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Warner is a media conglomerate, owning such brands as HBO, Turner Broadcasting, Time Inc., DC Comics, Castle ock Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros and a host of cable television properties. The company has spun off subsidiaries like Time Warner Cable and AOL in order to focus on its media properties. Time Warner has a differentiated strategy, one that relies on building a complementary base of content. This allows Time Warner to have substantial bargaining power over cable providers, and over the content providers in the movie business as well (i.e. movie theaters, Netflix, etc.).
Time Warner has used merger, acquisition and divestiture as focal points of its strategy execution. The differentiation strategy is highlighted, however, in a discussion about HBO and the Sopranos, and how Time Warner has been able to successful differentiate its cable offerings in order to entice buyers at the consumer level. There is a brand…… [Read More]
arner and Comcast Merger
In the last several years, cable companies have been experiencing tremendous amounts of consolidation. This is because new competitors are entering the marketplace and they will often use bundling to sell a variety of services such as: telephone, Internet and HD TV. Comcast has been aggressively acquiring assets to improve their competitive position. (Standard and Poor's)
Recently, the proposed merger with Time arner is supposed to enable them to consolidate market share and become more competitive. (Baker) To fully understand why Comcast has been taking this kind of approach, requires looking carefully at the deal itself. This will be accomplished by examining the firm's intentions and past transactions. Together, these elements will highlight the basic strategy Comcast is utilizing to adjust with changes inside the marketplace. (Standard and Poor's)
The authors of The Cure of the Mogul write: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) do not create value.…… [Read More]
This happened even though AOL was only the size of one small Time Warner division and only had experience managing a centralized, younger company. Different management approached caused friction among top management.
AOL management filled the majority of top management positions and critics charge that they were insensitive to the Time Warner culture. AOL President ob Pittman became the merged company's co-chief operating officer, in charge of more than half the combined outfit's operations. In the merged company, Pittman served alongside COO Richard Parsons, the former president of Time Warner. ut Pittman took the lion's share of responsibility, overseeing cable, Time Inc., HO, Turner roadcasting, the W Network, and AOL. Parsons got New Line Cinema and Warner ros. movies, Warner Music, and trade publishing. Parsons and Pittman reported to Gerald Levin, former chairman and chief executive at Time Warner and AOL's Steve Case. Time Warner General Counsel Christopher ogart lost…… [Read More]
Effective communication is at the root of profitability. Top management should therefore implement strategies whereby employees are encouraged to voice their concerns regarding the current state of the company, as well as suggestions regarding alternative strategies. Employees should also be encouraged to communicate with each other in controlled settings, so that hidden resentments can be brought into the open and eliminated. Once the internal conflict situation is mitigated, employees can take part in company-wide strategies to strengthen interpersonal relations. This can then be used as a basis to address further external problems such as the discrepancy between technological approaches with Time Warner and preferred developments by competitors.
4. I believe that Time Warner has strong existing core competencies, but these are not currently functioning properly because of the internal conflicts between units and between employees themselves. The implications of revised policies relating to internal relations and external threats are then…… [Read More]
Warner Brothers and Sound
Warner Brothers, name normally pertains to Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., which is an American motion-picture production company, and was the first to use series of synchronized sound in a silent feature film. Four American brothers namely Harry Morris Warner, Albert Warner, Samuel Lewis Warner, and Jack Leonard Warner were the founders. (Warner Brothers: Encyclopedia Article from Encarta) Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack turned jointly to any commercial activities that came their way till they got into the nickelodeon business. Currently Jack is the only brother who is still regularly recognized with Warner's in its halcyon days. However the studio would have never attained the big position without Harry and Sam's unusual and paired talents. They did it by risking on a new technology: synchronized sound for motion pictures. Harry's cautious but enthused business management made the company in a position to benefit from Sam's big idea.…… [Read More]
Further recommendations to improve the human resource management function in this organization is to extend soliciting employee input beyond that of online-based surveys and extending this solicitation to focus groups, and other sources of information generation. This will not simply provide research for the various division of Time arner, but create a greater sense of company cohesion and loyalty. A sense of mutual investment is the spirit of Time arner. Such a cohesive spirit is often difficult to achieve in an internationally-based company with so many outposts, and diverse corporate divisions and cultures under the management's umbrella. Although inevitably there will be differences between different divisions and different types of employees, creating a sense of a company with a few common values, such as diversity, integrity, youth, and a commitment to free discourse can infuse a common spirit into Time arner that improves company functioning, and reinforces company productivity, vision…… [Read More]
This was not the case in the early days of film, however.
Instead, the studios either owned or worked in close collaboration with movie theatres, the vast majority of which had only one screen at the time. Instead of being able to choose which movie one wanted to see upon arriving at the theatre, choosing a movie meant choosing which studio's latest picture seemed most appealing, and going to that theatre. The arner brothers did not have a lot of money to build theatres with; they managed to construct a few in major cities, but that was it until Harry arner talked to independent theatre owners and convinced them to advertise arner's films for a small price (BOS 2).
The boost that arner Brothers Studios got from these advertisements allowed them to grow their business, and even obtain a large loan from Goldman Sachs that was used to build more…… [Read More]
merger of Time with warner is economically very attractive this is contributed by high value enhancement opportunities. This value enhancement opportunity reveals clearly the existence of a merger between Time with Warner. Motives present included:
How attractive is the merger of Time with Warner? What are the value enhancement opportunities?
