General Electric

Assignment 1: Discussion—General Electric

Sustained profits come from building a competitive advantage. This advantage can be accomplished not only through good financial return on a specific process but also through the correct capacity decisions that must be integrated into the organization’s mission and strategy.

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric (GE), understood this better than anyone else. Although GE was a profitable and respected company when Welch took over, its financial results during the1970s were troubling to both its investors and senior management. Welch immediately made changes to the company’s structure and management practices. From the beginning, he stressed the importance of being one of the top players in the industry. He told his colleagues that GE should always be number one or number two in all its businesses; if it was not, then their only options would be to fix, sell, or shut down.

Because of this strategic direction, GE today usually dominates the markets in which it participates; and if it does not, then it divests. A major part of GE’s strategy is to be the first or second in every market. As you review the module readings for this week, consider the complexity of GE’s products and its emphasis on vertical integration and capacity planning.

GE’s Profile

The General Electric Company, or GE, is a diversified company that offers
infostructure, media and finance products and services. The company was
originally founded by electrical innovator Thomas Edison. It is also listed as one
of the most admired companies, ranking as number one in electronics and 16th
overall according to Fortune Magazine. For the company’s innovation focus, it was ranked as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Business Week.

GE’s Reach

The General Electric Company is organized into 5 divisions including
“’NBC Universal”, “Technology Infrastructure”, “Consumer & Industrial”, “Energy
Infrastructure” and “Capital Finance”. The company functions in over 100
countries and has over 300,000 employees. For 2009, the company achieved
$11.2 billion in earnings and an industrial cash flow of $16.6 billion. Effective
January 1, 2011, it reorganized the Technology Infrastructure segment into three
segments: Aviation, Healthcare and Transportation.

Services

Chemicals, Petrochemicals, and Fertilizers
Food & Beverage
Government & Public Administration
Metals and Metals Fabrication
Mining (Coal, Minerals, Metals)
Oil & Gas Upstream
Power Generation

GE. (2013). The History of General Electric. Retrieved from http://www.ge.com/about-us/history/1878-1904.

GE. (2013). GE fact sheet. Retrieved from http://www.ge.com/pdf/news/GE-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Using the information above, the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, respond to the following:

  • How does GE’s framework give it the opportunity to be at the forefront of the markets in which it participates?
  • Examine your own firm or a firm you would like to work for in the light of GE’s framework and respond to the following:
    • Does this firm have the means to execute like GE?
    • Which type of resources would the firm require?
    • How could GE’s lessons be applied to this firm?

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

IKEA Analysis Report

Assignment 2: LASA 1—IKEA Analysis Report

What is values-based service? How can a company create value for customers and other stakeholders?

Values-based service is defined as service that is firmly based on the core company values as well as social and environmental responsibility. When the core company values and the social and environmental values are in accordance with the values of customers and other stakeholders, resonance (rather than dissonance) occurs. To be successful, a values-based service business must seek resonance with its customers and other stakeholders in terms of values and avoid any suggestion of dissonance. Companies, such as IKEA, nurture and communicate values in their customer relationships.

Read the article “Values-Based Service Brands: Narratives from IKEA” by Edvardsson from the readings for this module. Using IKEA as the company in point, conduct research, using the Argosy University online library and the Internet, to better understand the “IKEA environment.”

Based on your research, write a report addressing the following points:

  • IKEA’s Marketing (1 page)
    Corporate strategy begins with marketing and understanding the key elements of the marketing plan. For IKEA, describe the following elements of its marketing strategy:

    • How do IKEA’s products, services, and related attributes satisfy the wants and needs known as its value proposition?
    • How does IKEA create a well-defined market position that appeals to customer wants and needs and differentiates its offering from competitive offerings in a process known as positioning and differentiation?
  • Assess IKEA’s strategy using the criteria listed below:
    • Value Chain (1 page)
      Analyze the three sources of value (economic, social, and environmental) in IKEA’s value chain.

      • Explain sources of value as they relate to the wants and needs of IKEA’s core customer.
      • Explain how IKEA’s supply chain supports its value proposition.
      • Explain how IKEA’s focus on customer value (economic, social, and environmental) is reflected in its supply chain.
    • Intangible Products (1 page)
      • Explain IKEA’s intangible products and benefits.
      • Explain how other firms employ this concept of intangibles to erect barriers to entry for competitors.
      • Explain how the concept of intangible benefits is used to increase profits.
    • Customers (1 page)
      IKEA considers the customer to be a critical stakeholder. The IKEA message is directed to the majority of people and what they can afford, and its pricing is dependent on the economic values that serve a majority of its customers.

