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TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 01
Course Title : International Business Environment
Assignment Code : IBO – 01/TMA/2017-18
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.
1. Critically examine the partial Equilibrium Theory of Trade. How can this theory be applied for instruments of trade policy?
2. (a) Why do Firms become transnational? Discuss with examples.

(b) Explain the issues and controversies related to Transnational Corporations.
3. Distinguish between GATT and WTO. Discuss the Multilateral Trade Agreements related to Agriculture, Textiles and Clothing and Trade Related Investment Measures.
4. Comment on the following:

(a) There is no difference between contract and quasi contract.

(b) In contract of sale, unless there is a contrary intention, there is no implied warranty.

 (c) In the settlement of international disputes, Arbitration is not preferred by business men.

(d) There is no difference between counterfeiting and grey marketing.
5. Write short notes on the following:

(a) Modern Theories of Trade

(b) The Montreal protocol

(c) International Commodity Agreements

(d) Application of Lex Causae to sale of Goods.

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 02
Course Title : International Marketing Management
Assignment Code : IBO – 02/TMA/2017-18
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. Distinguish between the following:

1. Adaption and Standardization in international advertising

2. Product and Services

2. Write short notes on the following:

1. International Product Life Cycle

2. Guidelines for a good international marketing research report

3. You are the Marketing Manager in a domestic pharmaceutical company. Write a note to the CEO of your company explaining the need for the company to enter international markets.

4. You are the Marketing Manager in a computer hardware company, which manufactures laptops. The company decided to enter international markets. It is proposed to produce the laptops in the foreign country and sell them there. But the company is not interested in establishing own manufacturing facilities in the foreign country. Suggest the company any two types of foreign market entry modes suitable in this regard and explain their relative advantages and disadvantages.

5. Distinguish between direct and indirect channels of distribution in international marketing. Would you suggest direct channels or indirect channels for international marketing of cosmetics? Give your reasons for your suggestion.

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 03
Course Title :
India’s Foreign Trade
Assignment Code : IBO – 03/TMA/2017-18
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. What are the main issues in world trade? Discuss these issues briefly along with their solutions.

2. What were the objectives of the industrial policy, 1991? Describe the salient features of this policy.

3. Explain the main factors that contributed to making the garments export the starperformer in the Indian textile exports sector.

4. Comment on the following statements;

(a) High taxes and other disincentives have often choked the expansion of the electronics industry.

(b) Over the past few years the rapidly expanding role of services in the total exports has transformed the growth of Indian economy.

(c) The Indo-US trade and economic cooperation received a significant boost in recent years.

d) India has always enjoyed a favourable trade balance with SAARC countries.

5. Write short notes on the following:

(a) Role of international organizations in world trade

(b) Major markets for Indian handicrafts

(c) Indo-ASEAN trade prospects

(d) SWOT Analysis                             

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 04
Course Title : Export Import Procedures and Documentation
Assignment Code : IBO – 04/TMA/2017-18
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. You are an exporter of engineering products. State the commercial documents required for the export of engineering products and discuss their features.

2. Distinguish between:

) Free on Board (FoB) and Cost Insurance Freight (CIF)

ii) Bill of Exchange and Bill of Entry

iii) Payment credit and Deferred payment credit

iv) Supplier’s credit and Buyer’s credit

3. What are the objectives of exchange control? Explain the regulation and management of foreign exchange under Exchange Control Regulations.

4. Comment on the following statements:

i) There are universally acceptable norms as to the form of export contracts.

 ii) There are no difference between revocable and irrevocable letter of credit and confirmed letter of credit.

iii) Post shipment credit in foreign currency is not provided to Indian exporter.

iv) Under the Bareboat charter, the ship-owners do not let out the bare ship for a period of time.

5. Write short notes on the following:

 i) India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO)

ii) Strengthening Export Marketing Effort

iii) Open Cover

 iv) Export under deferred payments

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT (TMA)
Course Code : IBO-05
Course Title : International Marketing Logistics
Assignment Code : IBO-05/TMA/2017-18
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.
1. Indicate the difference between classification survey, registration survey and underwriter’s survey; and enumerate the important checks performed by the classification society on a ship.
2. What are the three important concepts relevant to the logistics management by an organization? Explain them briefly and state which one you regard as the best approach and why?
3. Distinguish between the following:

(a) Warranty and Guarantee

(b) Export order and Import order
4. Write short notes on the following:

(a) Charter party

(b) Liner Vessel

(c) Joint Ventures

(d) Warehousing
5. Briefly comment on the following statements.

(a) The freight rate had no relationship with the route to be covered.

(b) Tank containers are used for dry bulk cargo.

(c) Bill of lading is a negotiable instrument in the commercial sense.

(d) Overseas cargo in handled at major ports only.

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 06
Course Title : International Business Finance
Assignment Code : IBO – 06/TMA/2017-18
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. (a) Distinguish between ‘Balance of Trade’ and Balance of Payments. Give illustration to support your answer.

(b) Describe the relationship among Current Account, Capital Account and Official Reserve Account with an example.

2. Describe in detail various DCF and non DCF techniques of project appraisal.

3. Discuss in detail various techniques of transaction exposure management.

4. Discuss the rationale of foreign direct investment in an economy. How is it different from portfolio investment?

5. Distinguish between the following:

a) Centralized and decentralized cash management

b) Foreign bonds and Euro bonds 

M.COM

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 01
Course Title : International Business Environment
Assignment Code : IBO – 01/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. Do you think that study of international business environment is relevant for the managers. Give your arguments and explain the economic and financial environment of international business.  

2. (a) Describe the working of Bretton Woods System.

(b) Discuss the financial assistance provided by International Monetory Fund. (10+10)

3. Distinguish between :

(a) GATT and WTO

(b) Unlawful agreement and illegal agreement

(c) Current Account and Capital Account of balance of payments

(d) Utilitarianism and Formalism (4×5)

4. Comment on the following:

(a) Quantitative restrictions do not have the effect of imposing absolute limits on the goods traded.

(b) New technologies do not lead to economies in the use of raw materials.

(c) Quasi contracts do not represent certain relations resembling those created by contracts.

(d) Grey marketing arises when goods are imported and sold through distribution channels authorised by the manufacturer.

5. Write short notes on the following:

(a) Modern theory of trade

 (b) Multilateral Investment Agreement

(c) Role of International Chamber of Commerce in Arbitration and Conciliation

(d) Code of ethics for International Marketing

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 02
Course Title : International Marketing Management
Assignment Code : IBO – 02/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. An Indian company desires to enter into international markets to export garments and fruit juices and spices. What orientation among the EPRG framework should the company follow to achieve best results? Discuss.

2. How is international market segmentation different from international market targeting? Explain the different bases on which an international market can be segmented.

3. Describe the key issues in international marketing communication.

4. How are the services differentiated from products? Describe the challenges in marketing of services.

5. Write short notes on the following:

(a) Local brands vs Global brands

(b) Pricing methods and practices in international marketing

(c) Questionnaire

(d) Qualities of a good report

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 03
Course Title :
India’s Foreign Trade
Assignment Code : IBO – 03/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. Discuss major problems faced by the export sector in India.

2. “Liberalized Foreign Direct Investment Policy of the Indian Government was given a qualitative push to the export promotion measures.” Elaborate and discuss the inflow of FDI in India

3. Discuss various measures taken by the Government of India to enhance exports of the agricultural products.

4. What is meant by “Information Technology”? How has it helped in promotion of export of services of India?

 5. Comment briefly on the following statements:

(a) USA is India’s largest trading partner.

(b) Economic and trade relations between the EU and India have been governed by different agreements signed from time to time.

(c) Manufacturing has been the main strength of the Japanese economy.

(d) The West Asian countries are very important for India’s foreign trade.

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 04
Course Title : Export Import Procedures and Documentation
Assignment Code : IBO – 04/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. You are a manager in an export firm. Enumerate the documents required under CIF contract and discuss their features. 

2. What are the objectives of exchange control? Describe the regulation and management of foreign exchange under exchange control regulations and facilities concerning exports.

3. Distinguish between:

(a) Factoring and Forfaiting

(b) Actual Total Loss and Constructive Total Loss 

4. Comment on the following statements:

(a) Electronic Data Interchange do not provide strategic benefits to the organization.

(b) Documents against Acceptance do not have usance period.

 (c) Under Bareboat charter ship-owner do not let out bare ship for a period of time.

 (d) Under the financial assistance for Agricultural, Horticultural and meat exports, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority do not provide financial assistance. 