Existence of horizontal merger. This existence leads to economies of scale.it represents combination of two firms in the same line of business (Allen, 2008, p.68).Time and warner are in the same line of business hence this can be considered as horizontal. The prime advantage of this is that there is sharing of central services such as office management and accounting, financial control, executive development and top level management consolidating operations hence elimination of redundant costs.
Vertical merger .this involves companies at different stages of production. Vertical mergers seek economies of scale in vertical integration this is gained by spreading fixed…… [Read More]
Kill directed by Joel Schumacher. Specifically it will explain the major components of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections) that are evident in the movie. This film is based on the life of a young trial lawyer in Mississippi, who defends a black man who killed the two white crackers that raped and tried to murder his young daughter. It is an interesting look at the court system in the south, and how flawed it can be.
All the major components of the justice system are evident in this movie. The police (both black and white) are evident during the arrest, the murders, and the trial, the courts are evident as the trial progresses, and corrections is evident when Brigance visits his client in jail while the trial continues. They work together to try to keep the peace and bring justice to the people throughout the film, and the…… [Read More]
Time to Kill
The main conflict in A Time to Kill is not the conflict in the courtroom; it is the conflict between black and white, good and evil. Character Jake Brigance's impassioned defense of murderer Carl Lee Hailey shows this when he says to the jury, "Now imagine she's white" (A Time to Kill), after describing her rape in vivid detail. Clearly, there is more here than the black white conflict. At the core of the movie is right and wrong, and when is a person justified in using force to solve a problem. Both main characters employ many elements of style and communication throughout the film to arrive at a successful final outcome - Carl Lee's innocence. Carl Lee is an intelligent man who adopts an accepted social style for black men - less intelligent than he really is. Jake is a young lawyer with a big…… [Read More]
Business & Advertising Strategy of Time Inc.'s Pathfinder.com
The site www.pathfinder.com is a Time Inc. site that provides online users and subscribers of Time Inc. products and services access to its roster of magazines. This list of magazines offers a wide array of information about the following general topics or areas of interest: entertainment, business, news, and lifestyle and health. Thus, because of its variety, Time Inc., in general, caters to the general public, which covers all socio-demographic categories, such as differences in sex, age, socio-economic class and sector the people belong to. For example, TeenPeople.com and Time for Kids cater to the youth, while Parenting.com and business- and news-related sites such as TIME, People, Fortune, and Entertainment Weekly aims at the adult market, from ages (at least) 18 and above. Furthermore, Time Inc.'s services extend towards either the business or agricultural sector, as shown in its offering of information…… [Read More]
Today, when they go out to eat it is not unusual for the Warners to pay for the meal of another family in a restaurant, to show their seven young children the value of charity (Battista 2010). Warner has also unapologetically proclaimed his devout Christian faith throughout his long career, crediting God with his success. This has earned him the respect of even his non-believing teammates.
Brenda, a former Marine, is known for being a strict yet loving parent. The Warners are determined to instill humble Midwestern values in their children: one reason that Warner's faith is accorded such respect is because of his sincerity and lack of hypocrisy. Before every meal, the family prays, and children must obey certain rules such as "after ordering at a restaurant, be able to tell Mom the server's eye color," and "throw away your trash at the movie theater and stack plates for…… [Read More]
Robert Hayden is set at a time during the cold climates. However, despite the time frame in which the poem was set, the poem is still applicable to situations not properly set in the cold days of living. What the poet, Robert Hayden, points out is that the labor that the narrator's father expends just to be able to make a well made fire to get out the cold in their home. The cold atmosphere in which the poem is set is not only literal, but also symbolic. The cold atmosphere that the narrator experiences and his father try to eliminate in their house is an analogy to the cold treatment that the narrator gives to his father. Despite the work the narrator's father had done just to make the house warmer, the narrator, not even a member of his family, did not thank him for his effort. The poet…… [Read More]
When a merger the size of the AOL ime Warner merger takes place and then disintegrates, it is time to look for what went wrong. Both companies were regarded as important in their fields; both had been successful, one for many years (ime Warner), the other for only a short while (AOL), but that success was extreme.
What did go wrong? he simple answer is that is was probably a classic clash of old paradigm vs. new paradigm.
In fact, the simple answer is the whole answer, and it appears in graphic detail on the 91st page of Alec Klein's book, Stealing ime: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Collapse of AOL ime Warner. On that page, Klein describes the scrambling of the lawyers for both firms -- AOL and ime Warner -- when operation Alpha ango is revealed to them. (Both Case and Levin chose to keep…… [Read More]
One excellent way to cut through the inflated metrics is to have customers actually define their level of sat5isfaction with the programs at an experiential level using SEVQUAL or any other number of research methodologies and programs (Norton, Pine, 2009). It is also critically important to have the metrics of participation coordinated with the financial metrics to ensure a high level of accountability is achieved and auditability of results as well (Murthi, Steffes, asheed, 2011). Often the most vocal opponents of any customer loyalty program point to the lack of traceability back to sales results and program development leading to actual sales and profits (Murthi, Steffes, asheed, 2011). It is best to anchor these two attributes together and have complete transparency and authenticity about what is going on in the customer loyalty program to ensure its success (Norton, Pine, 2009).
Customer loyalty programs can significantly increase profitability of a…… [Read More]
65). This level of customer service could reasonably be expected to affect customer perceptions of quality of the service they were provided, making this an important CM metric to monitor as well.
