Advanced Management Strategies

 

 

Advanced Management Strategies

Q1 Write a descriptive note on the historical evolution of strategic management and business policy of India and the world.

 

Q2 Describe some of the important characteristics of environment and demonstrate how a strategist can be understand it better by dividing into external and internal components and general and relevant environment.

 

Q3 Select a high-profile industry such as the IT or entertainment industry. Identify the major competitors and analyze these reports to identify the types of corporate-level strategies being used by these firms.

 

Q4 Which types of regionalization strategies are adopted by firms? Explain and state your opinion on whether Indian companies should adopt regionalization strategies.

Q5 Describe the different ways in which digitalization can help organizations in achieving cost leadership, differentiation and focus.

Q6 Critically comment on the use of corporate portfolio analysis for examining the objective factors involved in exercising a strategic choice.

Q7  Describe the manner in which an organization can align its resource allocation with its strategies.

Q 8 Discuss the need for stakeholder relationship management. Also describe the technique of stakeholders’ analysis.

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Audit Mgmt

  1. What is audit programme? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of conducting an audit according to a predetermined audit programme. How can these disadvantages be overcome?
  2. What is routine checking? What types of work are included in routine checking? What are the objectives of routine checking? Describe the advantages and disadvantages of routine checking. Discuss the duties of an auditor in this regard.
  3. Is it absolutely necessary that depreciation should be provided for before profits are distributed as dividend? What are the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 regarding the quantum of depreciation to be provided for in the annual accounts?
  4. An enterprise purchases an item of machinery on 1.4.2002 for Rs. 1,00,000. It depreciates this item at the rate of 10 % per annum on straight-line basis. On 1.4.2005, the enterprise decides to change the method of depreciation from straight-line to written down value. The applicable rate under the new method is 15 %. How should the enterprise give effect to this change in the method of depreciation?
  5. State the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 regarding the declaration and payment of dividend.
  6. State the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 regarding declaration and payment of Interim dividend. What would be the duty of an auditor in connection with such dividend?
  7. What are the different purposes of investigation? Distinguish between investigation and audit.
  8. Mention the circumstances under which an investigation of a company can be ordered by the central government? What should be the procedure of investigation in such case?
  9. A fraud is suspected in a business house and you are asked to carry out an investigation. Explain briefly how you would proceed in this matter.

 

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BANKING MANAGEMENT

  1. Analyze the case, using SWOT.
  2. Comment on the strategies used by the bank for penetrating the Nagpur market.
  1. Suggest strategies for sustenance and growth of the bank in view of the changing scenario of the Nagpur region

 

Answer Any six :

 

  1. Explain buyers credit and suppliers credit by giving examples of each type of credit. Also explain with a case study.
  2. What is correspondent banking? Explain briefly the services offered by correspondent banking? Explain briefly the services offered by correspondent banks to the banks having account relationship with them? Give some examples?
  3. Explain in brief, the role of Reserve bank of India in Indian Exchange control. Explain the role of EXIM bank in promotion exports, and describe briefly facilities given by EXIM bank? Give examples.
  4. The organizational career is a responsibility of the organization and the individual. Discuss.
  5. Explain the general architecture of an integrated banking system. How is it useful? Explain with examples.
  6. What do you understand by MICR? How does it help in clearing of instructions? Explain the field structure of MICR cheque.
  7. Explain how a digital signature is generated? Explain its use with examples.
  8. How can Indian banks use legal recognition of digital signature for development of business.
  9. What is market segmentation? Why is it important to advertisers? How is it useful for banking.

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

Q1.  Analyze the vision Statement of BHEL and comment on its positive and negative features.

Q2.  Analyze the SWOT factory and options before DD.  What, in your opinion in the best strategic alternative before DD?  Why do you think the proposed alternative to he best ?

Q.1  Comment on whether the cultural changes ant OP & G are supportive of the strategy being implemented.

Q.2  What, in your opinion, are the changes of the cultural change being successful?  What needs to be done additionally to ensure successes ?

Q3. How do you respond to Shailesh’s predicament expressed at the end of the case

 

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BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

 

  1. Identify the three sources of Mr. Basu’s information.
  2. Discuss the main filter involved in this case.
  3. What should Mr. Basu have done to avoid the misunderstanding.
  4. Who is to blame for this communication gap? And Why?
  5. What is Fuzz?
  6. Rewrite the given case study in a succinct manner.
  7. Do you believe that some people are born writers? Justify.

 

  1. Assume you are working as an operator at a call centre in India and are receiving irate calls from Americans and Lodoners. How would you handle such calls? Conceive a short conversation between you and your client, and put it on paper.
  2. “Keep your cool.” What does this mean in term of conversation control?
  3. Do you agree with the view that such abusive happenings on the telephone do not have any impact on business? Justify.

 

  1. Analyse the reasons for Arvind Pandey’s dilemma.
  2. Does Arvind Pandey really face a dilemma ?
  3. In your view what should Arvind Pandey do ? Should he disclose it to his German Vice President ?

 

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

 

  1. Comment on the appropriateness of the sender’s tone to a customer.
  2. Point out the old – fashioned phrases and expressions
  3. Rewrite the reply according to the principles of effective writing in business.

 

  1. What is non – verbal communication? Why do you suppose that this commercial relies primarily on non-verbal communication between a young man and a gorgeous woman?  What types of non – verbal communication are being used in this case?
  2. Would any of the non-verbal communications in this spot (ad) not work well in another culture?
  3. What role does music play in this spot? Who is the target market?
  4. Is the music at all distracting from the message?
  5. How else are radio stations advertised on TV?
  6. Do you find Mr. Sinha’s responses to various questions effective? Give reasons for your view on each answer given by Mr. Sinha.

 

  1. Rewrite the responses that you consider most effective to the above questions in a job interview.

 

  1. Mr. Sinha has observed the norm of respectful behaviour and polite

conversation.  But, do you think there is something gone wrong in his case ?  Account for your general impression of Mr. Sinha’s performance at the interview.

 

  1. Assume you are working as an operator at a call centre in India and are receiving irate calls from Americans and Lodoners. How would you handle such calls? Conceive a short conversation between you and your client, and put it on paper.
  2. “Keep your cool.” What does this mean in term of conversation control?
  3. Do you agree with the view that such abusive happenings on the telephone do not have any impact on business? Justify.

 

  1. Analyse the reasons for Arvind Pandey’s dilemma.
  2. Does Arvind Pandey really face a dilemma ?
  3. In your view what should Arvind Pandey do ? Should he disclose it to his German Vice President

 

BUSINESS ETHICS

 

  1. Discuss ethically the drawbacks you find in the under-age marriages?
  2. How does the increasing empowerment of women help eliminate problems if this type?

Q2.

  1. What is moral hazards and why is it important?
  2. What is emergent strategy?

Q3.

  1. What are the objectives of a business, and which is the most important?
  2. How many steps are there in the decision making process and what are they?

Q4.

  1. What CSR issues exist for NFPs?
  2. What measures of performance are typically used by these organization?

Q5.

  1. How globalization effect CSR?
  2. Is globalization threat for CSR?

Q6.

  1. Why is the measurement of performance important?
  2. What is ISO14000 and what factors does it cover?

Q7.

  1. What are the responsibilities of business in their corporate decision?
  2. What is the relationship between CSR and corporate behavior?

Q8.

  1. What are the 4 factors of sustainability?
  2. What are the factors of distributable sustainability?

Q9.

  1. What justification does stakeholder Theory use for considering stakeholder?
  2. What are the step involved in the incorporation of environmental accounting into the risk evaluation system of an organization?

 

 

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BUSINESS LAW

 

  1. (a) Discuss the term ‘Continuing Guarantee’. How can it be revoked?
  2. State briefly the rights and obligations of a bailee.

 

  1. (a) What do you understand by the term Implied ‘Authority of a partner’?

(b)  Enumerate the acts which are not covered under implied authority.

  1. (a) What are the rights and duties of a minor in relation to partnership business?

(b)   Distinguish between —

(i)  Sub-agent and Substituted Agent

(ii)  Sale, Bailment and Pledge

  1. (a) Explain the rights of a partner.

