request for proposal

Riordan Manufacturing Service Request SR-rm-022
Hugh McCauley, Riordan’s Chief Operating Officer, submitted Service Request SR-rm-022. In his request, he specifies a need to centralize the company’s human resources functions. With the “more sophisticated, state-of-the art, information systems” (Apollo Group, 2013, p. 1), Riordan desires an integration of all human resources tools into one platform. Completion date is set for six months allowing the new system to be in place by the beginning of the second quarter.
The scope of this project will follow the System Classic Life Cycle (SCLC) Model. This model allows Riordan to complete this project in stages with the results of one stage aiding the completion of the next stage.
High-level Scope: Deliverables (Mochal, 2007)
The outcome of this project will integrate the human resources systems into one application. An analysis of this system will define the business requirements for the new system. Based on that definition a team will create a detailed system design and a project implementation plan to be put in place.
High-level Scope: Boundaries
This project will affect the human resources department of all Riordan plant locations. All other departments are out of scope.
Low-level Scope: Process
In an effort to fulfill the request in the short amount of time given, an analysis of the current system and needs for the new system will begin by meeting with the stakeholders within the company. The following people or groups are a required part of the gathering process:
* Hugh McCauley, COO: filed the request and can be the motivation to a successful completion of the request
* Human resources: they will be receiving the new system. They know the current system as well as the needs and goals for the new system
* Managers: they have extensive knowledge of the current system and how users interact with it; they keep employee files, track FMLA absences and requests for accommodation under the ADA;…


Student Course Reflection
Eric S. Sears
April 20, 2013
James BallouStudent Course ReflectionThe past nine weeks have been a learning experience for me in my start of pursuing of a higher education. I have thought that I knew so much before starting my classes here at University of Phoenix, but I have only begun to know what the true meaning of educated is. I have found that there is much more to learning about subjects such as math and science. The psychological effect that college can prepare you to undergo for when you go into the profession you choose is highly underestimated until you get in the classroom and have an instructor open your eyes to unlimited possibilities, presented in real life situations. The best part is that this has just started; I have much more learning to do. I have improved my ability to write and collaborate with fellow classmates, which will prepare me for working with others in my profession.
Taking this big leap to earn a degree will be one of the most important decisions I have ever made. The value of earning my degree is immeasurable to the countless possibilities that I can accomplish with it. My long-term goals of earning more income to support my family will be invested in my degree; the example I will be to my children, to encourage them to see the importance of going to college and the chance to work in a profession that I will love to be a part of everyday. Helping me to complete the long-term goals I have made, will be the assessments and tools that have been provided throughout this course. The career planner has assisted me in setting goals, both realistic and attainable. I have found the strengths and weaknesses that I have; these will be important for me to understand where I need to make improvements. I have learned that I do not have one choice in the profession that I seek, I am capable of others, and it will never be too late to change the direction of my path. The choices are mine; I am the…


An Insider’s Guide Get Started With LinkedInWhy Is LinkedIn PopularWith the advent of technology and social media, LinkedIn has become one outstanding tool for
?nding job opportunities. Founded in 2002 by Reid Ho?man, it is the most popular networking site for professionals from over 200 countries. In just 10 years, it has attracted millions of
unique visitors per month, a clear indicator that many people enjoy the following bene?ts:•

•Access a wider network of friends, professionals and recruiters
Being assessed for positions to ?ll unadvertised vacancies
The opportunity to develop your own online brand with a credible trademark
Access to a well-structured job board
Getting answers and advice from experts
Participation in group discussions and activities
Additional information on consulting ?rms’ events
High search engine visibilityLinkedIn isn’t just the typical networking site that steals your time updating people about your
whereabouts. It provides you knowledge, an encouraging network, and most of all, the chance
of landing a consulting job. However, these bene?ts won’t just knock on your door; you also
have to do your share by building a quality pro?le.
This isn’t a strenuous task, though. LinkedIn’s user-friendly interface lets you ?gure out the
mechanics at the drop of a hat.
In this guide, we will help you make sure your LinkedIn pro?le is relevant and follows important best
practices. You should look at each question below, open your LinkedIn pro?le, and try to improve it.
This is a good investment of your time, and might give you opportunities that you haven’t thought
of. Regardless if these are in management consulting or in some other career direction.2 Get Started With LinkedInIs your profile informative and
interesting enough for the consulting
recruiters to assess you furtherThe quality of information on your…

