Strategic Management Assessment Case

Strategic Management Assessment Case Overview The final Under Armour case is a chance for you to apply all the analytical skills and problem-solving methods you have learned throughout the term. You have been steadily applying the strategic lenses in the book to deepen your understanding of two important companies, Tesla and Tata Motors, and the industries in which they operate. The group project has given you a chance to work together to apply those same analytical techniques to another company and industry. Now you have a chance to demonstrate your individual mastery of these techniques. For this assignment you will utilize your academic experience and good judgment to decide which analytical techniques to use. One recommendation might be to try to use at least one concept from each chapter of the book to illuminate the situation. Recommendations for the CEO are always important. You may wish to review the instructions for the group case to refresh your memory regarding the analytical methods that are deemed important and the importance of options and recommendations. Submitting Your Report  Paper should be 8-10 pages long.  Your paper submissions are integrated into Turnitin so please be careful with your use of sources

Leading Change Effectively

Please respond to one (1) of the following:

•Read the article “When Does Voice Lead to Exit? It Depends on Leadership”. Analyze the three (3) characteristics which demonstrate readiness to lead change. Conclude which characteristics or behaviors tend to increase employee turnover and / or demonstrate the manager’s inability to properly lead change. •View the video titled “The Perils of Confusing Management and Leadership”, (5 min 20 s) below. You may also view the video athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz8AiOQEQmk. Next, reflect on the differences between management and leadership, as explained by Kotter. Compare and contrast management and leadership

“The Importance of Leadership in Change Management”

Please respond to one (1) of the following:

•Select a leader, either past or present, you would like to emulate, and highlight the characteristics that make him / her an effective leader. Based on the information you have learned regarding leading sustainable change, choose three (3) characteristics that enable the leader you selected to successfully implement effective, sustainable change. Support your answer with solid theoretical evidence. •View the video titled “Steve Jobs Talks about Managing People” (2 min 26 s) below. You may also view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f60dheI4ARg. Reflect on his description of his role as a leader at Apple and the structure of the organization. Based on the information provided as well as theoretical concepts of change management, choose three (3) functions that Jobs performs as a leader, and discuss how they attribute to the success of the company.

Analysis and Synthesis of Prior Research

At professional conferences, blocks of time may be set aside for what are termed “poster sessions.” A hotel ballroom or large open area will be ringed with individuals who use displays such as posters or electronic presentations displayed via projectors. These sessions provide an opportunity to share one’s research in an intimate setting with a small group gathered around who share a similar interest. The seminar format of this course is very similar to this academic exchange. During one set of paired weeks, you will be appointed as a Group Leader. If you are one of the Group Leaders for this week, you are to prepare an academic presentation, much like a poster session.

Your presentation should offer analysis and synthesis of prior research and will begin the interaction with your colleagues. You will prepare an academic paper of 5–7 pages in APA format, as well as a PowerPoint presentation of 7–10 slides. This analysis will be an open-ended introduction to explaining how alternatives to conventional finance theories can be modeled and implemented for financial analysis and planning. Your goal as the presenter should be to persuade your discussants that the approach(es) you have analyzed and synthesized are a sound means for challenging conventional finance theories. You should acknowledge that there are other models or means to study financial analysis and planning, but you should strive to be as persuasive as possible that the specific concepts and operationalizations you have reviewed are exciting research avenues. In addition, you should depict that they are potentially breakthrough areas in understanding how alternatives to conventional finance theories can be modeled and implemented to contribute to organizational effectiveness and the wealth maximization of shareholders.

Your paper and presentation should contain the following elements:

An incorporation and analysis of at least five of the Required Resources from this pair of weeks

The incorporation and analysis of five additional resources from the Walden Library

An identification of principal schools of thought, tendencies in the academic literature, or commonalities that define the academic scholarship regarding your topic

An evaluation of the main concepts with a focus on their application to management practice and their impact on positive social change

Direct evidence of addressing the Learning Outcomes from this pair of weeks

In addition to the above elements, the Group Leader(s) for this week will focus thematically on:

Differentiating between economic value added (EVA) and accounting net income as measures of performance

Articulating the effect of EVA on a company’s market value and shareholders’ wealth

Reviewing the literature to articulate ways of discovering earnings management, as well as focusing on models of earnings management related to companies’ financial statements

Selecting an aspect of earnings management and evaluating the ethical implications for practicing managers

Providing examples of how Fortune 500 financial managers apply EVA in the modeling of their profit targets

When encountered, the number of pages required for a student paper or report does not include the reference pages. For example, if an 8 page paper is requested, that is before the reference page(s) are added.