(b)   Distinguish between the following:

(i)  Succession and Assignment.

(ii)  Contract of Indemnity and Contract of Guarantee.

  1. Write short note on.
    1. Non-registration of a firm.
    2. Capacity of Contract
  • Kinds of Bailment.
  1. Anticipatory breach of a Contract.
  1. a) When is a Surety Discharged from Liability by the conduct of the creditor.
    1. Describe the rules relating to passing of property in the sale of goods.
  2. a) What is an illegal agreement? State the effects of illegality.
  3. b) What is ‘Supervening Impossibility’? What are its effect upon the contract?
  4. c) What are the remedies available to the buyer when goods in wrong quantity delivered to him?
  5. (a) State the principles on which damages are assessed for breach of contract.

(b)  Describe the law relating to the ‘right of resale’ available to an unpaid seller

in the Sale of Goods Act, 1930.

  1. a) What are the rules regarding delivery of goods?
  2. b) Distinguish between:
  3. i) Novation and Alteration.
  4. ii)  Liquidated damages and penalty

 

  1. a)  Transferee of a partner’s interest cannot exercise the right of transferring
  2. b) Appropriation is a right primarily of the debtor and for his benefit.
  3. c) A proposal can be revoked otherwise than by communication.
  4. d) Right of stoppage in transit is an extension of the right of lien.

 

BUSINESS MGMT

 

  • (a) Did Bhatt make a personally rational decision?
  • (b) Did he make an organizationally rational decision?
  • (a) Discuss the nature of problems involved in this case.
  • (b) What kind of perception was formed by Khempal about the role of MIS manager? What could have been the probable reasons for this
  • (c) Advise Narayanan about how he should proceed
  • (d) What methods should the chief executive adopt to overcome the problem?
  • (a) How much consideration should be given to Mr Anjaiah’s poor work record? Should Mr Ramoji Rao check to verify it?
  • (b) How important is a command of English to the job? How quickly could Mr Nehal Singh learn enough English to be effective?
  • (c) Should Mr Nehal Singh be passed over because of his status as a recent migrant?
  • (d) Should Mr Raja get he job? Should his excellent character references be given more weight than his inexperience?
  • (e) Who should be hired? Why?
  1. In what respect is Jain correct in his comment about not having opportunity to apply motivational concept in his job situation?
  2. What types of motivators for effective performance may Jain be overlooking?
  3. What do you think about his concern that the application of motivational concepts leads to the manipulation of people?
  4. Identify the leadership style of the division head from the angle of Managerial Grid
  5. From the viewpoint of Theory X and Y, what assumptions did the new head make about the way in which people work most effectively?

 

Business Strategic Management

 

  1. Consider the vision and mission statements of the Reserve Bank of India. Comment on the quality of both these statements.
  2. Should the RBI go for a systematic and comprehensive strategic plan in place of its earlier pragmatic approach of responding to environmental events as and when they occur? Why?

 

  1. Identify the opportunities and threats that the retailing industry in India offers to local and foreign companies.
  2. Prepare an ETOP for a company interested in entering the retailing industry in India.

 

  1. In your opinion, what is the distinctive competence of HelpAge India?
  2. Prepare a strategic advantage profile for HelpAge India.
  3. BHEL is mainly formulating and implementing concentration strategies nationally as well as globally, in the power equipment sector. Do you think it should broaden the scope of its strategies to include integration or diversification? Why?
  4. Suppose BHEL plans to diversify its business. What areas should it diversify into? Give reasons to justify your choice
  5. What is the motive for internationalization by the Kalyani Group? Discuss
  6. Which type of international strategy is Kalyani Group adopting? Explain.

 

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Clinical Research Management

  1. Explain the steps involved in “Designing Clinical Trials?”
  2. Explain in detail Responsibilities of CRC(Clinical Research Coordinator) and

CRA(Clinical Research Associate)?

  1. Explain in your words the “Ethical issues in patient recruitment”?
  2. Explain in detail different types of audits involved in Clinical Trials?

 

  1. How can Dr. Brown or Dr. Jones find an appropriate clinical trial for Mr. Smith?
  2. What arguments can be put forward in favor of paying people for participating in clinical trials?
  3. How convincing is the view that the market should decide how much subjects should be paid? That is, should people be offered as much as is necessary for them to agree to participate, or is there something about research that makes another standard of payment appropriate?
  4. How convincing is the notion that participation in clinical trials is like low-skill work and therefore worthy only of a minimum wage?
  5. The goal of Federal Regulations is to protect research subjects. Do you believe that the original regulations took an appropriate approach to protecting fertile females, pregnant women, and fetuses from research risk? What was the effect of this approach?
  6. The new regulation permits but does not require inclusion of pregnant women in clinical research. Do you believe that pharmaceutical manufacturers will be interested in increasing studies in pregnant women? What are the incentives? What are the obstacles?
  7. Fear of legal liability leads researchers and sponsors to guard against participation of pregnant women in clinical research. Do you think that mechanisms to address this fear would work to increase the role of women in clinical studies? Such mechanisms include, for example, caps on the liability sponsors would face, creation of a federal fund to compensate harmed subjects, and building liability costs into the costs of doing business. Should one or more of these mechanisms be put in place to increase involvement of pregnant women in clinical trials?

 

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION SKILLS

 

  1. Do you think that the conflict was resolved in proper manner? Give reasons?
  2. If you were the union leader how would you have solved this dispute?
  3. Amongst all the incentives schemes from the negotiated settlement which 3 skills are more effective? And why?

 

  1. Does role of power play a vital impact in negotiation? Take the base of case and explain?
  2. Explain the behavior during negotiation in this case (that is the opening move, negotiation dance & influence mechanism)?
  3. What was the main reason for the communication gap in this case? And also explain the classification of conflict?

 

  1. Who was the main reason for this conflict? Government or the rural population? Explain in detail?
  2. Was it possible to avoid this conflict? Give reasons to your answers?
  3. In this case, explain the different levels of conflict (That is low level, optimum level, high level)?

 

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

 

  1. What a note on tender and tender notices
  2. Discuss the different types of tenders?
  3. Write a note on EMD and SD.
  4. What are the procedures followed after the opening of a tender?
  5. Explain the importance of organization in construction activities
  6. Enumerate the general principles to be followed in forming an organization system.
  7. A multi-purpose river valley project across a major river is planned for construction. Irrigation, power development, fisheries and picnic development are all planned. Suggest a suitable organization structure for construction and maintenance of this project.

 

Construction Management

 

Q1) what do you understand by Arbitration? What are the useful of Arbitration?

Q2) List the special rules that have to be followed while constructing.

Q3) Write a note on role of a Civil Engineer while planning and constructing a building.

Q4) what do you understand by economic life of equipment? Also differentiate between economic life and useful life?

Q5) which are the two main types of contracts? Explain them and list at least three sub types under each of them?

Q6) what are important stages in Construction?

Q7) Explain Safety measures to be adopted during drilling and blasting works?

Q8) Explain the objects and function of Construction Management?

Q9) Describe in Details various steps involved in construction planning?

Q10) Explain the types of scheduling techniques?

 

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

 

  1. What do you understand by “investment appraisal”? Explain the following methods of project appraisal. What do you understand by “cash flow forecasting”?. What neat sketches, explain the uses of S – curve.

 

  • Return – on capital employed
  • Pay back method
  • Discount cash flow method

 

  1. A company is engaged in producing a spare part which is sold at an uniform price of Rs. 100 each. The variable cost of producing the spare part amounts to Rs. 60 per unit while the fixed costs amount to Rs. 250000. How many spare parts must be produced and sold so that company breaks even? How much sales would be made at this level of activity, if the firm desires a profit of Rs. 150000.

 

  1. Define TQM. Explain its various elements. Discuss the application of TQM in the construction industry.

 

  1. What do you understand by “break even analysis” and explain its salient features and limitations.

 

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CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

  1. In what ways is Toyota’s new-product development system designed to serve customers?
  2. In what ways is Toyota’s manufacturing system designed to serve customers?
  1. How does Toyota personalize its cars and trucks to meet individual consumer

needs?