5. Write notes on the following:

(a) Import documents

(b) Duty drawback Scheme

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO-05
Course Title : International Marketing Logistics
Assignment Code : IBO-05/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.
1. (a) What do you understand by the institutional arrangements for resolving shipper’s
problem? Explain.
(b) Privatisation of ports is considered necessary for the fast development of port
infrastructure.

2. What are the three important concepts relevant to the logistics management by an
organization? Explain them briefly and state which one you regard as the best approach
and why?

3. Distinguish between the following:
(a) Re-order Level & Re-order Quantity
(b) Ship owner’s lien & Maritime lien
(c) Time Charter & Bareboat Charter
(d) Carriage of goods by Air & Carriage of Goods by Rail

4. Write short notes on the following:
(a) Information Technology
(b) Warehousing
(c) Liner Vessel
(d) Joint Ventures

5. Briefly comment on the following:
(a) Cross subsidization is the characteristics feature of the liner freight.
(b) Bill of Lading is a document of title to goods.
(c) Application for registration is made by the ship owner.
(d) Controlling inventories are vital in the logistics activity mix.

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : IBO – 06
Course Title : International Business Finance
Assignment Code : IBO – 06/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. (a) Differentiate between gold standard and gold exchange standard.

(b) What was Bretton Woods System? What were its distinctive features?

2. (a) An adverse balance of payments is always a sign of weakness in the economy.” Comment. (b) Compare the advantages and disadvantages of ‘fixed’ and ‘floating’ exchange rate systems.

3. (a) Explain the different kinds of risks in foreign exchange faced by multinational corporations.

(b) What is money market hedge? Explain the mechanism of money market hedge with an example. 

4. Explain the different ways of managing political risks.

5. (a) Cost of capital and capital structure decisions are interrelated. Comment.

(b) What do you understand by counter trade? When counter trade can be beneficial for a country?

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MCO – 01
Course Title : Organization Theory and Behaviour
Assignment Code : MCO - 01 /TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
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1. What are various responsibilities of various level of management in an organisation? Explain various functions and role of managers.  

2. Discuss the Modern Theory of Organisation. How are they relevant in the modern organisation?  

3. What is an individual behavior? Explain the operant conditioning theory of learning. How is it different from the classical conditioning theory of leaning?  

4. Differentiate between the following:

(a) Maslow’s and Herzberg’s Theory

(b) Psychoanalystic Theory and Self Theory

(c) Autocratic or Free-rein style of leadership

(d) Intra Personal Conflict and Inter Personal Conflict

5. Briefly comment on the following statements:

(a) Cross Cultural Management

(b) Objectives of Organisational Development

(c) Overcoming Resistance to change

(d) Culture Person Compatibility

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MCO – 03
Course Title : Research Methodology and Statistical analysis
Assignment Code : MCO - 03 /TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt al questions.
1. (a) Explain various methods of collecting praimary data along with the merits and limitations of each of them.
(b) Describe sampling and non sampling errors that may crop up in conducting a research.
With the help of hypothetical figures, elaborate how would you determine the sample size
for your research study.

2. (a) “The shape of graph offers easy and appropriate answers to several questions.” Comment upon the statement.
(b) Explain the use and importance of measure of skewness in a research study. How would you measure the coefficient of skewness?

3. (a) Explain Spearman’s Rank correlation method with the help of hypothetical figures.
(b) Discuss the uses of index numbers in analysing the data related to business and
economic activity.

4. (a) The employees of AB Co. Ltd. have to elect one out of 5 persons to place them in a
committee. Find the probability of selecting a representative that would be either male or
over the age of 35. Details of the members are as follows:


(b) A random sample of 500 flower stems has an average length of 11cm. Can this be
regarded as a sample from a large population with mean as 10.8cm and standard
deviation as 2.38cm?
(c) The duty hours per week of 10 workers, selected randomly were found to be: 6.6, 7.2,
6.8, 9.2, 6.9, 6.2, 6.7, 7.2, 9.7, 10.4 Compute 95% and 99% Confidence intervals for the
average hours of work per week per worker.

5. Write an explantory note on conclusion and genralisation.

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MCO – 04
Course Title : Business Environment
Assignment Code : MCO - 04 /TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions

1. Distinguish between micro and macro environments of business. How does technological environment affect the external business? Explain giving suitable examples.

2. Highlight the need of Sick Industrial Company (Special Provision) Act, 1985. Explain its objectives and applicability.

 

3. Explain the concept of financial market. Discuss two types of financial markets and distinguish between them.

 

4. What is meant by economic planning? Discuss its long term goals in the Indian context.

 

5. Comment briefly on the following:

(a) The government introduced several measures to improve the balance of payments.

(b) Globalisation as a policy can not have similar implications for all countries.

 (c) FDI helps in accelerating the rate of economic growth of the host country.

(d) Technological change is a dynamic component of business environment.

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MCO – 05
Course Title : Accounting of Managerial Decisions
Assignment Code : MCO– 05/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. “Balance Sheet is a statement of assets and liabilities or sources and uses of capital or both.” Explain this statement.

 

2. How does Cash Flow Statement differ from Fund Flow Statement? Explain the techniques of preparing a cash flow statement.

3. What do you mean by budgeting? Mention different types of budgets that a big industrial concern would normally prepare.

4. The detail about the composition and the weekly wage rate of labour force engaged on a job scheduled to be completed in 30 weeks are as follow:

Category of workers No. of Labourers Standard weekly wage rate Actual no. of Labourers Actual weekly wage rate Skilled 75 60 70 70 Semi-skilled 45 40 30 50 Unskilled 60 30 80 20 The works get completed in 32 weeks. Calculate the labour variances.

5. Comment upon the following statements:

(a) Fixed cost per unit does not remain constant.

(b) P/V ratio can not be improved by reducing the selling price.

(c) Fixed costs are taken into account for differential cost analysis.

(d) Accounting is not concerned only with the recording of transactions

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MCO - 06
Course Title : Marketing Management
Assignment Code : MCO-06/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. What steps are involved in conducting a marketing research? Discuss them with the help of a hypothetical marketing research project.

2. Explain the relationship between market segmentation, targeting and positioning? Discuss various market targeting strategies adopted by companies.

 3. “A series of step by step process is involved in developing a product.” Describe.

4. Why geographical distribution of consumers is important in pricing decision? Explain various methods of geographical pricing.

5. Comment upon the following statements:

a) “No matter how well channels are designed and managed, there will be some conflict.” b) “There is a difference between advertising and publicity.”

 

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MCO - 07
Course Title : Financial Management
Assignment Code : MCO – 07/TMA/2016-17
Coverage : All Blocks
Maximum Marks: 100
Attempt all the questions.

1. (a) “Financial Management is more than procurement of funds.” Explain.

(b) How is wealth maximization a better criterion than profit maximization?

 2. (a) What is capital budgeting decision? Why is it significant for a firm?

(b) Explain the features of an appropriate capital structure.

3. (a) Define cost of capital. Explain its relevance in financial decision making of a firm. (b) Explain different approaches to the computation of cost of equity capital.

4. From the following information of Company ‘A’ & Company ‘B’, compute (1) Operating leverage (2) financial leverage and (3) combined leverage.  

 

5. (a) Discuss the factors affecting the dividend policy of a company.

    (b) Explain the methods of monitoring receivables. 

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ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-01
Course Title : Management Functions and Behaviour
Assignment Code : MS- 01/TMA/SEM-I/2016
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30
th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Explain various tasks of a professional manager. Discuss various survival and growth options which have been adopted in the recent past in your organization or any rganization you are acquainted with. Describe the organization you are referring to.

2. Explain various models of decision making process. Describe a model which is most suitable to your organization or an organization you are familiar with and why? Describe the organization, you are referring to.

3. Explain the process of conflict. Discuss the impact of conflict on the performance of an organization you are working in or any organization you are acquainted with. Describe the organization you are referring to.

4. Describe various leadership styles. Explain the present leadership style in your organization or any organization you are acquainted with. Which leadership style in your opinion will improve efficiency of the organization and why? Discuss with reasons.

Note: Meaningfully describe the organisations, your are referring to, in response to above questions.

 

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-02
Course Title : Management of Human Resources
Assignment Code : MS-02/TMA/SEM-I/2016
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Discuss the need and objectives of Human Resource Planning (HRP). Describe the salient features and the process of Human Resource Planning undertaken by the organization you are working in or any organization you are familiar with. Briefly describe the organization you are referring to.

2. Briefly describe various methods of Job Analysis. Evaluate and identify the method applied in an organization known to you or you are familiar with. Critically analyze the role and importance of Job Analysis on Work Flow in an organizational setup.

3. Discuss the concept of Team. Explain various approaches to team development you have came across with respect to your own organisation or any organization you are familiar with. Briefly describe the organization you are referring to.

