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We can see that there exists a liner correlation, which means that attendance has a direct impact on final grade of students.
In order to built this function data from columns D3:D30 (attendance) and data from columns F3:F30 (final grade) from Spreadsheet 1 was tested using Linear regression formula of excel.
Results for m-coefficient of y=mx+b linear equation is in cell C70
Data for graph sketching is in table E70:E86:F70:F86
Interval for function argument is 0.01
Final grade is calculated by formula provided in cells F70:F86 y= 1.24*x-0.3
Attendance worksheet with 64 columns
Column a Student ID (chosen by student)
Column B. Student Name (hidden for privacy reasons)
Column C. Student Last Name (hidden for privacy reasons)
Column D. Attendance (calculated as total number of hours attended / total class hours), data was collected using data summing by selected criteria (cells D36:D41)
Columns D-BM Hours marked as attended…
Excel or FoxPro.
Is it worth it?
As a business manager, it is often my responsibility to decide if a certain software program is worth adding to our business' repertoire. In the case of FoxPro, one has to answer the question of whether it is worth the time and money it will cost to train staff members in its use. In my opinion, Excel is quite adequate for our needs.
On the surface, to some FoxPro might seem to be an exciting product. Perhaps in some cases it is. After all, it does allow one to customize their work by creating new objects -- in other words, by inheriting the actions of existing objects workers can create new designs custom tailored to one's particular needs. Although this may sound complicated on the surface (and for some, it is), in the right hands FoxPro can allow a company to create…
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(TCOs 2, 3, 7 and 9) You currently work for a home improvement store.
Your company is growing and is considering expansion. The company currently has three locations (East, West, and Central) in one state and wants to consider expanding within the same state. You have been presented with the sales figures for the last three years for each of your locations. Based on this information, you are tasked with analyzing current sales.
The company classifies the sales at the stores into two categories. They are either retail sales to home users, or wholesale to contractors. You want to determine whether the growth is in the retail sales, the wholesale sales, or equally in both to better develop an expansion strategy.
The data from these operations should be combined in the easiest way possible. If the data sample is small it might be easiest to just cut and…
Nonlinear Optimization and Excel Solver
Optimization has been considered among the most essential areas of modern applied mathematics, with its applications being in various fields such as in economics, engineering, statistics, finance, medicine and management science. As much as most of the books have described the different aspects, Nonlinear Optimization tend to be the first comprehensive treatment that give opportunity for the graduate students as well as researchers to have an understanding of the modern methods, principles and ideas within a reasonable time, leaving out the use of sacrificing mathematical precision. One of the leading experts, Andrzej uszcynski in the optimization of nonlinear stochastic systems goes ahead to integrate the theory and the methods of nonlinear optimization making it to be clear, unified, in addition to mathematically rigorous fashion, and has detailed and easy-to-follow proofs that has been illustrated by use of numerous examples and figures.
Andrew J. Mason (2010) OpenSolver: Open Source Optimisation for Excel
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" The article also didn't show consistency with the outline and the actual progress of the user. It doesn't highlight the specific section on the outline (left side) so the user will be at a loss when he takes a break and return to the article a few minutes later. Of course, there is the page progress on the upper right corner but this is not a very useful progress indicator and very inconsistent with the outline. There is also some inconsistency with describing the steps and showing screenshots. In some sections, there are numbered steps (ex. "Data Form Searches") while bulleted steps in some (ex. "Excel AutoFilter"). Some sections also lacked screenshots where these were most needed. This is particularly applicable to the "Advanced Filters" section, where mistakes are mostly likely to happen. One other glaring usability issue is regarding the use of the sample database. In the "Introduction"…
Learning Link Finders, Inc. (2008). "How to Filter an Excel Database." Retrieved May 11, 2008 at http://www.docnmail.com/ExcelFilter/filter1.htm
Leadership Traits Necessary to Excel in the 21st Century
In the book Good to Great (Collins, 2001) a framework for transforming companies from mediocre or average performance to exceptional levels of accomplishment is presented. The author boils down a significant amount of research to several concepts, with the first being that Level 5 or transformational leaders are essential for transformation to occur. He also mentions the factors of being able to recruit well and "get everyone on the bus" meaning creating a team with a common focus and passion. Next, brutal honesty and the ability to confront positively the questions and issues of a business is mentioned. The Hedgehog Concept which has become the foundation of many related articles, studies and books (Finnie, Abraham, 2002) is next, followed by a culture of self-discipline, and The Flywheel (or building and sustaining momentum) are the core elements of the book (Collins, 2001).…
Ceri-Booms, M. (2010). An empirical study on transactional and authentic leaders: Exploring the mediating role of trust in leader on organizational identification. The Business Review, Cambridge, 14(2), 235-243.
Collins, Jim. Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't. HarperCollins Publishers. New York, NY.
Filbeck, G., Gorman, R., Parente, D., & Zhao, X. (2010). Good to great: Lessons for managers. Management Research Review, 33(12), 1187-1208.
Finnie, W.C., & Abraham, S.C. (2002). Getting from good to great: A conversion with Jim Collins. Strategy & Leadership, 30(5), 10-14.
"According to T-100 Domestic Market, the top seven airlines in the United States by domestic boarding in a recent year were Southwest Airlines with 81.1 million, Delta Airlines with 79.4 million, American Airlines with 72.6 million, United Airlines with 56.3 million, Northwest Airlines with 43.3 million, US Airways with 37.8 million, and Continental Airlines with 31.5 million. Using Excel, construct a pie chart and a bar graph to depict this information". ( Kaplan University, 2016 p 1).
Department of the Interior releases figures on mineral production. The following are the 15 leading states in nonfuel mineral production in the United States in 2008". ( Kaplan University, 2016 p 2).
Kaplan University (2016). Using Data Analysis in Excel. USA
click in the excel object to see how the statistical analysis was done
Y = ?0 +?1X1 +?2X2 +?
Price = 35591.507 + (4.001 * Block Size) + (3088.933 * Floor Area) + 177444.648
The dependent variable Price can be predicted from a linear combination of the independent variables:
If the existing process of Access and Excel are not meeting our database then the implied convenience is still representing a higher cost in terms of purchase price, implementation and maintenance. With the recent advances in FoxPro's basic package, we should consider the additional power available from Visual FoxPro.
