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STR 581 Capstone Final Exam Part 2 (in the last score is 22/25) For more classes visit www.snaptutorial.com

1 Intanke Inc. manufactures vacuum cleaners. The following information is available for the company. Per unit cost Sales

$550

Variable expenses

370

The fixed expenses are $95,000. Calculate the net operating income for 750 vacuum cleaners. A.

$135,000

C.

$35,000

D.

$40,000

2 Rinetin Corporation has been falsifying its financial statements for the past year. The staff in the accounting department of the company have been fake employee IDs and recording payments on


the company’s payroll. The funds sent to these fake employees are then redirected to the company’s bank accounts. When Rinetin Corporation is audited, the auditors fail to discover this fraud because of their negligence. Months later, a whistle-blower alerts the appropriate authorities about the company’s deceptive practices. In this scenario, the accountants who conducted the audit of the company will be held civilly liable under __________. A.

Section 32(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

B.

Section 24 of the Securities Act of 1933

C.

Section 11(a) of the Securities Act of 1933

D.

Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

3 Jonah’s Restaurant reports net income of $20,000 during the year 2015. It distributes a dividend of $6,000 to its shareholders. Calculate the retention ratio. A.

50%

B.

30%

C.

80%

D.

70%

4 Wilande Inc., a leading apparel store, acquires Parewa Inc., an energy drink manufacturer. This is an example of a __________. A.

congeneric merger


B.

horizontal merger

C.

conglomerate acquisition

D.

vertical acquisition

5 Gina and Samantha are discussing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Gina argues that although the act requires the management of a company to explicitly declare in writing that a company’s financial statements accurately and fairly represent the financial results, no steps have been taken to ensure that this rule is followed. Which of the following statements weakens Gina’s argument? A. An individual who is employed by a certified public accounting firm that audits a company can be employed as the CEO or CFO of that company to ensure the fairness of its financial statements. B. If a company’s financial statements contain misrepresentations, the CEO and CFO run the risk of serving time in jail. C. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act prohibits a public company from granting personal loans to any of its executive officers or directors D. If a CEO or CFO of a company fails to comply with the provisions of the act, he or she is subject to a fine up to $10,000 and one year in jail.

6 Ray is an entrepreneur who has recently started his own venture. Since he does not have the resources to hire a financial expert, he


has to manage the company’s finance in addition to managing the company. He needs to calculate the working capital of his business. From the following information, calculate the net working capital.

Cash

$20,000

Accounts receivable

12,000

Accounts payable

14,500

Inventory

32,000

Accrued expenses

A.

$23,000

B.

$49,500

C.

$11,000

D.

$43,000

6,500

7 Blanrin Inc. currently produces all the components for the products it makes and sells. The total costs of producing a component,

Component Y, for one of its products are given below. The annual requirement of Component Y is 2,200 units.


Direct materials Direct labor

$19,800

11,000

Variable manufacturing overhead

15,400

Fixed manufacturing overhead

13,200

An external supplier offers to sell the component to Blanrin Inc. for $23 per unit. After analysis, it is found that if the company buys the component instead of producing it, all of its variable costs and $8,200 of its fixed overhead costs will be eliminated. If Blanrin Inc. decides to buy the component instead of manufacturing it, how will the decision affect the company? A.

Its net income will increase by $8,200.

B.

Its net income will increase by $3,800.

C.

Its net income will decrease by $3,800.

D.

Its net income will increase by $4,400.

8 Rick, a certified accountant, is asked to conduct an audit of the financial statements of Schenk Ltd. However, the company refuses to cooperate with Rick and does not provide him with the necessary information. This makes it impossible for him to carry on with the audit. In this scenario, which of the following opinions is Rick most likely to express?


A.

Adverse opinion

B.

Disclaimer of opinion

C.

Unqualified opinion

D.

Qualified opinion

9 Susan is a financial manager at Rvetz Corporation. She wants to evaluate the efficiency with which the company is using its resources. For this reason, she needs to calculate the operating margin from the information given below.

Net sales

$3,500,000

Cost of goods sold Office rent

1,750,000

54,500

Selling expenses

350,000

Interest expense

50,000

Other operating expenses

88,500

Which of the following will be the result? A.

38.4%

B.

35.9%


C.

85.9%

D.

64.1%

10 Calculate depreciation from the following information.

Accounting profit break-even point Fixed costs

$4,083,200

Sales price

$42 per unit

Total variable costs

$2,600

Number of units

100

A.

$706,200

B.

$510,400

C.

$812,000

D.

$1,483,200

2,871 units

10 Calculate depreciation from the following information.

Accounting profit break-even point Fixed costs

$4,083,200

2,871 units


Sales price

$42 per unit

Total variable costs

$2,600

Number of units

100

A.

$706,200

B.

$510,400

C.

$812,000

D.

$1,483,200

11 Yalken Corporation is considering the purchase of a new machine. The cost of the machine is $250,000. The cash flows for five years are given below.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Cash flows $64,760

$84,790 $115,700

$102,500

$70,580

The company is in the 35 percent tax bracket. Assuming that the cost of capital is 12%, calculate the net present value. A.

$314,452

B.

$64,463

C.

$(64,452)


D.

$204,394

12 Which of the following scenarios illustrates a violation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? • Natalie is assigned to audit a company’s financial records. She finds it impossible to arrive at a conclusion and issues a disclaimer of opinion. • Ronan, the CFO of Puvane Inc., is granted an unsecured loan by the company to pay his son’s medical bills. • Tina, an accountant, fails to detect a fraud in the financial statements of the company she audits. • Wong is a member of the audit committee of a public corporation. However, he is an external member and was not employed by the corporation.

13 Tanial Inc. has $950,000 in assets and $400,000 in debt. If it earns net income of $350,000, calculate the return on assets A.

63.6%

B.

36.8%

C.

271.4%

D.

87.5%

The financial manager of a company needs to measure


how efficiently the company’s total assets are being used to generate sales. From the information given below, calculate the relevant ratio he needs for this purpose.

Cash

$220,000

Accounts receivable Inventory

1,800,000

950,000

Plant and equipment 1,330,000 Sales

10,000,000

A.

Assets turnover ratio of 0.3

B.

Debt to assets ratio of 3.4

C.

Assets turnover ratio of 2.3

D.

Debt to assets ratio of 0.4

15 Jose, a financial expert of Cerione Ltd., analyzes the data given below. What conclusion is he likely to arrive at?

Sales

$161,000

Cost of goods sold

110,000


Gross margin $ 51,000 Total selling and administrative expenses

39,500

Net operating income $ 11,500 Interest expenses

2,170

Net income before taxes Income tax (30%) Net income

$ 9,330

2,799

$ 6,531

A. The company does not have adequate resources to pay the interest due to creditors. B.

The company’s gross margin is 20 percent.

C. The company has sufficient resources to pay the interest due to creditors. D. The company’s earnings before interest is the same as its earnings after taxes.

