Week 1Discussion 1Ron Jon Surf Shopâs website includes products such as clothing, surf & skate products, and beach items. The site is also popularized through media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Youtube. You can also access the surf report for any beach through the website. Store locations are available in the states of Florida, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Maryland. Hilo Hattieâs website includes products such as clothing, jewelry, and food. This site is popularized through media sites similar to Ron Jonâs with the exception of Youtube. This site offers you a list and guide of cultural activities that you can partake in. Store locations are also only available in Hawaii. You can find elements of organizational planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and control in the web content of Ron Jon Surf Shopâs website. The website displays the element of planning by offering international shipping, store locations near beaches, and options for email promotions. The website displays organizing by offering customer feedback options in order to learn how they are doing serving you as a company and reaching their goals. The website displays staffing by offering links for careers that allow you to view employment opportunities offered throughout the company. The website displays leading by offering an about us link which allows consumers to learn the story behind Ron Jon Surf Shop. The website displays control by offering consumers the option to leave customer feedbacks and also read product reviews written by other consumers. You can also find elements of organizational planning, staffing, leading, and control in the web content of Hilo Hattieâs website as well. The website content displays elements of planning by offering email promotions and group services for customers. The website displays elements of staffing by offering information about career opportunities at all store locations. The website displays elements of leading by offering links for about us and a company blog. The website displays elements of control by offering contact information for all sales managers. I did not find content of the element or organizing through the website.2Select one of the companies below and conduct some basic research. British Petroleum (BP)FacebookHyundaiDunkin’ DonutsNetflixState what you believe is the distinctive competence and core competence of your selected company.Give an example of how the values and mission statement help to shape planning. Also give some internal and external factors that may influence the business in the future and explain how they will influence the business. Respond substantively to two other learnersComplete a SWOT Analysis for your selected organization; applying each of the categories in evaluating the company.Ashford 3: – Week 2 – Discussion 1Reflect on your reading for the week, specifically Analytical Exercise 8. Is another form of structural configuration better suited to multiproduct, multiservice companies? If not, is there a form of departmentalization for multiproduct, multiservice companies which would match somewhat the divisional structure configuration?”Explain how the following somewhat match each other: â¢ functional structure with simple structureâ¢ divisional structure with departmentalization by productâ¢ machine bureaucracy with centralized, mechanistic structureâ¢ professional bureaucracy with decentralized, organic structureAshford 3: – Week 2 – Discussion 2Address the following questions and also provide the name of a company example of each structure with supporting rationale. Reply substantively to two other learners. What kinds of companies should employ the simple structure organizational configuration?What kind of companies should use the machine bureaucracy form of structure?What kinds of organizations should feature a professional bureaucracy form of structure?What kinds of firms should use the divisional form of structure?What types of organizations are best suited to the adhocracy form of structure?Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion 1Select one of the laws listed below and explain how it has changed the staffing process. Also select one governmental activity from the second list and explain how it influences staffing. Respond substantively to two other learners.Laws to choose from in answering the discussion question:employment-at-willFair Labor Standards ActThe Civil RightsAct of 1964EEOC Regulations concerning sexual harassmentAge Discrimination in Employment ActAmericans with Disabilities ActFamily and Medical Leave ActGovernmental activities to choose from in answering the discussion question:Social Security premiumsSocial Security disability insuranceUnemployment insuranceFederal income taxAshford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion 2The main problem with performance appraisal programs is supervisory bias when making judgments. How can a company attempt to identify and reduce appraisal bias? Respond substantively to two other learners.Ashford 5: – Week 4 – Discussion 1Explain how the concepts from Locke’s goal setting theory can be incorporated into Vroom’s expectancy theory. Explain how the concepts in Adams’ equity theory can be incorporated into expectancy theory. Respond substantively to two other learnersAshford 5: – Week 4 – Discussion 2View the video Making it All Work. Explain the parallels of the concepts presented in the video to the five functions of management. Explain how the five functions of management can help you in your personal life. How could the concepts presented make you a better leader? Respond substantively to two other learners.Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Discussion 1Explain why the four steps involved in the controlling function are important. Why is a good understanding of the various ratios used by accountants and managers important to the controlling function? Give specific examples. Respond substantively to two other learners.Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Discussion 2Of the five management functions, which do you expect will experience the most dramatic changes in the next decade? Defend your answer. Which will have the least amount of change? Explain your answer. Respond substantively to two other learners.
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