MBA and Social Work

I attached another student post powerpoint. Response Guidelines

Review the posts of your peers and respond to one of them. Address the items they would like you to focus on, but make sure your feedback considers both the content of the material and its presentation. Tell them what you liked about the presentation. Make a suggestion or two for improvement. The thoughtful feedback you give your peers will not only help them improve their work but will also provide you with insights about your own work.

 

This is the information:

THE ETHICAL DILEMMA SPYING ON UNILEVER INTRODUCTION In Business Ethics as a Rational Choice, John Hooker cited a case study to analyze rational choice based on an issue with espionage. In 2001, John Pepper, Chairman of the Board at Procter and Gamble, found out that some of his contractors were spying on Unilever , one of his competitors. Information they found was also in the business media a day before, he discovered. Was this ethical, based on generalizable, utilitarian, and virtue ethics? Was it GENERALIZABLE? Generalizable means there must be a reason behind an action, and the action is justified for everyone (p.7). Was it utilitarian? Utilitarian analysis states that the rational choice must maximize utility (p. 6). The marketing professionals did not have to search in the trash for information since the day before they did it, similar information was already in the media. Therefore their actions were unjustifiable. no: it was not generalizable Was it virtue ethics? Virtue ethics must be consistent with broad cultural acceptable behaviors Conclusion P &G’s espionage activity did not pass the code of ethics test, since it needed to pass all three to be considered rationally ethical. Therefore, John Pepper’s reactions to the issue was valid and justified. Their actions failed in the generalization, utilitarian, and virtue ethics tests. The net usage of the information they found in the trash did not surpass the information found in the news, because it was the same exact information. Therefore it was useless of them to go into the trash in search of secrets. no: it was not utilitarian It is unacceptable in our culture to have our professionals diving into dumpsters to spy on other firms in order to get ahead. Especially after the information was aired in the media, why was this company conducting this espionage. no: it was not virtue ethical References Hooker, J. (2011). Business ethics as rational choice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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Study Information:

 ·         Program Skill Assessments

 

Activity Context

 

This study helps you develop the skills to master the following course competency:

 Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

Activity Instructions

Two key competencies that will help you throughout your academic program and business career are the abilities to communicate effectively in writing and to work accurately and effectively with quantitative data. In this study, you will complete a self-assessment in aspects of each: the Wonderlic Writing Assessment, and an assessment of your skill in using Microsoft Excel. While neither of these is a comprehensive assessment of your competency, both can serve as initial indicators of where you might want to devote some time and effort to build skills. Your results on these assessments can help you determine resources to enhance your skills and put together a plan to address any weaknesses or potential areas for growth.

To do this week:

Complete the Excel assessment . Complete the Wonderlic Writing Assessment, following the instructions below.

You will use the results of these assessments in the first discussion in this unit.

Instructions – Wonderlic Writing Assessment

This assessment activity provides the opportunity to receive feedback on your writing skills. What you learn from the results of this assessment will help you plan ways to improve those skills.

For this writing assessment, you will write a 1–2-page persuasive essay in response to the following prompt:

Many people have argued that the skills needed to be successful in today’s workforce have changed. What skills do you feel an individual needs to be successful in a job today? Why do you feel these skills are most important? In an essay to be read by your instructor, identify the skills you feel are most needed by an individual to be successful at work and provide reasons to persuade your instructor that these are the most critical skills for success.

Although the question is posed in a very general way (“the skills needed to be successful in today’s workforce”), you can make the activity more meaningful by writing more specifically about the skills that are needed for success in your profession or the job to which you aspire.

This essay will be machine-graded, using an artificial intelligence program. You will have only one opportunity to submit this essay for grading.

To understand the criteria that the artificial intelligence program will use to grade your essay, review the Wonderlic 6-Point Persuasive Writing Rubric .

Please follow these instructions:

Use the prompt to compose your 1–2-page essay, a response to the prompt, in MS Word. Before submitting, you might want to use MS Word’s spelling and grammar-checking functions, just as you would when composing any other course paper.

Save a copy of your essay to your own files.

Disable any pop-up blocker that is active in your Internet browser. A pop-up blocker will prevent your essay from being submitted.

Click Wonderlic Essay Submission to submit your assessment within our Wonderlic vendor’s Web site.

Copy the text of your essay and paste it into the essay submission box. Submit the essay to Wonderlic. If you experience problems with this step, please review Troubleshooting for Wonderlic Essay Submission .