Conventional Chemical Pesticides

Pesticides are those substances applied to destroy, repel, or control populations of undesirable organisms. Conventional chemical pesticides are pesticides are synthetic materials that are commonly used to kill or inactivate a particular undesirable organism. These chemicals have both advantages and disadvantages, which are outlined below. Which single advantage and which single disadvantage do you think are the most important? Why?

Advantages of Conventional Chemical Pesticides 1.Saves lives 2.Contains diseases geographically 3.Improved crop/livestock yields 4.Nutrition and health improved 5.May be safe if utilized properly

Disadvantages of Conventional Chemical Pesticides 1.Negative health effects to humans and wildlife 2.Reduces biodiversity in ecosystems 3.Pollutes the environment by unintentionally entering air, water, and soil resources 4.Pests can develop resistance to pesticides, necessitating a new pesticide. 5.May be expensive for farmers

Population Growth and Water Resources

Of all natural resources, water is the most essential. It supports vital processes of value to mankind such as food production, drinking water, and fisheries, among others. Water may seem abundant at first sight; after all, approximately 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water. The reality is that supplying water to support mankind’s needs has not kept with pace with population and economic growth. Discuss the role that population growth has played in water pollution. List and describe 2 potential solutions to the potential “water crisis” we may face if water resources continue to be misused.

Humans and Climate Change

Human activities may contribute to climate change in several ways. The largest known contribution, from humans to the atmosphere, comes from burning fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Do you believe that human activities are contributing to climate change or that the earth is going through a natural warming phase? Defend your choice with credible examples.

The Precautionary Principle

Read the “Precautionary Principle” One-Pager and consider: Should we rely more on the use of the precautionary principle to implement pollution prevention as a way to reduce the potential risks from chemicals and technologies? Why or Why not?

Human Activity and Climate Change

In 3-4 pages, using APA-style formatting, discuss and give your position on the following statement: “Human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is a major contributor to climate change”. Do you agree or disagree? Support your views with credible data. This is an area where junk science abounds. Be prepared to give and defend your sources as scientifically trustworthy.

Ecological Services

In a 2-3 page paper, using APA-style formatting, define and discuss the concept of ecological services. Then, review the “Ecological Services of Rivers” outlined in Mini Lecture: Water Resources and Water Pollution. From the list, identify two services you believe are the most important and cite at least 3 reasons why. Also, choose two services that you think are most likely to decline due to human influence and cite at least 3 examples of the result of decline of those services.

Intimate partner abuse and the residual effects of victimization discussion.

This week’s required readings discuss intimate partner abuse and the residual effects of victimization. Looking ahead to your Holistic Victim Restitution Plan due in Week Six, develop an outline highlighting the major points of your review; this outline can be used in the construction of the body of your Final Paper. As with all well-researched and organized writing, you must begin your outline with an introduction and end your outline with a conclusion.

In your outline, you must

Provide the reader with a clear direction of your paper in your introduction by presenting the major topics in the order that you will discuss them within the body of your paper. Include a topic sentence (thesis statement) that contains the major ideas of your paper in your introduction. Include at least five major ideas that address the needs of victims of crime that you plan to use in your Holistic Victim Restitution Plan, with brief (one to two sentences) explanations for each. Identify how you will analyze the rise of victimology. Identify how you will evaluate empirical data regarding crime victims. Identify how you will explain the victim’s contribution to crime. Identify how you will critique the criminal justice system’s response to victimization. Identify your approach to creating a holistic plan for victim restitution. Summarize what has been discussed in your conclusion (this also provides a final opportunity for you to support your position). The Holistic Victim Restitution Plan Outline

Must be two double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Must include a separate title page with the following: Title of paper Student’s name Course name and number Instructor’s name Date submitted Must use at least five scholarly sources in addition to the course text. Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

How a Law Becomes a Law

According to the Library of Congress, approximately 40,000 state and federal laws are ratified annually. For this reason, it is important to have an understanding of the manner in which a law is enacted. Imagine that your supervising attorney has approached you to research this topic.

Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you: Identify the source(s) from which the authority to legislate is derived. Determine whether or not Congress has unreasonably and unlawfully expanded upon an identified source’s authority to legislate. Provide a rationale for your response. Examine the value of dicta to the judicial decisions. Provide two (2) examples that illustrate the potential effect of dicta on judicial decisions. Use at least two (2) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Describe the publication and codification of statutory law, and the publication of case laws and judicial opinions. Research information using primary and secondary sources. Develop effective research strategies, and conduct effective and efficient research using conventional sources, the Internet, and computer-assisted legal research. Use technology and information resources to research issues in legal research and writing. Write clearly and concisely about legal research and writing using proper writing mechanics.

