Leadership And Organizational Behavior Week 6

Week 6 Assignment

Assignment Goal:  To examine the growth and structure decisions of a major international manufacturer.

Reflection Paper Description:

If one were to chart the growth spurts of Volkswagen over the past three decades, the chart would look like a roller coaster. Plans were for former BMW boss Bernd Pischetsrieder to fix ailing VW when he came aboard in 2002. However, the best laid plans often go astray. VW’s share price is down almost 50% and profits fell by 36%. What is wrong at VW? First, VW has always been able to charge more for its cars because of quality, innovation, styling, and an implied lifetime guarantee. In recent years, however, consumers have decided that the company is going to have to come up with more value for the dollar if loyalty is to be retained. Second, sales in China’s booming market (VW was one of the first car makers on the scene in this giant economy) have plummeted and GM has driven VW from its number one ranking. Third, cost-cutting moves have not worked. Fourth, VW uncharacteristically has labor pains. The CEO has had little luck in reversing these problems because his consensus management techniques are having little impact on VW’s change-resistant bureaucracy. Over half of the company’s 100 managers are not used to making their own decisions. This spells even more trouble for the company in the year ahead.

1. Using a search engine of your own choosing, investigate Volkswagen’s performance over the past two years. Write a brief summary of their fortunes and misfortunes.

2. Visit the Volkswagen website at http://www.vw.com/corporate/. From information supplied, characterize the company’s existing structure.
3. Based on what you have observed in Steps 1 and 2 above, suggest a new organizational structure for the company. Cite any assumptions that you made when you developed your structure.

Parameters:

Your satisfactory completion of this assignment is based on the following criteria:

1.  Accurate description and reference of all concepts and theories used in completing your paper.

2.  Practical examples of concepts that lead to continuing interest in the topic.

3.  Synthesis of concepts and theories from other course activities.

4.  Well-organized, clearly presented work (free from excessive spelling and grammatical errors).

5.  Properly cited sources using APA 6th edition.

MS6010 Course Project Guidelines

 

Your course project will consist of a 15–20-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. These slides will help you present your investment idea to the President and CEO of the public company. As such, the slides must be well crafted to help convince the leader of the company of the need for the investment, the possible risks, and potential returns. Remember, the slides should outline the key points to be made and not overwhelm the viewer with too many details. You will provide the details in the speaker notes for each slide. The slide presentation must include:

  1. Cover page      listing the company, project, date, and presenter.
  2. Sufficient      background so that a potential investor understands the business.
  3. The      investment idea and summary justification.
  4. Enough      historic data from the worksheet you develop in Modules 3 and 4 to give an investor an understanding of      revenues, costs, expenses, cash flows, and potential returns in dollars      and using capital budgeting analysis concepts to demonstrate viability.
  5. The break-even      of the project.
  6. Your final      analysis summary that details why the company should invest the money in      this project.
  7. Speaker      notes in your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to include background      information that you would communicate verbally in a presentation. This speaker      notes content should be the length necessary to explain the outline      presented in the slides. Each slide must have the requisite speaker notes      to explain the material/data presented in the slides as if you are making      a formal presentation and expect to verbalize those words.

This slide presentation is due before the end of class on Day 5 of Module 5 and is worth 25% of your course final grade or 250 points. Combined with the other submitted elements of the project, the total points allocated to this course project will be 500 points or 50% of your grade. The grading of this project will be extensive to match the percentage of course grade. Make sure you provide substantial work in the creating of this project.

Breakdown of Course Project Work

 

Module

Major Task

Points

 

1

Select public company and   begin planning project.

 

2

Seek approval of the   company, project investment idea, and justification by completing the Project   Approval Input in the link provided.

30

 

3

Begin working on the   Excel worksheet provided with the project to outline the revenues, costs,   expenses, and resulting cash flows.

 

4

Submit the final Excel   worksheet showing all data and calculations.

 

5

Submit Microsoft PowerPoint   presentation complete with speaker notes before the end of class Day 4.

