Centralized Process Innovation at GE & Developing Corporate Infrastructure

Background on GE from the course textbook: Ch. 11 pp. 325-329 (Sections: Centralized Process Innovation at GE & Developing Corporate Infrastructure)
GE in 2015 (original source: http://bit.ly/2LTVVNMLinks to an external site. )
GE in 2018 (original source: http://on.wsj.com/2Cb7nAdLinks to an external site. )
Be sure to support your arguments with evidence from the articles and references to the textbook.
Answers to each of the two questions below should be approximately 1-2 pages each, for a total response of approximately 2-4 pages of text (double-spaced, 12-pt font, 1-inch margins). Supporting items such as spreadsheets, figures, and graphs are encouraged, but not mandatory.  (Note that answers which are significantly shorter or longer than the page limit are unlikely to receive full credit; supporting items do not count toward the page limit.)

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[60 points] Based on the 2015 article, how would you evaluate GE’s strategy as it seeks to develop a new business in software?

Specifically, using the categories in the textbook (“Motivations for Diversification,” pp. 289-295), identify the top 1-2 most important contribution(s) from the new software unit to the rest of GE, and the top 1-2 most important contribution(s) from GE to the new software unit. 
Next, which of the four tasks of new venture governance (pp. 296-297) is GE prioritizing with respect to its new software business, and do you agree with its choices? 
Based on your analysis, do you expect that GE’s strategy of new business development in software will succeed?

[60 points] Moving to 2018, diagnose GE’s problems from the perspective of strategy:

Is GE suffering from a poor strategy (textbook Ch. 2), or poor execution (textbook Ch. 5)? Explain.
As part of your analysis, take a close look at the acquisitions and sales listed in the 2018 article, and evaluate GE’s approach to M&A in the context of its broader strategy.
What advice would you give new CEO John Flannery as he considers breaking up the company in order to separate some of GE’s core units?

Background on GE from the course textbook: Ch. 11 pp. 325-329 (Sections: Centralized Process Innovation at GE & Developing Corporate Infrastructure)


GE in 2015 (original source: http://bit.ly/2LTVVNMLinks to an external site. )
GE in 2018 (original source: http://on.wsj.com/2Cb7nAdLinks to an external site. )
Be sure to support your arguments with evidence from the articles and references to the textbook.
Answers to each of the two questions below should be approximately 1-2 pages each, for a total response of approximately 2-4 pages of text (double-spaced, 12-pt font, 1-inch margins). Supporting items such as spreadsheets, figures, and graphs are encouraged, but not mandatory.  (Note that answers which are significantly shorter or longer than the page limit are unlikely to receive full credit; supporting items do not count toward the page limit.)

MUST BE PLAGIARISM FREE*****

[60 points] Based on the 2015 article, how would you evaluate GE’s strategy as it seeks to develop a new business in software?

Specifically, using the categories in the textbook (“Motivations for Diversification,” pp. 289-295), identify the top 1-2 most important contribution(s) from the new software unit to the rest of GE, and the top 1-2 most important contribution(s) from GE to the new software unit. 
Next, which of the four tasks of new venture governance (pp. 296-297) is GE prioritizing with respect to its new software business, and do you agree with its choices? 
Based on your analysis, do you expect that GE’s strategy of new business development in software will succeed?

[60 points] Moving to 2018, diagnose GE’s problems from the perspective of strategy:

Is GE suffering from a poor strategy (textbook Ch. 2), or poor execution (textbook Ch. 5)? Explain.
As part of your analysis, take a close look at the acquisitions and sales listed in the 2018 article, and evaluate GE’s approach to M&A in the context of its broader strategy.
What advice would you give new CEO John Flannery as he considers breaking up the company in order to separate some of GE’s core units?

What business-level strategy are you pursuing? Explain why.

Reflection #1
What business-level strategy are you pursuing?  Explain why.  

Provide at least three examples of how that strategy influenced decisions you made.

Reflection #2
Tell me about the most important thing that you spent money on in this round.  Why is that investment so important?  How do you expect it to pay off by Year 15 (three years from now)?

Did you have to give up spending on something else in order to accommodate this?  If so, what?  Are you concerned about the implications of that?

Final Presentation Instructions
Final Presentation:  This assignment requires a minimum of 5 slides plus your script.  Your presentation should be posted as a PPT or PDF.  Your script should be separate – either an MS Word or PDF file.   You need to post both attachments at the same time using the same submission link.

