Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

BUS 322, BUS 402, BUS 508, CIS 505, HRM 500, MKT 500 – Strayer (DQ’s)

BUS 322 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

BUS 322 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
“Organizational Behavior and Opportunity” Please respond to the following:

• Create an example that clearly illustrates how businesses satisfy their stakeholders in the context of the forces shaping the organization. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, discuss ways that the organizational behavior characteristics of Holden Outerwear could be applied to other types of organizations in a positive way. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
“Challenges for Managers” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the challenges managers face to determine (and discuss) which challenge is the most difficult to address. Recommend at least one approach to address that challenge.
• Predict the types of challenges facing managers 20 years from now and how those challenges could be addressed. Explain your rationale

BUS 322 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2 DQ 1
“Personality, Perception, and Attribution” Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on which has a stronger impact on personality – heredity or environment. Support your position with examples or evidence.
• Briefly describe a job you have held in the past and how personality, perception, and attribution played a role in shaping the work environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 2 DQ 2
“Attitudes, Emotions, and Ethics” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an organization or business for which you have worked and how you would have applied the lessons learned in Chapter 4 to make it a better and more productive working environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the e-Activity, determine the likely impact of the ethical issue the company you researched has experienced on the attitudes and emotions of employees, as well as recommendations for how management can address that impact.

BUS 322 Week 3 Discussion Questions

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Week 3 DQ 1
“Motivation” Please respond to the following:

• Select one of the theories of motivation discussed in Chapter 5 and explain how you would apply that theory at your current (or previous) place of work to improve both productivity and morale. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Determine how managers could combine two or more motivation theories to tailor their efforts to motivate employees to a specific work environment or set of employees.

Week 3 DQ 2
“Learning and Performance Management” Please respond to the following:

• Describe how you would apply either behavioral theories of learning or cognitive theories of learning to solve a specific work-related performance problem. Explain your rationale.
• Briefly describe your current job (or one you have had in the past), and determine how performance management could have been applied in a way that would have both motivated you and made your work more rewarding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 322 Week 4 Discussion Questions

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Week 4 DQ 1
“Stress” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine if there is more stress today than in past generations and provide available evidence to support your response.
• Analyze current (or previous) employer’s efforts to manage stress in the workplace to determine what additional steps could have been taken. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 4 DQ 2
“Communication” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the factors contributing to poor communication in the workplace to determine the single greatest communication barrier at your current (or previous) place of work, as well as how you would address that barrier.
• From the video, determine ways that a specific organization in a different industry could apply the lessons learned by Plant Fantasies. Provide specific examples of how doing so would help the business you selected.

BUS 322 Week 5 Discussion Questions

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Week 5 DQ 1
“Work Teams and Groups” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a group or team that you have been a part of that you felt was particularly effective. Determine what specific characteristics of that team made it so (e.g., group or team structured, roles, norms, etc.). Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Develop a short list (3-4 items) of best practices based on your analysis above that any organization could apply when putting a work team or group together.

Week 5 DQ 2
“Decision Making” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the impact of individual influences such as comfort for risk, cognitive style, personality, intuition, and creativity on the decision-making process in organizations.
• Using attribution theory as a basis, determine which mistakes can be made as managers and employees work together to explain why problems occur.

BUS 322 Week 6 Discussion Questions

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Week 6 DQ 1
“Power and Political Behavior” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the most powerful person you know and what it is that makes the person powerful.
• Considering your current (or future) employer, determine the best approach management could take toward empowering employees. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 6 DQ 2
“Leadership and Followership” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the theories on leadership discussed in Chapter 12 to determine which you believe is the most applicable to the greatest number of organizations. Explain your rationale.
• From the video, determine three ways that the lessons regarding leadership (and followership) at Camp Bow Wow can be applied to your current (or future) place of work. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 322 Week 7 Discussion Questions

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Week 7 DQ 1
“Contributing Factors to Conflict” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze and discuss structural and personal factors that contribute to any conflict you experience at work (or experienced at a past employer), as well as steps that could be taken to mitigate those factors.
• Assess the types of intrapersonal conflict you experience at your current employer (or school) and possible best practices for addressing that conflict.

Week 7 DQ 2
“Conflict Management Styles” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate your own conflict management style to determine when it may be the most effective approach to handling conflict and when it may be an ineffective approach to handling conflict. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, determine if Barcelona Restaurant Group management’s approach to conflict in the workplace would work at your current (or expected) place of work. Explain your rationale.

BUS 322 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 DQ 1
“Jobs and the Design of Work” Please respond to the following:
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the traditional approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the alternative approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.

Week 8 DQ 2
“Organizational Design and Structure” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the organization you work for (or have worked for in the past) on each basic design dimension (i.e., formalization, centralization, specialization, standardization, complexity, hierarchy of authority) to determine if it is a formal or informal organization.
• Determine how the size, technology, and mission of your organization impacts organizational design and structure, as well as how these characteristics directly affect you.

BUS 322 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 DQ 1
“Organizational Culture” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, make at least two recommendations for how the company you researched could modify its organizational culture to better enhance employee performance.
• Analyze the challenges involved in developing a positive organizational culture to determine which present the greatest challenge. Explain your rationale.

Week 9 DQ 2
“Career Management” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate the career stages discussed in Chapter 17 to determine which will be the most challenging for you personally. Explain your rationale.
• Recommend at least two strategies for addressing the challenges you identified.

BUS 322 Week 10 Discussion Questions

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Week 10 DQ 1
“Managing Change” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the two most significant external forces for change in today’s organizations.
• Make at least two recommendations about how organizations can mitigate resistance to change.

Week 10 DQ 2
“Applied Intervention” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an OD intervention you would like to see carried out at your current (or previous) employer and determine the most appropriate group-focused techniques for OD intervention within that organization.
• Considering the same organization, determine the most appropriate individual-focused techniques for OD intervention.

BUS 322 Week 11 Discussion Questions

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Week 11 DQ 1
“Looking Back” Please respond to the following:

• Create a simile or metaphor for what it is like to manage organizational behavior – one that would help someone with no knowledge of the field better understand what it is all about.
• Assess how what you have learned in this class could be used most effectively by someone with no professional connection to organizational behavior.

Week 11 DQ 2
“Looking Ahead” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the single most important lesson learned and how you will apply it in your current (or future) career.
• Predict the major challenges business will be facing in terms of organization behavior 20 years from now. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

BUS 402 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Entrepreneurs
Please respond to the following:

Inc. magazine claims, “Entrepreneurship is more mundane than it is sometimes portrayed . . . you don’t need to be a person of mythical proportions to be very, very successful in building a company.” Discuss whether you agree or disagree with this statement and why.
Analyze the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and determine if you have what it takes to start your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
Strategic Management
Please respond to the following:

Analyze the steps involved in developing a strategic plan for a company and determine which step is the most difficult to get right. Explain your rationale.
From the e-Activity, determine how you would leverage the support provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration in planning and starting your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2 DQ 1
Choosing a Form of Ownership
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, describe the most appropriate form of ownership for your new franchise based on your current financial situation. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Assume the form of your new business will be a partnership (if you have not already done so). Discuss the types of conflicts that may arise and how you could prevent them from arising in the first place.

Week 2 DQ 2
Franchising and the Entrepreneur
Please respond to the following:
• Based on the case study (“Case 10 Firehouse Subs.pdf ”), determine which of the three options executives are considering would be most beneficial to a single franchise owner. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a franchisee of the franchise you selected. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 3 Discussion Questions

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Week 3 DQ 1
Buying an Existing Business
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible method for determining the value of the business you selected. Explain your rationale.
• Create a strategy for negotiating the purchase of the business you selected in the e-Activity.

Week 3 DQ 2
Feasibility Analyses and Business Plans
Please respond to the following:

• Develop an idea for a new business and conduct a feasibility analysis. Please be as creative as you like in the development of your idea (but as careful as you can be in your analysis of that idea).
• Analyze the steps involved in crafting a wining business plan and make at least one recommendation for improving the process. Explain your rationale for making the recommendation you did.

BUS 402 Week 4 Discussion Questions

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Week 4 DQ 1
Creating a Solid Financial Plan
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the best way to leverage a breakeven analysis when defining a business strategy.
• Analyze the 12 financial ratios mentioned in the textbook and determine which is the most useful to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.

Week 4 DQ 2
Managing Cash Flow
Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the steps involved in preparing a cash budget and determine which steps presents the greatest number of obstacles to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the steps involved in avoiding a cash crunch and make at least one additional recommendation for doing so. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 5 Discussion Questions

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Week 5 DQ 1
Guerrilla Marketing
Please respond to the following:

• From the first e-Activity, discuss the key elements that made the guerrilla marketing so successful. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss possible best practices from the guerrilla marketing campaign that different types of small businesses could leverage. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 5 DQ 2
Advertising and Promotion
Please respond to the following:
• From the second e-Activity, determine the best possible way to leverage Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to advertise and promote the small business of your choice. Explain your rationale.
• Select a small business with which you are familiar and then determine the best way for that business to stretch its advertising budget. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 6 Discussion Questions

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Week 6 DQ 1
Pricing and Globalization Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible pricing strategy based on whether the company you selected is a retailer, manufacturer, or service firm. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the best possible way the company you selected could expand its market globally.

Week 6 DQ 2
Globalization and Sources of Equity Financing
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss how the company you selected might benefit from selling new customers on e-Bay (as opposed to building and maintaining its own Website).
• Referring to the same company, determine the best source of equity capital available to the company you selected. Explain your rationale.

BUS 402 Week 7 Discussion Questions

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Week 7 DQ 1
Sources of Debt Financing
Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a small business you could envision yourself owning and discuss the most appropriate source of debt capital for that business. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss how you could best use an SBA loan to get your business running or expanding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 7 DQ 2
Location, Layout, and Physical Facilities
Please respond to the following:

• Using the same small business you described in the first discussion, determine the best possible location for your business within driving distance of where you now live. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the layout and design configuration of a building you would like to use to house your business, including how you would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

BUS 402 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 DQ 1
Supply Chain Management
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine which best practices can be applied to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma in regard to quality control of a product or service, and make at least one recommendation for improvement. Explain your rationale.

Week 8 DQ 2
Managing Inventory

• Describe a retail business with which you are familiar and determine the most suitable means of inventory control. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• For the same business, discuss what innovative steps you could take to deter employee theft and/or shoplifting.

BUS 402 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 DQ 1
Fikes Products
Please respond to the following:

• From the case study, discuss possible new options for finding quality employees other than those considered in the case study.
• From the case study, discuss how Mark Sims could better motivate the employees he already has to become more productive and dedicated. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
Management Succession and Risk Management Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• Assume you are the owner of a small business with which you are familiar. Outline the basics of a management succession plan for passing the business on to the individual of your choice.
• Referring to the same small business, determine the most appropriate way for that business to minimize its exposure to risk. Explain your rationale.

BUS 402 Week 10 Discussion Questions

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Week 10 DQ 1
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and develop a plan of action for encouraging ethical behavior. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Analyze a business’s responsibilities to the environment, employees, customers, investors, and the community, and determine which is the most important. Explain your rationale.

Week 10 DQ 2
The Legal Environment
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and discuss the most likely forms of business law it would need to be concerned about. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Referring to the same company, discuss the most likely government regulations that would directly impact day-to-day operations. Provide specific examples to support your response

BUS 402 Week 11 Discussion Questions

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Week 11 DQ 1
Summation
Please respond to the following:

• Reflecting back on everything you have learned in this course, discuss the single most important lesson any entrepreneur should apply in order to be successful. Explain your rationale.
• Summarize the lessons learned in this course in 140 characters or less (something you could post on Twitter).

Week 11 DQ 2
My Dream Business
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the most innovative idea you can dream up for a new business. Explain why you think it would be successful.
• Discuss the major challenges you would face in running such a business and how you would expect to overcome them. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 508 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

BUS 508 Week 1 Discussion Question

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“Corporate Responsibility” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and the e-Activity, determine two (2) key reasons why people value the customer service that Nordstrom provides. Examine Nordstrom’s current corporate social responsibility activities, and suggest one (1) additional action that the company could take to further strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts.
• From the scenario, suggest two (2) reasons why you believe it is important for Walters Aeroworks to take its corporate community into consideration when addressing social responsibility. Assess the value of a reputable corporate image when considering expanding the company’s current operations. Provide a rationale for your response.

BUS 508 Week 2 Discussion Question

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“Dealing with the Global Workforce” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, assess the importance of developing and adhering to a strategic plan when a company attempts to expand beyond its domestic business operations. Suggest two (2) best practices that a company should follow when attempting to complete such an expansion. Justify your response.
• From the “Business Etiquette: Dealing with the Global Workforce” reading in Chapter 3 of the text, determine two (2) reasons why using the identified tips are important when you are using virtual team members for your organization. Provide at least two (2) examples of where these recommendations would be effective for a company that operates internationally.

BUS 508 Week 3 Discussion Question

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“Successful Entrepreneurship” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a business plan that is both well-written and based on desired outcomes. Suggest two (2) ways in which a well-written business plan could assist a business owner like Cliff Walters in continuing with his vision for Walters Aeroworks.
• From the case study, evaluate the effectiveness of Lee Rhodes’ business decisions based on the manner in which such decisions have impacted the success of her business from an entrepreneurial point of view. Recommend two (2) additional strategies that Rhodes could utilize to increase her chances of continued success. Justify your response.

BUS 508 Week 4 Discussion Question

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“Consumer Lawsuits” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity, provide a brief, two (2) sentence summary of the background of the case and the outcomes of the lawsuit. Examine both the positive and negative effects that the company in question experienced. Suggest two (2) actions that the company could have taken in order to mitigate the impact of the lawsuit on the company’s business operations and reputation.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of understanding tax laws and governmental regulations that may have an impact on the expansion plans for Walters Aeroworks. Predict the manner in which Walters Aeroworks’ potential pursuit of international expansion could impact these plans.

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“Using Business Students as Consultants” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, formulate a strategy to maintain the corporate culture for Walters Aeroworks during expansion activities. Include strategies that focus mainly on methods of communicating the decisions for expansion, along with keeping current employees motivated while hiring staff to fill new positions.
• Examine the four (4) managerial functions and determine which one (1) you believe to be the most important. Provide two (2) examples to support your choice.

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“Customer Service” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the key reasons why Southwest Airlines has such high customer satisfaction ratings in comparison with other airlines. Provide two (2) examples that illustrate instances of customer satisfaction to support your position.
• From the scenario, formulate at least two (2) strategies that a company in the midst of strategic change may use in order to provide continued motivation to its employees. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity and the “Hit & Miss: Kodak Ignores the Digital Picture” reading in Chapter 12 of the text, examine the main reasons behind Kodak reinventing itself in order to stay in business. Evaluate the level of success of Kodak’s reinvention attempts. Support your position with two (2) examples of Kodak’s success or failure in its efforts.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of a company’s ability to understand its customers when creating its marketing strategy. Determine the degree to which this understanding factors into distribution strategies for its products and services. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Information Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a company having a robust information management system strategy. Recommend two (2) actions that a company may take in order to protect its information assets from potential disruption and loss.
• From the case study, examine the major advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft charging businesses to use Skype. Determine whether or not it would be beneficial for Microsoft to charge businesses for the use of Skype. Provide a rationale for your response.

