BUS/475 Integrated Business Topics

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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

Week 1

 

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Mission, Vision, and You

Option #1 Word Count: 734 words!

Option #2 Word Count: 811 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.

BUS/475 Integrated Business Topics

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!
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

BUS/475 Integrated Business Topics

Week 3

 

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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+

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

Three Answers included for each Question

 

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.

BUS/475 Integrated Business Topics

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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!

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.
Note: Part 2 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.
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SET #1

  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?