Week 1 Assignment 1

The text (Murphy & Knemeyer, 2018) indicates that a spreadsheet is the most relevant software package for logisticians, and the assigned article (Bartolacci, LeBlanc, Kayikci, & Grossman, 2012) provides some real-life, practical examples of how Excel is applied in logistics. It is customary to use MS Excel in calculation of shipment volumes, weights, and costs. Our assignment this week provides a valuable introduction to the capabilities and applications of MS Excel in logistics..


Oracle Corporation is building a large new campus for cloud computing support in Austin, Texas. They have selected Dell Computer Corporation, located in neighboring Round Rock, Texas, to supply various devices for the campus. The distance from the Dell facility to the Oracle campus is 35 miles. The specified shipping mode is by truck, which costs three cents per pound, per mile. Oracle has requested that all shipments be made in 40-foot containers with interior dimensions of 40 ft. long, 8 ft. wide, and 8 ft. 6 in. high. A container weighs 8,000 pounds and has a maximum payload (cargo weight) of 55,126 pounds. Oracle intends to leave the containers at their location as secure storage during the startup stage of their operations. Because the containers will serve as mini-warehouses, adequate room to move around inside the container is needed. Dell will construct lightweight, inexpensive wooden shelving for storage instead of using pallets. This requirement will limit the useable volume of the container to 80% of its normal maximum.

The order is summarized in the following table:



Single Package Dimensions LxWxH (inches)

Single Package Weight (pounds)

Desktop Computer




Laptop Computer




Tablet Computer






14x14x 12






In your Using MS Excel in Logistics Activities assignment, enter the data provided in the scenario into a simple Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. In your spreadsheet,

  • Calculate the total volume of the products.
  • Calculate the total weight of the products.
  • Calculate the total weight of the shipment (ignore the shelving).
  • Determine the number of 40-ft containers required to ship the order.
  • Calculate the total shipping cost from the Dell plant to the Oracle campus.

For this Assignment,

  • You must use MS Excel to perform all calculations. All work and equations must be visible within the cells. (For tutorials and assistance on how to use this software, see Microsofts .)
  • Round all answers to one decimal place.
  • APA format does not apply.
  • Neither a title page nor reference page is required.

Business Communications W/4 DISCUSSION

Before starting the discussion read the following Required Supplemental Reading Material (links also posted in Blackboard Lectures.)  


Week 4.a: How to talk so your boss will listen


Week 4.b: Simple Rules for communicating with executives

When you have read the above articles:

  1. Write an initial thread of what you have learned from the articles; what you agreed (or disagreed with) and so on.  250 WORD PER LINK

Business Communications W/4 ASSIGNMENT

Note/ Write a short (half page)  per question and structured (use the file document MSW to submit your answers), and be sure that the writing text for this assignment meets the APA format requirements and if a source of reference is used to answer the assignment it should be referenced APA as well with the in-text.. 

Topic selection

Now that we have studied the Industry, Resource, and Institution-based views of strategy, please select a company or industry to analyze using one of these frameworks. 

For this assignment you need only: (1) identify the specific company or industry you wish to analyze, and (2) choose the strategic framework you would like to use in order to perform the analysis. 

Provide a short proposal that does the following:

  1. Identify the specific company or industry you wish to analyze
  2. Choose the strategic framework you would like to use in order to perform the analysis. 

PowerPoint presentation (5-6 slides)

The topic of the presentation for the group is “Role of spirituality in the workplace”. 

My part to present is “Types / ways of spirituality”. Please create 5-6 slides relating to the topic “type / ways of spirituality”. Please create good content with headings so I can speak on it. Thanks.

Leadership in a changing world

  please watch the video below on the demise of  General Motors in 2008 during the economic crash in the US. The video is approximately 27 minutes long and was done shortly after in 2010. 

More than 10 years later, we are finally seeing companies like Tesla launching battery-powered cars as well as the idea of driverless cars.  If you were a consultant that went back in time to 2010 shortly after the bailout in 2008, what would you tell the GM executive leaders about what they should consider for the future success of the company?  