These two components of success, customer satisfaction with the initial inquiry and customer perceptions of quality of the service they were provided thereafter, can be measured in several ways. For instance, customer satisfaction could be measured using a brief telephonic survey following the conclusion of the customer inquiry that simply asked customers to rate their satisfaction on a continuum ranging from "highly satisfied" to "highly dissatisfied" and the results recorded, trended and opportunities for improvement identified (Silverman, 2005). This would be a completely objective way to assess customer satisfaction, but response rates would likely be low, especially if the survey required significant amounts of time to complete (Neuman, 2003). In the alternative, the customer's level of satisfaction could…… [Read More]
It is important that we be allowed to pursue our business interests with a minimum of government interference. Given that the FTC and DoJ already enforce antitrust legislation, it seems unethical that the FCC also enforce such codes, specifically focused on our particular business.
I believe DI should support the proposed changes. The company would benefit from the opportunity to expand our media properties both horizontally and vertically. It would also give us greater opportunity to exit the business should we so desire in future. Ethical concerns about media consolidation are largely unfounded, especially in light of the way that the Internet provides a low-cost voice for alternative media outlets. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has significantly reduced barriers to entry in the television business, so the free market can dictate which outlets will have an audience and which will not. Moreover, the FCC's Fairness Doctrine, upheld by the Supreme…… [Read More]
Merchants of Cool
On February 27, 2001 the Public Broadcasting System's (PBS) program Frontline aired The Merchants of Cool. The program examines the efforts of corporate America to exploit the teenage market. At the time of broadcast there were 32 million teenagers in the United States, the largest generation ever, spending 100 billion dollars annually on their own while their parents spent another 50 billion on them. This ability to impact the economy has made this generation the most studied in history. Robert Mc Chesney, media critic, has characterized the behavior of corporate America toward this youth market as analogous to the British Empire's takeover of Africa. I believe a valid comparison can be made between these two otherwise unconnected events.
Briefly, the earliest British colonies on the west coast of Africa were dedicated to creating wealth through the trade of slaves. Gold and ivory also attracted investors to the…… [Read More]
Time Warner approaches the issue of returns and service adjustment through a series of escalation paths and programs. These are the first step in averting any potential need for service recovery. When the service disruption is their fault or the fault of weather-related causes the company, Time Warner is quick to provide a refund or at least a credit for lost service. This is consistent with the concept of reciprocation and respect for customers as well (Thanh, 2007).
Time Warner is less apt however to provide a refund or credit if there is a conflict with a customer over the quality or latency of a signal over time. This is unquantifiable from a Time Warner standpoint, but very real to a customer. The divergence between what quality level Time Warner thinks it is delivering and it actually is from a customers' perception causes the majority of churn in their customer…… [Read More]
As a result, we received an execution price of $65.08.
First Energy was chosen, because it can provide the portfolio with stability. As, the company is focused primarily on: the distribution and production of electricity. These two elements are important, because this resource is always in demand regardless of shifts that are occurring in the economy. I selected this stock, because it can provide the portfolio with earnings stability and consistent dividends. During times when the markets are becoming very volatile, this will ensure that the value remains steady.
Time Warner was chosen due to the fact that: they own a large cable operation and they can benefit from the shifts to digital cable. This will ensure that the company is able to take advantage of the changes in how consumers want to be entertained. As, they are: demanding more services at home and they want them to be bundled…… [Read More]
National ifle Association (NA) represents individuals and groups who are concerned about losing their right to own guns and as a hunter this is of utmost importance to me. They are concerned about losing the right to keep and bear arms which is guaranteed to the citizenry of the United States of America by the Second Amendment of the Constitution in the Bill of ights. In their view, they are protectors of the Constitution and almost always support the epublican party and oppose the Democratic party because they feel their issues are better supported by the politics of the epublican party. Typically, the National ifle Association's main opposition is comprised of gun control advocates (and Democrats). Currently, the National ifle Association is lobbying strongly against The Sportsmen's Act of 2012, as well as paying close attention to gun control bans, and laws regarding assault weapons (NA-ILA, 2012). Without the National…… [Read More]
Office Supply Equipment Industry
An office supply is sentimental to the existence and functionality of offices in the world. No office can operate without the services of an office supply industry. In most cases, the aspects of managing an office come with a serene use of the office equipment. The significance of these companies is replicated in the successes that are found within many offices in the world. Such significances are found in the effectiveness and efficiency of work done in many offices. Many office equipments are related to the services that are done in the offices. Moreover, the modern world office is transforming its mechanisms of operation. The products and services from the office supply equipment industries handle these changes and transformations.
SWOT analysis of Office Supplies and Equipment industry
At the present, Office Supply Equipment Industry has strong programming system in its five national programming networks,…… [Read More]
movie versions of "The Green Mile"
The Green Mile" is a six-part serial novel by Stephen King, an acclaimed novelist known for his themes of suspense, thriller, and the supernatural. The novel uses Paul Edgecombe, the chief prison guard of Cold Mountain Penitentiary, as the chief narrator of the story. He talks about his life as a prison guard during the Great Depression years, specifically during the year 1932, a year when he met John Coffey, a black American convicted for raping and killing two young girls. Edgecombe shares how his life (and belief) has changed tremendously when he met this particular man, most especially when a "miracle," a supernatural thing that happened to Edgecombe, making him doubt whether Coffey was indeed capable of murder or not. The novel also includes numerous characters that takes the novel an interesting turn, starting from Edgecombe's friends, also prison guards in Cold Mountain,…… [Read More]
the president also promised to work with other relevant sectors to assist homeowners in refinancing their mortgages at low interest rates.
