Sustainability Issues Essay

We are using a list of the top 10 Sustainability Issues according to McKinsey.com as the source for the topics. You can go directly to McKinsey.com and search for the topic title if you need more information about the specific topic. The attached link only provides you with the top 10 list. See below for the topics to see what research questions you can explore in your essays. You are asked to write an individual essay based on your own individual research about one of the ten topics below. If your topic is not one of the listed topics, you may be penalized up to 25% of the full assessment grade for this essay: Global Energy Perspective 2019 Five ways that ESG creates value The road to seamless urban mobility Reimagining mobility Peak energy, peak oil, and the rise of renewables: An executive’s guide to the global energy system More than values: The value-based sustainability reporting that investors want Second-life EV batteries: The newest value pool in energy storage The decoupling of GDP and energy growth: A CEO guide The future of food: Meatless? How residential energy storage could help support the power grid Develop a research question or argument, support your argument with research, and provide a conclusion. (Hint: use your own specific major such as accounting, marketing, HR, management, etc. to guide your paper.) You need to show the use of Course-related content and materials which will be evidenced by appropriate in-text citations and references. You also need to use the lens of your specific major such as accounting, marketing, HR, management, sociology, psychology, etc. (this will be evidenced by using the first person in the essay and discussing how your major field of study influences or is influenced by the theme of your paper). Note that you need a title page, an abstract, introduction, the body of the paper, a conclusion, page numbers, reference list, appendices if applicable and comply with APA requirements for double-spacing, in-text citations, referencing, font size (12 Times New Roman), figures and tables (if applicable). Please use headings to help separate your sections. You should have a minimum of 10 pages excluding title page, references or appendices. I will not grade anything that is beyond 13 pages. You need a minimum of 5 academic references – ideally, they are peer-reviewed journal articles or academic textbooks (do not use Wikipedia, Investopedia, or Slideshare documents as part of your references). You may use other additional industrial sources as long as the minimum 5 academic references are provided. Note that every point that you make or refer in your paper needs to be supported by an in-text citation in proper APA formatting (this includes proper paraphrasing, use of quotation marks, etc.). Failure to do so means that the point is not valid and in the case of improper formatting, you may be penalized up to an Academic Misconduct based on the severity of the infraction. The Turnitin tool is made available for you to use (submit your paper before the due date and review its content to ensure that proper citing, quoting and paraphrasing has been done).

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Data Collection Plan

Resource: Project Data Collection Plan Grading Guide Resources:  Baltzan, P., and Phillips, A. (2015). Business Driven Information Systems (5th ed). Week 4 articles  It is recommended students search the Internet for a Data Collection Plan template. Scenario: You are an entrepreneur in the process of researching a business development idea. As you create a high-level Information Technology (IT) strategy for your new enterprise, it is important to consider how digital data will be collected, stored, analyzed, and used. A Project Data Collection Plan will guide the process of identifying enterprise digital data needs, maintenance, and use in the context of your goal to incorporate business driven IT. The Data Collection Plan is intended to describe a high-level process for collecting and maintaining digital data. The Data Collection Plan is a working document, which is expected to change over time as new project details emerge.  Create a high-level Project Data Collection Plan for your project in a minimum of 700 words which includes the following information:  A description of the digital data needs of the enterprise organized by department A summary of the type data to be collected and who will use it A description of how the data management system will contribute to organizational collaboration An innovative plan for collecting, storing, analyzing and distributing data that employs emerging technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and big data Cite a minimum of 3 peer-reviewed references from the University of Phoenix Library.  Format?consistent with APA guidelines.  Submit your assignment. Resources Center for Writing Excellence Reference and Citation Generator Grammar and Writing Guides Learning Team Toolkit

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Fundamental Information Systems

This assignment has 6 parts and each is broken into two sections. Part 1. (10) a) What are some typical applications of crowdsourcing? How could crowdsourcing reduce systems design costs? b) Find at least one article related to Building Successful Information Systems and write a summary of the article contents. (Please provide the link to the article) Part 2. (5) a) Identify three companies that are using biometric security measures for authentication. Why has each company chosen this alternative over other security measures? What are two advantages and two disadvantages of biometrics as a security measure? b) Find at least one article that is related to Protecting Information Resources and write a summary of the article contents. (Please provide the link to the article) Part 3. (4) Find at least one article article related to the Pros and Cons of Telecommunications and write a summary of the article contents. (Please provide a link of the article) Part 4. (3) a) IBM Watson has created a lot of excitement in the computing field. Summarize three commercial applications for this platform. Also, what are two advantages of using Watson compared to using humans in the medical field? What are two disadvantages? b) Find at least one article related to The Machines Behind Computing and write a summary of the article contents. (Please provide the link to the article) Part 4. (2) a) What is BI? Identify three companies that have been using BI, and explain the applications of BI in those companies. How is BI different from information or data? b) Find at least one article related to Database Systems, Data Warehouses, or Data Marts and write a summary of the article contents. ( Please provide the link to the article) Part 6. (1) a) Is information system technology by itself enough to ensure high-quality customer service? Why or why not? b) Find at least one article related to Information Systems (An Overview) and write a summary of the article contents. (Please provide the link to the article)

