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The movie The Matrix constructs Neo-as a Jesus-like figure in many ways. From the onset of the movie, another hacker says to Neo, "You're my savior, man, my own personal Jesus Christ." Neo-as Jesus is also suggested by the Nebuchadnezzar's crew, who wonder if he is "the One" who was foretold, and who repeatedly swear in Neo's presence by saying "Jesus" or "Jesus Christ." As Neo-enters the Nebuchadnezzar for the first time, the camera rests on the make: "Mark III no. 11." This is another messianic reference, since the Gospel of Mark 3:11 reads: "Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, ' You are the Son of God!'"
In the movie, Morpheus offers Neo-two pills, each one representing a separate destiny for him. If Neo-opts for the blue pill his life will remain as is, but if he selects the red one,…
Healy, Laura. "The Matrix: Thomas Anderson to Neo...a Simple Illustration of Salvation and the Walk Thereafter." 17 Jul. 2004. http://www.tentpegmin.org/the_matrix_thomas%20anderson_neo.html.
Matrix and Christianity." 17 Jul. 2004. http://oldpueblomoo.arizona.edu:7000/3564.
Matrix as Messiah Movie." 17 Jul. 2004. http://www.awesomehouse.com/matrix/parallels.html.
Wake up! Gnosticism & Buddhism in The Matrix." 17 Jul. 2004. http://www.geocities.com/webrugh/theMatrix.html.
Matrix or the Cave?
The Matrix (1999) has singlehandedly brought the debate over the epistemology of the Real into popular dialogue. or the first time in centuries --if not in history-- a large section of the common crowd had a metaphor by which to question the very existence of objective reality. At bus-stops and street-corners, in fast-food restaurants and movie-houses, populations who would never have read Plato or Heidegger were discussing the very serious matter of whether or not there was, so to speak, a spoon. The entire plot of the movie can be seen as a retelling of the plot in Plato's mythical prisoners in the cave of shadows, though there are significant differences in the actual significance of the story. The movie's impact was not so much in that it got across its specific philosophical point-of-view, for in fact it raised far many more questions than it answered,…
Falzon, Christopher. Philosophy Goes to the Movies. London: Routledge, 2002.
Plato. "Allegory of the Cave" The Republic. trans. Benjamin Jowett, 1871.
Wachowski Bros. The Matrix (1999).
Matrix Context Technology Strategy Covering -Topics: - Articulate Core Concept - Describe Types Process - Discuss Product
Project Planning Matrix (PPM): Purposes and use
The process of project management has been called both an art and a science (Project management methodology, 2012, City of Chandler). A Project Planning Matrix (PPM) can be used during the planning process as a 'reality check,' forcing "the planner to constantly check whether the project design is plausible and consistent" (PPM, 2012, FAO). It also can be helpful as a facilitator of communication between employees on the who, what, why, when, and how of the project, and 'allows for a project monitoring based on common understanding" (PPM, 2012, FAO). The PPM is designed to facilitate clarity, a free flow of information, and maximize project efficacy. "Projects contain a lot of unknown facts, risks, generate many decisions and need someone to focus the team towards the…
Melnic, Andreia-Simona & Puiu, T. (2011). The management of human resources within projects: The structures of the project team, the responsibility assignment matrix. Economy Transdisciplinarity Cognition, 14(1), 476-484.
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Marx, Plato, and the Matrix
There are various dichotomies that are explored in the 1999 film the Matrix including concepts of reality and illusion as well as the relationship between man and machine. The concepts of reality and illusion can be explored through a comparative analysis of Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave," whereas the relationship between man and machine can be explored through comparative analysis of Marx's Communist Manifesto. The Matrix incorporates the concepts of ignorance and knowledge that are found within Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave," as well as integrating the social class dilemma that is outlined in the Communist Manifesto.
There are two distinct ways in which the Matrix can be divided. In order to take Plato's the Allegory of the Cave into consideration, emphasis must be placed on the state of man before he realizes that he or she is a disposable commodity to the…
Marx, K. The Communist Manifesto. p. 362-383.
The Matrix. Dir. Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski. United States: Warner Bros. Pictures,
Plato. "The Allegory of the Cave." The Republic. p. 449-457.
Indeed, the role of therapist entails being both coach and teacher to the patient and family. In this way, a helpful and encouraging relationship is created by which the patient is encouraged to feel secure and accepted. Treatment is therefore not focused simply upon removing the addiction, but also upon removing its root causes, such as lack of self-esteem and any other social or personal problems the patient may be experiencing. In this way, the model is flexible and is modified to suit the specific needs of the patient and the family. As such, the therapist works on creating a positive environment for the patient in which dignity and self-esteem can flourish.
In addition to therapy and support, patients and their families are also provided with manuals and supporting materials that they can use in preparation for therapy and for support while they are not within the therapeutic process. These…
Hazelden Foundation. 2009. The Matrix Model: a proven approach for outpatient addiction treatment. Published in the Voice, Winter 2005. http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/vcwin5matrix.page
Hazelden Foundation. 2009. What customers want to know. http://www.hazelden.org/HAZ_MEDIA/what_cust_matrix_faq.pdf
Matrix Institute on Addictions. 2009. Philosophy & Network. http://www.matrixinstitute.org/Treatment%20Philosophy-Network.htm
Rehabilitation Center. 2006. Addiction Treatment. http://www.addictiontreatment.cc/
Matrix" Neo-is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The red pill will free him with what he thought to be the truth and offer him a new reality. The blue pill will have him forget that the world is not as he thought and have him awake in his bed, accepting his reality.
As we see the red pill is the hard way, it does not mean an easy solution, it means struggling to understand the truth. The blue pill is the easy way, it means living in a world that is created to keep people satisfied. The world of the blue pill is not as satisfying as the world of the red pill, but it is real. In that situation, I would chose the red pill.
The issue can be looked at from a philosophical viewpoint and the main question that needs answering is…
Cypher's desire in The Matrix, to be plugged back into the program. It is maintained that this desire is wrong or misleading from the viewpoints of both Plato and Socrates, who say that knowledge is virtue and thus, nothingness -- the result of the Matrix -- is essentially nothing.
Ignorance is bliss"
The first important philosophical question raised by The Matrix is whether reality is better than illusion, or the other way around. Cypher was wrong to make a deal with Agent Smith to be plugged back into the Matrix. The Matrix at best could have been a ride in an amusement park rather than a way to live. However, through the movie we learn that those involved deeply with the Matrix consider it somewhat to be larger than life. Cypher and others do question their own minds about what is real, what is not, they are aware of the…
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Plato's Allegory of the Cave and its Relation to "The Matrix," "The Truman Show," artificial synchronicity, language manipulation and realities.