You will receive the machine-grading of your essay via Writing Assessments Results within two days of your submission.

Review the recommendations for areas of improvement to prepare for the first discussion in Unit 1.

 Self-Assessment Results

 Your current Excel level: Moderate

 Needs Improvement Moderate Proficient

 

Great job! You know Microsoft Excel well. This knowledge will be a great asset to you during your program.

 

You already know quite a bit about Excel, but it looks like you would benefit from more information.

 

You don’t need to be an Excel expert to be a successful Capella learner, but it looks like you could use some help building your knowledge foundation.

 

As you progress through your graduate program, the way you use Excel will grow increasingly complex. These resources will support the knowledge you already have and help you develop new skills.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Strategy Recommendation Pre-writing business

 

Activity Context Week 1

 

This assignment measures your development in the following course competencies:

 

Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

 

Your Strategy Recommendation project, composed of several assignments, provides the opportunity for you to apply what you learn throughout this course. In this assignment, you choose the business that will be the focus of your strategy recommendation and use prewriting approaches to do some brainstorming about your project. Then write a coherent, one-page description of what you plan to explore and why, following the instructions below.

 

In Unit 2, you will identify resources to help you develop your strategy recommendation. In Unit 3, you outline your approach to the project. In Unit 4, you draft your strategy, and in Unit 6, complete your final strategy recommendation, both in a written document and in a PowerPoint presentation.

 

Activity Instructions

 

Read the Strategy Recommendation course project description to ensure that you understand what is required for your final project.

If you have not already done so, review the pre-writing resources in the Capella Writing Center. Choose a pre-writing approach that makes sense to you as a good way to come up with some initial ideas for a strategy recommendation. You might want to pay particular attention to:

Clustering.

Idea trees.

Free writing.

 

Based on what you come up with in your pre-writing, create a one-page draft of your ideas for your project, which does at least the following:

 

Identifies the specific business (for example, Barnes and Noble, Mike’s Plumbing) that you will use for your strategy recommendation.

Explain why you chose this business. For example, you might have chosen it because you are a customer and think they could do a better job. Or perhaps you know the owners of this business. Maybe it is a business or industry that is of particular interest to you. The key idea is that, over the next five weeks, you will be working in some depth on this business. Picking a business that interests you will make the whole project more engaging for you and the results potentially more valuable.

 

When you complete the first three items above, set aside another few minutes to think about how you used a particular pre-writing approach to generate this draft. Describe how you used the pre-writing approach, and reflect on how it might have helped your process.

 

When you have finished, submit your assignment directly to your instructor in the assignment area of the courseroom. Note: Do not use Turnitin for this assignment.

 

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.

 

Optional Help – Creating Course Papers

 

The purpose of this assignment is to help you prepare to research and write your final course project and to allow your instructor the opportunity to approve and comment on your topic choice.

 

As with all your papers at Capella, you should ensure this is well written, well organized, and easy to read. Use subheadings to organize your paper. Be thorough. When you think you are all done with your paper, revisit these directions and ensure that you met every requirement. You can also click on the Strategy Recommendation Pre-writing scoring guide in the Resources to see the criteria that your instructor will use to grade your work.

 

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Assessing Your Current Skills

 

Summarize what you have learned from the results of the two self-assessments that you completed in this unit. Think about the role of writing and a tool such as MS Excel in your business career and include the following in your summary:

 

Your writing assessment scores.

Your Excel assessment score.

A self-evaluation of what these assessments mean, how they might be related to your success in this program and in your career, and how you might work to improve these skills, if you are not happy with your current capabilities. Consider resources available in the Capella Writing Center and MBA Central Discussions (a wide variety of resources, posted by learners).

A concise description of one potential direction you see your career taking, once you have completed the MBA program.

Your initial ideas for steps you might take while pursuing your MBA to support this career direction.

 

Over the course of your program, you will be expected to continually improve your writing skills to develop into a professional, persuasive writer. You will be given a few writing resources in each assignment in this course to help build and improve your writing skills. Be sure to take advantage of the resources provided throughout the course so that you are prepared for the academic rigor of future courses in your program.

 

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Problem Solving

 

Activity Context

 

This discussion helps you develop the skills to master the following course competency:

 

Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

 

Revisit the MBA6004 Course Alignment Map, linked in the Resources, to review how all activities assist you in achieving the course competencies and overall program outcomes. This discussion will aid you in developing a consistent approach to case study analysis, including determining what information is needed and assessing the needed information.