4. Discuss the changing role of HRM. Explain the challenges associated with effective HRM policies and practices in the context of present business scenario, citing examples from your organization or any other organization you are familiar with. Briefly describe the organization you are referring to.

Note: Meaningfully describe the organisations, your are referring to, in response to above questions.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-03
Course Title : Economic and Social Environment
Assignment Code : MS-03/TMA/SEM-I/2016
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. a) Examine the interaction between Economic Environment and Business Management. b) Discuss the relationship between economic and non-economic factors with the help of interaction matrix, giving examples.

2. What is the rationale for private sector development? Critically examine the problems and prospects of privatization.

3. Discuss the merits and demerits of currency convertibility for a developing economy. 4. a) Briefly discuss the significance and need for financial reforms.

b) What reforms have taken place in the small scale sector? Discuss with examples.

5. Examine the impact of economic reforms on growth rate of GDP and FDI. 6. Write short notes:

a) Public Sector in the present scenario

b) Economic Development

c) Importance of Balance of Payments

d) Role of Government.

 

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-04
Course Title : Accounting and Finance for Managers
Assignment Code : MS-04/TMA/SEM-I/2016
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30
th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. “Accountancy is an Information System”. Do you agree? Substantiate your answer with reasons. How does an Accountant help in planning and controlling a large commercial organization? Explain.

 

 

Prepare the comparative balance sheet and study its financial position

 

3. ABC Ltd. maintains their books of Cost Accounts under standard costing system in which the work-in-progress is debited with actual costs and credited with standard costs. The standard cost card for product X shows :

                                                                                                                                           Cost per unit (Rs.)

Direct material 1pc @ Rs. 1.50                                                                                           1.5

Direct labour   3hrs @ Re. 1.00                                                                                          3.0

Factory overhead 3 hrs.@ Rs. 2.50                                                                                   7.5

                                                                                                                                              _____

                                                                                                                                                   12

Based on Budgeted Factory overhead Rs. 7,500 and budgeted Labour hours 3,000. The following cost and production data are available for the month of March, 1998 in respect of product X.

Cost data

1. Actual materials used in production 1,100 pcs @ Rs. 1.60

2. Analysis of pay Roll shows direct labour hrs. 2,700pcs @ Rs. 1.20

3. Factory overhead as per Factory O.H control account Rs. 7, 425 (to be charged to product X) Production data

Units completed 950 units

Units in closing WIP 100 units 50% completed

Cost of units remaining work- in- progress Account is transferred to work- in- progress Inventory Account. You are required to compute all possible variances.

4. As a Manager what strategy you will adopt so that you are able to efficiently manage the cash in business?

5. Visit an organization of your choice and find out the investment appraisal methods that the organization follows. Write a note on your visit.

 

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 05
Course Title : Management of Machines and Materials
Assignment Code : MS-
05/TMA/SEM-I/2016
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Describe an Intermittent Flow Process. Highlight its characteristics, advantages and disadvantages.

2. What is work sampling? Describe the steps usually required in conducting a work sampling study.

3. Explain Kilbridge and Wester method for obtaining a good balance for an assembly line balancing problem.

4. Why are suppliers sometimes helpful in value analysis programs? How can they help? Does it violate your concept of good business ethics to involve them in your problems?

5. Discuss the major functions of stores in an organization. What are the advantages and disadvantages of centralized store room facilities?

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-07
Course Title : Information Systems for Managers
Assignment Code : MS-07/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. What is the purpose of a computer aided decision support system? What are the major    components of such a system? How does it help the decision making process?

2. “Every component of a computer such as software, hardware and network should be protected”. Justify! Why should every organization have a disaster recovery plan to protect itself? What are the main components of a disaster recovery plan?

3. What are the technology related challenges that are invisible? Highlight the pitfalls? How integrated software application can help in this?

4. “Excel is very versatile spreadsheet package. It can do wonder for accountants”. Comment.

5. What do you understand by Artificial Intelligence? What are the factors that highlighted the need of developing AI? What are the goals of AI?

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

Course Code : MS 08

Course Title : Quantitative Analysis for Managerial Applications

Assignment No. : MS-08/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the

coordinator of your study centre.

1. Explain the concept of Maxima & Minima and discuss its managerial applications.

2. The average sales of a product for a particular week, excluding Sunday, were reported by the city departmental store as 150 units. Sunday being a national festival, there was heavy rush of sales which inflated average sales for the entire week to 210 units. Find the sales for Sunday.

3. A box contains 2 red, 3 black, and 5 white balls. If 3 balls are drawn at random without

replacement, find the probabilities that a) all 3 are black, b) two are red and one black,

c) at least one is white.

4. A firm is manufacturing two brands, A and B, of battery cells. It claims that the average life of brand A cells is more than that of brand B cells by 100 hrs, the variances of the two brands being the same. To maintain this standard, two independent samples of 12 cells of each brand are selected on the 20th of every month and a t value of the difference of sample means computed. The firm is satisfied with its claim if the computed t value falls between ±t0.025. A sample of 12 cells of brand A gives a mean life of 1200 hrs and variance of 49 hrs, and that of 12 cells of brand B gives a mean life of 1095 hrs and variance of 64 hrs. Comment on the outcome of the sample results.

5. Discuss the stochastic models developed by Box and Jenkins for time series analysis.

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS-09

Course Title : Managerial Economics

Assignment Code : MS-09/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016

to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. “Sales- revenue maximization” is the main objective of a firm. Discuss this

statement with the help of an example.

2. “The main determinant of elasticity is the availability of substitutes.” Explain this

statement in the context of price elasticity of demand.

3. Answer the following:-

(a) Explain average cost and marginal cost

(b) Find (i) marginal cost and (ii) the average cost functions for the following total

cost function. Calculate them at Q=4 and Q=6 TC=5Q2 +10Q+12

4. Does Price Discrimination exist in the real world? Discuss with reference to any

particular product or service of your choice.

5. “Classification of markets is based on their characteristics.” Substantiate this

statement taking examples from Monopoly and Oligopoly market structures in real

world.

6. Write short notes on the following:-

(a) The Law of Demand

(b) Peak Load Pricing

(c) Alternative costs.

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 10

Course Title : Organisational Design, Development and Change

Assignment Code : MS-10/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016

to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. What is organisational design? In your opinion what are the key factors that affect

organisation design? Explain with the help of examples.

2. Enlist the types of organisation structure. Discuss few organisational structure and

identify their type.

3. Explain the concept of workplace and architectural ergonomics with the help of

examples.

4. What is an interview? Discuss how different types of interview methods citing

examples.

5. Explain the meaning of OD intervention. Enlist the type of alternate interventions

that are carried out in an organisation that you are familiar with.

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 11

Course Title : Strategic Management

Assignment Code : MS-11/TMA/SEM – I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. How do political-legal forces present an opportunity and threat to a particular

organization? Explain with the help of an illustration.

2. Choose an organization that has multiple business units. Categorize each business unit in the a) BCG framework b) GE framework

3. Select an organization of your choice following differentiation strategy. Now analyze as to how this strategy has helped the organization to develop competitive advantage over

its competitors.

4. Explain the linkage between the corporate-level strategy, business-level strategy and

functional strategies giving examples.

5. How do ethics and values help the organization in developing a sound corporate culture? Discuss with the help of suitable examples.

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 21

Course Title : Social Processes and Behavioural Issues

Assignment Code : MS-21/TMA/SEM - 01 /2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016

to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Describe the emerging scenario of corporate governance and business ethics.

Collect instances of corporate governance and business ethics practices followed

by organisations. Briefly describe the organizations you are referring to.

2. Describe the process of perception. How behaviour is influenced by perception?

Explain with the help of examples

3. What is persuasion? Explain the relevance of persuasion in organizations citing

examples.

4. Roles and norms are control mechanisms of groups. Discuss with the help of

examples.

5. Define political behaviour and enlist the factors that contribute to organisational

politics citing examples.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 22

Course Title : Human Resource Development

Assignment Code : MS-22 /TMA/SEM - I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016

to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Discuss the process of coaching. What are the basic steps followed in conducting

coaching and mentoring in an organization? Explain with an example.

2. What is compensation system? Explain how reward management is carried out in

an organisation citing relevant examples.

3. What is international theory building in HRD? Explain the HRS trends in multi

national companies.

4. What is 360 degree feedback? Explain how 360 degree appraisal is carried out in

an organisation. Cite examples.

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 23

Course Title : Human Resource Planning

Assignment Code : MS-23 /TMA/SEM - I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016

to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Explain the forecasting demand for employees. Describe various issues in demand

forecasting with suitable examples from an organization you are familiar with.

