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1. Who were the non-customers Marvel targeted?

2. There  are several attempts to explain Marvels Success via competetive strategy but they fall flat: competitve strategy, with this specific case neither predicts nor explains the outcome why?

There have been several attempts to explain Marvel’s success via competitive strategy but they fall flat: competitive strategy, with this specific case, neither predicts nor explains the outcome. Why?

Marvel’s success can not be explained by their competitive strategy because at the time their competition was only themselves. They spent several occasions where there was competition from within on which would be the right decision for the company to offer the purest product. Their self-competition consisted of how they will attract noncustomers, red ocean or blue ocean, bankruptcy, to hire top tier movie stars or regular joes, and to hire well-known directors or suitable directors are all some of the self-competition the company faced during its time. Their most vital factor of competition was their decision to control their own destiny in the movie industry. Their massive $525 million non-recourse lines of credit allowed Marvel to open up to many new key factors and back into the blue ocean where they were most successful.

2. Who were the noncustomers Marvel targeted?

The non-customers Marvel were interested in were those who had no attentiveness to be associated with their world renowned brand. Marvel was well aware that marketing low cost knockoffs to kids would keep their business afloat. Stan Lee knew that his as-is strategy with me too knockoffs would no longer be of any benefit. He was able to focus on non customer college students in the mid 1960’s that led his company to a new lane of success.” College students are educated, brand-loyal consumers..More than 15 million U.S. college students spend more than $200 billion annually.”(Marketing to College Students,2020). This demographic is perfect for the Marvel industry since they are very loyal, impressionable, spend their money on what they enjoy, and a great source of word of mouth advertisement. Marvel’s adaptation to creating comics on character first superheroes also was very successful on noncustomers. Marvel’s ability to create relatable movies also played a great part which then led to creating very diverse movies. 

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For this assignment, we will use the same case we used for last week’s LGR assignment  to discuss potential legal liabilities the auditor may face in the situation.

Your Tasks:

First, read the rest of the case of  Cook and Thomas, LLC. Cook and Thomas, LLC. – Alternative Formats from page 21 to the end. Address the following questions in a MS Word document (Note: For this assignment, I don’t expect you to write complete sentences and paragraphs. Use the bullet points and lists as much as possible so that it is easier to read and grade the assignment; The length of the write-up does not affect the grade as long as you address all questions; Properly cite the sources you used in your write-up)First, assume that the auditor did not inform Paple Lumber Supply and Front Porch Furniture of Fine Furniture Manufacturing’s going concern opinion prior to the release of the audit report. The case explains the potential lawsuits that the auditor may face in this situation. Explain the differences between the lawsuit brought by the 1) stockholders of either company (Paper Lumber or Front Porch) vs. 2) Mutual Trust Bank. Specifically;a. what type of third party is each plaintiff (the list is on page 9 of Module C slides)? and b. which party is more likely to be recover their loss from the auditor through the lawsuit? Explain your answer for full credit.Now, assume that the first situation above did not happen and the auditor informed Paple Lumber Supply and Front Porch Furniture of Fine Furniture Manufacturing’s going concern opinion prior to the release of the audit report.In this case, Fine Furniture Manufacturing is likely to sue the auditor. Which law is applicable to this case? (Common law for auditors’ liability to clients, common law for auditors’ liability to third parties, Securities Act of 1933, or Securities Exchange Act of 1934?)Based on what you learned in Module C about the list of things the plaintiff must prove in a lawsuit against the auditor, explain what Fine Furniture Manufacturing has to show to the court in this situation (Note: Don’t merely copy and paste the list from the slides but apply what you learned to this specific situation. If the case does not provide you with all the facts you need to answer this question, you are allowed to make some assumptions).

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In this discussion post, you will take Anna North’s Vox article on Caster Semenya and the accompanying video as a primary text for analysis. Using the theoretical texts we read alongside the case of Semenya, you will trace out the logics influencing the targeting and punishing of Semenya as a female athlete and offer a critique of these logics. 

