This information is being provided in advance to give you additional time to r

 
This information is being provided in advance to give you additional time to research and identify a potential project to complete Problem Set #1 (due the end of Week 2). You will want to identify a project that is well-documented.
Complete an internet search and identify a project that is of interest to you. The best source would be through a general internet search and/or local media sources. When selecting a project of interest to you, avoid picking one that is either too big or too small. For example, do not decide to build a new stadium for your local sports team (too big) or to plant your summer garden (too small).
Select a project that you can relate to and have some experience with or that may be ongoing or recently completed. You will need to provide the link to project selected.
Requirements: Project budget must be within the range of $500,000 to $10,000,000. Project time frame must be between 6 months and 3 years.

  For this Writing Plan, you will analyze your selected reading and state an opi

 
For this Writing Plan, you will analyze your selected reading and state an opinion or evaluation about the author’s claim. You will then use evidence or key points from the selected reading to back up your evaluation.
Note: Remember to cite any works you use in your assignment. You will not be graded on the citations; the purpose is just to make certain you are practicing using citations.
Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:
What is the author’s claim in the selected reading? In other words, what do you believe the author wants their audience to learn or understand better once they have finished reading?
Have you identified key points that the author uses to support their claim in the selected reading? If so, include them here.
Describe the author’s target audience: what group or groups of people is the author trying to reach with their message?
What choices does the author make within their writing to connect with this target audience?
Explain your evaluation of the author’s claim: is the claim strong or weak? What evidence or key points from the writing best support the author’s claim? If you found the claim to be weak, explain why the evidence or key points provided did not effectively support the author’s claim.
Guidelines for Submission
Save your work in a Word document and include a page with references. It must be written in MLA or APA format. Use double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margin

write a 4-5 page paper explaining the differences between defined contribution a

write a 4-5 page paper explaining the differences between defined contribution and defined benefits plans, including benefits and shortfalls of each.
Your paper should include:
Cover page
4-5 pages of content
Reference page
Proper formatting per APA 7th edition.

  Prepare a 7-page demand management plan, including a forecasting, inventory ma

 
Prepare a 7-page demand management plan, including a forecasting, inventory management, and scheduling analysis, as well as recommendations, for a provided scenario or business of your choice.
Introduction
This portfolio work project, a demand management plan, will help you demonstrate competency in forecasting, inventory management, and scheduling. 
Scenario
For this assessment, choose either Option 1 or Option 2. You do not need to do both. You will apply one of these scenarios in the Requirements below. Both options will be graded using the same scoring guide.
Option 1
Wild Dog Coffee Company, a locally owned company with a single coffee shop location, serves a wide selection of espresso beverages, small breakfast and lunch menu items, and a limited evening menu. The company is planning to expand the business by adding an additional location. While different menu items may be tested at the new location, their core processes will remain the same. You have been working on a process improvement in preparation for the expansion and are now turning your attention to demand management.  
Option 2
If you chose Option 2 for Assessment 1, use the same business for this assessment, or select a different business. Note that it is recommended that you use the same business for each assessment in this course, using the following criteria for your selection:
The company fits the assessment requirements and you have access to the information needed to complete the assessment.
The business information is disclosed in the assessment for faculty’s reference.
You can distribute the business data without disclosing confidential information.
Contact faculty with questions. 
Your Role
Option 1
As an owner of Wild Dog Coffee Company, you and your business partners are planning the opening of a second location. You need to prepare an analysis and recommendations for demand management, including forecasting, inventory, and scheduling, for your current location, so you can refine the model before opening the second location. 
Option 2
Your boss, a director, has tasked you with a demand management project. She is relying on you to prepare an analysis and recommendations for demand management that can be presented to the executive team of the company. You completed a special project for her a few months ago that went very well, and you are pleased to have received this new assignment.
Requirements
Include the following in your demand management plan:
Assess the impact of advertising on product demand.

If using Wild Dog Coffee Company, the following basic assumptions will help you prepare a demand forecast:

The other owners of Wild Dog Coffee Company handle the business’ marketing and sales functions, and they believe that advertising expenditures impact the sale of coffee beverages. They want you to confirm whether or not their advertising dollars are driving sales. Here is what was agreed upon by all the owners:
Wild Dog Coffee Business InformationQuestionsResponsesHow many espresso beverages are made each hour?30, on averageHow many ounces of espresso beans are used for each beverage?1.5 ouncesHow many hours per day is the coffee shop open?6:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., Sunday–SaturdayHow many days each month is the business open?364 days per year. The coffee shop is closed on Christmas day.
You have the following six months of data to work with for pounds of espresso beans (y) used each month and monthly advertising expenditures (x):
Espresso Bean Use and AdvertisingMonthLbs/Beans (y)Advertising Dollars (x)1987$1,05021,412$1,50031,020$1,00041,140$1,25051,322$1,50061,399$1,500
Interpret the forecasting model for the selected product.