2. What do you mean by job evaluation? Describe the methods of job evaluation being

used in an organization you are familiar with. Discuss advantages and disadvantages

of the job evaluation methods.

3. Explain the meaning of orientation, objectives, policy and contents of orientation.

Describe the orientation programme of any organization you are familiar with.

4. What is career planning? Discuss the aims and objectives of career planning.

Describe the benefits of career planning with suitable examples from any

organization you are familiar with.

5. Explain the concept, need and the scope of the Human Resource audit. Describe the

essential steps being used in the auditing process of any organization you are familiar

with.Depreciation Income Tax Payable in four installments of which one falls in the next financial year Rs.

3,00,000

1,08,000

96,000

1,20,000

30,000

18,000

12,000

60,000

Additional Information is as follows:

- Credit given by suppliers of materials is 2 months

- Credit allowed to customers is 1 month

- Wages are paid half month in arrear

- Manufacturing and administrative expenses are paid one month in arrear

- Selling and distribution expenses are paid quarterly in advance

- The company wishes to keep one month stock of raw material and also of finished

goods

- The company believes in keeping cash of Rs. 50,000 including the overdraft limit of

Rs. 20,000 not yet utilized by the company.

3. (a) Why are the Letters of Credit (LCs) known as non fund based working capital finance and what role do they play in facilitating trade?

(b) Is it right to say that the LCs do not involve any financial obligation or risk on the part

of the issuing banker? Give your comments.

4. What do you mean by ‘Short Term Integrated Funds Planning’? Discuss whether this

planning is really practiced in the corporate world in India.

5. Identify the major players in the Indian Money Market. Discuss the major hurdles they

face in their operations.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS-41

Course Title : Working Capital Management

Assignment No. : MS-41/TMA /SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Collect the Financial Statements of any two firms from the same industry for 2014-2015 and calculate their Efficiency, Liquidity and Structural Ratios. Based on these ratios give your views on the working capital management of these firms.

2. The Ratan Corporation sells goods earning a gross profit of 25% on sales. You are required to prepare a Statement showing the Working Capital requirement of the company adding 10% margin for contingencies from the annual figures given below : Sales Materials used Wages Manufacturing Expenses Administrative and other Expenses Selling and Distribution Expenses Depreciation Income Tax Payable in four installments of which one falls in the next financial year

Rs. 3,00,000 1,08,000 96,000 1,20,000 30,000 18,000 12,000 60,000 Additional Information is as follows: - Credit given by suppliers of materials is 2 months - Credit allowed to customers is 1 month - Wages are paid half month in arrear - Manufacturing and administrative expenses are paid one month in arrear - Selling and distribution expenses are paid quarterly in advance - The company wishes to keep one month stock of raw material and also of finished goods - The company believes in keeping cash of Rs. 50,000 including the overdraft limit of Rs. 20,000 not yet utilized by the company.

3. (a) Why are the Letters of Credit (LCs) known as non fund based working capital finance and what role do they play in facilitating trade? (b) Is it right to say that the LCs do not involve any financial obligation or risk on the part of the issuing banker? Give your comments

. 4. What do you mean by ‘Short Term Integrated Funds Planning’? Discuss whether this planning is really practiced in the corporate world in India. 5. Identify the major players in the Indian Money Market. Discuss the major hurdles they face in their operations.

5. Study the Brooke Bond (India) Ltd case given in Block – 5 and answer the questions

given at the end of the case.

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS-42

Course Title : Capital Investment and Financing Decisions

Assignment No. : MS-42/TMA /SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. What is meant by cost of capital? How is cost of long term debt and preference share

capital calculated? How is average weighted cost of capital measured? Explain.

2. Define and explain the term, 'Capital Structure'. Critically examine the Net Income

approach and Net Operating Income approach to capital structure theories.

3. Discuss the various components of project planning. Explain the application of Work

Breakdown structure in monitoring and controlling a project.

4. What are the major global sources of financing? Distinguish between Foreign Direct

Investment and Portfolio Investment.

5. What is Financial Engineering? Explain the factors which motivate the finance manager to undertake financial engineering.

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS-43

Course Title : Management Control Systems

Assignment No. : 43/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the Coordinator of your study centre.

1. Discuss the interlinkages between some of the new management techniques such as TQM, JIT and Activity Based Costing, with the conceptual foundations of Management Control Systems.

2. Select any Organization of your choice and study in detail whether Responsibility Centers are essential for that Organization or not? If you think the Responsibility Centers are essential describe how the Organization should go about it.

3. A Fertilizer company has given the following budget expense for the production of 10,000 bags of a particular product. Per unit Direct materials Direct labour Variable overheads Fixed overheads (Rs. 1,50,000) Variable expenses (direct) Selling expenses (10% fixed)   Administrative expenses (Rs. 50,000 rigid for all levels of production)

Distribution expenses (20% fixed) Total cost of sale per unit Rs. 60 30 25 15 05 15

05 05 160 Prepare a budget for production of 6,000; 7,000 and 8,000 bags, showing distinctly marginal cost and total cost.

4. Explain as to how a service organization is different from that of a manufacturing

organization? Do these differences affect the control system design of these organization?

If yes how.

5. Study the Brooke Bond (India) Ltd case given in Block – 5 and answer the questions

given at the end of the case.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 51

Course Title : Operations Research

Assignment Code : MS-51/TMA/SEM - I /2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Define Operations Research. Also, give a brief historical background of Operations

Research.

2. ABC Company is engaged in manufacturing five brands of packed snacks. It is having

five manufacturing set ups, each capable of manufacturing any of its brands one at a

time. The cost to make a brand on these set ups vary according to the following table:

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5

B1 4 6 7 5 11

B2 7 3 6 9 5

B3 8 5 4 6 9

B4 9 12 7 11 10

B5 7 5 9 8 11

Assuming five set ups are S1 ,S2, S3, S4, and S5 and five brands are B1, B2, B3, B4 and B5, find the optimum assignment of products on these set ups resulting in the minimum cost.

3. What is goal programming? State clearly its assumptions. Identify the major differences between linear programming & goal programming.

4. A company has determined from its analysis of production and accounting data that, for a part number KC-438, the annual demand is equal to 10,000 units, the cost to purchase the item is Rs 36 per order, and the holding cost is Rs 2/unit/year.

(a) What should the economic order quantity be?

(b) What is the number of days’ supply per optimum order? (Assume 300 working days

in a year)

5. “Game theory provides a systematic quantitative approach for analyzing competitive

situations in which the competitors make use of logical process and techniques in order

to determine an optimal strategy for winning”. Comment.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 52

Course Title : Project Management

Assignment Code : MS-52/TMA/SEM - I /2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. What are the phases of a project development cycle? Give the salient tasks under each

phase. What are the outlines of opportunity studies in project management? How do

there impact upon project feasibility studies?

2. Doubled Project Report (DPR) forms the foundation on which the entire superstructure

of the project is built – if it is weak, project cannot weather the turbulent times ahead.

Bring out the do’s and don’ts of a good DPR.

3. What is the concept of “Free Float” (Primary slackness) and “Total Float” (Secondary

slackness)? Bring out their significance in project management.

4. A good team-work speeds up project implementation justify. Developing self directed

projected teams is the key to improving effectiveness in project management. Elucidate.

5. Describe the objectives, planning procedure and organizational structure required for

commissioning of projects. What quality control methods are prevalent in project

management?

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 53

Course Title : Production/Operations Management

Assignment Code : MS-53/TMA/SEM - I /2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April,

2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. “We have entered the age of technology; henceforth everything will be knowledge based.” Discuss the above in the context of increasing use of technology-based resources for achieving tasks.

2. Over the years, many variations on classical Delphi have been forwarded. Briefly

discuss these variants.

3. Capacity will be modified in response to demand. Demand will be modified in response to capacity. Which of these two statements is correct? Why?

4. What are the different criteria for scheduling jobshop production system? Give

their justification also.

5. Inventory of material provides operational flexibility. But, many flexible

operational systems need little inventory. Explain this seeming contradiction.

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 54

Course Title : Management Information Systems

Assignment Code : MS-54/TMA/SEM - I /2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April,

2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Define structured and unstructured decisions. Discuss the rational individual

models of decision making. What are the implications of these models to information system analysts?

2. How much importance should be accorded to implementation phase as part of the

total MIS development activity? Explain. Briefly discuss the various

implementation strategies. Under what circumstances are they suitable?

3. What are the various kinds of network topologies? Describe the types of

switching available in networks and describe the various applications to which

networks can be put.

4. Outline the basic sequence of steps to acquiring a DMBS. What steps are the most

important? Why should an organization be careful about placing over reliance on

“benchmark” tests in selecting a DBMS?

