SCM Case Analysis: Information Technology

Conduct a case study analysis on the information management system (IMS) of a company you choose and write a 5-6 page white paper for the executive management team to show the importance of continuing to invest in the company’s supply chain IMS.

Introduction

Meeting customer demands and high efficiencies are the goals of the majority of supply chains, and companies strive to develop sustainable long-term supply chain solutions. You will show the importance of continuing to invest in the company’s supply chain information management system (IMS) in this assessment.

Overview

In this assessment, you will write a white paper to be presented to the executive management team to show the importance of continuing to invest in the company’s supply chain information management system.

Instructions

For your white paper, you may use the same company you selected for another assessment or select a different company from this list:

  • Amazon.
  • Apple.
  • L. L. Bean.
  • Starbucks.
  • Walmart.

Conduct your research and write about the selected company’s information management system (IMS). Include the following:

  • Analyze the company’s information management system and relate the IMS to the company’s business objectives.
  • Analyze how technology is used for managing the company’s transportation and warehousing network using relevant examples.
  • Analyze how the company’s IMS provides a competitive advantage over competition and summarize the unique features which create customer satisfaction.
  • Analyze how the IMS helps coordinate between supply chain partners and provide an example of how the coordination leads to exceptional service.
  • Analyze how an IMS helps monitor orders and inventory levels and satisfy customers using relevant real world examples.
  • Analyze why managing information is equally or more important to the company than moving products by relating the impact of information management to productivity, efficiency, and profitability.

Submission Requirements

Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:

  • Format: Submit a professional and well-organized Word document.
  • Length: 5–6 double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.
  • APA format: Use current APA style and formatting for in-text citations and references. See Evidence and APA for help if you need it.
  • References: 3–4 sources are required. As the basis for your research, you can use any of the resources noted in this course, in the Capella library, and on the Internet.
    • Note: Use of additional resources will assist in achieving distinguished level ratings.

Before submission, refer to the scoring guide for insight into the grading criteria for this assessment.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Examine how a supply chain supports an organizational strategy.
    • Describe the company’s information management system.
  • Competency 2: Assess how to improve supply chain efficiencies.
    • Describe how technology is used for managing the company’s transportation and warehousing network.
    • Analyze how the company’s IMS provides a competitive advantage over competition.
    • Describe how the IMS helps coordinate between supply-chain partners.
  • Competency 3: Analyze supply chain systems in order to meet customer demands.
    • Explain how an IMS helps monitor orders and inventory levels and satisfy customers.
    • Examine why managing information is equally or more important to a company than moving products.
  • Competency 4: Communicate in a professional manner that is consistent with the expectations for supply chain managers and participants.
    • Convey purpose in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly writing standards.

SCM Case Analysis: Forecasting and Planning

Conduct a case study analysis and write 5-6 pages on the different characteristics of the supply chain strategy, including transportation, for a selected company.

Introduction

In this assessment, you will research a selected company and develop a case study analysis. All operational activities begin with an estimate of what customer demands will be. Production schedules, modes of transportation, warehouse space, and other supply chain activities are all dependent on the accuracy of the company’s demand forecasting. The information management system must provide thorough, accurate, and timely information so that supply chain managers can prepare and execute short- and long-term plans. Satisfying the customer is the number one challenge for all demand forecasters.

Overview

In this assessment, you will research a selected company and develop a case study analysis on forecasting and planning a supply chain. 

Instructions

Consider that you work for a company that develops and sells case studies and case study analyses. Your company’s primary customers are colleges and universities wanting to use them within their courses, but your company also has customers using them for management training and development. Your manager asked you to conduct research and develop a case study analysis on the company’s supply chain strategy, including transportation. She’s specifically interested in you doing the analysis on one of the companies from this list:

  • Amazon.
  • Apple.
  • L. L. Bean.
  • Starbucks.
  • Walmart.

Research and write about the company that you have selected from the above list.

