Strategic Leadership in a Changing World


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Critically evaluate the Inside out and the Outside in schools of strategic management. To what extent does the thinking of these two schools explain the success of organisations ?

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Child development


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1.Give an example of a child’s development and how the “zone of proximal development” applies to strategies you might use.

 

2. You are shopping at the mall for your friends bday present. You see a bracelet in one of the stores. You want to buy it for yourself. You realize that if you spend your money on a bracelet for yourself, you won’t have enough to buy a gift for your friend. You know that using the money for yourself would be wrong. You resist the urge to buy the bracelet. According to Freud, explain the unconscious forces that are at work here.

 

3. Two year old Susannah sees a pig. She knows the word “dog” and immediately points to the pig, yelling, ” Dog, dog, dog.” Describe the cognitive process for learning new information according to Piaget’s theory that is at work here.

 

4. Jeremy spends lots of time with his teenage peers, listening to records and learning about rock groups. He begins to use some foul language from the music he hears. The language is not part of the family’s vocabulary. Why would Jeremy veer from family values that have been a part of his life for years? Explain his behavior using Theory.

 

5. You are a teacher in a toddler room. 14 month old Reagan is being dropped off by her mother for the first time. She immediately starts playing and doesn’t seem to notice when mom leaves. When mom returns later that day, Reagan continues to ignore her mother. She turns away when her mother tries to pick her up. A parent comments, “Wow, she is so independent.” Explain Reagan’s behavior using Attachment Theory.

 

6. An 85 years old woman sits lives in an assisted living community. She is confined to a wheelchair. Her relatives rarely visit. She tells her son that she wants to help with an upcoming family reunion and her son replies, ” Oh mom, Just relax. We don’t need you to do anything.” When she watches TV, she sees a sitcom that portrays the elderly father-in-law as a laughable burden. Write about how society and culture are effecting this woman’s psychosocial development. Use the appropriate theory here.

 

7. Five year old Marques gets out of bed several times after his mother tucks him in at night. Each time he asks for a drink, another hug, or to go to the bathroom. According to behaviorists, such as Skinner, what should mom do to increase Marques’ behavior of staying in bed?

 

Matching: Match the theory to the appropriate strategy or explanation. Then explain your answer:
a. PSYCOSOCIAL THEORY
b. PSYCOSEXUAL THEORY
c. COGNITIVE THEORY
d. BEHAVIOR/ LEARNING

The father of a 2 year old find that he becomes very impatient with his daughter when, they are getting ready to go to child care each morning. She refuses to put her coat and hat on even though it is very cold out. She often stomps her foot and says, “NO, no, no.” Although the father tries to reason with her, she never seems satisfied with his suggestions. He could use any of the following strategies. Match the theory above that best represents each strategy.

______1. try to understand the unconscious causes and meaning of his daughter’s need to control and provide a calm, consistent response.
Comment:
______2. give his daughter a reward each time she puts her coat and hat on and goes straight to the car on request.
Comment:
______3. realize that, because of her limited ability, at age 3, to understand the logic between putting on a coat and cold weather, she can’t be rationally reasoned with.
Comment:
______4. She is trying to show that she is a person all her own. He provides some choices for her such as, which color of coat she would like to wear.
Comment:

 
A 45 year old woman has responsibility for her 3 teenage boys as well as responsibility for her aging parents. She is learning skills to meet all their needs. Here are some things she might do. Match the theory that best represents each thing.

a. PSYCOSOCIAL THEORY
b. PSYCOSEXUAL THEORY
c. COGNITIVE THEORY
d. BEHAVIOR/ LEARNING THEORY

______1. She thinks about how she will prioritize all the many possibility of responsibilities that she has. She hypothesizes schedules and activities.
Comment:

 

______2. She realizes that she must make extra effort to help her sons see the value of money, good nutrition, and close family relationships.
Comment:

 

_______3. She has dream about how cruel her parents were to her and how she never got to do much when she was younger.
Comment:
_______4. She weighs the consequences of spending time with her children, vs spending time going back to school to get her degree.
Comment:
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California Voters Reject Mandatory GMO-Labeling


