CHALLENGES IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (2 assignments)

TO CONFIRM….BEFORE READING THE ASSIGNMENT, I WANT YOU TO DO THE 4-6 PAGE PAPER INSTEAD OF THE VIDEO. THE SECOND ASSIGNMENT STAYS THE SAME WHICH IS THE POWERPOINT. SO I NEED THE PAPER AND POWERPOINT DONE.

As you have explored in this course, ongoing challenges in the global business environment are mostly attributed to unethical business practices, failure to embrace technology advancements, and stiff competition among businesses. Imagine that you have been appointed as the Chief Compliance Officer of a Fortune 500 company of your choice and must prepare a presentation for your suppliers regarding your Supplier Code of Conduct to deliver via a web meeting.

This assignment has two parts. For the first part, you are to create a five to seven (5–7) minute dynamic video on your company’s Code of Conduct. You may use any type of recording device you have to create this video—smartphone, laptop, webcam, or other type of video recorder. The specific points to cover for this video are listed below.

As an alternative to the video, you may submit a four to six (4–6) page paper that details what you would say in such a presentation following the same prompts as the video assignment below.

For the second part of the assignment, you will create a presentation using PowerPoint (or other equivalent software) summarizing the important changes and explanations regarding the code of conduct that you communicated in your video/paper presentation to email to the suppliers after the meeting for future reference. The specific points to cover are listed below.

You must submit both parts of the assignment to receive full credit.

Note: If you are using a tablet or smartphone you will need to email the video file to yourself, then save it to a computer in order to upload to Blackboard. You may want to upload your video to a file sharing service, such as Dropbox, if your email will not let you send a large video file. Dropbox is accessible from all smartphones and tablets from the Dropbox app.

Once you are ready to upload your video to Blackboard, view the Kaltura video tutorial found in your online course shell (Week 9). Please use the following naming convention in the popup window for your video once it is finished uploading:

Title: Your First Name, Your Last Name – Challenges in the Business Environment
Tags: BUS475, Business Environment
Description: First Name, Last Name – BUS475 Assignment 2 (Date Uploaded ex. 1-14-2018)

Part 2: PowerPoint Presentation
Create a six to eight (6–8) slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:

  1. Summarize your chosen company’s Supplier Responsibility information.
  2. Discuss your company’s stance on each of the following areas:
    • Empowering Workers
    • Labor and Human Rights
    • Health and Safety
    • The Environment
    • Accountability
  3. Identify the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.
  4. Examine the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.
  5. Provide detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.
  6. Submit a reference page with at least three (3) quality references from the past 2 years that you have used for this presentation / paper. Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.
    1. Tip: A good place to look for references is at the Strayer Library – research.strayer.edu
    2. Here is an introductory video on the library and how to use it: Online Library Resources at Strayer University.mp4

Your PowerPoint presentation must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Format the PowerPoint presentation with headings on each slide and three to four (3–4) relevant graphics (photographs, graphs, clip art, etc.), ensuring that the presentation is visually appealing and readable from 18 feet away. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a title slide containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The title and reference slides are not included in the required slide length.

Specific Library Resources to help you get started

The Strayer University Library is accessible at research.strayer.edu.

A general introduction to the Strayer Library is available in your course shell on the left-hand menu under Research-Library.

  • Introductory Search – Use the home page’s search box to keyword search many, but not all, databases.
  • Targeted Search – Scroll to the bottom of the page for an A to Z listing of all databases. Float over each link to see a description of the database and click to load that particular database’s custom search page. Custom search pages include both basic and advanced search options.

These databases are only partially searchable through the general search bar. You will have to search them individually to find resources for your paper.