      • Explain how this approach may or may not maximize profits for IKEA.
      • Explain if this premise is at odds with supply and demand economics. Give reasons for your answer.
    • Performance Measures (1 page)
      Suppose you are a vice-president of manufacturing for IKEA and are responsible for establishing operating performance measures.

      • For all of the performance factors other than quality and cost, create a set of 4–6 performance measures for evaluating your managers that integrates IKEA’s values (economic, social, and environmental) as discussed in the article written by Edvardsson.
      • For each performance measure, identify one specific process measure that demonstrates how well these values are being upheld in the manufacturing activities including suppliers of the company.
      • Recommend how you would develop the workforce to live these values in the workplace. Suggest types of hiring, training, and performance management criteria that you will apply to the workforce.

Write a 6–8-page paper in Word format. Please use 3–7 scholarly articles in your research. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.

Then, develop a short 6–8-slide Power Point presentation (not including the title and reference slides) covering the same information. Include headings for each slide, and provide your talking points in the notes section to explain the content if the presentation is given verbally. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.ppt.

By Wednesday, October 7, 2015, deliver your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.

This assignment is worth 200 points and will be graded using a rubric. Download and read the rubric to understand the expectations.

Click here to download and review the grading rubric for this assignment.

Live Case Project

What is a live case project?

A live case involves a real-world company facing a current complex situation. Your task is to deduce the logical implications of course principles as they apply to this company’s dilemma.  This live case project requires your team to go beyond simply understanding the decision process and enables you, instead, to make actual decisions (recommendations) regarding the company.

What is our team expected to do?

Your team has been hired by (choose one of the organizations below)

Bloomin’ Brands

Home Shopping Network (HSN)

Verizon

as consultants to help them apply a decision process that will result in a solid set of recommendations for resolving their complex problems. Your team should utilize the following consulting steps in your process:

  1. define the complex problems
  2. determine objectives
  3. generate creative alternatives
  4. analyze and evaluate alternatives
  5. propose recommendations

Note that the company may face several problems, which may be inter-related and quite complex. You will need to address the financial ramifications as well as the risks, consequences, and trade-offs of various alternatives and recommended solutions.

How do we get started?

  1. Establish communication with team members and decide how you will meet and communicate.
  2. As a team, come to consensus in the selection of a company from the list posted (you will need to some research to help with your choice)
  3. Complete the team charter, determining how you will break up the writing of the report sections and what role each of you will play in your consulting company and in compiling the final business report.
  4. Individually, work through the consulting steps. Note that the steps are sequential, so each step depends on completing the one before. For this reason, your team should communicate often.
  5. At each step of the consulting process, come together as a team after each of you has worked on the step individually. Come to some consensus on content.
  6. Compile the written business report.

What are the requirements for the final consultants’ report?

Length: Each team member contributes 800 words to the body of the paper.

In addition, an introduction and conclusion should be at least 300 words total. These counts do not include the executive summary or list of references.

Analyses: The final report should include substantial analyses to support team’s recommendations.

Sources: The vast majority of your input should come from other sources – all ideas and concepts gained from other sources must be cited and the source included in the list of references. All citations and references must strictly conform to APA formatting requirements.

Report Format: Your consultant team should produce a business report that includes an executive summary and follows an organized plan for presenting your analyses, recommendations and decision process. Report sections should include:

1. Title Page

2. Table of Contents

3. Executive Summary

4. Introduction

5. The Situation

a. Background of the Problem

b. The Complex Problems

c. The Objectives

6. Creative Alternatives

7. Evaluation of Alternatives

a. Consequences

b. Risks

c. Add sub-points as appropriate for your project

8. Recommendations

9. References

As you can see on the uploaded document, numbers from 7 to 6 is done , I want 7 to 9 within 700 to 850 words

Jesus Film Worksheet And Journal

As a prerequisite to this assignment, view “The ‘Jesus’ Film” at http://www.jesusfactorfiction.com/

Complete the “Jesus Film Worksheet and Journal #2.”

GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

 

Part 1: Jesus Film Worksheet

1)      In order to complete this assignment, access and view The “Jesus” Film for free at www.Jesusfactorfiction.com website.