Excel & Access Combination
Access and Excel offer features like: data filtering, sorting and grouping, dynamically generates SQL code, saves ad-hoc database reporting queries, stores temporary ad-hoc database reporting tables and much more.
The combination of Excel and Access is certainly at the low end of the database market in terms of how robust the database is with speed and performance. However, the bigger advantage of Microsoft Access and Excel having the ability to integrate data with the other Microsoft Office products and the strong end user tools that are easy to use give line management an ability to create their…
" Concerning the type of complementary strategic alliance, it is a horizontal one, because it is formed "when partners who agree to combine their resources and skills to create value in the same stage of the value chain," it is focused "on long-term product development and distribution opportunities" and "the partners may become competitors which requires a great deal of trust between the partners."
The answer to the second question is "no," it's not a "competition response strategy" because the two companies are not really competitors, even if the profile for both company is pharmaceutical. Excel research can be consider in this case as an ally, a support for Century Pharmaceuticals, and even as a consultancy company that works for C.P.
The answer to the third question is "yes," it can be an" uncertainty reducing strategy" because if it functions as it is established, it can reduce the uncertainty about…
1. Hitt Michael a., Ireland R. Duane, Hoskisson Robert a. "Cooperative Strategy." Power Point Presentation by Charlie Cook, the University of West Alabama, and ©2007 Thomson South - Western. All right reserved.
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Desecration of Public Education in Urban Settings
Desecration of Public Education
Attack on Public Education
Public Education: A Democratic Demand
Government's Interest in Charter Schools
Why Charter System Needs to be Opposed
Division of the Community
Failing Public Schools will Loose Funding to the Charter Schools
Difference between Public and Charter Schools
No Standard Policies
Peer Pressure and Violence
Lack of Extracurricular Activities
Authority and their igid System
Ignorance about Children's Bad Habits
Following measures can be taken to improve public schools
Charter Schools vs. Public Schools
The Basics of Educational Policy: The Pressure for eform in American Education
The Pressure for eform in American Education
Traits of Charter Schools
Why Charter Schools Exist in Urban Settings
Why to Save Public Schools 21
The purpose of this research paper is to decipher the truth about…
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Buckley, J., & Buckley, J. (2007). Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? London: Princeton University Press.
Enhanced contact management through the usiness Contact Manager.
F. Office Project
Support for custom templates.
Support for 3D Gantt Charts.
Allows sharing of project data using SharePoint services.
Enhanced analysis and cost resource management.
Data analysis preview - allows project changes and impact analysis without saving data.
G. Office Visio 2007
Integration with external data sources.
Generation of statistical summaries using PivotDiagrams. This also allows visualization of data groups and hierarchical relationships.
H. Office Publisher 2007
Automatically convert documents between different types: publication, newsletter, webpage, etc.
PDF (Portable Document Format) support.
Catalog Merge function allows the application to retrieve data from external sources.
Enhanced Design Checker function allows automatic analysis of design inconsistencies.
Content Store function to store frequently used content.
I. Office InfoPath 2007
Can use Microsoft SQL Server, Office Access, and databases as data source.
Allows multiple views of the same form, allowing for different classes of users.…
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Wikipedia Contributors (2007). "Microsoft Office 2007." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 20, 2007 at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_2007
In this memo, the author will provide a project proposal that will demonstrate the need to convert the company over to Microsoft Access from the current configuration with Microsoft Excel in the company's databases. In this short presentation, we will focus on the advantages of Microsoft Access, in particular the ability of the application to be customized to a specific project or situation with a minimum of programming ability. It is fully compatible with almost all of the MS peripherals such as Word, Outlook, etc. It also has a number of sales applications, as we shall see.
Analysis-Advantages of Access over Excel
If a person works on a large number of sets of data which have to be sorted, filtered, grouped, and created and put into subgroups upon which to calculate or to extract such values as averages, medians and/or maximums. The clerical process of the creation of groups…
Advantages of microsoft access. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/about_4760017_advantages-microsoft-access.html.
Databases and Data Communications
Understanding whether or not the need for a database exist occurs within several types of businesses at all levels. Several professionals have taken time to determine this need in order to improve operations within their operations. These professionals include educational institutions and doctors, as well as insurance companies. Databases are becoming a part of everyday living. There are several things a database can bring to a company which includes, efficiency and the ability to manipulate, input and use information. These benefits provide organizations with powerful decision making tools that aid in onscreen delivery and printed reports. Possessing a database management system is an essential tool in the ability of an organization to retrieve and store mass amounts of data at command. Although the possibility of a database being nothing greater than a time consuming expense, when used properly, a database can be an asset to any…
Business Dictionary, (2012), Decision Support System (DSS), Retrieved from http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/decision-support-system-DSS.html
Kroenke, D.M. (2012). MIS Essentials (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice
Personal Income Probabilities
Based on this sample, and clearly showing workings, appropriate graphics and your response to blank values in the data, calculate the following:
(a) the probability of randomly picking two men over 35 from the sample
The sample consists of both men and women, however the question does not delineate segmentation by gender in regard to men vs. women, but solely requests "from the sample" the possibility of selecting men over 35 years of age each draw. Therefore the equation is:
Men over 35 years of age total in the sample.
121 participants total in the sample
239 = P of men in sample
Percentage of men over 35 in the sample 23.9%
Each draw is discreet with a 23.9% chance that a man over 35 years of age will be selected on random selection each time.
For example of work in excel: Appendix
(b) given that we…
The four possible points which could be the optimal solution are labeled from one to four. The solutions to these are then given in Table 1, along with the profits which would result from these combinations. The values of each of these points were calculated by solving the simultaneous equations where the lines crossed. It can be seen from Table 1 that the maximum profit would be reached by producing 20 beef dinners and 40 fish dinners each day.
