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  1. Billabong Case Study. This report provides an analysis of Billabongs current situation and both the external and internal evaluations

    The company sells products under nine other brand names some including Element, Von Zipper and Tigerlily. Billabong was founded in 1973 and first appeared on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2000 with several other milestones in between, such as establishing a global identity in 1983 when exporting to America. Since this time Billabong has also expanded to Europe, Asia and other Oceania with over 70% of total sales taking place outside of Australia. The company has approximately 6000 staff worldwide, and its products are licensed in more than one hundred countries worldwide.

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  2. Sample Business Plan for Local Gym in the Kingdom of Bahrain ( Alshaaban Gym )

    It wasn`t socially accepted for a female subcribe to a local fitness centre and take care of her body,as Bahrain is a muslim and arabic country,nor for a 16 year old boy who wants to gain a few pounds of muscle. However culture in bahrain has changed consderably during the past 10 years as females have a lot of freedom now and are free to pursue whatever activity they wish without being restricted by the government or religion because of her gender.

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  3. SWOT Analysis of Toyota

    We constantly reinvent ourselves introducing new technologies and stay ahead of our competition. Respect for the planet ? We investigate and promote systems and solutions that are eco-friendly. 2. Business overview Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automaker headquartered in Toyota, Japan. In 2010, Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2010 by production. Toyota is the eleventh largest company in the world by revenue. The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff from his father's company Toyota Industries to create automobiles. Three years earlier, in 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries, it created its first product, the Type A engine, and, in 1936, its first passenger car, the Toyota AA.

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  4. Discuss critically the relevance of transformational approach for effective leadership.

    Lowe et al. (1996) conducted a meta-analysis of various studies where the MLQ was used which showed that transformational leadership behaviours correlated strongly with leadership effectiveness. Among them charisma (comprises inspirational motivation and idealized influence) was found to be the one most strongly associated with leadership effectiveness. Perhaps because of the way it is perceived and the traits that come to mind when one tries to relate it to transformational leadership. In addition, it highlighted the importance of transformational leadership not only for top level leaders but also those at lower levels of organizations.

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  5. Bissiness planning. The following paragraphs will have a detailed explanation of how I plan to start up my company based on an innovative Idea.

    Equally, process innovations, in which there are new ways of making and doing things, can arise from the use of new combinations of tangible and intangible inputs. ?Although innovation is increasingly seen as a powerful way of securing completion advantage and more secure approach to defending strategic position, Success is by no means guaranteed the history of product or process innovation?1 Successful innovation requires an integrated design process, for example, integration in the design of the enterprise, the design of the product, as well as the design and implementation of new technologies.

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  6. Investigating the Importance of Customer Service, with examples from a hotel business in Limerick.

    Exploring subjects such as the importance of customer service and the different categories of customers an organisation have contact with on a daily basis. I will demonstrate customer service policies in reference to my chosen organisation and the practice of customer service in practice using customer charts, mission statement and the staff roles that contribute to the quality of service in the company ________________ Q1. Define and explain Customer Service and it significance to modern organisations. Customer Service The importance of customer service can never be underestimated as it is a vital part of any business.

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  7. Coca Cola SWOT analysis

    The CEO has set a long-term goal to double sales over the decade, a plan called Vision 2020. It is important to know what initiatives are being taken to complete Coca-Cola?s future prospects and what present situation it has confronted. One way to deliberate is through SWOT analysis. This project will first address definition and rationale for using SWOT. Second, it will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Coca-Cola Company, then focus on the opportunities and threats, and finally evaluate the impact and future development. Definition and rationale for using SWOT SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Strength and weakness are internal to the organization while opportunities and threats are the external aspects of the marketplace.

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  8. Zipcar Car Sharing Case Study

    As of early 2000, this was the only money that Zipcar had successfully received for the company. Since there had been so little funding thus far, Chase often had to turn to those that would work without charge, such as her husband. By the end of September 2000, Chase had raised a total of $375,000 in investments, the majority going to the technology development. Zipcar also realized that in order to be successful they needed a stronger leadership team than what was currently in place. They made a mistake of hiring a big-company executive as their CEO, who was not concerned with saving money, which was a major issue for the start-up company.

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  9. TQM implementation project.

    Data extracted from monthly financial reports showed that low performance is constantly reducing gross margin from 55% in June 2012 to 34% in October 2012 (over 4% per month). Moreover number of rejects and customer returns are emphatically increased what caused low delivery at the time performance and appreciable increase number of areas. The customer is affected by expanded lead time which even more reduces customer satisfaction. The situation is affecting BLC business reputation and creates the risk of losing existing and potential customers.