Week 3 Discussion Business Communications

Week 3.a: Social Media then and now

Week 3.b: Delivering Bad News


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When you have read the above articles, you must do two things:

1. Write an initial thread of what you have learned from the articles, what you agreed (or disagreed with) and so on.  

Discuss (talk about) the reading material with your fellow students. You can talk about what you learned from the articles; what you liked; what you did not like; what the authors missed in their article; how the articles relate to your experience and so on. When I read your discussions I want to see evidence that you have actually read the material and that you truly understand what you read and how it applied to the real world business environment.



Please read each passage below, I need a few sentences in response to each part. Please use at least one source. Please cite the reference(s) properly. Part 1 and 2 PLACE THE REFERENCES UNDERNEATH EACH PASSAGE can be on the same page, however, please keep them separate by labeling them Part 1 and Part 2. No Title Page Needed DUE TODAY 3/14/22 by 6PM CST


The annual report is basically a summary of everything the company has accomplished in the previous year, as well as a look into the future including anticipated challenges and associated strategies (Epstein, 2014). The report consists of several key management and financial statements, each being critical to the overall picture of the health of the organization. An opening letter from the CEO outlines the “view from the top”, or the overall grand strategy. You could liken this letter to a brief “state of the company” address. Financial information includes Balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. These are critical documents that reflect the financial health of the organization from several angles. Investors and other stakeholders will lean heavily on these documents to diagnose the operations and profitability of a company, so accuracy is key with these financial documents. While it is not required, an annual report will typically include an auditor’s report that outlines an external review of the organization by a competent public accountant. Required information includes results from continuing operations, market segment information, new product plans, subsidiary activities, and research and development plans (Epstein,2014). Each of these items paints a clear picture of how the company is operating and how it is planning on investing resources into the future. Another recommended section is management’s discussion and analysis. This information is important because it details leadership’s interpretation of the company’s profitability and strategic outlook. All of these sections are important to include in the annual report because it is our responsibility to present the organization in an honest, concise, and favorable manner. The annual report is the roadmap to the organization, so it is critical to make it as comprehensive and user-friendly as possible. 


Epstein, L. (2014). Financial Decision Making: An Introduction to Financial Reports. Zovio. Retrieved from:


An annual report is a document that contains comprehensive financial information about public companies highlighting their financial performance and activities over the prior fiscal year (Layton, 2021). It is important for leaders across the organization to understand what is included in this report and how it impacts the reputation of the company. Everyone plays a key role and should take responsibility for results.

Let me start by saying thank you for your continued support. We value you as a part of our team. Despite the ongoing changes and challenges in the market we are committed to providing exceptional service. We are working hard every day to sustain our position as leaders in the industry. Through innovation, technology, and continuous learning we have been able to reduce expenses by 15% over the last year and increase revenue by 10% across the board. Inflation has made it difficult to do business the way we have done it before because of increasing costs. Eliminating waste and capitalizing on efficiencies has allowed us to remain profitable. As we continue to fine tune operational processes, we project consistent growth and expansion around the globe over the next five years. Our engagement and support to communities where we live, work, and play has not wavered. Giving back through volunteering, financial donations, and investing in people has allowed us to stay connected to those who we serve. Again, thank you for investing in us and joining us on this journey to make the world a better place.

Thanking the shareholders for choosing your organization is a great way to show appreciation. With so many options elsewhere, they are investing in you so that should never be taken for granted. Sharing your level of commitment to provide a great service can be reassuring to shareholders that your organization will work hard for them. Thinking outside the box, leveraging technology, and being a student of the industry shows shareholders you are staying current on trends and are experts in the field. Sharing measurable results are always good to note. Highlighting any challenges are good to mention as well because no company is perfect. They all encounter roadblocks. That level of transparency can build trust. You also want to celebrate any wins. Highlighting your engagement in the community is great to share as well. Being invested where you work, live, and play only further demonstrates your commitment to excellence.    


Layton, J., 2021,