How might network externalities affect firm operating strategies (pricing, output, and advertising) and firm size?

Business Finance – Economics

Explain why the cost structure associated with many kinds of information goods and services might imply a market supplied by a small number of large firms. (At the same time, one internet business such as grocery home deliveries have continually suffered steep losses regardless of scale. Explain why.) Could lower transaction costs in e-commerce ever make it easier for small suppliers to compete? As noted in Chapter 3, network externalities are often an important aspect of demand for information goods and services. (The benefits to customers of using software, participating in electronic markets, or using instant messaging increase with the number of other users.) How might network externalities affect firm operating strategies (pricing, output, and advertising) and firm size?

Explain how you will monitor the practice of ethical decision making.

Business Finance – Economics

Part one:
This assignment provides you with an opportunity to create a code of ethics for you and your family, as well as to explain the strategies and thought processes that went into developing the code. First, create an original code of ethics for your
family by thinking about your family as an organization. In your code of ethics, please include the following items:
-Guiding principles
-purpose of the code
-core values
-training and education ( how will you train and educate others about the code?)
-definitions
-who it covers
-mission statement
-other pertinent elements you feel necessary to have a comprehensive code of ethics.
The next part of this assignment involves an evaluation ,where you describe the thought process behind the code of ethics that you prepared: For the evaluation part of this assignment, draft an essay to include the following items:
-Identify the key roles of those who have a vested interest in the ethical behavior that your code defines.
– Explain the strategies and thought processes that you used to formulate the code.
-Explain how you would strategically implement and communicate the code to others in the organization.
-Explain how you will monitor the practice of ethical decision making.
– Provide that laws exist and have been enacted for resolving conflict, why do we also need a code of ethics?
In the process of writing your code, you must research the topic of codes of ethics and incorporate at least two articles , no older than 5 years. Your code and evaluation must be at least 1000 words. Format the code as you like , however, be sure it is professional and legible. Format the evaluation part of the assignment by using APA style. Save both parts as one document.

Part Two:
Read “Excellent Strategic Management Showcased: Priceline.com Inc.” As you read,pay close attention to Priceline’s strategy, and write a case study describing the following points:
•What are Priceline’s internal strengths and weaknesses?
•Who are Priceline’s competitors?
•Do you see Priceline’s strategy as effective or ineffective? Why?
Your case study must be at least one page in length, not including a title and reference page. Outside sources are not a requirement for this case study, but if you choose to use them, they must be cited and referenced according to APA standards.

Part three: Just answer questions
1.The global recession forced thousands of firms into bankruptcy. Does this fact alone confirm that external factors are more important than internal factors in strategic planning? Discuss. ( 200 words min)
2.In your opinion, what are the four major external threats facing PetSmart and the four major opportunities? Realizing the importance of quantification in stating key factors, how could your factors be quantified? Identify specific estimates (numbers) for your factors. (200 words min)

Assess how each element listed below influences the interpretation of a message’s meaning:

Managerial And Business Communication

Scenario: You are attending a town council meeting where you meet community leader Fran Richardson who is influential in the transportation business. You and Richardson obviously have a lot in common and your conversation is animated and friendly. As a manager in an engineering firm, you know that Richardson could be a valuable contact. Your conversation is interrupted with the start of the meeting. Richardson says to you, “Let’s meet for lunch. I’ll call you soon.” Students will respond to the following:
Apply the transactional communication model to the above scenario, when you met community leader Fran Richardson. Using each of the model’s elements:
• Explain each component of the transactional communication model.
• Assess how each element listed below influences the interpretation of a message’s meaning:
o Sender
o Receiver
o Channel
o Message
o Feedback
o Noise
o Context
o Simultaneous and Continuous

Once you have written the Code of Ethics, how would you implement to ensure compliance?

Business Ethical

Code of Ethics Begin by preparing of Code of Ethics for a fictional company which should include at minimum ten elements. Once you have compiled the Code of Ethics, respond to the following questions: 1. Why did you include each of the ten elements? 2. Why is a Code of Ethics an important part of every business from an employer standpoint? 3. Why is a Code of Ethics an important part of every business from an employee standpoint? 4. Once you have written the Code of Ethics, how would you implement to ensure compliance?

