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CISCO Systems Telecommunication System at International Mining and Construction
Overview and Present Status
This report examines International Mining and Construction Company and their stated challenge in Telecommunications. It is reported "…Thiess, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holding Limited, is one of Australia's largest construction, mining and services contractors with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and India." (Cisco Systems, 2008)
Characteristics of the Company
Theiss in collaboration with Dimension Data worked to upgrade to Unified Communications Manger and Unified Presence 7.0 enabling business-to business exchange of presence and instant messaging with partners." Cisco Systems, 2008 Stated for example are proposal teams who "spend as long as a years developing proposals…" and as the deadline nears, being able to reach someone for one extra piece of information can make the difference in winning a multibillion dollar deal, which can be lost by as little at U.S.$100,000." (Cisco Systems, 2008)
Unified Communications Applications: Uses and Benefits (2004) Chadwick, Martin, Bailey June 2004. Boston. Retrieved from: http://www.cisco.com/web/go/unifiedcommunications/index.html
International Mining and Construction Gains a Competitive Advantage (2008) Cisco Systems. Retrieved from: http://www.cisco.com/en/U.S./prod/collateral/voicesw/ps6788/vcallcon/ps556/case_study_c36-497040.pdf
Sharon Construction company has won the bid to build a new 20,000 seat stadium, but several issues have arisen which are of concern to management of the project. Since the dual goals of any business endeavor are to both make money and increase the reputation of the firm, complications incurred during a project are to be avoided if possible. Since a best case scenario is not often achieved due to unforeseen difficulties, it is the purpose of management to evaluate all possible negative consequences that exist for any project, and to mitigate such occurrences to the largest possible extent.
The Sharon Construction firm has determined several occurrences which could possibly hinder the contracted completion timeline of the project. Since it is necessary to hire unionized labor, a strike is a real threat. Also, since concrete pours need to be completed at a certain temperature, it is necessary to complete these…
Armed with more than 4600 salaried and hourly workforce, and having more than 10,000 craft staff, the company values candidates possessing wide spectrum of skills and experience apart from the desire and capability to excel. Kiewit intakes people in the disciplines like Engineering, Estimating, Project Management, Quality Control, Safety, and Equipment & Business. (Career Paths)
Kiewit was awarded the LEED -- Leadership in Energy in Environmental Design for its $12.5 million three storied Midwest egional Headquarters National Park Service - Omaha, N.E. For its concern about environment safety. (Quality, client Service and Team Work)
ewards & Benefits:
Kiewit extends its regular non-manual staff with a wide range of competitive benefits structured with the personnel and his or her family into consideration. The flexibility permits every employee to choose the right amount of coverage. Besides, the employees are offered a Preferred Provider Option -- PPO scheme which gives all-inclusive care…
Benefits" Retrieved at http://www.kiewit.com/careers/benefit.html . Accessed on 6 August, 2005
Building challenging Projects" Retrieved at http://www.kiewit.com/project/ . Accessed on 6 August, 2005
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Human Resources at a Small Construction Company
It is reported that there is a great fluctuation in the market demand in construction and that this includes the fluctuations "within short period and with uneven distribution among geographical regions." (Hendrickson and Au, nd) Employers in the construction industry value flexibility in their hiring of and laying off workers with the ebb and flow of the industry. There are a great variety of crafts in the construction labor force however most employers hire only a few of the representative crafts depending upon the specialized needs of each project. Labor and management in the construction industry is characterized by "both unionized and non-unionized operations which compete for future dominance." (Hendrickson and Au, nd) Craft unions work with construction contractors through use of "unionized labor through various market institutions, such as jurisdiction rules, apprenticeship program, and the referral system." (Hendrickson and Au,…
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Project managers, by virtue of their position, have the ability to directly impact the projects they oversee. As such, the overall quality of the construction work, in part, is correlated to the manager's ability to direct others. By facilitating a mutual exchange of both information and responsibilities, project managers provide reassurance that work is completed in an effective manner. To best prepare for their roles and responsibilities project should undertake three primary tasks. First, project managers should consult with client to properly evaluate the overall contract terms, and requirements. Second, the project manager is to provide each member of their respective teams, key metrics of performance evaluation to meet contract requirements. Finally, project managers should create communication networks with the applicable clients to ensure that contract requirements are being met. By utilizing these three methods of preparation, project managers can ensure that their client's requirements are being met in an…
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Conducting an informative safety meeting can seem like a large task. The purpose of a safety meeting is to effectively convey safety information to employees. Effective communication of safety guidelines and rules can help to reduce the chance of injury on the jobsite. Safety meetings are most often conducted by supervisors, the foreman, or even the company owner. Like everything else, if you follow a plan it can be done with minimal stress. Here is a detailed, step-by-step plan for conducting an informative safety meeting, using a construction company as an example.
The first step in the process is choosing a place to hold the safety meeting. You will want to choose a comfortable area, so the employees can focus their full attention on you and the information you are conveying. It can be hard to focus if an area is too hot or cold, or if there…
Thousand Oaks vs. Amelco Electric
Broward County Vs. Great American Insurance
Great Monument Vs. Pinellas County
Pasco County School Board vs. Norwood Co
Cho Dae Presbyterian Church vs. Norwood County Zoning Board
Lafayette ealty vs. City of Hawthorne
City of Hackesack vs. Bergen County
City of Thousand Oaks vs. Amelco Electric
Amelco Electric was awarded a contract by the city of Thousand Oaks' to construct the electric portion of the Civic Arts Plaza project. The contract was worth over 6.1 Million Dollars. City representatives paid Amelco $1,009,728 extra to make changes. Amelco committed a faux paus when it failed to utilize the additional funds towards making the new changes as stated. They also claimed that it was difficult to verify the problems as it was impossible. Amelco claimed damages as they believed that the changes were a betrayal of their contract. The management pressed for lost…
Public Construction Law, Cheri De Love, 2003 ( http://www.publiconstructionlaw.com/Cases.htm#PERFORMANCE%20SURETY%20OFFER )
Great Monument Construction vs. Pinellas County (Carlos Moncada, The Tampa Tribune, 2003)
Cho Dae Presbyterian Church vs. Zoning Board, Norwood County, (Adam Geller, 2000; Publication: The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
City of Hawthorne vs. Bergen County (Hugh R. Morley, The Record,1995)
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In undestanding the facets of a PFI/PPT constuction endeavo, one must fist undestand the afoementioned facets of the patneship that will come into play fom the constuction poject's inception to its completion. The decision to engage in such an endeavo is clealy one that is subjective, but should be undetaken caefully in gauging the isks involved.
