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Assignment 1: Discussion Commoditizing the EnterpriseThe ability to accurately predict customer demand is at the heart of every company s effort to achieve superior supply chain performance. Forecasting is the name of the game.Management bears the fiduciary responsibility of not only correctly forecasting and planning the supply chain but also optimizing it based on industry best practices. Those best practices may include outsourcing strategies and technology solutions that streamline operations. These efforts may trend organizations toward commonality and make their supply chain resemble those of their competitors.Using the module readings University online library resources and the Internet respond to the following:Write your initial response in approximately 300 500 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.Do the following when responding to your peers:Assignment 1 Grading CriteriaJustified with examples the taken stance regarding recent supply chain trends that deprive companies of their competitive advantage and showed in-depth analysis and evaluation of the subject.Gave an appropriate counter example to the stance taken previously.Actively contributed to the discussion by providing points ofAssignment 2: Designing Value-Based ServiceAs the rate of innovation increases companies face expanding product/service lines shorter product and service lifecycles and more frequent product/service transitions. All of these can bring tremendous value but also pose enormous challenges and risks.The article The Art of Managing New Product Transitionsby Erhun Gonclave and Hopman from the readings for this module includes a matrix titled Product Factors and Risk Drivers which focuses on Intel a company that manufactures high-tech products. Based on your readings and research address the following issues:Develop a 10-slide presentation in PowerPoint format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources..Be sure to include the following in your presentation:Assignment 2 Grading CriteriaMaximum PointsRedesigned the product risk factor matrix for a services firm that has traditionally provided tax and audit services and now wants to develop into a management consultancy.16Created a new matrix that summarizes the additional risk factors for this firm launching a management consultancy or legal services line. Identified additional risk factors to add to the matrix.12Explained how the business risks differ between these two types of services. Listed and ranked the three biggest risks if the firm diversifies into the new service line.12Made recommendations with appropriate justification on whether the firm should organically grow itself into a consultancy or acquire a third party to achieve its goals12Wrote in a clear concise and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling grammar and punctuation.8Total:60
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