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• MBA E-Business II Year
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ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. (E-BUSINESS) FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product organization with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial organization?

1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. “Chinese computer and electronic products possess advantages in design, innovation, rapid response and global market flexibility”- comment.
2. “Legal aspects protect competitors and consumers from many unethical pricing strategies that unscrupulous marketers may wish to attempt”. Critically analyse the statement.
3. “Advertising on the internet has changed significantly over the past decade and some might argue that it is for the worse” Do you agree or disagree? Discuss with practical illustrations.
4. Examine the challenges encountered by the pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for surviving and thriving in this new and ever changing environment.

1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. “The consequences of over- capitalisation are far more serious and fatal than under-capitalisation”. Discuss.
2. “An optimal combination of the decisions relating to investment, financing and dividends will maximise the value of the firm to its shareholders”. Examine
3. “Efficiency inventory management is reflected in the liquidity and profitability of the firm.” Explain.
4. “A low dividend payout Ratio promotes the welfare of stock holders because longterm capital gains are treated more favourably than 1 dividend income from the tax point of view.” – Comment.

1.4 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
1. Draw various schemes of ordering system and explain the involvement of views levels of data abstraction.
2. Draw an E-R diagram for ordering an item in the inventory control system.
3. Develop a conceptual data model for a Hospital Information System and write a PL/SQL program using oracle to perform the following tasks.
4. Print the patient details – according to room wise.
a) Print the patient details – according to the disease wise.
b) Print the patient details – according to the doctors attending them
c) Consider a real system of your interest and give the skeleton of the development of DSS for that system.

1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “The field of HRM changes so rapidly that had become necessary for one to constantly review procedures and laws so that the practices will be effective and legal”. Critically evaluate this statement.
2. “Majority of the testing techniques for selection do not accurately assess the characteristics of the job. In fact most of the executives would divulge that the testing had no impact on future job performance. Do you accept or not? Discuss with justification.
3. “Identify the paramount barriers to effective training programme in IT field and how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
4. Technological advancements and automation are causing high stress and burn out among employees, which results negatively and unable to reap the benefit of automation”. Do you agree or disagree? State your view.

1.6 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
1. What do you know about Top management responsibility. Give suitable examples for responsibility.
2. What will affect the System planning and the mutual investigation? Illustrate with suitable example input/output design.
3. You are asked to write the System Development Life cycle. Explain this statement by using examples.
4. If you were the vice president of a company, what system would you use to develop the management information system?

1.7 SOFTWARE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
1. Identify the key aspects in which modern software project management practices differs from those of traditional software project management.
2. Assume the size of an organic type software product has been estimated to be 32,000 lines of source code. Assume that the average salary of a software engineer is Rs.75,000 per month. Determine the effort required to develop the software product and the nominal development time.
3. (a) List any four attributes that contribute to the quality software product. Discuss how they influence software quality.
(b) Develop a set of guidelines for conducting a formal technical review.
4. Illustrate with a software, the process in determining the software WBS architecture, populate the software WBS and in determining the cost categories for the software.

1.8 FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
1. Arun the managing director is surprised that his profit every year is quite different from what he wants or expects to achieve someone advised him to install a formal system of budgeting. He employs a fresh accountant to do this. For two years, the accountant faithfully makes all budgets based on previous year accounts. The problem remains unsolved. Advise Arun the managing director and the accountant on what steps they should take. Make assumptions about what is lacking.
2. In a factory, actual fixed cost overheads were different from the standard fixed overheads because the actual output, actual time consumed, actual rate per hour and per unit of output differed. Compute the variances taking assumed figures.
3. A company has to decide whether to Make or Buy. Through differential cost analysis, how will you ascertain the net difference between the two alternatives so as to assist the management in their decision making? Use hypothetical figures to illustrate.
4. As a management accountant you are asked to introduce a system of capital expenditure control for your organization. Explain the important feature you want to incorporate in the system you propose to introduce with the suitable example of a project involving capital expenditure.

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ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. (FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT)
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product organization with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial organization?

1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. “Chinese computer and electronic products possess advantages in design, innovation, rapid response and global market flexibility”- comment.
2. “Legal aspects protect competitors and consumers from many unethical pricing strategies that unscrupulous marketers may wish to attempt”. Critically analyse the statement.
3. “Advertising on the internet has changed significantly over the past decade and some might argue that it is for the worse” Do you agree or disagree? Discuss with practical illustrations.
4. Examine the challenges encountered by the pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for surviving and thriving in this new and ever changing environment

1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. “The consequences of over- capitalization are far more serious and fatal than under-capitalization”. Discuss.
2. “An optimal combination of the decisions relating to investment, financing and dividends will maximize the value of the firm to its shareholders”. Examine
3. “Efficiency inventory management is reflected in the liquidity and profitability of the firm.” Explain.
4. “A low dividend payout Ratio promotes the welfare of stock holders because long-term capital gains are treated more favourably than dividend income from the tax point of view.” – Comment

1.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Operations management is the area of creating competitive advantage. Do you agree? Justify your answer.
2. A manufacturer requires 10,000 items per year. Price discount as follows:
Rs.4 upto 2000 items, Rs. 3.80 between 2000 and 4000 items. Rs.3.70 for quantities above 4000. Ordering cost = Rs. 50.
Comparative inventory cost = 25% per year of average inventory price. Determine the optimum purchase policy under discount.
3. Explain JIT. Do you think it is practically feasible in India? What is your suggestion for implementing JIT?
4. Operations personnel usually have a large volume and variety of resources at their command. They should endeavor to make effective and efficient use of these resources to achieve the largest outputs. Comment! What are the approaches for enhancing the utilization of resources?

1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “The field of HRM changes so rapidly that had become necessary for one to constantly review procedures and laws so that the practices will be effective and legal.” – Critically evaluate this statement.
2. “Majority of the testing techniques for selection do not accurately assess the characteristics of the job. In fact most of the executives would divulge that the testing had no impact on future job performance. Do you accept or not? – Discuss with justification.
3. “Identify the paramount barriers to effective training programme in IT field and how to crush them.” –Explain with real life examples.
4. Technological advancements and automation are causing high stress and burn out among employees, which results negatively and unable to reap the benefit of automation.” –Do you agree or disagree? State your view.

1.6 STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS
1. A random sample of 1000 workers from south India show that their mean wages are Rs. 47 per week with a standard deviation of Rs. 28. A random sample of 1500 workers from North India gives a mean wage of Rs. 49 per week with a standard deviation of Rs. 40. Is there any significant difference between their mean levels of wages?
2. Calculate seasonal indices for the data given below by the link relative method
Quarter Years
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
I 45 48 49 52 60
II 54 56 63 65 70
III 72 63 70 75 84
IV 60 56 65 72 66
3. The following is the summary of a survey on the color of pens purchased by persons belonging to different age groups. use chi-square test at 5 % level of significance to find whether the age of the person has any association with the choice of color.
Color
Age Group Blue Black Red
Less than 20 8 12 20
20-50 10 15 10
Above 50 10 10 5
6. The following data represents rainfall (x) and yield of paddy per hectare (y) in a particular area.
x 113 102 95 120 140 130 125
y 1.8 1.5 1.3 1.9 1.1 2.0 1.7
a) Fit the regression equation x on y
b) Estimate y when x = 145
c) Calculate karl pearson’s coefficient of correlation.
d) Calculate regression coefficient x on y and y on x
e) Check whether the regression line is a good fit.

1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Communication has its own merits and demerits based on the types? Discuss the above with an example of your own.
2. It is difficult to study the growth of a firm without proper recordings of the proceedings – Discuss the essentials of maintaining such activities in detail.
3. Success of an individual is based on the way he communicates with the people around him – Discuss the above statement in relation with a HR Department.
4. Noise is from both external and internal sources, what are they and how it can be overcome – Discuss in detail.

1.8 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS
1. Arun the managing director is surprised that his profit every year is quite different from what he wants or expects to achieve. someone advised him to install a formal system of budgeting. He employs a fresh accountant to do this. For two years, the accountant faithfully makes all budgets based on previous year accounts. The problem remains unsolved. Advise Arun the managing director and the accountant on what steps they should take. Make assumptions about what is lacking.
2. In a factory, actual fixed cost overheads were different from the standard fixed overheads because the actual output, actual time consumed, actual rate per hour and per unit of output differed. Compute the variances taking assumed figures.
3. A company has to decide whether to Make or Buy. Through differential cost analysis, how will you ascertain the net difference between the two alternatives so as to assist the management in their decision making? Use hypothetical figures to illustrate.
4. As a management accountant you were asked to introduce a system of capital expenditure control for your organization. Explain the important feature you want to incorporate in the system you propose to introduce with the suitable example of a project involving capital expenditure.

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ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. FIRST YEAR (GENERAL)
Academic Year: 2017 – 2018

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product organization with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial organization?