 

Activity Instructions

 

Apply Chaffee’s problem-solving approach on page 78 of Thinking Critically to the following situation. Use this approach to analyze the situation below, and then post your analysis of approximately four paragraphs:

 

Your company manufactures components for a major computer manufacturer. Your products have had some persistent quality issues. The components are items such as on-off switches and other servo-mechanisms that fail before they should. The problem is becoming quite serious and your main customer has threatened to go to another vendor if you cannot fix the problem. Step by step, what do you do to solve the problem? Be specific and explain why you take each step.

 

If you are not certain about what makes a good discussion posting, view the media piece Improving Discussion Posting: Effective Communication (linked in the Resources), which shows learners applying critical thinking skills to discussion posts and responses.

 

Response Guidelines

 

Respond to the posts of at least two peers. You all used the same problem-solving approach. Did you come up with the same analysis as your peers? What was the same? What was different? How do you account for those differences?

 

Finding Credible Sources Assignment

 

Activity Context Week 2

 

This assignment helps you develop the skills to master the following course competencies:

 

Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

 

In this assignment, you will conduct research to answer five questions about the company that you chose for your final course project in your Unit 1 assignment, and you will submit your research in a well-organized Microsoft Excel file. This work is the first step toward completing your final project.

 

In today’s marketplace, the ability to support operational and strategic decisions with solid information is a critical competency. Finding information is not difficult today; the hard part is coming up with useful, high-quality information that you can count on. This competency involves several sub-skills, equally important for the business world and for your academic work, including searching for appropriate resources, evaluating the credibility and usefulness of the information you find, and synthesizing the information to make evidence-based decisions.

 

To locate truly useful information, you need to know what you are looking for and understand the questions you need to ask to get you there. While this assignment will help you build skills in using the library, the Internet is sometimes a better source for answering certain questions. For that reason, you should use both the Capella library and the Internet for this assignment.

 

Activity Instructions

 

Gather some basic information about your target company. While you are not required to submit this information as part of your MS Excel file, it will help you answer the questions.

 

Official corporate name of the company you chose.

Headquarters location.

URL of the company Web site.

Description of the company’s primary products or services (or both).

Industry category (or categories) in which this company operates.

 

Answer the five questions in the list below. Use both the Capella library and Internet search engines to complete this assignment. Do not rely on either one exclusively.

 

What is one way that your chosen company is currently using the Internet or social media?

What is one way that some other company in the same industry as your chosen business is already using the Internet or social media?

How might Internet or social media use present ethical problems for your chosen company?

What technology exists that your company should know about as its management considers Internet use? What is one way that demographics, global presence, or diversity might impact your companies’ choices about Internet and social media use?

Create an Excel document to house the information for your assignment. Include a row for each of the five questions. Include a column for each of the following categories of information:

 

Statement of the original question.

Analysis of the information needed to answer that question and description of any challenges you had answering the question (2–4 sentences).

Answer to the question with an APA formatted in-text citation.

Source (or sources) for your answer in full APA citation.

Your assessment of the credibility of the information you found (2–4 sentences).

Your rating of the credibility of the source on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being the lowest credibility and 5 being the highest.

Your description of the search strategy that you used to find the answer to the question.

 

Use the Excel AVERAGE function to find the average credibility score of all of your sources. Write one sentence to describe the general level of credibility of the material you found. If the average score for your sources was 1 to 3, explain why finding credible sources was difficult. Describe how you will handle this problem in your final project.

 

Submit the assignment in your Excel document. You are being asked to submit this assignment in an Excel format to demonstrate your basic Excel skills, in preparation for future courses.

 

Review the Finding Credible Sources scoring guide in the Resources to be sure that you have addressed the grading criteria of this assignment.

 

Optional Help – Brushing Up on Skills

 

The purpose of this assignment is to help you learn to search for information that helps you form opinions and support or refute ideas. Use this assignment to practice using the Internet and Capella library for finding information. At the same time, remember that determining the credibility of information that you find is paramount. Of course, sometimes you may not be able to find credible sources. When that happens, you have to decide whether or how to use any sources that you question.

 

Use the information provided with this assignment (linked in the Resources) to help you search in the library, evaluate your sources, and properly cite each source.

 

If you have not used an online research library recently, you will want to access Capella’s Tour the Library presentation.

Remember the RAILS resources from the second study in this unit.

To brush up on your search skills, review the Research Guide – MBA.

