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“As long as there’s innovation there is going to be new kinds of chaos,” explains Robert Stephens, founder of the technology support company Geek Squad. The chaos Stephens is referring to is the difficulty we have all experienced trying to keep up with the many changes in our environment, particularly those related to computers, technology, software, communication, and entertainment. Generally, consumers have found it difficult to install, operate, and use many of the electronic products available today. “It takes time to read the manuals,” Stephens says. “I’m going to save you that time because I stay home on Saturday nights and read them for you!”

THE COMPANY

The Geek Squad story begins when Stephens, a native of Chicago, passed up an Art Institute scholarship to pursue a degree in computer science. While Stephens was a computer science student he took a job fixing computers for a research laboratory, and he also started consulting. He could repair televisions, computers, and a variety of other items, although he decided to focus on computers. His experiences as a consultant led him to realize that most people needed help with technology and that they saw value in a service whose employees would show up at a specified time, be friendly, use understandable language, and solve the problem. So, with just $200, Stephens formed Geek Squad in 1994.

Geek Squad set out to provide timely and effective help with all computing needs regardless of the make, model, or place of purchase. Geek Squad employees were called “agents” and wore uniforms consisting of black pants or skirts, black shoes, white shirts, black clip-on ties, a badge, and a black jacket with a Geek Squad logo to create a “humble” attitude that was not threatening to customers. Agents drove black-and-white Volkswagen Beetles, or Geekmobiles, with a logo on the door, and charged fixed prices for services, regardless of how much time was required to provide the service. The “house call” services ranged from installing networks, to debugging a computer, to setting up an entertainment system, and cost from $100 to $300. “We’re like ‘Dragnet’; we show up at people’s homes and help,” Stephens says. “We’re also like Ghostbusters and there’s a pseudogovernment feel to it like Men in Black

In 2002, Geek Squad was purchased by leading consumer electronics retailer Best Buy for about $3 million. Best Buy had observed very high return rates for most of its complex products. Shoppers would be excited about new products, purchase them and take them home, get frustrated trying to make them actually work, and then return them to the store demanding a refund. In fact, Best Buy research revealed that consumers were beginning to see service as a critical element of the purchase. The partnership was an excellent match. Best Buy consumers welcomed the help. Stephens became Geek Squad’s chief inspector and a Best Buy vice president and began putting a Geek Squad “precinct” in every Best Buy store, creating some stand-alone Geek Squad Stores, and providing 24-hour telephone support. There are now more than 20,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China, and return rates have declined by 25 to 35 percent. Geek Squad service plans are also being sold on eBay and in some Target stores. The Geek Squad website proclaims that the company is “Serving the Public, Policing Technology and Protecting the World.”

THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Many changes in the environment occurred to create the need for Geek Squad’s services. Future changes are also likely to change the way Geek Squad operates. An environmental scan helps illustrate the changes.

The most obvious changes may be related to technology. Wireless broadband technology, high-definition televisions, products with Internet interfaces, and a general trend toward computers, smartphones, entertainment systems, and even appliances being interconnected are just a few examples of new products and applications for consumers to learn about. There are also technology-related problems such as viruses, spyware, lost data, and “crashed” or inoperable computers. New technologies have also created a demand for new types of maintenance such as password management, operating system updates, disk cleanup, and “defragging.”

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Another environmental change that contributes to the popularity of Geek Squad is the change in social factors such as demographics and culture. In the past many electronics manufacturers and retailers focused primarily on men. Women, however, are becoming increasingly interested in personal computing and home entertainment and, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, are likely to outspend men in the near future. Best Buy’s consumer research indicates that women expect personal service during the purchase as well as during the installation after the purchase—exactly the service Geek Squad is designed to provide. Our culture is also embracing the Geek Squad concept. For example, in the recently discontinued television series Chuck(2007–2012), one of the characters worked for the “Nerd Herd” at “Buy More” and drove a car like a Geekmobile on service calls!

Competition, economics, and the regulatory environment have also had a big influence on Geek Squad. As discount stores such as Walmart and PC makers such as Dell began to compete with Best Buy, new services such as inhome installation were needed to create value for customers. Now, just as change in competition created an opportunity for Geek Squad, it is also leading to another level of competition as Staples has introduced EasyTech services and Office Depot has introduced Tech Depot services. The economic situation for electronics continues to improve as prices decline and demand increases. Consumers purchased 2 million 3D TVs in 2010, and sales of all consumer electronics exceeded $180 billion. Finally, the regulatory environment continues to change with respect to the electronic transfer of copyrighted materials such as music and movies and software. Geek Squad must monitor the changes to ensure that its services comply with relevant laws.

THE FUTURE FOR GEEK SQUAD

The combination of many positive environmental factors helps explain the extraordinary success of Geek Squad. Today, it repairs more than 3,000 PCs a day and generates more than $2 billion in revenue. Because Geek Squad services have a high profit margin they contribute to the overall performance of Best Buy, and they help generate traffic in the store and create store loyalty. To continue to grow, however, Geek Squad will need to continue to scan the environment and try new approaches to creating customer value.