1.2 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS
1. Arun the managing director is surprised that his profit every year is quite different from what he wants or expects to achieve. Someone advised him to install a formal system of budgeting. He employs a fresh accountant to do this. For two years, the accountant faithfully makes all budgets based on previous year accounts. The problem remains unsolved. Advise Arun the managing director and the accountant on what steps they should take. Make assumptions about what is lacking.
2. In a factory, actual fixed cost overheads were different from the standard fixed overheads because the actual output, actual time consumed, actual rate per hour and per unit of output differed. Compute the variances taking assumed figures.
3. A company has to decide whether to Make or Buy. Through differential cost analysis, how will you ascertain the net difference between the two alternatives so as to assist the management in their decision making? Use hypothetical figures to illustrate.
4. As a management accountant you are asked to introduce a system of capital expenditure control for your organization. Explain the important feature you want to incorporate in the system you propose to introduce with the suitable example of a project involving capital expenditure.

1.3 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
1. “The objective of Managerial Economics is to provide framework for analyzing business decisions. Instead of presenting detailed list of rules for specific decision-making, managerial economics addresses the larger economic forces that shape day-to-day decision-making”. Critically analyse the above statement.
2. “The quantity demanded of any good appears to depend upon utility, price and income”. Elucidate the above statement with appropriate example.
3. “If the production function is homogeneous with constant returns to scale everywhere, the returns to a single variable factor will be diminishing”. Comment
4. “If there is active price competition and free entry, the equilibrium output under monopolistic competition will be very close to the minimum cost-output. However, if firms avoid price competition and instead enter into non-price competition there will be excess capacity in each firm”. Comment the above statement.

1.4 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
1. The Indian contract Act, 1872 is not a complete code dealing with all branches of the law of contract” .Comment
2. Mr. Vipin of Delhi engaged Mr. Abhishek as his agent to buy a house in west extension area. Mr. Abhishek bought a house for Rs. 20 lakhs in the name of a nominee and then purchased it himself for Rs 35 lakhs. He then sold the same house to Mr. Vipin for Rs 40 lakhs. Mr. Vipin later comes to know the mischief of Mr. Abhishek and tries to recover the excess amount paid to Mr. Abhishek. Is he entitled to recover any amount from Mr. Abhishek? If so, how much can he recover? Explain.
3. One of the benefits of listing is the easy transferability of the securities listed on a stock exchange. If so justify this statement.
4. “The memorandum of association is the fundamental law or a charter defining the objects and limiting the powers of a company” – Explain

1.5 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS
1. “Human Lock” a leading human security force company has planned to know the employee satisfaction level and the problems faced by employees in their job at various levels. As a consultant you are requested to complete the task. Design a suitable questionnaire for this purpose by considering different dimensions related to human security force, and suggests a suitable sampling design for the collection of data.
2. You are the R & D Manager of a research consultancy company. You have been assigned to conduct a customer satisfaction study about cosmetic products of a leading cosmetic company in India. You conducted the study and you are ready to submit the report. How will you prepare the research report for your client? (Use your own data and other relevant information)
3. Mr. Puneeth, the personnel manager of a Textile Mill is recruiting its graduate trainees through two consultancy agencies. The performance index (0 – 10 scale) of the trainees from each consultancy agency follows normal distribution. The variance of the performance index of the trainees selected through a Consultancy Agency X is 12 and that of the trainees selected through another Consultancy Agency Y is 6. The manager feels that the mean performance index of the trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency X is less than that of the trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency Y. To test his intuition, he has drawn a sample of 64 trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency X and their mean performance index is found to be 8. Similarly, he has drawn a sample of 81 trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency Y and their mean performance index is found to be 6.5. Test the intuition of Mr. Puneeth at a significant level of 0.01.
4. “The economy of a nation depends on the quantum of research and development activities” – Comment on the statement and substantiate your views with real time examples.

1.6 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
1. “Some argue that WTO is the third pillar of global business. But many argue that WTO is the wrong grade organization.” – Critically comment.
2. Do you believe that political stability leads to business development and Vice versa? If yes state your answer with examples.
3. Analyse the steps taken by Indian government to globalize the economy.
4. Do you justify that the working pins would really link the present scenario of international business with that of the future?

1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Communication has its own merits and demerits based on the types? Discuss the above with an example of your own.
2. It is difficult to study the growth of a firm without proper recordings of the proceedings – Discuss the essentials of maintaining such activities in detail.
3. Success of an individual is based on the way he communicates with the people around him – Discuss the above statement in relation with a HR Department.
4. Noise is from both external and internal sources, what are they and how can it be overcome – Discuss in detail.

1.8 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Some changes in organizations are unplanned, where as others are the result of strategic plans. Give examples of each of their verities of change and explain their implications for organizational functioning.
2. Once you are established in your careers, what special challenges are you likely to confront? What can you do to enhance your chance of having a fully satisfying successful career?
3. Explain how the field of organization behaviour stands to benefit by taking a global perspectives. What would you say are the major challenges associated with such a perspectives.
4. Do you believe that organizational politics is inevitable or that it can be curtailed? Explain your answer with examples.

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ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. (HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT)
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product Organisation with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial Organisation?

1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. “Chinese computer and electronic products possess advantages in design, innovation, rapid response and global market flexibility”- comment.
2. “Legal aspects protect competitors and consumers from many unethical pricing strategies that unscrupulous marketers may wish to attempt”. Critically analyse the statement.
3. “Advertising on the internet has changed significantly over the past decade and some might argue that it is for the worse” Do you agree or disagree? Discuss with practical illustrations.
4. Examine the challenges encountered by the pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for surviving and thriving in this new and ever changing environment

1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. “The consequences of over- capitalization are far more serious and fatal than under-capitalization”. Discuss.
2. “An optimal combination of the decisions relating to investment, financing and dividends will maximize the value of the firm to its shareholders”. Examine
3. “Efficiency inventory management is reflected in the liquidity and profitability of the firm.” Explain.
4. “A low dividend payout Ratio promotes the welfare of stock holders because long-term capital gains are treated more favourably than dividend income from the tax point of view.”

1.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Operations management is the area of creating competitive advantage. Do you agree? Justify your answer.
2. A manufacturer requires 10,000 items per year. Price discount as follows:
Rs.4 up to 2000 items, Rs. 3.80 between 2000 and 4000 items. Rs.3.70 for quantities above 4000. Ordering cost = Rs. 50.
Comparative inventory cost=25% per year of average inventory price. Determine the optimum purchase policy under discount.
3. Explain JIT. Do you think it is practically feasible in India? What is your suggestion for implementing JIT?
4. Operations personnel usually have a large volume and variety of resources at their command. They should endeavor to make effective and efficient use of these resources to achieve the largest outputs. Comment! What are the approaches for enhancing the utilization of resources?

1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “The field of HRM changes so rapidly that had become necessary for one to constantly review procedures and laws so that the practices will be effective and legal”. Critically evaluate this statement.
2. “Majority of the testing techniques for selection do not accurately assess the characteristics of the job. In fact most of the executives would divulge that the testing had no impact on future job performance. Do you accept or not? Discuss with justification.
3. “Identify the paramount barriers to effective training programme in IT field and how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
4. Technological advancements and automation are causing high stress and burn out among employees, which results negatively and unable to reap the benefit of automation”. Do you agree or disagree? State your view.

1.6 STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS
1. A random sample of 1000 workers from south India show that their mean wages are Rs. 47 per week with a standard deviation of Rs. 28. A random sample of 1500 workers from North India gives a mean wage of Rs. 49 per week with a standard deviation of Rs. 40. Is there any significant difference between their mean level of wages?
2. Calculate seasonal indices for the data given below by the link relative method
Quarter Years
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
I 45 48 49 52 60
II 54 56 63 65 70
III 72 63 70 75 84
IV 60 56 65 72 66
3. The following is the summary of a survey on the color of pens purchased by persons belonging to different age groups. use chi-square test at 5 % level of significance to find whether the age of the person has any association with the choice of color.
Color
Age Group Blue Black Red
Less than 20 8 12 20
20-50 10 15 10
Above 50 10 10 5
4. The following data represents rainfall (x) and yield of paddy per hectare (y) in a particular area.
x 113 102 95 120 140 130 125
y 1.8 1.5 1.3 1.9 1.1 2.0 1.7
a) Fit the regression equation x on y
b) Estimate y when x = 145
c) Calculate karl pearson’s coefficient of correlation.
d) Calculate regression coefficient x on y and y on x
e) Check whether the regression line is a good fit.

1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Communication has its own merits and demerits based on the types? Discuss the above with an example of your own.
2. It is difficult to study the growth of a firm without proper recordings of the proceedings – Discuss the essentials of maintaining such activities in detail.
3. Success of an individual is based on the way he communicates with the people around him – Discuss the above statement in relation with a HR Department.
4. Noise is from both external and internal sources, what are they and how can it be overcome – Discuss in detail.

1.8 ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Some changes in Organisations are unplanned, where as others are the result of strategic plans. Give examples of each of their verities of change and explain their implications for Organisational functioning.
2. Once you are established in your careers, what special challenges are you likely to confront? What can you do to enhance your chance of having a fully satisfying successful career?
3. Explain how the field of Organisation behaviour stands to benefit by taking a global perspectives. What would you say are the major challenges associated with such a perspectives.
4. Do you believe that Organisational politics is inevitable or that it can be curtailed? Explain your answer with examples.

