For this module, we’ll be continuing to use the Alcan case introduced in module 2. This time, you will be focusing on the parts of the analysis dealing with applications and applications management. However, you will need to draw upon both your previous review of hardware issues and on the general background material relating to the company that you used previously. It’s probably an excellent idea to go back over all the case before you start investigating software applications issues in detail. Undoubtedly, there are points raised earlier in the case relevant to your current analysis that you may not have noted earlier, but which will become more evident as you proceed with your analysis.
Please read the Alcon case again as it will be important to consider different and addition al information from the case in completing this modules assignment. The case references are listed below.
Dube, L., Bernier, C. and Roy, V. (2009) Taking on the Challenge of IT Management in a Global Business Context: The Alcan Case – Part A. International Journal of Case Studies in Management. 7(2):May. HEC020.
Dube, L., Bernier, C. and Roy, V. (2009) Taking on the Challenge of IT Management in a Global Business Context: The Alcan Case – Part B. International Journal of Case Studies in Management. 7(2):May. HEC021.
Use information from the course background readings as well as any good quality resource you can find. Please cite all sources and provide a reference list (use APA format) at the end of your paper.
Your answer to the following will be assessed:
What are the pros and cons of the current Alcon application management?
What are the pros and cons of the new Alcon application management proposed by Robert Ouelette?
Do you agree with what has been proposed in this case? Why?
Case Expectations, and Grading Criteria:
Your paper will be evaluated on the following criteria (meeting minimum requirements is B performance):
_ Complete the case assignment.
_ Length of 3-5 pages (since a page is about 300 words, this is approximately 900-1500 words)
_ Conducted evaluation and analysis as required
_ Support for assertions using examples, citations (use required readings), and elaboration to support assertions. Evidence that you have read the required background materials
_ Precision: the questions asked are answered.
_ Clarity: Your answers are clear and show your good understanding of the topic.
_ Breadth and Depth: The scope covered in your paper is directly related to the questions of the assignment and the learning objectives of the module.
_ Critical thinking: It is important to read the “required readings” posted in the background material plus others you find relevant. Your paper should include important concepts from these readings and incorporate YOUR reactions and examples that illustrate your reflective judgment and good understanding of the concepts.
_Your paper is well written and the references are properly cited and listed (refer to TUI guidelines http://www.trident.edu/files/Well-Written-Paper.pdf)
2.A firm hires two workers and rents 15 acres of land for a season. It produces 150,000 bushels of crop. If it had doubled its land and labor, production would have been 325000 bushels. Does it have constant, decreasing, or increasing returns to scale?