Differentiation Framework

1. Discuss the strengths, pitfalls, and underlying assumptions of differentiating employees in the manner suggested Jack Welch’s frameworks.
Weight: 30%
2. Determine which framework you would use to assess your own employees, why you would use it and how it would differentiate employees.
Weight: 30%
3. Discuss the values, cultural elements, and organizational processes need to be in place for differentiation of employees to be equitable and productive.
Weight: 30%
4. Clarity, logic and business writing mechanics.
Weight: 10%
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Week 2 Assignment 1: Differentiation Framework
 Assignment 1 requires you to write a 3-5 page paper in which you:
1. Discuss the strengths, pitfalls, and underlying assumptions of differentiating employees in the manner suggested Jack Welch’s frameworks. Weight: 30%
2. Determine which framework you would use to assess your own employees, why you would use it and how it would differentiate. Weight: 30%
3. Discuss the values, cultural elements, and organizational processes need to be in place for differentiation of employees to be equitable and productive. Weight: 30%.
4. Clarity, logic and business writing mechanics. Weight: 10%.
FIRST Rubric Criteria: Discuss the strengths, pitfalls, and underlying assumptions of differentiating employees in the manner suggested Jack Welch’s frameworks.
Your response addressed the FIRST requirement when you wrote, “When all is said and done, differentiation is just resource allocation, which is what good…

Was the appeasement policy of the late 1930s justified

Was the appeasement policy of the late 1930s justified? Explain your answer.
Germany’s aggressive behaviour had always been met with appeasement by Britain and France in the 1930s. Appeasement explains the reluctance of getting involved so that a war could be avoided. Britain and France appeased Germany due to several reasons. The reasons included the following: memories of World War I, problems faced by France and Britain’s attitude towards Hitler. This justifies the appeasement policy.
People who lived through the First World War were haunted by the sufferings and destruction caused by the war. Large numbers of soldiers were killed in the war. They wanted to avoid another war of such magnitude. The war cost about the lives of 8 million soldiers and the number of injured soldiers was estimated to be more than 20 million. Civilians also suffered as there were severe food shortages and a general loss of morale among them. The war also claimed many innocent civilian lives. The war, being a costly one, threw many countries into heavy debts. Britain faced huge debts which were used to finance the war. Britain borrowed large sums of money and had also raised the taxes. The policy of appeasement was to pacify Hitler; otherwise Hitler would have started another war. This explains why there was a need to appease the Germans.
Besides, both Britain and France wanted to rebuild its economy rather than get involved in another war. They had to rebuild their economy in the aftermath of the Great Depression. There was a pressing need to create jobs to reduce the problem of unemployment. Hence, the Allied powers were not willing to spend money on weapons and on expanding their military power. Besides, Britain’s large overseas possessions were also causing a lot of trouble. There was growing opposition in places like India and Palestine. Britain did not want to have problems in Europe as well. This also justifies the need to follow the policy of appeasement. They felt…

Market Share

Market segmentation The UK Ambient Food market has been in decline for a large period of time. Ambient food producers may have the short shelf-life and that are manufactured canned and dried products often have image and technical constraints to overcome because consumer demands are now changing towards more fresh and organic types of food (Food Manufacturer, 2013) The ambient confectionary and biscuits segments had total revenue of 3.62 million in 2011 (keynote , 2011) while the nut and snacks segment accounted sales of 293million in 2011 (OSEC, 2011) whereas the ambient Frozen food turnover in 2012 was 272 million (Anne Marie Foley , 2013). Despite high quality and low cost products the ambient food segment have not been able to increase in terms of turnover as the market are does not provide the niche products that consumers are looking for. As the ambient food brands suffered the big food retailers began to grow market share by providing alternatives and attracting consumers that were once heavy users of ambient food products (Bakeryinfo, 2013)
Food manufacturer, (2013) “Ambient Foods” , Available at: , (Accessed at 12th December 2013)
Keynote, (2011) “ Biscuits and cakes updates”Availableat: , (Accessed at: 12th December 2012)
OSEC, (2011) “ UK Food and drink market guide – 2011” , Available at: , (Accessed at: 12th December 2013)
Foley, M, A , (2012) “Ready Meals: Last Year’s Growth Affected by this Year’s Scandal” , Available at:’s-growth-affected-year’s-scandal , (Accessed at: 12th December 2013)
Bakery Info, (2013) “ Mr Kipling stems decline in tough ambient market” , Available at:…

Construct appropriate curriculum

As Gordon and Browne point out the curriculum “is the planned and the unplanned and includes all of the activities as well as the subject matter, the interactions with people, and all of the experiences of the child’s day” (331). So in order to construct an appropriate curriculum, teachers need to be ready to include group activities and also individual instruction according to each child’s experience and necessity. The appropriate curriculum does not let any child behind. On the other hand, it includes all the differences such as children with different cultures and children with disabilities.A current issue that connects to the construction of an appropriate curriculum is the diversity of the classroom. Since teachers work with so many children from different backgrounds and culture, it is hard for the educators to create a curriculum that makes those children participate in class. The language is a big challenge as well . For instance, teachers need to know some words in the child’s native language to communicate with the child.. Moreover, educators should know the child’s culture as well. I remember one of my ECE teacher telling a story about a child who did not celebrate Christmas. The teacher did not know his family did not celebrate Christmas, so she made him take a Christmas tree home, which was completely out of context for this child’s family. Therefore, educators need to talk to children’s parents, do research on children’s different cultures and language, and be ready to create a curriculum that is appropriate for those children as well.I would add another current issue that would be children with learning disabilities. Educators need to observe each child in order to notice any issues that appear during classroom. Creating an activity with writing the alphabet, for example, with a child that has dyslexia is not going to work at all. It is relevant to notice the problem as soon as possible in order to create a curriculum that…


