First Part:     Discuss the CAGE Distance Framework that firms should consider w

First Part:     Discuss the CAGE Distance Framework that firms should consider when choosing which foreign markets to enter. What conditions help managers determine which type of distance is most likely to affect the success of an international expansion? Provide an example.
Second Part:  
Review the following terms and concepts discussed this week to prepare for this assignment:
vertical integration
taper integration
backward vertical integration
forward vertical integration
strategic alliances
global strategy
international strategy
innovation
Create a Word doc and title it Strategic Management Research Journal Part 4. Please refer to attached.
Write a 525- to 700-word response to the following prompts in your journal entry:
Identify Caterpillar Inc.’s short-term and long-term goals.
Evaluate how mergers and acquisitions in the last 3-5 years have contributed to Caterpillar Inc.’s performance and affected its organizational goals. 
Determine the most critical merger or acquisition that has contributed to Caterpillar’s performance and success in achieving organizational goals. Defend your choice.
Evaluate the effectiveness of Caterpillar’s operational plan for global strategies (international, multi-domestic, global-standardization, or transnational). Include supporting research or data.

Due: Tuesday, 12/22/2020 11:59 PM (EST) Instructions Using your favorite search

Due: Tuesday, 12/22/2020 11:59 PM (EST)
Instructions
Using your favorite search engine, locate the federal budget and your state budget for the current fiscal year. Compare and contrast both budgets in an essay consisting of no less than 500 words, and include the following:
Discuss the budgeting tools utilized by both government types.
Discuss the impact of market inefficiencies on both government types.
Discuss the use of rainy day funds by the state and whether or not something similar would work for the federal government. If you feel it would work for the federal government, please explain how you think it would work. If you do not think it will work, please explain your reasoning.

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words: on 3 different documents Mod

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words: on 3 different documents
Models help us describe and summarize relationships between variables. Understanding how process variables relate to each other helps businesses predict and improve performance. For example, a marketing manager might be interested in modeling the relationship between advertisement expenditures and sales revenues.
Consider the dataset below and respond to the questions that follow:
Advertisement ($’000)   Sales ($’000)
1068    4489
1026    5611
767      3290
885      4113
1156    4883
1146    5425
892      4414
938      5506
769      3346
677      3673
1184    6542
1009    5088
Construct a scatter plot with this data.
Do you observe a relationship between both variables?
Use Excel to fit a linear regression line to the data. What is the fitted regression model? (Hint: You can follow the steps outlined on page 497 of the textbook.)
What is the slope? What does the slope tell us?Is the slope significant?
What is the intercept? Is it meaningful?
What is the value of the regression coefficient,r? What is the value of the coefficient of determination, r^2? What does r^2 tell us?
Use the model to predict sales and the business spends $950,000 in advertisement. Does the model underestimate or overestimates ales?

This scenario involves Steven J. Trzaska, the head of L’Oreal USA’s regional pat

This scenario involves Steven J. Trzaska, the head of L’Oreal USA’s regional patent team, and ethical rules and core values of the company.
Read the scenario in the textbook and complete the following activity.
Create a WH Framework chart, similar to Exhibit 2.2. Refer to L’Oreal’s core values and the primary values in Exhibit 2.3 to determine the guidelines to include in the WH Framework.
Write an explanation of how you decided on the list of stakeholders and guidelines to include in your WH Framework. Address the following questions in your explanation:
Which stakeholders did Traszka and the management of L’Oreal cater to? Why?
What values did L’Oreal’s management choose when they made the decision to fire Trzaska? Why?
Self-Reflection
In addition to your explanation, address the following self-reflection questions:
How did the WH Framework help you analyze the situation?
Now that you’ve put together the framework, how does the WH Framework help managers with making business decisions?
What type of decisions would the WH Framework chart help you make as a manager?
Submit your chart and answers.

