Mission statement / goal of company/vision
The Home Depot, Inc. has established itself above and beyond its competitors by employing a development approach of building up its core capabilities by providing each consumer a distinctive encounter via shop modernization, having a number of exclusive products, offering top quality service representatives, and specialized information technologies. Subsidiaries associated with Home Depot, Inc. offer specialized solutions to equally the individual property owner along with the qualified professional consumer.
History / background of company
The Home Depot, Inc. has been the world's biggest house improvement store and also the second biggest retailer within the U.S., generating 64.8 billion dollars in income over the last fiscal year. Working under the retail price method Home Depot originates its crucial success elements based upon a tight-cost management method, steadiness of sourcing options, along with a development approach influenced by core capabilities. Home Depot's development approach…… [Read More]
Home Security Vulnerabilities
Intruders are constantly looking for home security vulnerabilities that might make their invasion easy and swift. This effectively means that the more vulnerable a home is, the higher its chances of being targeted by robbers. In this text, I keenly observe my residence from the outside in an attempt to identify potential security vulnerabilities. In addition to identifying the specific areas burglars would likely focus on; I also take note of the various soft targets associated with my residence.
Identifying Potential Security Vulnerabilities
According to Philips (2006), it may be prudent to "conduct a safety and security survey (or vulnerability analysis)" prior to creating an office or home security plan. In carrying out such a survey, the author points out that one may be required to walk around the outside of his or her residence while taking note of the potential vulnerabilities or problems (Philips, 2006). Looking…… [Read More]
Home Care Company
ABC Home Care Agency Capital Purchase
Software Acquisition and its Benefits
Capital Purchase of Software
Economic environment of the organization
Medical and allied health education
The business requires alignment with the mission and objectives in order to attain a higher growth rate. The changing business environment and technological advancements enable the organizations to reduce cost of operations and provide quality services to their clients. The below sections are dedicated to establish a requirement for software acquisition in ABC home healthcare agency. The software is capable to provide advanced features for patient record management. The business can achieve its objectives through utilizing the capabilities of software. Improved service quality, customer satisfaction, and employee development can facilitate overall performance of the organization.
The ABC Home Care Agency is a…… [Read More]
Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the world and one of the biggest retailers. It has consistently grown over the past decades, since its start at the end of the 1970s, and has expanded into Canada, Mexico and China. It has diversified its network of suppliers and continues to offer a large array of products to its clients.
Competition remains significant, both with the presence of Lowe's on the market and with that of local hardware stores. Particularly Lowe's, which is in a different stage of its life cycle, has opened new stores and continues to remain an important competitor, benefiting from its no.2 position on the market.
This paper aims to look at Home Depot's history and to have two types of analysis that will show the company's position on the market. The first is a SWOT analysis, the second is an analysis of Porter's Five…… [Read More]
Home-Style Cookie Case Study
The case study entitled "Home-Style Cookies" presents a comprehensive analysis examining the operations of the Lew-Mark Baking Company, a small firm based in western New York State. Every aspect of the company's organizational structure is studied, including inventory, quality guidelines, and the production process used to create each cookie. The production process is explained in great detail, beginning with the use of a pair of continuously operating band ovens which is known as the batch processing system. After management receives an order from its array of distributors, a master list is used to organize the daily baking schedule through the use of a computer program. Based upon the recipes needed for that particular day, the computer will automatically determine the ingredients necessary and add them in precisely the correct amounts. Conveyor belts and stamping presses cut the dough into shapes and move the cookie along the…… [Read More]
Furthermore, the Home Depot employs many community members providing them with a livelihood enabling them to earn a living. Additionally, the special activities of the Home Depot in the community in which they are located results in benefits realized by community members in various areas such as housing, workshops, clinics, and other specialized services of the Home Depot. The slogan used by the Home Depot of "you can do it, we can help" is a slogan that states confidence in the consumer in their ability to successfully complete their own do-it-yourself home projects and provides assurance that the Home Depot will "assist" or "help" the customer in successful home project completion. The Home Depot does not simply state this but evidences these supports through the many workshops and clinics offered in the communities in which they are located. The Home Depot is proactively involved in building a better community, a…… [Read More]
Apart from that there is another type of risk which can surface even in case the market continues its upward march. In the event employees exercise their ESOPs in huge numbers, external shareholders could oppose the diluting impact of these option grants on the value of their shares. A situation might crop up that old possible tensions among employee interests and shareholder interests are not all of a sudden resolved by converting employees into shareholders. (Worker Capitalists: Giving Employees an Ownership Stake)
egardless of various shortcomings, stock options have come to assume a popular means for aligning managers and shareholders interests alike. Benefits from availing stock options gave 70% of median CEO total direct compensation, consisting of salary, bonus, restricted stock, gains from stock option exercise and long-term incentive payouts, and fix the upper limit for the remainder of the firm's compensation system. Adhering with the conventional doctrine of the…… [Read More]
Home Depot has major presence in Canada other United States and has successfully established its business in the country. Before Home Depot Canadian home improvement market was ruled by ona chain of stores which also has a number of branches all over the country. After penetrating the market Home Depot challenged the position of ona and now is in cut throat competition with it as Home Depot also has branches in all of the provinces. Lowe is also planning to enter the Canadian market this year adding competition in Canada as well.