16 The capital structure for Purnen Corporation is given below. Calculate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC). Debt: 10%, 1,500 bonds, 20 years to maturity, selling for 105% of par. The bonds have a $1,000 par value each and make annual payments. Common stock: 3,000,000 shares outstanding at a par value of $1, selling for $35 a share. The expected dividend is $2.8, and the growth rate is 10%.


Preferred stock: 5,000 shares of 6% preferred stock outstanding, selling for $103 a share and having a par value of $100. The flotation cost is $3, and the dividend is $9. The corporate tax rate is 35%. A.

8.4%

B.

16.5%

C.

9.96%

D.

13.65%

17 Raul needs to choose one alternative from the four alternatives given below. Applying the concept of time value of money, which of the following alternatives should he select? A. Receiving $130 at the end of two years at an interest rate of 8% compounded annually B. Receiving $100 at the end of two years at an interest rate of 9% compounded annually C. Receiving $150 at the end of three years at an interest rate of 7% compounded annually D. Receiving $90 at the end of one year at an interest rate of 5% compounded annually

18 Josh and Mike are discussing the pros and cons of the SarbanesOxley Act. While Josh argues that the act has a high compliance


cost, Mike is of the opinion that companies can easily avoid these costs by choosing to go dark and delisting their shares from exchanges. Josh, in turn, states that such a choice comes with its own drawbacks. Which of the following statements best supports Josh’s argument? A. Companies that choose to go dark typically have only limited access to capital markets. B. Mandatory annual audits by independent auditors are carried out regardless of whether or not companies choose to go dark. C. Executives of companies that choose to go dark are required to certify the accuracy of financial statements. D.

Companies that go dark are required to file annual reports.

19 Robert is a manager of a small-scale firm. He needs to decide whether the firm has sufficient resources to meet its short-term obligations. Calculate the ratio that Robert needs to calculate from the information given below.

Cash and cash equivalents

$1,057,600

Accounts receivables 1,556,500 Short-term investments

770,300

Other current assets

420,500

Accounts payable

995,700


Long-term debt

528,000

Short-term debt

176,000

Other current liabilities

A.

Current ratio of 0.92

B.

Current ratio of 1.04

C.

Debt ratio of 0.91

D.

Debt ratio of 1.26

2,495,700

20 Mark wants to withdraw $6,500 at the end of three years and $8,000 at the end of five years. He wants to do this in such a way that the account balance drops to zero after the last withdrawal. Assuming that the interest rate is 5%, how much money should Mark deposit today to ensure that his needs are met? A.

$11,883.15

B.

$653.26

C.

5,614.94

D.

$6,268.21

21 Darrin Corporation is considering a proposal to purchase a new piece of equipment. The cost of the equipment is $16,611. The equipment is estimated to provide an annual cash flow of $3,000 for


the next nine years. The company has a required rate of return of 15%. Calculate the internal rate of return (IRR), and interpret the results. Use the present value of an annuity table. • Since the cash flows are evenly distributed, the proposal should be accepted. • Since the IRR is lesser than the required rate of return, the proposal should be rejected. • Since the capital investment is higher than $15,000, the proposal should be rejected. • Since the IRR is greater than the required rate of return, the proposal should be accepted.

22 Calculate the total equivalent units for materials from the information given below.

Percentage complete Units Materials

Conversion

Work in process, June 1

1,100 60%

Units started into production during June

35% 22,500

Units completed and transferred to the next department 100% 100% Work in process, June 30

1,800 50%

15%

21,800


A.

2,070

B.

23,400

C.

22,700

D.

21,260

23 Bob is a project leader in a software company. He assigns tasks to his team members, explains how to execute the tasks, and sets weekly goals for them. He convenes meetings to discuss the progress of projects at each stage of execution and does not bother about the personal issues of his team when he evaluates any dip in their performance with respect to the targets he set. In accordance with House’s path-goal theory, which of the following leadership behaviors does Bob display? A.

Participative behavior

B.

Directive behavior

C.

Supportive behavior

D.

Achievement-oriented behavior

24 The following information is given for Rafea Corporation.

Rafea Corporation Balance Sheet


December 31, 2016

Assets Liabilities Cash

$ 20,300

Accounts payable

$ 82,400

Marketable securities 33,000 Bonds payable 215,300 Accounts receivable Inventory Fixed assets

74,200 Common stock

78,900

82,400 Paid-in-capital 37,600 258,500

468,400

Retained earnings

54,200

468,400

Which of the following can be inferred from the data? A.

The company has a current ratio of 1.51.

B.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.74.

C.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71.

D.

The company has a current ratio of 1.13.

25 Calculate the direct labor quantity variance from the information given below.

Standard rate $13 per hour


Standard hours

4,300 hours

Actual hours

5,000 hours

Actual rate

$11.50 per hour

A.

$15,550 unfavorable

B.

$1,600 favorable

C.

$9,100 unfavorable

D.

$6,450 unfavorable

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1.Tarow is a leading manufacturer of designer handbags. The company has stores all over the world and is especially famous for the high-quality leather used in its handbags. However, the company soon realizes that a cheap liquor brand has been using its


logo for the past six months. In this scenario, the company owning the liquor brand is guilty of __________.

blurring

tarnishment

reverse engineering

conscious parallelism

2 Felicia, a marketing executive of Trinola Inc., a manufacturer of nutritional supplements, visits a high school to promote Trinola’s products. She conducts a survey among students and classifies them into three groups: those who do not take any nutritional supplements, those who take Trinola’s nutritional supplements, and those who prefer nutritional supplements of other brands. Felicia talks to the first group about the importance of consuming nutritional supplements and to the second group about Trinola’s products in detail. To the third group, she explains why Trinola’s products are better than those of other brands. In this scenario,


which of the following types of market segmentation does Felicia employ?

Psychographic segmentation

Demographic segmentation

Geographic segmentation

Behavioral segmentation

3. Which of the following statements is true of social marketing programs?

They require an entirely different planning process from what is used for traditional products.

They are complex and time consuming.


They should be executed in a single phase.

They usually use a single tactic to achieve their goals.

4.

Celestia's is a newly opened bakery that is looking to reach more customers. Ria, a social media marketer by profession and a regular customer at the bakery, offers to help the bakery establish a strong online presence. She says that she will create a website for the bakery and use various social media platforms to promote the bakery’s goods and services. In return, she is promised a free supply of baked goods for the next three months. Which of the following concepts does this scenario illustrate?

Divesting

Positioning

Co-branding


Bartering

5.

Which of the following scenarios illustrates the impact of political and legal forces on the marketing environment?

After a shoe manufacturing company experiences an increase in demand for its products, it opens retail outlets in several locations.

With the number of smartphone users on the rise, Taalia Inc., an electronics company, decides to create mobile advertisements for its products in addition to print and television advertisements.

The raise in the legal drinking age from 21 to 25 in Florida might force marketing managers of alcohol companies to minimize their target market and reposition their offerings.

