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One Diversity Training Does Not Fit All 1.What might happen to companies that don’t diversify their workforce? (Bloom’s: application) 2.Are most people unbiased and unprejudiced by nature or is this something they have to work at? (Bloom’s: application) 3.Why do you think a combination of approaches to diversity training seems to work best?.
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Quality Catastrophes : 1.How do companies recover their good reputation after such a blunder? How does it make you feel with regard to purchasing from these companies? (Bloom’s: application, evaluation) 2.How much time and money do you estimate companies spend recovering from these types of situations?How do companies stay in businessafter these types.
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Dream Team or Nightmare? 1.What steps can companies take to ensure they don’t hire someone who won’t work with the team? (Bloom’s: comprehension) 2.Does thinking differently mean two people won’t get along? Why or why not? (Bloom’s: comprehension) 3.How much time and money did Disney lose over this situation? (Bloom’s: analysis) .
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Employee Retention (How Can Employers Keep Their Top Performers?) 1.What would make you want to quit your job?(Bloom’s: knowledge, analysis) 2.Besides the cost involved in hiring and training a new employee, what other losses might a company incur when a new employee does not work out and is asked to leave? (Bloom’s:.
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The Toyota Way of Management 1.Explain “The Toyota Way” of management.How is it related to kaizen?How can kaizen be used in other types of companies, particularly those that are not manufacturers? (Bloom’s: comprehension, application, synthesis) 2.Imagine yourself as a manager at a Toyota factory.How would you look for ways to continually improve.
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Investing In Talent(General Electric (GE) Ranked No. 1 for Leadership) 1.GE thinks that having its senior executives spend at least twelve months during their first fifteen years in training is a gain.How might it be a loss? (Bloom’s: analysis, synthesis) 2.When a CEO of Immelt’s stature puts his company under the microscope,.
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:Supply Chain (McDonald’s...From Farm to Front Counter) 1.Do you think McDonald’s has the power to prompt changes in standards used around the world (technology, environmental, employment, agricultural)?Why or why not? (Bloom’s: evaluate) 2.How do McDonald’s operational methods show evidence of quality control? Is it necessary to have so many steps in the.
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Toyota Teamwork and the Prius 1.Why do you think the Toyota Prius design team was so motivated to create the car?What needs were being fulfilled in the development and production process?Where do you think it would fall in Herzberg’s two-factor model of the workplace? (Bloom’s: comprehension, application) 2.Review Toyota’s guiding principle above,.
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4.Did the Internet Kill Print?How has the Internet, with its availability of immediate online news and information, affected the demand for newspapers and other printed materials (such as magazines and textbooks)? Complete a PEST analysis (see Chapter 1) on the Canadian Business Magazine, and then complete a SWOT analysis (see.
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Do Successful Managers Need to Be Effective? 1.How might this idea of “success” in management affect a company? (Bloom’s: synthesis) 2.What’s the difference between an effective manager and an efficient manager?Can a manager be effective without being efficient or vice versa?(Bloom’s: analysis) 3.Why do you think only 10 percent of those managers surveyed.
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Loblaw’s Restructuring 1.Does Hutchison’s leadership style seem to lean toward autocratic, democratic, or laissez-faire? (Bloom’s: application) 2.What are the advantages of flattening the layers? (Bloom’s: comprehension) 3.Does is seem that Hutchison is acting in conjunction with the three core themes of Loblaw’s?Why or why not? (Bloom’s: analysis) .
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New Technology (The Tablet Race: Apple Wins, for Now!) 1.How might sales not reach the predicted US$70 billion in 2014?What might slow sales down? (Bloom’s: synthesis) 2.Why will it be difficult for Apple’s competitors to get market share?How will they steal Apple’s consumers away? (Bloom’s: comprehension, application, analysis) 3.Apple does not have channels.
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Technology: Too Much of a Good Thing? 1.As a whole, do you think technology plays a positive or negative role in our society?Why? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 2.In what ways does technology make you more productive?Less productive? (Bloom’s: application) 3.How long do you think you could live comfortably without a cell phone?An MP3 player?A.
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: Organization 1.What is the definition of organization given in this video? What components are included in a description of the organization of a business? 2.Compare the organizational environment at Triple Rock Brewery with that of Ideas United. 3.How does technology play an important role in the organization of HomestarRunner.com? Explain the decision-making.