Use a simple linear regression model to show your forecast.
If using Wild Dog Coffee Company, forecast the pounds of espresso beans needed for month 7 if the advertising budget for month 7 is $1,350. Interpret the model and respond to the following questions for Wild Dog Coffee Company:

How many espresso beverages will the company need to prepare, on average, each day?
How many pounds of espresso beans will the company need, on average, each day?
To what extent do advertising dollars predict the need for espresso beans?

Prepare an inventory management analysis for the selected product.

In your analysis, include two different approaches to inventory management. What are the pros and cons of each system you analyzed? 

If using Wild Dog Coffee Company, the following provides additional information you have gathered from the inventory management analysis:

Since Wild Dog Coffee Company is small, the company must manage inventory very carefully. While larger companies can have lots of inventory on the shelf, Wild Dog simply does not have the cash to do that. As such, you have a number of pressures for small inventories. Wild Dog does not have the ability to store a lot of beans, to cover the cost of capital, or to withstand unnecessary expenditures for taxes, insurance, and shrinkage. Shrinkage is important because roasted espresso beans only maintain their optimal freshness for two weeks.
Demand is approaching 1,400 pounds of espresso beans per month.
Only one type of espresso bean is stocked.
Demand is not constant on a daily or weekly basis.
If you run out of espresso beans at any point, you will have to close the business until the next shipment of beans arrives.
Espresso beans are shipped in 25-pound packages. (This is your base inventory unit.)
The cost per pound of beans averages $9.00.
Espresso beans are delivered seven (7) days after placing the order and on any day of the week.
Shipping is free on orders over $250. Otherwise, shipping is $19.95 per order, regardless of weight. (This is the only ordering cost you incur.)
Holding costs are 10 percent/year/unit.
Standard deviation for daily demand is 1.84 pounds.

Analyze the business’ scheduling management.

In your analysis, detail two different staffing scenarios for Wild Dog Coffee Company or your selected business. What are the pros and cons of each staffing scenario?
Use a Word table or Excel spreadsheet to show both staffing scenarios for each day of the week. Include the daily and weekly total staffing costs and number of hours worked for each employee.

If using Wild Dog Coffee Company, the following provides additional information you have gathered from the staffing analysis:

Shifts have been scheduled according to who wants to work which shift. This has generally worked out well, but you realize you need to tighten up the scheduling process in order to optimize a staffing model. Two employees are required to make a coffee beverage. One employee takes the orders, and a barista makes the coffee drink and hands it to the customer.
Baristas are paid $14/hour, regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time.
Full-time employees (up to 40 hours/week), other than baristas, are paid $12/hour.
Part-time employees (up to 20 hours/week), other than baristas, are paid $9/hour.
All full-time employees receive company benefits that equate to 15 percent of their hourly rate. (This is known as a benefits load.)
All full-time employees are paid at 150 percent of their regular rate for all hours worked over 40 hours per week. Full-time employees can only work a maximum of 50 hours per week. The benefits load is not applied to overtime hours.
All part-time employees are paid at 150 percent of their regular rate for all hours worked over 20 hours per week. Part-time employees can only work a maximum of 26 hours per week.
It costs $500 to hire each additional employee, and it costs $250 to terminate an employee.
Full-time employees are likely to resign if moved to part-time status.
The coffee shop is open 84 hours per week. There are two additional hours allocated each day for one employee to perform opening and closing activities. (That is, one hour is allocated for opening duties and one hour is allocated for closing duties.)
Your current level of staffing for coffee beverages is as follows:

Baristas – 1 full-time; 3 part-time.
Non-barista – 1 full-time; 2 part-time.  

Recommend an inventory management system and staffing plan for a selected business and product. 

Detail the results of your analysis for Wild Dog Coffee Company or your selected business’ product to substantiate your recommendations.

Deliverable Format
Requirements:
The demand management plan is to be a minimum of 7 pages, not including the title, reference, and appendix pages.
Use a demand management plan template of your choice.
Related company standards:
The demand management plan is a professional document and should therefore follow the corresponding MBA Academic and Professional Document Guidelines (available in the MBA Program Resources), including single-spaced paragraphs.
In addition to the title and reference pages, include the following in the appendix:

Linear regression model for product forecasting.
Word table or Excel spreadsheet for staffing scenarios.

