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Exercising Strategy

Review the “Exercising Strategy” exercise about Zappos on pages 57-58 of the text as well as the following web resources:

• Making Sense of Zappos and Holacracy

• Here’s What Happened to Zappos’ HR Boss When the Company Got Rid of Managers and Her Job Became Obsolete

Utilizing the material from Chapter 8 of the text (as well outside research you conduct), evaluate Zappos’ approach to performance management from a case study approach. Identify any problems or issues with Zappos’ HRM approach and propose different options or solutions.

Using this information, the Assignment Rubric and the additional resources listed below, develop a 3-5 page (not including title and reference pages) APA formatted evaluation.

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Writing Assignment #13

 

Please read Gladwell’s The Tipping Point or at least get the main idea before start assignment

 

 

Assignment:

You will work with the object/product and prepare a short oral presentation about this object for the class next week. Bring to class the object to show to the class – do not bring a photo/image of the object; you MUST bring the actual object to class. You will give a brief speech about this object as well as turn in a brief essay about it. (Please choose an object I can find out easily then I can bring to class)

 

Part I – Speech: You should prepare a 2-3-minute presentation about your object.  In order to capture your audience’s interest, begin your talk with a story about your object. Then, explain what the object is, why you chose it to represent some of the ideas in Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, and how it connects to his ideas and why this object has significance and value to you, or what it says about you.

 

Part II- Short Essay

Write a short (1-2 page) essay about your object. Your essay should explain and discuss the ideas in your oral presentation. Your essay may follow the outline of your presentation, but do not simply type up what you said. You need to write about your object and explain your ideas in this essay so that a reader who hasn’t seen you speak about your object will understand what it is, why it connects to some of Gladwell’s ideas and what is significant about this objet to you.

 

 

Oral Presentation Grading

√+ (10 points)

Presentation is about two-three minutes

Strong speaking skills and enthusiasm

Preparation is excellent

Meets all requirements listed above

 

√ (8 points)

Presentation may be short/long

Decent speaking skills with some enthusiasm

Preparation is evident

Meets all/most requirements

 

√- (6 points)

Presentation is really short/long

Speaking skills are poor

Preparation is minimal, if at all

Meets some/few requirements

 

 

 

 

REACTION PAPER

The purpose of your reaction paper is to reflect on a social issue you are interested in, personal experience, an issue you saw in the movie etc. using sociological concepts you learned in class. To do this, you need to complete the following parts:

  1. Get your topic approved by me.
  2. Write few paragraphs describing the issue you are interested in, and why it is important to analyze this issue from a sociological perspective. When doing this, use concepts we learned in class.
  3. Support your ideas with class notes and the textbook.
  4. Pick at least one peer-reviewed research article discussing your topic, and describe in few paragraphs what it says about the issue you are interested in.
  5. For the section 5 pick one of the following options:
  6. If you were a researcher, how would you go about studying your topic of interest:
  • What theoretical framework, if any, best explains your issue of interest? Why?
  • Which methods would you use? Quantitative? Qualitative? Why?
  • What would be your independent and dependent variables?
  • What would be your population of interest?
  • How will this research help us better understand your issue of interest?

OR

  1. How does the article you picked go about analyzed the issue you are interested in? (if you used more than one article in part 3, pick one of them)
  • Does the article use any theory? Which one? If not, which theoretical framework would be appropriate?
  • Which methods does the article use? Quantitative? Qualitative? Describe.
  • Does the article identify independent and dependent variables? Which ones?
  • What is the population of interest that the article uses?
  • How do the findings of this article help us better understand your issue of interest?

Paper requirements:

  • Bibliography
  • Use ASA writing style: Times New Roman,12, double-spaced
  • Minimum 3-maximum 4 pages
  • Good grammar
  • For class notes, you can cite the following way à (Class notes)

Race as a social construction

1. Reflective Statement (3-4 pages): This essay will reflect on the progress you have made as a writer and thinker in the class. Specifically, you will need to identify one or more critical concepts and ideas that have informed both your writing and thinking during the course of the semester. You will then need to briefly reflect on how you have marshaled a specific concept(s) or idea(s) in your essays, in your reflections and in your discussion of the issues we have considered. Lastly, discuss your favorite passage from Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye as it relates to the concept(s) you have identified. This critical section focusing on Morrison’s novel needs to be about a third of your paper or 1-2 pages in length. Here are some possibilities for the central concept(s) that grounds your reflective statement:

a. Race as a social construction

b. Interdisciplinary approaches in African American Studies

c. Black Psychology

d. Invisible Politics

e. Afrocentricity

f. Chattel Slavery

g. Nathan Hare

h. San Francisco State University (site of first Black Studies Program)

i. Internalized Racism

j. Stereotype Threat

k. Double Consciousness

l. The Problem of Color Line

m. Plessy v. Ferguson

n. The Washington and Du Bois debate

o. Washingtonian Politics of Deference

p. The Atlanta Compromise

CHAD 210 Term Paper Assignment

 

Possible Books for Term Paper:

 

Bellini, A. (2013). Anelisse: A true story of child abuse. Monarch Publishing House.

