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ANNAMALAI
UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2019 – 2020
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management is said to have universal application. How do you justify the
Universality of Management? Give examples to illustrate your arguments.
2. “The importance of strategic planning is now fully realized by the Indian
corporate sector than before”- Discuss

ANSWER

Strategic planning means planning for making and implementing strategies to achieve organisational goals. It starts by asking oneself simple questions like : What are we doing, should we continue to do it or change our product line or the way of working, what is the impact of social, political, technological and other environmental factors on our operations, are we prepared to accept these changes etc.

Strategic planning helps in knowing where we are and where we want to go so that environmental threats and opportunities can be exploited, given the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation. Strategic planning is “a thorough self-examination regarding the goals and means of their accomplishment so that the enterprise is given both direction and cohesion.”

It is “a process through which managers formulate and implement strategies geared to optimising strategic goal achievement, given available environmental and internal conditions.” Strategic planning is planning for long periods of time for effective and efficient attainment of organisational goals. Strategic planning is based on extensive environmental scanning. It is a projection into environmental threats and opportunities and an effort to match them with organisational strengths and weaknesses.

Strategic planning is done to comprehend, anticipate and absorb environmental vagaries. It is a continuous process. Every time business organisations want to increase the growth rate or change their operations, desire for better management information system, co-ordinate activities of different departments, remove complacency from organisations; they make strategic plans.

It aims at long-term planning, keeping in view the environmental opportunities. It helps organisations analyse their strengths and weaknesses and adapt to the environment. Managers should be farsighted to make strategic planning meaningful.
3. Explain about the personal challenges involved in becoming a manager and a
leader in today’s turbulent environment.
4. Without effective management the resources will remain as resources cannot be
converted into productive utilities – Do you agree? Give reasons.
1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. What is market segmentation? What are the different ways of segmentation?
Suggest the segmentation strategy for the following products: edible oil, table
top wet grinder and business magazine.

ANSWER

Market segmentation also reduces the risk of an unsuccessful or ineffective marketing campaign. When marketers divide a market based on key characteristics and personalize their strategies based on that information, there is a much higher chance of success than if they were to create a generic campaign and try to implement it across all segments.

Marketers can also us segmentation to prioritize their target audience. If segmentation shows that some consumers would be more likely to buy a product than others, marketers can better allocate their attention and resources.

 

At its core, market segmentation is the practice of dividing your target market into approachable groups. Market segmentation creates subsets of a market based on demographics, needs, priorities, common interests, and other psychographic or behavioral criteria used to better understand the target audience.

 

By understanding your market segments, you can leverage this targeting in product, sales, and marketing strategies. Creating your marketing communications both in ad messaging and advanced targeting on digital platforms like Facebook and Google using your segmentation will allow for better response rates and lower acquisition costs. Market segments can power your product development cycles by informing how you create product offerings for different segments like men vs women or high income vs low income.
2. What strategies you would recommend to be followed during the four stages of
PLC? Identify one product and one service for each stage in the PLC. Give
reasons for your answer.
3. What are the objectives of pricing strategies? Discuss the merits of different
pricing techniques that you would recommend for the following products.
Laptop, Sports utility vehicle, designer tiles.
4. Do you think that social media advertisements would kill all other traditional
media? Discuss your answer with proper justification. Also explain under what
circumstances online advertisements would be highly recommended.
1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. It is usual to declare good dividends when the company is making good
profit. It is profitable for companies not to declare any dividend even when
they are making good profits. What will be the reaction of the shareholders?
Discuss.

ANSWER

Dividend refers to a reward, cash or otherwise, that a company gives to its shareholders. Dividends can be issued in various forms, such as cash payment, stocks or any other form. A company’s dividend is decided by its board of directors and it requires the shareholders’ approval. However, it is not obligatory for a company to pay dividend. Dividend is usually a part of the profit that the company shares with its shareholders.
After paying its creditors, a company can use part or whole of the residual profits to reward its shareholders as dividends. However, when firms face cash shortage or when it needs cash for reinvestments, it can also skip paying dividends. When a company announces dividend, it also fixes a record date and all shareholders who are registered as of that date become eligible to get dividend payout in proportion to their shareholding. The company usually mails the cheques to shareholders within in a week or so. Stocks are normally bought or sold with dividend until two business days ahead of the record date and then they turn ex-dividend. A recent study found that dividend-paying firms in India fell from 24 per cent in 2001 to almost 16 per cent in 2009 before rising to 19 per cent in 2010.
2. “In managing working capital the finance manager faces the problem of
compromising the conflicting goals of liquidity and profitability”. –Comment.
What strategy should the finance manager develop to solve this problem?
3. Design an appropriate capital structure which yield more profitability for a
service industry. Illustrate your answer with the help of EBIT-EPS analysis.
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4. “The success of a business concern depends upon the way in which it’s
earnings are computed, distributed and retained”- Comment on this
statement.
1.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Elaborate the role of SAP software applications on supply chain management.