Lianet Ltd. hires a gay individual as its marketing manager in an attempt to encourage diversity in the organization.

6.


An organization that decides to measure how its marketing efforts influence its external stakeholders is most likely to gauge __________.

resource adequacy

employees’ commitment to goals

employees’ desire to learn

consumer satisfaction

7. Archofan Associates, a firm that specializes in the sale of historical artifacts, comes into possession of an antique royal crown. It confirms the authenticity of the crown and holds an auction to sell it. Several interested buyers participate in the auction and quote their prices. The price of the crown is raised each time a person bids until Emily, a bidder, offers an exorbitant price that no other bidder is able to match. Archofan then sells the crown to Emily. Which of the following types of auctions does this scenario illustrate?


A minimum bid auction

A sealed-bid auction

An English auction

A Dutch auction

8.

Feisla Inc. is a manufacturer of high-end smartphones. It therefore caters only to the upper class and the upper middle class. However, the company soon realizes that it has enormous growth potential among middle-class consumers. To tap this potential market, it releases a new range of smartphones that are less expensive. This move proves to be successful and eventually helps the company gain a larger market share. Which of the following concepts does this scenario illustrate?

Line modernization

Pure bundling


Line stretching

Dual branding

9. The management of Aurosa Inc., a chain of retail stores that sells home appliances, observes that its expenditure on sales and promotions is skyrocketing and decides to implement a new pricing method to attract more customers. It sets a fixed low price for all the appliances offered in the store and completely withdraws all promotion activities. This builds confidence in customers who dislike the uncertainty that comes with price fluctuations. Which of the following pricing methods does this scenario illustrate?

High-low pricing

Going-rate pricing

Auction-type pricing

Everyday low pricing


10. Vatain Inc. is an apparel manufacturer that markets its products based on consumers’ tastes and preferences. It has introduced several brands to achieve this purpose. Another brand is directed at high-end customers who do not have budget constraints. One brand caters to the fashion-conscious customers who watch out for the latest trends in fashion. Yet another brand is meant to attract customers who value comfort over fashion. In this scenario, which of the following marketing strategies has Vatain employed?

Multiple segment specialization

Mass marketing

Single-segment concentration

Differentiated marketing

11.


Eania Inc. manufactures toys and games for children. After achieving a high growth rate and establishing itself as a market favorite, Eania introduces a clothing brand for adults. In this scenario, Eania pursues a __________.

market-development strategy

diversification strategy

product-development strategy

market-penetration strategy

12. Latia is a popular fruit juice brand in the food and beverage market. Once the brand reaches the maturity stage of the product life-cycle, its growth rate begins to decline slowly. The company that owns the brand decides to adopt a market modification approach by increasing the consumption rate among its existing customers. Which of the following strategies is most likely to help the company achieve its goal?


Listing out reasons for potential customers to try Latia fruit juices

Advertising the benefits of drinking Latia fruit juices more than once a day

Making changes to the packaging of Latia products

Identifying new market segments and strategizing on the best ways to enter them

13. Millennials are likely to be receptive to marketing efforts that:

carry direct appeals where value is clear.

emphasize their role as grandparents.

align with their perception of retirement as a new beginning.


address social and environmental issues.

14.

Rotego Inc., an automobile manufacturer, releases two new models of cars. The first model is an expensive luxury car targeted at highincome groups, whereas the second model is an affordable car targeted at low-income groups. Through the introduction of these two models, Rotego intends to present itself as a company that caters to people across all income groups. In this scenario, which of the following types of market segmentation does Rotego employ?

Behavioral segmentation

Demographic segmentation

Occasion segmentation

Geographic segmentation


15. An advantage of a firm pursuing multiple segment specialization is that:

it creates the largest potential market for the firm’s products.

it increases the extent to which the firm can engage in mass customization.

it helps the firm achieve the lowest cost in each segment.

it diversifies the firm’s risk across segments.

16. 16 Lanase, a leading producer of aerated drinks, decides to introduce fruit juices and bottled water into the market. The company’s budget requires it to keep advertising and marketing costs as low as possible. It therefore decides to introduce the products under the company brand name. Which of the following is a likely consequence of the decision?


Consumers will buy the products since the company name will be easily recognizable to them.

If the products do not perform well in the market, the company will not be affected since it has not tied its reputation to the products.

The development costs for future products will be extremely high.

The company’s goodwill will be unaffected since consumers will find it easy to differentiate one product from another.

17. Gallide is a warehouse retailer that conducts special in-store demonstrations of certain products. This allows potential customers to see and feel the products for themselves and be convinced that the products are worth purchasing. The salespeople of the store receive a bonus if a customer buys the products after a demonstration. Which of the following is a likely reason that the store has adopted this approach for some of its products?


Consumers know which brand they want to purchase before they enter the store.

Consumers are inclined to make many of their brand choices only when they are at the store.

Consumers respond well to the use of product placement as an advertising technique.

Consumers are brand-conscious and display high brand loyalty in certain product categories.

18. The __________ occurs when the demand for plant and equipment in an organization turns volatile because of the combined effects of the normal year-to-year replacement demand and the need to satisfy an increase or decrease in consumer demand for the organization’s products.

boomerang effect

billboard effect


acceleration effect

halo effect

19. Ma Chère Inc. is a cosmetics store that has introduced a new range of hair care products. The store’s salespeople are being given a high commission for every sale that they make on these products. They are asked to aggressively sell the products and target as many potential customers as possible. In this scenario, which of the following strategies is being employed by the cosmetics store?

A pull strategy

A push strategy

Category extension

Brand extension


20. Mojo Marinade, a popular restaurant, creates history by becoming the world’s first restaurant to use lab-grown meat in its dishes. It charges exorbitant prices for its dishes to communicate its exclusivity to customers. Over time, Mojo Marinade keeps reducing the prices of its dishes and attracts customers from different market segments. Which of the following pricing objectives does this scenario illustrate?

Maximum market skimming

Product-quality leadership

Partial cost recovery

Maximum market share

21.


Viva Pisto, a restaurant, has received numerous complaints from customers about its slow service and unfriendly waiters. The management of the restaurant needs to address these complaints promptly and ensure that similar complaints do not arise in the future. Which of the following practices will help the restaurant restore customer goodwill?

Monitoring social media only if there are more than five complaints

Responding to customer complaints only if they are raised formally

Taking a defensive stance if the complaints are justified

Accepting responsibility for customers’ dissatisfaction and disappointment

22. Which of the following scenarios illustrates market-penetration pricing?

Aulaan, a newly established discount store, sells products at prices that are very low when compared to other stores.


Iratan, a manufacturer of smartphones, prices its latest models between $600 and $700. After a few months, it steadily reduces these prices.

Bakers and Eaters, a confectionery company, offers high-quality chocolates at affordable rates.

Ban World Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works to end world hunger. It relies on donations and government grants for financial support.