2)      Not only is it paramount for the Christian to understand who Jesus Christ is in the Bible, but also to know the significance of His life and ministry. In order to more fully understand how the life and teachings of Jesus Christ impact the Christian, watch the film then complete the worksheet.

3)      Answer the following questions using this document as a template.

4)      GCU style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

 

Questions:

 

1.      In the introductory material, key themes such as “sin,” “sacrifice,” and “relationship with God” emerge. How do these themes apply to the story of Jesus? Why are these themes important to a Christian worldview?

 

2.      What do the events of Jesus’ birth reveal about who Jesus is?

 

3.      After His baptism and temptation, Jesus returns to his hometown of <st2:bcv_smarttag w:st=”on”>Nazareth and reads from the book of Isaiah. Several other times, references are made to other books of the Bible, especially as prophecy that Jesus fulfilled. Jesus: Fact or Fiction? is based on the Gospel of Luke. What is the significance of the Bible for understanding who Jesus is?

 

4.      What do Jesus’ healings of others tell us about who Jesus is?

 

5.      What key themes stand out as most important from Jesus’ teaching?

 

6.      Which parable of Jesus is most meaningful in the film? Why?

 

7.      On multiple occasions, Jesus claims to be able to forgive sins. What is the significance of this claim for who Jesus is?

 

8.      What stands out from the account of Jesus’ death in the film? What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for who Jesus is?

 

9.      Compare the film’s presentation of Jesus to the Gospel of Luke. What aspects of the film did you find surprising? Do you feel the film accurately portrayed Jesus, according to the Gospel of Luke?

 

10.  What is the significance of Jesus (who he is and what he did) for a Christian worldview? In other words, why is Jesus important to a Christian worldview?

 

11.  From learning about the life of Jesus Christ, what kind of behaviors do you think Christians should exhibit because of their belief in Christ and His example? 

 

Part 2: Journal on Historicity and Person of Jesus

Use the space below to compose a journal of 250-500 words on the historical and personal attributes of Jesus by answering the following:

What do you believe about Jesus’ person and historicity? Explain how Jesus is a distinct person of the Trinity and yet still considered a single being along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. After reading the lecture, viewing Jesus: Fact or Fiction?, and completing the Worksheet above, what have you concluded about who Jesus is?  Be as specific as you can. Does this align with a Christian worldview? Please explain.

APA is not required for this assignment but solid academic writing is expected.

State Reporting Requirements for Hospitals

State Reporting Requirements for Hospitals

Hospitals must report certain types of information to their state department of health and other state agencies. The specific requirements differ from state to state, and can change over time as well. What remains constant, however, is the need for efficient and accurate methods for meeting these reporting requirements.

To prepare for this Discussion research the statutory requirements for hospital reporting in your state, or another state of interest to you. The National Academy for State Health Policy report in this week’s Learning Resources will provide a good start to your research, but you should do further exploration to fill out your understanding of the state reporting requirements by hospitals in your selected state.

With these requirements in mind, consider the following:

  • What data are needed to fulfill these reporting requirements?
  • Select a particular type of hospital, such as a small community hospital or a large urban facility within a multi-state hospital system, and identify challenges this institution might encounter in complying with these requirements.
  • Review the health information systems you have learned about so far in this course, and do further exploration, as needed, to identify systems that would help in capturing, processing, and providing the data required for those reports.

Post by Day 4 a response to the following:

  • Summarize the state’s reporting requirements for hospitals.
  • Analyze challenges that these requirements might pose to your selected type of hospital.
  • Propose which hospital IT systems might be used to produce the data necessary for these reports. If multiple systems could be used, select which one you think is best and state why.
  • Briefly, describe at least one way in which these reporting requirements contribute to the public’s health, and one way in which this reporting benefits the organization providing the data.

Week 5 Assignment Risk Management Project

Assignment 5 Guidance

 

If you noticed, there is no template provided for this week’s assignment.  In the past, I have found that this has caused confusion.  There are many different types of risk register in use each with its own purpose and use.  If it helps, I have provided an example of a common type of risk register and placed a copy in docsharing.  The first 8 rows are typically hidden and used for drop down lists to control the data being input.  For this assignment, I have made them visible but for most of the cells have removed the restrictions.  Many of the columns have comments attached, so review them first.   You can use this template if you want or you can develop your own.

In either case: Here is what I am looking for:

·      You will need 10 risks described using the risk metalanguage.  Make any corrections to the metalanguage based on my comments in prior assignments.