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Investors, however, are likely to see through these changes. he company's turnaround is striking, but many of the changes are listed in the annual report, the depreciation change in particular. he listing of that change on the statements was undoubtedly mandated by law, but the other changes were buried a little bit more. However, the investment community can reasonably determine that increasing payables is a sign of the company remaining in a precarious position, as is the deferral of pension obligations.
3. he company's future prospects are reasonable. hey have a strong customer base and for the most part the restructuring effort was successful. he acquisition of new capital may have served a useful short-term purpose on the balance sheet, but it also allows Harnischfeger greater financial flexibility. he company's immediate future is no longer in doubt.
However, the picture the company paints of its future is not entirely accurate.…
The deterioration of operating cash flow is the other major red flag. The firm's dramatic profit turnaround and claims of operating improvements are not supported by improvements in operating cash flow. 1984 was much worse than 1983 and was even worse than 1982 in terms of cash flow from operations. This indicates that the firm's businesses are still facing tough times. Cash flow from operations would have been negative had the company not begun to stretch its payables in 1984. The company has indicated a long-term trend towards the margins being squeezed, in particular in the construction business. The good news with respect to construction is that the company has the deal with Kobe Steel, which may allow it to exit the construction business altogether by selling its operations to Kobe at a later date.
The company is also highly dependent on foreign sales. There is value in the diversification, but at this point their supposed operating turnaround is dependant on the highly volatile Turkish economy and the newly-opening Chinese economy. Neither of which provide the long-term stability the company needs and the operating results may fluctuated dramatically as a result of changes in the economies of those two nations. Moreover, the firm's ability to compete in these and other foreign markets is dependent on the relative strength of the U.S. dollar. The firm does not appear to have an answer for this, in terms of either an operating hedge or a financial hedge.
As a result, there is still considerable concern for the future of the company. Its financial position may have improved as a result of the debenture and equity issues but overall there remains considerable cause for concern, in particular with respect to operating performance. The specter that the firm's managers have made accounting policy changes to place the firm in a better light and to ensure that they meet their bonus targets cannot be ignored. It demonstrates that instead of being honest with respect to the pace of the turnaround, management is content to mislead the shareholders, possible to their own benefit. This raises concern with respect to governance at Harnischfeger. Thus, I would not recommend the purchase of the company's stock at present. Minor signs of encouragement are trumped by larger negative issues.
According to Finkel (1999), "The American construction industry is a vibrant and dynamic segment of the overall economy. It is annually responsible for nearly 4% of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP)" (p. 3). The historic performance of the construction industry has remained positive, even during downturns in the national economy. In fact, the last decade has been a period of healthy growth from the construction industry worldwide; however, a continued economic slowdown may result in somewhat slower growth in the future (Law, 2008).
The historic growth patterns of the construction industry are shown in Table 2 below and illustrated in Figure 1.
Construction industry market analysis: 2001-2004.
Compound Annual Growth ate (CAG)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau cited in BPlans, 2008 at http://www.bplans.com/sample_business_plans/Construction_and_Engineering_Business_Plans/Formwork_Construction_Business_Plan/Market_Description_fc.cfm.
Figure 1. Construction industry market analysis: 2001-2004.
Source: Based on tabular data from.S. Census Bureau cited in BPlans, 2008.
The company's strategy…
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Health and Safety in Construction Industry
The construction industry is by far the most dangerous one as it takes more lives every year and results in many short- and long-term minor or severe injuries. The UK government regulatory bodies have been playing a significant role in ensuring that proper health and safety procedures are followed. Throughout the last four decades, its role has been impeccable in decreasing fatalities in the construction industry, although the excessive rules and regulations, frequent changes, bureaucratic structure and lack of project management and risk management techniques have dented its efficiency in protecting small construction companies and contractors, resulting in a compensation and claim culture engulfed with individual profiteers such as insurance companies, lawyers and health and safety consultants. These excessive regulations have pushed constructors to adopt some illegal practices in order to decrease cost and probability of claims from injured workers. The risk management and…
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Summary and Conclusion
There is no way to protect construction workers from every accident that could possibly befall them. The nature of the work is such that complete safety is not guaranteed or even realistically possible. However, that does not mean that the number of fall accidents that occur cannot be reduced. Quite often, it is not a true accident but actual carelessness that is the cause of injuries and deaths on construction sites. Many construction workers forego safety harnesses, for example, because they can be cumbersome and inconvenient. They can make the work take longer, and make it more difficult for the worker to move around. That is especially true in cases where required work means the construction worker will have to unhook and re-hook his harness frequently. This aggravation is a small price to pay for saving lives, but the value of a harness is only seen if…
Burke, K. & Tracy, T. (2014). Queens construction worker is dead in horrifying accident. New York Daily News. Retrieved from http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/fatal-accident-queens-article-1.1247254
As the general contractor of a medium size, one of the most important decision points in construction is a go no-go decision. Go no-go decisions have become common in the modern construction industry because of the changing marketplace that has in turn generated complex procurement choices. In light of the changing marketplace in the construction industry, construction companies face new challenges in identifying the most suitable project proposals to adopt and develop vetting measures that help in making the appropriate go no-go decision (Illia & ubin, 2014). Despite the complexities of such decisions, go no-go decisions remain very crucial choices in this sector because of their significance in weighing costs for the most appropriate project fit.
