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Evaluating Claims for Truth, Bias, Error, or Falsity

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Evaluating Claims for Truth, Bias, Error, or Falsity 1. What is the claim? Evaluate the claim. Is it true or a claim without reason? 2. Is the author an expert or an authority? Why or why not? 3. Is the source of the claim credible? Why or why not? 4. How credible is the evidence used to support the claim? Your response should be one page in length and follow these guidelines: • Double-spaced • 12 point Times New Roman font • One inch margins • Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation • Use class text terms and concepts

International Business Ethics

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Antitrust laws were essentially created to stop businesses that got too large from blocking competition and abusing their power. Mergers and monopolies can limit the choices offered to consumers because smaller businesses are not usually able to compete. Although free and open competition ensures lower prices and new and better products, it has the potential to significantly limit market diversity. Review the following examples of how mergers and acquisitions have affected the way in which companies do business. Prepare a research paper in APA format that demonstrates your analysis of the international legal issues that are involved in both examples. Submitting your assignment in APA format means, at a minimum, you will need the following: •Title page: Remember the running head and title in all capital letters. •Abstract: This is a summary of your paper, not an introduction. Begin writing in third-person voice. •Body: The body of your paper begins on the page following the title page and abstract page, and it must be double-spaced between paragraphs. The typeface should be 12-pt. Times Roman or 12-pt. Courier in regular black type. Do not use color, bold type, or italics except as required for APA level headings and references. The deliverable length of the body of your paper for this assignment is 5–7 pages. In-text academic citations to support your decisions and analysis are required. A variety of academic sources is encouraged. •Reference page: References that align with your in-text academic sources are listed on the final page of your paper. The references must be in APA format using appropriate spacing, hang indention, italics, and upper- and lower-case usage as appropriate for the type of resource used. Remember, the reference page is not a bibliography, but it is a further listing of the abbreviated in-text citations used in the paper. Every referenced item must have a corresponding in-text citation. Example 1 Federal antitrust enforcers are investigating whether a multinational pharmaceutical company has attempted to minimize the impact of generic competition to one of its most profitable prescription drugs. This antidepressant drug is the company’s best seller, with sales last year of $2.11 billion, representing a 22% increase from the year before. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is conducting an investigation to determine whether the company engaged in activities to prevent generic alternatives to the prescription drug from entering the market. Specifically, the FTC is challenging a practice among brand-name and generic drug manufacturers to agree to delay the introduction of the lower priced generic drugs to the market. Answer the following questions: •Why would the drug maker want to stymie generic competition? Explain your response. •What types of legal barriers to market entry exist? •What are the possible ethical dilemmas that are present in this example? Example 2 The boards of 2 major telecommunications companies recently agreed to a $16 billion merger that would create the world’s largest telecommunications company in the world. Although some agree that the synergy between these companies could be dynamic, others feel consumers could ultimately pay the price for the merger, depending on which company becomes dominant in the various service areas. Answer the following questions: •Why do you think consumer advocates have expressed concern over such merger possibilities? •Other than pricing, what are some pitfalls that consumers might have to deal with when 2 major companies merge? •What are the possible ethical dilemmas that are present in this example?

Mass Media

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1.According to our notes and text, there are 6 big media companies that own 90% of our media. What are the consequences, if any, of media consolidation in our country. Do you think the steadily increasing consolidation and conglomeration of media in the USA is a good thing or a bad thing? Why? 2.Do you believe that most people possess media literacy skills? What are some ways that we, as a society, can increase the media literacy skills of youth? 3.What is your attitude about the third person effect? In you experience, do you feel that this type of media effect actually exists? Do you feel like you are susceptible to the third person effect and/or do you know others that you feel are susceptible to this effect?

Feedback Loop and Organizational Learning

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Case Assignment

Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop. These feedback loops should be critical to Whole Foods Market’s performance and success. You should have a good idea of what these are from your previous analysis.

 

Explain each one of these loops – what are the causal factors and how do they affect each other. For the Reinforcing Loop, look for an area where there is growth. For the Balancing Loop, look for goal behavior. Once you have identified and explained these critical feedback loops, identify how Whole Foods Market has generated organizational learning, and how they can go further and generate additional organizational learning. What do they need to do to improve their performance further?

Determine the two critical feedback loops. Describe each Feedback Loop that you identify in your organization and explain why you selected them. Make sure you explain the Loop, the cause and effect process within the Loop. You could also include a Causal Loop Diagram. If you do, show the arrows and direction of effect (+ or -). Also, determine what the warrant is for your case.

Briefly discuss the theory of organizational learning so that you provide a summary of this information to the executives – establish this as common ground.

Identify the learning activities in each feedback loop that Whole Foods Market has already undertaken.

Identify the opportunities for organizational learning in each Feedback Loop. Make a Case that these are learning opportunities. Logically show how the feedback process provides an opportunity for the organization to learn and improve its performance. Be precise. Depth and breadth in your discussion is always a good thing.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL DIAGNOSTIC MODELS

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ABC Company and Whole Foods Market have decided they want to do an Organizational Diagnosis to determine how various aspects of Whole Foods Market are aligned, such as inputs, resources, productivity, throughput effort, outputs, performance, strategy, etc. They want to know if there are any significant issues at Whole Foods Market and how these issues might affect its integration into ABC Company.