Home Depot also attained success in Mexico when it entered the market in 2001. As Home Depot became successful, they kept on opening new stores in the country. Lowe also has plans to enter the market of Mexico by 2009.
Due to the proximity, Home Depot easily attained and managed success in both Canada and Mexico.…… [Read More]
How businesses pay taxes, though, and whether they pay their fair share of those taxes to the government is one of those areas that is often up for debate. The government cannot function without enough revenue on which to operate. There are plenty of home business owners (and others) who feel as though the government is spending money that it does not have and should not be spending. These individuals may feel as though their tax dollars are being wasted - and that can make them frustrated with the government. In their frustration, they do not want to sort through pages and pages of information on a deduction that they might be considering. Even people who are not frustrated with the government do not want to look through that much material.
They wonder what would happen if they get it wrong, and they are fearful of an audit, because the…… [Read More]
Home Depot in New York City
Comparison between Downtown and suburban locations
There are notable differences in trading area size and characteristics between a downtown and a suburban location for a Home Depot as depicted in the case study;
The Home Depots located in the suburban are smaller in size and deprived f any space for expansion as compared to those located in town. This is noticeable from the Home Depot located in Manhattan which is a downtown area has no space for modifications of the stores exterior since it is location is a landmark preservation area that can not be tampered with.
In these downtown stores, there are also some departments lacking such as the lumber department due to the limited trading area in this downtown region, though such departments are evidently present in Home Depot located in suburban areas.
There are some products in the downtown Manhattan Home…… [Read More]
Home Depot is the second largest retailer in the world, but like every other company there are issues that can make even this business more productive. The home products market is very competitive around the world and The Home Depot has taken advantage of much of the American market while leaving the international market largely untouched. This analysis will diagnose the company's situation, determine what issues need to be addressed with a SWOT analysis, use the five factor model to probe the identified issues, and then give recommendations for changes that can be made.
The Home Depot has experienced soft sales since 2006 (Wagner, 2010). One of the reasons for this is that the entire market was seeing a decline in sales especially after the market downturn in 2008, but The Home Depot had more serious problems. In 2008 the company reported fourth quarter losses of $54 million (Wagner,…… [Read More]
Home Building Proposal
bEfficiency, Safety, Comfort
Energy Efficient Home Building Proposal for Mr. Fung
The approved scope of this home improvement project includes the following:
Inspecting and re-piping the heating system to fix circulation problem and improve energy consumption.
Installing a new air conditioning system.
Improving insulation to meet energy saving standard.
Adding living space by adding an extension or a simple remodeling.
Expanding parking space by building a semi-covered parking lot (asphalt, concrete, pavers, or stucco).
The stakeholders involved in this project include:
The homeowner and his family members.
Construction contractors, project teams from XYZ SERVICE LTD.
Inspection Service Divisions and Building Policy Office at City of Vancouver.
Thus far, only the budget for installing new air conditioning system has been approved:
A. 4 x Mitsubishi Air-Conditioner with Heat, each in 4 bedrooms upstairs, total = $7,400
B. 2 x Mitsubishi Air-Conditioner w/o Heat, on downstairs main floor, total…… [Read More]
Industry overview about home depot and its position in the Market in comparison to its closest competitor Lowe's
Home Depot Inc. became a corporation in 1978 and currently has over 1500 stores. The stores are full service warehouse style, stores that sell more than 40,000 products related to home improvement. (HD Full Description)
Multex Investor also reports that, Home Depot operates four wholly owned subsidiaries: Georgia Lighting, Inc., Apex Supply Company, Inc., Your other arehouse, Inc. And HD Builder Solutions Group, Inc." (HD Full Description) Home Depot is the leading company in the Home improvement industry with a market capitalization of 83.97 Billion and a P/E ratio of 21.41.
Lowe's is Home Depot's nearest competitor in the home improvement industry. Lowe's became a corporation in 1952 and specializes in home decor and home improvement products. (LO Full Description) The company has over 900 stores throughout the country. The…… [Read More]
The following table lists the executive employee compensation for Home Depot in for 2008.
Home Depot Executive Compensation
Source: Home Depot (2008)
It is clear from the long-term goals set out by Home Depot that the desire to build ongoing relationships with its employees is one of the primary focuses of Home Depot in terms of its business strategic goals. Home Depot believes that goals should be set and attainable although not automatically realized but requiring focus and commitment and excellence in order to reach these attainable and highly lucrative goals with cash payment and on a certain foreseeable date in the future and even in the very near future.
Home Depot has integrated and continues to integrate into the community in which it is located and employing individuals in those communities and for those employees who are committed to the organization the rewards exist and in handsome measure…… [Read More]
At the same time, this has led to a search by customers for low priced material.
It is clear that every person is interested in stretching their investment in these matters as far as possible, and for this there are many methods. However for this to be done well, the concerned person has to spend a lot of time in searching for true items of value and not just buy any item that the person finds in the shop as ready purchases may be regretted later. Thus there has to be a lot of visits to different stores and proper judgment of the material that one intends to buy later. The places for such purchases are for interior design and most likely to be found in second hand furniture stores, seconds depots, and discount stores. If an individual goes around in a substantial number of these stores, then the person…… [Read More]
The house would still be capable of customization but would not necessarily have to be. This could lead to more profitability to the builders and a less likely chance of sloppy workmanship. The home building industry has the opportunity to show that it can react to adversity and with the situation as it currently stands, builders may have the desire to lower expenses, while not cutting corners, as much as possible.
