examine the competitive environment and discuss frameworks for evaluating various strategies for the company.

Innovation and Competitive Analysis

Overview: Case 10: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Disrupting the Fast‐food Business, you will advise the CEO on ways forward for the company. In addition, you will examine the competitive environment and discuss frameworks for evaluating various strategies for the company.

Instructions

Write a 3–5-page paper in which you:

  1. Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response.
  2. Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response.
  4. Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer.
  5. Use at least three quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Conduct a competitive analysis of technology trends, company resources and capabilities, and organizational structure for future innovation in a given industry.

RUBRIC

Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 22.5 (18.75%) points

Competent 25.5 (21.25%) points

Exemplary 30 (25.00%) points

Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Three references. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 4.5 (3.75%) points

Competent 5.1 (4.25%) points

Exemplary 6 (5.00%) points

Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 9 (7.50%) points

Competent 10.2 (8.50%) points

Exemplary 12 (10.00%) points

Discuss Innovation and Competitive Analysis

Innovation and Competitive Analysis

Overview: Case 10: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Disrupting the Fast‐food Business, you will advise the CEO on ways forward for the company. In addition, you will examine the competitive environment and discuss frameworks for evaluating various strategies for the company.

Instructions

Write a 3–5-page paper in which you:

  1. Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response.
  2. Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response.
  4. Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer.
  5. Use at least three quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Conduct a competitive analysis of technology trends, company resources and capabilities, and organizational structure for future innovation in a given industry.

RUBRIC

Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 22.5 (18.75%) points

Competent 25.5 (21.25%) points

Exemplary 30 (25.00%) points

Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Three references. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 4.5 (3.75%) points

Competent 5.1 (4.25%) points

Exemplary 6 (5.00%) points

Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 9 (7.50%) points

Competent 10.2 (8.50%) points

Exemplary 12 (10.00%) points

Conduct a competitive analysis of technology trends, company resources and capabilities, and organizational structure for future innovation in a given industry.

Innovation and Competitive Analysis

Overview: Case 10: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Disrupting the Fast‐food Business, you will advise the CEO on ways forward for the company. In addition, you will examine the competitive environment and discuss frameworks for evaluating various strategies for the company.

Instructions

Write a 3–5-page paper in which you:

  1. Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response.
  2. Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response.
  4. Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer.
  5. Use at least three quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Conduct a competitive analysis of technology trends, company resources and capabilities, and organizational structure for future innovation in a given industry.

RUBRIC

Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 22.5 (18.75%) points

Competent 25.5 (21.25%) points

Exemplary 30 (25.00%) points

Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Three references. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 4.5 (3.75%) points

Competent 5.1 (4.25%) points

Exemplary 6 (5.00%) points

Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 9 (7.50%) points

Competent 10.2 (8.50%) points

Exemplary 12 (10.00%) points

Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced.

Innovation and Competitive Analysis

Overview: Case 10: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Disrupting the Fast‐food Business, you will advise the CEO on ways forward for the company. In addition, you will examine the competitive environment and discuss frameworks for evaluating various strategies for the company.

Instructions

Write a 3–5-page paper in which you:

  1. Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response.
  2. Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response.
  3. Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response.
  4. Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer.
  5. Use at least three quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Conduct a competitive analysis of technology trends, company resources and capabilities, and organizational structure for future innovation in a given industry.

RUBRIC

Use a framework of your choice (for example, Porter’s Five Forces of Competition from the textbook) to perform a competitive analysis of the company’s industry. Support your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Select at least two innovative and technology trends that the company or its competitors introduced. Next, examine the feasibility and expected market impact of the trends you selected. Provide a rationale for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 22.5 (18.75%) points

Competent 25.5 (21.25%) points

Exemplary 30 (25.00%) points

Assess the company’s situation (for example, its capabilities, resources, and so on) regarding its recent development. Provide support for your response. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Give your opinion as to whether the company’s organizational structure supports or impedes its ability to innovate and be a successful company. Justify your answer. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 18 (15.00%) points

Competent 20.4 (17.00%) points

Exemplary 24 (20.00%) points

Three references. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 4.5 (3.75%) points

Competent 5.1 (4.25%) points

Exemplary 6 (5.00%) points

Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements. —

Levels of Achievement:

Unacceptable 0 (0.00%) points

Needs Improvement 9 (7.50%) points

Competent 10.2 (8.50%) points

Exemplary 12 (10.00%) points

Discuss Tuition Reimbursement

The importance of tuition reimbursement as an employee benefit can’t be ignored. In a recent State of the American Workplace survey report, Gallup found that 45% of Millennials say they would change their jobs for tuition reimbursement benefits, and 65% of HR decision-makers say that failing to attract and/or retain Millennial or Gen Z employees could have a negative impact on the business.