BUS 508 Week 9 Discussion Question

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“Financial Systems” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the importance of bankers having good working relationships with their clients. Support your response with two (2) examples that illustrate such importance.
• From the scenario, examine the four (4) main accounting statements and determine which statement you believe to be the most critical in understanding a company’s current financial position. Provide a rationale for your response.

BUS 508 Week 10 Discussion Question

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“Financial Management” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine whether or not you agree with Meg Whitman’s approach for Hewlett-Packard to spend more funds on research and development, rather than on continued acquisitions. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the scenario, rate the recommendations that Tammy Partridge made to expand product lines at the current production facility and to take the company public in order to provide additional capital for expansion of the business (1 meaning that you highly disagree with her recommendations; 5 meaning that you highly agree with her recommendations). Determine whether or not the recommended approaches seem to be viable. Provide a rationale for your response.

BUS 508 Week 11 Discussion Question

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“Transfer It” Please respond to the following:
• Propose two (2) applications of knowledge that you have learned in this course to your current or a future position.
• Create a list of three (3) best practices to follow in the field of contemporary business.

CIS 505 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

CIS 505 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Trends in Communications and Networking. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the direction of current and past trends in both communication and networking and explain how these changes have impacted business.
• Analyze why the burden on managers is greater today than in previous years when it comes to using technology efficiently. Give two examples that defend this claim.

Week 1 DQ 2
Understanding Response Time. Please respond to the following:

• Identify an acceptable system response time for interactive applications. Compare how this response time relates to an acceptable response time for Websites.
• Suggest two real-world examples of user and system response times that demonstrate their importance and significance.

CIS 505 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2 DQ 1
Mainframes. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the following statement, “Mainframe computers are still needed even though personal computers and workstations have increased in capabilities.” Defend your position by providing at least one example to support your position.
• Analyze the differences between distributed data processing and centralized data processing. Provide an example of each. Then compare each to the processing used in cloud computing.

Week 2 DQ 2
Circuit Switching and Packet Switching. Please respond to the following:

• Cite two examples of a circuit switch and packet switch environment. Base one example on a circuit switch and the other on a packet switch. Describe the trade-off between the two technologies and the reason why packet switching is more appropriate for the Internet.
• Assuming your daily routine stayed the same, speculate the problems you would have if the Internet didn’t exist. Speculate the problems of a familiar organization given the same scenario.

CIS 505 Week 3 Discussion Questions

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Week 3 DQ 1
IPv6 Adoption. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the idea of IPv6 being hailed as the next generation of the Internet. Support your response with evidence or examples.
• Critique the adoption and deployment of IPv6, and determine the security and networking issues associated with this process.

Week 3 DQ 2
Fat Clients and Servers. Please respond to the following:

• Provide a scenario in which the use of fat servers would be preferred over the use of fat clients. Describe why fat servers, rather than fat clients, should be used in your scenario.
• Compare the pros and cons of Intranets to those of the Internet from an organizational perspective. Suggest one way to integrate the two and the benefits this may bring.

CIS 505 Week 4 Discussion Questions

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Week 4 DQ 1
HTTP and HTTPS. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the current uses of HTTP and HTTPS, and predict the future outlook for both protocols. Describe any foreseen changes in the frequency or way each protocol is used.
• Identify the various uses for HTTP and HTTPS, and justify the use of one over the other. Include two examples to demonstrate the use of each protocol.

Week 4 DQ 2
Elastic and Inelastic. Please respond to the following:

• Provide three examples of inelastic traffic not discussed in the text and validate their inclusion as inelastic.
• Analyze the characteristics of elastic traffic to determine why this is used on the Internet.
CIS 505 Week 5 Discussion Questions

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Week 5 DQ 1
Routing and Switching Selection Criteria. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast distance-vector and link state routing, and analyze the limitations that would prevent the usage of each.
• Choose the method best suited for designing a new routing protocol for a LAN architecture. Justify your decision.

Week 5 DQ 2
Transmission Medium. Please respond to the following:

• Suggest a way to improve the way LLC and MAC are used for LAN operation.
• Evaluate guided and unguided transmission medium to determine which you would use to design a new facility.

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Week 6 DQ 1
Ethernet Options. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages of ATM and Gigabit Ethernet technologies as high-speed networking solutions. Describe how to migrate from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet, and to 10-Gbps Ethernet.
• Compare and contrast the advantages of Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10-Gbps Ethernet.

Week 6 DQ 2
Wireless LAN. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the characteristics of wireless LANs and assess the security concerns of this technology in organizations such as universities or hospitals. Identify additional areas of concern for organizations that implement a wireless LAN. Then, explain whether the implementation of a WAN would solve these problems. Explain your rationale.
• Rank the following IEEE 802.11 standard addresses in order of importance with the first one being the most important. Justify the reason for your chosen order.

o Association
o Re-association
o Disassociation
o Authentication

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Week 7 DQ 1
Circuit Packet Switching and VPNs. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze at least one major advantage of private networks and the impact it creates for a communication technology organization. Be sure to provide your source either as an article or URL.
• From the e-Activity, compare three VPN services available to organizations to determine the primary differences among each. Discuss the pros and cons of each VPN service and suggest the type of organization that would best fit each network provider.

Week 7 DQ 2
ATM and Frame Relay. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages and disadvantages of ATM to those of frame relay. Recommend the superior technology and explain your rationale.
• Suppose you are in charge of selecting ATM or frame relay as a WAN alternative for your technological needs of a communication technology organization. Choose one of the WAN alternatives and justify your decision.

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Week 8 DQ 1
Satellite Communication. Please respond to the following:

• Justify the circumstances in a business situation in which you would use GEOS, LEOS, and MEOS.
• Discuss the business applications currently being used to support VSAT.

Week 8 DQ 2
Data Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the four items related to channel capacity: data rate, bandwidth, noise, and error rate. Determine the most important and justify its significance over the remaining items.
Describe real-world examples of attenuation and white noise. Examine the effect on the information-carrying capacity of the link and present a way to avoid these types of interruptions.

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Week 9 DQ 1
Digital Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast the data communication technologies of guided media and unguided media. This should include transmission media, data link control protocols, and multiplexing.
• Compare digital transmission to analog transmission to determine the advantages of digital transmission. Provide at least one example to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
T-1 Lines. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze the multiplexing techniques of DSL and cable modem Internet and suggest the one you prefer. Explain your decision.
• Compare and contrast the use of leased lines in a WAN or LAN setting. Then recommend what you would use if you were a CIO. Support your response with evidence or examples.

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Week 10 DQ 1
Employee Monitoring. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the ethical concerns raised by employees who are upset about organizations monitoring their email or Internet access for security purposes. Assess whether you believe it is fair for an employee to undergo this type of surveillance.
• Suggest an alternative approach for an organization to control security without monitoring employee actions.

Week 10 DQ 2
Computer Security. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss two security issues related to the researched technologies.
• Select a Wi-Fi device you are familiar with and analyze the security protection currently implemented on the device. Speculate whether the protection on the selected device is sufficient for the data it contains.

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Week 11 DQ 1
Future Outlook. Please respond to the following:

• Of the numerous forms of communication technologies presented in this course, predict the first form of technology to be phased out by a newer and improved technology. Explain the limitations of this technology and the reason for its speculated obsolesce.
• Speculate the technology that will replace the previously mentioned technology above. Describe the features, capabilities, or basic advantages this technology will have over its predecessor.

Week 11 DQ 2
Course Wrap-Up. Please respond to the following:

• Discuss how you can apply at least four of the weekly course learning outcomes throughout this course to your professional or personal life.
• Select your favorite technology discussed in this course. Imagine today’s world without that technology. Explain the issues and impact this change would make.

HRM Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

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Week 1- Discussion 1
From the e-Activity, rank the top-five skills that are important for success in human resource management, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important. Determine one of these skills that you currently possess and one skill that you will need to develop. Provide support for your answer.

Week 1- Discussion 2
Assume that you are about to start a new business. Determine two aspects of human resource management that you would consider outsourcing to specialists. Provide a rational for your response.

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Week 2- D1
From the scenario, propose two adjustments that you as a HR manager can make to support the changes related to high-performance work systems, technological changes, and a change in the employment relationship.

Week 2- D2
Imagine that you work for an organization that has decided to move its manufacturing to Mexico and focus more on research and information technology. Predict two ways that the shift will impact current employees and your role as the HR manager. Provide solutions to these foreseen changes.

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Week 3-D1
From the e-Activity, examine two of the resources that are available for the selected job analysis method.

Week 3- D2
From the scenario, propose two work/life programs that will support these professionals, and determine how you would ascertain the needs of the workforce.

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Week 4- D1
Determine two places outside of the Internet where you would search locally for viable candidates with the skills needed to fill the positions of software developers. Support your position.

Week 4 D2
From the scenario, suggest two types of training that the company would provide for newly hired employees into a software development position. Elaborate briefly (two sentences) on your suggestions.

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Week 5 D1
From the scenario, propose two approaches that a company can use to leverage a 360-degree performance appraisal system to evaluate individual performance. Support your answer with examples.

Week 5 D2
Describe two instances where performance pressure can lead to unethical behavior by employees in the effort to meet company goals. Propose two suggestions that HRM can take to limit unethical behavior by employees.

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Week 6 D1
From the e-Activity, suggest two applications for the psychological test that you researched in regard to employee preferences / tendencies and the communication, work style, and leadership of the people in a work group.

Week 6 D2
Assume you are the HR Director of a company, and you are involved with selecting the next CEO of that company. Examine two reasons why CEOs experience job insecurity. Determine two advantages to being the CEO of the company that you may use to persuade the candidate to accept the position.

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Week 7 D1
From the e-Activity, compare the salaries for the same job in two different geographic locations within the United States. Speculate on two economic influences that may impact the pay difference in the two geographic areas you selected.

Week 7 D2
Determine two circumstances in which profit sharing and employee stock ownership may increase employee motivation and performance levels. Support your answer with examples.

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Week 8 D1
From the scenario, examine two reasons why employees join labor unions. Examine two reasons why managers prefer that unions do not represent their employees. Suggest two benefits that unions can provide for an employer.

Week 8 D2
From the e-Activity, examine two actions that the selected HI organization takes in order to make its employees feel that they are members of a supportive community. Propose two scenarios in which high involvement by an organization would benefit the company and encourage employee loyalty.

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Week 9 D1
From the e-Activity, examine two factors that HR managers would need to consider when teaching employees about the culture in Mexico. Recommend two actions that HR managers can take in order to prepare their employees for the culture shift.

Week 9 D2
In America today, education is increasingly the key to individual success in the workplace. Determine two benefits to hiring someone who has an education gap, as opposed to merely hiring someone who has the requisite knowledge and skills. Recommend two actions that organizations can take to overcome the education gap when hiring new employees.

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Week 10 D1
Imagine that you are HR manager for a company with a high performance work system that includes the right combination of people, technology, and organizational structure. Provide two suggestions for how the combination of these factors can contribute to high performance for the organization. Support your position.

Week 10 D2
Management is about making choices about strategy and deciding to take one action over another. Examine two challenges that managers in American companies face today in regard to the new global economy. Based on these two challenges, recommend two actions that managers in American companies can take in order to meet the challenges of the new global economy.

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Week 11 D1
Determine two ways to apply what you learned in this course in your current or a future position.

Week 11 D2
Assess how your own theories of consumer behavior have matured or changed since the beginning of this course.

MKT 500 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

MKT 500 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“The Tata Nano: The People’s Car (A) and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, categorize the Nano’s marketing segments that have the greatest influence on its sales. Assume you are the marketing manager at Tato responsible for consumer marketing. In your own words, outline a plan that Tato could implement in order to make the process to purchase the Nano more efficient for potential buyers.
• * From the scenario, analyze each level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and articulate the level which most affects you when making a purchase. Provide support for your rationale by utilizing an example.

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“Targeting Segments and Brand Positioning Statements” Please respond to the following:
• From first e-Activity, break down the segmentation variables used for Baby Boomers versus Gen Nester. Compare the major differences and recommend one (1) new and unique variable for each segment. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the case study and the second e-Activity, appraise two to three (2-3) points of differentiation (POD) benefits of a product with which you are familiar, and focus on the capacity of each benefit to illustrate a meaningful difference from its competing products. Specify the key aspects of the product’s associated marketing that led you to select your chosen product attributes as POD benefits. Provide a rationale for your response.
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“Core Market Offerings and Defining the Product” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, take a position on whether Tropicana did or did not make a major mistake in changing its product packaging. Next, suggest the next two (2) steps that you believe Tropicana should take in its branding strategy in order to counteract the initial negative response to the new product packaging. Provide a rationale for your response and do not duplicate your classmates’ responses.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the attributes of Golds Reling’s brand from the brand map presented in the scenario according to the attributes that you believe would be most important to the new tablet’s target market. Provide support for your response.

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“New Product Development and The Product Life Cycle” Please respond to the following:
• * From the scenario, analyze the goals, product, price, and promotion for the new product launch in each stage of the product life cycle. Recommend two (2) marketing tactics and strategies that the intern should consider in order to increase product revenue over time. Provide rationale for your response.
• From the e-Activity, imagine you are on the marketing team for the Smart Car Company, which is looking to expand its current automobile offerings. First, propose one (1) possible new product or extension that your team could offer to either Smart Car Company’s existing target or a new target market. Next, formulate one (1) strategy for marketing your product to your selected market. Justify your response by comparing your strategy to the current Smart Car market and the challenges it is strategically facing.

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“Pricing Products and Distribution Channels” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, suggest the pricing strategy that you believe will be the most effective for the QTG division of PepsiCo. Evaluate the degree to which each of PepsiCo’s distribution channels effectively leverages the corporation’s core competencies. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, evaluate the capacity of the most common distribution channels available for the new product launch to provide consumers with easier access to the product. Speculate on the extent to which Golds Reling, Inc. could use each channel to meet profit goals. Choose the most beneficial distribution strategies, and suggest two (2) ways in which this selection could potentially affect consumer adoption of the new product. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“The Importance of Social Media and Web Analytics” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, assess the degree to which Salina Siu effectively used YouTube to develop customer loyalty. Appraise the success potential of at least two (2) other social media methods that Salina could use to promote her business. Justify your response.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the most significant components of a social media campaign according to the level of influence each could have on the new product launch. Examine both the social media tools that will provide the highest return on investment (ROI), and two (2) key performance indicators (KPIs) that one could use to measure success. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Focus Groups” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, hypothesize the usefulness of the NPS data as it applies to customer satisfaction scores for Finale. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, propose two (2) methods that Golds Reling, Inc. could use in order to effectively measure customer satisfaction for the new product launch. Choose the most effective method, and suggest one (1) process that the organization could follow in order to implement your chosen method. Justify your response.

