Week 1 discussion 1

Week 1 Discussion

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“Management” Please respond to the following:

· Review the four management functions in your textbook and determine which represents your greatest strength. Discuss how you can take advantage of this strength to improve performance at your current or future position.

· Discuss ways to ease the transition into management for the majority of new managers, including at least one innovative approach not discussed in the text.

Week 2 discussion 1

“Management and Organizational Environments” Please respond to the following:

· Compare and contrast the theories of scientific management with that of the human relations management approach.

· From the e-Activity, determine which single component of either the external or internal environment has the most significant impact on the company you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Week 3 discussion 1

Ethics and Decision Making” Please respond to the following:

· From the video, discuss the ethical principles influencing both Hundert’s and Bell’s thinking. Provide specific examples to support your response.

· Develop S.M.A.R.T. goals that you see benefitting your current (or future) employer. Provide your rationale.

Week 4 discussion 1

“Organizational Strategies and Innovation” Please respond to the following:

· Analyze the different types of strategies discussed in Chapter 7 to determine which type of strategy is the most difficult for most organizations to implement. Provide specific examples to support your response.

· From the video, determine what lessons learned other companies (in vastly different industries) could take away from the innovative practices at Holden. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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“Global Management and Organizational Structure” Please respond to the following:

· Determine the greatest ethical dilemmas created by globalization and the best way to address those dilemmas. Provide specific examples to support your response.

· Analyze the kind of organizational structure you currently work under (or worked under if you do not presently work), and the benefits or drawbacks of that structure. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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“Leadership and Communication” Please respond to the following:

  • Compare and contrast Path-Goal Theory and Normative Decision Theory with a focus on which you believe leads to the most effective organizational leadership. Provide specific examples to support your response.
  • From the video, analyze the various types of verbal and nonverbal communication to determine what additional information they provide. Provide specific examples to support your response.
week 7

Managing Teams and Human Resource Systems” Please respond to the following:

  • Assess the impact of “group think” and “slackers” to the overall performance of the team and make two recommendations for how that impact could be mitigated. Provide specific examples to support your response.
  • From the video, determine how the hiring practices at Barcelona Restaurant Group could be leveraged at businesses that do not have such a tight focus on customer service. Provide specific examples to support your response.

week 8 discussions

“Managing and Motivating Individuals” Please respond to the following:

  • From the video, determine at least two ways that diversity can be used as a strategic advantage by almost any company. Explain your rationale.
  • Assess your current environment at work (or school) and recommend steps you believe would best motivate workers (or students.) Provide specific examples to support your response.
week 9

“Control and Managing Information” Please respond to the following:

  • Analyze the environment, processes, and procedures at your work or school to determine which aspects can be controlled and which cannot be controlled. Explain your rationale.
  • From the e-Activity, recommend at least three best practices the company you researched could adopt for protecting information vital to its operations. Provide specific examples to support your response
week 10  

“Managing Productivity and Operations” Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, make one solid recommendation for how the organization you researched could become more productive by applying one of the lessons learned in Chapter 18. Explain your rationale.
  • Analyze the four costs associated with maintaining an inventory to determine which appears to be most controllable by any organization. Explain your rationale.
week 11

“Assignment 3 PowerPoint Presentation” Please respond to the following:

  • Online students: upload your Assignment 3 PowerPoint presentation to the discussion board. Write a brief introduction paragraph to your presentation. On-ground students: bring a copy of your assignment to class to share with a classmate.
  • Determine two to three best practices, based on other classmate’s presentations, which you can apply to your current or future job.
quiz 1

Question 1

3 out of 3 points

A manager striving to improve organizational is accomplishing tasks that help achieve organizational objectives.

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· Question 2

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Eastman Kodak owns a company that manufactures dental radiation equipment. The company, which is run as an independent unit, has experienced excessive financial losses the last three years. The ____ for the company would be expected to develop the long-term plans needed to make the company profitable.

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· Question 3

3 out of 3 points

After the makers of Wonder Bread declared bankruptcy, their objectives were to increase revenues by at least 5 percent and reduce net losses by at least 80 percent. Which management function is used to set these goals and help the company meet them?

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· Question 4

0 out of 3 points

Creating a competitive advantage through people relies heavily on the use of which skill to reward people for providing exceptional customer service?

