Communication: In a Promotional Way, of Course (graded)
What kinds of problems can emerge if a firm does not communicate with environmentalists, news media, and local community? What are the consequences if a firm chooses to ignore such stakeholder groups? Do you know of any real cases in this regard?
Blogs, Podcasts, and Social Media: Oh My! (graded)
How have blogging, pod casting, and social media affected other media you use, such as news sites, newspapers, or television? Do you think blogging is an influential word-of-mouth promotional tool?
What!? Me!? A Manager!? (graded)
A number of learners in our business programs aspire to a management position within their organizations. In some cases, the aspiration includes that of a senior leadership position within the organization. Maybe you have contemplated such ideas. Maybe youshouldcontemplate such ideas. Given this information:
1. Discuss with your colleagues management, promotions, and leadership in either your current organization or maybe a new organization that you might consider working for.
2. What kind of leader do you think that you would be? Do you have any information or experience to support your self-perceived leadership style?
Workers and Robots: Fair and Equitable? (graded)
It seems that robots and other machines are replacing workers in a manufacturing facility. On one hand, this allows companies to compete with relatively inexpensive labor from other countries. On the other hand, the perception might be that automation displaces jobs and the types of job available.
With your course colleagues, discuss this situation. Here are some questions to help start the discussion.
1. Are you concerned that automation may increase unemployment or underemployment in the United States and around the world?
2. Is using robotic technology in a factory in the United States a fair and equitable solution to the high cost of human labor?
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Effects of Information Technology on Management (graded)
Evaluate and discuss the human resource, security, privacy, and stability issues affected by information technology. The increase of information technology has affected management greatly. The best guess is that it will probably continue to do so. Given that, discuss the issues from the perspective of change and change management. What is the impact of such issues on the management of information technology? Conversely, what is the effect of information technology on management? Why is this important to discuss? In what way does information technology and management impact what you do at your job on a day-to-day basis? Why do you think this is important to discuss?
Financial Order or Financial Martial Law (graded)
Read the Legal Briefcase: Financial Order or Financial Martial Law? article found on page 501 in Chapter 18 of the textbook.
Consider EFMs and how they are used. The article posits that EFMs might expand beyond Michigan to other states. Also, oversight boards have been given powers similar to those powers that EFMs hold.
Discuss the article as well as the impact EFMs have on cities, towns, and school districts. What are EFMs? Are EFMs the financial solution to distressed communities? To what extent do EFMs provide order and stability? How? How would you feel if an EFM was appointed to oversee and manage your local school district? Why? What would be your course of action? Why?