Planning the Project-Problem Set 3


Problem Set #3

  1. Software project decision point.
    1. You need to determine an interest rate to use—select an interest rate and explain why you think this number should be used. Use it in your calculations in item 1.2.
    2. Given the information below on options 1 and 2, carry out three forms of analysis: breakeven, ROI, and NPV.
    3. Make a recommendation on which way to proceed, based on the TCO for each option.
  • Option 1: Purchase the FunSoft package: Cost $200,000 for software and $85,000 for hardware in year one; with $50,000 to customize it and a $40,000 annual licensing fee for the life of the contract. There will be an annual saving of $61,000 due to the layoff of a clerk.
  • Option 2: Purchase the SoftComm package, which will operate on the vendor’s hardware: Cost $250,000 for a five-year license, payable half up front and half during the first year of implementation. The maintenance contract, at $75,000 a year, includes all currently identified modifications to the software for the first three years. The clerk’s hours will be cut by half, for a saving of $25,000 a year.

In both cases, sales are expected to increase from the current $1 million a year, by 10% per year each year (over each year’s previous year’s sales) after full implementation.

Assume a five-year life for the software.

Case study 2

Important Guidelines

  1. Your score will be determined using the Critical Legal Thinking Case Study Rubric. Please read this rubric thoroughly before attempting this assignment.
  2. Your score will be determined by evaluation of your substantive content. Your analysis and solutions must be based on the principles of law, ethics, and business—not on your opinions. You must describe how the application of the principles to the key facts supports your determination of the issues. In other words, you need to show the reasoning behind your decision.
  3. Key facts are those facts that determine if the principles of law are met. You must demonstrate that you recognize the key facts in this case. List the key facts individually. Do not simply repeat or retype the factual scenario.
  4. The length of your response has no bearing on your score. There is no minimum or limit, however, most responses will be between two and three substantial pages.
  5. Your assignment must be prepared using the APA format. See the Student Resources page for more information about APA styling.

Ron supervises delivery of flowers for a wholesale distributor of fresh flowers, Flowers. Inc. In order to accommodate one of the company’s best customers, Ron offers to immediately rush a delivery of fresh peonies. All of the delivery trucks are currently out on delivery. Ron directs an employee, Ruth, to use her own vehicle to deliver the flowers.
Ruth carelessly parks her car on a steep hill, leaving the car in neutral and failing to engage the parking brake. The car rolls down the hill, knocking down an electric line. The sparks from the broken line ignite a grass fire. The fire spreads until it reaches a gasoline station one mile away. There is a tanker truck off-loading gasoline to the station’s gas tanks. The fire ignites the gasoline being pumped into the tanks, and one of the tanks explodes, causing part of the station structure to fall on and injure a passing motorist, Jim.

  1. Can Jim recover damages from Ruth; from Flowers’ Inc? Why or why not?
  2. Identify the cause of action. Discuss each element of the cause of action, and relate them to your assessment of whether Jim has a cause of action against Ruth.
  3. Discuss the legal doctrine under which Jim might also recover from Flowers, Inc.

I have two assignments

Due tomorrow at 11:59PM


Think about a healthcare organization that you know (or have researched). In a 1-2 page paper, explain why they should devote time to planning. Identify and describe three things the organization can accomplish by the planning process. 

Be sure to format your research sources per APA standards and use in-text citations where necessary. Also, be sure to include a reference page. For more information on APA, please visit the Online Library, which is available through the Resources tab.

One discussion and 2 replies


icon Collective Bargaining

How does intraorganizational conflict affect collective bargaining? What are some ways to resolve this conflict before bargaining begins?

Submission Instructions:

  • Your initial post should be at least 200 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources. Your initial post is worth 8 points.
  • You should respond to at least two of your peers by extending, refuting/correcting, or adding additional nuance to their posts. Your reply posts are worth 2 points (1 point per response.) 
  • All replies must be constructive and use literature where possible.