Figure 1: Feasible region for the linear programming problem
Table 1: esultant profits from each of the critical points
Value of X1
Value of X2
Now Excel may also be used to solve this problem. The solution which is given is shown in Figure 2. From this it may be confirmed that the optimal solution for the restaurant is to prepare 20 beef meals and 40 fish meals…
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This means that the questionnaire may be designed with a thorough understanding of the processes within the company and the experience to which the customers of the company should be ideally exposed.
The studio presently collects some information on the experience of their customers but this focuses predominantly on the customer's experiences on the day of their shoot. For example the questionnaire which is currently distributed to all customers asks questions such as 'hich parts of your photo shoot did you like the best?' The current questionnaire is also very simple with only three options given for the multiple choice questions and a number of questions such as that above which are open ended questions. The company is however concerned that sufficient information is not available to guide them specifically on customer satisfaction with the service provided from initial contact with the company to receipt of the photographic products ordered.…
Dillman, D.A. & Christian, L.M. (2005) Survey mode as a source of instability in responses across surveys. Field Methods, 17(1), 30-52.
Joinson, a.N. & Reips, U.-D. (2007) Personalised salutation, power of sender and response rates to Web-based surveys. Computers in Human Behavior, 23(3), 1372-1383.
Kaplowitz, M.D., Hadlock, T.D. & Levine, R. (2004) a comparison of web and mail survey response rates. Public Opinion Quarterly, 68(1), 94-101.
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These personal productivity systems also tend to be islands of customer data that need to be integrated into larger customer information systems to be effective (Zahay, 2008). Enterprise-class DBMS are capable of integrating to broader process workflows due to their underlying technical design. In addition, these DBMS are often used for more advanced customer strategies including data mining, business analytics of customer bases, and the development of long-term loyalty campaigns. All of these types of analysis are not possible on the personal productivity class of databases. The limitations of enterprise DBMS however are the their cost for implementing in larger companies, and the need for training users how to use the many functions in these databases.
Daniel E. O'Leary (2008). Supporting decisions in real-time enterprises: autonomic supply chain systems. Information Systems and eBusiness Management, 6(3), 239-255. etrieved May 8, 2008, from ABI/INFOM Global database. (Document ID: 1475085461).
Daniel E. O'Leary (2008). Supporting decisions in real-time enterprises: autonomic supply chain systems. Information Systems and eBusiness Management, 6(3), 239-255. Retrieved May 8, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1475085461).
Debra Zahay (2008). Successful B2B customer database management. The Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, 23(4), 264-272. Retrieved May 8, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1464150941).
This will also show the degree to which the project is vulnerable to potential changes on the market that would influence its main figures, including the volume of sales.
Another useful tool that can be used is a simulation. A simulation would allows us, in this particular analysis, to change some of the variables in a mathematical model that we would create and analyze the consequences of those changes. The sensitivity analysis has one important restriction in that it only allows one variable to be changed. With the simulation, this is no longer the case. At the same time, it is important to perform a simulation because one would be able to understand how the other elements in the mathematical model are likely to fluctuate as some of the variables change.
1. Calculating the Net Investment (NINV) or Initial Outlay (IO). On the Internet at http://uwf.edu/rconstand/geb5874/T9-Capud/T9-CapudP02.htm. Last retrieved on…
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Dell Inc. Marketing and Manufacturing Process Integration
Based on analysis of Sources: (Kapuscinski, Zhang, Carbonneau, Moore, eeves, 2004) (Gunasekaran, Ngai, 2009) (Bilek, 2010)
Discussion of Current Business Issues
Today Dell suffers from not having enough insight into the most critical customer relationships necessary to grow its emerging virtualization and Cloud computing businesses, as the company's approach to managing by technology instead of customers created a very myopic mindset. The transition from being purely technology- and product-centric to one that puts customer feedback and their insights into the center of a business model can only be achieved by measuring processes and improving them (Liu, Guo, Lee, 2011). Nowhere is this more evident than in the company's quoting process. Ironically for a company so well-known for its build-to-order process online, tis enterprise-wide quoting systems are seriously broken and often can take weeks to produce a highly specific quote for a…
Bilek, G.. (2010). The Value of Information Sharing in a Build-to-Order Supply Chain. The Business Review, Cambridge, 15(1), 131-136.
Ernst, H., Hoyer, W., Krafft, M., & Krieger, K. (2011). Customer relationship management and company performance -- the mediating role of new product performance. Academy of Marketing Science. Journal, 39(2), 290-306.
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Demand for Money
Money in economics terms can be defined by holding cash or non-interest bearing bank accounts. Since these holdings are less advantages than interest bearing accounts or some form of investment, there has to be some motivation to keep cash or completely liquid assets. There are a range of different motivations that can be used to describe these behaviors. However, most of them use liquidity in one form or another. For example, it is necessary to have liquid assets to make purchases or pay bills for example. So if an individual gets their paycheck they may deposit a portion of the check into some form of investment account, while keeping a portion of it liquid to cover their monthly living expenses.
An individual may also move money to a liquid account if they are planning to make a purchase in the short-term. The demand for holding money can…
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Children in poverty are "...behind the eight ball from the moment of conception. Fewer of the marginalized children will develop to the full measure of their potential or acquire advanced intellectual competencies and academic skills that are clearly ahead of the norm for their age." (Kitano, 2003, p.2)
The work of rooks-Gunn and Duncan (1997) stated conclusions that the "...negative effects of poverty on IQ and achievement tests are more pronounced for children who experience poverty during the preschool and early school years and, especially, for children who live in extreme poverty or for multiple years. However, the effects of poverty on school attainment (years of schooling completed), while statistically significant, are small. "It is not yet possible to make conclusive statements regarding the size of the effects of poverty on children's long-term cognitive development." (as cited in Kitano, 2003, p.3)
It is stated to be held by some researchers…
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Kitano, M.K. (2003) Gifted Potential and Poverty: A Call for Extraordinary Action. Journal for the Education of the Gifted. Vol. 26, No. 4, 2003, pp. 292-303. Online available at: http://psych.wisc.edu/henriques/papers/Kitano.pdf
With Kim's help, I saw that I had a knack for helping people. I was able not just to be supportive of others, but I could really connect with people and help them. I also had a great knowledge of course planning for almost every major at UConn, because I liked to read through the course booklet and see what kinds of classes were out there and see the different majors and what the requisites were for each. Also, I realized that I often helped my friends with their course selections and major planning before they went to their own advisors. Therefore, I decided to major in Human Services, where my concentration was in academic advising.