Select a publicly traded company to research and evaluate its Human Resource (HR) and business strategy,

Assignment 1: Alignment Of HRM And Business Strategies

Select a publicly traded company to research and evaluate its Human Resource (HR) and business strategy, HR department job positions, and ways it markets its company regarding human capital. Some company Websites that provide this information are listed below:
• Marriott: http://www.arubamarriottcareers.com/JobDescriptions.html
• Allstate: http://www.jigsaw.com/id209321_d40/allstate_insurance_human_resources_business_contacts.xhtml
• State Farm: http://www.statefarm.com/about/retirees/news_articles/hr_serv_assist.asp
• Ford Motor Company: http://corporate.ford.com/careers/career-paths/human-resources?&ccode=US
Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:
1. Propose how you would ensure the HR strategy is in alignment with the business strategy.
2. Describe the HR job positions and the responsibilities listed for that HR department.
3. Determine which HR job positions you would prefer and explain why.
4. Analyze how the selected company can establish HRM strategies to improve competitive advantages.
5. Propose three (3) ways that the company can increase diversity.
6. Use at least three (3) 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; 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:
• Examine the role of human resource management (HRM) in organizations and how it supports the organization’s business strategy.
• Evaluate human resource strategies and how these strategies align with business strategies.
• Create a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
• Formulate HRM strategies and policies to recruit, select, place, and retain the most efficient and effective workforce.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic human resource development.
• Write clearly and concisely about strategic human resource development using proper writing mechanics

Who is a manager and how do managers make decisions for the future based on today’s information?

Business Management

Who is a manager and how do managers make decisions for the future based on today’s information?
For this discussion activity, you will complete a scavenger hunt by seeking out two examples of people who you consider to be great managers, along with two examples of folks who are not doing so well. Include some times when they made decisions (either bad or good) based on imperfect information. These examples can be from current events, historical instances, or classic examples.
Conduct a web search seeking two examples of management functions.
• Discuss what you found during your web search.
• Provide a description of your selected key functions and how these affect the 21st century manager.
 Two to four paragraph discussion post (300 words minimum). Justify your explanations by including in-text citations and references in APA format as applicable.

Service quality improvement

Business Finance – Operations Management

The final version of your Research Project should be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages (not including the title page, reference page, tables, appendices, etc.). The paper will be an original business research project that tests a hypothesis of your choice. The research can relate to your place of current/previous employment or other contexts of interest. Sample topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Manufacturing quality/cost improvement
• Service quality improvement
• Systems design
• Accounts receivable/billing/accounts receivable aging
• Marketing/advertising Issues
• Sales of goods
• Investments
• Product safety
• Workplace safety
• Labor pools
• Human resources matters of broad concern
• Population studies
For your Research Project, you will be combining all parts that you have worked on from Weeks One through Five. Your paper should be formatted as follows:
• Part 1: Introduction
o Background information about your research project (Week One)
o Describe the management dilemma (Week One)
o Ethical Concerns (Week Two)
o Develop and explain your hypothesis (Week One)
• Part 2: Literature review
o Background research on at least three scholarly sources (Week One)
• Part 3: Data
o Secondary data (Week Three)
o Measurement benchmark and scales (Week Three)
o Plans for using observations, focus groups, interviews, or surveys (Week Four)
o Plans for analyzing data (Week Five)
o Plans for how to analyze results (Week Five)
• Part 4: Results
o Summarize and display the results of your research. Provide charts, graphs, tables, and so forth, as they might apply to your research.
o State whether you reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis based on your study; explain.
• Part 5: Conclusion
o Summarize the entire study and reflect on it
 Consider the “take-home” message that management and other decision makers can use from this research to make informed business decisions.
 Include the strengths and weaknesses of the study and suggestions for future research.
• Part 6: References
o Include a separate references page and cite all references within the text of the paper.
• Part 7: Appendix
o If applicable

