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Describe how collaboration is fostered in this organization.

Discussion post Describe how collaboration is fostered in organization
Empowerment is a powerful organizational tool which can instill in its members a sense of commitment, loyalty, and accountability. Empowerment allows people to feel more valued, to feel more in control of their lives and actions. Empowerment gives people the opportunity to grow and to advance within the organization.
The first step in the empowerment process is building trust. Trust in an organization can take many forms. Leaders can involve employees in the decision making process, allow them creativity in finding solutions, and provide autonomy and less supervision. Additionally, leaders can provide job flexibility and allow collaboration in the goal setting process.
Consider your present or past work experiences and how empowerment and collaboration are/were or are/were not part of the organizational culture and climate. In your initial post, please respond to the following points:
Describe how collaboration is fostered in this organization. Give three specific examples of how a particular leader fostered collaboration among members. Describe how empowerment is part of this organization. Provide three specific examples of how a leader empowers the organization’s members. Based upon your observations in this organization, how does empowerment add to the success of the work group? What level of trust exists? How is trust established among its members? Consider a situation (any situation in your professional or personal life) when you “enabled someone to act.” Describe the situation and the outcome. What opportunities did you give this person? What did this person learn from the experience? How did this person feel more valued? What did you learn from this experience?

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How are minerals extracted from the Earth and processed?

Using the assigned readings from Week Five, write a 50- to 75-word response to each of the following questions. Your responses will be assessed according to the accuracy of the content.
Minerals
1. How do minerals affect society?
2. What is the difference between metallic and nonmetallic minerals? Provide two examples from each category and discuss their uses.
Mining
1. How are minerals extracted from the Earth and processed?
2. What are the different ways minerals can be mined? Provide a brief description of at least three types of mining.
3. What effect does extracting minerals have on the environment?
Soil
1. What is your definition of soil? What is soil composed of? Why is soil important to the environment?
2. What types of organisms are found in soil? Determine the relationship between soil and organisms.
3. What is soil erosion? How can soil become polluted? What effect does soil erosion and pollution have on the environment?
4. What is the purpose of soil reclamation?
Forestry and Rangeland Resources and Management Strategies
1. Differentiate between government-owned and public lands. Which government agencies are involved with government-owned lands? What is the purpose of government-owned lands?
2. Why is the forest an important ecosystem?
3. What is your definition of forest management? What is its purpose? Describe the concept of sustainable forestry.
4. What effect does the harvesting of trees and deforestation have on forests and the environment? Is there a preferred method for harvesting trees? Explain.
5. What is a rangeland? Describe rangeland degradation and desertification. What effect does degradation and desertification have on the environment?
6. What is overgrazing? What effect does this have on rangelands?
7. What strategies can be employed for managing and conserving forests and rangelands?
Agriculture
1. What is the difference between industrialized and subsistence agriculture? What effect do these methods have on the environment?
2. What is one agricultural challenge, other than soil erosion, that society faces? Explain your answer.
3. How would you describe sustainable agriculture? How does it affect the environment? In regards to agriculture, what are the advantages and disadvantages involved with genetic engineering?

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Explain how goal alignment can improve profitability and overall return to the shareholders of the company.

