Strayer JWI assignments

Assignment
1: OrganizationOverview
Due Week 1, Day 7 (Weight: 10%)

You are the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of your chosen
organizationand are faced with a difficult leadership challenge. As the leader,
you will need to develop a winning strategy (aka Strategic Leadership Plan) to
move your organization to greater productivity, growth, and/or
profitability.

Choose your organization from the following list:
• General
Motors (GM)
• Carnival
(CCL)
• JC
Penny (JCP)
• BlackBerry
(BBRY)

*All course assignmentswill support
the development of your final Strategic
Leadership Plan and your Boardroom
Pitch, both due inweek 5 of this course.

For this assignment, provide an
overview of your organization and begin researching the current leadership
challenge your organization is facing to determine what challenge you will address.Write
a 1-2 page paper according to
following criteria:

• Overview
of Organization
§ What
does your organization do?
§ What
are its core competencies?
§ What
is the organization’s mission and vision?
§ What
market industry is it in?
§ Where
does it operate?
§ Who
are its customers?
§ What
is itsrelevant history? § Etc.
• Explain
why you chose the organization and what leadership challenge you will address.

While researching your chosen
organization, familiarize yourself with the following:
• The
company website.
• Information
on business websites such as CNBC and Yahoo Finance.
• Use
your WSJ account to follow and research articles written about your
organization.

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; references must follow JWMI style guide and writing 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 page length.

The following are specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment:

• Conduct
a strategic analysis of a selected company, its industry, and its competitors.
• Apply
business concepts and skills learned throughout the MBA program.
• Use
technology and information resources to research organizational leadership
issues.
• Write
clearly and effectively about business topics and related issues, using proper
writing mechanics.
Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality,
logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the
following grading criteria.

Weight:
10%

Assignment
1:Organization Overview

Criteria

Unsatisfactory

Low
Pass

Pass

High
Pass

Honors

1.Provide an overview of the chosen organization.

Weight: 60%

An overview is either not provided
or is lacking many of the criteria for describing the organization. This
includes a description of what the organization does, its core competencies,
mission and vision, identification of market industry, location of operations,
description of customers, and other relevant information and/or history.

The overview
does not cover all criteria or is lacking sufficient detail of information.
It may be missing one or more criteria components, description of what the
organization does, core competencies, mission and vision, identification of
market industry, location of operations, description of customers, or other
relevant information and/or history.

An overview of the organization is provided. It covers all of the
topics: what the organization does, identification of core competencies,
mission and vision, identification of market industry, locations of
operations, description of customers, and other relevant information or
history. It may lack some relevant details or may be too detailed. Overall,
the overview provides sufficient information about the organization.

A thorough
overview of the organization is
provided. It
is comprehensive yet targeted in scope.It succinctly provides an
encapsulation of who the organization is and what they do, including
identification of its
core competencies and its mission and vision. It identifies the market
industry the organization participates in,where they operate, and who their
customers are.

Anexemplary
and thorough overview of the organization
is provided. It is
comprehensive yet targeted in scope. It succinctly provides an
encapsulation of who the organization is and what they do, including
identification of its
core competencies and its mission and vision. It identifies the market
industry the organization participates in, where they operate, and who their
customers are, in addition to any other relevant information and/or relevant
history.

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Assignment
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Weight:
10%

Assignment
1:Organization Overview

Criteria

Unsatisfactory

Low
Pass

Pass

High
Pass

Honors

2. Explain why you chose the
organization and identify the leadership challenge you will address.

Weight: 30%

The organizational challenge is not stated and/or is very unclear,or
the student has not explained why they choose the organization.

The organizational challenge is stated
but may be
unclear. It is not evident that the student understands the challenge.
The student has explained why they chose the organization but may be lacking
in supporting rationale.

The organizational challenge is stated. It provides a sufficient
description that indicates the student understands the challenge.
Additionally, the student has explained why they chose the organization.

The organizational challenge is
clearly defined. The original challenge description has been expanded
upon or narrowed to clearly identify the organizational challenge.
Additionally, the student has fully explained why they chose the particular
industry in relation to their interests, career goals, and/or experience.

The organizational challenge is clearly
defined. It exemplarily demonstrates a clear understanding of the
organization, its industry, and the most impactful challenges the
organization is facing. The original challenge
description
has been expanded
upon or narrowed to clearly identify the organizational challenge.
Additionally, the student has fully explained why they chose the particular
industry in relation to their interests, career goals, and/or experience.

3. Clarity, logic, writing mechanics, and
formatting.

Weight: 10%

Multiple
mechanical errors;
much of the text is difficult to
understand or the text does not flow; fails to follow formatting
instructions.

Several
mechanical errors
make parts of the
text difficult for the reader to understand; the text does not flow;
the discussion fails to justify
conclusions and assertions.Partially applied concepts from across the
course.