ANSWER

Supply chain management (SCM) is the management of a network of interconnected businesses involved in the provision of product and service packages required by the end customers in a supply chain. Supply chain management spans all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

 

There are myriad reasons for improving your supply chain (see below) but it is widely acknowledged that a tighter integration between a principal wholesaler and its (global) distributors can only improve the overall success of an organisation which is reliant on excellent service to the consumer.

 

A supply chain management system works well on a trusted ERP such as SAP Business One, particularly for distributor operations.

The biggest improvement can be seen when an organisation’s supply chain relies on information being exchanged between the principal and its distributors or different offices in various ways. Item master data and price lists can be pushed to distributors with the SAP integration tool – B1i. Subsequently, Crystal Reports and dashboards can be used to provide more intuitive reports across the business based on accurate and timely data.
2. As an automobile production manager, how will you take Make or Buy decision
in your unit?
3. “Spending Money for Maintenance is waste” – Discuss.
4. Describe the steps in ISO quality certification process by any Agency in India.
1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “Human resource planning is a pre-requisite for effective management of human
resources”. In the light of this statement, analyse the significance of human
resource planning.

ANSWER

Human resources undoubtedly play the most important part in the functioning of an organization. The term ‘resource’ or ‘hu­man resource’ signifies potentials, abilities, capacities, and skills, which can be developed through continuous interaction in an organizational setting.

The interactions, interrelationships, and activities performed all contribute in some way or other to the development of human potential. Organizational productivity, growth of companies, and economic development are to a large extent contingent upon the effective utilization of human capa­cities.

Hence, it is essential for an organization to take steps for effective utilization of these resources. In the various stages in the growth of an organization, effective planning of human resources plays a key role. Matching the requirements of the job with the individual is important at all stages, including the recruitment procedures, in this endeavour.
2. Explain a sample HR departmental structure for a large manufacturing
organization and explain the functions.
3. You are appointed as HR manager for a mid size leather company which is new.
Now you are asked to fix pay scale for the employees. Explain your process of
pay fixation.
4. Performance Appraisal System helps employees to identify the areas in which
they need to improve – Do You agree or disagree? Justify with the suitable
methods.
1.6 STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS
1. Develop a research problem that requires the use of discriminate analysis. Use
‘entered college’ ‘did not enter college’ as dependent variables. Discuss with
basic functions
2. A Statistical survey is a scientific process of collection and analysis of
numerical data. Explain the stages of statistical survey. Describe the various
methods for collecting data in a statistical survey.

ANSWER

A statistical survey is any structured inquiry designed to obtain aggregated data, which may be qualitative or quantitative where the individual or corporate identities of the respondents are in themselves of little significance.

 

Statistical surveys in scope are not limited to those conducted by statistics divisions and do not necessarily involve completion of a form; telephone and personal interview surveys are also included.
3. Two groups of 100 people each were taken for testing the use of vaccine.
15 persons contracted the disease out of the inoculated persons, while
25 contracted the disease in the other group. Test the efficiency of the vaccine,
use X square value (at 5 percent level for one degree of freedom the value of
X square = 3.82)
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4. A panel of two judges P and Q graded seven dramatic performance by
independently awarding marks as follows
Performance: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Marks by P: 46 42 44 40 43 41 45
Marks by Q 40 38 36 35 39 37 41
The eighth performance, for which judge Q could not attend, was awarded 37
marks by judge P. If judge Q has also been present, how many marks would be
expected to have been awarded by him to the eighth performance?
1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. You have recently joined a branch of a Bank as its manager. Write a report to the
head office on the short falls in the routine work of the branch.
2. Design an Agenda and Minutes of an annual general body meeting. (Assume your
own choice of company)

ANSWER

Minutes of Annual General Body Meeting held on 24-Nov-2019

 

Agenda

  1. Welcome Speech
  2. Summary of Activities
  3. Presenting and Passing the Balance Sheet
  4. Increment of Monthly Subscription
  5. Beautification of Lobby and Front area
  6. Bathroom Leaks Rectification
  7. General matters to be discussed
  8. Any other points as deemed appropriate by the Chair
  9. Election of New Committee
  10. Vote of Thanks

