Fifth Business as a Spiritual Quest
Fifth Business is a novel that clearly follows a spiritual quest that is the central theme of the lifelong journey of its protagonist, Dunstable Ramsay. Throughout his life, Dunstable (later called Dunstan after a saint whose virtues Dunstable emulates) is always looking for redemption for childhood guilt through religion and spirituality. From his very first feelings of guilt resulting from causing a neighbor woman to go into premature labor when he dodges a snowball with a rock in it that hits her instead, to feelings of guilt over the death of his brother, his conflict-filled relationship with his parents, and his struggle to find a place in the world that does not seem to have a place for someone who is eccentric and does not quite fit the norms of society like himself, Dunstable is constantly searching the world of spirituality for answers that…… [Read More]
Fifth Business -- a Conclusion to Dunstable's Memoir
It seems, try though I might, that the over-riding theme of my life has been women. I did not set out for this to be so. I would have been perfectly content to remain a normal boy, doing normal boyish things and then to grown into a man with a normal family, a normal job, and normal friends and associations. The pleasures of suburbia would have been quite enough for me, and I would have found them pleasant indeed. But fate had another role in mind for me, put into motion from the very moment Percy's snowball hit Mary Dempster. From that moment on, my life, my actions, and my very psyche would be defined by women.
You may wonder at this, Headmaster, because you already know that I was relieved when my parents died, as I would no longer have to…… [Read More]
Finally, Change in approach is a more tactical answer to Change Character. It is using specific techniques to engender change within and organization or population (Chapman, 2005).
Discuss the difference between business development based on problem solving vs. business development-based learning. Within any organization, individuals tend to see themselves as cogs in the wheel, not really making much of a difference to the success or failure of the organization as a whole. It is really at the micro level that change (learning, evolution, etc.) takes place. The enemy is not external; it is falling into an internal rut and seeing only the short-term, instead of broadening the picture. Learning is not easy; people, and therefore organizations, are sometimes resistant to movement. However, thinking about one's position within an organization as a critical part of the whole, dedicating oneself to team learning, "suspending assumptions and entering into genuine thinking together" allows…… [Read More]
This same thing would apply to the business purchase as well, as this is the stage when he sits back and goes over his decision, and if he has a doubt about the product at this stage, he would probably never repeat purchase at this company again.
Chapter 6, class notes," n. d.) customer is influenced by many factors when he is making a decision to buy a product or a service. His basic upbringing, his culture, the media, the important role that a role model may play in his life, and the influences that he may have from certain groups of persons may all play equally important roles, and in addition, marketers and advertisers too may obviously influence the consumer in attempting to influence or persuade them into making the all important purchase of a particular product or service. ("Consumer buying behavior," n. d) Although there are certain dissimilarities…… [Read More]
Inventory Management Strategy. In his book, Streetwise Project Management, Dobson (2003) advocates the use of a just-in-time inventory management strategy to keep inventories low and manufacturing process more productive. This approach, though, will require close coordination with a Brazilian supplier, warehousing operations, planners and forecasters, and transportation directors throughout the inventory management process. In this regard, Epps (1995) advises, that such an approach requires the efficient transportation of materials from outside vendors directly to the work-in-process area, where the required value added processes of the manufacturing operations take place, which is followed by the shipping of the finished products to the customer within a reasonable timeframe. This inventory management strategy can save manufacturers the costs of inspection, stocking, material handling, inventory tracking, carrying the inventory, and the dangers that are typically related to damage to parts and their tendency to become obsolete over time (Epps).
The just-in-time inventory management strategy…… [Read More]
Some of the unique cultural aspects of the business at hand are the value placed on flexibility, family and employee independence. All of these cultural values are heavily focused on the people factor. Any changes to these values will have to take into account the effect it will have on the employee's moral and thus productivity. Many of our employees are successful because their values are in line with the business' values and therefore there is no "culture shock" so to say. In order to prevent any changes from alientating the company's strong employee base, any changes to these three values should be slight. For example, one recommendation would be to focuse on changing one aspect while strengthening the other two. In terms of changing the dispersion of the employees, employees could be required to work on site for a specific number of days per week or month.… [Read More]
Both are equally important. For the first, we will have company specialists describing the software development tools we used, as well as the mechanisms that are included in the development of a new module or product within the suite.
On the other hand, presenting and implementing the organizational culture of the company is equally important. Besides promoting this in day-to-day operational activities, we will also have, from time to time, people from the company upper management visiting Bucharest and presenting the mechanisms and values that the company uses.
The labor market for software developers in Romania is one where the competition is quite challenging, especially since it comes both from internal and external forces. Internally, we are dealing with small to medium software developing companies, generally operating for larger companies abroad or working with a bigger international client. These are generally companies that have 30-50 employees and who…… [Read More]
The company's objective is to develop capabilities in the Reseach and Development aeas as well as ensuing poducts that can be sold and distibuted in the Euopean and Ameican makets. It should be noted, howeve, that such a move must be taken with caution and cae; appoaching the Euopean business maketplace may not wok in the same manne as othe business envionments. As one expet ecently wote "appoaching the Euopean makets without ecognizing the impotance of national languages and cultues in daily life is a cucial mistake" (Robet, 2010, pg. 31). It would be wise fo the company to emembe Robet's wods due to the unique natue of the Euopean makets and Gemany in paticula; since that is the county this pape ecommends the company conducts its business.
