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  1. Internal Public Relations Action Plan for Electro-Motive diesels.

    The company's headquarters, engineering facilities and parts-manufacturing operations are located in LaGrange, Illinois, just west of Chicago. Final assembly is conducted at the state-of-the-art plant at London, Ontario, from which EMD products are exported to customers around the world ("Gm Electro-Motive"). Starting in September of 2003, EMD had disclosed information to their organization that they were in discussion with an investor group led by Greenbrier Equity Group and Berkshire Partners of Boston to sell EMD. The possible sale of the locomotive builder to an investment group, not a manufacturer, had sparked worry among Union workers ("Is EMD up," 2003).

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  2. Detailed analysis of 'In Chancery'

    The author presents his/her views of society in a rather open but subtle manner. The intentions of the author become evident through the descriptions of the social hierarchy of that society. Throughout the passage the pervading sense of the divide between the rich and poor never goes away. It becomes apparent the author wants to uncover the injustice and wrongs that many want to remain ignorant about. In the second paragraph the suffering of ordinary common folks is highlighted by the description of the 'wheezing' pensioners and the 'wrathful skipper' and the cold that 'cruelly' pinches 'the toes and fingers of his shivering little 'prentice 'boy'.

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  3. Enterprise Resource Planning

    With the help of ERP software businesses give more concentration on their functions, increase over all efficiency and put their business into profit gear. ERP Systems can improve communication, accountability and responsibilities in the business organizations (Koch 2002). ERP Implementation The biggest problems are business problems, companies fail to reconcile the technological imperatives of the enterprise system with the business needs of the enterprise itself.' Before the implementation of any system, managers should sit down and think over each core business processes and information in the company.

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  4. Management Information Systems - Wyndham International, Inc.

    The program is an ambitious initiative to deliver value for the customers and is not without its risks. The risks of not implementing the idea correctly are detrimental to Wyndham in the highly competitive hotel lodging industry. The program allows for analyzing customer specific data to tailor the experience for each customer. Wyndham has to be very careful in storing and using this data carefully as misplaced or lost data means a lost corporate customer. The ByRequest is heavily dependent on the data integrity of the data collected. Currently, ByRequest doesn't appear to be driving substantial revenue - it's a partial success.

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  5. The Effects of Managing Diversity in the Workforce

    Unfortunately unlike the United States many of the countries the United States has been in conflict with are largely homogenous racial, ethnic or religious minority groups. This study proposes that the historical external conflicts of the United States (the macrocosm) with Islamic countries have been mirrored by the attitudes present in its corporations and businesses (the microcosm). This general conflict is in contrasts to the United States present day existence as a nation that embraces diversity and multi-culturalism, especially as it is reflected in the workforce and global economy.

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  6. A scientific approach to managerial decision making

    Taylor's time study system involved two phases - analytical and constructive. For analytical phase, 'each job was broken into as many simple elementary movements as possible' (Wren, 1994, p. 109). This meant that the time study was to enable each worker to have their small contribution to the work; which would mean less tedious job rather than in the traditional management, where each worker's job was tough and tedious, leading to more fatigue. Another phase was the constructive phase, where it 'involved building a file of elementary movements and times to be used wherever possible on other jobs or classes work' (Wren, 1994, p.

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  7. Training and Development - Conducting A Needs Analysis.

    The customer centric focus is a welcomed concept. Change is often a hard thing for many to accept but with the right delivery and guidance it can be an experience to improve and excel beyond expectations. The organizational analysis referred to the situation of the business operations in relation to good business practice. The processes and tools used to conduct the operational analysis included focusing on the business goals and long term forecasting of the desired outcome, all employees play an important role in the success or failure of the company.

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  8. Training, Organizational Development or Both Working as One.

    Reference Guide to Workplace Learning and Performance (HRD Press, 2000), "is a short-term learning intervention. It is intended to build on individual knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet present or future work requirements." Companies value and embrace training employees who are eager and excited about the future and vision of the organization, developing new talents and skills, particularly when the corporate culture promotes training as an advancement tool for continued growth and development of ones individual competency. Before embarking on the decision to train, several questions should be addressed. Begin with, why and what purpose or goals does the organizations want to accomplish.