Tom Emory and Jim Morris strolled back to their plant from the administrative offices of Ferguson & Son Manufacturing Company. Tom is manager of the machine shop in the company’s factory; Jim is manager of the equipment maintenance department.
The men had just attended the monthly performance evaluation meeting for plant department heads. These meetings had been held on the third Tuesday of each month since Robert Ferguson, Jr., the president’s son, had become plant manager a year earlier.
As they were walking, Tom Emory spoke: “Boy, I hate those meetings! I never know whether my department’s accounting reports will show good or bad performance. I’m beginning to expect the worst. If the accountants say I saved the company a dollar, I’m called ‘Sir,’ but if I spend even a little too much—boy, do I get in trouble. I don’t know if I can hold on until I retire.”
Tom had just been given the worst evaluation he had ever received in his long career with Ferguson & Son. He was the most respected of the experienced machinists in the company. He had been with the company for many years and was promoted to supervisor of the machine shop when the company expanded and moved to its present location. The president (Robert Ferguson, Sr.) had often stated that the company’s success was due to the high-quality work of machinists like Tom. As supervisor, Tom stressed the importance of craftsmanship and told his workers that he wanted no sloppy work coming from his department.
When Robert Ferguson, Jr., became the plant manager, he directed that monthly performance comparisons be made between actual and budgeted costs for each department. The departmental budgets were intended to encourage the supervisors to reduce inefficiencies and to seek cost reduction opportunities. The company controller was instructed to have his staff “tighten” the budget slightly whenever a department attained its budget in a given month; this was done to reinforce the plant manager’s desire to reduce costs. The young plant manager often stressed the importance of continued progress toward attaining the budget; he also made it known that he kept a file of these performance reports for future reference when he succeeded his father.
Tom Emory’s conversation with Jim Morris continued as follows:
Emory: I really don’t understand. We’ve worked so hard to meet the budget, and the minute we do so they tighten it on us. We can’t work any faster and still maintain quality. I think my men are ready to quit trying. Besides, those reports don’t tell the whole story. We always seem to be interrupting the big jobs for all those small rush orders. All that setup and machine adjustment time is killing us. And quite frankly, Jim, you were no help. When our hydraulic press broke down last month, your people were nowhere to be found. We had to take it apart ourselves and got stuck with all that idle time.
Morris: I’m sorry about that, Tom, but you know my department has had trouble making budget, too. We were running well behind at the time of that problem, and if we had spent a day on that old machine, we would never have made it up. Instead, we made the scheduled inspections of the forklift trucks because we knew we could do those in less than the budgeted time.
Emory: Well, Jim, at least you have some options. I’m locked into what the scheduling department assigns to me and you know they’re being harassed by sales for those special orders. Incidentally, why didn’t your report show all the supplies you guys wasted last month when you were working in Bill’s department?
Morris: We’re not out of the woods on that deal yet. We charged the maximum we could to other work and haven’t even reported some of it yet.
Emory: Well, I’m glad you have a way of getting out of the pressure. The accountants seem to know everything that’s happening in my department, sometimes even before I do. I thought all that budget and accounting stuff was supposed to help, but it just gets me into trouble. It’s all a big pain. I’m trying to put out quality work; they’re trying to save pennies.
Review the case. Respond to the following:
• Identify the problems that appear to exist in Ferguson & Son Manufacturing Company’s budgetary control system and explain how the problems are likely to reduce the effectiveness of the system.
• Explain how Ferguson & Son Manufacturing Company’s budgetary control system could be revised to improve its effectiveness.
• Explain how the use of an activity-based costing system could change the results of the budget, if utilized.

• As stated in the case, many employees have “quit trying” and have altered behavior on the job. Provide specific ways for how one would use a budget to change employee behavior and align goals in the organization.

• Explain how goal alignment can improve profitability and overall return to the shareholders of the company.

• Synthesize data to explain the concept of ROI and describe how the use of an activity-based costing system can improve the company’s ROI and the potential impact on free cash flow.

Write a 8 page report in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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What are the fore casted levels of the line of credit and special dividends?