  1. Consider the e-mail campaigns discussed in the case. Why do you think these campaigns were successful? Discuss the attention processes that were at work. Do you see any potential drawbacks to this type of marketing?
  2. During the 2000 Super Bowl, ABC invited viewers to visit its Enhanced TV website. Fans could play trivia, see replays, participate in polls and chat rooms, and view player statistics. The site received an estimated 1 million hits. Why? Frame your answer in terms of exposure, attention, and comprehension.
  1. Think about your own Web surfing patterns. Write down the reasons you visit

sites. Which of the marketing strategies discussed in the case do you find most

(and least) influential?

 

  1. What behaviors are involved in online grocery shopping? How does online shopping compare with traditional shopping in terms of behavioral effort?
  2. What types of consumers are likely to value online grocery shopping from Peapod?
  3. Overall, what do you think about the idea of online grocery shopping? How does it compare with simply eating in restaurants and avoiding grocery shopping and cooking altogether?
  1. Identify and discuss some of the cultural meanings for Sony possessed by consumers in your country. Discuss how these cultural meaning were developed and how they influence consumers’ behaviors (and affect and cognition). What is the role of marketing strategies in creating and maintaining (or modifying) these cultural meanings?
  2. It is often stated that the world is becoming smaller because today people communicate relatively easily across time and distance. Discuss whether that has been beneficial for Sony. What are some marketing challenges it presents?
  3. What do you think about Sony’s tradition of region-specific or nation-specific marketing? Would Sony be better served by working to create a more uniform global image?

 

  1. Why do consumers pay $84 for a Pleasant Company doll when they can buy other dolls much more cheaply at retail stores?
  2. Considering money, time, cognitive activity, and behavioral effort costs, are Pleasant Company dolls more or less costly than dolls that can be purchased at retail stores?
  3. What recommendations do you have for Pleasant Company to increase sales and profits?

 

CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

  1. What does the purchase of a product like Nike mean to Sunder Singh
  2. What does the story say about our society and the impact of marketing on consumer behavior?
  3. Explain how the above-mentioned information is likely to benefit a marketer?
  4. Which of the above mentioned types are likely to respond to sales promotion? Explain.
  5. A manufacturer of personal care products in the premium segment starts frequent sales promotions. What is likely to be the impact on the above-mentioned types?
  6. What is likely to be the decision process in case of choosing an airline?
  7. Would this plan suggested by the vice president help in convincing the customers to use Star Airways? Give your reasons.
  8. Has Shobha identified the best target market for Mouse-Rid? Why or why not?
  9. Does Shobha have enough needed data on consumer behaviour? What type of consumer research should Shobha conduct?
  10. What type of advertising can influence consumers for this type of product?
  11. Discuss the nature of problem(s) in this case?
  12. Suggest the kind of consumer research needed?
  13. How should Golden Glow be positioned/ repositioned to bring about the desired change among consumers? Give your reasons.
  14. Why would some consumers have high-involvement levels in learning about this sales promotion
  15. Is a level of 75 per cent comprehension realistic among those who become aware of an ad? Why or why not?
  16. Do you think such promotions are likely to influence the quality image of the retail store? Explain.

 

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CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

  1. What’s up with our fascination with bigness ? Is this a uniquely American preference ? Do you believe that “bigger’s better ?”  Is this a sound marketing strategy ?
  2. What’s your take on this issue ? How do you react when one of your favorite songs turns up in a commercial ? Is this use of nostalgia an effective way to market a product ?  Why or why not ?
  3. Perhaps the appropriate question is not does sex sell, but should sex sell ? What are your feelings about the blatant use of sex to sell products ? Do you think this tactic works better when selling to men than to women ? Does exposure to unbelievably attractive men and women models only make the rest of us “normal” folks unhappy and insecure ? Under what conditions (if any) should sex be used as a marketing strategy  ?
  4. How was your experience – how helpful was this mannequin ? When you shop for clothes online, would you rather see how they look on a body with dimensions the same as yours, or on a different body ? What advice can give Web site designers who are trying to personalize theses shopping environments by creating life – like models to guide you through the site ?

 

CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

  1. Based on the case information and your personal experiences, list at least five things you know about Starbucks. This list offers you some idea about your cognitions concerning the coffee shop chain.
  2. List at least things you like or dislike about Starbucks. This list gives you some idea of your affect for the coffee shops.
  3. List at least five behaviors involved in buying a gourmet coffee drink from Starbucks. This list gives you an idea of the behaviors involved in a coffee purchase.
  4. What affective responses do you think the Barnes & Noble environment creates? How might consumers’ cognitive systems interpret these responses? From a marketing perspective, which is more important to Barnes & Noble—affect or cognition?
  5. Rob goes to Barnes & Noble location to hang out and meet people. Lisa goes only when she wants to purchase a specific book or CD. Describe how their integration processes might convince them to choose Barnes & Noble over the myriad other options they have.
  6. Many of the activities that take place at Barnes & Noble stores (or at BarnesandNoble.com) do not require a purchase. Participating in discussion groups and going to in-store performances are free. And obviously it doesn’t cost anything to simply go in, sit in a chair, and read a book. So why do people buy? How do these free activities (behaviors) influence consumers’ affect and cognition?
  7. What role do you think modeling could have played in the diffusion of this innovation?
  8. How could you use modeling to teach a friend how to use Rollerblades?
  9. If you were designing a commercial for Rollerblades to be used for an in-store videotape demonstration, how would you design the commercial to take advantage of your knowledge of modeling?
  10. Visit the Saturn website and try to determine the market segments the carmaker is targeting. What should Saturn do to better serve those segments? How might Saturn tailor its offerings to address the different stages of the family life cycle?

 

  1. Other vehicles—such as Porsches, Mustangs, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles—also have “cult” followings. But these products also have very strong symbolic meanings associated with them. The Saturn is a solid and reliable, but basically unspectacular, car. Identify and discuss three reasons that you think Saturn has such a devoted following of involved customers.

 

  1. An automobile is a high-involvement purchase. Discuss how the manufacturer of a lower-cost, lower-involvement product could generate greater personal relevance and long-term loyalty. Find and discuss an example of a company that has done so.
  2. What kind of consumer owns a Harley?
  3. What accounts for Harley owners’ satisfaction and brand loyalty?
  4. What role do you think the Harley Owner Group plays in the success of the company?

 

CORPORATE LAW

 

  1. (a) Discuss the term ‘Continuing Guarantee’. How can it be revoked?
    • State briefly the rights and obligations of a bailee.

 

  1. (a) What do you understand by the term Implied ‘Authority of a partner’?

(b)  Enumerate the acts which are not covered under implied authority.

 

  1. (a) What are the rights and duties of a minor in relation to partnership business?

(b)   Distinguish between —

(i)  Sub-agent and Substituted Agent

(ii)  Sale, Bailment and Pledge

 

  1. (a) Explain the rights of a partner.

(b)   Distinguish between the following:

(i)  Succession and Assignment.

(ii)  Contract of Indemnity and Contract of Guarantee.

 

  1. Write short note on.
    1. Non-registration of a firm.
    2. Capacity of Contract
  • Kinds of Bailment.
  1. Anticipatory breach of a Contract.

 

  1. a) When is a Surety Discharged from Liability by the conduct of the creditor.
  2. b) Describe the rules relating to passing of property in the sale of goods.

 

  1. a) What is an illegal agreement? State the effects of illegality.
  2. b) What is ‘Supervening Impossibility’? What are its effect upon the contract?
  3. c) What are the remedies available to the buyer when goods in wrong quantity

delivered to him?

  1. d) When shall a retired partner be discharged from his liabilities for the acts of the firm before retirement?

 

 

  1. (a) State the principles on which damages are assessed for breach of contract.

(b)  Describe the law relating to the ‘right of resale’ available to an unpaid seller

in the Sale of Goods Act, 1930.

