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Organizational Optimization in the Times of Cut-Throat Term Paper

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Organizational Optimization

In the times of cut-throat competition, it is not just the quality of your products and services that can give you an edge over your rivals. There is something else required to run organizational functions properly and with minimum friction. In other words, organizational optimization is needed which allows a firm to run more effectively, efficiently- the result of which is greater productivity. Optimization is thus defined as "An act, process, or methodology of making something as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible" [Webster 2002]. Organizational optimization thus requires a set of practices, strategies, technological measures and other such techniques. For this reason, organizations depend on a systems approach to achieve optimization. Systems approach is aptly defined as "an approach that predicates solving the larger system problems with solutions that satisfy not only the subsystem's objectives, but also the global systems survival" (van Gigch, 1991, p. 428). This means that the organization…… [read more]

Julius Caesar - Hero or Tyrant? Term Paper

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Julius Caesar - Hero or Tyrant?

Julius Caesar is a tyrant because he is self-important and thinks he is beyond death and above reproach. He ignores warnings about his well being, and he is cruel - he leads captives from Pompeii through the streets of Rome. He says he does not want the crown or to be a dictator, but he becomes more self-adsorbed, arrogant, and selfish by the Third Act, and he even refers to himself in the third person, as if he is a god. Some quotes that show he is a tyrant include:

If thou be'st not immortal, look about you: / security gives way to conspiracy. / The mighty gods defend thee!" (Act II, scene iii).

Caesar should be a beast without a heart, / If he should stay at home today for fear. / No, Caesar shall not: danger knows full well / That Caesar is more dangerous than he" (Act II, scene ii).

If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him, / I spurn thee like a cur out of my way" (Act III, scene i). This shows his cruelty when he banishes a man who disagrees with him.

In conclusion, Julius Caesar is a tyrant because he is cruel, he is arrogant and he sees himself beyond harm and beyond the power…… [read more]

Sir Gawain Comparing Term Paper

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However, what differentiated Sir Gawain from the archetypal knight is that he also maintained a human side in him, a characteristic that showed that despite his honorable stature, he is also susceptible to other threats to his honor. This threat includes temptations in committing adultery or unmanly conduct towards a woman. This has been shown in his unwise decision to decline the lady's help to protect him against the Green Knight by using a magical sash. His insistence to stick to his chivalrous values had only led to danger in his life, and created a flaw in his character, portraying him as prideful to the point of being arrogant: "the man began to muse, and mainly he thought It was a pearl for his plight, the peril to come When he gains the Green Chapel to get his reward: Could he escape unscathed, the scheme were noble! Then he bore with her words and withstood them no more ... The knight agrees That not a soul save themselves…… [read more]

Systems of Equations Solve Term Paper

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Substituting x = 2.4,y = 6.4 in (2) we get

2(2.4) + 3(6.4) = 24

4.8 + 19.2 = 24

L.H.S = R.H.S

d. 12X + Y = 25, 8X - 2Y = 14

12X + Y = 25 -- ((1)

8X - 2Y = 14 -- ((2)

Multiplying (1) by 2, we get

24x + 2y = 50 -- ((3)

Adding (2) and (3), we get

32x = 64

Substituting x = 2 in (1) we get

12(2) + y = 25

24 + y = 25

=>y = 25 -- 24

=>y = 1

The values are

X = 2, y = 1


Substituting x = 2,y = 1 in (2) we get

8(2) -- 2(1) = 14

=>16 -- 2 = 14

L.H.S = R.H.S


Let x be the value of a share of Company X.

Let y be the value of a share of Company Y.

The equations for Bob and Frank's holdings are

8000x + 6000y = 680000 -- ((1)

2000x + 10000y = 680000 -- ((2)

In order to simplify the given equations we divide the above two equations by 1000

8x + 6y = 680 -- ((3)

2x + 10y = 680 -- ((4)

Multiplying (4) by 4, we get

8x + 40y = 2720 -- ((5)

(3)-(5), we get

-34y = -2040

=> y = 60

Substituting y = 60 in (3) we get

8x + 6(60) = 680

8x + 360 = 680

8x = 320

The values are x = 40, y = 60


Substituting x = 40,y = 60 in (4) we get

2(40) + 10(60) = 680

80 + 600 = 680

L.H.S = R.H.S

The value of a share of Company X is 40

The value of a share of Company Y is 60


a. X + 2Y + Z = 6 -- ((1)

