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First work: Environmental Economics and Ecological Economics

Introduces two approaches to the economic analysis of environmental issues: environmental economics and ecological economics.

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In your initial post, compare the strengths and weaknesses of environmental economics and ecological economics:

For each viewpoint, provide one strength and one weakness of each approach.

Give an example of each approach supporting your stated strength/weakness.

Discuss how the strength/weakness relates to Goal 8 of the United Nations Plan 2030(https://sdgs.un.org/): promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. Read more about Goal 8 (https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal8.)

Your initial post should cite the textbook or a scholarly article using MLA format.

One page

Second work: The Malthusian Hypothesis and Food Supply Shortage

As you read in the textbook, “Population growth is intimately intertwined with resource and environmental issues” (Harris).

What do you think about the Malthusian hypothesis?

Do you think we could witness a food supply shortage in the 21st century in the United States or globally? Why or why not?

Include your thoughts on the common arguments for and against Mathus’ claims.

Your initial post should cite the textbook or a scholarly article using MLA format.

One page

MGMT4020 Strategic Management

Week 1 Assignment: Strategic Approaches & Value Strategies

Objective: To determine which strategic approach an organization is implementing and to identify the value of an organization’s strategy by determining the strength of its business model.


· Acceptable formats include: Word, Excel, PPT, & Prezi (or other Microsoft compatible programs)

· Responses must indicate that you have a clear understanding of the concepts

· Responses should show a logical thought process and should answer all aspects of the questions

· Cite your resources!!!! This includes in-text citation & works cited.

Grading: Scores will be based on clarity and completeness of the information you provide

This assignment has 3 parts.

Part I

“Five of the Most Frequently Used and Dependable Strategic Approaches to Setting a Company Apart from Rivals”

1. Low-Cost Provider Strategy

2. Broad Differentiation Strategy

3. Focused Low-Cost Strategy

4. Focused Differentiation Strategy

5. Best-Cost Provider Strategy

(Thompson, Peteraf, Gamble, Strickland III, 2018)

Task: Determine which strategic approach is being implemented by the following organizations. Provide 3 examples for each organization that shows how they exhibit this strategy.

OrganizationStrategic ApproachExamples
Kirkland(Costco’s Private Label)1.2.3.
Trader Joe’s1.2.3.

Part II

Task: The brands in Part I represent retail organizations, but each offers a different type of retail experience. Consider the information you read in chapter 1 about business model sustainability, then answer the questions below.

Given the current status of the retail industry, which of these brands do you think will survive through the next 10 years? Why or Why not?

Organization10 YrsY or NWhy or Why Not?
Kirkland(Costco’s Private Label)
Trader Joe’s

Part III

For the brands that you think will still be around in 10 years, how do you think the business model will change in that time? Only provide information for the ones you marked Y (Yes) for in the chart in Part II.

OrganizationAdapted Business Model
Kirkland(Costco’s Private Label)
Trader Joe’s

Third work (paper): The Development of the Bottled Water Market

According to the website globenewswire.com:

“Water is an incredibly important aspect of daily lives. Bottled water is a necessary and reliable way to deliver safe drinking water. There are various types of bottled water such as spring water, purified water, mineral water, groundwater, and others. Bottled water is packaged in plastic or glass bottles. Bottled water can be carbonated or not. Bottled water offers a good taste, quality, and convenience.”

For this assignment, write a brief research-based paper about the development of the bottled water market in the United States and one other country of your choosing. Your paper should answer the following questions:

1. What is the consumer demand for bottled water in each country?

2. Did both countries promote pro-environmental approaches during the development of the bottled water industry?

Your paper should be two pages long and should cite at least two credible sources. Citations should follow MLA format. For a refresher on MLA format.

Separated them clearly by having the title on the top of each work.

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