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Response Guidelines

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

 

This is the information:

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

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Study Information:

 

·         Program Skill Assessments

 

Activity Context

 

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

 

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

      Activity Instructions

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

      To do this week:

    • Complete the Excel assessment.

    • Complete the Wonderlic Writing Assessment, following the instructions below.

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

      Instructions – Wonderlic Writing Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Please follow these instructions:

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

    • Save a copy of your essay to your own files.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Self-Assessment Results

 

Your current Excel level: Moderate

 

  • Needs Improvement
  • Moderate
  • Proficient

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Strategy Recommendation Pre-writing business

 

Activity Context Week 1

 

This assignment measures your development in the following course competencies:

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Activity Instructions

 

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

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

  • Clustering.

  • Idea trees.

  • Free writing.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Optional Help – Creating Course Papers

 

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

 

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

 

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Assessing Your Current Skills

 

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

 

  • Your writing assessment scores.

  • Your Excel assessment score.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Problem Solving

 

Activity Context

 

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

 

 

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

 

Activity Instructions

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Response Guidelines

 

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

 

Finding Credible Sources Assignment

 

Activity Context Week 2

 

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

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Activity Instructions

 

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

 

  • Official corporate name of the company you chose.

  • Headquarters location.

  • URL of the company Web site.

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

    • What technology exists that your company should know about as its management considers Internet use?

    • What is one way that demographics, global presence, or diversity might impact your companies’ choices about Internet and social media use?

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

 

  • Statement of the original question.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Optional Help – Brushing Up on Skills

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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A Business Problem

 

Activity Context

 

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

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

  • Apply collaborative techniques to the virtual environment.

 

Activity Instructions

 

Part 1 – Initial Post

 

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

 

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

 

Part 2 – Response Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

Part 3 – Initial Post Follow-up

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Annotated Outline Assignment

 

Activity Context Week 3

 

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

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

 

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

 

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

 

The purpose of this assignment is threefold:

 

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

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

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

 

Activity Instructions

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

  • One of your headings should be entitled Recommendations.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Submission Requirements

 

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

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

  • Number of resources: Minimum of 2 resources.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

After you submit your assignment to your instructor:

 

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

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

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

 

Optional Help – Brushing Up on Skills

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Peer Review – Annotated Outline

 

Activity Context

 

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

 

 

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

 

Activity Instructions

 

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

 

Your initial post in this discussion has two parts:

 

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

  • Your Annotated Outline, in an attachment.

 

Response Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

Peer Review – Annotated Outline

 

Activity Context Week 4

 

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

 

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

 

Response Guidelines

 

  • Read the posts of your peers in the Unit 3 discussion, select two to review, and download copies of those Annotated Outlines. Check for posts from the discussion to determine whether anyone is already reviewing those learners’ outlines. Try to find peers whose outlines do not already have reviewers.

  • Read the Guidelines for Effective Peer Review provided in the Resources.

  • Provide feedback to two of your peers. Include the author’s name in the subject line.

  • Review the feedback that you receive from your peers and use the feedback as you see fit as in developing your project draft, due at the end of Unit 4.

 

Complete your responses to peers by the end of the day on Wednesday of this week, so that they, and you, have time to incorporate the feedback into your assignment draft in this unit.

 

Check the discussion threads over the next couple of days and respond to any follow-up questions your peers have about the feedback you gave them.

 

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Strategy Recommendation Project Draft

 

Activity Context

 

This assessment measures your development in the following course competencies:

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

 

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your growing skills in critical, ethical, and strategic thinking, along with your ability to clearly organize and articulate your thoughts in writing.

 

Activity Instructions

 

In Unit 3, you created an Annotated Outline that provides the basic structure and organization for your project. In addition, you submitted your Annotated Outline to Smarthinking for guidance on structure and organization, you posted it in a discussion for peer review, and you submitted it to your instructor for a grade. This week, use the feedback you received from all of these sources to help you create a first draft of your project. To provide additional depth in the topic, locate at least three additional articles (beyond the two you included in the Annotated Outline) concerning the business implications of the Internet and social media for this business in the future.