Prior to the financial recession in the late 2000s, some companies built up sign

Prior to the financial recession in the late 2000s, some companies built up significant cash balances. Since that time some companies have continued to increase their cash and liquid investment balances and a discussion followed over the value of accumulating large cash balances. Research the topic and answer the following questions in your write-up. Use the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Links to an external site.) website and the Ashford University Library to find resources to support your statements.
In your paper,
Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of having a large cash balance.
Identify two companies with sizable amounts of cash and liquid investments on their balance sheets.
Explain why a company would continue to increase their cash and liquid investment balances.
Support your statements by citing at least three credible resources in addition to the course text.
4 pages apa format
all parts must be answered 

4-6 pages  Measuring the Economy’s Performance For this assignment, you should u

4-6 pages 
Measuring the Economy’s Performance
For this assignment, you should use the information in the textbook and the information found on the official government website: www.bea.gov/index.htm
Based on the information contained in the textbook and on the Web site above, answer the following questions:
What does gross domestic product (GDP) tell us? How did GDP change from 2008? What caused these changes? What is real GDP? What was real GDP in 2008 and has it changed since 2008?
What was national income (NI) for 2008? What does national income tell us? What is the difference between GDP and NI? How has NI changed since 2008? What caused these changes?
What was disposable income (DI) for 2009? What does disposable income consist of? How did DI change from 2008? What caused these changes?
Does GDP measure the well-being of society? Why or why not?

cross-trained workers

4- Incline Electronics produces three different products in a plant that is open 40 hours per week. Each product requires the following processing times (in hours) on each of three machines.

 

Product 1 product 2 product 3

Machine 1 2 2 1

Machine 2 3 4 6

Machine 3 4 6 5

 

Each machine must be run by one of 19 cross-trained workers who are each available 35 hours per week. The plant has 10 type 1 machines available, 6 type 2 machines available , and 8 type 3 machines available . Products 1,2, and 3 contribute $90,$120,and $150,respectively, in marginal profit per unit produced.

 

a. Formulate an LP model for this problem,

b. Implement your model in a spreadsheet and solve it .

c. What is the optimal solution?

d. How many workers should be assigned to each type of machine?

rental company allows its customers to pick up a rental car

3- The Rent –A-Dent car rental company allows its customers to pick up a rental car at one location and return it to any of its locations. Currently, two locations (1 and 2) have 16 and 18 surplus cars, respectively, and four locations (3,4,5, and 6) each need 10 cars . The costs of getting the surplus cars from locations 1 and 2 to other locations are summarized in the following table.

 

Cost of Transporting cars between locations

Location 3 location 4 location5 location 6

Location 1 $54 $17 $23 $30

Location 2 $24 $18 $19 $31

 

Because 34 surplus cars are available at locations 1 and 2 , and 40 cars are needed at locations 3,4,5, and 6 , some locations will not receive as many cars as they need . However , management wants to make sure that all the surplus cars are sent where they are needed and that each location needing cars receives at least five.

a. Formulate an LP model for this problem,

b. Create a spreadsheet model for this problem, and solve it using solver.

c. What is the optimal solution?

 

types of lawn trimmers

2-The weedwacker Company manufactures two types of lawn trimmers: an electric model and a gas model. The company has contracted to supply a national discount retail chain with a total of 30,000 electric trimmers and 15000 gas trimmers. However, Weedwacker’s production capability is limited in three departments: production, assembly, and packaging. The following table summarizes the hours of processing time available and the processing time required by each department , for both types of trimmers:

Hours Required per Trimmer

                          Electric                  Gas                Hours Available

Production 0.20 0.40 10,000

Assembly 0.30 0.50 15,000

Packaging 0.10 0.10 5000

The company makes its electric trimmer in house for $55 and its gas trimmer for $85 . Alternatively, it can buy electric and gas trimmers from another source for $67 and $95, respectively. How many gas and electric trimmers should Weedwacker make, and how many should it buy from its competitor in order to fulfill its contract in the least costly manner?

a. Formulate an LP model for this problem,

b. Create a spreadsheet model for this problem, and solve it using solver.

c. What is the optimal solution?

 

determine how to invest

A trust officer at the blackburg National Bank needss to determine how to invest $100,000 in the following collection of bonds to maximize the annual return.

Bond      Annual Return      Maturity      Risk      Tax-free

A                9.5%                      Long          High       Yes

B                8.0%                     Short           Low         Yes

C                9.0%                     Long           Low          No

D               9.0%                      Long           High         Yes

E                9.0%                      Short          High           No

The officer wants to invest at least 50% of the money in short -term issues and no more than 50% in high-risk issues. At least 30% of the founds should go in tax-free investment, and at least 40% of the total annual return should be tax free.

a. Formulate an LP model for this problem,

b. Create a spreadsheet model for this problem, and solve it using solver.

c. What is the optimal solution?