The Impact of Performance Appraisal System on Employees job satisfactions
How might cultural, political, or geo-economics challenges affect a global company’s use of the Internet? Give several examples.
Part 1: Answer the Module Review Questions listed below. These questions were chosen to demonstrate your understanding and help you assess your progress.
- How might cultural, political, or geo-economics challenges affect a global company’s use of the Internet? Give several examples.
- Will the increasing use of the Internet by firms with global business operations change their move toward a transnational business strategy? Explain.
- What has been the impact of information technologies on the work relationships, activities, and resources of managers?
- What can business unit managers do about performance problems in the use of information technology and the development and operation of information systems in their business units?
Part 2: Read the Analysis Exercise at the end of the chapter and complete the questions after the summary.
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To start on this assignment, first make sure that you understand the distinctions and legal issues involved in the four main types of intellectual property—patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks. Ambrozy (2012) and Bouchoux (2001) cover all four of these types of intellectual property, but if you are still unclear about any of these concepts there are several other sources in the “Optional Readings” list that will also be useful for this assignment. In addition, make sure to read DuBoff’s (2004) chapter on business insurance. You will need to cite at least one source from the background materials in each answer, and include at least three total references from the background materials in your paper.
Once you have thoroughly reviewed the readings in the background materials and are comfortable with the concepts of intellectual property, write a four to five page paper addressing the questions regarding these five scenarios:
- Suppose you run into a friend who has a new idea for a business or product every time you see him. This time he is convinced he has invented a cutting-edge new management system called “Beverage-Based Management” whereby employees improve their performance by drinking high-caffeine energy drinks with a shot of vodka during their lunch breaks. Your friend provides a pile of research studies showing that caffeine can increase alertness and productivity while alcohol can reduce inhibitions and increase communication between employees. You are a bit skeptical of his idea but think at least some companies might buy his system (at least for comedy purposes). Your friend wants to get a patent on “Beverage-Based Management.” Would you advise that he seek a patent for this idea? If not, what other form of intellectual property protection might be a better choice for your friend?
- Your business owns a piece of heavy machinery that is worth $200,000. However, the cost of insuring the full $200,000 value of your machinery is more than your business can currently afford. So instead you tell the insurance company that the machinery is worth $100,000 and buy a cheaper policy. Then there is a fire at your factory and the $200,000 heavy machinery is completely destroyed. However you are at least slightly relieved since you hope the insurance company will at least pay the $100,000 that you told the insurance company the machinery was worth even though this will only cover half the damage. But after reading up on business insurance in DuBoff (2004) can you really be certain the insurance company will pay up when they find out that you intentionally undervalued the machinery?
- You find some sheet music on a webpage, and you cannot find any copyright information on the webpage at all. You do a word search on the title of the song and also check a federal registry of copyrights and cannot find this song. You and some musician friends like this song and plan to record it. Since the song was not in any federal registry and no copyright information was given on the webpage where you found the song, are you legally free to record and perform the song for money, or are their legal liabilities you still may face for using this song?
- The An family owns a famous Vietnamese restaurant in Los Angeles called Crustacean which is famous for their garlic noodles. Unlike other dishes on the menu, the garlic noodles are cooked in a separate “Secret Kitchen” where only immediate members of the An family are allowed. Suppose one of the members of the An family goes on vacation to New York and eats at a restaurant and finds that this restaurant’s garlic noodles taste almost exactly the same as those served at Crustacean. They also recognize one of the waiters at this restaurant as one who used to work at Crustacean (but is not a member of the An family). Do trade secret laws give the An family any legal protection for their garlic noodle recipes? If so, what kind of information or evidence do you think the An family would need in order to successfully sue this New York restaurant for stealing their trade secrets?
- Suppose you are an engineer, and one day you decide to take apart your iPhone. After playing around with the wiring and circuits, you find a way to increase the amount of time the iPhone can operate before needing to be recharged. You try the same method with other smartphones such as Samsung, but your method only works for iPhones. You successfully obtain a patent from the U.S. Patent Office for your new method for improving the function of iPhones. Will this patent allow you to manufacture your own brand of smartphones identical to the iPhone but with extended time before needing to be recharged? If not, how else might you be able to make money from your iPhone?
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After facing some initial problems in obtaining a new lemon supply, your brother’s lemonade business has really taken off. Some local grocery stores now want to sell his lemonade in bottles at their stores. While you previously were under the impression that the only ingredients in his lemonade were lemon juice and sugar, you recently find out that there is actually a secret blend of spices and natural sweeteners in his lemonade that give it a unique flavor.
You are of course proud of your brother and happy you have been giving him some solid legal advice. But as you’ve problem come to realize at this point, the more a business grows the more legal challenges it may face. As protective older sibling you have become worried that others may take advantage of your brother’s success. More specifically, you want your brother to take steps to protect his valuable lemonade know-how from competitors. Furthermore, you also want your brother’s business to have some minimal level of insurance to protect against new risks that a larger size business may face.
For this assignment, review the background materials carefully and then write a two to three page paper addressing the following issues:
- What kind of protection should your brother try to obtain for his lemonade recipe – a patent or some form of trade secret protection? How should your brother go about obtaining this protection? Refer to Ambrozy (2012) or to Chapter 10 of DuBoff (2004) in your answer.
- Your brother’s lemonade stands only have a sign saying “Lemonade Stand”, and he wants the lemonade bottles sold in grocery stores to have a label saying “Fresh Squeezed Lemonade” on them. In your opinion, will your brother be able to get trademark protection for “Lemonade Stand” or “Fresh Squeezed Lemonade”? Why or why not? If not, give some examples of alternative trademarks that he might be able to get protection for. Refer to Ambrozy (2012), Bouchoux (2001), or Chapter 11 of DuBoff (2004) in your answer.
- Your brother has enough income from his business to be able to afford one or two types of insurance. What kind of insurance do you think would offer him the best protection against lawsuits? Explain your reasoning, and support your answer with references to Chapter 18 of DuBoff (2004) or the article on small business insurance basics listed in the background materials.
- Sources of Debt Financing
- Briefly describe a small business you could envision yourself owning and discuss the most appropriate source of debt capital for that business. Explain your rationale.
- From the e-Activity, discuss how you could best use an SBA loan to get your business running or expanding. Provide specific examples to support your response.
- Using the same small business you described in the first discussion, determine the best possible location for your business within driving distance of where you now live. Explain your rationale.
- Discuss the layout and design configuration of a building you would like to use to house your business, including how you would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Questioning enhances two-way communication in a training environment. When used appropriately, questioning improves trainee participation and allows the trainer to check for understanding. The textbook lists several question types. In your own words, please list and define each of those question types, and describe when each is used most effectively. Provide an example of each question type.
- Requirements-Written Responses: •Unless otherwise indicated, there is a 200 word minimum response required. •Credible reference materials, including your course textbook(s), may be used to complete the assessment. ◦If you have questions regarding the credibility of your reference, please contact your professor.
Denton Company has a large portion of its plant assets concentrated in an area where technology is changing rapidly.
Denton Company has a large portion of its plant assets concentrated in an area where technology is changing rapidly. Denton wants to minimize taxable income and maximize net income reported to stockholders. Recommend a course of action for Denton. Support your recommendation