Over the recent years, Apple has struggled with a critical issue that could have led the company to international affairs, having a huge impact on the brand image: the working conditions in its supply chain. As written above, many factory workers of Apple’s main supplier, Foxconn, committed suicide over the years. A few stories and documentaries got released to report such behavior in how Apple treated its employees, far from the fairly and ethically values stated in the CSR method. However, being a perfect Social Responsible company is utopian, even more in the electronics industry, where the Supplier Code of Conduct is considered as the toughest one, unlike other industries. It means that it is not easy, even for a huge organization like Apple, to enforce and improve its CSR impact.
In Forbes’ “Has Apple Become More Ethical Since Steve Jobs’ Death A Year Ago?”, the general answer is no. The author of the article, Tim Worstall, takes into account the multiple scandals that happens to Apple after Jobs’ death, for example the extreme working conditions for minors in one of their suppliers in China. The Huffington Post states that “when it comes to business ethics, Apple is a follower, not an innovator” (Hawthorne). The article then proceeds to stating the many occasions in which Apple usually let incidents turn into major scandals before Apple opens investigations against them. This really means that Apple has not impose its ethical conduct thoroughly throughout the company.
To select a method of implementation with minimum customization. Training of end users. To adapt the new system and changing what is required in the working environment so that the system could be used effectively in the future. 7.6 Post Implementation Many post implementation problems arise in the beginning which sometimes can lead to wrong expectations and fears. The expectations and fear that corporate management has from an ERP have been published greatly.
HTC are very bad at cost cutting. Mobile patent development is nothing but generating revenue for its company. When a company could develop a new feature for its mobile and in order for other companies to use the feature pays royalty to the mother company with patent rights. Initially HTC Case Study 5 HTC lagged in patent right hence payed a high amount royalty to Nokia and Blackberry to introduce their features into HTC. Recommendation 1: Investing on Innovation department Article 1: Adapting to black swan events This is one of the important step needed to be taken by HTC to grow in market.
PESTEL ANALYSIS Political Factors These factor heavily influences the company’s decision making process. From 2007 to 2009 it is reported that more than a half of sales of their products comes from countries other than America. To reduce their operating cost Apple also spread their product manufacturing to different companies outside America. Cork, Ireland, Korea, China and Czech Republic are some of the other states where Apple placed their company. Bad international relations, wars, terrorism, and public health issues between U.S. and these states might give a negative impact that may damage the Apple Inc. reputation as well as their business process.
Moreover, stringing dollars had also source of problem for Apple product prices, transportation cost and profit margins (Apple INC, 2012). 4.0 Recommendation to Improve Management of the Macro Environment of Apple Dominating the various manufacturers that Apple serves in while at the same time getting a respectable profit for the shareholders and contributing to the improvement of the guild at large is Apple’s main aim. Referable to the nature of the industry, Apple thus needs to adopt effective recommendations that will insure long term sustainability and improve the macro environment of the organisation.
Samsung company apologized to consumers after the scandal and they mentioned about their expectations to increase battery capacity and satisfy the consumers with the new design of Galaxy Note 7. Samsung blamed their suppliers for battery explosion and added to change their suppliers. Risk analysis and risk management were the most important features that a giant company should pay attention to, but Samsung acted as the amateur in this regard during the scandal, and it had deficiencies in this process. In the concept of corporate governance, there are some important topics that need to be handled by the company, such as principles, policies, procedures, responsibilities and accountability. During this scandal, the board did not get enough action.
Political/Legal Segment Political segment becomes a significant influence on Apple Inc.’s in establishing their business all over the world. However, as a company, Apple Inc. is not able to regulate the political segment. It is mentioned that majority of their sales is obtained from other countries outside the United States. Therefore, Apple Inc. needs to lower their production cost by moving their production assembly to other countries. However, some concerns may arise between the United States and those countries, such as bad international relation, public issues, and others.
3. Performance Indicators are designed and evaluation is done on its basis by the HR department. 4. One important indicators is success in following the Nestle management and leadership principles because the management is very particular about their policies. 5.
3.2 IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES RELATED TO CONCEPT The practical importance of objectives in management can best be seen by summarizing how successful managing by objectives works in practice. Stages of Management by Objectives Process are Defining the organizational goals Defining employees’ objectives Continuous monitoring performance and progress Performance evaluation Providing feedback Performance appraisal Let’s explain each of the MBO process in details Defining the organizational goals To ensure organization effectiveness, there must be an established set of goals and they serve a number of purposes. Organizations can have several sets of goals and all them must be appropriately managed. Setting of goals usually involves different kinds of managers. Preliminary goals are set by the superiors based on an analysis and interpretation as to what can and what should be accomplished by the organization within a specific period of time Define Employees Objectives When you’ve ascertained that the employees’ managers have informed them of the general objectives, strategies and planning premises, the managers can get down to work with the employees making the objectives known to them.