Contractors need to conduct a go no-go analysis in order to determine the best project fit depending on project specifications and needs. The analysis helps in several aspects including serving as a process…
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A second major facto in the growing trend for a new greener industry is that these measures also represent a more efficient operation from a financial perspective as well. For instance, recycling aluminum cans on the job is an example of a sustainable practice that contributes in a positive way to the bottom line (Shepherd, 2009). ecycling aluminum cans on the jobsite help to feed the local economy as well. These new cost-cutting measures are necessary, as green construction typically drives up the price of a new home by 10% (Shepherd, 2009). Companies must take measures to reduce costs in as many areas as possible.
How Can These New Innovations Affect a Career in the Construction Industry?
Changes within the construction industry will have an impact on those involved in the industry of the future. These new innovations represent changes in attitude toward the job site, project flow and project…
AGC (2009). National Construction Group calls for New Federal Incentives to Encourage
Recycling of construction Materials, Purchase of More Efficient Construction
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Newco Construction and investing with due diligence
According to the Internet dictionary Investopedia, the legal contractual concept of 'due diligence' from an investor's point-of-view is simply the "care" in which "a reasonable person should take before entering in an agreement or transaction with another party," such as when considering an investment on the part of a venture capitalist. ("Due Diligence," Investopedia, 2005) A due diligence audit is performed of a corporation, to confirm all material facts in regards to an investiture of capital, such as one that is currently being performed of the Newco Construction Company, to mitigate the risks of investing capital and to ensure that full disclosure of all company assets and potential problems are made aware to both parties involved, both the investors and the company's board of directors. Such an audit was performed of Newco Construction, and the company seems to pass all tests of the…
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Concrete, Iron, ceramics, pipes are important in the structure of buildings and in Iran a lot of times these materials are substandard and would not withstand an earthquake or other significant trauma.
Iran must explore new and better ways of constructing buildings so that safety becomes the most important factor. By looking at and examining the obstacles that the Iranian construction industry faces and gaining a better understanding of these is key to ensuring that in the future there is a chance that construction in Iran is safer, cheaper and overall better for everyone. Positive solutions can come from this research and study and new, safer methods and practices can be implemented to ensure that construction in Iran is successful.
In conclusion it is apparent that Iran must explore new and better ways to fund construction projects and programs as well as find ways to ensure that the buildings…
The Association of Iron and Steel Electrical Engineers (AISEE) pushed for a "national conference on safety" and as a result the Cooperative Safety Congress (CSC) was held (in 1912) and out of that meeting the National Council of Industrial Safety (NCIS) was founded. Later, the NCIS evolved into the National Safety Council (NSC) (Goetsch, p. 6).
On-the-job accidents "and even fatalities" were "an accepted fact of life in the construction industry" during the early 1900s, writes author Richard Hislop on page 4 of his book, Construction Site Safety: A Guide for Managing Contractors. Construction workers helping to build the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, for example, were in harm's way constantly. hen the budget was established and the projections for the Golden Gate were prepared, "it was expected that there would be on fatality for each million dollars of construction work," Hislop explains (1999, p. 4). And since the…
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Woody's Project Management:
The Custom Woodworking Company is relatively a medium sized cabinet and furniture making firm whose headquarters are at Industrial Estates, BC. The founder began the company in 1954 following his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker before moving to the current location in 1959 together with his wife. Woody's currently manufactures custom furniture, typical kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and various wholesaler or retailer furniture products. Following its continual growth since its inception, the company has established a solid reputation for supplying millwork to the construction industry ("Background," 2000).
Project Management in the Construction Industry:
Project Management is a multi-faceted activity with numerous dimensions that are entirely based on the kind and class of project. However, regardless of the project type and class, every level of project management involves the same approach though it's only the branch and size of the activity that varies from project to project (Wideman,…
"Background." (2000). Project Management Case Study: The Custom Woodworking Company
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Gheorghiu, F. (2008, March). Starting A PMO From Scratch: A Challenge or Unbearable
Burden? Retrieved December 21, 2011, from http://www.pmforum.org/library/cases/2008/PDFs/Gheorghiu-3-08.pdf
First, builders and developers could stop subbing out work to sub-contractors for the lowest bids. This may save some money, but in the long run it can affect quality and the overall consumer satisfaction with the builder. Accepting the lowest bid means the sub-is going to cut corners wherever they can to make their own profit, and that leads to poor quality and problems down the line. In addition, many subs hire pieceworkers to complete their jobs at the cheapest rate possible, and this leads to shoddy work completed on the fly, rather than quality work done right and with pride. Pieceworkers want to complete as many jobs as possible in the shortest amount of time, and this never leads to quality. For example, a finish carpenter is paid $100 to complete the trim in a condo unit. He or she does not work for three days, and then, in…
The use of renewable materials is excellent when possible as it ensures that the environmental costs of building the house will be paid off in months instead of decades (BEST 2009). The use of reclaimed materials is even better, however, as there is absolutely no additional environmental involved in using, for instance, a century-old dance floor as the hardwood covering in a new living room. eclaimed resources can be difficult to locate, but are often worth the price in addition to the environmental savings (BEST 2009).
Technological innovations also allow for much greater efficiency. Inert-gas windows and better insulation materials and techniques can improve the envelope of a house, drastically reducing the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a home or building (ADPS 2009). Heating and cooling units themselves have also greatly improved in efficiency in recent years, with additional improvements still ongoing (BEST 2009).
The best ways…
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Statement of the Problem
The integration of veterans into different business sectors is not a novel idea. Numerous sectors and organizations have been dedicated to facilitating employment of veterans. In the construction sector, different institutions such as Veterans Build America and Hire Our Heroes have made significant strides towards this endeavor. Nonetheless, regardless of the presence of such institutions and assimilation programs for coupling veterans with jobs in the construction sector, measuring their effectiveness continues to be a significant challenge, largely owing to the lack of extensive research in the area. Furthermore, a lot of these programs have faced major difficulties such as lack of funding, which undercut their efficacy. Consequently, it is not guaranteed whether they have a positive contribution to the development of the labor force in the construction sector.
1. What capabilities and talents can veterans bring to the construction sector?
2. What is the…
As a result of these major issues and ineffectiveness of the project, future research on the project should focus on the development of a suitable alternative for the new high speed railway. The development of a cost-effective and less expensive alternative should be based on accurate financial analysis and precise projections of economic benefits. In literature review, there are 1,090 words between the background and conclusion sections.