Thus, in my own way, I was able to travel through each of the seven vectors identified by Chickering and elucidated by eisser, ultimately arriving at the final point: the development of purpose in…
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e. managerial, social, political, economic benefits are linked to the study's results) the proposed helpful outcomes are realistic (i.e. dealing with questions that can actually be answered through the type of data gathering and analysis you're proposing. The suggested helpful outcomes do not go beyond the data that's to be collected).
The increase in teen smoking may be abating, or may be taking a pause before it continues the climb seen in the past 10 years, from 1996 to 2005. In either case, reducing smoking at an early age has a lifelong effect on individuals' health, and can lead to better quality of life for millions of people who might otherwise take up smoking. A secondary benefit is that lessons learned may help to reduce the current 3.1 million teen smokers, many of whom try smoking and quit -- it would be useful to know why they started in the…
Bobo, J.H. (2000). Sociocultural Influences on Smoking and Drinking. Alcohol Research & Health, 225-234.
Cooper, T.K. (2003). A prospective evaluation of the relationships between smoking dosage and body mass index in an adolescent, biracial cohort. Addictive Behaviors, 501-512.
Falba, T. (2005). Health events and the smoking cessation of middle aged Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, n.p.
Gies, C.B. (2007). Effect of an Inpatient Nurse-Directed Smoking Cessation Program. Western Journal of Nursing Research, n.p.
Similarly, their cash flow Excel spreadsheet template offers flexible and powerful features that help entrepreneurs save time and trouble during the valuable planning stages.
Another helpful product offered by Planware.org is their business plan writing software. These aids take newcomers step-by-step through the process of writing effective business plans for any size firm. The guide is divided into sections to help the user address each aspect of their intended business separately. Each section is linked to features like charts and spreadsheets too. Planware.org offers two editions of the business plan writer: Plan Write and Plan Write Expert. The business planning software can be a stand-alone product or used in conjunction with other Planware tools.
Planware also offers specialized marketing analysis tools also under the Plan Write brand. The marketing aids help budding entrepreneurs conduct fairly sophisticated analyses of their target markets Links to intent sites enable the savvy user to…
Business Plan Freeware." Planware.org. Retrieved Mar 22, 2007 at http://www.planware.org/businessplanfreeware.htm
Marketing and Sales Plan Software." Planware.org. Retrieved Mar 22, 2007 at http://www.planware.org/marketingplansoftware.htm
The focus of this area has shifted to eb application development including the development of complex, highly integrated enterprise system platforms beyond the scope of client it departments. This shift has actually accelerated the financial performance of Indian outsourcers to such a great extend that their goals are now to catch IBM in revenues and eventually surpass them in terms of consulting revenue. The outsourcing of complex it projects however must be exceptionally well managed and orchestrated to ensure the goals of the client are still achieved as the development takes place (Hsu, u, et.al.). Due to the high value of programming and development talent in Indian and Chinese outsourcers, this area is the fastest growing of their core businesses. In this area, there are many opportunities for students to advance their careers.
The three most important strategies students can take to capitalize on this trend is to first concentrate…
Cardella, Tom. "Executive Roundtable." Customer [email protected] Solutions 22.3 (2011): 16-7. ABI/INFORM Complete.
Chin-Chia, Hsu, and Chih-Hung Wu. "The Evaluation of the Outsourcing of Information Systems: A Survey of Large Enterprises." International Journal of Management 23.4 (2006):
Hansen, Michael W., Henrik Schaumburg-Muller, and Eugene Pottenger. "Towards a Developing Country Firm Perspective on Outsourcing." Strategic Outsourcing: an International Journal 1.3 (2008): 210-29.
Harland, Christine, et al. "Outsourcing: Assessing the Risks and Benefits for Organisations, Sectors and Nations." International Journal of Operations & Production Management 25.9 (2005): 831-50. ABI/INFORM Complete. Web. 5 Apr. 2012.
icrosoft Office is the most popular comprehensive bundle of productivity applications in the world. It contains word publishing, spreadsheet, presentation, e-mail, and database software and is most often used with the icrosoft Windows operating system. It can also be used with the Apple acintosh. The icrosoft Office suite enjoys almost universal worldwide familiarity. The most recent version of S Office is Office XP, which is designed specifically to be compatible with the Windows XP environment.
Functionally, Sun StarOffice is very similar to icrosoft Office. The chief difference is that it is written using open source code and may be altered by programmers to match their specifications. It is the most popular system for Linux and Unix-based computers and utilizes an XTL-based interface. It is considered an 'alternative' to the Windows system because it is popular with developers, who often criticize icrosoft for the fact that the source code is unavailable…
Microsoft Powerpoint allows the user to design presentations that use graphics and visual effects. It is often used in with data that has been created in Excel. Microsoft Access is a database project that allows the user to enter and manage data and sort according to fields. Its chief limitation is that it is meant for one user to operate at a time. StarOffice Impress has essentially similar features, but uses the Macromedia Flash format to present its documents. Sun Microsystems pioneered Java Internet application technology and most computers have the capability of reading flash documents.
Datasheet: StarOffice 7 Data Sheet. http://wwws.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/ds/STAROFS7RETAIL_90903.pdf
Microsoft Office XP: Office Home. http://www.microsoft.com/office
beta statistic is a coefficient of risk that investors use in order to determine whether or not an equity security is more or less risky than the market. This, in turn, is used to decide the ideal rate of return that the issue should maintain in order to warrant investment. If beta is one, then an issue is as risky as the market, and if it is zero, it is as risky as a risk-free rate that is usually represented in practiced by 30-year treasury bonds. The required rate of return on equity is always simply beta multiplied by the difference between the market's rate of return and the risk-free rate, added to the risk-free rate.