 

The paper you submit should be a solid draft. While you will have the opportunity to revise and refine your draft in Unit 5, you will also complete a PowerPoint presentation of your final paper in Unit 6. To avoid having to much work to do in the final week, you will want this draft to be mostly complete when you turn it in this week. Analyze your issues thoughtfully and present them in an organized manner, following this overall structure:

 

  • Identify the business you chose and describe the business and its industry.

  • Assess the company’s current use of the Internet and social media.

  • Analyze the implications of the Internet and social media for the future of your chosen business. Highlight the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Use the five articles that you found to help support your analysis. Be careful to distinguish between your opinion and the voices of your academic resources. Remember to use proper APA formatted citations and references.

  • In your final project, you will also identify and evaluate potential ethical questions raised by this vision of the future. Since we do not take up ethical issues until Unit 5, you may simply provide a heading for ethical questions, leaving this section blank until after you complete the Unit 5 reading. If you think you have some ideas about ethical questions already, you may want to go ahead and draft something for this section now to get a jump on this requirement.

  • If you were advising this business on future direction, what actions would you advocate regarding their integration or further capitalization on the Internet and social media? Why?

 

Write professionally and in a manner consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

 

Submission Requirements

 

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

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

  • Number of resources: Minimum of 5 resources.

  • Length of paper: 5–7 double-spaced pages, not including title page or reference page.

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

  • Due date: Submit your completed draft to your instructor no later than midnight on Sunday.

 

Review the Strategy Recommendation Project Draft scoring guide to be sure that you have addressed the grading criteria of this assignment.

 

Before submitting your draft to your instructor in the courseroom, submit your draft to Turnitin to identify areas of your paper that may need further citations or adjustments. For further details on Turnitin, review the second study in this unit.

 

Optional Help – Brushing Up On Skills

 

Creating a rough draft is an important part of the writing process. It allows you to flesh out your outline, adding details and support. The more complete you make your rough draft, the easier it will be to fine-tune your writing, to discover where you need to add more information or support, and to complete the project on time. Therefore, this draft should be as complete as you can make it. The following writing resources, both linked in the assignment Resources, might be particularly helpful in putting together your draft:

 

  • The Four Stages of Writing: Stage 2: Drafting. This Capella Writing Center presentation provides examples of drafts, illustrating what is important to attend to in a first draft.

  • Paragraphing with the MEAL Plan. This handout from the Writing Center explains the components of a well-written paragraph.

 

In addition, you may wish to submit your draft to Smarthinking to get specific feedback on local issues (grammar, punctuation, mechanics) before submitting it to your instructor for a grade.

 

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

 

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Evaluating an Argument

 

Activity Context

 

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

 

 

Activity Instructions

 

This activity will help you learn to evaluate arguments, which, according to Chaffee in Thinking Critically, is entirely necessary for constructing your own effective arguments.

 

 

Response Guidelines

 

Read the posts of your peers and respond to two of them. Do you agree or disagree with their evaluation? Why?

 

Reflection on Collaboration

 

Activity Context Week 5

 

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

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

  • Apply collaborative techniques to the virtual environment.

 

Activity Instructions

 

In the Unit 2 discussion, you analyzed a business dilemma posed by a peer and presented him or her with a strategic course of action. You also received a strategy from one of your peers for your own dilemma, assessed the feedback, and made choices about the aspects of that strategy that you would adopt. In Unit 4, you incorporated feedback received from multiple sources when you created the draft of your project, and you provided feedback to one of your peers on his or her draft. Now, take the time to reflect upon the process and the results of your interactions, both those in the courseroom and those from your personal experience.

 

Reflect on your experience in a paper of at least two pages. Your reflection should include two parts. First, describe your interactions with the peers who provided review comments to you. Then, describe your interactions with the peers to whom you provided feedback. Ensure that your paper has an introduction, body sections where you reflect on your interaction, and a conclusion. Use subheadings to organize your paper.

 

Consider addressing the following questions in your reflection:

 

  • Summarize the interactions you had with your peers on both your business problem (Unit 2) and your annotated outline (Units 3 and 4). Did you have any interesting conversations? Was the interaction dynamic, with actual discussion and collaboration?