With the partial model please forecast Zieber’s 2017 income statement and balance sheets. Use the following assumptions: (1) Sales grow by 6%. (2) The ratios of expenses to sales, depreciation to fixed assets, cash to sales, accounts receivable to sales, and inventories to sales will be the same in 2017 as in 2016. (3) Zieber will not issue any new stock or new long-term bonds. (4) The interest rate is 11% for long- term debt and the interest expense on long-term debt is based on the average balance during the year. (5) No interest is earned on cash. (6) Regular dividends grow at an 8% rate. Calculate the additional funds needed (AFN). If new financing is required, assume it will be raised by drawing on a line of credit with an interest rate of 12%. Assume that any draw on the line of credit will be made on the last day of the year, so there will be no additional interest expense for the new line of credit. If surplus funds are available, pay a special dividend.
• What are the fore casted levels of the line of credit and special dividends? (Hints: Create a column showing the ratios for the current year; then create a new column showing the ratios used in the forecast. Also, create a preliminary forecast that doesn’t include any new line of credit or special dividends. Identify the financing deficit or surplus in this preliminary forecast and then add a new column that shows the final forecast that includes any new line of credit or special dividend.)
• Now assume that the growth in sales is only 3%. What are the forecasted levels of the line of credit and special dividends?

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Analyze and evaluate laws and regulations relative to product safety, liability and representations.

Assignment 2: The Gig Economy Due Week 8 and worth 220 points
Uber is largely hailed as the advent of the gig economy, which is the idea that people will not work for any one employer, but instead will work on projects for any variety of companies desiring their services. While creating a new type of entrepreneurship for individuals, it raises a host of new legal questions for companies around the law of agency.
An investment firm has asked you to evaluate Uber’s legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers.
Write an interoffice memo in which you:
Summarize the main principles of agency. Analyze the circumstances under which Uber might be liable for the conduct of its drivers. Identify the steps Uber can take, if any, to limit its legal exposure for the conduct of its drivers. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference and proprietary Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Your news brief or memo should include a heading, summary statement, background and recommendations. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Analyze and apply the concepts of ethical decision making, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Analyze and evaluate the employment-at-will doctrine and the statutory protections afforded employees. Analyze and evaluate laws and regulations relative to product safety, liability and representations. Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing mechanics.

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Examine the various applications of the law within the health care system.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
Articulate your position as the top administrator concerned about the importance of professional conduct within the health care setting. Justify your position.
Ascertain the major ramifications of having professional staff compromise the boundaries of ethics and medical conduct.
Analyze the four (4) elements required of a plaintiff to prove medical negligence.
Discuss the overarching duties of the health care governing board in mitigating the effects of medical non-compliance, as they apply to the rules of practice set forth in the Sure Care Hospital governing board’s manifesto.
Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

• The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
• Describe the sources of law in America, the relative legal procedure, and the related court system.
• Examine the various applications of the law within the health care system.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in health care policy, law, and ethics.

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How effective would monetary policy be in such a situation?