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ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS)
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product organisation with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial organisation?

1.2 INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING
1. Make out a trial balance with imaginary figures. Draw the Profit and Loss Account and Balance Sheet from the trial balance which you have constituted.
2. “Price differences in different geographic segments make international accounting a challenging Endeavour”. How experts overcome this challenge?
3. ‘’Some knowledge of International Accounting may be necessary for a company even if it is not a multinational.” Do you agree with this statement? If so, explain your position.
4. Why do companies need to prepare a Funds Flow Statement, when they are already preparing many other financial statements to present their financial position?

1.3 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
1. “Liberalisaton and Globalisation of trade policies have an impact on the growth of domestic trade”. Comment the above statement.
2. “IMF is a key to economic development of all countries in the world”. Do you accept or not.
3. “The concept of foreign trade multiplier is one of the major thing in any International Business Environment”. Briefly discuss the above with current example.
4. Briefly comment on what way international trade is helpful to correct the disequilibrium in the balance of payments position of a nation.

1.4 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
1. Give an Overview of the international Business Environment in the developing countries like India.
2. Give your opinion on Foreign direct Investment and State the present structure of the foreign direct Investment in India
3. State the role of MNCs in India and the government of India policy towards MNCs.
4. Take any company and discuss how its marketing strategy is different in its home country and foreign country give the reason on it had to be different.

1.5 FOREIGN POLICY OF INDIA
1. Discuss in detail India’s international trade scenario and also discuss which countries are India’s export and import partners and what are their shares in India’s international trade.
2. Elucidate India’s institutional framework (trade promotion bodies) set up by the Government of India for the promotion of India’s international trade.
3. Write a note on export promotion councils and commodity boards, their roles in India’s trade development.
4. Discuss how EXIM Bank and ECGC facilitate exporters and importers in India and abroad.

1.6 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND E-COMMERCE
1. Explain the potential benefits of cloud computing in the e-commerce. What is the infrastructure required for it to be adopted on large scale by the users?
2. What are virtual shopping malls? Explain with examples various portals which are very popular for online business especially in India.
3. Enlist the emerging issues involved in marketing and pricing related issues in online banking sectors in Indian market scenario. Suggest more appropriate strategies to improve online services in banking industry. Justify your views with suitable examples.
4. Explain the characteristics of large companies that involve B2G and B2C transactions in their business, which require roboust, capable and scalable electronic commerce system.

1.7 COMMUNICATION FOR GLOBAL MANAGERS
1. How will you design you presentation for a general body meeting – elucidate in detail the procedure involved in it with the above context.
2. Submit a report on the drought situation in your district and send to the editor of a news paper.
3. Choosing proper channel far your presentation is more important for written & oral presentation – Brig out the importance & what set back you will confront in choosing the above.
4. Noise that affects the process of communication can be overcome by proper planning, how it can be done & what is the noise that hinders the process.

1.8 ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Same changes in organisations are unplanned, where as others are the result of strategic plans. Give examples of each of their verities of change and explain their implications for organisational functioning.
2. Once you are established in your careers, what special challenges are you likely to confront? What can you do to enhance your chance of having a fully satisfying successful career?
3. Explain how the field of organisation behaviour stands to benefit by taking a global perspectives. What would you say are the major challenges associated with such a perspectives.
4. Do you believe that organisational politics is inevitable or that it can be curtailed? Explain you answer with examples.

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ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
M.B.A. (INFORMATION SYSTEMS)
FIRST YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018

1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product organization with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial organization?

1.2 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
1. “The objective of Managerial Economics is to provide framework for analyzing business decisions. Instead of presenting detailed list of rules for specific decision-making, managerial economics addresses the larger economic forces that shape day-to-day decision-making”. Critically analyse the above statement.
2. “The quantity demanded of any good appears to depend upon utility, price and income”. Elucidate the above statement with appropriate example.
3. “If the production function is homogeneous with constant returns to scale everywhere, the returns to a single variable factor will be diminishing.” – Comment.
4. “If there is active price competition and free entry, the equilibrium output under monopolistic competition will be very close to the minimum cost-output. However, if firms avoid price competition and instead enter into non-price competition there will be excess capacity in each firm”. – Comment the above statement.

1.3 ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE FOR MANAGERS
1. Arun the managing director is surprised that his profit every year is quite different from what he wants or expects to achieve. Someone advised him to install a formal system of budgeting. He employs a fresh accountant to do this. For two years, the accountant faithfully makes all budgets based on previous year accounts. The problem remains unsolved. Advise Arun the managing director and the accountant on what steps they should take. Make assumptions about what is lacking.
2. In a factory, actual fixed cost overheads were different from the standard fixed overheads because the actual output, actual time consumed, actual rate per hour and per unit of output differed. Compute the variances taking assumed figures.
3. A company has to decide whether to Make or Buy. Through differential cost analysis, how will you ascertain the net difference between the two alternatives so as to assist the management in their decision making? Use hypothetical figures to illustrate.
4. As a management accountant your are asked to introduce a system of capital expenditure control for your organization. Explain the important feature you want to incorporate in the system you propose to introduce with the suitable example of a project involving capital expenditure.

1.4 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. “Chinese computer and electronic products possess advantages in design, innovation, rapid response and global market flexibility.” – Comment.
2. “Legal aspects protect competitors and consumers from many unethical pricing strategies that unscrupulous marketers may wish to attempt.” – Critically analyse the statement.
3. “Advertising on the internet has changed significantly over the past decade and some might argue that it is for the worse” Do you agree or disagree? Discuss with practical illustrations.
4. Examine the challenges encountered by the pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for surviving and thriving in this new and ever changing environment

1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “The field of HRM changes so rapidly that had become necessary for one to constantly review procedures and laws So that the practices will be effective and legal”. Critically evaluate this statement.
2. “Majority of the testing techniques for selection do not accurately assess the characteristics of the job. In fact most of the executives would divulge that the testing had no impact on future job performance. Do you accept or not? Discuss with justification.
3. “Identify the paramount barriers to effective training programme in IT field and how to crush them.” Explain with real life examples.
4. Technological advancements and automation are causing high stress and burn out among employees, which results negatively and unable to reap the benefit of automation”. Do you agree or disagree? State your view.

1.6 PRODUCTION AND MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
1. Production and materials management is the area of creating competitive
advantage. Do you agree? Justify your answer.
2. A manufacturer requires 10,000 items per year. Price discount as follows:
a) Rs.4 upto 2000 items, Rs. 3.80 between 2000 and 4000 items. Rs.3.70 for quantities above 4000. Ordering cost = Rs. 50.
b) Comparative inventory cost = 25% per year of average inventory price.
c) Determine the optimum purchase policy under discount.
3. Explain JIT. Do you think it is practically feasible in India? What is your suggestion for implementing JIT?
4. Discuss the impact of new technologies on the role of an production Manager in an organization? Give suitable examples.

1.7 RESEARCH METHODS FOR MANAGEMENT
1. “Human Lock” a leading human security force company has planned to know the employee satisfaction level and the problems faced by employees in their job at various levels. As a consultant you are requested to complete the task. Design a suitable questionnaire for this purpose by considering different dimensions related to human security force, and suggests a suitable sampling design for the collection of data.
2. You are the R & D Manager of a research consultancy company. You have been assigned to conduct a customer satisfaction study about cosmetic products of a leading cosmetic company in India. You conducted the study and you are ready to submit the report. How will you prepare the research report for your client? (Use your own data and other relevant information)
3. Mr. Puneeth, the personnel manager of a Textile Mill is recruiting its graduate trainees through two consultancy agencies. The performance index (0 – 10 scale) of the trainees from each consultancy agency follows normal distribution. The variance of the performance index of the trainees selected through a Consultancy Agency X is 12 and that of the trainees selected through another Consultancy Agency Y is 6. The manager feels that the mean performance index of the trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency X is less than that of the trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency Y. To test his intuition, he has drawn a sample of 64 trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency X and their mean performance index is found to be 8. Similarly, he has drawn a sample of 81 trainees selected through the Consultancy Agency Y and their mean performance index is found to be 6.5. Test the intuition of Mr. Puneeth at a significant level of 0.01.
4. “The economy of a nation depends on the quantum of research and development activities.” – Comment on the statement and substantiate your views with real time examples.

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1.1 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
1. What do you see as the main difference between a successful and an unsuccessful decision? How much does luck versus skill have to do with it? Give a detail note on it.
2. Take any two Indian companies and examine how they have succeeded or failed due to poor strategic planning.
3. Suggest a method of departmentation for a large multi-product organization with a huge market spread over the whole country. Explain the reasons for your suggestions.
4. ‘Motivation is the core of management’. Comment. What practical suggestions would you offer to management to motivate its staff in an industrial organization?