·      Each Risk should have a qualitative Probability and Impact and the Risk Matrix should be marked appropriately

·      Develop a Risk Response Plan with a Risk Response Strategy, potential triggering event if possible, and a well-developed and well-stated Response Action.  Use the response strategy provided in the text.  This is where you want to focus your efforts

Objective Points Score
Use a title block with your name, date, course and section 2  
Include a one or two sentence description of your project. 2  
Use an appropriate form 1  
Provide 10 well-defined risks using the risk metalanguage. 3  
Fill in the cells for your qualitative probability and impact assessment.   Based on the P-I for each risk add it to the appropriate cell in the risk matrix. 2  
For each risk show a Response Strategy as presented in the text. 10  
Identify possible triggers and risk owners (from your stakeholder analysis). 10  
Finally, discuss in a bit more detail the actions that might be taken to match the Response Strategy. 10  
Total 40  

Avoid is always a tough one typically you avoid a risk by not doing a task or deliverable.

Look at EARNED VALUE to estimate progress

Appellate Brief For GA

I need to do an appellate brief using Georgia as the state.

Review the fact pattern provided below. At this time, Mr. Kant stands convicted of either petit larceny or shoplifting, as dictated by your state statutes, and your office has been hired to handle the appeal. Based on your lessons and reading material regarding legal analysis and writing, legal research, legal citation and appellate procedure, prepare the appellate brief based on relevant statutory and case law from your state of residence. Proper format is outlined in Statsky on pages 600-602, and detailed in your state court rules, form books, etc.

Thoroughly research the issues involved and address the statute/s from your state under which Mr. Kant would be charged and convicted. Locate at least one binding opinion upon which to base your arguments and apply the opinion in a thorough and concise manner. You should also apply any relevant secondary authority that might be used in support of your arguments. In completing this assignment, please focus on demonstrating your research, analysis, citation and writing skills over format of the brief.

Bear in mind that you do not have access to the trial court record for this assignment, which would not be the case in an actual law office setting. Therefore, you may embellish the facts as necessary to fully develop your arguments. Use care, however, not to allow those embellishments to change the issues involved.

FACTS: Sam Kant, stands convicted of shoplifting/petit larceny (as dictated by your state statutes) from Bilmart, a national department store. At his wife’s request, Mr. Kant went to Bilmart on Wednesday, ______, 20___, and purchased a case of six 4 oz. cans of Hoover’s Baked Beans with Bacon. Upon returning home, his wife chastised him for once again failing to purchase what she had requested. Apparently, Mrs. Kant can’t stand the taste of Hoover’s Beans, but is very fond of the Handell’s brand, and was planning to serve them to her book club when she hosted them for lunch the following afternoon. Mrs. Kant ordered her husband to return to Bilmart to exchange the Hoover’s beans for Handell’s Beans.

Upon arrival at the store early the next morning, Mr. Kant found that the line for customer service was extremely long due to Bilmart’s annual sponsorship of a major community food drive. In an effort to save time, and thinking the line might be shorter upon his return, Mr. Kant placed the case of Hoover’s beans into a shopping cart, made his way through the store to the bean shelf, and then added the Handell’s beans to the cart. However, upon his return, the line had not diminished and it was obvious that Sam would be waiting a considerable amount of time to formalize the exchange. Fearing the wrath of his wife should he not return in time for lunch, Sam placed the case of Hoover’s beans inside a cart filled with what appeared to be merchandise returns in need of re-stocking. With the desired Handell’s beans in the shopping cart, Mr. Kant then proceeded to the store’s exit. As he neared the doors, Mr. Kant was approached and detained by store security, who witnessed Sam’s actions, and police were called to the store. Apparently, the cart into which Sam had placed the Hoover’s Beans did not contain returned items to be shelved, but rather, donations to the Bilmart Community Food Drive. Officers Kopp and Slickman questioned Mr. Kant and then cited him for Shoplifting.

Growth in dividends

Question 1

Homework Set #4: Chapters 9, 10, & 11

Due Week 8 and worth 100 points

Directions: Answer the following questions on a separate document. Explain how you reached the answer or show your work if a mathematical calculation is needed, or both. Submit your assignment using the assignment link above.