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Applying Regression to Research and Evaluation

Applying Regression to Research and Evaluation   This assignment is responding to the two post below.  Requirements for each response is: 1.   At least one paragraph 2.   Contain intext citation where appropriate 3.   At least one reference per paragraph (it could be the same reference for each) Do not connect the two posts.  They are completely separate. One reference for each paragraph. No introduction and no summary.   ASSIGNMENT: Respond to the two posts by providing feedback on the regression analyses presented in their posts. Are these regression analyses appropriate? Why or why not? If not, offer suggestions and/or ideas about other analytical tools you think are more appropriate.   POST 1 Amonica Gibson: Discussion – Week 10   Applying Regression to Research and Evaluation Multiple linear regression refers to the statistical techniques used in identifying the relationship between several variables in a regression model (Yan et al., 2009). It is applied in cases where there are different explanatory variables to predict the outcome of a response variable. Multiple linear regression is used to establish a direct relationship between the independent variables (explanatory variables) and the response variables (dependent variables). It is possible to make predictions about a variable based on available information using multiple or linear regression. The model assumes the existence of a relationship between the dependent and independent variables and that the independent variables are not very closely correlated to each other (Ryan, 2009). The other assumptions by this model include the normalcy in distributing the residuals with a mean of zero and a variance of zero, and the observations in a sample are selected randomly to remove potential bias. In my final evaluation design, the linear regression model will be the most suitable in analyzing how different business factors affect the performance of the organization. The approach will aim at understanding the organization’s industry of operation and help in making informed decisions. Variables such as marketing, product quality, pricing, and costs of production will be regressed against performance. Variables will be added and removed from the market, and changes in performance noted. The Beta coefficient obtained in the model will help to determine the factors with the most significant effect on the organization’s performance. Multiple linear regression will also play a role in carrying out a SWOT analysis for the institution. Besides, regression will also be useful in making predictions about the factors that may affect the performance of the organization in the future.     References Ryan, T. P. (2009). Modern regression methods. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Yan, X., Su, X., & World Scientific (Firm). (2009). Linear regression analysis: Theory and . Singapore: World Scientific Pub. Ccomputing   POST 2 Conrad RE: Discussion – Week 10 COLLAPSE Regression analysis of PSCC Data for Sick Leave                  In assessing the Data to be collected for the PSCC it needs to be understood that the dependent variable is the amount of sick leave and that there are multiple actual independent variables. The independent variable in question is the sick leave policy and whether it has an impact on the amount of sick leave being taken. As mentioned in the previous discussion, (Westerson, 2020) the employees’ age, sex, years of service, race, education, or if the family has dependent children may have an impact. These are all independent variables. The analysis will need to consider these variables and determine what if any impact they have on the correlation of the results and the question.             The best method to take these into account is the Binary Logistic Regression (BLR). It will consider the multiple variables impacting the outcome, and identify their specific relations using the binary impacts of most of these variables; (Male/Female, Yes/No for dependent children, education High School/University, etc.) The r, r2, R and R2, correlation coefficient, multiple regression coefficients and the coefficient of multiple determinants will clearly identify the impacts of each of the different variable son the outcomes. Significant effort will be required to mathematically review the data and make a determination as to what the variables are and what their coefficients are and determine their Beta Weights to see which variables have the greatest impact on the outcome. (Johnson, 2014)             Statistical mathematics not being the author’s strongest suit, a researcher with experience in statistics will be employed to assist with the creation of these mathematical constructs to assist with the understanding of the complex relationships involved.       References Johnson, G., (2014), Research Methods for Public Administrators, [MBS Direct], Retrieved from https://mbsdirect.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781317460930/         Possible Resources Readings ·         Johnson, G. (2014). Research methods for public administrators (3rd ed.). Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe. o    Chapter 15, “Data Analysis: Regression” (pp. 216–229) ·         Garson, G. D. (2009, April 4). Logistic regression. Retrieved from  http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/garson/PA765/logistic.htm Media ·         Laureate Education (Producer). (2013a). Correlation and introduction to regression. [Multimedia file] Baltimore, MD: Author. “Correlation and introduction to regression” Transcript (PDF)     Below is additional information.  The assignment is above This is the original assignment they were completing Discussion – Week 10   Discussion: Applying Regression to Research and Evaluation Because public and nonprofit administrators operate in a complex world, they often ask research questions that can be answered with multiple explanations. Multiple explanations for an outcome require multiple independent variables. As a reminder, independent variables are those that influence the outcome or dependent variable. For example, consider research designed to explain why some students earn good grades in Applied Research and Evaluation, while others do not. Perhaps one independent variable, such as time spent studying, explains good grades versus poor grades (dependent variable). However, it is more likely that many independent variables are involved. It could be that time spent studying, along with previous experience taking a research methods course, and the amount of time spent at a job, contributes to the explanation. Simple associational research, such as the research you considered in Week 9, overlooks the complexity of multiple variables because it focuses only on one independent variable. Explanations that involve multiple independent variables are better served by approaches such as OLS regression or binary logistic regression analysis. The choice often depends on the nature of the dependent variable. An interval dependent variable may lead you to choose OLS regression, while a nominal dependent variable may require binary logistic regression. OLS is a simple, yet limited approach to regression. You must assume that variables are related in a linear fashion, and the dependent variable must be somewhat interval in nature. Research does not always present interval-dependent variables. There are situations, however, in which dependent variables are more nominal in nature. Assume that you want to predict the likelihood of an individual leaving the organization in the next six months. The dependent variable in this example would be nominal (either he/she leaves or he/she does not). OLS regression would not work in this situation, so you would need another type of regression, known as binary logistic regression. There is no “perfect” approach to regression analysis. Rather, you must select the “most appropriate” type of analysis, depending on the purpose of your research and the types of variables you are examining. Review the Learning Resources for this week. Consider how regression analysis (OLS and binary logistic) could apply to your Final Evaluation Design (Final Project) to help answer your research question. Post by Day 4 an explanation of whether OLS regression or binary logistic regression is more appropriate to evaluate the program, problem, or policy you selected for your Evaluation Design. Explain how you would use the selected analysis, and justify why this type of regression analysis is most appropriate.

