Friday, January 24, 2020
An excellent father will make every effort to constantly do what is best for his family. He will put his needs last, ensuring that his family is well cared for and not lacking for any necessities. And, most significantly, a first-class father will make his family his main concern, coming before his job, his friends, or even himself. In Arthur MillerÃ¢â¬â¢s Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is a prime example of a horrific father in every way mentioned previously. Not only is Willy Loman not a good father and spouse, but he furthers his failure by being a typical anti-hero and by failing to accomplish the American Dream. There for I believe the play is not necessarily what Miller and Kazan perceive it to be. Here I will be discussing Willy Lomans discraceful actions towards his family and finally expose the actual theme of the play. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Willy is not a good father for ma ny reasons. First and foremost, he has made his occupation his number one priority. For years, he has traveled for his business so frequently that he has never had the opportunity to truly get to know his own sons. As a result, he cannot love them as a father should; his love for Biff has been based on his achievements as an athlete, and, when Biff loses his scholarship, Willy is so devastated that he no longer loves Biff as he once did. He is...
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Arvind Pandey is a project manager at Al Saba Construction Company in Muscat. It s a flourishing company with several construction projects in Muscat and abroad. It is known for completing projects on time and with high quantity construction. The companyÃ¢â¬â¢s Chairman is a rich and a highly educated Omani. A German engineer is ArvindÃ¢â¬â¢s Vice Ã¢â¬â President for urban and foreign construction projects. Three months ago, Al Saba had submitted a tender for a major construction project in Kuwait. Its quotation was for $ 25 million. In Kuwait the project was sponsored and announced by a US Ã¢â¬â based construction company called Fuma. According to Al Saba, their bid of $ 25 million was modest but had included a high margin of profit. On 25 April, Arvind was asked to go to Kuwait to find out from the Fuma project manager the status of their construction proposal. Arvind was delighted to know that Fuma had decided to give his company, (Al Saba) the construction project work. The project meant a lot of effort and money in planning the proposed construction in Kuwait. But before Arvind could tank the Fuma project manager, he was told that their bird should be raised to $ 28 million. Arvind was surprised. He tried to convince the Fuma project manager that his (Arvind company had the bast reputation for doing construction work in a cost effective way. However, he could always raise the bid by $ 3 million. But he wanted to know why he was required to do so. The Fuma managerÃ¢â¬â¢s reply was, Ã¢â¬Å"ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s the way we do our business in this part of the world, $ 1 million will go to our Managing Director in the US, I shall get $ 1 million, you, Mr. Pandey, will get $ 1 million in a specified account in Swiss Bank. Arvind asked, Ã¢â¬Å"But why me?Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"So that you never talk about it to any one.Ã¢â¬ The Fuma Project Manager said. Arvind promised never to leak it out to any one else. And he tried to bargain to raise the bid by $ 2 million. For Arvind was familiar with the practice of Ã¢â¬Å"pay Ã¢â¬â offsÃ¢â¬ involved in any such thing. He thought it was against his loyalty to his company and his personal ethics. Arvind promised the Fuma project manager that the bid would be raised to $ 28 million and fresh papers would be put in. He did not want to lose the job. He came back to Muscat and kept trying to figure out how he should place the whole thing before his German Vice President. He obviously was at a loss. Questions: 1.Analyse the reasons for Arvind PandeyÃ¢â¬â¢s dilemma. 2.Does Arvind Pandey really face a dilemma? 3.In your view what should Arvind Pandey do? Should he disclose it to his German Vice President? CASE IV Company Accepting a Contract A computer company was negotiating a very large order with a large size corporation. They had a very good track record with this client. In this corporation, five different departments had pooled their requirements and budgets. A committee was formed which had representation from all the departments. The corporation wanted the equipment on a long lease and not outright purchase. Further, they wanted the entire hardware and software form one supplier. This meant that there should be bought Ã¢â¬â out items from many suppliers since no one supplier could meet all the requirements of supply from its range of products. The corporation provided an exhaustive list of very difficult terms and conditions and pressurized the vendors to accept.The computer company who