A. Bad Boys, Inc. is evaluating its cost of capital. Under consultation, Bad Boys, Inc. expects to issue new debt at par with a coupon rate of 8% and to issue new preferred stock with a $2.50 per share dividend at $25 a share. The common stock of Bad Boys, Inc. is currently selling for $20.00 a share. Bad Boys, Inc. expects to pay a dividend of $1.50 per share next year. An equity analyst foresees a growth in dividends at a rate of 5% per year. Bad Boys, Inc. marginal tax rate is 35%. If Bad Boys, Inc. raises capital using 45% debt, 5% preferred stock, and 50% common stock, what is Bad Boys cost of capital?

B. If Bad Boys, Inc. raises capital using 30% debt, 5% preferred stock, and 65% common stock, what is Bad Boys cost of capital?

C. On page 457, your textbook details the term Cannibalization. In your own words, identify two corporations that have dealt with cannibalization and what steps were taken to overcome the cannibalization. Please provide any citations and references. Please be articulate in your responses.

Question 2

Answers provided. Please expand on information provided.

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Directions: Answer the following questions on a separate document. Explain how you reached the answer or show your work if a mathematical calculation is needed, or both. Submit your assignment using the assignment link above.

A. Bad Boys, Inc. is evaluating its cost of capital. Under consultation, Bad Boys, Inc. expects to issue new debt at par with a coupon rate of 8% and to issue new preferred stock with a $2.50 per share dividend at $25 a share. The common stock of Bad Boys, Inc. is currently selling for $20.00 a share. Bad Boys, Inc. expects to pay a dividend of $1.50 per share next year. An equity analyst foresees a growth in dividends at a rate of 5% per year. Bad Boys, Inc. marginal tax rate is 35%. If Bad Boys, Inc. raises capital using 45% debt, 5% preferred stock, and 50% common stock, what is Bad Boys cost of capital?

B. If Bad Boys, Inc. raises capital using 30% debt, 5% preferred stock, and 65% common stock, what is Bad Boys cost of capital?

C. On page 457, your textbook details the term Cannibalization. In your own words, identify two corporations that have dealt with cannibalization and what steps were taken to overcome the cannibalization. Please provide any citations and references. Please be articulate in your responses.

Risk management

Question 1

The final phase of your course project is due this week. It includes the final portion of your risk management project on risk capital at bank, as well as the FINAL project submission. This needs to be done on US BANK.

Risk Capital at a Bank

Write the last section of your risk management plan by addressing the following:

  • Discuss the importance of risk capital to the banking industry, in particular, Wells Fargo Bank, Citigroup, or Bank of America.
  • Describe the steps taken by the bank to ensure it remains solvent.
  • Describe the bank’s process for evaluating RAROC.
  • Be sure to include a concluding paragraph.

Question 2

Directions: Answer the following questions on a separate document. Explain how you reached the answer or show your work if a mathematical calculation is needed, or both. Submit your assignment using the assignment link above.

A. Bad Boys, Inc. is evaluating its cost of capital. Under consultation, Bad Boys, Inc. expects to issue new debt at par with a coupon rate of 8% and to issue new preferred stock with a $2.50 per share dividend at $25 a share. The common stock of Bad Boys, Inc. is currently selling for $20.00 a share. Bad Boys, Inc. expects to pay a dividend of $1.50 per share next year. An equity analyst foresees a growth in dividends at a rate of 5% per year. Bad Boys, Inc. marginal tax rate is 35%. If Bad Boys, Inc. raises capital using 45% debt, 5% preferred stock, and 50% common stock, what is Bad Boys cost of capital?

B. If Bad Boys, Inc. raises capital using 30% debt, 5% preferred stock, and 65% common stock, what is Bad Boys cost of capital?

C. On page 457, your textbook details the term Cannibalization. In your own words, identify two corporations that have dealt with cannibalization and what steps were taken to overcome the cannibalization. Please provide any citations and references. Please be articulate in your responses.

Financial intermediaries

Question 1

Deliverable Length: 400–600 words

Locate 2 transactions in recent financial news to illustrate and explain the roles of financial intermediaries, and banks in particular, in these transactions. Furthermore, explain how these transactions would occur without a financial intermediary.Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

Question 2

How important was Defending capital in civil war?

Please answer like this

1. Call of question

2. Use exact word concepts

3. Organization/Format

INTRO

BLUF

-end of story

BODY

– 3 pieces of evidence

-Subtitles

– Bullets

Conclusion

-recap

-how 3 pieces of evidence were brought together