5. Write a detailed note on “the impact of computerization on our living style”.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 61

Course Title : Consumer Behaviour

Assignment Code : MS-61/TMA/SEM - I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit your assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Imagine yourself as a retailer for menswear and propose how you would use lifestyle

approach to succeed in your venture.

2. What is meant by subliminal persuasion? Explain the various subliminal techniques.

3. Define personality. What are the differences between the trait theory and the

psychoanalytic theory of personality?

4. What is a reference group? Name two reference groups that are important to you. In what ways do they influence you in your purchasing behaviour?

5. You are a marketing manager of a company that has started manufacturing washing

machines. How will you anticipate, analyse and respond to the post-purchase feelings of

your customers.

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 64

Course Title : International Marketing

Assignment Code : MS-64/TMA/SEM - I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit your assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Distinguish between the following:

(a) Free Trade Area and Customs Union

(b) Polycentric and Ethnocentric Orientations

2. Explain the various products – communications strategies available to an international

marketer, giving suitable examples.

3. Briefly explain the components of international advertising strategy. What are the

relative advantages of standardization and adaptation of an international advertising

programme.

4. What do you understand by the term ‘Political Risk’? Explain the strategies available

to international marketers for management of political risk.

5. A manufacturer of handloom products is planning to enter international markets. He

has a well established domestic business and wants to go overseas.

Discuss:

(a) The ways in which he can go international.

(b) What environmental analysis he has to undertake to understand the overseas

markets?

(c) The organizations he can approach which can guide him and facilitate his export

efforts.

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS-91

Course Title : Advanced Strategic Management

Assignment Code : MS-91/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Describe the concept of corporate planning. Discuss the implementation of corporate

planning in detail.

2. Discuss the nature and scope of corporate management and its role in non-business

organizations, giving examples.

3. “Different market structures have different viewpoints with respect to competition”.

Explain the statement with respect to market structures and sustainable competitive

advantage.

4. Discuss the issues and challenges in knowledge management in the present competitive environment.

5. Select any service organization of you choice and explain how Information Technology has enhanced the quality of service of this organization.

6. Write short notes:

a) Social Audit

b) Innovation and Creativity

c) Dynamic Environment

d) Narayana Murthy Committee

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MS - 92

Course Title : Management of Public Enterprises

Assignment Code : MS-92/TMA/SEM - I/2016

Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April,

2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. “The development of public sector in India can be divided in three phases.”

Briefly discuss.

2. Briefly discuss the government‟s liberalization policy since 1991. Also, discuss

the implications of liberalization in the present context.

3. „Public Enterprises in India function at three levels of administration: Central,

State and Municipal.” Critically examine the statement in the present context.

4. Explain the relevance of marketing mix to public enterprises with special

reference to Product mix and Price mix.

5. Discuss any two major strategic issues arising out of disinvestment.

6. Write short notes on the following:-

(a) Retraining

(b) Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR)

(c) Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)

 

 

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-95
Course Title : Research Methodology for Management Decisions
Assignment No. : MS-95/TMA /SEM-I/2016
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. Explain briefly why data collection and data analysis should not be separated at the planning stage of any research project.

2. What do you understand by stratification of a population? Why is it said that stratified sampling improve precision?

3. Define Dichotomous data. Mention two reasons which make Guttman scale an impractical tool for the measurements of attitudes.

4. Two different varieties of mushroom were grown on 6 and 7 plots of the same size. At the end of the crop run, the following quantities of yield were observed for the two varieties: Variety I 16 12 11 13 15 17 Variety II 11 11 10 15 14 16 10 Using the Mann-Whitney U test, verify at 0.05 level of significance whether the two varieties of mushroom produce the same yield.

5. Yours is a consulting organization which undertakes business research studies. A prospective client visits your organization and wants to know the types of job your organization undertakes. What sort of pre-presentation handouts would you prepare before making a presentation to him?

 

MFP-1: EQUITY MARKETS

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MFP – 1

Course Title : Equity Markets

Assignment Code : MFP -1/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Assignment Coverage : All Blocks

Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April,

2016 to the Coordinator of your Study Centre.

1. Discuss and analyze the major activities in distribution, allocation and listing of a

Public Issue.

2. Explain the Evolution of Indian Financial Markets since the Post Independence era

and comment on their present status.

3. Select any Stock Exchange of your choice and find out the grievances handling

procedure that is being followed in that Exchange. Give a detail report of your

findings.

4. Explain how the stock price can be obtained using the multi-period valuation

model with the help of a suitable example.

5. As a Portfolio Manager if you are asked to advise as to whether the diversification

of portfolio is to be carried out at asset level, industry level or geography level

which diversification strategy you would suggest and Why.

MFP-2: EQUITY DERIVATIVES

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MFP – 2

Course Title : Equity Derivatives

Assignment Code : MFP -2/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Assignment Coverage : All Blocks

Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April,

2016 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. What are derivatives? Discuss the major types of derivative instruments and

elaborate the uses of derivatives. Discuss the scrip selection criteria for derivatives

segment.

2. List the various corporate actions due to which the prices of derivative contracts

has to be adjusted. How is the future price adjusted for dividends, stock split and

bonus issue?

3. What are ‘Options’? Differentiate between Put and Call options. Explain the

payoffs associated with writing put and call options. Discuss the different

strategies that are applied for using hedging options.

4. What is 'Clearing and Settlement’? Discuss the settlement mechanism of option

contracts.

5. What is meant by 'Mark to Market Margin' ? Explain the concept of Value At Risk

(VAR). Explain the different kinds of margins on Futures positions that are

required to be paid by the clients to the Exchange.

MFP-3: COMMODITY MARKET

ASSIGNMENT

Course Code : MFP – 3

Course Title : Commodity Markets

Assignment Code : MFP -3/TMA/SEM-I/2016

Assignment Coverage : All Blocks

Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 30th April, 2016

to the Coordinator of your Study Centre.

1. Make a detailed study on any two leading Commodity Exchanges in Europe and

prepare a note on how these exchanges are different from the exchanges in India.

2. Discuss the objectives, role and functions of National Bulk Handling Corporation.

3. Discuss the trends in Gold trade during the past 5 years. Also analyze the major

policy changes that have taken place in this.

4. Explain the major events that have led to the volatility in Crude Oil prices during

the last 5 years.

5. Describe the application of long and short Hedge in managing risk using

commodity futures with the help of suitable examples.

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ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-01
Course Title : Management Functions and Behavior
Assignment Code : MS-01/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. How does MIS affect the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation? Explain and discuss with the help of the organisational example you have come across or, known to you. Briefly describe the essential details of the organisation, you are referring to, along with basic components of the MIS and reporting relationships currently existing in the organisation.

2. Compare and evaluate the relevance and suitability of various decision making models in different organisational set ups and situations. Explain the decision making model decision making which is / was predominately suitable in an organisation, you are aware of or familiar with and why? Briefly describe basic details of the organisation, you are referring to, for better understanding of the context and hierarchical structure.

3. What are the essential pre-requisites and significant key considerations in effecting effective delegation of authority in an organisational set up and why? Critically evaluate with examples, known to you by way of working in an organisation or having acquaintance with. Briefly explain the situation/s and the organisation being referred by you.

4. Present a comparative brief of various leadership styles. Explain in detail the leadership style you are currently faced with in the organisation you are working for or you are aware of. Which leadership style/s, in your opinion, boosts efficiency of the organisation and commitment of the employees towards the organisational goals, in general, and why? Substantiate your answer with suitable organisational examples along with describing its essential features.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-02
Course Title : Management of Human Resources
Assignment Code : MS - 02/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. “In the prevailing context of business world wide, the organizations are faced with five critical challenges viz; Globalisation, Profitability through growth, Technology, Intellectual capital and Change, and Change and more change, Collectively these challenges require building new capabilities.” Elaborate this statement and discuss the underlying concepts with respect to the organisational efforts in the directions of addressing these challenges and their fall out / impact, from the experience you have had while working in an organisation or from the ones you are familiar with. Give relevant details of the organisation/s you are referring to.

2. Present a brief account of various Performance Appraisal methods and the problems generally encountered in the processes. Does a particular method of Performance Appraisal suit a particular type of organisation? If yes, why? , if no why? Explain and critically evaluate the Performance Appraisal you have come across while working in an organisation, or having familiarity with. Briefly explain the organisation, you are referring to.

3. “An organisation can be defined as a system of Roles, while a role itself is a system.” “The system of various roles which the individual carries and performs, and the system of various roles of which his / her role is a part.” Elaborate the statements and explain with relevant examples as to how and why these statements assume importance and play significant role in processes of various dimensions of Role Efficacy in an organisational set up. Give relevant and essential details of the organization and the Roles you are referring to.