On the other hand, Republicans are worried about proposals that would repeat the 2009 stimulus plan despite of President Obama's call for bipartisan support to the bill. They argue that the failed 2009 stimulus plan and its successive policies have shown that huge government deficit spending is not the solution to the stalling economy. hile Republican leaders are trying to offer a more moderate stand, they have given a staunch opposition to government's measures of new spending.
After the end of the 2009 economic recession, the Federal Reserve has been involved in various attempts to stimulate economic growth. Some of these efforts include lowering short-term interest rates to nearly zero. The Fed's recent efforts are the push to lower long-term interest rates by buying $400 billion in long-term Treasury…… [Read More]
Organizational Case Analysis
Apple Inc. is a multinational companies specializing in the designing, manufacturing and marketing of mobile communication devices such as personal computers and digital music players. The company also sells varieties of mobile telecommunication devices such as iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Mac. Additionally, Apple Inc. sells some professional software application such as Mac OS, iOS, iCloud and other varieties of communication accessories. Apple Inc. sells its products through retail stores, online stores, value-added resellers, direct sales, wholesalers, and through third party cellular network carriers. (Apple Annual eport, 2011). Apple Inc. was Incorporated in 1977 in California, and presently Apple Inc. has become one of the most successful companies in the United States and globally. Apple Inc. is committed to bring best computer experience to its customers, and the company business strategy is to develop high quality products to reach more customers. Major customers of Apple Inc.…… [Read More]
The media is often assailed for a number of failings. These failings include focusing on the wrong things, not focusing on the right things nearly enough and focusing on the proper things in the wrong overall way. While the media certainly mishandles class issues and other problems of import, their usual goal is probably not comedy but instead pushing one worldview and viewpoint over another and specifically instead of another. While media in general is largely ineffectual and problematic on a number of levels, some of their activities border on the insidious and starkly negative.
The pull quote from the test pretty much summarizes Diana Kendall's summary of American media in a nutshell. To show the quote again and in its entirety, it was "rather than providing a meaningful analysis of inequality and showing realistic portrayals of life in various social classes, the media either play…… [Read More]
Cox had no obligation to contribute VoIP derived revenues to the Universal Service Fund, however the Cox management decided to contribute voluntarily. This way Cox has tried to enhance and build its stature as both a good corporate citizen and established carrier.
Although VoIP was in line; Cox didn't breakout its variable and fixed expenses for residential telephony.
Cox had proven its ability to profitably provide first rate telephone service. In doing so, they have experienced that bundled offerings could significantly reduce churn.
There is no to launch the operations of VoIP speedily. By doing so Cox can lock in customers, otherwise Cox would be exposed to competition and rivalry from DBS and other ILECs who are steadily and gradually building the art and science of bundling. Cox should better plan its ploicy such that it can cater for the supremacy of the competitors.
The training cost of the…… [Read More]
Technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills
Interpersonal skills entail knowing how to interact with others. No employee desires to have a boss who is inconsiderate or rude or one who has poor human skills. All these could reduce productivity and employee morale. Managers with effective human skills tend to have subordinates who have positive attitudes and strong desires to increase productivity. Managers are always expected in any organization to have harmonious relationships with those below them like supervisors, peers, and subordinates (Yukl, 2012).
Conceptual skills refer to an individual's aptitude to formulate ideas. These skills include formulating abstractions, thinking creatively, understanding issues, solving problems, and analyzing complex situations. Within the business context, these skills are viewed as integral prerequisites for top executive positions. Conceptual skills differ from technical skills and interpersonal skills. The three types of skills assume vital roles for certain purposes and in certain situations. However, conceptual skills…… [Read More]
Retail Grocery: Industry Strategic Employment and Compensation Analysis
An Analysis of Ukrop's Super Markets
Although Piggly iggly was the first self-service store opened in 1916, the first supermarket to open was King Kullen Grocery Company in New York in 1930 (Food Marketing Institute 2004). Today, though, there are over 69,461 supermarkets competing nationally for a share of the American consumer food dollar. In Central Virginia, Ukrop's Super Markets have achieved a degree of success by focusing on providing busy consumers with a wide range of prepared foods, in-store cafes, full-service pharmacies and a prohibition on alcohol sales. This paper will provide an overview of Ukrop's Super Markets and the sector within the North American Industry Classification System in which they compete. An analysis of the number of establishments within the sector, the average payroll and average number of employees will be followed by an assessment of the types of benefits…… [Read More]
Feasibility of Bookstore Business
Dear Sir or Madam,
You had asked me to study and pore over the feasibility of taking your book store project into a self-sustaining career that would allow you to dedicate your full efforts to. To that end, I have prepared a data sheet and this brief memo to explain what challenges you face, what you have going for you and the overall feasibility of moving forward with this business endeavor.
