BUS/475 Integrated Business Topics

Select your current or former place of employment or a business where you would like to work. Note, this must be an existing business, and it cannot be your own business, in the event your are a business owner.    

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BUS/475 WEEK 1 MISSION, VISION, AND YOU
BUS/475 WEEK 1 Select your current or former place of employment or a business where you would like to work. Note, this must be an existing business, and it cannot be your own business, in the event your are a business owner.
BUS/475 WEEK 1 CAREER CONNECTION: MISSION, VISION, AND YOU Select your current or former place of employment or a business where you would like to work. Note, this must be an existing business, and it cannot be your own business, in the event your are a business owner.
Write a minimum 350-word paper in which you address the following:

BUS/475 Integrated Business Topics

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Mission, Vision, and You

Option #1 Word Count:    734 words!

Option #2 Word Count:    811 words!

Option #3 Word Count: 1,455 words!

Assignment Steps
Resources: Week 1 textbook readings
Choose a company that has both a mission and vision statement. This should not be the same company you will choose for the assignments for Weeks 2-5.
Prepare a minimum 700-word summary in which you address the following:
    • Identify the company's mission statement.
    • Identify the company's vision statement.
    • Explain what role these have on the way the business operates.
Evaluate whether the company's actions seem to align to their vision and mission statements.
    • Examine how the mission and vision of the organization might affect or guide you as

        an employee or manager in the company.
    • Analyze what you think would be the effect if the company did not have a mission

        statement.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
Cite a minimum of two peer-reviewed references.
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Supporting Activity: Strategic Management
What is strategic management, what is its purpose, and why is it necessary?  What are the components of a strategic plan?  Which is most important?  Why?

 

Supporting Activity: Mission Statement and Your Organization
Locate the mission statement of the company you are using for your week 1 individual assignment. Where did you find it? Was it presented as a consolidated statement, or were you forced to assemble it yourself from various publications of the firm?  Begin thinking about the mission statement you will develop for your new division (week 2 assignment).  How will you ensure it is aligned?

 

Supporting Activity: Organizational Culture
Three key activities (setting a direction, designing the organization, and nurturing a culture and ethics) are part of effective leaders' routinely activities.  Explain how these 3 activities are inter-related.

 

Supporting Activity: Values and Guiding Principles
What are values? How are they formed, developed, and possibly change over time? What values / guiding principles / behaviors will you expect from employees in your new division?  (Hint:  Feel free to use your response as part of your Week 2 individual assignment.)

 

BUS/475 WEEK 2 TEAM SWOT PAPER
BUS/475 WEEK 2 Strategic Plan Part 1: New Product or Service
will be in charge of. Note, this must be an existing business and cannot be your own business, if you are a business owner.

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Week 2

 

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Individual: Strategic Plan Part I: Proposal of a New Division

Option#1: 1,401 Words! A+ Work!

Option#2: 1,505 Words! A+ Work!

Option#3: 1,766 Words! A+ Work!

Option#4: 1,459 Words! A+ Work!
Assignment Steps
Resources: Strategic Planning Outline and Week 2 textbook readings Use the Strategic Planning Outline as a guide to complete sections of your capstone project each week. A final strategic plan is due in Week 5. Cite your resources.
Develop a minimum 1,400-word proposal in which you explain the importance of innovation in your selected division's vision, mission, and values, and determine your business model for this new division.
Include the following:
    • Propose a new product or service for the new company division. The division should

       be customer-focused with an innovative mission statement. Ensure you are

       differentiating your product or service.
    • Describe how the division addresses customer needs and achieves competitive

       advantage.
    • Create a vision and a business model for this new division that clearly demonstrates

       your decision on what you want your business to become in the future.
    • Explain how the vision, mission, and value of the new division align with the

       company's mission and vision.
    • Summarize how the vision, mission, and values guide the division's strategic direction.
    • Define your guiding principles and values for your division in the context of culture,

       social responsibility, and ethics.
Cite a minimum of two peer-reviewed references.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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Supporting Activity: Relationships/Partnerships: Extending the Supply Chain

While the focus of the video was on products, what about the service sector?  How could you use supply chain to your benefit?

 

Supporting Activity: Internal Assessment Factors
As it relates to internal assessment factors, typical factors to assess include strategy, structures, processes and systems, resources, goals, strategic capabilities, culture, technologies, innovation, intellectual property and leadership.? Class, of the above internal assessment factors, which do you see as having most importance for your new product or service? Please explain your selection.

 

Supporting Activity: SWOT Analysis
What is SWOT analysis?  What is its purpose in strategic planning?  Must you conduct a SWOT analysis to have an effective strategic plan?  Why or why not?

