Apple Marketing Questions, International Business assignment help

1)    1)  In this case below, there is an issue of the actions of corporations and their responsibilities therein. Which perspective argument provided by a classmate did you find most compelling? Please specify the point of view, the author, and provide evidence for support.

2) 2) This case below discusses what it means to globalize human capital. Please provide additional potential examples of further consequences of this globalization.

3)      3) Noting the high margin of profit Apple accrues for each sale, how might you allocate resources t solve the critical problem here, as you defined it in question 1?

CASE

Apple has become one of the best-known, most admired and most imitated companies on earth, in part through an unrelenting mastery of global operations. 2 There are risks and rewards for all in a global economy. The globalization of human capital results in a range of winners and losers around the world: companies and their stockholders, consumers, contractors, firms up and down the supply chain, employed people, and unemployed people, as well as their economies. In February 2011, President Obama asked Apple’s Steve Jobs why Apple could not bring back all the jobs it used to provide in the United States. The jobs related to most high-tech products made by companies such as Dell, HP, and Apple have now migrated overseas, including those for Apple’s 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads, and 59 million other products sold in 2011. Breaking down the retail price of $500 for Apple’s iPhone, for example, Time magazine estimates that $61 worth of value comes from Japan, with its high-end technology manufacturing; $30 of value is added from Germany; $23 from South Korea; $7 from Chinese assembly lines; $48 from “unspecified”; and $11 from the U.S. Those inputs total $179 for parts and assembly abroad, leaving Apple, the inventor in the U.S., a profit of $321. 3 For the first quarter of 2012, Apple made $13 billion in profit. Although Apple directly employs 43,000 in the U.S. and 20,000 overseas, an additional 700,000 people engineer, build, and assemble iPads, iPhones, and Apple’s other products in Asia and Europe. Sophisticated component parts outsourced in various countries are assembled in China. Some of those are contracted to the Taiwanese-headquartered company Foxconn’s Longhua factory campus in Shenzhen, for example, where over 300,000 employees live in dorms, eat on site, and chum out iPhones, Sony PlayStations, and Dell computers. Foxconn Technology, with 1.2 million employees in plants throughout the country, is China’s largest exporter and assembles an estimated 40 percent of the world’s consumer electronics, including for customers such as Amazon, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Nintendo, Nokia and Samsung. No other factories in the world have the manufacturing scale Foxconn.

The answer to the President’s question is not as simple as the ability to acquire cheaper labor overseas; Apple’s executives and those at other high-tech firms claim that “Made in the USA” is not a competitive strategy for them because America does not compare favorably with the industrial skills, hard work, and flexibility that can be found in companies such as Foxconn. Questions as to what corporate America owes to Americans are met with the example of thousands of Chinese workers being roused in the night to accommodate a redesigned iPhone screen, and within a few days being able to produce 10,000 iPhones a day – a feat not possible in U.S. factories. While the cost of labor is a small percentage of an iphones costs the major advantage and cost saving in China is the management of supply chains and rapid access to component parts and manufacturing supplies from various factories in close proximity. In addition, Apple maintains that the large number of engineers and other skilled workers who could be accessed on short notice in China simply are not readily available in the US; nor are the factories with the scale, speed, and flexibility that such a high-tech company needs. Apple executive give the example of visiting a factory to consider whether it could do the necessary work to cut the glass for the iPhone’s touchscreen. Upon their arrival, a new wing of the plant was already being built “in case you give us the contract.” Fareed Zakaria, in Time, maintains that his competitive edge is gained largely through Chinese government subsidies and streamlined regulations in order to boost domestic manufacturing. In the end, however, Apple maintains that”

We dont have an obligation to solve America’s problems. Our only obligation is making the best product possible. 

However, ager a number of suicides at Foxconn in 2010, reportedly attributable to the poor working conditions and excessive hours for very low pay, Apple was under some pressure from negative publicity; subsequently Foxconn raised wages, retained counselors, and literally strung nets from its highest buildings (to catch people). Apple does have a supplier code of conduct. In January 2012, Apple joined the Fair Labor Association, the first technology company to do so, and asked the group to do an independent assessment of conditions at its major factories. This move followed the company’s own report that documented numerous labor violations, including employees doing 60 hour workweeks and not getting paid proper overtime. A few days after the FLA started its investigation, Foxconn said that they would increase salaries for some workers by 16% to 20% – to about $400 a month before overtime – and they would reduce overtime. While this is encouraging news for workers’ rights, it should be noted that Apple and other contractors are known to only allow the slimmest of profits to its suppliers, which results in the suppliers trying anything to reduce their costs, such as using cheaper and more toxic chemicals or making their employees work faster and longer. 

“The only way you make money working for Apple is figuring out how to do things more efficiently or cheaper,” said an executive at one company that helped bring the iPad to market. “An then they’ll come back the next year, and force a 10 percent price cut.”