3. Explain the process of designing and developing oral presentation. Also, prepare a
five minutes presentation to address your managers on any matter of your choice.
4. Develop a complaint letter as a dealer to the manufacturer about the replacements
of defective products. Highlight the complaints pointed out by the customers
regarding the products.
1.8 ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Prepare an interview schedule for the concept Personality and its components,
conduct an interview with a few executives of any one organization known to
you and present the results with critical analysis.
2. To highlight the concept, components, process, and importance of Groups in an
organization prepare a role play script and explain group dynamics.
3. After listing out the qualities and theories of leadership view YouTube on
executive leadership and present the outcome of your perception on leadership.

ANSWER

As a leader, it’s important to be aware of your own perceptual biases and shortcuts. However, as difficult as these may be to overcome, you can always mitigate their impacts by being aware of how bias informs your perceptions and avoid jumping to conclusions.

In terms of effective leadership, recognising the impact of bias is extremely important as perceptual errors can lead to poor decision-making. This means you can never truly understand others if you don’t start by developing your own self-awareness.
4. Make telephone calls to your friends and seniors working in various
organizations and collect information about their Organizational Culture,
analyze them and present them with issues and strategies.

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M.B.A.
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year : 2018 – 2019
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS
This booklet contains assignment topics. Students are asked to write the
assignments for EIGHT papers as per instructions.
Last date for submission : 28-02-2019
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ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Write assignments on any TWO topics in each paper out of the FOUR. For each
Topic the answer should not exceed 15 – pages. Each assignment carries 25 marks
(2 topics).
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DIRECTOR
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1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management can be defined as ” A process of bringing about improvement in
knowledge, skill, habit and attitudes of the employees in an organization”.
Discuss.

 

ANSWER

 

Managing is necessary whenever one needs to get things done.

It may be called the practice of consciously and continually shaping organizations.

Every organization has people who are assigned the responsibility of serving the organization to achieve its goals.

Management is a universal phenomenon in the sense that it is a common and essential element in all enterprises. Every group effort requires setting objectives, making plans, handling people, co-coordinating and controlling activities, achieving goals and evaluating performance directed towards organizational goals.

These activities relate to the utilization of 4 types of inputs or resources from the environment—human, monetary, physical, and informational.

Human resources include managerial talent, labor, and so forth. Monetary resources are the financial capital the organization uses to finance both ongoing and long-term operations.

Physical resources include raw materials, office and production facilities, and equipment. Information resources are data and other kinds of information utilized by the organization.

The job of the manager is to combine and coordinate these resources to achieve the organization’s goals.
2. “Decision making is the most critical managerial task.” Discuss the above
statement in light of decision-making process.
3. Select a business or political leader whom you admire, and identify his or her
style of leading by applying the managerial grid or the continuum-of-behaviour
model of Tannenbaum and Schmidt.
4. ‟The only planning tool we need in the company is the budget. If everyone meets
his or her budget, we need nothing else, and management by objectives would
be an unnecessary frill”. Comment.
1.2 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS
1. What are the significant assumptions we make while comparing financial ratio
of various companies in the same industry? Discuss the implications of the
above assumptions for a user of financial ratios.

ANSWER

Financial ratios illustrate relationships between different aspects of a business’s operations. They involve the comparison of elements from a balance sheet or income statement, and are crafted with particular points of focus in mind. Financial ratios can provide managers with a valuable tool to measure their progress against predetermined internal goals, a certain competitor, or the overall industry. In addition, tracking various ratios over time is a powerful way to identify trends as they develop. Ratios are also used by bankers, investors, and business analysts to assess various attributes of a company’s financial strength or operating results.