 

Supporting Activity: Culture – Considerations in the Global Environment

Oftentimes, I believe, employees would be better served if management got out of their way and let them do the things they do best.  Of course, Mr. Stewart provided the strategy, but left it up to the employees to carry it out. What is your opinion on this approach? Advantages / disadvantages?

 

 

BUS/475 WEEK 3 SWOT ANALYSIS
BUS/475 WEEK 3 PEER REVIEW ANALYSIS
BUS/475 WEEK 3 CAPSTONE EXAM PART 1
BUS/475 WEEK 3 CAPSTONE FINAL EXAM PART 1

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Strategic Plan Part II: SWOTT Analysis Paper

Option#1: Word Count: 3,576 words! A+

Option#2: Word Count: 2,519 words! A+

Option#3: Word Count: 1,049 words! A+

Option#4: Word Count: 1,459 Words! A+

Assignment Steps
Resources: Strategic Planning Outline and Week 3 textbook readings

Conduct an internal and external environmental analysis for your proposed new division and its business model.
Develop a SWOTT table summarizing your findings. Your environmental analysis should consider, at a minimum, the factors below.
• For each factor, identify the one primary strength, weakness, opportunity, threat, and

    trend, and include it in your table.
• Include the SWOTT table in your submission.
   • External forces and trends considerations:
      • Industry Changes
      • Legal and regulatory
      • Global
      • Economic
      • Technological
      • Innovation
      • Social
      • Environmental
      • Competitive analysis
• Internal forces and trends considerations:
      • Strategy
      • Structures
      • Processes and systems
      • Resources
      • Goals
      • Strategic capabilities
      • Culture
      • Technologies
      • Innovations
      • Intellectual property
      • Leadership
Compose a maximum of 1,400-word synopsis in which you analyze relevant forces and trends from the list above. Your analysis must include the following:
    • Identify economic, legal, and regulatory forces and trends.
    • Critique how well the organization adapts to change.
    • Analyze and explain the supply chain of the new division of the existing business. Share your plans to develop and leverage core competencies and resources within the supply chain in an effort to make a positive impact on the business model and the various stakeholders.
    • Discuss the primary internal organizational considerations for the development of a

        strategic plan.
    • Identify the major issues and/or opportunities the company faces based on your

       analysis.
Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.
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Capstone Final Examination Part 1

50 Questions with 50 Answers!
Complete the Capstone Final Examination Part 1 You are allowed one
attempt to complete the examination, which is timed and must be
completed in 3 hours. Results are auto-graded and sent to your
instructor.
Note: Part 1 of the BUS/475 final consists of 50 questions covering
content from this course and prior courses in the BSB program, so be
sure to allow enough time to complete the entire examination.

 

Learning Team: Week 3 Peer Review Analysis and Critique

Includes 2 Team Member Week 2 Assignments (two full assignments from Week 2) plus the written Synopsis based on those 2 Assignments - 3 papers all together included.

Assignment Steps
Discuss drafts of your Business Model and Strategic Plan, Part I Individual assignment from Week 2 with all team members.
Choose two or three team member's drafts and review as a team this week. You will review a different team member's drafts each week. By Week 5, all team members' papers should have been reviewed at least once.
Propose detailed feedback and critical analysis team members can incorporate into their drafts.
Prepare a maximum 700-word synopsis summarizing what the team has learned from the review and discussion. Please make sure to include specific recommendations for each of the submitted papers.
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Note: Grades are awarded based upon individual contributions to the Learning Team assignment. Each Learning Team member receives a grade based upon his/her contributions to the team assignment.

 

Supporting Activity Questions

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Supporting Activity: Strategic Objectives

What are strategic objectives?  What is the purpose of strategic objectives? What makes a strategic objective effective? What are examples of strategic objectives for your organization or one with which you are familiar?

 

Supporting Activity: Three Generic Strategies
Briefly describe the three generic strategies - overall cost leadership, differentiation, and focus. Which strategy is the best fit for your new division?

 

Supporting Activity: Shareholder Value
Discuss some of the actions that managers may engage in to erode shareholder value.  As the manager of your new division, how will you prevent these occurrences?

 

Supporting Activity: Value Creation and Diversification
Discuss how managers can create value for their firm through diversification efforts.

 

Supporting Activity: International Market Expansion
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with a firm's expansion into international markets?

 

Supporting Activity: Expansion Strategies
There are four basic strategies - international, global, multidomestic, and transnational. What are the advantages and disadvantages associated with each?

 

BUS/475 BALANCED SCORECARD
BUS/475 PEER REVIEW ANALYSIS WEEK 4
BUS/475 BALANCED SCORECARD
Write a minimum 1,400-word strategic objectives summary. Include your balanced scorecard, communication plan, risks, mitigation plans and consideration of ethical implications of objectives for your new division.

