Midterm Exam CIO Related

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Midterm.docx A word docx version is posted under assignments. Since you did all the work and read only your can answer the questions. I will provide you everything you will need to complete the assignment.

Midterm 1. You are the CIO 2. I am the CEO 3. Your team is five individuals selected from the discussions. You can use the same people throughout the exercise, or a different team for each problem. 4. You are writing a memorandum to the CEO. 5. This midterm examination is to be no more than 3,000 words total. A reference page is not necessary. 6. Use the template below. 7. It is due by the end of day Sunday, June 28. There is a 5% penalty in grade if it is late, applied by day. 8. You may write at any length on these topics not to exceed the total for the project, but answer all questions. 9. Pick a team of five as your reference group. You can pick whomever you like including the professor and/or yourself. 10. When you quote a classmate use this convention for the citation (Author, Discussion, Time Stamp). For example, (John Nicolay, Discussion 1, May 27 at 8:34 AM). 11. Use only the material that appears within the conferences. DO NOT USE ANY ASSIGNED MATERIAL DIRECTLY. You may refer to assigned material only if the conference source discussed it. 12. This exercise is an examination of how the class and professor treat the knowledge in our discussions. You may use your own conference material. 13. Refer to the grading rubric for guidance or ask. The project is analytical, not a semantic puzzle. The intent of this examination is that you analyze the ability of your colleagues within the conference to brainstorm (the conference) to provide you (the CIO) with sufficient guidance to answer these questions. The conference is a transcript of your planning sessions. The intent is not that you should provide answers as if you alone are tasked with providing an answer. I am interested in learning how you take information from the discussion. Here is the problem: The CEO (me) wants the CIO (you) to provide an analysis of the following questions, and to critique the ability of your team (your classmates) to explore similar problems. Direct answers to these questions is less important that the analysis of the discussion itself through the lens of the conference. Got it? Again, absolutely no direct citations or references to class reading assignments. Just use the conferences. So how do you handle something from text that appears in a conference? This is an example: “In Discussion 4, Nicolay (June 18 10:24 PM) discusses the work of Hugos. ” Got it? Project 1: Answer all the questions based on the discussions in conference only. Project 2: A brief assessment of the conference participants in terms of their ability to answer these questions. If you use a different team of five for various questions, then provide a different assessment. Your assessment is a real assessment not something basic like “My team worked well together.” Teams have strengths and weaknesses. You must base you answers on conference participation; please do not start new responses absent the conference. I am more interested in how you understood the conference. In all these discussions, assume our discussion corporation is a mid-sized (1,000 employees), manufacturing concern with sales and marketing. 1. The alignment of technology with the business plan can be said to be (a) strategic or planned; or (b) a natural progression from one stage to the next. Under what circumstances would it be (a) or (b)? What is the role of the CIO in both? Wouldn't that role be different under each set of circumstances? 2. The idea of freedom or creativity within rules or behavioral boundaries is a risky proposition. Best described as a zone of behavior in a fog, employees can be either rewarded or doomed for their ingenuity or “stepping outside” the norm. What is a more productive way for an organization to encourage creativity without having every employee a loose cannon or maverick? 3. We learned that it is possible to think of technology as a corporate service, and run technology as if it were a subsidiary of the corporation. If this were carried out, what are the benefits to the corporation? What impact would this model have on the role of the CIO as the executive who is a planner of the corporate strategy? MAKE sure you evaluate the ability of your “staff” to solve these problems. Obviously if you use only yourself you did not have a very high opinion of the team. Be thoughtful and honest. If you found the CEO meddlesome, you should say so. USE THIS TEMPLATE Memorandum To: John Nicolay, CEO Fm: Your name, CIO Re: Evaluation of proposed problems Team: Name the five you used. If you did not post very much, it might not be wise to use yourself. The answers must be replete with citations. This is not the place to provide your personal assessment of these problems unless you are citing yourself. Yes, cite yourself. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Assessment of Team: Discuss its strengths and weaknesses to address the problems. Problem 1 Restate in your own words and provide your team based analysis Problem 2 Restate in your own words and provide your team based analysis Problem 3 Restate in your own words and provide your team based analysis

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