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Construction for Apple
Increase earnings per share / revenues.
Improve dominance inside the marketplace.
Enhance market value.
Sell more units in contrast with competitors.
25% annual growth.
Increase market share to 30%.
Increase profit margins and decrease operating costs.
Promote different products as higher quality
Enhance customer satisfaction.
each out to a larger demographic of cliental.
Offer more products that are in demand.
Have better quality merchandise with great customer support.
Sell 60 million units per quarter.
Improve customer satisfaction with products.
Increase marketing efforts.
Have enhanced quality control, testing and responsiveness.
Listen to new ideas from employees and managers.
Establish reviews that will monitor for changes in attitudes and ideas.
Focus on streaming videos and next generation technology.
Effective management structure
Improve shareholder value.
Make the company more…
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construction of created rubrics of checklists of goals have become increasingly popular as a way of rending the educational process more effective and efficient. Student-directed assessment involves students actively in the process of assessment and achieves the dual goal of student empowerment as well as ensures that real learning has taken place. "Constructing or drawing up rubrics jointly with students prior to them undertaking the related lesson or task provides an even richer, more authentic, learner-centered and empowering authentic assessment experience than merely providing them with a teacher-designed rubric" the latter of which may not be meaningful to them (Litz 2007). This is often called "negotiable contracting" and reflects the belief that "students who are given a role in the assessment process and provided with the appropriate direction by their teachers are able to accurately evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and better pinpoint areas where they need to focus their…
Writing learning outcomes. (2013). AALNET. Retrieved from:
e sure to include a description of all four basic financial statements.
The Home Depot provides four basic financial statements:
1) CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT of EARNINGS (indicates how revenue is transformed into net income to show if the company made or lost money during the period being reported)
2) CONSOLIDATED ALANCE SHEET (a summary of the value of all assets, liabilities and ownership equity on a specific date)
3) CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT of STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY and COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (summarize the changes in the components of stockholders' equity for a period of time)
4) CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT of CASH FLOWS (shows a company's incoming and outgoing money (sources and uses of cash) during a time period)
The only footnote explains that Fiscal years ended January 28, 2007, January 29, 2006 and January 30, 2005 include 52 weeks. However, there is a summary of significant accounting policies included as a supplement that includes: usiness, Consolidation…
Home Depot 2006 Annual Report. http://ir.homedepot.com/downloads/HD_2006_AR.pdf
The report even contains a financial glossary, which define the significance of some financial terms, such as "Current ratio" or "Return on equity." The irony is that you have to be a scholar in order to understand that the "Total debt to capital ratio" actually represents "long-term debt plus notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt divided by long-term debt, notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt, minority interest and total common shareholders' equity."
6. Use positive words that convey courtesy
The financial situation of International Paper hasn't been quite pretty in 2003, so the writers of the report chose to present a darker image, perhaps with the intention to get the readers (mainly investors) to believe that there was nothing that could be done about it. The first paragraph covering this issue is quite eloquent: "The business environment for International Paper in 2003 was difficult. Demand for…
1. "Managerial Communication: Strategies and Application," Second Edition
Smeltzer L., Leonard D. Hynes G." Mc Graw Hill, 2002
This stage is also a synthesis of various other stages. In the last, the system is described as a collection of modules or subsystems. In this stage, modular and subsystems programming code will take effect, and then the individual modules will be tested before they are integrated in the next level.
The code is tested and retested at various levels; system, unit, and user acceptance testing are often performed depending on the consultant's judgment and this is something that is repeatedly discussed with organization and stakeholders. The amount of testing, therefore, depends on the particular organization. The consultant has to know when to cease analysis.
The final stage -- instillation, implementation or deployment is when the software is put into production and actually used by the organization.
Maintenance will take place on a regular level. This is particularly so since changes of personnel in the organization (new ones entering, certain…
MKS Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) / System Development
SaaSSDLC.com -- Systems Engineering and Software Development Life Cycle Framework
building program: Using AutoCAD® Architecture
One commonly used program to draft plans for buildings using CAD software is AutoCAD® Architecture. Program capabilities include the ability to draw walls, to create a 'slope' to mimic the real-world conditions of a foundation, and the ability to annotate notes directly onto a plan. Creating structures such as doors with a 'swing' can also be superimposed upon the plan to ensure that they have enough room to maneuver. There are automatic scaling devices to include tags, texts, and other objects within the layout. One user noted that it is with such detailing that the program distinguishes itself from the competition. "For example, when entering column sizes they used to pick an approximate size for use throughout the entire building. Now, they can isolate particular columns and properly detail them out. e can save space, make room for drains, you name it. It's been a…
"Case studies." AutoCAD® Architecture. [3 Feb 2014].
("HP") These different elements are important, because they are showing the overall financial strength of HP. Yet, they are also illustrating how they face tremendous amounts of competition in the industry. Part of the reason for this is because, of shifts in demand and the ability of new rivals to quickly enter the field. As a result, the company must be able to capitalize upon these changes, in order to maintain their domination.
Framework for Strategic Analysis
In the case of HP, there are a number of different issues that must be analyzed to determine the overall strengths of the company (strategically speaking). This involves, examining various elements to include: the nature of the product / service, the degree of integration within the value chain, the degree of geographical and industry diversification. These different elements are important, because they will tell you how quickly the company is adapting to the…
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"Chapter 1 Overview of Financial Statement"
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Financial Statement Analysis
In this particular essay, I undertake the financial analysis of five companies, all of which are set in the retail industry. Three of the companies, Tesco Plc, Sainsbury's and Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc are some of the largest food retailers in the United Kingdom. Ocado which is the fourth company is the largest online food retailer in the whole world and lastly Crawshaw Group PLC is also in the business of operating a chain of retail food stores. Every company will be discussed individually and it will encompass information regarding the history of the company, the products and the services, the consumers and also other information.