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Enron Culture Analysis

1) It should be 4-5 pages long (double spaced) not including the reference page. 2) The Enron Paper should include:        –  Discussing Enron’s “Culture”        –  Identifying the key players & the role they had in the Enron Disaster        –  Addressing the impact that Enron had on it’s Shareholders, Employees, Customers, Suppliers, Communities & in creating more Government Age – Include an intro and conclusion summarizing the movie and enron  3) Whatever is referenced, make sure you cite it in the paper. Resources given by my professor (Use these resources and any other ones you find): 1) Textbook Case 20 from the textbook: Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making & Cases, 12th Edition (2019)  2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5qC1YGRMKI&t=2s 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwollZoVmUc  4) MOST IMPORTANT resource!! Movie: “Enron, the smartest guy in the room” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIwFO4_SWQQ`

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External and Internal Competitiveness

In this assignment, you are to use the same corporation you selected and focused on for Assignment 1. Using the corporation you chose from Assignment 1 (that you will find in the files): Strategic Management and Strategic Competitiveness, examine the industry in which the entity operates. Use any or all of the following resources to conduct research on the company: Company website. Public filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission ( https://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml ). Other miscellaneous sources. Requirements Write a four- to six-page paper in which you do the following: Choose the two segments of the general environment that would rank highest in their influence on the corporation you chose. Assess how these segments affect the corporation you chose and the industry in which it operates. Considering the five forces of competition, choose two forces of competition that you estimate are the most significant for the corporation you chose. Evaluate how well the company has addressed these forces in the recent past. With the same two forces in mind, predict what the company might do to improve its ability to address these forces in the near future. Assess the external threats affecting this corporation and the opportunities available to the corporation. Give your opinions on how the corporation should deal with the most serious threat and the greatest opportunity. Justify your answer. Give your opinion on the corporation’s greatest strengths and most significant weaknesses. Choose the strategy or tactic the corporation should select to take maximum advantage of its strengths, and the strategy or tactic the corporation should select to fix its most significant weakness. Justify your choices. Determine the company’s resources, capabilities, and core competencies. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.   Use the  Assignment 2 template, that you will find in the files to ensure that your assignment meets the above requirements. The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is as follows: Analyze the effects of the general environment, competition, threats, opportunities, strengths, and weaknesses relative to a corporation.