1.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. “Chinese computer and electronic products possess advantages in design, innovation, rapid response and global market flexibility”- comment.
2. “Legal aspects protect competitors and consumers from many unethical pricing strategies that unscrupulous marketers may wish to attempt”. Critically analyse the statement.
3. “Advertising on the internet has changed significantly over the past decade and some might argue that it is for the worse” Do you agree or disagree? Discuss with practical illustrations.
4. Examine the challenges encountered by the pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for surviving and thriving in this new and ever changing environment

1.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. “The consequences of over- capitalization are far more serious and fatal than under-capitalization”. – Discuss.
2. “An optimal combination of the decisions relating to investment, financing and dividends will maximize the value of the firm to its shareholders”. – Examine
3. “Efficiency inventory management is reflected in the liquidity and profitability of the firm.” – Explain.
4. “A low dividend payout Ratio promotes the welfare of stock holders because longterm capital gains are treated more favourably than dividend income from the tax point of view.” – Comment

1.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Operations management is the area of creating competitive advantage. Do you agree? Justify your answer.
2. A manufacturer requires 10,000 items per year. Price discount as follows:
Rs.4 up to 2000 items, Rs. 3.80 between 2000 and 4000 items. Rs.3.70 for quantities above 4000. Ordering cost = Rs. 50.
Comparative inventory cost = 25% per year of average inventory price.
Determine the optimum purchase policy under discount.
3. Explain JIT. Do you think it is practically feasible in India? What is your suggestion for implementing JIT?
4. Operations personnel usually have a large volume and variety of resources at their command. They should endeavor to make effective and efficient use of these resources to achieve the largest outputs. Comment! What are the approaches for enhancing the utilization of resources?

1.5 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “The field of HRM changes so rapidly that had become necessary for one to constantly review procedures and laws so that the practices will be effective and legal”. – Critically evaluate this statement.
2. “Majority of the testing techniques for selection do not accurately assess the characteristics of the job. In fact most of the executives would divulge that the testing had no impact on future job performance. Do you accept or not? – Discuss with justification.
3. “Identify the paramount barriers to effective training programme in IT field and how to crush them.” – Explain with real life examples.
4. Technological advancements and automation are causing high stress and burn out among employees, which results negatively and unable to reap the benefit of automation.” – Do you agree or disagree? State your view.

1.6 STATISTICS FOR MANAGERS
1. A random sample of 1000 workers from south India show that their mean wages are Rs. 47 per week with a standard deviation of Rs. 28. A random sample of 1500 workers from North India gives a mean wage of Rs. 49 per week with a standard deviation of Rs. 40. Is there any significant difference between their mean level of wages?
2. Calculate seasonal indices for the data given below by the link relative method
Quarter Years
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
I 45 48 49 52 60
II 54 56 63 65 70
III 72 63 70 75 84
IV 60 56 65 72 66
3. The following is the summary of a survey on the color of pens purchased by persons belonging to different age groups. use chi-square test at 5 % level of significance to find whether the age of the person has any association with the choice of color.
Color
Age Group
Blue Black Red
Less than 20 8 12 20
20-50 10 15 10
Above 50 10 10 5
4. The following data represents rainfall (x) and yield of paddy per hectare (y) in a particular area.
x 113 102 95 120 140 130 125
y 1.8 1.5 1.3 1.9 1.1 2.0 1.7
a) Fit the regression equation x on y
b) Estimate y when x = 145
c) Calculate Karl Pearson’s coefficient of correlation.
d) Calculate regression coefficient x on y and y on x
e) Check whether the regression line is a good fit.

1.7 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION
1. Communication has its own merits and demerits based on the types? Discuss the above with an example of your own.
2. It is difficult to study the growth of a firm without proper recordings of the proceedings – Discuss the essentials of maintaining such activities in detail.
3. Success of an individual is based on the way he communicates with the people around him – Discuss the above statement in relation with a HR Department.
4. Noise is from both external and internal sources, what are they and how can it be overcome – Discuss in detail.

1.8 ADVERTISING AND SALES PROMOTION
1. Explain advertising layout and comment on the role played by advertising in India,
2. Promotion is more beneficial for markets than for either consumers or society. Do you agree? Explain the reason.
3. Write an essay in support of “advertising as a promotional tool”. Are they effective? Give your suggestions.
4. Briefly discuss the top five advertising agencies in India and how do they function?

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2.1 PRODUCT AND SERVICES MARKETING
1. “Every service needs a product and every product needs a service” comment.
2. Assume you are a team member of the marketing research department of a low cost domestic airline. Your manager has asked you to evaluate the service quality of the airline. How would you go about It.? What service quality dimensions would you use to evaluate the same?
3. Assume you are the marketing manager of a company manufacturing fully automatic washing machines. What product support services would you provide to the customer to have competitive advantage?
4. Customer waiting can be managed only by operations management’. Do you agree with the statement? Justify your answer giving suitable examples.

2.2 MARKETING RESEARCH
1. Marketing Research has been suggested as a training ground for advancement in the firm. Do you agree with this or do you feel that researchers should stay within their specialty?
2. Assume you wish to determine whether men are brand-conscious when they are shopping for suits. How could this question be studied using the observation method? Using the questionnaire method?
3. Mr. Puneeth is running a FMCG production company which has market nationality for the past 50 years. As it reaches maturing stage in its product life cycle, it has planned to diversify its market from FMCG to Yarn exports. As a Chief Executive Officer of the company how will you do marketing research for this new business to find out the market potential?
4. Mr. Adithya, the Managing Director of ANC Limited has given a task to Mr. Sarath, the R & D Manager to conduct a customer satisfaction survey for their brand of shampoo among general public in major cities of Tamil Nadu. He has done the customer satisfaction survey for the past six months. Now, Mr. Sarath has to prepare the research report of his study. Assist Mr. Sarath in preparing the report considering data and other necessary details for your own.

2.3 CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
1. Consumer protection is an important issue. What areas of consumer behavior appear to be most in need of increased regulation and / or consumer education?
2. Assume that you are a marketing officer for a large furniture retailer. Prepare a marketing program that would be successful in reaching consumers in the 25-34 age groups.
3. Assume that a soft-drink marketer wanted to increase penetration in the Hispanic market. Prepare a set of recommendations for doing so.
4. Assume that a French manufacturer of women’s apparel is seeking to expand markets by exporting to Canada. What marketing program should be recommended for maximum effectiveness?

2.4 RURAL MARKETING
1. Discuss the important dimension of the rural market demographics and their implications for marketers of consumer doubles.
2. Explain the important communication concept relevant to the rural markets what is the significance of usage of symbols and principle, colour and music and rural marketing communication.
3. Looking at the profile of the rural consumers on Indian today. What are the key challenges passed for Indian marketers in the rural marketing segments?
4. As the product manager of an established consumer goods company, how would you handle the menace of spurious brands in the rural markets?

2.5 SALES AND DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT
1. Write an essay on wholesaling? Explain the different marketing functions performed by wholesaler-distributors for manufacturers with the help of suitable examples.
2. What is the purpose of Sales Organization? What steps will you take for setting up a Sales Organization? Explain with the help of suitable examples.
3. What are the different sources of Sales Force Recruits? Illustrate with the help of suitable examples.
4. What special distribution challenges exist in India? What is the best way for foreign companies to deal with these challenges? Explain

2.6 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
1. If strategic planning is essentially a program, can it display the degree of adaptiveness that 21st century enterprises need? Would ‘strategic improvisation’ be a plausible alternative? Explore the practical consequences of strategic improvisation for enterprise management.
2. Select an Automobile industry in India, and evaluate its competitive business strategy using Porter’s five force model? What strategies can you suggest to convert the unattractive forces in to attractive ones?
3. “Complementary mergers may result in each firm filling in the missing pieces of their firm with pieces from other firm.” – Examine the validity of the statement in the Indian context with necessary examples.
4. ‘Formality is the enemy of creativity and innovation’. ‘Informality is the enemy of disciplined and reliable performance’. Is it consequently impossible for an enterprise to be both innovative and disciplined? Investigate how these qualities can be combined.

2.7.1 E-COMMERCE
1. Describe the current e-commerce scenario in India and explain the future prospect of e-commerce.
2. Explain the characteristics of large companies that involve B2G and B2C transactions in their business, which require roboust, capable and scalable electgronic commerce system.
3. Visit the following sites:
www.olx.com / www.labour.tn.gov.in / www.clicks.co.za / www.digitalplanet.co.za
a. For each site determine whether it is in the exposure stage, interaction stage, e-commerce stage or e-business stage. Provide reasons for your answer.
b. Determine whether each site is B2C, C2C, C2B or B2B and why.
c. Critically discuss the process of setting up a free-standing website and evaluate the potential of e-commerce for small business development in India.
4. Consider the development of a portal for a Retailer shop. Discuss the various technologies, tools and components involved in designing the same.

2.7.2 BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS
1. Below is the gist of an article from Business Week. After reading it
(a) identify the broad problem area,
(b) define the problem, and
(c) explain how you would proceed further.
“While Chrysler‘s minivans, pickups, and sport utility vehicles take a big share of the truck market, its cars trail behind those of GM, Ford, Honda, and Toyota.
Quality problems include, among other things, water leaks and defective parts”.
2. It is advantageous to develop a directional hypothesis whenever we are sure of the predicted direction. How will you justify this statement?
3. If a control group is a part of an experimental design, one need not worry about controlling other exogenous variables. Discuss this statement
4. Whenever possible, it is advisable to use instruments that have already been developed and repeatedly used in published studies, rather than develop our own instruments for our studies. Do you agree? Discuss the reasons for your answer.