China is being forced to take notice of such problems and labor is gaining some ground; the issue then is that firms have already started to move jobs to other countries with lower wages.

strategies to make virtual teams more productive

In a 2 to 3-page APA formatted written report, address the following concepts by providing in-depth analysis and details pertaining to implementation and strategic planning:

  • Identify strategies to make virtual teams more productive
  • Identify and discuss in detail, Knowledge Management (KM)
  • Identify and discuss the factors that affect the decision to buy versus custom-building (in-house) software

P.S All references MUST be peer reviewed and citations must match with references

Managing Technology at Genex Fuels

Review the Managing Technology at Genex Fuels mini case. In a two to three page APA paper (excluding title and reference pages), address the following:

  • Discuss the evidence the CEO is using to suggest that Genex is not using technology competitively.
  • Explain whether or not Devlin needed to hire Sandy, a “high-priced technology consultant,” to tell him that technology at Genex was a mess. Justify your reasoning.
  • Devise a strategy to successfully implement enterprise-wide systems (such as SAP) at Genex.

The Managing Technology at Genex Fuels paper

  • Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages), in 12 point font, 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 two scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

literature review, writing homework help

A literature review is a text of a scholarly paper, which includes
the current knowledge including substantive findings, as well as
theoretical and methodological contributions to a particular topic.

 am
working on economic research project. Topic is “what is the effect of
income inequality on crime rates” this will be cross section measured
across U.S. 50 states. I need 3 page minimum literature review and will
post articles below which you may use.  Please use citations at end of
sentences. 

“The changing relationship between income and crime
victimization,” Levitt, Steven D, Federal reserve bank of new york
economic policy review; 1999

“Four factors that explain both rise and fall of US crime,” Shoesmith, Gary L.

“Inequality and Crime,” Kelly M., The review of economics and statistics, 2000.

“Does
income inequality lead to more crime? A comparison of cross-sectional
and time-series analysis of United States counties.”, Brush, Jesse.

“Intra- and inter-neighborhood income inequality and crime,”. Sticky; Thomas D. 

“Structural shifts in select determinants of crime with a focus on Rural and urban differences,”. Deller, Steven C.

You need to use 3-4 of those articles I provided.

A46. Follow the instruction to write 300words discussion

Lesson 8: Discussion Board
Due: Sunday, 9/9 at 11:59pm.

The first Discussion Board posting responds to the professor’s question and is due Sunday, 9/9 by 11:59pm (minimum of 350 words). Peer responses are not required for this unit. Please be sure to incorporate specific examples and concepts from the readings, lectures, and film & media.

Please answer ONE of the following questions:

1. How is Maori masculinity and femininity portrayed? How are these versions of masculinity and femininity valued or not in contemporary and urban Maori culture? How are versions of gender passed onto girls and boys?

2. The film shows some really raw and unflinching depictions of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and the male culture of Maori men as violent. How does the depiction of violence in modern Maori families force us to think about the legacy of colonization? In what way does the legacy of colonization bear upon the Maori people, their families, and their communities?

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All the work must be 100 percent original and professional.

Turnitin report is required.

Any kind of plagiarism will not be tolerated.

Thank you!

Write an essay

Following our reading of “Applying a Reading as a Lens” and Hanne Blank’s “The Love That Could Not Speak Its Name,” you will have the opportunity to use Blank’s work as a lens through which to analyze one pop culture primary text of your choice. Your goal for this project is to discuss how Blank’s ideas foster a deeper understanding of the primary text, and how, in turn, the primary text allows you to rework Blank’s original idea.

Select one of the following types of texts to write about:

TV show (Min: 1 episode; Max: 1 season)

Song

Poem

Commercial

Art installation

Sculpture

Print ad

Podcast

Video game

Short story

Novel

Music video

Visual art

Try to pick something that is not an exact replication of Blank’s ideas or area of study. Blank’s work on naming, sexuality, gender, science, and law, can be used to think about many different forms of life, identity, and socialization. You will learn the most about these ideas by applying them to something new, rather than to the subject matter that Blank has already studied and written about.

You should apply one of Blank’s theories to your reading of your text with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of both. You will not need any outside sources. As a working strategy, you should outline the theory or theories you intend to use from Blank, as well as your initial analysis of the text you have chosen; this approach will help you summarize and analyze both texts as you work with them for this paper.

Work closely with the texts as you have done with your previous paper and written responses, using the texts as evidence to support your claims and as material for further analysis. This paper is not a matching exercise in which you seek out only those instances in which the lens fits easily with the story. While you can elaborate on these instances, you should not ignore the moments that provide contradiction–seek out differences. Feel free to challenge the limitations of Blank’s concepts or take them in a new direction as you use them to think about a new text.