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California voters rejected Prop 37, which would have required retailers and food companies to label products made with genetically modified ingredients.
Millions of dollars, mostly from outside of California, were poured into campaigns both for and against Prop 37. But the donations that came in weighed heavily in favor of Prop 37’s opponents.
Companies like Monsanto and The Hershey Co. contributed to what was eventually a $44 million windfall for “No on Prop 37,” while proponents were only able to raise $7.3 million, reports California Watch.
Still, despite the lopsided campaign funding power, voting on Prop 37 was relatively close. As of this story’s publish time (98.5 percent of precincts reporting), Prop 37 was able to gain 47 percent of California’s vote.
Opponents of Prop 37 blitzed California with campaign ads on a variety of different reasons GMO labeling would be costly for consumers and punitive to businesses like small farms and mom-and-pop stores. The anti-Prop 37 movement also gained endorsements from prominent publications like the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle — not necessarily because the newspapers were against GMO labeling, but because of the way the ballot initiative was written.
Meanwhile, Prop 37 found supporters among celebrities, the restaurant world and food movement activists like Michael Pollan. In a piece for the New York Times, Pollan hailed its potential for igniting a nationwide debate about the industrial food complex:
Already, Prop 37 has ignited precisely the kind of debate — about the risks and benefits of genetically modified food; about transparency and the consumer’s right to know — that Monsanto and its allies have managed to stifle in Washington for nearly two decades.
If California had passed Prop 37, it would have been the first state in the U.S. to pass GMO labeling legislation. China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, countries in the European Union, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India and Chile are just a few of the nations that already require GMO foods to be labeled.
While on the campaign trail in 2007, President Barack Obama promised to label GMO foods if elected.

please read the article and answer the following questions:
What is Prop 37 and in which way was the outcome important for Canada?
What reasons against Prop 37 were brought forward? Do you think these reasons are true? Why or why not?
Discuss the role corporations played in the campaign against Prop 37. Does this come as a surprise to you? Why or why not?

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Suicide Analysis Ernest Hemingway


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1)Select a popular figure in society, such as a politician, celebrity, author, actor, comedian, etc., that has committed suicide and write a 3 page suicide analysis.

2) Use as many resources (i.e., Internet, books, magazines, etc.) to find out as much information on the individual that committed suicide.

3) Analyze changes in eating and sleeping habits, behavioral agitation, loss of interest, loss of energy, diminished ability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness, withdrawal from family and friends, and
drastic mood changes.

4) Did the individual talk about suicide, give away possessions, have an obsession with death, make plans to commit suicide, or buy a gun?

5)What information can you find on the individual’s family life, relationships, alcohol and substance use history, quality of social support system, past problems or stressors?

6)Was there a family history of mental illness or prior hospitalizations or suicide attempts?

The paper needs to be done in APA style with in text citations and a reference page listed separately at the end of the paper. No title page is needed. The reference page does not count toward the 3 total pages of text. The actual paper must be 3 pages long, and single spaced NOT double spaced. The paper should address all the points listed above and be 100% original work. My topic for the suicide analysis is of the famous American author, Ernest Hemingway who killed himself with a gun in 1961. He had a bit of a history with depression and substance abuse.

Here’s a NY Times article originally published around the time of his death.
http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/07/04/specials/hemingway-obit.html

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Hydrant system in Knob Noster, Missouri


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This paper is for Water Sprinkler System Class.
I have gathered some information about the area, and I need to write a paper based on the information that I will provide for you.

The city is called (Knob Noster, Missouri)
I am doing the Hydrant system in that city.

This is the information that I have gathered, but missing part number 2 and 3 if you can get some information about it:
Hydrant system (Knob Noster, Missouri):

1. Numbers and sizes of hydrants:

o Knob Noster has 4, 6 & 8 Inch Hydrants throughout the town
o Knob Noster is working on eliminating 4 inch. Hydrants
o Throughout Knob Noster there are around 120 hydrants

2. Types of hydrants:
– ???????????????

3. Adequacy of hydrant location and number:
o ??????

4. Flow testing and maintenance:

o Yearly flow tests and Maintenance to evaluate the pressure of water coming out of the hydrants.
o Same Test We Did In Class

5. Strengths and weaknesses:

o The water system is based on gravity
o No Pumps
o 65 Psi Average
o High areas have less pressure
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The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard


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The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard demonstrates the problems that consumerism is having on our planet. We are all concerned about global warming, but no one wants to actually stop consuming. Our consumerism uses up resources, pollutes the planet, poisons humans, destroys species, keeps people in poverty, and contributes to global warming—all without making anyone happier.
Write an eight hundred word essay (+/- 10%) outlining the problems caused by consumerism and discuss possible solutions. Include at least one paragraph which describes the situation in the UAE. Mention the UAE’s carbon footprint and discuss reduce, reuse and recycle and pollution reduction.
The due dates will be posted on Edmodo.
You must submit a notes table with each section.
Introduction
• Write an interesting introduction
• Write about the history of consumerism
• Did human beings always consume in the way we do now?
• Include some facts related to consumerism
• Look globally at consumerism – is it the same around the world?
• You can mention the Story of Stuff video
Section 1
• What are the problems associated with consumerism? You should identify at least 5
• Explain the problems
Section 2
• What are the solutions to the problems associated with consumerism? You should discuss solutions for each problem you have written in the previous paragraph.