It is impotant to note that choosing a county to base the company's opeations is a delicate and time-consuming matte that…… [Read More]
Perhaps they're put off by the cracked floor tiles or the cobwebs on the headless, foam-rubber mannequins. Whatever the reason, the store's rock-bottom prices and helpful service clearly aren't pulling in many shoppers" (Fairlamb and Cohn, 2003).
After nearly a decade of trying to penetrate the German market, Wal-Mart counted its losses and exited Germany. A Wal-Mart spokesman argued that, despite the million dollar losses, the experience was a positive one as it represented a turning point and a lesson for the future. The lesson was that in spite of its national success, Wal-Mart is vulnerable in the international context (Lander and Barbaro, 2006). Similar situations are also encountered in Asia, and the question that is being posed here refers to the future strategies Wal-Mart could implement in order to reduce its vulnerability and increase its position in the global context.
Two recommendations are of vital importance when…… [Read More]
Offered under the same roof are "consultative, diagnostic, and treatment services" which are stated to be provided "by board-certified practitioners in the fields of pulmonary medicine, otolarngology, family medicine and more." (2006)
Smith reports that the laboratories experiencing the most dramatic growth are two which are located the "farthest from the Hillsboro flagship" as they are located in two areas that were "formerly underserved." (2006) Smith additionally reports that the demand is stronger in the areas where the two fastest growing centers are located which supplies "plenty of fuel for expansion."
Smith states that the Sleep Health & Wellness NW is attempting to "fill a gap so that patients who previously were overlooked or not being reached or who fell through the cracks no longer are," she says. "We have no plans to open centers in areas where there are already quality sleep services programs. We only want to go…… [Read More]
The Management Practices of Business Billionaires
One way of considering how to effectively manage a business is to consider what successful managers do. This can be achieved by reading business books written by successful managers. ho better to consider than two men who have become billionaires? This paper will consider the business books written by Donald J. Trump and Richard Branson. A consideration of their books will show their management practices, with this offering insight into what it takes to be a successful manager.
In Trump: How to Get Rich, Donald J. Trump reveals the secrets to his success in the business world. The book offers advice on business aimed at anyone interested in achieving the same kind of financial and business success that Trump achieved. The book also offers insight into Trump's experience of managing an organization with over 20,000 employees. The book is organized as a series…… [Read More]
Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
The following will be a review of a book known as The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge. It is a book that describes how a company can become successful by adapting learning organization practices. In the long run the book explains that one has to learn faster than the competition in order to be the most successful.
Chapter one sees Senge introducing the reader to the ideas of learning organizations and how they are needed for one to become successful in this day and age. As the world becomes more complex and interconnected, according to Senge, businesses and organization must become more "learningful" which is something I believe in. If a business wants to top as the best they have to learn the trade or quirks pretty fast (Senge, 2006). According…… [Read More]
Business plan for a Multi-National Enterprise that conducts Foreign Direct Investment
Description of the MNE
Paradise Baby Food Company (PBFC) proposes to invest in a factory in India, one of the countries where Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is growing at a momentous pace, and from there not only create its unique product but also have access to a growing market that is interested in western products. PBFC intends to develop a complete line of health food products for children, using minimal processing techniques. All products will contain wholesome ingredients such as herbs and naturally derived vitamins, minerals, and other supplements. They will be free of chemicals and additives. The herbs are more plentiful in, and cheaper to gain and process, from India. Other companies claim to sell healthy and nutritious baby food, but their herbs are either processed so finely that little remains, or they are imported from long distance…… [Read More]
Why is it important to use systems analysis and design methodologies when building a system? Why not just build the system in whatever way seems to be "quick and easy?" What value is provided by using an "engineering" approach?
Using a consistent and sound systems analysis and design methodology when building any system ensures that the foundational structure of the software or entire computing platform meets the specific goals and objectives of the users it is being designed for. Second, using sound systems analysis and design methodologies ensure that the overarching roadmap for the system stays consistent and does not deviate from the original design goals. Third, using a consistent and sound systems analysis and design methodology ensures that as the system user's needs change, the system can change to reflect their requirements. Fifth, having a sound systems analysis and design methodology ensures that the ongoing systems maintenance…… [Read More]
Accordingly, the Garrison Commander would like to honor the SARC and VA of the Fort Belvoir community for their outstanding service and their compassion in helping those who are affected by sexual assault and sexual victimization. heir work is essential for victims and their loved ones to recover from their experiences and overcome them. Please join Commander ____ and the rest of the Fort Belvoir community in acknowledging and thanking our dedicated SARC and VA personnel for their crucial work in this area and for helping victims recover and overcome their experiences as victims of sexual assault, victimization, and violence.
ake Back the Night
Date: April 19
Location: he Woodlawn Village
One of the most important layers of the prevention of sexual assault by strangers is increasing the safety of our community environment. Please join our ake Back the Night event where three guest speakers will address the…… [Read More]
In examining the pros and cons of the outsourcing of products and the impact they have will be covered using as much information as possible to give a clear presentation of the facts. One pro-can be seen in the cost savings to the United States citizens in regards to the costs of Chinese imported products. The cons can be seen in the risks of doing business with the companies. Kathie Canning states in the Private Label uyer 2008 article, "Risky business: U.S. retailers and manufacturers need to weigh the pros and cons carefully before doing business with China," "In 2007, Chinese exporters of animal ingredients deliberately laced their products with melamine. Scores of U.S. pets became ill or even died after ingesting tainted food products. The ingredient turned up in both private label and national brand offerings across the country." This unfortunately is not the end of the story. Toys…… [Read More]
Business -- Corporate Finance - Net Present Value - Mergers & Acquisitions -- SLP Facebook
the Merger of Facebook, Inc. And Twitter, Inc.