Ratios are determined by dividing one number by another, and are usually expressed as a percentage. They enable managers to examine the relationships between seemingly unrelated items and thus gain useful information for decision making. “They are simple to calculate, easy to use, and provide a wealth of information that cannot be gotten anywhere else,” James 0. Gill noted in his book Financial Basics of Small Business Success. But, he added, “Ratios are aids to judgment and cannot take the place of experience. They will not replace good management, but they will make a good manager better. They help to pinpoint areas that need investigation and assist in developing an operating strategy for the future.”
2. Suppose you are the co-owner and manager of a retail store that sells and
repairs mountain bikes. Provide one example of a financial accounting report
that would be useful to you and your co-owner. Provide two examples of
managerial accounting reports that would be useful to you as the manager.
3. Discuss how internal rate of return (IRR) method differs from the net present
value method (NPV). Be sure to include an explanation of what the IRR method
is and what the NPV method is.
4. Imagine that, you are the owner of a business. Pass journal entries with 20
different transactions. Prepare a position statement after every transaction. Did
your firm earn profit or made a loss at the end of all transaction? Make a small
comment on your firm’s position at the end.
1.3 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
1. Decision making is the most important function of business managers. Decision
making is the central objective of Managerial Economics. Discuss – Scope of the
Economics in Decision Making and Different Decision Making Models.
2. Monopolistic Competition is a special case of imperfect completion. It stance
between monopoly and perfect completion and accordingly the pricing decision
are determined by the market forces – Discuss.
3. Since different decision are affected by difference type of cost, it is essential for a
manager to understand the relevant cost in decision making. Comment in
detail.
4. The concept of price velocity is very useful in the total revenue planning of your
firm. Comment on the validity of this statement. Derive a relationship between
price velocity and marginal revenue of a firm.
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1.4 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
1. Enumerate and explain the characteristics of contracts and differentiate from
Government contract. Assess the present methods of discharge of a contract.
2. Classify negotiable instruments. In what way the negotiable instruments differ
from one another. Discuss the recent amendments in negotiable instruments.
3. Describe the principles of law of insurance. How do these characteristics differ
for marine, life and fire insurance?
4. Describe the essentials of an arbitration agreement. Explain the composition
and jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals.
1.5 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS
1. Assume that you want to evaluate a training programme. Discuss various types
of experimental research designs that can be adopted and give suitable
situations for each type.
2. Prepare a questionnaire to study the attitude of students who are pursuing
Masters’ programme in Business Administration through distance education
mode.
3. Consider mobile phone as a product. List the attributes that are considered by
consumers while buying the product. Assume that you need to segment the
product market. What analysis you will use for this objective and how you
progress to reach it.
4. Assume that there are three judges evaluating the candidates appearing for
selection process at preliminary level. At final level you wish to have only two of
them and how will you decide which two can be selected for final process of
selection. Assume that an individual’s performance is based on his education,
experience, ability, emotional intelligence and self confidence. Explain
independent and dependent variables in this case. Assume that you are
applying regression analysis what are the criterion you will look for to interpret?
1.6 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
1. Discuss the impact of recent global financial meltdown on the prospects of
world trade. Give your suggestions to overcome the crisis.
2. What are the control devices used by authorized dealers in regulating foreign
exchange in the country?
3. State the balance of payment position of India. What steps that government,
public and corporations can take to improve the position.
4. Assume that you are interested in starting an export firm. Explain the
procedure for getting license for exporting.
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1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Assuming you are a Chief Personnel Manager of a leading MNC, draft a letter
calling a candidate for an interview in reply to his application for the position of
Chief Financial Executive.
2. Assume yourself as a Customer Relationship Manager of a bank. You have received
a letter from your customers who have complained to you about the rude
behaviour of a computer clerk. Since the customer is an important person, write a
letter to convince the customer.
3. Communication is lifeblood of an organization and without it organization cannot
exists. Discuss this statement.
4. The problem of communication arises because there are various obstacles which
may entirely prevent a communication or filter part of it, or present it incorrect.
Comment and discuss.
1.8 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Understanding the basic concepts of Organizational Behaviour prepare a
Behavioural frame work for a newly established IT company in Chennai. –
Student can imagine the size and turnover of the industry.
2. To understand the importance of the concepts personality, perception, and
attitude of employees in an organization, prepare an interview schedule,
conduct an interview with 2-3 executives of any one organization and present
the results.
3. After listing out the qualities and theories of leadership, have a discussion with
one or two real world leaders of your choice and present the outcome.
4. Identify a suitable case to understand Organizational Culture, analyze the case
and present it with issues and strategies.

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M.B.A. INFORMATION SYSTEMS
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2019 – 2020
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management is said to have universal application. How do you justify the
Universality of Management? Give examples to illustrate your arguments.

ANSWER

Managing is necessary whenever one needs to get things done.

It may be called the practice of consciously and continually shaping organizations.

Every organization has people who are assigned the responsibility of serving the organization to achieve its goals.

Management is a universal phenomenon in the sense that it is a common and essential element in all enterprises. Every group effort requires setting objectives, making plans, handling people, co-coordinating and controlling activities, achieving goals and evaluating performance directed towards organizational goals.