 

Section 3
• What is the situation in the UAE? Do any of the problems you have discussed exist in the UAE?
• Look at the UAE in the past – was there consumerism?
• What is the carbon footprint in the UAE?
• Are there any solutions to the problems with consumerism in the UAE? Is there recycling, reusing. Reduction?
Conclusion
• Which solutions do you think and realistic and why?
• What is predicted to happen in the future with consumerism? What are some different opinions about this?
Bibliography/ references
You must include a minimum of 6 resources. For a higher grade you would include more.
You must include four in-line citations using APA formatting.
Any plagiarism will result in a mark of zero for this assessment.
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Shakespeare Othello


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Project description
Some playgoers and critics have argued that Shakespeare is a racist and that Othello is a perfect example of playwright’s racism. Do you agree with this assessment of the play and the playwright? Although Othello is a black character and is openly abused because of his race, does this play actually present a racist message? Many critics point to the sexual jokes and the animal imagery as evidence of the racist message? Many critics point to the sexual jokes and the animal imagery as evidence of the racist perspective of this play, yet does this reading hold true throughout the entire work? Does Shakespeare ultimately portray Othello as a positive or negative character?
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ASSURANCE OF LEARNING – ETHICS GREEN MOVE


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As you answer the questions, you must refer to your text readings, cases, articles, films, ethics concepts and the rubric topics. I recommend that you BOLD key terms and references. Also, number the questions as they appear, i.e. A.1, A.2, etc. A cover page is required that contains your name, the course number and section, the date and the professor’s name. You must submit two copies of this assignment. Each copy must be stapled.

This is not a group project. Your paper must be your own work.

THE COMPANY

Green Move is a startup company that focuses on environmentally friendly and sustainable transportation products. Its three founders and current shareholders, Robert, Lewis, and Viktor attended the same MBA program in Boston. Robert and Lewis were high school friends from an affluent Boston suburb while Viktor grew up in Russia. The three agreed that their collective mindset could best be described as “competitive with a conscience.” They support the fundamentals of capitalism and agree that the free market operates to the benefit of society. Robert serves as the CEO of Green Move and Viktor serves as the Chief Technology Officer while Lewis has moved on to other opportunities. All three serve on Green Move’s board of directors along with two other corporate officers and two outside investors. The seven directors along with the other corporate officers and several of Robert’s relatives who invested heavily in Green Move own all of the stock. Much of the startup funding, however, was the result of a $15 million government loan at zero percent interest as part of an Investing in Green Technology initiative. Green Move is incorporated in Delaware and maintains a corporate office in Boston.

The last year has been very exciting at Green Move and the perceived value of its shares has increased steadily. In fact, there are rumors that that Green Move will soon go public. This is due largely to the much anticipated launch of the Zero Pedal; a solar powered bicycle that includes a small throttle and brake system. Green Move recently received a patent on the technology enabling the use of a small solar panel that propels the bike at speeds close to 15 m.p.h. The popularity of the Zero Pedal has been limited to the northeastern part of the United States mostly due to “word of mouth” advertising throughout area colleges and universities.

PART A – YOUR EMPLOYMENT AT GREEN MOVE

You graduated six months ago from a Boston MBA program. You earned your degree part time in the evenings so that you could continue your work as an advertising assistant at a prestigious Boston firm. You are thankful that your firm financed a large portion of your degree and that you were able to support your spouse and young child while attending classes.

Green Move was one of several marketing positions for which you interviewed. You were attracted to Green Move because it struck you as “young and energetic” with the potential for tremendous growth. The interview consisted of a single meeting with the three founders who explained that your primary objective would be to expand the sales of the Zero Pedal to the southwestern part of the United States. It was explained that your success at Green Move would be measured exclusively on the expansion of the Zero Pedal into this new market. Your modest salary would be supplemented with stock options in Green Move in proportion to the product expansion.

