Annamalai Assignments – 1st Year MBA- IS
Each Subject – Two Answer through Email.
1. Principles of Management
Q1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
Q2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
Q3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product organization with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
Q4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial organization?
Q1. “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.
Q2. “The quantity demanded of any good appears to depend upon utility, price and income”. Elucidate the above statement with appropriate example.
Q3. “If the production function is homogeneous with constant returns to scale everywhere, the returns to a single variable factor will be diminishing”. Comment
Q4. “If there is active price competition and free entry, the equilibrium output under monopolistic competition will be very close to the minimum cost-output. However, if firms avoid price competition and instead enter into non-price competition there will be excess capacity in each firm”. Comment the above statement.
3. Accounting and Finance For Managers
Q1. Arun the managing director is surprised that his profit every year is quite different from what he wants or expects to achieve. someone advised him to install a formal system of budgeting. He employs a fresh accountant to do this. For two years, the accountant faithfully makes all budgets based on previous year accounts. The problem remains unsolved. Advise Arun the managing director and the accountant on what steps they should take. Make assumptions about what is lacking.
Q2. In a factory, actual fixed cost overheads were different from the standard fixed overheads because the actual output, actual time consumed, actual rate per hour and per unit of output differed. Compute the variances taking assumed figures.
Q3. A company has to decide whether to Make or Buy. Through differential cost analysis, how will you ascertain the net difference between the two alternatives so as to assist the management in their decision making? Use hypothetical figures to illustrate.
Q4. As a management accountant you were asked to introduce a system of capital expenditure control for your organization. Explain the important feature you want to incorporate in the system you propose to introduce with the suitable example of a project involving capital expenditure.
4. Marketing Management
Q1. “Chinese computer and electronic products possess advantages in design, innovation, rapid response and global market flexibility”- comment.
Q2. “Legal aspects protect competitors and consumers from many unethical pricing strategies that unscrupulous marketers may wish to attempt”. Critically analyse the statement.
Q3. “Advertising on the internet has changed significantly over the past decade and some might argue that it is for the worse” Do you agree or disagree? Discuss with practical illustrations.
Q4. Examine the challenges encountered by the pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for surviving and thriving in this new and ever changing environment
5. Human Resource Management
Q1. “The field of HRM changes so rapidly that had become necessary for one to constantly review procedures and laws to that the practices will be effective and legal”. Critically evaluate this statement.
Q2. “Majority of the testing techniques for selection do not accurately assess the characteristics of the job. In fact most of the executives would divulge that the testing had no impact on future job performance. Do you accept or not? Discuss with justification. Q3. “Identify the paramount barriers to effective training programme in IT field and how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples. Q4. Technological advancements and automation are causing high stress and burn out among employees, which results negatively and unable to reap the benefit of automation”. Do you agree or disagree? State your view.
6. Production and Materials Management
1. Production and materials management is the area of creating competitive advantage. Do you agree? Justify your answer.
2. A manufacturer requires 10,000 items per year. Price discount as follows:
a) Rs.4 upto 2000 items, Rs. 3.80 between 2000 and 4000 items. Rs.3.70 for quantities above 4000. Ordering cost = Rs. 50.
b) Comparative inventory cost = 25% per year of average inventory price.
c) Determine the optimum purchase policy under discount.
3. Explain JIT. Do you think it is practically feasible in India? What is your suggestion for implementing JIT?
4. Discuss the impact of new technologies on the role of an production Manager in an organization? Give suitable examples.
7. Research Methods For Management
1. “Human Lock” a leading human security force company has planned to know the employee satisfaction level and the problems faced by employees in their job at various levels. As a consultant you are requested to complete the task. Design a suitable questionnaire for this purpose by considering different dimensions related to human security force, and suggests a suitable sampling design for the collection of data.
2. You are the R & D Manager of a research consultancy company. You have been assigned to conduct a customer satisfaction study about cosmetic products of a leading cosmetic company in India. You conducted the study and you are ready to submit the report. How will you prepare the research report for your client? (Use your own data and other relevant information)
3. Mr. Puneeth, the personnel manager of a Textile Mill is recruiting its graduate trainees through two consultancy agencies. The performance index (0 – 10 scale) of the trainees from each consultancy agency follows normal distribution. The variance of the performance index of the trainees selected through a Consultancy Agency X is 12 and that of the trainees selected through another Consultancy Agency Y is 6. The manager feels that the mean performance index of the trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency X is less than that of the trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency Y. To test his intuition, he has drawn a sample of 64 trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency X and their mean performance index is found to be 8. Similarly, he has drawn a sample of 81 trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency Y and their mean performance index is found to be 6.5. Test the intuition of Mr. Puneeth at a significant level of 0.01.
4. “The economy of a nation depends on the quantum of research and development activities.” – Comment on the statement and substantiate your views with real time examples.