The home building industry, therefore, seems to be one that can provide the economy with a boost when it is needed, with a foundation at all times and with overall growth that can lead to a robust job market, growth in the GDP and financial independence for those builders that are willing to commit to the hard work necessary to succeed. There are relatively few industries that provide individuals with that type of opportunity and even fewer industries that…… [Read More]
Home Cooking for Better Health
Over the past few decades, there has been a dramatic shift in the eating habits of Americans. 40 years ago, most American families enjoyed meals together, prepared at home. Soon, T.V. meals were introduced shortly followed by the influx of fast-food chains such as McDonalds as well as take-out restaurants. With the fast-food era came an increase in chronic diseases, obesity, food-borne illnesses and a deficit in nutritional intake. Cooking at home allows you to control the method of meal preparation and the quality of ingredients used. Home provides the opportunity for maximum nutritional value. Meals prepared at home allow people to control calories, fat content and avoid foods that one should avoid. Studies have shown that fast-food and eating out is linked to obesity. Without home cooked meals, you essentially have little or no control over what you actually consume. Doing otherwise, leaves a…… [Read More]
Home Security Vulnerabilities
Having observed my residence from the outside so as to identify key security vulnerabilities or weaknesses, I now come up with an in-depth security vulnerability assessment of the said residence. Included in this assessment are recommendations on how the identified vulnerabilities or security weaknesses will be eliminated and/or minimized.
Vulnerability Assessment and ecommended Security Enhancements
Intruders more often than not 'case' homes before they attempt a robbery. What this means is that intruders scout for key vulnerabilities that would make a certain home their likely target. Having looked at my residence from an intruder's point-of-view, I was able to identify a number of key security vulnerabilities. In the section below, I revisit some of the vulnerabilities I spotted and make recommendations that would in addition to eliminating the said vulnerabilities also make my home more secure.
To begin with, the open bedroom window presents a perfect opportunity…… [Read More]
In the case of Home Depot, the specific reasons that cost-cutting was advisable were not functions of the devotion of excessive resources to expansion. In all likelihood, the advisability of the simultaneous foreign expansion efforts and cost cutting was unrelated to the need for cost cutting. In that case, the underlying reasons for cost cutting would have been able to be addressed largely irrespective of simultaneous expansion costs.
Was Home Depot's corporate strategy (both domestic and abroad) a success?
One could argue strongly that certain aspects of Home Depot's strategy have been much more successful than others but that even some of the organization's efforts that failed do not necessarily militate against the conceptual value of those efforts. With respect to expansion into new markets, the apparent approach adopted to research new potential markets through pilot stores would appear to have been highly successful. Meanwhile, the failure of ides such…… [Read More]
In order to answer the main question of the price to be paid within one year time for 100 shares of the company, it is important to know the price of one share at that point of time based upon the past performance of the shares and its' expected movements. If compared the price and performance of the Home Depot shares since 1984, which is the time since when the sahres were actively traded on the market, with the performance of the Standard & Poors index, the shares sometimes were outperforming the market while sometimes were underperforming.
Simplistic examination of the chart of the perfromance of the shares compared with the index perfomance can leas us to the conclusion that the company beta is greater than zero and in case of further positive market performance and strengthening investment opportunities, the company is expected to be doing well which…… [Read More]
HOME DEPOT'S BLUEPINT FO CULTUE CHANGE
Start reading Harvard Business eview (HB) article: Charan, . (2006). Home Depot's Blueprint Culture Change. Harvard Business eview, April, Vol 84 Issue 4 p. 60-70. Assignment Expectations (Content) Based HB article Charan (2006),pages paper
Home depot's blueprint for culture change
Steps the team took to make the change
The Home depot team undertook four main steps to ensure that the company changed its mechanisms are metrics, processes, programs, and structures. Metrics involved describing the company values and making it clear what each person would be accountable for Charan, 2006.
This way each employee and manager would understand their role within the company and work as a team. Metrics also provided measurement data in areas that had never been measured before. The data revealed some discrepancies towards the company's held beliefs. Employee performance reviews were not standardized. Using the metric system the team implemented a…… [Read More]
Vignola began his career as an architect in ologna and supported himself by painting and making perspective templates for inlay craftsmen, later traveling to Rome to work and study. His talent and skill was utilized by the papacy, including Pope Julius III and the papal family of the Farnese. He worked with Michelangelo and was deeply influenced by his style.
It is believed that Cardinal Gianfrancesco Gambara commissioned Vignola to design the Villa Lante in 1566. The first casino was completed immediately, but the second one was not finished until after 1587 when the Cardinal passed away. The two casini differ mainly in the style of frescoes. The first casino uses a riotous highlight of color used to highlight the architecture, while the second casino was done in a more classical style of fresco and plaster sculpture combination.