Choosing a company to merge with Facebook, Inc. is a difficult task because Facebook, Inc. is a huge, valuable, cutting-edge company. When forced to choose a prospect for merger, I would settle on Twitter, Inc. (ahoo! Finance, 2013). First, both companies are in the Technology/Internet Information Provider field, so there is some commonality of technology and service (McClure, Mergers and acquisitions: Definition, 2009). Secondly, Twitter is state-of-the-art technology, using social networking and microblogging using instant messaging, SMS or web interfaces (Twitter, Inc., 2013) with an undeniable level of popularity. Meanwhile, Facebook, Inc. is constantly striving for cutting edge forms of providing technological information. Consequently, the two companies share an aggressive corporate culture that pursues the most advanced provision of internet-based information (McClure, Mergers and acquisitions: Why they…… [Read More]
The fact that Fred was eventually allowed to leave is less important in that determination than Fred's state of mind and reasonable belief about whether or not he was still free to leave once the police informed him that he was actually a suspect in Wilma's murder (Dershowitz, 2002; Zalman, 2008).
Search and Seizure and Unlawful Arrest Issues:
The fact pattern does not make clear whether or not the police actually conducted a search of Fred's home or were merely "bluffing" to induce cooperation from Fred. Assuming that no such unwarranted search was actually being conducted, there was no impermissible search and seizure of Fred's home. Provided Fred still (reasonably) believed that he was free to terminate the interview and leave when he volunteered the confession, that evidence should not be excluded under Miranda (and related) doctrine and principles.
However, the police did seize Fred's vehicle, which was an impermissible…… [Read More]
In addition to helping address this problem in our community, we believe that your participation at any level can only benefit your business by demonstrating to your partners and customers alike that you are committed to helping this community.
Naturally, we would also welcome your participation in other ways, such as by hosting events or by contributing your input, experiences, and advice as a professional business person as a scheduled guest speaker if you feel that you have a perspective to share on this important topic for our community.
Please contact the Fort Belvoir SHARP Office at ____ to receive additional information or resources, or to discuss any ways that you would like to contribute to this critical community effort. All of our soldiers, civilian employees, and our family members and friends invite you to become part of this annual effort to protect human health and welfare in our community.…… [Read More]
4 billion of 78.9% with the rebound of energy prices in the first quarter.
Expansion of machinery and equipment exports was up $4.6 billion or 23.9$, industrial goods exports were up $3.6 billion, or 22.9%, forest up $1.0 billion, or 11.9% and consumer goods up $0.2 billion, or 5.9%. Agricultural exports only slightly with automotive exports falling by $0.5 billion, or 1.9%.
SWOT ANALYSIS for CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL TRADE (Table 1.0)
The trade environment is stable in Canada and should remain so if there are no major disturbances on the world economical, environmental or security front to interrupt the status quo. Since 1999 Canada's trade has grown, decreased slightly and stabilized. In light of the growth being experienced by China and the fact that China is one of Canada's largest trade partners, sharing the spot with Japan, international trade should remain strong in Canada for the foreseeable future.
Monthly…… [Read More]
As, it declined from: 24% (in 1994) to 16% (by 2008). While at the same time, wage increased from $3,814 in 1996 to $7,870 in 2009. The below table is illustrating the overall scope of these changes in income during this time. (Villareal, 2010)
Annual Income Levels in Mexico from 1996 to 2009
These different figures are important, because they are showing how once NAFTA was ratified, is when it would slowly address inequalities inside Mexico. This is an indication that the abandoning of the classical model would have a positive impact on the country. (Villareal, 2010)
Therefore, this is highlighting how there is a causal relationship between the low wages and lack productivity in Mexico in comparison with the U.S. Once the views on trade began to change, is when there was a transformation in these…… [Read More]
Doing so helped it in various ways, not least not to endanger its resources whilst testing and promoting its success before moving forward.
However, companies have to adjust to the times, and DEC being unable to was, gradually overcome by its rivals.
DEC can teach us various lessons but one such lesson is that of Trialability - namely, that new ideas that are broken up in installments will more readily be realized. DEC was successful, precisely because it split its program into two phases. Doing so made it trialable which represented less uncertainty to clients and to the company itself.
Opening up innovation at P&G
Tags: Diffusion; external technology; marketing; compatability; mergers; licensing; spin-offs.
Proctor and Gamble devised an innovative way to spin-off or diffuse its innovations.