Harley-Davidson: Business Overview

Assignment 3: Harley-Davidson: Business Overview

As a member of Harley-Davidson’s strategic planning team, you have been asked to create a five- to six-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation titled “Harley-Davidson Today: A Brief Overview of the Business” to orient members who have been newly added to the strategic planning team.
The PowerPoint presentation should include at a minimum the following:

• The CEO’s vision and overview of 2009 performance
• The organizational structure and management team
• A brief description of each of the brands/business units and the products and services offered
• Key corporate goals and objectives such as new products, new markets, and new customers
• Total Revenues in 2009 and Net Profit in 2009

Analyze and explain international business strategies, competencies, and competitive advantages

MODULE 6 LEARNING OBJECTIVES – Analyze and explain international business strategies, competencies

Prepare a 1-2 page review that includes a critical analysis illustrating how your response supports the Module 6 Learning objectives.
MODULE 6 LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. 1. Analyze and explain international business strategies, competencies, and competitive advantages

o 2. Analyze and discuss the various organizational dimensions when selecting international organizational structures, including the virtual organization
o 3. Explain how organizations effectively maintain control of global operations
o 4. Analyze and discuss the market indicators and factors that impact the international business, including statistical techniques, market demand, trade missions, trade fairs, marketing research, target market, and market segmentation
o 5. Expand concepts of competitive strategy, organizational design, and control and market analysis through analysis of related research, analysis, and discussion
o 6. Analyze and discuss the role alliances play in international commercial aviation

practice calculating exchange rates and examine some of the key factors that have an impact on foreign exchange

International Business Unit IV Assignment And DQ Question

For this assignment, you will practice calculating exchange rates and examine some of the key factors that have an impact on foreign exchange.Part 1 does not need to be done only part 2. I uploaded whole assignment as well as copied it here.
DQ question
Many financial newspapers or websites say that the U.S. dollar is the strongest currency in the world. Think about the factors that affect exchange rates, and make a case that our currency should or should not be the strongest. In your opinion, what are the advantages to having a strong currency versus a weak currency?
Unit 4 assignment
Part 1:
Your company is deciding to expand to the following countries, and you and two other managers will have to visit these countries to set up operations. You have $1,500.00 to convert in each currency. Compute the exchange amount for each, and complete the table.

Country/Currency

USD value for 1 unit of another currency (as of 2/17/16)

Exchange amount

Japanese yen

$0.008754

Ұ

Euro

$1.1159

British pound

$1.4398

£
While you are visiting each of these countries, you have to buy supplies and equipment for your operations. You want to determine what it is costing you in U.S. dollars. Utilizing the same exchange rates given above, compute the costs into U.S. dollars, and complete the table:

Japanese yen

Computer Ұ167,000.00

$

Euro

Desks & chairs €1,125.00

$

British pound

Printer £575.00

$

Part 2:
Pedro in Costa Rica wants to purchase some wild Atlantic salmon from Hans in Iceland. The fish are purchased in Iceland’s currency, the krona. Pedro’s brother works in a bank and will take care of the transactions free of charge. Pedro has 1,000,000 colons to start with. (There is no transaction fee, and shipping is not calculated at this point.)
How much krona does he have to work with?
Answer:

Country/Currency

USD $ value for 1 unit of another currency (as of 2/17/16)

Euro € value for 1 unit of another currency (as of 2/18)

Costa Rica colon CRC

$0.001909

€0.001745

Iceland krona ISK

$0.00788

€0.007062
The next day Hans decides to purchase some bananas from his new trading partner in Costa Rica. Han’s sister works for an import/export agency and can arrange the transaction in euros with no fee. Hans takes all of the krona he received from Pedro and proceeds to convert his currency to colon. (Note, one country’s currency experienced some weakness overnight.)
How much colon does he have to work with? List your steps and the results you achieved with each step. Also, explain some factors that could cause the country’s currency to weaken.