[SOLVED] An Activity-based Costing
Choose products and services provided by the firm. Design an activity-based costing (ABC) framework to measure their costs. Around 1500 words
[SOLVED] A Cost Function
Use a scatter graph and the two points that seem to best represent the relationship between cost and activity levels of 1000 and 2000 machine hours. Use these two points , estimate the variable cost and the fixed cost [ components of maintenance costs]2. Develop a cost function that the company can use to estimate maintenance cost at different volume level3. Estimate maintenance costs for July if the company expects to use 2800 machine hoursQuestion A. Use the data on Table 1 , estimate the variable and fixed cost of the company using the high and low methodB. Develop a cost function for the company.C. Estimate the maintenance cost if 3000 machine hours were used in JulyQuestion 3D. Use the data on Table 1 , estimate the variable and fixed cost of the company using the least squares methodE. Develop a cost function for the company.F. Estimate the maintenance cost if 2500 machine hours were used in July
[SOLVED] Virtuous Leadership
Virtuous Leadership and ServanthoodI like to tie my learning to Biblical Principles. On Virtuous Leadership, I think about what leader in the Bible do I know that stands out as a virtuous leader. Although there are many, one that stands out to me is Nehemiah. Nehemiah’s brother and others said that they had been to Jerusalem and the Wall has been broken down, and the gates were burned. Nehemiah listened and took this news personally as if he was the wounded party. In other words, it broke his heart to hear this news.He then took personal responsibility, prayed, and asked God to forgive him and his people for not obeying his commands. Then he took personal action, and at great danger to himself, he appeared before the King sad – remember that no King wants a sad cupbearer. When the King saw how sad Nehemiah was, he asked him why, and Nehemiah explained the state of his city walls and asked permission to go and fix them. He went and fixed the walls. He got involved in the work as a servant leader and getting the people what they needed. They had a city again with walls and a gate, and most importantly, they had protection!We can see in this story that a servant leader is someone who takes personal responsibility for what has gone wrong and sets out to fix it, but not only does he/she fix the problem, the servant leader gets involved in the work and works alongside his workers to get the job done right. By doing so, the servant leader demonstrates his care for his workers and organization.Share a story of a servant leader either in the Bible or someone you know.
[SOLVED] Policy Agenda
Policy AgendaThere are an almost endless number of potential health issues that individuals, stakeholder and advocacy groups, and legislators may feel are important enough to consider creating health policy around. In addition, there is a long list of major health problems that could potentially be addressed with health policy. With so many competing issues, one must wonder exactly how and why certain issues make it to the top of the list. The short list of these issues that get attention and become the focus of health policy, called the health policy agenda, is affected by a number of factors, including personal and political opinions and tangible feasibility and economic influences.Remember that an active discussion is the key to an interesting and engaging online course. As you engage with the questions and with others as they join in the discussion, be sure to read what has already been posted and then add substantively to the discussion. Time goes quickly, so remember to post early! The first question is opinion-based so that you can begin the discussion immediately without having completed all of your readings. You will apply your assigned readings to subsequent questions.In this discussion, share your thoughts on why you believe certain issues make it (or not) on to the health policy agenda. Use the following questions to help shape your initial response:What are some health issues that have received local/state/federal attention recently?Who decides which health issues are legitimate enough to get attention and how do they decide those issues are legitimate?Why do some seemingly very legitimate health issues not end up making it on the policy agenda?What characteristics of the policy process might help or hinder certain issues from making it on the policy agenda?What other forces might affect why certain issues make it on the health policy agenda?What is the best way to decide which issues are on the health policy agenda?Then, respond to your classmates. How did your thoughts differ from your classmates? What important points did your classmate raise that you could expand on? What examples could you share that would highlight the difference in thinking between you and your classmate? How does your lens (your personal experiences, background, learning, etc.) affect your thinking on this subject, and how does your lens differ from that of your classmate?Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”To respond to a peer, click Reply beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.EvaluationThis discussion will be graded using a rubric. Please review this rubric prior to beginning the discussion. You can view the rubric on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module. All discussions combined are worth 25% of your final course grade.
[SOLVED] Strategic Initiative
Discussion:Funding Your Plan and ROIInstructions(1) View the video on Project Economics Basics in this week’s EOP videos and then use the Cost-Benefit Analysis Worksheetto calculate ROI, Payback, and IRR for your strategic initiative. The spreadsheet will calculate these items for you, but you will need to input the data from your analysis and forecasts, including:The expected revenue impact for the organization from your planThe costs of launching your plan, including:Acquisition and/or sale of assetsSalary expenses including hiring, training or performance bonuses, if applicableManufacturing, marketing, operations overhead, etc.Ongoing operating expenses that will be tied to the initiative once it is launchedCost savings (if your project is focused on operational improvements)2) Review your cost-benefit analysis in the worksheet and briefly answer these questions:How will you fund the startup and ongoing costs for your strategic initiative?How will your plan improve the organizations financial health relative to its competitors?How does your plan compare to your companys average (or industry average) profit margins for similar projects or services?Why is your proposed plan superior to other options to strengthen the long-term financial health of the organization?Important: Attach your completed Cost-Benefit Analysis Worksheet with your initial post.