Tesco Plc is a company that is based in Britain and is the largest food retailer in the United Kingdom. It is one of the biggest retailers in the globe as it is the third in position in the retail industry…
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Bloomberg. (2015). Crawshaw Group Plc company information. Retrieved from: http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/snapshot/snapshot.asp?ticker=CRAW:LN
Bloomberg. (2015). Wm Morrisons Supermarket plc. Retrieved from: http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/snapshot/snapshot.asp?ticker=MRW:LN
Investigating Answers. (2014). Operating Leverage. Available: http://www.investinganswers.com/financial-dictionary/ratio-analysis/operating-leverage-2795
Construction design for safety in the construction industry encourages designers, contractors, project managers, site managers and engineers to design a safe construction site that, hopefully, reduces the risk and number of injuries and fatalities during the construction phase of a project. This study would focus on the different approaches used by the construction industry to ensure on-the-job safety and if there is one approach that is more efficient and effective than another.
The Construction industry represents one of the most dangerous workplace industries; with a high number of yearly deaths and injuries when compared to other industries. The construction industry has a very poor record on health and safety in Britain, and construction sites are known as very dangerous places to work. Every year roughly 70 -- 80 individuals die on construction sites and thousands of construction workers are injured.
The highest number of fatalities results from falls from scaffolds…
A Brief History of the Company
Gucci was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci. Gucci was an immigrant who worked in London and Paris. Because he worked in high-end hotels, he became enamored with the beautiful luggage he would always see. He returned to Florence, Italy, where he was born, and begin to sell fine leather goods from a shop in 1920 (Forden, 2000). The Gucci company was officially founded the next year. The workrooms were organized to handle industrial production, but the handcrafting remained. Soon there were additional shops throughout Florence, as well as ome and Milan (Bianchino, et al., 1987). The leather goods sold well because they were finely-crafted, but the leather was exchanged for cotton during WWII because of leather shortages (Bianchino, et al., 1987). The bags were marked with a signature Gucci logo. In 1953, offices were established in New York City. Jet-setters…
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Forden, Sara Gay. The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. New York: William Morrow, 2000.
Horyn, Cathy. "Tom Ford Goes Out with a Roar." New York Times, 26 February 2004.
Steele, Valerie. Fashion, Italian Style. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003.
Building Towards The Future
Colorado-based XYZ Construction has built some of the more prominent structures in the state. Anyone who flies into the state through Denver will touch down on tarmac constructed by the company. Those who drive over the North Canyon bridge -- which spans a half kilometer and makes traffic from Denver to Phoenix possible -- will pass over infrastructure created by XYZ.
For those who know, XYZ is the go-to company for civil projects in the state, and increasingly in the United States at large. Over the past 20 years, XYZ has expanded across the U.S., opening field offices across the country. Recently completing the MacArthur bridge in St. Louis and the most famously, the Chicago Underground express, XYZ is fast becoming the crown of U.S. civil engineering.
Even more recently, XYZ has looked into providing its service to clients both abroad and in the…
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The company will provide project management services to the client for all stages of the residential home construction. Our process consists of the following phases, which are greatly simplified here: Initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.
This project is being undertaken in order to build a new residence for the Jones family. The construction project is for a single-family swelling on a half-acre lot located at 100 Blue Spruce Lane, in Waterstown, New York. The project will commence on January 4, 2015 and be completed by Monday, December 22, 2015. The construction will emphasize use of the energy-saving technologies and will be compliant with all relevant building codes. The company will oversee the construction of the home, however, bonded subcontractors may be engaged to complete certain aspects of the construction.
The contract is fixed-price, with the contractor…
Fisk, ER, & Reynold, WD. 2013. Construction project administration, 10th edn. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
Levy, SM. 2011 Project management in construction. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
If rejected, the subcontractor can at least feel that the choice was a fair one - that her or his organization was not perfectly suited to the job at hand. If selected; however, a potentially long-lasting relationship is created, one that is based on mutual trust, shared goals, and a feeling of true partnership.
Numerous potential problems exist in the main contractor/subcontractor relationship. These problems range from subcontractors' lack of understanding of the work (or main contractor's inability to explain it) through to subcontractors' lack of skills, size necessary to take on the project, financial difficulties, and lack of feeling that there exists any kind of joint effort or partnership between the main contractor and subcontractor. Any one of these difficulties might lead to delays, cost overruns, poor workmanship, or even outright failure within the context of the project. The foregoing study is designed to discover which concepts are…
Applebaum, H. (1999). Construction Workers, U.S.A. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Bosch, G. & Philips, P. (Eds.). (2002). Building Chaos: An International Comparison of Deregulation in the Construction Industry. London: Routledge.
P Construction Gas Pipe Line
THE ROLE OF P IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AKU-TILISI-ERZURUM
The aku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline is a massive project that involves three countries -- Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. It is a project that is based on the natural gas deposits, of more than one trillion cubic meters, in Azerbaijan's portion of the Caspian Sea, an area known as the Shah-Denz gas field- 12km in width and 30km length of a stripe of the Caspian Sea. The stripe has a depth of 50m on the northern side and 500m on the southern side. The deposit is the biggest gas deposit situated in Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. This pipeline was constructed being parallel to the aku-Tsibili-Cyehan oil pipeline that runs from Azerbaijan to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The TE pipeline is also known as either South Caucasus (gas) Pipeline or Shah Deniz pipeline.…
Baloghlanov, Elshan. Azerbaijan & New Energy Resources. June 8, 2009. www.azconsulatela.org.
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Shenoy, Bhamy, Gurcan Gulen, and Michelle Michot Foss. "Analysis Suggests Economic Viability of Trans-Caspian Sea Gas Line." The Oil & Gas Journal, 1999: 51-58.
Porter Novelli Southern Company Case Study Due Week 8 worth 150 points From Goldsmith & Carter textbook, select Porter Novelli (Chapter 12) Southern Company (Chapter 13) case study assignment.
Porter Novelli Case Study
Porter Novelli has established itself within the market as a provider of public relations services to non-profit organizations. Gradually, the company has created points of difference through the integration of technology and innovation. It now serves companies in over 60 countries and in various sectors, such as business, healthcare, education and so on.
