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And many spiritual leaders would argue that a life without commitments is a life without meaning. So what do Americans do to fill that void? They take on another addiction -- which leaves them feeling even emptier -- and the vicious cycle begins. Some activists even claim the result of living in such a morally-vacuous, alienating, consumer-driven culture is an entire nation suffering from "a collective wounding" (Shaw, 2008). Author Chellis Glendinning wrote in 1994 that our primary needs are "those we were born to have satisfied: nourishment, love, meaning, purpose and spirit. When they are not met, we turn to the 'secondary' sources, which include 'drugs, violence, sex, material possessions and machines.' Eventually we become obsessed with the secondary sources 'as if our lives depended on them.'" (Shaw, 2008)
Behind the Mask
"Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social…
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Anelauskas, V. (1999). Discovering America as it Is. Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press.
Boghosian Arden, J. (2003). America's Meltdown: The Lowest-Common-Denominator Society. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Editors, the Economist. (2011, 02-02). SamuelAdamssinSpirit: What the Arab Papers Say to the People of Egypt. Retrieved 02-20, 2011, from the Economist: http://www.economist.com/user/SamuelAdamsinSpirit/comments
Evidently, the teachers who have been subjected to the survey have already stayed considerably long enough at Vista High school. This just shows that these teachers find this school appropriate for their credentials as a teacher. It is also very clear that not all teachers have served this school since the very beginning of their teaching career. Some of them may consider this school as their second institution of teaching and some may even be their third or fourth.
Presence of Technology at Vista High School
The teacher-respondents are one in saying that they have seen good number of technologies present at school. Having seen much number of technologies in the school means that the teachers are aware of the updated technologies a school institution must have. This also shows that the teachers are already familiar with the different technologies and that they are aware of the advantages and/or benefits…
Similarly, employers may take advantage of this lack and not inform workers of their right to knowledge of the company's policies and procedures regarding safety features.
It is also possible that individuals, particularly those working on a temporary contract basis, are afraid to be replaced when they raise health and safety concerns. Therefore these individuals prefer to take the risk for the sake of the income generated.
In the beach environment and cockle picking industry, the following appears relevant:
The work does not require a high level of education, and therefore tends to attract workers with previously lower or no income. These individuals tend to be uninformed regarding safety standards not only as result of their lack of college or school education, but also as a result of the employer's neglect.
As in the above two environments, time constraints and bullying play a role. Workers are afraid to lose their…
Casciani, Dominic. 2005. Morecambe Bay: One year on. BBC News
Health & Safety Executive. 2004. "Your health, your safety: A guide for workers." HSE 27, Nov, 2004. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse27.pdf
Health & Safety Executive. 2006. "Workplace health, safety and welfare: A short guide for managers." HSE, Sept, 2006. www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg244.pdf
Taking the single most critically important process that Marketing is involved within lead generation, is a case in point. Today Cincom Marketing has project managers who often manage up to fifty to sixty projects across two or more product divisions, yet have only three writers on staff and a group of part-time graphic artists. This equates into a wait time for new projects in excess of six months or longer. Contrast this lead time wait for a new project in Cincom with its smaller competitors who are operating in Web 2.0 time who can create and launch a lead generation program in days, and the competitive disadvantage becomes clear. Compounding this process inefficiency is the resistance to change on the part of the Marketing Vice President who sees social networking as an excellent communications channel, yet is oblivious to its effects on the competitive response of his department. The Marketing…
Tariq A Aldowaisan, Lotfi K. Gaafar. (1999). Business process reengineering: An approach for process mapping. Omega, 27(5), 515-524.
AMR Research (2004) -- Benchmarking the PERFECT Product Launch: It's All in the Mix. AMR Research. Mike Burkett, Research Director, Series. Boston, MA Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Bernard M. Bass (2007) Executive and Strategic Leadership. International Journal of Business, 12(1), 33-52.
Bernard M. Bass (1990). From Transactional to Transformational Leadership: Learning to Share the Vision. Organizational Dynamics, 18(3), 19.
By permitting the evil act to take place, and making it easier for evil to continue to be conducted in the future, an individual is making it easier for evil to be practiced against themselves. This makes cooperation wit evil and evil of its own no matter what one's sense of responsibility says, as it violates the basic and fundamental responsibility to protect oneself.
Even when a witness to the mistreatment of a pet feels its wrong, they might not think it is their place to interfere. This is different from shirking responsibility; this implies a right on the part of the evil-doer to commit evil. The very concept of a right to do evil negates the concept of rights in the first pace, however. If it is an individual's right to commit evil, then why do we have a society or government at all? The point of these institutions…
Full creativity allows the production of greater wealth, for a stronger and more evolved society.
Further in defense of the moral systems or perceived lack thereof in terms of newly created wealth, D'Souza asserts that most wealth currently created is the result of personal effort, rather than means such as inheritance. The wealth can then indeed be seen as the reward for effort, rather than wealth as a result of luck in its pure sense. Morality's role should then not be concerned so much with justifying the accumulated wealth, but rather with using it wisely for the benefit of humanity, creativity, freedom and evolution.
Another characteristic of freedom, as seen above, is the recognition of new and revolutionary ideas, and implementing those when they are superior to the old. In terms of economy this is as true as in terms of morals. Those in power for example refuse to accept…
U.S. statistics indicate that 80% of aviation accidents are due to human errors with 50% due to maintenance human factor problems. Current human factor management programs have not succeeded to the degree desired. Many industries today use performance excellence frameworks such as the Baldrige National Quality Award framework to improve over-all organizational effectiveness, organizational culture and personal learning and growth. A survey administered to a sample population of senior aviation maintainers in 18 countries revealed a consistent problem with aviation human factors and the need for a more integrated framework to manage human factor problems in aviation maintenance.
Human Factors History
Current Human Factor programs in Aircraft Maintenance
Performance Excellence Framework
esearcher's Work Setting and ole
Statement of the Problem
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Human Factor Errors in Aircraft Maintenance Statistics
Current Human Factor Programs in Aircraft Maintenance 13
Aviation Performance Excellence Framework 12
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ashington Rules: America's Path To Permanent ar
ritten by a former Army Colonel, ashington rules: America's path to permanent war (Bacevich, 2010) is a striking analysis of America's pro-military psyche and determination to "to lead, save, liberate, and ultimately transform the world" (Bacevich, 2010, p. 12) through worldwide militarism. Commencing post-orld ar II, the global military presence that has become a fact of American life has been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, though it has significantly drained our resources. hile some critics and this reader take issue with some aspects of Bacevich's book, in many respects it provides a voice of sanity in the face of the U.S.'s now-unbearable global pro-war stance.
