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PHL 320 Business Practice Argumentative Essay

For this assignment, the student will create an argumentative essay explaining what makes a good business decision. This allows students to use critical thinking in their research to identify the importance of deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning.

Assignment Steps

Review the "Writing Argumentative Essays" section in Ch. 3 of Critical Thinking.

Write a 1,050-word argumentative essay on your approved business decision including the following:

Union Pacific Corporation

Perform an analysis of the social / demographic, technological, economic, environmental / geographic, and political/legal / governmental segments to understand the general environment facing Union Pacific.

Describe how Union Pacific will be affected by each of these external factors.

Management’s Responsibility

From the second e-Activity, determine the level of responsibility management had for the business failure you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Create a list of three best practices that not only would have helped the company you researched from failure, but would also apply to the rest of the industry your company was part of. Explain your rationale for selecting these best practices.

M7A1 Mini Case Ford Company Capital Budgeting Project

The market value of Fords' equity, preferred stock and debt are $7 billion, $3 billion, and $10 billion, respectively. Ford has a beta of 1.8, the market risk premium is 7%, and the risk-free rate of interest is 4%. Ford's preferred stock pays a dividend of $3.5 each year and trades at a price of $27 per share. Ford's debt trades with a yield to maturity of 9.5%. What is Ford's weighted average cost of capital if its tax rate is 30%?You are provided with the following information to determine Ford’s weighted average cost of capital that will be used for capital project calculations.

Understanding Learning

•Analyze two of the four consequences of behavior, and illustrate an incidence where a combination of those two would occur together.
•Based on the scenario, evaluate the influence of motivation as it applies to the learning experience.

Human Performance

•Based on the e-Activity, examine the key factors determining human performance. Distinguish between motivation, Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSA), and environment. Demonstrate the importance of one of these elements utilizing specific examples.
•Analyze key differences between the Behaviorist and Cognitive models of learning. Focus on where control of learning occurs in each approach.

The Pay-for-Performance Link

•Analyze the link between well-designed performance appraisals and merit pay and make at least two (2) recommendations for improving the strength of that link across the greatest number or organizations. Provide your rationale.
•Examine the limitations of merit pay programs to determine which limitation is the most difficult to overcome and suggest ways to overcome these limitations. Provide specific examples to support your response.

Seniority versus Merit Pay

•Compare and contrast seniority (longevity) pay with merit pay. Determine the advantages and disadvantages of each, including specific examples to support your response.
•From the e-Activity, determine which type of pay structure would benefit the company or organization the most. Provide your rationale.