Perception of Intelligence

Different cultures conceptualize and measure components of intelligence in various ways. Some cultures value a person’s ability to quickly process and respond to information. Other cultures may value one’s ability to consult with members of the same culture who have more life experience in order to solve problems. Still, other cultures value creativity, formal education, and literacy as a basis of intelligence. With so many variations in cultural beliefs, how do researchers ensure accurate measurements of intelligence among different cultures? For example, can standardized tests of intellectual ability from a Western culture adequately and appropriately measure the intelligence valued by Kpelle farmers in Liberia?

For this Assignment, consider how cultures interpret intelligence differently. Reflect on how various cultures measure intelligence. Use your Final Project culture of interest and, in addition, select another culture that defines intelligence differently. Consider how you might test different cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, organization, and visualization) in each of these two different cultures.

The Assignment (4–5 pages)

  • Describe the two cultures (South African and Arabic Cultures please) you selected and compare how each culture perceives intelligence.
  • Explain three cultural factors that might influence how intelligence is perceived in each culture you selected.
  • Explain how you might measure intelligence in each culture and why you selected this method.
  • Support your responses using the Learning Resources and the current literature.

annual package

Write a 750 to 1000 word paper. In your paper include the following:

  • Obtain the annual package (financial statements) for the company you selected during Week 1. Look up (or calculate) key financial ratios and perform a brief analysis of the organization’s performance.
  • Be sure to include at least two ratios in each ratio category: liquidity, profitability, and solvency. Explain what each ratio means and what the ratio tells you about your organization’s performance in the most recent period.

Include a title page and 3-5 references.  Only one reference may be from the internet (not Wikipedia)

As a health care administrator, you will undoubtedly be faced with the responsibility of making decisions that may be impacted by ethics. Sometimes, the best approach to a given situation is clear, whereas others require you to carefully consider laws, regulations, and the impact of potential outcomes. How do you ensure you will make the best decision for your health care organization? For this Discussion, you examine the following scenario and consider whether there is a breach of ethics.

Scenario:

An organization is developing a business plan. The intent of the organization is to provide a service for a community in need, but it appears they might have trouble obtaining financing. The board is trying to decide whether to be transparent in their financials or over-predict so they can properly finance their venture.

 

 

Post a cohesive response in 4 -5 paragraphs to the following:

Evaluate whether overstating financials would be a breach of ethics for the organization in the scenario. Why or why not?

Support your response by identifying and explaining key points and/or examples presented in the Learning Resources.

 

 

presentation

Third part of the presentation. See background information for the module one SLP.

Required:

Include the following items in your presentation.

  • The organization is currently centralized, but is reviewing options to put a decentralized structure in place.
  • You are asked to comment on responsibility centers and their functions.
  • Cost centers can be a drain on an organization. Do you have any thoughts about limiting the number of cost centers and control costs? Present specific ideas.

Submit a Power Point presentation or a Word Document. A Power Presentation should have no more than six slides and a Word document cannot exceed two pages. Use words, tables, and graphs to make a succinct presentation. Document all sources and provide links at the end. It is acceptable to add another slide or page to list the sources.

Combine the submissions from prior module(s) into one file before uploading to the dropbox.

Coffee Maker’s Incorporated (CMI)

Two divisions of a CMI are involved in a dispute. Division A purchases Part 101 and Division B purchases Part 201 from a third division, C. Both divisions need the parts for products that they assemble. The intercompany transactions have remained constant for several years.

Recently, outside suppliers have lowered their prices, but Division C is not lowering its prices. In addition, all division managers are feeling the pressure to increase profit. Managers of divisions A and B would like the flexibility to purchase the parts they need from external parties to lower cost and increase profitability.

The current pattern is that Division A purchases 3,000 units of product part 101 from Division C (the supplying division) and another 1,000 units from an external supplier. The market price for Part 101 is $900 per unit. Division B purchases 1,000 units of Part 201 from Division C and another 500 units from an external supplier. Note that both divisions A and B purchase the needed supplies from both the internal source and an external source at the same time.

The managers for divisions A and B are preparing a new proposal for consideration.