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Organizational Redesign imposed by Natural Forces

Increasing volcanic activity in Iceland continues to affect air travel. The volcanic ash is able to remain in the skies over Europe and parts of Asia for days or weeks, impeding aviation traffic. The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull created traffic problems for all of Europe and resulted in disrupting air travel for millions of passengers (Gruber, 2011). Proposals to accommodate air travel range from grounding air fleets to creating a multinational air traffic control system that would allow any nation’s aircraft to overfly any other nation’s territory in order to continue to serve paying customers. This would apply to any aircraft including commercial, private, and government planes carrying passengers, mail, consumer goods, and military cargoes. Imagine yourself as a manager of a commercial courier service in Denmark; the success of your firm depends on the timely delivery and any delays in air traffic can harm your company. Your fellow Danish citizens depend on your firm for many reasons. Directions: ·       Analyze the impacts—beyond mere loss of revenue—on your business as a result of the grounding of air travel throughout Europe when Iceland’s volcano erupts. ·       Propose actions you will need to take, in light of those impacts, across your business functions in order to protect your firm’s assets. ·       Formulate how you are going to manage customers’ expectations. ·       Define and evaluate possible new partnerships that you might be able to create that would allow you to support your customers.

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Leadership in Flux

Assignment: Leadership in Flux Power and politics, and conflict and negotiation are essential elements in organizational leadership today. It’s important to understand how to lead through these elements to build a positive and successful organization. Power and leadership are key functions in an organization. Good leaders utilize positive power and communication structures to effectively manage and develop their employees. This all leads to a healthy and productive workplace. The following Course Outcome is assessed in this Assignment: MT302-5: Examine the role of the communication and leadership process in relationship to employee effectiveness. Read the scenario regarding the communication and leadership processes used regarding the employee’s effectiveness. Scenario (fictional): Fameit Inc. (FI) is a manufacturing company that produces customized frames using all sorts of materials to create frames for certificates, pictures, paintings, etc., all over the world. There are 100 employees that are divided between manufacturing and sales representatives with about 20 staff assigned to managerial/administrative positions in the various departments. About two months ago, the head of production, Nicolas (in his position for the last 5 years), was in a meeting with his staff when the following conversation occurred: Production Manager Nicolas says at the end of a half-hour meeting to review the production schedule results: “Does anyone have anything to add concerning operations today?” Production employee Berta: “Well, we are having some problems in production because some of our vendor acrylics are changing composition and are not resulting in the best quality of product when they come off the line. Someone needs to speak with our vendor.” Production Manager Nicolas: “Anyone else have that problem?” (He waits for 3 seconds for any response and then continues.) “Thanks everyone, I guess that wraps up this meeting. Now back to work!” After a week the Production Manager began to receive reports from the database system that quality control was rejecting some of the final products off the assembly line. In addition, customer complaints and returns now had gotten to the critical point, and executive management had been alerted. The production manager had a special meeting of his department that same day and admonished the production team saying: “It is your responsibility to see that these products pass quality control. If there is a problem you are to contact me. I hold you all responsible for this lapse in reporting this problem. I will decide shortly who will be working with me to resolve this issue.” The production employee Berta just looked at her colleagues and said, “But boss, I did bring this up at the last meeting.” The Production Manager responded: “Well, if there was a problem as important as this one, you should have sent a follow-up memo to everyone.” Looking at Berta he continued, “Someone may be losing their job over this!” Then he adjourned the meeting. Production employee Berta speaking to another employee after the meeting: “I absolutely should not lose my job over this; I told him there was a problem. I am going to lodge a complaint with Human Resources right away.” Checklist: Respond to the following items regarding the scenario and the leadership and communication processes you learned about through your Reading and Learning Activities. Analyze the problems at this company as portrayed in the scenario. Describe the leadership style demonstrated by the manager. Describe the steps in the communication process that were not addressed or completed and how they were not completed or addressed. Explain the aspects of the leadership process that were neglected by the manager. Examine and explain how the manager could have used the communication and leadership process to (1) build a better relationship with the employees in his department and (2) make employees more effective on the job. Submit your minimum 2–3 page expository essay with an additional title and references page in APA format

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