  • What communication choices did you make when you assessed the strategic course of action (did you reply in detail, step-by-step, or perhaps generally at a higher level)? What communications strategy might have been more effective (for example, live conversation, asynchronous video presentation, audio notes)?

  • What were the challenges and benefits to working with your peer on a business dilemma and considering his or her approaches and perspectives?

 

Optional Help

 

The purpose of this assignment is to consider how collaboration can be used in academics and in business. The idea is to think about your own experience with virtual collaboration in this course, although you may also wish to inform your paper with what you read in this unit (particularly the Heyman article), as well as your own past experience with collaboration, virtual or live. Take the time to consider what you learned and how your experiences, positive or not, can help you be a better collaborator in the future.

 

Review the scoring guide to understand how you will be graded on this assignment.

 

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Ethical Thinking Presentation

 

Activity Context

 

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

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

 

You will analyze a case study from three ethical perspectives and publish your findings as a PowerPoint presentation. This exercise will help you apply the ethical frameworks that you have been reading about and hone them to fit your own approach when analyzing business issues. You will also gain experience in presenting information using PowerPoint.

 

Activity Instructions

 

Read Case 4.1 on page 34 in your Business Ethics as Rational Choice text. Using the new information given to you about John Pepper in Exercise 1, develop and post a PowerPoint presentation that presents your results in applying the generalization test, utilitarian test, virtue ethics test, and any other pertinent analysis to this situation.

 

Your presentation should consist of 5–6 slides and include slides for an introduction, conclusion, and references. Use the notes section of your PowerPoint to add detail or to explain the content of each slide as you would if you were presenting the PowerPoint. Be sure to include citations where appropriate. As a business professional, it is important that you understand the proper way to cite and reference other author’s work. Review your APA manual as you complete your PowerPoint, focusing on Chapters 6 and 7.

 

The case study analysis is just one part of this assignment, so invest an equal amount of your energy into creating a presentation that conveys the information clearly and concisely, is professional in appearance, and is engaging for the audience. Use the resources provided on using PowerPoint and creating effective PowerPoint presentations to help you refine and improve your PowerPoint skills.

 

  • Post your PowerPoint presentation by Thursday.

  • Include a list of items on which you want others to focus when they review your presentation. For example, you may want to ask your peers to carefully read your conclusion to ensure that it is appropriately supported, or you may ask how effective your slides were in conveying your information.

 

Response Guidelines

 

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

 

Strategy Recommendation Assignment

 

Activity Context Week 6

 

This assignment evaluates your mastery of these course competencies:

 

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

 

Activity Instructions

 

In Unit 4, you drafted your Strategy Recommendation for your chosen business. For your final project submission, you will need to submit two components: your written strategy recommendation and a PowerPoint presentation that will persuade the business’ leaders to adopt your plan.

 

Written Strategy Recommendation

 

Integrate the feedback that you received from your peers and your instructor, and use the resources provided throughout this course to improve and refine your written strategy recommendation for your business. Below are the grading criteria of the written portion of this assignment. They are identical to the criteria from your Unit 4 draft, but you are expected to address each clearly, completely, and with academic rigor and professionalism. Make certain that you include the name of the company involved.

 

  • Identify the business you chose and describe the business and its industry.

  • Assess the company’s current use of the Internet and social media.

  • Analyze the implications of the Internet and social media for the future of the business, identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

  • Evaluate ethical questions raised by the future vision for the impact of the Internet and social media on a business.

  • Propose a strategy for a company’s future use of the Internet and social media.

  • Write professionally and in a manner consistent with expectations for members of the business professions.

 

Written Strategy Recommendation Requirements

 

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

  • APA formatting: In-text citations and references are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.

  • Number of resources: Minimum of five resources.

  • Length of paper: 5–7 typed, double-spaced pages.

  • Font and font size: Times Roman, 12 points.

 

PowerPoint Presentation Requirements

 

In addition to the grading criteria above, you will also be expected to create a PowerPoint presentation that is clear, concise, incorporates appropriate charts or graphs, and cites academic resources appropriately.

