Posted: April 8th, 2015
Discussion Topic Analysis
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-4 Discussion Topics (2 sources per topic – if possible)
Social media is part of the business model for most, if not all, companies. Locate a company that you feel has a poor social media presence/campaign and suggest how it may improve its overall performance. Additionally, locate a company that has a good social media presence/campaign and compare the two.
There are situations where hiring within the host country is advantageous; however, there are also times when it might be better to send expatriate managers already employed with the company. Discuss why both of these human resource management strategies are valid.
BP’s code of conduct includes this: “health, safety, security and the environment—fundamental rules and guidance to help us protect the natural environment, the safety of the communities in which we operate, and the health, safety and security of our people” (BP, 2010).
But Seidman (2010) said this: “Many of the factors thought to have led to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig were the result of bad decisions in which a less expensive option—whether to run a test or use a particular kind casing pipe, for example—was consistently chosen over one that would have cost more money.”
Organizations cut costs all the time to become more efficient, and they ultimately pass along lower costs to the consumer in the form of lower prices. Without customers, a for-profit organization cannot exist.
Apply concepts from Chapter 9 in the text to analyze business ethics and sustainability at an energy company of your choice, and answer the following:
1. Assess the ethics involved with an energy company’s strategy and actions.
2. Debate whether or not a for-profit company competing with rivals can effectively balance ethical business practices while competing for market share in today’s marketplace.
3. Would you have handled BP’s strategy execution differently? As CEO, how would you have handled this, either ensuring this did not happen or after the fact?
Smartphones have seen good growth judging from the high percentage of people using them. This means the smartphone provider industry is experiencing growth.
In 2011, Nokia announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft, a new strategy and a new internal organization. Reuters.com (2011) reported on the changes:
“With Nokia’s planned move to Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, Symbian becomes a franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value. This strategy recognizes the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come.”
“As of April 1, Nokia will have a new company structure, which features two distinct business units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones. They will focus on Nokia’s key business areas: high-end smartphones and mass-market mobile phones. Each unit will have profit-and-loss responsibility and end-to-end accountability for the full consumer experience, including product development, product management and product marketing.”
Sadly, that did not pan out.
• How would you describe Nokia’s organizational structure using concepts from this module (including functional versus divisional versus conglomerate; centralized versus decentralized; mechanistic versus organic)?
• Debate whether these changes help the company to execute its strategy going forward.
• How does Nokia’s structure compare to your employer’s structure?
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