You learned during the interview that Green Move was replacing a “bad fit” employee whose departure was “mutually agreed upon” after only six months. You gladly accepted the position with a handshake and agreed to complete the necessary tax forms to begin work in two weeks. The only documentation you received was a stock option agreement. You never received any employment training, instruction, or manuals.

Three months have passed since you started at Green Car and you have made several friends including Doug, a product engineer on the development of the Zero Pedal. Much to your surprise, Doug has explained in confidence his concern regarding the operation of the Zero Pedal in warm climates. He claims that the bike accelerates dangerously after the solar panels have been exposed to temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit for four consecutive hours. Apparently, his team had uncovered this defect during the design of the Zero Pedal. He tells you that he planned a report outlining the dangers of the acceleration and that he shared his findings with your predecessor and that he was suspicious of his firing. Doug believes that your predecessor was fired because he questioned management about this defect.

Doug tells you that your predecessor presented the cost per bike to fix the defect to the board but that Robert claimed the report was incomplete without a comparison to the costs of “not fixing” the bike. Robert also claimed that he could not imagine a situation in which the bike would be exposed to those conditions. The two had a heated discussion and two weeks later you responded to the job posting.

Doug further discloses that regulations under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) that would otherwise limit the production of the Zero Pedal do not apply because the bike is not “gas powered.” As a result, the production of the Zero Pedal is entirely unregulated.

You are wondering about what to do about the product safety problem on your return trip from Scottsdale, Arizona where you had met with several sporting goods chains to discuss the roll out of the Zero Pedal. The buyers seemed impressed by the Zero Pedal but you did have a curious encounter at your final stop. There, the buyer causally mentioned that he would personally expect payment of a “special “$5,000 annual fee to place the product on its shelves.

Questions A
A.1 What will you do about the product defect information that you have learned about from Doug? What are the relevant pressures? What questions or problem solving models will you consider in making your decision? How would you apply the model to arrive at a solution to the problem?
A.2 Will you pay or recommend that your company pay the special $5,000 fee to have the Zero Pedal placed on the shelves of the sporting goods store? What are the relevant considerations? Is it legal? Is it ethical? Both?
A3. While this problem is in the “latency stage” should Green Move apply the cost/benefit analysis in analyzing safety concerns about the product? What are the risks?

PART B – SUPPLY CHAIN

Green Move’s recent success is due largely to its strategic relationship with one of its suppliers, the Solar Group. The Solar Group manufactures the solar panels that are critical in the Zero Pedal. The Solar Group is located in Bangladesh where it employs over one hundred people, including many child laborers. Consistent with Robert’s conscionable mindset, Green Move’s contract with the Solar Group specifies that “no children shall be employed by the Solar Group and that all workers shall be treated fairly.”

One evening Robert receives a telephone call from an online blogger who claims that he obtained video footage within the Solar Group factory depicting a dimly lit and poorly ventilated work environment. He also claims that the factory workers are paid less than an adequate wage to live in dignity. He asks Robert to comment and tells him that he will be posting a link in his blog to the video to show the public that Green Move is a phony and that its relationship with Solar is being used to exploit foreign workers.

Ironically, at the same moment, Akash is returning from his long day of work at the Solar Group factory. He is 23 years old and has been working intermittently in various factories since he was thirteen. Most of his childhood friends do not have jobs and those who do earn less than Akash. He has never left Bangladesh. Akash is tired but he is thankful to have found a job at the Solar Group. He understands that the work is dangerous but he hopes to move into a supervisory position within five years where he will realize a modest increase to his hourly wage. As a result, he has avoided the recent debate among his coworkers whether they should unionize and leverage their collective weight to demand better working conditions.

Robert knows that the workers at the Solar Group factory are paid more than the average wage in Bangladesh. However, he also knows that work environment is much worse compared to the conditions in the United States and that these labor practices which are legal in Bangladesh are illegal in the U.S.

Questions B
B.1 What should Robert do about the conditions at the Solar Group? Terminate the agreement? Whose interests are at stake?
B.2 What is the appropriate standard he should apply when considering the working conditions and wages in Bangladesh?
B 3. How might the blog impact Green Move’s brand?

PART C – FOREGIN EXPANSION

Green Move has a small technology team employed in the Boston office and outsources the remainder of its technology needs. Viktor has long advocated the substantial cost savings and better management if Green Move were to hire well educated individuals from Eastern Europe at low wages. Privately, Viktor realizes that he would also like to make a difference in Russia by helping the underemployed and unemployed. The board met and agreed that Green Move should consider this as a long-term strategy and that Viktor should investigate a remote technology base in Russia. Viktor spoke to his friends and believes that he has found the perfect location to lease. The government- owned property is large, well lit and its urban location will attract many workers.