Porter Novelli is worth analyzing due to the efficiency of its internal managerial decisions, which have supported its global ascension. In such a setting then, emphasis is placed on four distinctive aspects:
The effectiveness of the roles played by the strategic leaders in the formation of the performance management strategy
The development of an evaluation plan for the effectiveness of the talent management strategy…
Cheese, P., Thomas, R.J., Craig, E., 2007, The talent powered organization: strategies for globalization, talent management and high performance, Kogan Page Publishers
Goldsmith, M., Carter, L., 2009, Best practices in talent management: how the world's leading corporations manage, develop and retain top talent, John Wiley and Sons
Neely, A.D., 2007, Business performance measurement: unifying theories and integrating practice, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press
Snell, S.A., Bohlander, G.W., Managing human resources, 16th edition, Cengage Learning
announcement merger companies Vela Bahri. *Size companies *easons merger * process merger ( time ) * happened stock prices shareholders reaction *After completed merger results merger? status change? *oles top manager merger.
Vela Bahri Merger
Information from the announcement of the merger
The announcement of this important merger was made on June 27, 2012 by Saudi Aramco and the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia. The announcement revealed the fact that the two companies signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding, in order to pursue the merger of the fleet and operations of Bahri and Vela International Marine Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.
The objective of the merger is represented by developing a larger and more diversified national shipping company. By joining their forces, the two companies expect to become a force in the shipping activity. Their intention is to successfully address the shipping activity by…
1. Vela Bahri Merger Creates One of the World's Largest Shipping Firms (2012). Hellenic Shipping News. Retrieved April 4, 2013 from http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/News.aspx?ElementId=28f180f6-7b3c-4e67-b05e-bd3b3bede16f .
2. Bahri, Vela Sign Merger Agreements (2012). Mubasher Info. Retrieved April 4, 2013 from http://english.mubasher.info/portal/TDWL/getDetailsStory.html?goToHomePageParam=true&storyId=2188139 .
Production in the corporation is undertaken through guidance on the market need analysis and the research and development aspects of the corporation. The perspective in place of production is to consider market needs and keep innovating products in a way to ensure higher prospect in customer loyalty and lager market share. In this venture the integration of production in product development in accordance to the market needs put the company at the fore front to attract higher level of revenues. Different divisions within the corporation undertake to develop product in line with the corporation core objectives and the market needs.
Axson, D.A.J. (2010). Best Practices in Planning and Performance Management: adically ethinking Management for a Volatile World. . United States: Wiley.
Hofstede, G., & Hofstede, G.J. (2009). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. London: McGraw Hill.
loLevin, I., P.,, & Levin, a., M.,. (2007). Modeling the ole…
Axson, D.A.J. (2010). Best Practices in Planning and Performance Management: Radically Rethinking Management for a Volatile World. . United States: Wiley.
Hofstede, G., & Hofstede, G.J. (2009). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. London: McGraw Hill.
loLevin, I., P.,, & Levin, a., M.,. (2007). Modeling the Role of Brand Alliances in the Assimilation of Product Evaluation. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 9(1), 43-52.
Loosemore, M.D., a. & Lingard, H. (2003). Human resource management in construction industry: strategic and operational approaches. New York: Taylor & Francis.
trustees' actions, requiring the company plan to pay additional fees to the detriment of the interest of the pensioners, may have been abhorrent and unethical, strictly speaking according to the letter of the law, they were not a violation of the specific terms that are covered under ERISA. First of all, ERISA "does not require any employer to establish a pension plan. It only requires that those who establish plans must meet certain minimum standards. The law generally does not specify how much money a participant must be paid as a benefit." (ERISA, "Compliance Assistance," 2005) Nor does it specify that the pension must be of a certain amount, and is not subject to change, dependant upon the whims of the market and other commercial demands.
If the employer does maintain a plan, ERISA merely requires that the employee who is eligible to become a part of the pension plan…
ERISA. (2005) "Compliance Assistance." Official ERISA website. Retrieved 25 Feb 2005 at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/compliance_assistance.html#section1
FLSA (2004) Official Website. Retrieved 25 Feb 2005 at http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/flsa/
ESA. Final Rule. (2002) "Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection" Retrieved 25 Feb 2005 at http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/fedreg/final/2002031525.htm
Immigration and Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) Retrieved 25 Feb 2005 at http://www.dol.gov/asp/programs/guide/aw.htm
hen a market becomes saturated, it becomes more difficult to sell new items; there is a limit to replacement sales, and even adding 'bells and whistles' has limited appeal. In addition, in the cellular phone market, because of both technology improvements and manufacturing cost decline, the margin of profit on the innovations -- the bells and whistles -- declines rapidly as well. An example of this is the picture phone: when first introduce just a couple of years ago, a low consumer price was about $200; now they are sold as 'twofers' with prices for a pair as low as $40 or so.
The cellular phone market in the United States is mature, perhaps even on the verge of decline. So it makes sense to look for profitable markets elsewhere. Chile is an appropriate choice.
Beginning to sell our ABC Cellular phones and service in Chile will offer…
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James, Harvey S., Jr. And Murray Weidenbaum. When Businesses Cross International Borders: Strategic Alliances and Their Alternatives. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1993.
Kogut, Bruce. "International Business: The New Bottom Line. Foreign Policy (Spring 1998) 152+. Questia. 17 May 2005 www.questia.com.