4. “Motivational Systems and Reward Management are assuming greater importance day- by-day in the formal organisational set up.” Critically evaluate this statement and explain with your organizational experience or the ones you are familiar with, the reason and their inevitability, if any, in the functioning / sustainability of an organisation in today’s competitive environment. Briefly describe the organisation and the situation you are referring to.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-03
Course Title : Economic and Social Environment
Assignment Code : MS-03/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. A thorough understanding of economic and social environment of business is essential for running enterprises successfully. Briefly discuss the statement citing examples.

2. What are the different viewpoints about the role of Government? Analyse the role of Government in today’s world.

3. Discuss the role and importance of Small Scale Industry (SSI) in a developing economy in the present context.

4. Briefly analyse the impact of regulatory and promotional policy framework on industrial structure and performance.

5. Collect data on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the past decade and analyse its implications.

6. Highlight the basic concept, of the theory of public finance and explain how do they help in understanding the fiscal system of an economy.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-04
Course Title : Accounting and Finance for Managers
Assignment Code : MS-04/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.
1. Discuss the activities performed by accounting personnel and the role and responsibilities that they undertake in an organisation.
2. You are required to prepare Funds Flow Statement and Cash Flow Statement for the year ending 31 st March 2015, based on the information given below.
Balance Sheet
(As on 31
st March)

3. Explain briefly the technique of Marginal Costing. In what ways you consider this technique useful in Management Accounting.

 

4. A company manufactures a single product in its factory utilizing 60% of its capacity. The selling price and cost details are given below:
Rs. Sales (6,000 units) 5,40,000

Direct materials 96,000

Direct labour 1,20,000

Direct expenses 18,000

Fixed overheads: Factory 2,00,000

Administration 21,000

Selling and Distribution 25,000

12.5% of factory overheads and 20% of selling and distribution overheads are variable with production and sales. Administrative overheads are wholly fixed.

Since the existing product could not achieve budgeted level for two consecutive years, the Company decides to introduce a new product with marginal investment but largely using the existing plant and machinery. The cost estimates of the new product are as follows:

Cost elements                                                  Rs. per unit

Direct materials                                                     16.00

Direct labour                                                         15.00

Direct expenses                                                       1.50

Variable factory overheads                                       2.00

Variable selling and distribution overheads             1.50

It is expected that 2,000 units of the new product can be sold at a price of Rs. 60 per unit. The fixed factory overheads are expected to increase by 10%, while fixed selling and distribution expenses will go up by Rs. 12,500 annually. Administrative overheads remain unchanged. However, there will be an increase of working capital to the extent of Rs. 75,000, which would take the total cost of the project to Rs. 8.75 lakh. The company considers that 20% pre-tax and interest return on investment is the minimum acceptable to justify any new investment. You are required to (a) Decide whether the new product be introduced. (b) Make any further observations/recommendations about profitability of the Company on the basis of the above data, after making assumption that the present investment is Rs. 8 lakh.
5. How do you envisage your role as a Finance Manager in matters related to dividend policy? What are the alternatives and factors that you may consider before finalizing your views on dividend policy?

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-05
Course Title : Management of Machines and Materials
Assignment Code : MS-05/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Why is it more difficult to increase productivity of a service system as compared to a production system? Elaborate by giving suitable examples.

 

2. What is the importance of materials handling in designing a layout? How will you go about selecting the materials handling system?

 

3. It is usually presumed that ‘resistance to change is a characteristic attributed to people’. What would be your personal reactions, if some work design analyst came to your work station to conduct a study of your work?

 

4. What is the distinctive feature of job production as compared to mass and batch production systems? Elaborate with examples.

 

5. “Inventory management for slow moving expensive items should focus more on lead time reduction than anything else”. Critically examine the statement.

 

6. Write short notes on the following: a) Product design b) Work Measurement c) Modular Production and Group Technology d) Purchasing Organization

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 06
Course Title : Marketing for Managers
Assignment Code : MS-06/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. (a) “Distinguish between Product Marketing Vs. Services Marketing with suitable illustrations”. Explain why service marketing is considered as more challenging than product marketing. Elaborate with suitable examples.

(b) Marketing involves much more than selling and adverting” Discuss.

2. (a) What are the major objectives of Sales Promotion initiated by firms? Discuss the role and responsibilities of a Sales Managers in conceiving and executing such sales promotion programs of any FMCG, company of your choice.

(b) Discuss the major considerations involved in designing Marketing Organization. Explain taking one example from the following: i) a consumer durable company of Pan-India operations . ii) an FMCG Company with operation in South India.

3. (a) What is Segmentation? Why and when marketers undertake segmentation activity? Discuss the Segmentation variable you will consider to segment.

i) an FMCG product of your choice

ii) a 650 C.C. motorcycle targeted at Urban India

(b) What do you understand by the term Marketing Research and discuss its scope and challenges in the Indian business environment.

4. (a) As a distribution logistics manager of an e-tailer /on line marketer what are the various physical distribution tasks that you would consider and why?

(b) Discuss the 4 PS of Marketing mix with suitable examples. Discuss the role of packaging as a tool for market development with suitable illustrations.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 07
Course Title : Information Systems for Managers
Assignment Code : MS-07/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. What is the purpose of a computer aided decision support system? What are the major components of such a system? How does it help the decision making process?

 

2. What are the determinants of MIS design according to Zani? Explain the following statement, “there is a two way relationship between organization and Information Systems”.

 

3. Distinguish between data, information and knowledge. Discuss the importance of information system for business decisions.

 

4. In which phase of system life cycle the following are performed? Defining the problem, identifying its causes, specifying the solution, and indentifying the information requirements.

 

5. What do you understand by Artificial Intelligence? What are the factors that highlighted the need of developing AI? What are the goals of AI?

 

6. Write short notes on the following: a) Metadata b) Fuzzy Logic c) Enterprise Information System d) Open Source Software

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 8
Course Title : Quantitative Analysis for Managerial Applications
Assignment Code : MS-8/ TMA /SEM - II /2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

  1. The frequency distribution of total annual emoluments of a sample of 100 executives working in multinational companies is given below:

 

 

 

 

2. A population consisting of a certain proportion of defective items has mean µ = 2. If a sample of 4 items is examined and repeated 200 times, obtain a) probability of an item being defective, b) probability of getting 2 defective items in the sample, c) expected frequency of getting 2 defective items, and d) expected frequency of getting at the most 2 defective items. Is the resultant distribution skewed?

 

3. A research organization claims that the monthly wages of industrial workers in district X exceeds that of those in district Y by more than Rs 150. Two different samples drawn independently from the two districts yielded the following results: District X: District Y: Verify at 0.05 level of significance whether the sample results support the claim of the organization.

4. The following data relate to marketing expenditure in Rs lac and the corresponding sales of a product in Rs crores. Estimate the marketing expenditure to attain a sales target of Rs 40 crores.

 

 

 

5. Write short notes on:

i) Adjoint of a matrix

ii) Skewness and its measures

iii) Business forecasting

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-9
Course Title : Managerial Economics
Assignment Code : MS-9/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. “The traditional objective of the firm has been profit maximization. It is still regarded as the most common and theoretically the most plausible objective of business firms.” Discuss.

 

2. With reference to the marketing approach of demand measurement explain any two important sources of data used in demand forecasting.

 

3. Given the total cost function: C=16q2 + 10q+36 (where q is the output) Find: (i) values of q for which ATC is falling, and (ii) values of q for which ATC is rising.

 

4.“A Tata Sky Direct - to - Home (DTH) service provider charges a base fee for booking into its system and then charges extra for base packs, add-on packs, active packs and special packs.” Explain this statement in terms of the Two- Part Tariffs used as pricing strategy by the company.

 

5. Explain the profit maximizing output for a perfectly competitive firm in the long run.

 

6. Write short notes on the following:

(a) Breakeven output level

(b) Marginal rate of technical substitution

(c) Average variable cost

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 10
Course Title : Organisational Design, Development and Change
Assignment Code : MS-10/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study center.

 

1. Describe the factors that affect organisational design and explain different approaches in assessing organisational effectiveness with the help of examples.

 

2. Discuss the concept of ‘process-based change’. Cite organizational examples where process based change has taken place successfully.

 

3. Describe and discuss the trends in the present day work organisations and the role of management in ‘quality of work life’.

 

4. Explain the concept of organizational diagnosis. Describe any two methods of diagnosis and its benefits and limitations with the help of examples.

 

5. What are the different sources of resistance to change? Describe the process of overcoming resistance to change. Discuss with examples.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 11
Course Title : Strategic Management
Assignment Code : MS-11/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Chose an organization of your choice from the manufacturing sector. Perform a SWOT analysis on the organization. Based on the SWOT analysis performed, list out the challenges the organization is facing, which can be converted into opportunities.