You are the HR manager for a medium-sized company that wants to implement such a program, and the CEO wants you to make recommendations for this plan. He has asked you to determine what the “ideal” tuition reimbursement program should look like—in other words, what are the key features and stipulations?

Your initial posting should address the following questions:

  1. What employees will be eligible under this plan?  Will part-time employees be eligible?  If so, how many hours per week must they work in order to maintain eligibility?
  2. How long must the employee be employed by the company in order to be eligible for this program?
  3. What programs of study will be eligible under the plan?  For example, should an employee be allowed to seek a degree in any discipline or must it be job-related?  How will you determine eligibility of a broad-based program of study like business administration?
  4. What is the level of cost that the company will take on?  Is there an annual cap on the benefit?  (Keep in mind that the IRS allows only $5,250 per year to be written off by an employer for an employee’s education costs, so anything above that amount will result in additional tax expenses for the employer.)
  5. Will the amount of tuition reimbursement be scaled according to grade requirements?  For example, in some companies, a grade of “A” receives full reimbursement, a grade of “B” is reimbursed at 75%, a grade of “C” is reimbursed at 50%, and lower grades are not reimbursed at all.  What will your plan specify?
  6. Will you require an employee to remain on the job for a specific period of time after attaining his or her degree (sometimes known as “golden handcuffs)?  If the employee leaves before the specified period of time, will s/he be responsible for paying back some portion of the tuition?  If so, how much?

The importance of tuition reimbursement as an employee benefit can’t be ignored

The importance of tuition reimbursement as an employee benefit can’t be ignored. In a recent State of the American Workplace survey report, Gallup found that 45% of Millennials say they would change their jobs for tuition reimbursement benefits, and 65% of HR decision-makers say that failing to attract and/or retain Millennial or Gen Z employees could have a negative impact on the business.

You are the HR manager for a medium-sized company that waThe importance of tuition reimbursement as an employee benefit can’t be ignorednts to implement such a program, and the CEO wants you to make recommendations for this plan. He has asked you to determine what the “ideal” tuition reimbursement program should look like—in other words, what are the key features and stipulations?

Your initial posting should address the following questions:

  1. What employees will be eligible under this plan?  Will part-time employees be eligible?  If so, how many hours per week must they work in order to maintain eligibility?
  2. How long must the employee be employed by the company in order to be eligible for this program?
  3. What programs of study will be eligible under the plan?  For example, should an employee be allowed to seek a degree in any discipline or must it be job-related?  How will you determine eligibility of a broad-based program of study like business administration?
  4. What is the level of cost that the company will take on?  Is there an annual cap on the benefit?  (Keep in mind that the IRS allows only $5,250 per year to be written off by an employer for an employee’s education costs, so anything above that amount will result in additional tax expenses for the employer.)
  5. Will the amount of tuition reimbursement be scaled according to grade requirements?  For example, in some companies, a grade of “A” receives full reimbursement, a grade of “B” is reimbursed at 75%, a grade of “C” is reimbursed at 50%, and lower grades are not reimbursed at all.  What will your plan specify?
  6. Will you require an employee to remain on the job for a specific period of time after attaining his or her degree (sometimes known as “golden handcuffs)?  If the employee leaves before the specified period of time, will s/he be responsible for paying back some portion of the tuition?  If so, how much?

What would be the advantages and/or disadvantages of adopting the compensation and benefit process described in the case study? Why?

  • What would be the advantages and/or disadvantages of adopting the compensation and benefit process described in the case study? Why?