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Elitism and Pluralism- A Perspective Study
Elitism and Pluralism governance theories are about the mode of power distribution. Pluralism can be defined as a form of government where the entire population of participants share equal status in rights, power or possession. Elitist theory on the other hand is based on the premise that the successful or the privileged inherit power to govern, given their superiority evidenced by the success they have attained for themselves (Johnson, Dickinson & Morley, n.d). The mainstay in Pluralism is distribution of power. Elitism on the other hand describes the concentration of power (Porche, 2012). In the matrix I have given, I shall give examples for each of the perspectives and identify groups or individuals representing the roles.
Pluralism stresses on immaterial or insignificant power, given the conditions and circumstances. The power discussed can take many forms: religious, political, persuasive, or skilled power. The power…
Johnson, B., Dickinson, B., & Morley, P. (n.d.).Pluralist vs. Elitist Theory. Retrieved September
10, 2015, from https://apgovernmentchs.wikispaces.com/Pluralist vs. Elitist Theory
Porche, D. J. (2012). Health policy: Application for nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
The goal especially at this Behavior Intensity level is to provide corrective action rather than punitive. This can be initiated by the use of visual or non-verbal prompts, proximity or even a subtle verbal warning. The goal is to alert the student to the 'annoying' behavior and to demonstrate that this behavior won't be accepted without yet resorting to punishment.
For the student that insists on either becoming distracted easily or distracting other students with teasing, pestering or general speaking out of turn, it may be appropriate to take steps such as relocating the student to another part of the room. As the Behavioral Matrix demonstrates, this is one of a number of measures that a teacher has to demonstrate that there will consequences for unacceptable behavior. It is also important to differentiate this concept of consequences from the concept of punishment.
As the findings from the Matrix…
Knoff, H.M. (2007). Developing and Implementing the Behavioral Matrix. Project ACHIEVE Press.
THEOETICAL MATIX Use Appendix A (attached) create a matrix theoretical change models. Include theoretical change models matrix. The matrix include model: • Name theoretical model • Description theoretical model 200 words • Description type change situation theoretical model applies 200 words.
Matrix of Theoretical Models
Theoretical Change Model
Description of Theoretical Model
(200 words each box)
Type of health care change situation where model best applies
(200 words each box)
Systems theory suggests that organizations are complex, adaptive systems greater than the sum of their parts. Organizations cannot always be logically analyzed in terms of their ability to accept or reject change. Organizational behavior is hard to predict. Systems are in dialogue with the environment, and changes in the environment can produce changes in the system but "some type of [exterior] energy is required" otherwise organizations grow static (Iles & Sutherland 2001). Also, "players within a system have…
Complexity theory. (2012). JISC Info Net. Retrieved:
Iles & Sutherland (2001). Systems Theory. JISC Info Net. Retrieved:
matrices for human trafficking. They observe that although in recent years great progress has been made towards understanding and of the problem and combating it, little development has been made in effectuating measures that can specifically delineate it and in developing effective ways to collect the data. This results in contradictory information on the subject and on few studies being based on extensive research.
It was only fairly recently that a joint decision was made on how to define "human trafficking." Nonetheless, there are so many variables and divergences within the phenomenon that difficulty still exists in international agreement in defining the term.
The authors state that efforts against trafficking will only improve when all countries have a unanimous standardized system of measures with which they can track the problem and when all countries begin to enact and implement the necessary anti-trafficking legislation. The latter depends on help from the…
Jazvac-Martek, M. (2009) Oscillating role identities: the academic experiences of education doctoral students Innovations in Education and Teaching International Vol. 46, No. 3, 253 -- 264
Laczko, F. & Gramegna, MA (2005) Developing Better Indicators of Human Trafficking The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 10, 179-193.
Neumann, A. (2006). Professing Passion: Emotion in the Scholarship of Professors at Research Universities. American Educational Research Journal, 43(3), 381-416,420-424. Retrieved December 6, 2011
Matrix and Descartes
The film The Matrix represents many of the ideas of Descartes regarding perception and reality, truth and selfhood, knowledge and falsehood. The film is about a man who is awakened from a simulated world and shown the reality of his life. The man's objective is to free humankind from its enslavement by machines. He achieves this objective by essentially putting mind over matter. This paper will discuss how scenes in The Matrix represent Descartes' ideas on doubt, reason, self and knowledge, and explain how the film correlates with our own society today.
In the quest for certainty, Descartes turns to doubt. Doubting in order to find the truth is a way to check oneself to see if whether what one believes is actually correspondent with reality. When researchers conduct research, they typically test a hypothesis, which is a form of doubting whether a thing is true…
It is only then that Neo-can begin to fulfill his role as the metaphorical intermediary between worlds. As McCullagh (1999) reports, "when Neo/Reeves wakes up from his VR slumber and unplugs from The Matrix, he joins a ragtag band of rebels led by the charismatic Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne). Their plan: To overthrow the artificial intelligences that have robbed humanity of reality." (McCullagh, p. 1) The ambition to do so can only be instilled in Neo-by forcing him to confront the realities that had detained him. He does this with increasing acceptance and, consequently, success, as the film proceeds.
The result is an experience for the audience that is especially compelling, placing an individual of seemingly ordinary if not somewhat antisocial characteristics and demonstrating him to be capable of doing nothing short of dismantling the artifices and illusions that keep us from freedom.
McCarl, R. (2011). Robert Nozick's 'Experience…
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Nozick, R. (1977). Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Basic Books.
Nozick, R. (1998). Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism? CATO Institute.
Ethical Dilemma Matrix
A business organization's Internet Service Provider (ISP) is providing preferential service (improved access, faster connection and download/upload speeds) to certain websites, apparently on the basis of business ties and co-ownership entanglements.
Autonomy, Justice, espect for Persons
-Users of the Internet have the duty to make and exercise their own choices, which is limited by preferential access.
-This duty also insists that users be able to face all risks and opportunities available in equal measure, and with fair access.
-Users have the right to be viewed as important ends in and of themselves, served by the ISP and not simply serving the ISP in terms of money.
the organization has a duty to ensure that its employees can perform their functions with minimal interference, and that stakeholders in the business are able to exercise autonomy in their…
FCC. (2005). August 5, 2005 Policy Statement. Accessed 21 October 2011.