As people in the accounting sphere know, fixed costs are the costs that are present in revenue/cost of revenue situation no matter what the sales figures and prices are. In general, the higher the overhead, the more money that has to be made just to break even. In the case of the bookstore business, there is $11,000 in overhead that must be absorbed by the revenue that comes from producing sales…… [Read More]
Gradually, though, the war effort eroded the practical and theoretical underpinnings of racism in the United States. The war stimulated the domestic economy, particularly in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. Jobs were opening up rapidly, and because so many white men were fighting the war, many black men were available to work. "For black workers orld ar II opened up opportunities that had never before existed," (O'Neil 1). The same was true for women, as the war left gaping holes in the labor market that needed to be filled in untraditional ways. At the same time as the war exposed American prejudice, "orld ar II gave many minority Americans -- and women of all races -- an economic and psychological boost." (Harris 1). The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded, and overall, the war "jump-started the civil rights movement" in the United States (Harris 1; "Identify the impact of…… [Read More]
The first installment of the Iron Man franchise can be analyzed in the context of whether it either reaffirms or criticizes mainstream culture. Indeed, the film does a bit of both. The movie script itself as well as the underlying method and motives of the filmmakers and actors in terms of how the film is being marketed and portrayed potentially irrespective of what is being asserted directly in the movie itself will also be assessed.. Iron Man and films like it play a two-sided game of both glorifying and condemning ideas that are political and ideological in nature but often does so in a way that is not even-handed or is otherwise not grounded in reality.
Iron Man Observations
hat is clear straight away with the interactions and the developments surrounding Tony Stark (Downey) and Obadiah is that the movie is making a statement about corporate greed and…… [Read More]
Business: The Dark Side of Meeting Online
Corporate Governance and the Failed Marriage of AOL and Time arner
"The mating ritual began in September 1999 in the most romantic of cities, Paris" (p.88): Steve Case, an AOL-T merger in mind, starts approaching Jerry Levin. On January 9, 2000, "it was done." (p.99). May 2002, newly appointed AOL-Time arner CEO Parsons announced "a repudiation of the basic raison d'etre of the merger itself" (p.284).
hy did the AOL-Time arner merger take place? hat's your evaluation of the process through which it was decided upon? And the terms agreed upon?
Bella gerant alii, tu felix Austria nube!' - Let others wage war, you, happy Austria, marry!" There are many ways to build an empire, and love is almost always better than war. So, when two corporate giants agreed to march down the aisle together, all Street - and the world - eagerly…… [Read More]
In 1996 Westinghouse/CS bought Infinity radio broadcasting and outdoor advertising group for $4.7 billion, a deal that was largely the result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Telecommunications Act heavily deregulated the media industry and allowed a company to significantly increase the amount radio stations it could own. In 1997, Viacom dealt its educational, professional and reference publishing businesses to Pearson for $4.6 billion, and retains Simon & Schuster. In 1999, CS bought King World Productions, the leading television program syndicator at that time, for $2.5 billion. On September 7, 1999, Viacom and CS announced their merger, a $50 billion deal. This was the largest media merger of that era, which came one-month after the FCC approved duopolies. Under this merger, the new Viacom had 33 television stations, eclipsing the FCC's 35% ownership cap. This cap was based on the amount of stations one company owns that reach 35%…… [Read More]
It was a film based on a novel authored by E.B. White and it received widespread critical acclamation. The limited animation technique posed threat to the success of the company later in the 1970's. With the earning of $60million a year Hanna Barbera now failed to produce new characters and shows. Hence in 1987 the Great American Communications Group acquired the company. Further in the year 1991, Turner Broadcasting System was purchased by Hanna Barbera. In 1992, the Cartoon Network was aired by Turner Broadcasting and this set the need for library of cartoons. So the Hanna Barbera buy provided them with 3000 half-hours cartoons. The marketing strategy of Hanna Barbera was now changed with the help of Fred Siebert, the company's president. More importance was given to the international market as a result of shift in its production to Asia. The extension gave birth to new characters and a…… [Read More]
Failures of Merger
Failure of Mergers
The objective of this study is to examine why it is that most mergers fail and will provide real-life examples of the failure of mergers. Toward this end, this work will examine relevant literature in this area of study and specifically academic and professional literature and publications that are peer-reviewed in nature. The work of Weber and Camerer (2003 ) entitled "Cultural Conflict and Merger Failure: An Experimental Approach" reports that most mergers fail and that failure occur "on average in every sense: acquiring firm stock prices tend to slightly fail when mergers are announced; many acquired companies are later sold off; and profitability of the acquired firm is lower after the merger." (Weber and Camerer, 2003) There is a great deal of conflict reported during the process of a merger that results in a high rate of turnover." Disappointment was expressed by participants…… [Read More]
Comcast feels that the product life cycle is still in its infancy or introductory phase, and that costs will plummet once the technology improves, and more consumers use the product and make it integral to their lifestyle. Vontage like all of the companies has the advantage of the lack of federal communications regulations regarding the technology, but these laws may change in the future -- thus for all companies, the product is still in its growing phase, as branding, positioning, quality and also federal regulations are still an issue, but things are not competitive enough for companies to have a market-wide price war, as sometimes occurs during the growth phase of the product life cycle.
Bundling is advantageous to a company, because it yields a captive consumer audience. A company can lure in a consumer with a low price, but once the consumer subscribes to the bundle, the company…… [Read More]
Strategic Planning & Strategy Formulation
Case: Strategic Planning & Strategy Formulation
Case Assignment -- Comcast
Comcast's Current Strategy
Current Event Blog
Discussion Question: Strategy Planning and Formulation
Strategy Implementation & Evaluation
Current Event Blog 4 -- Strategy Implementation & Evaluation
Discussion Question: Strategy Implementation and Evaluation
Case: Strategic Planning & Strategy Formulation
Case Assignment -- Comcast
Comcast's Current Strategy
Comcast has developed a current business strategy that is completely focused on the customer. The company has positioned itself at the "intersection of media and technology" (Corporate.comcast.com, 2016). The company seems to be doing well and in 2015 the company had raised their dividend by 10%, for the eighth consecutive year.