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, judge the extent to which the marketing plan at Just Us! is outdated. Propose two (2) ways that Just Us! could improve the customer experience and thus sustain future growth. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, suggest two (2) marketing strategy options that Golds Reling, Inc. could implement. Next, select the option that you believe will be most effective for the new product launch. Justify your response.

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.

Week 1 to 11 Strayer DQ’s

BUS 322 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

BUS 322 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
“Organizational Behavior and Opportunity” Please respond to the following:

• Create an example that clearly illustrates how businesses satisfy their stakeholders in the context of the forces shaping the organization. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, discuss ways that the organizational behavior characteristics of Holden Outerwear could be applied to other types of organizations in a positive way. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
“Challenges for Managers” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the challenges managers face to determine (and discuss) which challenge is the most difficult to address. Recommend at least one approach to address that challenge.
• Predict the types of challenges facing managers 20 years from now and how those challenges could be addressed. Explain your rationale

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Week 2 DQ 1
“Personality, Perception, and Attribution” Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on which has a stronger impact on personality – heredity or environment. Support your position with examples or evidence.
• Briefly describe a job you have held in the past and how personality, perception, and attribution played a role in shaping the work environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 2 DQ 2
“Attitudes, Emotions, and Ethics” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an organization or business for which you have worked and how you would have applied the lessons learned in Chapter 4 to make it a better and more productive working environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the e-Activity, determine the likely impact of the ethical issue the company you researched has experienced on the attitudes and emotions of employees, as well as recommendations for how management can address that impact.

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Week 3 DQ 1
“Motivation” Please respond to the following:

• Select one of the theories of motivation discussed in Chapter 5 and explain how you would apply that theory at your current (or previous) place of work to improve both productivity and morale. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Determine how managers could combine two or more motivation theories to tailor their efforts to motivate employees to a specific work environment or set of employees.

Week 3 DQ 2
“Learning and Performance Management” Please respond to the following:

• Describe how you would apply either behavioral theories of learning or cognitive theories of learning to solve a specific work-related performance problem. Explain your rationale.
• Briefly describe your current job (or one you have had in the past), and determine how performance management could have been applied in a way that would have both motivated you and made your work more rewarding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 4 DQ 1
“Stress” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine if there is more stress today than in past generations and provide available evidence to support your response.
• Analyze current (or previous) employer’s efforts to manage stress in the workplace to determine what additional steps could have been taken. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 4 DQ 2
“Communication” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the factors contributing to poor communication in the workplace to determine the single greatest communication barrier at your current (or previous) place of work, as well as how you would address that barrier.
• From the video, determine ways that a specific organization in a different industry could apply the lessons learned by Plant Fantasies. Provide specific examples of how doing so would help the business you selected.

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Week 5 DQ 1
“Work Teams and Groups” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a group or team that you have been a part of that you felt was particularly effective. Determine what specific characteristics of that team made it so (e.g., group or team structured, roles, norms, etc.). Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Develop a short list (3-4 items) of best practices based on your analysis above that any organization could apply when putting a work team or group together.

Week 5 DQ 2
“Decision Making” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the impact of individual influences such as comfort for risk, cognitive style, personality, intuition, and creativity on the decision-making process in organizations.
• Using attribution theory as a basis, determine which mistakes can be made as managers and employees work together to explain why problems occur.

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Week 6 DQ 1
“Power and Political Behavior” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the most powerful person you know and what it is that makes the person powerful.
• Considering your current (or future) employer, determine the best approach management could take toward empowering employees. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 6 DQ 2
“Leadership and Followership” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the theories on leadership discussed in Chapter 12 to determine which you believe is the most applicable to the greatest number of organizations. Explain your rationale.
• From the video, determine three ways that the lessons regarding leadership (and followership) at Camp Bow Wow can be applied to your current (or future) place of work. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 7 DQ 1
“Contributing Factors to Conflict” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze and discuss structural and personal factors that contribute to any conflict you experience at work (or experienced at a past employer), as well as steps that could be taken to mitigate those factors.
• Assess the types of intrapersonal conflict you experience at your current employer (or school) and possible best practices for addressing that conflict.

Week 7 DQ 2
“Conflict Management Styles” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate your own conflict management style to determine when it may be the most effective approach to handling conflict and when it may be an ineffective approach to handling conflict. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, determine if Barcelona Restaurant Group management’s approach to conflict in the workplace would work at your current (or expected) place of work. Explain your rationale.

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Week 8 DQ 1
“Jobs and the Design of Work” Please respond to the following:
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the traditional approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the alternative approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.

Week 8 DQ 2
“Organizational Design and Structure” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the organization you work for (or have worked for in the past) on each basic design dimension (i.e., formalization, centralization, specialization, standardization, complexity, hierarchy of authority) to determine if it is a formal or informal organization.
• Determine how the size, technology, and mission of your organization impacts organizational design and structure, as well as how these characteristics directly affect you.

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Week 9 DQ 1
“Organizational Culture” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, make at least two recommendations for how the company you researched could modify its organizational culture to better enhance employee performance.
• Analyze the challenges involved in developing a positive organizational culture to determine which present the greatest challenge. Explain your rationale.

Week 9 DQ 2
“Career Management” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate the career stages discussed in Chapter 17 to determine which will be the most challenging for you personally. Explain your rationale.
• Recommend at least two strategies for addressing the challenges you identified.

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Week 10 DQ 1
“Managing Change” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the two most significant external forces for change in today’s organizations.
• Make at least two recommendations about how organizations can mitigate resistance to change.

Week 10 DQ 2
“Applied Intervention” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an OD intervention you would like to see carried out at your current (or previous) employer and determine the most appropriate group-focused techniques for OD intervention within that organization.
• Considering the same organization, determine the most appropriate individual-focused techniques for OD intervention.

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Week 11 DQ 1
“Looking Back” Please respond to the following:

• Create a simile or metaphor for what it is like to manage organizational behavior – one that would help someone with no knowledge of the field better understand what it is all about.
• Assess how what you have learned in this class could be used most effectively by someone with no professional connection to organizational behavior.

Week 11 DQ 2
“Looking Ahead” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the single most important lesson learned and how you will apply it in your current (or future) career.
• Predict the major challenges business will be facing in terms of organization behavior 20 years from now. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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BUS 402 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Entrepreneurs
Please respond to the following:

Inc. magazine claims, “Entrepreneurship is more mundane than it is sometimes portrayed . . . you don’t need to be a person of mythical proportions to be very, very successful in building a company.” Discuss whether you agree or disagree with this statement and why.
Analyze the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and determine if you have what it takes to start your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
Strategic Management
Please respond to the following:

Analyze the steps involved in developing a strategic plan for a company and determine which step is the most difficult to get right. Explain your rationale.
From the e-Activity, determine how you would leverage the support provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration in planning and starting your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 2 DQ 1
Choosing a Form of Ownership
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, describe the most appropriate form of ownership for your new franchise based on your current financial situation. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Assume the form of your new business will be a partnership (if you have not already done so). Discuss the types of conflicts that may arise and how you could prevent them from arising in the first place.

Week 2 DQ 2
Franchising and the Entrepreneur
Please respond to the following:
• Based on the case study (“Case 10 Firehouse Subs.pdf ”), determine which of the three options executives are considering would be most beneficial to a single franchise owner. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a franchisee of the franchise you selected. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 3 Discussion Questions

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Week 3 DQ 1
Buying an Existing Business
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible method for determining the value of the business you selected. Explain your rationale.
• Create a strategy for negotiating the purchase of the business you selected in the e-Activity.

Week 3 DQ 2
Feasibility Analyses and Business Plans
Please respond to the following:

• Develop an idea for a new business and conduct a feasibility analysis. Please be as creative as you like in the development of your idea (but as careful as you can be in your analysis of that idea).
• Analyze the steps involved in crafting a wining business plan and make at least one recommendation for improving the process. Explain your rationale for making the recommendation you did.

BUS 402 Week 4 Discussion Questions

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Week 4 DQ 1
Creating a Solid Financial Plan
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the best way to leverage a breakeven analysis when defining a business strategy.
• Analyze the 12 financial ratios mentioned in the textbook and determine which is the most useful to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.

Week 4 DQ 2
Managing Cash Flow
Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the steps involved in preparing a cash budget and determine which steps presents the greatest number of obstacles to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the steps involved in avoiding a cash crunch and make at least one additional recommendation for doing so. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 5 Discussion Questions

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Week 5 DQ 1
Guerrilla Marketing
Please respond to the following:

• From the first e-Activity, discuss the key elements that made the guerrilla marketing so successful. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss possible best practices from the guerrilla marketing campaign that different types of small businesses could leverage. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 5 DQ 2
Advertising and Promotion
Please respond to the following:
• From the second e-Activity, determine the best possible way to leverage Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to advertise and promote the small business of your choice. Explain your rationale.
• Select a small business with which you are familiar and then determine the best way for that business to stretch its advertising budget. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 6 Discussion Questions

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Week 6 DQ 1
Pricing and Globalization Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible pricing strategy based on whether the company you selected is a retailer, manufacturer, or service firm. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the best possible way the company you selected could expand its market globally.

Week 6 DQ 2
Globalization and Sources of Equity Financing
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss how the company you selected might benefit from selling new customers on e-Bay (as opposed to building and maintaining its own Website).
• Referring to the same company, determine the best source of equity capital available to the company you selected. Explain your rationale.

BUS 402 Week 7 Discussion Questions

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Week 7 DQ 1
Sources of Debt Financing
Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a small business you could envision yourself owning and discuss the most appropriate source of debt capital for that business. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss how you could best use an SBA loan to get your business running or expanding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 7 DQ 2
Location, Layout, and Physical Facilities
Please respond to the following:

• Using the same small business you described in the first discussion, determine the best possible location for your business within driving distance of where you now live. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the layout and design configuration of a building you would like to use to house your business, including how you would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

BUS 402 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 DQ 1
Supply Chain Management
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine which best practices can be applied to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma in regard to quality control of a product or service, and make at least one recommendation for improvement. Explain your rationale.

Week 8 DQ 2
Managing Inventory

• Describe a retail business with which you are familiar and determine the most suitable means of inventory control. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• For the same business, discuss what innovative steps you could take to deter employee theft and/or shoplifting.

BUS 402 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 DQ 1
Fikes Products
Please respond to the following:

• From the case study, discuss possible new options for finding quality employees other than those considered in the case study.
• From the case study, discuss how Mark Sims could better motivate the employees he already has to become more productive and dedicated. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
Management Succession and Risk Management Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• Assume you are the owner of a small business with which you are familiar. Outline the basics of a management succession plan for passing the business on to the individual of your choice.
• Referring to the same small business, determine the most appropriate way for that business to minimize its exposure to risk. Explain your rationale.

BUS 402 Week 10 Discussion Questions

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Week 10 DQ 1
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and develop a plan of action for encouraging ethical behavior. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Analyze a business’s responsibilities to the environment, employees, customers, investors, and the community, and determine which is the most important. Explain your rationale.

Week 10 DQ 2
The Legal Environment
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and discuss the most likely forms of business law it would need to be concerned about. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Referring to the same company, discuss the most likely government regulations that would directly impact day-to-day operations. Provide specific examples to support your response

BUS 402 Week 11 Discussion Questions

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Week 11 DQ 1
Summation
Please respond to the following:

• Reflecting back on everything you have learned in this course, discuss the single most important lesson any entrepreneur should apply in order to be successful. Explain your rationale.
• Summarize the lessons learned in this course in 140 characters or less (something you could post on Twitter).

Week 11 DQ 2
My Dream Business
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the most innovative idea you can dream up for a new business. Explain why you think it would be successful.
• Discuss the major challenges you would face in running such a business and how you would expect to overcome them. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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BUS 508 Week 1 Discussion Question

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“Corporate Responsibility” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and the e-Activity, determine two (2) key reasons why people value the customer service that Nordstrom provides. Examine Nordstrom’s current corporate social responsibility activities, and suggest one (1) additional action that the company could take to further strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts.
• From the scenario, suggest two (2) reasons why you believe it is important for Walters Aeroworks to take its corporate community into consideration when addressing social responsibility. Assess the value of a reputable corporate image when considering expanding the company’s current operations. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Dealing with the Global Workforce” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, assess the importance of developing and adhering to a strategic plan when a company attempts to expand beyond its domestic business operations. Suggest two (2) best practices that a company should follow when attempting to complete such an expansion. Justify your response.
• From the “Business Etiquette: Dealing with the Global Workforce” reading in Chapter 3 of the text, determine two (2) reasons why using the identified tips are important when you are using virtual team members for your organization. Provide at least two (2) examples of where these recommendations would be effective for a company that operates internationally.

BUS 508 Week 3 Discussion Question

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“Successful Entrepreneurship” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a business plan that is both well-written and based on desired outcomes. Suggest two (2) ways in which a well-written business plan could assist a business owner like Cliff Walters in continuing with his vision for Walters Aeroworks.
• From the case study, evaluate the effectiveness of Lee Rhodes’ business decisions based on the manner in which such decisions have impacted the success of her business from an entrepreneurial point of view. Recommend two (2) additional strategies that Rhodes could utilize to increase her chances of continued success. Justify your response.

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“Consumer Lawsuits” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity, provide a brief, two (2) sentence summary of the background of the case and the outcomes of the lawsuit. Examine both the positive and negative effects that the company in question experienced. Suggest two (2) actions that the company could have taken in order to mitigate the impact of the lawsuit on the company’s business operations and reputation.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of understanding tax laws and governmental regulations that may have an impact on the expansion plans for Walters Aeroworks. Predict the manner in which Walters Aeroworks’ potential pursuit of international expansion could impact these plans.

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“Using Business Students as Consultants” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, formulate a strategy to maintain the corporate culture for Walters Aeroworks during expansion activities. Include strategies that focus mainly on methods of communicating the decisions for expansion, along with keeping current employees motivated while hiring staff to fill new positions.
• Examine the four (4) managerial functions and determine which one (1) you believe to be the most important. Provide two (2) examples to support your choice.

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“Customer Service” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the key reasons why Southwest Airlines has such high customer satisfaction ratings in comparison with other airlines. Provide two (2) examples that illustrate instances of customer satisfaction to support your position.
• From the scenario, formulate at least two (2) strategies that a company in the midst of strategic change may use in order to provide continued motivation to its employees. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity and the “Hit & Miss: Kodak Ignores the Digital Picture” reading in Chapter 12 of the text, examine the main reasons behind Kodak reinventing itself in order to stay in business. Evaluate the level of success of Kodak’s reinvention attempts. Support your position with two (2) examples of Kodak’s success or failure in its efforts.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of a company’s ability to understand its customers when creating its marketing strategy. Determine the degree to which this understanding factors into distribution strategies for its products and services. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Information Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a company having a robust information management system strategy. Recommend two (2) actions that a company may take in order to protect its information assets from potential disruption and loss.
• From the case study, examine the major advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft charging businesses to use Skype. Determine whether or not it would be beneficial for Microsoft to charge businesses for the use of Skype. Provide a rationale for your response.