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Strategic Plan Part III: Balanced Scorecard and Communication Plan

Option#1: 3,214 Words! A+ Work!

Option#2: 2,706 Words! A+ Work!

Option#3: 1,050 Words! A+ Work!

Option#4: 1,148 Words! A+ Work!

Assignment Steps
Resources: Strategic Planning Outline and Week 4 textbook readings Create a minimum 1,050-word strategic objectives summary.
Include your balanced scorecard and its impact on all stakeholders, and the communication plan.
Identify key trends, assumptions, and risks in the context of your final business model.
Develop the strategic objectives for your new division of the existing business in a balanced scorecard format in the context of key trends, assumptions, and risks. The strategic objectives are measures of attaining your vision and mission. As you develop them, consider the vision, mission, and values for your business and the outcomes of your
SWOTT analysis.
Consider the following four quadrants of the balanced scorecard when developing your strategic objectives:
• Shareholder Value or Financial Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:
      • Market share
      • Revenues and costs
      • Profitability
      • Competitive position

• Customer Value Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:
      • Customer retention or turnover
      • Customer satisfaction
      • Customer value

• Process or Internal Operations Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:
      • Measure of process performance
      • Productivity or productivity improvement
      • Operations metrics
      • Impact of change on the organization
• Learning and Growth (Employee) Perspective, which includes strategic objectives in areas such as:
      • Employee satisfaction
      • Employee turnover or retention
      • Level of organizational capability
      • Nature of organizational culture or climate
      • Technological innovation

Evaluate potential alternatives to the issues and/or opportunities identified in the SWOTT Analysis assignment and table you completed in Week 3.

Create at least three strategic objectives for each of the four balanced scorecard areas. Base your solutions on a ranking of alternative solutions including the following:
• Identify potential risks and mitigation plans.
• Analyze a stakeholder and include mitigation and contingency strategies.
• Incorporate ethical implications.
Develop a specific metric and target for each strategic objective using a balanced scorecard format.

Outline a brief communication plan discussing how you will communicate the company's strategic objectives including the following:
    • Define the purpose.
    • Define the audience.
    • Identify the channel(s) of communication and why you selected that channel.
Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.
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Week 4 Peer Review Analysis and Critique

Tutorial purchase Includes: 2 Team Member Week 3 Assignments plus Peer Review Synopsis paper. 3 papers included for this Team assignment.

Assignment Steps
Discuss drafts of your Business Model and Strategic Plan, Part II Individual assignments from Week 3 with all team members.
Choose two or three team member's drafts and review as a team this week. You will review a different team member's drafts each week. By Week 5, all team members' papers should have been reviewed at least once.
Propose detailed feedback and critical analysis that team members can incorporate into their drafts.
Develop a maximum 700-word synopsis summarizing what the team has learned from the review and discussion. Please make sure to include specific recommendations for each of the submitted papers.
Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.
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Supporting Activity Questions

Three Answers included for each Question

 

Supporting Activity: Spotlight Strategy

As it relates to strategy, you might find this (spotlight strategy 1.2) particularly interesting.  It has relevance, I believe, for any organization, as it described being alert and taking time to recognize any opportunities beyond the confines of one's job.

 

Supporting Activity: Leadership Characteristics
Class, seven attributes that enable good leadership have been described--vision, performance, principles, education of subordinates, perseverance, passion, and leader selection/development. Which one have you found to be the most meaningful to you in the leaders you respond to the best?

 

Supporting Activity: Communications and Strategic Plan
Class, has your current (or former) organization's strategic plan been communicated to you?  If so, how and by whom?  If not, how would such communication improve your organizational effectiveness?  Is it important for employees to know the strategic plan of a company?  Why or why not?

 

Supporting Activity: Fostering Innovation

Class, considering products where the life cycle is nearing an end, having a pipeline of innovative, new products and services may be critical to organizational viability.

All, does your organization (or one you are familiar with) have an environment that supports perceived opportunities and allows one to fail?  Please explain

 

Supporting Activity: Performance Management Systems and Process

Class, the speaker in this video has many years of experience in implementing and assessing performance management systems.  

All, considering the performance management system in place at your current (or former) employer, do you believe the system is effective?  Why/why not?

 

BUS/475 WEEK 5 Signature Assignment: Strategic Plan: Implementation Plan, Strategic
Controls, and Contingency Plan Analysis
BUS/475 WEEK 5 CAPSTONE EXAM PART 2
BUS/475 WEEK 5 INTEGRATED BUSINESS TOPICS FINAL STRATEGIC PLAN

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Signature Assignment: Strategic Plan: Implementation Plan, Strategic
Controls, and Contingency Plan Analysis

Option#1: Word Count: 7,847 words! A+ Work!