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2.1 E-COMMERCE
1. Describe the current e-commerce scenario in India and explain the future prospect of e-commerce.
2. Explain the characteristics of large companies that involve B2G and B2C transactions in their business, which require roboust, capable and scalable electronic commerce system.
3. Visit the following sites:
www.olx.com
www.labour.tn.gov.in
www.clicks.co.za
www.digitalplanet.co.za
a. For each site determine whether it is in the exposure stage, interaction stage, e-commerce stage or e-business stage. Provide reasons for your answer.
b. Determine whether each site is B2C, C2C, C2B or B2B and why.
c. Critically discuss the process of setting up a free-standing website and evaluate the potential of e-commerce for small business development in India.
4. Consider the development of a portal for a Retailer shop. Discuss the various technologies, tools and components involved in designing the same..

2.2 E-COMMERCE: APPLICATION AND SECURITIES
1. Take an example of any two e-commerce companies in India providing high end e-commerce solutions and describe how they established customer confidence, trust and ensured privacy and security of the e-commerce transactions.
2. Explain SET Protocol used in credit card transactions. What is the main interesting aspect of SET protocol which gives confidence to customers transacting business using the internet?
3. Discuss in brief virtual auction. Explain the differences between virtual auction and reverse auction.
4. What role does SCM play in Business to Business model i.e. B2B e-Commerce.

2.3 INTERNET AND JAVA PROGRAMMING
1. Develop an employee class which implements the comparable and clone able interfaces. Implement the sorting of persons (based on name in alphabetical). Also implement the shallow copy (for name and age) and deep copy (for Data of Joining).
2. Discuss the java database connectivity. Write an AWT program to explain JDBC connectivity for college admission system.
3. Explain in detail the Applet life cycle. Write a program to show the working of every function in Applet. Discuss how Applets are virus free.
4. Write a java program that correctly implements producer consumer problem using the concept of inter thread communication.

2.4 ADVANCED WEB DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN TOOLS
1. Develop a XML application to get the details of Books (Title, Author Name, ISBN No, Publisher details). List out the details of Management related books. Write DTD, Schema, XZL wherever required?
2. Create an online application for monitoring user events using JSP.
3. A. Discuss abut EJB architecture and its Components with neat diagram.
B. Describe the important services provided by a container to an enterprise bean?
4. Develop an employee Payroll system using (RMI) Techniques, the primary methods of Payroll calculation should be accessed from remotely.
5. Design web page for hospital Management system with all DHTML features and display the hospital name in all pages using Cookies in JSP.

2.5 ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING
1. Large corporations like General Motors (GM), Ford, Hewlett Packard (HP), and Digital primarily viewed themselves as manufacturing companies until the 1980s. With the globalization of operations and the proliferation of computer networks, it was important that the manufacturing organizations extend their information system across the supply chain with ERP solutions. Discuss your views on this aspect.
2. As you are a General Manager in a reputed manufacturing firm and you wish to implement ERP to replace the existing system. But the employees were unaware about the new methodologies. How will you react and successfully implement the ERP.
3. Imagine that you are a manager in a firm and implemented ERP system but that is failed in your company, what type of strategies that you will follow to recover it?
4. Implementation of an ERP system is a major investment and commitment for any organization, but still many ERP implementations fail. What are factors that contribute to the failure of ERP implementation?

2.6 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
1. If strategic planning is essentially a program, can it display the degree of adaptiveness that 21st century enterprises need? Would ‘strategic improvisation’ be a plausible alternative? Explore the practical consequences of strategic improvisation for enterprise management.
2. Select an automobile industry in India, and evaluate its competitive business strategy using porter’s five force model? What strategies can you suggest to convert the unattractive forces in to attractive ones?
3. “Complementary mergers may result in each firm filling in the missing pieces of their firm with pieces from other firm” – Examine the validity of the statement in the Indian context with necessary examples.
4. ‘Formality is the enemy of creativity and innovation’. ‘informality is the enemy of disciplined and reliable performance’. Is it consequently impossible for an enterprise to be both innovative and disciplined? Investigate how these qualities can be combined.
2.7.1 GLOBAL MARKETING
1. “An important role of global marketing and its clear explanation of responsibility” – Discuss elaborately in a global view.
2. Enlist the general problems faced during import and export of fabrics and the solution for it.
3. What criteria should Global marketers consider while making product design decisions?
4. What, in your view, are the key principles of global marketing? Explain their importance towards marketing success.

2.7.2 STRUCTURED SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
1.(a) Some companies hire consulting firms to develop the initial project plans and manage the project, but use their own analysts and programmers to develop the system. Why do you think some companies do this? Justify your views
(b) Suppose you are a systems analyst developing a detailed test plan. Explain the testing strategies you will use in your plan. Will you use live or simulated data?
2. (a) What is the drawback of DFD? Draw a DFD for the university admission system.
(b) Draw O-level, 1-level and 2-level DFDs depicting various processes, data flow and data repositories for a retail readymade garment stores. Follow the appropriate conventions/symbols
3.( (a) How will you design databases for an application? Explain with any one example.
(b) Describe the sequential and indexed sequential organizations and comment on their applicability in file design.
4. (a) Explain different types of CASE tools used in different phases of software life cycle.
(b) Summarize the advantages of using CASE tools in systems analysis and design.

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2.1 MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
1. Discuss the present state of the Insurance in India and outline causes for their high growth.
2. Discuss elaborately the role and the progress of commercial banks in the industrial financing of this country.
3. Explain the role of venture capital in the overall economy and how the venturecapital industry actually works as a whole and also discuss some of the biggest successes and failures of venture capital.
4. What do you understand by Credit Rating? Go to any financial institution , get your credit rating and share your experience.

2.2 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
1. The international financial environment has become very volatile.’ – Do you agree? Discuss it by taking into account all relevant factors.
2. Do you know the foreign exchange rates fluctuate? How do these fluctuations affect us? What can be done to minimize these fluctuations?
3. Discuss the international monetary system, why did the international monetary system move from a fixed exchange rate system to floating exchange rate system? What has been its impact?
4. The responsibilities of the foreign banks in the export finance area have today increased tremendously as compared to earlier years of 20th Century comment.

2.3 DERIVATIVES MANAGEMENT
1. Cipla has a market price of Rs.890. The volatility on the share is 0.32; the riskfree interest rate is 5 percent. What would be the price of the call with a strike price of Rs.880, if the expiry date is 20 days ahead? Assume there has not been any dividend announcement.
2. You are given three call options on a stock at exercise price (k) of Rs 40, Rs.45 and Rs.50 with the expiration date in 3 month and the premium of Rs.4, Rs.2 and Rs.1 respectively. Show how the call options can be used to create a butterfly spread. Construct a table with different market prices and show how profit changes with stock price ranging from Rs 30 to Rs 60 for a butterfly spread.
3. You are a portfolio manager who has just been exposed to the possibilities of stock index futures. Respond to the following situations.
(a) Assume that you have the resources to buy and hold the stocks in the S&P 500. You are given the following data. (Assume that today is January 1)
i) Level of the S & P 500 index = 258.90
ii) June S&P 500 futures contract = 260.15
iii) Annualized Rate on T. Bill expiring June 26 (expiration date) = 6%
iv) Annualized Dividend yield on S&P 500 stocks = 3%
v) Assume that dividends are paid out continuously over the year. Is there potential for arbitrage? How would you go about setting up the arbitrage?
(b) Assume now that you are known for your stock selection skills. You have 10,000 shares of Texaco in your portfolio (now selling for 38) and are extremely worried about the direction of the market until June. You would like to protect yourself against market risk by using the December S&P 500 futures contract (which is at 260.15). If Texaco’s beta is 0.8, how would you go about creating this protection?
4. What are various types of derivative instruments traded at NSE? What are various products available for trading in Futures and Options segment at NSE?

2.4 RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE
1. You are the newly appointed Risk Manager within an organisation and have noted that there is no written risk management philosophy or statement in place. Advise the Board of the advantages of adopting a risk document, describing the elements that should be referenced within it.
2. You are the Internal Audit Manager within an organisation. At a recent Board meeting, you were asked to prepare for an internal audit of the risk management process.
(a) State the aim of an Internal Audit team as defined by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
(b) Explain the role and assurances that the internal audit has to provide in relation to risk management.
(c) Explain how the responsibilities of the internal audit function differ from those of the risk management committee.
3. Discuss the need and growing importance of Liability insurance policies in India quoting relevant examples with specific reference to Professional indemnity liability policy in the backdrop of the recent corporate scams.
4. “Claims handling requires specialized skills.” Do you agree? What makes insurance claims processing difficult and complicated and unpleasant especially in general insurance. Refer to the relevant IRDA guidelines for speedy settlement of claims.

2.5 INVESTMENT, SECURITY AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
1. Cite recent examples of political, social, or economic events (market risk) that have excited (a) The stock market, and (b) Stocks in a specific industry, to surge ahead or plummet sharply.
2. “Public issue of securities through prospectus is not only most popular but also the best method of raising fresh capital.” – Critically evaluate.
3. ‘Stock market indices are the barometers of the stock market.’ – Discuss.
4. Technical analysts believe that one can use past price changes to predict future price changes. How do you justify this belief?