was finally awarded the contract had agreed to overall terms that were fine as far as their own products were concerned but had also accepted the same terms for the brought Ã¢â¬â out items. In this case, the bought Ã¢â¬â out items were to be imported through a letter of credit. The percentage of the bought Ã¢â¬â out items versus their own manufacture was also very high. One of the terms accepted was that the Ã¢â¬Å"systemÃ¢â¬ would be accepted over a period of 10 days after all the hardware had been linked up and software loaded. The computer company started facing trouble immediately on supply. There were over 100 computers over a distance connected with one another with software on it. For the acceptance tests, it had been agreed that the computer company would demonstrate as a pre-requisite the features they had claimed during technical discussions. Now, as you are aware, if a Hero Honda motorcycle claims 80 km to a litre of petrol, it is under ideal test conditions and if a motorcycle from the showroom were to be tried for this test before being accepted, it would never pass the test. In corporationÃ¢â¬â¢s case, due to internal politics, theÃ corporation persons from one department Ã¢â¬â who insisted on going exactly by the contract Ã¢â¬â did not sign acceptance since the Ã¢â¬Å"systemÃ¢â¬ could not meet the ideal test conditions. Further, in a classic case of, Ã¢â¬Å"for want of a horse Ã¢â¬â shoe, payment for the horse was held upÃ¢â¬ , the computer company tried to get the system accepted and payment released. The system was so large that at any point of time over a period of 10 days something small or the other always gave problems. But the corporation took the stand that as far as they were concerned the contracts clearly were concerned the contract clearly mentioned that the Ã¢â¬Å"systemÃ¢â¬ had to be tested as a whole and not module by module. Questions: 1.Comment on the terms and conditions placed by the corporation. 2.What factors influenced the computer companyÃ¢â¬â¢s decision to accept the contract? 3.Was it a win Ã¢â¬â win agreement? Discuss?
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Marx in Soho is written by Howard Zinn, a historian, about the life of Karl Marx. Zinn wrote the play to show a rare perspective of Marx as a husband and father to his wife and children (Welchel 2009). The play portrays Marx as defending the principles of communism. The play reminds the audience that capitalism without a conscience will always bring about a revolution. Communism is a system of political and economic organization in which property is owned by the members of the community and all share in the common resources and wealth acquired (Ebrey et. al., 2005). It is a socioeconomic structure that promotes a society that has no class and state. Communism was also said to be the bloodiest form of regime since the people areÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦The peasants united and joined forces to defend themselves and their culture. They were a community that works for their survival. Their economy, culture and lifestyle were being threatened by the state. The women of the peasantry proved themselves to be capable of leading the revolution. This is the result of the effect that collectivization had on women. Their economic interests were being threatened especially their livestock and their backyard farm. It also affected the way they take care of the family and children. The peasants were united in their political goal during the implementation of collectivization. The solidarity born out of shared oppression and assault on the peasant economy became the foundation for the resistance. The Revolution in 1917 resulted in the reinforcement of the peasant culture. It also further strengthened the bond within the community. The peasants suffered tremendous losses during the civil war but it also brought the revitalization of their community. They were involved in a massive social leveling wherein the percentage of the poor decreased to 25% from a high percentage of 65% in the middle the 1920s (Viola 1996). Marx in Soho is an analysis of Karl MarxÃ¢â¬â¢s ideas and how they are relevant in todayÃ¢â¬â¢s society. The play presents the ideals of communism with a brilliant touch by Howard Zinn. Communism is a big part of the history of society and letting the people of today learn what it isShow MoreRelatedKarl Marx Essay example1196 Words Ã |Ã 5 PagesKarl Marx Karl Marx is often called the father of communism, but his life entailed so much more. He was a political economist, philosopher, and idea revolutionist. He was a scholar that believed that capitalism was going to undercut itself as he stated in the Communist Manifesto. While he was relatively ambiguous in his lifetime, his works had tremendous influence after his death. Some of the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s most powerful and most populace countries follow his ideas to this day. 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