  • Division C will continue to produce Parts 101 and 201. All of its production will be sold to Divisions A and B. No other customers are likely to be found for these products in the short term, given that supply is greater than demand in the market.
  • Division C will manufacture 2,000 units of Part 101 for the Division A and 500 units of Part 201 for the Division B.
  • Division A will buy 2,000 units of Part 101 from Division C and 2,000 units from an external supplier at $900 per unit.
  • Division B will buy 500 units of Part 201 from Division C and 1,000 units from an external supplier at $1,900 per unit.

Division C Data 2014 Based on the Current Agreement

Part 101 201
Direct materials $200 $300
Direct labor $200 $300
Variable overhead $300 $600
Transfer price $1,000 $2,000
Annual volume 3,000 units 1,000 units

Required:

Computations (use Excel)

  • Set up a table similar the one below to compute the difference between the current situation and the proposal for Divisions A and B. Design a different table for Division C.
Division A
Current Situation Proposal
No. of Units Purchase Price Total Purchases No. of Units Purchase Price Total Purchases
Internal purchases 3,000 $ 2,000 $
External purchases 1,000 2,000
Total cost for part 101 $ $
Savings to Div. A $
  • Summarize the financial effects for the three divisions and the company as a whole in another table.

Memo (use Word)

Write a 4- or 5-paragraph memo to the division manager explaining the analysis performed. Start with an introduction and end with a recommendation. Each of the four or five paragraphs should have a heading.

Short Essay (use Word) Start with an introduction and end with a summary or conclusion. Use headings.

  • Evaluate and discuss the implications of the following transfer pricing policies:

Transfer price = cost plus a mark-up for the selling division

Transfer price = fair market value

Transfer price = price negotiated by the managers

Why is transfer pricing such a significant issue both from a financial and managerial perspective?

 

Each submission should include two files: (1) An Excel file; and (2) A Word document. The Word document shows the  memo first and short essay last. Assume a  knowledgeable business audience and use required format and length. Individuals in business are busy and want information presented in an organized and concise manner.

Discussion Questions 1&2

DQ #1: Process Management

 

Process Management is about continuous improvement.  Discuss similarities and differences between the Deming Cycle Methodology and the Kaizen approach to process improvement. Refer to this week’s lecture before crafting your post. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

 

DQ #2: Poka- Yokes

 

Identify several sources of errors as a student, employee, business owner, or in your personal life. Develop/discuss some Poka-Yokes that might prevent them. Refer to this week’s lecture before crafting your post. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

BUS 620 Managerial Marketing

Read this week’s required article: “How Companies Can Get Smart About Raising Prices”.

In a three- to four-page paper (not including the title and reference pages): Retrieved from the ProQuest database.

  • Explain how to successfully get customers to pay more for your products. Reference the article in support of your response.
  • Explain how a specific pricing strategy will allow you to raise the price on your product successfully.

The paper

  • Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least three scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library, one of which must be peer reviewed, in addition to the textbook.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PROPOSAL.

As a leader, you must be able to present your management plans and leadership strategies to inform stakeholders and gain buy-in. For this assignment, you’ll practice this by developing a proposal for a professional development training program. The program centers on motivational strategies and how an emotional intelligence management approach would benefit department managers.

PREPARATION Continue with the same organization you selected in Assignment 1. Imagine that the CEO has charged you, the task force leader, with researching emotional intelligence (EI) in order to propose a professional development program.

Your proposal should detail how a new incentive program, based on an EI management approach, will foster teamwork, strengthen interpersonal relationships, enhance communication, and increase overall performance. You need to help the CEO gain approval for this initiative. Your program’s proposal must include supporting research concerning how motivational strategies enhance job satisfaction and team ou

Prepare for this assignment by identifying the resources you’ll use to create your proposal. You will need to provide at least two quality resources such as the course textbook, company website, business websites (CNBC, Bloomberg, etc.), resources from the Strayer Library, and/or outside sources. Note: Wikipedia and web-based blogs do not qualify as credible resources.

INSTRUCTIONS Create a proposal (five to seven pages recommended) that includes the following components:

1. EI and Motivation Which of the EI building blocks would impact management’s ability to enhance employee performance and job satisfaction? Based on your research on motivational theory, describe how your task force would utilize positive or negative reinforcement to influence the members of the organization and resolve the issue. Provide examples to support your solution.

2. EI and Social Skills and Decision Making Explain how the core concepts of emotional intelligence would enhance the social skills and the decision-making efficacy of the management team.

3. Effective Teams Describe the core attributes of an effective team and the strategies you would implement to develop team dynamics that will benefit the organization.

