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Compare the effort needed for the six levels of quality of an automobile to a toothbrush OR SOME OTHER SIMPLE ITEM. You can choose running shoes, ink pen, sun glasses, or any relatively simple product.

Obviously the automobile requires a lot of effort due to the large number of components and interrelationships between them, while a toothbrush (or your item) is pretty simple. Yet both of them require all six quality levels to assure a quality product (as do all products).

Compare each quality level and the effort needed for the automobile and the simple item you choose. Write at least two pages discussing these comparisons (similarities and differences).

Development of a new deluxe version of a particular software product is being considered. The activities necessary for the completion of this are listed in the table below.

Activity Normal Time Crash Time Normal Cost Crash Cost Immediate Predecessor
A 4 3 2,000 2,600 -
B 5 3 2,200 2,800 -
C 3 3 500 500 -
D 8 4 2,400 2,600 A
E 6 3 900 1,200 B
F 3 2 3,000 4,200 C
G 4 2 1,700 2,000 D,E

(a) If you wish to reduce the time required to complete this project by two weeks, which activity(ies) should be crashed, and how much will this increase the total cost?
(b) What would be the added cost if you wanted to complete the project in the minimum time possible?

Your manager, Mr. Myers, is out of the office and has sent you an e-mail. The e-mail states that you have been doing a fantastic job, and this next assignment is a result of his absence. He asked the board of directors if he could give you the next assignment to complete and pass.

Part 1

Mr. Myers tells you that the board wants you to prepare a memo discussing the 4 grids in the competing values model. He also explains that the memo should contain researched information outlining the complexity of the competing values decision-making model.

The 4 grids of the competing values decision-making model (Quinn & Rohrbaugh, 1981, 1983) are listed below:

Internal focus: mentor, facilitator
Flexibility: innovation, networker
Control: monitor, manager
External focus: producer, team leader
For this assignment, you must submit a memo consisting of 600-1,500 words in which you discuss the 4 grids in the competing values decision-making model.

For full credit, you must address the following in your memo:

Discuss the 4 grids in the competing values model.
Outline the complexity of the competing values decision-making model.
Implement emotions, positive illusions, and self-serving reasoning in to the memo.
Address the Escalation Paradigm in regards to the four grids associated with the competing values model.

Part 2

Mr. Myers explains to you that he cannot make the staff meeting today because of an illness, and he needs you to prepare a memo for the staff discussing the competing values decision-making model. He also explains that by using the grid below, he wants you to discuss the human relations model quadrant, the open-system model quadrant, the manager control quadrant, and the user quadrant.

For this assignment, you must submit a memo consisting of 400-500 words in which you discuss the competing values decision-making model.

For full credit, you must address the following in your memo:

Discuss the competing values decision-making model.
Using the grid, discuss the human relations model quadrant.
Using the grid, discuss the open-system model quadrant.
Using the grid, discuss the manager control quadrant.
Using the grid, discuss the user quadrant.
Provide examples for each of the below quadrants.

References

Quinn, R. E., & Rohrbaugh, J. (1981). A competing values approach to organizational effectiveness. Public Productivity Review, 5(2), 122-140.

Quinn, R. E., & Rohrbaugh, J. (1983). A spatial model of effectiveness criteria: Towards a competing values approach to organizational analysis. Management Science, 29(3), 363-377.

Please submit your assignment.