Module 05 Content

  1. Flexibility in the workforce is not only about an employee’s schedule but also their compensation and benefits.

    Flexible_Compensation.pdf

    Read the case study and in a 2-3 page paper, answer the following questions:

    • Summary of the case study.
    • Outline issues in the case study that you thought were relevant or irrelevant in regards to employee compensation and flexibility in their benefits schemes. Why?
    • What would be the advantages and/or disadvantages of adopting the compensation and benefit process described in the case study? Why?
    • What would you recommend to the process discussed in the case study? Why?
    • Include a citation of the case study.

Determine key performance indicators to measure the success of the online strategy.

Determine key performance indicators to measure the success of the online strategy

Assignment Content

  1. Many digital and social media sites are widely used in marketing strategies.

    Prepare a 10- to 15-slide presentation with detailed speaker’s notes and visuals elements.

    Complete the following in your presentation:

    • Identify a company that could benefit from better use of social media.
    • Analyze at least 10 digital and social media channels and describe the strengths and weaknesses of each of these as a marketing tool for this company.
    • Design an online strategy that maximizes the use of some or all of the digital and social media channels, as appropriate, based on your team’s analysis.
    • Determine key performance indicators to measure the success of the online strategy.
    • Format your citations according to APA guidelines.

      Submit your assignment.

Discuss best practices in Written communication

Option #1: Best Communication Practices for Leaders (325 points)

For this portfolio project, you are to benchmark the best practices in leadership communication based on your learning in this course. This project consists of two components: a presentation and accompanying paper.

Effective Communication Practices for Leaders (10 slides)Select at least four of the below topics to include in your presentation. Be sure to include the use of electronic messages and digital media for business communication. Visuals, graphics, and screenshots should be included in the presentation using presentation software or an online presentation alternative. Submit a URL to your presentation in your analysis paper.

Discuss best practices in:

  1. Digital communication practices
  2. Role of personal strengths
  3. Written communication
  4. Oral communication
  5. Emotional intelligence
  6. Culture competence

Analysis Paper (8-10 pages)An analysis of your selected best practices listed above must be included in your paper, with a detailed explanation and examples of the best practices for each component. Be sure to include the URL to your presentation in this document.

Keep in mind this is academic writing. It should be written in third person and should not include unsubstantiated opinions, but rather facts and theories.

Your well-written paper must adhere to the following parameters:

  • 8 pages in length, including reference pages.
  • 6 scholarly references cited in the assignment. Remember, you must support your thinking/opinions and prior knowledge with in-text citations and references; all facts must be supported; in-text references used throughout the assignment must be included in an APA-formatted reference list. Formatted according to CSU Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements (Links to an external site.).
  • Be clear, concise, and focused on the assignment.
  • Utilize approximately six different outside resources.
  • Meet the requirements of the assignment.

Discuss Effective Communication Practices for Leaders

Option #1: Best Communication Practices for Leaders (325 points)

For this portfolio project, you are to benchmark the best practices in leadership communication based on your learning in this course. This project consists of two components: a presentation and accompanying paper.

Effective Communication Practices for Leaders (10 slides)Select at least four of the below topics to include in your presentation. Be sure to include the use of electronic messages and digital media for business communication. Visuals, graphics, and screenshots should be included in the presentation using presentation software or an online presentation alternative. Submit a URL to your presentation in your analysis paper.

Discuss best practices in:

  1. Digital communication practices
  2. Role of personal strengths
  3. Written communication
  4. Oral communication
  5. Emotional intelligence
  6. Culture competence

Analysis Paper (8-10 pages)An analysis of your selected best practices listed above must be included in your paper, with a detailed explanation and examples of the best practices for each component. Be sure to include the URL to your presentation in this document.

Keep in mind this is academic writing. It should be written in third person and should not include unsubstantiated opinions, but rather facts and theories.

Your well-written paper must adhere to the following parameters:

  • 8 pages in length, including reference pages.
  • 6 scholarly references cited in the assignment. Remember, you must support your thinking/opinions and prior knowledge with in-text citations and references; all facts must be supported; in-text references used throughout the assignment must be included in an APA-formatted reference list. Formatted according to CSU Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements (Links to an external site.).
  • Be clear, concise, and focused on the assignment.
  • Utilize approximately six different outside resources.
  • Meet the requirements of the assignment.