Companies presented in the case have been violating and continue to violate the Act on health, environmental and safety concerns. Shell has failed to operate in accordance with relevant international principles, agreements, standards, and objectives. Therefore, Shell should support building local capacities through tight cooperation with local communities such as business interests and promoting business activities in foreign and domestic markets. All these should be consistent with the importance of a sound business practice. Shell has negatively affected the local community activities like fishing and tourism and the local culture. The new project initiated by the company will not provide permanent jobs. The construction will only need hundreds of temporary workers with only a handful of permanent jobs (Kennelly & Mengel, 2011). In addition, the adverse impacts on the environment threatens local tourism, specifically, the risk of contamination of the Carrowmore Lake destroys the tourist sector. Since the company…
Kennelly, J. & Mengel, T. (2011). Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL) and the Corrib Gas Controversy. North American Case Research Association (NACRA) (Product Number: NA0198-PDF-ENG)
Kiron, D., Kruschwitz, N., Haanaes, K. & Velken, I. (2012). Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point. MIT Sloan Management. Review. (Product Number: SMR412-PDF-ENG)
Werhane, P. & Ofiesh, C. (2001). The Global Water and Food Supply Problem. Darden School of Business (Product Number: UV1916-PDF-ENG)
If the company wants productive employees who give back to their places of employment and remain committed to company values, then reading employee emails should be prohibited. Reading employee emails represents a gross violation of privacy, which should be protected in an employee bill of rights. Even though employers need to make sure that employees are not playing games or doing too much personal emailing on company time, a certain degree of personal emails should be permitted, tolerated, or even encouraged to make workers feel at home and comfortable while in the office. Finally, reading employee emails is a type of privacy violation that garners bad publicity and the company might suffer poor public relations if it becomes notorious for reading employee emails. Reading employee emails should not be tolerated because ultimately it harms the company.
JOHN DEEE & COMPANY
This analysis of John Deere presents the external and internal analysis of the company including a SWOT analysis of the company. This analysis is then used to discuss informed strategic options and recommendations for John Deere.
The external analysis of John Deere includes the history of the agricultural industry, sources of competitive rivalry in the industry, and a PESTEL analysis of the agricultural and construction equipment industry. This section also presents the external factors (opportunities and threats) for John Deere.
The internal analysis of John Deere is based on the company's internal factors (strengths and weaknesses). It presents a brief overview of recent issues that are facing the company and how the company has reacted to them. It is a functional analysis of the internal activities of John Deere - operation, administration, finance, and marketing.
Strategic options and recommendations
This section is informed by…
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Caballero, R.J., & Krishnamurthy, A. (2009). Global Imbalances and Financial Fragility. The American Economic Review, 99(2), 584-588. doi: 10.2307/25592462
Financial Innovation: Too Much or Too Little? (2012). The MIT Press.
Staircase ramps which are comprised of steep and narrow steps that lead up one face of the pyramid were more in use at that time with evidence found at the Sinki, Meidum, Giza, Abu Ghurob, and Lisht pyramids respectively (Heizer).
A third ramp variation was the spiral ramp, found in use during the nineteenth dynasty and was, as its name suggests, comprised of a ramp covering all faces of the pyramids leading towards the top. Reversing ramps zigzag up one face of a pyramid at a time and would not be used in the construction of step pyramids, while lastly interior ramps that have been found within the pyramids of Sahura, Nyuserra, Neferifijata, Abusir, and Pepi II (Heizer, Shaw).
Ancient Greek architecture exists mainly in surviving temples that survive in large numbers even today and is tied into Roman and Hellenistic periods which borrowed heavily from the Greeks.…
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In The Custom Woodworking Company, hereafter known as "Woody's," there were numerous project management problems that appeared from the very beginning, and they only got worse as the product was carried out. The Woody 2000 project was not well conceived, and that was the first problem encountered. When a project is going to begin, it needs to be thoroughly planned out first (Wideman, 2001b). There was little planning that took place with this project, as it was suggested and seemed to snowball from that point. Before Woody knew what was happening, a budget was proposed and there was a meeting with the engineers who were going to add to the building (The Custom Woodworking Company, 2012). Even then, the project started off badly. Originally, the desired plan was to move the company's location to a huge facility where rapid expansion could take place. However, Woody and his wife…
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Heavy on the other hand refers to everything bigger and heavier including skyscrapers, high rise hotels, airports etc.
Even if construction industry is suffering slightly, it is the commercial construction sector that provides the much needed stability. Commercial real estate in 2002 accounted for the biggest share of the construction industry.
Those who are thinking of entering the market and succeeding need to consistently come up with new and better projects that meet the requirements of the community. It is widely believed that the more a dealer or builder pays closer attention to smaller details of community's needs and requirements, the better are his chances of coming up with just the product that community would respond to.
Knowledge is critical for success and therefore a person entering the market must build on solid market information. He must come into the industry fully equipped with the right arsenal. he/she should know…
Martin Sinderman, Commercial Construction: State Of The Market, National Real Estate Investor, August, 2000
Late rebound, Construction & Demolition Recycling, Jan-Feb, 2005
The company deals in interior finish materials. The range is from the floor tiling and laminated floor boards to the paint and lighting systems. The company primarily sells and advices the clients on the best interior finish material to use, once they have finished their basic construction of the house. The company works closely with the homeowners, interior designers, architects, developers and construction consultants.
It is of great importance for the management of a business to know their areas of Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats to be able to capitalize more on their strength and take precautions on their area of shortcomings (Marketing Teacher, 2011). It will also enable us as accompany to seize the opportunities that arise and curb any threats like the budding competitors early in time. This is because before one engages the business to carry out a particular task, one must first…
Marketing Teacher, (2011). SWOT Analysis. Retrieved May 16, 2011 from http://www.marketingteacher.com/lesson-store/lesson-SWOT.html
Michael Ison & Kerry Kempton, (2007). The impact of management style. Retrieved May 16,
2011 from http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/179185/the-impact-of-management-style.pdf
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Australian Cladding Company Details task: Please read case ? additional materials) answer questions end. Presentation requirements: Essay format (refer additional materials)
The Australian Cladding Company Analysis
The increased competition in most business fields has determined companies to develop innovative strategies that can help them create competitive advantage. In order to reach this objective, there are certain aspects that these companies must focus on when establishing their strategy. The most important issues that require their attention and efforts are represented by human resources management, costs, and resources.
The costs that are associated with their production process require increased efforts that certain companies cannot afford in this business environment. Therefore, they are interested in reducing production costs. There are several strategies that can be addressed in such situation. In order to reduce their costs, most companies prefer to outsource some of their activities and processes to cheaper destinations like China and India.…
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Five-Year Development Plan for the Company Wimott Dixon
The development plans for the Wilmott Dixon Company for the next five years can be based only on the current perceptions of the free market sustainability available now with the entire constraints and benefits attendant to the subject. The major thrust is in protecting the environment including avoiding carbon emissions and the second is the quality and sustainability. Thirdly concerns are about the operations and the future possible needs for the company effectiveness in retaining the market and in forays into new markets. Seen in this light it is pertinent to find what the issues in the market as of now are.
