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Give a complete description of your understanding of the motivational theory.

3-BODY PAGES: PAPER # IP 3 ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGES

There is a theory that motivation can only come from within, however, as a manager you will have the responsibility to not only manage the daily activities of your employees but to also motivate them. Understanding the individual characteristics of your employees is key as this allows you to have a personal approach based on their personality rather than relying solely on your leadership style. Having a strong understanding of motivational theories will aid in your ability to motivate personnel.

In this chart complete the following:

Give a complete description of your understanding of the motivational theory.
What type of environment or situation would be best suited to each theory. Give an example of a situation you have experienced or a situation in which you believe this would have been a good fit.
Describe the Pros and Cons of each theory.

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You are employed at a large global high-tech company that has offices worldwide in such places as Tokyo, London, Bombay, Toronto, Mexico City, Chicago, and Seattle to name a few. Although sales have been reasonable these past few months even with the global economic crises, an internal crisis exists related to employee morale being at an all-time low. There are many different beliefs on what is right and what is wrong across the board, especially when it comes to the cultural and communication differences and the technological equipment challenges. There are also concerns regarding the selfishness of the employees; where the employees do not enjoy working as a team. Your supervisor has tasked you as the as the VP of the Service Department to prepare a research paper that will communicate information and solutions as well as provide a foundation of knowledge so that you can work with your peers and employees to solve these problems. At a minimum, your research paper must:

What steps can management take to make the teams cohesive? Evaluate the steps that are necessary in this scenario to create high performing teams.
Evaluate the importance of the internal environmental factors that include the cultural, language, political, and technological differences that will affect the team building process.
What can be done to overcome the communication barriers between locations? What are the best practices that should be implemented going forward?
Present your findings as a Word document of 3-5 pages formatted in APA style.

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 3–4 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.

Please submit your assignment.

6 BODY PAGES ****PAPER #IP 3 RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

In 1999, a Seattle man took a popular soft-drink company seriously when one of its commercials made an offer of a Harrier jet, the famous high-tech jump jet used by the U.S. Marines. In a television commercial that aired in 1995, the company jokingly included the Harrier as one of the prizes that could be received with a mere 7 million company points. Although that sounds like a lot of points to get from drinking the soft drink company’s products (roughly 190 drinks a day for 100 years), the company also allowed customers to purchase points for 10 cents each.

The man did the math and discovered that the cost of the 7 million points needed for the jet was $700,000. He then put together a business plan, raised the $700,000 from friends and family, and submitted 15 points, the check, and an official order form with a demand for the Harrier jet.

The company wrote back, stating that the Harrier jet in the commercial was simply used to create a humorous and entertaining advertisement. They apologized for any misunderstanding or confusion people may have experienced and enclosed some free product coupons.

The free coupons did not satisfy the man, who then took the soft drink company to court. Finally, a federal judge for the Southern District of New York held that the company was only joking when it implied in its ad that it was giving away fighter jets. The judge noted that because the jets sell for approximately $23 million, no one could have concluded that the commercial actually offered consumers a Harrier jet. Instead, this was a classic example of a deal that was too good to be true.

Write a paper of 4–6 body pages that answers the following questions, including an in-depth explanation of the supporting rationale:

What are the key legal factors present in the scenario?
What are the 4 elements of a valid contract? How do they relate to the scenario in question?
What is the objective theory of contracts?
How does the objective theory of contracts apply to this case?
In your own words but based on research and analysis of relevant legal concepts and cases, why do you think the court held that there was not a valid agreement in this scenario? Provide support for your position.
Are advertisements generally considered offers? Explain.
How does this case differ from a reward situation in which a unilateral contract is formed upon completion of the requested act?
What recommendations (at least 2) would you make for a company considering an aggressive marketing campaign with giveaways of high value items? Explain the rationale behind each recommendation.

Your submitted assignment (200 points) must include a Word document of 4–6 body pages that contains your answers to the questions listed and a reference list of any sources that you used within your paper (cited properly in APA format).

5 BODY PAGES PAPER #IP5 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ETHICS

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?

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TEAM LEADERSHIP CLASS

DB #1
This DB has three parts.

There is a lot of discussion about whether a leader is born or made. Do you believe leadership is a natural ability that a person is born with? Or do you believe that leadership is a trait that can be taught? Provide an example.
Many people in a leadership role have a natural leadership style in which they handle situations, processes, procedures and people in a consistent manner. How do you believe you can assess your natural leadership style, even if you are not currently in a leadership position?
What affect does a leadership style have on the ability of a team to become high-performance?
DB #2

This DB has 2 parts

In popular literature, we may see the term manager and leader being used interchangeably, as if being a manager and being a leader is really the same thing. We know that being a manager is not the same thing as being a leader.

What is the difference between being a manager and being a leader? Why is this distinction important? Do all great leaders make great managers? Do all great managers make great leaders? Why or why not?
Some people prefer the leadership role while others prefer the management role. Which role do you believe fits you best? Why do you feel that way?
DB #3

Leaders are responsible for motivation. Having low morale can be devastating to any organization. However, motivating people is not easy. Many leaders have tried and failed.

In your experience, what motivates people? Is it always the same things or actions for every person? Why or why not?
What do you believe demotivates employees? Is it always the same things or actions for every employee? Why or why not?
Motivating people in times of uncertainty is an especially difficult challenge. What is it about uncertainty that makes motivation so difficult?
You are in charge of a department during a planned corporate downsizing, how would you keep morale high in your department? Why do you believe this would be an effective strategy?
DB # 4

This DB has 2 parts

Conflict within any organization is natural. Conflict can be beneficial or harmful. Harmful conflict creates barriers to communication and low morale. For this reason, harmful conflict must be eliminated as quickly as possible.

What do you believe causes harmful conflict in the workplace? Can this be avoided? If not, how can it be resolved without causing long-term damage to the relationships between team members?
How does personality differences affect how individuals view conflict, attempt to resolve conflict, or respond to conflict? Have you ever experienced a conflict based on personality differences? How it was resolved?
DB #5

This DB has three parts.

As a manager, you may have employees who are not enthusiastic about working on a team. This could be due to any number of reasons. However, if your organization depends on cross-functional or cross-departmental teams to maximize resources and manpower, the employees will need to not only work on a team but be an active member. When faced with employees who are not willing to be an active member of a cross-departmental team how would you coach the employee to gain their buy-in.
Why do you feel it is important to establish the authority a team has in the decision-making process prior to a project beginning?
When an organization has offices in multiple countries how would you overcome the location and language barriers when creating a cross-functional or cross-departmental team?

 

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