As one of the most valuable brand names worldwide, Coca-Cola has generally excelled as a business over its long history. However, in recent decades the company has had difficulties meeting its financial objectives and has been associated with a number of ethical crises. As a result, some investors have lost faith in the company. For example, Warren Buffet (board member and strong supporter of and investor in Coca-Cola) resigned from the board in 2006 after years of frustration over Coca-Cola’s failure to overcome its challenges.
Since the 1990s, Coca-Cola has been accused of unethical behavior in a number of areas such as product safety, anti-competitiveness, racial discrimination, channel stuffing, distributor conflicts, and intimidation of union workers, pollution, and depletion of natural resources. A number of these issues have been dealt with, some via private settlements and some via court battles, while others still besmirch the Coca-Cola name. Although its handling of different ethical situations has not always been lauded, Coca-Cola generally has responded by seeking to improve its detection and compliance systems. However, it remains to be seen whether the company can permanently rise above its ethical problems, learn from its mistakes, make necessary changes, avoid further problems, and still emerge as the leader among beverage companies
Founded in 1886, the Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company. In addition to Coca-Cola and Diet Coke, it also sells other profitable brands including PowerAde, Minute Maid, and Dasani water. To service global demand, the company has the world’s largest distribution system, which reaches customers and businesses in nearly every country on the planet. Coca-Cola estimates that more than one billion servings of its products are consumed every day. Until the mid-twentieth century, Coca-Cola focused on expanding market share within the United States. After World War II, however, the company began to…

What Chinese Shoppers Really Do but Will Never Tell You

What Chinese Shoppers Really Do But Will Never Tell You
China Shopper Report 2012 Copyright © 2012 Bain & Company, Inc. and Kantar Worldpanel All rights reserved What Chinese shoppers really do but will never tell youContents
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Prevalent repertoire behavior Signs of loyalist behavior What brands are doing to win 5 9 9 14 18 20Rules of the road3 In the first report of our series, we discuss the insights gained from a rare look at what shoppers really do at the point of sale, as opposed to what they say they do. The findings can help consumer goods companies determine the best strategy to grow and profit. What Chinese shoppers really do but will never tell youExecutive summary
When Chinese shoppers purchase most consumer products, they typically choose among several brands instead of showing loyalty to a specific brand. Winning shoppers in this environment is both a challenge and an opportunity for marketers. Success rests on understanding actual shopper behavior— what they do at the point of sale as opposed to what they say they’ll do in surveys. Bain & Company partnered with Kantar Worldpanel to study the shopping habits of 40,000 Chinese households. Our study helped us gain invaluable insights into how shoppers make purchases in 26 important consumer goods categories (see figure 1). for the same occasion or need (repertoire being the set of brands purchased by a consumer or shopper within a given category). Their willingness to buy a variety of brands is just as true for heavy shoppers in a category—those who are the 20% most-frequent purchasers in a category—as it is for average shoppers. It’s not a matter of brands being unimportant to these shoppers. Based on our experience working with clients in China, brand is always a major purchasing criterion. The importance of brands has been established by earlier Bain studies involving buyers in several food and non-food categories in China. In those…


The Alchemist In the story “The Alchemist”, by Paulo Coelho, Santiago makes great change from beginning, to the end of his journey. From the start, Santiago is just a shepherd of a small flock of sheep, but when he learns of his personal legend, all of this changes. There are many major turning points, leading up to when Santiago finds his treasure and realizes his personal legend. Could any of the signs in the novel also lead up to the question, “Is Santiago a true alchemist?”
From the beginning of Santiago’s journey, he has always been practicing alchemy, without even knowing it. An example of Santiago practicing alchemy would be when he decided that he did not want to be a priest, but a shepherd. While going against what was wanted of his parents, his father showed acceptance by giving him three ancient Spanish gold coins. Santiago states “Well, then I’ll be a shepherd!” . Another example of Santiago practicing alchemy would be when he decides to figure out what his dream means. He says in the story that it’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. With surprise, “He had suddenly remembered that, in Tarifa, there was an old woman who interpreted dreams” . Just from the beginning of the story, we can already see that Santiago has changed, and is using alchemy in his own type of way without even realizing it. In the middle of Santiago’s journey, he shows true promise in figuratively becoming an alchemist. While Santiago works for the crystal merchant, he introduces new ideas to the merchant, that would make his shop even better and bring in more customers. Santiago tells the merchant, “I’d like to build a display case for the crystal” . Later, he mentions to the merchant that they should sell tea in crystal glasses because the people that climb the hill would complain that it was impossible to find a decent place to get something to drink after such a climb. Also…