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Sound in Motion 1.What does Adrian Cavlan say about the benefits of hands-on experience in the early stages of the business? 2.Describe the role of meetings at Sound in Motion. 3.Why are public speaking skills important for a DJ? 4.Describe the two actions that Sound in Motion uses when it is necessary to improve.
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Triple Rock Brewing 1. Why do the managers of Triple Rock Brewing desire a relaxed and calm organizational culture? 2.Do the Triple Rock Brewing managers value planning? Why or why not? 3. Describe Jesse's and Jim's methods of control. 4. Are a relaxed organizational culture and managerial control mutually exclusive? .
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Japan Relief 1.Do you think it is important for global businesses to offer this type of support?Is it not enough for governments to offer this support?Why or why not?(Bloom’s: analysis, synthesis, evaluation) 2.What type of public image is each of the companies above creating?Will this help them gain new customers? Why or.
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Leading 1. What is the definition of leading as described in the video? Are only certain people capable of becoming strong leaders? Give support for your answer. 2. What qualities are mentioned in the video as characteristics of a strong leader? Of the qualities listed, which two do you think are most.
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Liquid Squids and Body Glove: Surfing the Production Tidal Wave : 1.Even though Body Glove makes its wetsuits in Thailand, why must its managers continually research howUS customers use its products? 2.Which aspects of product quality would wetsuit buyers be most concerned about? 3.When deciding whether to license its name for a new product,.
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4.How does a business decide what the best method of shipment is for its products? What factors, other than cost, are important in this decision? (Bloom’s: comprehension, application) 5.Give an example of what the process of total quality management (TQM) would involve in the production of automobiles. What steps can manufacturers.
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Controlling 1.Evaluate Sarah Bellamy's comments about Zifty.com. Did she talk about control? 2.As a manger, will your approach to control be more like that at Boston Boxing or that at CaringWorks? 3.Evaluate Vice-President Matt Chapman's description of control at HomestarRunner.com. .
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Planning 1.Define strategic planning. What is one example of a method used in strategic planning? 2.Describe the business plan associated with Triple Rock Brewery. 3.Describe the business plans associated with the companies, Sound in Motion and HomestarRunner.com. How do these two plans differ? Explain the benefit of each type of plan. 4.What is unique.
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Joie de Vivre: Employee Motivation 1.Describe the beginnings of Joie de Vivre Hospitality with the creation of the Phoenix Hotel. 2.How does Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels, embody Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in his motivational theories? 3.How did Joie de Vivre use Chip Conley’s motivational philosophies during the dot com.
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Platinum Autobody : 1.Saboor and Kawa Hatef divide responsibilities for running Platinum Autobody. What are the advantages of such specialization? 2.How is Platinum Autobody using technology to improve its business? 3.How do Kawa and Saboor motivate their employees? Would you be motivated by these policies? 4.Why would Platinum Autobody compare its prices to those charged.
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\Zipcar: iBusiness Technology Running Time: 4:44 minutes 1.Describe the role technology plays in the Zipcar organization. 2.Based on company research, what areas have been determined to provide the best markets for Zipcar? 3.How is the data gathered from members used to improve the organization? 4.What is included in the annual membership fee and hourly or.
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Campus Movie Fest 1.Describe the beginnings of Campus MovieFest as discussed by Vijay Makar in the video. Are the founders of the company entrepreneurs? Why or why not? 2.Describe the many roles of the managers in the video. 3.What forms of communication are used by the Campus MovieFest staff? How is communication different.
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The Toyota T-Ten Program 1.Other car companies, such as GM and Ford, have similar training and technical schools. Why is it so important for companies in the automotive industry to generate qualified potential employees? (Bloom’s: application, analysis) 2.The text mentions that apprentice training programs are common for occupations such as electricians, roofers,.
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Electronics Recycling 1.Why is it important for companies with initiatives such as these to set targets, write policies, and publicly display their intentions? (Bloom’s: comprehension) 2.Do you think if more companies took these steps it would slow global warming? Why or why not? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 3.Knowing the initiatives Panasonic is taking toward environmental.