To brush up on your APA formatting skills, read the APA Style and Formatting page on iGuide.

To brush up on your skills in MS Excel, use the Microsoft Tutorials page on iGuide.

For a better understanding of when to use Wikipedia, read Can I Use Wikipedia?

 

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.

 

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A Business Problem

 

Activity Context

 

This discussion helps you develop the skills to master the following course competencies:

 

Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

Apply collaborative techniques to the virtual environment.

 

Activity Instructions

 

Part 1 – Initial Post

 

In approximately 500 words, describe a real-world business decision that you had to make or a problem that you had to solve for which there was no clear solution. Describe the problem in as much detail as possible within the length guideline. Do not tell how you solved the problem. Post your story to this discussion by Wednesday, following the instructions for initial discussion posts in this course. (If you have never confronted a business dilemma, you can research one and relate it here, making sure to provide citations.)

 

Note : Share only what is appropriate to share. Respect confidential information, and when writing about personal experiences, do not identify actual companies or individuals.

 

Part 2 – Response Guidelines

 

Read the posts of your peers and choose two of them to respond to; try to choose classmates who have not yet had a response. Post a response to the discussion in which you address your peers’ dilemmas. Explain how you would solve the problem each peer presented. Apply critical thinking to the issues and come up with a course of action. Support your strategy by referencing the course readings on critical thinking, using appropriate citations. Ensure that you have at least one citation.

 

If you would like additional guidance on applying critical thinking in discussion posts, view Improve Discussion Postings: Apply Critical Thinking (linked in the Resources).

 

Part 3 – Initial Post Follow-up

 

After you have responded to your peer, return to your original post to review the responses that you received. Post a follow-up response to your original discussion that includes the following:

 

Summarize how you actually solved the business problem or decision, outlining the steps that you took.

Based on the peer response that you received, describe how you would have dealt with the situation differently. How would you have incorporated your peer’s suggestions and why? Which aspects of their suggestions do you find helpful and which do you find problematic? Explain your assessments.

Continue the discussion as long as it remains useful to you. Be polite and reply to any additional peers who took the time to discuss your posted dilemma.

 

·         Also check the responses that you received in other discussions and interact as appropriate.

 

Annotated Outline Assignment

 

Activity Context Week 3

 

This assignment helps you develop the skills to master the following course competencies:

 

Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

Communicate in a manner that is professional and consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

 

While everyone has their own process for writing, creating an outline is often an important early step in the process in all types of writing, even for the most seasoned writers. By creating an outline, you draft a plan that organizes your thoughts, helps you see gaps in your thought process, and enables you to decide where in your paper you will address particular issues.

 

An annotated outline is a document that organizes the main sections to be included in your final course paper. The annotations are based on thinking through your approach to the paper and developing enough detail that anyone who reads the outline can follow your thought process.

 

The purpose of this assignment is threefold:

 

To build an outline that shows the content and organization of your paper both so your instructor can approve it and to make it easier for you to move forward.

To demonstrate that you have conducted some research and know how to cite in APA format by including some quotations. Note that you may or may not use these sources and quotes in your actual paper; you may have found better sources in a couple of weeks.

To demonstrate your ability to create a well-organized document, suitable for academics or business, that meets established criteria.

 

Activity Instructions

 

For this assignment, create an Annotated Outline that provides a framework, or skeleton, of your final paper and presentation for this course.

 

Begin by re-reading the Strategy Recommendation project description for a complete list of the topics to be addressed in your project.

 

Your Annotated Outline must state the name of your chosen business and must include the following:

 

An introduction.

A conclusion.

At least four other headings in between:

 

Each of the four headings must have at least two sub-points to develop the detail required.

Each of the four headings must incorporate at least one quotation or paraphrase from a source that you might use for support, with an APA in-text citation.

In your final draft, one of your headings or subheadings will specifically address the ethical aspects associated with your chosen business. However, since we will not address ethical issues until Unit 5, you may include a heading or subheading as a placeholder in this assignment, to be completed after Unit 5.

One of your headings should be entitled Recommendations.

 

 

 

A section for References. In that section, list the full APA citation for all the sources you used in the annotated outline.

 

Refer to Developing an Annotated Outline (linked in the Resources) from the Capella Writing Center for more information on annotated outlines.

 

Submission Requirements

 

Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.

APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.

Number of resources: Minimum of 2 resources.

Length of paper: 2–4 typed, double-spaced pages.

Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

 

Refer to the Annotated Outline scoring guide to ensure that you meet the grading criteria for this assessment.