The present strategy of the company is to focus on innovation and enhancing of customer experience and being innovative at the same time. The company claims that this strategy has paid off well for them. In fact,…… [Read More]
John Martin pulled the plug on Black Sparrow Press. The fact that one more small press bit the dust wouldn't be big news, but for those who believe in the power of symbols and metaphors, Black Sparrow Press going flat-line means the end of an era in the world of publishing. Another literary device that one can attach to its passing is irony, for Black Sparrow, considered one of the leading purveyors of fine writing is now in the hands of Random House which itself long past the days when Bennett Cerf made that Random House synonymous with great literature, is now owned by the kingpin of the sensationalistic media, Rupert Murdoch. For most small presses to be bought out by a big fish like Random House would be a dream come true, but for those who know American literature, the acquisition was nothing short of sacrilege, akin to say…… [Read More]
This company's reach extends across the vast properties of the two companies from which it originated. America Online brought its flagship online service, Netscape, and several interactive services to the merger. The threat of new competitors can be applied to the telecommunications industry in that new competitors will always emerge, as more companies are sure to be formed. The threat of substitutes can be applied to the medium of the Internet, because the cost of switching Internet providers and Internet service in general is very cheap. The presence of this type of substitute products can lower industry attractiveness and profitability because it can limit price levels. The bargaining power of buyers is greater in the telecommunications industry when there are few dominant buyers and products are standardized. Finally, the intensity of rivalry between competitors in the telecommunications industry is at an all-time high. This is a result of the structure…… [Read More]
Fourth, the company in 2005 had a full senior management turn-over, signaling such a turbulent and uncertain internal economic environment. This resulted in very low levels of expertise on the board of directors as well. Sixth, the company had a very high and unpredictable level of spending in 2005, hiring 31,500 temporary workers for example. All of these factors taken together pointed to 2006 being a very difficult year from a profitability perspective.
Six Flags has consistently shown the ability to manage third party licensing and partnerships, as evidenced by the licensing of Warner Bros & DC Comics for example. The future of the company needs to concentrate on additional quick service restaurant (QS) partners who have high brand name recognition. These include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald's and others in the QS category. Second, the company could capitalize on the interest conglomerates have in investing in this industry, and sell…… [Read More]
If the failure is sufficiently severe, the future of the company could be called into question, leading to customer and supplier flight, creating a death spiral.
These impacts can spread far and wide. For example, a company with a failed merger could ultimately lose market share as its weaknesses and its distracted management are exploited by competitors. Sometimes firms merge to acquire market share, but then fail to perform as well as the two individual entities did, resulting in market share declines. This can cause the firm's industry position to deteriorate in addition to its market share. The loss of prestige can actually impact the market share as well.
Goodwill is created on the balance sheet during a merger as the result of the difference between the cost paid for the acquired company and its book value. The goodwill is reflective of the expected synergies and gains that are expected…… [Read More]
workplace is facing a generational adjustment of values, learning and working styles that will have a huge impact on how business operate and leaders think and act. Generation X and Generation Y will transform the nature of the workplace. This dissertation will focus on this important topic and show how the management of the skills and unique characteristics of these various generations can help in achieving success in the workplace while minimizing conflict.
To define terms, Generation X (born 1965-1980 and approximately 55 million in North America) in general accept diversity; they are skeptical, pragmatic and practical, self-reliant, independent and individualistic; they reject authoritarianism and control; they were latchkey children and separate friends from family. They like a casual, friendly work environment, seek challenge, involvement and flexible learning arrangements (Deal, 2006). Work-life balance and family priorities are very important to Gen Xers. Generation Y (born 1981-1999 and approximately 80 million…… [Read More]
Strategic Analysis of Comcast / Comcast Corporation's Strategy
Key Strategies Implemented by Comcast
Viewpoint on Strategic Direction of Comcast
CS of Comcast
ecommendations for Future
As one of the country's biggest internet, video and telephone service providers, Comcast provides its services both to business and individual customers, one of its brands, Xfinity. It has four areas of diversification in terms of business, two being the top ones and these are the NBC Universal and the Comcast Cable. Through its NBC Universal arm, it serves a wide variety of groups, such as television audiences through its NBC and Telemundo networks; movie makers through television production; movie goers through Universal Pictures; and those looking for recreation and relaxation through its Universal Parks and esorts. It has also ventured into the area of sports management through its Comcast-Spectator. The venture firm, Comcast Ventures, looks for innovative businesses in which to invest by coming…… [Read More]
The first is by demographically-based segmentation attributes, and the second is through services offered. Neither of these is optimal for understanding and responding to unmet needs in the users bases, a point discussed in the following section of this paper.
Demographic segments include the following:
General Consumer/Residential: The largest segment of users, this is the segment that also generates the highest level of price competition and pressure in the market as well. Churn is highest in this segment.
Small and Medium businesses:
The primary segment where bundling is used for generating high loyalty due to the ability of members of this segment to overcome price pressure due to the need to have services in place to support their business models.