 

2. How does Focus strategy create competitive advantage for an organization? Illustrate your answer with the help of an example.

 

3. List and explain various strategic issues arising when an organization follows diversification as a part of its growth strategy.

 

4. Describe different leadership styles of Top Management with the help of real world examples.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 25
Course Title : Managing Change in Organisations
Assignment Code : MS-25/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Discuss the important factors responsible for change. Explain with the help of examples what makes excellent companies tick?

 

2. Discuss the concept of ‘turnaround management’. Cite organizational examples where turnaround management has taken place successfully.

 

3. Explain the concept of ‘intervention’ and types of interventions with the help of examples.

 

4. Enlist the key roles in managing change citing suitable organisational examples.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 26
Course Title : Organisational Dynamics
Assignment Code : MS-26/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. What is alienation? Explain the Sociological and Psychological approach to alienation. Discuss how alienation can be dealt with an example.

2. What is organizational Stress? Briefly describe the strategies to cope with stress at individual and organizational levels. Cite few instances how you deal with organizational stress that you have faced.

3. Discuss the importance of delegation and the forces which influence delegation. Describe how delegation improved the effectiveness of an organisation with an example.

 

4. Describe the importance of ethics in present day environment of organisations. Discuss how organisations can promote ethical behavior. Illustrate.

 

5. Discuss and describe various dimensions of Diversity and the approaches to deal with Diversity.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 27
Course Title : Wage and Salary Administration
Assignment Code : MS-27/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre. s

 

1. Explain the functions and responsibility in a compensation programme of any organization you are familiar with. Discuss the issues and current trends of the compensation programme.

 

2. Define wages under various labour legislation. Discuss, how minimum wage differs from need based minimum wage?

 

3. Define job evaluation. Explain the methods and systems of job evaluation have been followed in any organization you are familiar with. Discuss, how job evaluation is linked to wage fixation.

 

4. Define and discuss incentives and pre-requisites of effective incentive scheme. Explain the various individual and group incentive plans and their respective merits and demerits.

 

5. Explain the concept of tax planning. Discuss the tax planning on employee compensation. What is the distinction between tax planning and tax avoidance?

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 28
Course Title : Labour Laws
Assignment Code : MS-28/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. What are the sources of Industrial jurisprudence? Explain the genesis, objectives and classification of labour legislation in India.

 

2. Discuss the scope and coverage of the Mines Act, 1952. Explain the process of enforcement of the Act.

 

3. Discuss the object, scope and coverage of the Industrial Employment (standing orders) Act, 1946. Explain the concept, nature and certification process of standing orders.

 

4. Explain the objectives, scope and coverage of the minimum wages Act, 1948. Discuss the powers which the Government can exercise under the Minimum Wages Act.

 

5. Discuss the genesis and applicability of the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948. Explain the procedure for registration of a factory or an establishment under the Act. State the various benefits payable under the Act?

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 29
Course Title : International Human Resource Management
Assignment Code : MS-29/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1) Explain cultural differences and similarities in a global perspective. Enlist the strategies for dealing with cultural differences in global organisations citing examples.

 

2) Describe the ‘five-phase’ systematic approach to designing cross-cultural training programmes. What are the challenges faced in training expatriate managers? Cite illustrations.

 

3) Discuss the barriers to cross-cultural communication citing suitable examples.

 

4) Explain the issues and concerns of international industrial relations scenario with the help of relevant examples.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 44
Course Title : Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Assignment Code : MS-44/TMA/SEM - II /2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. What do you understand by investment risk? Classify the traditional sources of investment risk and mention whether they are general sources of risk or specific sources of risk. How is interest rate risk related to inflation risk?

 

2. Define the various forms of the market efficiency. State the anomalies in the Efficient Market Hypothesis.

 

3. Discuss the CAPM and its application in portfolio selection. Explain the relationship between SML, CML and Characteristic Line.

 

4. What are the basic assumptions of Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT)? Discuss the problems associated with the empirical testing of APT.

 

5. Distinguish between performance measurement and performance evaluation of an investment portfolio. Describe the Sharpe, Treynor and Jensen measures of portfolio returns.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 45
Course Title : International Financial Management
Assignment Code : MS-45/TMA/SEM - II /2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Explain in detail how the international financial architecture evolved over a period of time.

 

2. Explain Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) relationship and its applications. What are the reasons for deviations from such relationship?

 

3. Describe different types of foreign exchange exposures. Explain the techniques used for management of transaction exposure.

 

4. Explain in detail the Credit Insurance Policies and Maturity Factoring services offered by Export Credit Guarantee Corporation.

 

5. Discuss the basic steps involved in evaluating foreign projects. Why should a foreign project be evaluated individually as well as from its parent company's viewpoint?

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 46
Course Title : Management of Financial Services
Assignment Code : MS-46/TMA/SEM - II /2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Choose any Financial Institution of your choice and discuss the impact of technology on the services provided by this Institution in the past two to three years.

 

2. Select any Non-Bank Finance Company or Financial Institution that issues debt instruments to raise funds from the market. Discuss in detail the instruments raised by that company.

 

3. Discuss different types of schemes which a mutual fund normally launches and compare their features.

 

4. Explain the guidelines issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India in 2000 for regulating the Venture Capital Funds and Venture Capital Companies in India.

 

5. For your business if you were to take non-life insurance products, which ones you would prefer and why. Discuss the policies you have chosen in detail.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 55
Course Title : Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Assignment Code : MS-55/ TMA/SEM - II /2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. “Logistics is the function that is responsible for the flow of materials into, through and out of an organisation”. Elaborate! Take the case of a Book Publisher and describe the input and output of materials from the Logistics point of view.

 

2. Explain (i) Global sourcing and its advantages and disadvantages (ii) World-class management model with respect to SCM.

 

3. Write a brief note on the following: a. Electronic commerce b. Electronic Data Interchange c. Bar Coding and Scanning d. Data Warehouse

 

4. “The most common method for evaluating non-economic factors in a facility location study is to use a scoring model” Why? Give justifications.

 

5. Explain how a company can select a third party logistics (3PL) firm on the basis of customer orientation, level of specialization, asset ownership status and price of the service.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 56
Course Title : Materials Management
Assignment Code : MS-56/ TMA/SEM - II /2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. “Materials management contains an integrated process of materials flow, in, through and out of an organization”. Comment and talk about the reasons behind it!

 

2. Comment:

a. Sound ethical principles contribute toward better buyer-seller relationships.

b. Management of supplier network has become a contemporary and critical issue?

 

3. “Certain elements of JIT, like JIT purchasing, can be incorporated in a batch production environment using MRP II, and MRP with JIT may be quite useful and effective in bringing down inventory levels, particularly WIP inventory”. State the reasons behind this.

 

4. State the role of backlog list in a CONWIP system. Also compare the Kanban and CONWIP systems for controlling WIP inventories?

5. What are the objectives of a good warehouse layout? Is it always not possible to implement a good warehouse layout? Comment on the management strategy keeping cost and time factors in mind.

6. Write short notes on:

a. BIN Cards

b. Closed/Open stores system

c. Preservation of materials

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-57
Course Title : Maintenance Management
Assignment Code : MS-57/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. What are the life cycle cost components for any plant? Which are the factors affecting life cycle profits of any industrial plant?

 

2. Explain what is meant by cost absorption and cost apportionment? Illustrate each with two examples from maintenance department. Discuss the methods of cost absorption and state which method do you consider to be the best and why?

 

3. The liberalized economy is forcing Indian companies to establish Total Quality Management Systems. It is a struggle, which has just begun and Indian companies will continue to do so just to be in the race – lest they perish. Quality will be just a qualifier, not a competitive advantage anymore. Do you agree? Why?

 

4. What are the various techniques, which can be used for scheduling and monitoring of projects? Why is network analysis preferred? What is the basic difference between CPM and PERT?

 

5. Are the jobs in maintenance department popular with the young engineering graduates? What would you suggest to make the maintenance function more attractive?

 

6. Write the short notes on the following a) Lube Oil Monitoring b) Opportunistic Maintenance c) Zero Based Budgeting d) Maintainability

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-58
Course Title : Management of R&D and Innovation
Assignment Code : MS-58/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Creativity in an organization, to a large extent, depends upon the environment that prevails. Examine the statement and bring out the factors that can create an environment of creativity in the organization.

 

2. How do partnerships in innovation and R & D activity come into being? Do partnerships happen by accident or by conscious planning? Give some examples of agencies in different countries which facilitate partnering in innovation and R & D.