Kapoor, G. (2007). Corporate Laws. New York: Taxmann Publications.
Plato, Descartes, And the Matrix
The Matrix can be compared with Plato and Descartes. While that might seem like a very odd comparison, there are many similarities. In each scenario, there is the concept of reality and how to determine what is real and what is not. While it may seem as though it is easy to tell if something is real or not real, the truth is more complicated. People can have experiences in their lives that feel completely unreal to them, and they can have dreams that feel so real that they have trouble understanding why they have ended once they wake up. Naturally, that is a serious concern for people who are attempting to really understand the truth. There are some differences in the three works, though, because Plato was fixated more on people seeing something while they were awake and not being exposed to anything else.…
Prioritization Matrix and its Alternatives
Priorities, priorities, priorities -- have a sense of your organization's priorities! Although the value of prioritization is undeniably an important one, how does a developer adequately prioritize different tasks and elements of the software lifecycle and general production process? One such a tool is a "Prioritization Matrix." This is a useful technique for developers of new software projects, because a developer can deploy the non-technical framework of the matrix both with his or her team members on the task, or with necessary, with the potential users of the new system. The matrix can be used to achieve consensus about what is important, as it requires individuals to rank problems, issues, and objectives by a particular criterion that is important to the system and to the organization as a whole. ("Prioritization Matrix," 1998)
The democratic aspect of the conventional Prioritization Matrix enables everyone involved clearly see…
"Prioritization Matrix." (1998) The Guide to Managing for Quality. Retrieved 10 Feb 2005 at http://erc.msh.org/quality/pstools/psprior2.cfm 'Macmillan's Prioritization Matrix." (31 March 2004) Movement as Network: Website. Retrieved 10 Feb 2005 at http://www.movementasnetwork.org/001437.html
oppression the movie The Matrix is the theme of consciousness. In the movie's most dramatic plot twist it turns out that Neo, the movie's protagonist, has not been living inside the real world, but a computer-programmed simulation of one. He has been held in this state so that artificially intelligent machines may harness his body heat for energy (and, of course, we as viewers suspend our belief regarding this conceit even though it completely ignores the laws of thermodynamics and the conservation of energy). In freeing himself from the matrix, however, Neo-had to make a choice to free himself, to become his own person. In this way, he resembles the sort of man that Freire describes in his Pedagogy of the Oppressed:
The truth is, however, that the oppressed are not "marginals," are not men living "outside" society. They have always been "inside" -- inside the structure which made them…
Antonio Gramsci." May 19, 2003. http://www.theory.org.uk/ctr-gram.htm#role
Baudrillard, Jean. The Vital Illusion. May 19, 2003. http://www.techdirections.com/html/vi.html
Buddhism and Gnosticism in The Matrix." May 19, 2003. http://terje.bergersen.net/mt/archives/000021.html
Ford, James L. "Buddhism, Christianity, and The Matrix: The Dialectic of Myth-Making in Contemporary Cinema." The Journal of Religion and Film. May 19, 2003. http://www.unomaha.edu/~wwwjrf/thematrix.htm
In that regard, non-human animals could be farmed and harvested for their biological, thermal and electrical energy much more easily without any need to worry about their subjective perception, leaving the artificial intelligence entities with the option of simply eradicating human life altogether. Finally, it is never explained who is responsible for maintaining the working telephone lines in the real world without human activity and telephone companies.
Naturally, the plight of human beings in Matrix seems horrific from the perspective of autonomy and free will. However, beyond that level, their suspension in a convincing reality may not necessarily be as bad as it is depicted and assumed to be. Philosophers have realized for many centuries that there really is not objective way to prove that our reality is any more real than the reality of the human beings suspended in aqueous solution in Matrix. It could be that…
The GE matrix is a very important toll in business and organizational level strategy (Berries and Hoare,2008). The tool was developed by McKinsey for General Electric due to the fact that Boston Consulting Group matrix showed signs of inflexibility when it comes to taking into account the broader aspect of issues. The GE matrix tool is very important in cross-referencing market attractiveness as well as business position by means of three very important criteria for- high, medium and low.
The market attractiveness takes into account variables that relates to the market itself such as the market growth rate, size of market, number as well as size of competitors, barriers to market entry, profit margins as well as the technological implications of the given market. The business position criterion on the other hand examines the business strength as well as weaknesses in various areas. These include the position of…
Berris, J and Hoare, S (2008).White & Case implements McKinsey-inspired strategy. Lawyer, Vol. 22 Issue 42
Ward, D (2005). An Overview of Strategy Development Models and the Ward-Rivani Model
In essence this means that humanity lives in a state of illusion that has been technologically constructed by an intelligence that provides people with an illusionary reality. In the film it appears that humanity is being kept in a state of illusion in order to be used as an energy source.
We can relate the scenario in the Matrix to the cave allegory in that the entire world has become trapped in a highly technologized ' cave' where mankind exists in a false and dreamlike state, completely unaware of the actual reality of their imprisonment.
However, there are a few people who are aware of the "shadows" that exist outside the cave. There are a number of human beings who have become aware of the "forms" or the true and horrific reality of their world and the true nature of human existence. Under the leadership of the mysterious Morpheus, they…
Wright, J. The Phaedrus, Lysis, and Protagoras of Plato: a New and Literal Translation Mainly from the Text of Bekker. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1921.
Terminator and Matrix evolutions
When a Californian speaks of the "terminator," almost anyone listening will wonder briefly if the emerging dialogue is to be about the actor/governor of California (Arnold Schwarzenegger) or the film, The Terminator. And if the discussion is to be about the movie The Terminator then which "Terminator" will be in focus - one, two, or three? For purposes of this paper, the focus will be on The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 3: ise of the Machines (2003), and, also, on The Matrix evolutions.
The Terminator: The big career break for Arnold Schwarzenegger was not when he became a well-known body-builder. His huge break was playing the lead role in The Terminator, the first of three science-fiction films that were also action-thrillers.
The plot: It is the "Year of Darkness," 2029, and a powerful and intelligent computer named Skynet continues to battle human resistance on Earth, after…
Axmaker, Sean. "If nothing else, 'T3' is blessedly unpretentious." Seattle Post-
Intelligencer 2 July 2003.
BoxOffice Online Reviews. "The Terminator." Retrieved online on 18 August 2004. http://www.boxoffice.com .
Clark, Mike. "Schwarzenegger is back, barely, in 'Terminator 3'." USA Today 1 July 2003: C1.