In modern portfolio theory, beta is often thought of as a measure of risk that cannot be eliminated through diversification. Beta statistics are determined for sectors and industries because portfolio managers often favor broader…
" 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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Starbucks and Peet's have similar gross margins. Dunkin' Brands has a much better gross margin at 78.9%, while McDonalds has a lower gross margin at 39.6%. Starbucks' gross margin might put it in the middle of the pack for quick service, but it is still a healthy margin. The company is profitable, something most of the firms in the industry are. Interesting, Dunkin is the least profitable of these four companies, and McDonalds has a high net margin. This is reflected is an ROE for that company of just 5%, compared with Starbucks' ROE of 27.69% and McDonalds' 39.8%. For the equity investor, Starbucks again has a strong ROE but not the strongest in its industry.
Starbucks continues to have premium positioning in the industry. This should allow the company to earn higher margins and returns. hile this is not necessarily the case, the strategic moves that Starbucks has made…
MSN Moneycentral (2011): Starbucks. Retrieved November 14, 2011 from http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/charts/chartdl.aspx?PT=8&compsyms=&D4=1&DD=1&D5=0&DCS=2&MA0=0&MA1=0&C5=1&C5D=1&C6=&C7=1&C7D=1&C8=&C9=-1&CF=0&D7=&D6=&showtablbt=View+price+history+with+dividends%2Fsplits&symbol=sbux&nocookie=1&SZ=
MSN Moneycentral: McDonalds Corp. (2011). Retrieved November 18, 2011 from http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/invsub/results/compare.asp?Page=InvestmentReturns&symbol=MCD
MSN Moneycentral: Dunkin' Brands. (2011). Retrieved November 18, 2011 from http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/invsub/results/compare.asp?Page=InvestmentReturns&symbol=DNKN
Mean is determined by adding all data points in a single column together and dividing by the number of data points (in this case, 100). The Excel "AVERAGE" function was used to save time on arithmetic, but performs exactly this calculation.
Median simply takes the central value in a data set when the set is arranged in order of numerical value (or the mean of the two central data points when the data set contains an even number of points). Data was sorted first by height and then by points to determine the median scores for each data set, respectively; the mean of the values in rows 51 and 52 of the spreadsheet (corresponding to the 50th and 51st values in the data set, as row 1 was occupied by the column titles) were taken as the median.
Mode is given simply by frequency; data was again sorted…
However, in contrast to others, I do not agree with the assessment methods of the FCAT. The FCAT is the statewide educational assessment for the state of Florida and is intended to measure a student's prior and current knowledge of given subject matter.
The student is assessed in the areas of reading, writing, science and mathematics. It is stated that if a student attends school regularly, has in-school and home-based encouragement, eats a well-balanced diet, and completes given class and home learning assignments, he or she will have a better chance at passing this statewide test. Special emphasis must to be placed, in this case, on the importance of diet, because it is an aspect of a child's welfare that is often ignored in discussing education. It is paramount, for any child, to eat properly in order to allow one's brain and body to be attentive and alert during school.…
Additionally, Excel at present utilizes the natural language formulas that enable the program to mechanically grasp the column and row title and allow the user to employ the names rather than the undefined complicated formulas, which was previously the case.
Excel is not far behind in development either, in fact now the latest consumers and users can work on or distribute worksheets, concurrently with the single document with the absence of the "file already in use" popup. Furthermore, groups of consumers edit, delete, omit, update, alter and rearrange the arrangement of the cells with every modification noted and associated to the individual formulating it. Direct information form the internet can now be pasted into the spread sheet and edited, as well as refreshed often, according to the requirement of the user. PowerPoint too has improved leaps and bounds, with the insertion of restructured presentation templates, with 10 that are new…
Perceptions of sustainability improved slightly in the experimental group, however this change was not significant and the null hypothesis is not rejected (p=.32). The flag exposure did not improve perceptions of sustainability to a noteworthy degree.
Once more, there was statistically significant change -- and once more, it was so significant that the null hypothesis would be almost certainly rejected (p-value is effectively 0) -- but that this change was again in the wrong direction. Flag perception (or possibly the confounding variable of healthy eating desires, though that seems far less likely for this item) is correlated with a significant decrease in perceptions of traditionality, not an increase as predicted in the alternative hypothesis. The null hypothesis remains in place, therefore.
With one confounding variable between the groups, the examination of the given experimental variable (i.e. The inclusion of the flag on the product image) and its…
There are minor differences in prices, quality, and features of these products. Therefore, consumers can choose those products that best match their current needs. In the new market, Technosoft will need to strive hard for building a strong customer base by producing and promoting innovative technology solutions.
v. The Bargaining Power of Suppliers:
The bargaining power of suppliers is strong against new and small scale software manufacturers while very low against top market leaders. eason being, large scale manufacturers take advantage of their financial strength and make long-term collaborations with the raw material suppliers in a view to get regular and non-stop supply. On the other hand, small manufacturers can neither make strategic collaborations nor make bulk purchases for getting discount on raw material. As a result, the bargaining power of suppliers increases against these small manufacturers.
Section 3: Marketing Plan
3.1: Potential Target Market
Technosoft specializes in operating system…
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To be aware of the safety rules for operating the ribbon-cutting machine in three minutes.
This statement is problematic because it does not include a performance objective; being "aware" of the rules is not the same as applying those rules. Furthermore, it sounds like the trainee is supposed to become aware of the safety rules in three minutes. Is that what is intended, or is it intended to say that the ribbon cutting machine should be operated in three minutes?
Given a personal computer, a table and a chair, enter the data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
The performance is "enter the data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet," but there are no criteria. Enter what data? How much data? How fast?
Use the World Wide Web to learn about training practices.
The performance criterion is to use the Web. However, the remainder of the statement is too vague. What…
Chapter 4 Learning: Theories and Program Design.
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Frequency Distributions & Sampling
The lifestyle data collected and analyzed in this paper are the counts of e-mail messages received () and sent (S) on a per-day basis. This paper is a continuation of the study begun in a prior assignment, with the core changes being the inclusion of sample data collected over a period of an additional five days, and analysis of the standard deviation of the data relative to a normal distribution. For the purpose of this study, each parameter was measured and recorded daily for fifteen consecutive days. Table 1 displays the data collected in sequential, unsorted form.