Your response should:

  1. Recapitulate the understanding of male/female and masculine/feminine as they are seen by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and others who challenged Semenya’s status as a female athlete. In other words, summarize the relevant parts of the article/video that explain why Semenya punished.
  2. Using our readings from Simone de Beauvoir and Anne Fausto-Sterling, analyze the logics the IAAF and others used in their reasoning to punish Semenya. For your analysis, find relevant passages from the theoretical texts that explain how sexism and other systems of oppression were operating in the Semenya case. Fausto-Sterling should be used to focus on elements of supposed biological difference while de Beauvoir will help in examining how this difference was constructed through social institutions. You must use de Beauvoir and Fausto-Sterling, but you are welcome to bring in other readings or outside texts to help with your analysis. 
  3. In your own words, articulate your critique of the decision to punish Semenya. Essentially, based on what you wrote in the previous section, what are your own thoughts on this case? A critique does not necessarily have to be a disagreement, but rather an explanation of how you arrived at a conclusion based on your analysis. However, given the readings of the week, should you agree with the decision to punish Semenya, it will also be necessary to explain your departure from de Beauvoir and Fausto-Sterling.

Responses should be 500-750 words. No citation page is needed, but you must provide in-text, parenthetical citations when you quote or paraphrase a reading.

This is the article below

Caster Semenya: what her story says about gender and race in sports – Vox

The Five Sexes, Revisited (unc.edu) here is the other reading 

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Literature Review Assignment

This assignment has FOUR parts. Make sure you complete each of FOUR parts for full credit. Please upload your finished assignment as a Word document.This assignment cannot exceed 2 pages.

  1. Variable Identification Question
  • What two variables are you focusing on for your literature review? It is OK to list your variables or state what you are using in a complete sentence.

Note: This information should be included at the top of your assignment.

  1. Research Article Summaries

Find three articles on your paper topic and BRIEFLY (i.e., ~1-2 paragraphs for each article) summarize each article by answering the following questions.

  • Article summary: Answer the following questions in paragraph format for each article

Summaries can be BRIEF – i.e., ~1-2 paragraphs for each article

  • What is the overall topic?
    • Briefly, why was this study needed; what was the rationale for it based on previous research?
  • What is the hypothesis of this article? (If they have more than one, list no more than three.)
    • What did they think was going to happen?
  • What was their method?
    • Briefly describe how they conducted the study – How did they measure what they wanted to measure (survey, experiment, biological measures)?
  • Was the hypothesis(es) supported by the results of the study?
    • What statistical analyses did they conduct?
  • What do the results mean, in normal language?
    • How can you explain what the researchers found?
    • What do these findings mean (what is the big picture)?
    • How do these findings relate to what was discussed in the introduction?

  1. Hypothesis
  • After summarizing the three articles, state your hypothesis for your two variables of interest. Make sure you write out in a full sentence what you expect this relationship to be.
  • Remember you should have either:
  • A correlational hypothesis – in which you will discuss the predicted strength and direction of your correlation

OR

  • A t-test hypothesis in which you are predicting differences between groups, choose one group that you expect to be different from all others, specify whether more or less.
  1. Citations

After stating your hypothesis, include APA-style citations for the three research articles

Paper Topic : Openness and Relationship staus

MUST USE: APA PsycInfo Databadse to look for articles.

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Specific Guidelines for Industry Analysis and Firm Analysis (combined word limit of 6000 words)

Both substance (i.e., what you say) and style (i.e., how well you say it) are important. Thus, consider the following guidelines when developing your report:

  1. INTRODUCTION

Statement of Purpose – state the purpose of your project and define the industry. Let the reader know in advance the specific issue you will address as well as what issues you will not address and why? A little bit of the history of your firm and what path it has traveled to be where it is today.

  1. EXTERNAL ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES & THREATS

See the book for relevant chapters and my note on a good SWOT to be applied to the firm report for industry report focus on chapter 3 from Rothaermel book 3rd ed.