After having slipped and plunged in the late 1990s and in the early years of the millennium, to some of the biggest declines…… [Read More]
business and professional ethics in the movie "all Street." Discussed are the ethical principles that are violated as related to business; how greed is presented as part of American business; Gecko's view; how Buddy reacts and deals with the issues of ethics; how Buddy's view of greed and ethics evolves and changes throughout the film; what is/are the ethical dilemmas he faces and how does he handle them.
all Street, the Movie
Capitalism is said to be the path to the American dream. The barons of the early twentieth century built empires, the majority of which remain major players in the corporate world today. The goal of a capitalist is to make the best product for maximum profit and at the same time sell it at a competitive price to give the consumer the best buy, thus, acing out market competitors. The force behind this is basically self-interest. The American…… [Read More]
business scalable? Discuss the limitations and challenges.
One thing that often holds companies back from scaling up is the presence of "irreplaceable" staff or management, or management that believes itself irreplaceable. A company is not scalable if the management duties cannot be delegated or trained. Too often entrepreneurial ventures rely solely on the time, energy, vision and skills of one person. Even before the financials are brought into play, Alison should carefully consider whether or not opening another location would even be possible within her vision of tight control and being involved in the minutia of everyday decisions.
Beyond whether or not the business is scalable in terms of Allison, the question then needs to be answered in terms of financial considerations. As she moves more inventory and can buy more inventory from jean manufacturers, her incremental costs will decrease based on her higher volume of purchases. One thing which…… [Read More]
Fifth Discipline," authored by Peter Senge, is a book that deals with the concept of cultivating "learning organization." According to Senge, "learning organization" is a continuous process of learning, where each idea is continually developed and freed, and where people continuously learn from each other. This notion can be guided in building a successful "learning organization" with Senge's five discipline: personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, team learning, and systems thinking. To demonstrate these disciplines, Senge tells real life stories in the book. Further, almost each chapter begins and ends with a quote from famous persons and friends of Senge.
Peter Senge's the "Fifth Discipline," converses the importance of a "learning organization." It presents new ways of management development. The book focuses on learning not just as individual process, but learning as an organization as well. Senge explains that "learning organization" is important because of the tough competition in businesses…… [Read More]
137). Across the board, then, technological innovations will not only be a key driver of business in the coming decade, they will also facilitate the effects of the other key drivers of business discussed herein. For instance, the editors of World Economic Outlook (2002) point out that, "More trade integration is usually associated with more international financial integration, as they respond to many of the same technological and policy factors" (Trade and financial integration, p. 108). As the current fourth generation technologies are replaced by fifth and sixth generation technologies, these trends will likely become even more accelerated over the next 10 years. As Wiedmann and his associates point out, "Up-and-coming technologies like radio frequency identification and future trends like ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, and the connected (smart) home scenario have gained special attention in both research and business practice" (p. 137).
This paper provided a review of the…… [Read More]
Business in ussia
The ussian Federation occupies most of Eastern Europe and north Asia. It stretches from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the East and from Arctic Ocean in the North to Black Sea in the south (Pearson Education, 2012). It is the largest of the 21 republics that make up the Commonwealth of Independent States. There are also 6 federal territories, 2 federal cities, 49 regions, 1 autonomous region, and 10 autonomous areas (Pearson Education, 2012). Norway and Finland borders the Federation in the northwest while Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, and Ukraine border it in the west. In the south it is bordered by Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and North Korea. ussia occupies a land area of approximately 17,075,500 sq km (Pearson Education, 2012).
ussia is spread over all climatic zones except tropical. West of the Ural mountains from the Black Sea to the Arctic…… [Read More]
Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution governs the issue of double jeopardy and states in pertinent part, "No person… shall… be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb…( )." The Amendment was a codification of the common law that had long recognized the doctrine that a defendant should not be subject to multiple attempts by the state to convict him for the same crime. On its face, the Fifth Amendment appears to be clear but there are nuances that are been interpreted over the years that make its application more intriguing including the possibility, that given certain circumstances, defendants can face double jeopardy.
The recognition that double jeopardy was a legal reality began when the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decisions in Bartkus v. Illinois (Bartkus v. Illinois, 1959) and Abbate v. United States (Abbate v. United States, 1959). Beginning with these…… [Read More]
Or, as Saletan points out, those three elements "by deduction, are the due process test" (2011).
But this ought to leave a bad taste in one's mouth because all three of these elements can be manipulated to violate one's due process right.
"hich leaves us with an awkward bottom line. If the target is a suspected terrorist, "imminence" can be redefined to justify killing him. If the weapon is a drone, feasibility of arrest has already been ruled out -- that's why the drone has been sent to do the job. So in any drone strike on a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism, only one of the three questions we supposedly apply to such cases is really open: Has he been fighting alongside al-Qaida? If he has, we can kill him. That's the same rule we apply to foreigners. In effect, citizenship doesn't matter. The "due process" test is empty"…… [Read More]
business will use to survive is different kinds of marketing strategies. This is because having a continuous amount of customers will translate into higher profit margins and sales. However, over the last several years the changes in technology have meant that there is shift in the kinds of tools that are utilized in achieving these objectives. In order to adjust with these challenges, various firms have begun implementing different approaches in conjunction with one another. To fully understand what is taking place requires looking at: five different advertisements, the concept / theories that are utilized and analyzing each advertisement. Together, these different elements will provide the greatest insights as to how these marketing strategies are continually evolving.