X + Y = 4 -- ((2)

3X + Y + Z = 8 -- ((3)

(1)-(3), we get

-2X + Y = -2 -- (…… [read more]

Macbeth the Title Character Term Paper

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Malcolm, who is already in England, has shown little initiative to do the same; without Macduff's assistance, Malcolm probably would have remained impotent. By Act III, scene six, Macduff is clearly established as the play's hero because of his willingness to intercede on behalf of Malcolm. During their conversation in that scene, Lennox and the Lord both express their heartfelt desire that Macduff succeeds in his mission: they state that God and the angels are with Macduff. The Lord states, "I'll send my prayers with him," in the last line of the scene (III, iv, 53). During his visit with Malcolm in England, Macduff exhibits his loyalty to his native Scotland, proving an honest desire to help.

Another reason why Macduff is clearly the play's hero is because he is portrayed as Macbeth's arch nemesis. The most dramatic depiction of Macduff as Macbeth's rival is during Act IV, scene one, when the witches invoke hallucinations for Macbeth. A head appears, crying out "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff," (line 77). Macbeth states that he already had feared that Macduff was his enemy. When Macduff vows to avenge the murder of his family, the personal battle between the two men begins. Macduff is the only man in the play who was prophesied by the witches to be able to defeat Macbeth: because he was "not of woman born" he can deliver the fatal blow and cut off Macbeth's head (IV, i, 86).

Macduff's success in planning and executing Macbeth's eventual demise proves that he is the play's hero. He is the only character in Macbeth to take decisive action throughout: he noticed that Macbeth was guilty and did everything he could to bring Macbeth to justice. Furthermore, Macduff did so without much personal gain, without any ambition…… [read more]

Philosophy His Arms Opened Term Paper

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In tandem with the desert tonal vibration, the talons of a crow darted past. He had lost his way, acted mischievously, visited a former lover while the rest of the murder went home to roost. I respected the crow; his sheer blackness suggested he knew something of the Other World, could shift between them effortlessly, simply by willing it so. His feathers brought with them memories, though to me they meant nothing. Crow tried his best to communicate through raucous caw caw but he failed every time to capture more than my attention. I felt inferior here, in the presence of creatures wiser than I.

Roughness and spike penetrated my brain as it coursed past the cacti: their flowers deceptive and alluring, luring greedy eyes to their succulent flavors and then searing through skin and flesh. The hummingbird, though, the hummingbird knew better. She whirred right where she should, hovering squarely in the center of her nectar-bearer, just as I bathed in the light at the center of the Universe. While asleep I thanked the desert in my dreams.… [read more]

Othello the Audience Term Paper

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In Act III, scene 3, Iago leaps at the opportunity to frame Desdemonda and Cassio. His machinations in Act II scene 3, including the added bonus of the stray handkerchief, cause the naturally passionate Othello to believe that his wife is cheating on him.

Othello does overreact and to his discredit, believes Iago without properly confronting Desdemonda or Cassio first. However, as a newlywed man already prone to passion and adventure, Othello can be forgiven his reactions. In fact, Shakespeare sets up Othello to be the tragic hero who was manipulated by the cold-hearted and cruel villain Iago. Othello demands if Iago: "Make me to see't; or at the least so prove it," (III.iii.407). The audience can easily sympathize with Othello's reluctance to confront his wife directly, for Othello keenly senses his encroaching rage. Not knowing why Iago might lie, Othello naturally trusts him. Iago takes full advantage of Othello's weakened mental and emotional state, and aims directly at the Moor's masculinity to goad him on: "Are you a man? have you a soul or sense? -- " (III.iii. 418).