Bacevich's book is anything but the compliment, "ashington Rules!" ashington rules: America's path to permanent war (Bacevich, 2010) relates his own educational journey from a pro-military conservative soldier to a questioner who attacks the American…
Bacevich, A.J. (2010). Washington rules: America's path to permanent war. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books.
Bass, G.J. (2010, September 3). Book review - Washington rules - America's path to permanent war. Retrieved on May 31, 2012 from www.nytimes.com Web site: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/books/review/Bass-t.html
Boston University. (2012). Andrew J. Bacevich | International Relations | Boston University. Retrieved on May 31, 2012 from www.bu.edu Web site: http://www.bu.edu/ir/faculty/alphabetical/bacevich/
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Life is ephemeral in nature. In life, occurrences, situations, and circumstances are constantly changing. It is through these changing circumstances that opportunities arise. These opportunities provide life with excitement and wonder. To better enjoy life, a plan of activities is often needed to ensure that an individual doesn't become entrapped by the natural progressions of life. Negative aspects such as complacency, boredom, or animosity towards others can quickly turn life into a struggle. To avoid and alleviate many of these pitfalls, the creation of a personal bucket list is helpful. My list for instance, includes many aspects in which I am personally passionate about. This list, although incomplete, will provide ample excitement and reprieve from the daily rigors of life. Below are my bucket list and the reasoning behind each activity.
Travel to all seven continents volunteer / help out and make a difference.
The world is a…
A preview of capital structure issues
In regards to the overall business environment, capital structure has profound implications of the business, irrespective of its industry. For one, a firm's capital structure is then the composition or 'structure' of its liabilities. For example, a firm that sells $40 billion in equity and $160 billion in debt is said to be 20% equity-financed and 80% debt-financed. The firm's ratio of debt to total financing, 80% in this example is referred to as the firm's leverage. This leverage has implications on the entire firm. For example, leverage in many respects is a double edges sword. On one hand, leverage can amplify gains for firms. However, if used incorrectly, leverage can also amplify loses. As such, firms must be cognizant of its capital structure as complacency can hinder overall business performance. Debt and equity financing, can have a profound implications on the…
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3) Lyandres, Evgeny and Zhdanov, Alexei, Investment Opportunities and Bankruptcy Prediction (February 2007) Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=946240
4) Timmer, Jan (2011). Understanding the Fed Model, Capital Structure, and then Some.
Myth of Marriage and Children
Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth is a book that can potentially transform the reader's consciousness. Beyond being informative, Campbell's analysis of cultural myths is profound; it provokes genuine introspection. The author refers to the spiritual in whatever he speaks about, and yet he never lapses into religious diatribe or dogma. Subjects like marriage are elevated beyond the social to the psycho-spiritual. For example, he calls marriage "primarily a spiritual exercise, and the society is supposed to help us have the realization. Man should not be in service to society, society should be in the service of man," (8).
In light of modern society, Campbell's words hold new meaning. In America, we have few true rituals because we have turned our attention outward instead of inward. The wisdom of life is being denigrated through a preoccupation with technology and material goods. There is little…
This means that you must continually monitor and communicate about possible changes, pertaining to the overall scope of the threat. Once this occurs, is when an entity will have an effective security procedure that will adapt to the various changes that are taking place.
This is significant, because this information can be used to corroborate the overall nature of security threats that could be faced by the SME. Where, this information is useful in helping to identify and address possible operational considerations that must be taken into account. As a result, this will help to provide not only a glimpse of possible security challenges that will be faced, but it will also help to establish an effective IT security protocol.
When you compare this with the previous source, this information can be used to highlight specific security threats that the company we are examining could face. Where, it discusses the…
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Spillover Effect on the Stock Market and Bond Prices in Relation with GARCH
This study examines the spillover effect between bond and stock markets in the U.S. using GARCH. The finding of a unidirectional spillover flow from bonds to stocks in the U.S. is discussed in the light of new marketplace variables that have been introduced into the markets in the previous decade. These variables include the rise of HFT, algorithm-driven trading, and central banking interventionism via unconventional monetary policy. The effect on forecasting volatility, price and return of asset classes, studied through the lens of other commodity price movement and volatility—such as oil and gold markets—creates a compelling picture for why GARCH models may need to be reworked to incorporate new data regarding the new ways in which the 21st century marketplace is using technology and central bank interventionism to shape market movements and market outcomes.
Program Implementation: Investigating the Stagnant Political Situation in Pittsburgh
A Proposal for the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy
This proposal for a program implementation is targeted at the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. The goal of the program is to investigate underlying attitudes among adult female citizens towards the political stagnancy in Pittsburgh. It will seek to determine whether these citizens perceive the political situation as stagnant, if they feel that they are resistant to change, if they believe that Pittsburgh is outperforming comparably-positioned cities, and if they feel like they can make meaningful political changes on the city and county level. The goal of the project is to help the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy understand how to motivate greater female participation in the local political process in order to implement positive female-oriented policy changes.