23. Milk Genii Inc., a manufacturer of dairy products, has a state-ofthe-art manufacturing facility where the processes of production and packaging are carried out. After packaging, the products are directly sold to customers through the company’s outlets located in all major cities. Which of the following marketing channel levels does Milk Genii use in this scenario?

A zero-level channel

A three-level channel


A one-level channel

A two-level chann

24. Which of the following statements is true of consumer markets?

The buyers in consumer markets are geographically concentrated.

In consumer markets, purchasing is often executed through intermediaries.

In consumer markets, sales are finalized after multiple sales calls.

The suppliers in consumer markets customize their products to suit the needs of consumers.


25. Which of the following is a limitation of marketing-mix modeling?

It is less effective at evaluating how different marketing elements work together.

It overlooks the importance of incremental growth.

It is not capable of isolating the impact of specific marketing activities.

It does not allow marketers to conduct multivariate analyses =======================

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1. A(n) ________ market share of exactly 100 percent means that a company is tied for the market lead. A rise in relative market share means the company is gaining on its leading competitor. •

potential

relative

served

overall

2. The typical risks of a cost leadership strategy include___________. •

loss of customer loyalty

• excessive differentiation to the point where the customer base is too small •

the inability to balance high differentiation and low price

production and distribution processes becoming obsolete

3. The likelihood of entry of new competitors is affected by and ___________. •

the power of existing suppliers; buyers

• the profitability of the industry; the market share of its leading firm


• barriers to entry; expected retaliation of current industry organizations • the demand for the product; the profitability of the competitors

4. In general, compared with firms which compete in only one market, among firms which face one another in multiple markets there is__________. •

similar competitive rivalry

more competitive rivalry

less competitive rivalry

no competitive rivalry

5. The three parts of the external environment which affect a firm's strategic actions are__________. •

economic, political, and legal

industry, business, and product

local, national, and global

general, industry, and competitor

6. The proper matching of what a firm can do with what a firm might do__________.


• balances the internal characteristics of the firm with the characteristics of the external environment • overcomes the rigidity and inertia resulting from a history of success •

develops core competencies based on human knowledge

yields insights the firm requires to select its strategy

7. Gordon Jones is considering purchasing a computer from Best Buy. He has created a scale for rating eight different computers on three different characteristics. He plans to make a short list of only those computers that score at least a 7 on his scale on all three characteristics. Which of the following choice heuristics has he chosen? •

anchoring and adjustment heuristic

elimination-by-aspects heuristic

conjunctive heuristic

lexicographic heuristic

8. The term "conglomerates" refers to firms using the diversification strategy. •

related constrained

related linked

global


unrelated

9. The goal of the organization's ________ is to point the firm in the direction of where it would like to be in the years to come. •

strategy

mission

culture

vision

10. A company that seeks to increase its sales and profits through backward, forward, or horizontal integration within the industry is said to be employing a(n) ________ growth strategy. •

target

diversification

intensive

integrative

11. Annual-plan control requires making sure the company isn't overspending to achieve sales goals. The key ratio to watch is ___________. •

stock turnover


marketing expense-to-sales

cash flow return on investment

gross margin

12. The recent joint ventures formed by BP with Russian and Indian partners showed the importance of the ________ segment of the general environment that BP and other integrated oil firms have to manage when contending with scarce resources. •

physical

demographic

global

political/legal

13. Many consumers are willing to pay $100 for a perfume that contains $10 worth of scent because the perfume is from a wellknown brand. What kind of pricing is the company depending on? •

image pricing

market-skimming pricing

target pricing

going-rate pricing


14. Hilton Hotels customizes rooms and lobbies according to location. Northeastern hotels are sleeker and more cosmopolitan. Southwestern hotels are more rustic. This is an example of ________ segmentation. •

psychographic

geographic

demographic

behavioral

15. A group of college graduates decides to start a business. Though they are knowledgeable in various business domains, they are unable to arrive at a valuable business idea. They decide to search for ideas in a structured manner. They meet and start discussing everyone's ideas. Each idea is recorded and then the thoughts that come up in relation to the ideas are written down and discussed. This process helps them to finalize a business plan. What technique is used here? •

mind mapping

attribute listing

forced relationship analysis

reverse assumption analysis


16. The Enron employee who reported the financial manipulations at the company to her superiors can be considered to have engaged in__________. •

managerial opportunism

an act of courage

vindictive disloyalty

white-collar crime

17. The differentiation strategy can be effective in controlling the power of rivalry with existing competitors in an industry because__________. • customers are loyal to brands that are differentiated in meaningful ways •

customers will seek out the lowest-cost product

• the differentiation strategy benefits from rivalry because it forces the firm to innovate • customers of nondifferentiated products are sensitive to price increases

18. A well-known car manufacturing company introduces a new hatchback model by describing its distinctive features and then stressing the speed and safety qualities of the car. Which of the following is the company using to convey its membership in the hatchback segment?


relying on the product descriptor

using channel differentiation

announcing category benefits

comparing to exemplars

19. AT&T's business campaign not only helped to change public perceptions of the company, it also signaled to employees that AT&T was determined to be a leader in telecommunication services. Which principle of internal branding does this example portray? •

bringing the brand alive for employees

linking internal and external marketing

• choosing the right moment to capture employees' attention and imagination • furnishing energizing and informative internal communication

20.

The strategic management process is__________.

• the full set of commitments, decisions, and actions required for the firm to achieve above-average returns and strategic competitiveness • a decision-making activity concerned with a firm's internal resources, capabilities, and competencies, independent of the conditions in its external environment


• a process directed by top-management with input from other stakeholders that seeks to achieve above- average returns for investors through effective use of the organization's resources • a set of activities that will assure a sustainable competitive advantage and above-average returns for the firm

21. The first step in the social marketing planning process is ________. •

designing the market offering

determining the focus of the program

setting objectives and goals

selecting the target audience

22. Moving into international markets is a particularly attractive strategy to firms whose domestic markets__________. •

have too much regulation

demand a differentiation strategy for success

are limited in opportunities for growth

• have developed unfriendly business attitudes toward the industry


23. Aisha is a marketing manager with Injoos, a company that manufactures packaged fruit juices. Knowing that several other companies exist in the market that offer similar products, Aisha decides to build a customer base from among those who prefer to avoid mass media and other targeted promotions. Which of the following marketing communications tools would be her best option to build a favorable impression among the prospective customers? •

direct marketing

sales promotions

personal selling

public relations

24. Viewing the world through the customer's eyes and constantly seeking ways to create more value for the company enhances__________. •

affiliation with the customer

the richness of the relationship with the customer

the ability to identify the customer

the reach of the company toward the customer

25.