These activities relate to the utilization of 4 types of inputs or resources from the environment—human, monetary, physical, and informational.

Human resources include managerial talent, labor, and so forth. Monetary resources are the financial capital the organization uses to finance both ongoing and long-term operations.

Physical resources include raw materials, office and production facilities, and equipment. Information resources are data and other kinds of information utilized by the organization.

The job of the manager is to combine and coordinate these resources to achieve the organization’s goals.

If we see our society closely, we will found management practices are being used everywhere, our praying place, social parties, transport system, schools and.

The concept of universality of management has several implications.

  1. First, managerial skills are transferable from one person to another.
  2. Secondly, management skills can be transferred from one organization to another.
  3. Thirdly, managerial skills can be important and exported from one country to another.
  4. Fourthly, this principle of universality serves as the basis of a general theory of management -a set of common principles.

Some experts support the universality of management on the group that whatever the situation and whatever the level of management, the management function is common

2. “The importance of strategic planning is now fully realized by the Indian
corporate sector than before.” – Discuss.
3. Explain about the personal challenges involved in becoming a manager and a
leader in today’s turbulent environment.
4. Without effective management the resources will remain as resources cannot be
converted into productive utilities. – Do you agree? Give reasons.
1.2 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
1. “The objective of Managerial Economics is to provide framework for analysing
business decisions. Instead of presenting detailed list of rules for specific
decision-making, managerial economics addresses the larger economic forces
that shape day-to-day decision-making”. Critically analyse the above statement.

ANSWER

Managerial economics serves several purposes in business decision-making. To start with, managerial economics provides a logical and experiential framework for analyzing the question. To the somewhat vague question of “what or how much should I make, and who should I sell it to?”, or “should I try to retail something like ‘this’?”, it provides the framework for applying to your question concepts such as supply and demand, market segmentation, competition, and so on. It takes your question from something vague and applies tested concepts to frame a more precise question (and answer).

Second, it provides an opportunity for a quantitative question: “how much should I make?” or “what price should I charge?” Rather than punting at an answer, managerial economics provides either a pre-existing framework for obtaining a direct answer, or at least provides a framework for testing volume or pricing in this case.

Third, it lends meaning to the answer. If you get back an answer “price it at $88.50 if you want to sell 2,000, or at $115.50 if you want to sell 600,” you have an answer with much more utility and you can both test the answer (which is important) and extrapolate, say, to production limited to 400. At this point, you have used managerial economics to help make important business decisions.

Managerial economics is the application of economic theory to economic practice with an aim of ensuring that business decisions meet their intended goal. It is through management economics that a business understands how to access and utilize scarce resources to ensure optimal performance of the same to generate revenues and profits. The application assists in decision making with regards to issues about optimum production, profit maximizing prices and type of product among other economic variables. For instance, a manufacturing company needs to understand what type of product or which additional features would boost the utility
2. “Outline the various steps which would be necessary if you were asked to
forecast demand for a typical mass consumption item”.
3. “If the production function is homogeneous with constant returns to scale
everywhere, the returns to a single variable factor will be diminishing.”
– Comment.
4. “Short-run average variable cost curve is saucer-shaped but the short-run
average total cost curve cannot be saucer-shaped”. Discuss in detail.
1.3 ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE FOR MANAGERS
1. Enumerate the ratios that measure a firm’s overall effectiveness and specify the
related formula.
2. “Depreciation is a process of allocation and not of valuation.” – Comment.

ANSWER

In accounting, the term depreciation refers to the allocation of cost of a tangible asset to expense to the periods in which the asset is expected to be used to obtain the economic benefit. For example, a company purchases a piece of equipment for $20,000 and estimates that the equipment will be used for a period of 10 years. The cost of the equipment (i.e., $20,000) will be allocated to each of 10 years using some systematic and rational allocation method.

The cost of an asset is initially recorded as an asset in accounting records because the asset will be used for many periods in future. Afterward, the portion of cost is allocated to a particular period is removed from the total cost of the asset and becomes the expense of that particular period and is matched against revenue like any other expense.

The statement that depreciation is a process of allocation and not valuation is quite interesting and asserts a point of view that coincides with a specific type of depreciation.  The definition of allocation as well as valuation in their specific form is also of importance to distinguish the difference.  For example, straight-line depreciation is a cost allocation methodology that breaks the cost of an asset down into specific periods that does not establish any particular metric for valuation. Therefore, depreciation as process of allocation is a form of depreciating an asset that is indifferent to the underlying valuation with concern to the particular use of the asset and the specific period the asset is used.  Valuation will take into consideration the accelerated depreciation methodology that considers an asset as depreciating at a faster rate early in the useful cycle of the asset and slowing down to zero value with regard to depreciation of the asset as the asset approaches salvage value.