 

 

  1. a) What are the rules regarding delivery of goods?
  2. b) Distinguish between:
  3. i) Novation and Alteration.
  4. ii) Liquidated damages and penalty

 

  1. a)  Transferee of a partner’s interest cannot exercise the right of transferring
  2. b) Appropriation is a right primarily of the debtor and for his benefit.
  3. c) A proposal can be revoked otherwise than by communication.
  4. d) Right of stoppage in transit is an extension of the right of lien.

 

Cost And Management Accounting

 

  1. “Management accounting is a mid-way between financial and cost accounting.” Elucidate.

 

  1. What is the major revenue recognition criterion?

 

 

  1. What is a trading account? What are its major constituents? What is its major outcome?

 

 

  1. The cash flow statement is as useful to shareholders and lenders as to management. Explain.

 

 

  1. (a) “All future costs are relevant.” Do you agree? Why?

(b) “Fixed costs are really variable. The more you produce the less they become.”

Do you agree? Explain.

 

  1. In connection with inventory ordering and control, certain terms are basic. Explain the meaning of each of the following:
    1. Economic order quantity
    2. Re-order point
    3. Lead time
    4. Safety stock

 

  1. What is meant by under/over-absorption of factory overheads? How will you account for them in cost accounts? Does it bear any impact while submitting quotations?

 

 

  1. A manufacturing company operating a system of budgetary control finds that their production capacity during the year varies between 75 per cent and 90 per cent as against the budgeted capacity of 80 per cent for the year. It has been suggested that a system budgets should be introduced to effectively control costs. Outline the steps you would take to implement this suggestion keeping in mind that the management would still require periodic comparison with their overall budget during the year.

 

 

  1. “Transfer prices must always be equal to externally determined market of comparative products or services.” Comment fully.

 

 

  1.  Suppose a firm is considering replacing an old machine with a new one. The firm does not anticipate that any new revenues will be created by the replacement since demand for the product generation by both the machines is the same. However, in the CFAT work sheet used in evaluating the proposal, the analyst shows positive CFBT in the operating cash flow section. What creates operating CFBT in this situation?

 

 

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Energy Management

 

  1. Explain in detail Energy Conservation Schemes?
  2. What is energy management? Is energy conservation the same as energy

efficiency in an effective energy management program?

  1. Comment on “Alternate sources of power”
  2. Explain in detail Methods of investment appraisal?
  3. Explain in detail “Sources of Waste Heat and its potential applications”
  4. Write short note on:
  5. Heat Transfer Coefficient
  6. Solar Radiation

iii.       Rate of heat transfer

  1. Regenerators
  2. Explain in brief Hydraulic power systems
  3. Explain in your words the points you must consider for efficient use of energy?
  4. Comment on “Cost of Electrical Energy”
  5. Differentiate between Hot water systems and Cooling water systems?

 

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Entrepreneurship Management

Q1 Seems like a lot of work in writing articles and time in chat rooms. Although it might be a way of getting people to my website with only a small expense, do you think that this approach is worth the investment of time?

 

Q2 What are the other benefits of this approach over and above simple a cost saving
Q3 Are there particular businesses and products more suitable for this approach

 

Q1 It is not surprising that a lawyer should say that an entrepreneur needs a lawyer to start a business. I certainly do not have money to burn on unnecessary legal fees. Which things do I need a lawyer for now, which things need a lawyer but can be delayed and finally which things can I do myself?

 

Q2 Other than the costs, are there any disadvantages to “bouncing ideas” of a lawyer?

 

Q3 I certainly don’t want to pay more taxes than I must. What the tax implications of the different legal structures for the business?

 

Q1 A cheaper way of advertising that is more effective at attracting customers – is this too good to be true? Why has the “simpler is better” approach worked for Breckenridge Brewery?

 

Q2 Assume that the CEO asked you about pricing its pint glasses and T-shirts to maximize profit from these items, or should I have a lower price to increase volume and benefit from the promotional impact the purchase these items have on the sales of my beer?”

 

Q3.Would you advise this approach to an entrepreneur whose primary products are highly technological? What about an entrepreneur whose products are sold to industrial buyers?

 

Q1.This whole idea of experimentation seems to make sense, but all those little failures can add up, and if there enough of them, then this could lead to one big failure-the business going down the drain. How can I best get the advantages of experimentation in terms of innovation while also reduction the costs so that I don’t run the risk of losing my business?

 

Q2. My employees, buyers, and suppliers like working for my company because we have a lot of wins. I am not sure how they will take it when our company begins to have a lot more failures (even if those failures are small)- it is a psychological thing. How can I handle this trade-off?

Q3 Even if everyone else accepts it, I am not sure how I will cope. When projects fail it hits me pretty hard emotionally. Is it just that I am not cut out for this type of approach?

 

  1. I want to find a little pot of gold like Lissa D’Aquanni. Where should I look?
  2. I like the gift certificate idea to raise money and build my business. What other types of products do you think that approach will work for?
  3. Over the years I have paid a lot of taxes. Should I feel guilty for accessing government – subsidized monies to build my business, or should I feel justified?

 

Entrepreneurship Management

  1. In running this new venture, I need to invest al available resources in producing the products and attracting customers. How important is it for me to divert money from those efforts to protect my intellectual property?
  2. I have sufficient resources to obtain intellectual property protection, but how effective is that protection without a large stock of resources to invest in going after those that infringe on my rights? If I do not have the resources to defend a patent, is it worth obtaining one in the first place?
  3. Are there circumstances when it is better for me not to be an innovator but rather produce “knock-offs” of other innovations?

 

  1. Gee, these managers discussed in the article are a bit rough. Even if one particular person is not producing as expected, doesn’t this person still deserve to be treated with respect?
  2. It appears that the automatic assumption is that the employee is at fault for not performing and therefore should be fired. But shouldn’t the responsibility fall on me as the manager and the system that I have introduced? Maybe the person is performing as well as the situation allows?
  3. How am I to build team spirit within my small company when I single out one person for lack of production and fire him or her?

 

  1. What are the advantages of going to an SBIC over and above a business angle or venture capitalist?
  2. What are the disadvantages and how can they be minimized?

 

  1. This whole idea of experimentation seems to make sense, but all those little failures can add up, and if there enough of them, then this could lead to one big failure-the business going down the drain. How can I best get the advantages of experimentation in terms of innovation while also reduction the costs so that I don’t run the risk of losing my business?
  2. My employees, buyers, and suppliers like working for my company because we have a lot of wins. I am not sure how they will take it when our company begins to have a lot more failures (even if those failures are small)- it is a psychological thing. How can I handle this trade-off?
  3. Even if everyone else accepts it, I am not sure how I will cope. When projects fail it hits me pretty hard emotionally. Is it just that I am not cut out for this type of approach?

 

  1. I want to find a little pot of gold like Lissa D’Aquanni. Where should I look?
  2. I like the gift certificate idea to raise money and build my business. What other types of products do you think that approach will work for?
  3. Over the years I have paid a lot of taxes. Should I feel guilty for accessing government – subsidized monies to build my business, or should I feel justified?

 

 

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EVENT MANAGEMENT

 

 

  1. Study a mega Event that you have enjoyed and chart out the pre, during and post-event activities. Also study in detail the Planning, Organizing, Staffing, Leading and Controlling functions involved in the effort.

 

  1. Select a Family event and study the costing aspects involved in organizing it. Break up the costs into relevant categories, analyze the cash flow, note down in detail the negotiations with suppliers and finally carry out a variance analysis of the actual cost vis-à-vis the budget.

 

  1. Redesign the above event into a commercial idea and look at it from an event organiser’s perspective. Carry out the pricing based on the clientele that you intend to attract, the target audience and how you intend to attract them, whether the event would be a fully ticketed or invited show, what would the audience size be, and finally, how much margin would you like to retain.

 

  1. Look up today’s newspaper and identify any five events that interest you. Carry out a research for finding out the following information:
  1. Who are the event organizers?
  2. For whom are the events being organized i.e. who are the event organizer’s clients?
  3. Who are the target audience for each event?
  4. What is the event infrastructure involved?
  5. Where are the events being held i.e. identify the venues. Also analyse why these specific venues were chosen?
  6. What is the networking mix on the media front?
  7. Analyze and list down as many reasons that you can identify as to why the clients are using events?