E-mails eceived ()
E-mails Sent (S)
Based on the total data collected over a period of 15 days as depicted in Table 1, the following are the measures of central tendency for the number of emails received each day:
: mean: 88.9 median: 81 mode: none
Based on the…
Breyfogle, F.W. (2003). Implementing Six Sigma: Smarter Solutions Using Statistical Methods (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons.
Lane, D.M. (n.d.). HyperStat Online: The Normal Distribution. Retrieved December 10, 2011, from http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/normal_distribution.html
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LIFO and FIFO Inventory Valuation Methods
FIFO or LIFO
A Comparison of LIFO and FIFO Inventory Valuation Methods
There are a number of considerations when choosing between the inventory tracking and valuation methods of 'first in, first out' (FIFO) and 'last in, last out' (LIFO). These include the company's balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, and tax considerations (Drive Your uccess, 2010).
The FIFO and LIFO methods of inventory tracking can be calculated independent of the actual physical movement of goods into and out of the inventory or be used to track the physical movement of goods (Fried, n.d.). If used independently of the physical movement of goods then the purpose is to analyze the flow of costs during the year. Given that the goods in the Excel spreadsheet example are antibiotics, the physical inventory control method used would likely be FIFO in order to minimize how much…
Drive Your Success. (2010). Small Business Inventory Management: LIFO vs. FIFO vs. Average Cost. Retrieved June, 2011 from http://www.driveyoursuccess.com/2010/11/small-business-inventory-management-lifo-vs.-fifo-vs.-average-cost.html
Fried, Haim D. (n.d.) Inventory. Retrieved June, 2011 from http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~hfried/download/Inventory.pdf
Price of Success
As the wooden ship glides slowly into the New York harbor, a sea of hopeful faces looks up from the deck to behold the lady of their dreams. Before them is a statuesque symbol welcoming them to a land where all dreams can be realized. Here, in the land of equality and opportunity, lives a promise that great rewards can be achieved though hard work and perseverance. Among all those coming to this country from distant shores and of all the next generations born here, there is one group of young people that will embrace the concept of hard work, perseverance and self-sacrifice more notably than any other group. Among all who seek the American Dream, it will be the Asian-American children who will achieve that goal with a disproportionately high rate of success. This success does not come without a price. It will come at the…
Butterfield, Fox. "Why They Excel" American Voices: Culture and Community. Ed.
Delores Laguardia and Hans Gruber 4th ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 2000. 258-263
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Delores Laguardia and Hans Gruber 4th ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 2000. 60-63
seeing shifts in the spirit of education. Such a positive upheaval has occurred before; but, never in a forum where so many minds could be molded in so myriad ways. I see myself as a pivot in the grand scheme of things. And I wish to make a contribution. I wish to apply to Lynn University to pursue a degree. And I hope I can convince the admission committee that Lynn University is a place where my life's goals can get a direction. I also feel particularly confident that I can make a worthwhile contribution in the enrichment of the ideals for which Lynn University stands.
In high school and in my current academic setting, I have always excelled in academics. My high school and college transcripts are a testament to that fact. I have translated this high scholastic achievement into being a role model to those that follow me.…
investment in a rental/real estate property. There is a one-time purchase of $10,000 in land that can subsequently be rented for a yearly $3,500 rent for a period of several years. At the end of the rental period, the investor aims to sell the land for a certain price. The longer the period of the rental is, in number of years, the more the land will degrade and, as a consequence, will be valued at a lower sum at the end of the entire period of time.
As a consequence, the several scenarios that will be taken into consideration will look at a comparison between longer years of rental vs. lower price for the final sale of the land or a shorter period for the rental period, but a higher price for the final sale at the end of the rental period.
This paper will look at three different scenarios…
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This is largely due to time and logistical issues involved in conducting the face-to-face interviews. However, this still represents 50% of the entire sample population. Therefore, it is expected that the opinions expressed in the interviews will be a good representation of Iranian banks.
3.5 Data Collection
The primary aim of the study is to identify the challenges that Iranian banks face in the implementation of EMV. This research is divided into two portions. The first part will be the survey questionnaire. The second will be face-to-face interviews. Where possible, the researcher will visit the bank and administer the questionnaire in person. However, is some cases, this will not be possible, either because of the distances that need to be traveled or the schedule of the bank official. In these cases, the questionnaire will be emailed to the participant and they can return it at their convenience. As the sample…
Hall, C. 2009. New study pinpoints risk issues for Hispanic business owners. Houston Business Journal. Friday, May 8, 2009.
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9 million beyond the First Mortgage loan. In order that the company does not dilute its equity, it is recommended that the convertible and debenture issues are made. If the convertibles are taken as equity, the capital structure will be around 28.6% in two years not counting new retained earnings, and this is close to the target capital structure that UniHost has. It is recommended therefore that those two options are undertaken in order to finance the expansion of UniHost. The convertible will need to be more than the $75 million -- more is possible so a this issue should net around $85 million. The company is unable to finance with just equity and convertibles, so some amount of debenture will be required, so it would be difficult for UniHost to undertake its growth strategy and avoid the restrictive covenants that will prohibit it from further growth. Future expansion needs…
Specifications include an Intel Core i5-2300 Processor1 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost2 2.0 Technology running at 3.1GHz. The system will be configured with Microsoft Windows 7 Home operating system to support the multimedia requirements as defined. The memory configuration will be expandable to 16GB, and initially configured with 6GB of DD3 Dual-Channel 1333 MHz Memory. The initial configuration will support a 1.5TB SATA hard drive with the ATA disk controller down on the motherboard to save on costs. The motherboard has Intel HD Graphics 20008 chipsets integrated in, and there are 4 additional PCI slots available if and when the need arises for a more powerful graphics controller and processes. Also included in the baseline configuration is a16X DVD+/-/W Super Multi-Drive optical drive and Microsoft Office 2010. The motherboard is configured so that one PCI-E x16 and three PCI-E x1 slots available for future expansion. The system will have ten USB…
Brown, Bob. (1991, August). Intel Pushes into Market with New LAN Products. Network World, 8(33), 2
Intel Chipsets Lay Salt Creek, Weybridge Foundations. (2007, June). CRN,(CRNtech 6), 8.