Backward integration occurs when a company_________.

produces its own inputs

is divesting unrelated businesses


is concentrated in a single industry

owns its own source of distribution of outputs

26. Successful implementation of the differentiation strategy requires a structure that___________. •

focuses on the finance function

is dominated by the operations function

has specialized jobs.

decentralizes decision making

27. Which of the following can a company do to reduce defection • Distinguish the causes of customer attrition and identify those that can be managed better. • Increase customer lifetime value by increasing the nonmonetary costs of products. • Enhance the growth potential of existing customers through cross-selling and upselling. •

Attract new customers to try out the company's products.


28. Southwest Airlines offers a Rapid Rewards program that allows customers to count flights they have taken toward free future flights. This is an example of a(n) ________. •

club membership program

cross-selling program

activity-based costing program

value delivery system

29.

Organizational structure__________.

• specifies the firm's formal reporting relationships, procedures, controls, and authority and decision-making processes • specifies the firm's formal value proposition, the markets it will serve, and how the firm will provide value in those markets • specifies the firm's control mechanisms, grievance procedures, reporting relationships, procedures, and authority over decision-making processes • specifies the firm's informal reporting relationships, procedures, controls, and authority and decision-making processes

30. ________ is a form of online word of mouth, or "word of mouse," that encourages consumers to pass along companydeveloped products and services or audio, video or written information to others online.


Viral marketing

Microsite marketing

Interstitial marketing

Guerrilla marketing

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STR 581 Week 1 Individual Assignment Ethics Reflection Paper STR 581 Week 1 DQ 1 STR 581 Week 1 DQ 2 STR 581 Week 1 Knowledge Check STR 581 Week 2 Learning Team Activity (Innovation Strategy) STR 581 Week 2 Individual Assignment Research Proposal STR 581 Week 2 Capstone Final Examination Part 1


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STR 581 Week 5 DQ 1 STR 581 Week 5 DQ 2 STR 581 Week 6 Individual Assignment Strategic Plan and Presentation STR 581 Week 6 Learning Team Project Selection STR 581 Week 6 Capstone Final Examination Part 3 ============================ STR 581 Entire Course

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STR 581 Week 6 Individual Assignment Strategic Plan and Presentation STR 581 Week 6 Learning Team Project Selection ============================ STR 581 Week 1 DQ 1

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What are the major components of a strategic management process? Which of these components is the most difficult for managers to perform? Explain your answer. ============================ STR 581 Week 1 DQ 2

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Where have you seen organizational mission, vision, and values statements that were misleading? How did that affect the organization? ============================ STR 581 Week 1 Individual Assignment Ethics Reflection Paper

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Individual Assignment: Ethics Reflection Paper

• Resources: Ethics Awareness Inventory and Ethical Choices in the Workplace assessments • Use the Ethics Awareness Inventory and Ethical Choices in the Workplace assessments to revisit your personal and professional values. • Write a paper of no more than 1,050-words in which you do the following: o Explain the role of ethics and social responsibility in developing a strategic plan, considering stakeholder needs. o Explain how your ethical perspective has evolved throughout the program.


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Use an organization where you work or one in which you are familiar. Examine the process of strategic management. Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you address the following: 

Identify the major components of the strategic management process. Discuss how these components work together to create value for the organization.


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Evaluate the company's mission statement, vision statement, motivation strategy, innovation strategy, and people strategy. If the organization does not have one or more of these, how does that affect the organization and its people? Explain the role of ethics and corporate social responsibility in strategic planning. How does this direct their strategy? How does the organization's vison and mission align with your own values and vision? If you are currently working for the organization, how does your role influence this and vice versa?

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STR 581 Week 1 Knowledge Check

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1. For the past 28 years, ABC, Inc. has made a significant investment of time, money, and other resources to increase the literacy rate in adult Americans. This represents which of these principles of successful collaborative social initiatives?


2. According to stakeholder theory, in a survey of over 2000 directors from over 290 U.S. companies, which of these stakeholders was perceived to be least important?

3. Which law revised and strengthened auditing and account standards?

4.

Which of these is true about Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002?

5. A major consequence of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has been the

6.

The most critical quality of ethical decision making is

7. Judging the appropriateness of a particular action based on a goal to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people is what ethics approach?


8. Judging the appropriateness of a particular action based on equity, fairness, and impartiality in the distribution of rewards and costs among individuals and groups is what ethics approach used by managers?

9. A broadly framed but enduring statement of a firm’s intent is defined as the company

10. This statement of a company’s philosophy usually appears within the mission statement and specifies basic beliefs of a firm.

11. This statement presents the firm’s strategic intent that focuses the energies and resources of the company on achieving a desirable future.

12. The strategic decision makers in the firm are responsible for

13. The idea that businesses have a duty to serve society as well as the financial interest of stockholders is called

14. Which of the following strategic decision makers implement the overall strategy?


15. Which level of strategy uses a portfolio approach?

16. Of the three levels of strategy that are part of an organizations decision-making hierarchy, which level develops annual objectives and short-term strategies in such areas as production, operations, and research and development, finance and accounting, marketing, and human relations?

17. The behavioral consequences of strategic management are similar to those of

18. What do strategic managers call a flow of information through interrelated stages of analysis toward the achievement of an aim? ============================ STR 581 Week 2 Capstone Final Examination Part 1

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1. Because practical considerations make job tryouts for all candidates infeasible, it is necessary to __________ the relative level of job performance for each candidate on the basis of available information.


2. Some studies indicate the best approach for transformational change may have the chief executive officer create an atmosphere for change 3. Which of the following is a desirable strategy for managers aiming to reduce the negative consequences of rumors? 4. A project can be segmented into which of the following? 5. Which of the following is an element that addresses elimination of waste under lean production? 6. The Civil Rights Act of 1991 offered what for victims of unintentional discrimination? 7. Active listening requires: 8. Which of the following is ISO 14000 primarily concerned with? 9. Training that results in ______ is costly because of the cost of training (which proved to be useless) and the cost of hampered performance. 10. As a university student, your institution’s social principles and practices reflect on you, as a stakeholder, in the organization. Therefore, it is your right to question how these practices should be evaluated in relation to the social issues that the school is addressing. If your university provides job-share programs, builds a day-care facility, and only uses recycled paper, it could be said to be ________. 11. According to the job characteristics model, autonomy is defined as the degree to which


12. Which of the following is considered a major process flow structure? 13. An example of control criteria that can be used in any situation is ________. 14. What can affirmative action assist organizations in achieving that diversity initiatives cannot? 15. Adoration of a charismatic leader by followers can lead to 16. Which of the following is considered an organizational blueprint, which prescribes the quantity and time frame for when each end product will be assembled? 17. In performing a SWOT analysis, which of the following would be considered as a threat? 18. When an employee volunteers to run a canned food drive, this is an example of 19. Conflicts can be resolved by withdrawing from them or suppressing them. This conflict-management technique is known as ________. 20. Sam Meyers manages a telemarketing call center. He has 20 employees working for him who are displeased with the way he yells and threatens to terminate them for what they see as small issues. Which kind of power is Sam using to get the job done? 21. In _____, workers have been fired for refusing to quit smoking, for living with someone without being married, drinking a competitor’s product, motorcycling, and other legal activities outside of work.