Pemberton, S. (2012). A chance in the world: An orphan boy, a mysterious past, and how he found a place called home. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Peters, J. (2008). The heartbreaking survival story of a small mute boy who overcame unbearable suffering and found his voice again. Harper Element.

 

Instructions:

 

  1. The general goal for this term paper is for you to learn to apply concepts from the field of child abuse and neglect to a particular case. This is not a book report, in which you review what happened.  It is your job to critically examine what is reported in the book in terms of the material you learn about during the semester.

 

  1. Select one from the above list of books to read. They are all available through amazon.com, and almost all are available in paperback.  You should get the book and begin reading it immediately, to get an overall sense of the account.  It is likely that you will have to reread the book as you learn more about the field of child abuse and neglect and begin to apply concepts you have learned to this particular account.

 

  1. You are expected to read at least three additional scholarly articles (from peer-reviewed journals, not from newspapers or magazines), in addition to the assigned readings for this course, in order to complete this paper.

 

  1. You will use these outside readings, as well as your required reading and notes from class discussions, to complete the sections of the paper discussed below. You may choose to focus your outside research (scholarly articles) on one or more of the following:
    1. causes/risk factors for the type of maltreatment you are reading about
    2. the effects of such maltreatment
    3. interventions for such maltreatment

 

  1. Your paper will consist of three main sections: introduction and characteristics of maltreatment; impact of maltreatment; and, opportunities for intervention.

 

  1. This first section focuses on introducing the maltreatment described in the book and the characteristics of maltreatment. This section should include the following information:
    1. Full book citation (author, name of book, publisher, date of publication) in APA-style. See APA formatting resources in the Modules in CHAD 210 on Canvas.
    2. Identification of the writer as the child victim, a therapist, or someone to whom the story was told.
    3. Identification of the child: sex, ages covered in the book, cultural group, socioeconomic status, family constellation (e.g., mother, grandparents, 3 children), living circumstances covered in the book.
    4. Characteristics of Maltreatment:
      1. Identify the types of maltreatment described in the book (neglect, physical, sexual, psychological). Give specific examples.
      2. Discuss the role of family and community risk factors that played a role in the child maltreatment.
    5. Your discussion should include references to the journal articles that you have found, as well as to the required readings.

 

  1. The second section of your paper focuses on the impact of maltreatment and should include the following information:
    1. Impact of Maltreatment. Discuss the impact that the maltreatment had on the child. Think about the way the child behaved and thought. Think about symptoms the child reports or that you identify based on what the book describes.
    2. Discuss the cycle of violence and resilience. Is this child likely to go on to maltreat children or not?  Is this child likely to have long-term problems in adulthood?  What factors can you identify that are likely to lead down one road or the other?  Be sure to examine evidence of strengths in the child, in the family, and in the environment that might be the bases of resiliency.
    3. Your discussion should include references to the journal articles that you have found, as well as to the required readings.

 

  1. The third section of your paper focuses on the opportunities for intervention. In the final section, you will discuss:
    1. Opportunities for Intervention. Discuss whether there were opportunities for helping people to become involved that were never taken or opportunities for helping people to become involved earlier than they did if they eventually became involved.  Discuss why those opportunities were lost.  Were there mandated reporters who failed to report?  If so, why do you think they did not do this?  If helpers eventually became involved, discuss what factors seem to have been present that made those helpers available and made them act.
    2. Your discussion should include references to the journal articles that you have found, as well as to the required readings.

 

  1. Your final paper should be 7 – 8 pages in length.
  2. See “Term Paper Outline” for a detailed template of this paper.

 

Grading of Final Paper (100 points):

 

  1. Organization: 5
  2. Spelling and Grammar: 10
  3. Use of Appropriate Outside Reading:  10
  4. Following APA-Style in References and Citations: 10
  5. Identification/Discussion of Characteristics of Maltreatment: 25
  6. Identification/Discussion of Impact of Maltreatment: 25
  7. Identification/Discussion of Opportunities for Intervention: 15

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Resources: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website  press releases (https://www.eeoc.gov/); Local news website for news item
  • Explore the EEOC website to learn more about the organization.
  • Click the About the EEOC link and select Newsroom. Select a press release from the Newsroom about an employee lawsuit published within the last six months (include date in paper)
  • Search the Internet to find at least one news item from a news organization about the lawsuit you selected from the EEOC Newsroom, preferably select a news item from the state in which the incident occurred. Clearly identify the news item (Name of news item, author/news source, date) in paper.