Glenn R. Luecke, Ying Li, & Martin Cuma. (2007). Using benchmarking to determine efficient usage of nodes in a cluster. Benchmarking, 14(6), 728-749.
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The bottom line is that by seeking to create operational efficiencies through process improvement, the company has been able to continually become more profitable and grow more efficiently than its competitors.
Appendix A: McDonald's Financial Analysis
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Pat Galagan "OLD SCHOOL GETS NEW OLE. " T + D 1 Nov. 2006: 36-39,4. ABI/INFOM Global. ProQuest. 24 Feb. 2009
Joyce Jenkins.. "Cooking Up a ecipe for Effective Leadership. " Leadership in Action 28.1 (2008): 16. ABI/INFOM Global. ProQuest. 23…
Pat Galagan "OLD SCHOOL GETS NEW ROLE. " T + D 1 Nov. 2006: 36-39,4. ABI/INFORM Global. ProQuest. 24 Feb. 2009
Joyce Jenkins.. "Cooking Up a Recipe for Effective Leadership. " Leadership in Action 28.1 (2008): 16. ABI/INFORM Global. ProQuest. 23 Feb. 2009
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I was able to see the patience and love that Jane has extended to my children. She very patiently taught my youngest child all his shapes and colors during his eighteenth month.
Jane's effort in teaching my children was manifested in ways more than one. My middle child showed drastic improvements in her reading level. She even jumped two reading levels in just one year! My eldest daughter, on the other hand, was able to excel in soccer and in school as well. I must say that my children have become the well-adjust persons that they are now through Jane's help.
One of the best things that Jane did for my family, especially for my children was helping them during one of the toughest times of their lives. In 2006, my children lost their mother. Jane's presence got them through this grieving process. She was not just their nanny, nor…
Most importantly, I want to return to my father at least a fraction of what he has given to me in education and encouragement. If it were not for his decision to home school me, I would not have been where I am today, and most likely I would have set less ambitious longer-term goals.
A graduated my home schooling career with honors, earned extra credits, and achieved all the goals I set for myself. I did this entirely by self-directed scholarship, and on the basis of what I received from my parents. This in turn enabled me to enter college at the unusually early age of sixteen years old. At seventeen, I have no completed almost two years of college. This, in my view, gives me an advantage over many other people at my age. Through home schooling I have matured to a level where can pursue my studies…
Some of the entries are closely related, but the search function appears to pull up every entry that has any of the words for which a person searches. That can be very frustrating, because it produces a large number of entries that are not related in any way to the original search. Encyclopedia Britannica also requires a person to sign up for a free trial period in order to read any of the entries (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011). After that trial period is over, one must pay for the service. ikipedia requires no sign-up, and there is no cost for searching or reading on the site (ikipedia, 2011).
Overall, ikipedia excels over Encyclopedia Britannica when searching for crime and punishment in the 18th century or anything else. hile neither site has a page specifically dedicated to that issue and it is necessary to perform several searches on each site in order…
Encyclopedia Britannica. 2011. Britannica - the Online Encyclopedia. Web. 30 September 2011.
Wikipedia. 2011. Wikipedia. Web. 30 September 2011.
Brown-Forman must decide whether or not to purchase Southern Comfort. The brand is a good fit strategically -- similar origins, strong growth trajectory, and complementary product. If Brown Forman can apply the same marketing skills to Southern Comfort as effectively as it has with Jack Daniels, the brand's growth could conceivably be even better in the future than it has been in the past. There are marketing, distribution and potentially even production synergies that can come into play as well.
The offer on the table is based on the current book value of Southern Comfort. Brown Forman, however, should value the offer based on the present value of the expected future cash flows. A net present value calculation should be conducted on the basis of those expected flows. Fixed costs and financing costs should not be included. The possible purchase of some assets back by the Fowlers following the sale…
Modigliani, F. & Miller, M. (1958). The cost of capital, corporation finance and the theory of investment. The American Economic Review. Vol. 48 (3).
Decisions in Paradise
The many infrastructure and culturally-based challenges that Nik, his team and Mr. Morales face illustrate how challenging new business development can be in an island nation the size and location of Kava. What is immediately apparent from the case is that there is ample opportunity to enrich the island's economy and people while also building a strong, scalable business at the same time. Today however the island nation has an infrastructure that is lacking, an economy that is for the most part agrarian, and a young inexperienced workforce lacking advanced skills and education. It's going to be very challenging for Nik and his team to build a business on Kava, making the selection of a common vision, strategic plan and objectives, and core values of the team critical for their success. The decision making tools used, and the selection of vision, mission and goals all need to…
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Muller, R., & Turner, R.. (2010). Leadership competency profiles of successful project managers. International Journal of Project Management, 28(5), 437.
Pandelica, I., Pandelica, A., & Dabu, B.. (2010). The Response of Organizations in Crisis Conditions. Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, 15(2), 151-160.
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Leaders Can Manage Change
Transforming the Client Organization:
From Transactional Management to Transformational Leadership
Staying in step with customer and client needs is more than fulfilling their requests on a periodic basis and meeting their basic expectations, as any company that excels in client management understands. It is the ability to align every aspect of an enterprise to the needs and expectations, experiences and requirements of clients. Often internally-based organizations including those that are given the objective of being client-focused, end up paradoxically being the most myopic and inward-focused, resistant to change. Any organization that is experiencing this is in danger of losing the most valuable relationships and trust they have with customers. As leaders must continually push accountability, ownership and a clear sense of responsibility for results to the front lines of their enterprises, when traditional management and leadership strategies fail to deliver results, change is required. The intent…
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I believe that most successful people in the field of biotechnology are comfortable with the language of science as well as possess an economic understanding of the implications of science. Taking the actively discussion-based class Business 1 gave me my first taste of marketing and the sense of what it like to become part of a working environment and culture. Working with motivated and creative undergrad business students encouraged me to excel, to stretch myself as a learner, and also to bring my own unique experiences from science to the classroom.
