Three Discussion Question and One Assignment

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Business Admin Capstone Course

Discussion 1

Week 2 eActivity

  • Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research the industry of your choice in light of the Five Forces of Competition Model. Be prepared to discuss.

"Union Pacific Corporation" Please respond to the following:

Perform an analysis of the social / demographic, technological, economic, environmental / geographic, and political/legal / governmental segments to understand the general environment facing Union Pacific.

Describe how Union Pacific will be affected by each of these external factors.

"Five Forces of Competition Model" Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, analyze the industry you selected using the Five Forces of Competition Model to determine the impact of each of the five forces.
  • Based on your analysis, determine if the industry is attractive or unattractive. Explain your rationale.

Assignment 1: Strategic Management and Strategic Competitiveness

Choose one (1) public corporation in an industry with which you are familiar. Research the company on its own Website, the public filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR database (, in the University's online databases, and any other sources you can find. The annual report will often provide insights that can help address some of these questions.

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:

  • Assess how globalization and technology changes have impacted the corporation you researched.
  • Apply the industrial organization model and the resource-based model to determine how your corporation could earn above-average returns.
  • Assess how the vision statement and mission statement of the corporation influence its overall success.
  • Evaluate how each category of stakeholder impacts the overall success of this corporation.
  • Use at least two (2) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine ways in which the vision, mission, and stakeholders of a firm impact that firm’s overall success.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business administration.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business administration using proper writing mechanics.

International Problem Course

Discussion 1

"America in Vietnam"

The Vietnam War was a counterinsurgency that involved us in guerilla warfare that was similar, in some ways, to what we face in Afghanistan today. But the way the Vietnam War was conducted was considered to be immoral and unjust by many.

  • Describe the prevailing arguments of what constitutes a "just war," and assess the justice of the Vietnam War in that context.
  • Speculate on how the world would be different today if the U.S. had not become involved in Vietnam. Looking forward to a great discussion! Let the sharing begin! Dave

Introduction to Finance

Discussion 1

Post a Pin that relates to the topics covered this week and write why you chose this item. A Pin can be a link to a video or article that you found on the web.

Federal Reserve System

Tutor Answer

School: Boston College


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The Five Forces of Competition Model: Union Pacific Corporation

The five forces of competition model include the social or demographic factors,
technological factors, economic factors, environmental or geographic factors and political
factors. All these factors are external environmental factors that affect Union Pacific Corporation
(Yunna and Yisheng, 799).

Social or Demographic Factors

Due to the rapidly growing population, there is a need for a 35% increase in rail services
especially shipping. This will cause expansion of the Union Pacific Corporation. The
organization managers will also have to focus on improving margins and the quality of services
offered. The services offered need to of the highest quality so that the company can have a
competitive advantage over other competitors such as truck companies (Yunna and Yisheng,
802). The management will also plan on how to grow dividends so as to attract more investors.

Technological Factors

The company has embraced the technological advancements and found better ways to
accelerate the movement of the trains and running other basic operations of the company.

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Technological advancement has also brought in an improvement in environmental performance
such as reduction in pollution of the environment. Distributed Power Units (DPU) replaced the
standard locomotive power as a result of technological advancements and this saves up to 4%
fuel with reduced gas emissions.

Economic Factors

Union Pacific Corporation (UPC) is the leading organization in rail shipping and is
adversely affected by the nation’s economic trends. This company mainly deals with
transportation of intermodal, coal, industrial products, agricultural products, chemicals and
automotive. When the economy is poor less of these goods will be demanded to lower the total
revenue of the corporation (Yunna and Yisheng, 802).

Environmental or Geographic Factors

The great need to conserve the environment has enabled the company to devise new and
better ways to perform tasks. The company has developed several ways to improve fuel
efficiency, reduce gas emissions, lower consumption of energy and recycle already used
materials. The company has been able to reach out to almost 23 states of the United States and
ensure a steady supply of goods in those regions.

Political Factors

This company is subject to the government laws set, state laws and also laws set by the
local authorities. The company is serving several states whose set rules and regulations must be
adhered to without compromising. These laws cover issues related to health, safety, environment,

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labor, and economy. The law also requires that the company obtains licenses and permits to
validate the services offered. The regulations normally change time after time to govern the
operations of the company.

The industry within which the Union Pacific Corporation (UPC) operates is attractive
because it’s difficult for other companies to enter into the industry due to the high startup capital
required (Yunna and Yisheng, 802). The company...

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