Othello's reaction to the news that Desdemonda might be having an affair is a reaction born of love and jealousy, a reaction both natural and understandable under the circumstances. Othello probably could have handled the situation with more calmness and composure, but Iago is still more responsible for the downfall of the title character and of all the others who perish in the play. Iago orchestrates the entire situation, goading every character on and ruthlessly killing anyone who comes in his way. Furthermore, Iago is only motivated by hatred and bitterness toward both Cassio and Othello, who by the time he sees the handkerchief has lost all sense of reason. Iago consciously and deliberately plots Othello's destruction as well as that of Cassio. "And practicing upon his peace and quiet / Even to madness ... Knavery's plain face is never seen till us'd," (II.i. 312-314).…… [read more]

Reliablism &amp Bonjour's Objections Term Paper

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However, although it goes contrary to the theory of process reliabilism, our non-sensory common sense indicates to the balanced mind, this coincidence does not mean that he is not crazy -- even if the senses prove him right, in this one instance, this does not mean that Norman is clairvoyant.

The only possible way to refute Norman's clairvoyance within a process reliabilism framework is to state that ordinarily people do not have access to information in this form, but usually accumulate it through the senses, and thus clairvoyance is not a true sense subsumed within the thesis' framework, because it seems to be particular to Norman's ability to make predictions regarding the president. Bonjour suggests however, that neither the senses that apprehend external causal behavior nor the purely internal sense of clairvoyance is really a reliable and verifiable source of evidence, alone, despite this rationalization -- really it is our non-sensory common sense that attempts to rationalize away Norman's convictions, rather than the sensory or re-occurring predictive data required for reliabilism. Merely because something reoccurs to our internal or external senses does not mean it is true, if the predictive mechanism…… [read more]

Contracts Scenario on June 15 Term Paper

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The two could have entered into an agreement whereby the buyer had a certain amount of time to change his or her mind, but this was not the case in the aforementioned offer.

"Be mindful that you can take back or withdraw an offer at any time before the other side has agreed to the deal. This is called retraction (proving that you have withdrawn the offer before the other side accepted may present a problem). On the other hand, changing your mind after you have signed or agreed precludes retraction. Absent compelling reasons for not holding up to your end of the bargain, you will be a party to a contract." ("Contracts," 2004) As there is no proof of acceptance in this case of the initial offer, however, the buyer Bronson is in the clear and can keep his mower to the chagrin of Mason and Peters.

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"Contracts." (2004) Retrived at November 23, 2004 at…… [read more]

Othello Shakespeare Uses the Soliloquy Term Paper

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This ability is not fundamentally a bad or evil trait, it is Iago's use of this ability that makes him a character with poor moral fiber.

Iago's use of allusion to manipulate other characters based on assumption also shows how short minded and possibly stupid he is. In this passage, we are told of the immediate plan but he does not take into consideration the possible outcomes if his plan works. He is not guaranteed to receive the desired result, which is to be promoted, and foolishly neglects to take that into consideration.

Never in his speech does he mention that he must work very hard to ensure that he will be promoted in Cassio's place, he assumes that by destroying Cassio, he will automatically be awarded the prize (promotion). He does not take into account that Cassio may have been promoted because Iago is not capable of the job and that getting rid of Cassio may not be his only roadblock. His own stupidity and lack of foresight may be the real issue.

The tone used in this passage also lends evidence to the nature of Iago's character. The way in which he makes fun of the trusting nature of Desdemona and the vulnerability of Cassio and Othello is entirely void of warmth and compassion for the other character's vulnerabilities. Iago proclaims his plan to the audience and conveys a feeling of pride for the details, pride in his ability to manipulate and capitalize on the other's vulnerabilities and give no thought to his complete disregard for the destruction of not only a marriage but for three other lives entirely.

The dramatic function of this speech is two fold. The first purpose is to inform the viewer of Iago's evil plan and to cement the story line. The second purpose is to provide the audience with an understanding of Iago's major character flaws. This is accomplished in an attempt to make the reader understand how Iago can actually…… [read more]

Video Tape Physical Features Term Paper

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Here also a sticker can be placed to reveal the contents of the tape. Next to the indentation appears a letter and number value, such as "E-180" to indicate the length of the tape. Beneath these letters there is a square hole. Inside this hole is a square, the same color as the rest of the casing. This is attached by one of its sides. If this is a rented or bought tape, the square will be absent, and an empty square hole is left.