One possible new approach is to create new partnerships. Geek Squad and Ford, for example, have developed a partnership to help consumers install in-car communication systems. In the future, Best Buy will offer 240-volt home charging stations for Ford’s electric vehicle, the Focus. Geek Squad will offer electrical audits and residential installations for the car owners. Geek Squad is also using new technology to improve. Agents now use a smartphone to access updated schedules, log in their hours, and run diagnostics tests on clients’ equipment. Best Buy is also testing a “Solutions Central” desk, similar to the Genius Bar concept in Apple stores, and staffing it with Geek Squad agents. Finally, to attract the best possible employees, Geek Squad and Best Buy are trying a “results-only work environment” that has no fixed schedules and no mandatory meetings. By encouraging employees to make their own work-life decisions, the Geek Squad hopes to keep morale and productivity high.

Other changes and opportunities are certain to appear soon. However, despite the success of the Geek Squad and the potential for additional growth, Robert Stephens is modest and claims, “Geeks may inherit the Earth, but they have no desire to rule it!”

Questions

1What are the key environmental forces that created an opportunity for Robert Stephens to start the Geek Squad?

2What changes in the purchasing patterns of (a) all consumers and (b) women made the acquisition of Geek Squad particularly important for Best Buy?

3Based on the case information and what you know about consumer electronics, conduct an environmental scan for Geek Squad to identify key trends. For each of the five environmental forces (social, economic, technological, competitive, and regulatory), identify trends likely to influence Geek Squad in the near future.

4What promotional activities would you recommend to encourage consumers who currently use independent installers to switch to Geek Squad?

 

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Unit II Research Project-Marketing Plan


Unit II Research Project-Marketing Plan

Unit II Research Project

Marketing Plan

This week you will continue your comprehensive marketing plan researching the SAME company that you researched in Unit I. Again, utilizing the CSU Online Library, you will research the various elements of the marketing plan as it relates to this company. In Unit II you will present the Target Market and a SWOT Analysis.

 

Target Market

Begin by discussing segmentation of the market based upon demographic, behavioral, geographic, and psychographic criteria. Apply these criteria to your company, explaining their importance to the company. This analysis will enable you to identify the target market(s) thoroughly. Within your explanation, discuss why the identification of a target market is of the utmost importance to a company.

SWOT Analysis

Perform a SWOT analysis for your company remembering that the strengths and weaknesses are internal and the opportunities and threats are external. Set this up using a table and/or bullet points with clear explanation following the chart.

Your submission should be a minimum of two pages in length, double-spaced with a reference page and title page. References should include at least one additional, credible reference beyond the textbook. All sources used must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations and cited per APA guidelines. Include the use of subheadings (This week consider using Target Market and SWOT Analysis).

Unit II Research Project-Marketing Plan

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Finance Questions

How much would you have to invest today to receive the following? Use Appendix B or Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.

  1. $12,500 in 7 years at 11 percent. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)PRESENT VALUE-
  2. $16,100 in 15 years at 10 percent. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)

PRESENT VALUE-

  1. $6,250 each year for 14 years at 8 percent. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)

PRESENT VALUE-

  1. $43,000 each year for 30 years at 6 percent. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)


PRESENT VALUE-

 Phil Goode will receive $120,000 in 30 years. His friends are very jealous of him.
If the funds are discounted back at a rate of 11 percent, what is the present value of his future “pot of gold”? Use Appendix B for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)
PRESENT VALUE-

 

Sherwin Williams will receive $18,500 a year for the next 16 years as a result of a picture he has painted. Use Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.

  1. What is the present value of these payments if the discount rate is 12 percent? (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)FUTURE VALUE-
  2. Should he be willing to sell out his future rights now for $162,000?
Yes
No

 

 

Franklin Templeton has just invested $9,760 for his son (age one). This money will be used for his son’s education 19 years from now. He calculates that he will need $35,235 by the time the boy goes to school.
What rate of return will Mr. Templeton need in order to achieve this goal? Use Appendix B for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)

 

RATE OF RETURN-         %

 

Les Moore retired as president of Goodman Snack Foods Company but is currently on a consulting contract for $57,000 per year for the next 10 years. Use Appendix B and Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods.

a. If Mr. Moore’s opportunity cost (potential return) is 9 percent, what is the present value of his consulting contract? (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)

PRESENT VALUE-

  1. Assuming Mr. Moore will not retire for two more years and will not start to receive his 10 payments until the end of the third year, what would be the value of his deferred annuity? (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.) 


PRESENT VALUE-

 

Betty Bronson has just retired after 25 years with the electric company. Her total pension funds have an accumulated value of $360,000, and her life expectancy is 18 more years. Her pension fund manager assumes he can earn a 10 percent return on her assets.

