Ecisions in Paradise Business Scenario, Part I

Description: a. Read the Business Scenario Decisions in Paradise (see below)
b. Assume the role of Nik, and use the Nike Co. (or one with which you are familiar in United States) as the organization represented by Alex, Nik, and Chris.
C. Using the information from the case, materials from the course, independent research, and the mission of Nike organization (or one with which you are familiar), prepare a 700-900 word paper, in which you develop the preliminary considerations for your organization establishing a greater presence on Kava by:
1. Defining the issues that appear in this business scenario
2. Discussing the forces that are involved in formulation of the problem
3. Using problem formulation tools and techniques, describe the organizational and environmental obstacles in a way that considers various key stakeholders that will be impacted by decisions
4. Apply critical thinking in the decision-making process.
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Business Scenario
Decisions in Paradise: How To Be, or Not To Be
Introduction:
My name is Nik. I spell my name a little differently. But, with so many folks named Nicholas, Nicolette, Nicole, Nikoleta, Nikola, and more, I figure I d let people guess.
Like everyone else, I periodically imagine what paradise on Earth would be for me. In my imagination, my trip to paradise includes having a wonderful, loving relationship, finishing my college degree, getting a meaningful job, seeing some of the rest of the world, and getting my dog, Leonard, housebroken.
Although I d been working on all this stuff for what seems a lifetime, I couldn t believe that they all came together for me within a three week period; although, I m still working on Leonard.
Within two weeks of finishing my degree, I landed a job with great potential in a solid organization. All the investment of time, energy, and money in school finally paid off, not to mention I learned a lot more than I thought I would. The next week I reconnected with a former  friend , that could prove to be the love of my life. Did I point out I m still working with Leonard?
Adding to paradise found, my first assignment with my new company required me to travel to another part of the world an island country of Kava, in the South Pacific to be exact. Now who thinks of the South Pacific and doesn t image a physical paradise  white beach, gentle surf, swaying palm trees, tropical breeze  I sure did, and so did the prospective love of my life. We agreed the first trip would be strictly business. So, I would be traveling alone. Poor Leonard. If this assignment and our relationship worked out well, however, we could spend other occasions together in paradise.
My first week of work was entirely engulfed in a brief introduction to the company, HR procedures, organizational processes, overview of Kava, and flight arrangements. Although I received a great deal of help in putting together the trip to Kava, no one knew exactly what I would be doing there.
 You ll be working with Alex, our director of strategic planning, was the short, quick, and consistent response I got.  Very experienced, very demanding, very influential executive. What an opportunity for you!
So, the following week I was off to Kava, to meet with Alex, my supervisor and mentor, for my assignment in paradise.
I hope the love of my life gets Leonard housebroken while I am gone.
The setting:
My first reminder that life s events are not as we perceive them to be is when I landed in Kava. What I found was that this part of paradise was a mess, at least where I landed. It was a mess all the way to our company s office. It was a mess around the office.
I opened the door of the trailer, our make-shift office. The office was a mess, too!
Before I could focus myself to say anything, even to greet the receptionist sitting behind the desk, the hectic yet very welcoming voice rang out,  Greetings, I m Alex.
I was a bit surprised. Correction: I was very surprised. People never look like you picture them nothing is like your mind ever pictures it but I was way off with Alex. I should have known better, but I still answered,  Really? You re not the receptionist? You re not at all how I pictured you.
 Really? Alex responded,  How did you picture me& & .. gesturing me to introduce myself.
 I m sorry. I m Nik, I responded.
 You are Nik? was Alex s retort.  Wow! You re not even close to how I pictured you, either.
 So much for perception is reality, we said in unison.
 Well, that was a wave of commonality in this sea of diverse thought, eh? Alex quipped.
I quickly learned Alex loved metaphors.
 Yeah, let s see if we can have many more of these we experience, I answered, hoping my first impression was not my last.
Again with a hectic this time reassuring voice Alex said,  Oh we will.
 So, you re one of the rookies they sent me from training camp. Get ready for some fun games. By the way, I am also the receptionist.
 Let me tell you a little about Kava, Alex continued, and with a note of humor and threat added,  And, make sure you keep your eye on the ball this time.
Alex debriefs Nik about Kava.
FACTS ABOUT KAVA:
The location:
A significant island country in the South Pacific.
The people:
Over 50% under 15 years of age
Ethnic mix of indigenous South Pacific tribes, oriental (Chinese primarily), African, French, Spanish, and since World War II, a sizeable number of Americans.
Religions  Indigenous 50%, remainder closely divided between Christian, Buddhist, and Islamic.
Languages  Numerous indigenous, as well as English, Spanish, and French.
The economy:
Petroleum, coffee, cocoa, spices, bananas, sugar, tourism, fishing, and natural gas, as well as inexpensive, quality labor.
Disasters threats:
Tidal waves/tsunami
Typhoons/Hurricanes
Tornadoes
Floods
Fires
Volcanic eruptions
Earthquakes
HIV/AIDS
Petroleum spill
High risk for avian flu
Terrorism, from within and outside the country
Helping organizations:
Governmental service  local, state, and national levels including the military
Community based organizations
Faith-based groups
Businesses
THE SITUATION:
After Alex s introduction to Kava, reviewing the potential risk associated with our location, and thinking I m showing Alex my great observation skills, I declare,  That s why the mess all around here. Some disaster hit this place. Right?
Alex s eyes spoke,  No kidding, slugger. But kinder and more informative words came from Alex s mouth that said,  No, not some disaster. It was some disasters fastballs being thrown from all sides, so to speak.
I asked my first stupid question,  What kind of disasters have they had here?
With some chiding, but great patience, Alex replied,  Don t they teach about things that happen in the rest of the world at your college, or did you get hit by a pitch?
 They do, I answered,  but like everybody else, I guess, it if doesn t affect me directly, I don t pay much attention.
 Every day, in many ways, you re affected directly by things that happen in many parts of the rest of the world, Alex responded, this time with less patience.  I bet what happens in Kava impacts your life at least three times a day, every day. You may not get all the fly balls, but you re still in every part of the game
 What happened here was& ..
 How did the folks deal with all that? I interrupted with amazement.
 Too much, too many, and over too short a period, Alex answered with sigh.  Add to that the diverse composition, beliefs, attitudes, and ideologies, and you ve got a melting pot boiling over.
 Or, everybody thinks they can pitch, eh? as I took a swing at metaphoric statements.
 Good one, Alex stated.  Yep. Now, let s get to work on our game plan.
THE TASK:
Alex began to define our mission and my assignment:
 Our company is considering establishing a greater presence here in Kava, Alex started.  That greater presence could take various forms, based on what s good for our company and what s good for the people of Kava. You a