[SOLVED] Policy Problem Statement
Policy Problem Statementhis weeks assignment is focused on having you determine which health policy issue you would like to use as the basis for two upcoming assignments, the Policy Brief and the Policy Analysis. Prior to beginning this weeks assignment, you are encouraged to review the instructions for these two assignments in weeks seven and eight. Because you will be focusing on the issue you select this week throughout the rest of the course, you are encouraged to choose an issue that is important to you (personally or professionally) and want to investigate further. Take some time to think through various health-related problems that affect you or your friends/family and/or are significant on a local, state, or federal scale. Your topic can be anything you want as long as you are able to clearly define it as a policy-relevant question that can be analyzed. Some examples of policy-relevant health issues are:Health workforce shortagesAvailability of womens reproductive health servicesHealth disparitiesUn- and under-insured populations access to health carePharmaceutical regulationsHealth care cost controlGun controlTobacco, alcohol, and other drug controlAs we have learned from our readings, the first and arguably most important step in the policy analysis process is problem definition. For this assignment, you will describe a policy-relevant health problem, explain why and for whom the problem is important, and state the problem as a policy-relevant question. Keep in mind that not all health problems are necessarily policy-relevant, so you should think critically about the problem you select based on our readings. You are encouraged to review the sections of our readings and module notes that discuss what types of health issues warrant policy interventions and how to best articulate those issues as policy questions. In addition, be sure to avoid some of the common pitfalls in problem definition such as defining the solution in the problem or making assumptions about the causes of problems. Remember, in your upcoming assignments, you will use the policy question you create this week to develop a health policy brief presentation and a written health policy analysis.For this assignment, you will do a three to five minute presentation (as a screencast) of your policy problem. Your presentation should:Describe a policy-relevant problemExplain why the problem is importantDescribe the target audience for the policyClearly state the problem as a policy-relevant question
[SOLVED] Sustainability Accounting System
Peaceful and harmonious living is something all beings must enjoy across generations. Sustainable practices allow contributing to this noble cause. This assignment provides students with an opportunity to design a sustainability accounting system for a firm with sustainability as its core enterprise model. You will work as four members in a group of your choice. Your first task is to examine the real-life firm assigned to you. This assignment aims to build your work-integrated knowledge, skills, and application.Pepsi Maxhttps://pepsimax.com.au/You are required to provide evidence-based reasoning for the sustainability accounting system design1. Choose products and services provided by the firm. Design an activity-based costing (ABC) framework to measure their costs. Around 1500 words2. Use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework and develop a performance measurement matrix for managers to support its core sustainability model. (You may also need to think about other parameters such as pricing of the products). (only this part) Around 1500 words3. Use the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) framework to report financial and non-financial matrices that support the firm’s core sustainability model. (only this part)Around 1500 words4. Relate the ABC, GRI, and BSC operational frameworks as informing the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework that strategically informs the firm’s vision, mission, and goals. Around 1500 wordsThe assignment aims to contribute to knowledge, skills, and application of knowledge and skills set to meet accounting professional experience requirements. For example, this work-integrated assignment develops competencies relating to management accounting and the business environment. You can find further details of professional experience requirements in the range of accounting domains by visiting the following URL: https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/cpaprogram/cpa-program-candidates/your-experience/skillslist?utm_source=shortlink&utm_medium=print&utm_content=/skillslist&utm_campaign=shortlinkskillslistCollect relevant data. The assignment provides a URL that introduces the firm. The group can, after that, decide how to go about collecting relevant and reliable data. These data build evidence to arguments and commentaries in the assignment.Analyse data. The group must then analyse the collated data. The designing of a sustainability accounting system for the firm has several other sub-designs along the lines of designing an ABC framework, GRI framework led performance matrix, BSC framework, and framework led by the UN sustainability goals. The data analysis can result in synthesising unique frameworks supporting the individual and final sustainability accounting system.Data sources. The group will decide upon data sources. The most credible is the peer-reviewed academic journal articles. There are also business magazine articles, newspaper articles, articles found on electronic platforms. The group must determine the relevance and reliability of the collected data from each data source. The group must cover at least two peer reviewed journal articles supporting their design about the enterprise environment, ABC, GRI, BSC, and UN Sustainability Development Goals.Nature of data. The group makes that decision. Data about the enterprise about the operational and strategic environment can help. The environmental data can include but limited to demographics firm size, leverage, board of directors and executive leadership, and ownership. You may also need data relating to costings, financials, and not-financials, and performances. The brief discussion has not provided an exhaustive list.Main report. The written report contains the executive summary, the main text, the reference list, appendix, and meetings summary. This assignment does not impose a specific structure to follow because there must have room for innovative presentations and expressions. As main sections the assignment must contain an Introduction, body of the text, and a conclusion section. Also, the written work must have an Executive Summary with a maximum of 1,000 words. The text must cover specific areas required addressing in the assignment in designing the sustainability accounting system: along the lines of designing an ABC framework, GRI framework led performance matrix, BSC framework, and framework led by the UN sustainability goals.
