1. Discuss how the two cases in this chapter illustrate the major theme of this text: Changes in the macro environment affect individual firms and industries through the microeconomic factors of demand, production, cost, and profitability. Drawing on current business publications, find some updated facts for each case that support this theme. Drawing on current business publications and the two cases in this chapter it is prevalent that several changes in the macro environment have had an effect on the profitability of individual firms and industries. The text states that (Farnham, 2010 page 459), downturns in economic activity forced all the fast-food companies to develop new strategies. During this economic downturn McDonald’s was one company in particular that has developed strategies that were influenced by microeconomic changes. A great example is when McDonald’s entered the Chinese market they had to take into consideration consumer taste and acceptance in China. They had to decide whether or not to have the menu in Chinese or English and whether or not to take on the American menu or add more Chinese influenced menu items. Cost also played a part in the China market. Beef was much more expensive and so therefore could only reach a certain percentage of the people. Half of McDonald’s sales in China had been of chicken product with beef only making up 35 percent (Farnham, 2010).

2. Compare and contrast McDonald’s strategies in China with those of Wal-Mart in Mexico. McDonald’s responded to the changing economic conditions in China that included increased incomes, urbanization, and use of automobiles. This led to the development of its strategy of emphasizing the drive-thru as a major engine of growth. The company had to develop relationships with Chinese governmental authorities and had to consider how local customs and preferences affected its menu offerings. Wal-Mart faced similar challenges in Mexico, particularly in terms of lifestyle differences...

...• The explosive growth of the e-business/knowledge sectors, coupled with rapid developments in communication technology and the evolution of business relationships to include more international joint ventures, have both enabled and fuelled a greater need for movement of individuals across the globe.
• In the wake of globalisation wherein knowledge of global business markets and processes is now necessary for competitive advantage, international assignments continue to be important for employers and employees alike.
• In particular, the emergence of markets such as China, India and Eastern Europe has had led to an increasing demand for managers with distinctive competences to manage in these countries. (Collings et al, 2006)
• However, the context has altered and traditional models do not take into account quick-to-market demand and cost-effective deployment or enable increased cross-border volume for shorter assignment times. Furthermore, new models need to be flexible to the changing work-life requirements of employees.
• As a result there is increasing prominence of alternative forms of IAs (Fenwick, 2004)
• In this essay I intend to critique the key issues surrounding the different IAs available and outline their respective benefits.
THE TRADITIONAL IA
• Edström and Galbraith (1977) proposed three motives for IAs: position fillers, as a means of management development and as a means of organisational development.
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Chartered Management Institute Approved Centre
Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership
Written Assessment – 5
Unit 5001V1
Instruction Sheet
Assignment: Unit 5001V1 – Personal development as a manager and leader
Level: 5
Lecturer: Ian Laing
Date of Issue: 13th May 2015
Date Due In: 26th June 2015
Format: Word Document submitted to:
ianlaing@ihlassociates.karoo.co.uk
Assessment Outline
Candidates are to write an essay of between 2500 and 3000 words excluding appendices about how to improve their own management and leadership skills and competencies to help meet your performance objectives. You should also write about how you develop effective working relationships to help you deal with a variety of situations in the workplace which will require you to support and promote staff welfare.
Your essay should be based on research, investigation and analysis which you have carried out yourself making sure that you acknowledge sources and include appropriate references, bibliography and appendices in support of your investigation and argument.
The essay should answer the following questions demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the topics covered by this unit.
1. Identify the importance of continual self-development in achieving organisation objectives. Also assess your...

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Short answers
5. What two things must you normally specify in a variable declaration?
You must specify the variable type and an identifier.
int n; // type - int, identifier - n
6. What value is stored in uninitialized variables?
is a variable that is declared but is not set to a definite known value before it is used.
Algorithm workbench
3. Write assignment statements that perform the following operations with the variables a, b, and c.
a. Adds 2 to a and stores the result in b
b. Multiplies b times 4 and stores the result in a
c. Divides a by 3.14 and stores the result in b
d. Subtracts 8 from b and stores the result in a
Assignment statements that perform operations with the variables a, b, and c* (*Actually none of these operations involves the variable c at all... is this an error, or a 'trick answer'?):
b = a + 2
a = b * 4
b = a / 3.14
a = b – 8
4. Assume the variables result, w, x, y, and z are all integers, and that w = 5, x = 4, y = 8, and z = 2. What value will be stored in result in each of the following statements?
a. Set result = x + y
b. Set result = z * 2
c. Set result = y / x
d. Set result = y – z
result = x++ - y;
Answer -4
result = 4 – 8 = -4
result = ++w + y;
Answer
w = w + 1 = 5 + 1 = 6
result = 6 + 8 = 14
5. Write a pseudocode statement that declares the variable cost so it can hold real numbers.
Declare Real price= 0.00
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Week 2 Assignment
Yasir Shakoor
Intermediate Algebra MAT222
Professor Perez
09/01/2014
For our Week 2 assignment, in Intermediate Algebra, we were asked to solve the problem number 68 on page 539 of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra. aside from completing the problem, we were also asked to write a two to three page paper while including the five given vocabulary words for the week. Please see the problem below:
Shipping restrictions. The accompanying graph shows all of the possibilities for the number of refrigerators and the number of TVs that will fit into an 18-wheeler.
a)
Write an inequality to describe this region.
b)
Will the truck hold 71 refrigerators and 118 TVs?
c)
Will the truck hold 51 refrigerators and 176 TVs?
Kindly consider the five given vocabulary words:
Solid line
Dashed line
Parallel
Linear inequality
Test point
In order to solve the problem, we need to be aware that the formula to solve any linear equation is y=mx+b. with the said, we can say that we have our y- intercept which is 330. (The ordered pair 0,330 demonstrates that the y coordinate is 330). Since we have our y- intercept, we will now discover what our slope is. The formula to determine any slope of a line is
m=y1- y2
x1-x2
M= 330-0
0-100
After performing division and simplifying, we have found that the slope of our line is -3.
a) Write an inequality to describe this region.
The inequality to...