 

  1. A tyre manufacturer approaches an event management company as a client and is looking to sponsor a sports event with the objective of market development with a positive brand identity and association with popular sportsmen and women so as to project a youthful image among both male and female target audience. Create a Popularity Share Matrix for the different types of sports such as Soccer, Cricket, Basketball, Table Tennis etc. that might interest the client and recommend
  1. A particular sport that the client should consider sponsoring.
  2. A particular event in the chosen sport.
  3. The risk level appropriate for the clients.
  4. Chart out the event’s objectives and strategies.

 

  1. Identify a favourite event that you have attended or know about, break it down into 5 C’s of events. Identify 5 major clients you would like to resell the above event to and then redesign this event tailored to the needs of these prospective clients.

 

  1. Select an event, taking into consideration the Frito-Lay Test Marketing Example and establish the key elements of such an event, both at micro level and at the integrated level.

 

  1. Identify an event that you like, that is being broadcast live on TV while being performed in front of a live audience. Identify the sponsors and do some research on them to find out about their products or services, financial health, life cycle stage etc. Follow the event carefully for pre and post event promotion activity. Attend the event and observe the positioning of the sponsors boards. Interact with the event managers to find out the cost of advertising during the event and what other costs that the sponsors have borne to make a success of their association.

 

  1. Select an event organizer and carry out the entire analysis for that company in the form of a case study. Chart out the various matrices given above and recommend steps that would help the company under observation to grow exponentially.

 

  1. Select any local event that is yet to happen. Try to understand the clientele that might be attracted to sponsor such an event. Understand the networking elements and finally, call or visit any one of the sponsors to find out exactly what was expected out of the event and what defined a successful event for the sponsor, how was the evaluation carried out and what was the result?

 

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FACILITY MANAGEMENT

 

  1. Please Explain the Various Steps in Corporate Facility Procedure
  2. Short Notes on Annual operating plan , Capital budgeting plan , Long Range Plan,
  3. What are the basis and criteria for Space Utilization
  4. Explain space and furnishing standards to verify all the aspects.
  5. What is Integrated Assets Management.
  6. What is complete role of financial reporting and control
  7. What are the various concerns in case of build to svil?
  8. What are the various site evaluation criteria. Also comments on environmental and due
  9. Diligence issues .

 

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FINANCE MGMT

 

  1. Who are the two parties to this potential lease transaction?
  2. How will these alternative decisions impact the company’s Capital Structure and its balance sheet?
  3. What discount rate should be used in this Net Present Value analysis? Why?
  4. In the Purchase Decision, what are the cash flow impacts of the Bank Loan? (Please focus on the after tax cash flows.)
  5. Construct a spreadsheet to calculate the payback period, internal rate of return, modified internal rate of return, and net present value of the proposed mine.
  6. Based on your analysis, should the company open the mine?
  7. If the cost of capital is 8%, which of the 3 projects should the ABC Company accept?
  8. As a Statistician, advice what kind of Sampling schemes can we consider, and what factors will influence choice of scheme. What are the questions we should ask Mr. Namdeo, who works in the assembly line?

 

 

FINANCE MGMT

 

  1. Suppose you are Mr.Keen Kumar, the new manager.  What steps will you take for the growth of Cooking LPG Ltd.?

 

  1. (a) As a financial consultant, advise the proprietor whether he should go for the extension of credit facilities.
  2. (b) Also prepare cash budget for one year of operation of the firm, ignoring interest.  The minimum desired cash balance & Rs. 30,000, which is also the amount the firm has on January 1.  Borrowings are possible which are made at the beginning of a month and repaid at the end when cash is available.
  3. As a finance analyst, prepare a report for submission to the CFO and the Board of Directors, explaining to them the feasibility of the new investment.
  4. From the facts outlined above, what report would Neha submit to the Board of Directors of palco Ltd ?
  5. Analyze the financial viability of the two options. Which option would you recommend ?  Why ?

 

FINANCIAL MGMT

 

 

  1. Analyze the debt capacity of the company.
  2. How profitable are its operations? What are the trends in it? How has growth affected the profitability of the company?
  3. What factors have contributed to the operating performance of Greaves Limited? What is the role of profitability margin, asset utilisation, and non-operating income?
  4. How has Greaves performed in terms of return on equity? What is the contribution of return on investment, the way of the business has been financed over the period?
  5. If the cost of capital is 8%, which of the 3 projects should the ABC Company accept?

 

  1. Complete the attached “overhead cost distribution sheet” (Exhibit C).

Note: Wherever possible, identify the overhead costs chared directly to the production and service departments. If such direct identification is not possible, distribute the costs on some “rational basis.

 

  1. Calculate the overhead cost (per direct labour hour) for each of the four producing departments. This should include share of the service departments’ costs.

 

  1. Do you agree with:
  2. The procedure adopted by the company for the distribution of overhead costs?
  3. The choice of the base for overhead absorption, i.e. labour-hour rate?

 

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Food & Beverage Management                                               

 

Q.1 : Note down the features of restaurant, Considerations Shown by Facility Planner when he/she designs the restaurant.

Q.2 : Write out the Job Description of Steward.

Q.3 : Write a case with description when you visited any Bar & Restaurant  ,where you have find hospitality was not with proper training & according to you what all points are required to run that restaurant as manager. Discuss how it should maintain properly.

Q.4 : What do you really know about the requirement  of food & beverage consumers? How important is meal experience?

Q.5 : How banquet & outdoor functions are organizes &  executed  according to you?

Q.6 : How does the media influence public taste for food & beverage? Discuss strategic purchasing policy ,Reality or chimera in food service sector.

Q.7: Are restaurant dress code in decline? Discuss, Should smoking banned in restaurant?

Q.8 : How  are wines  classified & how are each different?

 

Front Office Management

  1. What other ways could have been used by the business owner to give this employee an extra chance?
  2. Is the nose ring truly a problem? If so, why?
  3. Could you legally deny employment to a person with a nose ring?
  4. Before the development of more effective ICT-based tools, why was it difficult for hotels to schedule labor effectively?

 

  1. In a Housekeeping department, what elements have to be considered when looking at hourly productivity?

 

  1. With what other hotel ICT could labor scheduling systems, such as Eproductive Scheduling, be integrated? Review some Internet hospitality web-sites such as www.WiredHotelier.com and www.HotelResource.com to help you formulate your answer, giving examples of some specific ICT products.
  2. Identify and describe four short-term operational strategies Ken should implement immediately at the Rainbow Golf Resort.
  3. What human resources and training initiatives should Ken implement at the Rainbow Golf Resort?
  4. Which form of top-down communication would be most suitable for the Rainbow Golf Resort to achieve its objectives?
  5. Examine the guest count projections and compare it to the normal Friday lunch employee and management schedule.
    Do you have enough labor scheduled to properly serve the number of guests?
    b.  How would you alter the schedule to ensure that you can offer proper service? (Be specific as to how many employees you would add per position and explain your reasoning.)
    c.  Is there anything else that you should do with respect to the employees to make sure that the reservation is successful for the operation?
  6. Examine the likely food preferences of different customer groups that the operation would serve for lunch.
    i) What types of foods offered by Buffet, Inc., would the typical lunch guest prefer? (Be specific.)
  7. ii) What type of foods offered by Buffet, Inc., would the reservation guest prefer? (Be specific.)

iii)  Are there any changes you would make to the food being offered and, if so, what and how would you do it? (Be specific.)

 

  1. The reservation guests are going to pay individually as they come in. is this good or would it be better for them to prepay? Explain your answer taking into account the impact the payment could have on guest flow and FOH and BOH operation.
  2. What occupancy level would you assume for a 100- to 150-room hotel, and during what seasons, based on general occupancy information for New York and general occupancy levels nationally?
  3. Propose some additional (logical) actions the town could possibly take to increase the visitor demand for this property?
  4. Given the inexact information in the case, what would be a reasonable assumption to make regarding room nights from the Fort’s expanded (year-round) operations and from International Paper’s business?