470

 

Grading Criteria

 

Assignment Components

Proficient

Max Points

 

By end of Module   2, complete the Project Approval Input and   answer the questions provided.

Selects US public company and provides name   and stock symbol. Explains interest in the company and in the investment   project.

30

 

Excel Worksheet Requirements:

 

Identify the various revenues, expenses,   costs, expenses, and cash flows. If a manufacturing company and investment   deals with projects, the analysis breaks down costs into fixed and variable,   direct and indirect.

All costs, revenues, expenses, and cash flows   required to implement the project are identified, listed, and summed   appropriately

180

 

Calculate the CVP or break-even point for the   project.

Calculations are complete and accurate.

15

 

Calculate NPV and IRR. Provides the numeric   viability of the project investment.

Calculations are complete and accurate.

25

 

Slide Presentation Requirements:

 

Includes a minimum of 15 slides

Each slide is formatted consistently with   proper spelling and grammar.

30

 

Cover page

Cover page listing the company, project, date,   and presenter

10

 

Company summary

Sufficient written background so that a   potential investor understands the business.

40

 

Data from Excel Worksheet

Enough historic data   from the graded worksheet to give an investor an understanding of revenues,   costs, expenses, cash flows, and potential returns in dollars and using   capital budgeting analysis concepts to demonstrate viability.

30

 

Analysis slides

Present the breakeven   and other types of analysis for the project.

50

 

Final recommendations

Provide your final   analysis summary that details why the company should invest the money in this   project.

40

 

Speaker notes on each slide

Speaker notes in your   PowerPoint presentation to include background information that you would   communicate verbally in a presentation. This background information should be   the length necessary to explain the outline presented in the slides. Each   slide must have the requisite speaker notes to explain the material/data   presented in the slides as if you are making a formal presentation and expect   to verbalize those words.

50

 

Total:

500

The company I chose was Lockheed Martin, I would like to have a festival in Pensacola Fl. For children showcasing the robotics the military uses to get the younger generation interested in this type of work and to support our military.

Below is one they are already having in DC, I want one in Pensacola Fl.

USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL

FREE EXPO: APRIL 7-8, 2018

Lockheed Martin is proud to be the founding and presenting host of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest—and only—national STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) event, created to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

This free event features more than 1,000 STEM organizations presenting hands-on,
fun science activities for people of all ages.

Course Project—M3 Working Ahead

Last module, you received your instructor’s approval of your company and actual planned investment. In this module, you need to begin working on the Cost, Volume, Profit Analysis spreadsheet provided for the project to outline the revenues, costs, expenses, and resulting cash flows. If you selected a manufacturing company and the project deals with a product or change in project, you will need to consider direct and indirect costs. Detail out your costs and cash flows. Make sure these are reasonable for the project you have selected.

Before the end of Module 3, you should have all of your revenues, expenses, investments, profit, and resulting cash flows on an Excel worksheet complete with all calculations performed using Excel functions.

You will submit this spreadsheet for review by you instructor in Module 4. It will then be included as part of your final project in Module 5 and is worth 220 points, so be sure to get started on it now.

Course Project—M4 Working Ahead

Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) Analysis

Review the Course Project Guidelines.

In the last module, you completed your estimate of cash flows for your project. In this module, you will calculate the break-even point for the project and the expected financial returns.

· Open the Cost-Volume-Profit spreadsheet that you have been working in and calculate the break-even point.of your proposed project. (Access the CVP template if you have not yet begun this work)

· The project must use a 6.5% cost of capital and a tax rate of 25%.

· Complete IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and NPV (Net Present Value) for the project.

· Make sure you show your Excel formulas or provide calculations so your instructor can review your work.

· You should have also considered key points of any intangible benefits or costs associated with the project and begun supplementing your pro forma statement with sufficient background information to enable a prospective investor to decide if your company is worth investing in.

