Comprehensive Business Plan


  • Describe the supply chain management principles through the flow of information, materials, services, and resources.
  • Analyze the external and internal drivers that influence supply chain principles.
  • Evaluate supply chain management operational best practices.
  • Compare the nature of logistics operations and services in both international and domestic contexts.
  • Apply strategic supply chain management to logistics systems.
  • Analyze different software systems and technology strategies used in supply chain management.


You have just been promoted to Senior Analyst at Mitchell Consulting, a firm that specializes in providing managerial expertise in supply chain management. After completing many assignments under the supervision of a Senior Analyst, your role now allows you to make selections for clients. You are assigned a new client, Scent Solutions. Your new manager, Partner Ronda Anderson, has directed you to work on this case and provide analysis and options to resolve the problems directly to the client.

Scent Solutions is a manufacturer located in Peru, IL. Barbara Jean founded the company ten years ago when she began making scented candles in her basement to sell at craft shows. She began by purchasing all the materials necessary to make her candles at craft stores, thrift shops, and local big box retailers. Today her company has grown over $1.5 Million in annual sales revenue. Barbara is still purchasing most of her raw materials from the same stores, but she recently started searching for sources to purchase from wholesale distributors. Due to her lack of technology she has experienced difficulty in initiating purchases with wholesale distributors.

Scent Solutions currently sells candles in a variety of scents in the two largest national brand craft retailers in the US. Barbara has 25 employees that work in the operation. Operations are held in a 50,000 square foot building, which houses all raw materials, production equipment, and finished goods inventory. Scent Solutions has seen an increase in direct-to-consumer sales through their company website, Facebook page, and Pinterest postings. She is also negotiating with some big box retailers, which could significantly increase the demand for her line of candles in the near future. All financial records are stored on excel spreadsheets with manually entered data on one PC. Invoices and purchase orders are manually entered on templates in Microsoft Word documents, printed, and filed then given to the accountant for compilation of financial information.


Barbara has contacted Mitchell Consulting to devise a plan to support sales growth to $5 Million in sales revenue in the next five years. She also would like for the company to remain ethical and to invest in a corporate responsibility plan moving forward. Create a supply chain-focused business plan for Scent Solutions that includes the following:

1. Supply chain management principles

  • Analyze the current supply chain barriers which prevent future growth
  • Propose a supply chain structure to support the anticipated growth of sales
  • Explain the flow of product, information, and services in the plan that you are proposing

2. Analyze drivers that influence supply chain principles

  • Describe the internal influencers that will require changes to execute the plan
  • Analyze the external factors that must be considered that will affect the plan
  • Recommend the desired type of supply chain that will optimize the company in terms of Lean or Agile
  • Examine current industry expectations and customer perceptions in choosing the best strategy

3. Supply chain management best practices

  • Propose a collaboration design of information sharing respective to suppliers, inter-company departments, and customers based upon supply chain industry best practices
  • Provide guidance on corporate responsibility initiatives in supply chain practices as the company grows

4. Logistics operations and choosing suppliers

  • Propose tools to optimize logistics costs in sourcing materials
  • Describe the risks and vulnerabilities that influence logistics strategy
  • Present strategies to purchase from existing suppliers and evaluate additional suppliers. Consider supply cost, shipping cost, and supplier services to consider in the purchase decision

5. Supply Chain Management – Logistics planning and strategy

  • Define the logistics role in planning and operations
  • Provide a plan for selecting 3PL-Third party service providers to ship orders

6. Supply Chain Technology

  • Recommend a new computer network system for Scent Solutions
  • Explain the functions that will be handled by the network
  • Explain the functions of an ERP system
  • Recommend an appropriate ERP system for Scent Solutions based on your analysis of the company
  • Explain the functions of a CRM system
  • Recommend an appropriate CRM software program to manage customer relations


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For additional writing assistance, please visit the Rasmussen College Writing Guide.

For recommended research databases and resources, review the Supply Chain and Logistics Management subpage of the School of Business Guide.

IBM-SPSS Journal Entry

Analyze a journal article in your career specialization that reports one of these statistical tests: correlation, tests, and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). In a maximum of 600 words using the DAA Template, provide a summary of the research study, identify the variables, articulate the research question and hypotheses, interpret the test statistic, and provide conclusions as well as the strengths and limitations of the study.

Note: Completing this journal article summary requires the knowledge and experience gained from completing the other four assessments in this course. Therefore, you must complete these assessments prior to beginning work on Assessment 5.