You and your manager discussed the high-level outline of your analysis and agreed you should address the following items:

  • Describe the company’s business model and illustrate the business model through the use of a diagram or visual.
  • Compare and contrast the company’s supply chain strategy with another organization’s strategies and summarize key findings of areas the other organization excels in.
    • Use another company from the list to determine which supply chain areas the company excels at compared to your selected company.
  • Analyze the transportation strategy of the company using examples of the various transportation modes to support the effectiveness of moving products from factories to customers.
  • Analyze the global challenges that the company faces in its supply chain and discuss risks and associated strategies to minimize the risks.
  • Analyze the economic and political factors that can impact the company’s transportation network and relate to future improvements.
  • Analyze the role demand forecasting plays in the company’s supply chain strategy and support the analysis with ways to manage challenges of forecasting in times of uncertainty.
  • Analyze how pricing promotions are used to change demand through relevant examples that demonstrate this strategy.

Submission Requirements

Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:

  • Format: Based on the intended audience, your report should be well organized and written in clear, succinct language.
  • Length: 5–6 double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
  • APA format: Use current APA style and formatting for in-text citations and references. See Evidence and APA for help if you need it.
  • References: 3–4 sources are required. As the basis for your research, you can use any of the resources noted in this course, in the Capella library, and on the Internet.
    • Include at least one reference from The Wall Street Journal.
    • Note: Use of additional resources will assist in achieving distinguished level ratings.

Before submission, refer to the scoring guide for insight into the grading criteria for this assessment.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Examine how a supply chain supports an organizational strategy.
    • Describe the company’s business model.
    • Compare and contrast the company’s supply chain strategy with another company’s strategy.
    • Explain the transportation strategy of the company.
  • Competency 2: Assess how to improve supply chain efficiencies.
    • Analyze the global challenges the company faces in its supply chain.
    • Analyze the economic and political factors that can impact the company’s transportation network.
    • Analyze the role demand forecasting plays in the company’s supply chain strategy.
  • Competency 3: Analyze supply chain systems to meet customer demands.
    • Explain how pricing promotions are used to change demand.
  • Competency 4: Communicate in a professional manner that is consistent with the expectations for supply chain managers and participants.
    • Convey purpose in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly writing standards.

Nike’s DTC Distribution Strategy

 

Nike’s DTC Distribution Strategy

 

Nike’s DTC Distribution Strategy

Write a 5-6 page report for an executive-level management team about whether Adidas should develop a similar DTC competitive strategy to Nike’s.

Introduction

You have been hired as a consultant by Adidas to analyze Nike’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) distribution strategy to determine if Adidas should develop a similar competitive strategy. A report is to be presented to the executive management team of Adidas with your analysis. 

Overview

In this assessment, you will write a report with your analysis of a DTC distribution strategy for an executive-level management team.

Instructions

Respond to the following scenario as you complete your report:

You have been hired as a consultant by Adidas to analyze Nike’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) distribution strategy to determine if Adidas should develop a similar competitive strategy.

Nike, the U.S. sportswear giant, has been working to bring its manufacturing process closer to the point of sale, and concurrently adopting a direct-to-consumer strategy with a focus on owning the experience. Selling direct to consumer, commonly referred to as DTC or D2C, means you’re selling your products directly to your end customers.

Write a management report analyzing Nike’s supply chain strategy for Adidas’ executives. Include the following:

  • Analyze why the company (Nike) has adopted a DTC supply chain strategy by explaining the advantages and disadvantages and the impact of this strategy on its profitability.
  • Analyze the importance of the Internet and social media (to Nike) and compare today’s marketplace to a future marketplace advantage.
  • Analyze how the company’s (Nike’s) DTC strategy satisfies customers and discuss the advantages of this type of competitive distribution strategy.
  • Recommend steps for the company (Nike) to continue to grow its DTC strategy and support with cited sources in areas of organizational structure, technological investments, digital strategy, and customer relationship management.
  • Recommend steps for the company (Adidas) to effectively grow its DTC strategy and support with cited sources in areas of organizational structure, technological investments, digital strategy, and customer relationship management.

Submission Requirements

Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:

  • Format: Submit a professional and well-organized Word document.
  • Length: 5–6 double-spaced pages.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.
  • APA format: Use current APA style and formatting for in-text citations and references. See Evidence and APA for help if you need it.
  • References: 3–4 sources are required. As the basis for your research, you can use any of the resources noted in this course, in the Capella library, and on the Internet.
    • Note: Attributing sources in your professional and academic work throughout this course and your program supports your analysis and conclusions and demonstrates ethical behavior and academic honesty. Following APA rules for attributing sources provides consistency and ensures that readers can locate original sources if desired.
    • Note: Use of additional resources will assist in achieving distinguished level ratings.