2.6 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
1. If strategic planning is essentially a program, can it display the degree of adaptiveness that 21st Century enterprises need? Would ‘strategic improvisation’ be a plausible alternative? Explore the practical consequences of strategic improvisation for enterprise management.
2. Select an Automobile industry in India, and evaluate its competitive business strategy using Porter’s five force model? What strategies can you suggest to convert the unattractive forces in to attractive ones?
3. “Complementary mergers may result in each firm filling in the missing pieces of their firm with pieces from other firm” – Examine the validity of the statement in the Indian context with necessary examples.
4. ‘Formality is the enemy of creativity and innovation’. ‘Informality is the enemy of disciplined and reliable performance’. Is it consequently impossible for an enterprise to be both innovative and disciplined? Investigate how these qualities can be combined.

2.7.1 E-COMMERCE
1. Describe the current e-commerce scenario in India and explain the future prospect of e-commerce.
2. Explain the characteristics of large companies that involve B2G and B2C transactions in their business, which require roboust, capable and scalable electgronic commerce system.
3. Visit the following sites:
www.olx.com /www.labour.tn.gov.in/www.clicks.co.za/www.digitalplanet.co.za
a. For each site determine whether it is in the exposure stage, interaction stage, e-commerce stage or e-business stage. Provide reasons for your answer.
b. Determine whether each site is B2C, C2C, C2B or B2B and why.
c. Critically discuss the process of setting up a free-standing website and evaluate the potential of e-commerce for small business development in India.
4. Consider the development of a portal for a Retailer shop. Discuss the various technologies, tools and components involved in designing the same..

2.7.2 BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS
1. Below is the gist of an article from Business Week. After reading it
(a) identify the broad problem area,
(b) define the problem, and
(c) explain how you would proceed further.
While Chrysler‘s minivans, pickups, and sport utility vehicles take a big share of the truck market, its cars trail behind those of GM, Ford, Honda, and Toyota.
Quality problems include, among other things, water leaks and defective parts.
2. It is advantageous to develop a directional hypothesis whenever we are sure of the predicted direction. How will you justify this statement?
3. If a control group is a part of an experimental design, one need not worry about controlling other exogenous variables. Discuss this statement
4. Whenever possible, it is advisable to use instruments that have already been developed and repeatedly used in published studies, rather than develop our own instruments for our studies. Do you agree? Discuss the reasons for your answer.

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Academic Year 2017 – 2018
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

2.1 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. “The field of HRM changes so rapidly that had become necessary for one to constantly review procedures and laws to that the practices will be effective and legal”. Critically evaluate this statement.
2. “Majority of the testing techniques for selection do not accurately assess the characteristics of the job. In fact most of the executives would divulge that the testing had no impact on future job performance. Do you accept or not? Discuss with justification.
3. “Identify the paramount barriers to effective training programme in IT field and how to crush them”. Explain with real life examples.
4. Technological advancements and automation are causing high stress and burn out among employees, which results negatively and unable to reap the benefit of automation”. Do you agree or disagree? State your view.

2.2 MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. “Chinese computer and electronic products possess advantages in design, innovation, rapid response and global market flexibility”- comment.
2. “Legal aspects protect competitors and consumers from many unethical pricing strategies that unscrupulous marketers may wish to attempt”. Critically analyse the statement.
3. “Advertising on the internet has changed significantly over the past decade and some might argue that it is for the worse” Do you agree or disagree? Discuss with practical illustrations.
4. Examine the challenges encountered by the pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for surviving and thriving in this new and ever changing environment

2.3 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. “The consequences of over- capitalisation are far more serious and fatal than under-capitalisation.” – Discuss.
2. “An optimal combination of the decisions relating to investment, financing and dividends will maximise the value of the firm to its shareholders”. – Examine
3. “Efficiency inventory management is reflected in the liquidity and profitability of the firm.” – Explain.
4. “A low dividend payout Ratio promotes the welfare of stock holders because long-term capital gains are treated more favourably than dividend income from the tax point of view.” – Justify

2.4 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
1. Operations management is the area of creating competitive advantage. Do you agree? Justify your answer.
2. A manufacturer requires 10,000 items per year. Price discount as follows:
a) Rs.4 up to 2000 items, Rs. 3.80 between 2000 and 4000 items. Rs.3.70 for quantities above 4000. Ordering cost = Rs. 50.
b) Comparative inventory cost = 25% per year of average inventory price.
c) Determine the optimum purchase policy under discount.
3. Explain JIT. Do you think it is practically feasible in India? What is your suggestion for implementing JIT?
4. Operations personnel usually have a large volume and variety of resources at their command. They should endeavour to make effective and efficient use of these resources to achieve the largest outputs. Comment! What are the approaches for enhancing the utilization of resources?

2.5 PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
1. Describe two areas in a manufacturing project where there is a high level of uncertainty. How do you tackle these uncertainties?
2. Explain how to break the total project works and some major parts of the works into smaller and manageable item. Relate your answer to project phases, cost account, work package, activities and project schedule.
3. Sensitivity to environmental factors is crucial for an entrepreneur. Explain with your own experience relevant to the statement.
4. (a) Evaluate the support programmes undertaken by the Government for the promotion of entrepreneurship in India.
(b) Explain how the women entrepreneurship plays major role in improving the economy of India

2.6 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
1. If strategic planning is essentially a program, can it display the degree of adaptiveness that 21st century enterprises need? Would ‘strategic improvisation’ be a plausible alternative? Explore the practical consequences of strategic improvisation for enterprise management.
2. Select an Automobile industry in India, and evaluate its competitive business strategy using Porter’s five force model? What strategies can you suggest to convert the unattractive forces in to attractive ones?
3. “Complementary mergers may result in each firm filling in the missing pieces of their firm with pieces from other firm” – Examine the validity of the statement in the Indian context with necessary examples.
4. ‘Formality is the enemy of creativity and innovation’. ‘Informality is the enemy of disciplined and reliable performance’. Is it consequently impossible for an enterprise to be both innovative and disciplined? Investigate how these qualities can be combined.

2.7.1 HRM: (a) LABOUR WELFARE AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
1. “Labour Union meant for the right of the employees”- Do you agree – Substantiate your views.
2. “Ensuring Industrial Relations is the important task of Human Resource Manager”. Do you agree or Disagree, Substantiate your views.
3. Elaborate Labour Welfare practice prevails currently in India and detail about the impact of Labour Welfare practice on Indian Economy.
4. “Due importance are given to Working Conditions in Indian Industry”- Do you agree or not, Give your reasons.

2.7.1 HRM: (b) TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
1. A leading FMCG company in India decides to train its entire population of employees and managers to provide “Legendary Customer Service.” Suggest and explicate a design for evaluating the impact of such a massive training effort.
2. Is training transfer an important issue in the automobile manufacturing companies? How transfer is evaluated in those companies? Design an action plan sheet that a manager and employee could use to facilitate transfer of training. Justify each category included in the action plan.
3. In a financial services company where 100 employees are working in information technology department had a high employee turnover rate. A survey of employees revealed that the reason most left was dissatisfaction with the level of training. The average turnover rate was 23 percent per year. The cost to recruit and train one new employee was Rs. 56,625/-. To address the turnover problem, the company developed a skills training program that averaged 80 hours per year per employee. The average employee wage was Rs. 35/- per hour. Instructor, classroom, and other costs were Rs. 170,000/-.
a) What is the total cost of training? The total cost of turnover?
b) If the turnover rate dropped 8 percent (from 23 percent to 15 percent), what was the financial benefit of the training program?
c) What was the ROI of the training program?
d) How much would the turnover rate have to be reduced (from 23 percent) for the training program to show a benefit?
4. Assume you are a personnel manager in an service organization, if you had an opportunity to choose between adventure learning and action learning for developing an effective team in your organisation, which would you prefer? Defend your choice with precise justification.

2.7.2 MM: (a) SALES AND DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT
1. Write an essay on wholesaling? Explain the different marketing functions performed by wholesaler-distributors for manufacturers with the help of suitable examples.
2. What is the purpose of Sales Organization? What steps will you take for setting up a Sales Organization? Explain with the help of suitable example.
3. What are the different sources of Sales Force Recruits? Illustrate with the help of suitable examples.
4. What special distribution challenges exist in India? What is the best way for foreign companies to deal with these challenges? – Explain.

2.7.2 MM: (b) MARKETING RESEARCH AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
1. “Application of Marketing Research is helpful in promoting a product” – Comment this statement with a proper research design.
2. Illustrate with suitable example various sampling techniques used in marketing research. Suggest a suitable sampling plan to collect information from the students of a university regarding the recreation facility available.
3. “Can the acceptance level of the product be determined through Market Research Process?” – Discuss the above statement with an example of your choice.
4. “In India, family, social class and caste play considerable role in shopping consumer behaviour.” – Discuss this statement and highlight the role of other sociological determents of consumer behaviour.