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· Question 5

3 out of 3 points

The marketing manager of Interstate Bakeries was asked to meet with the organization’s research and development department to explain why the company needed to change its 25-year-old package design for Twinkies. The marketing manager took on an interpersonal role as:

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· Question 6

0 out of 3 points

Nestlé was unsuccessful in early attempts to sell its chocolate in India. It discovered its chocolate bars were not suitable for the Indian markets because the candy had to sit in direct sunlight without benefit of air conditioning and became messy. Nestlé adopted an innovation strategy and developed Chocostick, a liquid chocolate, which is very popular. Solving this problem involved what management function?

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· Question 7

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A manager engaged in the management function of ____ is determining organizational goals and the means for achieving them.

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· Question 8

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____ is the accomplishment of tasks that help fulfill organizational objectives.

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· Question 9

0 out of 3 points

Typical responsibilities for ____ include setting objectives consistent with organizational goals and then planning and implementing the subunit strategies for achieving these goals.

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· Question 10

0 out of 3 points

As the human resources manager for Spring Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. in Canton, Michigan, Kim Radeback had to find inexpensive ways to reward high performing employees and bolster morale during a sales-flattening economic downturn. Radeback had to engage in which management function?

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· Question 11

0 out of 3 points

____ are responsible for creating a positive organizational culture through language and action.

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· Question 12

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Managers who train and supervise the performance of nonmanagerial employees and who are directly responsible for producing the company’s products or services are categorized as:

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· Question 13

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The informational role managers’ play when they share information they have collected with their subordinates and others in the company is called the ____ role.

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· Question 14

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____ is defined as getting work done through others.

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· Question 15

0 out of 3 points

A U.S. Marine drill instructor motivating new recruits to challenge themselves is engaged in which management function?

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quiz 2

Which management theorist would most likely have said, “The success of an enterprise generally depends much more on the administrative ability of its leaders than on their technical ability”?

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· Question 2

3 out of 3 points

Which of the following management theorists used his own personal experiences as a CEO to create his theory of management?

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· Question 3

3 out of 3 points

Management theorist ____ is best known for his role in the Hawthorne Studies.

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· Question 4

3 out of 3 points

A systems view of management allows managers to ____.

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· Question 5

3 out of 3 points

A(n) ____ is a set of interrelated elements or parts that function as a whole.

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· Question 6

0 out of 3 points

At about the same time as management theorists were developing scientific management principles in the United States, Max Weber was in Europe developing ____.

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· Question 7

3 out of 3 points

____ involves managing the daily production of goods and services.

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· Question 8

3 out of 3 points

____ occurs when 1 + 1 = 3.

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· Question 9

3 out of 3 points

According to Chester Barnard, for many managerial requests or directives, there is a zone of indifference. A zone of indifference means ____.

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· Question 10

3 out of 3 points

Frank and Lillian Gilbreth are important to management because they ____.

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· Question 11

0 out of 3 points

According to Mary Parker Follett, if managers use ____ to settle or reduce conflict, each of the parties involved give up some of what they want.

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· Question 12

3 out of 3 points

Chester Barnard defined a(n) ____ as “a system of consciously coordinated activities or forces of two or more persons.”

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According to Kohlberg’s model of moral development, people at the ____ use internalized ethical principles to solve ethical dilemmas.

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· Question 15

3 out of 3 points

Which of the following is a secondary stakeholder group?

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· Question 16

3 out of 3 points

A manufacturer of suntan lotion could set a(n) ____ goal to increase revenues by 8 percent over the next five years and a(n) ____ goal to increase sales next June in the Miami Beach area by 3 percent.

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· Question 17

3 out of 3 points

The use of ____ in planning produces a false sense of certainty and is often cited as one of the major pitfalls of planning.

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· Question 18

3 out of 3 points

Which of the following is a possible outcome of planning?

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· Question 19

0 out of 3 points

____ are types of standing plans.

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· Question 20

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The last step in effective planning is to ____.

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· Question 21

3 out of 3 points

In case of a fire, most organizations have a series of actions that must take place beginning with notifying the fire department and include evacuating buildings. What kind of a standing plan is described in this example?

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· Question 22

0 out of 3 points

Groupthink occurs in ____.

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· Question 23

3 out of 3 points

____ is the process of choosing a solution from available alternatives.

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· Question 24

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There are three kinds of ____ plans. They are single-use plans, standing plans, and budgets.

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· Question 25

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It is appropriate to use a(n) ____ approach to manage innovation in more certain environments during periods of incremental change, in which the goals are lower costs and incremental improvements in the performance and function of the existing technological design.