The organization for…
Cochrane, R. (2009, December 10). Pittsburgh levies "education privilege tax" to pay off public employee pension debt. Retrieved March 1, 2012, from Hypocrisy Reigns Supreme website: http://hypocrisy.com/2009/12/10/pittsburgh-levies-%E2%80%9Ceducation-privilege-tax%E2%80%9D-to-pay-off-public-employee-pension-debt/
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2012, from Slate website: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/01/the_gender_gap_in_politics_why_do_women_vote_differently_than_men_.html
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Human interaction with Glass Cockpit & computerized flight systems
Human interaction with computerized flight systems is viewed by many as the "Achilles heel" in modern commercial flight. hile pilots as the ultimate end-users must bear the responsibility for the systems under their control, it is the designers who must shoulder the burden for taking into account the human factors likely to cause confusion. How information is displayed has a tremendous impact on how it is interpreted. Indeed, graphical displays and glass cockpits are here to stay -- but so too are human pilots."(Krell)
The purpose of this paper is to explore an emerging technology known as the glass cockpit and to seek to explain the human factors that influence the implementation of this technology. This discourse will describe the theoretical issues of the glass cockpit technology and the human factors associated with the invention and subsequent implementation of the technology.…
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Incident and Accident Review. http://www.nlr.nl/public/hosted-sites/ecottris/incacc.htm
Perils of the Glass Cockpit. http://www.npl.com/~tkrell/writings/aviation/glass-cockpit.html
Zara Case Analysis
Zara: IT for Fast Fashion is a unique case study in that it powerfully illustrates how a lack of IT integration and process efficiency can over time force an organization into complacency, lowering the standards of performance due to a lack of real-time market and operations data and analytics. The POS terminals that are running on a discontinued version of the Microsoft DOS operating system is a metaphor of the entire company's approach to using IT more effectively. Adopting a more agile IT architecture based on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform is needed. Integrating ordering fulfillment, distribution and manufacturing is needed.
Zara's management teams are being pulled in spe4rate directions as the company continues to aggressively expand, operating 11,558 stores in 45 countries as part of the Inditex group, 550 of which are branded as Zara stores. Inditex is on pace to open one store a…
Azevedo, S., & Ferreira, J.. (2009). RFID Technology in Retailing: An Exploratory Study on Fashion Apparels. IUP Journal of Managerial Economics, 7(1), 7-22.
Carr, K.. (2010, April). It's about value, not cost. Marketing: Field Marketing Essays,15.
Wujin Chu, & Paul R. Messinger. (1997). Information and channel profits. Journal of Retailing, 73(4), 487-499.
Howard Cox, & Simon Mowatt. (2004). Consumer-driven innovation networks and e-business management systems. Qualitative Market Research, 7(1), 9-19.
Kodak's Slow Adoption Of Information Technology
Corporate history reveals only a few blunders that are as confounding as Kodak's wasted digital photography opportunities; what's more, Kodak was, in fact, the inventor of digital photography technology. The company's strategic failure stemmed directly from its decades-long weakening, with digital photography destroying Kodak's film-based model of business. For several decades, management was unable to realize that digital photography constituted a disruptive new technology, at the same time company researchers extended that technology's boundaries (Mui, 2012). Kodak had a head start into digital technologies and could manufacture industry-leading digital cameras and technologies ahead of competitors. But it took a whole decade for digital cameras to dominate the market for cameras. It was only in 2002 that total digital camera sales finally exceeded analog camera sales. In hindsight, the company possessed over two valuable decades' time for responding to a threat to its existence. Considering…
Chopra, A. (2013). How Kodak and Polaroid fell victim to the dark side of innovation. Retrieved April 11, 2016, from http://betanews.com/2013/12/12/how-kodak-and-polaroid-fell-victim-to-the-dark-side-of-innovation/
Kotter International. (2012). Barriers to Change: The Real Reason Behind the Kodak Downfall. Retrieved April 11, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkotter/2012/05/02/barriers-to-change-the-real-reason-behind-the-kodak-downfall/#76104ac63698
Mui, C. (2012). How Kodak Failed. Retrieved April 11, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/chunkamui/2012/01/18/how-kodak-failed/#2ba088c2bd6a
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Writing a Letter from Birmingham Jail analysis essay offers the student the gift of going back in time to the courage and ferocity of the Civil Rights Movement to examine one of the most eloquent documents of that era. The Civil Rights Era was one of the uglier periods in American history—and one of the most triumphant and inspiring. No document embodies this dichotomy as fully as King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. In it, King details many of the horrors that black Americans have suffered at the hands of white hatred and complacency. Yet, the letter is without a doubt, a document of hope and conviction, inspiration and profundity. This paper details the background circumstances that provoked King in writing the letter and examines closely the brilliance contained in the words, ultimately discussing why it remains such a lauded document even today.
Letter from Birmingham Jail is often…
Kaizen is so engrained in the Toyota culture and the corresponding House of Quality that internally when planned results are not achieved it is considered more of a failure of process and execution (Gong, Wang, Lai, 2009). This is where the TPS varies significantly from American-based approaches to managing variation in results and failure to attain results as well. The Kaizen approach systematically analyzes why a process did not result in the intended goal being attained, and often there is Six Sigma and root cause analyses performed to understand the factors that led to the process not delivering the planned for results (Harrington, 2003).
All of these factors that comprise the TPS are often duplicated by competitors (Dyer, Nobeoka, 2000) so much so that there are often attempts to emulate down to the use of continuous flow, production leveling, pull systems, quick changeover, takt time, and production leveling (Kotani, Ito,…
George Alukal. (2007). Lean Kaizen in the 21st Century. Quality Progress, 40(8), 69-70.
JT Black. (2007). Design rules for implementing the Toyota Production System. International Journal of Production Research, 45(16), 3639.
Bill DiBenedetto. (2009, January). Ripple effect. Journal of Commerce, et.al.
Jeffrey H. Dyer, & Nile W. Hatch. (2004). Using Supplier Networks to Learn Faster. MIT Sloan Management Review, 45(3), 57-63.
Conversely when there is dissension it forces more activity and effort, and risk onto a single member. This actually increases the risk of change not being as positive as it possibly could be.
Another key lesson is accentuating the positive aspects of change and visualizing oneself at the end of the change, successful. This supports the concepts of activity and productivity being more focused on positive change than trying to retain the status quo over time.
There are many excellent lessons learned from the book, Who Moved My Cheese, and this discussion has discussed the most major ones. The short book illustrates how critical it is for anyone to see change as an opportunity to re-evaluate their "cheese" or motivators in life and also seek to create more effective approaches to seeking out change in their lives. Most importantly it sends a powerful message that change must come from…
Steven M. Elias (2009). Employee Commitment in Times of Change: Assessing the Importance of Attitudes Toward Organizational Change. Journal of Management, 35(1), 37. Retrieved January 26, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1632761201).