Social Psychology Concept Matrix
Social Psychology Concept
Application to Society
Application to the Individual
The researcher selects a certain number of people from the population that he/she wants to study and presents them with a list of questions on the topic asking them to respond in order to elicit their opinion.
The survey can be conducted in writing, over the phone, as face-to-face interview, or in a small-group oral format
The survey can be used to, for instance, discover the expectations that citizens wish from their new president.
The citizens of the country can be polled and asked what they wish the president to accomplish for them / their country in the new term. Results can tell the government what the citizens most wish to be implemented in their country.
Tjaden and Thoennes (2000) surveyed men and women to find their comparable…
This is as also known as the knew-it-all-along effect or creeping determinism. It refers to the situation where the individual is inclined to see events that occurred as events that were predictable all along. This may result in memory distortion where a person's memory of the past is slanted by after-effects
Hindsight bias can interfere with the judicial system in that judges and jurors presented with the case a given often judge defendants as being capable of preventing the bad outcome (Starr & McCormick, 2001). This may be erroneous since many times defendant may not have known the outcome. This also extends tot the plaintiff, where, sometimes, jurors may determine that, based on the outcome, the plaintiff should have been more aware of the
The oston Matrix
1. Cash Cow: DVDs and DVD recorders are excellent sources of profit and revenues for Sony, as they have been for the last couple of years. Additionally, the electronics and game consoles, especially Playstation 2, even if encountering losses in 2004, may also be included in this category, as having a still consistent market share.
2. Dog: The classic CRT TVs and games software have encountered significant losses and decreasing sales over the last years, so it seems that there low market share/low market growth possibilities mark the end of their booming years.
3. Problem Child: The LCD TVs and the media ventures operated by Sony have high potential (high market growth), but the company is still under-represented of the market, with a low market share, even if prospects for improving it still exist.
4. Star: The flat screen TV seems the best representative of this category.…
1. JUSTIN MCCURRY (April 2004). Restructuring costs eat into Sony surplus. The Guardian.
JUSTIN MCCURRY (April 2004). Restructuring costs eat into Sony surplus. The Guardian.
Secure Financing, 2. Hiring, 3. Marketing Plan, 4. Secure etail Channels.
These criteria were selected due to the fact that they combine to make a general approach to the development of the project. Financing is necessary for obvious reasons. Hiring is important as it places the right personnel in the right places. The marketing plan also contributes to an important function of the project while securing the retail channels is the last piece of the puzzle.
Matrix and Explanation
Secure etail Channels
The example weighted matrix with categories illustrates how the category weights are used to balance out the effect of the different categories of criteria when determining the final weighted score totals. Secure financing received the highest score and the highest weighted score because of the necessity of…
Lori Austin Week 1. Amalgamated Organics background information.
Multicultural Matrix and Analysis
Multicultural Matrix and Analysis Worksheet
Select and identify six groups in the left-hand column. Complete the matrix.
Write a summary.
Format references consistent with APA guidelines.
What is the group's history in the United States?
What is the group's population in the United States?
What are some attitudes and customs people of this group may practice?
What is something you admire about this group's people, lifestyle, or society?
The Sioux is a group of Native American tribes, related by language, that were based in the Great Plains. In the 1800s, westward expansion and white settlement led the U.S. government to by force remove the Sioux from their native lands onto reservations. Anger over these removals and poor treatment by the federal government ultimately boiled over into armed confrontation, which ended in the Great Sioux War of 1876-77 and the…
Sioux. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.history.com/topics/sioux
Black History. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/blackhistory
African-American Voices. (2007). Retrieved from http://web.archive.org/web/20080507214116/http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/black_voices/voices_display.cfm?id=23
The Story Of Hispanics In The Americas. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://history-world.org/hispanics.htm
Incorporating as many Cape Verde cultural elements as possible into the planning and construction phases of the proposed project will not only ensure an easier acceptance of the construction plans and infrastructure necessities, but could also be used as a tourism draw for the targeted market.
The political and cultural climate in Cape Verde is already quite welcoming to foreign interests, particularly those of the United States, as evidenced by their reception of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and an open letter from the president of Cape Verde to President Obama in late 2009 (VCV 2010). This situation could be soured by ongoing economic woes and a weakening of the current U.S. administration, so moving quickly through the approval phase is warranted. At the same time, the economic situation in Cape Verde has deteriorated much more so than many other countries, as its economy is built largely on tourism (which…
CIA. (2010). "Cape Verde." Accessed 31 January 2010. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cv.html
CVN. (2010). "Cape Verde celebrates 550 years of discovery." Accessed 31 January 2010. http://www.cvntv.com/
Pearson. (2008). "Efforts at modernization." Accessed 31 January 2010. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107395.html?pageno=2
USDOS. (2010). "Cape Verde." Accessed 31 January 2010. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2835.htm
Endstate: Describe the desired U.S. endstate for Somalia.
Ends -- You must identify the 3 Ends specified in the strategy report.
Ways -- You must describe a minimum of 2 Ways for each End.
Means -- You must describe/explain 3 to 5 Means for each End.
Risks - You must describe/explain 3 to 5 Risks for each End.
Building a central government
Elect a government that can support some stability.
Create a constitution and a legal system to
Use the assistance and knowledge of the international community and the UN for consultation.
Leverage the war weary population to participate in a new government and work to build a democracy.
Use humanitarian assistance as much as possible to provide for the needs of the disadvantage so that they are able to be more active in their communities.
The leadership will not be able to gain traction…
Job Aid Matrix
Over the decades, the nurse has been playing a critical role in determining the underlying amounts of support that are provided to patients. As, they serve as a caregiver as well as friend, who is has a vital role in helping to alleviate suffering and allowing those they are working with to overcome the difficulties they are facing. At the heart of helping the nurse to be more effective, is the Caring and Healing Model for Nursing. This is designed to provide practical applications that will help health care practitioners in achieving these objectives. To fully understand how this is can be utilized requires: providing an explanation of the new professional model of caring-healing practices, conducting an examination of the philosophy itself, the steps that are used to enhance learning / original scholarship mentoring and what steps can disseminate the Caring Science mode of clinical / educational…
Dr. Jean Watson's Human Caring Theory. (2011). Watson Caring Science. Retrieved from: http://www.watsoncaringscience.org/index.cfm/category/61/10-carnitas-processes.cfm
International Caritas Consortium. (2011). Watson Caring Science. Retrieved from: http://www.watsoncaringscience.org/index.cfm/category/71/overview.cfm
The Implications of the Caring Theory. (2011). Watson Caring Science. Retrieved from: http://www.watsoncaringscience.org/index.cfm/category/62/theory.cfm
Boston Matrix: Innocent Drinks
Innocent Drinks manufactures all-natural juice drinks, smoothies, vegetable 'pots' (blended vegetables in small containers), and squeezable fruit tubes. Some of these products are specifically positioned as being intended for children, others are not, although nearly all are packaged in a child-friendly fashion with cartoon characters on the label. These products are designed to capitalize upon the new trend for 'eating healthy' and answer concerns about obesity in children. The company's product range remains relatively limited but like all brand names it has an array of 'dogs,' 'cash cows,' 'problem children' and 'stars.'