 

  • Presentation: PowerPoint presentation is concise, organized, and free of errors that detract from the overall message. Ensure that your slides clearly detail your suggested actions for the business.

  • Number of slides: 7–12.

  • Charts and graphs: Include at least two charts or graphs that provide evidence in support of the strategy recommendation.

  • Speaker notes: Speaker notes that provide context for the slides.

  • Citations: Cite sources as appropriate.

 

To complete this assignment:

 

  • Submit your written Strategy Recommendation as an attachment in the assignment area.

  • Submit the PowerPoint presentation of your strategy recommendation as an attachment in the assignment area.

 

Review the Strategy Recommendation scoring guide to be sure that you have fully addressed the grading criteria of this assignment.

 

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

 

Optional Help – Brushing Up On Skills

 

As mentioned in earlier writing assignments, you have access to a variety of resources to assist with your writing. If you encounter difficulty with any aspect of your project, chances are good that the following could help:

 

  • Instructor comments on your draft: Have you acted on the feedback on your draft, provided by your instructor in the last unit?

  • Capella Writing Center: If you encounter difficulty with any aspect of your project, chances are good that you can find specific help in the Writing Center.

  • Smarthinking: Review the global feedback you received on your Annotated Outline in Unit 3 and the local feedback you receive this week.

  • Peer reviews: Go back to the comments and suggestions provided by your peers on your draft in the last unit. Anything here that might be helpful?

  • PowerPoint. If you encounter difficulty with PowerPoint, use the Microsoft Tutorials on iGuide.

 

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How David Beats Goliath

 

Activity Context

 

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

 

 

Activity Instructions

 

Explain, in several paragraphs (but no more than four), the implications of the Malcolm Gladwell article “How David Beats Goliath.” Apply some aspects of the article to your experience and future.

 

Response Guidelines

 

Read the posts of your peers and respond to two of them.

 

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Course Reflection

 

  • Throughout the course, you have been building toward the achievement of the following competencies:

  • Apply frameworks and theoretical concepts to systematically analyze business issues.

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

  • Apply collaborative techniques to the virtual environment.

 

For this discussion, reflect on the knowledge and skills you developed over the past six weeks. Address the following questions in your post:

 

  • Considering the course competencies, how has your ability to perform these skills and apply this knowledge evolved?

  • What concepts, skills, or insights were most relevant to you? How will you apply them to your professional work?

  • What new ideas have you developed about how the MBA might apply to your career and about how you might further develop the skills you self-assessed in Unit 1?

 

Response Guidelines

 

Responses to this discussion are optional. When responding to others, provide encouraging feedback about how learners have grown over the past six weeks. If applicable, provide recommendations for how learners may continue to develop these skills and knowledge or suggest additional strategies for leveraging the knowledge gained in the course.

 

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

 

Definition of Social Problems 10/24/15

 

Write a short paper (maximum three pages, double spaced) analyzing the definition of social problems in the United States. Consider using a specific social problem (such as mental illness, family structure, youth violence, hunger or food insecurity, or one of the areas of focus from Glassner) as a foundation for your paper.

 

In your paper:

 

  1. Define and discuss social definitions of social problems in the United States.

 

  • What are the claims (the assumptions, evidence, and conclusions) about social problems and the impact of marginalized populations on society?

  • Who or what makes or shapes these claims?

  • What does social opinion suggest as methods to reduce, prevent, or remedy social problems and who should do it?

  • What philosophies or beliefs about what society should do versus what individuals should do drive the practice of social work around identified social problems and marginalized populations?

  • How are disadvantage, discrimination, and risk for marginalization dealt with?

 

  1. Provide an example of how society has defined a “social problem” compared to how social work research and practice defines the issue (examples: suicide and depression, or chronic pain and addiction).

 

 

 

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

 

To successfully complete this assignment, you must meet the following requirements:

 

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

  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (sixth edition) style and formatting.

  • Number of resources: Minimum of 4 resources.

  • Length of paper: 3 pages, double-spaced, not counting cover page and references.

  • Font and font size: Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point.