Use 2–3 scholarly or academic sources, where applicable, one of which must come from the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, or MIT Sloan Management Review.
Use APA formatting for citations and references.
Evaluation
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies through corresponding scoring guide criteria:
Competency 1: Analyze how operations management theories and models effect the development and delivery of products or services to the marketplace.

Interpret the forecasting model for the selected product.

Competency 2: Use logistics and supply chain management tools to manage the distribution of products and services.

Prepare an inventory management analysis for the selected product.

Competency 3: Use data to evaluate the effect of operations management decisions on organizational goals.

Assess the impact of advertising on product demand.
Analyze the business’ scheduling management.

Competency 4: Evaluate the effectiveness of operations management strategies to achieve quality and customer service goals.

Recommend an inventory management system and staffing plan for a selected business and product. 

Competency 5: Communicate business needs, opportunities, and strategies with multiple stakeholders.

Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a business professional.

Faculty will provide feedback as if they were the recipient of your deliverable in the workplace, using the scoring guide. Refer to the scoring guide to ensure that you meet the grading criteria for this assessment before submission.
ePortfolio
This portfolio work project demonstrates your competency in applying knowledge and skills required of a MBA learner in the workplace. Save this activity to your ePortfolio for future reference in the workplace.

In a paper of at least three pages (excluding the title and reference pages), ad

In a paper of at least three pages (excluding the title and reference pages), address the following:
Describe the business drivers that impact existing corporate telecommunications and computer networks environment.
Describe the technology drivers that support the corporate telecommunications and computer networks environment.
Explain why it is important for a company to have up-to-date communication networks.
The Business and Technology Drivers paper
Must be three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the UAGC’s The Writing Center Links to an external site..
Must include a separate title page with the following:

Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted

Must use at least two scholarly, peer-reviewed, and other credible sources in addition to the course text.

 For this assignment, write a 1-2 page double-spaced paper in which you will:

 For this assignment, write a 1-2 page double-spaced paper in which you will:
Describe the organization you selected based on the following criteria.

The organization should be one you are familiar with.
You have access to internal processes.
It has an organizational issue that needs to be resolved.
You can think of a realistic and enforceable solution to the issue.

Discuss the issue you will be analyzing.
Explain why the issue hinders the organization’s efficiency.
Confidentiality: Since you will be addressing real issues in real organizations in your assignments, it is important to respect confidentiality. Feel free to use an alias for any company or individuals you might mention in your assignments. Remember that all discussions about these organizations should only occur within this course and not be shared with people outside the course.

  Emphasis on customer experience is greater among marketers than ever before. E

 
Emphasis on customer experience is greater among marketers than ever before. Experiences create value, deepen relationships between customer and brand, and can differentiate a brand from competition. There is just one problem: Is there clarity on what is meant by “customer experience?”
In the article “Defining the Customer Experience,” marketing expert Don Peppers addresses the issue of lack of clarity for the meaning of customer experience. Peppers presents his own definition and proceeds to break down the key elements of that definition.
How does Don Peppers’s definition of customer experience differ from customer satisfaction, an outcome that has been a marketing priority for decades (search for a definition of customer satisfaction to use as a point of comparison)?
Explain why managing customer experience would be a potentially more meaningful task for marketing managers to pursue than managing customer satisfaction.    

 Find an example of a company that took a big risk on an IT project and succeede

 Find an example of a company that took a big risk on an IT project and succeeded. In addition, find an example of a company that took a big risk and failed. Summarize each project and situation in a short paper. In the paper, you should also discuss whether you believe that anything besides luck makes a difference between success and failure. 

 the Internet, research different leaders who you consider effective and leaders

 the Internet, research different leaders who you consider effective and leadership challenges in the health industry.
Identify five DIFFERENT leaders of today, one of each of the following styles:  Charismatic, Transformational, Visionary, Transactional, Servant
For each chosen leader:
List the characteristics that made you select them.
Define the contemporary leadership style they employ.
List and explain the major characteristics of the contemporary leadership style. Explain with examples.
Explain if this style is effective or ineffective for the leaders you’ve chosen.
Define emotional intelligence including the five components of emotional intelligence, its relationship to successful leadership, and whether your selected leaders have it or lack it.

 Answer the questions listed below Explore one type of change likely to occur in

 Answer the questions listed below
Explore one type of change likely to occur in the healthcare environment over the next several years.
Evaluate the four processes that are involved in environmental analysis.
In your opinion, which one of the four processes you described above is the most important and why?
What did you conclude from this evaluation?