Matthew Eriksen (2008). Leading adaptive organizational change: self-reflexivity and self-transformation. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 21(5), 622-640. Retrieved January 25, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1550191481)
He does his share of complaining but he does little else to remedy the situation. The truth of the matter is that Gregor did not enjoy much of his life away from work. He never expresses a desire to have more in his life nor does he express any regret, until he is a bug. In "A Hunger Artist," our hunger artist chooses to live a considerable amount of his life behind bars being a public spectacle. hile he can communicate with onlookers, he is separated from them by the bars and the setting in which he finds himself only forces him to interact with individuals for a short amount of time. Once they have become satisfied with his spectacle, they move on and leave the artist to his own thoughts. Our hunger artist is aware of the world that exists around him but it does not seem to affect…
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CRNE Event and Response
Over the last several years, the safety of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive related weapons (CRNE) has been increasingly brought to the forefront. Part of the reason for this, is because downfall of the Soviet Union has meant that acquiring these materials from failed states have increased exponentially. As, the stockpiles in many of these areas have questionable security procedures that are allowing terrorist and other rogue organizations to have access to these materials. (Prosser, 2011)
At the same time, the total amount of countries that are possessing these materials have increased dramatically. As different nations, are using these weapons to protect against possible military attacks or internal insurrection. In a number of cases, the majority of states that possess CRNE's are more than likely considered to: have questionable human rights records or they may not have signed different international provisions limiting the proliferation of…
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September 11, 2001, most Americans went on with their daily activities without fear of invasion of their own country. They read about the bombings and wars in other countries, but did not believe that similar events could happen in the United States. Those men and women who lived through World War II naturally recalled exactly what they were doing when they heard about Pearl Harbor. Yet, since that event happened so many years ago, even these individuals assumed that their land was now protected. After September 11, 2001, these peaceful thoughts were shattered, but for how long? Are Americans going back to their complacency? Do they now once again believe that the country is once again invincible?
Many people who were watching television at 8:45 AM, Eastern Daylight Time, on September 11, 2001 thought they were watching a commercial for a movie when they saw an explosion of the north…
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Emergency Management: Hurricane Katrina and Lessons Learned
In late August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina became the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and was its most deadly and destructive. The federal and state governments' responses to this natural disaster have been heavily criticized in the mainstream media as well as by the hundreds of thousands of victims of this disaster in the years that followed. Although it is far too late for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, there were some valuable lessons learned from the disaster that have been used to help formulate improved responses in the future. This paper provides a review of the relevant peer-reviewed and scholarly literature concerning the emergency management of Hurricane Katrina, followed by an assessment of the various lessons that were learned. A summary of the research and important findings concerning these lesson learned are provided in the conclusion.
eview and Discussion
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Collaborate on what? Seeking common ground in regional all-hazards preparedness training. Journal of Environmental Health, 69(6), 28-31.
HIV / AIDS on African-American Community in U.S.
Certain diseases occur more frequently within certain communities or ethnic groups. In part, this can be connected to genetics, heritage, environment, or the habits of a given cultural or ethnic group. This phenomenon is no different with HIV / AIDS, an illness which has been aggravated in the African-American community. HIV stands for the human immunodeficiency virus, a virus which can eventually turn into AIDS, also known as the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV / AIDS is believed to have come from a chimpanzee in West Africa: "They believe that the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV) most likely was transmitted to humans and mutated into HIV when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Studies show that HIV may have jumped from apes to humans as far back as…
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Gelaude, D.J., Sovine, M.L., & Sawxyer, M. (2013). Hiv prevention programs delivered by community-based organizations to young transgender persons of color:
Lessons learned to improve future program implementation. International Journal
The situation facing this organization is that it has experienced a lack of leadership and a lack of strategic direction. The problem is not just with the Executive Director. The ED has avoided taking direction from the oard for around ten years, but the oard has not yet fired the ED. So this is a huge problem with leadership at all levels of the organization. Clearly, there is also no strategic direction with the organization. Its programs are deteriorating, and losing donors as well. The entire organization is in slow decline. One has to imagine this affects the morale of all involved as well. It is worth considering that this is a long-term problem, and if leadership does not change -- and after ten years why would they? -- the likelihood of meaningful change is slim to none. This report will outline some of the strategic options, but we…
Bazerman and Moore (2009) note that there is such a thing as change blindness. That is probably what has happened here. The new ED was useless and since he came on board the organization has gone downhill. Its programs have deteriorated, it has lost donors, and the organization has lost prestige in the community. The ED lies at the heart of the problem, but the Board has made a significant contribution to the problem as well. When the ED stopped taking direction from the Board, the Board allowed this. When the organization gradually went downhill, the Board members did not see that this was occurring until now when it is too late to salvage the situation without a dramatic organizational change program. When it comes to strategy, the Board is responsible, whether the ED is listening to them or not. If not, then they need to terminate the ED. So that is the first place to start here.
But the second place to start is to begin to remove some of the complacency from the boardroom. There needs to be responsibility at that level that the organization cannot be blind to subtle changes in the environment, but must instead constantly work to evaluate the environment and make strategic adjustments accordingly. Complacency is dangerous, and this situation illustrates the dangers of complacency.
Bazerman, M. & Moore, D. (2009). Judgment in Managerial Decision Making. John Wiley & Sons.
Organizational Change: Organizational Flexibility and Sustainability
In a rapidly-changing marketplace, organizations need to ensure that they are flexible enough to adapt to new and emerging changes (Halkos & Bousinakis, 2012). Multinational corporations ought to ensure that they can adjust their organizational cultures and structures to respond effectively to technological, legal, and cultural changes in their external environment (Hila & Tzafris, 2011). One of the organizations that has been able to do this effectively is Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, which currently operates over 11,000 stores in 28 different countries. These countries have different cultures, values, and ways of life, but still, the retailer has managed to thrive, adapting its internal systems effectively to respond to the needs of consumers.
