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  • Syllabus-Based Questions on N-Pharma Topic 1 – Business Organisation and Environment 1. Identify the inputs, outputs and processes of N-Pharma 2. Describe how N-Pharma’s activity combines human, physical and financial resources to create their goods and services 3. Explain the role of the different department in N-Pharma’s overall activity 4. Identify which business sector N-Pharma operates in. 5. Explain the nature of this sector and compare it to the other two sectors, showing how they interrelate 6. Identify N-Pharma as a business in the public or private sector 7. Explain how this affects their overall objectives 8. Explain the reasons Yukio Nakamura may have had for setting up N-Pharma 9. Explain the process N-Pharma would have had to go through to start up 10. Analyse the problems that N-Pharma may have experienced during start-up 11. Identify the type of business organisation that N-Pharma is. 12. Describe the main features of this type of organisation, comparing with the type is was originally 13. Analyse how the control and ownership of N-Pharma have changed over the years 14. Evaluate the most appropriate type of ownership for N-Pharma, in its current position 15. Analyse the impact of the division between ownership and control on N-Pharma’s internal and external stakeholders
  • 16. Compare how N-Pharma’s objectives would differ from non-profit animal rights organisations 17. Analyse the impact of the action of such non-profit organisations 18. Explain the importance of objectives in managing N-Pharma 19. Explain the purpose of mission and vision statements 20. Analyse the role of mission and vision statements in N-Pharma 21. Distinguish between objectives, strategies and tactics. 22. Discuss how these apply and interrelate at N-Pharma 23. Examine the reasons N-Pharma had for setting ethical objectives 24. Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of ethical objectives for N-Pharma 25. Discuss the impact of implementing ethical objectives on N-Pharma 26. Explain the different views that N-Pharma may take of their social responsibility in an international context 27. Analyse the value of social and environmental audits to N-Pharma’s stakeholders 28. Explain the interests of N-Pharma’s internal stakeholders 29. Explain the interests of N-Pharma’s external stakeholders 30. Discuss possible areas of conflict between N-Pharma’s stakeholders 31. Prepare a PEST analysis on each of the growth options and use it to analyse the impact of the external environment on N-Pharma 32. Evaluate the impact on N-Pharma’s objectives in a change in any of the PEST factors 33. Analyse the impact that external opportunities and threats may have on N-Pharma’s objectives and strategy
  • 34. Explain how external opportunities and threats can impact N-Pharma’s decision making and SWOT analysis 35. Analyse the importance of the information in the business plan to N-Pharma’s stakeholders 36. Apply a formal decision-making framework to each of the situations in Canada and Australia. 37. Prepare a SWOT analysis for N-Pharma 38. Analyse N-Pharma’s position using the SWOT analysis 39. Apply the concepts of economies and diseconomies of scale to N-Pharma’s decisions 40. Evaluate the relative merits of N-Pharma being a large organisation, compared to when they were smaller 41. Recommend an appropriate scale of operation for N-Pharma, in the context of their current size and growth plans 42. Explain the difference between internal and external growth, and describe how each could be used at N-Pharma 43. Evaluate joint ventures, strategic alliances and takeovers as methods of achieving N- Pharma’s growth objectives 44. Identify the reasons why N-Pharma may be vulnerable to takeover 45. Apply the Ansoff matrix growth strategies to N-Pharma’s growth options 46. Discuss the reasons for N-Pharma’s growth as a multinational company 47. Analyse the role of MNC’s like N-Pharma in the global business environment 48. Evaluate the impact N-Pharma has on its host countries 49. Explain the impact regional economic groups or blocs have on N-Pharma
  • Topic 2 – Human Resources 1. Identify the constraints and opportunities presented to N-Pharma by demographic change 2. Discuss the significance of changes in domestic and international labour mobility for N-Pharma 3. Compare N-Pharma’s present human resources with future requirement and evaluate strategies for developing future human resources 4. Describe methods of recruitment, appraisal, training and dismissal in terms of N- Pharma 5. Describe reasons for changes in work patterns and practices, and the consequences of the changes for employers and employees in Canada and Australia. 6. Construct an organisational chart for N-Pharma’s Canadian subsidiary, and describe the nature of the structure (flat, tall...) 7. Analyse changes in the organisation structures in Canada and their effects 8. Identify why N-Pharma needs to organise employees in particular ways (i.e. function, geography) 9. Analyse the methods of organising human resources that are used at N-Pharma 10. Compare the ways communication may take place at N-Pharma 11. Analyse the causes of communication failure in Canada and evaluate solutions to these problems 12. Identify types of ICT, and discuss the effect of new technologies on the effectiveness of communication within N-Pharma and with their stakeholders.
