external environment

CHAPTER 2: ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS – Answer any five(5) of the following seven (7) questions.

  1. Why is it important for a firm to study and understand the external environment?
  2. What are the differences between the general environment and the industry environment? Why are these differences important?
  3. What is the external environmental analysis process (four parts)? What does the firm want to learn when using this process
  4. What are the seven segments of the general environment? Explain the differences among them. Type your answer here
  5. How do the five forces of competition in an industry affect its profit potential? Explain.
  6. What is a strategic group? Of what value is knowledge of the firm’s strategic group in formulating that firm’s strategy? Type your answer here
  7. What is the importance of collecting and interpreting data and information about competitors? What practices should a firm use to gather competitor intelligence and why?

CHAPTER 3: ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS – Answer any six (6) of the following nine (9) questions.

  1. Why is it important for a firm to study and understand its internal organization?
  2. What is value? Why is it critical for the firm to create value? How does it do so?
  3. What is the external environmental analysis process (four parts)? What does the firm want to learn when using this process?
  4. What are capabilities? How do firms create capabilities?
  5. What four criteria must capabilities satisfy for them to become core competencies? Why is it important for firms to use these criteria to evaluate their capabilities’ value creating potential?
  6. What is value chain analysis? What does the firm gain by successfully using this tool?
  7. What is outsourcing? Why do firms outsource? Will outsourcing’s importance grow in the future? If so, why?
  8. How do firms identify internal strengths and weaknesses? Why is it vital that managers have a clear understanding of their firm’s strengths and weaknesses?
  9.  What are core rigidities? What does it mean to say that each core competence could become a core rigidity?

Marketing For Competitveness Assignment 2

For this Assignment, use  any outside appropriate resources to prepare a competitive analysis for an existing product and complete the following:

Imagine that you are asked to provide a presentation on an organization’s competitive advantage to the organization’s board. To choose an organization, you may select your own or one with which you are familiar.

Submit a PowerPoint presentation (9 slides excluding title and reference slides, consistent with APA guidelines) that examines the competitive advantage of your chosen organization. Include the following:

  • Describe the target market and apparent marketing mix of your chosen organization.
  • Conduct a five forces analysis for the selected organization.
  • Choose a competitor for the selected organization and conduct a five forces analysis for the chosen competitor.
  • Finally, evaluate which of the two organizations has the competitive advantage using your five forces analyses. Be sure to identify any leverage or advantages that your organization has in relation to the chosen competitor. Use facts from the two analyses to support your conclusion.

Be sure to use the Notes view in PowerPoint to provide your analysis, assessment, evidence, or examples relevant to each slide.

The Assignment: Barry Computer Company


Prepare a performance report on Barry Computer Company. (Problem 4-23 on pages 140-141 of the course text provides a balance sheet and an income statement for the company.)

  • Prepare your performance report to show calculations for the 14 ratios listed on page 141, as well as a comparison of your computed ratios with the listed industry averages.
  • Write a short memo to your supervisor explaining your findings and your recommendations for improvement.
  • Suggest some ways in which the company can plan to improve below industry average ratio performance.
  • Explain why your recommendations would be effective.
  • Be sure to list your computations in an appendix to your report.

General Guidance on Application Length:

The memo portion of this assignment will typically be 2 pages in length as a general expectation/estimate. You can show your calculations of financial ratios in a supplemental appendix to your memo.

APA format

Frankenstein Application Essay

The Frankenstein Application Essay For this assignment you will write your Frankenstein1 application essay. You are required to submit only your final draft for this assignment though we encourage all students to take advantage of the additional feedback a draft can provide. Use grader feedback, along with the course lessons and your own ideas, to revise your optional draft prior to submitting the required final copy. Literary works like Frankenstein explore the ″human condition″ or experiences that humans encounter. The study guides for Frankenstein offer several ″Real Life Considerations″ meant to help you critically analyze the applications of the work′s themes in today′s world. Now, you will choose one of these topics and explore it using secondary resources to learn more about the novel and its relevant social topics. You might find information about social issues in familiar sources such as magazines, newspapers, or social science journals. Make sure your sources are credible – you do not want a random website or an encyclopedic website such as Wikipedia.2 Your sources will preferably by scholarly ones. Here are some ideas of paces where you might find appropriate sources for this assignment: •Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/ •Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/ (note that this is different from regular Google) •Microsoft Academic Search: http://academic.research.microsoft.com/ •Cornell University′s arXiv (open access sources in math, biology, physics, and other fields): http://arxiv.org/ •Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE): https://www.base-search.net/ •Your local library Your thesis statement and paper must address both the literary qualities and the social issues as you evaluate the novel, Frankenstein. However, keep in mind, your essay does not have to answer ALL of the questions listed under each topic. Only answer the questions you feel are the most relevant to the thesis statement you choose. Develop your essay so it has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Ensure that each of your claims is supported with valid evidence from the novel, Frankenstein, and at least three other credible external sources.3 Using proper MLA style, insert parenthetical citations and signal phrases for all borrowed information in addition to a Works Cited page for Frankenstein and your chosen external sources. You have several options for this assignment: Option #1: Can science go too far? There is an ongoing battle between faith or spirituality and science that has been active even before the time of Mary Shelley. What are some of the dilemmas she addresses that are still important today? What are some of the ethical questions she brings up regarding the scientific definition of life and death?

