Imagine that you are heading up the DARD program’s strategic plan initiatives and that the strategic objectives and key actions remain constant. How would you better define each of the strategic objectives and key actions in order to make the selection and definition of appropriate performance measures easier? Explain how each of your definitions relate to the existing, ambiguous description.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) of Northern Ireland case study provides an opportunity for you to be creative and to imagine that you are developing appropriate evaluation devices and performance measures. As a public manager, you may be asked to develop these criteria as part of the strategic change process.
Pick a disorder or health condition that interests you (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, etc.). Do some research into the condition and find a health intervention (i.e. some sort of attempt at changing behavior in a way that promotes good health) that has evidence to support it being used to prevent the occurrence of the disorder. Then, devise a health promotion effort that is based on one of the theories that could be used to convince a group of people to participate in the new healthy behavior.
What important strategic shifts did Fair Trade USA make over its history, including in more recent years? What key pressures did Fair Trade USA face, and continue to face in recent years?
Should Fair Trade USA offer its supply chain assessment without requiring companies to use its label? Or should it insist on certifying only companies that use its label (either for products or ingredients)? Explain your reasoning.
Provide a brief description of BlackBerry and give a summary of Blackberry’s past entrepreneurial trajectory. Identify specific challenges that this company has encountered in its entrepreneurial activities.
How can you best explain the persistence of poverty in Canada despite Canada being one of the wealthiest countries in the world? Are there theoretical frameworks and/or empirical explanations that offer better insights than others?
What political beliefs make you angry? How are they at odds with your own values and point of view? What is your impression of people who hold these beliefs? Where do you think these ideas come from? Who are the leading figures on the other side? What leaders on the other side seem most thoughtful and trustworthy? What do they have to say? What is the history of this idea?