the new notebook product. Note: Incorporate the computed analytical data from the Expected Commercial Value Calculator to support your response.
  2. Propose your strategy for advertising the new notebook within other countries. Determine whether the content of the ads would be similar to the standardized ads geared toward other world markets or if they would be customized for a new country. Provide a rationale for the response.
  3. Select a country as a new market for the new notebook. Next, predict the market segmentation variables for the new notebook in the country that you have selected (e.g., geography, psychographics, and demographics). Note: Incorporate the computed analytical data from the Expected Commercial Value Calculator to support your response.
  4. Define the company’s main types of pricing strategies and target market objectives for the new notebook.
  5. Suggest the key methods that you would use to create unique distribution channels and logistics through the company’s existing global channel intermediaries. Predict the manner in which these distribution channels would create utility for current and potential customers.
  6. Decide whether you would employ a multicounty strategy or a global strategy for the new notebook. Provide a rationale to support your response.
  7. Use at least five (5) academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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:

  • Integrate the concepts of market segmentation, product development, and pricing policies into viable marketing strategy to fit a variety of international market environments.
  • Construct product distribution channels and logistics to meet marketing objectives and fit a variety of global market environments.
  • Analyze an integrated marketing communication (IMC) strategy to support global marketing operations.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in international marketing.

Why Marxist Communism Failed – Christian Perspective

From a Christian perspective, why did Marxist communism fail?  From a Christian point of view, Marxism failed primarily because of its atheistic perspective. Despite philosophies that are in many ways compatible to Christian ethics, both Marx himself, and the governments that chose to govern on the basis of his philosophies, expressly forbade the practice of religion. Marxist believed that under capitalism, man is alienated from other men and from himself. According to Marxist, man can only overcome alienation by doing away with private property and creating a communist society. Socialist economic policy reflects that notion by attempting to equalize the distribution of wealth and stronger governmental economic controls. As Christians God warns us not to use coervice power from the state to bend society into conformity with his kingdom. Not to fall prey to the secular myth that the state can transform you. The state can influence behavior by taking peoples property, livelihood, and families. But as shown in the rapid disappearance of communism philosphy’s influence on Eastern Europe in the 1900’s.

Database Modeling and Normalization

Assignment 4: Database Modeling and Normalization

Imagine that you work for a consulting firm that offers information technology and database services. Part of its core services is to optimize and offer streamline solutions for efficiency. In this scenario, your firm has been awarded a contract to implement a new personnel system for a government agency. This government agency has requested an optimized data repository for its system which will enable the management staff to perform essential human resources (HR) duties along with the capability to produce ad hoc reporting features for various departments. They look forward to holding data that will allow them to perform HR core functions such as hiring, promotions, policy enforcement, benefits management, and training.

Using this scenario, write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

Determine the steps in the development of an effective Entity Relationship Model (ERM) Diagram and determine the possible iterative steps / factors that one must consider in this process with consideration of the HR core functions and responsibilities of the client. Analyze the risks that can occur if any of the developmental or iterative steps of creating an ERM Diagram are not performed. Select and rank at least five (5) entities that would be required for the development of the data repositories. Specify the components that would be required to hold time-variant data for policy enforcement and training management. Diagram a possible 1:M solution that will hold salary history data, job history, and training history for each employee through the use of graphical tools in Microsoft Word or Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length. Plan each step of the normalization process to ensure the 3NF level of normalization using the selected five (5) entities of the personnel database solution. Document each step of the process and justify your assumptions in the process. Diagram at least five (5) possible entities that will be required to sustain a personnel solution. The diagram should include the following: Dependency diagrams Multivalued dependencies

Essay on the book "Heat of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad (English literature)

You are in a special warrants unit in a major metropolitan area that specifically goes after street crime suspects with violent tendencies and histories of resisting arrest by the police. You are new to the unit but have come from a very professionally run narcotics operation in which your previous team dealt with extremely violent offenders. The unit is made up of plainclothes patrol officers who carry silver badges and seasoned violent crimes detectives who carry gold badges. The badges are mounted in the outside of the police ID wallet and flip open when swung with the hand.