BUS 508 Week 9 Discussion Question

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“Financial Systems” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the importance of bankers having good working relationships with their clients. Support your response with two (2) examples that illustrate such importance.
• From the scenario, examine the four (4) main accounting statements and determine which statement you believe to be the most critical in understanding a company’s current financial position. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Financial Management” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine whether or not you agree with Meg Whitman’s approach for Hewlett-Packard to spend more funds on research and development, rather than on continued acquisitions. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the scenario, rate the recommendations that Tammy Partridge made to expand product lines at the current production facility and to take the company public in order to provide additional capital for expansion of the business (1 meaning that you highly disagree with her recommendations; 5 meaning that you highly agree with her recommendations). Determine whether or not the recommended approaches seem to be viable. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Transfer It” Please respond to the following:
• Propose two (2) applications of knowledge that you have learned in this course to your current or a future position.
• Create a list of three (3) best practices to follow in the field of contemporary business.

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CIS 505 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Trends in Communications and Networking. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the direction of current and past trends in both communication and networking and explain how these changes have impacted business.
• Analyze why the burden on managers is greater today than in previous years when it comes to using technology efficiently. Give two examples that defend this claim.

Week 1 DQ 2
Understanding Response Time. Please respond to the following:

• Identify an acceptable system response time for interactive applications. Compare how this response time relates to an acceptable response time for Websites.
• Suggest two real-world examples of user and system response times that demonstrate their importance and significance.

CIS 505 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2 DQ 1
Mainframes. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the following statement, “Mainframe computers are still needed even though personal computers and workstations have increased in capabilities.” Defend your position by providing at least one example to support your position.
• Analyze the differences between distributed data processing and centralized data processing. Provide an example of each. Then compare each to the processing used in cloud computing.

Week 2 DQ 2
Circuit Switching and Packet Switching. Please respond to the following:

• Cite two examples of a circuit switch and packet switch environment. Base one example on a circuit switch and the other on a packet switch. Describe the trade-off between the two technologies and the reason why packet switching is more appropriate for the Internet.
• Assuming your daily routine stayed the same, speculate the problems you would have if the Internet didn’t exist. Speculate the problems of a familiar organization given the same scenario.

CIS 505 Week 3 Discussion Questions

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Week 3 DQ 1
IPv6 Adoption. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the idea of IPv6 being hailed as the next generation of the Internet. Support your response with evidence or examples.
• Critique the adoption and deployment of IPv6, and determine the security and networking issues associated with this process.

Week 3 DQ 2
Fat Clients and Servers. Please respond to the following:

• Provide a scenario in which the use of fat servers would be preferred over the use of fat clients. Describe why fat servers, rather than fat clients, should be used in your scenario.
• Compare the pros and cons of Intranets to those of the Internet from an organizational perspective. Suggest one way to integrate the two and the benefits this may bring.

CIS 505 Week 4 Discussion Questions

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Week 4 DQ 1
HTTP and HTTPS. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the current uses of HTTP and HTTPS, and predict the future outlook for both protocols. Describe any foreseen changes in the frequency or way each protocol is used.
• Identify the various uses for HTTP and HTTPS, and justify the use of one over the other. Include two examples to demonstrate the use of each protocol.

Week 4 DQ 2
Elastic and Inelastic. Please respond to the following:

• Provide three examples of inelastic traffic not discussed in the text and validate their inclusion as inelastic.
• Analyze the characteristics of elastic traffic to determine why this is used on the Internet.
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Week 5 DQ 1
Routing and Switching Selection Criteria. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast distance-vector and link state routing, and analyze the limitations that would prevent the usage of each.
• Choose the method best suited for designing a new routing protocol for a LAN architecture. Justify your decision.

Week 5 DQ 2
Transmission Medium. Please respond to the following:

• Suggest a way to improve the way LLC and MAC are used for LAN operation.
• Evaluate guided and unguided transmission medium to determine which you would use to design a new facility.

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Week 6 DQ 1
Ethernet Options. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages of ATM and Gigabit Ethernet technologies as high-speed networking solutions. Describe how to migrate from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet, and to 10-Gbps Ethernet.
• Compare and contrast the advantages of Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10-Gbps Ethernet.

Week 6 DQ 2
Wireless LAN. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the characteristics of wireless LANs and assess the security concerns of this technology in organizations such as universities or hospitals. Identify additional areas of concern for organizations that implement a wireless LAN. Then, explain whether the implementation of a WAN would solve these problems. Explain your rationale.
• Rank the following IEEE 802.11 standard addresses in order of importance with the first one being the most important. Justify the reason for your chosen order.

o Association
o Re-association
o Disassociation
o Authentication

CIS 505 Week 7 Discussion Questions

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Week 7 DQ 1
Circuit Packet Switching and VPNs. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze at least one major advantage of private networks and the impact it creates for a communication technology organization. Be sure to provide your source either as an article or URL.
• From the e-Activity, compare three VPN services available to organizations to determine the primary differences among each. Discuss the pros and cons of each VPN service and suggest the type of organization that would best fit each network provider.

Week 7 DQ 2
ATM and Frame Relay. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages and disadvantages of ATM to those of frame relay. Recommend the superior technology and explain your rationale.
• Suppose you are in charge of selecting ATM or frame relay as a WAN alternative for your technological needs of a communication technology organization. Choose one of the WAN alternatives and justify your decision.

CIS 505 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 DQ 1
Satellite Communication. Please respond to the following:

• Justify the circumstances in a business situation in which you would use GEOS, LEOS, and MEOS.
• Discuss the business applications currently being used to support VSAT.

Week 8 DQ 2
Data Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the four items related to channel capacity: data rate, bandwidth, noise, and error rate. Determine the most important and justify its significance over the remaining items.
Describe real-world examples of attenuation and white noise. Examine the effect on the information-carrying capacity of the link and present a way to avoid these types of interruptions.

CIS 505 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 DQ 1
Digital Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast the data communication technologies of guided media and unguided media. This should include transmission media, data link control protocols, and multiplexing.
• Compare digital transmission to analog transmission to determine the advantages of digital transmission. Provide at least one example to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
T-1 Lines. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze the multiplexing techniques of DSL and cable modem Internet and suggest the one you prefer. Explain your decision.
• Compare and contrast the use of leased lines in a WAN or LAN setting. Then recommend what you would use if you were a CIO. Support your response with evidence or examples.

CIS 505 Week 10 Discussion Questions

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Week 10 DQ 1
Employee Monitoring. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the ethical concerns raised by employees who are upset about organizations monitoring their email or Internet access for security purposes. Assess whether you believe it is fair for an employee to undergo this type of surveillance.
• Suggest an alternative approach for an organization to control security without monitoring employee actions.

Week 10 DQ 2
Computer Security. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss two security issues related to the researched technologies.
• Select a Wi-Fi device you are familiar with and analyze the security protection currently implemented on the device. Speculate whether the protection on the selected device is sufficient for the data it contains.

CIS 505 Week 11 Discussion Questions

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Week 11 DQ 1
Future Outlook. Please respond to the following:

• Of the numerous forms of communication technologies presented in this course, predict the first form of technology to be phased out by a newer and improved technology. Explain the limitations of this technology and the reason for its speculated obsolesce.
• Speculate the technology that will replace the previously mentioned technology above. Describe the features, capabilities, or basic advantages this technology will have over its predecessor.

Week 11 DQ 2
Course Wrap-Up. Please respond to the following:

• Discuss how you can apply at least four of the weekly course learning outcomes throughout this course to your professional or personal life.
• Select your favorite technology discussed in this course. Imagine today’s world without that technology. Explain the issues and impact this change would make.

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HRM 500 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1- Discussion 1
From the e-Activity, rank the top-five skills that are important for success in human resource management, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important. Determine one of these skills that you currently possess and one skill that you will need to develop. Provide support for your answer.

Week 1- Discussion 2
Assume that you are about to start a new business. Determine two aspects of human resource management that you would consider outsourcing to specialists. Provide a rational for your response.

HRM 500 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2- D1
From the scenario, propose two adjustments that you as a HR manager can make to support the changes related to high-performance work systems, technological changes, and a change in the employment relationship.

Week 2- D2
Imagine that you work for an organization that has decided to move its manufacturing to Mexico and focus more on research and information technology. Predict two ways that the shift will impact current employees and your role as the HR manager. Provide solutions to these foreseen changes.

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Week 3-D1
From the e-Activity, examine two of the resources that are available for the selected job analysis method.

Week 3- D2
From the scenario, propose two work/life programs that will support these professionals, and determine how you would ascertain the needs of the workforce.

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Week 4- D1
Determine two places outside of the Internet where you would search locally for viable candidates with the skills needed to fill the positions of software developers. Support your position.

Week 4 D2
From the scenario, suggest two types of training that the company would provide for newly hired employees into a software development position. Elaborate briefly (two sentences) on your suggestions.

HRM 500 Week 5 Discussion Questions

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Week 5 D1
From the scenario, propose two approaches that a company can use to leverage a 360-degree performance appraisal system to evaluate individual performance. Support your answer with examples.

Week 5 D2
Describe two instances where performance pressure can lead to unethical behavior by employees in the effort to meet company goals. Propose two suggestions that HRM can take to limit unethical behavior by employees.

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Week 6 D1
From the e-Activity, suggest two applications for the psychological test that you researched in regard to employee preferences / tendencies and the communication, work style, and leadership of the people in a work group.

Week 6 D2
Assume you are the HR Director of a company, and you are involved with selecting the next CEO of that company. Examine two reasons why CEOs experience job insecurity. Determine two advantages to being the CEO of the company that you may use to persuade the candidate to accept the position.

HRM 500 Week 7 Discussion Questions

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Week 7 D1
From the e-Activity, compare the salaries for the same job in two different geographic locations within the United States. Speculate on two economic influences that may impact the pay difference in the two geographic areas you selected.

Week 7 D2
Determine two circumstances in which profit sharing and employee stock ownership may increase employee motivation and performance levels. Support your answer with examples.

HRM 500 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 D1
From the scenario, examine two reasons why employees join labor unions. Examine two reasons why managers prefer that unions do not represent their employees. Suggest two benefits that unions can provide for an employer.

Week 8 D2
From the e-Activity, examine two actions that the selected HI organization takes in order to make its employees feel that they are members of a supportive community. Propose two scenarios in which high involvement by an organization would benefit the company and encourage employee loyalty.

HRM 500 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 D1
From the e-Activity, examine two factors that HR managers would need to consider when teaching employees about the culture in Mexico. Recommend two actions that HR managers can take in order to prepare their employees for the culture shift.

Week 9 D2
In America today, education is increasingly the key to individual success in the workplace. Determine two benefits to hiring someone who has an education gap, as opposed to merely hiring someone who has the requisite knowledge and skills. Recommend two actions that organizations can take to overcome the education gap when hiring new employees.

HRM 500 Week 10 Discussion Questions

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Week 10 D1
Imagine that you are HR manager for a company with a high performance work system that includes the right combination of people, technology, and organizational structure. Provide two suggestions for how the combination of these factors can contribute to high performance for the organization. Support your position.

Week 10 D2
Management is about making choices about strategy and deciding to take one action over another. Examine two challenges that managers in American companies face today in regard to the new global economy. Based on these two challenges, recommend two actions that managers in American companies can take in order to meet the challenges of the new global economy.

HRM 500 Week 11 Discussion Questions

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Week 11 D1
Determine two ways to apply what you learned in this course in your current or a future position.

Week 11 D2
Assess how your own theories of consumer behavior have matured or changed since the beginning of this course.

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MKT 500 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“The Tata Nano: The People’s Car (A) and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, categorize the Nano’s marketing segments that have the greatest influence on its sales. Assume you are the marketing manager at Tato responsible for consumer marketing. In your own words, outline a plan that Tato could implement in order to make the process to purchase the Nano more efficient for potential buyers.
• * From the scenario, analyze each level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and articulate the level which most affects you when making a purchase. Provide support for your rationale by utilizing an example.

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“Targeting Segments and Brand Positioning Statements” Please respond to the following:
• From first e-Activity, break down the segmentation variables used for Baby Boomers versus Gen Nester. Compare the major differences and recommend one (1) new and unique variable for each segment. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the case study and the second e-Activity, appraise two to three (2-3) points of differentiation (POD) benefits of a product with which you are familiar, and focus on the capacity of each benefit to illustrate a meaningful difference from its competing products. Specify the key aspects of the product’s associated marketing that led you to select your chosen product attributes as POD benefits. Provide a rationale for your response.
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“Core Market Offerings and Defining the Product” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, take a position on whether Tropicana did or did not make a major mistake in changing its product packaging. Next, suggest the next two (2) steps that you believe Tropicana should take in its branding strategy in order to counteract the initial negative response to the new product packaging. Provide a rationale for your response and do not duplicate your classmates’ responses.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the attributes of Golds Reling’s brand from the brand map presented in the scenario according to the attributes that you believe would be most important to the new tablet’s target market. Provide support for your response.

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“New Product Development and The Product Life Cycle” Please respond to the following:
• * From the scenario, analyze the goals, product, price, and promotion for the new product launch in each stage of the product life cycle. Recommend two (2) marketing tactics and strategies that the intern should consider in order to increase product revenue over time. Provide rationale for your response.
• From the e-Activity, imagine you are on the marketing team for the Smart Car Company, which is looking to expand its current automobile offerings. First, propose one (1) possible new product or extension that your team could offer to either Smart Car Company’s existing target or a new target market. Next, formulate one (1) strategy for marketing your product to your selected market. Justify your response by comparing your strategy to the current Smart Car market and the challenges it is strategically facing.

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“Pricing Products and Distribution Channels” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, suggest the pricing strategy that you believe will be the most effective for the QTG division of PepsiCo. Evaluate the degree to which each of PepsiCo’s distribution channels effectively leverages the corporation’s core competencies. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, evaluate the capacity of the most common distribution channels available for the new product launch to provide consumers with easier access to the product. Speculate on the extent to which Golds Reling, Inc. could use each channel to meet profit goals. Choose the most beneficial distribution strategies, and suggest two (2) ways in which this selection could potentially affect consumer adoption of the new product. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“The Importance of Social Media and Web Analytics” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, assess the degree to which Salina Siu effectively used YouTube to develop customer loyalty. Appraise the success potential of at least two (2) other social media methods that Salina could use to promote her business. Justify your response.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the most significant components of a social media campaign according to the level of influence each could have on the new product launch. Examine both the social media tools that will provide the highest return on investment (ROI), and two (2) key performance indicators (KPIs) that one could use to measure success. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Focus Groups” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, hypothesize the usefulness of the NPS data as it applies to customer satisfaction scores for Finale. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, propose two (2) methods that Golds Reling, Inc. could use in order to effectively measure customer satisfaction for the new product launch. Choose the most effective method, and suggest one (1) process that the organization could follow in order to implement your chosen method. Justify your response.

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, judge the extent to which the marketing plan at Just Us! is outdated. Propose two (2) ways that Just Us! could improve the customer experience and thus sustain future growth. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, suggest two (2) marketing strategy options that Golds Reling, Inc. could implement. Next, select the option that you believe will be most effective for the new product launch. Justify your response.