By the time you have finished the first four assessments, you will have studied three fundamental statistics used in research, including correlation, tests, and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). You are now prepared to analyze a journal article in your career specialization that reports one of these statistical tests.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Analyze the computation, application, strengths, and limitations of various statistical tests.
    • Locate a scholarly journal article in a career specialization that reports a correlation, a test, a one-way ANOVA, or some combination.
    • Generate a conclusion that includes strengths and limitations of the journal article.
  • Competency 2: Analyze the decision-making process of data analysis.
    • Provide context for the research study, including a definition of variables and scales of measurement.
    • Identify assumptions of the statistic reported in the journal article.
  • Competency 3: Apply knowledge of hypothesis testing.
    • Articulate the research question, null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis, and alpha level.
  • Competency 4: Interpret the results of statistical analyses.
    • Report the results of the journal article, interpreting the statistic against the null hypothesis.
  • Competency 7: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations for members in the identified field of study.
    • Communicate in a manner that is concise and professional and that makes proper use of APA formatting.

Servant Leadership

Review “Example Leadership Models.” As you review the models, consider what you think are the most significant differences between servant leadership models and other models. Then either create your own graphic to visually represent your understanding of servant leadership or revise one of the existing graphics so that it better represents your understanding. If you revise an existing model, be sure to credit the original source.

Once you have created your model, compose a brief analysis (500 words) that addresses the following:

  1. What are the unique characteristics of servant leadership and how do these elements make it different from other leadership models?
  2. Define the paradox of servant leadership, and explain where you see this paradox present in your own representation.
  3. Based on your understanding of effective leadership, how do you think your representation captures those qualities or characteristics necessary to lead effectively?

Submit the graphic of your model with the written analysis.

Globalization & Eating Disorder, Autism & Inclusion, Feminization Of Poverty, Global Health Approaches To HIV/AIDS