The back of the video tape consists of a number of rectangular and round holes. Most of these are right underneath the earlier mentioned flip top. The flip top is attached at the front, while it opens towards the back of the tape. There are two round holes halfway down the tape, through which the back of the plastic spools can be seen. Only the white spools are visible, while the tape is covered with the casing. The visible part of the spools is circular, with holes inside, but not entirely through the spools. They are therefore in the form of a cup with a bottom when viewed from the back of the tape. The sides of these "cups" are furnished with a number of bars to provide a rough surface.

Also on the back of the tape can be seen five screws that hold the tape together. In this case the screws are black, although undoubtedly the color may vary. The texture of the casing also varies considerably. The lower back of the tape is quite rough, consisting of little raised rectangles. The top half is however smooth, while the front is less rough than the lower back, but also consists of small squares, providing a surface that is not entirely smooth. The sides and top are smooth, as is the tape itself. A video tape therefore is rectangular with a number…… [read more]

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlow Term Paper

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Faustus takes the audience through his agonizing last hour with him, noting when his last hour on Earth is half up, and then tries a new interpretation of time, redefining eternity to something more in his favor. He wants to negotiate with God to shorten his sentence to a thousand, or a hundred thousands years. He realizes far to late the enormity of eternity.

In this scene we see that Faustus has never really understood time. Living only for the moment, he seemed to think he could play with his powers today and get down to serious work tomorrow. Faustus wanted to be remembered for all time as a learned man, and does not seem to realize, even at the end, that he has squandered his 24 years. He will be remembered for a short time as a source of amusement by people who are easily amused, not for his achievements.

Although desperate for a way out of his destiny in the last hour of his life, however, he still cannot focus on a plan of action. He didn't understand a span of 24 years, but he understands one hour all too well. Perhaps he believes he is not worthy for God's last-second redemption, but he appeals to God and Lucifer in the same sentence. That puts appeals to both very close together in time and shows that even as he faces eternity in Hades, he is still ambivalent about whether he wants to repent or not.

All Faustus can do in the last hour of his life is watch the time left to him slip away, just as he…… [read more]

Inferno, Canto 12 by Alighieri Term Paper

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Just as Theseus managed to outwit the beast with a clue to the labyrinth, Dante outwits the beast with his own wits, and learns that violence is not always solved by more violence. This knowledge will also guide him along the rest of his journey. Just as Lucifer represents the ultimate evil in the story, and Beatrice represents the ultimate good, there are many other references to good and evil throughout, and the Minotaur is another of these references. Dante learns violence and anger are also evil, and do not serve us in our lives. God does not employ them, and so we should not either. Violence just causes more violence in the end, and the Minotaur is the proof of this, as he angrily jumps from side to side in his blind rage, never managing to achieve his purpose. In fact, he ends up looking rather silly, and this is another lesson for Dante, the rage, and violence of anger often simply make the person look ridiculous and inept. He "cannot go" anywhere and this makes him all the more ludicrous and incompetent in his job.

Another analogy also fits the image of the bull that gains strength in the last minutes of life, and fits the image of the Minotaur, half bull, and half man. Bulls are notoriously violent, they charge at the least little thing, and are not known for their brains. They are also hopelessly lost outside of their element, as the "bull in the china shop" analogy clearly shows. Thus, this "bull man" that is the Minotaur can be overcome when it is outside its element, where it is no longer comfortable. Remove this ultimate beast from its position in the labyrinth, and you will have the upper hand, as Dante and his guide discover. Therefore, the Minotaur serves yet another purpose in Dante's growing knowledge as he moves along the pathway toward Paradise. The Minotaur shows that the violence of the Minotaur is a result of his environment and his comfort level, and if these are removed, the Minotaur is vulnerable. This is a valuable lesson in life, for it shows how even the most violent among us use their environment as a shield to hide their vulnerability.

Dante's journey cannot be too easy, or he will not appreciate what he has gained, and so he must face beasts such as the Minotaur and Lucifer to make his journey mean something. This is the ultimate purpose of the simile, the Minotaur, and the labyrinth it guards. Dante must gain knowledge throughout his journey, as we all must gain knowledge in our journey through life. His journey cannot be too difficult, or he will give up, and never be saved, but it cannot be so simple that his eventual victory is degraded and actually means little in the long run. The Minotaur provides just one aspect of the danger and violence Dante needs to overcome, and it is sufficient to challenge him, so his victory… [read more]

Madam Knight Well, Mr. John Term Paper

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John return'd and ask'd mee about mee travills. His eyes were coal in color and when he smil'd he look'd to be like ye drunken guests at ye Lodg. He told mee I had Courage to seek out on a Journy such as ye one that lay beefore mee, and we discuss'd ye Details of ye Journy. He impress'd to mee that he was Intelligent and I began to feel bless'd that a man such as he would Accommodate mee.