The Advertisements and Concepts
During the course of conducting any kind of advertising campaign there are different tactics that are used to reach out to customers. In the first entry, the advertiser is…… [Read More]
In the fifth hypothesis of measuring the business ethics levels of Taiwanese ITPs the Null and Alternative Hypotheses are defined as follows:
H0: In the ethical climate of independence, the business ethics level of Taiwanese ITP's is high.
H1: In the ethical climate of independence, the business ethics level of Taiwanese ITP's is low.
Results of Testing Hypothesis Five
It has been established in the fourth hypothesis that the greater the ethical climate of independence, the greater the level of ethical self-direction and ownership of ethical outcomes. This also holds true when the ethical climate of instrumental low. The adherence to self-defined ethical standards is high. When the specific variable of in this company, the employees are expected to do their job according to their personal belief of ethics is correlated against the variable of in this company, the employees can make decisions based on their personal judgment,…… [Read More]
Tennessee Scrap ecyclers Association v. Bredesen, the court affirmed the law in question and upheld the state's ability to set the terms under which it would allow transactions regarding scrap metal to take place. The court noted that the problem the law was designed to thwart was a local issue and thus did not violate the Fifth Amendment's Commerce Clause (State law, 2009, Cengage). Also, the additional burdens imposed upon the scrap metal dealers were so minimal it did not affect their ability to participate in interstate commerce, nor did it give additional privileges to in-state dealers. "The government did not take possession of any property; it only regulated the method in which the business is lawfully transacted" and there was a compelling law enforcement issue at stake -- to prevent transactions in stolen merchandise (State law, 2009, Cengage).
In the case of American Canine Foundation v. City…… [Read More]
For the companies, these interviews are a cost-effective method of primary screening, and can allow for interviewees from different geographic regions. These interviews, however, eliminate some of the non-verbal cues that come from in-person interviews.
There are also lunch and dinner interviews. This type involves a more casual setting, which can reduce the stress associated with an interview and give a better impression of the candidate's actual behaviors as opposed to ones that have been cultivated specifically for the interview situation. hile such interviews can be effective, they are also more cost and time-consuming, plus they tend to be less consistent across candidates, placing some at inherent disadvantage to others.
Lastly, there is the standard job interview. This interview is predictable, and there has a high degree of uniformity of results. The disadvantage of the bread-and-butter interview is that many candidates are so well-prepared for such interviews that it is…… [Read More]
Chief Executive of the Arsenal football team:
Re: Three key drivers of change and strengths and weaknesses
One key driver of change for the Arsenal football team is the sustained demand and interest in the sport of football. Interest in football has expanded given the increased media attention given to the sport, particularly after the recent World Cub. Interest in the game remains strong and sustained, and Arsenal's uniquely ritish character ensures a loyal fan base. ut this sustained interest should not be taken for granted. Given the recent global recession and growing uncertainty about the future of Europe, many fans may be forced to cut back upon their expenditures for games and other forms of team paraphernalia.
Also, there are a growing array of diversions from football, as young people in the future may be drawn away from supporting football and instead focus their energies upon other pursuits, including…… [Read More]
Lys Fashion Business Plan
DayLys primary earnings
The company's start up
DayLys proposed start up expenses
Strategy and implementation summary
Sales revenue for the first and second year
Graph depicting the sales revenue
Five-year financial plan
Pro Forma Profit and Loss
Pro Forma Cash Flow
Pro Forma Balance Sheet
Percent of Total Assets
Percent of Sales
The focus of this project is to draw up the business plan for DayLys Fashion and the start up funding will be $45,000. The paper also provides the pro-forma profit and loss, and the marketing strategies. The financial plan reveals that the company will record profits in the first year and continuing making profits within the next five-year.
DayLys Primary Earnings
DayLys primary earnings will be $62,715 in year 1, $135,771 in year 2,
and $243,806 in year…… [Read More]
(Horticulture and the advantages of using the Internet Technology)
What are the disadvantages of conducting business, large or small, on the Internet? They may be many. However, the most important disadvantages are: it can actually create a feeling of isolation; the businessman may feel that he has become isolated. This means that he may get the feeling that the World Wide Web is faceless and emotionless, and thus the business too is isolated and inhuman, devoid of contact with the real world and other human beings. After all, humans are social creatures, and such isolation would most often lead to the development of a feeling of depression. Another disadvantage is that since the World Wide Web is such a large area to work in; it encompasses in some cases the entire globe, and there is such a large amount of information generated on the web, it becomes very difficult to…… [Read More]
This plan is focused on financial stability and profitability, through the reduction of operational costs. In this business strategy, outsourcing plays a crucial role.
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2011, Foreign minister lobbying in Helsinki to keep Nokia in Hungary, Budapest Business Journal, http://www.bbj.hu/politics/foreign-minister-lobbying-in-helsinki-to-keep-nokia-in-hungary-nepszabadsag_61055 last accessed on…… [Read More]
Innovative Business Idea
Briefly describe your innovative idea
At present we operate in a highly profitable market in a growing economy. Because of the presence of large number entrepreneurs and high competition amongst existing companies, it has become necessary to have an up-to-date and relevant market information and services for companies to succeed and to stay ahead We help clients with customized solutions and provide advice to make right decisions and strategies to grow and benefit from the economy.