 

Required Reading:

Review Case Analysis since it is so important in this final course. The purpose of a Case is to show that you have thought critically about the subject matter that you are learning and to make an argument for a Claim about the specific situation in the Case Assignment. Stephen Toulmin has developed an Argument Methodology that is very useful in Making a Case. To review Case Analysis and Toulmin’s Argument Methodology, go to Making a Case page.

 

Case Assignment

There is some disagreement in the Executive ranks as to which OD method or model should be used. Some executives have familiarity with a couple of models, but it seems to be only based on what they have read or heard about. You need to explore some models and determine their strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately recommend which one is best for Whole Foods Market. As part of making that determination, you will also need to identify several critical issues facing Whole Foods Market.

 

The executives want you to include the 7S model, the Congruence Model, and the Burke-Litwin Model in your analysis. Pick three or four more models to include for a well-rounded group of OD models.

 

Prepare a report in which you include the following:

 

A brief overview of what each of the six or seven models you are analyzing does.

Clearly identify the strengths and weaknesses of each model.

Identify and discuss two or three issues that Whole Foods Market is facing.

Determine which model you think is the best one to use.

Recommend which model to use. Make a Strong Case. Explain why your selection would be the best choice, and how the recommended model can be used to help diagnose the issues you have identified.

This should be a 5- to 7-page paper (not including Title Page and References).

How well do you think Zipes’ reflections on the theme and function of “wonder” fits the story of Hansel and Gretel?

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1,In the lesson notes below, I’ve included a long passage from Jack Zipes, one of the leading scholars of folk and fairy tales.

2,How well do you think Zipes’ reflections on the theme and function of “wonder” fits the story of Hansel and Gretel?

3,Answer this question in well-crafted reply of 400 words, Be sure to draw on the specifics of the story in your response.

Budget Monitoring and Format

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Assignment Description

 

A quaint but well-established coffee shop, the Hot New Cafe, wants to build a new cafe for increased capacity. Expected sales are $800,000 for the first 5 years. Direct costs including labor and materials will be 50% of sales. Indirect costs are estimated at $100,000 a year. The cost of the building for the new cafe will be a total of $750,000, which will be depreciated straight line over the next 5 years. The firm’s marginal tax rate is 37%, and its cost of capital is 12%.

 

For this assignment, you need to develop a capital budget. It is important to know what the cafe managers should consider within their capital budget. You must also define the key terms necessary to understand capital budgeting. In this assignment, please show all work, including formulae and calculations used to arrive at financial values. You must answer the following:

 

Using the information in the assignment description:

Prepare a capital budget for the Hot New Cafe with the net cash flows for this project over a 5-year period.

Calculate the payback period (P/B) and the net present value (NPV) for the project.

Answer the following questions based on your P/B and NPV calculations:

Do you think the project should be accepted? Why?

Define and describe Net Present Value (NPV) as it pertains to the new cafe.

Define payback period. Assume the company has a P/B (payback) policy of not accepting projects with life of over 3 years. Do you think the project should be accepted? Why?

The submitted assignment must include the following:

 

A double-spaced, two page Word document that contains answers to the word questions.

You must include a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for your calculations.

Either the Word document or the Excel spreadsheet must have all of your calculation values, your complete calculations, any formulae that you used, the sources you wish to cite, and your answers to the questions listed in the assignment guidelines.

Reflection

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Movie: My Sisters’s Keeper is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Choose a movie love in any of its expressions. Write a 275-500 word reflection on how love is portrayed in this work. Include your opinion on that portrayal of love.

Bodies, Identity and Desire

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Bodies, Identity and Desire

What do these authors mean when they talk about masculinities and feminities? How do you make sense of the concepts of sexual identities, biology and desire? We all live in sexual bodies though our experience of what that means is incredibly varied. Why does sex cause so much trouble? How do masculinities and feminities work for and against the status quo to ensure that those in power stay in power? What is hegemonic masculinity and why is it so important that we understand it? Are some bodies less sex-worthy? Who should decide what kind of people are allowed to have sex?
WRWC: Chapters 10, 11 and 12

Pretrial Procedures

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Assume a law enforcement officer has probable cause to arrest a defendant for armed assault, and he also has probable cause to believe that the person is hiding in a third person's garage, which is attached to the house.

What warrants, if any, does the officer need to enter the garage to arrest the defendant? What if the officer is in hot pursuit of the defendant? What if the defendant is known to be injured and unarmed? Provide evidence to support your answer.
Formulate a set of circumstances in which there is probable cause to search but not probable cause to arrest or in which there is probable cause to both arrest and to search.
Mr. A walks into a police station, drops three wristwatches on a table, and tells an officer that Mr. B robbed a local jewelry store 2 weeks ago. Mr. A will not say anything else in response to police questioning. A quick investigation reveals that the three watches were among a number of items stolen in the jewelry store robbery.
Do the police have probable cause to do any or all of the following?
Arrest Mr. A
Arrest Mr. B
Search Mr. A's home
Search Mr. B's home
If you answered no to any of the above, explain why in detail. If you answered yes to any of them, draft the complaint or affidavit for a warrant or explain why a warrant is not needed.

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