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Supply Chain Planning Under Uncertainty a Real Options Approach Research Proposal

… Supply Chain Planning Under Uncertainty: a Real Options Approach

In a manufacturer's quest to manage its supply and demand chains, one simple word aptly portrays a certain, common, contemporary concern that a company can count on having to cope with - uncertainty.

In light of uncertainty and operational needs in the supply chain realm, this qualitative case study presents a survey of the supply chain planning, and real options literatures, while it also explores the intellectual developments in these areas as they relate to supply chain management. The initial segment of this study reviews supply chain planning and uncertainty, along with the challenges these components pose for the supply chain planner, and the planning process. The researcher also reviews a number of the most popular…. [read more]

Barnes and Noble Going to Australia Thesis

… Barnes and Noble Going to Australia

Due to the numerous changes brought about by the twentieth century, organizations are now able to expand their businesses overseas more easily. And they try in this sense to seize any opportunity that would lead to increased organizational profits. The American corporations are the ultimate epitome of international success and to prove this, just take a glimpse at Nike, Microsoft or McDonald's. Barnes and Noble is also an organization that has been considering the penetration of foreign markets in the attempt to gain more customers, and consequently increase their profits.

The venture cannot however commence without the elaboration of a clear business plan. This would begin by presenting the global environment in terms of opportunities that can be seized.…. [read more]

Psychic Distance, at Each of the Stages Term Paper

… ¶ … Psychic distance, at each of the stages of the process of cross-Cultural business relationship development

The Relative Importance of the Various Elements of Psychic Distance at Each Stages of Cross-Cultural Business Relationship Development

According to Rao (2001), "The latest decade has presented an increasing amount of research on the internationalization of firms. One prominent representative of this development is the Uppsala internationalization model, which sees the internationalization of the firm as a process in which the firm gradually increases its international involvement and engagement" (p. 108). From a psychic distance perspective, this model is particularly useful because it emphasizes that objective knowledge (which can be taught) and experimental learning (which can be gained through empirical observations and test marketing) suggests that market commitment…. [read more]

Services Sector Term Paper

… Services sector comprises vast groups of industries that cater to human needs in all spheres of existence. In this paper, we shall deal with the banking sector which falls under the field of services. The Banking sector relates to the financial transaction requirements of the people and nations and even international monetary transactions.

Nature of Banking Services

The financial service sector comprise of banks, non-banking institutions and lending and other finance related operations like mutual funds and investment companies. Within the industry, Banking is a vast and very highly developed institution that functions on complex hierarchies and with special controls and laws. Banking serves the nation, individuals and business. The Banking industry can be defined in terms of the product, markets and the type of…. [read more]

Honda Is Significantly Smaller Term Paper

… ¶ … Honda is significantly smaller

Honda - to consider M&a and JV or continue on its own?

The economic literature provides arguments for parnerships/take-overs and continuing on its own depending from which perspective we chose to analyze these options.

The international business theory focuses on how multinationals (MNEs), such as Honda enter foreign markets and later on evolve in these markets. The choice of entry mode influences the MNEs' performance. Those enterprises that have little knowledge about foreign territories may be better off by adopting a shared governance form by teaming with a local partner. The purpose for this measure would be for the partner's knowledge of the local market and institutions to reduce the entrant's "liability of foreignness" (Zaheer, 1995). The firm can…. [read more]

Blackboard, Inc. Marketing Plan Term Paper

… Blackboard Inc. marketing plan

Blackboard Inc. is a software company focused on delivering high quality products that satisfy a wide array of customers. Their products and services mainly target students, teachers and universities and are aimed to facilitate the e-learning process. Aside from online learning, the Blackboard products are also used for online purchases and other e-commerce operations. However, the current marketing plan is focused on the learning features of the Blackboard products, represented by the Blackboard Academic Suite.

But in order to analyze the one particular product, emphasis must be placed on the current features and characteristics of the overall company, including its' vision, objectives, core competencies, human resource and financial highlights. The outside environment must also be analyzed in order to identify what…. [read more]

Islamic Finance Term Paper

… Islamic Finance

What is Islamic Finance?

The Sharia or 'Islamic Law' unlike conventional Western Banking prohibits making money from money, like charging interest known as Riba which is usury. The law stipulates that wealth must be 'generated' solely through valid trade and investment in assets taking care that no investment is done in companies involved in alcohol, gambling, tobacco and pornography. Hence the bedrock of Islamic Finance is that all forms of interest are considered forbidden known as haram and its financial model works on the basis of risk sharing. Under Islamic Banking, the customer and the bank agree to share the risk of any investment and divide the profits between them. The primary categories within the Islamic Finance are Ijara, Ijaa-va-Iqtina, Mudraba, Murabaha and…. [read more]

Global Commerce and Human Rights Term Paper

… Globalization

Corporate Responsibility in a Global Marketplace

When it comes to basic human rights, what role should corporations play in the new global marketplace? Certainly companies have an economic and marketing role to fulfill in terms of satisfying stakeholders' investments - but moreover, do they have an ethical obligation to the people whom they employ to produce products and the communities in which they operate? The answer to the first question will be fully addressed in the content of this paper. The answer to the second question is an emphatic "yes."

Corporations with a global reach should be accountable for all their actions, including the health and welfare of their employees and of those living in the communities in which companies operate. Today, numerous corporations…. [read more]

Money Laundering and Terrorist Funding Term Paper

… HSBC Bank USA: Efforts in the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Funding

Mission and Value Statement

The Risk of Money Laundering and Terrorist Funding in the Banking Industry

Legal Requirements and HSBC Compliance

Technology Issues

HSBC Operations and Internal Management

Impending Developments and Future Challenges

The threat of terrorism and international crime is more than present in today's world. Terrorist and criminal threats appear to have proliferated in recent years, making an understanding of their sources of funding crucial to attempts to control this threat to order and stability. In inside an effort to combat this risk, the federal government of the United States has charged banking institutions with protecting, monitoring, and reporting on financial activity that may aid terrorists and criminals. HSBC Bank…. [read more]

Japan's Banking Crisis Term Paper

… Japan's Banking Crisis

Rubber Rules


Same Story... Different Setting

Relating Reasons

More Nets More

Accepting Responsibility

Sewing Up the Wounds

Rubber Rules

Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands."


Japan's current, positive financial movements are touted to symbolic of the strength of the recovery and the end of a long and painful period.

In the article, "Japan's Back! After Its Lost Decade, Japan's Economy is Set on a Recovery Path," sources report the Japanese economy has revived and emerged from the banking crisis beginning in the early 1990s. The Japanese economy, headed for its longest expansion in the postwar period, at this point, lasting more than four years. "In 2005, Japan grew by almost 3% and, over the course of the…. [read more]

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