For a company that is proactive and exploring new markets with new products and requires distribution networks, the XYZ consultancy provides the best expertise through Business and Training Services for the public and businesses.. The Business Services include marketing research, writing reports, creation of business plans, relevant documentation, company registration, etc. Our Training Services conducts workshops and seminars on sales and marketing, such as in-house training for administrative staff and sales…… [Read More]
" (Livingston, 2003) Kensington is stated to be an "area of growth" in Mayor Livingston's 2003 Report further stating that "employment fell in much of east and south London." (Livingston, 2003)
Nationally it is stated that 'half of all adults regularly visit pubs on weekends and one-fifth of all adults visit them during the week." Further states by Mayor Livingston is that "Eighty percent of nightclub sales are generated at weekends." ritain has total sales in pubs of approximately 13.8 billion pounds per year with approximately 40,700 pubs in existence throughout ritain. The market for visiting high street bars is experiencing rapid growth with sales at "75 billion pounds in 2002 totally one-fifth of the total market for pubs." There are 233 London nightclubs in existence, which equals 15% of the total across ritain. It was estimated by GLA that the drinking industry generated 2.35 billion pounds to the economy…… [Read More]
Video Tape and Disc ental
Health and Personal Care Stores
Table 2: Comparisons of Most isky Small Business (BizStats.com, cited by Telberg, 2003)
An Engine of Economic Growth
More and more, Craig, Jackson and Thomson (2007) argue, policymakers perceive the small business sector "as a potential engine of economic growth. Policies to promote small businesses include tax relief, direct subsidies, and indirect subsidies through government lending programs." These authors stress that encouraging lending to small business purports the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) primary policy objective of the loan-guarantee program. In their study, Craig, Jackson and Thomson (2007) implement empirical research to focus on SBA-guaranteed lending, utilizing a panel data set of SBA-guaranteed loans, they assess whether SBA-guaranteed lending discernibly impacts local economic performance. Ultimately, these authors cautiously conclude that "There is a positive (although small) and significant relationship between the level of SBA-guaranteed lending in…… [Read More]
" (2008) Hoagland asks the final question of whether the marketing message "...provide[s] an immediate offer? (2008) Hoagland states that the marketing plan, if it is to be effective must contain: (1) a marketing message that has the element that (2) interrupts; (3) engages; (4) educates; and (5) offers.
The work entitled: "eating Goliath" published in the Smart usiness Magazine relates the story of Mike Abt and his success in keeping his electronics business ahead of the big-box competition. The report states that Mike Abt "as the president of Abt Electronics, the largest single-store electronics and appliance dealer in the United States, besting the competition is his passion. From beating the big-box retailers on price to having an exceptional Web presence and creating an engaging in-store experience, Abt has used traditional and not-so-traditional techniques to draw customers in and keep them coming back." (Wurzinger, 2006) Wurzinger states that it is…… [Read More]
Decisions about international business take into account a wide range of different factors, including political, economic and social environments, in addition to firm-specific issues such as where to produce, what the company makes and how easy it is to ship the company's product. In this report, the case of General Mills in Europe will be considered. General Mills is a major producer on consumer consumables, and the countries in question are going to be France and Greece. The paper is going to discuss the key issues with respect to each country, keeping in mind the General Mills context.
General Mills produces food under a number of common household brands -- Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Haagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Yoplait and Nature Valley. The company is based in Minneapolis and began in 1860 with two flour mills, hence the name. The company would change its name to Gold Medal Flour…… [Read More]
This initial influx of labor gave the New mmigrants an opportunity to earn a wage and survive economically in the urban centers of the country. As the majority of these new yet rapidly growing businesses were located in major urban areas, the opportunity they provided New mmigrants of earning a steady paycheck drew them from the more impoverished areas of the world. n conjunction with this development, the exponential growth of these businesses began to create the need for middle managers, upper management and staffs to support the CEOs and founders. Based on this division of labor the middle class of the U.S. was beginning to take shape. The rise of Big Business was directly tied to the productivity of each of these specific groups of workers, with many becoming consumers for the mass-manufactured products being produced in the nation's factories. n conclusion, this period of American history illustrates how…… [Read More]
Opening a Business
An Analysis of the Political and Legal Environment for a Clothing Business in Germany Today
The purpose of this study is to determine the viability of establishing a clothing outlet in Germany today based on the existing political and legal climate for business. At first blush, it would appear that Germany represents an exciting opportunity for virtually any type of commercial enterprise; for example, the German economy is the largest in Europe and the fifth largest in the world, and Germany has more people than any other nation in Europe (Germany 2005:1). Further, the country remains a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations and has assumed a new leadership role in world affairs today. For a clothing business, Germany would also seem a logical choice since the German people have always expressed a keen desire to keep up with the latest fashions from…… [Read More]
Most companies are today setting up certain 'ethical codes of conduct', which the employees, right from the top echelons, are expected to follow; in fact, it is considered a business imperative to follow a code of ethics within the various operations of the firm. (Ethics in Business)
hat prompted this sort of measure was the fact that not only were quite a few companies suffering losses from the breach of trust that the lack of ethics was inflicting, but also because of the fact hat investors and consumers were also suffering. The recent wave of scandals that rose from the series of frauds and the feeling of a lack of ethics among the top personnel in companies on all Street that came to light has brought the attention of the entire world on the changing ethics in the major companies of today, and this has led to a need to…… [Read More]
The sixth point is that they accept credit cards and other cards, so that the customers find it easy to pay for the purchase, and the company also can ensure that they do not end up losing any money due to cheating by the customers. All these points are important and have to be covered within the plans for the new organization of instantwheel.com. Even with this, since this site will be the newest of all sites, it will have a natural disadvantage. To cover this disadvantage up, it would be better to tie up or purchase an organization which has existed for a long time, so that 'a wealth of experience' can be claimed for instantwheel.com.
