Sunday, 27 July 2014

BUS 508 Assignment 2: Mergers and Acquisitions

Assignment 2: Mergers and Acquisitions

Examine the circumstances that resulted in the merger or acquisition for the selected company. Speculate on two (2) reasons why the resulting decision to merge or to acquire / be acquired was made One of the recent Mergers involve Coca-Cola and ZICO. Coca-Cola Company is the leading non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer in the world. On the other hand, ZICO was also in the non-alcoholic beverage manufacturing industry. Its main product is Coconut Water, which has earned the company substantial revenues over the years. There are various reasons that justify Coca-Cola decision to acquire ZICO Beverages LLC. To start with, Coca-Cola Company wanted to gain the leading position in one of the fastest growing beverages categories in the world (The Coca-Cola Company, 2013). Currently, the company is the leading brand in the world. However, there are new entrants who have threatened the company’s position in the non-alcoholic beverage industry.

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BUS 508 Assignment 3: Promotional and Advertising Strategies

Assignment 3: Promotional and Advertising Strategies

Compare and contrast the promotional strategies used by two (2) different companies for a similar product within the category that you selected The product category that I have selected is the sports apparel category, and the companies of concern in this category are Nike and Puma. To start with, Nike advertising and promotional strategy is in numerous ways the reason for the success of the company. Generally, the company is now positioned as a premium-brand. The company attracts customers with promotional strategies centering on its brand image. The brand image consists of the advertising slogan and logo: “Just do it”. Majorly, the company promotes its products though magazines, T.V. ads, and numerous player sponsorships. A big portion of Nikes promotional strategies is player sponsorships. 

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BUS 508 Assignment 3: Promotional and Advertising Strategies

Assignment 3: Promotional and Advertising Strategies

Compare and contrast the promotional strategies used by two (2) different companies for a similar product within the category that you selected The product category that I have selected is the sports apparel category, and the companies of concern in this category are Nike and Puma. To start with, Nike advertising and promotional strategy is in numerous ways the reason for the success of the company. Generally, the company is now positioned as a premium-brand. The company attracts customers with promotional strategies centering on its brand image. The brand image consists of the advertising slogan and logo: “Just do it”. Majorly, the company promotes its products though magazines, T.V. ads, and numerous player sponsorships. A big portion of Nikes promotional strategies is player sponsorships. 

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Assignment 4: Project Progress

Assignment 4: Project Progress

Impact of those Events on the Project There are various events whose occurrence may have an impact on the project. To start with, when top-two threats have occurred, there will be impact on the project progress. Generally, Flayton Electronics aimed at minimizing the possible threats that may result from the crisis. Occurrence of the top threats may lead to project stoppage. 

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BUS 519 Assignment 3: Risk Workshop and Risk Register

Assignment 3: Risk Workshop and Risk Register

 

Identify the required pre-workshop activities Risk workshop is an important element in the organization. The workshop would involve various activities that are mean to enhance the project risk management plan. Particularly, there are various activities that would be significant before the actual workshop is conducted. These activities are known as the pre-workshop activities.

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BUS 519 WK 11 DQ 2 Course Lessons Learned in Project Risk Management

BUS 519 WK 11 DQ 2

Course Lessons Learned in Project Risk Management

Identify three concepts that you have learned in this course that will be useful for project work in your current organization

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BUS 519 WK 11 DQ 1 Methodology Comparison

BUS 519 WK 11 DQ 1

Methodology Comparison

From the e-Activity, choose one project risk management methodology (not ATOM), compare and contrast the steps of the methodology you chose with ATOM. Provide an example of how each methodology is clearly used

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BUS 519 WK 10 DQ 2 Project Lessons Learned

BUS 519 WK 10 DQ 2

Project Lessons Learned Project lessons learned are significant components of the organization. They establish a foundation for future projects. With respect to project lessons learned, it would be appropriate to address risks at all levels of the organization. 

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BUS 519 WK 10 DQ 1 ATOM for Large Projects

BUS 519 WK 10 DQ 1

ATOM for Large Projects The cost of utilizing ATOM for large projects is justified when an organization has limited resources to dedicate to risk management efforts. I think identifying threats and opportunities in the organization should be a continuous process. 

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BUS 519 WK 9 DQ 2 Small-Project Application

BUS 519 WK 9 DQ 2

Small-Project Application The ATOM Methodology may be different depending on whether the project is large or small. To start with, large projects involve high risk exposure. The high risks may also lead to smaller risks (Hill & Jones, 2013). 

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BUS 519 WK 9 DQ 1 Post-Project Review

BUS 519 WK 9 DQ 1

Post-Project Review Post project review is critical in the success of future reviews. The purpose of the post project review is to review the completed project, and identify lessons learnt on what could have been done better or went well (Boone & Kurtz, 2012).

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BUS 519 WK 8 DQ 2 Risk Review Process

BUS 519 WK 8 DQ 2

Risk Review Process Major and minor reviews are important elements in the project life cycle. Risks in a project are inevitable, and there is need to constantly review the project. Particularly, time is an essential issue since the nature of the factors that affect the project vary with time. 

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BUS 519 WK 8 DQ 1 Ongoing Risk Management

BUS 519 WK 8 DQ 1

Ongoing Risk Management Ongoing risk management is an important element in the recent dynamic business environment. Risks are inevitable due to the ever changing business environment. Despite the fact that the process of identifying new risks should be constant, it is important to equally monitor the active risks. 

