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BUS 485 Week 1 Assignment

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C – Overview for the Capstone Project

Details:

This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment.

Students will create a strategic business plan in teams for their culminating project in BUS-485. The structure of this assignment is comprehensive and integrative. It requires synthesis and evaluation of information, skills, and knowledge developed throughout the BS program at COB.

You will be required to submit a specific section of the capstone in each Module of the course as indicated in the assignment directions. Each section will be due by the end of the Module in which it is assigned. Review the Capstone Project Assignment Directions for additional information.


For your first assignment, draft an overview of your project (a minimum of 500 words). Refer to Chapter 1 in the textbook for additional information. Include the following in your draft: Briefly describe the context and your organization.

Articulate the vision, mission, and strategy of your organization (or business unit or division).

Describe the nature of the business opportunity.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 1 Discussion 1


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Pick a publicly traded company. Describe its competitive advantage using the resource-based model of above average returns. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 1 Discussion 2

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What are vision and mission statements? What is their value for the strategic management process? Select an example of strong Vision/Mission (cite your source). What are its positive characteristics? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 2 Assignment 1


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Details:

Students will create a strategic business plan in teams for their culminating project in BUS-485. The structure of this assignment is comprehensive and integrative. It requires synthesis and evaluation of information, skills, and knowledge developed throughout the BS program at COB.

You will be required to submit a specific section of the capstone in each Module of the course as indicated in the assignment directions. Each section will be due by the end of the Module in which it is assigned. Review the Capstone Project Assignment Directions for additional information. Using the Segments of the General Environment, write the environmental analysis for your organization developed in Module 1 (approximately 500-750 words). Refer to chapters 2 and 8 in the textbook for additional information. Include the following in your draft:

1- Incorporate the Five Forces of Competition to help write the industry analysis for your organization (Chapter 2, Figure 2.2 The Five Forces of Competition Model).


2- Describe your sources of competitive advantage.

3- Using the Modes of Entry and their Characteristics (Chapter 8, Figure 8.5), describe which mode(s) of entry you would use to expand globally and why you selected it (even if expansion is hypothetical at this time). Select one country, such as Canada, and discuss relevant cultural, political, and economic factors, and any language barriers that could impact your entry.

4- Using the Parts of the External Environmental Analysis (Chapter 2, Table 2.2), identify the outlook, forecast, or trends for the type of organization you have selected.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the


Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 2 Assignment 2

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CLC Exercise 2 What Does the Future Look Like?

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This is a CLC assignment.

In teams, refer to Chapter 2, “Experiential Exercises – Exercise 2: What Does the Future Look Like?”

Select a trend, technology, entertainment, or design that will significantly impact business in the near future. Your goal is to determine which of the six dimensions of the general environment


will be affected by your selection. Create a table, utilizing the attached template, to summarize the impact of your selection.

Consult the resources mentioned at the end of the exercise as a starting point for your research. You may need to consult additional sources as well.

Your table should clearly identify the selected trend, technology, entertainment, or design and provide a brief explanation of its forecasted impact on business in the near future.

The table should also be accompanied by a 250-500-word summary of the significance of your findings and a reference page in APA format that includes a minimum of six reputable sources (e.g., trade magazines, academic journals, professional/government websites) you consulted to locate information for your table.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is/is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.


You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 2 Discussion 1

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Compare Google with Facebook. In terms of the five forces of competition, do you feel these companies view one another as competitors? Why or why not? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 2 Discussion 2

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Describe the elements of an organization’s external environment. Why is it important to understand the external environment? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 3 Assignment

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Marketing Plan for the Capstone Project

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Students will create a strategic business plan for their culminating project in BUS-485. The structure of this assignment is comprehensive and integrative. It requires synthesis and evaluation of information, skills, and knowledge developed throughout the BS program at COB. You will be required to submit a specific section of the capstone in each Module of the course as indicated in the assignment directions. Each section will be due by the end of the Module in which it is


assigned. Review the Capstone Project Assignment Directions for additional information. Write the Marketing Plan for your organization (750-1,000 words). Use the topic material articles and the textbook to help in completing the assignment.

Address the following:

1- Describe the target market.

2- Identify the size of your potential target market.

3- Include a SWOT analysis (use a two by two table in Word).

4- Describe the 4Ps of marketing in your organization (product/positioning, pricing, promotion, and placement). If you have a service organization, you may consider describing the 4Is (intangibility, inconsistency, inseparability, and inventory).

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.


This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 3 Discussion 1

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Why is it important to conduct a SWOT analysis? What are the weaknesses of a SWOT analysis? Why is that so? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 3 Discussion 2


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Why is sustainable competitive advantage a critical strategy-making consideration? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 4 Assignment

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Organizational Plan

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Students will create a strategic business plan for their culminating project in BUS-485. The structure of this assignment is comprehensive and integrative. It requires synthesis and evaluation of information, skills, and knowledge developed throughout the BS program at COB.


You will be required to submit a specific section of the capstone in each Module of the course as indicated in the assignment directions. Each section will be due by the end of the Module in which it is assigned. Review the Capstone Project Assignment Directions for additional information. Write the Organizational Plan for your organization (a minimum of 500 words). Refer to chapters 4 and 6 in the textbook for additional information.