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· Question 28

0 out of 3 points

____ refers to the production of novel and useful ideas.

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· Question 29

0 out of 3 points

An innovation stream moves from one technology cycle to another through the process of ____.

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· Question 30

0 out of 3 points

Kodak is a company associated with photography. The development of the digital camera forced Kodak into the innovation stream because the new imaging process was a(n) ____.

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uiz   5

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Fran Wilson Creative Cosmetics is a medium-sized U.S. company that sells 1.5 million tubes of its lipstick annually in Japan. It has no physical presence within the country beyond the fact its products are sold there. Fran Wilson Creative Cosmetics uses ____ to reach the Japanese market.

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· Question 2

3 out of 3 points

What are the strategies that can be used to minimize or adapt to the political risk inherent to global business?

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· Question 3

0 out of 3 points

Ford Motor Company owns and operates a $1.9 billion manufacturing plant in Brazil. What method for organizing for global business has Ford used in this example?

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· Question 4

3 out of 3 points

____ is the set of shared values and beliefs that affects the perceptions, decisions, and behavior of people from a particular country.

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· Question 5

0 out of 3 points

Nestlé is a company headquartered in Switzerland with manufacturing plants in Columbia, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Kenya, and more than 90 other nations. Nestlé is an example of a ____.

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· Question 6

3 out of 3 points

Global business is defined as____.

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· Question 7

3 out of 3 points

In a multinational firm, managers at company headquarters typically prefer an emphasis on ____ because it simplifies decisions.

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· Question 8

3 out of 3 points

A country or region that has an attractive business climate for companies that want to go global has ____.

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· Question 9

3 out of 3 points

What are the two types of political risk that affect companies conducting global business?

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· Question 10

0 out of 3 points

Uganda is one of only two countries in the world that produce a mineral required in the manufacturing of cellular phones. A company which mines that rare mineral decided to not invest in the country due to a bloody civil war resulting from a change in rulers. The mining company used a(n) ____.

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· Question 11

3 out of 3 points

____ occurs when a company sells domestically produced products to customers in foreign countries.

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· Question 12

3 out of 3 points

The two general kinds of trade barriers are ____.

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· Question 13

3 out of 3 points

Protectionism is the use of trade barriers to protect local companies and their workers from ____.

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· Question 14

3 out of 3 points

The purpose of pre-departure language and cross-cultural training is to ____.

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· Question 15

3 out of 3 points

In 2000, the United States imposed a tax on all steel imports in an effort to protect about 5,000 jobs. This tax is an example of a(n) ____.

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· Question 16

3 out of 3 points

Kimberly-Clark is subdivided into organizational units called Kimberly-Clark Health Care, which provides products to hospitals, Kimberly-Clark Professional, which sells to businesses, and Kimberly-Clark Consumer, which sells the company’s products to customers. From this information, you know that Kimberly-Clark uses ____.

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· Question 17

0 out of 3 points

____ is a general term that refers to subdividing work and workers into separate organizational units that are responsible for completing particular tasks.

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· Question 18

0 out of 3 points

A(n) ____ is a form of matrix departmentalization in which managers in different parts of the matrix negotiate conflicts and resources directly.

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· Question 19

3 out of 3 points

____ departmentalization is notorious for confusion and conflict between project managers in different areas of the organization.

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· Question 20

0 out of 3 points

In terms of the chain of command, ____ authority is the right to command immediate subordinates, while ____ authority is the right to advise but not command others who are not subordinates.

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· Question 21

0 out of 3 points

An organization that has increased the number of different tasks that a worker performs within one particular job has engaged in ____.

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· Question 22

0 out of 3 points

____ is the collection of activities that transform inputs into outputs that customer’s value.

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· Question 23

3 out of 3 points

____ departmentalization is defined as organizing work and workers into separate units responsible for particular business functions or areas of expertise.

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· Question 24

0 out of 3 points

While ____ emphasizes jobs and their authority relationships, ____ emphasizes the activities through which work gets done in the organization.

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· Question 25

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A(n) ____ organization is part of a network in which many companies share skills, costs, capabilities, markets, and customers with each other.

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· Question 26

0 out of 3 points

One of the key assumptions underlying the chain of command is ____, which means that workers should report to just one supervisor.

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· Question 27

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____ is the degree to which a job gives workers the discretion, freedom, and independence to decide how and when to a