3. It is said that only cash cost are relevant for capital budgeting decision.
However, depreciation which is a non-cash cost is a prominent part of cash flow
analysis for such an investment decision. How do you explain this paradox?
4. It is said, “cost accounting is a system of foresight and not post-mortem
examination; it turns losses into profit, speeds up activities and eliminates
wastes”. Discuss in detail this statement
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1.4 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. What is market segmentation? What are the different ways of segmentation?
Suggest the segmentation strategy for the following products: edible oil, table
top wet grinder and business magazine.
2. What strategies you would recommend to be followed during the four stages of
PLC? Identify one product and one service for each stage in the plc. Give
reasons for your answer.
3. What are the objectives of pricing strategies? Discuss the merits of different
pricing techniques that you would recommend for the following products.
Laptop, sports utility vehicle, designer tiles.
4. Do you think that social media advertisements would kill all other traditional
MEDIA? Discuss your answer with proper justification. Also explain under what
circumstances online advertisements would be highly recommended.
1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “Human resource planning is a pre-requisite for effective management of human
resources.” In the light of this statement, analyse the significance of human
resource planning.
2. Explain a sample HR departmental structure for a large manufacturing
organization and explain the functions.
3. You are appointed as HR manager for a mid size leather company which is new.
Now you are asked to fix pay scale for the employees. Explain your process of
pay fixation.
4. Performance Appraisal System helps employees to identify the areas in which
they need to improve – Do You agree or disagree? Justify with the suitable
methods.
1.6 PRODUCTION AND MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
1. Suggest the factors governing the choice of site for a manufacturing plant in a
city or sub- urban part of a city.
2. Give a specimen of Gantt Charts which is normally used in the production
planning and control department and describe briefly how it could be used for
checking the actual progress of a job against the schedule.
3. Discuss the functions of purchasing department in an industry. Explain some
methods of purchasing commonly adopted in an industrial purchasing. Why
should the purchasing documents be legally sound?
4. Elaborate the various costs that are involved in inventory problems with suitable
examples. How are they inter related?
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1.7 RESEARCH METHODS FOR MANAGEMENT
1. “Research is much considered with proper fact finding, analysis and
Evaluation.” – Do you agree with this statement. Substantiate your view with
the following situation. You are the HRD Manager with ABB (India) .ABB has
recently taken over a major unit in Kolkata. You are sent on a posting there and
are given the task of introducing a new operation scheme which your parent
organization feels will improve efficiency. But you perceive during your stay
that there is an underlying dissatisfaction amongst the employees and it is
essential to gauge their views and opinion about the takeover and their
expectations before introducing the scheme.
2. In order to improve the importance of chi square analysis, correlation analysis
and t test. Create tables with imaginary and appropriate values and explain the
results.
3. “Every data collection method has its own built-in biases. Therefore, resorting to
multi method of data collection is only going to compound the biases”. How do
you critique this statement?
4. “Data processing is an intermediary stage of work between data collection and
data analysis”- Explain the statement by enumerating the various operations
involved in it.
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M.B.A. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year : 2019 – 2020
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. Management is said to have universal application. How do you justify the
Universality of Management? Give examples to illustrate your arguments.

ANSWER

Managing is necessary whenever one needs to get things done.

It may be called the practice of consciously and continually shaping organizations.

Every organization has people who are assigned the responsibility of serving the organization to achieve its goals.

Management is a universal phenomenon in the sense that it is a common and essential element in all enterprises. Every group effort requires setting objectives, making plans, handling people, co-coordinating and controlling activities, achieving goals and evaluating performance directed towards organizational goals.

These activities relate to the utilization of 4 types of inputs or resources from the environment—human, monetary, physical, and informational.

Human resources include managerial talent, labor, and so forth. Monetary resources are the financial capital the organization uses to finance both ongoing and long-term operations.

Physical resources include raw materials, office and production facilities, and equipment. Information resources are data and other kinds of information utilized by the organization.

The job of the manager is to combine and coordinate these resources to achieve the organization’s goals.
2. “The importance of strategic planning is now fully realized by the Indian
corporate sector than before”- Discuss

ANSWER 

Strategic planning means planning for making and implementing strategies to achieve organisational goals. It starts by asking oneself simple questions like : What are we doing, should we continue to do it or change our product line or the way of working, what is the impact of social, political, technological and other environmental factors on our operations, are we prepared to accept these changes etc.