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.

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BUS 322 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
“Organizational Behavior and Opportunity” Please respond to the following:

• Create an example that clearly illustrates how businesses satisfy their stakeholders in the context of the forces shaping the organization. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, discuss ways that the organizational behavior characteristics of Holden Outerwear could be applied to other types of organizations in a positive way. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
“Challenges for Managers” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the challenges managers face to determine (and discuss) which challenge is the most difficult to address. Recommend at least one approach to address that challenge.
• Predict the types of challenges facing managers 20 years from now and how those challenges could be addressed. Explain your rationale

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Week 2 DQ 1
“Personality, Perception, and Attribution” Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on which has a stronger impact on personality – heredity or environment. Support your position with examples or evidence.
• Briefly describe a job you have held in the past and how personality, perception, and attribution played a role in shaping the work environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 2 DQ 2
“Attitudes, Emotions, and Ethics” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an organization or business for which you have worked and how you would have applied the lessons learned in Chapter 4 to make it a better and more productive working environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the e-Activity, determine the likely impact of the ethical issue the company you researched has experienced on the attitudes and emotions of employees, as well as recommendations for how management can address that impact.

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Week 3 DQ 1
“Motivation” Please respond to the following:

• Select one of the theories of motivation discussed in Chapter 5 and explain how you would apply that theory at your current (or previous) place of work to improve both productivity and morale. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Determine how managers could combine two or more motivation theories to tailor their efforts to motivate employees to a specific work environment or set of employees.

Week 3 DQ 2
“Learning and Performance Management” Please respond to the following:

• Describe how you would apply either behavioral theories of learning or cognitive theories of learning to solve a specific work-related performance problem. Explain your rationale.
• Briefly describe your current job (or one you have had in the past), and determine how performance management could have been applied in a way that would have both motivated you and made your work more rewarding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 4 DQ 1
“Stress” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine if there is more stress today than in past generations and provide available evidence to support your response.
• Analyze current (or previous) employer’s efforts to manage stress in the workplace to determine what additional steps could have been taken. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 4 DQ 2
“Communication” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the factors contributing to poor communication in the workplace to determine the single greatest communication barrier at your current (or previous) place of work, as well as how you would address that barrier.
• From the video, determine ways that a specific organization in a different industry could apply the lessons learned by Plant Fantasies. Provide specific examples of how doing so would help the business you selected.

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Week 5 DQ 1
“Work Teams and Groups” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a group or team that you have been a part of that you felt was particularly effective. Determine what specific characteristics of that team made it so (e.g., group or team structured, roles, norms, etc.). Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Develop a short list (3-4 items) of best practices based on your analysis above that any organization could apply when putting a work team or group together.

Week 5 DQ 2
“Decision Making” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the impact of individual influences such as comfort for risk, cognitive style, personality, intuition, and creativity on the decision-making process in organizations.
• Using attribution theory as a basis, determine which mistakes can be made as managers and employees work together to explain why problems occur.

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Week 6 DQ 1
“Power and Political Behavior” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the most powerful person you know and what it is that makes the person powerful.
• Considering your current (or future) employer, determine the best approach management could take toward empowering employees. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 6 DQ 2
“Leadership and Followership” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the theories on leadership discussed in Chapter 12 to determine which you believe is the most applicable to the greatest number of organizations. Explain your rationale.
• From the video, determine three ways that the lessons regarding leadership (and followership) at Camp Bow Wow can be applied to your current (or future) place of work. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 7 DQ 1
“Contributing Factors to Conflict” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze and discuss structural and personal factors that contribute to any conflict you experience at work (or experienced at a past employer), as well as steps that could be taken to mitigate those factors.
• Assess the types of intrapersonal conflict you experience at your current employer (or school) and possible best practices for addressing that conflict.

Week 7 DQ 2
“Conflict Management Styles” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate your own conflict management style to determine when it may be the most effective approach to handling conflict and when it may be an ineffective approach to handling conflict. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, determine if Barcelona Restaurant Group management’s approach to conflict in the workplace would work at your current (or expected) place of work. Explain your rationale.

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Week 8 DQ 1
“Jobs and the Design of Work” Please respond to the following:
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the traditional approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the alternative approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.

Week 8 DQ 2
“Organizational Design and Structure” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the organization you work for (or have worked for in the past) on each basic design dimension (i.e., formalization, centralization, specialization, standardization, complexity, hierarchy of authority) to determine if it is a formal or informal organization.
• Determine how the size, technology, and mission of your organization impacts organizational design and structure, as well as how these characteristics directly affect you.

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Week 9 DQ 1
“Organizational Culture” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, make at least two recommendations for how the company you researched could modify its organizational culture to better enhance employee performance.
• Analyze the challenges involved in developing a positive organizational culture to determine which present the greatest challenge. Explain your rationale.

Week 9 DQ 2
“Career Management” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate the career stages discussed in Chapter 17 to determine which will be the most challenging for you personally. Explain your rationale.
• Recommend at least two strategies for addressing the challenges you identified.

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Week 10 DQ 1
“Managing Change” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the two most significant external forces for change in today’s organizations.
• Make at least two recommendations about how organizations can mitigate resistance to change.

Week 10 DQ 2
“Applied Intervention” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an OD intervention you would like to see carried out at your current (or previous) employer and determine the most appropriate group-focused techniques for OD intervention within that organization.
• Considering the same organization, determine the most appropriate individual-focused techniques for OD intervention.

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Week 11 DQ 1
“Looking Back” Please respond to the following:

• Create a simile or metaphor for what it is like to manage organizational behavior – one that would help someone with no knowledge of the field better understand what it is all about.
• Assess how what you have learned in this class could be used most effectively by someone with no professional connection to organizational behavior.

Week 11 DQ 2
“Looking Ahead” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the single most important lesson learned and how you will apply it in your current (or future) career.
• Predict the major challenges business will be facing in terms of organization behavior 20 years from now. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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BUS 402 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Entrepreneurs
Please respond to the following:

Inc. magazine claims, “Entrepreneurship is more mundane than it is sometimes portrayed . . . you don’t need to be a person of mythical proportions to be very, very successful in building a company.” Discuss whether you agree or disagree with this statement and why.
Analyze the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and determine if you have what it takes to start your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
Strategic Management
Please respond to the following:

Analyze the steps involved in developing a strategic plan for a company and determine which step is the most difficult to get right. Explain your rationale.
From the e-Activity, determine how you would leverage the support provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration in planning and starting your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 2 DQ 1
Choosing a Form of Ownership
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, describe the most appropriate form of ownership for your new franchise based on your current financial situation. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Assume the form of your new business will be a partnership (if you have not already done so). Discuss the types of conflicts that may arise and how you could prevent them from arising in the first place.

Week 2 DQ 2
Franchising and the Entrepreneur
Please respond to the following:
• Based on the case study (“Case 10 Firehouse Subs.pdf ”), determine which of the three options executives are considering would be most beneficial to a single franchise owner. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a franchisee of the franchise you selected. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 3 DQ 1
Buying an Existing Business
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible method for determining the value of the business you selected. Explain your rationale.
• Create a strategy for negotiating the purchase of the business you selected in the e-Activity.

Week 3 DQ 2
Feasibility Analyses and Business Plans
Please respond to the following:

• Develop an idea for a new business and conduct a feasibility analysis. Please be as creative as you like in the development of your idea (but as careful as you can be in your analysis of that idea).
• Analyze the steps involved in crafting a wining business plan and make at least one recommendation for improving the process. Explain your rationale for making the recommendation you did.

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Week 4 DQ 1
Creating a Solid Financial Plan
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the best way to leverage a breakeven analysis when defining a business strategy.
• Analyze the 12 financial ratios mentioned in the textbook and determine which is the most useful to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.

Week 4 DQ 2
Managing Cash Flow
Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the steps involved in preparing a cash budget and determine which steps presents the greatest number of obstacles to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the steps involved in avoiding a cash crunch and make at least one additional recommendation for doing so. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 5 DQ 1
Guerrilla Marketing
Please respond to the following:

• From the first e-Activity, discuss the key elements that made the guerrilla marketing so successful. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss possible best practices from the guerrilla marketing campaign that different types of small businesses could leverage. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 5 DQ 2
Advertising and Promotion
Please respond to the following:
• From the second e-Activity, determine the best possible way to leverage Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to advertise and promote the small business of your choice. Explain your rationale.
• Select a small business with which you are familiar and then determine the best way for that business to stretch its advertising budget. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 6 DQ 1
Pricing and Globalization Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible pricing strategy based on whether the company you selected is a retailer, manufacturer, or service firm. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the best possible way the company you selected could expand its market globally.

Week 6 DQ 2
Globalization and Sources of Equity Financing
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss how the company you selected might benefit from selling new customers on e-Bay (as opposed to building and maintaining its own Website).
• Referring to the same company, determine the best source of equity capital available to the company you selected. Explain your rationale.

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Week 7 DQ 1
Sources of Debt Financing
Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a small business you could envision yourself owning and discuss the most appropriate source of debt capital for that business. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss how you could best use an SBA loan to get your business running or expanding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 7 DQ 2
Location, Layout, and Physical Facilities
Please respond to the following:

• Using the same small business you described in the first discussion, determine the best possible location for your business within driving distance of where you now live. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the layout and design configuration of a building you would like to use to house your business, including how you would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Week 8 DQ 1
Supply Chain Management
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine which best practices can be applied to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma in regard to quality control of a product or service, and make at least one recommendation for improvement. Explain your rationale.

Week 8 DQ 2
Managing Inventory

• Describe a retail business with which you are familiar and determine the most suitable means of inventory control. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• For the same business, discuss what innovative steps you could take to deter employee theft and/or shoplifting.

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Week 9 DQ 1
Fikes Products
Please respond to the following:

• From the case study, discuss possible new options for finding quality employees other than those considered in the case study.
• From the case study, discuss how Mark Sims could better motivate the employees he already has to become more productive and dedicated. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
Management Succession and Risk Management Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• Assume you are the owner of a small business with which you are familiar. Outline the basics of a management succession plan for passing the business on to the individual of your choice.
• Referring to the same small business, determine the most appropriate way for that business to minimize its exposure to risk. Explain your rationale.

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Week 10 DQ 1
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and develop a plan of action for encouraging ethical behavior. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Analyze a business’s responsibilities to the environment, employees, customers, investors, and the community, and determine which is the most important. Explain your rationale.

Week 10 DQ 2
The Legal Environment
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and discuss the most likely forms of business law it would need to be concerned about. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Referring to the same company, discuss the most likely government regulations that would directly impact day-to-day operations. Provide specific examples to support your response

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Week 11 DQ 1
Summation
Please respond to the following:

• Reflecting back on everything you have learned in this course, discuss the single most important lesson any entrepreneur should apply in order to be successful. Explain your rationale.
• Summarize the lessons learned in this course in 140 characters or less (something you could post on Twitter).

Week 11 DQ 2
My Dream Business
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the most innovative idea you can dream up for a new business. Explain why you think it would be successful.
• Discuss the major challenges you would face in running such a business and how you would expect to overcome them. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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“Corporate Responsibility” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and the e-Activity, determine two (2) key reasons why people value the customer service that Nordstrom provides. Examine Nordstrom’s current corporate social responsibility activities, and suggest one (1) additional action that the company could take to further strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts.
• From the scenario, suggest two (2) reasons why you believe it is important for Walters Aeroworks to take its corporate community into consideration when addressing social responsibility. Assess the value of a reputable corporate image when considering expanding the company’s current operations. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Dealing with the Global Workforce” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, assess the importance of developing and adhering to a strategic plan when a company attempts to expand beyond its domestic business operations. Suggest two (2) best practices that a company should follow when attempting to complete such an expansion. Justify your response.
• From the “Business Etiquette: Dealing with the Global Workforce” reading in Chapter 3 of the text, determine two (2) reasons why using the identified tips are important when you are using virtual team members for your organization. Provide at least two (2) examples of where these recommendations would be effective for a company that operates internationally.

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“Successful Entrepreneurship” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a business plan that is both well-written and based on desired outcomes. Suggest two (2) ways in which a well-written business plan could assist a business owner like Cliff Walters in continuing with his vision for Walters Aeroworks.
• From the case study, evaluate the effectiveness of Lee Rhodes’ business decisions based on the manner in which such decisions have impacted the success of her business from an entrepreneurial point of view. Recommend two (2) additional strategies that Rhodes could utilize to increase her chances of continued success. Justify your response.

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“Consumer Lawsuits” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity, provide a brief, two (2) sentence summary of the background of the case and the outcomes of the lawsuit. Examine both the positive and negative effects that the company in question experienced. Suggest two (2) actions that the company could have taken in order to mitigate the impact of the lawsuit on the company’s business operations and reputation.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of understanding tax laws and governmental regulations that may have an impact on the expansion plans for Walters Aeroworks. Predict the manner in which Walters Aeroworks’ potential pursuit of international expansion could impact these plans.

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“Using Business Students as Consultants” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, formulate a strategy to maintain the corporate culture for Walters Aeroworks during expansion activities. Include strategies that focus mainly on methods of communicating the decisions for expansion, along with keeping current employees motivated while hiring staff to fill new positions.
• Examine the four (4) managerial functions and determine which one (1) you believe to be the most important. Provide two (2) examples to support your choice.

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“Customer Service” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the key reasons why Southwest Airlines has such high customer satisfaction ratings in comparison with other airlines. Provide two (2) examples that illustrate instances of customer satisfaction to support your position.
• From the scenario, formulate at least two (2) strategies that a company in the midst of strategic change may use in order to provide continued motivation to its employees. Provide a rationale for your response.

BUS 508 Week 7 Discussion Question

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity and the “Hit & Miss: Kodak Ignores the Digital Picture” reading in Chapter 12 of the text, examine the main reasons behind Kodak reinventing itself in order to stay in business. Evaluate the level of success of Kodak’s reinvention attempts. Support your position with two (2) examples of Kodak’s success or failure in its efforts.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of a company’s ability to understand its customers when creating its marketing strategy. Determine the degree to which this understanding factors into distribution strategies for its products and services. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Information Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a company having a robust information management system strategy. Recommend two (2) actions that a company may take in order to protect its information assets from potential disruption and loss.
• From the case study, examine the major advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft charging businesses to use Skype. Determine whether or not it would be beneficial for Microsoft to charge businesses for the use of Skype. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Financial Systems” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the importance of bankers having good working relationships with their clients. Support your response with two (2) examples that illustrate such importance.
• From the scenario, examine the four (4) main accounting statements and determine which statement you believe to be the most critical in understanding a company’s current financial position. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Financial Management” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine whether or not you agree with Meg Whitman’s approach for Hewlett-Packard to spend more funds on research and development, rather than on continued acquisitions. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the scenario, rate the recommendations that Tammy Partridge made to expand product lines at the current production facility and to take the company public in order to provide additional capital for expansion of the business (1 meaning that you highly disagree with her recommendations; 5 meaning that you highly agree with her recommendations). Determine whether or not the recommended approaches seem to be viable. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Transfer It” Please respond to the following:
• Propose two (2) applications of knowledge that you have learned in this course to your current or a future position.
• Create a list of three (3) best practices to follow in the field of contemporary business.