The most profitable of segments and also the more difficult to penetrate and sustain customers, AT&T Wireless has successfully served this segment with Wide Area Networks (WLAN) and hotspot…… [Read More]
In contrast with the mutual funds, 'Mutual funds trade hundreds of stocks in many unrelated industries, with very little of the total portfolio in any single stock. By contrast, when a company expands into a new area, its portfolio consists of two stocks, typically 90% in the core operation and 10% in the new businesses' (Tirole, 2005). The diversification in majority of the cases is responsible for lower return and maximal risk factor. esearchers have observed that there is possibility of higher failure rates and lower returns for unrelated acquisitions than for related acquisitions. When the company acquires businesses in their own industry, it is observed that lowest failure rates and highest returns phenomenon occur. The reason why the diversification into unrelated business is considered to be risky is that the corporate is unfamiliar about the industry itself, and therefore the corporate is likely to overlook critical risk factors during…… [Read More]
Therefore, when studies are conducted on these offenders, then the relationship between psychiatric co-morbidity and DUI relapses would become clearer. Individuals would also be sent to certain areas to study the various psychological treatment methods that are generally available to those who are addicted to any substances, and when efforts are made towards co-alliances of these institutions, then the students of the schools would definitely benefit. (Division on Addiction)
It has been stated that the twenty first century will be the 'age of alliances' wherein the collaboration between non-profit organizations and corporations will keep growing in number. The nature of such collaborative alliances would also change, from when it was the traditionally philanthropic, where the donor would benevolently give, and the receiver would receive it gratefully, to where business as well as non-profits and for-profits work together so that they may be able to achieve their mutual goals and contribute…… [Read More]
alt Disney Company (DIS)
• Fundamentals - the company's business, is it financially sound? Is it growing?
Per their earnings amounts for Disney, the answer is that they are growing. They are indeed fairly financially sound, but their overall revenues are not doing all that well. Over the last three full years, revenue has grown at a clip of about $3 billion a year as they were at $42.2 billion in 2012, $45 billion in 2013 and $48.8 billion in 2014. Gross profit grew at a good clip over that same time frame, going from $18.8 billion in 2012, $20 billion in 2013 and $22.3 billion in 2014. The proportion of gross profit to total revenue did edge up slightly, albeit by about one percent. Net income has grown at about a billion per year, so it too is looking good. Total assets are growing (about five billion a year…… [Read More]
The intent of this analysis is to discuss the key industry drivers that are creating opportunities and threats for Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), in addition to defining the future of the mail-based and online movie rental subscription service. Competition from Video-On-Demand (VOD) services offered by cable television companies including Time Warner Cable, Comcast and others, combined with kiosk delivery network Redbox and the vertical integration of lockbuster are fundamentally reordering the industry today
(Netflix Investor Relations, 2013). Competition continues to accelerate as each of these competitors invest in research & development (R&D) to increase the performance and reliability of their individual services.
Of the myriad of economic factors that impact their business, Netflix senior management is most concerned and tracks through weekly reporting the level of consumer spending on entertainment in aggregate and for DVID, game and video rental specifically (Netflix Investor Relations, 2013). Additional external factors…… [Read More]
roadband Internet Service: What it Is and Where It's Going
Explanation of roadband
Current State of roadband
The Future of roadband
The current frontier of high speed internet technology and digital communications is broadband. Although it has been available for several years now to both homes and businesses, broadband has not spread as rapidly as some proponents of the technology had hoped or expected, leading to the failure of some companies involved in this business. What is broadband, and what is its future? These are questions that are taking on increasing importance as broadband usage is finally increasing around the world. Of equal importance is which broadband technology will survive and how telecommunications regulations in this country will impact the digital world.
Explanation of roadband
Simply put, broadband is high-speed internet access. roadband allows for the high-speed transmission of large amounts of data. It is expected to revolutionize communications, entertainment,…… [Read More]
S. mainland. The court can reject the procedures only if it finds the plan for complying with the law as "clearly erroneous." The program may also continue for a year although the law is scheduled for renewal in six months. Warrant-less eavesdropping may begin immediately and ahead of the security court approval of the procedures (Savage).
Spur of the Moment and Secret Order
Weeks after the 9/11 attacks, President ush signed a secret order, which authorized NSA to wiretap international phone calls and emails without a court order (Savage 2007).
It was expressly prohibited by the 1978 warrant law. President ush claimed that war-time powers authorized him to bypass that law. In January this year, the Attorney General said that the program was brought under the supervision of the national security court. A judge allowed some form of surveillance to continue. Several months ago, however, another judge ruled that the…… [Read More]
Online Video Business Model and its Impact on Communications
What is Online Video?
Online video is more commonly referred to as "streaming video" which is "video that plays over the Internet without downloading to the end user's computer. hink television and radio for your computer. Streaming is different from downloading in that playback starts immediately with just a mouse click for the viewer, and the large file is not saved to the viewer's computer. his provides a high level of security for original content.