[SOLVED] Brand and Product Line Strategies
Research Data, Observations and AnalysisPlease collect and present the following information underneath each of the topics below.1. Brand and Product Line StrategiesFor each of the six brand and product line strategies shown below:1. Thoroughly define the strategy written by the student. Cutting and pasting from a secondary source will result in zero credit on this assignment for all team members2. Find, photograph and clearly present an example of each strategy as noted. Please clearly label the photographs (or lose .10 points for each missing label) with a name and brief description.3. Explain the photo-example in a manner that is supported by the definition of the strategy. As always, these definitions must be in the words of the student. Cutting and pasting will result in zero credit.4. Provide your opinion: Are the strategy and example you observed effective? Why or why not?Please make these explanations clearly enough for a reader who knows nothing about product and brand strategies to understand. See the URLs linked to the terms below in order to find some good definitions. But, students can find their own sourcesIn any case, remember that you must state these terms and definitions in your own words. No cutting and pasting is allowed. If you use the URLs/sites below, then no APA citations are necessary. Simply paste the same URL along with the analysis. If use other websites to help with your definitions, then you must cite Them
[SOLVED] Business Transformation and Growth
QSO 435 Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric In Milestone One, you will select the scenario that you will use for your final project and review the various approaches to project management. You will submit an information paper targeted for the staff of the Program Management Office (PMO) of your scenario organization. Choose one of the three case studies presented in Chapters 19, 20, and 21 in your textbook. Here is an overview of each case study: Chapter 19: Case Study Valpak Valpaks ability to utilize technology to transform their business is a very significant factor in their business success, and Valpaks IT group is an integral part of the business transformation and growth of the company. To compete with the quickly changing digital savings marketplace, Valpak transitioned the entire IT organization to agile Scrum/Kanban process with two-week sprint delivery cycles. They embraced this change and quickly adapted. Chapter 20: Case Study Harvard Pilgrim Health Care HPHC developed an incremental and iterative approach the Scrum framework for an agile transformation across the whole company. All projects associated with this major initiative, called the IT strategy, were, by default, to move to an agile development methodology. The new approach that was developed was a hybrid of Scrum at the team level and a more plan-driven approach at the enterprise level to provide program/project management of the overall effort. Chapter 21: Case Study General Dynamics UK Due to the nature of the government contracting environment that General Dynamics, UK has to operate in, projects have to work within two key constraints, time and costs, where other agile methods dont always have this. This case study illustrates how a company can successfully develop a hybrid agile approach that blends together elements of a plan-driven approach for managing time and cost constraints and still provide flexibility to their customers. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed: Scenario Selection: Provide an overview of the current situation, facts, assumptions, and project requirements. Analyze key principles of traditional project management (TPM) and adaptive project management (APM) with detailed examples of key principles andstakeholders. Explain how the triple constraint is handled in traditional project management. Review various types of project management (PM) approaches.Rubric Guidelines for Submission: Your Milestone One submission, Scenario Selection information paper, must be 12 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and must be written in APA format. Use double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Include at least three references cited in APA format.Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value Scenario Selection Meets Proficient criteria, andanalysis clearly provides an overview of the current situation, facts, assumptions, and project requirements, and identifies the key information from the scenario without superfluous considerationsScenario selected; accurately and clearly provides an overview of the current situation, facts, assumptions, and project requirements, and identifies the key information from the scenarioScenario selected; analyzes the current situation, facts, assumptions, and project requirements, and identifies the key information, but with gaps in accuracy or clarityDoes not select a scenario and/or does not analyze the situation, facts, assumptions, and project requirements from the scenario15Analysis of TPM and APMMeets Proficient criteria, and analysis professionally details the key principles and stakeholders behind traditional and adaptive project management, with detailed examplesAnalyzes the key principles and stakeholders behind traditional and adaptive project management, with detailed examplesAnalyzes the key principles and stakeholders behind traditional and adaptive project management, but does not provide detailed examples or misses key elementsDoes not analyze the key principles and stakeholders behind traditional and adaptive project management25Triple Constraints Meets Proficient criteria, and analysis professionally details the key principles of triple constraint (cost, time, and scope) in TPM, with detailed examplesAnalyzes the key principles of triple constraint (cost, time, and scope) in TPM, with detailed examplesAnalyzes the key principles of triple constraint (cost, time, and scope) in TPM, but does not provide detailed examples or misses key elementsDoes not analyze the key principles of triple constraint (cost, time, and scope) in TP25PM Approaches Meets Proficient criteria, and review is well organized and detailed to a level that shows keen insight into the nuances, risks, and benefits of various types of project management approachesReviews various types of project management approaches and describes each approach based on specific references to the previous analysisReviews various types of project management approaches, but does not make specific references to previous analysis or lacks necessary detailDoes not review types of project management approaches
[SOLVED] Leading Strategic Change
Change is an activity and mindset that many resists. Kotter proposed a dual operating system for accelerating change.1. What are the main reasons why people resist change? (support response with academic sources).2. Then, give an example when YOU were resistant to change. Explain what the change was about, why you resisted, and what was the outcome.3. Describe Kotters idea of a dual operating system for making change happen in an accelerating world. (and support your answer). Then provide a critical assessment.