4. Reward Systems Create an effective reward system for this organization. Determine the strategies you would incorporate to motivate your employees and influence behavior.

5. Executive Summary Prepare a one-page executive summary that you will present to the CEO in an upcoming executive meeting.

Note: An executive summary is a condensed version of your full report. It should summarize briefly all the main points in concise paragraphs. It should be written clearly and should use language appropriate for the audience.

PROFESSIONAL AND APA FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS Your assignment must follow these general APA formatting requirements: Be typed (five to seven pages recommended, excluding cover and reference pages), double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12) with one-inch margins on all sides Include a References List Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date Include in-text citations following APA style, using attributive tags and signal verbs Cite at least two peer-reviewed articles.

Assignment 2: Project Schedule Changes

You have kicked off the District 4 Production Warehouse Move project, your contractors are in place and working on receiving the proper building permits.

You originally were told the permits would only take 2 weeks to obtain but the contractors are telling you it will now take 3 weeks. You need to build the additional week into your schedule for each permit that will be obtained.

In addition, your framing and drywall contractors have just told you they are running late on their other jobs and can only release half their crew for your project. This will double their schedule.

Build the extra time into your schedule by doubling the installation work timelines for both the framing and drywall. Your project plan should also be updated with the new 3-week timeline for obtaining permits. Use the project plan you created for this task.

You are now looking at an extended project delivery date. Your project sponsor was very clear that you must be done in a 4 month timeframe so you will need to look at options for reducing your schedule to fit into the 4 month window.

You have an option of hiring another contractor to help with the framing and drywall work but it will increase your budget by $200,000.

Determine your best course of action for bringing this project in on schedule and update your project plan to reflect your recommendation. Develop a 5-6 slide presentation for senior management outlining your proposed solution. You are seeking approval to proceed with your new plan.

Submit both your updated project plan in PDF format and your PowerPoint presentation.

Signature Assignment Presentation

Create a 5- to 7-minute PowerPoint® presentation including:

  • One slide on your topic and question (approximately one minute) (CLO 2.1.2*).
    • Which topic and question did you choose?
    • Why does it interest you?
  • One to two slides of your visuals (approximately 2 to 3 minutes) (CLO2.2.1* & 2.2.3*).
    • These should be clear, neat, organized, and labeled.
    • Explain why you chose to create these and what you can conclude from the visuals.
    • How do these visuals support your conclusion?
  • One slide for a conclusion (approximately one minute) (CLO 2.2.2* & 2.1.2*).
    • Restate your topic and question and give your answer to the scenario.
    • Discuss how your topic and question relate to life.
    • Discuss what you learned from this project.
  • Include detailed speaker notes for each slide.

Consider the following questions when creating your speaker notes:

  • Why did you choose your topic?
  • How did you come to your conclusion? Was there limits that you needed to factor in to draw you conclusion (i.e time in a day)?
  • Which regression did you choose? Why?

Assignment 2: LASA – Project Planning – Developing the Project Plan and Determining Critical Path

Using the District4WarehouseMove WBS.xls provided, create a project plan for the District 4 Warehouse Move project. Use the PDF document, Project Plan Check – District4Move, to check your work to be sure you have created your starting project plan correctly. ProjectLibre is required for this task. If you have not yet downloaded ProjectLibre, please click here and follow the directions to do so now.

    1. Note: you will need to insert a column to include your WBS codes, then you will need to sequence the tasks to show tasks by work package.

 

    1. Based upon the details in the WBS and the project case, determine which tasks need to be completed first and which tasks are dependent upon other tasks to be completed prior to starting. Using this information identify predecessors in your project plan’s predecessor column. Complete the predecessor column by entering the line number of tasks that must be completed in order for each task to start. This will create your project timeline.

 

  1. Using ProjectLibre’s Network or flow diagram view, determine the critical path for this project. In a MS Word document, list the activities that are on the critical path. Considering the risks identified in the risk table below, identify which risks would be most likely to increase your project timeline. Justify your responses.
  2. Submit both your completed project plan and your MS Word document.

District 4 Production Warehouse Move Project – Risk Table

1

Permits are not received per the schedule
2 Finish work contractors walk off the job half way through
3 Framing and drywall contractors are running behind schedule and can only produce half their crew as scheduled
4 Work benches are poor quality and 1/3 will have to be rebuilt