Post by classmate 1


Intra-organizational conflict can be a problem when management when preparing for collective bargaining. Discussions regarding terms of a collective bargaining agreement with a management team that does not agree on all terms can be counterproductive and delay resolution on important matters. There are several ways of attempting to resolve conflict before bargaining begins. Determining the best solutions for issues that may create conflict within the management team is best resolved prior to the start of bargaining.

The first step to resolving intra-organizational conflict is to make a list of potential topics that are identified as issues by the management team. The issues should be numbered with the most important to the majority of the group as a number one. Next, a meeting should be held to discuss subjects the group believes need to be resolved before bargaining. Articles within the collective bargaining agreement should be reviewed, each member of management should present their changes or ideas and it’s always best to vote on changes the management team would like to recommend during bargaining. Without a clear understanding of what each member of management’s ideas is prior to the beginning of bargaining.

Resolving intra-organizational conflict prior to the start of discussions associated with bargaining is important. Without resolving issues and topics regarding changes or proposed adjustments that are important to the management team, those members of the management or labor-management team will not be able to effectively bargain a new agreement.

Sylvia Peraza


Intra-organizational bargaining. (2020). Retrieved July 23, 2020, from (L

Post by classmate 2


Intra-organizational conflicts are inevitable as stakeholders are often incompatible. While spending most of their day rubbing shoulders, colleagues formulate interpersonal relationships that tends to erupt disagreement as they share opposing views points, interests, and style of management among other attributes (Ajayi, K.O., & Muraina, K.O., 2016). Collective Bargaining serves as a tool for industrial and organizational conflict resolution while conflict negates organizational productivity. Conflict circulating collective bargaining between labor unions and managerial executives usually emerges from management’s efforts to tower the company’s profit maximization while unions operates as a resisting force when making wage and benefit demands on behalf of the employees that they represent that offsets employer’s bottom line goals. Therefore, in most cases, managers lead the charge to promote organizational productivity through peaceful conflict resolution Ajayi, K.O., & Muraina, K.O. (2016). Some ways to resolve conflict before bargaining begins are: separating people from the problem, promoting win-win solutions, finding underlying interests, using an objective standard, trying to understand the other person and their situation and lastly, familiarizing yourself with your most suitable alternative (Wertheim, n.d.).


Ajayi, K.O., & Muraina, K.O. (2016). Handbook of Research on Organizational Justice and Culture in Higher Education Institutions (Links to an extern

Discussions and Paper

Need discussion and paper complete

Assignment is about writing a business letter as supervisor communicating your proposed action to HR.

 How Would You Handle Conflict?

Detailed Information is in the rubric file below

Managerial Finance



· This project is an independent work instead of team work. I understand that it could be challenging to meet, or find a time to virtually meet, during Covid-19 pandemic. Accordingly, I have adjusted the project work load for individual student only. 

· This project covers 20% of your final grade, with chance of extra credit! (I will talk about the extra credit assignments during the semester). 

· Project due date: November 17, 2020, 11:59pm

· Your final submission is composed of two files:

(1) Calculations (in Excel document): Please complete all calculations in Excel and show me your calculation process.

(2) Analysis Report (in Word document): report should include thorough analysis based on calculations, graphs or figures to explain statistical summaries, or any other supporting documents you think helpful to address the questions.

List of Companies:

  • You can pick any public company, EXCEPT FOR any in the list below. Please note there      is NO OVERLAP of companies in class. Once you select your company, please      post the company’s name and stock ticker under Brightspace – First      come, first serve.

Companies you may NOT choose (these are great companies, however they have 

been studied too many times in class and please don’t choose them). 



American Tower Corp.



AbbVie Inc.



Costco wholesale Corp.



The Walt Disney Corp.



Intuitive Surgical, Inc.



Merck & Co., Inc.



Uber Technologies, Inc.



PayPal Holdings, Inc.



Exxon Mobil Corp.