Before submission, refer to the scoring guide for insight into the grading criteria for this assessment.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Examine how a supply chain supports an organizational strategy.
    • Explain why the company has adopted a DTC supply chain strategy.
  • Competency 2: Assess how to improve supply chain efficiencies.
    • Recommend steps for the company to continue to grow its DTC strategy.
    • Recommend steps for the company to effectively grow its DTC strategy.
  • Competency 3: Analyze supply chain systems in order to meet customer demands.
    • Analyze how the company’s DTC strategy satisfies customers.
    • Analyze the importance of the Internet and social media as related to the company’s supply chain strategy.
  • Competency 4: Communicate in a professional manner that is consistent with the expectations for supply chain managers and participants.
    • Convey purpose in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly writing standards.

Performance Management and Training

Write a 7-10 page research paper on the topic of performance management and training for an organization of your choice.

Introduction

It is essential for members of management to understand the important of conducting performance reviews. An effective performance management system is a big component of improving employee performance, which ultimately adds to the bottom line of the organization. Failure to communicate performance expectations and achievements to employees could cause them to be unaware of the expectations or how they can improve. Additionally, formal performance management and training is imperative to help protect an organization against legal claims.

Preparation

Research the topic of performance management and training for an organization of your choice. Performance management includes the supervision of employees and ongoing goal setting, training, and measurement to meet individual and organizational objectives. A minimum of five resources are required to support your work.

Scenario

Choose an organization to use for this assessment. It can be where you are currently employed or a company with which you are familiar. It must be an organization that is researchable, as you will need to gather and analyze information to complete the assessment. You may use the same organization for the other assessments in this course.

If you choose the organization where you are currently employed, please keep in mind that the analyses you make must be based on facts that can be documented rather than your personal opinion as an employee.

Contact your faculty if you have questions.

Instructions

Write a research paper based on your research into the performance management system, which includes training, of the chosen organization. In your paper:

  • Describe the performance management system currently in place.
  • Explain how the performance management system is explained and communicated to employees.
  • Analyze how the current performance management system is effective for the organization or why it needs to be changed. If the system needs to be changed, discuss how current trends of performance management could be incorporated into the current system.
  • Explain the differences between formal and informal performance feedback processes.
  • Analyze best practices to improve employee performance.
  • Analyze the importance of training to meet organizational needs and performance goals.
    • What should be considered in designing an effective training program?
  • Explain how training and performance management protect an organization from possible litigation.
    • What types of litigation might arise?

Note: You must address all the required elements of this assessment. If details for any of the bulleted points are unavailable, research the topic and present recommendations you believe would be best for the organization, along with your supporting rationale.

Additional Requirements

Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:

  • Length: 7-10 typed, double-spaced pages, in addition to a title page and reference page.
  • Written communication: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly and professional. Your writing should be:
    • Concise and logically organized.
    • Free of errors in grammar and mechanics.
  • Validation and support: Use a minimum of five relevant and credible scholarly or professional resources such as the Wall Street Journal to support your work. These resources should not include the resources found in the course.
  • APA format: Format all citations and references in accordance with current APA guidelines. Refer to the Evidence and APA Campus page for guidance.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

  • Competency 1: Apply human resource strategies to business needs.
    • Explain how training and performance management protect an organization from possible litigation.
    • Analyze how the current performance management system is effective for the organization or why it needs to be changed.
  • Competency 2: Analyze core functions of human resource management.
    • Describe the performance management system currently in place and how the performance management system is explained and communicated to employees.
    • Explain the differences in formal and informal performance feedback processes.
  • Competency 3: Analyze the strategic value of human resource management within a competitive global business environment.
    • Analyze best practices to improve employee performance.
    • Analyze the importance of training to meet organizational needs and performance goals.
  • Competency 4: Communicate effectively in a scholarly and professional manner.
    • Apply APA formatting to in-text citations and references.
    • Convey purpose in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly writing standards.