What will be her yearly annuity for the next 18 years? Use Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)

ANNUITY-

 Juan Garza invested $107,000 5 years ago at 8 percent, compounded quarterly. How much has he accumulated? Use Appendix A for an approximate answer but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)

 

FUTURE  VALUE-

 

You wish to retire in 14 years, at which time you want to have accumulated enough money to receive an annual annuity of $17,000 for 19 years after retirement. During the period before retirement you can earn 8 percent annually, while after retirement you can earn 10 percent on your money.
What annual contributions to the retirement fund will allow you to receive the $17,000 annuity? Use Appendix C and Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)
  

ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION-

 

Del Monty will receive the following payments at the end of the next three years: $17,000, $20,000, and $22,000. Then from the end of the 4th year through the end of the 10th year, he will receive an annuity of $23,000 per year.
At a discount rate of 10 percent, what is the present value of all three future benefits? Use Appendix B and Appendix D for an approximate answer, but calculate your final answer using the formula and financial calculator methods. (Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your final answer to 2 decimal places.)

PRESENT VALUE OF ALL FUTURE BENEFITS

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Five and half page essay requiring a strong thesis statement, MLA style, double passing. You may add or change “My Thesis Statement below” statement or reason. Must be completed by 24 September 2016, all information for this essay can be downloaded but all work cited list and web source with page numbers must be noted.

Thesis statement: Bob Marley biography provides statement to the unparalleled influence of his artistry upon global culture.

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Write a two- to three-page analysis using the Case Study on pages 325-327 of your textbook, “Expatriate Management at AstraZeneca.”

Your analysis should address the following questions:

1. Critically analyze AstraZeneca’s expatriate management practices.

2. According to the 2007 Expatriate Work/Life Balance Survey, 65% of expats report feeling the strain of managing

the demands of work and home, leading to more anxieties at home and at the workplace. What steps can an

organization take to mitigate this?

3. What decisions related to expatriates could organizations take to maximize the benefits to the company despite

ongoing economic recessions? Do you think a company that paid more careful attention to selection could further

boost their chances of success?

Your case study analysis should follow APA guidelines for formatting of all resources, both in-text and as references. Your

analysis should include a title page and should include a separate reference page. Remember to use the CSU Library to

complete your research for this assignment.

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

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Assignment 2 Report
Name 1, Student number 1, Name 2, Student number 2, and Name 3, student number 3.  Email addresses

 

Abstract.

This document gives instructions for preparing your assignment 2 report.  You can use this document as both an instruction and a template into which you can type your own text. The main sections in a report include: introduction, main content and conclusion. Tables and figures are helpful in demonstrating your contents.

Introductions

This template is tailored for assignment 2 of COSC1111/2061, Data Communications and Network- Centric Computing (DCNC). This template is similar to the format of Lecture Notes on Computer Science (LNCS).

 This assignment contributes 25% towards your overall result of DCNC with a bonus of up to 5 additional marks.

 You are expected to work in a group (recommend 3 members) of your choice: o Individual submission would be acceptable; o High standard will be expected to groups have more than 3 members.

 Failure to comply with the instructions may lead to mark deduction.
2 Submission

 Date of submission: 11:59PM, 20th May 2016.  The assignment is to be submitted via Weblearn. Each group only needs to submit once (only one student from your group should submit).

 Please compress your assignment into a single file for submission.

 Remember to include in your submissions the names, student IDs and contribution percentages of every group member, so we can allocate marks appropriately.
Each group chooses one of the following tasks (either Task 1 or Task 2):
3  Tasks
Task 1 Investigation of Time Division Multiplexing (TDM). 

Assume a Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) multiplexer combines four sources, A, B, C and D, using a synchronization time slot of 2 bytes with one extra framing bit for synchronization;

1) Draw a picture to describe the synchronized TDM.

2) Explain how time is shared and how the synchronized transmission is implemented 3) Each analog signal is digitized using 8-bit Pulse Code Modulation (PCM). The PAM is shown in Figure 1 below. Give the PCM output of Frame 2, Frame 3 and Frame 4.

4) As shown in Figure 1 below, source C stops transmitting at the third frame, and source D stops transmitting at the fourth frame. Discuss the resource utilization of the multiplexed channels in these cases.

5) Discuss the advantages and the disadvantages of synchronized transmission.

6) Suppose that 10,000 people are talking one-to-one (i.e., 5,000 calls) on the phone at a specific time. What is the total bit rate generated by all these people if each voice call is encoded using PCM, which requires 64kbps for each voice channel?

7) A digital transmission system has a bit rate of 50 Mbps. How many PCM voice calls can be carried by the system?

8) Bonus 5 marks: Investigate how to transmit the student numbers of your team members  more efficient than the synchronized TDM transmission.
Figure 1. Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) of channels A, B, C and D.

Task 2 2 Investigation of Code Division Multiplexing Access (CDMA) and wireless communications.

The following table shows the development of mobile communications:

Table 1

Brief summary of 4 generations wireless communications. Generation Functions Principles 1G  voice-oriented analog technology Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) 2G  voice-oriented digital technology Time  Division Multiple Access (TDMA) 3G  high-speed voice-oriented integrated with data services Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 4G  IP-based: voice, data, multimedia service Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
You are required to write a technical report using the given template, which must discuss…

1) …how wireless communication is implemented.

2) …explain the technical details of FDMA and TDMA.