After about 3 weeks with the unit, you notice that everyone arrested by the unit has a welt on their forehead. You are tasked with taking a prisoner to the jail cell, and you get a close look at the welt, which reflects an obverse seal from the silver badge of the attached patrol personnel. When depositing the prisoner into the holding cell, you see another suspect who had been arrested earlier. He bears the welt reflecting the obverse seal of the gold badges of the detectives. You ask the prisoner you are placing in the cell how he got the welt, and he tells you that after he was handcuffed, one of the officers smacked him in the head with his badge and simply said, “Silver.” Upon returning to the office, you ask the supervisor about the welts on the prisoners. He laughs and says it is a competition between the silver badges and gold. Whichever group marks the most prisoners with their badge seal does not have to pay for any drinks at the off-duty party at the end of the month.

Note: This scenario is based on an actual antic of a narcotics unit operating in the late 1970s.

Please include answers in your main posting for the following questions. You must provide meaningful feedback to the main postings of at least 2 of your classmates.

Assignment Guidelines

  • In 4–6 paragraphs, address the following:
    • Is this behavior in any way acceptable in a law enforcement agency? Why or why not? Explain.
    • Why might these officers be engaging in this type of activity? Explain in detail.
    • Regarding this activities use as a coping strategy, what do you think are at least 2 potential negative outcomes of this behavior? Explain.
    • Disclose your feelings about this activity from a moral and legal standpoint.
    • How do you think these officers could be approached through proper negotiation to successfully moderate their interpersonal discord? Explain in detail.
  • Post a new topic to the Discussion Board that contains your responses to the above questions.
  • Comment on at least 2 other students’ posts.

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on at least two other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

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

Screening police officers for employment and emotional stability

In this assignment, you will explore how interrogation is different from interviewing.

Scenario: You work as a psychology professional for a metropolitan police department. Your primary job is to screen police officers for employment and emotional stability. You make recommendations about their suitability for employment, conduct interviews with police officers to determine whether they should be referred for counseling, and monitor their performance by dialogues with their superiors.

You are recognized for your skills as a clinician, and you are asked to participate with a team of interrogators so they may become more proficient in obtaining confessions from suspects. Compare the relationship of a psychology professional working with a suspect as a client with the relationship of a psychology professional working as a consultant to an interrogator. Tasks: In a minimum of 500 words, respond to the following: Part 1: Differentiate between interviewing and interrogation. What are the goals of interviewing and interrogation? In what instances would a psychology professional be involved in an interrogation? Part 2: Identify a context and setting for a forensic psychology professional to be involved in an interrogation. What would be your concerns in taking on the role of or assisting that forensic psychology professional? Part 3: Review the current version of the APA Ethics Code and the APA resolution on interrogations and identify an ethical principle that potentially conflicts with psychology professionals participating in interrogation. Discuss your choice in relation to the context and setting you identified in Part 2. Use the current version of the APA Ethics Code; choose elements of the ethical principles to explore issues such as “do not harm,” “informed consent,” “use of assessment techniques by unqualified persons,” and “resolving ethics code conflicts in an organization.” Explore the following issues in the context of the scenario above: Who is a psychology professional’s client? With whom does a psychology professional have a professional relationship? Do psychology professionals have any professional (as opposed to “moral”) obligations to suspects?

Technology and strategic position

Apple Inc. is known for its state-of-the-art designs for products such as the iPhone, but most are unaware that Apple has used technology to streamline its supply chain management and operational systems to provide competitive pricing. This use of technology has allowed the company to under price its competitors and yet maintain a 25 percent margin on their products. The use of IT has provided Apple with a strategic and competitive position which most of their competitors find difficult to match or exceed.

Using your company or a real-world example from your research, analyze how information systems affect the firm’s strategic and competitive position.

Using the assigned readings and  online library resources, explain how information technology:

  • Impacts competitive rivalry, such as pricing, promotion, and distribution
  • Enables or dissuades new entrants
  • Enables customers to achieve greater bargaining power
  • Enables suppliers to gain more bargaining power
  • Gives rise to substitute products or services that threaten the existing market

Give reasons and examples from your research to support your responses.Write your initial response in approximately 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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