From a cultural perspective, for instance, Wal-Mart has been successful in both China and the United States despite the two having substantially different cultures. It has been able to…
Gereffi, G. & Ong, R (2007). Wal-Mart in China: Can the World's Largest Retailer Succeed in the World's Most Populous Market? Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 9(1), 46-49
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Poject Management at Boxe Pumps Limited
Poject management is a cucial undetaking in evey oganization. It implies the application of methods, pocesses, expeiences, skills and knowledge in a bid to achieve the objectives of the poject. A poject is intentional and geaed towads the achievement of cetain specifications. A poject efes to a tansient and unique endeavo that is done to meet the planned objectives. These objectives ae definitive and could be in the fom of outputs, benefits, outcomes, all with figuative measuements. While seeking to achieve these meits, the poject has to be put into diffeent sections in the fom of depatments, which will wok hand-in-hand like a system since simila objectives bind them. All the depatments have to meet the equiements that compise a poject like a scope, the costs of poduction, the time, and the quality of the pocesses and poducts. This study has exploed on the…
references of the customers while lowering the costs under control. Second, the company should create a modern, supply chain organization that is end-to-end (Bolstorff & Rosenbaum 2007).
The company should not manage the supply chain in separate tiers as it has been doing. Instead, it should use sophisticated data analysis in real time. For instance, the company should appoint one person to carry out end-to-end performance for delivering improvements for the projects between different tiers and its traditional functions like procurement, marketing, and manufacturing. Finally, (Pei et al. 2016) has stated explained that Boxer Pumps Limited needs to set standards of performance. With this strategy, it should allocate incentives to the supply chain to deliver the most value for the business while checking on the risks involved. In such a case, the company should learn how to use not just capital, service and cost, but should include the needs of the business, the market segments, and the product.
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At the same time, they could instrumental in helping the school district to identify specific grants that could address their underlying needs.
Evaluates and critiques the effectiveness of the budget narrative in clarifying budget items that need explanation and elaboration.
There are several different areas of the budget that would need further explanation to include: more detailed information on the payroll costs, professional services, operating costs, overtime hours and capital outlays. This is important, because these figures are quoted as a total amount. There are no projections as to how they are have changed, from one year to the next or the underlying trends that are taking place. At the same time, you have the lack of detailed information, on how this money is being spent and the analysis process that was used. These different elements are important, because they are showing how there is a possible lack of transparency…
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At which point, managers must be able to challenge them on an intellectual level. In many ways, one could argue that the most successful organizations will address these basic needs and will then find a way to continually challenge their employees (at the levels of self-actualization).
Incentives Offered to Employees to keep them Motivated
There are a number of different ways that executives can motivate employees the most obvious is: addressing the basic needs of everyone. Where, employers have to offer benefits that will go above and beyond their competition to include: having generous health insurance, increasing flexibility in how employees plan their schedules, the ability for the staff to prepare for retirement and those little extras that can improve the work environment (such as: health club benefits, employees discounts, company parties along with child care). These different elements are important, because they will address the basic needs of employees.…
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This establishes a system to addresses the different areas of competence within an organization. ("Case 26 Samsung Electronics," n.d.)
Evaluation of Resources
The most valuable resources that Samsung would have are: their employees. This is important, because the staff can help management be able to improve their products and services. At the same time, they can help increase quality and how long it will take to introduce a new product to the market. ("Case 26 Samsung Electronics," n.d.)
When you analyze the various KSF weaknesses in comparison to other competitors, it is clear that the biggest weakness facing Samsung is: innovation. Where, a rival could develop a product that is the equivalent of the I Phone. Once this takes place, it could put the company at a distinct disadvantage, in trying to catch up with the innovations introduced by a competitor. ("Case 26 Samsung Electronics," n.d.)
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The apathy of private landowners discussed earlier may be due to the feeling that one may not feel that individual efforts are important. However, the case in Waldo, Florida demonstrates just how important the actions of one individual can be in averting danger.
Bend, Oregon has developed large community efforts to help reduce fuel in the area. They open up the landfill several times a year free of charge to allow citizens to dispose of debris from thinning and pruning (NCS, 2003). Thinning and pruning around houses creates a barrier of defensible space should a fire threaten. The landscape and fire resistance efforts in Bend have become a social factor.
These case studies demonstrate how communities can be spurred into action. The study conducted by eams, Haines, & enner et al., (2005) found owner apathy as the number one obstacle that they faced in preparing communities in case of a…
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Lastly the focus on Clan through the use of the cultural aspects discussed in the first question also supports its unique ability to continually create greater levels of innovation and growth over time. Adhocracy is critical given the intellectual abilities of the people the company attracts and retains, as they are more interested in attaining objectives even if it means cutting across functional lines of authorizing rather than being governed by a strict hierarchical framework. The clan aspect of the structure of the competing values framework is critical for the continual growth and maturation of the culture, so highly attuned to the development of innovation instead of embracing the status quo as is the case in so many other cultures. The foundation of Google's innovation is its ability to create norms, values and core beliefs as part of its Clan as defined with the Competing Values Framework. The combining of…
There are few Carl Sagans in the world today. Sagan was a dynamic scientist whose discussions about the universe were conveyed an excitement about the unknown and the opportunities for exploration that was contagious. There is a weighty apathy that permeates the American collective that needs to be reinvigorated with the excitement, hope, pride and enthusiasm of yesterday. It is perhaps time to move beyond the shuttle and space station programs, and time for more in depth exploration and colonization of the moon with an eye towards that as a jumping off point for a manned mission to Mars. It is time for NASA to be innovative, and to think of tomorrow by encouraging and attracting the youth of today - perhaps with video games that incorporate the science of space exploration and development. One never knows what untapped young genius might become the next great space explorer.
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" Of these respondents, over 50% of them stated that they lack a disaster recovery plan (Anthes, 1998). However, most of the problems stem from the lack of communication at the corporate level. (Hawkins, et al., 2000).
Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and other forms of strategic planning are no longer a luxury, but a must-have factor and an important element of any organisation's risk management system. Organisations are increasingly dependent upon it systems and infrastructure and eventually subjected to many risks, so business is inherently risky. How long can your organisation afford system downtime? How long does it take to recover a disaster; and, what does it cost? These kinds of questions are the ones that have to be addressed for BCPs. Also important, however, is using strategic planning to look toward the future and determine where a business wants to be at a specific point, so that plans to…
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Bauman summarises these factors by referring to the methods of scientific and bureaucratic rationality and logic which reached extreme levels during this period in Germany. While on the one hand bureaucratic rationality can be seen as a positive aspect in relation to the ordered development of society, it can also be seen as the underlying cause that led to an atmosphere of moral distancing and irresponsibility.