Overview of Legal Research

It is widely known that paralegals serve many functions, which include but are not limited to performing investigation, handling pleadings, and conducting discovery. Imagine that a senior partner has assigned your supervising attorney to litigate a personal injury case, and your supervising attorney has asked you to help her prepare. In preparation for trial, complete the following tasks.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you: Outline a detailed three (3) step system for interviewing a client. Explain the purpose of each step within your system. Draft five (5) questions that, as a paralegal, you would ask prior to beginning an interview with a client. Identify the primary purpose of each question. Develop ten (10) interrogatories, and describe the primary information that you are attempting to elicit from the opposing counsel’s client. Explain the importance of using interrogatories for a personal injury case. Identify two (2) ways in which your supervising attorney could use the opposing party’s responses to further her case. Provide a rationale for your response. Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Research information using primary and secondary sources. Use technology and information resources to research issues in legal research and writing. Write clearly and concisely about legal research and writing using proper writing mechanics.

The Value of Teams

Write an 800- to 1,050-word paper responding to the following: Identify and describe the stages of team development. How might stronger team skills benefit you? How might you use teamwork skills in your job? Provide specific examples. What is it like to participate in a virtual meeting, such as web-based, teleconference, and so forth? Describe three ways in which this type of participation is different from participating in a face-to-face meeting. Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Group Leadership and Conflict Summary

Resources: Ch. 7, 8, and 9 of Communicating in Small Groups, and the Week 3 videos, “Planning a Playground” and “Politics of Sociology” Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word summary of your responses to the following, after completing the collaborative Week 3 discussion associated with the “Planning a Playground and “Politics of Sociology” videos.

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ideo Analysis – “Planning A Playground” What are the issues in this meeting? What did they do well as a group? Can you identify constructive or deconstructive conflict occurring in this group? What are some key indicators? What conflict styles do you see? Based on what you learned this week, how might you handle this situation differently? Video Analysis – “The Politics of Sociology” What are the issues in this meeting? What did they do well as a group? What types of conflict do you see in this video? Provide examples. There is a clear leader in this video. What can he do to be a better leader for this group? Based on what you learned this week, how might you handle this team situation differently? Format your assignment according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Social Control and Criminal Deviance: Bullying

Bullying is a difficult concept to understand and reconcile the consequences. This assignment focuses on the critical thinking skills that are needed to analyze an emotionally charged topic.

Student Success Tips

Review the Student’s Guide to Research section of the textbook (Chapter 2) Take notes as you watch the video below. Watch the video titled, “From school yard bullying to genocide: Barbara Coloroso at TEDxCalgary” (19 min 5 s) located below. You may also view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkG0nssouFg.

Write a one to two (1-2) page essay in which you:

Identify the most important step in the student’s guide to research that you would need in order to analyze bullying. Define the identified critical step of research in your words. Explain how bullying relates to one (1) of the following topics: the agents of socialization (i.e., family, teachers and school, peers), formal organizations (i.e., conformity to groups), different types of deviance (i.e., everyday deviance, sexual deviance, or criminal deviance). Provide a rationale for your response.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. To keep this essay short and manageable, your only sources for the essay should be the TED video and the sections noted in your text. For this reason, APA citations or references are not required for this assignment. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Define the basic concepts used in the discipline of sociology. Define the various methodologies for sociological research. Identify the sociological perspective to the inequalities of class, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, and political aspects. Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology. Write clearly and concisely about sociology using proper writing mechanics.

Foundations of Effective Supervision in Security Presentation

Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, with speaker notes, about the foundations of supervision in security management. Include the following in your presentation: -Describe supervisory security management and its origins. -Provide at least two examples of companies that place high value on the supervisory security officer. -What is ASIS (https://www.asisonline.org)? What is their role in security? -Provide at least two examples of public-private partnerships between policing and security or security related organizations.

Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

Proposal Video Presentation

Using the same scenario from Assignment 1, Supporting Documents, and Assignment 2, you have completed your proposal and are ready to present the information to the CEO and the organization’s decision-makers. Use a tablet, smartphone, laptop, desktop, or traditional video recorder to record a five to ten (5-10) minute video in which you present the findings and recommendations of your full proposal.

Note: If you are using a tablet or smartphone, you will need to email the video file to yourself, then save it to a computer in order to upload to Blackboard. You may want to upload your video to a file sharing service, such as Dropbox, if your email will not let you send a large video file. Dropbox is accessible from all smartphones and tablets from the Dropbox app.