The gardens of the Villa Lante incorporate water features in "a visual…… [Read More]
egistered nurses are both qualified, educated, and certified to provide a high quality of various care services that an individual may need in a home setting or elsewhere. Hence, providing these practitioners with the power to certify and provide home care is a solution to an overwhelming problem that has plagued the health care environment in recent years. Nursing practitioners, as a result of the nature of their work, are closely connected to the needs of individual patients. This means that they, more than many other health care providers and institutions, are able to assess the needs of individuals, their households, and the level of care they require. This places them in a position to accurately determine the need and/or of such individuals to obtain long-term home care and when such home care becomes unviable. As such, registered nurses who serve individuals in the home setting are able to maintain…… [Read More]
This gives Toronto investors a competitive advantage in mining investing, which will be reflected in a home bias. As Van Nieuwerburgh & Veldkamp (2007) explain, home investors have a bias because they have information that non-home investors do not have. These information asymmetries persist, even with today's global information pipelines. The cost of information can be quite high, despite the relatively rapidity of its diffusion among global investors.
There are other potential explanations. Campbell and Kraussl (2007) posited that international investing carries with it the perception of increased downside risk. This can come from time zone differences, speed of information diffusion or translation issues in non-English-speaking markets. hatever the concern, it is reasonable that international investing suffers as a result of increased perceived risk, even if that perception is not born out by reality.
Another possible explanation is that investors are irrational. hile the rational investor may understand that international…… [Read More]
The majority of communities in Alaska are separated by vast distances and the distance from many communities to the nearest medical facility is equivalent to the distance from New York to Chicago (Indian Health Service Alaska Area Services, 2011).
A study funded by AOA examined issues affecting access to home- and community-based long-term-care services among AI/ANS. Study results indicated that home healthcare was one of the most frequently needed services among AI/ANS. Further, 88% of the services sometimes, rarely, or never met the need, and 36% of services were rarely to never available (Jervis, Jackson & Manson, 2002). Only twelve tribally operated nursing homes exist in the U.S., and these rely predominantly on funding from Medicaid and tribal subsidies. Many tribes would like to have nursing homes but are blocked by state certificate-of-need requirements, Medicaid licensing requirements, and lack of commercial financing. The lack of alternate medical resources, whether private…… [Read More]
The key to understanding this quotation and its relevance to a shift in mindset is to deconstruct Nietzsche's conceit regarding the ocean, in which he implies there is an abundance of experiences (literally, entire depths) that most people never plunge into and merely ride the crest of, experiencing a mere surface-level of emotions and perceptions. There are other people, the philosopher implies, who know how to plummet what little experiences they have for all that they are worth. These are the people who have trained their mind to perceive things, the world and their particular space in it, and who can prove the fact that people can surely find that which they seek -- but only once they have decided to seek for it.
In conclusion, while it is true that a shift in mindset is directly responsible for a greater attunement to one's surroundings, an ability to get in…… [Read More]
Home Computerized Medical ecords
Computerized Medical ecords
One major advantage of computerizing medical records is that this method saves money and time for medical professionals. A traditional record system consists of files stored in a filing cabinet or other physical location. Files stored this way can easily become lost or displaced; the t time and resources to track down files that are missing can have a huge effect on the efficiency, effectiveness and revenue of the medical practice. Missing files can result in duplicate paperwork, lost time and productivity. For example, a medical office assistant that spends 20 hours a week searching for missing files, at an hourly rate of $15 costs the office over $14,000 a year in wasted time and money! Computerized medical records eliminate all these issues. With files kept in one database, they can be quickly located and retrieved. esulting in less rework and less…… [Read More]
All other sources of energy used within my home: Apart from the electricity which is used in the home for most appliances, gas is also used in the kitchen to power the stove and the hot water boiler system for the house. This is also then used in the heating system in the house. Water is the other main source of energy which is used in the house, for washing dishes such as in the dishwasher, washing clothes, having showers, washing the car and watering the lawn. Gas is used for an emergency generator in the case of a power cut to the house, and also for some of the tools such as the lawnmower. Logs are also burned on the fire in the winter.
Areas in the home where energy efficiency could be improved: Energy efficiency could be improved by making sure that all electrical items are turned off…… [Read More]
These are subordinated, however, to the primary functional units within HD's organizational structure are Merchandising, Human Resources, Enterprise Program Management, Retail Finance, it, and Investor Relations. After these functional breakdowns, there are several sub-breakdowns, but the bureaucratic, hierarchical structure is maintained.
Home Depot's management team is in a state of transition. The bulk of their Board and Executive group have been brought into their current positions within the past two years. The longest-serving member of Home Depot's executive team is Ricardo Saldivar, President of Home Depot Mexico, who ascended to that position in 2006. The group is overwhelmingly white and male, but each team member has significant experience in the corporate world. Thirteen of 15 Board members are independent, and each has substantial business experience.
The competitive profile matrix vs. The main competitor, Lowe's, illustrates Home Depot's strong market position. Smaller competitors were not included because they are simply not…… [Read More]
Homeowners also have the benefit of decorating and making changes to their home as they see if including painting and renovations to meet specific desires or needs of the living space (Leonhardt, 2005). They can modify their home in any way that suits them and that they feel adds value to their experience. enters do not have the same benefit as they are often not allowed to modify the rented space in any way and any small alterations such as paint must be approved by the landlord.