In respect to the theoretical view of civilization and society espoused by the theorist, the above discussion highlights Bauman's view that sociology as a science has not taken into account the full implications of the rational-scientific worldview. This is evident from his critique of the Webber's model of sociology as a science that follows the rational dictates of modernism. (Bauman, 1988, p. 478) As the author states;
The anxiety can hardly abate in view of the fact that none of the societal…
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The expectations for these kinds of changes will be to see gradual shifts at first. Where, it may not seem like anything is changing at the facility. However, over the course of time, these kinds of changes will be obvious in the quality of treatment that is being provided will improve. As a result, the strategy will take approximately one year to fully implement a change in the atmosphere of the operating environment.
To ensure that these improvements can continue to be built upon a new system will be introduced of monitoring for shifts that are occurring. In this case, the committee that was established to implement these changes will become way of: monitoring the kinds of treatment that is being provided and the challenges that are facing the facility. This will be accomplished by having outside consultants conduct anonymous surveys of patients, staff members and within the community. They…
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Lessons from the Great Depression, William Watson is comparing the current recession with the time frame between 1939 and 1940. This is when ritain and France had declared war on Germany after its invasion of Poland. However, no real hostilities took place between the two until Germany invaded France in May 1940. The time when there was little conflict that was occurring, fooled many people into thinking that the war and the subsequent events would not be as bad as feared. Once this occurred, it caused the public to have a sense of complacency about these events and the impact that they would have on the lives of ordinary people. (Watson, 2009, pp. 41 -- 44)
According to Watson, a similar situation is occurring with the recent financial crisis that has taken place. This was sparked initially by doomsday predictions that many in news media were making about: the bailouts…
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They just assume that the autopilot will take care of flying the plane, and their skills get rusty with lack of use. Then, if something goes wrong with the autopilot system the pilot and his or her crew members may not know what to do and they may not react as quickly as they need to in order to protect the passengers and the rest of the crew members from serious harm (Human, 2009).
The majority of people need to sleep approximately eight hours each night. If they do not get that level of sleep, they can be overly tired and that can cause them to make more mistakes than they otherwise would (Human, 2009). However, someone who has gotten eight hours of sleep is not necessarily caught up on his or her sleep. The quality of sleep the person has gotten and how tired he or she was before…
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The localized supply chains are also critically important for better understanding how market requirements change over time in OP-based regions and nations of the world. The many steps required to create an effective supply chain in a given OP-based region differ drastically from creating one in a more affluent region of the world. The focus on speed and transactions and the ability to increase velocity is the priority in these markets. In OP-based nations the perspective shifts to understanding the dynamics of the market first, and then using these insights to create local competitive advantage. These lessons learned, specifically in the case of SAMiller and others lead to a more effective supply chain formation, management and optimization strategy over the long-term.
Creating and executing effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs that serve as market frameworks, defining and executing more effective direct Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategies with host nations…
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The short-term effects of only one year.
hat this researcher also found enlightening was that the population of those working in the psychological field can accept many 'syndrome' type findings, but when it comes to a syndrome espoused by those who believe women who have abortions are affected by a post-abortion depression syndrome, those same psychological experts show scorn and disdain for such espousals.
One study agrees, stating that; "since the 1960's mental health professionals...have recognized disorders such as postpartum depression....can have a negative psychological impact on both mother and child these same constituencies have almost universally rejected the existence of Post Abortion Syndrome because of the lack of supporting scientific evidence or strong political support. (Psychology pg 117).
Other studies show that women no longer feel that abortion is anything more than an everyday procedure.
One study; "presents evidence that abortion is not likely to be followed by severe…
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51). As the events of the early 20th century unfolded, it was becoming increasingly clear that America's destiny was writ large and included expansive involvement with the international community. In this regard, Legro writes, "Rigid adherence to tradition & #8230; met with disappointing results setting up a 'Do Something!' dynamic that undermined the no-entanglement position" (p. 50). These shifts were attributable as well to changes in the general public's views about issues abroad, galvanized as they were by Pearl Harbor. Here, there appears to be a source of change to foreign policy because "the United States had an aversion to institutionalized involvement in great power affairs before orld ar II and yet embraced such commitments after orld ar II" (p. 52). This commitment included the kinds of military involvement that would shape American foreign policy throughout the second half of the 20th century. According to Legro, "Internationalism implied a basic…
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NY: Cornell University Press, 2005.
history of events in the twentieth century, one might surmise that the twenty-first may not be all that different. Why? ecause human nature and the pursuit of self-interest has not changed from one century to the next. To explain what drives international relations, Joshua Goldstein provides a brief history of the world, in addition to information about the geographical features and the consequences of different nation's economies. (Goldstein, 2003) The beginning of the twentieth century was marked by relative peace in the world. The Franco-Prussian wars were at least three decades into the past. Nobody would envision that the worst horrors of a global scale wars were in the near future. In as much as Goldstein avers that the First World War was wholly unnecessary and it was, at least in its inception, a macho exercise (p. 37), one can believe that war is part of human nature.
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The Impact of the Pro-Life Movement on Abortion Rates
The Impact of the Pro-Choice Movement on Abortion Rates
The Future of Roe v. Wade
When Does Life Begin?
A Comparison of Abortion Practices in Different Countries and the United States
The Current Status of the Abortion Debate in the United States
How Will the Trump Administrations Stance on Planned Parenthood Affect Abortion Rates in the U.S.?
How the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Movements have Affected Americans Public Opinion about Abortion 
II. The Pro-Life Movement
III. The Pro-Choice Movement
Despite becoming the law of the land in 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Courts decision made abortion legal, pro-life advocates continue to hammer away at the laws concerning the status of human embryos and fetuses in an effort to eventually reverse this landmark decision. In response to the growth of pro-life organizations,…
Outline of Critique of .E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
Collective Nature of the ork
Black Spirituals as Thematic Introductions
Black Spirituals as conveyors of historical record
Black Spirituals as oral tradition
Assassination of Booker T. ashington and others who agree with him
Capitulation to society as it is, rather than the way it should be for blacks
DuBois, is one of the greatest African-American thinkers, oraters and writers of history. His works are often bold assassinations of the development of the Black, former slave class in the U.S., through periods were they repeatedly faced bold and subtle racism but were simultaneously expected to be successful, because laws were, "better than they used to be." DuBois' work The Souls of Black Folk, though constituent of several divergent essays is to many the source and center of nearly all his messages regarding the truth telling that…
Denton, Virginia Lantz. Booker T. Washington and the Adult Education Movement. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1993.