3) …how CDMA, also termed “cellular technology”, works.

4) …how communication is seamlessly maintained while users are moving (not stationary)

5) …how “roaming” service is implemented (understand the cost of roaming).

6) Investigate the capacity of image/video transmission over a wireless link with generations 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G. You may discuss how much bandwidth is available in each generation and whether it is enough to carry images or even videos.

7) Bonus 5 marks: Investigate the issues and risks present in wireless communicaiton.

8) There is no requirement for the length of your report, so long as you adequately answer all points (4 pages is a rough estimate for the LNCS template).

4    Conclusion

You are suggested to start from google search, and read from Wikipedia. You can also search key words to find research publications from Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and IEEE International Conference.

 

References
1. William Stallings, edition 9th Data and Computer Communications, Pearson. 2011 2. William Stallings, edition 10th Data and Computer Communications, Pearson. 2014 3. DCNC Lecture Notes Chapter 3, Chapter 5. 4. DCNC Workshop 1-3.

 

Data Communication and Net-Centric Computing (COSC1111/2061)
Assignment 2 (S2 2016)

Aims

 To investigate the multiplexing mechanism and the Internet communication.  To explore the modern communication technology.
Instruction

 This assignment is group-based, prefer 3 members in one group (prefer not solo).   It contributes 30% towards your overall result.
Submission requirements

 Date of submission: 11:59PM, 9th Oct 2016.

 The assignment is to be submitted via Weblearn. Only one submission for each group.

 Please compress your files into a single document for submission. Remember to include all team members’ names, student IDs and contribution % of each person in you submission.

 One group one submission by the group leader.  One student should only choose to be in one group. Multiple submissions will cause error in the final mark consolidation and it will be your responsibility to ensure no multiple submissions and not in multiple groups.
Late submission policy

 There will be a late submission period of 5 working days for this assignment.

 Late submissions will incur a penalty of 10% per day, unless prior arrangement has been made regarding an extension.

 Submissions received after the late submission period expires will not be assessed.
Task 1 Investigation on Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) (10 marks).    Assume a Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) multiplexer combines four source, A, B, C and D, using a synchronization time slot of 2 byte with one extra framing bit for synchronization;  1) Draw a picture to describe the synchronized TDM.

2) How the time is shared and how the synchronized transmission is implemented?
Task 2 Investigation on the Code Division Multiplexing Access (CDMA) and wireless communications. (20 marks) The following table shows the development of mobile communications: Generation Functions Principles 1G  voice-oriented analog technology Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) 2G  voice-oriented digital technology Time  Division Multiple Access (TDMA) 3G  high-speed voice-oriented integrated with data services Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
4G  IP-based: voice, data, multimedia service Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) You are required to write a technical report using the given template, discussing the following points: 1) How the wireless communication is implemented? 2) Discuss the technical details of FDMA.  3) Investigate how CDMA, also termed as “cellular technology”, works. 4) How the communication is seamlessly maintained while users are moving. 5) How “roaming” service is implemented (understand the cost of roaming).
There is no requirement on the length (4 pages is a reference with the LNCS template).

Homework Help-Unit II PowerPoint Presentation


Homework Help-Unit II PowerPoint Presentation

Are you motivated to succeed in business? It is time to develop a mini business plan! Prepare a 15- to 17-slide

PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint presentation will be a business venture you want to launch or be a part of. You can use the information in the required readings and information from other reliable sources. You may use the slide notes function to explain slide contents, if necessary.

 Describe what you want to do (this is a strategic plan) (five slides).

o Identify the goal.

o Explain why the opportunity is promising.

o Make an estimate about how long you think this will take.

o Make a statement about the advantages of your business and the desire to pursue it (vision/mission

statement).

o Distinguish strategic planning from other managerial actions within your strategic plan.

 Describe why you will be successful (three slides).

o Your past performance (company history, if any; what you have done and are doing)

o Tools or services available (investors? services? local association?)

 Describe what you need in order to do this (three slides).

o Capital

o Staff (organization chart); include why the staff you designated will best fit the plan

o Approvals/licenses?

 Describe the products and services you plan to offer (one slide).

 Identify management (three slides).

o You? Other owners/officers? Board members? Consultants? Attorneys? Describe why these choices best fit

the plan.

Evaluate the role of strategic planning within the decisions you will be making for the company.

Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Unit III Case Study

Review the motivational ideas or theories addressed in the readings for Unit III. Using yourself as an example, do you feel

that one or more of the ideas or theories are particularly effective in motivating you, or is there a better way you can be

motivated?

 Provide an example of a situation in which a leader used one of these theories to successfully motivate you.

 Next, provide an example of a situation where an attempted motivational tool did not work.

 What was it about the second example that did not work? Explain your answer.

Your case study submission must be at least three pages in length, not including the title and reference pages. You are

required to use at least one outside source to support your explanation. Your case study should be formatted in

accordance with APA style.