  • Nexis Uni – This contains legal information and would be useful to search for court cases in which your company has been involved.
  • Video Explaining Nexis Uni
  • Mergent Online – This has company info on both public and private companies. Fortune 500 can be public or private. Mergent is known for financial and accounting info, but also has qualitative information too. They offer news feeds, country reports on business environments, industry-wide reporting, company reports, and Annual Reports—the middle 3 are unique to this database. Starting with looking at a company’s annual report would be very useful for this assignment. Industry reports would also be useful to see if your company is involved in any industry-wide initiatives or is notable in its industry in any way (could be good or bad.)
  • Instructional Videos on each of the databases:

American City Business Journals – This is probably the most fun way to read business news by metro area. They have over 35 journals based around US cities. Look up the metro area your company is associated with, go to ACBJ, then choose the applicable city, and search for news articles.

Research Starters are like the academic version of Wikipedia. Search on a topic to get an overview with links to other information within that topic. It will help you get ideas for keywords for your own searches and what you need to know in order to successfully write your paper.

Note – This is an exception example. Research Starter articles do appear in a feature box above the results list when using the general search box on research.strayer.edu.

Don’t stress over writing papers! Watch this video on writing papers and essays. Topics include how to start your research, how to organize your research, how to draft your paper, and how to revise it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlgR1q3UQZE&t=9s

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the rubric:

Points: 165

Assignment 2: Challenges in the Global Business Environment

Criteria

Unacceptable
Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations
60-69% D

Fair
70-79% C

Proficient
80-89% B

Exemplary
90-100% A

Part 2: PowerPoint Presentation

1. Summarize your company’s Supplier Responsibility information.
Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information.

Insufficiently summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information.

Partially summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information.

Satisfactorily summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information.

Thoroughly summarized your company’s Supplier Responsibility information.

2. Discuss your company’s stance on each of the following areas:
a. Empowering workers
b. Labor and Human Rights
c. Health and Safety
d. The Environment
e. Accountability
Weight: 25%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas:
a. Empowering workers
b. Labor and Human Rights
c. Health and Safety
d. The Environment
e. Accountability

Insufficiently discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas:
a. Empowering workers
b. Labor and Human Rights
c. Health and Safety
d. The Environment
e. Accountability

Partially discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas:
a. Empowering workers
b. Labor and Human Rights
c. Health and Safety
d. The Environment
e. Accountability

Satisfactorily discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas:
a. Empowering workers
b. Labor and Human Rights
c. Health and Safety
d. The Environment
e. Accountability

Thoroughly discussed your company’s stance on each of the following areas:
a. Empowering workers
b. Labor and Human Rights
c. Health and Safety
d. The Environment
e. Accountability

3. Identify the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.
Weight: 25%

Did not submit or incompletely identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.

Insufficiently identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.

Partially identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.

Satisfactorily identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.

Thoroughly identified the key ways that your company’s Progress Report has changed since last year.

4. Examine the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.
Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.

Insufficiently examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.

Partially examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.

Satisfactorily examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.

Thoroughly examined the manner in which your company’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.

5. Provide detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.
Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.

Insufficiently provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.

Partially provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.

Satisfactorily provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.

Thoroughly, provided detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.

6. Writing Mechanics, Grammar, and Formatting / Oral Communication. Clarity and Coherence of Writing / Presentation
Weight: 10%

Serious and persistent errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is confusing to the reader and fails to include reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Numerous errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, or formatting / oral communication.
Information is somewhat confusing with not enough reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Partially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication.
Information is partially clear with minimal reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Mostly free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is mostly clear and generally supported with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Error free or almost error free grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting / oral communication. Information is provided in a clear, coherent, and consistent manner with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

7. Appropriate use of APA in-text citations and 3 references provided
Weight: 10%

Lack of in-text citations and / or lack of reference section.

In-text citations and references are given, but not in APA format. Does not meet the required number of references, and / or references are of poor quality.

In-text citations and references are provided, but they are only partially formatted correctly in APA style. Meets the required number of references; some or all references poor quality choices.

Most in-text citations and references are provided, and they are generally formatted correctly in APA style. Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

In-text citations and references are error free or almost error free and consistently formatted correctly in APA style. Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

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