Once you are ready to upload your video to Blackboard, view the Kaltura video tutorial located here. Please use the following naming convention in the popup window for your video once it is finished uploading:

Title: Your First Name, Your Last Name – Proposal Video Presentation Tags: HRM562, Proposal Description: First Name, Last Name – HRM562 Assignment 3 (Date Uploaded ex. 10-27-2014)

Note: Check with your professor for any additional instructions. If you do not have access to a video camera or necessary hardware to complete this assignment, please contact your professor.

Tips to prepare for your video:

Create note cards Practice in front of a mirror and / or friends Review materials thoroughly Be persuasive Be professional Be creative Have fun! Create a five to ten (5-10) minute video presentation in which you:

Present the major points of your proposal for addressing organizational learning issues. Include details on criteria one through nine (1-9) from Assignment 2. Project your voice in order to clearly convey your ideas. Present in a professional manner. Use technology (e.g., audio quality, video quality, naming conventions) to convey ideas. Use voice inflection and proper grammar. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Examine the processes of how organizations learn and organizational barriers that impact the process. Examine the concepts of personal mastery and mental models and their related importance in a learning organization. Examine the driving forces related to organizational learning. Analyze the key components of a learning organization and the role of a chief learning officer. Evaluate strategies for creating a learning organization. Evaluate management behaviors that influence organizational learning. Analyze the shifts in organizational structure and processes to create a learning organization. Examine talent management as an essential element of the learning organization. Use technology and information resources to research issues in developing a learning organization. Write clearly and concisely about developing a learning organization using proper writing mechanic.

Intervention and Mapping a Learning Organization

Read the article titled “Keep Abreast of Human Resources Current Issues”, located at http://www.strategic-human-resource.com/human-resources-current-issues.html. Next, outline a five (5) stage plan of an intervention process for one (1) current issue in Human Resources. Next, justify each stage’s impact on an organization’s OLM designed to address the chosen issue. Using the OLM concepts that you have learned in this course, map the learning in your organization or an organization with which you are familiar, and determine the most significant areas for improvements. Justify your response.

Principles of Economics and How Markets Work

Purpose of Assignment

In Week 1, students are introduced to the ten fundamental principles on which the study of economics is based. Throughout this course, the students will use these ten principles to better develop their understanding of economics and how society manages its scarce resources. Students will see how markets work using supply and demand for a good to determine both the quantity produced and the price at which the good sells. The concepts of equilibrium and elasticity are used to explain the sensitivity of quantity supplied and quantity demanded to changes in economic variables. Students will see how government policies impact prices and quantities in markets.

Assignment Steps

Resources: Principles of Microeconomics, Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.

Prepare an 875-word research paper as part of a marketing research committee for your organization about current microeconomic thought and theory.

Identify the fundamental lessons the Ten Principles of Economics teaches regarding: • How people make decisions • How people interact • How the economy works as a whole

Explain the following to help the committee members understand how markets work: • How society manages its scarce resources and benefits from economic interdependence. • Why the demand curve slopes downward and the supply curve slopes upward. o Where the point of equilibrium is and what does it determine? • The impact of price controls, taxes, and elasticity on changes in supply, demand and equilibrium prices.

Format consistent with APA guidelines.

Analysis and Synthesis of Prior Research

At professional conferences, blocks of time may be set aside for what are termed “poster sessions.” A hotel ballroom or large open area will be ringed with individuals who use displays such as posters or electronic presentations displayed via projectors. These sessions provide an opportunity to share one’s research in an intimate setting with a small group gathered around who share a similar interest. The seminar format of this course is very similar to this academic exchange. During one set of paired weeks, you will be appointed as a Group Leader. If you are one of the Group Leaders for this week, you are to prepare an academic presentation, much like a poster session.

Your presentation should offer analysis and synthesis of prior research and will begin the interaction with your colleagues. You will prepare an academic paper of 5–7 pages in APA format, as well as a PowerPoint presentation of 7–10 slides. This analysis will be an open-ended introduction to explaining how alternatives to conventional finance theories can be modeled and implemented for financial analysis and planning. Your goal as the presenter should be to persuade your discussants that the approach(es) you have analyzed and synthesized are a sound means for challenging conventional finance theories. You should acknowledge that there are other models or means to study financial analysis and planning, but you should strive to be as persuasive as possible that the specific concepts and operationalizations you have reviewed are exciting research avenues. In addition, you should depict that they are potentially breakthrough areas in understanding how alternatives to conventional finance theories can be modeled and implemented to contribute to organizational effectiveness and the wealth maximization of shareholders.