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Homework Help-English

Choose one of the short stories you read in this course.  Consider the elements of a short story you learned about in unit 1 (plot, climax, resolution, conflict, characterization, setting, mood), and write a 3-5 paragraph analysis of the story.  An analysis encourages you to think about the author’s choices and the significance of these choices (how and why the work was written).  Be sure to address specifically how these elements directly impact the overall meaning and theme of the short story. Please save as a Word(.doc) document and submit as an attachment below.

 

This is the Story

Our home had little contact with Gentiles.1 The only Gentile in the building was the janitor. Fridays he would come for a tip, his “Friday money.” He remained standing at the door, took off his hat, and my mother gave him six groschen.2 Besides the janitor there were also the Gentile washwomen who came to the house to fetch our laundry. My story is about one of these. She was a small woman, old and wrinkled. When she started washing for us, she was already past seventy. Most Jewish women of her age were sickly, weak, broken in body. All the old women in our street had bent backs and leaned on sticks when they walked. But this washwoman, small and thin as she was, possessed a strength that came from generations of peasant forebears. Mother would count out to her a bundle of laundry that had accumulated over several weeks. She would lift the unwieldy pack, load it on her narrow shoulders, and carry it the long way home. She lived on Krochmalna Street too, but at the other end, near the Wola section. It must have been a walk of an hour and a half. She would bring the laundry back about two weeks later. My mother had never been so pleased with any washwoman. Every piece of linen sparkled like polished silver. Every piece was neatly ironed. Yet she charged no more than the others. She was a real find. Mother always had her money ready, because it was too far for the old woman to come a second time. Laundering was not easy in those days. The old woman had no faucet where she lived but had to bring in the water from a pump. For the linens to come out so clean, they had to be scrubbed thoroughly in a washtub, rinsed with washing soda, soaked, boiled in an enormous pot, starched, then ironed. Every piece was handled ten times or more. And the drying! It could not be done outside because thieves would steal the laundry. The wrung-out wash had to be carried up to the attic and hung on clotheslines. In the winter it would become as brittle as glass and almost break when touched. And there was always a to-do with other housewives and washwomen who wanted the attic clothesline for their own use. Only God knows all the old woman had to endure each time she did a wash!

She could have begged at the church door or entered a home for the penniless and aged. But there was in her a certain pride and love of labor with which many Gentiles have been blessed. The old woman did not want to become a burden, and so she bore her burden. ●

My mother spoke a little Polish, and the old woman would talk with her about many things. She was especially fond of me and used to say I looked like Jesus. She repeated this every time she came, and Mother would frown and whisper to herself, her lips barely moving, “May her words be scattered in the wilderness.”

The woman had a son who was rich. I no longer remember what sort of business he had. He was ashamed of his mother, the washwoman, and never came to see her. Nor did he ever give her a groschen. The old woman told this without rancor. One day the son was married. It seemed that he had made a good match. The wedding took place in a church. The son had not invited the old mother to his wedding, but she went to the church and waited at the steps to see her son lead the “young lady” to the altar.

The story of the faithless son left a deep impression on my mother. She talked about it for weeks and months. It was an affront not only to the old woman but to the entire institution of motherhood. Mother would argue, “Nu, does it pay to make sacrifices for children? The mother uses up her last strength, and he does not even know the meaning of loyalty.”

And she would drop dark hints to the effect that she was not certain of her own children: Who knows what they would do some day? This, however, did not prevent her from dedicating her life to us. If there was any delicacy in the house, she would put it aside for the children and invent all sorts of excuses and reasons why she herself did not want to taste it. She knew charms that went back to ancient times, and she used expressions she had inherited from generations of devoted mothers and grandmothers. If one of the children complained of a pain, she would say, “May I be your ransom and may you outlive my bones!” Or she would say, “May I be the atonement for the least of your fingernails.” When we ate she used to say, “Health and marrow in your bones!” The day before the new moon she gave us a kind of candy that was said to prevent parasitic worms. If one of us had something in his eye, Mother would lick the eye clean with her tongue. She also fed us rock candy against coughs, and from time to time she would take us to be blessed against the evil eye. This did not prevent her from studying The Duties of the Heart, The Book of the Covenant, and other serious philosophic works.

But to return to the washwoman. That winter was a harsh one. The streets were in the grip of a bitter cold. No matter how much we heated our stove, the windows were covered with frostwork and decorated with icicles. The newspapers reported that people were dying of the cold. Coal became dear. The winter had become so severe that parents stopped sending children to cheder,3 and even the Polish schools were closed.

On one such day the washwoman, now nearly eighty years old, came to our house. A good deal of laundry had accumulated during the past weeks. Mother gave her a pot of tea to warm herself, as well as some bread. The old woman sat on a kitchen chair trembling and shaking, and warmed her hands against the teapot. Her fingers were gnarled from work, and perhaps from arthritis too. Her fingernails were strangely white. These hands spoke of the stubbornness of mankind, of the will to work not only as one’s strength permits but beyond the limits of one’s power. Mother counted and wrote down the list: men’s undershirts, women’s vests, long-legged drawers, bloomers, petticoats, shifts, featherbed covers, pillowcases, sheets, and the men’s fringed garments. Yes, the Gentile woman washed these holy garments as well.