22. Mary arrives at her new job. Before she can begin actually doing the work, she must complete a series of activities including role playing and virtual reality interactions. What type of training method does Mary’s new employer use? 23. Which of the following is one of Dr. Eli Goldratt’s rules of production scheduling for optimized production technology? 24. Deming’s PDCA (plan, do, check, and act) cycle underlies what inherent Six Sigma principle? 25.________ refers to an individual’s belief that he or she is capable of performing a task. 26.____________ is the biggest hurdle to overcome in a pay-forperformance plan. 27. In order to make their firm a learning organization, managers should 28. During the implementation of a project, which of the following should be the primary focus of a consulting firm? 29. The concept that some leadership attributes will work in some situations but not in others can be described by the 30. Which of the following statements is true with regard to the effectiveness of tactics? aim? ============================ STR 581 Week 2 DQ 1

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1. How would you determine if a strategy has created value and sustained competitive advantage for Kudler Fine Foods? ============================

STR 581 Week 2 DQ 2

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Locate an organization in the news and explain how it is trying to create value and competitive advantage in its sector. ============================ STR 581 Week 2 Individual Assignment Research Proposal

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. A firm’s external environment is divided into various subcategories that include 2. When managers consider the general availability of credit, the level of disposable income, and the propensity of people to spend, they are considering what factors?

3. This factor considers or provides creative adaptations that can suggest possibilities for new products or for improvements in existing products or in manufacturing and marketing techniques.

4. The quasi-science of anticipating environmental and competitive changes and estimating their importance to an organizations operation refers to

5. This term refers to the relationships among human beings and other living things and the air, soil, and water that supports them.


6. Economies of scale in an industry refers to 7. This term refers to descriptive characteristics that can be used to differentiate groups of present or potential customers.Bottom of Form • 8. This information is used to explain or predict some aspect of customer behavior with regard to a product or service. Information such as usage rate, benefits sought, and brand loyalty can provide significant aid in the design of more accurate and profitable strategies.

9. Because the quantity, quality, price, and accessibility of financial, human, and material resources are rarely ideal, assessment of suppliers and creditors is critical to an accurate evaluation of which of the firm’s external environments?

10. What Human Resource component within its operating environment is a major element of a firm’s ability to satisfy its personnel needs?

11. A firm’s access to needed personnel is affected primarily by four factors that include 12. This element of employment or labor represents the workers in their negotiations with employers through the process of collective bargaining.


13. The environment that is typically subject to much influence by the firm is

14. Which of these is a determinant of entry, according to Porter?

15. Which threat of entry creates a barrier by forcing entrants to spend heavily to overcome customer loyalty?

16. This group is considered powerful if it is not obliged to contend with other products for sale to the industry.

17. This is considered a collection of firms that offer similar products or services that customers perceive to be substitutable for one another..

18. This environment in the strategic planning process comprises factors in the competitive situation that affect a firm’s success in acquiring needed resources or in profitably marketing its goods and services. ============================


STR 581 Week 2 Learning Team Activity (Innovation Strategy)

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STR 581 Week 2 Learning Team Activity (Innovation Write a paper of no more than 1,050 words that describes and evaluates an organization's innovation strategy.

Use publicly available information, including Securities and Exchanges Commission filings.

Choose an organization that is introducing new products or services.

Select an organization according to the following criteria based on team member experience: Current employer Most recent or former employer Place of business patronized over a period of time and that members are familiar with Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


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Through your research, select two of the strategic plan options that could apply to Kudler Fine Foods. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each option? How does each of the two choices fit with the organization? ============================ STR 581 Week 3 DQ 2

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When facing a choice between strategic plans of similar value, how would you determine which strategic plan to incorporate?


============================ STR 581 Week 3 Individual Assignment External and Internal Environmental Analysis

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Complete the external environmental scan for your organization.

Perform an internal competitive environmental scan for your organization.

Write a summary of no more than 1,400 words that does the following: Identifies and analyzes the most important external environmental factor in the remote, industry, and external operating environments Identifies and analyzes the most important internal strengths and weaknesses of your organization: include an assessment of the organization's resources Assesses the organization's competitive position and possibilities Analyzes the structure of the organization and how this affects organizational performance


Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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Create a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation for a Mini-Strategy using the Mini-Strategy Outline. Include the following in your outline: 

Evaluate the organization's vision statement. Discuss the organization's current goals and objectives.

Assess the organization's current status.

o

Leadership

o

Board members

o

Structure

o

Number of employees


 

Conduct a basic SWOT analysis including the implications of the environment on a global organization. Report recent financial results including annual revenues, annual after tax earnings, and year end stock prices. Obtain results for the last 5 years. Perform competitor benchmarking. Develop strategic recommendations that are designed to realize growth. Create a profile of the current CEO including the following: o

Background and accomplishments

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Education and educational experiences

o

Length of time in the current position

o

Major career accomplishments

o

Leadership and management styles

o

Vision for the company

o

Innovative accomplishments

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Create a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation for a Mini-Strategy using the Mini-Strategy Outline. Include the following in your outline: 

Evaluate the organization's vision statement. Discuss the organization's current goals and objectives.

Assess the organization's current status.

o

Leadership

o

Board members

o

Structure

o

Number of employees

Conduct a basic SWOT analysis including the implications of the environment on a global organization. Report recent financial results including annual revenues, annual after tax earnings, and year end stock prices. Obtain results for the last 5 years.


 

Perform competitor benchmarking. Develop strategic recommendations that are designed to realize growth. Create a profile of the current CEO including the following: o

Background and accomplishments

o

Education and educational experiences

o

Length of time in the current position

o

Major career accomplishments

o

Leadership and management styles

o

Vision for the company

o

Innovative accomplishments

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STR 581 Week 3 Knowledge Check

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1.The structure of a simple organization 2.This structure is one in which a set of relatively autonomous units are governed by a central corporate office but where each operation has its own functional specialists who provide products or services that are different from those of other operations. 3.This type of organizational structure combines the advantages of functional specialization with the advantages of product-project specialization. 4.Twenty-first-century corporations reflect 5.Today, global means 6.This type of organization or structure is one that identifies a set of business capabilities central to high-profitability operations and then builds a virtual organization around those capabilities. 7.These are arrangements between two or more companies in which they both contribute capabilities, resources, or expertise to a joint undertaking, usually with an identity of its own, with each firm giving up overall control in return for the potential to participate in and benefit from the relationship. 8. This is an organization structure most notable for its lack of structure wherein knowledge and getting it to the right place quickly is the key reason for the organization. 9. One of the limitations of the SWOT analysis is that it can be 10.One of the limitations of SWOT analysis is that it can do this to a single strength or element of strategy. 11.Value chain analysis takes a


12. Which of the following is an example of a primary activity in the typical firm? 13. In VCA, which method of cost accounting is preferred? 14. This is an internal analysis technique wherein strategists examine customers’ needs, company offerings, and competitors’ offerings to more clearly articulate what their company’s competitive advantage is and how it differs from those of competitors. 15. The first step of this type of analysis involves a firm determining what their customers value and why they value it.

