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Sanitation: Waste Transfer Station

A First Nation in Northern Ontario has developed a waste transfer station to manage solid waste from the community as there isn’t additional space at the current landfill. Now operational, the transfer station faces some challenges – the waste is trucked about an hour away and has basically put the First Nation’s problem in the backyard of someone else; the bins are being charged by volume not weight, which means there can be voids in the bin with air gaps that the Nation is being charged for. There are two non-Indigenous communities and four Indigenous communities within an hour of the transfer station. What can the Nation do to reduce the transportation cost of the waste? Are there economies of scale that can be gained by working with surrounding communities?

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Team Assignment 1, 2, & 3. The Team Assignment has three parts:

1. Approach, methodology and key findings (due end of week 7): 15%

2. Completed paper from start to finish with recommendations (due end of week 10): 25%

3. Presentation (due during week 11): 5%

Read your team’s case as found in Moodle. Your team are the consultants and will ensure

research, diagnosis, and critical analysis for the creation of recommendations regarding the

case. You have access to both the organization through email and through a video and/or in

powerpoints in Moodle. The expectation is to communicate/ask questions by email and/or as

otherwise instructed/recommended by business.

Team Assignment 1: 12 pages maximum; APA style only required in Reference section.

Your team can be creative in their approach and paper, but with the expectation that they will

use the tools and learning from BUSI640 (and other courses where appropriate): this includes

but it is not limited to the various diagnostic tools and the Management Consulting Template.

The first paper is only a preliminary, start-up paper that should include (but not necessarily be

limited to) background/current situation; issue/opportunity to be solved; the scope; the

approach and methodology (ensure listing of steps to be undertaken), and the KEY FINDINGS

based upon the diagnostic tools the team chooses to utilize. Team Assignment 1 does not

include recommendations.

Team Assignment 2: This assignment has no page limit, but typically 40 pages minimum. All

sections must be APA. The final paper is the professional document for the client. Team

Assignment 1 will now be adjusted/tweaked to link in with Team Assignment 2 (Team

Assignment 1 is the start of Team Assignment 2 and is typically lengthened/adjusted/improved.

A suggested Table of Contents is listed beneath. The team can and should be creative/thinking

outside of the box in their final document, but the aspects listed in the example will be

important to include whether in similar titling/sub-titling or not. The layout is at the discretion

of the consultant team.

Assignment 3: The presentation should be a maximum of 12 slides including title page and

references; Maximum presentation time is held strictly to 10 minutes; 1 or more presenters

can speak at the discretion/choice of team- but all team members must be available for any

post-presentation questions.

An example/sample table of contents is shown as a starting place for the team to consider and

assemble a detailed analysis/recommendations. Other items/subtitles should be considered:

Optional Very Brief Cover Letter

TITLE PAGE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

TABLE OF CONTENTS

APPROACH & METHODOLOGY

KEY FINDINGS

• Strategy

• Finance

• Human Resources

• Information Technology

• Operations

• Marketing

SUMMARY FINDINGS

RECOMMENDATIONS

• Strategy

• Finance

• Human Resources

• Information Technology

• Operations

• Marketing

CHANGE READINESS ASSESSMENT

• Establishing a Sense of Urgency

• Forming a Powerful Guiding Coalition

• Creating a Vision

• Communicating the Vision

• Empowering Others to Act on the Vision

• Planning for and Creating Short-Term Wins

• Consolidating Improvements and Producing still More Change

• Institutionalizing New Approaches

CONCLUDING REMARKS

REFERENCES

APPENDICES (random samples only/depends on team choices)

APPENDIX A: Diagnostic Tool(s)

APPENDIX B: Business Model Canvas/Business Model Circle

APPENDIX C: Critical Issues Assessment

APPENDIX D: Evaluation of Possible Solutions

APPENDIX E: Recommendation Detail

APPENDIX F: Criteria Matrix for Prioritizing Recommendations

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