2.7.3 FM: (a) INVESTMENT, SECURITY AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
1. Cite recent examples of political, social, or economic events (market risk) that have excited (a) The stock market, and (b) Stocks in a specific industry, to surge ahead or plummet sharply.
2. “Public issue of securities through prospectus is not only most popular but also the best method of raising fresh capital.” – Critically evaluate.
3. ‘Stock market indices are the barometers of the stock market’ – Discuss.
4. Technical analysts believe that one can use past price changes to predict future price changes. How do you justify this belief?

2.7.3 FM: (b) MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
1. Discuss the present state of the Insurance in India and outline causes for their high growth.
2. Discuss the statement in detail “Reserve Bank of India is Banker’s Bank. – Do you agree?
3. If an entrepreneur approaches you for an advice regarding financing of a project wherein he intends to expand his existing project. What sources you would suggest him to raise his funds?
4. “Mutual funds provide stability to share prices, safety to investors and resources to prospective entrepreneurs.” – Discuss.

2.7.4 PM: (a) PRODUCTION, PLANNING, CONTROL AND MAINTENANCE
1. Is lead time in inventory really important? How can mismanaging lead time costs company?
2. Material handing not only adds value to the product instead, add to its cost. – Elucidate.
3. Draw an arganization chart suitable to production and control department. Which one do you recommend a centralized or decentralized one?
4. Preventive maintenance is often viewed as a long–term approach to reliability. Why?

2.7.4 PM: (b) QUALITY MANAGEMENT
1. Explain the steps followed in Total Quality Management (TQM) in manufacturing industries in detail.
2. 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 to sustain in the competitive world.
3. List and explain the four major quality eras. Choose an organization of your choice and evaluate its present status regarding the quality eras.
4. Suppose that you are working in an organization, which wants to develop an effective implementation methodology for ISO 9000 Quality Management System. How will you help your organization in developing an effective implementation methodology?

2.7.5 SYSTEMS: (a) PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS
1. List and describe the other features available with spreadsheet software in addition to its ability to calculate members.
2. Describe the procedure for managing electronic mail. What are the problems relating to attaching files in an electronic mail?
3. What should you include in a formula, to ensure that the formula will operate on a specific value, no matter where the formula might be moved on copied?
4. How can you generate a series of values in excel? Explain with an example.

2.7.5 (b) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
1. “E-Business and the reason for going online.” – Express your views;
2. As a manager of a company, bring out the phases of moving the company from products to services.
3. How a computer is connected through network? Explain with diagram
4. Discuss your views about the knowledge discovery of internet data.

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M.B.A. (HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT)
SECOND YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

2.1 ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE
1. “OD is the prescription for the process of planned change in organisations”- Discuss.
2. “A collection of suitable interventions, built on humanistic- democratic values, that seeks to improve organisational effectiveness and employee well-being”- Discuss.
3. “Change is easy to devise but difficult to implement and impossible to sustain”- Examine this statement and offer your comments.
4. “Learning organisations attack fragmentation, competitiveness, and reactiveness”- Elaborate this statement?

2.2 TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
1. A leading FMCG company in India decides to train its entire population of employees and managers to provide “Legendary Customer Service.” Suggest and explicate a design for evaluating the impact of such a massive training effort.
2. Is training transfer an important issue in the automobile manufacturing companies? How transfer is evaluated in those companies? Design an action plan sheet that a manager and employee could use to facilitate transfer of training. Justify each category included in the action plan.
3. In a financial services company where 100 employees are working in information technology department had a high employee turnover rate. A survey of employees revealed that the reason most left was dissatisfaction with the level of training. The average turnover rate was 23 percent per year. The cost to recruit and train one new employee was Rs. 56,625/-. To address the turnover problem, the company developed a skills training program that averaged 80 hours per year per employee. The average employee wage was Rs. 35/- per hour. Instructor, classroom, and other costs were Rs. 170,000/-.
a) What is the total cost of training? The total cost of turnover?
b) If the turnover rate dropped 8 percent (from 23 percent to 15 percent), what was the financial benefit of the training program?
c) What was the ROI of the training program?
d) How much would the turnover rate have to be reduced (from 23 percent) for the training program to show a benefit?
4. Assume you are a personnel manager in an service organisation, If you had an opportunity to choose between adventure learning and action learning for developing an effective team in your organisation, which would you prefer? Defend your choice with precise justification.

2.3 LABOUR WELFARE
1. Elucidate the objectives scope and need of the voluntary welfare measures.
2. Discuss the various welfare measures available to protect the female labour and the Agricultural labour mention the social assistance available to them.
3. Write the various statutes enacted by Indian Parliament from time to time and various schemes implemented by government for the welfare of child, female and contact labours in India.
4. Explain the psychological issues relating to the employment and measures to be taken to prevent adverse impact on overall health of employees.

2.4 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
1. Describe the new perspectives of 1990s. Discuss the implications of post modernism for employment relations. Explain the latest developments in HRM for industrial relations issues with suitable examples.
2. Explain the historical perspective of Industrial relations in India. Discuss the issues and challenges facing by the organisations related to industrial relations in an organisation you are familiar with.
3. Explain the meaning, origin and growth of trade unions in India. Describe the present trade union scenario of an industrial area with which you are familiar. What are your suggestions for strengthing the trade unions in India.
4. Define grievance and discuss the role of Human Resource department in grievance handling. Explain various approaches of grievance resolution, in your opinion which approach is most effective and why?

2.5 WAGES AND SALARY ADMINISTRATION
1. ‘‘Indian managers are poorly paid compared to their counterparts abroad’’. Examine this statement and offer your comments on it with suitable evidences.
2. ‘‘Hard workers get poor wage where as the workers hardly work get high wage.’’ Do you agree to this statement? Justify your stand with valid evidences.
3. Do you agree that the objectives of collective bargaining are to reduce the areas of conflict and to crate work atmosphere geared to productivity? Elucidate.
4. “If selection and placement decisions are done effectively, an individual performance should not vary a great a deal; therefore, an incentive system is not necessary”. Dou you agree to this statement? Justify your view.

2.6 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
1. If strategic planning is essentially a program, can it display the degree of adaptiveness that 21st century enterprises need? Would ‘strategic improvisation’ be a plausible alternative? Explore the practical consequences of strategic improvisation for enterprise management.
2. Select an Automobile industry in India, and evaluate its competitive business strategy using Porter’s five force model? What strategies can you suggest to convert the unattractive forces in to attractive ones?
3. “Complementary mergers may result in each firm filling in the missing pieces of their firm with pieces from other firm” – Examine the validity of the statement in the Indian context with necessary examples.
4. ‘Formality is the enemy of creativity and innovation’. ‘Informality is the enemy of disciplined and reliable performance’. Is it consequently impossible for an enterprise to be both innovative and disciplined? Investigate how these qualities can be combined.

2.7.1 E-COMMERCE
1. Describe the current e-commerce scenario in India and explain the future prospect of e-commerce.
2. Explain the characteristics of large companies that involve B2G and B2C transactions in their business, which require roboust, capable and scalable electronic commerce system.
3. Visit the following sites:
www.olx.com / www.labour.tn.gov.in / www.clicks.co.za / www.digitalplanet.co.za
a. For each site determine whether it is in the exposure stage, interaction stage, ecommerce stage or e-business stage. Provide reasons for your answer.
b. Determine whether each site is B2C, C2C, C2B or B2B and why.
c. Critically discuss the process of setting up a free-standing website and evaluate the potential of e-commerce for small business development in India.
4. Consider the development of a portal for a Retailer shop. Discuss the various technologies, tools and components involved in designing the same.

2.7.2 BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS
1. Below is the gist of an article from Business Week. After reading it
(a) identify the broad problem area, (b) define the problem, and
(c) explain how you would proceed further.
“While Chrysler‘s minivans, pickups, and sport utility vehicles take a big share of the truck market, its cars trail behind those of GM, Ford, Honda, and Toyota.
Quality problems include, among other things, water leaks and defective parts”.
2. It is advantageous to develop a directional hypothesis whenever we are sure of the predicted direction. How will you justify this statement?
3. If a control group is a part of an experimental design, one need not worry about controlling other exogenous variables. –Discuss this statement.
4. Whenever possible, it is advisable to use instruments that have already been developed and repeatedly used in published studies, rather than develop our own instruments for our studies. Do you agree? Discuss the reasons for your answer.

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M.B.A. (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS)
SECOND YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

2.1 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1. MNEs are often forced to deal with staffing issues when opening new subsidiaries abroad. Describe the main characteristics of the ethnocentric, polycentric and geocentric approach to staffing and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these approaches.
2. A Human Resources manager working for a multinational company would be expected to have a much broader knowledge of employment related matters compared with a counterpart in a domestic company. What types of knowledge would you expect an international HR Manager to have? List and explain five items that you think most important in this regard?
3. A Singapore SME relocates an engineer from Singapore to China. As HR manager it is your job to determine the compensation components this engineer will receive. Describe the two methods you would use and the advantages and disadvantages of each. What is your preferred remuneration method for this assignment?
4. How many institutional theory support both localization adaptation of HRM policy to local specificities and a country-of-origin effect in the HRM activities of MNCs? Explain with examples.