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  10. Case Study - Why did Kennecott buy Peabody? Was the acquisition successful in achieving its goals? Does the experience with Peabody have any bearing on the Carborundum acquisition?

    Kennecott invested $285M in cash, assumed liabilities of $36.5M, and put in $582M in additional capital (~$900M) and received cash and notes worth only $960M at divestiture. This experience does have a bearing on the Carborundum acquisition. First, Kennecott learned about the threat posed by the FTC in challenging acquisitions on antitrust grounds. Despite Kennecott?s hiring of good lawyers who believed the deal was legitimate, the Peabody acquisition failed to survive the FTC?s antitrust action because it was believed that the merger would loosen competition in the coal industry. Therefore, Kennecott learned that there was legal risk and cost to going down an acquisition strategy and it could apply this knowledge to the Carborundum acquisition.

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  11. Swot analysis for General Moters.

    By December 31 General Motors Corporation reported its total worldwide sales of nine million vehicles. General Motors Corporation?s historic start can be traced back to 1892 when the Oldsmobile was founded by R.E. Olds in Detroit who wanted to produce luxury horseless carriages. The first luxury models were not successful. However, company had success in sales when it introduced cheaper versions of the vehicles. Several different car manufacturers also were established in Detroit. Among them were such popular brands as Cadillac, Buick and Oakland, also known later on as a Pontiac.

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  12. Management Functions at IKEA

    (Daft & Lane. 2010, p.6) Planning falls into 4 categories, namely Strategic, Contingency, Tactical and Operational. In order to plan effectively, management have to be aware of the ever-changing business environment in areas that would affect them and also be able to forecast future conditions. For IKEA, this function can be utilised in managing the production of its goods from the raw materials stage until the end finished product. Coordination is extremely crucial as it has over 1,600 suppliers across 55 countries.

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  13. IKEA Case Study. For the purposes of this analysis, four main areas will be studied: a) production; b) pricing and selling; c) quality control and d) expansion

    Allowing the Product Development Team to design and develop products which are not bounded by cost-constraints may enable the team to come up with pricier yet unconventional products. This may be the key for IKEA to tap the segment of the market that is willing to pay more for their products? design over functionality. In addition, investment in the production of high cost product line, in the long run, may help sustain the company?s operation as it continuously expands its business around the globe.

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  14. This report aims to describe and explain the terms; enterprise, entrepreneurship and intrepreneurship.

    The difference between the two is that public businesses can have their shares sold to the public. Cooperative is a type of limited company which has members instead of shareholders, and they all share the power to make decisions. Entrepreneurship is described in the book ?Entrepreneurship: Creating a Venture?, written by Lily Kretchman, as ?an act of bringing about change to achieve some benefit. This benefit may be financial but it also involves the satisfaction of knowing you have changed something for the better?. (Kretchman. Lily) Entrepreneurship can also be defined as what entrepreneurs do, which involves using their personal attributes and skills such as personal initiative, creativity, risk-taking, determination and self-reliance to generate a business idea and create a new company, service or product that may solve a problem or satisfy customer needs.

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  15. Boeing 787 Dreamliner Case Study

    The Boeing Commercial Airplane sector counts more than 80,000 employees responsible for $36.2 billion in revenues in 2011. Headquartered in the Puget Sound area of Washington, they operate in over a dozen cities and countries. Boeings major production facilities are located in Everett, Washington, with additional facilities in Renton, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing (2012a) further itemizes their airplane program as follows: Boeing 737: The best-selling commercial airliner in history. The single-aisle jetliner, known for being reliable, simple and economical to operate, dominates the market for short- to medium-range routes. Next-Generation 737 family: An updated 737 airplane introduced in 1993 with a new wing design, improved fuel capacity and improved aerodynamics to give the airplane greater range and speed -- includes the 737-600/-700/-800/-900ER models.

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  16. Can Noise Traders Survive?

    Both empirical and theoretical evidence will be given in order to demonstrate the discrepancy between the rational investors assumption and real financial markets. Second, this essay will further explain how noise traders can survive in the long run, even sometimes earn higher expected returns than rational investors. Finally, it should be noted that noise trading is essential to financial market as its impact on asset pricing and benefits for market liquidity. 2. Illogicality of efficient-market hypothesis Efficient-market hypothesis (EMH) assumes that financial markets are "informationally efficient" (Fama, 1965).