Suppose the economy starts at a point of both long and short run equilibrium. If the government lowers tax rates, what will happen to that equilibrium situation in both the short- and long-run? What implication does this have for the future effectiveness of monetary policy? Assume that the economy is a closed economy (no BP curve or net exports) in answering this question. You must use the appropriate diagrams to receive points for this question.
2. Suppose that the labor market is currently in equilibrium. If there is a positive change to technology (productivity increases), demonstrate the likely effect on the labor market equilibrium and on the full employment level of output. You must use the appropriate diagrams and models to receive points for this question.
3. Suppose the investment function (sometimes called the Keynesian investment function) is vertical (perfectly inelastic). Explain how this determines the slope of the IS curve. How effective would monetary policy be in such a situation? You must show the derivation of the IS curve in this situation in order to receive points for this question.
4. In recent years, the growth rate of per capita GDP in China has slowed. Explain how the Solow model predicts this pattern of growth. You must use the Solow model (either graphically or mathematically— though graphically would likely be easier) to receive points for this question.
5. Explain why the Solow model predicts that more rapid population growth will result in slower growth in per capita GDP. You must use the Solow model (either graphically or mathematically—though graphically would likely be easier) to receive points for this question.
6. Explain the “zero-bound” problem of monetary policy.
7. Using an intertemporal choice model, show how the labor supply curve is derived. What is required for the labor supply curve to be “backward bending?” Be certain to be explicit about the income and substitution effects.
8. Assume that the economy starts at a short- and long-run equilibrium situation. If the level of immigration increases, what happens to (a) the labor supply, (b) the equilibrium wage (assuming the real wage is flexible, (c) the full employment level of output, (d) the FE curve, and (e) the LRAS curve? What implication does this have for the price level in the long run (you do not need to show the full resolution to the long-run, but must indicate what will happen to the price level)?
9. What does the evidence around the Taylor rule indicate about the Fed’s recent management of the money supply? Explain fully.
10. What does the evidence show about the slope/shape/elasticity of the labor supply curve? What implication does this have for how higher real wages will impact the full employment level of output? 11. What does the evidence show about the connection between higher interest rates and the level of savings and/or investment? What ramifications does this have for the economy as the Fed begins slowing the pace of growth of the money supply?
12. Suppose you have an economy with A = 1, k = 1, d = 0.05, and s = 0.1. If the value of α is 0.5, what is the steady state level of output?
13. Suppose Susan has $1,000 in income this period, but no income in the next period (this is only a twoperiod example so nothing happens after that). Demonstrate how Susan determines how much to save and how much to consume in both periods. How would her level of savings change if real interest rates increased?
14. Suppose consumption is given by C = 1000 + 0.75 x Disposable Income while investment is given by I = 2000 – 20r. If government expenditures equal 0 (no expenditures) and the tax rate is 1/3 (the government collects 1/3 of income as tax revenue), what is the equation of the IS curve? What are the values rintercept and the Y-intercept?
15. Using the IS/LM/BP model, demonstrate the effect of each of the following changes. Assume that the economy has an upward sloping BP curve (that is flatter than the LM curve) and a fixed exchange rate (non-sterilized intervention). a. An increase in tax rates b. An increase in government purchases c. An increase in the domestic money supply d. A fall in GDP in the rest of the world e. An increase in the domestic price level Economics
16. Using the IS/LM/BP model, demonstrate the effect of each of the following changes. Assume that the economy has an upward sloping BP curve (that is flatter than the LM curve) and a fixed exchange rate (non-sterilized intervention). a. An increase in tax rates b. An increase in government purchases c. An increase in the domestic money supply d. A fall in GDP in the rest of the world e. An increase in the domestic price level
17. The “optimal” capital stock model of investment indicates that the desired capital stock is a fixed value at any point of time. Suppose the economy falls into a recession; what happens to the “optimal” capital stock? What is the implication of this change for the level of investment over the years immediately after the recession?
18. Using the closed IS/LM model, explain the effectiveness of monetary policy if the LM curve is horizontal or if the IS curve is vertical. What might give rise to either of these situations. Hint—it may be helpful to consider the derivation of the curves.
19. Suppose that the economy starts at equilibrium, but experiences a significant stock market pullback. The pullback causes an increase in savings and a fall in the MPC. This change in consumer behavior increases calls for the Fed to increase the money supply. Will the fall in the MPC aid or harm the Fed’s efforts to fix the economy if it chooses to take action? Explain and demonstrate why.
20. During the 1980s the average rate of unemployment in Europe was high. Some economists claimed that this was the result of real wage rigidity due to union action. Assuming this is true (this is an assertion, but perhaps not the reality), show how real wage rigidity would lead to unemployment. What is the effect of this rigidity on aggregate output? Now suppose that a positive technology shock occurs (A in the production function increases in value). How would this alter employment, unemployment, and aggregate output?
21. Recent policy in the US has encouraged the growth of substantial government budget deficits. This has occurred at the same time as the government has expressed a desire for more rapid economic growth. Using the Solow model, explain why the desire for growth may be in conflict with the actual deficit/debt policy.
22. In order to encourage greater aggregate savings (from all sources), would it be advantageous for the government to encourage trade deficits or balanced trade? Fully explain how you reach your conclusion. 23. Suppose that the introduction of cyber-currencies (like Bitcoin) leads to a fall in the transactions demand for money falls. How is this likely to alter the LM curve? Explain and demonstrate why.
24. Smalltopia is a small country in the international financial markets. It wishes to maintain a fixed exchange rate to encourage international trade. How effective will its monetary policy be during a time of economic crisis? Full explain and demonstrate your conclusion.
25. Explain and show (graphs required) the relationship between the production function and the LRAS curve