Vocabulary

obstinacy (äb» stß nß sè) n. stubbornness

Literary Analysis

Character What qualities does the author describe in the washwoman that show she is “a human being, the crown of creation”? Explain.

The bundle was big, bigger than usual. When the woman placed it on her shoulders, it covered her completely. At first she swayed, as though she were about to fall under the load. But an inner obstinacy seemed to call out: No, you may not fall. A donkey may permit himself to fall under his burden, but not a human being, the crown of creation.

It was fearful to watch the old woman staggering out with the enormous pack, out into the frost, where the snow was dry as salt and the air was filled with dusty white whirlwinds, like goblins dancing in the cold. Would the old woman ever reach Wola?

She disappeared, and Mother sighed and prayed for her.

Usually the woman brought back the wash after two or, at the most, three weeks. But three weeks passed, then four and five, and nothing was heard of the old woman. We remained without linens. The cold had become even more intense. The telephone wires were now as thick as ropes. The branches of the trees looked like glass. So much snow had fallen that the streets had become uneven, and sleds were able to glide down many streets as on the slopes of a hill.

Kindhearted people lit fires in the streets for vagrants4 to warm themselves and roast

At first she swayed, as though she were about to fall under the load.

potatoes in, if they had any to roast. For us the washwoman’s absence

was a catastrophe. We needed the laundry. We did not even

know the woman’s address. It seemed certain that she had collapsed, died. Mother declared she had had a premonition, as the old woman left our house that last time, that we would never see our things again. She found some old torn shirts and washed and mended them. We mourned, both for the laundry and for the old, toil-worn woman who had grown close to us through the years she had served us so faithfully. ●

More than two months passed. The frost had subsided, and then a new frost had come,

a new wave of cold. One evening, while Mother was sitting near the kerosene lamp mending a shirt, the door opened and a small puff of steam, followed by a gigantic bundle, entered. Under the bundle tottered the old woman, her face as white as a linen sheet. A few wisps of white hair straggled out from beneath her shawl. Mother uttered a half-choked cry. It was as though a corpse had entered the room. I ran toward the old woman and helped her unload her pack. She was even thinner now, more bent. Her face had become more gaunt, and her head shook from side to side as though she were saying no. She could not utter a clear word, but mumbled something with her sunken mouth and pale lips.

After the old woman had recovered somewhat, she told us that she had been ill, very ill. Just what her illness was, I cannot remember. She had been so sick that someone had called a doctor, and the doctor had sent for a priest. Someone had informed the son, and he had contributed money for a coffin and for the funeral. But the Almighty had not yet wanted to take this pain-racked soul to Himself. She began to feel better, she became well, and as soon as she was able to stand on her feet once more, she resumed her washing. Not just ours, but the wash of several other families too.

“I could not rest easy in my bed because of the wash,” the old woman explained. “The wash would not let me die.”

“With the help of God you will live to be a hundred and twenty,” said my mother, as a benediction.

“God forbid! What good would such a long life be? The work becomes harder and harder …mystrengthisleavingme…Idonotwanttobeaburdenon anyone!” The old woman muttered and crossed herself, and raised her eyes toward heaven.

Fortunately there was some money in the house and Mother counted out what she owed. I had a strange feeling: the coins in the old woman’s washed-out hands seemed to become as worn and clean and pious as she herself was. She blew on the coins and tied them in a kerchief. Then she left, promising to return in a few weeks for a new load of wash.

But she never came back. The wash she had returned was her last effort on this earth. She had been driven by an indomitable will to return the property to its rightful owners, to fulfill the task she had undertaken.

And now at last her body, which had long been no more than a shard5 supported only by the force of honesty and duty, had fallen. Her soul passed into those spheres where all holy souls meet, regardless of the roles they played on this earth, in whatever tongue, of whatever creed. I cannot imagine paradise without this Gentile washwoman. I cannot even conceive of a world where there is no recompense for such effort.

 

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Assignment       

 

In this Assignment, you will focus on marginal utility, Price Elasticity of Demand, and understanding the difference between Price Elasticity of Demand and Income Elasticity of Demand.

 

We all subconsciously assign “scores” to what we are considering to purchase, based on our expected level of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) with that purchase. When making simultaneous pairs of purchases, again we subconsciously compare the amount of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) that we will receive from the pair of purchases. To decide on the “ideal” combination of these two purchases, we expect that the last dollar we spend on each of the items will give us the “same” satisfaction per dollar (Marginal Utility per dollar). Further, we know that the MORE of an item that we get, the next one we get will give us LESS “satisfaction” Marginal Utility) than the last one gave us (the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility). Using what you have learned about Marginal Utility and Marginal Utility per dollar, answer the following questions.