Option#2: Word Count: 8,085 words! A+ Work!

Option#3: Word Count: 4,242 words! A+ Work!

Assignment Steps
Resources: Strategic Planning Outline and Week 5 textbook readings

Develop a minimum of 700-word section for your business model and strategic plan in which you add your strategies and tactics to implement and realize your objectives, measures, and targets.
    • Identify marketing and information technology as part of the strategies and tactics

        section of the business plan.
    • Develop at least three methods to monitor and control your proposed strategic plan,

       being sure to analyze how the measures will advance organizational goals financially

       and operationally.
   • Determine the best possible options for evaluating the strategic plan.
   • Explain the ethical issues faced by the organization, summarize the legal and

       regulatory issues faced by the organization, and then summarize the organization's

       corporate social responsibility.
   • Show, in this section, the possible implications of the triple bottom line (people, planet,

       profit) on the strategic plan and its implementation.
Prepare a minimum 350-word executive summary defining the new division of existing business. Share your Vision, Mission, final business model, and value proposition, and list your key assumptions, risks, and change management issues. Quantify the growth and profit opportunity and planned impact on various stakeholders.
Note: Any investor should be eager to meet with you after reading your executive summary.
Use the Strategic Planning Outline as a guide, and combine Parts 1, 2, and 3 of your completed business model strategic plan with your Final Business Plan Model assignment and Executive Summary. This includes the Business Model, Vision, Mission, Values, SWOTT
Analysis, Supply Chain Analysis, and Balanced Scorecard and Communication Plan from prior weeks. Your consolidated final strategic plan should be a minimum of 4,200 words in length.
Format the paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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Individual: Capstone Final Examination Part 2

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Complete the Capstone Final Examination, Part 2. You are allowed one attempt to complete the examination, which is timed and must be completed in 3 hours. Results are auto-graded and sent to your instructor.
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SET #1

 