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Selling enterprise software with channel partners requires Microsoft to create a separate department just for training, coordination of pricing and product requests, and also define entirely new delivery platforms for the applications as well. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform has been legitimized by Salesforce.com. Microsoft is reinventing itself to in this area so they can better sell with resellers and partners, and also better capitalize on the growing popularity of the SaaS platform as a delivery option for their software. The catalyst of these major shifts in strategy is a direct result of the global recession drastically slowing down the sales of enterprise software.
Open Source Competition
By far the most strategic threat to Microsoft is open source software. There are many business models that open source software vendors use and rely on, with the most prevalent being the requirement of a one-time price to purchase the application and optional yearly…
(Babu, Dalal, 2006)
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Imaginative aspects of decision making in organizations are also pervasively found in advertising and marketing, where the competition for attention of specific messages can be exceptionally high. Using this aspect of creative intelligence to compete more effectively, organizations choose to define their brands more imaginatively on social networks for example than has been the case in the past. The imaginative aspects of creative intelligence also are aligned with transformational leadership, in that both of them combined can redefine an organization over time (owe).
The last facet of creative intelligence is inspiration. This is at the center of the intersection of transformational leadership, organizational structure and creative intelligence (Boyatzis, 22). When decisions are influenced by inspiration, transformational leadership values of accountability, authenticity and transparency all become motivators towards the attainment of exceptionally challenging goals. Decision making that includes inspiration as a creative intelligence often is based on a fundamental shift in…
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Imagining a leader with an exceptional level of dominance or autocracy there is no way this harmonious vision will be realized. This is in fact a serious flaw to the overall book. There must be the appropriate management and leadership styles anchored in emotional intelligence for this entire framework proposed by the author to work.
Scalability of Business Models
Another criticism of the book is the assumption that processes created for the business at start-up can scale over time to be franchised, replicated across multiple locations. This is debatable; consider the role of service and system integrators in the computer industry that have exceptional knowledge of ERP system development and integration yet are competing on price to win deals. The salaries of employees need to scale this enterprise can be easily over $150,000 a year, in fact the best SAP system architects can easily make this. How does this model…
The second HRM issue is that of training. The steel industry being characterized by mature firms, often supported by government, can breed complacency. Nucor needs to ensure that management at its acquisitions and joint ventures has a high level of training in the systems and techniques that Nucor uses to drive its innovation. This training needs to be diffused throughout the organization. This increases risk, however, in the joint ventures because Nucor's management systems are a source of competition advantage and they are disseminating those systems to firms with whom they compete on the global market.
The third HRM issue that may arise is that of compensation. It is difficult to attract top talent in low-cost mature industries because sometimes the pay is not as high due to cost control measures -- particularly at Nucor where perks are few -- and because steel is simply not a sexy industry. Developing…
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However, because it was so uncommon, it was a big deal. heatley was accused of "acting white'" (Gates), according to Gates, and this accusation was along the same vein as "getting straight A's, or even visiting the Smithsonian" (Gates), Gates reports. The irony is palpable and Gates puts it succinctly when he says, "we have moved from a situation where Phillis heatley's acts of literacy could be used to demonstrate our people's inherent humanity and their inalienable right to freedom, to a situation where acts of literacy are stigmatized somehow as acts of racial betrayal" (Gates). He is correct. Somehow publishing heatley's experiences with and her opinions of slavery create a tension that is strange. In a moment when pride is all that one should feel, the argument is turned on itself. heatley "would weep" (Gates,) writes Gates. The one thing a community does not want to do is back…
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Instead, we find two highly actionable and yet passionless men. In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Stoppard has fleshed out two men inevitably bound to their fates by the passions and wills of those around them, creating a compelling discussion on the balance between fate and free will. Stoppard develops twin personas through whom the passive complacency of man is examined, with basic impulses of self-preservation, concession to authority and a willingness to be moved by the desires of others ruling idle lives inexorably approaching deaths which will be overlooked by all. In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Stoppard creates two tragic figures that reflect the philosophical idleness of the average man, using their baseness, incomprehension and apathy to offer a critique of society.
Introduced in one of their frequent, pointless games, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern immediately reveal themselves as internally contradictory figures. Clearly intended as comical figures in the spirit of Shakespeare's classic fools,…
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The USA Patriot Act: This was a law that was passed after September 11th. It is giving the police and intelligence officials the power to go after terrorists organizations easier. As it lifted various Constitutional protections when investigating these offenses.
Counter Terrorism: These are the activities that: federal, state and local officials are taking to prevent future terrorist attacks.
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD): These are weapons designed to inflict large amounts of casualties. These include: chemical, radiological, biological and nuclear.
These different terms are important, because they will help to avoid confusion and will focus the reader on understanding the overall scope of the problem.
Limitations of the Study
The limitations of the study are that the information we are presenting, could be pointing out a number of different problems. Yet, beneath the surface they are failing to identify possible changes that could have already been implemented by federal…
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He individually abuses the essayist in the following manner: "Even a city slicker should be able to see why dogs belong in pickup trucks," whilst pronouncing Humane Rights individuals to be "bleeding heart[s]"
He is also not addressing the point of the article, which was not to maintain that animals should not be riding in trucks but should rather be restrained from falling out. In this manner he is committing Ignorati Elenchi (an irrelevant conclusion) where he is reading an inappropriate conclusion to the argument. Furthermore, he is appealing to pity ("All dogs love riding out in the air. They need room to jump around") rather than to logic.
And in summary form, this is not an argument: the writer is simply emoting and presenting his opinion in an impassioned aggressive manner.