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Take-Home Final Assignment
HDEV 360 (Sec. 04)
Fall 2019
Instructor: Dr. Karen Sirota
HURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019 (BY 4:45PM)
Assignments must be submitted via BeachBoard
The Take-Home Final Assignment consists of four topical essays (approx. 2-3 pages,
each) that draw upon HDEV 360 course materials. The primary aim of the Final
Assignment is to demonstrate your mastery of HDEV 360 course materials, topics, and
themes by critically evaluating and applying core ideas that involve culturally-relevant
human development issues. Since a vital component of the course involves active
engagement with ideas presented in class readings, discussions, and lectures, the
assignment offers you an added opportunity to develop and refine your perspective vis-à-
vis HDEV 360 course materials, and to further strengthen your scholarly argumentation
skills by drawing on key concepts, research, and theories that we have addressed this
HDEV 360 Take-Home Final Assignment Topics:
4 topical essays (approx. 2-3 pages, each)
Each individual essay = 15 points
Design and discuss a culturally-informed prevention, intervention, or educational
outreach program to respond to each of the
four following human development concerns.
Address each individual topic in a separate essay. Support your ideas with research
findings drawn from HDEV 360 required and/or recommended “bonus resource” class
readings. You must include a “References Cited” section that lists all references you
have employed in your Take-Home Final Assignment at the very end of your assignment
as a whole. (See the next page for additional assignment instructions and requirements.)
Write a 2-3 page (double-spaced) topical essay about each of the following 4
Globalization and Eating Disorders
Autism Inclusion
Feminization of Poverty
Global Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS
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Each of your 4 topical essays should address all of the following areas:
1. Problem Identification (approx. ½ page)
o Identify a specific target problem (involving culture and human
development) that is directly related to the broader essay topic.
2. Literature Review (approx. 1 page)
o Drawing upon at least 2 HDEV 360 assigned (required and/or
recommended) readings, comprehensively discuss HDEV 360 researchbased findings and concepts that are centrally relevant in defining and
responding to the target problem you have identified.
3. Proposed Program: Description & Analysis (approx. 1 page)
o Discuss how you will specifically apply the research-based findings,
concepts, and ideas you discussed in Section 2 (above) in designing and
implementing a culturally-informed prevention, intervention, or
educational outreach program in response to the identified problem.
What are the key goals of your proposed program, and who is the
intended target population?
How and why will your proposed program specifically benefit the
well-being of the identified target population?
How and why is culture a key factor to consider in terms of your
proposed program?
4. Key Relevance to Culture and Human Development (approx. ½ page)
o Summarize and highlight the importance of your identified target problem
and proposed program in terms of their key relevance, contributions, etc.,
in relationship with culture and human development.
It is imperative to use appropriate APA reference citation format and guidelines in
introducing, defining, and describing relevant theories, concepts, and research findings.
All information sources employed in your paper (e.g., books, journal articles, handouts,
website references) must be cited within the body of your paper as well as being listed
alphabetically in a reference section or bibliography at the end of your paper. All quotes
of three words or more must be clearly and accurately identified with required quotation
marks and accompanying reference citation information.
HDEV 360 Take-Home Final Assignment – Grading Criteria:
Comprehensive mastery of the material and the concepts involved, with
productive application of critical thinking skills
Clarity, cohesiveness, and organization of ideas
Quality, depth, and thoroughness of thought
Overall integration of argumentation/analysis (with coherent linkages
drawn between relevant course materials and themes)
Proficiency of written work (with proper use of APA reference citations)
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Take-Home Final Assignment – Tips:
Begin with core issues and themes that interest you and draw your attention (i.e.,
ideas that you find relevant, intriguing, challenging, puzzling, etc.)
Focus in by addressing thoughtfully and thoroughly addressing main ideas and
themes in an in-depth manner (rather than briefly discussing key points).
Express a point of view about the topic(s) you address. Make sure to back up your
position/argument with scholarly sources and citations drawn from relevant
course materials, as well as specific examples that illustrate your key point(s).
The most successful essays draw meaningful connections between various
sources. For example, how do core issues and themes that are discussed by
various authors relate to one another (i.e., by confirming, challenging, or
contradicting one another)? What are some specific examples of such?
Strive for professionalism in your written work. (Be sure to carefully proofread
your work, with thoughtful attention to details of sentence construction, grammar,
punctuation, spelling, proper APA reference citation formatting, etc. An easy way
to help accomplish this is to use your computer’s editing and spell check feature.)
Take-Home Final Assignment – What to Avoid:
Platitudes and “Barnum” statements (“empty,” generalized “truisms”)
Strings of quotes
Unanalyzed, regurgitated “bullet points” and quotations copied from in-class
lecture notes
Superficial summaries of assigned course materials
Material that does not centrally relate to or touch upon key course themes related
to “Cultural Foundations in Human Development.”
Assignments must employ American Psychological Association (APA) format:
See “APA Style Reference Citation Examples” Handout (available on
All information sources employed in your paper (e.g., books, journal articles,
handouts, website references) must be cited within the body of your paper as well
as being listed alphabetically in a reference section or bibliography at the end of
your paper.
Quotation marks must be used to delineate direct quotations and proper citation
information must accompany all quoted and paraphrased material. If you are
unsure of how to cite sources, please consult the instructor.
Assignments that contain material you previously have submitted for credit in this
class or in any other university course will not be accepted. This constitutes selfplagiarism and is a violation of CSULB’s academic integrity standards.
Remember that plagiarism is a serious offense and violates the University’s
Academic Integrity policy. Please be sure to carefully review the information on
Academic Integrity that is included below as well as the section on Academic
Integrity in the course syllabus (pp. 3-4).

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For Writing & Style Guide Assistance & Tips:
CSULB Library Style Manuals & Citation Methods (APA Style):
CSULB Library Style Manuals & Citation Methods (General Information):
CSULB Writer’s Resource Lab:
o Location: LAB-206; Phone: (562) 985-4329
CSULB Learning Assistance Center (LAC):
o Location: Horn Center, 104; Phone (562) 985-5350
Assignment Submission Policies:
Late assignments will be accepted only in exceptional circumstances, and only if
you have received prior approval from the instructor in advance of the assignment
due date:
It is imperative to discuss any potential conflicts in meeting the written
assignment deadline(s) with the instructor in advance of the assignment
due date(s).
o If permission is granted for late submission of an assignment, the
instructor reserves the right to reduce the late assignment grade.
You are urged not to wait until the last moment to complete assignments.
Personal emergencies occurring 24 hours or less before the due date will
not be considered as grounds for an extension
Assignments that are submitted via email will not be accepted.
No extra credit opportunities will be offered.
Additional details about grading guidelines for HDEV 360 written assignments are
available in the HDEV 360 Grading Guidelines Handout (BeachBoard, Assignments
Academic Integrity:
Students are expected to comply with the CSULB Academic Integrity policy, at all times.
Suspected violations of academic integrity (e.g., plagiarism or cheating of any kind) will
be handled in accordance with University Policy. Scholastic dishonesty is a serious
matter and is treated as such by the University. Additional details about the University’s
policy on academic integrity can be obtained by contacting the CSULB Office of Judicial
Affairs at (562) 985-5270, or may be accessed online at the following web address:

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.