1. Mirabel Inc. has recently ventured into the home cleaning supplies market with its very own floor cleaner, Flofix, which does not contain any harmful chemicals such as phenol. The company has used aggressive marketing strategies and innovative advertising campaigns to promote the product. The company’s revenue analysis shows that the sales for the product are increasing steadily. However, when the market survey team of the company surveyed a large number of consumers in the target market, the consumers mentioned that they had not switched over to the new brand of floor cleaner.
Which of the following, if true, best explains how the sales for the company went up in spite of consumers not purchasing the product?
2. After a series of thefts in an organization, the management is considering whether or not to install cameras inside the office. The management is torn between violating the privacy of employees and preventing future thefts from taking place. This scenario illustrates an __________.
3. Colneith Corp. is a pharmaceutical firm that mainly produces drugs for Alzheimer’s disease. The Medical Association of Zachary Islands conducted a study on the effectiveness of the firm’s drugs and found that multiple dosages of drugs were fatal. This discovery would most likely lead to:
4. LaBelle, a famous cosmetic brand, introduces a new skin cleanser. The company pays bloggers to write positive reviews about the product. The consumers who follow these blogs assume that the bloggers are sharing their personal experiences and decide to try the product. They are unaware that the blogs are part of a marketing campaign. After a few days of using the product, they complain of rashes and allergies. The bloggers can be charged with __________.
5. Sam’s stores, a popular retail store, uses barcode scanners to scan each product that it sells. The data generated from the scanners are saved in a database. The database is updated every time a product is scanned and sold. This computer-based information system helps managers access and analyze sales data. Which of the following systems is the store using for its business?
6. The government of Seronia is deeply concerned about the rate of obesity in the country. It has framed a policy that requires food and beverage manufacturers to be taxed according to the sugar and fat content in their products. This will make high-sugar and high-fat products more expensive for consumers. The government believes that this policy will surely benefit the health of Seronian citizens.
Which of the following statements, if true, would undermine the government’s argument?
7. Kwalkon Computing released a new software update for their calendar app. The update synchronizes both personal and business calendars seamlessly. The update has all the relevant bug fixes and promises to make the app work faster. Since there have been no recent complaints about the software, the update must have solved all the customers’ issues.
Which of the following questions would be most relevant in evaluating the argument?
8. Zuckain Corp. has issued a 10-year coupon bond. The bond is issued at an annual coupon rate of 14%. The face value of the bond is $1,500, and the bond is currently trading at $1,232.56. Calculate the bond’s yield to maturity.
9. A shift in the demand curve for pretzels increases the price of pretzels from $1.25 to $1.75 and its quantity demanded from 30 million to 35 million. The price elasticity of demand for pretzels is _____.
10. Rosa Maria attends an interview for a sales manager position at Pixxels Inc. As part of the interview process, she is asked to reveal personal information. The company gets Rosa’s consent to share the information with a security company for background verification. Which of the following actions, if taken by the security company, will be unethical?
11. Dupon Inc., a leading manufacturer of handheld game consoles, decides to enter the global marketplace. It decides to sell its products directly in a foreign country. The foreign government denies permission to the company on the grounds of protecting domestic manufacturers. However, the government is willing to change its decision if the company contributes to local employment. Which of the following strategies of entering the foreign market will present the least risk to the company while also meeting the government’s condition?
12. FarmFresh Inc. partners with multiple retailers to sell its organic products. If stocks fall below a product’s threshold, the retail managers raise purchase orders to FarmFresh. It takes two days for FarmFresh to process the orders and dispatch the products. The process proves to be ineffective when the retail stores do not have the stock to meet a sudden increase in demand. How can supply chain management (SCM) systems solve this problem and make the process more efficient?
13. Mark is expected to receive $950 at the end of two years. Calculate the present value of this amount if the discount rate is 6%.
14. Rodriquez works as a scriptwriter in an advertising agency. He has been assigned the task of developing a script for a television commercial. He prepares a rough draft of the script and submits it to his manager, Carl. Carl reads the script but derives a different meaning from it than what Rodriquez intended. According to the basic communication model, which of the following will be the next step?
15. Irvin's Ice Creams, a popular chain of ice cream parlors present only in the United States, is looking for opportunities to grow its business. If the firm conducts a SWOT analysis of its performance, which of the following would be categorized as a threat?
16. Rikan Inc.'s credit sales for the year 2016 are $5,000,000, and its gross profit is $1,500,000. The company’s average inventories are $595,000. Its average accounts receivable is $750,000 and average accounts payable is $640,000. From this information, calculate the company’s cash cycle. (Round the answer to one decimal.)
17. When Ronike Ltd. decided to change its logo, it encouraged its employees to get involved in the decision-making process. Employees were asked to engage in brainstorming sessions by forming groups and working together in teams. Which of the following is a likely outcome of their teamwork?
18. Managing Director: Our business has expanded over the past couple of years. The profit margin and revenue earned have both gone up. On careful analysis of our client base, we have found that all of our clients belong to the same culture as us. They also hold ethical values that are similar to ours. Based on this finding, it would be best if our company stops training our employees on cultural sensitivity and instead gives our employees specialized training in market research analysis.
The Managing Director’s argument is flawed because it:
19. Calculate the net working capital from the information given below. The figures are in millions of dollars.
Cash and cash equivalents      $ 90
Inventories      450
Accounts receivable    255
Fixed assets     1,080
Short-term investments           145
Goodwill         90
Accounts payable        220
Long-term borrowings            660
Short-term borrowings            85
Interest payable           115
20. Cream & Fresh Ice Creams pays bloggers to write positive reviews about its ice creams. Readers who are interested in the product read these reviews and share the link with their friends who further share the reviews with more people. Some readers try the ice creams and add their own comments to the blog. Which of the following strategies is the company using to promote its products?
21. In 2005, Susana purchased a 7-year zero coupon bond for $967.23. The face value of the bond was $1,200. Calculate the capital gain on this bond in 2006.
22. Dupon Inc. is a leading manufacturer of handheld game consoles. Each console manufactured by the firm has a different game. Although the video game industry faced a sharp decline in demand with the introduction of mobile games, Dupon still holds a significant market share for handheld games compared to its competitors. To hold the market share, Dupon provides discounts to customers purchasing more than one console. Which of the following stages of the product life cycle is Dupon’s products going through?
23. Michael deposits $35,000 today in his bank account. Calculate the approximate amount he will have at the end of six years if interest is 10% per year and is compounded semiannually.
24. Five years ago, Rigatani Corp. introduced its new energy drink, Energize. According to recent market surveys, the product is in its decline stage. At the same time Energize was introduced, Panne Inc. introduced White Unicorn, another new energy drink. Therefore, White Unicorn must also be in its decline stage now.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the conclusion is based?
25. In 2006, Dexel Electronics Inc. introduced audio systems in the market for electronic gadgets. Because of an increase in sales volume as well as a growing proportion of repeat purchasers, the company has now upgraded the old version of audio systems by introducing new features. Given this information, in which stage of the product life cycle does Dexel Electronics lie?
26, From the following information, calculate the net increase in cash.
Earnings before interest and taxes      $52,000
Depreciation expense  7,800
Decrease in prepaid expenses 1,700
Increase in accounts receivable          12,880
Purchase of machinery           32,700
Payment of dividends 11,300
Increase in bank borrowings   8,600
27. Irvin's Ice Creams, a popular chain of ice cream parlors located only in the United States, is looking for opportunities to grow its business. Which of the following suggestions, if provided by the company’s marketing manager, would present the least amount of risk to the firm?
28. LaBelle, a famous cosmetic brand, introduces a new skin cleanser. Initially, the product does extremely well and reaps huge profits for the company. After using the product for few months, consumers having acne complain of rashes and allergies. An external chemical agency accuses that the company used a harsh chemical that causes allergies to people with acne, and it did not include it on the ingredients list displayed on the product’s label. These harsh chemicals did not cause allergies to people with normal skin. When enquired, the company’s CEO confesses that the products would have not done so well if they had listed the chemical. The company can be charged with __________.
29. Which of the following alternatives will give the lowest present value?
30. Marketers at Cream & Fresh Ice Creams update the company’s web site and online journals regularly with information about new ice creams. Readers who are interested in the articles updated on the company’s web site and online journals share the links with their friends who further share it with more people. Some readers try the ice creams and add their own comments to the web site and online journals. Which of the following strategies is the company using to promote its products?
31. TwissData Corp. is an electronics firm based in Damiya that manufactures motherboards. Because of a rapid growth in the personal computing industry, TwissData Corp. decides to produce personal desktops and laptops instead of motherboards. By doing so, which type of market-product strategy has TwissData Corp. applied?
32. Tony holds 350 shares of a company’s stock. At the end of 2015, the market price of each share was $32. During the year 2016, the company pays $2.25 in dividends per share. At the end of 2016, the company’s stock is priced at $39.50. Calculate the percentage return for holding the company’s stock during the year 2016. (Round the answer to one decimal place.)
33. Hailey's Food Inc. sells fish sticks at $3.00 a box. The government passes a law requiring sellers of food products to pay $0.50 as tax for each product they sell. Hailey's has to pay the government $0.50 for every box of fish sticks it sells. The company decides to trade down to compensate for the tax. Which of the following is a likely outcome of the company’s decision?
34. Calculate the cost of preferred stock from the information given below:
Annual dividend on preferred stock   $ 13.50
Price    110.00
Flotation cost  6.00
35. The owners of Brizzels’ Food Truck send live notifications to their customers when their truck is close to the customers’ locations. Their strategy was in response to a customer’s blog post about having to wait for long hours till the truck arrives. Which of the following strategies does this scenario illustrate?
36. The intensive 45-day training program for new employees at Zed Inc. requires trainees to take several tests that trainers at Zed Inc. have to grade. Recently, there has been a 30% increase in hiring. With the present number of trainers, it is not possible to finish grading all the tests in time.
HR manager: The training team should transfer all the tests for the trainees to software that will grade them automatically. Our hiring budget will not allow the hiring of additional people to manage the increased number of trainees. Using auto-grading software will not require any funds from our hiring budget.
Which of the following is assumed by the HR manager?
37. A popular hypermarket chain came under criticism for failing to protect the e-mail addresses and credit card details of 50,000 customers. CloudCom Inc., a web services company, identified that the lapse was because of a worm that had breached the hypermarket’s internal servers through an unauthorized e-mail, and that the anti-malware system failed to catch the worm. Which of the following actions should CloudCom take to restrict such malwares from entering the hypermarket’s internal network?
38. General Pharmacy’s stock has a beta of 1.8 and an expected return of 14%, and Sicoras Corp.’s stock has a beta of 1.5 and an expected return of 16.2%. Assuming capital-asset pricing model holds, calculate the return on the market portfolio.