Perform an audit of the trends in the industry from the focal Firm’s (firm that you have chosen) perspective. The trends are neutral until you label them positive or negative depending upon your focal firm. Thus, you must be specific to identify both opportunities and threats (this must include an analysis of essential external forces and trends, including the industry and competitors). Makes sure you also look at the general environment discussion (task environment and societal environment: – PESTEL framework). You may use Porter’s five force analysis if it is appropriate for your analysis. Eventually, you must inform what are the critical factors in this industry. What makes this industry either attractive or unattractive? What is the future of this industry? What about competitive analysis or Strategic Group analysis? Remember to use many of the data base sources that are provided in a separate document.

  1. STRATEGY ANALYSIS AND CHOICE

Identify and revise mission statement of the firm, if necessary. Establish Long Term Objectives, Generate alternative strategies, Choose courses of action and justify choices. You may use any other analytical tools, discussed in the classroom depending upon your needs for analysis. (Chapter 4 and chapter 6 minimum)

  1. STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION (Revisit chapters on this issue, chapter 10 and 11)

The key issue is a fit between external factors and internal factors. This would create answers to the implementation questions such as; what should be done to foster successful implementation of your recommended strategies? Include a discussion of capital requirements and sources of capital. In addition, you must bring the human capital aspect in your strategy implementation process.

  1. EVALUATION & CONTROL

Develop a three (3) year PRO FORMA Income Statement with remarks column that provides assumptions about your strategy, cost of resources and future of the industry. (Chapter 5 minimum)

Please note: While your focus is on a single SBU of the firm, you will prepare a proforma income statement for the whole firm. The anticipated changes in the proforma for the next three years must reflect upon your strategic recommendations.

Additional GUIDELINES

  • Clearly, this is a research report; sources should be cited appropriately (citations, appendices, graphs, charts, tables, etc. are not part of the 6000 word limit for the combined report).
  • The report must be well written with a unified and consistent style of writing and presentation. Even if you team divides the workload, it must come across as a one single unified document.
  • The appropriate use of graphs, charts, and tables is strongly encouraged.

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Both substance (i.e., what you say) and style (i.e., how well you say it) are important. Thus, consider the following guidelines when developing your report:

INTRODUCTION Statement of Purpose – state the purpose of your project and define the industry. Let the reader know in advance the specific issue you will address as well as what issues you will not address and why? A little bit of the history of your firm and what path it has traveled to be where it is today

. 2. EXTERNAL ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES & THREATS See the book for relevant chapters and my note on a good SWOT to be applied to the firm report for industry report focus from Rothaermel book 3rd ed. Perform an audit of the trends in the industry from the focal Firm’s (firm that you have chosen) perspective. The trends are neutral until you label them positive or negative depending upon your focal firm. Thus, you must be specific to identify both opportunities and threats (this must include an analysis of essential external forces and trends, including the industry and competitors). Makes sure you also look at the general environment discussion (task environment and societal environment: – PESTEL framework). You may use Porter’s five force analysis if it is appropriate for your analysis. Eventually, you must inform what are the critical factors in this industry. What makes this industry either attractive or unattractive? What is the future of this industry? What about competitive analysis or Strategic Group analysis? Remember to use many of the data base sources that are provided in a separate document.

3.STRATEGY ANALYSIS AND CHOICE Identify and revise the mission statement of the firm, if necessary. Establish Long Term Objectives, generate alternative strategies, Choose courses of action and justify choices. You may use any other analytical tools, discussed in the classroom depending upon your needs for analysis.

4.STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION The key issue is a fit between external factors and internal factors. This would create answers to the implementation questions such as; what should be done to foster the successful implementation of your recommended strategies? Include a discussion of capital requirements and sources of capital. In addition, you must bring the human capital aspect in your strategy implementation process.

5.EVALUATION & CONTROL: column that provides assumptions about your strategy, cost of resources and future of the industry.

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