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Exploring Potential

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Based on your business experience and the information accumulated in this course identify three potential research topics that are relevant to the subject of the course. What managerial problems or opportunities would each of the three studies address? Provide a short description for each research topic, highlighting:

  • The organizational problem or opportunity that needs to be addressed
  • The purpose of the research
  • The question(s) that, if answered, will help to solve the problem or seize the opportunity

Write your initial response in 350–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Channel Strategies and the Value Chain

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Channel Strategies and the Value Chain

In this assignment, you will analyze channel strategies and the value chain. You will then analyze the effect that growth, going global, and supply chains have on two similar products/services that are marketed in various markets.

Background:

Decisions about marketing channel structure depend on customer needs, competitor behavior, marketing strategy used, and the resources available to the marketing manager. A wide variety of channel options exists today. Generally, the goal of the channel arrangement is to maximize the efficiencies of distribution. Many channel arrangements have the potential for conflict as well as legal and ethical issues. Channel decisions are among the most critical decisions facing marketing managers.

Directions:

  • Use the Argosy University online library resources to identify five peer-reviewed academic articles related to channel strategies, leverage, and the value chain.
  • Choose two competing products that are sold in local, national, and global markets.
  • Evaluate the effects that growth, going global, and supply chains have on distribution strategies.
  • Assess the effects of market shifts and declines on channel strategies.
  • Analyze and assess how a company could obtain leverage within the channel and the value chain to maximize efficiencies in the market. Identify potentially negative aspects of leverage as well.
  • Critically examine the strategic elements and organizational environment of marketing decisions for the products you chose.

Write a 4–6-page report in Word format. Utilize at least five scholarly sources in your research. Make sure you write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

History

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  1. What does the history of Tupperware show us about larger changes in American society during the 1950s, especially regarding family life and the role of women
  2. Identify a consumer good that is popular today, and explain how, like Tupperware, it illustrates important changes in present-day American society.

Reflection child

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Reflect on your growth and development using techniques of child and adolescent counseling skills.  You should discuss your strengths and weaknesses as related to your knowledge and skills, and your plan for enhancing your assets and reducing your limitations.  This should be between 2 to 3 pages (not counting a title page or citations).

Bankruptcy

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  • Use the Internet to locate four different recent bankruptcy filings from publicly traded corporations. Then, use the Internet to locate information on Altman’s Z-Score. Propose two steps that a company could take in order to avoid bankruptcy. Provide a rationale for your proposals.
  • Analyze the components of Altman’s Z-Score. Suggest at least two decisive measures that a company could take in order to lower its probability of bankruptcy.

Please use quality research in your internet search. Cite your references.

Finance Problem

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Finance Problem Set

  1. Problem 1: Future Value of investment

If a firm has $250,000 to invest and can earn 8.5%, compounded annually, how much will the firm have after two years?

 

  1. Problem 2 – Future Value of Retirement Accoun

A self-employed person deposits $1,250 annually in a retirement account (called a SEP-IRA) that earns 5.5%.

  1. How much will be in the account at age 62 if the savings program starts when the individual is age 50?
  2. How much additional money will be in the account if the saver defers retirement until age 66 and continues the contributions until then?
  3. How much additional money will be in the account if the saver discontinues the contributions at age 62, but lets it build up until retirement at age 66?
  4. A father has decided to set aside a one time lump sum for college that will amount to $60,000 by the time his 5 year old is 18 years old (13 years). Use 8% as the rate. Figure the dollar amount to put in the fund assuming no further investments will be made. How much must he invest right now to amount to $60,000 in 13 years?
  5. A couple borrows $935,000 for 7 years for the purchase of a vacation home at an interest rate of 7%.

    The loan requires that the interest and principal be paid in equal, annual payments.

    The interest is determined on the declining balance that is owed. What are the required annual payments on the loan?

    Rate

Nper

PV

FV

Type

PMT

How much is the principal loan balance reduced by during the first year?

Hint: To determine the principal paid in year 1, subtract the interest paid in year 1 from the total yearly payment.

Rate

Principal loan value

Interest paid in year 1

Total payment made in year 1 Principal paid the first year

 

  1. Lease Payment.

A company leases equipment for 7 years. The equipment costs $28,000 and the owner wants to earn 9.5% on the lease. What should be the required lease payments?

  1. Rate

Nper

PV

FV

Type

PMT

 

  1. You win a judgment in an auto accident for $275,000. You will immediately receive $135,000 in cash, but must pay your lawyer’s fee of $91,666 out of that sum. In addition you will receive $5,500 per year for 20 years for a total of $110,000 after which the balance owed of $30,000 will be paid. If the interest rate is 7 percent, what is the current value of your settlement?
  2. A firm borrows $935,000 for 7 years for a large item of equipment and installation costs. The interest rate is 7.5%. The loan requires that the interest and principal be paid in equal, annual payments that cover the interest and principal. The interest is determined on the declining balance that is owed. What are the annual payments and the amount by which the loan is reduced during the first year?

 

  1. A company leases equipment for seven years. The equipment costs $28,000 and the owner (called the “lessor”) wants to earn 9.5% on the lease. What should be the lease payments?

Cells and Cancer and Mitosis and Meiosis

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Mitosis is the type of cell division by which a single cell divides in such a way to provide two genetically identical “daughter cells”. This is the method by which the body produces new cells for both growth and repair of aging or damaged tissues throughout the body. Meiosis (reduction division) is the form of cell division in which a cell divides into four “daughter cells” each of which has half of the number of chromosomes of the original cell. Meiosis occur prior to the formation of sperm (in males) and ova (in females); gametes.

Mitosis and Meiosis both represent cell division that occur in humans and other animals. These cell division processes share many aspects, including the production of new cells and replication of genetic material. Both mitosis and meiosis are associated with cytokinesis. The end result of both are daughter cells produce from a parent cell. The fundamental sequence of events in mitosis is the same as in meiosis (in meiosis it happens twice.) Both processes include the breakdown of the nuclear membrane, the separation of genetic material into two groups, followed by cell division and the reformation of the nuclear membrane in each cells. The processes differ in two fundamental. Meiosis has two rounds of genetic separation and cellular division while mitosis only has one of each. In meiosis homologous chromosomes separate leading to daughter cells that are not generally identical. In mitosis the daughter cells are identical to the parent as well as to each other. Three benefits of genetic variation which results from meiosis are:

1. Crossing-over of homologous chromosomes (recombines the maternally- and paternally- derived chromosomes to create new allel combinations.)

2.Random segregation of homologous chromosomes ( the maternally- and paternally- derived chromosomes will go randomly into the two daughter cells during meiosis 1).

3. Random segregation of the sister chromatids during meiosis II and mitosis, sister chromatids are identical, but due to crossing-over, in meiosis, they’re not, so random segregation of them is another way there’s increased variation.

I think the crossing-over benefit is most significant because this creates genetic diversity by allowing genes from each parent to intermix, resulting in chromosomes with a different genetic complement. The exchange occurs bewteen non-sisters chromatids. Because genes often interact with each other, the new combination of genes on a chromosome can lead to new traits in offsprings.