Project #70407 - 10 Discussion

1:  Access the web sites of Ron Jon Surf Shop  (http://www.ronjonsurfshop.com/) and Hilo Hattie (http://www.hilohattie.com/aloha/). Explain how the two companies are similar and how they are different. Can you find elements of organizational planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and control in their web content? Provide specific examples. Respond substantively to two other learners.

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

2:   Select one of the companies below and conduct some basic research. 

  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • Facebook
  • Hyundai
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Netflix

 

  1. State what you believe is the distinctive competence and core competence of your selected company. 
  2. Give an example of how the values and mission statement help to shape planning.  Also give some internal and external factors that may influence the business in the future and explain how they will influence the business.  Respond substantively to two other learners
  3. Complete a SWOT Analysis for your selected organization; applying each of the categories in evaluating the company.
    Complete a SWOT Analysis for your selected organization; applying each of the categories in evaluating the company

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

3:   Reflect on your reading for the week, specifically Analytical Exercise 8. Is another form of structural configuration better suited to multiproduct, multiservice companies? If not, is there a form of departmentalization for multiproduct, multiservice companies which would match somewhat the divisional structure configuration?"

Explain how the following somewhat match each other:
• functional structure with simple structure
• divisional structure with departmentalization by product
• machine bureaucracy with centralized, mechanistic structure
• professional bureaucracy with decentralized, organic structure

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

4:   Address the following questions and also provide the name of a company example of each structure with supporting rationale. Reply substantively to two other learners.

  1. What kinds of companies should employ the simple structure organizational configuration?
  2. What kind of companies should use the machine bureaucracy form of structure?
  3. What kinds of organizations should feature a professional bureaucracy form of structure?
  4. What kinds of firms should use the divisional form of structure?
  5. What types of organizations are best suited to the adhocracy form of structure?

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

5:    Select one of the laws listed below and explain how it has changed the staffing process.  Also select one governmental activity from the second list and explain how it influences staffing. Respond substantively to two other learners.

Laws to choose from in answering the discussion question:

  1. employment-at-will
  2. Fair Labor Standards Act
  3. The Civil Rights
  4. Act of 1964
  5. EEOC Regulations concerning sexual harassment
  6. Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  7. Americans with Disabilities Act
  8. Family and Medical Leave Act

Governmental activities to choose from in answering the discussion question:

  1. Social Security premiums
  2. Social Security disability insurance
  3. Unemployment insurance
  4. Federal income tax

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

6:   The main problem with performance appraisal programs is supervisory bias when making judgments. How can a company attempt to identify and reduce appraisal bias? Respond substantively to two other learners.

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

7:   Explain how the concepts from Locke's goal setting theory can be incorporated into Vroom's expectancy theory. Explain how the concepts in Adams' equity theory can be incorporated into expectancy theory. Respond substantively to two other learners.

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.
8:   Creating a Career Goal
You are planning a career in management. Using the goal form (the four-step process outlined below) create your own career goal.

My Goal Sheet
Many individuals may not know how to develop a career goal; follow the steps below to help you determine where to start. There are a few steps that can be helpful in determining your career goal, which include: conducting a self-assessment, exploring industries and careers, and determining factors that are non-negotiable (e.g., geographic location, salary requirements, and health care benefits). The final step of goal setting is writing the first draft of your goal.                

Step 1: Self-Assessment
  • What do you do well?
  • What energizes you?
  • If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
  • What high school subjects did you do well in?
  • What issues do family and friends come to you for help?
  • What do you receive praise for at work or home?
  • What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
  • What is something you do where you lose track of time when you are doing it?

Step 2: Career Exploration
Explore job industries by conducting research on the type of careers that use your interests and skillset. O*Net OnLine, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Bureau of Labor Statistics are great web resources for career exploration, job analysis, and education requirements.  

Ask a professional in your career field of interest for an informational interview. Informational interviews allow you to gather information from a direct contact about his or her role. There are various ways to pursue an informational interview. For example, company websites, social networking sites, newspaper ads, and professional associations are avenues a job seeker can take.

Also, while deciding on a goal, consider your current lifestyle and where you would like to be in the future. Some helpful questions to consider are listed below.
  • Does the career you want pay a salary that meets your needs?
  • Will it offer you opportunities to advance?  
  • Are you comfortable sitting at a desk all day, or do you prefer to travel?
  • Is the career you are considering likely to exist when you are ready for a job?

Step 3: Determining your non-negotiable items
Although we may not speak them aloud, we each have things we are not willing to compromise on. During this step, write out your “must haves” for your future career.

To help get you started, think about the minimum salary you need to have, where you want to live, and desired work hours.

Must Have
Do Not Want
1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
4. 4.
5. 5.

Step 4: Pulling it all together – Write the first draft of your goal
Now that you have conducted a self-assessment, explored industries and occupations, and written down your non-negotiable items, what are your future career goals? Be as specific as possible.

Example Career Goal
I would like to become a project manager within a large organization (5000+ employees) utilizing my organizational skills, education in organization development, my ability to strategically plan, and my detail-oriented nature. Since I have a family, I must have a salary of $50,000 or more, work within 25 miles of Houston, Texas, and work a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. traditional work schedule.
 
9:   Explain why the four steps involved in the controlling function are important. Why is a good understanding of the various ratios used by accountants and managers important to the controlling function? Give specific examples. Respond substantively to two other learners.

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

10:   Of the five management functions, which do you expect will experience the most dramatic changes in the next decade? Defend your answer. Which will have the least amount of change? Explain your answer. Respond substantively to two other learners.

Guided Response: 
Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates' posts.

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/11/2015 12:00 am
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