Respond to the following scenario with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. Be substantive and clear, and use research to reinforce your ideas.
Over lunch, you and Mary meet to discuss next steps with the expansion project.
“Do we have everything we need on sales and costs?” you ask. ”It must be time to compute the net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR) of the Apix expansion project.”
“We have the data from James and Luke regarding projected sales and costs, respectively, for the food packaging project,” says Mary. “It is feasible to project that we will receive a tax break from this implementation. I have information from our audit firm that indicates that future depreciation methods for taxes will be straight-line; however, the corporate rates will be reduced to 35% as we assumed in our weighted average cost of capital (WACC) calculation.”
“That sounds good,” you say.
“Right,” says Mary. “You can use a WACC of 10% for the computation of the NPV and comparison for IRR.”
“I’ve got the information I need from Luke and James,” you say. “Does this look right to you? Here’s what they gave me,” you say, as you hand a sheet of paper to Mary.“Let’s look at this now while we’re together,” she says.
The information you hand to Mary shows the following:
Initial investment outlay of $30 million, consisting of $25 million for equipment and $5 million for net working capital (NWC) (plastic substrate and ink inventory); NWC recoverable in terminal year
Project and equipment life: 5 years
Sales: $25 million per year for five years
Assume gross margin of 60% (exclusive of depreciation)
Depreciation: Straight-line for tax purposes
Selling, general, and administrative expenses: 10% of sales
Tax rate: 35%
You continue your conversation.
“It looks good,” says Mary. “Use this information from Luke and James to compute the cash flows for the project.”
“No problem,” you say.
“Then, compute NPV and IRR of the project using the Excel spreadsheet I sent earlier today,” says Mary. “Use the IRR financial function for the computation of IRR.”
“Okay,” you say. “I’ll submit my Excel file showing the computation of cash flows, NPV, and IRR by the end of week so you can look at it over the weekend.”
“Thanks,” says Mary.
Complete the above worksheet for this assignment. (worksheet is also attached)
Balance of Payments (BOP) is a method that countries use to manage international financial transactions. Different countries conduct this analysis at different time periods throughout the fiscal year. They use the BOP as a checks and balances system that assesses the current financial status of credits and debits of the country. Reflect on your reading from this week and consider how the current account, capital account, and the official reserve account components affect a country’s BOP.
With these thoughts in mind, address the following:
Summarize how the current account, capital account, and the official reserve account impact a country’s BOP.
Explain which condition you think is more desirable for a country—a BOP surplus or deficit. Support your response using this week’s Learning Resources.
By Day 4
Post a brief statement.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
By Day 7
Respond to one or more of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
Ask a probing question.
Share an insight from having read your colleague’r s posting.
Offer and support an opinion.
Make a suggestion.
Expand on your colleague’s posting.
Watch this video with Dr. Williams G. Woods of Forbes School of Business and Technology.
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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Northouse Ch. 13 and Oedekoven Ch. 8 and complete the Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire found in your Leadership: Theory and Practice textbook. Watch the Week 3 Discussion video above with Dr. Williams G. Woods of Forbes School of Business and Technology.
Share your results with the class and share an example of when you have witnessed a leader at your work that displayed nonethical behavior and how he or she was seen as a leader within the company. Discuss what you learned from the leader. Your discussion post should be 250 words.
If you scored higher on Duty Ethics, it means you follow the rules and do what you think you are supposed to do when facing ethical dilemmas. You focus on fulfilling your responsibilities and doing what you think is the right thing to do.
If you scored higher on Virtue Ethics, it means that you pull from who you are (your character) when facing ethical dilemmas. You act out of integrity, and you are faithful to your own principles of goodness.
I scored equal 5 and 5 on my score
and Impact of Ethics on Leadership Standards (Links to an external site.), and watch Challenger: The Untold Story Part 7 of 10 (Links to an external site.).
Share what ethical situations came up in the video. Explain how the leader’s decision impacted the results of the Challenger’s mission. What ethical values did you take away from this video that you can apply in your own leadership? Your discussion post should be 250 words.
Linear Regression Analysis
Terry Downes owns a commercial cleaning company. He has conducted a survey of customers to determine how satisfied they are with the work performed. He devised a 100-point rating scale—with 0 being poor and 100 being excellent service, selected a random sample of 14 customers, and asked them to rate the service. He also recorded the number of worker hours spent in the customer’s facility. These are in the file named Downes.
Use Excel to complete the following:
Develop a scatter plot showing the variables, rate of service and worker hours, with the y variable on the vertical axis and the x variable on the horizontal axis, and indicating the type of relationship.
Develop a linear regression model to explain the variation in the service rating.
Use Word to complete the following:
Describe the model, showing the results of the pertinent hypothesis tests, using a significance level of 0.10.
Submit your work in a Word document and attach your Excel file.
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the illustration of 10 clusters of world culture according to GLOBE in Northouse (2018).
Choose one of the 10 clusters and identify key elements a leader needs to understand to be effective in leading an organization in that country cluster. Your discussion post should be 250 words.
Please respond to the following:
Select two fast food restaurants and evaluate them in terms of service quality. Suggest ways to improve the service quality.
Evaluate the two fast-food restaurants in terms of the “Seven QC tools” discussed in Chapter 16 of textbook, OM. Determine the top three QC tools that tend to be most valuable to business owners. Explain your rationale.
Task 2.1 is a comprehensive case study covering all key concepts covered over the first half of the semester.
Students will need to apply tools for planning, and strategy. They are also expected to properly elaborate on financial indicators, and utilize financial records to interpret a company’s profitability, liquidity, current and future status.
They should also provide recommendation for the company moving into the future. Students are required to provide all their calculations used in the assessment.
The case study “Amazon Inc.” will be supplied in files.
Your submission must meet the following formatting requirements:
Submit one file(s) only.
Required file format for main submission: PDF.
Additional file format for additional deliverables: Not applicable.
Additional file requirements: “None”.
Font size 12
Number of words: 2,000 – 2,500
All refencing and citations require Harvard referencing style. LEARNING OUTCOMES
Identify industry factors that impact organizational operations
Contextualize the business environment
Analyze the financial condition of the organization and provided explanation of any outliers
Prescribe a corporate strategy based on your findings, and provide commentary to support your
Consider the following scenario as you complete and respond to the questions below: You work for a global manager. This position involves managing a key business department located in two different countries with two different cultures. You have been asked to create a report. This report is to provide information to your manager about how to operate in these two different countries.
In your report, you will choose a department in a business that operates in two different countries. The introduction paragraph presents the business department and the two countries you are using for your report.
Using the four functions of management (1. Planning, 2. Organizing, 3. Leading, 4. Controlling) describe how the business department operates in each of the countries.
What are the differences?
What are the similarities?
How does this help or hinder the department?
Explain the communication practices associated with the cultures within the two countries you chose.
Describe potential communication challenges and proactive solutions in the “Leading” section of the function of management.
Deliverable Length: 400–600 words
Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
Your team attends a trade conference on the subject of globalization. They have attended several seminars both advocating and dismissing implementing a global strategy. You return to the office and share some of what you have learned with the team.
“Globalization is a very interesting topic and can get very heated,” you explain. “There are some countries and companies who are fiercely loyal to their homes and would not consider going global. Others see it as a benefit to the company and their customers. Some people here in the states believe that American-made is best because we are contributing to our home country. But, is it? Is it always best to stay domestic? How does this impact pricing? Are you truly helping?”
As your team ponders these questions, you start to think about your position on the topic. Complete the following:
Should your company go global? Why or why not?
How does globalization impact the marketplace as a whole?
Has your opinion changed from the beginning of the course to now?