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Your outline should contain an idea for your introduction, thesis, and at least two sections of a body comprised of an analysis of how the organization or company you chose measures the effectiveness or results of their health care and an analysis of how they use their data for quality improvement. An idea for a conclusion should come at the end.

Your initial thesis and outline for your course project paper are due this module. Your outline will be the skeleton from which you will write your project. Your outline should contain an idea for your introduction, thesis, and at least two sections of a body comprised of an analysis of how the organization or company you chose measures the effectiveness or results of their health care and an analysis of how they use their data for quality improvement. An idea for a conclusion should come at the end. For a summary of requirements, see original assignment in Module 02 Course Project – Introduction.

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Examine a perfectly competitive firm that you have recently purchased a product from, focusing specifically on how the firm operates relative to the characteristics of the market

Examine a perfectly competitive firm that you have recently purchased a product from, focusing specifically on how the firm operates relative to the characteristics of the market   respond to these to students post

  • Apple firm is a big competitive firm world wide like America, Japan and Europe. Apple values its high quality, high speed, and user friendly products for customers. Apple designs all of their phones from scratch they are geared to provide efficient performance. Apple has always focused on their product features, and in store buying process. Going into an apple store is one the best experiences ever, they are always friendly and very knowledgeable of the products they sale. They take pride in innovative products, designing of the products , the graphics and networking experience, and marketing. Apple stays at least two years ahead of their competitors. Customers dont mind spending money on good quality products regardless of their prices.  This is why I believe Apple is one of the top firms in the world.
  • A product I use frequently that I believe fits this example well is Monster energy drinks. Red Bull might be considered the most popular, but Monster has them beat on variety, value (a larger can costs the same or less), and quality (they taste much better in my opinion). It feels like every time I enter a convenience store, there is a new brand of energy drink up for sale, so the market is definitely easy to enter/exit. Red Bull spends the most on advertising by far, but I see just as many people drinking Monster these days. They rely much more on word of mouth and promotional materials (most of you have probably seen people with Monster stickers on their vehicles).
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Analyze the parts of thought and reasoning and re-organize the eight elements into four distinct categories by pairing elements together similar to the example above. Briefly describe each new category you created and present your reasoning for each category. Include the characteristics of the original eight elements in your descriptions and reasoning.

Eight Elements of Thought and Reasoning

There are eight elements of thought in reasoning. We often use more than one element at the same time.  For example, your Point of View includes Assumptions. Therefore, we can assume that these elements are two aspects of the same thing. Analyze the parts of thought and reasoning and re-organize the eight elements into four distinct categories by pairing elements together similar to the example above.  Briefly describe each new category you created and present your reasoning for each category. Include the characteristics of the original eight elements in your descriptions and reasoning. Example:

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Why you selected the visuals. How they support your intended message. What reaction or results you hope to gain from the use of these visuals.

Assignment To complete the following assignment, go to this week’s Assignment link in the left navigation.

Final Project- Step Three  You should now have a strong foundation for the message you plan to communicate in your Final Project as well as a good idea of how you want to incorporate visuals. This week, you are required to locate or create at least five possible visuals that you might utilize for your Final Project (e.g., photographs, drawings, video clips, screenshots). In a one- to two-page paper (not including the title and reference pages), explain the following:

  • Why you selected the visuals.
  • How they support your intended message.
  • What reaction or results you hope to gain from the use of these visuals.

As part of your explanation, be sure to include examples to support each required point. Include your visuals in the paper (be sure to reference any visuals that you did not create in proper APA format). Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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s discussed in the text, the health care industry continues to face challenges and patients are becoming more aware of patient rights with access to health care provider information. Specify what you believe to be the greatest challenge that the health care industry faces today. Provide a rationale for your response.

s discussed in the text, the health care industry continues to face challenges and patients are becoming more aware of patient rights with access to health care provider information. Specify what you believe to be the greatest challenge that the health care industry faces today. Provide a rationale for your response.

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Fair-Minded Qualities After reading each of the qualities needed to be a fair-minded thinker, pick one quality you feel you possess and describe how you fulfill this quality. Then choose two qualities that you need to improve upon and describe why you chose these two qualities. You will need to include a detailed plan (500-600 words) for overcoming the obstacles that are preventing you from fulfilling the characteristics of the two qualities you have chosen.

Fair-Minded Qualities

After reading each of the qualities needed to be a fair-minded thinker, pick one quality you feel you possess and describe how you fulfill this quality. Then choose two qualities that you need to improve upon and describe why you chose these two qualities. You will need to include a detailed plan (500-600 words) for overcoming the obstacles that are preventing you from fulfilling the characteristics of the two qualities you have chosen.