Your paper and presentation should contain the following elements:

An incorporation and analysis of at least five of the Required Resources from this pair of weeks

The incorporation and analysis of five additional resources from the Walden Library

An identification of principal schools of thought, tendencies in the academic literature, or commonalities that define the academic scholarship regarding your topic

An evaluation of the main concepts with a focus on their application to management practice and their impact on positive social change

Direct evidence of addressing the Learning Outcomes from this pair of weeks

In addition to the above elements, the Group Leader(s) for this week will focus thematically on:

Differentiating between economic value added (EVA) and accounting net income as measures of performance

Articulating the effect of EVA on a company’s market value and shareholders’ wealth

Reviewing the literature to articulate ways of discovering earnings management, as well as focusing on models of earnings management related to companies’ financial statements

Selecting an aspect of earnings management and evaluating the ethical implications for practicing managers

Providing examples of how Fortune 500 financial managers apply EVA in the modeling of their profit targets

When encountered, the number of pages required for a student paper or report does not include the reference pages. For example, if an 8 page paper is requested, that is before the reference page(s) are added.

Business Plan – Draft

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: a draft of your business plan and an income statement containing your business plan financials (i.e. Week 7 Discussion “The Financials”). Note: You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion of this assignment.

You must intend to raise money for your startup company. You can start with money from friends and family but at some point you will need funds from outside investors, either angels or venture capitalists, depending on how much money you project you will need to raise. Another possible angle is to develop money through crowdfunding, assuming your product meets the demand of such audiences.

Before you can raise money, you must develop a business plan that convinces an investor that your company will succeed.

Section 1: Business Plan (MS Word or equivalent)

Read Chapters 18 and 19 of the course text: Successful Business Plan. Use the Plan Preparation Forms at the end of each chapter of Successful Business Plan as a rough guide.

Write an approximately fifteen to twenty (15-20) page draft of your business plan in which you:

Revise the components of the following previously submitted sections based on the feedback you have received. Company Description (Assignment 1) Industry Analysis and Trends (Assignment 1) Strategic Position & Risk Assessment (Assignment 1) Target Market (Assignment 2) Competition (Assignment 2) Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy (Assignment 2) Create an Ethics & Social Responsibility Plan. Note: The Ethics & Social Responsibility plan should account for approximately three to five (3-5) pages of the Business Plan Draft.

Describe the ways in which your company is committed to being a good corporate citizen. Hints: Consider the following areas: Creating jobs Following the laws of every jurisdiction in which your company operates Fair and honest treatment of employees Non-discrimination of employees and increasing diversity of your work force Hints: If your company is designed as a social venture—in which you have a primary purpose of achieving a social or environmental goal—describe what that goal is and what aspects of your company are designed to reach that goal. Provide a rationale for why you have or why you have not chosen this to be a social venture. Discuss how your company’s activities will affect the environment and identify the steps you will take to mitigate any negative impacts. Hints: As a beverage company, consider such issues as your choice of packaging, disposal of bottles / packages by consumers, and your use of resources, such as water in areas where water may be scarce. Determine any health issues / claims related to the product you are making, whether negative or positive. Suggest the strategy your company will use to mitigate any negative issues, and to ensure any positive claims are true. Many beverage products have negative health impacts on certain segments of a population (e.g., children, pregnant mothers, etc.). Suggest your company’s plan, through advertising, distribution, and / or other methods, to target and reach only appropriate market segments. Format your assignment according to these formatting requirements: Cite the resources you have used to complete the exercise. Note: There is no minimum requirement for the number of resources used in the exercise. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length. Section 2: Business Plan Financials (MS Excel worksheets template)

For year one, revise and submit the Income Statement, Cash Flow Projections, and Balance Sheet sections from the “Business Plan Financials” MS Excel template (see: Course Required Files in Week 1). The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Describe strategic planning techniques used to formulate alternative strategies designed to achieve stated business goals. Create a plan to implement a firm’s strategy and manage the change from current operations. Analyze strategies for exerting the internal leadership needed to drive the implementation of strategic initiatives and improve operating excellence. Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic management. Write clearly and concisely about strategic management using proper writing mechanics.

Case Study: Social Media Policies: Are They Legal?

Here are several tips for successfully completing this case study.

