Imagine you are an executive for BP, and you are preparing a presentation for the board of directors about the organization’s direction.

Create a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation, with speaker notes, in which you address the following:

  • Evaluate the planning function of management as it relates to the organization’s goals and strategies. Use steps in the planning process outlined in the text.
  • Analyze the influence that legal issues, ethics, and corporate social responsibility have had on management planning at BP. Provide at least one example for each.
  • Analyze at least three factors that influence the company's strategic, tactical, operational, and contingency planning.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


Determine an organization you will analyze and evaluate over the six weeks of this course. The organization can be one in which you work, one in which you have access, or one of such substance that significant internet material is available for your use.

Write a three to five page paper that:

  • Describes the nature of the organization (provide industry, product/service, a brief history, and position in relation to competition)
  • Identifies significant management personnel
  • Discusses business strategy
  • Defines the specific area of the business you plan to address

In addition to the requirements above, your paper:

  • Must be double-spaced and 12 point font
  • Must be formatted according to APA style
  • Must include an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement
  • Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph
  • Must reference two scholarly resources
  • Must include a reference page written in APA format


Competency 3018.1.1: Practice of Management - The graduate explains the theoretical bases, current knowledge, best practices, and trends related to the practice of management.

Competency 3018.1.3: Sustaining Business Performance - The graduate applies management and leadership theories for long-term global-business success.

Competency 3018.1.4: Organizational Performance Methods - The graduate analyzes appropriate methods to improve organizational performance.



For this task, you will write a 10 page paper on an organization with which you have had personal experience. The organization can be a business or a nonprofit, and you may represent any level of the organization (e.g., team, division, whole) in your analysis. Your description of the organization should convey personal experience, rather than information gained from secondhand sources or media coverage. For this task, you will first describe the chosen organization and will then perform a SWOT analysis on that organization. You will then analyze that organization’s leadership.


A.  Describe your chosen organization by doing the following:

1.  Describe the organization and its objective(s).

2.  Describe three leadership practices of the primary leader of the organization.

3.  Discuss how the current leadership has affected organizational culture.

B.  Conduct a SWOT analysis evaluating the chosen organization by doing the following:


Note: In your evaluation, consider the effects that communication practices, technology, ethics, and globalization have on your organization.

1.  Evaluate two of the organization’s strengths.

2.  Evaluate two of the organization’s weaknesses.

3.  Evaluate two of the organization’s opportunities.

4.  Evaluate two of the organization’s threats.

C.  Conduct a leadership evaluation of the primary leader described in part A2 by doing the following:

Note: As part of your evaluation, you will need to use one scholarly leadership theory and three scholarly sources.

1.  Evaluate three strengths of the primary leader’s leadership practices using a scholarly leadership theory.

2.  Evaluate three weaknesses of the primary leader’s leadership practices using the same scholarly leadership theory you used in part C1.

3.  Recommend three theory-based practices to maximize the future success of the leader and the organization.

4.  Include at least three scholarly sources to support your analysis of the primary leader’s practices.

D.  When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the assessment.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the APA Guidelines section.




Business managers seek higher performing workers to staff positions in organizations. Read pages 33 through 45 of the text and at least one article(s) through ProQuest. Consider organizational strategies and practices in your organization that could be enhanced by the application of these theories and address them in 200 words or more in your discussion post.

Review "perceptual mapping" located on the Week 2 ERR page. (attached)


Review the example perceptual map in Exhibit 4-14 in Ch. 4 of Basic Marketing. (attached)


Select an industry with many competitors.


Select two key variables that segment the competition.


Complete a perceptual map that includes a minimum of 10 competitors from that same industry. Explain why you placed each competitor on its particular spot on the map.


Use the MarketLine database and Wall Street Journal in the University Library to facilitate your research of the company.


Create a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with your map and competitor explanations. Include a summary slide at the beginning of your presentation.


A common theme observed in modern organizations today is the poor alignment of business strategy and HRM strategy. Find an article(s) through ProQuest which discusses the benefits of aligning HRM activities with key business initiatives and discuss the challenges and the opportunities of doing so. Present your findings in 200 words or more in your discussion post.

Describe Washington's actions leading up to and during the patriot victory at Yorktown


Option 1 - Jackson County Judges


Jackson County judges try thousands of cases per year. In an overwhelming majority of the cases disposed, the verdict stands as rendered. However, some cases are appealed, and of those appealed, some of the cases are reversed. Jackie Chan of The Star Tribune conducted a study of cases handled by Jackson County judges over a three-year period. In the Excel file, Judges, are the results for the 182,908 cases handled (disposed) by 40 judges in Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Court, and Municipal Court.


