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BUS 599

Discussion 1

“A Rotten Apple?”

Please respond to the following:


  • Based on the video, fast forward to the current day, and give your opinion on whether or not Apple’s product strategy should change given its current rate of success and potential competing companies (i.e. Samsung, etc.) operating within their market. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • For reference, review the supplemental article titled, “Competitive Strategy”, which discusses Michael Porter’s Five Forces.

Discussion 2

“Smooth Operator”

Please respond to the following:

  • Elaborate your own definition of production operations management, including manufacturing and service operations. Then, assess the implication of technology in your definition. Finally, appraise the impact of your previous responses to your Operations, Technology, and Management Plan development.

Discussion 3

“Thirsty for the Triple Bottom Line”

Please respond to the following:

  • Watch the following videos:



  • Evaluate Seth Goldman’s leadership performance on the concept of the “Triple Bottom Line” using at least two (2) examples from each resource to support your evaluation.

BUS 501

Discussion 1

“Federal Small Business Program” Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, examine the requirements and qualifications for Native American contracts. Next, compare the Native American contracts to another category of small business’ contracts and the dollar amounts (e.g., HUBZone, 8(a), etc.), as found in the callout box on the left-hand side of the e-Activity’s Web page.
  • Determine the possible uses for a commercial-item format to be used in a government contract. Create a scenario in which a commercial-item format would be appropriate.

Discussion 2

“Source Selection and Technical Evaluation Plans” Please respond to the following:

  • Determine the methods for ranking proposals. Provide a description for each category of evaluation criteria of the technical evaluation process.
  • From the e-Activity, discuss the dollar threshold for a legal review specific to the selected agency or field. Provide one example of a contract that would require a legal review and one that would not require a legal review. Justify your responses.

Discussion 3

“Technical and Cost or Price Evaluations” Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, determine why integrity and fairness are important in proposal evaluations. Create two scenarios that describe the possible consequences if fairness and integrity are not part of the proposal evaluation process. Determine one ethical consideration that should be applied at all times.
  • From the e-Activity, determine the criteria for evaluating proposals for government contracts and assess the methods for establishing a competitive range. Then, develop an ethical argument for the government contracting requirements.

MAT 510

Discussion 1

“Statistical Engineering Frameworks” Please respond to the following:

  • Compare and contrast the fundamental differences between process improvement framework and problem solving framework. Provide one (1) example of business management applying each framework to support your response.

  • Select one (1) project from your working or educational environment in which you can apply problem solving framework. Next, suggest at least three (3) questions that you would ask yourself in order to identify the root-cause of the problem during the project that you have selected. Justify your response.

Discussion 2

“Reflection to Date” Please respond to the following:

  • In one (1) paragraph, reflect on what you have learned so far in this course. Determine the most interesting, unexpected, or useful piece of knowledge that you have learned. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • In the second half of the quarter, we will extend our statistical thinking concepts to practical applications. We will discuss using tools (e.g., Excel) for the execution. Watch the video titled “Descriptive Statistics using ‘Data Analysis’ tool in Excel”, located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MFjwM6K5Sg. Next, speculate on the overall manner in which you would use tools, such as Excel, to apply a business critical thinking strategy. Include one (1) example of such application to support your response.

Discussion 3

“Process Improvement and Problem-Solving Tools” Please respond to the following:

  • Among the tools (e.g., graphics tools, knowledge-based tools, etc.) that the author discussed in the textbook, determine the type of tool that you would use for process improvement framework. Next, determine the type of tool you would use for problem solving framework. Justify your response.
  • Use the Internet to research articles on process improvement and problem solving tools. Select one (1) business project that used one of the tools discussed in the textbook. Evaluate level of the efficiency and effectiveness of the utilization of the tool within the project that you selected. Justify your response.

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