Write a 1,050- to 1,200-word paper (do not exceed word count) that includes the following:

  • Introduction with the full name and date of the EEOC lawsuit  selected from the EEOC Newsroom (e.g. Kramer vs. Walmart, June 2016)
  • A description of the compliance issue (racism, sexism, ageism,  religion and so on) that led to the lawsuit and its ramifications for  the organization
  • A brief summary of the functions of the EEOC in one paragraph
  • The EEOC’s role in the lawsuit you selected from the EEOC Newsroom
  • Whether or not this lawsuit promotes social change; justify your reasoning
  • comparison of the EEOC Newsroom press release to the news item from the state where the lawsuit occurred. What accounts for the differences?
  • Strategies you would implement, if you were a senior manager of this  company, to ensure future compliance and inclusion in the multicultural  workplace. (Use  and cite strategies from Understanding and Managing Diversity text).

Include references to the EEOC Newsroom press release and News item.

Format your paper according to 300 course-level APA guidelines. See Student Resources for guidelines.

Assignment 2: LASA 1—Business Analytics Implementation Plan Part 1

In learning about BA, you have covered quite a few topics from the manager’s decision-making process to technology integration. The best way to pull all of this knowledge together is to create a BA implementation plan for a hypothetical organization. This is something you would do in a real-life scenario if you came across an organization that does not utilize BA; as a professional, you would create the plan and then present it to management.

Description of LASA

In this assignment, you will create a business analytics implementation plan. The plan will consist of explaining business analytics to management, addressing the advantages and disadvantages of business analytics, the challenges of utilizing business analytics, along with a backup plan in case management does not accept the first option.

Scenario

You have been hired as a business analyst for a well-known design firm. Currently, they utilize technology for their day-to-day operations but not to analyze data to help with making business decisions. Your task is to convince management that the usage of business analytics would be a great benefit to the business and it would help the business to make well-informed decisions and thus action plans that would align with the business’s strategic planning.

The firm currently has technology in place but does not have any connected systems. The databases are all independent of each other but they do utilize a client/server environment. The firm currently has one location and it is looking to add a second location in another part of the state, but is unsure as to whether it would be beneficial to the firm.

Instructions

Using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet, research business analytics implementation plans. Select at least 4 scholarly sources for use in this assignment.

Write a proposal in which you explain the importance of using business analytics.

Objectives of proposals:

Describe the business and provide a summary of the business analytics they could apply to their business in multiple scenarios.

Describe the benefits and disadvantages of business analytics, as well as how the organization can be proactive in addressing any disadvantages. Include at least 3 benefits and disadvantages.

Address any challenges the organization may face using business analytics, as well as how the organization can be proactive in addressing the challenges. Be sure to address at least 3 challenges.

Propose three business analytic techniques. Compare them and discuss at least two benefits and disadvantages of each.

Create an implementation plan to integrate business analytics into your organization.

Create a backup proposal in case management does not approve your initial proposal. The backup proposal should have at least 3 changes different from the original plan.

Write the paper from the perspective that it will be presented to management of the firm and you are trying to persuade them to utilize business analytics for data-driven decision making.

The paper has to contain the following:

Cover Page

Table of Contents (auto-generated by MS Word)

Introduction

Implementation Plan (5–6 pages of content)

Conclusion

References

Utilize at least 4 scholarly sources in support of your recommendations.

Make sure you write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in appropriate and accurate representation and attribution of sources; display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Write a 10–12-page proposal in Word format. This page total should include the Cover Page, Table of Contents, Introduction, Implementation plan, Conclusion, and references. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.

By the due date assigned, deliver your assignment to the Submissions Area.

Assignment Components

Proficient

Maximum Points

Describe the business and provide a summary of business analytics.

A clear summary of business analytics and how it is applied towards the business scenario is given.

16

Describe the benefits and disadvantages of business analytics, as well as how the organization can be proactive in addressing any disadvantages.

At least 2 appropriate benefits and disadvantages of business analytics are fully articulated towards the business scenario. Strategies are described to address any disadvantages the organization may encounter

24

Address any challenges the organization may face using business analytics, as well as how the organization can be proactive in facing the challenges.

A full description of at least 3 challenges that may happen while utilizing business analytics and how the organization will address those challenges.

16

Compare three business analytic techniques.

At least two benefits and challenges of each technique are clearly stated.

20

Create an implementation plan to integrate business analytics into your organization.

A clear and concise implementation plan to present to management as to how to implement or integrate business analytics into the organization is created

64

Create a backup proposal in case management does not approve your initial proposal.

A clear and concise backup plan with at least 3 changes from the original plan in case management does not accept first proposal is created.

20

Academic Writing

 

Organization (12)

Usage and Mechanics (12)

APA Elements (16)

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in appropriate and accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. APA format was used. Use of scholarly sources aligns with specified assignment requirements

40

Total:

 

200