Ecisions in Paradise Business Scenario Part I

Decisions in Paradise Business Scenario (Individual Assignment)

For Weeks Three through Five, you will work individually using the Decisions in Paradise Business Scenario located on the [img src”6769035″] page as the basis for these three assignments. In this scenario, you will play the role of Nik, and your current employer is the organization represented by Alex, Nik, and Chris. You will also use the mission of your current organization to assist you in decision making in discussing this business scenario.

There are three phases to this assignment which will be cumulative, meaning that each part will build upon the next. You will use this paper and feedback from your instructor as input to improve your Week Four and Week Five assignments.

The three deliverables for this project are:

a. Week Three: Decisions in Paradise Paper, Part I

b. Week Four: Decisions in Paradise Paper, Part II

c. Week Five: Decisions in Paradise Paper, Part III

Week 3 Due Day 6 (Individual Assignment): Decisions in Paradise Paper,

Part I

Beginning in Week Three and for the remainder of the course, you will be working with the Scenario Decisions In Paradise where you will incrementally apply concepts from the course readings, research, Internet sites, and your experience to create a complete response to the scenario in Week Five.

The assignment in Week Three is Decisions in Paradise Paper, Part I:

a. Read the Business Scenario Decisions in Paradise found on the [img src”6769035″] page.

b. Assume the role of Nik, and use your current employer (or one with which you are familiar) as the organization represented by Alex, Nik, and Chris.

c. Using the information from the case, materials from the course, independent research, and the mission of your current organization (or one with which you are familiar), prepare a 700to 1,050-word paper, in which you develop the preliminary considerations for your organization to establish a greater presence on Kava by:

1) Defining the issues that appear in this business scenario.

2) Discussing the forces that are involved in formulation of the problem.

3) Using problem formulation tools and techniques, describe the organizational and environmental obstacles in a way that considers various key stakeholders who will be impacted by the decisions.

4) Applying critical thinking in the decision-making process.

*** I will Submit the other 2 parts today so that you can do them together, pleaseif you have any questions let me know .. thanks Viviana