 

Submit your assignment to your instructor no later than midnight on Sunday of this week.

 

After you submit your assignment to your instructor:

 

Submit a copy of the assignment to Smarthinking (linked in the Resources), requesting assistance with ideas and organization (that is, “global” issues).

Post a copy in the Peer Review discussion in this unit. By Tuesday of next week, select the Annotated Outline submitted by one of your peers and provide your review in the discussion in Unit 4. Focus o

n what you see as global issues—questions and comments related to the ideas and the structure of the outline–rather than local issues such as spelling and grammar.

 

Optional Help – Brushing Up on Skills

 

Creating an outline is an important early step in writing. Outlines are effectively used to create all types of written works, from academic papers to business documents, movie scripts to novels. As we noted above, when you create an outline you help yourself to organize your thoughts, create a flow of information, and identify gaps in what you plan to cover.

 

Creating an outline also helps to make a larger writing project less daunting. Once you have an effective outline in place, you have done at least 25 percent of your work. Then, you need just complete the research and flesh the paper out. If you experience writer’s block, as both novice and experienced writers sometimes do, an outline allows you to skip a difficult section and work on another section, so that you can continue to be productive.

 

In an academic and business setting, an outline also provides a great opportunity for you to get feedback from your instructor, supervisor, or client to ensure that you are on the right track with your content. Developing an Annotated Outline (in the Resources) will help you to create your outline, so be sure to read this. In short, you will simply list the main points of your paper, which will later become the headings in your paper. You can use Roman numerals, numbers, or even bullet points.

 

Be sure to include everything mentioned above in the Activity Instructions. You will probably also have a section on company background, maybe a SWOT analysis, or a mention of diversity. (If you are not familiar with the term SWOT analysis, see SWOT Analysis from QuickMBA, linked in the Resources.) As you develop the sections for this paper, consider what question you want to answer, what information you need to answer it, what you might find interesting as a reader, and what you want to learn as an MBA learners.

 

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.

 

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Peer Review – Annotated Outline

 

Activity Context

 

This discussion helps you develop the skills to master the following course competencies:

 

Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

Apply collaborative techniques to the virtual environment.

 

In addition to learning from textbooks, media, and instructors, adults learn from other adults who are not in the formal role of instructors, often peers or other associates in the workplace. Developing the ability to provide and use peer feedback may be at the same time one of the most important and most neglected competencies in business today. In Unit 2, you experienced this type of learning in the discussion of the business problem you chose. If you have worked on projects in a business, you have probably had other opportunities to experience this type of collaboration. In this discussion, your job is twofold: to provide constructive feedback for two of your peers that could be useful in building their course projects and to consider feedback that your peers offer to you for your project. Here are some suggestions to help you successfully complete this discussion.

 

Activity Instructions

 

As soon as you have submitted your Annotated Outline to your instructor, post a copy in this discussion for peer review. Note that, since the deadline for the assignment is Sunday, you should complete your initial post in this discussion on Sunday. However, your responses are not due until next Wednesday.

 

Your initial post in this discussion has two parts:

 

A one-paragraph description of your project, including the company you have chosen and the Web or Internet uses that you have chosen to investigate. Briefly explain why you chose those particular uses.

Your Annotated Outline, in an attachment.

 

Response Guidelines

 

Check the related Unit 4 discussion, the first discussion in that unit, early next week, and complete your response by the end of the day on Wednesday of next week (Unit 4).

 

When you begin working on Unit 4, select two peers that you will respond to. Before moving on with your review, reply to your peers here, letting them know that you will review their papers. If any of your peers do not yet have someone who agreed to review their paper, please choose them. In this way we hope that everyone will receive 1–2 peer reviews.

 

Peer Review – Annotated Outline

 

Activity Context Week 4

 

The purpose of this discussion is to provide, and receive, peer feedback on the Unit 3 assignment, Annotated Outline.

 

In the discussion in Unit 3, you posted your Annotated Outline, along with a brief description of your project direction. This discussion is the next step: providing peer reviews for two of your peers. Post your peer reviews here, with a subject line that indicates the name of the person whose outline you are reviewing, so that each of you can easily find the reviews of your outline. Here are the steps to follow to complete this peer review discussion:

 

Response Guidelines

 

Read the posts of your peers in the Unit 3 discussion, select two to review, and download copies of those Annotated Outlines. Check for posts from the discussion to determine whether anyone is already reviewing those learners