Study about Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Belfast
We chose The Blue Planet – The main reason we chose this ICL was because the majority of our topics in P5 had been history based(Hunters and Gatherers, History of Belfast) therefore the focus on ‘The World Around Us’ was refreshing. It immediately appealed to us as teachers, which was important to us in trialling new material. The ICL itself provided lots of scope across all areas of the curriculum. It also seemed very relevant and not as abstract as previous topics. We thought the children would really enjoy it.
To start, we looked through the ICL and chose the learning we wanted to focus on and took time to specify our success criteria. Then, we decided on the activities that might appeal to our children most. Within the Learning Areas (The Arts, Personal Development and The World around Us) we added our own ideas and the additional ideas generated by the children from the planning board. We decided to focus on ‘Working with Others’ from the skills and capabilities strand. We planned the first two weeks of our topic in detail and an outline for the next four weeks. We kept to our timetable of Literacy and Numeracy in the morning and worked on the Blue Planet in the afternoon. Keep reading…
Case Stduy about A Tradecraft Primer: Structured Analytic Techniques for Improving Intelligence Analysis
Using the analytic techniques contained in this primer will assist analysts in dealing with the perennial problems of intelligence: the complexity of international developments, incomplete and ambiguous information, and the inherent limitations of the human mind. Understanding the intentions and capabilities of adversaries and other foreign actors is challenging, especially when either or both are concealed.
Moreover, transnational threats today pose even greater complexity, in that they involve multiple actors—including nonstate entities—that can adapt and transform themselves faster than those who seek to monitor and contain them. Finally, globalization has increased the diversity of outcomes when complex, interactive systems such as financial flows, regional economies or the international system as a whole are in flux. Keep reading…
When an emergency or disaster strikes, you work as part of a complex emergency management network that calls upon many functions, resources, and capabilities. Your ability to function effectively relates to your understanding of how the emergency management system works and how your agency fits into the network. This course will present the fundamental aspects of emergency management and provide opportunities for you to apply what you learn.
A learner by including activities that highlight basic concepts. It will also provide you with guidance on actions required in specific situations through the use of case studies. These activities emphasize different learning objectives, so be sure to complete all of them. Compare your answers to the answers provided following each activity. If your answers are correct, continue on with the material. If your answers are incorrect, go back and review the material before continuing. Keep reading…
Summary: Stakeholders are the people who matter to a system. Stakeholder power analysis is a tool which helps understanding of how people affect policies and institutions, and how policies and institutions affect people. It is particularly useful in identifying the winners and losers and in highlighting the challenges that need to be faced to change behaviour, develop capabilities and tackle inequalities.
Like other tools, the usefulness and strength of stakeholder power analysis depends on the way it is used. It can be carried out by individual analysts, multi-stakeholder processes, or some intermediate between these two ends of the spectrum. Stakeholder power analysis can be used progressively to empower important but marginalised groups, and to improve policies and institutions. Keep reading
Case Study about Organizational Culture and the Bottom Line
In the case of the XYZ Company, the dysfunctional culture was clearly impacting the company’s bottom line. The 40 year old XYZ company manufactures polyester film for industrial use. A couple of years before our involvement with the company, it was purchased. One of the new owners was an engineer and became the president of the company. The other had a financial background and became the CFO. The partners’ decision to purchase the company was based on projections of rapid growth and increased profits.
The new owners believed that they could achieve their goals of increased productivity, acquisition of new customers and profit growth by creating a more disciplined, standardized production system. In addition, they planned to build the capabilities of the workforce and create a culture of employee input and problem-solving. Their vision of the future organization was one in which all operators would contribute their input to process improvements and trouble-shooting. Keep reading..
A Study about Applications and Limitations of Complexity Theory in Organization Theory and Strategy
Introduction: Strategy concerns itself with the development and deployment of corporate resources in such a way as to compete more effectively in a particular industry. Despite the importance of strategy in the business literature, there is a paucity of understanding and consensus around foundational issues in the discipline. What exactly is the nature of those intangible competencies, capabilities, resources, and assets that enable one firm to succeed while an- other stumbles? What makes a particular competency difficult to duplicate or acquire?
Must a firm’s strategy fit the environment, or can a firm successfully shape its environment to suit its existing capabilities? The answers are elusive because strategy deals with high- level abstractions concerning very complex systems. Business success and failure are out- comes of complex interactions between an organization and its changing environment, without simple cause and effect relationships; indeed, any patterns that we may discern ay well prove ephemeral. Keep reading…
Challenge: QuantumDigital, Inc., wanted to share their thought leadership in multi-channel marketing and gain wider recognition for their full-service marketing capabilities. To meet this goal, they decided to host a Marketing Innovation and Discovery Summit and invite executive leaders from top agencies and retail brands. This event would not only educate these high-level decision makers about the changing landscape of marketing communications, but it would secure one-on-one time with each participant to develop strategic business partnerships.
Executive Summary: For many companies, improved warehouse and distribution center productivity remains a goal, not a reality. Although companies’ top focus in warehouse improvement is cutting logistics costs, 6 out of 10 respondents report that they have not been able to lower costs in the last two years. A majority of companies have also been unable to reduce customer order cycle times. However, a segment of companies have been able to reduce both costs and cycle times. These top performers are leveraging more technology, have better data visibility, and work harder at cross-training their staffs.
Warehouse Technology Investment Plans: Many companies are finding that they have squeezed all the productivity juice out of their current spreadsheets, homegrown WMS applications, or long-ago-implemented commercial WMS solutions. Benchmark findings reveal that companies of all sizes are looking toward enhanced warehousing technology and automation equipment to take them to the next level of productivity. Almost 60% of respondents are planning to update or replace their WMS in the next 18 months. Companies are looking for more agility and visibility capabilities in their new WMSs.
Case Study about Strategic Planning at the U.S. General Accounting
Introduction: In anticipation of impending domestic and global changes, the U.S. General Accounting Office developed a strategic plan to guide its efforts. The two-year strategic planning process and GAOís Strategic Plan, 2000-2005, prompted a complete reorganization of GAO that began on October 1, 2000. Developing the plan entailed unprecedented effort involving staff at all levels and a wide spectrum of stakeholders.
The plan evolved, in part, in response to a senior management directive to clarify GAO’s mission and objectives. Additionally, managers foresaw the plan as an opportunity to communicate to Congress and the nation GAOís capabilities. Comptroller General David Walker referred to the plan as ” a blueprint for how [GAO] will support Congress and the American people in the future,” and “a vision for strengthening the performance and accountability of the federal government.
Overview : IDEA Data Analysis Software is a powerful and user-friendly tool designed to help accounting, financial and systems professionals extend their auditing capabilities, detect fraud and meet documentation standards. IDEA allows you to quickly import, join, analyze, sample, and extract data from almost any source, including reports printed to a text or PDF file.
This Case Study for IDEA is a three-part document that provides an introduction on importing data files, conducting various analyses, creating reports, and reviewing the History; provides additional ‘problems’ for you to test your IDEA skills; and lastly provides background information to allow you to plan and perform an inventory audit using IDEA.