More than a few mechanical errors; text flows but
lacks conciseness or clarity; assertions and conclusions are generally
justified and explained.

Few mechanical errors; text flows
and concisely and clearly expresses the student’s
position in a manner that rationally and logically develops the
topics.

Few to no mechanical errors; text flows and concisely, clearly,
andexemplarily expresses the student’s position in a manner that rationally
and logically develops the topics.

Assignment 3: Case Study – FEED Resource Recovery
Due Week 7, Day 7 (Weight: 17%)

Referencing the “FEED Resource Recovery” case study, write a
2-3 page paper in which you do the following:
1. Determine
FEED’s most likely source of competition in both the short and long term.
2. Discuss
why venture capitalists are interested in this business.
3. Assume
you are a venture capitalist. Determine whether you would you invest now and
what questions would be on your mind.
4. Determine
if Shane and Ryan should approach family and friends and what issues they would
face seeking family investment.
5. Determine
another source of capital available and what Shane and Ryan would have to do to
get it.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
• Typed,
double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12) with one-inch margins on
all sides; references must follow JWMI style guide and writing 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 page length.

The following are specific course learning outcomes
associated with this assignment:
• Understand
funding options for new business ventures.
• Use
technology and information resources to research issues in new business
ventures and entrepreneurship.
• Write
clearly and concisely about new business ventures and entrepreneurship using
proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality,
logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the
following grading criteria.

Weight: 17%

Assignment 3: FEED Resource Recovery

Criteria

Unsatisfactory

Low Pass

Pass

High Pass

Honors

1. Determine FEEDs most
likely source of competition in both the short and long term.
Weight: 20%

Did not
submit or incompletely determined FEEDs most
likely source of competition in both the short
and long term.

Partially
determined FEEDs most
likely source
of competition in both the short and long term.

Satisfactorily
determined FEEDs most
likely source of competition in both the short
and long term.

Completely
determined FEEDs most
likely source of competition in both the short
and long term.

Exemplarily
determined FEEDs most
likely source of competition in both the short
and long term.

2. Discuss why venture capitalists
are interested in this business. Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed why
venture capitalists are interested in this business.

Partially discussed why venture capitalists are interested in
this business.

Satisfactorily discussed why venture capitalists
are interested in this business.

Completely discussed why venture capitalists are
interested in this business.

Exemplarily discussed why venture capitalists are
interested in this business.

3. Assume you are a venture capitalist.
Determine whether you would you
invest now and what questions would be on your mind. Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely determined whether
you would you invest now and what questions would be on your mind.

Partially determined whether you would you invest
now and what questions would be on your mind.

Satisfactorily determined whether you would you
invest now and what questions would be on your mind.

Completely determined whether you would you
invest now and what questions would be on your mind.

Exemplarily determined whether you would you
invest now and what questions would be on your mind.

4. Determine if Shane and Ryan should approach
family and friends and the issues they would face seeking family investment.
Weight: 15%

Did not
submit or incompletely
determined if Shane and Ryan should approach
family and friends and the issues they would face seeking family investment.

Partially determined if Shane and Ryan should
approach family and friends and the issues they would face seeking family
investment.

Satisfactorily determined if Shane and Ryan
should approach family and friends and the issues they would face seeking
family investment.

Completely determined if Shane and Ryan should
approach family and friends and the issues they would face seeking family
investment.

Exemplarily determined if Shane and Ryan should approach
family and friends and the issues they would face seeking family investment.

Weight: 17%

Assignment 3: FEED Resource Recovery

Criteria

Unsatisfactory

Low Pass

Pass

High Pass

Honors

5. Determine another source of capital available
and what Shane and Ryan would have to do to get it.
Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely determined another
source of capital available and what Shane and Ryan would have to do to get
it.

Partially determined another source of capital
available and what Shane and Ryan would have to do to get it.

Satisfactorily determined another source of
capital available and what Shane and Ryan would have to do to get it.

Completely determined another source of capital
available and what Shane and Ryan would have to do to get it.

Exemplarily determined another source of capital
available and what Shane and Ryan would have to do to get it.

6. Clarity, logic, and writing
mechanics.Weight: 10%

Multiple
mechanical errors or much of the text is
difficult to
understand and
fails to follow formatting instructions. The text
does not flow.

Several
mechanical errors make parts of the text difficult for the reader
to understand; the text does not flow or the discussion
fails to justify conclusions and assertions.

More than a few mechanical errors; text flows but lacks conciseness
or clarity; assertions and conclusions are
generally justified and explained.

Few mechanical errors; text flows and concisely
and
clearly expresses the student’s
position in a manner that rationally and
logically develops the topics.

No mechanical errors; text flows and concisely
and
clearly expresses the student’s
position in
an exemplary manner that rationally and
logically develops the topics.

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