...Proportions
Tara Lint
MAT 222 Week 1 Assignment
Instructor: James Segala
August 18, 2013
Solving Proportions
Proportions exist in the real world. For example, in finding out the price of a unit, or the population of a specific species. The first problem that we are working with states that “. Bear population. To estimate the size of the bear population on the Keweenaw Peninsula, conservationists captured, tagged, and released 50 bears. One year later, a random sample of 100 bears included only 2 tagged bears.What is the conservationist’s estimate of the size of the
bear population?(Dugolpolski, 2012)
In reading over the “Bear Population” #56 on page 437 (Dugolpolski, 2012), the concept of proportions allow the assumption that the ratio of originally tagged bears to the whole population is equal to the ratio of recaptured tagged bears to the size of the sample. The estimated solution, variables will be defined and rules for solving proportions are used.
The ratio of originally tagged bears to the whole population is 50/x.
The ratio of recaptured tagged bears to the sample size is 2/100.
50=2 This is the proportion set up and ready to solve. This is the step where we will cross multiply.
x 100 at this point. The extremes are 100 and 50. The means are x and 2
100(50)=2x
50002=2x2 Divide both sides by 2
X=2500 The bear population of Keweenaw Peninsula is estimated to be around 2500.
For the second problem of this...

...conEcon345 Money and Banking Assignment 1
Zhongli Sui (Bill) 31438104
a). What is YTM(i) for bond A and B? which one is highest?
Bond A: 1000 = 1001+i + 901+i2 + 80(1+i)3 + 70(1+i)4 + 60(1+i)5 + 600(1+i)5
i(A) = 0
Bond B: 1000 = 1001+i + 1001+i2 + 100(1+i)3 + 100(1+i)4 + 40(1+i)5 + 400(1+i)5
i(B) = - 0.04419415
Bond A has higher yield than Bond B. ( 0 > -0.044195)
b). Suppose i=0.05 for both bond A and B, which bond has higher price?
Bond A:
P = 1001+0.05 + 901+0.052 + 80(1+0.05)3 + 70(1+0.05)4 + 60(1+0.05)5 + 600(1+0.05)5 = $820.69
Bond B:
P = 1001+0.05 + 1001+0.052 + 100(1+0.05)3 + 100(1+0.05)4 + 40(1+0.05)5 + 400(1+0.05)5 = $699.35
c). Is there an identical i that i(t)=i(t+1)=i(t+2)=… that makes bond price for A and B identical?
1001+i + 901+i2 + 80(1+i)3 + 70(1+i)4 + 60(1+i)5 + 600(1+i)5
= 1001+i + 1001+i2 + 100(1+i)3 + 100(1+i)4 + 40(1+i)5 + 400(1+i)5
When i = 100%, both bond A and bond B have price equal to $107.50
Which bond is more risky?
If all the information is correct, bond A is more risky in year 1 to 4, and bond B is more risky at year 5 due to the CEO resign....

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Week One Assignment
Patrick Cain
Mat222: Intermediate Algebra
Joseph Oslakovic
August 27, 2012
Week One Assignment
I will set up two ratios and show an appropriate variable and write the equation. First problem is: Bear population. To estimate the size of the bear population on the Keweenaw Peninsula, conservationists captured, tagged, and released 50 bears. One year later, a random sample of 100 bears included only 2 tagged bears. What is the conservationist's estimate of the size of the bear population?
In the Capture-Recapture method we notice that we are supposed to assume that the ratio of the original 50 tagged bears to the entire population is equal to the ratio of the recaptured tagged bears to the size of the sample (Dugopolski, 2012). First, we will set up the ratios.
Ratio of original tagged bears tot eh whole population is 50
X
The ratio of the recaptured tagged bears are 2
100
50 = 2 This is the proportion ready to solve. I will cross multiply
x 100 setting the extremes equal to the means.
100 (50) = 2x 100 and 50 are the two extremes, while x and 2 are the means.
5000 = 2x Divide both sides by 2.
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