 

Questions

  1. Jane has been working all day, missing both her breakfast and lunch. Finally able to leave work, after being required to work a couple of hour’s overtime, she is starving. Jane has $20 in her pocket, so she stops at a local fast food restaurant and orders a grilled chicken sandwich (somewhat healthy) and fries (not so healthy). As she sits down to eat them, a Kaplan University student approaches her and tells her that she is doing a research project for her microeconomics course, and would like to ask Jane a few quick questions. Jane agrees and the student asks what “score” (Marginal Utility) from 1 to 100 would she give as her satisfaction level with the 1st sandwich and the 1st fries? After eating that order, Jane is still hungry and orders a second chicken sandwich and another fries. Again, the student asks Jane to give her new scores. Since Jane has not eaten all day, she is hungry enough to order a third round of food and again gives “scores” to the inquisitive student.

 

Below is the Kaplan student’s completed experiment tally sheet of Jane’s marginal utility “scores” and the calculation of her marginal utility per dollar, given that each sandwich costs $4.00 and each order of fries costs $2.00, along with her budget of $20. The student filled in the shaded cells based on Jane’s responses, then computed the values in the remaining cells. Using this information, answer the following questions:

 

 

  1. Is Jane maximizing her utility? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off to buy one less chicken sandwich and one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase combination, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying just one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying one less fries and one more chicken sandwich? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. Remembering the Learning Practice in Unit 3, in the year 107 WBCE (Way Before the Common Era) the Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the gosum berry growers were able to meet an average demand of 700 barrels of gosum berries per month at an average a price of $70 per barrel.

In the year 108 WBCE the growers were plagued with a gosum berry bug infestation that reduced average output, causing production to fall to only 600 barrels per month, causing the price to rise to $84 per barrel. The following table shows the Chairman’s report:

 

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel
107 700 $70
108 600 $84

 

  1. Using the midpoint method, calculate the price elasticity of demand for Gondwanaland gosum berries. Explain what this price elasticity of demand means?

 

  1. What is the monthly average total revenue for year 107, and the monthly average total revenue for year 108? How do these numbers compare to each other?

 

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel Monthly average total revenue
107 700 $70
108 600 $84
Change in

average total monthly revenue

 

  1. Using your answer to part a. above, how could you have predicted this change in total monthly revenue?

 

  1. The Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the new Altair chariots (most modern, horse drawn family chariot) had a PRICE elasticity of 3 and an INCOME elasticity of 2. The supply of these Altair chariots is elastic. Evaluate the following statements and explain why you think they are true, or false.

 

  1. A 20% increase in the price of the Altair chariot will cause the quantity demanded to fall by an astounding 60%.

 

  1. An increase in Gondwanaland consumers’ incomes will cause prices to rise, but the total quantity demanded will also increase.

Unit 4 Assignment: Elasticity of Demand

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Assignment       

 

In this Assignment, you will focus on marginal utility, Price Elasticity of Demand, and understanding the difference between Price Elasticity of Demand and Income Elasticity of Demand.

We all subconsciously assign “scores” to what we are considering to purchase, based on our expected level of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) with that purchase. When making simultaneous pairs of purchases, again we subconsciously compare the amount of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) that we will receive from the pair of purchases. To decide on the “ideal” combination of these two purchases, we expect that the last dollar we spend on each of the items will give us the “same” satisfaction per dollar (Marginal Utility per dollar). Further, we know that the MORE of an item that we get, the next one we get will give us LESS “satisfaction” Marginal Utility) than the last one gave us (the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility). Using what you have learned about Marginal Utility and Marginal Utility per dollar, answer the following questions.

 

Questions

  1. Jane has been working all day, missing both her breakfast and lunch. Finally able to leave work, after being required to work a couple of hour’s overtime, she is starving. Jane has $20 in her pocket, so she stops at a local fast food restaurant and orders a grilled chicken sandwich (somewhat healthy) and fries (not so healthy). As she sits down to eat them, a Kaplan University student approaches her and tells her that she is doing a research project for her microeconomics course, and would like to ask Jane a few quick questions. Jane agrees and the student asks what “score” (Marginal Utility) from 1 to 100 would she give as her satisfaction level with the 1st sandwich and the 1st fries? After eating that order, Jane is still hungry and orders a second chicken sandwich and another fries. Again, the student asks Jane to give her new scores. Since Jane has not eaten all day, she is hungry enough to order a third round of food and again gives “scores” to the inquisitive student.

Below is the Kaplan student’s completed experiment tally sheet of Jane’s marginal utility “scores” and the calculation of her marginal utility per dollar, given that each sandwich costs $4.00 and each order of fries costs $2.00, along with her budget of $20. The student filled in the shaded cells based on Jane’s responses, then computed the values in the remaining cells. Using this information, answer the following questions:

  1. Is Jane maximizing her utility? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off to buy one less chicken sandwich and one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase combination, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying just one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying one less fries and one more chicken sandwich? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. Remembering the Learning Practice in Unit 3, in the year 107 WBCE (Way Before the Common Era) the Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the gosum berry growers were able to meet an average demand of 700 barrels of gosum berries per month at an average a price of $70 per barrel.

In the year 108 WBCE the growers were plagued with a gosum berry bug infestation that reduced average output, causing production to fall to only 600 barrels per month, causing the price to rise to $84 per barrel. The following table shows the Chairman’s report:

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel
107 700 $70
108 600 $84

 

  1. Using the midpoint method, calculate the price elasticity of demand for Gondwanaland gosum berries. Explain what this price elasticity of demand means?