Another description of streaming videos is as follows:
Streaming" videos are digitally encoded video files that are delivered via the Internet, to be opened and viewed on an end user's computer screen. With one mouse click, a screen appears, and a (often large) video file opens, which the user can watch via a software program, such as Real Player or Media Player, available for free via…… [Read More]
" (Supporting Actors and Graphic Designers and Creative Entrepreneurs, 2005) Creative industries are stated to be reliant upon "the connections to other businesses and industries that can be made in New York." (Supporting Actors and Graphic Designers and Creative Entrepreneurs, 2005) Stated as the biggest cluster of all is the "city's non-profit arts community" which are stated to "generate content that serves as a magnet for tourists from all over the world." (Supporting Actors and Graphic Designers and Creative Entrepreneurs, 2005) It is related that the market in New York City is conducive to the creative community and in fact it is specifically stated "whether you're a harpsichordists or a handbag makers, an appreciative and discerning public stands ready to appreciate quality work." (Supporting Actors and Graphic Designers and Creative Entrepreneurs, 2005) The educational and workforce training scene for New York City's creative sector is described as "vibrant and complex."…… [Read More]
Not only is there a substantial monthly provider savings but there is also a reduction in the need for an it person to work on the phone systems. hile their web site says not it tech needed, (Skype) there is always some tweaking to be done and a moderate yearly ongoing cost has been built in as well as initial assistance with the setup in the first year of implementation.
Since this company is not public and does not have the oversight required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act ("Tossing the Phone") the higher level of monitoring is not an issue for the limited Skype usage. However, Skype does provide substantial tracking for business and there is certainly a well-grounded business suite of services also available through he service. All of which are very low tech for the end user and can easily be monitored by upper management. It also provides the…… [Read More]
Rivethead -- a Riveting Read
Quite often, management textbooks tend to fall into two categories. The first typical style of a management textbook takes the form of a quantitative text. It deals with employees as sets and reams of numbers, and attempts to analyze and make generalizations about computed processes and statistically tabulated results. hat standard operating procedures produce the greatest quantifiable increases in productivity under different economic circumstances? The second type of management textbook tends to be vague, full of sociological and psychological assertions, steps to follow, principles, and manifestos, all filled with words like 'motivation' and 'goals.'
The differences between the appearances of these books, in heft and weight, and design may seem considerable, but there are also many similarities too -- none of the workers in the statistical tables seem to take drugs, none of the workers in the thirteen or fourteen power principles like to curse.…… [Read More]
Unlike a media conglomerate like Disney or Time arner, an advertising firm has a large number of creative talents that work as a part of teams or cells, on particular accounts in a fairly independent fashion. For example, the Omnicom Group is an advertising, marketing and corporate communication conglomerate, rather than an agency with a singular and notable figurehead that manages such accounts as Gillette and has thirteen corporate branches under its letterhead. But this largeness makes it easier for the firm to take risks in accounts in selecting clients and launching campaigns, in case one campaign fails or a client is lost, another campaign may be just as likely to succeed. hen businesses cannot standardize their product, diversity is key.
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Omnicom. (2003). Company Profile. Retrieved 17 Sept 2005 at companyprofile.asp?userID=33881961&h=w4VDAyJ6QAzSMrELlnYDMA&username=runner12&symb=OMC… [Read More]
firm concentration ratios for the following industries are: fluid milk (311511), women's and girl's cut & sew dresses (315233), envelopes (322232), electronic computers (334111). The industries that are characterized by a high level of competition include clothing, which is a dominant industry in this country. The high level of competition and the many small business type clothing stores, in competition with larger chain stores, makes the competition widespread (Case et. Al, 2009).
Another industry that has a high level of competition is that of car sales and auto parts. Again, cars are a modern necessity and not necessarily a luxury item. Transportation is a necessity for many individuals. This means that car sales as well as auto parts are items that are sold often, and thus have a high level of output. Agricultural and farming products are also highly competitive. Food is obviously a necessity for everybody, and there are…… [Read More]
Career at Google
Google is a company that has made cultural, technological, and social history. Google.com is one of the most widely accessed websites in all of the nternet. t is a company that continues to make financial gains, corporation acquisitions, and technological innovations. This is a company in which have a great deal of interest and see myself crafting a career there in my future. am specifically interested in Google's marketing and social media departments. Social media is now an established industry and still an emerging market, which relates to my interest in marketing. Google, like Apple, uses creative and effective strategies to market their increasing range of products to diverse markets. As look to work in a professional, collaborative, and high-energy environment, Google is a company that is my top choice.
n the information or technological age, it is common knowledge that Google is a company with great…… [Read More]
Disney is positioned to continue as a profitable entity for the foreseeable future. Its businesses are strong, financials good and the company has a stable model. Disney could be involved in M&a activity, but as the largest company in the industry and having financial strength there is low likelihood that Disney will be purchased.
Memo. Founded in 1923, the alt Disney Company is a diversified entertainment company. Its businesses are mature, enjoying mainly organic growth. Revenues are stable, even through the economic downturn, although profits have slumped slightly. Disney is the industry leader and is the largest firm in the industry by all measures. It competes mainly in theme parks, television, movies and music.
Disney has strong financial ratios, marked by a low debt level, good liquidity and healthy margins. The company's returns are better than the industry average. Because of its solid financial position, Disney has few major threats…… [Read More]
This allows them to spread the costs of producing high quality shows around dozens of countries, such that each country can receive the show more cheaply than it would cost to produce a program of comparable quality domestically. The author of that article make a moral judgment on the fairness of this practice, but the idea is entirely rooted in intelligent economic theory. The U.S. television industry is able to produce better programming for less per viewer, specifically because it cultivates these economies of scale. By producing with an audience of hundreds of millions in mind, the U.S. television industry is seeking those economies of scale as a source of competitive advantage. Today, most such programs are produced by media conglomerates that can offset the initial production cost of a new program with profits from other, established revenue streams. This allows them to take more risks with respect to research…… [Read More]