The new squeezable 'fruit tubes' for children seem like a dubious investment. Parents that purchase Innocent Drinks are attracted by the brand's pure image. Selling fruit puree in a highly processed 'squeezable' format is unlikely to attract the target consumer. Innocent Drinks have a somewhat unconvincing explanation on their website as why these…
Coin, Glen. (2010). Michael Pollan tells Syracuse audience 'nutritionism' is making us sick.
The Syracuse Standard. Retrieved November 10, 2011 at http://blog.syracuse.com/cny/2010/10/michael_pollan_tells_syracuse_audience_nutritionism_is_making_us_sick.html
Hale, Beth. (2007). Prove superfoods are good for you. Daily Mail.
Retrieved November 10, 2011 at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-465272/Prove-superfoods-good-supermarkets-told.html
Matrix and the Power of Myth
Most people spend their lives caught up in petty matters like money, food, career, and worldly obligations. We are surrounded by so much technology and "progress" that finding time for the important things in life can be difficult or impossible. Today, our society is dominated by the city. "It is all stone and rock, manufactured by human hands. It's a different would to grow up in when you are out in the forest with little chipmunks and the great owls." (Campbell 92). Quickly, the spiritual and subconscious side of the homosapien is being phased out; it is not productive. Even the heroes of modern society are losing their luster. The original hero of the West, Christ, is falling out of favor. Even American heroes like Washington, Jefferson, and oone stood for things that are now antiquated or misunderstood. Campbell believes, "life today is so…
Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday, 1988.
The Matrix. Motion Picture. Warner Brothers, 1999. 136 min.
3. Limitation of individual model - synergies obtained by combining strategic analyses models
All analysis models presented in the previous chapter represent useful but not exhaustive methods of deciding the future of a company or its products.
As there is no perfect model, the joint usage of them might bring most value to the company.
Ansoff analysis generally assumes that diversification will bring higher returns when higher levels of risks are undertaken (diversifying the market and/or the product), should not be practically used by itself, as it does not say anything about a company's capacity of venturing in new markets or sustaining the development of new products, as it also does not say anything about the acceptance of the new product on the existent market and/or of the existent products on new markets.
Therefore, other analysis that will take into consideration both internal and external variables of a company (like…
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Ansoff, I.H. (1957), Strategies for diversification, Harvard Business Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, p. 113-124
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Bennett, a.R. (1994), Business Planning: Can the Health Service Move from Strategy into Action?, Journal of Management in Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 2
Teamwork is highly valued at Spectrum, and a matrix structure would exploit this advantage in a flexible and effective manner. A matrix structure also reduces costs, because it allows top talent to be shared between divisions: "because key people can be shared, the project cost is minimized" (Matrix organization, 2010, VisitAsk). The disadvantage to a matrix structure is the diffusion of responsibility. Shared authority and responsibility can reduce accountability -- although it can inspire a corresponding increase in innovation. The greater bureaucracy of a multidivisional firm, in contrast, seems less well-suited for the current market environment and the company's desire for greater flexibility in its approach.
Three examples of potential communication problems: Correctives
Matrix structures are hardly problem-free, of course. There can be confusion regarding who is in charge -- the project manager or functional manager -- regarding specific decisions. While matrix teams may make use of shared synergies, there…
Hoskisson, Robert E., Charles W. Hill, & H. Kim. (1993). The multidivisional structure:
organizational fossil or source of value? Journal of Management. Retrieved August 3,
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Successful Strategy Execution
The Balanced Scorecard
A balanced scorecard is balanced precisely because it considers three major areas of performance: 1) The relationship between the company and the customer; 2) the key internal processes of the company; and 3) the learning and growth of the company. The dynamics that make the balanced scorecard a highly functional tool is that it enables linkage to be constructed between the short-term activities of the company to its long-term objectives. These linkages are established by the following: 1) translating and operationalizing the vision; 2) communicating and linking the day-to-day work of individuals with the overall company strategy; 3) business planning that interlocks the budgeting processes with long-term strategic planning in an integrated whole, and 4) feedback and learning enables a company to examine inferences, assumptions, and outcomes in order to adjust theories and decisions based on cause and effect relationships.
Who has the "D"?…
____. (2013, January). CASSIES Gold: EOS reinvents lip balm. Strategy. [Website] Retrieved http://strategyonline.ca/2013/01/28/cassies-gold-eos-reinvents-lip-balm/
Nidd, T. (20111, October 26). ChapStick gets itself in a social media death spiral: A brand's silent war against its Facebook fans. Ad Week. Retreived http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/chapstick-gets-itself-social-media-death-spiral-136097
GE -- McKinsey Matrix 1, 2, with color and Google according to the GE -- McKinsey Matrix
Successful Strategy Execution -- Part I
Resolution often needs to be imposed from above.
A third type of communication problem at firms operating a matrix structure is that of corporate culture clash. In the case of Spectrum, the regional head office may wish to impose upon the different product functions the head office corporate culture. Each of the functional firms, however, may have its own culture and may find that it benefits from certain cultural differences. These differences, however, can cause communication problems and discord.
ithin the multidivisional structure, one type of communication that can occur is that the company only shares some types of information well, but not others. hen Apple reorganized into a multidivisional structure, some groups communicated very well, but ultimately the results did not generate any congruencies or economies of scale advantages -- the wrong people were communicating about the wrong things (Grant, 2002).
Another form of communication problem that can occur…
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Matrix Structure for Organizations
Within an increasingly complex commercial environment, the manifestation of matrix organisations is increasing. Matrix organisation provides a number of advantages, especially in professional-based organisations where there may be dual systems of accountability, from Phillips in the 1970's, through to wide range of modern day business, from consultants and accounting firms through to oil rig support companies. However, this paper does not describe what a matrix organisation is, but considers whether or not it is a viable form management, as employees are not only managed based on functional or departmental basis.