All presentations must feature:

Identification and explanation of your strategy and if/how that strategy evolved throughout the simulation.

A visual depiction of results/progress over the course of the simulation.  You select the metric.  Explain the decisions that contributed to this result.

Description of one or more key decisions that did NOT work out for you.

Description of one or more key decisions that DID work out for you.

Ideas for remaining slide(s):

How did your treat your employees?  Explain those decisions.

Describe your image ratings and the activities that contributed to those ratings.

Describe a key element of your marketing strategy – this could include product (branded v. private label, number of models, enhanced features), price, distribution (wholesale, internet, private label) or promotion (celebrity endorsements, internet marketing) decisions.

Describe your approach to international markets.  How important was this to your success?

Identify an special awards achieved during the simulation.  Was this a strategic target?  Which decisions contributed to those awards?

What is a random variable? How would you differentiate a discrete from a continuous random variable?

Respond to the following discussion prompt in a minimum of 175 words: 3 different opinions 
Many business activities generate data that can be thought of as random. An example described in the textbook is the servicing of cars at an oil change shop. Each car entering the shop can be considered an experiment with random outcomes. A variable of interest in this experiment could be the amount of time necessary to service the car. Service time will vary randomly with each car.
We can often capture the most relevant characteristics of a stochastic process with a simple probability distribution model. We can then analyze the model to make predictions and drive decisions. For instance, we could estimate the number of technicians the oil change shop needs to service demand on a Saturday afternoon. Discuss the following:

What is a random variable?
How would you differentiate a discrete from a continuous random variable?

A laptop manufacturing company has implemented a 2-step process to test the quality of each production batch. In the first step, a technician randomly selects 15 laptops from the batch and determines whether they meet specifications. The batch is considered acceptable provided no more than 1 laptop fails to meet specifications. Otherwise, the entire batch must be tested in the second step. Historical data shows that 95% of the laptops produced adhere to specifications. Discuss the following:

What are the 4 characteristics of a binomial experiment?
Can we use a binomial distribution to model this process?
What is the probability that the entire batch unnecessarily has to be tested if in fact 95% of its laptops conform to specifications? (Hint: Use Excel’s =BINOMDIST() function to find the probability.)
What is the probability that the batch is incorrectly accepted if only 75% of its laptops conform to specifications?

supply chain integration is a major contributing factor to organizational success

supply chain integration is a major contributing factor to organizational success. The goal of supply chain integration is alignment within the supply chain. As a business leader, how can you achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers?
Amazon is a prime example of a company that has successfully managed its supply chain to achieve growth and profitability. Research the progression of Amazon’s supply chain integration. Write a 1,000-1,250-word paper that address the following questions:

How do sales and operations planning in supply chain integration impact the company overall? What would Amazon’s medium- and long-term forecast inform the operations management department? How do logistics, transportation modes, and warehouse locations impact Amazon’s competitiveness?
How does global sourcing and procurement impact the overall effectiveness of the supply chain? What are the benefits and challenges that have occurred when outsourcing logistic and other functions?
How has Amazon successfully leveraged e-commerce strategies to promote supply chain integration and boost sales and growth for the organization? Which strategies have been particularly effective and why?
Do you feel that Amazon sets an example for other companies to model regarding supply chain integration? Be sure to explain your rationale. 
How would conscious capitalism and a Christian worldview impact Amazon’s supply chain integration?

Incorporate five to seven resources to support your paper.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required

This internship is turning into a great hands-on learning opportunity for you. Your manager has tasked you with proposing a talent management plan for pilots at Southwest Airlines. Your proposal will be considered by the Director of HR to make a formal plan.

Assignment Content

Develop a 3- to 4-page proposal that include the following:

A recommendation of 3 recruitment sources that are best suited to recruit pilots. Consider the quantity of resumes generated, the percentage of resumes likely to result in accepted offers, the time to fill a position, and the cost to fill a position.
An evaluation of common methods used to select a candidate
Recommend 3 methods for selecting new pilots.In your evaluation, consider reliability, validity, utility, and legality.
An evaluation of common methods used to train and develop employees
Recommend 3 methods for training pilots at Southwest Airlines. Consider learning and development outcomes, cost of training and development, effectiveness of training and development, and risks.
An evaluation of common performance management systems
Recommend 1 method for performance management of pilots at Southwest Airlines. Consider strategic congruence, validity,reliability, acceptability, and specificity.
An evaluation of common methods to minimize voluntary turnover
Recommend 1 approach to retain pilots at Southwest Airlines. Consider methods for retaining employees, meeting pilot needs, and cost.
Cite all sources.