My ultimate career goal is to secure a role in a biotechnical company in a managerial or marketing capacity, whereby I hope to deploy my skills managing and communicating with people to clarify complex scientific issues so that laypeople can understand such issues, and appreciate their significance to individuals and to the…
Microsoft is a company that was found to be in violation of antitrust laws by both the U.S. Justice Department and the European Commissions. The reason behind such a finding, is that Microsoft acted in a manner that was found to be overly aggressive in regards to its operating systems and software. As the Weil and McMillan article wrote that it was "alleged that Microsoft harmed Netscape's browser business through anticompetitive practices related to the Windows operating system" (Weil, McMillan, 2003) while the United States vs. Microsoft article went even further by stating "critics contend that Microsoft used monopolistic business practices and anti-competitive strategies including refusal to deal and lying, put unreasonable restrictions in the use of its software and used misrepresentative marketing tactics" (United States, 2002, 2006).
It is this author's belief that it does not matter if a company is 'capitalistic' or not, most companies would not have…
Aguilar, J.; Prato, F.; Bravo, C.; Rivas, F.; (2009) A multi-agent system for the management of abnormal situations in an artificially gas-lifted well, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 23, Issue 5, pp. 406 -- 426
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Management and Leadership
Analysis of the Differences between Management and Leadership
Leaders have the ability to define a compelling future vision for an enterprise and galvanizing the many disparate departments, divisions, resources and systems together for their fulfillment. Managers are focused on how to keep equilibrium in the organization, using the selective strategies of planning, organizing, leading and controlling to keep an organization moving forward to its objectives. Leaders are essential for defining the vision and strategies for an enterprise to achieve its long-term plans, and managers are critical for keeping a company on track towards it goals. Together both keep any business on the path to fulfilling its goals and objectives.
espected and internally known leadership scholar Warren Bennis of the University of Southern California has stated that a leader is who one is and a manager is what one does (Fitzgerald, Schutte, 2010). This observation was made from…
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6. When would you suggest using negative match for keywords? Please give a specific example of a keyword and a related negative match.
The intent of using negative keywords is to trim back the number of items returned in a search, making the results delivered more relevant. The example shown below illustrates how a search of the New York Yankees could be made more relevant by removing the local New York football teams.
Negative keywords: New York Giants, New York Jets
7. Using the information provided in the attached Excel spreadsheet, please answer the following questions:
a. What is the clickthrough rate (CTR) for the keyword, Rock Band 2? Please illustrate the formula used to derive your answer.
CTR = (Clicks/Impressions) x 100
.15 = (16,797/110547) x 100
b. What is the CTR for the overall campaign?
.046 = (575,082/12,282,679) x 100
c. What is the CPC for the keyword,…
Through scaffolding techniques and the assistance from my advisor Mrs. D'Amour, we worked with the young man to find out which areas of social studies interested him most. He found World War I Trench Warfare the most fascinating. Giving him the challenge of being the class expert in this area, setting the goal of presenting at the white board at least three times during the semester, and being the go-to person during class discussions all gave him a strong sense of purpose.
This experience and the student's continual improvement served as highly effective forms of feedback as well. While much has been written about assessments and metrics in education, one of the most powerful scenarios where they matter most is in the tradition from passive to active learning. Working with this student to give him ownership of a given area and the confidence to contribute in class shows why it…
Actuarial Science: Modeling
The objective of this report is to investigate dependence structure between the home line of business and domestic motor line of business to determine the global amount of capital to hold for both lines of business. The paper uses the regression analysis and descriptive statistics to analyze the raw data collected for the losses on both lines of business. The results from the analysis reveal that there is little or no positive dependence structure between the two lines of business because the . Square value from the regression analysis output is 0.29, which is closer to 0. Moreover, there are higher losses in the domestic motor line of business than the home line of business. There is also higher volatility in the domestic motor line of business than home line of business. Thus, the report recommends that home line of business should attract more global capital than…
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Americans and Canadians Differ in their Online Spending Habits?
It is no secret that the economies of most industrialized nations have been sluggish over the first part of the 21st century. However, consumer confidence in North America may be on the rise. For instance, according to a March 2012 euter report consumer confidence for Americans and Canadians remained stable as 26% of Americans (the highest level in over a year) and 28% of Canadians believed that their economies would improve over the next year. These figures are taken from the BC U.S. Consumer Outlook Index and the BC Canadian Consumer Outlook (BC COI and BC CCO respectively; euter, 2012). Of course this is really not as optimistic as the researchers depict it, because 26 or 28% does not represent a majority. Therefore, the real news is that the majority of citizens in these countries DO NOT believe there economy will…
Miller, G.E. (July 5, 2011). U.S. Vs. Canada consumer spending: Who is more budget savvy? In 20 Something Finance. Retrieved April 18, 2012, from http://20somethingfinance.com/u - s-vs.-canada-consumer-spending/.
Reuters (March 22, 2012). Canadians and Americans share more than a border - we have similar concerns about economy, employment: RBC. In Reuters. Retrieved April 19, 2012 from http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/22/idUS81116+22-Mar-2012+PRN20120322 .
River County's Capital Budget
River County Capital Budget
Here at River County we have put together a capital budget because we are planning to make several principal achievements for the next year of business in 2012 because we believe that after further evaluation of the investments we have made in 2010 has helped us determine which items are beneficial to the company and the consumer. What we must ask ourselves at River County is "If we continue to purchase these types of items in the future, will the profit to our corporation be larger that the expenditure of the asset?" We realize that these items do vary; however, we are able to see the positives and negatives of these smaller and larger units by not only calculating the different costs and expected years of the product or asset, but to look at the company's averages, as well.
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Pizza Shop Demand Forecasting
Pizza Company Entry: Consumer Demand Forecast
There are a number of issues a company needs to think about before entering any particular market. In an industry such as the food service industry, there are even more factors to consider. Entering into any market can be a gamble, yet food service is often even more vulnerable in regards to the already strong presence of successful competitors and the income levels of the consumer markets being served. Within this particular analysis, the data presented in the course shell will be used as a way to determine if the Pizza Company should enter this particular market, and if so, which conditions will be most desirable in order to facilitate the most successful entry into the market.
One of the best forecasting tools companies can use is regression forecasting in order to determine the potential for consumer demand…
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