management and public

Part 1

Take a position on the following and provide support for your position from the debate over the USA PATRIOT Act described in the Chapter 8 case study. Do you agree that greater security must come with less freedom?

Part 2

Take a position on the following question and provide support for your position: Does the failed attempt to bomb Northwest Airlines flight 253 in 2009 (“underwear bomber”) reflect policy failure or policy success?

Part 3

Using Assignments 1, 2 and 3, create a 6-8 slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:

Provide a historical perspective of the policy from Assignment 1.

Describe the official and unofficial actors of the policy from Assignment 2.

Present both of the positions of the policy from Assignment 3.

Persuade the audience that the position you have chosen is worthy of the policy being implemented.

Include at least four (4) peer-reviewed references (no more than five [5] years old) from material outside the textbook. Note: Appropriate peer-reviewed references include scholarly articles and governmental Websites. Wikipedia, other wikis, and any other Websites ending in anything other than “.gov” do not qualify as peer-reviewed.

Your assignment must:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.

Include a cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

Be narrated, using the slide notes section in PowerPoint. This is what your grade will be based on.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Explain how environmental factors (structural, political, economic, demographic) influence the development of public policy.

Understand how relationships between participants in the policy process (including official and nonofficial actors) influence the policy process.

Understand the different policy types, and how policy type influences policy design, policy tool choice, and implementation.

Use technology and information resources to research issues and in politics, policy, and ethics in the public sector.

Write clearly and concisely about policy for issues in politics, policy, and ethics in the public sector using proper writing mechanics.

Part 4

Organizations from time to time must make hard decisions (expand, layoff employees or close a facility). As a manager you will have to use work experiences, advice from supervisors and the organizational culture to support your decision. Organizational culture is the sum of the values and beliefs shared among employees.

Suppose you are a manager who is faced with having to reduce headcount (layoff one of your two employees) in your unit. Sales within the company have declined due to the downward spiral of the economy each department within the organization is faced with making the same decision. Fortunately, you only have to cut one job; others are reducing more.

Mary is in her mid-20s, single, college graduate, she is very hard working and was in the top 10% of the performance ratings this year, she constantly volunteers to travel, work weekends and evenings. However, she supports political causes that could be viewed as contrary to the goals of the company.

Alice is in her mid-40s, has two young children, her husband is a doctor, her performance is good, and she has above average performance reviews. However, she has limited availability on weekends and limitations onovernight travel due to her volunteer work with local charities.

As a manager who would you select to layoff and why?

What other factors can be used to decide who gets laid off in organizations?

How should an organization choose between a decision that is legal and in the best financial interests of the organization, but which could be viewed as unethical?

Part 5

Organizations that fail to innovate find themselves in a situation where they have to restructure themselves to stay afloat.

Choose 1 of the companies listed below. Use the provided articles to support your understanding of the company’s situation.

Blockbuster
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Circuit City
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Toys R Us
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Based on your chosen company, discuss how reorganization of its business structure would or would not have helped them meet new market challenges. In your response, address the following:

  • Specify at least 2 reasons why you think reorganizing was or was not necessary, and provide an explanation for each reason.
  • Suggest 2 strategies you think could have improved the company’s efforts to meet current market challenges and remain sustainable.

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