Even with all of these benefits there still remains the social aspect of home ownership that is deeply imbedded in the American culture. Traditionally it has meant a great deal to American families to own their own homes and has been encouraged through our cultural beliefs and values. In fact this encouragement has taken the form of various political policies throughout history including…… [Read More]
Home Depot Products
hat motivated producers to create the products that Home Depot sells? Author Lexis Higgins explains that when it comes to creating new products to market, there is what he calls an "ideal climate" for "new product development" (NPD). The motivation must be there in order to follow these guidelines: a) "goal clarity" (well understood objectives for the product); b) "resources" (there must be adequate economic and other forms of support for the project); c) "encouragement" (emotional support for the launch must be a driver); d) "freedom" (the flexibility and ability to take the project in any direction); and e) "integrity" (management does what it says it will do) (Higgins, 2007).
The company involved in developing the product needs more than motivation and vision to make their product successful. To start with there should be "idea generation" (an informal session can come up with ideas; it doesn't have…… [Read More]
Tapping into consumer needs, wants, and purchasing tendencies could present a challenge due to the country's size and diverse population in terms of taste, preferences, and purchasing power. The need for more interior home products is going to be critical to the company's growth
Driving up square footage growth globally. According to DataMonitor (2006) Home Depot's weaknesses include a declining sales per square foot, which is forcing the company to look at smaller-store footprints during acquisition strategies. The focus on driving up same-store sales internationally is critical for Home Depot, and this is another major motivation for the company to pursue a more joint-venture based approach to acquisition than a pure buyout.
Accentuating global strength in supply chain and logistics. Third party logistics service suppliers are still relatively underdeveloped in China, and as a result, Home Depot will need to focus on bringing their significant expertise in supply chain management,…… [Read More]
Passion Home Health is a provider of home health care services in Camarillo, CA. The company`s challenge typically revolves around a shortage of care workers given the number of clients. There are two sides to this issue - one is the demand side. That challenge can be addressed in a different ways, but ultimately the goal of management is to have as many clients as possible for the capacity that it has. Thus for this task, the challenge will be on the supply side, for labor. It will be assumed that there will be sufficient demand for whatever the optimal labor configuration is going to be.
Care givers come in a number of different varieties, with different degrees of training. They typically visit the home site of the client. They perform a variety of duties for the client, including sometimes daily chores, for other care givers more of physiotherapy,…… [Read More]
Depending on the patient's condition, the aide may also change the dressings on the patient's wounds, give a massage to the patient or an alcohol rub, or assist with the patient's braces and artificial limbs. "Experienced home health aides also may assist with medical equipment such as ventilators, which help patients breathe" ("Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides," U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2007).
The aide may also make a simple meal for the patient, keeping within the patient's prescribed diet that is still (hopefully) palatable to the patient. An aide will have a good sense of the patient's likes and dislikes. If the patient needs groceries and can be left unattended, the aide may go and do the patient's shopping. The aide may also purchase other basic necessities and medications, if the patient desires, or even do simple errands like post a letter.
During the visit,…… [Read More]
home-based companies are slowly shifting their business operations to foreign companies to ensure they have an impact in the global business world. Given the current modern changes in international business developments, the number of expatriates is increasing for both long-term and short-term durations. For these organizations, sending employees overseas is an opportunity undertaken to improve business activities but without the right preparation, it is a challenging initiative to any organization. In this regard, companies are constantly training employees on international work issues to ensure their success in the global marketplace (Kontrimas, 2006). However, businesses face several challenges relating to hiring employees for their American-based business or expatriating employees to work in remote facilities, open new plants, and work with international clientele. As is the case H2O, mentoring future corporate leaders to successfully manage operations on a worldwide scale is a welcome step to ensure their operations are not limited to…… [Read More]
Facts about the Cheshire Murders
The Cheshire murders were the Connecticut home invasion that occurred on July 23, 2007. Jennifer Hawke-Petit, wife of Dr. William Petit and her two daughters were brutally killed. Her daughter was raped and killed while Dr. William managed to escape, although, he was injured during the home invasion. (Daily Mail). Typically, the case was the most widely publicized case in the history of Connecticut because of the nature of the killings. The two daughters of the couple were Hayes aged 17 and Michael 11, were tied to the bed, suffocated and the house was set on fire. The Haye's confession proved that the two criminals had planned to rob the house in the dark. However, the police were able to arrest the penetrator named Steven J. Hayes and Joshua A. Komisarjevsky.
Sentence Defendants Receive
During the trial, the jury deliberated on the evidence against them.…… [Read More]
Smith believed this would lead to inefficiency.
However, unlike Plato, Smith did not believe that the ideal republic should decide from birth what occupation an individual should follow, rather that the individual must freely choose by his or her own will, how to direct his or her energies and labor in the most efficient and self-interested fashion, which would ultimately result in the advancement of the nation as a whole. Plato's social structure, although not based upon birth, was still based upon a monopoly of philosophers dictating the lives of others according to their state-generated power, unlike Smith's more democratic ideals. Smith's analysis more perfectly echoes that of illiam Petty, who stressed how breaking down tasks, like Smith's pin-manufacturing plant, could generate higher levels of efficiency in economic production. Petty also placed a strong emphasis, as did Smith, upon the vital need of a nation to practice free trade.
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The green lawnmower is always by the side of the house near the back door. It has a little wagon hitched to carry leaves. My father puts the garbage in it and rides it to the dumpster.