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In 350-400 words please address the following: (1) What is political ideology? (2) How would you describe your political ideology – not necessarily in terms of Democrat or Republican or Liberal or Conservative – but what are your political beliefs? (3) In terms of your political socialization, who or what most influenced your political ideology? (4) How important is your political ideology to you? (5) Do you think your ideology influences your decision-making, not necessarily just politically, but in everyday life? (6) What were the results of your typology test? (7) Do you think the results of the typology test you took accurately reflect your political ideology? Why or why not?

  1. No matter what country you are from, everyone has a political ideology. It has been influenced by your family, your friends, your teachers, the media, etc. For this assignment I want you to reflect on your own personal experiences (meaning, you should be using phrases like “I believe and/or I think” in your response) to answer the following questions. I expect you to address all questions asked in your response.
  2. In 350-400 words please address the following: (1) What is political ideology? (2) How would you describe your political ideology – not necessarily in terms of Democrat or Republican or Liberal or Conservative – but what are your political beliefs? (3) In terms of your political socialization, who or what most influenced your political ideology? (4) How important is your political ideology to you? (5) Do you think your ideology influences your decision-making, not necessarily just politically, but in everyday life? (6) What were the results of your typology test? (7) Do you think the results of the typology test you took accurately reflect your political ideology? Why or why not?
  3. Points will be deducted for not following the above guidelines.
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Share your journey: How have your thoughts on cultural diversity and minority changed since the beginning of this course and what three key writers most influenced that change?

Share your journey: How have your thoughts on cultural diversity and minority changed since the beginning of this course and what three key writers most influenced that change? Consider the terms we have discussed: cross-culture, diversity, mestiza consciousness, borderlands, minority, majority, etc. Please respond in a five-paragraph APA essay format with quotes, proper in-text citations, and references. Please respond in a five-paragraph APA essay format with quotes, proper in-text citations, and references. Please be sure to include the following in your assignment submission:

  • Write a formal, 5-paragraph essay in APA format, including a cover page, in response to this question.Base your answer on your own observations and support your assertions quoting from your assigned readings.
  • Review the assigned readings from the course.Highlight quotes, summarize, or paraphrase from this week’s readings and be sure to include an in-text citation in proper APA format (Author, year, p. X).
  • We must include three quotes from our readings. When we discuss literature, it is all about the words before us. They are ours to consider and reflect on. So, you will want to make a strong assertion and prove it, or support it, by quoting from the readings. Include three quotes in our essay.
  • Create a strong thesis for your essay. A thesis states shares the Author, Title of the piece being explored, and a strong assertion, and ideally will share key discussion points.
  • Be sure to include an APA reference page.  USE ANY REFERENCES FOM THE PREVIOUS WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS.
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Nordstrom creates an open atmosphere, in which every associate’s sales figures are made available to everyone else. Explain the positive impacts. Twice a month, Nordstrom releases sales figures and rewards top-performing employees. In your opinion, is this the best type of reinforcement schedule for everyone, or would you take a different approach? Give an example of a reinforcement schedule you have experienced or seen. Explain the effort, the reinforcement schedule, and the motivation to succeed. Was the outcome positive motivation or were their negative impacts?

Nordstrom’s Performance Goals

This case focuses on the issue of performance. As discussed in the text, clear and effective goals help improve employee performance, reduce role stress conflict and ambiguity, and improve the evaluation of employees’ performance. The text also discusses the various elements that are involved in managing performance. These include defining performance, measuring it, providing feedback, rewarding poor performance, and correcting poor performance. At Nordstrom, employee performance is directed towards a single goal – extraordinary service that produces extraordinary sales volumes. Every measure by which an employee is evaluated and rewarded is based on this goal. This is evident in Nordstrom’s training programs and its reward and incentive structure. A central way in which Nordstrom tries to improve employees’ performance is by fostering an open, competitive environment in which employees are a part of teams, but also pursue individual achievements. The company encourages creative tension among associates by making the performance information of every employee available to every other employee. Case Study: Nordstrom: Performance Goals The sales staff at Nordstrom is motivated to give extraordinary service, because extraordinary service produces extraordinary sales volumes and extraordinary profits. Like competitive athletes, these employees are highly focused, eye-on-the-prize individuals who pay full and careful attention to the individual customer. Nordstrom regularly distributes videotaped interviews with top salespeople who share advice to fellow employees. Staff meetings become workshops in which associates compare, examine, and discuss sales techniques. Nordstrom also employs STEP (Sales Training Education Program), developed by the Washington region’s personnel department which enables associates to share information with other salespeople and department managers. Like competitive athletes, Nordstrom associates are a part of teams, but also pursue individual achievements. The company insists that all associates beam team players who work together while at the same time encouraging everyone to become a star performer. Star performers among team players? Herein lies the creative paradox that energizes the Nordstrom culture. The company encourages creative tension among associates by making available information about the performance of all other associates. Any associate can know where they stand and how their performance compares with anyone else in the company. Twice a month, every associate’s sales-per-hour numbers are posted for all to see. In this open environment, rewards follow performance. There are cash prizes, trips, and awards given for outstanding sales-per-hour and sales-per-month performances. Associates earn rewards the old-fashioned way; they earn them. In this kind of atmosphere, Nordstrom must manage inter-group competition well so that associates do not destroy each other in the competitive process. From its earliest days, Nordstrom has aimed to create creative, rather than destructive, tension. The competitive environment is also disciplined by goal-setting. Nordstrom is organized as an inverted pyramid, with sales associates at the top, the buyers in the middle and the managers at the bottom. What binds the three tiers together is goal-setting. Each member of each tier strives to meet personal, departmental, store, and regional goals. This leads to a disciplined, well ordered, and competitive structure within which performance expectations are clear, feedback lucent, and results understandable. In your paper answer the following:

  1. Nordstrom creates an open atmosphere, in which every associate’s sales figures are made available to everyone else. Explain the positive impacts.
  2. Twice a month, Nordstrom releases sales figures and rewards top-performing employees. In your opinion, is this the best type of reinforcement schedule for everyone, or would you take a different approach?
  3. Give an example of a reinforcement schedule you have experienced or seen. Explain the effort, the reinforcement schedule, and the motivation to succeed. Was the outcome positive motivation or were their negative impacts?

The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded:

  • Write between 750 – 1,250 words (approximately 3 – 5 pages) using Microsoft Word in APA style, see example below.
  • Use font size 12 and 1” margins.
  • Include cover page and reference page.
  • At least 80% of your paper must be original content/writing.
  • No more than 20% of your content/information may come from references.
  • Use at least three references from outside the course material, one reference must be from EBSCOhost. Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used, but are not counted toward the three reference requirement.
  • Cite all reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values, etc.) in the paper and list on a reference page in APA style.

References must come from sources such as, scholarly journals found in EBSCOhost, CNN, online newspapers such as, The Wall Street Journal, government websites, etc. Sources such as, Wikis, Yahoo Answers, eHow, blogs, etc. are not acceptable for academic writing. A detailed explanation of how to cite a source using APA can be found here (link).

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Using the ABC model of an attitude, discuss what you think John Mackey’s online comments about Wild Oats reveal about his attitudes. In your opinion, did John Mackey act in an ethical or unethical manner? Why or why not? As an ethical, responsible leader, discuss the cognitive moral development level that John Mackey’s behavior should fit. According to Mr. Mackey, some of the statements attributed to Rahodeb did not match his personal beliefs. Why do you think there is this conflict between attitude and behavior?