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1.Consider the responsibilities and risks of a management position in a national firm. What do you feel is a reasonable salary ratio between the highest paid manager of a company and the lowest paid employee? Does it depend on the industry? (Bloom’s: synthesis) 2.Is it better for a business to respond.
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1.Discuss how human resource management can help a company achieve or maintain a competitive advantage. How does human resource management help a company maintain a healthy bottom line? (Bloom’s: application) 2.Discuss the various types of training you have had as an employee or student. What suggestions would you make to improve.
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The Home Depot Canada Foundation 1.What advantages might The Home Depot or any other organization gain by engaging in philanthropy (good will, charity)?Are there any disadvantages to doing so? (Bloom’s: analysis) 2.With Team Depot, employees volunteer their time and talents to work on community projects.How might this lead to improved employee motivation.
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Customers Exposed 1.Do you think companies have an obligation to alert customers when their personal information has been accessed without approval? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 2.Do you think these hackers will be able to use the information they obtained to their advantage? (Bloom’s: synthesis) 3.You can see from the case of Albert Gonzalez that stealing.
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ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITY: Ethics in Teamwork 1.How would you handle this situation? Would you voice your objection or go along with the team? 2.If you decide to voice your objection, do you address the entire team or speak to members individually? Why? 3.How would you reconcile your role as a loyal employee and.
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Ethical Standards for Suppliers : 1.When multinational companies put pressure on developing countries’ governments and businesses to improve workplace conditions and ethical practices are they making a difference? Why or why not? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 2.By creating rules that suppliers must follow are companies possibly chasing away potential low cost suppliers? (Bloom’s: evaluation) 3.What problems.
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Progressive Redevelopment Inc. and CaringWorks 1.If you were employed at CaringWorks, would you be happy to receive a Care Free Day card instead of monetary bonus? 2.Describe CaringWorks' hiring process. 3.Why did Rainey-Reed say that CaringWorks desires to employ a diverse workforce? .
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4.What are some of the ways companies try to protect their data against hackers?What is a firewall?What is encryption?What other things can companies do to protect company data?What does your school do to keep student information confidential?What can you do to protect yourself? (Bloom’s:  comprehension, application) 5.Does constant connection to the.
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1.Job Description. Create a job description and job specification for a job of your or your professor’s choosing.Start with a job analysis. You’ll probably need to ask your professor some questions. 2.Staffing Agency.Locate a staffing agency near you and phone them and ask for information about their recruitment and placement services..
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ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITY: Environmental Shipping Concerns : 1.What decision would you make in this situation, land or sea? 2.If you were told that you would take a personal pay cut from switching to the more environmentally friendly route, how would that affect your decision? 3.What kind of impact do you think one company switching.
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1.What are the advantages and disadvantages of mass production and the mechanized assembly line?Did this shift to machines and robots eliminate jobs, or did it create new ones? (Bloom’s: comprehension, application) 2.What are the resources (inputs) needed and the finished products (outputs) for each of the following service companies:a child care,.
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Hewlett-Packard Spying Scandal 1.Does it bother you to know your employer can read any e-mails you send or receive from you company e-mail account?Why or why not? (Bloom’s: comprehension, evaluation) 2.Do you think business and government should be permitted to place video cameras within the halls of their buildings or meeting.
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Business Intelligence (BI) Systems at Mark’s Work Wearhouse 1.How do you think the purchase of such a BI system would benefit a company like Mark’s?How do you think the company might save money by implementing such a system?Do you think customer service would improve?Do you think sales might increase due to.
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Zifty.com 1.Describe the many roles of Zifty.com managers as discussed by Sarah Bellamy and Dylan Kight in the video. 2.How do employees at Zifty.com communicate with each other? Is communication formal or informal? Does information flow only from the top down—from owners to managers to drivers—or does it flow upward as well? 3.Give.
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1.There are many differences between “digital natives” and “digital immigrants.” From your experiences, how would you define each term? What experiences have you had, at school or in the workplace, with the different attitudes of the two groups? Different skills? Different approaches to problem solving? 2.Discuss the impact of off-shoring of.
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1.Contingency plans are important in any business. Discuss what kinds of plans your school might have in place. How would these plans differ, if at all, from those of a local business in your area? What are a few possible scenarios that would require contingency plans in your school or.
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