Question;Discussion Question;In week two one task that your team will face is to;analyze growth opportunities for expansion. In the global economy there are;many strong ties between corporate ethics and profit. McMurrian and Matulich;offer this hypothesis, ?In fact, a reputation for ethical business activities;can be a major source of competitive advantage? (2006, p. 11). For this;discussion question you will;1.;Conduct research to validate the statement made above by McMurrian and;Matulich.;2.;Post the APA compliant results of your research to include at least one;company that has successfully applied their ethics or values with profitable;results and one company that has lost profit dollars when they have acted in;non compliance with their ethics.;3.;Comment on how this research applies to your current employer or;one that you have worked for in the past.;4.;Comment on how this research will increase the effectiveness of your;simulation team?s decision-making.;Reference;McMurrian, R. C., & Matulich, E. (2006).;Building Customer Value and Profitability with Business Ethics. Journal;of Business & Economics Research, 4 (11), 11-18.;Week 2;Please review the Discussion Board Participation;grading rubric on your course syllabus. This is important information that will;ensure that you earn maximum points. Your professionally written APA compliant;postings, using appropriate sources should provide substantive depth that;advances the discussion. Also, please be sure to edit your posts for;grammatical errors before you post.;Discussion;In your business growth plans for this week, one;area you will be focusing on is recruitment and retention of employees. Your;text states ?In a recent survey of 173 CEO/founders?the HR issues seen as most;important included: recruitment/ selection/ retention/ compensation and special;pay programs?? (Cadotte & Bruce, 2003, p.359). A unique recruitment and;retention challenge faced by current CEO?s is that for the first time in;history multiple generations work side by side. ?Each group has its own distinct;characteristics, values, and attitudes toward work, based on its generation?s;life experiences? (American Management Association, 2007, ? 2). For this;discussion question respond to the following, supported by scholarly sources;a.;Define the generations as referenced by the American Management;Association.;b.;Talk about the motivations for each of these generations.;c.;Research the challenges faced by employers in creating;compensation/rewards programs that will satisfy all generations.;d.;Discuss how the company you presently work for accomplishes this goal.;e.;Recommend changes or improvements that your present company could make;to their current practices.;Reference;American Management Association, (2007, January;27). Leading the four generations at work. Retrieved from http://www.amanet.org/training/articles/Leading-the-Four-Generations-at-Work.aspx;Cadotte, Ernest R. and Harry J. Bruce, The;Management of Strategy in The Marketplace, South-Western College;Publishing, Cincinnati, 2003.;Discussion Topic;As your company grows and faces increasingly;complex challenges, you may be finding that the original strategy you created;is changing. You are also changing and growing to meet these new challenges.;Senge (2007) tells us ?The organizations that will excel in the future will be;those that can tap the commitment and capacity to learn of people at all levels;within them? (para 5). Senge?s 5 key disciplines are ?1) systems;thinking, 2) achieving personal mastery, 3) shifting;mental models, 4) building shared vision, and 5) team;learning? (2007, para 6). They are key to achieving the goal of creating the;learning organization.;For this week?s discussion question, you will be;reviewing the readings for this week, viewing to the Extra Extra videos, and;using your own organization to research how these disciplines can be integrated;into organizational growth and improvement. Your response should contain the;following information;1.;A brief description of your current employment organization or one that;you have worked for in the past.;2.;A review of how these disciplines have been integrated (either formally;or informally) within the organization and the impact on organizational;effectiveness.;3.;Commentary on how the organization can improve.;4.;How you can integrate this information into your business plan in the;classroom team.;Reference;Senge, P. (2007). Fifth Discipline. Bloomsbury;Business Library - Management Library, 27. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.;Sources of Capital;All small business owners find themselves looking;for small business funding at one point or another. In this simulation you are;preparing to seek funding from venture capitalist, but there are many other;sources of funding to consider. The small business owner must determine how;these sources marry with company vision, mission and values, and weigh the;advantages and disadvantages of each funding source. For this discussion;question you will conduct research on these funding sources and;1.;Present a high level overview of at least 4 types of sources.;2.;Select the top 2 sources that you think would be a best fit for the;growth stage of your business.;3.;Discuss how you would identify specific companies/individuals within;these 2 choices to find one that is the most compatible with your organizations;values.;4.;Cite one example of a company that has achieved this goal;Discussion Topic;Last week you presented to the venture capital team;and received feedback on how to increase your chances of success as you grow;your company. You will be incorporating this feedback into your business plan;and possibly changing your strategy. Linkow tells us ?In this rapidly changing;world with tight--and getting tighter--resources, the capacity to make and;execute strategy is a source of competitive advantage. Organizations that don't;have strategic competence embedded in their infrastructures will fall behind?;(1999, p. 37). In his article, Linkow identifies several thinking competencies;that are common in great strategic thinkers;?;reframing;?;scanning;?;abstracting;?;multivariate thinking;?;envisioning;?;inducting;?;valuating (p. 35);For your discussion question response this week;select 2 of these competencies and in your response;1.;Define each competency using Linkow?s work and other sources you;discover in your research.;2.;Discuss the impact achieving a high degree of skill in these;competencies can have on an organization?s growth.;3.;Select a business leader that has exhibited either one or both of these;competencies and give an example to support your thoughts.;4.;Talk about how this information can be helpful to your team as they;change the business plan.;5.;Describe how personal integration of this information can increase your;effectiveness as a team member.;Reference;Linkow, P. (1999). What gifted strategic thinkers;do? Training & Development, 53(7), 34. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.;Unit 6;Discussion Topic;You have been working in virtual teams starting;from the first week and needed to be highly effective almost instantaneously.;In week 6 you will be presenting to the board and one area of this presentation;includes lessons learned throughout the simulation. One key area you will;address is how the team learned to work together from the outset, how you;continued to maximize individual strengths to create a high performing team;and what you will be doing to continue this development. In this discussion question;address the following;1.;What process the team employed to engage all team members quickly?;2.;How successful was your team process?;3.;How roles and responsibilities were assigned? Please include information;from;a.your insights profile;b.the tools in the;textbook reading;c.Other assessment;tools that you think are valuable to share;4.;What best practices this and from previous courses, articles, books, and;assignments have helped you?;5.;What changes did you need to make along the way to ensure that the team;operated in a highly effective fashion?;6.;How will you apply this knowledge to your workplace and other teams you;will be operating on in the future?
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