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  9. Services Marketing - Hutch

    This whole process could be seen as an Exit interview of the customer (in case the customer leaves anyhow). By going through this process the company gets an insight into what were the issues that were faced by the customers. Then it can do an analysis of the issues so that it is better equipped to handle similar situations in the future. There is also a possibility that the customer himself/herself might suggest a practical solution. 2. Assuming that the people working in the Retention team have discrete powers to resolve the issues at hand then the probability to retain the customer increases.

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  10. Change Management Questionnaire.

    The change forces are many and they come from external and internal environment. In the Synergetic Solutions Inc. can be identified different change forces that come from both environments such as: competition, technology, as external forces, and the leader pressure to change the organization, as internal forces. The competition in the computer system implementation is too high, the technology is changing every day and the leadership sees this as a good opportunity to shift in a new area of business, where is a real opportunity for growth and success.

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  11. Learning Team Dynamics and Analysis.

    Dynamics of any team can only work if it is well-balanced and if an effort is made by all. Every role is important for the success of a team. After analyzing Jung's Psychological Types, we were able to outline our specific strengths and challenges we may face. [Ph.D.1] Learning Team Dynamics and Analysis Below you will find the important processes and strategies we used to form the A-Team. We believe a team can be greater than the sum of its parts and we evaluated the personality type of each of our five members in order to better ourselves and our team.

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  12. Corporate Culture Assessment.

    There is overwhelming evidence that clearly indicates the ARC has a history of commitment and diversity. It uses peoples' talents to help better meet the needs of the communities it serves. Diversity is important in order to create a learning experience. The workplace of ARC employees and volunteers can vary from an office environment to a field in ruins after unpredictable disasters. The office environment of ARC is very similar to any office atmosphere. What sets it apart, however, is the discipline and rules individuals are required to follow. As Bower (2003) indicates, "a business of high principle attracts high-caliber people more easily."

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  13. What is Critical Thinking?

    Students are challenged every day to use their skills in a variety of classes, from science to linguistics. Every class will test a student in his/her ability to go past assigned reading material and explore the information further. Critical thinking makes students challenge the professors, ask valuable questions, and produce professionally written papers. Critical thinking is the thought process that requires more than memorization of facts. It requires that the student analyze, apply and evaluate information (GADOE, 2004). Critical thinking skills are those strategies for finding ways to reach a goal. This is an important skill in conducting a research.

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  14. Motivational Theories Paper Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

    He prefers dealing with facts and making decisions on a logical basis. His life is flexible, demonstrating an interest in acquiring new information that leads to a practical understanding of the way the world works. He is quiet and detached, and adaptable (up to a point). He is often good at solving organizational problems that need to be thought through. He is curious. Major Cobb is type ISFJ and takes his energy from the inner world of thoughts and emotions. He prefers dealing with facts and people, and making decisions on the basis of personal values. His life is organized on a personal basis, seeking to enjoy relationships with people he likes.

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  15. Organisational theory - its importance for an integrated business environment Power, influence and group effectiveness

    Organisations are social systems through which people try to fulfill their ambitions or dreams. People form relationships that influence, for better or for worse, the development of an organisation. They like one another, hate one another, support or block one's ideas or projects, sometimes get very personal and fall in or out of love, are motivated or on the contrary, demotivated and apathetic, are sociable or isolated, can or hate to work together. Key words when talking about organizations are: Stakeholders, culture, politics, power, bounded rationality, paradigms.

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  16. Critically assess the degree to which contingency approaches can provide guidance in designing effective organisations.

    The context of which depends on who is using the term. Organisation design is concerned with planning, constructing and changing an organisations structure to achieve the organisations goals. These plans are shown through the organisation chart which shows the jobs carried out, their level in the hierarchy, and relationships between jobs. In the case of organisation structure, design means affecting the division of labour and the co-ordinating mechanisms, and thereby altering how the organisation functions and how materials, authority and information and the decision process flow through it. There are two theoretical approaches to the structure and design of organisations.

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  17. The nature, differences and implications for management of transactional and transformational theories of leadership.

    The nature of the Path Goal Theory is such that it contains four main areas. These areas include the behaviour of their leaders and the outcomes they produce along with contingency factors based on the subordinates and the environment. If we where to analyse the environmental contingency factors we would see that they in turn branch into a further three areas. These are the task structure, a formal authority system and finally a work group. The task structure states out what task is to be performed and how it is to be structured and the formal authority system details the interpersonal roles such as liasing with leaders and figureheads, informational roles such as monitoring subordinates or being a spokesperson.