The inside is always a surprise to people. My father built bookshelves for my mother that cover the whole long wall of the living room. They are packed with books on every imaginable topic. Mother complains that books have taken over the house. Every room has a bookcase. She gives away about 100 a year but still they are everywhere -- the ones she is currently reading on the tables, floor, and couch. The wood-stove in the corner has fire in it almost all year round, so if it's chilly and you come indoors, you immediately get this radiant heat and bouncing light that moves about the room as the fire dances. The…… [Read More]
A round character has multiple dimensions as a human being, and strikes more than one 'note' in the text -- for instance, the snobbish Mrs. Elton of Emma is a one-dimensional presence in that novel, while Hardy's Bathsheba is contradictory as a real human being, and one cannot predict her likely actions.
Retrospective narration is narrated from the point-of-view of a present day narrator, looking into the far-off past of a long-ago world, like Hardy's third person omniscient narrator of Far from the Madding Crowd, or a narrator looking back on his own life, like Dickens' David Copperfield.
Didactic literature teaches an explicit lesson of how one ought to behave, like Jane Austen's Emma, or how human life evolves in strange ways in the point-of-view of the narrator, as in Joseph Andrews by Fielding.
A novel of manners is plot-driven in terms of questions about how its characters should…… [Read More]
Explore the economic, social, and political consequences of an enforceable decision to halt the development of new technology. (We can assume this decision is made to protect the environment.)
There are many ramifications to new technological advances, and therefore it seems logical that ending these advances would also have issues and problems that should be addressed. Some technology can be harmful to the environment, and when an enforceable decision is made to halt the development of new technology in order to protect the environment, there are economic, social, and political consequences that must be faced. It is important to look at these and determine what they are, in case a decision such as this is ever made. A decision that is made without all of the facts often does not turn out well, and many people would be affected by a decision to halt the development of new…… [Read More]
Initiative seven is for creation of research agenda that is on a national platform as well as data collection strategies that relate to the initiatives. Initiative eight utilizes technology that is available so as high levels of health and safety are produced. Initiative nine calls for a thorough investigation of all fire fighter fatalities and injuries. Initiative ten calls for grant programs support implementing safe practices as requirement for eligibility. Initiative eleven encourages the development of national standards in place for emergency response policies .the twelfth initiative entails the development and championing of national protocols in support of response to incidences that are violent. The thirteenth initiative requires that fire fighters and their families access counseling as well as psychological support.
The fourteenth initiative entails the public education receiving more resources and championed as a life safety and fire program that is critical. The fifteenth initiative ensures that advocacy has…… [Read More]
com TV, a station accessible by Internet that would present clients with viable information on the company and their products. More importantly, the television station would offer advice and demonstrations on how to install the items purchased on your own, without the assistance of home improvement specialists.
The desired consequence of all these opportunities, as well as other strategies, is to increase the market share and revenues. However, all options include a certain level of risk that could generate unfortunate results. That is why, prior to making a decision, management, marketing and financial departments need to analyze the opportunity from several view points.
3. Long-term objectives on profitability, competitive activities, technological and market leadership, as well as the social and environmental responsibilities of the company
Aside from the general long-term objective of increasing their market share and revenues, the managers at Home Depot desire to become among the strongest international…… [Read More]
According to the same source, the Australian market proves to be very fertile for the U.S. companies which already account for the greatest import share (over 50% in 2004). Such data are outlined by the following table:
Total market (million of dollars)
Total imports (million of dollars)
Imports from U.S. (million of dollars)
2002 2004%Change 2002-2004%Change 2002-2004%Change Australia 950-1400 47% 380-560 47% 185-285 54% 51% Source: http://www.buyusainfo.net/docs/x_4239321.pdf.
The U.S. home security market is another outlet offering promising perspectives. According to Frost & Sullivan's report (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=365296),one of the levers responsible for increased demand is the emergence of new homes as a result of the low interest rate. The U.S. Census ureau studies showed that, in 2002, 1.7 million new houses were built in comparison with 2001 when 1.6 million new constructions were made. Moreover, the number was expected to grow in the near future.
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L100 Take Home Exam
As commanding officer, there are numerous changes and problems that must be addressed before redeployment. While some of the changes will be for the entire team, the majority of changes must be focused on the current leadership team and reestablishing a team environment. Additionally, the overall welfare and health of the group has been neglected and this must also be addressed in order to maintain a healthy team.
There are two leading changes that must be addressed immediately within the group. Change is never easy and this group underwent many changes immediately after arriving in Iraq that they were not prepared for that caused serious problems on the field. The first change that must take place is reorganization of the staff for 24-hour operations and training of the lead staff for these roles. It is well established that teams are always understaffed when they…… [Read More]
home, my family consisted of a Palestinian-Muslim father and a Polish-Christian mother, and I grew up speaking their respective native languages to them individually and English, my parents' mutual language, when we were all together. Meanwhile, living in Jerusalem also made it essential to learn Hebrew too. Finally, in that regard, I began learning conversational French at the age of three when I started my primary education at the Lycee Francais de Jerusalem.