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Discuss specific goals and objectives for implementing this plan/proposal

Assignment 5: Financial Accountability and Nursing’s Role in Decision-Making Paper (12 points)
This assignment broadens the students understanding and knowledge of the various roles financial management and nursing leaders play in the business of healthcare. Have you ever said to yourself “If we only did things this way, this department/unit would more efficiently and cost effective? Or, what about “I have an idea to improve care and save money?”
For this assignment, the student will identify a workplace/unit issue or concern. Create a plan related to the issue/concern that could help the unit become more efficient and cost effective. A major emphasis of this assignment is to focus upon on how to be more cost effective without compromising quality and safety. How can the plan improve the fiscalhealth of the department and/or unit?
Areas and ideas to consider might include:
• Charge for procedures not previously charged for
• Changing brands of items
• Creating a new department
• Outsourcing procedures or personnel • Buying new or different equipment
• Hiring personnel
• Eliminating procedures, departments, supplies, etc.
• Redesigning procedures, department layout, policy
Assignment Criteria
Develop a scholarly paper that addresses the following criteria:
1. Identify and fully describe the problem or issue.
2. Describe in detail why this is a problem/issue and how it affects patients, nursing, and the organization in terms of fiscal management. Be specific.
3. Develop a plan or proposal related to the chosen problem on how to improve the fiscal health of the department/unit.
4. Include a literature review supporting the plan.
• Describe how the literature/evidence describes the problem/issue or supports the plan/ideas to resolve the problem/issue
• Discuss specific goals and objectives for implementing this plan/proposal
5. Identify specific strategies for solving this problem based on the readings and literature.
6. Include a proposed budget that shows the anticipated cost savings.
• Discuss the return on investment expected (when, who, how, etc.)
• This can be described in (a) narrative format within the paper, (b) in a table within the paper, or (c) as an appendix
7. Include a proposed time line for implementation.
8. Describe how the proposal/plan effectiveness will be evaluated.
9. The scholarly paper should be six to eight (6-8) pages excluding the title page, reference page, and appendices.

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How does culture impact the campaign?

The following link is a list of the World’s Most Valuable Brands, http://www.forbes.com/powerful-brands/list/3/#tab:rank
In preparation for the assignment, select one brand from the link above. After selecting a brand from the list, select two countries (other than the United States). Construct a 3-5 page paper comparing how this brand is marketed in the United States and the two other countries you selected. Make sure you address cultures and micro-cultures in your paper. You will want to ensure that you answer the following questions:
• What are the differences in the three marketing campaigns?
• Can the brand use the same campaign in all of the countries or do adjustments need to be made for the country?
• How does culture impact the campaign?
• How do micro-cultures impact the marketing campaign?
• Are there any down sides to marketing in another country?
Assignment Requirements:
• Write between 750-1000 words per question using Microsoft Word

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What is bench marking?

Case Assignment
In this Case Assignment after you have read the articles from the required reading list, conduct your own library search and write a comprehensive summary/critique in which you answer the questions:
• What is the difference between metricsand analytics?
• What is bench marking?
• What are scorecards and dashboards?
• How are these tools being utilized in the HRM context? Bring in private-sector employer examples found in your readings/research (stating employers by name).
• Offer your insights into the topic and its implications for HR.
Use at least 5 library sources to help strengthen your discussion. Reference all material cited.
Your paper should be at least 4-5 pages (not including cover sheet and reference page). Deal with these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a series of individual questions to be answered one by one. Follow APA 6th Edition guidelines.

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