  • You should incorporate information from the textbook, the lectures, and maybe the discussions to support your position. In other words, tell me more than just your opinion. Provide some relevant facts from the course material to support your position.
  • Utilize the LexisNexis database in the DeVry University Online Library to help you research this project. Try the Advanced Search area and look up laws, news, and law reviews using combinations of keywords like social media, Facebook, NLRB,and concerted activity.

The Internet also has a wealth of information on this topic, and you should use these sources to supplement your assignment if you desire. In the Webliography section of the course (top, far-right tab) is a number of websites that you can use to help you complete this assignment. If you research your own Internet sources, be cautious about your sources. Make sure that the site is from a reputable organization. There is an expectation that at least some citations and references are used for all assignments.

Week 2 Case Study: Social Media Policies, Concerted Activity, and HR Management

In the last few years, companies have begun initiating and implementing social media policies for their employees to follow. These policies range from encouraging employees to utilizing social media for marketing purposes, to restricting the use of social media for employees in order to ensure that they do not hurt the company image. As these policies become more widespread, both the Society for Human Resource Management and the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) have become concerned about the limits on speech and activity that employers are imposing on their workers. Further, in some states, laws are being passed to protect employees and potential employees from being required to disclose social media passwords during job interviews or after hire. Finally, many ethical concerns are being raised about the use of social media as a method of doing quick, informal background checks on potential hires or current employees.

For your homework this week, research the following questions and provide your findings in answers that are long enough to sufficiently answer the questions (about 2–3 good paragraphs each). Provide citations in APA style for each of your answers. Use APA formatting in your Word document that you submit to the Dropbox. Save your file with your last name in the filename, please. Let your professor know if you have questions!

Questions to Research and Answer

The NLRB has made findings regarding the use of employee posts on social media sites to discipline or terminate those employees. Typically, these cases occur when an employee posts negative information about his or her current employer or boss. Sometimes, these are public, and other times, the employer uses spies or fake friending to see the Facebook page of the employee.

  1. Find at least one case or article online regarding this topic, and briefly explain the facts of the case, and the determination of the NLRB as to whether the employee was properly or improperly disciplined or terminated as a result of his or her use of social media to complain about, criticize, or publicly bash his or her company or boss. Provide the citation to the article that you discover. (Use the term concerted activity in your query or search to help you find one of these cases.) (25 points)
  2. Do you agree with the decision of the NLRB or court in the case that you described in Question #1 above? Why or why not? (1–3 paragraphs). (10 points)
  3. Assume that this case happened at a place where you have worked in the past, or where you work now (or want to work.) Give an example of how the decision in the case above could lead to better or worse employee relations in your company. (15 points)
  4. Explain how you would communicate this decision to your employees or supervisors (depending on the decision you have selected) to ensure that situations like this do not occur again. In your answer, determine whether or not you feel a social media policy is a good method. If so, list at least three things you would include in your policy and why you would include them. If you do not feel a social media policy is appropriate, explain why you would not implement one (give at least two valid reasons). (3–4 paragraphs) (15 points)

To ensure that your paper isn’t flagged in Turnitin.com, do NOT copy and paste the questions into your paper. Instead, set up headings for each section where you answer the questions, using good APA form. Please title your assignment with your last name and week number (for example, Smith Week1.docx).

Submit your assignment to the Dropbox, located at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these .equella.ecollege.com/file/8ff9f27a-3772-48cf-9855-4bec4e6706bf/1/Dropbox.html”>step-by-step instructions.

See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.

Performance Appraisals

What are the different performance appraisal methods? Pick two: the one you find to be MOST effective (and tell us why) and the one you find to be LEAST effective (and tell us why).

For the most effective, explain how it is effective in doing the following:

  • providing fair and reliable ways of differentiating employees;
  • targeting and rewarding those who most deserve it;
  • setting forth a fair and cost-effective plan for compensation; and
  • motivating and ensuring performance of employees.

For the least effective, explain how it interferes in the above four items.

Individual Development and Career Management

Review TCO 9 listed at the top of the page. Many of you may have or do work for an organization in which “career development” takes on a bit of a life of its own, and has a very invested HR department that assists with, motivates, and encourages employee career development.

Others of you may work (or may have worked) for an organization—where absolutely no career development occurs.

There is a dual mindset of how involved a company or HR should be in its employees’ career development, but ultimately of course, a person needs to take responsibility for his or her own career options.

This week, let’s focus on the multiple aspects by starting with these questions:

  1. How important is career development to you?
  2. How much do you want your HR department to involve itself in your career development?
  3. How much, as a future HR person (if you plan to be one), would you want to be involved in your employees’ career development?

