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Create the following six queries in the same file you submitted at the end of week 2. Make sure that any corrections your instructor advised after your second week’s submission are completed. Submit only one Access File below by midnight Sunday. Please note the penalties for late submissions.
Query 1: Contact ID (All contacts), Type of contact, Last Name, First Name, Company Name, (Query Name – ContList)
Query 2: Contact ID (All contacts), Type of Contact, Last Name, First Name, Type of Phone, Phone # (Query Name – ContPhone)
Query 3: Contact ID (Business contacts), Business or Service Provider Organization Name, Business or Service Provider type, Business Contact Person, Phone # (Query Name – BsnsContacts)
Query 4: Contact ID (Individuals only), Last Name, First Name, City of Residency, State of Residency, Type of Phone, Phone Number, Email Address (Query Name – IndivContacts)
Query 5: Contract ID (All Contacts), Last Name or Business Name, Phone Number, Email Address
The Business Proposal is the major writing assignment in the course. You are to create and submit a formal proposal that suggests how to change something within an organization. This organization can be large or small, a place of employment now or in the past, or an organization to which the students belong. From past experiences, it is best to use a business with fewer than 200 employees, and one with which you have personal experience. It could be a place where you currently work or a place you have worked or volunteered in the past.<
The change can be specific to a unit or can apply to the whole organization; it can relate to how important information is distributed, who has access to important information, how information is accessed, or any other change in practices the students see as having a benefit. The proposal should be directed to the person or committee with the power to authorize the change. However, if you are working within a large organization, and asking for a small organizational change, communicating with a CEO or president may not make the most sense. You need to think about who within the organization might be the best person for the type of change suggested.<
For the submission, you are to follow the guidelines for formal proposals available in Chapter 10 of the text. You can review 10.1, 10.4, and 10.19 for more information about specific components for a well-written formal business proposal. A complete proposal must have all required sections of a formal report excluding the copy of an an RFP and the Authorization. The final draft of the proposal should be 1500 – 2000 words, and include the following necessary formal proposal components:<
Letter of transmittal<
Table of contents<
List of illustrations<
Proposal: plan, schedule, details<
Formatting does matter for this assignment, and you are to check the text for details about how to format and draft the different proposal segments. Proposals don’t just have text; graphics and charts are necessary, too. In addition, research is important, and footnotes and references must be included. All content should be concise, clear, and detailed. The proposal should be well-written with appropriate grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Choose two service companies with which you are familiar, such as Facebook, Amazon, and UPS. Apply Hill’s Strategy Development Framework to them.
For each company you chose, compare and contrast each sector of the framework and determine which key areas provides a competitive advantage. Provide at least two examples to support your position.
What are the stages of Project Life Cycle? During which stage of a project most risks are typically uncovered?
2. Explain the terms – risk breakdown structure, failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA), mitigate risk.
3. Identify and describe the steps of the PDAC model.
4. Identify key quality plan steps that you feel should be included within a typical overall project plan. Be sure to include quality items throughout the project plan cycle.
5. How TQM concepts apply to project management?
To start off, let’s explain the uploaded attachments. There are 3 main ones you need to see: “Grading-Rubric” to know how the assignment will be graded; “Example-Assignment-Business Strategy-Analysis” to see how the assignment should roughly look like (you must choose different companies, not the ones in the assignment); “All-Tools-Citations” to know how to cite in the assignment the tools you will choose from (you will only choose 2 tools per company – the assignment will be about 3 companies, so you will choose only 6 tools total out of the 21 available tools); the rest of the uploaded attachments (Tool 1 through Tool 21) are the possible tools you can choose from for the assignment (you will choose a total of 6, meaning 2 different ones for each company). Now to explain the assignment: As mentioned, you will choose 3 companies for the assignment and 6 of the tools, 2 for each company. The 3 companies should be 3 well-known companies, preferably American companies. The assignment itself must be a minimum of 10 double-spaced pages of text, but can be more. Plus APA citations/references/sources. Add any sources of use to the citations. If you are going to cite the text about the tools, then see the “All-Tools-Citations” attachment on how to cite the tools as a source. This is the official description of the assignment: “The purpose of this assignment is to increase students’ ability to analyze business strategies of organizations. Business strategy focuses on the strategy of individual businesses. Strategic analysis is critical for analyzing the competitive context in which an organization operates and for making reasoned and reasonable recommendations for how that organization should position itself and what actions it should take to maximize value creation. Actions taken by firms to improve competitive position engender responses by other firms, and the expected sequence of actions and responses must be understood to develop an effective strategy. This assignment presupposes a working knowledge of business strategy and analytical techniques and quantitative tools. In short, three companies in three different industries. Use two models/tools per each. Use a variety of models/tools.”
Watch the TED Talk — Good news, bad news, who is to say! below. Based on what you learned from previous readings, how could this concept or way of thinking be applied to today’s business environment? Provide an example in which this way of thinking would have yielded a different outcome. What emotions would be tapped into? Would the message be direct or indirect? What is the message that you took away from his speech?
Here is a link to the guide for beginners: https://www.simcompanies.com/pages/guide-for-beginners/
Submit a journal entry-style document of your experiences playing the Sim Companies simulation game this week. Be sure to answer the following questions:
What were the critical decisions you made this week?
Did your decisions relate to anything we’ve studied in our textbook so far, if so, how?
How did these decisions affect your outcome?
Do you feel as though you had a successful week in the game? Why or why not?
What, if anything, would you have done differently based on your outcomes from this week?
What was your company worth at the beginning of the week?
What was your company worth at the end of the week?
1. SWOT Matrix and Analysis (comes from researching the firm, industry, and
competitors). It is important to know the difference between causes and effects in the
SWOT analysis. Causes are important, not effects. Focus on internal and external
analysis when completing this matrix. This matrix should be based on research and
contain quantifiable metrics. There should be 8-10 items in each quadrant, with
research support for each item.
2. Once the SWOT Matrix and Analysis is created, construct the TOWS also known as
the Bivariate Strategy Matrix.
3. Group Map – create this based on the firm as a whole or a specific SBU, clearly
identify which method you chose and why.
4. Competitive forces analysis, use PESTLE and Porter’s Five Forces as the foundation
for this analysis. Clearly identify the factors that are impacting the firm, research is
required to support the position taken in your narrative.
Read the article The Disruptors: Media companies shaking up the industry and watch the News clip The Disruptors. Based on what you have learned in your readings on social media, do you agree or disagree with what is being presented? The Ethics Resource Center stated that “active social networkers show a higher tolerance for activities that could be considered unethical”. What are your thoughts on this finding? Have our politicians crossed the line? How has unethical behavior on social media impacted a typical business of today?
If you were absent on 11.23, you need to find the document posted in the Bucket List module called “Gregg Levoy Questions”, put yourself through a self-administered hour or so of reflection as you answer each of those questions, then write a one-or-two page summary of what value you gained from this exercise. This essay is due only by those who were absent from class on 11.23. It is due on Nov. 3rd at 12:30 pm.