Unique Selling Position
For any business to be a successful business, the organization has to have a Unique selling position. This means that this particular position sets them apart from other business in…… [Read More]
Guidelines on oral and written communication with job applicants
One important guideline is that the human resources department is solely responsible for setting the policies and procedures regarding staffing and management of all aspects of the staffing process. herefore any written or oral communication to job applicants should come from the human resources department except where the management team may need to reply to an item that they are formally delegated for.
he second guideline is that all oral and written communication with job applicants should be clearly stated and in a conspicuous manner in the appropriate document. his is in order to prevent any misunderstandings or misinformation that comes from the job applicant not receiving or comprehending the message. he members of the organization should require the job applicants to acknowledge receipt or the message being passed and they should be given an opportunity to ask for clarification where…… [Read More]
4% during the first year. ("Financial Plan," 2010)
Is there enough Detail to communicate their Sales Plan?
There is enough information to communicate the long-term vision of the sales plan. However, over the short to medium term, there are many assumptions that are not realistic about the business world. Like what was covered previously, they have no effective marketing strategy for when the company first opens. This is when they need to be aggressively pushing for new sales, as the company's future viability will depend upon the Sales Department's success. ecause the authors have not accounted for this means, that if their sales are off just little bit, the entire business could be in jeopardy.
Changes that could be Implemented in the Sales Plan
One of the first things that the company needs to do is hire the Sales Manager and begin building the sales team. To cost effectively achieve…… [Read More]
In other words, throughout the transition period, Onetech would create efficiencies and would consolidate its position. In the future however, it is recommended that the company moved towards a strategy of diversification, as this would better satisfy customers' needs, attract them and as such create market power for the firm (Markides, 2007).
The decision making process at Onetech
The decision making process at Onetech is quite intricate, revealing both strengths, as well as weaknesses. Decisions are for instance made at the level of the board and are based on the expertise gathered by the various major players in the firm. Still, the decisions are made by the executives, with little emphasis on the input which could be provided by the employees.
In order to better assess the decision making process at Onetech, it is appropriate to analyze it through the lenses of the rational decision making model. This model consists…… [Read More]
management function organizing meet goals businesses today. Write a paper considers strategic role human resource management driving organizational performance.
General Motors: Case assignment
Over the course of the recent economic downturn, General Motors has had to fundamentally alter its way of doing business and its managerial structure. In the past, despite occasional efforts to reconfigure its outdated organizational operations, "the inability or unwillingness of management to recognize and respond to the core drivers of systemic change" doomed the company, and the federal government was forced to 'bail GM out' to insure its future solvency (MacDonald 2009). During its early years, the company's initial success lulled the management of GM into a sense of entitlement. "For most of the 20th century General Motors was the most dominant industrial company in the United States, if not the world. At one point, no other single company contributed more to America's GDP than did…… [Read More]
Wireless although the performance of Cingular has been mediocre also. The new Cingular expects that the added network coverage from at & T. Wireless will assist in opposing that belief nearly from the very beginning. (FCC OKs Cingular, at&T Wireless Merger)
The merger is regarding placing two companies in unison that do not have the metrics to go for the optimum services. Whereas there is scanty reservations regarding the amalgamation gives Cingular instruments to perk up customer satisfaction, the company has to proceed very speedily. Since in excess of 170 million subscribers are at present using a mobile phone in the United States, the phenomenal surge in the recent years is sure of slowing down. Meanwhile, the customers of at & T. Wireless has been deserting at the rate of 3.5% per month during 2004 which is worrying given that rivals Verizon and Nextel Comunications Inc. has been losing their…… [Read More]
Elie Tahari Ltd. And Business Intelligence
Elie Tahari Ltd. is a high end women's apparel designer and retailer. Launched in 1974, the company helped to revolutionize the store-within-a-store concept. The privately held retailer merchandizes its collection in dedicated space in retail chains such as Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The company has just over 800 employees with 22 retail locations, along with is clothing in 600 free-standing boutiques and high-end department stores. The company's merchandise is available in 40 countries around the world (Laskowski, 2011).