 

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Social Work With Target Populations- 10/31/15

 

Write a short paper (maximum three pages, double-spaced) choosing a population in our society that is viewed as disadvantaged or discriminated against, such as persons living in poverty, people with a disability, individuals with mental illness, immigrants, a minority ethnic or religious group, native peoples, children or youth, or members of the LGBT community.

 

  • How are social problems defined or viewed by society in relation to this population?

  • How are social justice issues framed in relation to this population?

  • What do social workers do when working with this population (this is a micro system perspective)? Explain and evaluate:

 

  • How do they assess needs, engage clients, and design and deliver interventions?

  • How do they validate their processes and practices (how do they know their interventions work)?

 

  • How do social beliefs influence the way this group or population is viewed and supported by the social work profession? (This is a macro system perspective.)

  • What is your appraisal of the relationship between the philosophical intentions of social work, the United States mindset regarding this population, and society in general?

 

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

 

To successfully complete this assignment, you must meet the following requirements:

 

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

  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (sixth edition) style and formatting.

  • Number of resources: Minimum of 4 resources.

  • Length of paper: 3 pages, double-spaced, not counting cover page and references.

  • Font and font size: Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point.

 

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Model Treatment or Service Plan-11/07/15

 

Using the attached template, fill in each section making sure that there is sufficient information to demonstrate the objectives are measurable, related to the identified problem or community service plan objective, and that there are included target dates. The plan must have an introduction defining the client or the community population and a summary that identifies the differences and similarities between an individual client treatment plan and a community action or service plan.

 

Use the Riverbend City case studies, or another client or population you are familiar with, to develop the treatment plan or organizational service plan. In the Riverbend cases, you can work with an individual or family plan (micro level) or an organizational plan for the servicing organization (macro level) interventions.

 

The treatment or service plan must include the following components:

 

  1. Identified issue, situation, or problem.

  2. Objectives to be achieved (2–3).

  3. Measurable goals for each objective (1–2).

  4. Target completion dates.

  5. Indicators of successful completion.

 

Define the similarities and differences between an individual treatment plan and a community, organization, or group service plan.

 

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Philosophy of Social Work-11/21/15

 

Complete a research presentation on one contemporary social issue (for example, hunger and food insecurity, poverty and economic security, education and employment security, family structure, parenting, racial tension, legalization of marijuana, technology and the Internet, injury and pain management, military veterans) that impacts the community or a specific segment of the population and that may be addressed within the scope of the social work profession.

 

Present your findings as a PowerPoint presentation using slides and the notes page features of PowerPoint. Your presentation will:

 

  • Identify individual, group or family, or community social justice and social work practices related to the social issue you identified, noting how the dynamics and situations related to that issue cross over into multiple systems (individual, group or family, or community).

  • Address the social definition of the social issue or condition that affects the social system or community and the people involved.

  • Analyze, in the notes section, based on behavioral theories and approaches from your course readings or other academic literature:

 

 

  • Conclude with a summary that addresses the social work’s role in helping individuals and promoting social justice and social change related to the social issue you identified, using research-based information to support the application of research to practice.

 

To successfully complete this assignment, you will be expected to:

 

    • Present an overview that describes one social issue, community, or population that may be addressed within the scope of the social work profession, noting how the issues of that population cross over and into multiple systems.

    • Address the social definition of the identified social issue or condition, and how that issue or condition affects the individual (micro) and social system or community (macro).

    • Discuss how social workers engage with interventions and management of the identified social issue or condition based on behavioral theories and approaches from your course readings or other academic literature.

    • Address social work’s role in helping individuals and promoting social justice and social change with the identified social issue using research-based information to support the application of research to practice.

    • Describe the role of social work in promoting social justice and social change over time.

    • Cite references and sources appropriately, write clearly and at the graduate level, organize a presentation logically and appropriately using PowerPoint slides and notes, and adhere to page number requirements and number of academic references.

      Additional Project Requirements

 

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

  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (sixth edition) style and formatting.

  • Number of resources: Minimum of 8 resources.

  • Length of paper: At least 10 slides, not counting the Intro slide and references slides.

  • Font and font size: For slides, font should be no smaller than 24-point. Slide information should be in bullet points with detailed information in the notes.

 

 

 

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