Strategic planning helps in knowing where we are and where we want to go so that environmental threats and opportunities can be exploited, given the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation. Strategic planning is “a thorough self-examination regarding the goals and means of their accomplishment so that the enterprise is given both direction and cohesion.”

3. Explain about the personal challenges involved in becoming a manager and a
leader in today’s turbulent environment.
4. Without effective management the resources will remain as resources cannot be
converted into productive utilities – Do you agree? Give reasons.
1.2 INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING
1. “Cost volume profit analysis is an important analysis which is commonly applied
by the irresponsive of industries”. Do you accept? What are your comments
towards this statement? Discuss.
2. Inflation is a key factor and it must be duly considered while preparing all sorts
of budgets”. Do you agree? Justify your stand with your valuable inputs.
3. “There is a vast amount of practical gap on application of accounting practices
between Domestic and International Accounting”. Comment on this with your
valuable supportive arguments.
4. “Several issues are existing in International Financial statement Analysis and at
the same time many meaningful unlocking tools are there”. What is your
opinion? Comment on this.
1.3 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
1. Do you find any correlations among Oil, Gold and exchange rates in terms of
their price change? Explain the interaction among them in the international
market survey.
2. Compare the benefits of liberalization with globalization, which influence the
economic growth of India in last two decades.
3. Whether under developed countries in WTO succeed their demands? Justify
your views with strong reasons.
4. Can you say that the modern theory of HECKSHER & OHLIN applies to the
Indian Economy in the post or pre-liberalization? Illustrate with supporting
data.
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1.4 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
1. “Knowledge of International Business Environment is essential for the players of
International Business” – Elaborate with an example of multinational company.
2. “When is the time deemed to be the essence of the contract in performance of
contract and with what consequences? Pinch out the rules of law relating to the
time and place of performance in modern business environment.
3. “The effect of country’s political system on its business environment and
economic development”-Discuss
4. “India’s competitive advantage in industries like IT, Textiles, Gems and jewellery
–Strength and Threats”. Illustrate the statement.
1.5 FOREIGN POLICY OF INDIA
1. “Trends in foreign trade and the composition of imports and exports along with
its composition over the past years” – Discuss
2. Discuss India’s participation in UN peace keeping and its claim for a permanent
seat in the Security Council
3. Analyse the relevance of non-alignment in the post cold war period
4. In what way India’s foreign policy is instrumental/detrimental for the promotion
of India’s international trade? Illustrate your answer
1.6 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND E-COMMERCE
1. Give an example of e-learning system implemented in India. Identify the
hardware, software and personal requirement for purpose of implementation of
such an educational system.
2. Discuss the security requirements of internet and Ecommerce application and
how these requirements are fulfilled by various hardware and software systems.
3. Compare and contrast the traditional business with electronic commerce in an
apparels business.
4. Once a company has acquired customer, the key to maximizing revenue is
keeping them. Explain how e-commerce is helpful in customer retention?
1.7 COMMUNICATION FOR GLOBAL MANAGERS
1. “For productive business meetings, listening and non verbal communication
skills are the key attributes”. Explain with appropriate examples.
2. “A cry of agony is more powerful than the tale of woe”. Elaborate this statement
in the context of Non-verbal communication. State the positive and negative
gesture in non-verbal communication.
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3. Elucidate the measures that have to be considered in managing the cross
cultural communication with examples.
4. “Pen is mightier than sword”. Explain this statement, elaborating the strength
of written communication.
1.8 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Prepare an interview schedule for the concept Personality and its components,
conduct an interview with a few executives of any one organization known to
you and present the results with critical analysis.
2. To highlight the concept, components, process, and importance of Groups in an
organization prepare a role play script and explain group dynamics.
3. After listing out the qualities and theories of leadership view YouTube on
executive leadership and present the outcome of your perception on leadership.

As a leader, it’s important to be aware of your own perceptual biases and shortcuts. However, as difficult as these may be to overcome, you can always mitigate their impacts by being aware of how bias informs your perceptions and avoid jumping to conclusions.

In terms of effective leadership, recognising the impact of bias is extremely important as perceptual errors can lead to poor decision-making. This means you can never truly understand others if you don’t start by developing your own self-awareness.