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  18. Internet Article Review - "Leadership practices and diversity in higher education: Transitional and transformational frameworks".

    "A central focus within this framework is the transformation of an organizational culture characterized by exclusionary practices to one characterized by including practices." (Adalberto, Aquirre, and Martinez, 2002, p. 53) In addition, Framework 2: Diversity for Leadership Practices, purposed that leadership practices seek to change the academic culture in order to address diversity issues. However, this framework can only take affect if "...a campus must be positioned to make strategic gains in its efforts. In a sense, this evolves the development of institutional capacity for change."

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  19. Introduction to Organisations and Organisational Behaviour - Discuss the issues raised by new forms of work including at least working from home and the call centre.

    2. A company's home-based employees' can arguably work more efficiently than those based in the office. Some surveys suggest that people working from home are up to 30% more productive than their office based colleagues (www.cmb.org.uk/resources/family friends/working.pdf). These gains may be due to the way home-based working is planned and managed and broken into measurable chunks. Also, fatigue and stress, related to commuting will decrease and lead to an improvement in productivity of a worker. However, home-based working can result in potential problems for employers, two of which are explained below: 1) Monitoring workflow becomes a problem as in essence, individuals become invisible to managers.

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  20. Much like the people whom blast out of cannons at carnivals, it takes a certain type of person to lead others.

    Although effective leaders are not obsessed with power, a true leader must have a need for control and authority. This same control must, however, be applied in morally and socially constructive ways. Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther King Jr., for example, were both tremendously powerful people, but it is clear which figure abused his influence and which embraced his positively. A leader finds a way to create a positive influence in an efficient and equitable manner. One way a leader can accomplish this is by developing a strong relationship with his or her subordinates. "Employees have given us tremendous ideas as well.

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  21. What factors contribute to making a good leader and how might your style of leadership vary to be successful when involved in individual, racket and team activities?

    WUJS group) A leader of any team will need to also have some kind of personal leadership qualities whilst retaining some dominance. An individual leader or coach will need to also have a strict and task centered side to them or there will be no path or direction to follow. Person-centered leadership is a more personal style of leadership and sometimes also known as democratic. They are leaders that are more suited to an individual or racket sports or those with few players on a team e.g.

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  22. What factors contribute to making a good leader and how might you style of leadership vary to be successful when involved in individual, racket and team activities?

    who's team do not perform because of the lack of a leader on the field. A good team leader will encourage players and give the sense of comfort in playing alongside. Poor leadership will lead dissent, frustration and lack of motivation resulting in a poor performance. This means that the traits that a person is born with may hold the key to them being a successful leader or not. This is supported by research that suggests that it is not one section of traits that show a leaders qualities, but a mixture of a number of these.

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  23. My Workplace Observations.

    Communications There are many communication issues in our unit that need to be addressed. Ideally, soldiers are to follow their chain of command, relay accurate information, and convey what they want to say in a clear and precise manner. This standard is not even close to being achieved. Soldiers are frequently missing formations because their supervisor forgot or neglected to tell them. Work is not being done to satisfaction due to misunderstandings and bad interpretations. Rumors are causing people to waste time preparing for imaginary events and circumstances.

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  24. Organisational Behaviour in Business.

    Employee goals; why does the employee work, what does he/she get out of working life (2) Management's assumptions about the employee's working life; how well does the management know the employee, poor knowledge may lead to the wrong/inappropriate choice of reward system. (Organisational Behaviour, Andrzej Huczynski & David Buchanan: P692) Taylor's "Scientific management" theory recognises that "people respond to individuals not groups" and "people can be treated in a standard fashion like a machine", from this we could see that if a customer walks into a business and sees one individual employee, they will feel relaxed and not worry about being asked a lot of questions from various people.

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  25. What factors make a successful leader.

    (Warren Vessey). In a team game like football the leader plays a huge role in the team's success. Great Football teams have benefited from great leadership and have triumphed in their achievements on the pitch. Such as Tony Adams captaining Arsenal F.C at centre back winning the Premiership and the FA Cup numerous, Manchester United with the dynamic Roy Keane captaining the side from centre midfield. But if you step back and go to where talented footballers are born in the schools then the term leadership can mean different things.

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