Ye Hostess continue'd to wressill with unruly guests who enjoy'd too much ye fine Spirits and John's attention was pull'd to yet anoyer Incident. ye drunk customer stumbled and spoke in Disrespect to My Hostess and to John, who did not take kindly his remarks. John held his Compsure and did try to Reason with ye customer. I beelive that customer was ye least of Gentlemanness that I have witness'd. He was Cantankorous, fists swinging and Punching John, who was put out of Countenance with him and with a tight clenched fist hit ye Unruly customer Precisely there on ye center of his Ruddy face. Wailing came from customers onlooking and My Hostess again Gasp'd and covered her Lipps with her hand again. With a Frightened look, ye drunken customer Stopp'd beefore falling there to ye floor. Kind John brac'd his Fall, and proceeded to drag him to the door. In my mind, I did Ponder ye Safety of ye Lodg but kept clos'd my Lipps in ye midst of ye Evening's excitment.

John dispos'd of the Unruly customer and appear'd weary but happy to accompany me.

We stepp'd out of the Lodg where ye air blew so cold I shiver'd. John sais to mee that we shold and prepared for this Journy and I…… [read more]

IQ Scores. Consult Relevant Information Term Paper

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However this has nor been proven to be an accurate measure, i.e. By factor analysis on a variety of high range tests. So this type of reliability scoring is flawed mathematically.

Therefore if we take two measures that are correlated with each other, both of which have reliabilities in the.80s, the corrected correlation after assuming the reliabilities are 1.25 which is likely to be at least somewhat suspect. This is considered imperfect data and the range can be restricted by problems in distributions of grades and by narrow ranges in abilities of participants.

The scale most used for IQ scores is using a total population of 100 and a standard deviation of 16. Any prior scores to be used have to be converted to this scale, if they are not already expressed as such. Therefore, data used for determining multiple IQ scores can be deceiving and may not be statistically valid…… [read more]

Blood Pressure High Term Paper

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The cuff may be a little tight and uncomfortable at first, but this should quickly subside. Once the cuff has inflated, it will start to slowly deflate. You will hear beeps as it is deflating, so don't be concerned. Once the cuff is completely deflated, the monitor will show what your blood pressure an pulse are. It is important to remember that one blood pressure reading alone does not mean you have high, low or normal pressure. You really need to take for several days, at the same time each day, to help determine what your regular blood pressure is.

After taking your blood pressure, you should contact your doctor about any abnormal readings. The normal blood pressure is 120/80, but don't be concerned if yours is a little higher or lower since things like time of day, temperature and amount of stress you're under can affect it. By monitoring your blood pressure periodically, you may be able to detect any problems before you become a victim of…… [read more]

Bee-Keeper and the Bees/Paraphrased Term Paper

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There was once a beekeeper that looked after a number of beehives together. We call such a collection of hives an apiary.

The beekeeper kept his bees for their honey, but like all good beekeepers he never took all the honey from the hives, but always left some for the bees.

One day a thief waited until the bee-keeper had gone off for his lunch and all the bees were out of the hives looking for pollen, from which they could make honey.

The thief was very greedy. He broke up the hives and took every scrap of honey that he could find. Then he ran off with it.

When the beekeeper came back he saw what had happened. He was very upset.

"My poor bees!" he cried. "What will they do when they see their hives broken and all their honey stolen? I must try to put things right before they get back."

He set out to do this. He was just picking up the pieces of one of the broken hives when a swarm of bees returned. They saw all the damage and the broken honeycombs, which had once held their honey. They also saw the beekeeper standing over their ruined home. They thought that he must have destroyed it.

BZZZZZ! They were very angry. They attacked the poor beekeeper and stung him again and again.

It's not fair!" he shouted. "You let the man who stole your honey go free but you sting me your friend and…… [read more]

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