Format your citations according to APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment.

You are a new union representative. Draft a memo requesting copies of documents, policies, and procedures the union has in place so you can begin your job effectively

Be sure to indicate the importance of these documents on your position. Your memo should be at least one full page. Below is a suggested format for the memo:
To: (Include the name of the supervisor and any others to whom the memo needs to be sent)
From: (Your name and role in the organization/union)
Date:
Re.: Specify the Topic (In this case—Requesting specific documents, policies, and procedures pertaining to your role as the new union representative)
Request: Include paragraph explaining your request (For example: “I am compelled to express concern about how we at ____ Company handle issues related to equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment prevention laws. In an attempt to do my job efficiently and effectively, I respectfully request the following documents, policies, and procedures that reflect our organization’s efforts to affirm equal employment opportunity and those documents that reflect the organization’s sexual harassment prevention efforts:”)Name of document

Name of document

Name of document
Requested date: (when would you like to meet with the company leadership to discuss the documents?)
Be sure close the memo with a sincere thank you for the cooperation of the person(s) to whom the memo is addressed and a desire to work together often in the future. References and citations are not necessary for this assignment.

The implication of a firms international operations for organizational structure.

Reflect on the assigned readings for the week. Identify what you thought was the most important concept(s), method(s), term(s), and/or any other thing that you felt was worthy of your understanding. 

The implication of a firm’s international operations for organizational structure.
The different types of boundaryless organizations – barrier-free, modular, and virtual – and their relative advantages and disadvantages.
The need for creating ambidextrous organizational designs that enable firms to explore new opportunities and effectively integrate existing operations.

Also, provide a graduate-level response to each of the following questions:

Choose an article from BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, or any other well-known publication that deals with a corporation that has undergone a significant change in its strategic direction. What are the implications for the structure of this organization?

 [Your initial post should be based upon the assigned reading for the week, so the textbook should be a source listed in your reference section and cited within the body of the text. Other sources are not required but feel free to use them if they aid in your discussion]. [Your initial post should be at least 450+ words and in APA format (including Times New Roman with font size 12 and double spaced). Post the actual body of your paper in the discussion thread then attach a Word version of the paper for APA review]

Operational Planning & Policy

Q1. Subject – Operational Planning & Policy
Consider your company or one that you know well and evaluate the words of their mission and vision statements. You must include the company’s mission and vision statements in your initial post.
Using the below criteria, evaluate the adequacy and merits of the words of their mission statement. 
Mission Statement Criteria:
1. Identifies the company’s products and/or services.
2. Specifics the buyer needs that the company seeks to satisfy and the customer groups or markets that it serves, and
3. Gives the company its own identity.
4. What recommended changes (identify at least one change for each statement) would you make for each statement and why? 
Note: 250 words with intext citations and 2 references must.

Q2. Subject – Management of Information Security
Using a Web search engine, find an article from a reputable source, published within
the past six (6) months, that reports on the risk coming from inside the organization compared
to the risk coming from outside the organization.
If the author of the article notes that this relative risk is changing, how is it changing and what
is the change attributed?
Note: 250 words with intext citations and 2 references must

DAT/565: Week 3 assignment Data Analysis And Business Analytics

MBA Business Plan component
Context
One of the most important elements in a business plan is the market analysis. A market analysis is a qualitative and quantitative assessment of a market. It includes data collection and estimation in reference to the market size and value, characteristics of the intended customer base, in-depth evaluation of the competition, barriers to entry, and the regulatory environment. An accurate and detailed market analysis allows entrepreneurs to determine whether the market is sufficiently large to build a sustainable, profitable business. In this assignment, you will complete a market analysis for your proposed organization and create a report that can be included within a business plan.
Instructions
Write a 525-word report that includes the following sections:

Section 1: Business overview, mission, and vision
Section 2: A Market analysis that includes the following components:
Market overview/needs analysis
Target market
Competitive analysis
Value proposition
Section 3: Recommendation

Use the Market Analysis Research document for details on what to include in each section.
Cite references to support your assignment.
Format your citations according to APA guidelines.

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