 

3. How would you distinguish Theory X from X from Theory Y of McGregor? Do you agree with these theories? If so, Why?

 

4. Discuss the rationale of co-operation between industry, institution and Government. Make an assessment of the kind of co-operation that is exited in India in the light of the co-operation that exists in some other countries like Japan and U.S.A. for promotion of R & D and technology development.

 

5. Should a consultant be associated with an R & D project from its inception to completion or a consultant should be approached only when his advice is required at some stage or for a specific problem only? Justify your views.

 

6. Write short notes on the following:

a) Technology Package

b) Benchmarking

c) R & D Budgeting

d) Innovative Capability

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 66
Course Title : Marketing Research
Assignment Code : MS-66/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. a) What is Marketing Research? When and why firms undertake marketing research. Illustrate with suitable example.

 

b) Explain the basis of classification of various types of research design available to the marketer.

2. a) Distinguish Data firm Information. What are the different types of data needed in conducting Marketing Research Project? Briefly discuss their merits and limitations.

 

b) Explain the importance of Questionnaire in a Marketing Research project. Describe in detail the format and steps involved in designing a questionnaire for a leading private sector bank to ascertain the customer perception of the services being offered by the bank.

 

3. a) What are the various types of scales used in Marketing Research to measure the attitude of different respondent towards a product / service explain them briefly.

 

b) Distinguish between qualitative research from quantitative research and highlight the major differences with suitable examples.

 

4. a) What is the significance of Data Processing in an Marketing Research Project? Discuss the various components or elements which are involved in data processing task and highlight their importance in the final analysis.

 

b) What is cluster analysis? Discuss the possible application areas by taking any two examples of your choice.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 68
Course Title : Management of Marketing Communication and Advertising
Assignment Code : MS-68/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

1. (a) What are the major objectives of Marketing Communication? Discuss with two suitable examples the role and its implication in the promotion of a firms Product or Service offering.

(b) What do you understand by Creative Association? Explain the various kinds of creative associations in the following situation

i) Home Appliance targeted at working women.

ii) Automatic variant of small car targeted at young urban professional.

 

2. (a) What are the various techniques to allocate promotions budget? Which technique would you suggest to the following and why?

i) An established consumer durable company re launching an improved food processor in the market.

ii) An FMCG firm adding a new fragrance to the existing range of premium soaps for women.

(b) Explain the various steps involved in media planning. Discuss how media planning would differ in the following product categories.

i) A toothpaste brand

ii) Washing machine

iii) 150 CC motorcycle brand of your choice

3. (a) What do you understand by the term timing pattern in advertising. What are its benefits and limitations? Suggest and justify timing pattern with reference to.

i) Woolen garments

ii) Lemonade (Lime Juice)

iii) Launch of new smart phone

(b) What are the major reasons for the growth of internet marketing across major cities in India? Elaborate the major advantages and limitation of Internet Marketing.

4. (a) Being considered as a spokesperson of an enterprise bring out the role and responsibilities of a Public Relation Manager of a firm you are associated or familiar with in the promotion and positioning a firm’s image both internal and external to the enterprise.

(b) What is pre-testing and post testing in advertising. Discuss any two methods of your choice.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-91
Course Title : Advanced Strategic Management
Assignment Code : MS-91/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Define corporate policy and explain the policy formulation process.

 

2. Read the case study on ‘Corporate Governance at TISCO’. Highlight the policies and practices adopted by TISCO which appeal to you most and what suggestions would you like to offer for TISCO to adopt good Corporate Governance practices.

 

3. What are the various pricing strategies available/suitable for different market structures? Discuss.

4. Describe the techniques which have been developed to enhance creativity.

5. Discuss the nature of Corporate Philanthropy and the relevance of Strategic Philanthropy for business organizations.

6. Write short notes on the following:

a) Business Ethics and Internal Environment

 

b) Competitive Advantage and R&D

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 94
Course Title : Technology Management
Assignment Code : MS-94/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Explain how R & D can be a source of competitive advantage for a business organization. Illustrate your answer with the help of an example.

 

2. Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate technologies giving examples. List out the accepted criteria for selecting appropriate technology in the contemporary situation.

 

3. Discuss the concept of Relevance Tree Technique. Explain the use of this technique in the present context.

 

4. What are the various source of technology information? How are they useful at the enterprise level in the present context? Explain.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 95
Course Title : Research Methodology for Management Decisions
Assignment Code : MS-95/TMA/SEM - II /2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 2015 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Discuss the various experimental designs as powerful tools to study the cause and effect relationships amongst variables in research.

 

2. Explain Stratified Random Sampling. Describe proportional allocation and optimum allocation with the help of an example.

 

3. A physical instructor claims that a particular exercise when done continuously for 7 days, reduces body weight at least by 3.5kg. Five overweight girls did the exercise for 7 days and their body weights were found as under: Girls 1 2 3 4 5 Weight before exercise 70 72 75 71 78 Weight after exercise 66 70 72 66 72 Making use of the sign test, verify the claim at α = 0.05 that the exercise reduces weight by at least 3.5kg.

 

4. Explain the different parts of a typical research report. Also prepare a sample Index page of such report.

 

5. Write short notes on:

i) Dependent and Independent variable

ii) Copy Reading

iii) Discriminant Analysis.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 96
Course Title : Total Quality Management
Assignment Code : MS-96/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Ford Company has adopted the Deming philosophy. Based on your learning about the Deming philosophy, explain how Ford Company has complied with the philosophy.

 

2. Why is strategic planning important for implementing TQM? Explain using an example from the business world.

 

3. Refer to the published material on ISO 26000 and explain how business organizations can operate in a socially responsible way.

 

4. Chose an organization of your choice having a specific quality programme. Discuss the quality programme followed by the organization and how it has helped the organization sustain in the competitive world.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS-97
Course Title : International Business
Assignment Code : MS-97/TMA/SEM-II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note: Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. Discuss the factors which influence foreign investment decisions. Explain how a firm makes choices of location for doing business.

 

2. Classify the planning modes adopted by the MNEs. Give illustrations.

 

3. Explain the need for control in multinational operations. Examine the interrelationship between ownership and control of foreign subsidiaries.

 

4. Select a multinational enterprise (name and describe the MNE) and discuss the management practices adopted by it.

 

5. What are the objectives of trade groupings? Briefly discuss their individual success in achieving these objectives.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 611
Course Title : Rural Marketing
Assignment Code : MS-611/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit them to the Co-ordinator of your study centre latest by 31 st October, 2015.

 

1. You are a marketer of fast moving consumer goods with strong roots in the urban markets. You now want to expand in rural areas. What would be the specific marketing challenges presented by rural markets? Explain with the help of examples.

 

2. Briefly explain the rural economic and technological environment. How do these environmental factors affect the marketing decisions and opportunities in case of mobile phones?

 

3. Explain the role of reference groups in the context of rural markets. What in your opinion would be the most influential reference groups for the following product categories? Give reasons for your choice. a) Tractors b) Refrigerators

 

4. What are the challenges involved in the distribution of products in the rural markets? What would you advise to the marketers of consumer durables to address these challenges?

 

5. Explain the concept of promotional pricing in the context of rural markets giving suitable examples.

 

6. What are the various media options that are available for rural markets? Discuss their relative advantages and disadvantages.

ASSIGNMENT
Course Code : MS - 612
Course Title : Retail Management
Assignment Code : MS-612/TMA/SEM - II/2015
Coverage : All Blocks
Note : Attempt all the questions and submit this assignment on or before 31 st October, 201 5 to the coordinator of your study centre.

 

1. a) Distinguish a retailer from retail business in the Indian context. Explain why the neighborhood small retailers still continue to be favored by the customer.

 

b) Discuss the major factors which lead to unprecedented growth of retailing in the Indian scenario.

2. a) Distinguish traditional retail formats from modern retail formats with suitable illustrations.

 

b) What do you understand by the term “Atmospherics” in retail business? What are the key components of atmospherics that retailer should consider for increased foot falls. .

 

 

3. a) Critically evaluate the significance of Locational Decisions in retail business . What are the factors that the following retail businesses should consider before finalizing the site for their respective store.

i) chain of chemist stores

ii) leading two wheeler motorcycle dealership iii) private brand grocery retailer

 

b) Define Merchandizing. Discuss the major objectives of merchandising in retail business and elaborate on the role and responsibilities of a merchandizing Manager in achieving the firms merchandise objectives.

 

4. a) Discuss and distinguish transactional marketing from relationship marketing with suitable examples. Taking any retail business of your choice suggest ways to establish customer loyalty.

 

b) What are the major growth drivers of Non-Store retail business in India? Discuss the challenges for their sustenance.

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