To better understand yourself and others, it’s important to be aware that there are a number of sources of perceptual error, including:

  • not collecting enough information
  • using irrelevant information
  • seeing only what we want and expect to see
  • allowing early information to affect perception of later information
  • allowing one’s own characteristics to affect the way we perceive others
  • accepting stereotypes uncritically.

 
4. Make telephone calls to your friends and seniors working in various
organizations and collect information about their Organizational Culture,
analyze them and present them with issues and strategies.

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ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

2.1 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. Assume yourself as a managing director of a multinational corporation; what
are the measuring tools you will utilize to evaluate the impacts of inter country
differences on HRM? Justify your views with appropriate examples.
2. Place yourself in the position of being the head of HR department, how might
formally written job description help you to manage your work unit? What
would happen if your company decided not to use any job description at all?
3. What steps do you propose to take in case of a lay off caused by
(a) Seasonal fluctuations in demand
(b) Corporate restructuring
(c) Breakdown of machinery and equipment.
4. Give some examples of situation in which you wanted to do a great job but were
prevented from doing so. What was the impact on you, and what would this
suggest to you in your efforts to motivate other people to perform
2.2 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. How Domestic Marketing is different from global marketing? What factors
caused the growth of Internationalism since World War II? Discuss in Detail.
2. Explain the Different methods used by a researcher in conducting research in
an International Environment? Which method can be most effective while
collecting data about brand loyalty and why?
3. In general where do you think McDonald’s stands in the range of
standardization in terms of its global marketing?
4. Amazon.com has been an early winner in the on-line book business. Which
market segment has Amazon served? Are the Amazon target market segments
in the United States and the rest of the world identical?
2.3 INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. Understand the factors that affect exchange rates in the short and long run and
how disequilibrium may occur in the exchange rate market
2.”In the absence of a common currency throughout the world, a series of problems
arise in International cash management.” What are these problems? How can
these problems be overcome?
3. An export company wants to raise capital from international markets. What are
the basic considerations the firm should take into account while making this
international financing decision? Explain
4. “An alterative to investing in foreign stock is to invest in the shares of domestic
MNCs”. – Discuss. Are MNCs likely to provide a reasonable substitute for
International portfolio investment?
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2.4 LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
1. In today’s business environment, what (in your opinion) are the most important
responsibilities of a logistics manager in overcoming competition? Support your
views.
2. “Many innovations on technology-based approaches are well-suited to the
enhancement of the effectiveness of Supply Chain Management”-Justify the
statement by giving few applications of information technology in SCM.
3. “Companies are giving more importance to supply chain while deriving business
strategy” – Substantiate your views with suitable examples in International
context.
4. As tough competition is going on in the market in all the fields, device
strategies to face competition of chain of stores like Big Bazaar. Explain
your views based on logistics management.
2.5 GLOBAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
1. McDonalds Expansion strategies in India: Whether beefing up or Beefless?
Substantiate your views and give suggestions as Management consultant.
2. There are number of strategies being practiced or followed by companies
globally. Still Recession takes place. In this context, do you suggest new
strategy or you face the recession with the existing strategies. How? Explain.
3. “Strategic planning deals with formulating, implementing and evaluating
strategies to perform the cross functional decision of the company” Do you
agree or disagree? Substantiate your views.
4. Discuss the age diversity issues at Ashok Leyland Limited (ALL), India’s second
largest commercial vehicle manufacturers. Explain how can eliminate this issue
from all.
2.6 INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICIES AND DOCUMENTATION
1. Elucidate the export and import financing schemes provided by the
government.
2. “BOT has a clear and dynamic role in advising government on relevant issues
connected with foreign trade” – Discuss.
3. Exports made on re-export basis shall not be counted for reorganization, why?
4. “Permissible credits in the EEFC.” –Discuss.
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2.7.1: INTERNATIONAL MARKETING RESEARCH AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
1. Design an international marketing research for a multinational company
product.
2. Identify the principal methods that companies might use in assessing and
reviewing opportunities across international markets. Suggest alternate means
by which firms can prioritise and segment international markets.
3. How can you draw a strategy canvas for a software company for international
positioning of its products and services?
4. How do social and cultural influence the impact on international consumer
behaviour.
2.7.2 EXPORT & IMPORT FINANCE
1. Pre-shipment credit will help the exporter in Indian scenario – Discuss.
2. Inflation rate as well as interest rates will affect the value of currency rates –
Discuss.
3. “Export incentives are major factors to encourage the EXIM business”- Are you
agree?
4. “Credit Insurance agencies will help the exporter & importer in financial
payments” – prove it.