However, foreign-language fluency represented only the tip of the proverbial iceberg for Palestinian child growing up in Jerusalem. It is a region of intense political factionalism and conflict where one could very easily become indoctrinated with negative beliefs and expectations of others. My family promoted the opposite approach by teaching me to recognize the common humanity and potential for good in all people. I believe that I can say without exaggeration that few formative social environments are…… [Read More]
During the long development of economic science, many doctrines appeared which very often explained economic processes and connections in different ways. This created basis for development of different economic systems. Crisis of one economic system demands the thorough study of its' qualitative and quantitative parameters to effectively implement this experience in the future. That is why time-proven theories and models of economic development are looked from different angles at different points of times. In this essay I shall try to discuss the relevance of the views of major economics thinkers and criticism that might occur.
Adam Smith himself would be probably surprised, if in his time he would be called an economist: in the era of Enlightenment intellectuals, as it is known, always had very wide scientific interests and encyclopaedical knowledge with philosophy as the base for it. His research was possible only thanks to the sociological-political and…… [Read More]
Compare the notion of state in Hegel with Marx's view
Both Hegel and Marx are dialectical materialists, in that both philosophers see the progress of human history in terms of an eternal and alternating struggle for control of the state instruments of power, a struggle between the haves and the have-nots. But rather than the political outlook of Hegel, who stresses the dialectical struggle of the classes in terms of who possesses political and governmental power, Marx identifies the struggle of the have-nots with the proletariat, the producers of wealth who are oppressed and exploited by capitalists. The state is no longer primarily determined in view of who rules the government, but who owns and dominates the economy in Marx.
Marx's view of the state, law, etc., as based upon the modes of production, depends upon his view of the human being. Discuss and exemplify.
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Globalization refers to the ease and ability of businesses to acquire sources of raw material, manufacturing facilities, services and markets for their goods and services anywhere in the world. This ease has been brought about by the developments in transportation and communication technologies that have made instantaneous sharing of information and material over large geographical distances possible. Along with these developments, political changes have made markets less defined by national borders and natural boundaries. At the global level, countries have decided to bring down barriers to free movement of labor, goods and capital in the form of reduced taxes, tariffs, quotas and other protectionist measures. Along with this, to encourage unrestricted international trade, countries have to encourage imports that may be cheaper than locally manufactured goods.
Globalization policies are the result of the neo-liberal order that was espoused by Reagan and his supporters. In the United States, the…… [Read More]
Leisure World Business Plan
Startup living-assistance firm Leisure World is seeking to enter into the long-term care market as a provider of in-home caregivers. The company will seek to market itself as an alternative to the nursing home, and will use daytime television advertising as its primary mode to reaching a target of families with aging loved ones. Expenses for the organization will include insurance and certification costs, material resources, labor and advertising. Management will proceed from a top-down approach.
Description of the business
Leisure World is an alternative to nursing and long-term care facilities. For many families, the decision to find assistance for care with aging loves ones can be an extremely difficult one, both financially and emotionally. Relegating a family member to a nursing home can be both heartbreaking for the family and psychologically devastating to a loved one who must now endure the end stages of life…… [Read More]
Chapter 9: An African-American male worker takes paternity leave after the baby is born and is ribbed at work; mostly women care about family time.
Chapter 10: "Support staff" have a tougher time getting flextime off for their families.
Chapter 11: Becky (single mother) has her mother caring for her children but Becky, an attractive younger woman, deals with jealous stares from female co-workers; problems multiply. Sue, another single mother, with no family as back up, is still close friends with her ex, who has re-married and is happy. Sue wants her girls to stay single; Becky wants her kids to marry.
Chapter 12: Vivian's live-in lover and her children don't get along and while Vivian was at work a lot of the time so the live-in boyfriend (Emmanuel) had an affair. Again, as in many instances in this book, work is having a negative impact on personal lives.
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He had been most inspired by the songs of Woody Guthrie. "Woody had a sound and said something with his music." He wanted to meet Woody and thank him for such inspiring songs. Woody had not been well and was being treated in a local hospital. Bob went and saw him and then wrote a "ong to Woody."
uddenly, following that visit, as if overnight, Bob Dylan became a household name. He was selling out theatres across America and England. He was referred to as a genius. It has been said that Bob went down to the crossroads and struck a deal with the devil, in order to arrive at such a place. He continued to evolve from the old acoustic folk singer that everyone loved, to a somewhat loud electric rock star. Columbia Records and many of his fans were not happy about this change. Fans were booing and…… [Read More]
Obviously, those for whom the idea of owning a home represents an important goal will not receive that same satisfaction or gratification from renting property. Whereas net worth that is locked up in a home generally increases over time, there is absolutely no residual value to money used to pay rent on property. Homeowners (generally) pay off a mortgage on a monthly schedule but that money goes into the value of their capital investment in their home; money paid for rent is spent and gone. Over the course of a decade, a homeowner will typically have paid off and acquired ownership equity in approximately one-third of his home; a renter will have paid out approximately the same in rent over that time but retain no equity in return. Homeowners may also be able to use their home equity as collateral for loans to help them pursue other investments. Home renters…… [Read More]
The term Housing Starts refers to an economic indicator of statistical data associated with the number of public and private single family dwellings and multi-family dwellings which are begun during a certain period. Single family dwellings, which have begun the foundation digging process constitute one housing start while multi-family dwellings is equivalent to the number of units or single family dwellings constructed in a given building. Additionally, in 1992 the U.S. Census Bureau began including a housing start number for every dwelling in which an entirely new constructed dwelling or set of dwellings would be constructed on an old foundation. The statistic does not include, remodels, additions or commercial buildings being converted to homes. Housing Starts are considered a leading indicator of the economy as a whole, because it is a direct indicator of issues of supply and demand. (A.G. aymond & Co., 2004, "Statistics and Economic Indicators"…… [Read More]
Furthermore, this element of cognitive aspect of linguistic development is equally evident in other species with complex languages, such as in many species of birds (Edey & Johanson, 1999; Simonds, 2002). Typically among songbirds, if infant birds are not exposed to the songs of their parents (or other adults of their species), they lose the ability to communicate in that manner even if they are repeatedly exposed to those languages later in life (Simonds, 2002).
