Capella University Human Resource Management Discussions

Discussion #1

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Human Resource Management

Here is the recommended approach to take for each article:

  1. Read the introduction and conclusion.
  2. Scan the article for major headings.
  3. Identify the three or four major or main points for each article.
  4. Identify any sources of evidence or support.
  5. Seek connections between the articles in terms of HRM current state, future state, and specific application.

There are two (2) peer reviewed articles you need to read for this discussion.

  • Swart, J., & Kinnie, N. (2014). Reconsidering boundaries: Human resource management in a networked world. Human Resource Management, 53(2), 291–310.
  • Human resource management. (2014). Human Resource Management, 53(6), 1–16.
  • This article is a compilation of select abstracts of what is currently trending in HR. Not in itself an article.
  • Use this as resource to select a trend you find of interest.
  • Then search for a peer-reviewed article focused within your selected trend—this then becomes your second article that you will read and use in the discussion.

The last point, you have latitude for the case analysis—you can rely on an anecdotal description applying what you have read within your own organization or experience. Or you can seek a case study within the literature to apply what you have read.

In summary, read the Swart and Kinnie (2014) article and find another article based on a trend you select from Human Resource Management (2014). Apply MEAL to these two articles. Then do a case analysis of the trends just described based on your own experience (opinion or personal observation is permitted, please be specific) or research an application to a case study company.

Use APA headings to format your initial discussion post. Use the APA Module, linked in the Resources, to guide your formatting. Use the following list to develop your post and include the information you gather under its corresponding heading:

  • Introduction: Tell the reader the purpose of the post and what will be covered.
  • Theory: Article Comparisons: Identify and describe the main points of the three articles.
  • Case Example: Demonstrate an application.
  • Conclusion: What are the key takeaways?

Your post to this discussion must include at least two cited scholarly references, either peer-reviewed journal or practitioner journal, in addition to the course assigned readings, and must be a minimum of 300 words in length. Remember to list your references in APA format at the end of your post. To allow other learners time to respond, you are encouraged to post your initial responses in the discussion area by 11:59 p.m. central standard time Thursday.

Response Guidelines

Read all posts and respond to at least two other learners. Your responses must be at least 50 words in length and strive to extend the dialogue and analyses with related content.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

  • Analyze sources of information and data from appropriate resources.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of human resource management.
  • Follow APA protocols and format.
  • Reconstruct assigned articles with a basic practitioner application.

Resources

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THE BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

1. Value Propositions

What are the critical needs?

What value do we deliver?

What bundles of products/services?

What is the minimum viable product?

2. Customer Segments

Who do we help?

Who are most important?

What are customer personas?

3. Channels

How does our product/service get to the customer?

Which channels to reach which customer segments?

Physical and/or mobile-web?

4. Customer Relationships

How do we get, keep, and grow customers?

How do we interact?

What does the target segment expect?

What customer touch point? Social Media?

5. Revenue Streams

For what value are customers willing to pay?

What revenue model strategy?

Pricing strategy? How much does each revenue stream contribute?

6. Key Resources

What key resources do our value propositions require?

Finance? Physical? Intellectual? Human?

7. Key Partners

Who are the key partners and suppliers?

What do we need from them?

What key activities do they perform?

8. Key Activities

What key activities-processes to our value prositions require?

Production? Supply chain? Management? Customer relationships?

How do we do it?

9. Cost Structure

What are the most important costs of the business model?

Which resources are the most expensive?

Which keys activities are most expensive?

CREDITS

Subject Matter Expert:

James Morgan

Instructional Designer:

Susan Morin

Interactive Design:

Danielle Kaardal Meyer

Project Management:

Sue Cracraft

Discussion #2

Information Systems and Knowledge Management

Here is the recommended approach to each article:

  1. Read the introduction and conclusion.
  2. Scan the article for major headings.
  3. Identify the three or four major or main points for each article.
  4. Identify any sources of data or evidence.
  5. Seek connections between the articles in terms of IS or KM’s current state, future state, and specific application.

For this discussion, complete the following:

  • Declare which focus you chose, cloud computing or knowledge management.
  • Define the three or four main points from each of the two articles.
  • Address the following:
  • What are the benefits and associated issues raised in the articles?
  • What suggested areas need further research? Why?
  • Seek out a case organization that exemplifies the concepts discussed in the assigned reading.

Use APA headings to format your initial discussion post. Use the APA Module, linked in the Resources, to guide your formatting. Use the following list to develop your post and include the information you gather under its corresponding heading:

  • Introduction: Tell the reader the purpose of the post and what will be covered.
  • Theory: Article Comparisons: Identify and describe the main points of the two articles.
  • Case Example: Demonstrate an application.
  • Conclusion: What are the key takeaways?

Your post to this discussion must include at least two cited scholarly references, either peer-reviewed journals or practitioner journals, in addition to the course assigned readings, and must be a minimum of 300 words in length. Remember to list your references in APA format at the end of your post. To allow other learners time to respond, you are encouraged to post your initial responses in the discussion area by 11:59 p.m. central standard time Thursday.