CIS 505 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

CIS 505 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Trends in Communications and Networking. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the direction of current and past trends in both communication and networking and explain how these changes have impacted business.
• Analyze why the burden on managers is greater today than in previous years when it comes to using technology efficiently. Give two examples that defend this claim.

Week 1 DQ 2
Understanding Response Time. Please respond to the following:

• Identify an acceptable system response time for interactive applications. Compare how this response time relates to an acceptable response time for Websites.
• Suggest two real-world examples of user and system response times that demonstrate their importance and significance.

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Week 2 DQ 1
Mainframes. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the following statement, “Mainframe computers are still needed even though personal computers and workstations have increased in capabilities.” Defend your position by providing at least one example to support your position.
• Analyze the differences between distributed data processing and centralized data processing. Provide an example of each. Then compare each to the processing used in cloud computing.

Week 2 DQ 2
Circuit Switching and Packet Switching. Please respond to the following:

• Cite two examples of a circuit switch and packet switch environment. Base one example on a circuit switch and the other on a packet switch. Describe the trade-off between the two technologies and the reason why packet switching is more appropriate for the Internet.
• Assuming your daily routine stayed the same, speculate the problems you would have if the Internet didn’t exist. Speculate the problems of a familiar organization given the same scenario.

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Week 3 DQ 1
IPv6 Adoption. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the idea of IPv6 being hailed as the next generation of the Internet. Support your response with evidence or examples.
• Critique the adoption and deployment of IPv6, and determine the security and networking issues associated with this process.

Week 3 DQ 2
Fat Clients and Servers. Please respond to the following:

• Provide a scenario in which the use of fat servers would be preferred over the use of fat clients. Describe why fat servers, rather than fat clients, should be used in your scenario.
• Compare the pros and cons of Intranets to those of the Internet from an organizational perspective. Suggest one way to integrate the two and the benefits this may bring.

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Week 4 DQ 1
HTTP and HTTPS. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the current uses of HTTP and HTTPS, and predict the future outlook for both protocols. Describe any foreseen changes in the frequency or way each protocol is used.
• Identify the various uses for HTTP and HTTPS, and justify the use of one over the other. Include two examples to demonstrate the use of each protocol.

Week 4 DQ 2
Elastic and Inelastic. Please respond to the following:

• Provide three examples of inelastic traffic not discussed in the text and validate their inclusion as inelastic.
• Analyze the characteristics of elastic traffic to determine why this is used on the Internet.
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Week 5 DQ 1
Routing and Switching Selection Criteria. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast distance-vector and link state routing, and analyze the limitations that would prevent the usage of each.
• Choose the method best suited for designing a new routing protocol for a LAN architecture. Justify your decision.

Week 5 DQ 2
Transmission Medium. Please respond to the following:

• Suggest a way to improve the way LLC and MAC are used for LAN operation.
• Evaluate guided and unguided transmission medium to determine which you would use to design a new facility.

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Week 6 DQ 1
Ethernet Options. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages of ATM and Gigabit Ethernet technologies as high-speed networking solutions. Describe how to migrate from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet, and to 10-Gbps Ethernet.
• Compare and contrast the advantages of Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10-Gbps Ethernet.

Week 6 DQ 2
Wireless LAN. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the characteristics of wireless LANs and assess the security concerns of this technology in organizations such as universities or hospitals. Identify additional areas of concern for organizations that implement a wireless LAN. Then, explain whether the implementation of a WAN would solve these problems. Explain your rationale.
• Rank the following IEEE 802.11 standard addresses in order of importance with the first one being the most important. Justify the reason for your chosen order.

o Association
o Re-association
o Disassociation
o Authentication

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Week 7 DQ 1
Circuit Packet Switching and VPNs. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze at least one major advantage of private networks and the impact it creates for a communication technology organization. Be sure to provide your source either as an article or URL.
• From the e-Activity, compare three VPN services available to organizations to determine the primary differences among each. Discuss the pros and cons of each VPN service and suggest the type of organization that would best fit each network provider.

Week 7 DQ 2
ATM and Frame Relay. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages and disadvantages of ATM to those of frame relay. Recommend the superior technology and explain your rationale.
• Suppose you are in charge of selecting ATM or frame relay as a WAN alternative for your technological needs of a communication technology organization. Choose one of the WAN alternatives and justify your decision.

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Week 8 DQ 1
Satellite Communication. Please respond to the following:

• Justify the circumstances in a business situation in which you would use GEOS, LEOS, and MEOS.
• Discuss the business applications currently being used to support VSAT.

Week 8 DQ 2
Data Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the four items related to channel capacity: data rate, bandwidth, noise, and error rate. Determine the most important and justify its significance over the remaining items.
Describe real-world examples of attenuation and white noise. Examine the effect on the information-carrying capacity of the link and present a way to avoid these types of interruptions.

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Week 9 DQ 1
Digital Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast the data communication technologies of guided media and unguided media. This should include transmission media, data link control protocols, and multiplexing.
• Compare digital transmission to analog transmission to determine the advantages of digital transmission. Provide at least one example to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
T-1 Lines. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze the multiplexing techniques of DSL and cable modem Internet and suggest the one you prefer. Explain your decision.
• Compare and contrast the use of leased lines in a WAN or LAN setting. Then recommend what you would use if you were a CIO. Support your response with evidence or examples.

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Week 10 DQ 1
Employee Monitoring. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the ethical concerns raised by employees who are upset about organizations monitoring their email or Internet access for security purposes. Assess whether you believe it is fair for an employee to undergo this type of surveillance.
• Suggest an alternative approach for an organization to control security without monitoring employee actions.

Week 10 DQ 2
Computer Security. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss two security issues related to the researched technologies.
• Select a Wi-Fi device you are familiar with and analyze the security protection currently implemented on the device. Speculate whether the protection on the selected device is sufficient for the data it contains.

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Week 11 DQ 1
Future Outlook. Please respond to the following:

• Of the numerous forms of communication technologies presented in this course, predict the first form of technology to be phased out by a newer and improved technology. Explain the limitations of this technology and the reason for its speculated obsolesce.
• Speculate the technology that will replace the previously mentioned technology above. Describe the features, capabilities, or basic advantages this technology will have over its predecessor.

Week 11 DQ 2
Course Wrap-Up. Please respond to the following:

• Discuss how you can apply at least four of the weekly course learning outcomes throughout this course to your professional or personal life.
• Select your favorite technology discussed in this course. Imagine today’s world without that technology. Explain the issues and impact this change would make.

HRM Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

HRM 500 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1- Discussion 1
From the e-Activity, rank the top-five skills that are important for success in human resource management, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important. Determine one of these skills that you currently possess and one skill that you will need to develop. Provide support for your answer.

Week 1- Discussion 2
Assume that you are about to start a new business. Determine two aspects of human resource management that you would consider outsourcing to specialists. Provide a rational for your response.

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Week 2- D1
From the scenario, propose two adjustments that you as a HR manager can make to support the changes related to high-performance work systems, technological changes, and a change in the employment relationship.

Week 2- D2
Imagine that you work for an organization that has decided to move its manufacturing to Mexico and focus more on research and information technology. Predict two ways that the shift will impact current employees and your role as the HR manager. Provide solutions to these foreseen changes.

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Week 3-D1
From the e-Activity, examine two of the resources that are available for the selected job analysis method.

Week 3- D2
From the scenario, propose two work/life programs that will support these professionals, and determine how you would ascertain the needs of the workforce.

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Week 4- D1
Determine two places outside of the Internet where you would search locally for viable candidates with the skills needed to fill the positions of software developers. Support your position.

Week 4 D2
From the scenario, suggest two types of training that the company would provide for newly hired employees into a software development position. Elaborate briefly (two sentences) on your suggestions.

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Week 5 D1
From the scenario, propose two approaches that a company can use to leverage a 360-degree performance appraisal system to evaluate individual performance. Support your answer with examples.

Week 5 D2
Describe two instances where performance pressure can lead to unethical behavior by employees in the effort to meet company goals. Propose two suggestions that HRM can take to limit unethical behavior by employees.

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Week 6 D1
From the e-Activity, suggest two applications for the psychological test that you researched in regard to employee preferences / tendencies and the communication, work style, and leadership of the people in a work group.

Week 6 D2
Assume you are the HR Director of a company, and you are involved with selecting the next CEO of that company. Examine two reasons why CEOs experience job insecurity. Determine two advantages to being the CEO of the company that you may use to persuade the candidate to accept the position.

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Week 7 D1
From the e-Activity, compare the salaries for the same job in two different geographic locations within the United States. Speculate on two economic influences that may impact the pay difference in the two geographic areas you selected.

Week 7 D2
Determine two circumstances in which profit sharing and employee stock ownership may increase employee motivation and performance levels. Support your answer with examples.

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Week 8 D1
From the scenario, examine two reasons why employees join labor unions. Examine two reasons why managers prefer that unions do not represent their employees. Suggest two benefits that unions can provide for an employer.

Week 8 D2
From the e-Activity, examine two actions that the selected HI organization takes in order to make its employees feel that they are members of a supportive community. Propose two scenarios in which high involvement by an organization would benefit the company and encourage employee loyalty.

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Week 9 D1
From the e-Activity, examine two factors that HR managers would need to consider when teaching employees about the culture in Mexico. Recommend two actions that HR managers can take in order to prepare their employees for the culture shift.

Week 9 D2
In America today, education is increasingly the key to individual success in the workplace. Determine two benefits to hiring someone who has an education gap, as opposed to merely hiring someone who has the requisite knowledge and skills. Recommend two actions that organizations can take to overcome the education gap when hiring new employees.

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Week 10 D1
Imagine that you are HR manager for a company with a high performance work system that includes the right combination of people, technology, and organizational structure. Provide two suggestions for how the combination of these factors can contribute to high performance for the organization. Support your position.

Week 10 D2
Management is about making choices about strategy and deciding to take one action over another. Examine two challenges that managers in American companies face today in regard to the new global economy. Based on these two challenges, recommend two actions that managers in American companies can take in order to meet the challenges of the new global economy.

HRM 500 Week 11 Discussion Questions

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Week 11 D1
Determine two ways to apply what you learned in this course in your current or a future position.

Week 11 D2
Assess how your own theories of consumer behavior have matured or changed since the beginning of this course.

MKT 500 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

MKT 500 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“The Tata Nano: The People’s Car (A) and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, categorize the Nano’s marketing segments that have the greatest influence on its sales. Assume you are the marketing manager at Tato responsible for consumer marketing. In your own words, outline a plan that Tato could implement in order to make the process to purchase the Nano more efficient for potential buyers.
• * From the scenario, analyze each level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and articulate the level which most affects you when making a purchase. Provide support for your rationale by utilizing an example.

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“Targeting Segments and Brand Positioning Statements” Please respond to the following:
• From first e-Activity, break down the segmentation variables used for Baby Boomers versus Gen Nester. Compare the major differences and recommend one (1) new and unique variable for each segment. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the case study and the second e-Activity, appraise two to three (2-3) points of differentiation (POD) benefits of a product with which you are familiar, and focus on the capacity of each benefit to illustrate a meaningful difference from its competing products. Specify the key aspects of the product’s associated marketing that led you to select your chosen product attributes as POD benefits. Provide a rationale for your response.
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“Core Market Offerings and Defining the Product” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, take a position on whether Tropicana did or did not make a major mistake in changing its product packaging. Next, suggest the next two (2) steps that you believe Tropicana should take in its branding strategy in order to counteract the initial negative response to the new product packaging. Provide a rationale for your response and do not duplicate your classmates’ responses.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the attributes of Golds Reling’s brand from the brand map presented in the scenario according to the attributes that you believe would be most important to the new tablet’s target market. Provide support for your response.

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“New Product Development and The Product Life Cycle” Please respond to the following:
• * From the scenario, analyze the goals, product, price, and promotion for the new product launch in each stage of the product life cycle. Recommend two (2) marketing tactics and strategies that the intern should consider in order to increase product revenue over time. Provide rationale for your response.
• From the e-Activity, imagine you are on the marketing team for the Smart Car Company, which is looking to expand its current automobile offerings. First, propose one (1) possible new product or extension that your team could offer to either Smart Car Company’s existing target or a new target market. Next, formulate one (1) strategy for marketing your product to your selected market. Justify your response by comparing your strategy to the current Smart Car market and the challenges it is strategically facing.

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“Pricing Products and Distribution Channels” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, suggest the pricing strategy that you believe will be the most effective for the QTG division of PepsiCo. Evaluate the degree to which each of PepsiCo’s distribution channels effectively leverages the corporation’s core competencies. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, evaluate the capacity of the most common distribution channels available for the new product launch to provide consumers with easier access to the product. Speculate on the extent to which Golds Reling, Inc. could use each channel to meet profit goals. Choose the most beneficial distribution strategies, and suggest two (2) ways in which this selection could potentially affect consumer adoption of the new product. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“The Importance of Social Media and Web Analytics” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, assess the degree to which Salina Siu effectively used YouTube to develop customer loyalty. Appraise the success potential of at least two (2) other social media methods that Salina could use to promote her business. Justify your response.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the most significant components of a social media campaign according to the level of influence each could have on the new product launch. Examine both the social media tools that will provide the highest return on investment (ROI), and two (2) key performance indicators (KPIs) that one could use to measure success. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Focus Groups” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, hypothesize the usefulness of the NPS data as it applies to customer satisfaction scores for Finale. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, propose two (2) methods that Golds Reling, Inc. could use in order to effectively measure customer satisfaction for the new product launch. Choose the most effective method, and suggest one (1) process that the organization could follow in order to implement your chosen method. Justify your response.

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, judge the extent to which the marketing plan at Just Us! is outdated. Propose two (2) ways that Just Us! could improve the customer experience and thus sustain future growth. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, suggest two (2) marketing strategy options that Golds Reling, Inc. could implement. Next, select the option that you believe will be most effective for the new product launch. Justify your response.

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.

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BUS 322 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

BUS 322 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
“Organizational Behavior and Opportunity” Please respond to the following:

• Create an example that clearly illustrates how businesses satisfy their stakeholders in the context of the forces shaping the organization. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, discuss ways that the organizational behavior characteristics of Holden Outerwear could be applied to other types of organizations in a positive way. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
“Challenges for Managers” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the challenges managers face to determine (and discuss) which challenge is the most difficult to address. Recommend at least one approach to address that challenge.
• Predict the types of challenges facing managers 20 years from now and how those challenges could be addressed. Explain your rationale

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Week 2 DQ 1
“Personality, Perception, and Attribution” Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on which has a stronger impact on personality – heredity or environment. Support your position with examples or evidence.
• Briefly describe a job you have held in the past and how personality, perception, and attribution played a role in shaping the work environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 2 DQ 2
“Attitudes, Emotions, and Ethics” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an organization or business for which you have worked and how you would have applied the lessons learned in Chapter 4 to make it a better and more productive working environment. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the e-Activity, determine the likely impact of the ethical issue the company you researched has experienced on the attitudes and emotions of employees, as well as recommendations for how management can address that impact.