Internet Postings about Whole Foods and Wild Oats

From its beginnings as one small store in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market has grown into the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with hundreds of locations in North America and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods was founded by Craig Weller, Mark Skiles, and John Mackey, the current CEO. Whole Foods has expanded through the acquisition of numerous companies, including but not limited to Wellspring Grocery, Fresh Fields, Bread of Life, Merchant of Vino, Allegro Coffee, Nature’s Heartland, and Harry’s Farmers Market, among others. The most recent acquisition was Wild Oats Markets. However, the acquisition of Wild Oats was not without its problems. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit in June 2007 to block Whole Foods’ acquisition of Wild Oats out of antitrust concerns. Then in August 2007, a federal appeals court turned down the FTC’s request to overturn a federal district court ruling allowing Whole Foods to complete its purchase of its rival. Interestingly, while conducting its antitrust review, the FTC discovered that, over a period of several years, John Mackey had posted comments about Whole Foods and its competitors in the online stock forums of Yahoo! Finance. Mackey used the screen name “Rahodeb”—an anagram of Deborah, the name of Mackey’s wife—to conceal his true identity. At least 240 of Rahodeb’s 1,300 or so posts mentioned Wild Oats, a company with which Mackey had a bitter rivalry. The acrimony between Mackey and Perry Odak, CEO of Wild Oats, can be traced to the first time the two men met at a retailing conference in Manhattan in 2001. “I’m going to destroy you,” Mackey shouted at Odak. Whole Foods’ officials tell a different version of the story—with milder language—but the confrontation has persisted as a food-industry legend. For nearly eight years, John Mackey wrote his pseudonymous posts, some lauding Whole Foods’ financial results, and others castigating its rival Wild Oats. In January 2005, Rahodeb posted this opinion: “No company would want to buy Wild Oats Markets Inc.” Rahodeb continued, “Would Whole Foods buy OATS? Almost surely not at current prices. What would they gain? OATS locations are too small.  [Wild Oats management] clearly doesn’t know what it is doing OATS has no value and no future.” Other comments that Mackey posted under the Rahodeb alias included the following: “While I’m not a Mackey groupie I do admire what the man has accomplished.” “I love the company and I’m in it for the long haul. I shop at whole foods. I own a great deal of its stock. I’m aligned with the mission and the values of the company are there something wrong with this?” Mackey asserts that his online comments were personal, not professional. However, Mackey’s friends and colleagues say there is little distinction between his personal and professional sides, and that he is straightforward and transparent. Mackey’s defenders also say, “his anonymous comments—though boastful, provocative and impulsive—were no different from his public ones, and were never intended to disclose insider information or move stock prices.” In a statement published in mid-July 2007 on the Whole Foods’ Web site, Mackey “said his anonymous statements didn’t reflect his or the company’s policies or beliefs. Some of the views Rahodeb expressed, Mr. Mackey said, didn’t match his own beliefs.” Mackey further stated that he made the anonymous comments on Yahoo Finance because he “had fun doing it.” Mackey’s online activities were investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the FTC. As the legal wrangling unfolded, charges and countercharges were slung—not just by the direct participants, but by interested observers as well—and utterly delicious twists and turns kept emerging. FTC lawyers were shocked that their “‘gotcha’ haul of off-color statements by Mackey wasn’t enough to block his merger with Wild Oats in the absence of serious antitrust evidence.” However, Mackey asserted that the FTC was “running ‘a rigged game’ that handcuffs retailers and other companies under its jurisdiction.” Some commentators castigated Mackey. For instance, John Hollon, editor of the Business of Management blog characterizes Mackey as “a delusional apologist for his own bad behavior.” Others, however, were less critical. The blogger Andres Acosta, disagrees with Hollon, saying, “I look at it differently. I appreciate his transparency and willingness to admit to making a mistake. It’s the sign of a great leader who can pick himself up after taking a hard fall and keep moving forward.” Chiming in with a nuanced argument that could be interpreted as supporting either a positive or negative view of Mackey is Adam Sarner, an analyst at Gartner Inc., who says, “[t]he need for executive online transparency depends on the context of the post.” Has John Mackey been vindicated in Whole Foods’ acquisition of Wild Oats? Hallie Mummert, writing in Target Marketing, says, “[w]hat some chalked up to a bizarre display of self-aggrandizement, others pegged as unethical and possibly illegal behavior.” And business blogger, Laurie Ruettimann, writes, “Great companies operate on the right side of the ethical spectrum and have little tolerance for ‘spin.’” Mackey himself, quoted in The Wall Street Journal, says, “If I could get the money back, I’d take it. We would be better off today if we hadn’t done this deal—taking on all this debt right before the economy collapsed.” Even though Mackey has been described as “an opinionated iconoclast,” he “succeeded in buying out his largest competitor, Wild Oats Markets, and has expanded overseas to London, the next stop on his quest for global dominance.” In your paper answer the following questions:

  1. Using the ABC model of an attitude, discuss what you think John Mackey’s online comments about Wild Oats reveal about his attitudes.
  2. In your opinion, did John Mackey act in an ethical or unethical manner? Why or why not?
  3. As an ethical, responsible leader, discuss the cognitive moral development level that John Mackey’s behavior should fit.
  4. According to Mr. Mackey, some of the statements attributed to Rahodeb did not match his personal beliefs. Why do you think there is this conflict between attitude and behavior?

The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded:

  • Write between 750 – 1,250 words (approximately 3 – 5 pages) using Microsoft Word in APA style, see example below.
  • Use font size 12 and 1” margins.
  • Include cover page and reference page.
  • At least 80% of your paper must be original content/writing.
  • No more than 20% of your content/information may come from references.
  • Use at least three references from outside the course material, one reference must be from EBSCOhost. Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used, but are not counted toward the three reference requirement.
  • Cite all reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values, etc.) in the paper and list on a reference page in APA style.

References must come from sources such as, scholarly journals found in EBSCOhost, CNN, online newspapers such as, The Wall Street Journal, government websites, etc. Sources such as, Wikis, Yahoo Answers, eHow, blogs, etc. are not acceptable for academic writing. A detailed explanation of how to cite a source using APA can be found here (link).

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