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Explain why effective, accurate competitive analysis is so critical for high quality decision making in modern organizations. 

Assignment:

One of the most difficult challenges for modern businesses is to accurately define who their competitors really are; both in the current environment and especially in the future environment.  For example: if you were the CEO of Yellow Cab 10 years ago, would you have identified Uber or Lyft as potential competitors?

Questions for Discussion:

1. Explain why effective, accurate competitive analysis is so critical for high quality decision making in modern organizations.  

2. Select two companies or organizations that you are familiar with and describe (in your opinion) how good competitive analysis may have enabled their success – OR – how poor competitive analysis may have led to their failure.   For example: Apple, Amazon, Exxon-Mobil, Tesla, Amberton, Uber, Oldsmobile, Wal-Mart, NetFlix, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Disney, Mary….

Review the resources listed at the end of this assignment along with the terms and concepts discussed this week to prepare for this assignment

Read the Strategic Management Project Background document attached

Review the resources listed at the end of this assignment along with the terms and concepts discussed this week to prepare for this assignment:

strategic management competitive advantage strategic plan mission statement vision statement core values statement AFI

Create a Word document and title it Strategic Management Research Journal Part 1.

Write a 500- to 700-word response to the following prompts as your journal entry:

Justify the guiding principles required for preparing effective statements that describe the mission, vision, and the core values of an organization as covered in the assigned reading. Compare whether Caterpillar Inc.’s mission, vision, and core values conform to the guiding principles in the text and support organizational strategic planning principles as justified in prompt #1. Refer to the Caterpillar Inc. website….

Calculate the beta of a portfolio that includes the following stocks: 

Assessment Instructions

Answer the following questions and complete the following problems:

Questions

In a Word document, respond to the following. Number your responses 1–2.

Explain why expected return is considered forward-looking. What challenges arise in using expected return? Explain how differences in allocations between the risk-free security and the market portfolio can determine the level of market risk.

Use references to support your responses as needed. Be sure to cite all references using correct APA style. Your responses should be free of grammar and spelling errors, demonstrating strong written communication skills.

Problems

In either a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, complete the following problems.

You may solve the problems algebraically, or you may use a financial calculator or an Excel spreadsheet. If you choose to solve the problems….

Describe the internal rate of return (IRR) as a method for deciding the desirability of a capital budgeting project.

Assessment Instructions

Respond to the questions and complete the problems.

Questions

In a Word document, respond to the following. Number your responses 1–4.

Explain the net present value (NPV) method for determining a capital budgeting project’s desirability. What is the acceptance benchmark when using NPV? Explain the payback period statistic. What is the acceptance benchmark when using the payback period statistic? Describe the internal rate of return (IRR) as a method for deciding the desirability of a capital budgeting project. What is the acceptance benchmark when using IRR? Describe the modified internal rate of return (MIRR) as a method for deciding the desirability of a capital budgeting project. What are MIRR’s strengths and weaknesses?

Use references to support your responses as needed. Be sure to cite all references….

Describe the importance of the budgeting process in the chosen company relative to these ratios.

Choose one of the two competitors that you explored in your Topic 3 paper. Create an executive summary presentation of the findings on the chosen company from the Topic 3 report (seven to nine slides, exclusive of the title and reference slides) with appropriate speaker notes that could be delivered to a C-suite executive in a corporation. Note that while you should provide comparisons to your company’s competitor and the industry averages, the executive summary should focus on a single company from the two competing companies. Consider the feedback from your instructor on the case study report you completed in Topic 3 and include the following in your presentation.

A summary of the industry and company chosen. An overview of the chosen company’s liquidity ratios relative to the industry averages and….

Calculate Roberta’s net tax payable or refund due for 2019.

prepare a tax return

Problems:  Chapter 6-57 (Roberta Santos) South-Western’s Federal Taxation, Comprehensive Volume (2021).  Prepare the Tax Return for 2019.

Roberta Santos, age 41, is single and lives at 120 Sanborne Avenue, Springfield, IL 60781. Her Social Security number is 123-45-6780. Roberta has been divorced from her former husband, Wayne, for three years. She has a son, Jason, who is 17, and a daughter, June, who is 18. Jason’s Social Security number is 111-11-1112, and June’s is 123-45-6788. Roberta has never owned or used any virtual currency. She does not want to contribute $3 to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

Roberta, an advertising executive, earned a salary from ABC Advertising of $80,000 in 2019. Her employer withheld $9,000 in Federal income tax and $3,100 in state income tax.

….

Compute Ashley’s net tax payable or refund due for 2019.

Problem

Justin Stone (Chapter 14, Problem 88)

Ashley Panda lives at 1310 Meadow Lane, Wayne, OH 43466, and her Social Security number is 123-45-6777. Ashley is single and has a 20-year-old son, Bill. His Social Security number is 111-11-1112. Karl lives with Ashley, and she fully supports him. Bill spent 2019 traveling in Europe and was not a college student. He had gross income of $4,655 in 2019. Bill paid $4,000 of lodging expenses that Ashley reimbursed after they were fully documented. Ashley paid the $4,000 to Bill using a check from her sole proprietorship. That amount is not included in the items listed below. Ashley had substantial health problems during 2019, and many of her expenses were not reimbursed by her health insurance.

Ashley owns Panda Enterprises….

Describe a strategy for investment.

Choose a publicly held corporation and find the balance sheet and notes to the financial statements in the most recent Form 10-K. The Form 10-K can be located by going to the home page of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Links to an external site.) and locating the SEC EDGAR Database. Look under the Filings tab for EDGAR search tools. If you need help, try the tutorial, How Do I Use EDGAR? (Links to an external site.)

Write a three to four-page, APA-formatted paper that reviews the current assets, accounts receivable, other current assets, equipment, property, current liabilities, long-term debt, and stockholders’ equity of the company you chose. Based on your review, present a recommendation to a friend who is thinking about investing in the company. What are the strengths and weaknesses….

What new features did you learn about in this unit and the previous unit?

Unit 4 DB: MS Word in Everyday Life (CIS112)

After completing this unit and the previous unit, you now know how to use many of the features of MS Word. Please answer the following questions:

What new features did you learn about in this unit and the previous unit? How will you put the features of Word to use in your everyday life? How can you see yourself using Word in your academic and professional careers?

Unit 4 DB: Organizational Structure (MGT105 Principles of Management)

Based on your reading and/or your experience, can an organization’s structure be changed quickly?  Why or why not?  Should it be changed quickly?  Explain your answers.

Unit 4 Discussion (ACC211 Managerial Accounting)

How important is it to trace costs appropriately?  Explain.

As you are beginning to….

calculate the amount of economic damages needed to replace the loss of household services over Jane Doe’s remaining life expectancy

A law firm has hired you as the forensic accountant to prepare a calculation of economic damages due to the injury that Jane sustained.

1. Despite Jane Doe’s injury, she expects to continue working until the age of 65. Your objective is to calculate the economic damages that Jane Doe will experience over her work-life expectancy (age 65) due to lost wages and benefits

2. Published statistics illustrate that Jane Doe’s life expectancy, based on her age and education, is 85 years of age.

3. As a result of Jane Doe’s injury, she can no longer perform household services. Legal counsel has asked you to calculate the amount of economic damages needed to replace the loss of household services over Jane Doe’s remaining life expectancy

4. Jane Doe’s….