 

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GENERAL MANAGEMENT

 

  1. Marsha feels that there must be a better way to conduct market research, particularly given the fact that the department has a LAN with a lot of capacity. What solutions to this problem can you recommend?
  2. How will you approach this task? What sources of information will you seek to help understand and solve problems in the company?
  3. Who is right? What is responsible for so many different positions? How can the governor reconcile these conflicting viewpoints and arrive at the true cause of the problem?
  4. What do you recommend? How should Masters go about making his decision?
  5. What events do you think are responsible for the new attitudes on the part of users? How can the CIO take advantage of them?
  6. In some of the organizations described in this chapter, managers form alliances with various partners. These alliance firms may provide a virtual component for your organization. However, the employees involved in this alliance do work for two different firms. How does a manager manage under these conditions? Suppose that your firm enters into a relationship with another firm to take over its inventory of raw materials and to become a just-in-time supplier. The partner firm hires your former inventory employees so they no longer work directly for you. Describe the role of a manager in working with an alliance partner that provides you with a virtual component of your firm?
  7. The president of the company has read about new organizational forms enabled by information technology. The only technology in place now is the order entry and warehouse inventory system. The president would like to make Boats-R-Us both more efficient and more responsive to its customers. What new kinds of organization forms for Boats-R-Us might be enabled by information technology?
  8. To Rubin, these changes seem evolutionary and rather mild. He has read articles about electronic commerce and even shopped on the Web to try it out. He also sees small firms becoming global as they advertise their products on the Web. What kinds of banking services will these firms want? How will changes in commerce and life styles influence what customers, both individual and corporations, want from a bank? Will a bank become “a piece of computer software on a network,” a statement attributed to the chairman of Citibank?
  9. She asked you to consult with SI in the hope of finding a strategic application for information technology: “I want something that will give us a competitive edge,” she said. What kind of process would you follow to try to identify a strategic application? What applications areas look promising? How does a firm like SI develop a strategic system? How does it establish and maintain a competitive advantage?
  10. The president has to make a decision. First, should Autozip accept orders on the Web, and second, if so, how? Should it go to a firm that hosts Web marketplaces, buy software and set up its own site, or develop its own software?
  11. What advice would you give Hershey and Sherman? What are the pros and cons of strategic alliances in this situation?
  12. How can Bill help the company solve this problem? Do you think they need to reorganize the structure of their IT units? Does it make sense to have foreign operations reporting to Bill? If not, how can he influence what goes on in subsidiaries outside the U.S.?

 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

  1. Imagine that you are a management consultant hired by Salernos to help them navigate the choppy waters ahead. First, describe the elements of the microenvironment and competitive environment that affect Wild Water now. Then describe elements that you anticipate will affect the water park in the next few years.
  2. Next, describe the organization’s culture. Discuss how the current culture affects the way it responds to the organization’s external environment.

 

  1. Now, create a plan for Wild Water. In your plan, describe what changes the organization needs to make in its culture to meet upcoming challenges in the external environment. Then describe steps that Wild Water can take to compete successfully against the new amusement park. How can the Salernos keep their loyal customer happy while attracting new ones?

 

  1. What do you think Custom Coffee & Chocolate’s mission is?

 

  1. Create a SWOT analysis for Custom Coffee & Chocolate.

 

  1. Using the owners’ ideas for the future of their café, as well as your own ideas, outline a tactical plan for Custom Coffee & Chocolate.

 

  1. Select options from the chapter text, and prepare an organizational chart for the national distribution program that this company is about to embark on. Be sure to incorporate the company’s goal into your overall structure.
  2. Given the vast geographic expanse and logistical challenges of this new program, what recommendations do you have for the company regarding HR policies and procedures?

 

  1. What other types of industries could use the model from this case as a means to expand sales nationally or internationally? What steps might the Randalls take to design motivating jobs for camp staff? What needs might they be able to fill for camp staff?

 

  1. In what ways might the empowerment of camp staff affects the success of the camp

 

  1. How can Herbie Shapiro and Mei Zhao use technology to achieve success in their new venture? Be sure to address each of the major categories presented—purchasing, transportation, operations, distribution, and financial management.

 

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  1. What makes George David such a highly regarded manager?
  2. How does David get things done through people?
  3. What evidence can you see of David’s planning and strategizing, organizing, controlling, leading, and developing?
  4. Which managerial competencies does David seem to posses? Does he seem to lack any?
  5. Why did the strategic plans adopted by companies like level 3, Global crossing, and 360 Network fail?
  6. The managers who ran these companies were smart, successful individuals, as were many of the investors who put money into their businesses. How could so many smart people have been so wrong?
  7. What specific decision-making biases do you think were at work in this industry during the late 1990s and early 2000s?
  8. What could the managers running these companies done differently that might have led to a different
  9. Why did Dow Chemical first adopt a matrix structure? What benefits did it hope to derive from his structure?
  10. What problems emerged with this structure? How did Dow try to deal with them? In retrospect, do you think those solutions were effective?
  11. Why did Dow change its structure again in the mid-1990s? What was Dow trying to achieve this time? Do you think the current structure makes sense given the industry in which Dow operates and the strategy of the firm? Why?
  12. Discuss McDonald’s current situation from a human resource planning perspective
  13. Is McDonald’s taking the best approach to improving its employer brand? Why or why not? If you were in charge of developing the McDonald’s employer brand, what would you do differently?
  14. Would “guerrilla” recruiting tactics help McDonald’s attract more applicants? Why or why not? If so, what tactics might be effective?
  15. What technological paradigm shift did Reuters face in the 1990s? How did that paradigm shift change the competitive playing field?
  16. Why Reuters was slow to adopt internet-based technology?
  17. Why do you think Tom Glocer was picked as CEO? What assets did he bring to the leadership job?
  18. What do you think of Glocer’s attempts to change the strategy and organizational culture at Reuters? Was he on the right track? Would you do things differently?

 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

 

1.What makes George David such a highly regarded manager?

2.How does David get things done through people?

3.What evidence can you see of David’s planning and strategizing, organizing, controlling, leading, and developing?

4.Which managerial competencies does David seem to posses? Does he seem to lack any

1.Why did the strategic plans adopted by companies like Level 3, Global Crossing, and 360 Networks fail?

2.The managers who ran these companies were smart, successful individuals, as were many of the investors who put money into these businesses. How could so many smart people have been so wrong?

3.What specific decision-making biases do you think were at work in this industry during the late 1990s and early 2000s?

4.What could the managers running these companies done differently that might have led to a different outcome?

1.Why did Dow Chemical first adopt a matrix structure? What benefits did it hope to derive from this structure?

2.What problems emerged with this structure? How did Dow try to deal with them? In retrospect, do you think those solutions were effective?

3.Why did Dow change its structure again in the mid-1990s? What was Dow trying to achieve this time? Do you think the current structure makes sense given the industry in which Dow operates and the strategy of the firm? Why?

1.Discuss McDonald’s current situation from a human resource planning perspective.

2.Is McDonald’s taking the best approach to improving its employer brand? Why or why not? If you were in charge of developing the McDonald’s employer brand, what would you do differently?

3.Would “guerrilla” recruiting tactics help McDonald’s attract more applicants? Why or why not? If so, what tactics might be effective?

1.What technological paradigm shift did Reuters face in the 1990s? How did that paradigm shift change the competitive playing field?

2.Why was Reuters slow to adopt Internet-based technology?

3.Why do you think Tom Glocer was picked as CEO? What assets did he bring to the leadership job?

4.What do you think of Glocer’s attempts to change the strategy and organizational culture at Reuters? Was he on the right track? Would you do things differently?

 

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  1. What are the barriers to entry into the pharmaceutical industry? To what extent do you think these entries barriers protect established pharmaceutical companies from new competitors?
  2. The pharmaceutical industry has long been one of the most profitable in the United States. Why do you think this is the case?
  3. What forces in the general environment influence the nature of competition in the task environment facing pharmaceutical firms?
  4. How have lower development and tooling costs given Japanese auto manufacturers an advantage in the marketplace?
  5. What steps are the Detroit automobile makers taking to reduce product development time and tooling costs? If they are successful, what are the implications of these initiatives for the number of car models they can sell and breakeven volumes for individual models? Will these initiatives benefit Detroit’s customers? How?