16. Once a hypothesis about competitive advantage has been developed by a firm through three circles analysis, it should be tested by 17. This is a method of comparing the way a company performs a specific activity with a competitor, potential competitor, or company doing the same thing. 18. Companies committed to this process attempt to isolate and identify where their costs or outcomes are out of line with what they identify as the best practices of competitors or other companies or organizations that undertake similar tasks. ============================ STR 581 Week 3 Learning Team Peer Evaluation

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Share drafts of the External and Internal Environmental Analysis assignment with all team members.

Provide feedback to be incorporated into each member's paper.

Write a synopsis of no more than 350 words summarizing the team's discussion.

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STR 581 Week 4 Capstone Final Examination Part 2

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Internal reports that review the actual impact of decisions are prepared by: 2. Horizontal analysis is also known as:


3. Which of the following is an advantage of corporations relative to partnerships and sole proprietorships? 4. Serox stock was selling for $20 two years ago. The stock sold for $25 one year ago, and it is currently selling for $28. Serox pays a $1.10 dividend per year. What was the rate of return for owning Serox in the most recent year? (Round to the nearest percent.) 5. External financing needed: Jockey Company has total assets worth $4,417,665. At year-end it will have net income of $2,771,342 and pay out 60 percent as dividends. If the firm wants no external financing, what is the growth rate it can support? 6. An unrealistic budget is more likely to result when it: 7. Which of the following financial statements is concerned with the company at a point in time? 8. Next year Jenkins Traders will pay a dividend of $3.00. It expects to increase its dividend by $0.25 in each of the following three years. If their required rate of return if 14 percent, what is the present value of their dividends over the next four years? 9. An activity that has a direct cause-effect relationship with the resources consumed is a(n): 10. The major element in budgetary control is: 11. Tule Time Comics is considering a new show that will generate annual cash flows of $100,000 into the infinite future. If the initial outlay for such a production is $1,500,000 and the appropriate discount rate is 6 percent for the cash flows, then what is the profitability index for the project?


12. How firms estimate their cost of capital: The WACC for a firm is 13.00 percent. You know that the firm’s cost of debt capital is 10 percent and the cost of equity capital is 20% What proportion of the firm is financed with debt? 13. The most important information needed to determine if companies can pay their current obligations is the: 14. Process costing is used when: 15. A cost which remains constant per unit at various levels of activity is a: 16.The group of users of accounting information charged with achieving the goals of the business is its: 17. Teakap, Inc. has current assets of $1,456,312 and total assets of $4,812,369 for the year ending September 30, 2006. It also has current liabilities of $1,041,012, common equity of $1,500,000 and retained earnings of $1,468,347. How much long-term debt does the firm have? 18. The cash conversion cycle? 19. Ajax Corp. is expecting the following cash flows – $79,000, $112,000, $164,000, $84,000, and $242,000 – over the next five years. If the company’s opportunity cost is 15 percent, what is the present value of these cash flows? (Round to the nearest dollar.) 20. Jack Robbins is saving for a new car. He needs to have $21,000 for the car in three years. How much will he have to invest today in an account paying 8 percent annually to achieve his target? (Round to nearest dollar)


21. Which of the following presents a summary of changes in a firm’s balance sheet from the beginning of an accounting period to the end of that accounting period? 22. M&M Proposition 1: Dynamo Corp. produces annual cash flows of $150 and is expected to exist forever. The company is currently financed with 75 percent equity and 25 percent debt. Your analysis tells you that the appropriate discount rates are 10 percent for the cash flows, and 7 percent for the debt. You currently own 10 percent of the stock. If Dynamo wishes to change its capital structure from 75 percent equity to 60 percent equity and use the debt proceeds to pay a special dividend to shareholders, how much debt should they use? 23. Horizontal analysis is a technique for evaluating a series of financial statement data over a period of time: 24. JayadevAthreya has started his first job. He will invest $5,000 at the end of each year for the next 45 years in a fund that will earn a return of 10 percent. How much will Jayadev have at the end of 45 years? 25. Turnbull Corp. had an EBIT of $247 million in the last fiscal year. Its depreciation and amortization expenses amounted to $84 million. The firm has 135 million shares outstanding and a share price of $12.80. A competing firm that is very similar to Turnbull has an enterprise value/EBITDA multiple of 5.40. What is the enterprise value of Turnbull Corp.? Round to the nearest million dollars. 26. Firms that achieve higher growth rates without seeking external financing:


27. In a process cost system, product costs are summarized: 28. The convention of consistency refers to consistent use of accounting principles: 29. If a company’s weighted average cost of capital is less than the required return on equity, then the firm: 30. Your firm has an equity multiplier of 2.47. What is the debt-toequity ratio? 31. The accumulation of accounting data on the basis of the individual manager who has the authority to make day-to-day decisions about activities in an area is called: 32. Regatta, Inc., has six-year bonds outstanding that pay a 8.25 percent coupon rate. Investors buying the bond today can expect to earn a yield to maturity of 6.875 percent. What should the company’s bonds be priced at today? Assume annual coupon payments. (Round to the nearest dollar.) 34. The break-even point is where: 35. When a company assigns the costs of direct materials, direct labor, and both variable and fixed manufacturing overhead to products, that company is using: 36. Which of the following is considered a hybrid organizational form? 37. Gateway, Corp. has an inventory turnover of 5.6. What is the firm’s days’s sales in inventory? 38. The process of evaluating financial data that change under alternative courses of action is called:


39. What decision criteria should managers use in selecting projects when there is not enough capital to invest in all available positive NPV projects? ============================ STR 581 Week 4 DQ 1

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Recall how you determined if you created value and sustained competitive advantage for Kudler Fine Foods. While implementing this strategy, what factors would you monitor and evaluate to determine if you were successful? Why would monitoring and evaluating these factors be important? ============================ STR 581 Week 4 DQ 2

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Which of the following considerations are most often neglected when implementing a strategy; structural, leadership, or cultural? Defend your position. ============================ STR 581 Week 4 Individual Assignment Strategic Choice and Evaluation

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STR 581 Week 4 Knowledge Check

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.Firms that enjoy higher profit margins are using which of Michael Porter’s generic strategies?

2.Which of the following companies is a good example of a low-cost leader?

3.Firms that follow this type of generic strategy can sometimes have difficulties succeeding without compromising the key attributes of a company’s products or services.

4.Which of the following is a generic strategy developed by Michael Porter?

5.Striving to create and market unique products for varied customer groups is called

6.Which of the following is a value discipline?

7.Companies that pursue this value discipline strive to produce a continuous stream of state-of-the-art products and services.