There are some significant resources associated with matrix organisations. The first is the ability to efficiently utilise resources, maximising the potential benefits of the intellectual capital that is within the company. This maximisation of resources also facilitates a greater level of coordination between different products and different projects. Most importantly, it maybe argued that the information…
SWOT, SPACE and QSPM Matrices for YAHOO! Inc.
Yahoo! Incorporated is a multinational internet corporation in the computer integrated system designs industry. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in 1994 at a time they were students at Stanford University. Initially the search engine started as a hobby for the two founders and it was referred to as 'Jerry and Yang's guide to the world wide web', after which the name was changed to Yahoo!, an abbreviation for 'Yet another Hierarchical Officious Oracle' (Yahoo! Inc., 2015). The company provides online properties and services to users and affiliates, and its major income generating activities are display and search advertising.
The company's products include: communication, search, digital magazines, and video. In communication, the main products are Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Groups, while search is made up of Yahoo Answers and Yahoo Search, both…
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The company that we are examining is Satander Group. This is a firm that is a subsidiary of Sovereign ank. To determine the strengths and opportunities facing the company we will look at the Ansoff Matrix. This is when a corporation is focusing on a number of different factors to include: market penetration, market development, product development and diversification. These elements are important, because they are identifying how quickly the firm is growing in various segments of the industry. elow is the table for the Ansoff Matrix of the firm.
Ansoff Matrix Satander
Market Penetration -- 80 million customer around the world
Product Development - Corporate usiness Center Solutions
Market Development -- 140 thousand branches / 35 thousand ATMs.
Diversification -- The purchase of RS.
(Ansoff Matrix 2011)
Market penetration is when you are looking at the company's ability to be able to maintain…
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About the Group, 2011, Satander, Available from: [26 December 2011].
Ansoff Matrix, 2011, Quick MBA, Available from:
Items such as the potential partner's track record for development efficiency was a definite strength. In contrast, one weakness was the sharing of profits once the product went to market, as well as the fact that our company would not have sole ownership of the product. There was the opportunity to bring the product to market ahead of any potential competitors, plus the opportunity to develop a relationship that could serve both companies well into the future. However, there was the threat that this potential partner had worked in the past with competitors and that issues may arise should the partnership not be successful and the organization work with competitors again in the future. It was determined that the strengths of this partnership outweighed the weaknesses, and most threats could be prevented, so that both of our companies could fully take advantage of the opportunities the partnership afforded.
Wal-Mart Inc.: Operations Strategy Matrix
Operations Strategy Matrix: Wal-Mart Inc.
Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer. It commits itself to providing everyday low prices to consumers to enable them live better. Its decisions center largely around the provision of commodities at low prices when customers need them. This text examines Wal-Mart's operational strategy and proposes a number of decisions that it could take to improve its standing in the retail market.
Wal-Mart Inc.: Operations Strategy Matrix
Wal-Mart is an American-based multinational corporation, operating a chain of retail stores in the UK and in 25 other countries. Founded in 1962, the company grew from a small general store into the world's largest retailer, with over 65 different banners. In the UK, the company operates under the name 'Asda', and runs over 70 stores dealing in general merchandise including clothing, apparel, foodstuffs, groceries and stationary. I had the opportunity to work as…
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Expenditures and Revenues Matrix
City or County: PAKISTAN
School nutrition fund
Major expenditure on wheat, rice, cooking oil etc.
Major expenditure on basic food items for schools of state
Major expenditure items like water supply to schools, checking and distribution of basic food items.
Major expenditure on formation and printing of textbook.
Major expenditure on acquiring textbook from federal government.
No expenditure on textbook.
Not making expenditure on school maintenance.
Not making expenditure on school maintenance.
Major expenditure on purchasing material for school and making payments to constructor.
School nutrition fund
Donations, tax payer money, other revenue generating activities like concerts, cricket matches etc.
Amount given by federal government, donations.
Amount given by state, donations
Revenue Item 2
Donations, tax payer money
Tax money raised by provincial government
No revenue sources…
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Matrix A shows a set of skills and tri-part analysis of those skills for five individuals. The Matrix is based on: S = Strong, W = Weak, or T= In Training. The skill sets are: problem solving, written communications, oral communication, leadership, creativity, goal orientation, multi-tasking, time management, analysis, delegating, and strategic thinking. Analysis of the matrix shows the following:
Based on the matrix, areas of concern are, in order of ranking:
Oral Communication (3 weak)
Strategic Thinking (4 still in training)
Analytical Skills (3 still in training)
Written Communication (1 weak, 3 in training)
Time Management (1 weak)
If we assign points to each individual as 3 for Strong, 2 for In training, and 1 for weak, we find that the…
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Healthcare Psychology Stress Illness orkplace Matrix Use table describe relationship stress health workplace identify ways reduce stress workplace. If additional sources, include citations consistent APA guidelines.
Associate Level Material
Stress and Illness in the orkplace Matrix
Use the following table to describe the relationship between stress and health in the workplace and to identify ways to reduce stress in the workplace. If you use additional sources, include citations consistent with APA guidelines.
Include reference page.
hat is the relationship between stress and health in the workplace?
There is a strong relationship between stress and health in the workplace, as there is a significant number of individuals from around the world who believe that their jobs have a negative effect on their health. A study involving civil service employees in London generated conclusive results showing that many individuals experience low control in the workplace and that this lead to serious health…
Cardwell, M. And Flanagan, C. (2005). Psychology AS. Nelson Thornes.
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Of great importance is the position of respondents.
On the basis of the questionnaire an experimental design can be drawn, using two groups of subjects: one group consisting of high level positions, maybe people working in Human esource Management, and the other group being composed of university students or people holding different positions, non-managerial. The hypothesis would be aimed at testing gender stereotypes for higher position and lower position employees. A second hypothesis that will be tested is refers to the possibility that Human esources Management employees to be more prejudiced (more affected by) in what concerns gender roles.
Any research study should be very careful in establishing the relationships of cause and effect and should avoid ethical problems (dilemmas). The study suggested should take into consideration cultural differences and individual differences in the respondents in terms of personal beliefs regarding gender roles, but in such way as to be…
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etention Strategies Matrix
Specialty Area: My home health organization located in San Diego, CA, has been having difficulty in staff retention, but specifically, with N Case Managers. These N Case Managers work in the home health agency I supervise and see patients in the community. Since the opening of this home health agency in 2003, the turnover rates among the nurses' rates have increased, and therefore, retention rate decreased to an all-time low of 53%.