  • 13. Evaluate the effectiveness of the leadership styles of Susan James and Laura Davies and their implications for the Canadian and Australian subsidiaries 14. Analyse the intrinsic and extrinsic needs that have to be satisfied at work, and the rewards that motivate N-Pharma’s employees in Canada and Australia 15. Apply motivation theories to each of the situations in Australia and Canada. 16. Evaluate alternative financial rewards packages in terms of N-Pharma’s Canadian subsidiary 17. Evaluate the impact of financial rewards packages on job satisfaction, motivation and productivity in Canada 18. Explain how non-financial rewards can affect job satisfaction, motivation and productivity in Australia
  • Topic 3 – Accounts and Finance 1. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each form of finance for N-Pharma 2. Evaluate the appropriateness of each form of finance for N-Pharma’s growth overseas 3. Calculate the current ratio for 2008 and 2009 for the USA subsidiary of N-Pharma 4. Calculate the acid test ratio (quick ratio) for 2008 and 2009 for the USA subsidiary of N-Pharma 5. Compare and analyse the results of the above calculations in relation to the liquidity problems faced by the USA subsidiary 6. Analyse these results from the perspective of N-Pharma’s different stakeholders. 7. Evaluate strategies for dealing with N-Pharma’s liquidity problems 8. Define working capital and explain the working capital cycle in terms of N-Pharma
  • Topic 4 – Marketing 1. Examine the characteristics of N-Pharma’s different markets 2. Define marketing and describe its relationship to N-Pharma’s other activities 3. Describe the difference between market and product orientation, and identify which applies to N-Pharma 4. Explain how N-Pharma market their goods, comparing to marketing services 5. Apply the elements of the marketing mix to assess N-Pharma’s marketing mix 6. Discuss how effective N-Pharma’s marketing mix is in achieving their marketing objectives 7. Suggest strategies N-Pharma could use in order to improve their marketing mix 8. Discuss the ethical issues of what N-Pharma markets and how it is marketed: nationally, internationally and across cultures 9. Explain the value of a marketing audit for N-Pharma as a business tool 10. Examine how appropriate N-Pharma’s marketing objectives are in achieving the goals of the organisation 11. Analyse the role of market research for N-Pharma 12. Evaluate the different methods of market research N-Pharma could use 13. Analyse the usefulness of market segmentation and consumer profiles for N-Pharma 14. Construct a position map for N-Pharma 15. Discuss how N-Pharma can differentiate themselves and their products from their competitors 16. Design marketing strategies for each of N-Pharma’s growth options
  • 17. Classify N-Pharma’s products by line, range and mix 18. Describe the importance of innovation in this era of rapid technological change and discuss the problems N-Pharma may face of financing research and development 19. Analyse the relationship between the product lifecycle and the marketing mix, and determine appropriate extension strategies for N-Pharma’s products 20. Analyse the relationship between the product life cycle, investment, profit and cash flow for N-Pharma. 21. Apply the BCG (Boston) matrix to N-Pharma’s products 22. Discuss the importance and role of branding for N-Pharma 23. Analyse the appropriateness of various pricing strategies for N-Pharma 24. Distinguish between the different types of promotion 25. Analyse the different promotional tools and their effectiveness for N-Pharma 26. Prepare an appropriate promotional mix for N-Pharma 27. Discuss the effectiveness of different types of distribution channels for N-Pharma 28. Evaluate the opportunities and threats posed by entry into international markets 29. Analyse the cultural, legal, political, social and economic issues that may arise for N- Pharma of entering more international markets
  • Topic 5 – Operations Management 1. Describe and compare the features of each production method, identifying which would be the most appropriate to N-Pharma 2. Define and explain the different types of costs, giving examples from N-Pharma 3. Explain and give examples of fixed costs at N-Pharma 4. Analyse the implications of moving from traditional quality control methods to total quality control management at N-Pharma 5. Explain the causes and consequences of location and relocation, both domestically and internationally, for N-Pharma 6. Explain the difference between just-in-case and just-in-time production planning in terms of N-Pharma 7. Identify which method would be most effective for N-Pharma, giving reasons for the choice.