The company depended on its information systems to run its operations and to position it to make the most of new opportunities to expand business. Prior to the implementation of their new system, Tahari was limited by the quality of the sales data they received; the data was frequently incomplete, redundant or inconsistent. Tahari needed two employees working full-time for two days each…… [Read More]
External and Internal Environments for Amazon
External and Internal Environments
Two segments of the general environment
Everything being equal, it is the primary objective of any company or business to gain a bigger market share, grow, affect its bottom line, and be successful. In order for the business to accomplish its goals, the business should deal with all its stakeholders who include suppliers, employees, shareholders, customers, competitors, and society. A business will encounter stiff competition in all its market be it locally or internationally for it to achieve its objectives and goals. For a business to gain competitive advantages over its rivals within the industry, it must be able to understand the present and predict future trends. The business should also take into consideration the internal and external environments of the business industry, which will impact the business activities directly and indirectly. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, which is the world's…… [Read More]
Globalization is delineated as the socio-economic transformation and development process of eradicating trade, investment, cultural information technology, and political barriers across nations. The benefits of globalization include increased growth in the economy, political integration in various expanses, and interdependence among countries of the world. The key international institutions that facilitate globalization include the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). To begin with, the IMF plays a significant role in global financial stability by facilitating global trade that promotes job creation, poverty reduction and economic growth. It also encourages exchange rate stability and an open system for international payments. Secondly, the World Bank aids in trade liberalization, transference of information and knowledge to developing countries to underpin sustainable development. Lastly, the WTO established the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which encompasses global trade in goods through the considerable decrease of…… [Read More]
Starbucks runs coffeeshops, and therefore is beholden to a number of different trends. First is the rise of economies elsewhere around the world, in particular the BIC countries. The second trend is climate change. The third trend is the rapid pace of technological change, in particular mobile and the post-mobile Internet of things. A fourth trend is maturation of the domestic market, and a fifth trend for Starbucks is ongoing attempts by competitors to win back market share that they have lost to Starbucks in recent years.
The first trend is the emergence of developing world economies. While many major economies are in a state of slow growth, or no growth at all, many emerging market economies are growing quickly. There are a lot of companies that rightly see this as a tremendous opportunity and Starbucks is one of them. The company has been active in the Chinese market for…… [Read More]
5% and 2.35% over that period but opposite the trend of fluctuation in overall spending
The result is approximately $23.5 billion spend each year in the U.S. attending sporting events like the 82 games per year at the Boston Garden
Average U.S. households spent more attending sports events while incomes fell after 2007, and less as incomes increased since then
Households in the Northeast region including Boston spend higher on "apparel and services" and more or the same compared to all other regions and the national average for complementary local amenities "fees and admissions" (the Garden) and "food away from home" and "alcoholic beverages" (neighboring sports bar)
Bostonians spend higher than the region on entertainment and less on apparel and alcohol than the regional average, for the most recent years available, 2007-2008
Bruins season tickets are already sold out, which suggests weak 2010 economic fundamentals may take second place to…… [Read More]
Alison Barnard Case
This business is definitely scalable, though this does not mean there are not significant barriers and difficulties that will be experienced in attempts to grow this business. Ms. Barnard's main issue appears in her desire to replicate herself as the manager at each new location; while it is without a doubt her specific drive and innovation that has made a success of her first retail location, she does not actually need (nor would she ultimately want) "duplicates' of herself as managers in the other stores. She needs individuals who are highly capable but who also are willing to commit to highly centralized planning and decision-making for the next several years. Barnard needs to take on the role of company director, not focusing on managing her original location while spawning duplicate locations elsewhere, but rather stepping back from the one store so that she can focus…… [Read More]
U.S. Business Environment in the Next Decade and Implications for Business and Households.
Over the last decade, the U.S. economy has been undergoing tremendous challenges. This is because the lingering recession and slow recovery have left the unemployment rate high. Evidence of this can be seen in figures from the Bureau of Labor statistics between 2008 and 2012 (which is illustrated in the below table).
US Unemployment ate from 2008 to 2012
("Labor Force Statistics," 2012)
These numbers are showing how the economy has continued to struggle despite tremendous efforts from the federal government to stimulate growth. This is because the recession was much deeper than expected and the recovery has been stagnant. ("Labor Force Statistics," 2012)
At the same time, the world economy is continually shifting with many developing nations playing a larger role (i.e. Brazil, ussia, India and China). Commenting about these transformations Beattie (2010) observed, "The…… [Read More]
Peter Senge (the fifth discipline), what must leaders do to create learning organizations, including shared vision and team learning?
Learning organizations are considered as organizations that will dominate the future because of the significance of discovering people's commitment and developing the learning capacity at every organizational level. As a result of their likelihood to dominate the future, leaders must take the necessary steps to create learning organizations. There are five major steps that these leaders should carry out i.e. systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, creating shared vision, and team learning. In systems thinking, the leaders should focus on the entire pattern of change rather than snapshots of distinct parts of the system. This is followed by the discipline of personal mastery through prioritizing things that matter and living in accordance with the highest aspirations. Leaders should help people change their mutual models of the organization, their competitors, and their…… [Read More]
We can compare the healthcare workplace to what is seen by a person when he/she looks through a kaleidoscope: since there are numerous different patterns that appear as the moments pass by. The shortage of nurses which has been publicized widely and the high turnover rates amongst the nurses are some of the unwanted patterns which have occurred. The dependence of healthcare institutions on the nurse-managers for the retention and recruitment of nurses is steadily increasing (Contino, 2004).
There are a number of routes through which the critical care nurses have become the leaders. Most of these routes don't have any educational or managerial training as a part of the process. There is a need for effective strategies for the care leaders who provide critical care in order to inspire the staff and manage the departmental operations in an effective manner to get positive results. One of the strategies…… [Read More]