Viktor has traveled to Russia to visit his family and to meet with the property manager. The two discuss the rich history in the area and Viktor is under the impression that the property is available. It is not until the end of the meeting that the manager informs Viktor that there will be a competitive bid for the lease of the property. He instructs Viktor to send him his best offer by the end of the week and hands him two envelopes; one addressed to a government office labeled “property lease bid” and the second addressed to the property manager labeled “facilitation.” He explains that whatever he places in the second envelope will “keep the process moving” and the he would hate to see him miss out. Viktor takes both envelopes.

Question C
C.1 – Should Viktor provide a bid on the property lease? Should he include both envelopes? Why or why not? What are the legal and ethical considerations?
C.2 Should Green Move expand its operations in Russia?

PART D – THE BOARD AND REMEDIAL MEASURES

In addition to the previous facts, assume the following has occurred:

• You have continued to market the Zero Pedal in the Southeast and persuaded the company to pay the special $5,000 fee.
• Robert has done nothing about the working conditions at the Solar Group.
• Viktor has leased the space in Russia and included a $2,000 payment in the “facilitation” envelope.

Question D
D.1 What are the organizational issues that may have led to ethical and legal breaches at Green Move?
D.2 Are there any residual risks (ie; civil or criminal liability) to Green Move as a result of any legal and ethical breaches?
D.3 What short and long term steps should the board of directors take to “fix” Green Move?
D.4 What is the role and responsibility of the government to “fix” these issues?
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Impact of Diversity


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Using the research databases, locate three peer-reviewed articles focusing on the impact of cultural diversity on behavior and personality development. Incorporate the key research findings presented in these articles into an analysis (i.e., a detailed breakdown) of at least two personality theories we have examined in this course. Be sure to fully describe the developmental trajectory of personality and the impact of culture for each selected personality theory. Mini-research papers should be a minimum of 4-5 pages in length(APA format) and sufficiently address each component of the selected writing prompt. In addition, be sure to include 3-4 additional sources (other than the textbook)in your paper. In addition to the 3 resources requested from essaydone.net, I have to include the following resource as well: Feist, J., Feist, G., & Roberts, T. (213). Theories of Personality. (8ed., p.19). New York: McGraw-Hill Companies. Theories we have studied during the course: Fred:Psychoanalysis, Adler:Individual Psychology, Jung:Analytical Psychology, Klein:Object Relations Theory, Horney:Psychoanalytic Social Theory, Sullivan:Interpersonal Theory, Erikson:Post-Freudian Theory, Maslow:Holistic-Dynamic Theory, Rogers:Person-Centered Theory, Skinner:Behavioral Analysis, and Bandura:Cognitive Theory. The research database that I need to use for the peer-reviewed articles is at: holyfamily.edu (it’s a public website for library use), click on “library”, click on “research databases” and then scroll down to locate peer-reviewed articles. Just wanted to say, “Thank You for writing my other paper as well, I got a 100 :))”

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Quality and Safety Measurement and Outcomes Analysis in Health Care


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The answer to questions 1 and2 should not exceed 300 words each

1) The Somerdale County Health Care Coalition, an employer coalition committed to “value-based purchasing,” has collected data on knee replacement surgery for six hospitals in the county, and found the following:

Hospital Risk-adjusted health outcomes Average cost per case
A Better than average $ 12,000
B Better than average $ 18,000
C Average $ 18,000
D Average $ 24,000
E Lower than average $ 8,000
F Lower than average $ 15,000

Assuming the data are valid, what are some of the key strategies you would advise the Coalition to pursue?

2) Great Primary Care Docs of Greater Philadelphia is a large primary care practice site. As part of a quality measurement initiative, they decided to measure provider-specific rates of hypertension control, using measurement specifications adapted from HEDIS. Using the practice’s electronic medical record, they identified all patients with a diagnosis of hypertension. They then stratified the sample by primary care provider, and randomly selected 25 patients for each doctor, for medical record review. From this sample, they excluded anyone who did not have a visit in 2012, and then, for each remaining patient, they determined whether blood pressure was controlled (<140/90) as of the last visit of the year. The findings from a chart review were as follows:

# of charts % of patients
reviewed in control
Dr. Dewars 16 60%
Dr. Daniels 24 80%
Dr. Walker 25 40%

What are some explanations for these findings? What would you do next if you were theDirector of Quality for this practice?

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