Response Guidelines

Read all posts and respond to at least two other learners. Your responses must be at least 50 words in length and strive to extend the dialogue and analyses with related content.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

  • Analyze sources of information and data from appropriate resources.
  • Deconstruct assigned articles with a basic practitioner application.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Develop personal learning self-development, and self-knowledge.
  • Follow APA protocols and format.
  • Reconstruct assigned articles with a basic practitioner application.

Resources

https://search-proquest-com.library.capella.edu/docview/1566840758?accountid=27965

https://search-proquest-com.library.capella.edu/docview/2138083681?accountid=27965

https://search-proquest-com.library.capella.edu/docview/2138085695?accountid=27965

https://www-sciencedirect-com.library.capella.edu/science/article/pii/S1478409216300073

Discussion #7

Finance

Preparation

Select a Fortune 500 or Global 500 company and use the toolbox links, MarketLine, Nexis Uni, IBISWorld, and the Annual Report to research the company’s profile, read financial reports, gain insight to the company’s competitive landscape with the focus on Finance and Capital.

Discussion

As with Units 2 through 6, please begin by de-constructing the assigned readings. Then for the Fortune 500 or Global 500 company you chose, analyze selected aspects of the cost structureand key resources elements of the Business Model Canvas to assess the financial performance of that company.

Here are some keys to evaluate:

  • MarketLine report SWOT analysis. Look closely for comments on financial performance, risks they are facing, sources of revenue growth, and financial or capital risk.
  • Similar information will be in Hoovers Reports (Lexus) and IBIS World on the strength of the industry.
  • Annual Report and/or 10K; read the management comments as they review growth trends, profitability, and cash flow.
  • Identify key financial resources required for expansion. For example, what type of financial investments in R&D;, plant and equipment, and/or acquisitions have occurred? For example, what is Apple, Inc.’s financial strategy?

Headings

And as we hit unit 7, you know what content goes with each heading

  • Introduction.
  • Theory Article Deconstruction.
  • Case Study Application (the meat of the discussion).
  • Conclusion.

Your post to this discussion should be a minimum of 250 words in length and incorporate content from the readings. You may also include additional research you have done. Be sure to list your references in proper APA format at the end of your post. To allow other learners time to respond, you are encouraged to post your initial responses in the discussion area by 11:59 p.m. central standard time Thursday.

Response Guidelines

Read all posts and respond to at least two other learners. Your responses must be at least 50 words in length and strive to extend the dialogue and analyses with related content.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

  • Conduct business practitioner research on a selected Fortune 500 or Global Fortune 500 company.
  • Select a Fortune 1000 company and apply concepts of finance, operations, and business strategy concepts.
  • Identify finance theory criterion applicable to a selected Fortune 500 or Global Fortune 500 company.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking.

Resources

https://advance-lexis-com.library.capella.edu/bisacademicresearchhome?crid=af1a9959-6377-4021-8a08-41e6f2284e2d&pdmfid=1516831&pdisurlapi=true

https://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/DB8002/Busin…

THE BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

1. Value Propositions

What are the critical needs?

What value do we deliver?

What bundles of products/services?

What is the minimum viable product?

2. Customer Segments

Who do we help?

Who are most important?

What are customer personas?

3. Channels

How does our product/service get to the customer?

Which channels to reach which customer segments?

Physical and/or mobile-web?

4. Customer Relationships

How do we get, keep, and grow customers?

How do we interact?

What does the target segment expect?

What customer touch point? Social Media?

5. Revenue Streams

For what value are customers willing to pay?

What revenue model strategy?

Pricing strategy? How much does each revenue stream contribute?

6. Key Resources

What key resources do our value propositions require?

Finance? Physical? Intellectual? Human?

7. Key Partners

Who are the key partners and suppliers?

What do we need from them?

What key activities do they perform?

8. Key Activities

What key activities-processes to our value prositions require?

Production? Supply chain? Management? Customer relationships?

How do we do it?

9. Cost Structure

What are the most important costs of the business model?

Which resources are the most expensive?

Which keys activities are most expensive?

CREDITS

Subject Matter Expert:

James Morgan

Instructional Designer:

Susan Morin

Interactive Design:

Danielle Kaardal Meyer

Project Management:

Sue Cracraft

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DBA RESOURCES & TEMPLATES TOOLBOX

SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

What is it?

An academic publication produced by authoritative experts in a field. Often includes original research published for the first time. Scholarly journals are frequently:

  • Peer reviewed by subject experts to ensure quality. Peer review is a process where an article goes through critical evaluation by subject experts (usually peer faculty members). The article is evaluated on its research methodology, literature review, discussion, results and conclusions before it is published.
  • Evidence based with long reference lists.
  • Based in the language of the discipline.

When do I use it?

Use scholarly journals to:

  • Examine a specific topic in-depth.
  • Find examples of applied theories and strategies.
  • Provide helpful background or historical information on a topic, discipline or phenomenon.