This type of letter might appeal to a particular "hard-working citizen" (possibly overwhelmed with the problems of trying…
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Speech and Writing Are Not Synonymous. You doin this weekend? Before I left. To buy a book. These are all examples of fragments used in everyday speech. Pay attention to your day-to-day conversations and see how many fragments you can identify and share these with your classmates. What can we do as writers to alleviate fragments from our writing? Topic 2
Finally, WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (ohio.gov, 2011). WIC offers programs to ensure adequate nutrition for low-income women and infants, during and after pregnancy (ohio.gov, 2011). WIC also offers referrals for "prenatal and pediatric" health care through Medicaid (ohio.gov, 2011
Identify the philosophical attitudes and perspectives that have led to either the support or lack of understanding for and marginalizing of this group.
Women have faced many challenges that do not generally apply to men, including violence and abuse, low relative wages, unequal opportunities in the workplace, insufficient prenatal and general health care, and a lack of emotional and financial support for single-parenting. Progress along these lines has sometimes been slow due to discriminatory attitudes against: women in general (sexism, or objectification leads to abuse), women in the workplace, women who have children when unmarried, birth control and abortion, and low-income women.
Antonopoulos, R. (2010). Social Protection for Woman. UN Chronicle, 47 (1), 22+.
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ohio.gov. (2011). Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Retrieved 03-04, 2011, from odh.ohio.gov: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/ns/wicn/wic1.aspx
" (Frankel, 1963, pg. 122) This is important, because it show how studying Holocaust literature can teach everyone something about themselves that they may not have been fully aware of.
Choose one of the short stories you've read during this lesson and explain how it meets or does not meet the requirements of a modern short story, as explained in your text. Your response should be at least three paragraphs long, explain the criteria you used to evaluate the story, and explain whether or not the story meets the criteria
The story that was evaluated was Mans Search for Meaning. Technically, this fits the definition of short story by: talking about events that actually occurred (in an investigative format). This is important, because it show how this piece of literature would follow pattern of many authors, by discussing various events that had an impact on their lives. (Frankel, 1963)
Frankel, V. (1963). Mans Search for Meaning. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
', the prime Apollo 1 command and service modules contractor. A task force review was conducted and headed up by Samuel C. Phillips, Apollo Program Director. Phillips conducted an extensive investigation of the management of the contractor on programs and recommended remedial action for North American Aviation, Inc.
J. Budget Impacts at NASA
It is reported that NASA did not feel effects from the accident budget-wise of the 1967 fiscal year however the Apollo 204 accident "therefore, will appear in future years as is evidenced bit the increase in the total runout cost estimate for the Apollo program." (eport of Apollo 204 eview Board-- NASA Historical eference Collection) Findings of the Apollo eview Board of the Apollo accident reported having "…determined that the test conditions at the time of the accident were 'extremely hazardous by either NASA of the contractor prior to the accident." (eport of Apollo 204 eview Board--…
Hill, William C. (2000) Final Report: Inspection of Apollo 1/204 Hardware. September 2000. Retrieved from: http://www.xmission.com/~jwindley/bibhill.html
Report of the Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences United States Senate with Additional View. 30 Jan 1968 Apollo 204 Accident. 90th Congress 2d Session. Report No. 956. Retrieved from: http://klabs.org/richcontent/Reports/Failure_Reports/as-204/senate_956/index.htm
Hill, William C. (2000) Final Report: Inspection of Apollo 1/204 Hardware. September 2000. Retrieved from:
takeholders I might seek input from takeholders are defined as "those key individuals (or groups of individuals) who have an influence over either decision-making or implementation (or both) either directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly" (Begun & Heatwole, p.25). They can be a wide array of individuals, groups, and/or organizations. These are usually individuals within the organization who are decision makers or who are associated with key issues and/or actions being considered.
takeholders may be both external and internal to the organization and with the community health care system -- as in this case -- they may certainly include state and local governments, as well as certain research and pharmaceutical agencies. If implemented wisely, the input of these stakeholders can assist with decision-making.
The concerns for each stakeholder
With stakeholder analysis, I would adopt a retrospective approach where my objective would be to uncover past experience, processes, and patterns (Brugha…
Begun, J. & Heatwole, K.B. Strategic Cycling: Shaking Complacency in Healthcare Strategic Planning, in Health Services Management, a.R. Kovner and D. Neuhauser, Editors. 2001, Health Administration Press: Chicago.
Brugha, R. & Varvasovszky, Z. Stakeholder Analysis: A review. Health Policy and Planning, 2000. 15(3): p. 239-246.
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Foremost, though, is the Nietzschian concept that freedom is never free -- there are costs; personal, societal, and spiritual. To continue that sense of freedom, one must be constantly vigilant and in danger of losing that freedom, for the moment the individual gasps a sigh of relief and feels "free" from contemplating freedom, tyranny will ensue. He believed that it was the internal cost that contained value. This, however, still presents a problem for Nietzsche, in that he must find a way to connect the objective -- the rose is beautiful, with the "idea" of beauty (essence). Thus, the idea of freedom and the objective reality of freedom are dependent upon the manner in which the individual perceives their own path towards such a concept. emembering that Nietzsche lived while monarchs still reigned, his view of freedom from a political and cultural paradigm was heavily influenced by Bismarckian politics, which…
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Given the fact that indigenous culture; is based off of their unique relationship with the land, means that the basic Smart Choices initiatives must take this approach into account. (Indigenous Australian 2009) To implement this kind of a program, means that you would have to reach out leaders in the indigenous community and schools, by discussing with the problem as well as what strategies they believe would help to address the challenges. At which point, these ideas will become a part of the program. This would help to build alliances with key groups in the community and schools, by having advocates who will support the program as well as encourage others to participate. Once this takes place, the challenges of individuals following them will begin to change.
Next, you must offer some kind of economic incentive for people to eat healthier. One way that this could be accomplished is to…
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Under these circumstances, an ethical dilemma is born. Should society control its development or leave it to chance? And in the case that it should control it, which categories should it help?
If the person in the above mentioned example is helped, we could assume that in a certain way, the person who was not helped because he or she already disposed of the necessary means, the latter one might be considered as having been subject to reverse discrimination. Yet we ought to look at the picture from an utilitarian point-of-view. Under these circumstances we might state that society as an overall system has more benefits from helping the categories which are in bigger need of help (for example the ones mentioned in the principles of affirmative action).
ut what are the exact principles of affirmative action: let us take a look at them and analyze them. Title VI, section…
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