39. The capital structure of Wilken Corporation is given below.
Calculate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
Debt    35%
Preferred stock            15%
Common equity          50%
Additional details are as follows:
Bond yield to maturity            10%
Dividend of preferred stock    $9.50
Price of preferred stock          $100
Flotation cost of preferred stock         $5
Dividend of common stock    $2.00
Price of common stock           $40
Growth rate of common stock            12%
Corporate tax rate       30%
40. Claudia is a team lead in an organization. One day at work, a team member, Marc, informs Claudia that he wants to speak to her about the problems that he faces at work. Marc tells her that he is being treated unfairly at work and that his colleagues often ridicule him because of his ethnicity. He goes on to say that his disturbed state of mind has caused a dip in the productivity and quality of his work. Claudia does not interrupt him when he is speaking and encourages him to talk openly. She also lets him know that she understands his situation and that his feelings are valid. In this scenario, Claudia is primarily engaged in __________.
41. Robert, an ardent blogger, is approached by the marketing manager of LaBelle, a famous cosmetic brand, to write positive reviews about the company’s products. Robert knows that the company’s products cause allergic reactions and to write positive reviews about the products would be unethical. Which of the following decisions will be considered an ethical lapse?
42. Truno Corp. plans to purchase new project management software. There are three available choices in the market: Telpro, Morse, and Verla.
Systems manager: I have compared the three available choices. All three choices are similar in quality, features, and usability. However, Morse is the most commonly used software, and it also has the lowest purchase price. Therefore, the best choice of project management software for us would be Morse.
Which of the following statements, if true, would strengthen the systems manager’s argument?
43. The current price of Latera Corporation’s common stock is $45 per share. The company expects to pay a dividends of $3.30 per share during the next year. The expected growth rate of the stock is 12%. Calculate the cost of equity using the constant-growth model.
44. Harry is receiving a loan of $3,000 from his friend to pay off some outstanding bills. The loan is structured in such a manner that the interest rate is 6% for the first year, after which the interest rate increases by 2% per year until the loan is paid. Calculate the amount that Harry will have to pay his friend if he waits for a period of four years to pay off the loan. (Round the answer to one decimal place.)
45. Managers at Hush Sports Inc., leading manufacturers of sports apparel, are contemplating manufacturing high-end maple baseball bats. To understand the existing demand for the product, the marketing managers decide to set an online campaign, promoting the product through blogs, videos, and interactive forums. Which of the following approaches should the company adapt in its campaign?
46. MaxSale, a popular supermarket, is approached by Hartane's, an organic food producer, to sell its products through the supermarket’s stores. MaxSale demands a substantial amount of money to display these products for a minimum duration. MaxSale uses this strategy to charge premium amounts to a select few producers as a means to reduce competition. By doing so, which of the following consumer rights is MaxSale violating?
47. Ricalta Inc. earns a total of $500,000 before interest and taxes. Its total debt is $1,110,000 (costing 5%). It has 150,000 shares of common stock at $5 per share. The firm is considering reducing its debt by $450,000 by issuing an additional 90,000 shares of common stock. The firm is in the 35 percent tax bracket. Its earnings before interest and taxes will remain the same as the new capital structure will not impact the firm’s operations. Which of the following will be a consequence of the change in Ricalta’s capital structure?
48. Hush Sports Inc., sellers of sportswear, transitioned from being just a brick-and-mortar store to an online marketplace for sports goods. Hush Sports still relied on customers to call the store for feedbacks or complaints. To speed up the process, the company updated its Web site with options for the customers to review the products they purchased. Positive reviews attracted more customers, and negative reviews helped the company improve its products. Which of the following strategies has Hush Sports included in its business process?
49. Sophie owns SugarCream bakery that produces 20 pastries in a day. The price of one pastry is $12. If she hires another worker, she will be able to produce 24 pastries in a day. Assuming that she operates in a competitive market and aims to maximize her profits, she decides not to hire the additional worker. Which of the following explains why Sophie did not hire the additional worker?
50. Marketing head of Tosel Inc.: Our company has been using an advanced CRM platform, Inito, which is popular among businesses for its sophisticated functionality. Inito allows us to store customers’ psychographic data as well as their recent shopping behavior. However, since we began using Inito, we have not been able to generate a significant greater number of leads. Clearly then, using CRM software does not help in generating any business.
Which of the following statements, if true, would weaken the argument above?