2.2 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT
1. “An adaptation strategy is particularly important for industry like Hosiery that exports the products because it ensures that the product meets local cultural and regulatory requirements” – Discuss.
2. “In geographic pricing strategy, a firm may change a premium in one market, penetration price in another market and a discounted price in the third”. Critically evaluate this statement.
3. Identify and analyze the importance of six ‘C’s of the channel strategy in international distribution marketing.
4. Interview with friends and prepare the report and find out who would they go for information for the products mentioned below and also indicate why do you view her/him as the source of information and advice?
a) Computer note book
b) Cell phones
c) Holiday resort
d) Toys

2.3 INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
1. What is euroband market? How international stock market operation does is an important aspect to a MNC.
2. Critically evaluate the SEBI guidelines with regard to investments by foreign institutional investors.
3. What do you understand by double taxation relief? Comment on the indo- Mauritius double taxation avoidance treaty. Also highlight the salient features of Singapore India double taxation avoidance agreement.
4. How can inflation influence project appraisal? What remedies are available to nutralise the effects of inflation on project appraisal.

2.4 LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
1. Critically examine the present concept of Logistics for settling dispatching disputes. Give your suggestions.
2. “Facility network structure requires greater flexibility for global operations compared to domestic operations” – Comment on this statement
3. Assume that you are the manager for a logistics, how will you develop your organization? In that condition how would you manage disputes? Discuss and elaborate the statement.
4. “Supply chain management is the need of the hour for current business scenario” – Substantiate your views for the above statement by explaining the real time success stories of any three business firms of your choice.

2.5 GLOBAL STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
1. Choose strategic developments for an organization that you are familiar with and compare the resources configuration implication. What advice would you give the management based on your analysis?
2. “Location and coordination have become the critical strategic issues for corporations facing the challenges of globalization.” – Justify your views.
3. “Assessment of the strategic capability of the organization centers on appraisal of its performance in different functional areas.” Critically examine the statement
4. Take an organization with which you familiar, and use relevant tools and frameworks to identify and access the potential sources of competitive advantage. To What extent will the sustainability of this competitive advantage depend upon the organization strategic capabilities or its position within the industry?

2.6 INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICIES AND DOCUMENTATION
1. 8th November, 2016 is considered as very important day for Indian economy, what happened on that day? What were the impacts of that incident on USD: INR Value?
2. Do developing countries face special problems in financing their international trade? If so, what are these problems? Discuss.
3. Analysis the WTO, what role does the WTO play with respect to the Indian economy.
4. Do you known the International trading companies and types of trading companies? How do they assist the flow of imports and exports?

2.7.1 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING RESEARCH AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
1. “Experimental method of research is not suitable in management field.” Discuss, what are the problems in the introduction of this research design in business organisation?
2. How can educational and business institutions assist the international marketer in overcoming the problems posed by marketing relativism and the unconscious use of the self-reference criterion? Discuss with examples.
3. Define ‘extensive problem solving’, ‘limited problem solving’, and ‘routinised response behaviour’. What are the differences between the three decisionmaking approaches? What type of decision process would you expect most consumers to follow in their first purchase of a new product or brand in each of the following areas? Justify your views
a) Chewing gum
b) Sugar
c) Men’s aftershave lotion
d) Carpet
e) Paper towels
f) Mobile telephone
g) New bank account
h) Luxury car.
4. A marketer in the cosmetics industry once remarked: “In the factory, we make cosmetics; in the drugstore we sell hope” how does this relate to the marketing concept and the need of the marketers to understand consumer behavior?

2.7.2 EXPORT AND IMPORT FINANCE
1. Do you think marine insurance is necessary one in export? Comment on it.
2. a) Explain the factors affecting the balance of trade. Briefly discuss how trade balances effects upon nation’s GDP?
3. Describe the general provisions related to import under the Foreign Trade Policy (EXIM Policy) of Government of India. Do you think that these provisions facilitate the foreign trade?
4. What do you understand by word Letter of Credit? What is the importance of Letter of Credit in the export and import finance? Elaborate different types of Letter of Credits prevailing in business?

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M.B.A. (INFORMATION SYSTEMS)
SECOND YEAR
Academic Year 2017 – 2018
ASSIGNMENT TOPICS

2.1 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
1. Same changes in organizations are unplanned, where as others are the result of strategic plans. Give examples of each of their verities of change and explain their implications for organizational functioning.
2. Once you are established in your careers, what special challenges are you likely to confront? What can you do to enhance your chance of having a fully satisfying successful career?
3. Explain how the field of organization behaviour stands to benefit by taking a global perspectives. What would you say are the major challenges associated with such a perspectives.
4. Do you believe that organizational politics is inevitable or that it can be curtailed? Explain you answer with examples.

2.2 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
1. What do you know about Top management responsibility? Give suitable examples for responsibility
2. What will affect the System planning and the mutual investigation? Illustrate with suitable example input/output design.
3. You are asked to write the System Development Life cycle. Explain this statement by using examples.
4. If you were the vice president of a company, what system would you use to develop the management information system?

2.3 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
1. Draw the various schemes of baking system and explain the involvement of view levels of data abstraction.
2. Draw an E-R diagram for ordering an item in the inventory control system.
3. Develop a conceptual data model for a Hospital Information System and write a PL/SQL program using oracle to perform the following tasks.
4. Print the patient details – according to room wise.
a) Print the patient details – according to the disease wise.
b) Print the patient details – according to the doctors attending them
c) Consider a real system of your interest and give the skeleton of the development of DSS for that system.

2.4 E-COMMERCE
1. Describe the current e-commerce scenario in India and explain the future prospect of e-commerce.
2. Explain the characteristics of large companies that involve B2G and B2C transactions in their business, which require roboust, capable and scalable electronic commerce system.
3. Visit the following sites:
www.olx.com /www.labour.tn.gov.in /www.clicks.co.za /www.digitalplanet.co.za
a. For each site determine whether it is in the exposure stage, interaction stage, e-commerce stage or e-business stage. Provide reasons for your answer.
b. Determine whether each site is B2C, C2C, C2B or B2B and why.
c. Critically discuss the process of setting up a free-standing website and evaluate the potential of e-commerce for small business development in India.
4. Consider the development of a portal for a Retailer shop. Discuss the various technologies, tools and components involved in designing the same.

2.5 ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING
1. Large corporations like General Motors (GM), Ford, Hewlett Packard (HP), and Digital primarily viewed themselves as manufacturing companies until the 1980s. With the globalization of operations and the proliferation of computer networks, it was important that the manufacturing organizations extend their information system across the supply chain with ERP solutions. Discuss your views on this aspect.
2. As you are a General Manager in a reputed manufacturing firm and you wish to implement ERP to replace the existing system. But the employees were unaware about the new methodologies. How will you react and successfully implementing the ERP.
3. Imagine that you are a manager in a firm and the implemented ERP system is failed in your company, What type of strategies that you will follow to recover it?
4. Implementation of an ERP system is a major investment and commitment for any organization, but still many ERP implementations fail. What are factors that contribute to the failure of ERP implementation?

2.6 DATA WAREHOUSING AND DATA MINING
1. Outline the major research challenges of data mining in one specific application domain, such as stream/sensor data analysis, spatiotemporal data analysis, or bioinformatics.
2. Data quality can be assessed in terms of several issues, including accuracy, completeness, and consistency. For each of the above three issues, discuss how data quality assessment can depend on the intended use of the data, giving examples. Propose two other dimensions of data quality
3. A data warehouse can be modeled by either a star schema or a snowflake schema. Briefly describe the similarities and the differences of the two models, and then analyze their advantages and disadvantages with regard to one another. Give your opinion of which might be more empirically useful and state the reasons behind your answer.
4. Data cubes and multidimensional databases contain nominal, ordinal, and numeric data in hierarchical or aggregate forms. Based on what you have learned about the clustering methods, design a clustering method that finds clusters in large data cubes effectively and efficiently

2.7.1 SOFTWARE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
1. Identify the key aspects in which modern software project management practices differs from those of traditional software project management.
2. Assume the size of an organic type software product has been estimated to be 32,000 lines of source code. Assume that the average salary of a software engineer is Rs.75,000 per month. Determine the effort required to develop the software product and the nominal development time.
3. (a) List any four attributes that contribute to the quality software product. Discuss how they influence software quality.
(b) Develop a set of guidelines for conducting a formal technical review.
4. Illustrate with a software, the process in determining the software WBS architecture, populate the software WBS and in determining the cost categories for the software.

2.7.2 ADVANCED WEB DESIGN
1. Develop a XML application to get the details of Book s(Title, Author Name, ISBN No, Publisher details). List out the details of Management related books. Write DTD, Schema, XZL wherever required?
2. A. Discuss abut EJB architecture and its Components with neat diagram.
B. Describe the important services provided by a container to an enterprise bean?
3. Develop an employee Payroll system using (RMI) Techniques, the primary methods of Payroll calculation should be accessed from remotely.
4. Design web page for hospital Management system with all DHTML features and display the hospital name in all pages using Cookies in JSP.