Type of retention strategy
Benefits of using this strategies
Challenges of using this strategy
Enhancing the approaches and techniques used to manage nurses once they are employed
ecognizing and rewarding nursing performances gives the Ns a sense of being valued at the organization. This not only improves their satisfaction levels, but also their work performances. In creating teamwork, there is improved management of work stress and any issues with individual performances…
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Park, M., & Jones, C. B. (2010). A retention strategy for newly graduated nurses: an integrative review of orientation programs. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 26(4), 142-149.
Rush, K. L., Adamack, M., Gordon, J., Lilly, M., & Janke, R. (2013). Best practices of formal new graduate nurse transition programs: an integrative review. International journal of nursing studies, 50(3), 345-356.
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However, during that time, the car sales industry was experiencing a recession and Virgin Cars was caught up in the midst of this recession. Therefore, even though through franchise agreements with manufacturers they could stock many cars without paying for them, car sales slumped considerably thus the company was not able to turn a profit.
Among the actions that could have been taken by Virgin Cars to make it successful was taking time to design the business plan and site their stores in order to make sure they gain the most competitive advantage. Secondly, by researching the car sales industry and profile the market before starting the business. By so doing, they would have been able to set more realistic expectations for car sales and device strategies to improve sales despite the recession.
Diversification as a strategy for business growth usually gives rise to successful companies. The strategy of…
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Pluralistic and Elitist Perspectives
Pluralism promotes the idea that it would be possible for two or more forms of authority to coexist. This is a very general concept and can be considered in a wide range of topics with the purpose of demonstrating the way that these respective systems function. The pluralist perspective can be considered as something meant to emphasize the organization as being composed out of a series of sub-groups. In contrast to pluralism, elitism relates to the idea of a situation in which an elitist group is in charge of matters. This group needs to be able to adopt a series of controlling attitudes in order to make sure that it still holds power.
In the pluralist perspective, managers focus more on coordinating the overall affairs in the organization rather than on employing controlling attitudes toward their subordinates. This way power is being distributed among several individuals…
Janoski, T. "The Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Civil Societies, and Globalization," (Cambridge University Press, 20 Jan 2003)
Porta, D.D., & Keating, M. "Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences: A Pluralist Perspective," (Cambridge University Press, 28 Aug 2008)
Matrix, lade Runner, And Metropolis
Science-Fiction films have evolved through the decades as technology as progressed, allowing for greater Special Effects and visual demonstrations of worlds overrun by machines.
Three such films - The Matrix, lade Runner, and Metropolis have manifested their stories not only through their scenery and futuristic landscapes, but also through society and the forces governing them.
In their essays, Stan rakhage and Giuliana runo examine these influences within film and how they demonstrate the relevance of history in a social context; postmodernist influences; and the perceptions of vision as they appear on film.
In runo's essay Ramble City: Postmodernism and lade Runner, runo examines the film lade Runner, as it relates to postmodernism and the ideals surrounding the architecture, and social infrastructure of the world where people lack a 'real' history, and therefore, philosophically, a 'real' existence.
The city of lade Runner is not the ultramodern,…
Blade Runner Dir. Ridley Scott.
1982. Based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Metropolis Dir. Fritz Lang
1927. Based on Thea Von Harbou's novel.
particular research explored the links amidst eating jumble symptomatology, careful eating, self-sympathy, and body mass record. The participants were simply college students with normal body mass record of 23.02 pounds and normal age of 19 to 23 years. The participants completed measures of self-sympathy, scattered eating, careful eating and provided self-reported weight and height. Higher self-empathy predicted dietary issues symptomatology and lower body mass file. Moreover, higher self-empathy also predicted higher careful eating and spelt out a striking 11% of variation in careful eating. These findings have implications for the improvement as well as testing of self-sympathy careful eating (SC-ME), training courses on school grounds, which are positioned towards improving self-perception, minimizing thoughtless eating, preventing weight gain, and reducing dietary problem symptomatology.
Question 2: What is the purpose of this study? In your own words!
Careful eating and self-empathy have recently garnered consideration in the study of weight administration. Studies…
Reference of the Journal Article
Taylor, M., Diass, S., & Krietsch, K., (2015). Associations Among Self-Compassion, Mindful Eating, Eating Disorder Symptomatology, and Body Mass Index in College Students. Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 229-238.
socialization of doctoral students the authors John C. Weidman and Elizabeth L. Stein utilize the framework for graduate and professional socialization to explain the socialization of doctoral students to academic rules of research and scholarship. The researchers reveal information about the perceptions of doctoral students on social science and on the foundation of education. The researchers also present information socialization of the students with their peers and with members of faculty. The authors employed a multivariate analysis to support the framework. The analysis helped to emphasize the social relationships between students and the members of faculty. The main objectives of the study were to examine the structures of faculties in relation to the student's socialization and to determine ways that could help create a supportive environment/structure that could help students taking graduate programs by using academics and legislations to help colleges to bring up professionals.
While in the second article…
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Visser, L., Visser, Y. L., & Schlosser, C. (2003). Critical thinking distance education and traditional education. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 4(4), 401-407
Weidman, J. C., & Stein, E. L. (2003). Socialization of doctoral students to academic norms. Research in Higher Education, 44(6), 641.
Matrix [...] truth and reality in the film. Truth and reality are often hard to tell apart from dreams and unreality. This is very true in the film The Matrix. Neo's world is really simply an illusion created by those in charge, while the alternative life the rebels live underground is in fact real. However, there are parts of each life that seem quite real, and it is difficult to tell where truth and reality end in the movie, and lies and deception begin.
The Matrix might seem like a difficult movie to understand at first. It is hard to tell where Neo's reality begins and ends, and where the world's reality begins and ends. Actually, the only real world is underground, and the life above ground is just a virtual reality "matrix" where people live and work, but do not really exist. At one point, Morpheus tells Neo-about the…
The Matrix. Dir. Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski. Perf. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving. Warner Brothers, 1999.
Business Strategies and Objectives
The aim of this paper is to prepare matrices that will be used to justify strategies that will be recommended in the paper. There will also be analysis and detailed discussion on other alternative strategies, including providing the advantages and disadvantages of the alternative strategies. All the specific objectives and strategies will be addressed and there will be an analysis for the next three years with estimated costs for every year. The article will also compare and contrast the recommended strategies and the actual ones adopted by the firm (Google). ecommendations will include how the strategies are to be implemented by the firm in question, and expected results will be noted together with a timetable for recommended items. Detailed information of how to review and evaluate the success of the recommended strategies will also be provided.