Describe who will comprise your management team and what talents or skills each of the team members will bring to the organization. Include a simple organizational chart. Outline a McKinsey 7-S Assessment/Model (strategy, structure, systems, shared values, style, staff, skills) as it applies to your business. Review the McKinsey 7-S Resources in the topic materials for additional information on completing this section.

Describe your business-level strategy (chapter 4 – cost leadership or differentiated) and explain how it fits with the corporate-level strategy (chapter 6 – low, medium, or high differentiation plus value creating, value neutral, or value reducing) for your organization.

Operational Plan


Write the Operational Plan for your organization (a minimum of 500 words). Refer to chapter 3 and pages 88, 113, and 116 in the textbook for additional information. Address the following in the plan:

Describe the supply chain for your prospective organization. Where does your organization bring value in this supply chain?

Identify your main partners and suppliers. What are their locations? What is your contingency plan?

Explain how you will optimize operational effectiveness in your organization.

Consider your operational plan from a value chain perspective and identify and discuss the primary and support activities (financial, human resources, and information systems management).

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. --------------------------------------------------------------------


BUS 485 Week 4 Discussion 1

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How can you determine a core competency? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 4 Discussion 2

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What is the relationship between capabilities and core competencies? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 5 Assignment


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CLC Financial Plan for the Capstone Project

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This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment.

Write the Financial Plan for your organization (a minimum of 500 words). Create the accompanying spreadsheet(s) and address the following in your plan:

Using Excel, create a three-year pro forma income statement for your organization (or product/service). Review the resources in the topic materials for additional information. Calculate your financial break-even point: BEP= Fixed Costs/ (unit price – variable unit costs).

Identify possible sources for investment capital if required (friends, family, banks, USSBA, etc.).


Explain how you will use financial information to help you craft your business strategy.

Identify the key financial ratios you will use to measure the performance of your organization to determine success.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

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BUS 485 Week 5 Discussion 1

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What are the different levels of diversification firms can pursue by using different corporate level strategies and what are the advantages to diversifying their operations? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 5 Discussion 2

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What do you think are the criteria a firm should use to evaluate targets for acquisition and how should a company plan and undertake its merger acquisition strategic initiatives? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 6 Assignment 1

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BUS 485 Week 6 Assignment 1 --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 6 Discussion 1

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An international strategy can take many forms. Explain what a global strategy is and how is it different from a multi-domestic strategy. What are the traditional and emerging reasons/motives that firms expand internationally? --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 6 Discussion 2

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What are some of the special features of competing in foreign markets?


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BUS 485 Week 7 Assignment 1 CLC

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Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurship for the Capstone Project

Details:

This is a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) assignment.

Write the Strategic Leadership and Entrepreneurship section for your Capstone project (a minimum of 500 words). Refer to Chapter 12 in the textbook for additional information. Be sure to address the following questions:

What is the leader’s sphere of influence in your organization? Based on this, what impact can the leader have on the implementation of your business plan?


What potential leadership bias could impact the development or progress of your organization’s development?

What hurdles do you anticipate?

What leadership style(s) will a leader in your organization have to demonstrate? How could you incorporate Servant Leadership?

What are potential strengths and weaknesses as they relate to your business?

How can the leadership in your organization impact and influence others and deliver the results you expect?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 7 Assignment 2


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Benchmark Assignment Executive Summary

As your team has worked through the business plan, it is important for leaders to develop their vision for the future of their organization. Individually develop an Executive Summary (a minimum of 500 words) for your team’s strategic business plan. Describe each section of the plan in a few sentences so the reader better understands an overview of your business plan. Include suggestions for strategic management within your organization that considers both internal and external factors to support the growth of your organization. Prior to completing the Final Strategic Business Plan, share your vision with the members of your team and integrate appropriate strategic management decisions in your final business plan.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.


You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 7 Discussion 1

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Discuss the role of organizational controls and explain their importance. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 7 Discussion 2

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Why is it necessary to regularly evaluate business strategy?


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BUS 485 Week 8 Assignment 2 Benchmark

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Capstone Presentation

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Create a visually engaging, professionally designed PowerPoint presentation (10-15 slides) to deliver the findings of your Capstone project. Your presentation will be evaluated based on the following:

Organization Content Delivery Professional appeal Slide design


Effective communication skills

Include a reference slide with a minimum of six reputable sources (e.g., trade magazines, academic journals, professional/government websites) you consulted to locate information for your presentation (these may be resources utilized for your Capstone). Include speaking notes for each slide. Students may take the notes from your Capstone project. Students will be individually graded based on the provided rubric and are required to effectively communicate their group’s business plan in their PowerPoint presentation.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 8 Discussion 1

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What are the most effective leadership styles? Why are they effective? In your opinion, what are the least effective leadership styles? Explain. --------------------------------------------------------------------

BUS 485 Week 8 Discussion 2

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Why are innovation and entrepreneurial spirit important to market entry or market expansion? Give examples

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