 

  1. The Japanese producers have for years used many of the methodologies now being introduced in Detroit. Why do you think it has taken the Detroit automakers so long to respond to their foreign competitors?
  2. What kind of control system does Lincoln Electric rely on to generate high employee productivity?
  3. Can you think of any possible unintended consequences of an incentive pay system based on piecework? How does Lincoln guard against these unintended consequences?
  4. Do Lincoln’s control systems match the strategy of the enterprise? How?
  5. From a power perspective, what do you think explains the rise of Mike Sears to the CEO position at Boeing? What were the sources of his power?
  6. Once he became CFO, what did Mike Sears do to consolidate his power base at Boeing? What sources of power was he trying to accumulate? What was he trying to do with this power
  7. What do you think about the ethics of Sear’s actions? Does the fall of Mike Sears prove that power tends to corrupt?
  8. What does the case tell you about the nature of internal organizational politics at Boeing during this period? As incoming CEO, would you see this as a problem? If so, how would you deal with it?
  9. Do you think that power is more important in an organization like Boeing than in one that has less politics? Why?

 

  1. Use your knowledge of emotions and attitudes to explain why the LINK650 employees were dissatisfied with their work.
  2. Identify the various ways in which employees expressed their job dissatisfaction on the LINK650.
  3. Shaun O’Neill commitment to the LINK organization dwindled over his two years of employment. Discuss the factors that affected his organizational commitment.

 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

 

  1. What is spirituality?
  2. Is this topic appropriate for businesses?
  3. What are the arguments for and against its inclusion in business?
  4. What are the management issues in this case?
  5. What did Coke do and what could have been done differently?
  6. What are the key factors that were or should have been considered by

Management?

  1. What is your assessment of Barrett’s performance and his vision for Intel? Is he

the right person for the job at Intel?

  1. What are some problems associated with frequent reorganization?
  2. What are the pros and cons for focusing on the distant futures and the heavy

investments in new technologies?

  1. Compare and contrast the careers of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
  2. Compare and contrast the leadership styles and managerial practices of Gates

and Jobs.

  1. What do you think about the future of Microsoft and Apple Computers?
  2. What is the outlook on life of the two computer nerds?
  3. Discuss the evolving use of information technology at American Airlines?
  4. Should American Airlines expand its position in Europe? What are the arguments

for and against this expansion?

 

HEALTH & SAFETY MGMT

 

  1. Explain the environmental determinants of health?

 

  1. Explain in your words the causes of health problems in India?

 

  1. Write Short note on:
    1. Childhood illness and Child abuse
    2. Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)
    3. Adolescents
    4. Smoking cessation

 

  1. Explain the meaning of tobacco. What are the efforts to reduce tobacco use?

 

  1. Explain the meaning of disease and disability?

 

  1. What are the sources of personal health care?

 

  1. Write a note on the health care service market.

 

  1. Write a detail note on the structure of industry for health care.

 

  1. Discuss the health plan progresses in India for healthcare.

 

  1. What do you mean by the health insurance? Also discuss the various factors affecting insurance price?

 

  1. Explain the revenue collection for heath care financing.

 

  1. Describe the various health care agencies.

 

 

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Case I

HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION – ROOT OF THE PROBLEM.

 

Questions:

  1. Outline the reasons as to why hospital administration can only be taught by doctors. Present a counter analysis to oppose this point of view.
  2. On what fronts do various institutions compromise while designing hospital administration courses? What are the steps you may take to ensure a wholesome teaching for the hospital administration course?
  3. What do you mean by Hospital? Focus on the significance of the role played by a Hospital Administrator in a Hospital.

 

CASE II

INDIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

 

Questions:

 

  1. Discuss in detail the difference in Private Hospital and Government Hospital from the aspects of
  2. Functioning
  3. MIS Maintenance
  4. Purview of Consumer Act
  5. Speed of Service
  6. Accountability towards the patient.

 

  1. What are the types of hospitals? Critically examine the present National Health Policy and its impact on the private healthcare industry in India.

 

CASE III

LIFE SAVING A PRIORITY OR SECONDARY?

 

Questions:

  1. What are the issues that influence a Doctor’s decision in accepting/rejecting any MLC and treating the patient?
  2. “The psychological variables considerably influence the behavioral profile.” Discuss this statement in the context of above article.
  3. Departmental relationships influence patient care. Outline the departmental relationship issues and discuss related dimensions such as conflict, insensitiveness, support of management, fear etc.
  4. Discuss the process of selection and post selection processes to be followed by a hospital manager in selecting quality people.

 

CASE IV

Essential for Success – Training in Hospitals

 

 

Questions:

  1. Training and development is a marriage between medical training and service training. Comment on this statement and critically analyze it.
  2. Identify the challenges faced in running a hospital while maintaining the motivation level and competitiveness of the staff.
  3. What are the different training methods employed by different hospitals. How does performance audit contribute to assessment of a training programme?

 

Compulsory Questions:

  1. What do you mean by Hospital Financing? What do you mean by break – even analysis?
  2. Explain the meaning of Project Planning.
  3. Discuss the different considerations to be given due weightage while preparing feasibility report of a project.

 

Hospital Administration & Planning       

 

  1. Explain the importance of office management in a hospital.
  2. What are the procedures used for registration of patients in a community hospital?
  3. Explain organization charts and its significance in a hospital.
  4. State the importance of medical records to various users.
  5. Explain control of furniture’s as applicable to hospitals.
  6. What is the need for human relations in healthcare administration?
  7. Explain the employee welfare measures useful in hospital management.
  8. What is the need for a hospital manager? Describe essential qualities that a good hospital manager must exhibit.
  9. Discuss material purchase in hospitals and associated correspondences in detail.
  10. Explain the significance of filing of records and its essentials. What are the equipments that may be employed for filing purposes?
  11. Compare Breakdowns and Preventive Maintenance of hospital equipments.
  12. Discuss various office management principles as applied in a hospital.
  13. Explain different types of medical forms and its management for patient care.

 

HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION

Case I

Airline Commission Caps

Discussion Questions

  1. If you owned a travel agency, what would your reaction to the reduced commission cap be?
  2. What options would you consider?

 

Case II

Developing the San Diego Waterfront

  1. Why is it considered so desirable to develop public and private amenity features on the waterfront and preserve public access to the waterfront and water views in urban area? From the residents’ standpoint? From the standpoint of developing successful tourism?
  2. What approach can San Diego take in properly developing its downtown waterfront area both to achieve economic development objectives and to preserve access to and along the waterfront and views of the adjacent bay?
  3. If the choice of development of a particular waterfront site lies between developing the site for a high-rise hotel, for which there is proven market demand, or a waterfront public park for use by both residents and tourists, which do you think is the best use of the site? What approaches could be applied to achieve both objectives?

 

Case III

To Flag or Not to Flag—and If So, Which Flag?

  1. What would you do in the Brown’s situation? Should they sign a franchise agreement or not? Make assumptions, if needed.

 

  1. What terms and conditions of a franchise agreement would be acceptable to you, or to the Browns?
  2. What additional information would you, or the Browns, need to know?

 

Case IV

Checking Out a Guest

  1. Is it appropriate to have the manager finish the check-out? Or, should the front desk agent just take the heat?
  2. Would you have handled the situation in the same manner?
  3. What would you have done differently?

Case V

Overbooked: The Housekeeping Perspective

  1. What should Stephen do to maintain standards and ensure that all the guest rooms are serviced?

Case VI

Overbooked: The Front Office Perspective

If you were in the same situation, what would you do?

HOTEL MGMT

 

  1. What other ways could have been used by the business owner to give this

employee an extra chance?

