International Relations Forum

1. Description (in your own words) of an individual nongovernmental organization’s (NGO’s) mission and capabilities.
2. Describe the NGO and its capabilities in your own words (paraphrase and cite). Don’t cut and paste something from the NGO website. Obviously, you’ll want to pick an NGO that is involved in issues related to the course. Be sure to use more than one source and incorporate references to course material.  Please be sure to paraphrase and cite the information rather than quoting it.
3. Your summary should indicate why your NGO should be considered as a friend, foe, or foil. Some NGOs play important roles in conflict resolution. Some NGOs stir up conflict. They also play important roles during the economic, social and governmental aspects of peace settlements–the kind of problems that often cause negotiated settlements to fall apart and conflicts to reemerge.

Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 350 words.

Risk Management

This is an investor profile questionnaire. Respond to the 7 questions, and see your total score for the Risk Tolerance and Time Horizon. In your risk analysis, discuss the following:

  • What type of investor are you (e.g., risk conservative, moderate aggressive)?
  • What is your score of risk tolerance?
    • Does this score result fit into your current investment strategies?
  • Provide a conclusion that links the relationship between the risk tolerance and risk management practices.

Media

Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2013). Military culture and values [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 4 minutes.

Desmond Flanigan provides a brief overview of his experiences serving 27 years in the U.S. Army. He then describes how military training can help develop particular values and impart a particular culture to both military personnel and their families.

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Laureate Education (Producer). (2013). Military culture and identity [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.

Michael and Kristin Wilkinson describe military culture’s impact on their lifestyles and identities.

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Optional Resources

Schading, B., Schading, R., (2007). A civilian’s guide to the U.S. military: A comprehensive reference to the customs, language, & structure of the armed forces. Cincinnati, OH:Writers Digest.

Chapter 7, “Understanding the U.S. Special Operations Forces” (pp. 145–164)

This chapter is not required, but it does provide some important information about the Special Forces.

Discussion: Values and Perspectives

While many military personnel may internalize the core values of their perspective branches, not every service member does. Some personnel respect and embrace the values immediately, while others do so over time, and some never do. Some military personnel join, but leave after their first contract, while others remain in the service for many years. As a helping professional, you can expect clients in the military to reflect a wide range of commitment to military values and internalization of military culture. How might an internalization of and commitment to military values influence a service member’s identity? How might this internalization of a branch’s values contribute to the stressors the service member endures?
This week, as you have explored the military branches to increase your knowledge regarding the roles and responsibilities of military personnel, you may have also increased your understanding of the stressors associated with the military lifestyle. As you have deepened your understanding of military culture, you may also be aware of how your own perspective of the military, its members, and its mission may influence the way you, as a helping professional, view and interact with military personnel. For example, if you strongly oppose war, it may be challenging to work with military personnel who train to engage in war and who strongly identify with this role. Keep this self-awareness in mind as your prepare your Discussion post.
For this Discussion, read the scenarios in the “Military Branches Scenarios” document (refer to this week’s resources). Select one scenario to address in the Discussion.
By Day 3

Post one important fact each about two different military branches—explaining why this information is important for helping professionals to know.
Then, explain what challenges a helping professional whose views conflict with those espoused by the military might face when interacting with the service member in the scenario you selected. Finally, explain one strategy you, as a helping professional, might use to address these challenges.
Be sure to support your post with specific references to the resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.

Information Systems

Read the Case Study and answer the “Discussion Points” in a clear but concise way. Be sure to reference all sources cited and use APA formatting throughout.

Discussion-

Research at least two articles on the topic of managerial issues of a networked organization. Write a brief synthesis and summary of the two articles. How are the topics of the two articles related? What information was relevant and why?

Provide the references in your responses.

Your post should be 300 words long (25 points

Study Analysis & Evaluation

Oz Supermarket is a new retail chain that is setup to reduce exit queues at the check out point. It encourages customers to come in, grab what they want and leave the store. To achieve this goal, it has embarked on the following:

1) The chain stocks only household, stationery and non-perishable goods.

2) It has adopted PayWave technlogy entirely. It does not accept cash. A customer waves his/her card at the entrance and is allowed entry. Special RFID readers are installed in trolleys. When an item is selected or picked, it is automatically queued for payment. If it is removed, the item is deleted. Customers bag their items as they shop. When shopping has been completed, the customer merely exits the store. The total is automatically charged to the card used as the customer walks out of the store. No queues at the check-out.

3) Customers without a PayWave card (eg. tourists and children for example) may approach the front desk to put a temporary cash deposit. They will be issued a store-issued PayWave card that will allow them to shop. They will still be able to exit the store like other customers. The balance is returned in cash or recorded so it can be used for future purchases. If the amount is insufficient to cover the purchases, an alarm will ring.

4) Tagging every item with an RFID chip incurs extra overheads. The store absorbs this cost in the interest of customers who are in a rush.

5) Shopping summary stations strategically placed throughout the stores allow a customer to view in detailed list of items that is in their trolley.

6) Store car parks are also timed by the minute during the peak shopping period. In non-peak periods, car park rates are lower. Disabled parking is free.

Question 1 (1000 words)

Write a well presented report for the above outlining the business operation. Provide three recommendations that are well substantiated with journal literature and referenced correctly. (You may use the reasons/justifications above or use your own that supports this change).

Question 2 (1000 words)

Provide an additional option to the above suggestion to improve customer service.

Provide three suggestions into improving business service/operation offerings such as customer feedback, product quality review, etc, substantiated with current literature.

All referencing to be done in APA 6th edition.