Assignment 2: Course Project—Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis with Capital Budgeting

In this assignment, your goal is to use CVP analysis in a presentation of your project to enable a prospective investor to decide if your project is worth investing in. You will apply the concepts of CVP analysis learned in Modules 3 and 4 to the project you selected in Module 2.

Review the Course Project Guidelines.

Assignment Overview:

From the Microsoft Excel worksheet you developed in Modules 3 and 4, create a basic pro forma statement necessary to convince someone to provide the start-up funding of the project and then use this information, along with other outside research to create a Microsoft Power Point presentation. The slides of your presentation should be visually appealing—only containing the key points while the speaker notes associated with each slide should provide the essential details.

Assignment Tasks:

To create a pro forma statement:

1. Summarize the company and explain CVP and Capital budgeting. Use outside resources to best explain CVP and capital budgeting.

2. Identify and list the various costs—fixed and variable, direct and indirect—required to execute the project.

3. Calculate the break-even point for the project and the expected financial returns. (This is the work you have been doing in the CVP template). Make sure you show your Excel formulas or provide calculations so your instructor can review your work. Save your final calculations as MS6010_M5A2_CVP_Lastname_Firstinitial.xls. The completed template must accompany the slide presentation.

4. Include a brief discussion of key points of any intangible benefits or costs associated with the project.

5. Supplement your pro forma statement with sufficient background information to enable a prospective investor to decide if your company is worth investing in.

o The detail must have enough historic data to give an investor an understanding of trends.

o You should also have sufficient written background so that a potential investor understands the business. Use the speaker notes area of your presentation to add background information that you would communicate verbally in a presentation. This background information should be 1 to 2 pages in length.

Submission Details:

Support your predictions and suggestions with scholarly resources and empirical evidence. Use APA format to cite your sources. Use this APA Citation Helper as a convenient reference for properly citing resources.

Your submission should include the following.

· Your MS Excel worksheet named MS6010_M5A2_CVP_Lastname_Firstinitial, detailing all calculations.

· A minimum of 15 Microsoft PowerPoint slides (full copy of slides with notes) presentation.

· Include the required information concisely highlighting only the key points necessary for the purpose of this presentation, which is to convince a prospective investor to decide if your project is worth investing in.

· Your presentation should include sections addressing the topics listed and presented in bulleted format, avoiding long paragraphs of content.

· Support your predictions and suggestions with scholarly resources and empirical evidence.

· Use APA format to cite your sources.

· Speaker notes totaling 2–3 pages providing the background summary and details for each slide.

Strategic Plan Part I: Proposal Of A New Division

Purpose of Assignment

Students will have the opportunity to research a company and industry to conceptualize forming a new division of an existing company based on a new product or service. The assigned text and Strategic Planning Outline serve as a guide to complete sections of the capstone project each week. This will allow the student to lay the basic foundation for an effective strategic plan. A final plan will be presented in Week 5.

Assignment Steps

Resources: Strategic Planning Outline and Week 2 textbook readings

Use the Strategic Planning Outline as a guide to complete sections of your capstone project each week. A final strategic plan is due in Week 5. Cite your resources.

Develop a minimum 1,400-word proposal in which you explain the importance of innovation in your selected division’s vision, mission, and values, and determine your business model for this new division.

Include the following:

  • Propose a new product or service for the new company division. The division should be customer-focused with an innovative mission statement. Ensure you are differentiating your product or service.
  • Describe how the division addresses customer needs and achieves competitive advantage.
  • Create a vision and a business model for this new division that clearly demonstrates your decision on what you want your business to become in the future.
  • Explain how the vision, mission, and value of the new division align with the company’s mission and vision.
  • Summarize how the vision, mission, and values guide the division’s strategic direction.
  • Define your guiding principles and values for your division in the context of culture, social responsibility, and ethics.