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Week 3 DQ 1
“Motivation” Please respond to the following:

• Select one of the theories of motivation discussed in Chapter 5 and explain how you would apply that theory at your current (or previous) place of work to improve both productivity and morale. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Determine how managers could combine two or more motivation theories to tailor their efforts to motivate employees to a specific work environment or set of employees.

Week 3 DQ 2
“Learning and Performance Management” Please respond to the following:

• Describe how you would apply either behavioral theories of learning or cognitive theories of learning to solve a specific work-related performance problem. Explain your rationale.
• Briefly describe your current job (or one you have had in the past), and determine how performance management could have been applied in a way that would have both motivated you and made your work more rewarding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 4 DQ 1
“Stress” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine if there is more stress today than in past generations and provide available evidence to support your response.
• Analyze current (or previous) employer’s efforts to manage stress in the workplace to determine what additional steps could have been taken. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 4 DQ 2
“Communication” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the factors contributing to poor communication in the workplace to determine the single greatest communication barrier at your current (or previous) place of work, as well as how you would address that barrier.
• From the video, determine ways that a specific organization in a different industry could apply the lessons learned by Plant Fantasies. Provide specific examples of how doing so would help the business you selected.

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Week 5 DQ 1
“Work Teams and Groups” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a group or team that you have been a part of that you felt was particularly effective. Determine what specific characteristics of that team made it so (e.g., group or team structured, roles, norms, etc.). Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Develop a short list (3-4 items) of best practices based on your analysis above that any organization could apply when putting a work team or group together.

Week 5 DQ 2
“Decision Making” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the impact of individual influences such as comfort for risk, cognitive style, personality, intuition, and creativity on the decision-making process in organizations.
• Using attribution theory as a basis, determine which mistakes can be made as managers and employees work together to explain why problems occur.

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Week 6 DQ 1
“Power and Political Behavior” Please respond to the following:

• Assess the most powerful person you know and what it is that makes the person powerful.
• Considering your current (or future) employer, determine the best approach management could take toward empowering employees. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 6 DQ 2
“Leadership and Followership” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the theories on leadership discussed in Chapter 12 to determine which you believe is the most applicable to the greatest number of organizations. Explain your rationale.
• From the video, determine three ways that the lessons regarding leadership (and followership) at Camp Bow Wow can be applied to your current (or future) place of work. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 7 DQ 1
“Contributing Factors to Conflict” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze and discuss structural and personal factors that contribute to any conflict you experience at work (or experienced at a past employer), as well as steps that could be taken to mitigate those factors.
• Assess the types of intrapersonal conflict you experience at your current employer (or school) and possible best practices for addressing that conflict.

Week 7 DQ 2
“Conflict Management Styles” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate your own conflict management style to determine when it may be the most effective approach to handling conflict and when it may be an ineffective approach to handling conflict. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• From the video, determine if Barcelona Restaurant Group management’s approach to conflict in the workplace would work at your current (or expected) place of work. Explain your rationale.

BUS 322 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 DQ 1
“Jobs and the Design of Work” Please respond to the following:
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the traditional approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.
• Redesign your current job (or design your desired job) using one of the alternative approaches to job design discussed in Chapter 14.

Week 8 DQ 2
“Organizational Design and Structure” Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the organization you work for (or have worked for in the past) on each basic design dimension (i.e., formalization, centralization, specialization, standardization, complexity, hierarchy of authority) to determine if it is a formal or informal organization.
• Determine how the size, technology, and mission of your organization impacts organizational design and structure, as well as how these characteristics directly affect you.

BUS 322 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 DQ 1
“Organizational Culture” Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, make at least two recommendations for how the company you researched could modify its organizational culture to better enhance employee performance.
• Analyze the challenges involved in developing a positive organizational culture to determine which present the greatest challenge. Explain your rationale.

Week 9 DQ 2
“Career Management” Please respond to the following:

• Evaluate the career stages discussed in Chapter 17 to determine which will be the most challenging for you personally. Explain your rationale.
• Recommend at least two strategies for addressing the challenges you identified.

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Week 10 DQ 1
“Managing Change” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the two most significant external forces for change in today’s organizations.
• Make at least two recommendations about how organizations can mitigate resistance to change.

Week 10 DQ 2
“Applied Intervention” Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe an OD intervention you would like to see carried out at your current (or previous) employer and determine the most appropriate group-focused techniques for OD intervention within that organization.
• Considering the same organization, determine the most appropriate individual-focused techniques for OD intervention.

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Week 11 DQ 1
“Looking Back” Please respond to the following:

• Create a simile or metaphor for what it is like to manage organizational behavior – one that would help someone with no knowledge of the field better understand what it is all about.
• Assess how what you have learned in this class could be used most effectively by someone with no professional connection to organizational behavior.

Week 11 DQ 2
“Looking Ahead” Please respond to the following:

• Determine the single most important lesson learned and how you will apply it in your current (or future) career.
• Predict the major challenges business will be facing in terms of organization behavior 20 years from now. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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BUS 402 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Entrepreneurs
Please respond to the following:

Inc. magazine claims, “Entrepreneurship is more mundane than it is sometimes portrayed . . . you don’t need to be a person of mythical proportions to be very, very successful in building a company.” Discuss whether you agree or disagree with this statement and why.
Analyze the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and determine if you have what it takes to start your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 1 DQ 2
Strategic Management
Please respond to the following:

Analyze the steps involved in developing a strategic plan for a company and determine which step is the most difficult to get right. Explain your rationale.
From the e-Activity, determine how you would leverage the support provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration in planning and starting your own business. Provide specific examples to support your response.

BUS 402 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2 DQ 1
Choosing a Form of Ownership
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, describe the most appropriate form of ownership for your new franchise based on your current financial situation. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Assume the form of your new business will be a partnership (if you have not already done so). Discuss the types of conflicts that may arise and how you could prevent them from arising in the first place.

Week 2 DQ 2
Franchising and the Entrepreneur
Please respond to the following:
• Based on the case study (“Case 10 Firehouse Subs.pdf ”), determine which of the three options executives are considering would be most beneficial to a single franchise owner. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a franchisee of the franchise you selected. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 3 DQ 1
Buying an Existing Business
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible method for determining the value of the business you selected. Explain your rationale.
• Create a strategy for negotiating the purchase of the business you selected in the e-Activity.

Week 3 DQ 2
Feasibility Analyses and Business Plans
Please respond to the following:

• Develop an idea for a new business and conduct a feasibility analysis. Please be as creative as you like in the development of your idea (but as careful as you can be in your analysis of that idea).
• Analyze the steps involved in crafting a wining business plan and make at least one recommendation for improving the process. Explain your rationale for making the recommendation you did.

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Week 4 DQ 1
Creating a Solid Financial Plan
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the best way to leverage a breakeven analysis when defining a business strategy.
• Analyze the 12 financial ratios mentioned in the textbook and determine which is the most useful to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.

Week 4 DQ 2
Managing Cash Flow
Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the steps involved in preparing a cash budget and determine which steps presents the greatest number of obstacles to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the steps involved in avoiding a cash crunch and make at least one additional recommendation for doing so. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 5 DQ 1
Guerrilla Marketing
Please respond to the following:

• From the first e-Activity, discuss the key elements that made the guerrilla marketing so successful. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss possible best practices from the guerrilla marketing campaign that different types of small businesses could leverage. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 5 DQ 2
Advertising and Promotion
Please respond to the following:
• From the second e-Activity, determine the best possible way to leverage Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to advertise and promote the small business of your choice. Explain your rationale.
• Select a small business with which you are familiar and then determine the best way for that business to stretch its advertising budget. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Week 6 DQ 1
Pricing and Globalization Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss the best possible pricing strategy based on whether the company you selected is a retailer, manufacturer, or service firm. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the best possible way the company you selected could expand its market globally.

Week 6 DQ 2
Globalization and Sources of Equity Financing
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss how the company you selected might benefit from selling new customers on e-Bay (as opposed to building and maintaining its own Website).
• Referring to the same company, determine the best source of equity capital available to the company you selected. Explain your rationale.

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Week 7 DQ 1
Sources of Debt Financing
Please respond to the following:

• Briefly describe a small business you could envision yourself owning and discuss the most appropriate source of debt capital for that business. Explain your rationale.
• From the e-Activity, discuss how you could best use an SBA loan to get your business running or expanding. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 7 DQ 2
Location, Layout, and Physical Facilities
Please respond to the following:

• Using the same small business you described in the first discussion, determine the best possible location for your business within driving distance of where you now live. Explain your rationale.
• Discuss the layout and design configuration of a building you would like to use to house your business, including how you would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Week 8 DQ 1
Supply Chain Management
Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, determine which best practices can be applied to the greatest number of small businesses. Explain your rationale.
• Analyze the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma in regard to quality control of a product or service, and make at least one recommendation for improvement. Explain your rationale.

Week 8 DQ 2
Managing Inventory

• Describe a retail business with which you are familiar and determine the most suitable means of inventory control. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• For the same business, discuss what innovative steps you could take to deter employee theft and/or shoplifting.

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Week 9 DQ 1
Fikes Products
Please respond to the following:

• From the case study, discuss possible new options for finding quality employees other than those considered in the case study.
• From the case study, discuss how Mark Sims could better motivate the employees he already has to become more productive and dedicated. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
Management Succession and Risk Management Strategies
Please respond to the following:

• Assume you are the owner of a small business with which you are familiar. Outline the basics of a management succession plan for passing the business on to the individual of your choice.
• Referring to the same small business, determine the most appropriate way for that business to minimize its exposure to risk. Explain your rationale.

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Week 10 DQ 1
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and develop a plan of action for encouraging ethical behavior. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Analyze a business’s responsibilities to the environment, employees, customers, investors, and the community, and determine which is the most important. Explain your rationale.

Week 10 DQ 2
The Legal Environment
Please respond to the following:

• Select a small business with which you are familiar and discuss the most likely forms of business law it would need to be concerned about. Provide specific examples to support your response.
• Referring to the same company, discuss the most likely government regulations that would directly impact day-to-day operations. Provide specific examples to support your response

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Week 11 DQ 1
Summation
Please respond to the following:

• Reflecting back on everything you have learned in this course, discuss the single most important lesson any entrepreneur should apply in order to be successful. Explain your rationale.
• Summarize the lessons learned in this course in 140 characters or less (something you could post on Twitter).

Week 11 DQ 2
My Dream Business
Please respond to the following:

• Discuss the most innovative idea you can dream up for a new business. Explain why you think it would be successful.
• Discuss the major challenges you would face in running such a business and how you would expect to overcome them. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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BUS 508 Week 1 Discussion Question

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“Corporate Responsibility” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and the e-Activity, determine two (2) key reasons why people value the customer service that Nordstrom provides. Examine Nordstrom’s current corporate social responsibility activities, and suggest one (1) additional action that the company could take to further strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts.
• From the scenario, suggest two (2) reasons why you believe it is important for Walters Aeroworks to take its corporate community into consideration when addressing social responsibility. Assess the value of a reputable corporate image when considering expanding the company’s current operations. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Dealing with the Global Workforce” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, assess the importance of developing and adhering to a strategic plan when a company attempts to expand beyond its domestic business operations. Suggest two (2) best practices that a company should follow when attempting to complete such an expansion. Justify your response.
• From the “Business Etiquette: Dealing with the Global Workforce” reading in Chapter 3 of the text, determine two (2) reasons why using the identified tips are important when you are using virtual team members for your organization. Provide at least two (2) examples of where these recommendations would be effective for a company that operates internationally.

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“Successful Entrepreneurship” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a business plan that is both well-written and based on desired outcomes. Suggest two (2) ways in which a well-written business plan could assist a business owner like Cliff Walters in continuing with his vision for Walters Aeroworks.
• From the case study, evaluate the effectiveness of Lee Rhodes’ business decisions based on the manner in which such decisions have impacted the success of her business from an entrepreneurial point of view. Recommend two (2) additional strategies that Rhodes could utilize to increase her chances of continued success. Justify your response.

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“Consumer Lawsuits” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity, provide a brief, two (2) sentence summary of the background of the case and the outcomes of the lawsuit. Examine both the positive and negative effects that the company in question experienced. Suggest two (2) actions that the company could have taken in order to mitigate the impact of the lawsuit on the company’s business operations and reputation.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of understanding tax laws and governmental regulations that may have an impact on the expansion plans for Walters Aeroworks. Predict the manner in which Walters Aeroworks’ potential pursuit of international expansion could impact these plans.

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“Using Business Students as Consultants” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, formulate a strategy to maintain the corporate culture for Walters Aeroworks during expansion activities. Include strategies that focus mainly on methods of communicating the decisions for expansion, along with keeping current employees motivated while hiring staff to fill new positions.
• Examine the four (4) managerial functions and determine which one (1) you believe to be the most important. Provide two (2) examples to support your choice.

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“Customer Service” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the key reasons why Southwest Airlines has such high customer satisfaction ratings in comparison with other airlines. Provide two (2) examples that illustrate instances of customer satisfaction to support your position.
• From the scenario, formulate at least two (2) strategies that a company in the midst of strategic change may use in order to provide continued motivation to its employees. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity and the “Hit & Miss: Kodak Ignores the Digital Picture” reading in Chapter 12 of the text, examine the main reasons behind Kodak reinventing itself in order to stay in business. Evaluate the level of success of Kodak’s reinvention attempts. Support your position with two (2) examples of Kodak’s success or failure in its efforts.
• From the scenario, assess the importance of a company’s ability to understand its customers when creating its marketing strategy. Determine the degree to which this understanding factors into distribution strategies for its products and services. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Information Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the scenario, evaluate the importance of a company having a robust information management system strategy. Recommend two (2) actions that a company may take in order to protect its information assets from potential disruption and loss.
• From the case study, examine the major advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft charging businesses to use Skype. Determine whether or not it would be beneficial for Microsoft to charge businesses for the use of Skype. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Financial Systems” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine the importance of bankers having good working relationships with their clients. Support your response with two (2) examples that illustrate such importance.
• From the scenario, examine the four (4) main accounting statements and determine which statement you believe to be the most critical in understanding a company’s current financial position. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Financial Management” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study and e-Activity, determine whether or not you agree with Meg Whitman’s approach for Hewlett-Packard to spend more funds on research and development, rather than on continued acquisitions. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the scenario, rate the recommendations that Tammy Partridge made to expand product lines at the current production facility and to take the company public in order to provide additional capital for expansion of the business (1 meaning that you highly disagree with her recommendations; 5 meaning that you highly agree with her recommendations). Determine whether or not the recommended approaches seem to be viable. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“Transfer It” Please respond to the following:
• Propose two (2) applications of knowledge that you have learned in this course to your current or a future position.
• Create a list of three (3) best practices to follow in the field of contemporary business.

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CIS 505 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1 DQ 1
Trends in Communications and Networking. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the direction of current and past trends in both communication and networking and explain how these changes have impacted business.
• Analyze why the burden on managers is greater today than in previous years when it comes to using technology efficiently. Give two examples that defend this claim.