Sustainable Markets and Fair Trade:
Some of the striking examples of the problems with the creation of sustainable markets and the fair trade mechanisms can be seen in agriculture where the effects are immediate rather than in the construction industry…
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environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and financial performance of companies
Investors are increasingly recognizing the fact that ESG (environmental, social, corporate governance) elements can substantially affect companies' security rates and financial performance. The aforementioned components' contribution to financial markets has been growing with the rise in number of ESG opportunities and risks within the contemporary international economy. Timely and improved organizational policy-related data access and the effect of organizational policy on communities have made it considerably convenient for customers to express their dissatisfaction by simply quitting a brand. When international brands' images are sullied by ESG-related problems, the resultant instantaneous backlash has the capacity of abruptly and negatively impacting income and demand (Eccles, Ioannou & Serafeim, 2014).
Organizations having a poor reputation when it comes to ESG related matters are vulnerable to monetary risks, including a very genuine threat of facing lawsuits in the future, greater remediation and regulatory…
Construction of an 'Analects of Confucius' knowledge base including pragmatics information. (Yang, 2011)
One study proposes an approach to constructing a knowledge base for the Analects of Confucius, which aims to promote a correct understanding of this text. The content of the Analects has not been categorized by topic and it always contains broader meanings. Thus, it is necessary to create a framework that can be used to manage and build the knowledge base for the text. Therefore, the present paper sets up a categorization system for the Analects, which is used to create a knowledge base by using pragmatics information, based on the utterance interpretation method in pragmatics.
Knowing to Act in the Moment: Examples from Confucius' Analects. (Lai, 2012)
Many scholars note that the Analects, and Confucian philosophy more generally, hold a conception of knowing that more closely approximates 'knowing-how' than 'knowing-that'. However, this author argues that…
Lai, K. (2012). Knowing to Act in the Moment: Examples from Confucius' Analects. Asian Philosophy, 347-364.
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financial assets in order to recommend the appropriate investment vehicle for the client. Analysis of different investment vehicles shows that ETFs are the best investment option for our clients. The ETFs are the basket of securities that combine stocks, bonds, cash, commodities and other securities. The report diversifies our investment options choosing the stocks, bonds and cash from different industries. Based on the historical data, our average annual returns are 38% revealing EU 32,997 as our annual returns from our initial investment capital of EU 100,000. After 3 years, the net worth of our investor will be EU 457,901, which include the cumulative returns and the capital. However, the net worth of our investor will be EU 5.38 Million after 10 years. The report also carries out the sensitive analysis on the investment option assuming that our investment choice is affected by the macroeconomic forces. The report reduces our annual…
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This particular employee is left with less time to perform his professional tasks. This translates into a delay in the project delivery schedule. Additionally, the project delays could generate major customer dissatisfactions, or the breakage of contractual terms, which could easily materialize in more severe organizational losses. Nevertheless, considering that the employee works overtime to reduce the chance of project delays, this time has to be remunerated; virtually, it translates into increased financial costs for the company. Then, the mobile telephone could be used to make quick telephones to competitors and as such sabotage the company's efforts and success chances.
3. Opponents of an IT Policy
Despite the validity of the arguments presented in favor of implementing a strong IT policy, fact remains that there exist also some reasons which make a strong IT policy less favorable within the context of the modern workplace. These are succinctly described below.
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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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Statement of situation: To manufacture 60 lockers with the IPA to help facilitate ease of use and access for workers and business patrons.
The use of Good Housekeeping and Organization to help smooth the progress of the overall installation of the lockers within the IPA. In addition, the GHO guidelines will help ensure a smooth installation process to better reduce unexpected building costs.
Financial Benefit: Less employee to employee theft within the IPA. With lockers, employees and patrons now have a safe and secure location to place belongings or items. In addition, the lockers can help reduce storage costs associated with bulk items in use within the IPA. Lockers can ultimately increase worker productivity as equipment is stored in a single, secure location. Workers who otherwise are forced to store items in sporadic areas throughout the IPA now have a convenient point of access for important work materials.…
The business cultue of the United Kingdom is chaacteized by the value of fee economy and pivate popety (Rendtoff, 2009). At anothe level, it is maked by a desie to manage wok and life issues. The employees in Bitish oganizations have long been maked out fo thei elatively leisuely pace of wok and thei pioity fo elationship issues ove wok elated issues. Compaed with thei Ameican countepats, employees in UK companies demonstate a less aggessive wok ethic and seek to maintain a low pofile. Display of wealth and pesonality taits is geneally discouaged in Bitish society because a highe emphasis is placed on undestatement and social modesty. Business manages typically demonstate a patenalistic elationship which is also appeciated by thei subodinates. Bypassing one's supeio is disappoved in Bitish oganizational cultue (Giffin & Moohead, 2011). At the same time, employees in UK companies enjoy geate autonomy than employees in India o…
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The facts of Coca-Cola are legendary. One writer notes, "Both the Coca-Cola brand and company took an early lead in the soft-drink industry, for the brand achieved national distribution early on and the company has consistently dominated the industry" (Wolburg, 2003). Coca-Cola is one of the world's leading soft drink manufacturers, and they sell their product in at least 200 countries worldwide. They were the leading soft drink company for decades, and their main rival is PepsiCo, who they have been…
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Yet, today, they sell only about 47% and this market share loss has accelerated over the past decade (Sullivan, 2008). The major issue, according to Sullivan, is the inability of the ig Three to effectively compete with their more efficient and market savvy Japanese rivals, even on their home turf. Opponents of the auto industry bailout feel that placing more money into a failed business strategy makes no sense and that everyone is better off if the free market, not the federal government, choose the winners and the losers in the economy (Moran, 2008). The end result of the auto bailout could well result in a return to protectionism which could unfairly impact other American industries' ability to compete in a global market. A policy analyst at the German-Marshall Fund voices a common concern that a bailout of the auto industry has the potential "to be the torch that lights…
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