 

 

  1. What is the monthly average total revenue for year 107, and the monthly average total revenue for year 108? How do these numbers compare to each other?

 

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel Monthly average total revenue
107 700 $70
108 600 $84
Change in

average total monthly revenue

 

 

  1. Using your answer to part a. above, how could you have predicted this change in total monthly revenue?

 

 

 

 

  1. The Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the new Altair chariots (most modern, horse drawn family chariot) had a PRICE elasticity of 3 and an INCOME elasticity of 2. The supply of these Altair chariots is elastic. Evaluate the following statements and explain why you think they are true, or false.

 

  1. A 20% increase in the price of the Altair chariot will cause the quantity demanded to fall by an astounding 60%.

 

 

  1. An increase in Gondwanaland consumers’ incomes will cause prices to rise, but the total quantity demanded will also increase.

 

 

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Unit 4 Assignment: Elasticity of Demand Grading Rubric

Content Percent Possible Points Possible
Full Assignment 100% 40
     
Overall Writing: 20% 8
Correct coversheet information at the top of 1st page 5% 2.00
APA format for answers 3% 1.20
Correct citations 3% 1.20
Standard English, no errors 4% 1.60
At least one, or more, references 5% 2.00
     
Answers: provides complete information demonstrating analysis and critical thinking: 80% 32
Individual Questions:    
1. a. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 3 sandwiches and 3 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
1. b. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 2 sandwiches and 4 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
1. c. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 3 sandwiches and 4 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
1. d. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 4 sandwiches and 2 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
2. a. – What is price elasticity of demand for gosum berries? 15% 6.00
2. b. – What is year 107 revenue and the year 108 revenue? 10% 4.00
2. c. – Could change in revenue been predicted from elasticity? How? 15% 6.00
3. a. – Will quantity of Altair chariots demanded fall by 60%? (true/false) Why? 10% 4.00
3. b. – Will quantity of Altair chariots demanded increase? (true or false) Why? 10% 4.00
Sub-total for Individual Questions: 80% 32

 

Need Help-MBS 518 Principles of Business Governance


Need Help-MBS 518 Principles of Business Governance

                                                  MBS 518 Principles of Business Governance

                                                                 Assignment   Semester 2 2016

 

Edward and Johnny are brothers and love to sail together. They want to turn their sporting interest into a business. They then decided to start their own business called Everbright Sails Pty Ltd.

Edward and Johnny design and manufacture sails for all size yachts and supply wholesale to retail outlets. Their company becomes very successful and soon they need more sophisticated machinery to ensure that their business is profitable.

Edward’s cousin Julio is also in the manufacturing business, supplying plant and manufacturing equipment to factories. Julio is the sole director and marketing manager for the company Equipment Pty Ltd. On Monday Julio approaches his cousin Edward at a wedding function and offers to sell Everbright new sail making machinery that has been developed in France. Julio claims that the equipment will improve output and efficiency in the sail making factory by 30%. He said he is prepared to sell the equipment to them for only $80,000. Julio said the offer will end on Friday at 5pm, and acceptance could be by email or post.

Edward and Johnny think that Julio’s offer is a very good and one which would enable Everbright to increase production and profit. Edward and Johnny are keen to accept Julio’s offer but feel that they really should try to negotiate better terms. On Tuesday Edward sends Julio an email on behalf of Everbright which states :

Everbright Sails is very interested in your offer. However we believe that the new equipment will only deliver a 15% profit return on capital, so we are only prepared to pay you the amount of $50,000 for the machinery.

Julio happens to be on a three day conference on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so has not read his email. Meanwhile Edward and Johnny have reconsidered their position and are feeling nervous that they may have missed the deal because they have not heard back from Julio. They decide to accept Equipment Pty Ltd’s original offer and on behalf of Everbright post Julio a letter on Friday morning agreeing to purchase the French machinery for $80,000. Just to be sure, at the same time they email Julio. Due to problems with Equipment Pty Ltd ISP, the email is not received into Equipment Pty Ltd’s system until 6pm Friday.

Over the weekend Julio meets with his old friend Jack who happened to be in the market for the same French sail making machinery. Julio owes Jack a favour so wants to give the machinery to Jack instead of selling it to Everbright. On Monday morning, Julio reads his email and opens the post. He calls Edward and Johnny and says the deal is off. Edward and Johnny are very upset and want to force Julio to sell them the French machinery.

What are the risk factors involved in the above negotiations :

Students with family name A to K : Advise, using appropriate objective references,  Edward and Johnny (Everbright P/L) as to whether or not a contract exists with Julio (Equipment P/L)

Students with family name L to Z : Advise, using appropriate objective references, Julio (Equipment P/L)as to whether or not a contract exists with Edward and Johnny (Everbright P/L).

This assignment is worth 40 marks

See pages 12-14 of the UILG for more details

 Need Help-MBS 518 Principles of Business Governance

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