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  17. Coca-Cola Supply Chain

    In the strategic field Coca Cola should expand and invest as well as improve its supply chain in developing countries, especially in Asia as a centre of world economic power. ________________ Table of Contents 1.0 Introduction 2.0 Porter?s value chain and its components 3.0 Overview of the organisation and its value chain 3.1 Company Overview 3.2 The external environment (Porters Five Forces) 3.3 Coca-Colas current strategy 3.4 Coca Cola value chain 5.0 Chosen aspects of management 5.1 Quality Management 5.1.1 Current and future opportunities in quality management 5.1.2 Current and future threats in quality management 5.1.3 Overall feasibility of opportunity

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  18. Strategic Management-Cheung Kong Holdings Limited

    Social Nowadays, birth rate and population growth start to decline, and people’s life expectancy has extended. In some developed countries like Hong Kong, aging population has become more serious. People start to have more concern about their health. Hence, CK Life Science continues to develop some products related to health care and environmental sustainability in order to improve the quality of life. In the past years, CK Life Science had acquisition with Santé Naturelle, which is a leading natural health company in Canada launched Adrien Gagnon selling natural source vitamins and supplements.

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  19. Challenges faced by management at U-Fone Pakistan.

    The complexity of products demand is other challenge. WHAT IS MANAGEMENT? "Management is the art of getting things done through people." Management is an individual or a group of individuals that accept responsibilities to run an organisation. They Plan, Organise, Direct and Control all the essential activities of the organization. Management does not do the work themselves. They motivate others to do the work and co-ordinate (i.e. bring together) all the work for achieving the objectives of the organisation. CHALLENGES FACED MOSTLY BY MANAGEMENT ARE: Business requirements are not well-managed.

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  20. Customer relationship mangement

    Most of us contact different media, such as newspaper, television, radio or Internet, everyday at any time. Due to the advanced technology (i.e. Smart phone or Tablet), we can face to media easily. As a result, advertising can be distributed to us very simple. Advertising is an effective tool to attract me since it can raise awareness which is necessary for me to notice the products or companies; develop understanding and create knowledge which make me clear what is the benefit and image. To achieve customer retention and growth, there are positive and negative strategies, reward for staying and penalize for exiting respectively.

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  21. The relationship between outsourcing and technology, outsourcing and the global crisis.

    In relation to the changing of technological environment, Elisabetta Magnani (2006) found out evidences to back up the conclusion that technological diffusion resulting from R&D spill-over effects is also one of the determinants for the growth of outsourcing activities in the US. US is always characterized as a R&D center of the world and there exists a number of technological clusters such as Silicon Valley (Battelle and R&D Magazine, 2011), which helps to diffuse technology knowledge extensively, making internal and specific skills become general ones overtime.

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  22. The following essay aims to analyse whether competitive advantage is rooted in the new trade theory of first-mover advantages and evaluating whether it is a myth. We have used case from the MP3 and Video Player industries

    ________________ 1. Introduction New trade theory deals with the returns on specialization where substantial economies of scale are present. It suggests that the world market is only able to support a limited number of firms in certain industry sectors (Paul Krugman, 1979). In other words, trade will eventually skew towards countries with firms that managed to acquire inherent advantages in specialisation through the ?First mover? (Charles W.L.Hill, 2009). Being the First mover is attractive for several reasons. Firstly, being first entrant to the market gains the advantage of having the ?head start? where they gain through the cost advantage from the economies of scale.

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  23. Case Study analysis of Satyam scandal of 2009

    His brother Ramu and the company?s CFO were also arrested and charged. Management Problem: The management problem is involved in ?white-collar crime?. The auditors from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWS) were unable to identify the fraud. That leads to issues regarding lack of control on the negative outcomes of fraud that further leads to ethical and social responsibility issues. Such issues are creating problems by stopping investors in future investment on Satyam shares. The following paragraph will justify above issues with the help of literature review. The case study is addressing ethical issues because Satyam is misrepresenting 13,000 employees and proving the act of ?corruption? (p.121).

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  24. CRITICAL REVIEW ASSIGNMENT - Transformational and Transactional Leadership impact on Management Innovation with regards to Organisational Size

    this article explores the notion of innovation and how it is implemented at a managerial level and the concept of how innovation can mean being ?new? to an organisation. However, without the use of relevant examples of management innovation, I believe there certainly are some limitations to my chosen article (outlined in valuation of the paper). Key Arguments Vaccaro et al. (2012) cite through Egra & Herman (2000) and Yang et al. (2010) that previous studies have indicated transformational leadership is more receptive towards management innovation simply amongst smaller organisations.

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  25. Organizational Behavior Terminology and Concepts

    Even though organizations have these beliefs and values, they will not be steadfast unless the company maintains a solid culture. Well-developed and well-communicated beliefs and values are what support strong cultures within an organization by operating with a clear vision of their future. Emphasis on innovations, taking risks, and working as a team are signs of an organization with a strong, positive culture within their internal environment (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, p 11, 2008). The behavior of an organization is the framework of their culture.

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