MegaGlobe Business Solutions

Scenario: You are the CEO of MegaGlobe Business Solutions, a financial consulting corporation based in Chicago that has just recently opened new offices in São Paulo, Brazil and Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. As part of this transition, your employees will now be working collaboratively with employees at these locations to provide financial consulting services in these new markets. To assist with the transition, you will develop an internal leadership blog for your employees that addresses the implications of leading within a culturally-diverse and changing global business environment. This blog should focus on the need to positively adapt to a variety of leadership styles and individual differences within these cultures.

View the videos listed in this week’s classroom materials for ideas about how to effectively lead, motivate, and communicate with your employees about the need to adapt within this changing business environment.

Write a 1,050-word internal leadership blog using the Leadership Blog template, and include the following:

  • Explain the implications of leading within a changing global business environment.
  • Describe the Team Leadership Model and how this relates to your current business practices.
  • Outline positive aspects of gender, diversity, culture, and teamwork that can improve overall business performance.
  • Apply principles of motivational leadership within a variety of diverse cultures.
  • Use at least one image, photo, chart, or graph to deliver a key concept within your blog.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

The following attached template must be completed with the above content being sure to answer all questions.

Applied Learning Assignment (ALA): Strategic Planning for Business Growth

Applied Learning Assignment (ALA): Strategic Planning for Business Growth

 read the following statement pertaining to Redbox:

Redbox has enjoyed explosive success in deploying movie rental kiosks, but will its success be sustainable? In part II of this DQE, you will be required to evaluate and analyze the pros and cons of Applied Learning Assignment (ALA): Strategic Planning for Business Growth. You may elect to perform a SWOT analysis and identify the strategic issues that Redbox management needs to address so that the company can remain competitive. Your evaluation and analysis must include:

• New Strategic plans and recommendations for competing in the future• Significant Research to support and/or justify your plans and recommendations• A plan to mitigate some of the effects of Porter’s five (5) competitive forces• A plan for implementation

Governing magazine

PUB 5409/CJI 6420 Midterm

Read the attached article about a school reform effort in Tennessee called “Pass Fail from Governing magazine.  The article has to do with charter schools, but don’t get distracted by the topic.  Our interest is not in the pros and cons of charter schools, but in applying the many concepts discussed in the Rainey text on how to analyze organizations working in a turbulent environment.  Based on the chapters we have read thus far, see how well you can understanding the situation at Frayser High School.

Would you consider the restructured Frayser High School to be a public or private organization? (Chapter 3)

What is the organizational environment of Frayser High School? (Chapter 4)

What are the sources of authority and influence that impact educational policy at Frayser High School?

(Chapter 5)

How would you define the goals of Frayser High School? (Chapter 6)

How should effectiveness of the school be measured in achieving those goals and why would you select those measures? (Chapter 6)

How would you describe the sources of power that are at play in Frayser High School’s decision making environment? (Chapter 7)

Describe the decision making processes that were used to determine the reforms being implemented at Frayser High School? (Chapter 7)

What suggestions would you make in putting together a strategic plan for Frayser High? (Chapter 7)

What might a strategic plan look like based on your understanding of the situation facing Frayser High School? (Chapter 7)

Your paper will be evaluated along the following criteria:

Demonstrated understanding of the concepts set out in the text.

Ability to apply the concepts to the Frayser High School situation.

Ability to integrate the concepts into a strategic planning framework.

Ability to write at the graduate MPA level.

No outside material is required to complete the midterm aside from the article and textbook. If you choose to use outside material, but sure to cite it using APA format. Governing magazine does have several follow-up articles about Frayser HS. The most recent is: Buntin, J. (2015). Measured growth: One year into Tennessee’s ambitious education reform effort, officials take stock. Governing, 28(12), 36-43.  [Notice how the reference was written is in APA format.] The midterm should have a maximum length of 10 page