 

  1. Is the nose ring truly a problem? If so, why?
  2. Could you legally deny employment to a person with a nose ring?
  3. Before the development of more effective ICT-based tools, why was it difficult for

hotels to schedule labor effectively?

  1. In a Housekeeping department, what elements have to be considered when

looking at hourly productivity?

  1. With what other hotel ICT could labor scheduling systems, such as Eproductive

Scheduling, be integrated? Review some Internet hospitality web-sites such as

www.WiredHotelier.com and www.HotelResource.com to help you formulate

your answer, giving examples of some specific ICT products

  1. Identify and describe four short-term operational strategies Ken should implement immediately at the Rainbow Golf Resort
  2. What human resources and training initiatives should Ken implement at the Rainbow Golf Resort?
  3. Which form of top-down communication would be most suitable for the Rainbow Golf Resort to achieve its objectives?
  1. Examine the guest count projections and compare it to the normal Friday lunch employee and management schedule.
  2. Do you have enough labor scheduled to properly serve the number of guests?
    b. How would you alter the schedule to ensure that you can offer proper service? (Be specific as to how many employees you would add per position and explain your reasoning.)
  3. Is there anything else that you should do with respect to the employees to make sure that the reservation is successful for the operation?

 

  1. Examine the likely food preferences of different customer groups that the operation would serve for lunch.
    i) What types of foods offered by Buffet, Inc., would the typical lunch guest prefer? (Be specific.)
  2. ii) What type of foods offered by Buffet, Inc., would the reservation guest prefer? (Be specific.)

iii)  Are there any changes you would make to the food being offered and, if so, what and how would you do it? (Be specific.)

  1. The reservation guests are going to pay individually as they come in. is this good or would it be better for them to prepay? Explain your answer taking into account the impact the payment could have on guest flow and FOH and BOH operation.

 

  1. What occupancy level would you assume for a 100- to 150-room hotel, and during what seasons, based on general occupancy information for New York and general occupancy levels nationally?

 

  1. Propose some additional (logical) actions the town could possibly take to increase the visitor demand for this property?

 

  1. Given the inexact information in the case, what would be a reasonable assumption to make regarding room nights from the Fort’s expanded (year-round) operations and from International Paper’s business?

 

 

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

  1. What mad the MD change his mind and go against Maniyam? What role might

the VP-HR have played in the episode?

  1. If you were Maniyam, what would you do?
  2. What should Vijay do?
  3. How would you rate Dinesh’s behavior? What method of appraisal would you

use? Why?

  1. Do you assess any training needs of employees? If yes, what inputs should be

embodied in the training programme?

  1. In the case of the Indane Biscuits, bring out the importance of ‘context’ and

‘credibility’ in communication.

  1. List the direct and indirect causes for the escalation of tension at Indane Biscuits.
  2. If you were the Personnel Manager what would you do?
  3. Bring out the principles of promotion that were employed in promoting Jaggu
  4. What would you do if you were (i) Suresh, (ii) Prahalad or (iii) Ravi?
  5. Bring out the ethical issues involved in Jaggu’s behavior.
  6. Do you agree with the conclusion drawn at the end of the case that scorecard

system has galvanized ION  Tires? In other words, does scorecard system deserve

all the credit?

  1. Will quality improvement initiatives clash with scorecard implementation? If yes,

how to avoid the clashes?

 

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

  1. Assumes that you are an HR executive for a company that manufactures and sells agricultural products (for example, fertilizers and grain feeds). The company’s workforce of 1,200 employees is 70 percent male and 30 percent female. Drawing from this case and the chapter content, develop an anti harassment policy and program. What are the major challenges you see in implementing the program?

 

  1. Many experts assert that reported cases of sexual harassment represent only a small percentage of the total number of incidents that actually occur in the workplace. If their assertion is true, why do so many cases go unreported? How would your HRM policy on harassment address this situation?

 

  1. As research indicates, people differ widely in their perceptions of sexual harassment. What is a harmless remark to one individual can be an annoying, even infuriating insult to another. In your view, what separates harmless conduct from harassing behavior? In the same vein, when does a sexist environment become a hostile, harassing one?

 

  1. Why is there a need for companies to offer work-family balance programs such as

flextime, telecommuting, and job sharing?

 

  1. Of the three programs discussed above, which be the most important program for

you personally when deciding whether or not to join an employer? Why?

 

  1. Some organizations do not believe in offering any of these work-life balance

programs. What do you think their reasoning is? Explain.

 

  1. How can Creative Staffing Solutions create a learning environment for job

candidates before they accept a position or while they are between positions?

 

  1. What type of job candidates would use the temporary job support and services

provided by a firm like CSS?

 

  1. What difficulties might Creative Staffing Solutions have to deal with in using electronic job and resume posting?
  2. How has the emergence of the Internet changed the way that organizations plan and mange their human resource needs?
  3. What are the legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of the Internet by Individual employees for human resource activities? Are you concerned about violations of your own privacy because of these kinds of Web applicants?
  4. What specialized skills will the future HRIS professional need in order to effectively manage an organization’s virtual human resource function?
  1. What potential conflicts could arise between the Japanese managers/trainers and the French employees? Explain.
  2. What do you think of Mr. Watanabe’s approach to preparing himself for French culture? Do you think that his approach would be useful for American managers? Why or Why not?
  1. What kind of organizational culture did Mr. Watanabe want to establish at the factory in Valenciennes, France? Do you think he’ll try to manage the plant just like a Toyota factory in Tokyo? Why or Why not?
  2. What implications are there for the French employees of the plant if its good fortune takes a turn for the worse, and the factory consequently shuts its doors? Explain.

 

  1. Do you agree or disagree that ergonomics in the workplace should be covered by federal regulations? Explain your answers.
  2. Choose a job with which you are familiar and discuss the possibilities for repetitive stress injuries that could occur on this job and ways they could be prevented.
  3. Imagine that you are the human resources manager for a company that hires workers for the selected in question 2. What steps might you encourage company officials to take to identify and prevent MSDs?

 

 

 

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  1. Discuss the long-term relevance of motivational techniques used by Baheti in the light of prevailing environment in the organization.
  2. Had you been Baheti, what other techniques you would have used to improve the special services provided by the organization?
  3. Had you been in place of Alok Trivedi, what additional measures would you have taken?
  4. Critically analyze the Employee Relations Audit in the light of its contribution to self motivation of employees.
  5. If you were Malik, what strategies would you adopt to solve the problem?
  6. With high employee turnover in insurance industry, how can the company retain a person like Malik?
  7. What role do the non-financial incentives play in motivating the workers and minimizing the rate of absenteeism?
  8. What innovative solutions would you suggest to minimize the rate of absenteeism?
  9. Discuss merits/demerits of the role of strike, agitation and legal approach in union management relations.
  10. What role does mutual trust play in building union-management relations?

 

HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT

 

  1. Would Enterprise’s approach human resource management work in other industries?
  2. Does Enterprise face any risks from its human resource strategy?
  3. Would you want to work for Enterprise? Why or why not?

 

  1. How relevant are the concepts of competencies to the jobs in a chicken-

processing plant?

  1. How might you try to improve the jobs in a chicken-processing plant?
  2. Are dirty, dangerous, and unpleasant jobs an inevitable part of any economy?

 

  1. But how should he see it through
  2. Do you think that the Bangalore-based company had practiced participative management?
  3. If your answer is yes, with what method of participation (you have read in this chapter) do you relate the above case?
  4. If you were the union leader, would your behavior have been different? If yes, what would it be?

 

  1. If the news is broken to Mahesh, how would he react?
  2. If you were giving advice to the Chairman on this matter, what would you recommend?
  3. What should he do?

 

HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT

 

  1. What should Divan do?
  2. What should she do?
  3. How would you rate Dinesh’s behaviour? What method of  appraisal  would you use?
  4. Do you assess any training needs of employees? If yes, what inputs should be

embodied in the training programme?

  1. Bring out the principles of promotion that were employed in          promoting     Jaggu.
  2. What would you do if you were (i) Suresh, (ii) Prahalad or (iii)       Ravi?
  3. Bring out the ethical issues involved in Jaggu’s behavior.

 

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