Developing Research Questions

Developing Research Questions

How to develop research questions

Discussion Questions on Session 2 Readings:
1. Developing research questions (1pt)
According to Johnson & Reynolds Ch3 and Leedy and Ormrod Ch3, how to specify a general research topic/question (we plan to study) in “researchable
terms”?
2. Literature Review (Readings: Johnson & Reynolds, Ch.6; literature review tutorial video) (1pt)
What are the key steps in writing a literature review in a research proposal/research paper?
3. Research Article Critique: Tang & Ho (2019)

Mental Health Competency

Mental Health Competency

Describe the foundations of mental health nursing.
Explain current legal issues and social concerns in mental healthcare.
Select appropriate nursing interventions for clients with certain cognitive, addictive and psychotic conditions.
Evaluate nursing care strategies for clients with certain mental health/mood/personality and eating disorders.
Assemble nursing care interventions for clients with mental health/stress related disorders.
Identify factors that impact mental health in special populations.

Health Promotion Plan Primary Health Care

Health Promotion Plan Primary Health Care

Setting the scene:

You are the new Registered Nurse for the Humanitarian Entrants Health Service located in Perth

Situation

You have been asked to review the community and develop a health promotion plan, focusing on a health issue (e.g. HIV) relevant to your community. This must be a health issue not already being addressed in your community. You are required to investigate the community further using the McMurray Community Assessment Framework. You are required to choose a target group for your intervention. For example, if you were working as a GP nurse in Wiluna, your target group might be young adults at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The Health Promotion Project you design must take into account Primary Health Care, health education and health promotion principles. You must consider the social determinants of health and health literacy of your community.

The purpose of this assessment is to introduce you to community assessment frameworks and to explore a health issue from a Primary Health Care (PHC) and health promotion perspective. It also enables you to consider how the characteristics of the target group may influence health promotion strategies.

Guidelines:

Please ensure that you include the following:

  1. Introduce your chosen health issue, including any relevant epidemiological information, and provide an explanation of why it is an important primary health care issue to address. Research the demographics and level of disadvantage of your community: What is the age, sex and racial or ethnic composition of the community compared to the rest of Western Australia? What is the SEIFA score (if appropriate). Interpret your findings (What does this mean, how is it relevant). Introduce your project and target group. Explain why the program will be important for the target group and wider community. Please note that this must target a community, not a region.

Approximately 400 words

  1. What is the evidence base for the project? Outline your assessment of the community. What community strengths (assets), resources and risks have been considered when designing the project? Discuss how you have used a SWOT analysis to interpret your research and how this has influenced your project design. Include a brief discussion of any current health promotion programs for this health issue. Approximately 500 words
  2. Provide a description of the project. What is the level of prevention? (primary or secondary prevention only). Explain the role of the community health nurse implementing the program. Approximately 300 words
  3. Outline the project goal and three objectives. Objectives should reflect the risk factor you are addressing. (You may use a table here to outline objective and risk factor) Approximately 200 words
  4. Outline three strategies of the project, provide a rationale for each strategy and indicate which objectives this covers (you can use a table here if you wish) Approximately 500 words
  5. Provide a brief explanation of how you will evaluate the program. Include pre/post evaluation. Outline your data sources and evaluation questions. This may be in table format (see example below). Approximately 200 words
  6. Write a conclusion Approximately 100 words
  7. References must be of a scholarly nature, and may include Grey literature, texts or peer reviewed articles. e.g. AIHW reports, ABS data, Primary Health Network reports, textbook, peer reviewed article. Include a minimum of 15 high quality Of the 15 references, at least 5 must be from peer reviewed journal articles and 5 from Grey literature. These ten references must be less than 6 years old. If you are unsure of the appropriateness of any reference, please ask your tutor for advice. Provide a reference list on a separate page using APAv7 style.

 

The word count suggestions listed next to the questions are just a guide to assist you, and are not a requirement. Overall the content should be no more than 2200 words +/- 10% (not including reference list, title page or table of contents). The absolute maximum word limit will be 2500 words (this is the 10% variation rounded up to the nearest hundred). You can present the information in tables and/or in paragraphs. Please note that as this is an academic paper, it should be written in the third person.

Some helpful resources:

https://www.wapha.org.au/primary-health-networks/

http://www.abs.gov.au

Local council websites

https://crana.org.au/

www.apna.asn.au

https://homelesshealthcare.org.au/

https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Humanitarian-Entrant-Health-Service

 

Note: This must be a new service to this client group, not an adaption/tweaking of an existing health service. You must ensure that there is not already a service in place to meet your identified health need for your chosen community.