Week 1 DQ 2
Understanding Response Time. Please respond to the following:

• Identify an acceptable system response time for interactive applications. Compare how this response time relates to an acceptable response time for Websites.
• Suggest two real-world examples of user and system response times that demonstrate their importance and significance.

CIS 505 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2 DQ 1
Mainframes. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the following statement, “Mainframe computers are still needed even though personal computers and workstations have increased in capabilities.” Defend your position by providing at least one example to support your position.
• Analyze the differences between distributed data processing and centralized data processing. Provide an example of each. Then compare each to the processing used in cloud computing.

Week 2 DQ 2
Circuit Switching and Packet Switching. Please respond to the following:

• Cite two examples of a circuit switch and packet switch environment. Base one example on a circuit switch and the other on a packet switch. Describe the trade-off between the two technologies and the reason why packet switching is more appropriate for the Internet.
• Assuming your daily routine stayed the same, speculate the problems you would have if the Internet didn’t exist. Speculate the problems of a familiar organization given the same scenario.

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Week 3 DQ 1
IPv6 Adoption. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the idea of IPv6 being hailed as the next generation of the Internet. Support your response with evidence or examples.
• Critique the adoption and deployment of IPv6, and determine the security and networking issues associated with this process.

Week 3 DQ 2
Fat Clients and Servers. Please respond to the following:

• Provide a scenario in which the use of fat servers would be preferred over the use of fat clients. Describe why fat servers, rather than fat clients, should be used in your scenario.
• Compare the pros and cons of Intranets to those of the Internet from an organizational perspective. Suggest one way to integrate the two and the benefits this may bring.

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Week 4 DQ 1
HTTP and HTTPS. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the current uses of HTTP and HTTPS, and predict the future outlook for both protocols. Describe any foreseen changes in the frequency or way each protocol is used.
• Identify the various uses for HTTP and HTTPS, and justify the use of one over the other. Include two examples to demonstrate the use of each protocol.

Week 4 DQ 2
Elastic and Inelastic. Please respond to the following:

• Provide three examples of inelastic traffic not discussed in the text and validate their inclusion as inelastic.
• Analyze the characteristics of elastic traffic to determine why this is used on the Internet.
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Week 5 DQ 1
Routing and Switching Selection Criteria. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast distance-vector and link state routing, and analyze the limitations that would prevent the usage of each.
• Choose the method best suited for designing a new routing protocol for a LAN architecture. Justify your decision.

Week 5 DQ 2
Transmission Medium. Please respond to the following:

• Suggest a way to improve the way LLC and MAC are used for LAN operation.
• Evaluate guided and unguided transmission medium to determine which you would use to design a new facility.

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Week 6 DQ 1
Ethernet Options. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages of ATM and Gigabit Ethernet technologies as high-speed networking solutions. Describe how to migrate from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet, and to 10-Gbps Ethernet.
• Compare and contrast the advantages of Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10-Gbps Ethernet.

Week 6 DQ 2
Wireless LAN. Please respond to the following:

• Analyze the characteristics of wireless LANs and assess the security concerns of this technology in organizations such as universities or hospitals. Identify additional areas of concern for organizations that implement a wireless LAN. Then, explain whether the implementation of a WAN would solve these problems. Explain your rationale.
• Rank the following IEEE 802.11 standard addresses in order of importance with the first one being the most important. Justify the reason for your chosen order.

o Association
o Re-association
o Disassociation
o Authentication

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Week 7 DQ 1
Circuit Packet Switching and VPNs. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze at least one major advantage of private networks and the impact it creates for a communication technology organization. Be sure to provide your source either as an article or URL.
• From the e-Activity, compare three VPN services available to organizations to determine the primary differences among each. Discuss the pros and cons of each VPN service and suggest the type of organization that would best fit each network provider.

Week 7 DQ 2
ATM and Frame Relay. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the advantages and disadvantages of ATM to those of frame relay. Recommend the superior technology and explain your rationale.
• Suppose you are in charge of selecting ATM or frame relay as a WAN alternative for your technological needs of a communication technology organization. Choose one of the WAN alternatives and justify your decision.

CIS 505 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 DQ 1
Satellite Communication. Please respond to the following:

• Justify the circumstances in a business situation in which you would use GEOS, LEOS, and MEOS.
• Discuss the business applications currently being used to support VSAT.

Week 8 DQ 2
Data Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare the four items related to channel capacity: data rate, bandwidth, noise, and error rate. Determine the most important and justify its significance over the remaining items.
Describe real-world examples of attenuation and white noise. Examine the effect on the information-carrying capacity of the link and present a way to avoid these types of interruptions.

CIS 505 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 DQ 1
Digital Transmission. Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast the data communication technologies of guided media and unguided media. This should include transmission media, data link control protocols, and multiplexing.
• Compare digital transmission to analog transmission to determine the advantages of digital transmission. Provide at least one example to support your response.

Week 9 DQ 2
T-1 Lines. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, analyze the multiplexing techniques of DSL and cable modem Internet and suggest the one you prefer. Explain your decision.
• Compare and contrast the use of leased lines in a WAN or LAN setting. Then recommend what you would use if you were a CIO. Support your response with evidence or examples.

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Week 10 DQ 1
Employee Monitoring. Please respond to the following:

• Take a position on the ethical concerns raised by employees who are upset about organizations monitoring their email or Internet access for security purposes. Assess whether you believe it is fair for an employee to undergo this type of surveillance.
• Suggest an alternative approach for an organization to control security without monitoring employee actions.

Week 10 DQ 2
Computer Security. Please respond to the following:

• From the e-Activity, discuss two security issues related to the researched technologies.
• Select a Wi-Fi device you are familiar with and analyze the security protection currently implemented on the device. Speculate whether the protection on the selected device is sufficient for the data it contains.

CIS 505 Week 11 Discussion Questions

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Week 11 DQ 1
Future Outlook. Please respond to the following:

• Of the numerous forms of communication technologies presented in this course, predict the first form of technology to be phased out by a newer and improved technology. Explain the limitations of this technology and the reason for its speculated obsolesce.
• Speculate the technology that will replace the previously mentioned technology above. Describe the features, capabilities, or basic advantages this technology will have over its predecessor.

Week 11 DQ 2
Course Wrap-Up. Please respond to the following:

• Discuss how you can apply at least four of the weekly course learning outcomes throughout this course to your professional or personal life.
• Select your favorite technology discussed in this course. Imagine today’s world without that technology. Explain the issues and impact this change would make.

HRM Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

HRM 500 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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Week 1- Discussion 1
From the e-Activity, rank the top-five skills that are important for success in human resource management, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important. Determine one of these skills that you currently possess and one skill that you will need to develop. Provide support for your answer.

Week 1- Discussion 2
Assume that you are about to start a new business. Determine two aspects of human resource management that you would consider outsourcing to specialists. Provide a rational for your response.

HRM 500 Week 2 Discussion Questions

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Week 2- D1
From the scenario, propose two adjustments that you as a HR manager can make to support the changes related to high-performance work systems, technological changes, and a change in the employment relationship.

Week 2- D2
Imagine that you work for an organization that has decided to move its manufacturing to Mexico and focus more on research and information technology. Predict two ways that the shift will impact current employees and your role as the HR manager. Provide solutions to these foreseen changes.

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Week 3-D1
From the e-Activity, examine two of the resources that are available for the selected job analysis method.

Week 3- D2
From the scenario, propose two work/life programs that will support these professionals, and determine how you would ascertain the needs of the workforce.

HRM 500 Week 4 Discussion Questions

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Week 4- D1
Determine two places outside of the Internet where you would search locally for viable candidates with the skills needed to fill the positions of software developers. Support your position.

Week 4 D2
From the scenario, suggest two types of training that the company would provide for newly hired employees into a software development position. Elaborate briefly (two sentences) on your suggestions.

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Week 5 D1
From the scenario, propose two approaches that a company can use to leverage a 360-degree performance appraisal system to evaluate individual performance. Support your answer with examples.

Week 5 D2
Describe two instances where performance pressure can lead to unethical behavior by employees in the effort to meet company goals. Propose two suggestions that HRM can take to limit unethical behavior by employees.

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Week 6 D1
From the e-Activity, suggest two applications for the psychological test that you researched in regard to employee preferences / tendencies and the communication, work style, and leadership of the people in a work group.

Week 6 D2
Assume you are the HR Director of a company, and you are involved with selecting the next CEO of that company. Examine two reasons why CEOs experience job insecurity. Determine two advantages to being the CEO of the company that you may use to persuade the candidate to accept the position.

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Week 7 D1
From the e-Activity, compare the salaries for the same job in two different geographic locations within the United States. Speculate on two economic influences that may impact the pay difference in the two geographic areas you selected.

Week 7 D2
Determine two circumstances in which profit sharing and employee stock ownership may increase employee motivation and performance levels. Support your answer with examples.

HRM 500 Week 8 Discussion Questions

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Week 8 D1
From the scenario, examine two reasons why employees join labor unions. Examine two reasons why managers prefer that unions do not represent their employees. Suggest two benefits that unions can provide for an employer.

Week 8 D2
From the e-Activity, examine two actions that the selected HI organization takes in order to make its employees feel that they are members of a supportive community. Propose two scenarios in which high involvement by an organization would benefit the company and encourage employee loyalty.

HRM 500 Week 9 Discussion Questions

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Week 9 D1
From the e-Activity, examine two factors that HR managers would need to consider when teaching employees about the culture in Mexico. Recommend two actions that HR managers can take in order to prepare their employees for the culture shift.

Week 9 D2
In America today, education is increasingly the key to individual success in the workplace. Determine two benefits to hiring someone who has an education gap, as opposed to merely hiring someone who has the requisite knowledge and skills. Recommend two actions that organizations can take to overcome the education gap when hiring new employees.

HRM 500 Week 10 Discussion Questions

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Week 10 D1
Imagine that you are HR manager for a company with a high performance work system that includes the right combination of people, technology, and organizational structure. Provide two suggestions for how the combination of these factors can contribute to high performance for the organization. Support your position.

Week 10 D2
Management is about making choices about strategy and deciding to take one action over another. Examine two challenges that managers in American companies face today in regard to the new global economy. Based on these two challenges, recommend two actions that managers in American companies can take in order to meet the challenges of the new global economy.

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Week 11 D1
Determine two ways to apply what you learned in this course in your current or a future position.

Week 11 D2
Assess how your own theories of consumer behavior have matured or changed since the beginning of this course.

MKT 500 Week 1 to 11 Discussion Questions – Strayer

MKT 500 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.

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“The Tata Nano: The People’s Car (A) and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, categorize the Nano’s marketing segments that have the greatest influence on its sales. Assume you are the marketing manager at Tato responsible for consumer marketing. In your own words, outline a plan that Tato could implement in order to make the process to purchase the Nano more efficient for potential buyers.
• * From the scenario, analyze each level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and articulate the level which most affects you when making a purchase. Provide support for your rationale by utilizing an example.

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“Targeting Segments and Brand Positioning Statements” Please respond to the following:
• From first e-Activity, break down the segmentation variables used for Baby Boomers versus Gen Nester. Compare the major differences and recommend one (1) new and unique variable for each segment. Provide a rationale for your response.
• From the case study and the second e-Activity, appraise two to three (2-3) points of differentiation (POD) benefits of a product with which you are familiar, and focus on the capacity of each benefit to illustrate a meaningful difference from its competing products. Specify the key aspects of the product’s associated marketing that led you to select your chosen product attributes as POD benefits. Provide a rationale for your response.
MKT 500 Week 4 Discussion Question

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“Core Market Offerings and Defining the Product” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, take a position on whether Tropicana did or did not make a major mistake in changing its product packaging. Next, suggest the next two (2) steps that you believe Tropicana should take in its branding strategy in order to counteract the initial negative response to the new product packaging. Provide a rationale for your response and do not duplicate your classmates’ responses.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the attributes of Golds Reling’s brand from the brand map presented in the scenario according to the attributes that you believe would be most important to the new tablet’s target market. Provide support for your response.

MKT 500 Week 5 Discussion Question

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“New Product Development and The Product Life Cycle” Please respond to the following:
• * From the scenario, analyze the goals, product, price, and promotion for the new product launch in each stage of the product life cycle. Recommend two (2) marketing tactics and strategies that the intern should consider in order to increase product revenue over time. Provide rationale for your response.
• From the e-Activity, imagine you are on the marketing team for the Smart Car Company, which is looking to expand its current automobile offerings. First, propose one (1) possible new product or extension that your team could offer to either Smart Car Company’s existing target or a new target market. Next, formulate one (1) strategy for marketing your product to your selected market. Justify your response by comparing your strategy to the current Smart Car market and the challenges it is strategically facing.

MKT 500 Week 6 Discussion Question

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“Pricing Products and Distribution Channels” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, suggest the pricing strategy that you believe will be the most effective for the QTG division of PepsiCo. Evaluate the degree to which each of PepsiCo’s distribution channels effectively leverages the corporation’s core competencies. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, evaluate the capacity of the most common distribution channels available for the new product launch to provide consumers with easier access to the product. Speculate on the extent to which Golds Reling, Inc. could use each channel to meet profit goals. Choose the most beneficial distribution strategies, and suggest two (2) ways in which this selection could potentially affect consumer adoption of the new product. Provide a rationale for your response.

MKT 500 Week 8 Discussion Question

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“The Importance of Social Media and Web Analytics” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, assess the degree to which Salina Siu effectively used YouTube to develop customer loyalty. Appraise the success potential of at least two (2) other social media methods that Salina could use to promote her business. Justify your response.
• * From the scenario, prioritize the most significant components of a social media campaign according to the level of influence each could have on the new product launch. Examine both the social media tools that will provide the highest return on investment (ROI), and two (2) key performance indicators (KPIs) that one could use to measure success. Provide a rationale for your response.

MKT 500 Week 9 Discussion Question

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“Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Focus Groups” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, hypothesize the usefulness of the NPS data as it applies to customer satisfaction scores for Finale. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, propose two (2) methods that Golds Reling, Inc. could use in order to effectively measure customer satisfaction for the new product launch. Choose the most effective method, and suggest one (1) process that the organization could follow in order to implement your chosen method. Justify your response.

MKT 500 Week 10 Discussion Question

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“Marketing Strategy” Please respond to the following:
• From the case study, judge the extent to which the marketing plan at Just Us! is outdated. Propose two (2) ways that Just Us! could improve the customer experience and thus sustain future growth. Provide a rationale for your response.
• * From the scenario, suggest two (2) marketing strategy options that Golds Reling, Inc. could implement. Next, select the option that you believe will be most effective for the new product launch. Justify your response.

MKT 500 Week 11 Discussion Question

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“Reflection” Please respond to the following:
• Reflecting on the past ten (10) weeks, specify what you believe are the two (2) most important concepts you have learned in this course.
• Predict two (2) ways you will be able to apply these concepts to your current job and career in the future. Give your opinion on the manner in which this course’s learning outcomes contribute to the MBA curriculum. Provide a rationale for your response.