8.Which of the grand strategies is typically lowest in risk?


9.The grand strategy in which the firm directs its resources to the profitable growth of a single product, in a single market and with a single technology is termed

10.What is it called when current products are marketed, often with only cosmetic changes, to customers in related market areas?

11.The acquisition of one or more businesses operating at the same stage of the production-marketing chain is an example of

12.If a textile producer acquires a shirt manufacturer, this is called

13.For the ABC Company, the Alpha business is in a dominant market share position in a mature market. As per the BCG matrix, Alpha is a

14.Which matrix makes fine distinctions among business portfolio positions with the inclusion of high/medium/low axes?


15.Which matrix involves a framework that can help ensure that businesses' strategies are consistent with strategies appropriate to their strategic environment?

16.Which of the following represents an operating opportunity to build value or sharing?

17.The most compelling reason companies should diversify can be found in situations when

18.The core competency must represent a major source of value to be a basis for competitive advantage. Furthermore, the core competency ============================

STR 581 Week 4 Learning Team Peer Evaluation

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Share drafts of the Strategic Choice and Evaluation paper assignment with all team members.

Provide feedback to be incorporated into each member's paper.

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Although objectives, functional tactics, and action items are included in many implementation plans, why do some organizations have a difficult time reflecting the plan they create? ============================

STR 581 Week 5 DQ 2

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What problems have you faced when creating your implementation plan? In your experience, where do risk management plans fall short? ============================ STR 581 Week 5 Individual Assignment Implementation, Strategic Controls, and Contingency Plans

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Write a draft of no more than 1,800 words of the strategic plan for your organization, including the following: Implementation plan Objectives Functional tactics Action items Milestones and a deadline Tasks and task ownership Resource allocation


Any required organizational change management strategies that would enhance successful implementation Key success factors, budget, and forecasted financials, including a break-even chart Risk management plan, including contingency plans for identified risks Format your plan consistent with APA guidelines.

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Create a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation for a Mini-Strategy using the Mini-Strategy Outline. Include the following in your outline:  

Evaluate the organization's vision statement. Discuss the organization's current goals and objectives.


 

 

Assess the organization's current status: o

Leadership

o

Board members

o

Structure

o

Number of employees

Conduct a basic SWOT analysis including the implications of the environment on a global organization. Report the most recent financial results including annual revenues, annual after tax earnings, and year end stock prices. Perform competitor benchmarking. Develop strategic recommendations to the board of directors including rationale. Evaluate the potential generic strategies being considered. Assess the potential value disciplines being considered for the organization.

Evaluate the potential grand strategies for the organization.

Assess potential global strategies for the organization.

Create a profile of the current CEO including the following: o

Background and accomplishments

o

Education and educational experiences

o

Length of time in the current position


o

Major career accomplishments

o

Leadership and management styles

o

Vision for the company

o

Innovative accomplishments

Format your presentation according to APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment as a Microsoft® Word document. ============================

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Create a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation for a Mini-Strategy using the Mini-Strategy Outline. Include the following in your outline:  

Evaluate the organization's vision statement. Discuss the organization's current goals and objectives.


 

 

Assess the organization's current status: o

Leadership

o

Board members

o

Structure

o

Number of employees

Conduct a basic SWOT analysis including the implications of the environment on a global organization. Report the most recent financial results including annual revenues, annual after tax earnings, and year end stock prices. Perform competitor benchmarking. Develop strategic recommendations to the board of directors including rationale. Evaluate the potential generic strategies being considered. Assess the potential value disciplines being considered for the organization.

Evaluate the potential grand strategies for the organization.

Assess potential global strategies for the organization.

Create a profile of the current CEO including the following: o

Background and accomplishments

o

Education and educational experiences

o

Length of time in the current position


o

Major career accomplishments

o

Leadership and management styles

o

Vision for the company

o

Innovative accomplishments

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.This is concerned with tracking a strategy as it is being implemented, detecting problems or changes in its underlying premises, and making necessary adjustments. 2.Strategic surveillance must be kept 3.This, called kaizen in Japanese, is the process of relentlessly trying to find ways to improve and enhance a company's products and processes from design through assembly, sales, and service.


4.CCC21 stands for 5.The DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) process is relevant to 6.This idea factor involves following demographic and other broad trends and trying to develop ideas that may be relevant and useful. 7.While these may under perform established products in mainstream markets, they often offer features or capabilities appreciated by some fringe customer group. 8.These are also referred to as crowdsourcing or open innovation. 9.Short-term objectives are usually 10.Short-term objectives assist strategy implementation by identifying measurable outcomes of action plans or functional activities, which can make feedback, correction, and evaluation 11.Discussion about and agreement on short-term objectives help raise issues and potential conflicts within an organization that usually 12.Key, routine activities that must be undertaken in each department of the organization are 13.In which type of strategy do functional tactics translate into action designed to accomplish specific short-term objectives? 14.A leader’s vision should be 15.The effort to familiarize future leaders with the skills important to the company and to develop exceptional leaders among the managers you employ is


16.Organizational culture includes important assumptions shared by members of the organization. These assumptions are often 17.Power Fund is a long-standing brokerage firm with a great history of high returns and well-managed growth. The managers at Power Fund repeatedly refer to terms like quality, growth, and reliability in the firm's advertisements. This demonstrates managers' 18.These create differences across national boundaries that influence how people interact, read personal cues, and otherwise interrelate socially. =============================================== STR 581 Week 5 Learning Team Peer Evaluation

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Share drafts of the Implementation, Strategic Controls, and Contingency Plans assignment with all team members.

Provide feedback to be incorporated into each member's paper.

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STR 581 Week 6 Individual Assignment Strategic Plan and Presentation

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Resource: Implementation, Strategic Controls, and Contingency Plans assignment with facilitator feedback

Complete a strategic plan for your organization of no more than 3,500 words.

Update your plan to incorporate facilitator feedback from the drafts you submitted in previous weeks. Include the following: Table of contents Executive summary, with a 2-page maximum Company background, organizational mission, vision, and value statements Note. For a start-up, you should focus on the backgrounds and accomplishments of key anticipated management personnel. The goal is to convince the investor that these individuals are trustworthy and successful. Environmental scan


Review of Week 4 strategies and a recommendation for the best strategy for your organization Implementation plan including contingency plans for identified risks Prepare a MicrosoftÂŽ PowerPointÂŽ presentation of no more than 10 slides with speaker notes. Your audience will play the board of directors or a venture capital firm. The focus is to sell your recommendations to the board or venture capital firm and obtain approval for funding your plan.

Format your plan and presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

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Resources: Strategic Plan and Presentation assignment from each team member

Review all team members' Week 6 assignments.


Discuss each project's strengths and weaknesses.

Write an analysis of at least 750 words including the following: Comparative analysis of the top 2 strategic plans Selection of one of the strategic plans Justification for the team's selection Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment?

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