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BUS 519 WK 7 DQ 2 Planning for Unknowns

BUS 519 WK 7 DQ 2

Planning for Unknowns Project management options in terms of schedule, performance, and cost are very significant aspects, especially in planning for the unknowns. Negative risks are usually in evitable particularly in this construction project that may have taken a longer period of time. 

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BUS 519 WK 7 DQ 1 Response Strategies

BUS 519 WK 7 DQ 1

Response Strategies Risk interview is a significant element after the completion of the risk workshop. The risk interviews are critical in identifying the types of risks that face the organization. 

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BUS 519 WK 6 DQ 2 Quantitative Risk Analysis

BUS 519 WK 6 DQ 2

Quantitative Risk Analysis Quantitative risk analysis is an important aspect of a project. The project manager has to estimate the risks that may affect the project in order to device appropriate risk mitigation strategies.  Monte Carlo Analysis is one of the methodologies that is used in projects, especially large and complex projects. 

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BUS 519 WK 6 DQ 1 Possible Risk Impacts

BUS 519 WK 6 DQ 1

Possible Risk Impacts I think the top-three most critical risk regardless of the size or scope of a project includes financial, technical, and quality risks. On the fore, the financial risk is associated with the cost of the project. Any project regardless of its scope or size would need funding for it to be successful.

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BUS 519 WK 5 DQ 2 Risk Responsibility

BUS 519 WK 5 DQ 2

Risk Responsibility

When assigning responsibilities to a person it is essential to identify if he is a responsible person. There are various questions that can be asked to determine if an individual is responsible. The following list of questions should be asked in this process:

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BUS 519 WK 5 DQ 1 Risk Perception

BUS 519 WK 5 DQ 1

Risk Perception Risk perception is influenced by conscious, subconscious, and affective factors.  Conscious factors are associated with familiarity of situation, proximity, severity of impact, group dynamics, and organizational culture. 

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BUS 519 WK 4 DQ 2 Defining Risks

BUS 519 WK 4 DQ 2

Defining Risks

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BUS 519 WK 4 DQ 1 Identifying and Mitigating Risks

BUS 519 WK 4 DQ 1

Identifying and Mitigating Risks Risks are inevitable irrespective of the nature of a business (Govori, 2012). A pet store may be a profitable business, but faces various risks that should be addressed for the success of the business. Prior to make a decision of opening the store, these risks should be addressed. To start with, there are heath risks that may affect the business.  Many of the pet stores are not often bred in a good home environment.

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BUS 519 WK 3 DQ 2 Stakeholder Analysis

BUS 519 WK 3 DQ 2

Stakeholder Analysis The company that I am familiar with is the Coca-Cola Company. The stakeholder analysis below shows the categorization of seven stakeholders in the company. First, the stockholders of the company are the owners of the company. 

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BUS 519 WK 3 DQ 1 Project Initiation

BUS 519 WK 3 DQ 1

Project Initiation

  The effectiveness of risk management is dependent on several factors. Defining the size of the project is one of the significant factors that would guide the project manager in addressing the possible risks that may affect the project. There are is a certain criteria of identifying the size of the project.   

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BUS 519 WK 2 DQ 2 Critical Success Factors

BUS 519 WK 2 DQ 2

Critical Success Factors             Critical success factors are essential in effective risk management. On the fore, a supportive organization is significant in risk management. The organization provides the resources needed in risk management.

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BUS 519 WK 2 DQ 1 Need for Risk Management

BUS 519 WK 2 DQ 1

Need for Risk Management

Student’s Name

Strayer University

                                                     

 

                                                      BUS 519 WK 2 DQ 1

Need for Risk Management Risks are important in any project. They are inevitable, and a risk management plan should be prepared prior the start of the project. Risk management and control is an issue that should be done through the entire project life cycle.

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BUS 519 WK 1 DQ 2 Planning for Risk

BUS 519 WK 1 DQ 2

Planning for Risk

   The school of thoughts on risks, opportunities, and threats provide profound insights on the concept of risk and risk management. To start with, the first school of thought has the opinion that positive and negative aspects of risks are distinct and should be treated differently. I think the main advantage of this perception is that it gives the managers opportunities to understand the impact of both risks.   

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BUS 519 WK 1 DQ 1 What is Risk?

BUS 519 WK 1 DQ 1

What is Risk? Risk management is an important issue in the current dynamic business environment. There have been constant debates on the definition of risk management. Initially, many people were of the view that risks result in a bad outcome. However, this perception has been disputed. It has emerged that there are positive risks, which may lead to a positive outcome. Basically, people agree that risks emanate from uncertain situations, and the risk is the effect of that uncertainty on the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives. Ultimately, it has been agreed that some uncertainties may be helpful while others may adversely affect the organization.  

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

BUS 599 Week 1 Discussion Staples

"Staples" Please respond to the following: • From the case study, determine Staples’ competitive advantage and its current business model. Next, use a brief SWOT analysis to analyze the primary way in which the company executes a strategy for growth based on its SWOT analysis. • From the case study, recommend one (1) future strategy for Staples geared toward delivering better customer service. Next, demonstrate the fundamental manner in which the strategy you recommended could successfully change the shopping experience for the customer.

WHERE TO GET THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS INFORMATION FROM: • Watch the video titled “SWOT Analysis: How to perform one for your organization” (5 min 22 s). Video Source: virtualstrategist (2008, July 28). SWOT Analysis: How to perform one for your organization [Video file]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNXYI10Po6A.  

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