The purpose of the newspaper's study was to evaluate the performance of the judges. The newspaper wanted to know which judges were doing a good job and which ones were making too many mistakes. You are to assist in the data analysis by using your knowledge of probability and conditional probability to help with the ranking of each of the judges, as well as each court.


Managerial Report

 Prepare a report (see below) with your ranking of the judges based on the probabilities and conditional probabilities, as well as the analysis of each court. Include the following seven (7) items in table format to support your ranking. Be sure to use five (5) decimal places for your probabilities in the table, as some of them will be quite small.

 1.The probability of cases being appealed in each of the three different courts.

 2.The probability of cases being reversed in each of the three different courts.

 3.The probability of cases being reversed given an appeal in each of the three different courts.

 4.The probability of a case being appealed for each judge.

 5.The probability of a case being reversed for each judge.

 6.The probability of reversal, given an appeal for each judge.

 7.Rank the judges within each court for each of the probabilities in 4 - 6. Then, find the sum of the ranks and get an overall ranking for each judge. Evaluate and discuss the meaning of your results. Use tables, charts, graphs, or visual dashboards to support your findings.



Write a report that adheres to the Written Assignment Requirements under the heading “Expectations for Written Assignments”.

One inch margins on all sides of the document.

• Double-space entire document, including the reference page.

• Use Times New Roman, black font color, and size 12 font for the entire document, including

the reference page.

• Include a separate title page with the following information. Centered in the top half of the

page: (a) paper title, (b) student name, (c) course number and name of course, (d) name of

institution, (e) name of instructor, (f) date submitted. All major words are capitalized and not

bold. Insert the page numbers on the title page. Start with page 1.

• Insert running heads in the header of each page. The phrase “Running head:” (without

quotation marks) should appear only on the title page with the first 50 characters (this

includes spaces, but should not break up a word) of the paper’s title in all caps. All subsequent

pages should only have the 50 characters of the paper’s title in all caps. for

instructions on how to format running heads or you can use the

already formatted in APA.

• The title of the paper is repeated at the beginning of the body of paper, centered, major words

capitalized, and not bold. This is not considered a header.

• Use headings within the body of the document. Please refer to the APA manual (p. 62)

or Purdue OWL website ( )

for heading details.

• Indent all paragraphs five spaces to the right or 1/2 inch with no extra line space between


Refer to referenced authors by last name only throughout the body of document as APA

believes believes using authors first names may lead to a gender bias.

• Spell out all phrases when first used in a document with the acronym in parenthesis after it.

Just the acronym can be used in subsequent uses.

Example: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Motorola stated...

• In-text citations should be used throughout body of document. For more information and

examples, see page 5 of this guide.

• Directly quoted material should be cited to page number or paragraph number of where the

quotation was found. See page 8 of this guide for examples and more information. Keep in

mind that only 15-20% of your paper can be quoted (i.e., one quote per page).

• Block formatting is required for quotes of 40 words or more. For a block quote, indent entire

quote 5 space to the right or 1/2 inch, do not use quotation marks, and place the period at the

end of the quote, not the citation. See examples on page 9 of this guide.

• Use a page break (common feature in word processing software) to create a new page for

reference citations. The word “References” should be centered at the top, not bold, and should

not have any punctuation. References are double spaced and in hanging indent format and in

alphabetical order. For more information and examples, see page 10 of this guide.


As with all written assignments you should have in text citations and a reference page.


Your report must contain the following:

 •A title page in APA style.

 •An introduction that summarizes the problem.

 •The body of the paper should answer the questions posed in the problem by communicating the results of your analysis. Include results of calculations, as well as charts and graphs, where appropriate.

 •A conclusion paragraph that addresses your findings and what you have determined from the data and your analysis.


Submit your Excel file in addition to your report.

Excel file attached to this assignment



Search the Internet to find at least one news item about this lawsuit, preferably from a news source in the state in which the incident occurred.

Submit an 8-10 slide PowerPoint presentation that includes the following:

  • A description of the compliance issue that led to the lawsuit and its ramifications for the organization.
  • A brief summary of the functions of the EEOC in one paragraph.
  • The EEOC’s role in this lawsuit.
  • Whether or not this lawsuit promotes social change; justify your reasoning
  • A comparison of the EEOC press release to the news item. What accounts for the differences?
  • Strategies you would implement, if you were a senior manager of this company, to ensure future compliance and inclusion in the multicultural workplace.

Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.



Powerpoint Topic: 

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging that Southeastern Oklahoma State University Discriminated Against Transgender Woman