Feral children demonstrate precisely the same phenomenon: they lose the ability to mimic any form of human speech because they lack exposure to it in infancy. They may possess normal levels of intelligence and that accounts for their ability to establish alternate forms of communication, such as through sign language based on the logical connection to the physical world and even to some abstract concepts. Even deaf children likely have more opportunity to absorb critical…… [Read More]
But licorice is not just something sweet. Instead, it has long been praised for its healing properties, being used to help snackers with a variety of ills feel better. hile this has been the case with a variety of common household foods turned home remedies, such as baking soda and 7-Up, the consequences of licorice's healing properties might be more serious -- interfering with certain medications.
On March 24, 2009, the American Chemical Society heard evidence that the active ingredient in licorice, the same ingredient that has allowed it to be "used as a good treatment for plenty of ills" (Ehrenberg), can interfere with other medications. That ingredient is called Glycyrrhxin, and it is a natural compound found in plants that are related to the pea. For quite some time, this compound has been used to treat ailments in Europe and Asia, although its history as an ingredient for flavoring…… [Read More]
Home Depot is a retailer of home improvement supplies, and Lowe's is its biggest rival. Both are very large companies, and they have a lot of similarities. Both companies competes only in this one industry, focused on big box retailing of home improvements and home finishings. These are considered to be category killers, in that once they enter a market few other firms can exist in that market selling the same items. Both companies compete with low prices, and Home Depot especially tries to deliver a high standard of service as well. Home Depot is the larger of the two, and it also has international operations, something that Lowe's does not have at this point. This paper will compare the financials of these two companies. The income statements and balance sheet data will be attached in Appendix A.
It should be noted that all -- all -- financial data used…… [Read More]
Home Depot and Management Tool
• Company background -- must include sales and employment data. Products or services provided. ize vs. major competition.
The Home Depot (NYE: HD) is the world's largest home improvement chain and the fourth-largest retailer of home improvement and construction products and services. Founded in 1978, Home Depot has about 2,500 locations in each of the 50 states as well as in the 10 provinces of ten provinces of Canada and in Mexico and China. It also operates an online company. The company's headquarters are in Cobb County, Georgia, in Greater Atlanta and its CEO is Francis Blake.
Home Depot targets the do-it-yourself (DIY) and professional markets with its selection of some 40,000 items, including lumber, flooring, plumbing supplies, garden products, tools, paint, and appliances. Home Depot also offers installation services for carpeting, cabinetry, and other products. (Hoover.com)
According to Forbes.com:
The Home Depot stores sell…… [Read More]
An Analysis of the Benefits of Home/ater Birth
Like all decisions to be made regarding the birth of a child, there are pros and cons that go along with them. This paper will look at the pros and cons of home/water birth, from a legal, moral, social and ethical perspective, and show why home/water birth with a midwife is a positive, low risk alternative.
There are many points to consider when contemplating home/water birth. The first is that water birth takes place in a spot where many women find the most relaxation, a tub of warm water. "Some moms go through the labor in the water, but get out when it's time for the delivery," according to Pregnancy RX. Other moms deliver right in the water. Either option is available for women choosing water birth. Some other pros worth mentioning are:
First, the baby before it is delivered…… [Read More]
Home Buying Process
The first step in home buying is to understand what purchase price the much the homeowner can afford, how large of a down payment is required and what the monthly are likely to be given various mortgage options. Many home buyers begin the home buying process by looking for the 'perfect' house in their favorite neighborhood without really understanding the factors that contribute to being able to afford a home. As a result, it is easier than one might think to make a decision that costs a lot more on a monthly basis than the buyers originally thought.
The first factor in affording a home is the buyer's income and liquidity as compared to established and ongoing debts. While homebuyers will place a priority on making the mortgage payments at the expense of other obligations if need be (like credit cards and student loans, for instance), neither…… [Read More]
Home Movies Beat Theater Ones
It is quite a different experience to view a movie at home versus viewing it in a movie theater. Furthermore, there are positives and negatives associated with each of these viewing experiences. Nonetheless, an analysis of the benefits and drawbacks associated with each of these experiences, reveals that the more enjoyable experience lies in watching a movie at home.
Virtually the only advantage that watching a movie in a theater has over doing so at home pertains to the special effects. Theaters are equipped with a host of state of the art audio visual experiences to provide enhanced viewing experiences that are difficult to match in domestic settings. When one considers the 3D capabilities of movie theaters that can "provide an experience never before experienced in a theater" (Their, 2012) it is clear that these special effects are optimized for viewing in a theater, and…… [Read More]