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Project Part 1: Project: Strategic Decision-making, and Heuristics
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Project Part 1: Project: Strategic Decision-making, and Heuristics

In Project Part 1, you use CVP analysis and create a balanced scorecard using various types of financial and non-financial measurements regarding multiple stakeholder perspectives to give a more balanced view of business performance.

You have the opportunity to conduct research that will enhance your value as an asset to the organization for which you work. Your critical thinking and credibility as a communicator of information are vital, much desired, skills. Recent research conducted by Kaplan University's School of Business and Information Technology establishes that critical thinking and credibility in written communications are the two most important skills needed to meet the demands of the changing global business environment.

Part 1: Note: This is Part 1 of the Project — A case study due in Unit 4 (Part 2 will be completed in Unit 5).

Part 1 of the Project, due at the end of this unit, requires you to complete an analysis and evaluation of a manufacturing organization. This evaluation will also provide the foundation for Part 2 of the Project. “The Organization” may be understood and used in three ways:

·               You may use your own employer as the basis for the Project – IF your employer is a manufacturer, is appropriate to the Assignment and has the requisite information to support a graduate-level analysis. Use of an organization that is not appropriate may result in a diminished score. If you have any doubts, please contact your instructor for additional guidance.

·               Another possibility would be to use a local manufacturing company willing to help you with your Project, even if you are not an employee.

·               Next, if you are not employed, or if your employer is not appropriate to the assignment, you may select a different organization. You may use any organization of your choosing, but it must be appropriate to the Project.

NOTE: If you are self-employed or own your own company – it would NOT be an appropriate research subject. You must select another company to meet the requirements of the Project. One method for choosing a company will be to do an on-line search for a company that might interest you; then you may search the company’s website as the basis for your Project.

Project Part 1 Checklist

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After you have completed the Project part 1 paper, upload your Word document to the Unit 4 Project Dropbox before 11:59 p.m. (ET), on Tuesday of Unit 4. Name your Assignment filename using this format: LastName_FirstName_Unit#_AssignmentName. For example, this Assignment will be named: Smith_Joan_Unit04_Project1.

Assignments submitted late will be subject to the Late Policy described in your Syllabus.

The Unit 4 Project Part 1 rubric has been provided here on the rubric icon. The rubrics are an integral part of all Assignment instructions. Please review the rubric document for a complete understanding of how your Assignments will be assessed. Doing so will help you successfully complete your Assignments.

One additional and extremely important note: You will not be eligible to complete the Project Part 2 PowerPoint Presentation unless the Project Part 1 has been submitted.

Project Part 1 Grading Rubric: at Rubric icon below.

Additional readings/references to use for this project:

Freeland, C. (2015). Globalization bites back. Atlantic, 315(4), 82.

Eaton, D., &Kilby, G. (2015). Does your organizational culture support your business strategy? Journal for Quality & Participation, 37(4), 4.


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