Requirements

• 5-7 full pages

• MLA format

• 12 pt. Times New Roman Font

• Double spaced

LensCrafters Case Study

Write a six to seven (6-7) page paper in which you:

  1. Evaluate LensCrafters’ operations strategy and explain how the organization seeks to gain a competitive advantage in terms of sustainability.
  2. Analyze how operation management activities affect the customer experience. Select two (2) operation management challenges and provide the solutions for confronting them.
  3. Examine LensCrafters’ value chain and evaluate its effectiveness to operations in terms of quality, value creation, and customer satisfaction.
  4. Determine the different types of performance measurements that can be used to measure LensCrafters’ service-delivery system design. Select at least two (2) types that can be applied and provide justifications for the selection.
  5. Examine the different types of technologies applied to LensCrafters’ service operations and evaluate how the technologies strengthen the value chain.
  6. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Apply the concept of operations management.
  • Compare and contrast the difference between a supply chain and a value chain.
  • Analyze the types of measures used for decision making.
  • Analyze the five key competitive priorities and their relationship to operations strategy.
  • Analyze different types of technology and their role in manufacturing and service operations.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in operations management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about operations management using proper writing mechanics

the story is a discussion post and you have the reply

I have attached the three references. no plagiarize, spell check, and check your grammar. Please only use the attached below. Only 250 words

  • Ask at least one question in response to an original peer post that you would like the author to explore further.
  • Support your initial and subsequent posts by citing at least two academic resources, preferably from the Ashford University Library.

The story below

In middle adulthood, the idea of dealing with our death becomes an essential factor. During this stage, individuals are noticing certain factors such as their age, how old their children are, the well being an status of their parents, the well being of themselves, and their impact on their social life (Mossler & Ziegler, 2016) Individuals start to estimate how much time they think they have left to live based on their current age and well being (Mossler & Ziegler, 2016). They also start to take more control over their lives and begin to plan for their death in case of emergencies.
A great example of this is my father. My father will be 48 years old this year. Over time he has started to take a more active role in his personal life, due to my siblings and I leaving the nest. He has also recently taken on a more active part in my grand father’s life, because of my grandfather is starting to lose his memory slowly. I remember my father saying to me “I am not sure how much time your grandfather has left, so I am trying to spend as much time with him as possible.”. He also has taken further action with his diet and nutrition. He now drinks less alcohol and works out daily.

As of latley, I have reached out more to my father and my grandfather as well. I check in with my father and try to find some interest in hobbies and topics he likes. I continue to encourage him to get involved in different hobbies and compliment him on his effort to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When I am in town, I try to spend as much time as I can with my father. Giving him quality time and conversation helps him keep a positive attitude and from feeling less lonely.

An excellent resource I would recommend to someone having a difficult time dealing with grief or the death of a loved one would be to talk to someone. This could be another family member, friend, therapist, or co-worker. Support groups are a great way to vent our feelings. An excellent website to use is called the grief recover method support group. In this grief support group an individual signs up for a 7 or 8-week program, that helps the person tackle their beliefs and difficulties with grief. It provides the individual with homework assignments to perform outside of the support group to help them deal with pain outside of the group.

References

Hartig, J., & Viola, J. (2016). Online Grief Support Communities. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 73(1), 29–41. https://doi-org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/10.1177/…

Kronaizl, S. G. (2019). Discussing Death with Children: A Developmental Approach. Pediatric Nursing, 45(1), 47–50. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford….

Mossler, R. A., & Ziegler, M. (2016). Understanding development: A lifespan perspective. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Analysis and write a argumentative thesis for “Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney

Write argumentative thesis and write a analysis.

Use the poem “Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney.

Using close reading techniques, develop an argumentative thesis for your analysis. Write a two-three-page paper that supports your thesis. At the end of the essay, provide a Writing Process Summation by answering the following questions:

  • Why did you choose this poem?
  • How did you arrive at your understanding and assertion about the poem?
  • What were the points you made in this essay?
  • How did you revise this?
  • What do you want your reader to see from your essay?

Some of you are having difficulty understanding how to analyze rather than just summarize a piece of literature. You understand that literary criticism means paying close attention to all the details, but still are not sure what to do with those details to analyze the poem. The following may give you some guidance so that you can start out well.

As you look at the poems, you need to focus on a specific topic and take a stance. One way of doing this is to answer a question by looking very closely at the poem from the perspective of the question.

“Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney

  • How does the order of the details affect the reader?
  • Why is the speaker so matter-of-fact in tone?
  • How do the images in the poem such as “bells knelling” and “snow drops and candles soothed the bedside” and “four foot box” affect our understanding of the poem?
  • How does grief affect the speaker of the poem?

This paper must have a Works Cited page, separate from the body of the essay (insert a page break to make sure it is always on another page).

Works Cited

At the end of your essay, insert a page break to ensure that your Work Cited page will be on a separate page. I have cited one of the poems below. After that I have given you the pattern for the citation. You must use examples from the poem and you must cite the poem for this assignment.

Work Cited

Keats, John. “To Autumn.” The Norton Introduction to Literature. Kelly J. Mays, ed. Portable 11th ed. New York: Norton, 2016. 695-696. Print.

Last name of author, first name. “Title of the Poem.” Title of book. Editor. Edition. Place of Publication: publisher, date of publication. Page number(s). Medium.

Environmental Science

Construct an annotated bibliography using 4 reputable sources that correspond to the following energy situations in Italy: Energy Demand (2 sources)Energy Solutions (2 sources)List each annotated arti