 

SET #2

  1. Which of the following is not a current liability on December 31, 2014?​
  2. ​Continuous monitoring, in the contemporary approach, is beneficial because_____________. 
  3. ​The acquisition of treasury stock by a corporation:
  4. You work in marketing for a company that produces work boots. Quality control has sent you a memo detailing the length of time before the boots wear out under heavy use. They find that the boots wear out in an average of 208 days, but the exact amount of time varies, following a normal distribution with a standard deviation of 14 days. For an upcoming ad campaign, you need to know the percent of the pairs that last longer than six months-that is, 180 days. Use the empirical rule to approximate this percent.
  5. ​__________involves ensuring proper strategic controls and organizational designs. 
  6. A post-closing trial balance will show:
  7. ​The preparation of adjusting entries is:
  8. In a simple linear regression model, if the plots on a scatter diagram lie on a straight line, what is the standard error of the estimate?
  9. The fraud triangle applies to:
  10. According to value-chain analysis, which of the following would be considered part of the general administration in a firm?
  11. Which of the following can be represented by a discrete random variable?
  12. What is an advantage of the correlation coefficient over the covariance?
  13. GAAP, compared to IFRS, tends to be more:
  14. The resource-based view (RBV) of the firm combines two perspectives:
  15. Sarbanes Oxley applies to:
  16. Is it possible for a data set to have no mode?
  17. Under the accrual basis of accounting:
  18. Which trial balance will consist of the greatest number of accounts?
  19. Vertical analysis is a technique that expresses each item in a financial statement:
  20. Cost allocation of an intangible asset is referred to as:​
  21. According to the text, the triple bottom line approach to corporate accounting includes three components: 
  22. An analyst believes the probability that U.S. stock returns exceed long-term corporate bond returns over a 5-year period is based on personal assessment. This type of probability is best characterized as a(n) ____________.
  23. Green, Inc. had 200,000 shares of common stock outstanding before a stock split occurred and 800,000 shares outstanding after the stock split. The stock split was:​
  24. Firms must be aware of goals other than short-term profit maximization. One area of concern should be social responsibility which is:
  25. Expenditures that maintain the operating efficiency and expected productive life of a plant asset are generally:
  26. For both qualitative and quantitative data, what is the difference between the relative frequency and the percent frequency?
  27. Shaw Industries, a giant carpet manufacturer, increases its control over raw materials by producing much of its own polypropylene fiber, a key input to its manufacturing process. This is an example of _______________. 
  28. Which of the following can be represented by a continuous random variable?
  29. Which of the following controls would best help detect the removal of a blank check by an employee from the back of a company's checkbook for subsequent misappropriation of funds?
  30. A SWOT analysis is a framework for analyzing a firm’s environments. A SWOT is made up of
  31. Trumpeting Trumpets has the following inventory data:

 July 1:  Beginning inventory

 30 units at $120

 July 5:  Purchases                           

 180 units at $112

 July 14: Sale   

 120 units

 July 21: Purchases

 90 units at $115

 July 30: Sale 

 84 units

Assuming that a periodic inventory system is used, what is the cost of goods sold on a FIFO basis?

  1. Which of these statements regarding the industry life cycle is correct?
  2. What is a difference between merchandising companies and service enterprises?
  3. Which of the following meets the requirements of a simple random sample?
  4. The acquisition of treasury stock by a corporation: ​
  5. WellPoint Health Network states: WellPoint will redefine our industry: through a new generation of consumer-friendly products that put individuals back in control of their future. This is an example of a: 
  6. If a corporation issued $8,000,000 in bonds which pay 5% annual interest, what is the annual net cash cost of this borrowing if the income tax rate is 30%?
  7. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS): 
  8. Assume that the Fitzgerald Corporation uses the indirect method to depict cash flows. Indicate where, if at all, accounts receivable collected would be classified on the statement of cash flows.
  9. Shaw Industries, a giant carpet manufacturer, increases its control over raw materials by producing much of its own polypropylene fiber, a key input to its manufacturing process. This is an example of _______________. 
  10. In multiple regression, plot the residuals against ____ to detect changing variability.
  11. On March 1st, Candy, Inc. had supplies on hand of $1,500. During the month, Candy purchased supplies of $2,900 and used supplies of $2,800.  The March 31st balance sheet should report what balance in their supplies account?
  12. Which of the following requirements about internal controls were enacted under the Sarbanes Oxley Act:
  13. The four key attributes of strategic management include the idea that:
  14. Which financial statement would best indicate whether the company relies on debt or stockholders’ equity to finance its assets?
  15. When collection is made on Accounts Receivable,
  16. The manager of Weiser is given a bonus based on net income before taxes. The net income after taxes is $35,700 for FIFO and $29,400 for LIFO. The tax rate is 30%. The bonus rate is 20%. How much higher is the manager's bonus if FIFO is adopted instead of LIFO?
  17. Sampling is used heavily in manufacturing and service settings to ensure high-quality products. In which of the following areas would sampling be inappropriate?
  18. Interest may be included in the acquisition cost of a plant asset:
  19. The owner of a company has recently decided to raise the salary of one employee, who was already making the highest salary, by 20%. Which of the following is(are) expected to be affected by this raise?

 

Supporting Activity: Just for Fun – Part 1
If you could meet any business leader in the world, from any time period, whom would you select?  Why would you want to meet this person?  What questions would you ask him/her?  What could this person teach us that would be helpful today?

 

Supporting Activity: Just for Fun – Part 2
Knowing that strategic planning is the ability to evaluate the past, understand the present, and predict the future, which one do you think most executives have more trouble with:  evaluating the past, understanding the present or predicting the future? Why?

 

Supporting Activity: Communications and Strategic Plan
Describe traditional control systems and contemporary control systems.  What are the main differences between these two systems? What are the main advantages of the contemporary control system over traditional?

 

Supporting Activity: Strategic Decision-Making
Strategic management case analysis is one method of learning how companies analyze problems, make decisions, and resolve challenges. Describe the five steps involved in conducting a case analysis.  Who has responsibility for ensuring effective strategic decisions are being made?  Who has accountability?