Employee Orientation

Employee orientation is handled differently in each organization. Let’s talk about this in both the theoretical perspective as well as in practical terms. Here are a few questions to get started.

  1. Should companies offer formal orientation programs for all new employees, or should they be designed and run by each individual supervisor, manager, or department head? (Support your answer.)
  2. Explain some purposes for having employee orientations.
  3. Give an example from your own experience of the first weeks on the job, either with or without an orientation program, and how you felt orientation helped you settle in (or, if you didn’t have an orientation, how that impacted your view of that job).

Recruitment and Selection

Effective recruitment and selection help organizations gain competitive advantages. This discussion will help us review some best practices. To start, pick one of these questions, and provide a well-reasoned, supported response to it. Be sure to provide text, Web-based, life experience, or scholarly source(s) to support your ideas (and cite them, if needed). Assume that we have solid job descriptions for the positions we are filling and now we need to find the perfect people to fill those seats.

  1. How does the size and location of your company impact how and where you will recruit your new employees?
  2. Is it easier or harder to find good employees during times of high unemployment? Why do you say this? (Provide examples/statistics or research to back up your statement.)
  3. How does the wording of your want ads (and placement of those ads) determine who applies for your job openings?
  4. How does the current make-up of your organization dictate where you will look to fill your openings?

Interviewing methods

Interviewing methods are extremely varied so this thread should be quite exciting. Please bring into this thread your depth of information and experiences, and feel free to share the good, bad, and ugly interviewing situations you have experienced, both as interviewer and interviewee.

To start, here are a few questions. Pick one or two and provide your answer, along with any experience that you may have had. Feel free to find information online about interviewing skills, tactics, or questions to assist you this week. Cite your sources!

  1. What types of interviewing styles are there, and which do you prefer using (or being used on you?)
  2. Have you experienced a group interview? If so, explain how that went. If not, research it and explain how you might set one up as an HR manager.
  3. Have you ever been part of any of these: stress interview, STAR interview, situational interview, or panel interview? If so, explain one of them and provide your experience, good or bad. If not, research and provide information about how you might prepare to be interviewed in this manner.

Social Media, E-Mails, and Privacy

Over the last few years, companies have begun relying significantly on technology to assist employees in handling their day-to-day operations. As a result, the work/home life has blurred, and people handle personal items (e-mail, Facebook, etc.) on company computers and company work (e-mail, texting, instant messages) on their personal devices (iPhones, Droids, laptops, tablets, etc.)

With this blending has come serious concerns by companies about their private company information falling into the wrong hands (customer lists, trade secrets, etc.), and employees have concerns about their privacy being invaded at work, by coworkers, and by their IT departments. Further, HRM handles immense amounts of personal information on employees, including home addresses, personnel records, pay information, SSNs, and more.

Therefore, privacy concerns comprise a two-way street. Laws have been passed (and are being passed and considered every day) by states and Congress to protect both parties. As an example, Illinois recently passed a law making it illegal for potential employers to require people to give them their social network passwords during interviews. Soon thereafter, other states passed similar laws.

What are some other technology privacy laws that apply to workers and employers in the United States? How do they protect employees from privacy invasion and how to they actually allow employers to invade the privacy of their employees? Is your personal e-mail safe at work if you use your company computer to read it? How about your personal phone calls on the company phones? Pick a concept and let’s get started.

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement has become popular in HRM these days. Measuring it and determining whether a company’s employees are “engaged” are actually vendor services for which companies pay through the use of anonymous surveying tools. The science behind employee engagement is not yet perfected—there are many different ways that employers can help their employees get engaged! We’ll talk about this throughout the week and your professor will bring in additional questions and thoughts. To get started, please do this: Provide your definition of employee engagement. Support your definition using a citation from a website, the textbook, or a scholarly article from the DeVry Online Library. Give one example of how you have been engaged in a job in the past, and how your employer assisted you in being engaged.

Wireless and Mobile Technologies

In this very competitive climate, many companies are seeking ways to connect with customers in ways that add value. Mobile and wireless computing have become key focal points to attract and retain customers.

Review this Article titled “Delta Named Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline”, located here.

Use Internet or Strayer Library to search articles on wireless and mobile technologies as well as the application in business. Select one (1) company other than Delta which uses mobile and wireless technology.