Cite a minimum of two peer-reviewed references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

GENB, Assignment 3

Suggested Length: 750 to 1000 words

Ethical Theories to Apply: Golden Rule and Virtue Ethics

1. Task

You work in the Ethics Department for ABC Company (ABC). Your department is dedicated to advising its employees about their ethical obligations in the corporate setting. You are an internal consultant who provides advice and most importantly, recommendations for action to employees of the firm. All communications you receive in this capacity are confidential.

Luke, an employee of ABC, comes to you with the following scenario and asks for your advice. He wants to fully consider the situation. Your task is to advise and recommend a course of action based on the specified ethical lenses and facts as given. Below are the facts that Luke provides to you.

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Luke has been asked to work on a project that involves developing land recently purchased by ABC to build an adult entertainment retail store. According to the plan, the land is located on the corner of the neighborhood where Owen, Luke’s brother, lives.

Luke knows that as soon as the plans for the store are made public, property values for the surrounding neighborhood will decrease significantly. ABC plans to publicly announce the project one month from today.

Luke is concerned about his obligations of confidentiality to his company. However, Luke is also very close to Owen, who recently told Luke that he received an offer to sell his house at an “okay” price given the current real estate market. Owen is considering selling but hasn’t made any final decision yet. He wonders if he might get a better offer a few years from now when the real estate market improves.

What is the ethical issue, why is this an issue, and what should Luke do about it?

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For assignment 3, prepare a memo, setting out your analysis and recommendations, that considers ONLY the following two theories: Golden Rule and Virtue Ethics.

Assessment Survey

Walt Disney Company needs you to develop an employee assessment survey that consists of 10 questions and will be administered through email to all employees. She hands you the following requirements that must be addressed within the survey:

  • Integrating a Likert scale
  • Identifying technical competencies on ERP systems
  • Examining skill depth within financial services
  • Reviewing overall knowledge of HR legal compliance
  • Understanding depth of product knowledge
  • Comprehending engineering technical abilities
  • Gathering information on general shipping knowledge
  • Identifying interest in future leaders

Your job is to submit your boss the questionnaire that contains 10 specific questions that integrate the requirements above along with any other necessary pieces of information you believe would add value to understanding the employees’ feelings about their operational knowledge and capabilities.

Additionally, you need to submit a one-page summary that includes an introduction showcasing an understanding of internal assessments. Within the body of the paper, provide comparative research to other possible external surveys. Lastly, within the conclusion, discuss why your survey will add operational value to the organization.

Theoretical Perspectives

In both Critical Thinking options this week, you will analyze a Harvard Business Review Case Study and fill out the “Case Study Analysis Template” found below. Your response to the case study scenario will be no more than 4 pages: everything you think about the problem, all of your suggested solutions, your incorporation of authoritative, credible outside sources, and your final recommendation must fit on the template, along with your justifications. Be judicious in your language use.

Your paper should be 2-4 pages in length, incorporate 3-4 credible sources, be well-written, and be formatted according to CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements.

Submit your downloaded and completed Word file with your name and option # added to the file name for grading by your instructor to the CT Assignment dropbox for Module 2.

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: Amelia Rogers at Tassani Communications

In this first option, you will work on a Harvard Business Review Case Study that deals with workplace conflict.

Option #2:The Team That Wasn’t

In this second option, you will work on a Harvard Business Review Case Study that deals with social conflict.

Theoretical Perspectives: Discussion Forum

Address each of the following in your post for this week:

  • In dealing with conflicts, do you find that you tend toward one orientation over another (passive, passive-aggressive, aggressive, nonassertive, assertive, collaboration)?
  • Are you satisfied with the outcome of conflicts when you act from this orientation? Do you favor the orientation all the time or are there exceptions?
  • In what kinds of situations has nonassertive communication behavior been called for? Were there disadvantages for you? Under what conditions, if any, might this behavior produce an advantage?
  • In what kinds of situations are you most likely to be assertive? Were there disadvantages for you? Under what conditions will being assertive produce an advantage?

To support your discussion, provide one or more examples, which can be fictional or taken from experience.