Where do I find it?

Scholarly journals are located in:

The most important data bases for your DBA business research are found in the library and here the links are provided:

Tip: If you know of a particular journal in your field, use the Journal and Book Locator to see if it’s available in the Capella Library. Also, conference papers may provide you with other credible materials to support your research. These may or may not be peer reviewed.

TRADE PUBLICATIONS

What is it?

News magazines with cutting edge and up-to-date information about current issues for a particular industry or occupation. Trade publications may:

  • Contain fewer references than scholarly articles.
  • Offer real-world case studies.
  • Not necessarily demonstrate thorough research on a topic (depending on how the information was gathered).

When do I use it?

Use trade publications to:

  • Get up to speed with current developments in a field.
  • Analyze trends in an industry or occupation.
  • See what competitors are doing.
  • See a strategic view of an industry as a whole.

Where do I find it?

Trade publications are located:

  • Download this Index of Research Sources for information on publications, websites, and businesses that are appropriate to use in the DBA courses.
  • In the Capella Library databases.
  • At their own website which may charge money to access.
  • NOTE: Don’t pay for articles. Check the Capella Library first or use the Interlibrary Loan service.

Tip: If you know of a particular trade publication in your field, use the Journal and Book Locator to see if it’s available in the Capella Library.

INDUSTRY & COMPANY PROFILES

What is it?

A variety of information about industries and companies including financials, competitors, executives, and proxy statements. The profiles include:

  • Centralized and standardized information for public companies.
  • Scattered information about small and private companies.
  • NAICS codes are assigned to different industry segments for government data and reporting purposes. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system in 1997. NAICS codes can be used to search Library databases by Industry.

When do I use it?

Use industry and company profiles to:

  • Complete initial analysis of a company.
  • Locate information for competitive and financial analyses.
  • Identify key trends in an industry.
  • Gain a better understanding of the “look and feel” of an industry.

Where do I find it?

Industry and company profiles are located in:

Tip: Lexis Nexis and the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system contain additional financial statements filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that may be valuable to your research. Also, Google Finance and Yahoo Finance are other resources you can use to locate this information on the web, but be sure to qualify the information you located to ensure it is from a credible source.
Please see the attached for PPTX that walks you through step by step in how to find company information such as MarketLine, Hoovers, and IBIS reports on individual businesses and industries: Finding Company Information

SUCCESS FACTORS

Success in the DBA program requires a combination of determination, experience, and disciplined scholarly investigation. The resources provided here can help set you on the path to success by guiding you through the expectations of the Capella DBA program, and explaining how to meet those expectations.

  • In Capella courses you are asked to do things like analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. This Bloom’s Taxonomy presentation explains what those terms mean, and how you can successfully accomplish each.
  • Download this Secrets of Learner Success Pt. 1 presentation. It walks you through the specifics of posting discussions, grading, and researching and writing in DBA courses.
  • Download this Secrets of Learner Success Pt. 2 presentation. It goes deeper into the structure of a DBA paper, as well as applying critical thinking and ensuring academic integrity.

Discussion #8

Operations

Preparation

Select a Fortune 500 or Global 500 company and use the toolbox links, MarketLine, Nexis Uni, IBISWorld, and the Annual Report to research the company’s profile, read financial reports, gain insight to the company’s competitive landscape with the focus Operations.

Discussion

For the Fortune 500 or Global 500 company that you chose (different from Units 2–7), analyze selected aspects of key resource elements of the Business Model Canvas to assess the operational performance of that company.

As with Units 2 through 7, please begin by de-constructing the assigned readings. Then the applications begin for the case study application, evaluating many of the same types of reports you used Unit 7, now taking an operational perspective.

The critical parts of the Business Model Canvas you now assess for the selected Fortune 500 company include:

  • Key Activities.
    • What are the critical activities the company does? For example, Apple, Inc. never outsources product and software design.
  • Key Partners.
    • Who are the company’s key partners and suppliers?
    • What is needed from them?
    • What key activities do they perform? For example, how important is Foxconn to Apple, Inc. in making products?
  • Operational Metrics.
  • How does your selected company measure success?

Headings

And as we hit Unit 8, now it is your turn to select your heading structure.

Your post to this discussion should be a minimum of 250 words in length and incorporate content from the readings. You may also include additional research you have done. Be sure to list your references in proper APA format at the end of your post. To allow other learners time to respond, you are encouraged to post your initial responses in the discussion area by 11:59 p.m. central standard time Thursday.

Response Guidelines

Read all posts and respond to at least two other learners. Your responses must be at least 50 words in length and strive to extend the dialogue and analyses with related content.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

  • Conduct business practitioner research on a selected Fortune 500 or Global Fortune 500 company.
  • Select a Fortune 500 or Global Fortune 500 company and apply concepts of finance, operations, and business strategy concepts.
  • Identify operations theory criterion applicable to a selected Fortune 500 or Global Fortune 500 company.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking.

Resources

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