Tips for success: Your plan must be realistic and meet the SMART goals – i.e. have a reasonable chance of obtaining funding. Ensure your proposal clearly identifies your nursing role, organisation, location, target group, purpose of your project and the evidence supporting your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of tables describing demographics

Table 1. 

The proportion of male and females of X Local Government Area:

People X              (%) Western Australia (%)
Total 31,348                       —- 2,239,170                  —-
Male 15,595                 49.7 1,126,178         50.3
Female 15,753                 50.3 1,112,992         49.7
     

Note: Adapted from “Local government area gender breakdown in Western Australia”, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011, Australian Bureau of statistics (https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/6227.0/). Copyright 2020 by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Table 2.

The age structure of X Local Government Area:

Age X (LGA) % Western Australia
0-14 yrs 17.5 19.7
15-29 yrs 20.7 21.2
30-49 yrs 26.7 28.7
50-64 yrs 19.8 18.1
65-84 yrs 13.1 10.8
85 yrs and over 2.2 1.5

Note: Adapted from “Local government area gender breakdown in Western Australia”, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011, Australian Bureau of statistics (https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/6227.0/). Copyright 2020 by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

 

 

Table 3.

Ethnic Composition Table:

Population Number of people Percentage of total population (31,348 persons)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 972 3.1%
Australian born 22,789 72.7%
Overseas born 8,558 27.3%

Note: Adapted from “Local government area gender breakdown in Western Australia”, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011, Australian Bureau of statistics (https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mf/6227.0/). Copyright 2020 by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format guide Health Promotion Plan

Introduction

Evidence base for (Insert name of your project)

(Insert name of your project) description

(Also introduce the target group in this description)

Goals and objectives

Goal:

Objectives:

Strategies

Strategy 1:

Rationale:

Objectives: (e.g.1, 2, 3)

Strategy 2:

Rationale:

Objectives:

Strategy 3:

Rationale:

Objectives:

Evaluation Plan

Summary

References (on new page)

The following formatting/presentation specifications must be followed for assignment submissions

 

Evaluation Plan example

 

Table 1.

 

Evaluation questions

 

Type of evaluation Evaluation method and questions
Process Evaluation

 

 

 

Data collection methods:

1.

2.

 

Evaluation questions:

1.

2.

Impact and Outcome Evaluation

 

Data collection methods:

1.

2.

Evaluation questions:

1.

2.

3.

4.

 

Assignment specific formatting:

  • Submission title of your assignment to be your Role, e.g. Registered Nurse
  • Please include a title and contents page using APA 7th edition format
  • Present your strategies and evaluation plan in table format if you wish
  • Remember, do not write in the first person!

In addition to the information above, please ensure the following is adhered to:

 

Academic Format Required:

  • Use 11-point Arial or Calibri font.
  • Compliant with APA formatting guide including paragraph layout, headings, title page, table of contents,
  • Margins are to be 2 cm from the top, bottom, and sides.
  • All text to be 1.5 spaced, including block quotes and citations (text within tables to be single spaced)
  • Page numbers at the top right of the page
  • Adhere to specified word count.
  • In text referencing is included in the word count.
  • End text referencing is not included in the word count
  • As this assignment will be submitted via Turnitin, please do not supply an electronic coversheet.

 

 

Company Financial Statement Analysis Paper

Company Financial Statement Analysis Paper

Detailed Analysis and paper Requirements
1. Preform comprehensive ratio analysis by calculating all the key ratios found on pages 248 and 249 of the textbook. Calculate the key ratios using Excel and provide to instructor as an attachment. Make sure that your calculations are not hard coded into Excel. You are to show the reference data and formula.
2. Prepare and analyze common-size financial statements, both vertical and horizontal, as discussed and illustrated on pages 221-223 of the textbook. Calculate common size financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) both vertical and horizonal using Excel and provide to instructor as an attachment.
3. Determine what industry your company would be in and locate industry ratios. Include interpretations and comparisons of results in Part 1 above to industry ratios you locate.
4. Include in report a brief discussion of the limitations of ratio analysis.
5. The body of your report should begin with an Executive Summary, then analysis and interpretation based on the ratios and common size financial statements relative to decision on the company stock.