· Data Resources: 

· Last three years balance sheet, income statement, and statement cash flow of the public firm. 

o one website to collect the data is Yahoo Finance

o the other website is 

o Many useful links are in the document “Financial Data Sources on the Internet” I assigned to you at the beginning of the semester.

o U.S. Treasuries:

o Good sources for betas:

§ Value Line: 

§ Standard&Poor’s Netadvantage:


About the Company 

Provide one short paragraph to introduce the company:

· a description of its products, customer base, major suppliers;

· major events (merger and acquisition, divestitures, change of directors, credit rating changes, new product releases, etc) during the past three years;

· a description of its strategy during the past three years.

Section 1: Financial Statement Analysis

Calculations: Measure your company’s financial ratios of the past three years from the 6 categories below. Then, compare each ratio with its competitor (do the same calculations for the competitor).  

(1) Liquidity:

o Current Ratio

o Quick Ratio

(2) Efficiency:

o Total Asset Turnover

o Days Sales Outstanding

(3) Leverage:

o Total Liabilities to Total Assets

o Times Interest Earned (TIE) Ratio

(4) Profitability:

o Profit Margins- Percentage of revenues remaining after deductions:

o Return on Assets (ROA)

(5) Market multiples:

o Price Earnings (P/E) ratio

o Earnings Per Share (EPS)

(6) DuPont Ratio and explain. Please illustrate on each individual part of the DuPont Ratio (profit margin, turnover, and leverage). 

Analysis Report:

Based on your calculations, take a thorough analysis of the company’s financial healthiness from the above 6 perspectives. Please write one paragraph for each perspective. 

Section 2: Stock Valuation & WACC  


· Calculate the company’s intrinsic stock valuation by DDM. If no dividend issued, please use the price multiple approach. 

· Calculate the company’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

Analysis Report: 

· First, based on your calculations, take a thorough analysis of the company’s 

Valuation and WACC, one paragraph for each. Specifically, is the company’s stock price currently undervalued or overvalued? Is the company’s WACC high or low in the industry?

· Then, make a recommendation – would would you buy or sell the company’s stock? Especially, what do you expect the impact of Covid-19 on the company’s stock. (Hint: please make decisions based on intended investment holding period.  For example, you may recommend a “buy” if you believe the currently underperforming stock will rebound post Covid-19)

Term Project Grading Criteria






Not turned in, OR late   submission, OR not original work


50%   – 69%

Incomplete AND Poor Quality 

(*Incomplete means the student   hasn’t accomplished all required sections of term project by due date; Poor   Quality means the demonstration of misunderstanding on concepts, wrong   calculation OR no calculation process at all, OR incorrect interpretation of   calculation results) 


70%   – 79%


(*Fair means the student has   accomplished all required sections of term project by due date; however there   is major mistake in applying the concepts in the financial model OR major   mistakes in the explanation of concepts OR major mistakes in calculations)


80%   – 89%


(*Good means the student has   accomplished all required sections of term project by due date; also there is   only minor mistake in explanation of concepts OR minor mistakes in   calculations)


90%   – 100%


(* Excellent means the student   has accomplished all required sections of term project by due date; also   there is no mistake in explanation of concepts AND no mistakes in   calculations)

Discussion Question

 Study the case of Malden Mills and Aaron Feuerstein.  With Malden Mills, we have the luxury of hindsight, knowing how Aaron Feuerstein’s gamble paid off—striving to protect his employees but going into bankruptcy.  Was he right; that is, was his decision-making sound?  Knowing what you know, how would you have advised him? 
Create a discussion of not more than a page and should be answering the below questions in your response.

 1. What was the problem being faced?

  2. What personal values do you associate with this case?

  3. Who are the stakeholders and what issues were the stakeholders facing?

  4. How did Mr. Feuerstein’s ethical principles impact the outcome and how did the risks relate to the benefits?

  5. What were the legal consequences?

   6. What are other possible outcomes and would those other possible outcomes have been justified?