In many circumstances, business strategies will always…
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Models for Analysis
There are a number of different models by which the company's strategic options can be analyzed. Two of the best are the SOT Matrix and the BCG Matrix. The SOT matrix focuses on the internal strengths and weaknesses of the organization, and its external opportunities and threats. By analyzing these variables, the best strategy for the company can be revealed. Strengths can be used to defend against threats or to take advantage of opportunities. eaknesses can prohibit taking advantage of opportunities, and they can open the company up to competitive threat. So the company will need to understand all of these dynamics in order to determine if it should shore up weaknesses or leverage strengths as the main part of its strategy.
The BCG Matrix holds that there are basically four categories for a company's product/service offerings. These are either cash cows, stars, dogs or question…
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Introduction and Description of the Company
Figure 1.1 Revenue and Net Income Growth
Google is a highly successful Internet company that makes most of its money through online advertising. It has been able to achieve this success through a combination of leadership and culture. The company's many strengths are in general aligned with the opportunities that exist in the marketplace. As a result, Google has the opportunity to pursue most of its opportunities. The most recommended opportunity to pursue is to take the Android operating system and apply it to the PC industry. It is also recommended that Google addresses the threats that it faces in the political environment, both domestically and in China. It can do this by using its financial clout but also it will need to develop new capabilities in order…
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Global Business Project Management
The objectives of a project are the expected outcomes and benefits to be received upon completion of the project. What the project is projected to achieve can either be specific, measurable or varying and materializing gradually over time. Projects are developed and executed in many settings and the type of project chosen; the time, the budget and the team size are agreed on based on the setting, the objectives of the project and the available resources among other factors. Different organizations have particular individual styles and cultures influencing the manner in which the project work is executed. This paper will look at projects, the many factors that make projects to differ, advantages and disadvantages of the functional and matrix organizations when observed from a project management perspective.
A project is understood to be a temporary endeavor that is executed by an organization, group or institution and…
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The company only does one thing, so aggressive implies that it should expand geographically, and aggressively fill in good growth opportunities where it currently operates. These strategies are market penetration and market growth, the latter being especially important for McDonalds, since the company operates in a number of major countries in which it has a low market share.
In both the short and long-run, McDonalds should therefore focus on an aggressive growth strategy. Such an approach will leverage its advantages in order to capture a greater share of these markets. The result should be that McDonalds establishes a strong financial position for itself, and does so before many competitors can really even enter these markets. Indeed, if we look at the major Asian markets, McDonalds is only competing with Yum and Starbucks, so there is a lot of opportunity.
The SPACE matrix is applied to the entire business, which unfortunately…
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Habitat connectivity and matrix restoration: the wider implications of agri-environment schemes, Donald & Evans (2006) refer to the threat that agri-business has on indigenous wildlife and the long-term problems this dynamic poses to both human and non-human species. Almost half of all land surfaces on the planet are consumed by agricultural endeavors, note the authors. Agricultural develop threatens species diversity more so than overpopulation itself. Monocrops and cash crops like soybean, rubber, and oil palm are only the most obvious means by which habitats are destroyed. When any pristine landscape is compromised by human development, the result is an irreversible fragmentation.
Agro-business does, tend to pose the greatest threat to environmental integrity and diversity. As developing nations devote increasing amounts of space to agro-business, the situation will only worsen. "Habitat Connectivity and Matrix estoration" illustrates the political, social, and ecological implications of agro-business and inspires possible solutions. Birds, according to…
Donald, P.F. & Evans, A.D. (2006). Habitat connectivity and matrix restoration: the wider implications of agri-environment schemes. Journal of Applied Ecology (2006) 43, 209 -- 218 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2006.01146.x
Next, firewalls capable of blocking IP addresses need to be installed and used (Becker, Clement, 2006). The focus on these efforts is just the first phase; there needs to be a monthly audit of IP addresses in the departments where P2P file sharing has occurred to make sure it isn't happening again. This an be accomplished using a series of constraint-based configuration tools that will trap on P2P known client footprints or digital signatures and immediately block them (Hosein, Tsiavos, Whitley, 2003). This technology will also work to isolate any inside IP addresses which attempt to reach P2P client-based download sites and immediately log and block all IP activity for the address. This will make a given IP address inoperable and immediately delete it, which will make any subsequent hacking attempts of the system useless. This is precisely the strategy the U.S. Government is using today to ensure a very…
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Business Function and Criticality Matrix Worksheet
Organization: Homeland Security
Critical Equipment Needs
Critical Staffing and Assignments
High Level (Pentagon, CIA, FBI, President)
External Media Liaison
Supplies needed for Critical Operations
External non-critical communications (Web site, etc.)
All other supply requests
1. Unlike a manufacturing or service company, many of the regular business processes can be put off a few days in the event of a critical issue.
2. Critical issues for Homeland Security are those that will likely affect most of the country (Natural or man-made disasters, attacks, etc.).
3. Critical issues focus on allowing the…
Instead, these revenues may be invested in their question mark business units, which include their international expansion of these same industries into the Western economies.
Using the Ansoff Matrix one can see the alternative corporate growth strategies Kao may consider. Kao is seeking market development into Western markets with existing products. They are also seeking diversification into these new markets with new products that fit the unique needs of these consumers.
ecommendations on what the Organization should do to Improve its Competitive Position:
To improve its competitive position, Kao should continue to pursue expansion into Western markets. To do this, they may decide to expand by acquisition, as they have with the Jergens company. However, the Kao's unique way of doing business could give it a powerful advantage in the Western world. As such, they should utilize their acquisitions, such as Jergens, to learn as much as possible…
Ghoshal, S. & Butler, C. 2004, "KAO Corporation," in Strategy: Process, content, context, International Thomson Business Press, London, pp. 721-737.
All the personal and traffic data will only be accessed by authorized employees of our organization, who are to access the data to fulfill their duties. Our policy will be to protect all the data in the database from unauthorized access. Our data retention policy is to keep all data and metadata properly to prevent unauthorized access.
In line with our data retention policy, our organization will protect the privacy of our entire customer in our database.
We will implement policy to prevent accidental loss of data.
To prevent accidental loss of data, we will implement data recovery plan that will quickly recover all data in case of accidental loss. There would a back up for all data. (Wende, Kristin, 2007).
Our organization will refrain to share or collect data through the public emails. All the data will be shared through the corporate emails and all employees must use the…
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