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  1. Define wireless technologies and mobile technologies. Next, determine at least three (3) ways which companies or organizations utilize such technologies to improve business efficiency.
  2. Determine the wireless technologies and mobile technologies that Delta has implemented. Next, evaluate the level of efficiency of the technology implementation. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Specify the overall manner in which the company that you selected from your research implements organizational systems, wireless technologies, and mobile technologies. Next, evaluate the level of efficiency of such implementation within the selected company. Provide rationale for your response.
  4. Give your opinion as to which company (i.e., Delta or the selected company from your research) is using the mobile and wireless technologies more strategically. Justify your response.
  5. Determine the operational and enterprise systems that support wireless and mobile technologies for each company. Provide a rationale for your response.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Post-Mortem Estate Planning

Case Study Requirements

The FINC 355 Retirement and Estate Planning course has two estate planning cases. The following is Case #2: Post-mortem Estate Planning. The case study must have a reference page. There should be a minimum of four references for each case study. Total page count of each case study should be 3-5 pages (750 to 1,250 words). The case studies will be evaluated on the completeness of the recommended solution(s) and the quality of the written assignment using the Course Written Paper Rubric provided in the course syllabus.

Post-Mortem Estate Planning

It is not unusual for someone to to be upset about how assets are distributed. Many of these situations create disputes. The wise financial adviser and estate planner watches for the following situations.

1. Those in which family members with the same status will not be treated the same, as when one child receives a larger share than another child;

2. Those where a family member who might reasonably expect to benefit will receive nothing, as when a child is disinherited completely;

3. Those where a beneficiary may not like the way in which his benefits will be received, as when assets will pass to a tightly-controlled trust rather than outright to the beneficiary;

4. Those which involve a blended family, where there are stepparents and stepchildren; and

5. Those in which one or more family members are generally inclined to complain and create problems.

Financial advisers careful about aiding clients in passing assets directly to beneficiaries that have (1) drug or alcohol abuse, (2) spendthrift habits, (3) disabling conditions, which might create a need for needs-tested government benefits, (4) immaturity, or other personality factors that weaken the beneficiary’s ability to properly handle finances.

Conversely, beneficiaries who have limits on their abilities to be self-supporting may have a real need to receive a larger share of inherited assets than a beneficiary who is well-to-do and successful. The client may wish to provide more to the relatives with greater needs.

Finally, your client may simply not wish to provide assets to individuals who have mistreated the client or from whom the client has long been estranged. If the client really prefers a plan, which creates a heightened risk of post-death disputes toone, which is less likely to result in such disputes, then the financial adviser should ensure that client’s plan reflects the client’s true desires and intent. However, the financial adviser should inform the client about the options available to help avoid or reduce the risk of post-death disputes.Often clients decide not to take any significant steps to avoid a post-death dispute and others will want to button up their plans as tightly as possible to avoid disputes. It is the job of the financial adviser to help the client decide whichapproach is best and meets his (or her) personal needs and desires.

Case Study 2_A1

Financial Planning for Jane to Avoid Post-Mortem Disputes

Jane owns a home she purchased many decades ago just a few houses away from her childhood home. She also owns her childhood home, having purchased it from her parents via a family annuity prior to her father’s death. Jane’s daughter, Jill and Jill’s two children live in “Momma and Daddy’s house” (Jane’s parents’ home), paying Jane close to fair market rent. Jane lives in her own home. Her son, Dan, was recently living there with her, but has moved out to live with friends. Jane would like Jill to inherit Momma and Daddy’s house, and she would like Dan to inherit her house. Dan and Jill are close and they like the idea of living near each other. Neither home has a mortgage. Jane intends to stay in her home for some time, but when she does decide to move to a retirement facility, Dan is prepared to move in and take over the home.

Jane has asked you, her financial adviser, to help her decide the best method for her children to inherit these two homes. Due to some other family land that may generate significant income (from oil and gas royalty rights), Jane is concerned about her estate tax situation. You have analyzed the potential income tax cost of losing the step-up basis on either or both houses in the estate.

1. How can you determine that Jane is competent to sign the estate planning documents?

2. Should the homes be put in a trust? Should the homes be put into two separate trusts?

3. If you were to recommend a trust(s) for the homes, what type of trust would you recommend? Should they be written for a certain term?

4. Should Jane consider using a fully funded revocable living trust instead of a will as her primary estate-planning document? Please provide your rationale.

5. Should Jane use an “Terrorem Clause” in her will or trust(s)?

6. Who should pay the real estate taxes and make maintenance improvements on each property?

7. Jane wants to know how she can lower her income liabilities.

A. What are your recommendations for the rental money Jane receives from Jill?

B. What are your recommendations for the royalties she receives from her other land

8. Can Jane make gifts to her children to lower her estate taxes? Please provide details about your recommendations and show your calculations.

9. What possible post-mortem disputes do you envision?