Current social diversity in the workplace, technology, outsourcing)

Identify one current social issue or event (e.g., diversity in the workplace, technology, outsourcing) and discuss how this issue or event affects industrial/organizational psychology. How could an Industrial/organizational psychologist help an organization with this issue? Be specific.

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Interconnection agreement based on utilizing your home computer system

Using Appendix M in your textbook on page 275. Develop an interconnection agreement based on utilizing your home computer system as your home business system. The movement, protection, and reliability of your interconnection is important to your business so provide sufficient depth and scope of your interconnection agreement to ensure your business is protected and remains available. Develop a drawing/network topology of your home network that includes computers, switches, routers, Internet Service Provider, and any security or firewall protection.

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Technology article

, find an article of your choice on the changes in workplace because of technology written within the last six months in one of the major news outlets. Do not use blogs. Provide a summary of the article and your thoughts regarding the article and how it relates to the reading of the week.

2.Please, find an article of your choice on sexual harassment in the workplace written within the last six months in one of the major news outlets. Do not use blogs. Provide a summary of the article and your thoughts regarding the article and how it relates to the reading of the week.

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Technology skill right now.

In paragraph 1, using a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best), rate how proficient you feel with your technology skill right now. How do you envision developing your technology skill in your academic, professional, or home life?

In paragraph 2, list at least three goals you have to improve your technology skill throughout this course and beyond.

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Cons of 3G and 4G technology

There are a number of cellular phone companies, each serving its own unique geographical areas. Likewise, they each may use different technology to transfer communication. Research the pros and cons of 3G and 4G technologies and their roles in today’s applications.

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Write a fully developed paper in which you:

Compare the pros and cons of 3G and 4G technology to determine the best uses of 3G and 4G technology in today’s applications.
Describe how an enterprise would use 3G, 4G, WWAN, and WiMAX to improve business. Explain why they would use one solution over the remaining three.
Analyze the changes in 4G technology since the printing of the textbook in 2013 and identify those of importance for a user of 4G technology.
Take a position on the following statement, “Wireless application protocol is a necessity for wireless communication organizations and their users.” Then, explain your position with supporting evidence.

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Wearable Technology

Choose one tool:
Wearable Technology
Implanted Medical Device
Wireless Radio Frequency Bedside Device
Choose two different journal/academic articles discussing the tool
Thoroughly summarize both of the articles (Include the titles of the articles in your introduction)
Discuss why these articles best represent the use of the tool in healthcare
Discuss what we can do to prevent a breach in HIPAA compliance when using this tool
Discuss how the tool may cause a breach in HIPAA compliance

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Machine Learning

Final Goal: Optimize the portfolio of (experimental) varieties to be grown at the target farm. Information about the target farm is available in the evaluation dataset. The optimal portfolio can have at most 5 varieties of soybean. It is not necessary but you are welcome to use the methods you learn in prescriptive analytics class to construct the optimal portfolio. If you are not familiar with optimization, come up with a meaningful heuristics to construct the portfolio.
You are encouraged to divide the project work into three components: Descriptive Analytics, Predictive Analytics, and Prescriptive Analytics.
I. Descriptive Analytics
Perform an exploratory data analytics to unearth patterns in the given data to educate yourself about the given data. For example,

  1. Plot the latitudes and longitudes on a map to visualize the locations of farms. Identify where the target/evaluation farm is located. It should be noted that most of the farms are located in the Midwest of the US.
  2. Generate frequency distribution for varieties. Decide if you have enough data for each variety to build dedicated prediction models for every variety.
  3. Check to see if there is any relationship between the locations and varieties. Explore if certain varieties are grown more often in some regions than in other regions.
  4. Look for patterns in weather variables. Explore relationships between locations and weather related variables.
  5. Plot the distribution of the yield variables. Based on the plot, what do you think a realistic goal for the optimal portfolio at the target farm?

II. Predictive Analytics
Decide a target variable to help you with the project goal. Variety_Yield and Yield_Difference are good candidates for the target variable. Based on the frequency distribution generated in the descriptive analytics, decide which varieties will have its own prediction model. Also, decide which varieties are going to be combined in the same model. Have an identifier for varieties in the combined model so that predictions can be made for individual varieties. Generate models using the following algorithms (if your target variable is continuous):

  1. Linear Regression
  2. LASSO
  3. Regression Tree
  4. Bagging
  5. Random Forest
  6. Boosted Trees
  7. Neural Network
    Generate models using the following algorithms (if your target variable is categorical):
  8. Logistic Regression
  9. Classification Tree
  10. Bagging
  11. Random Forest
  12. Boosted Trees
  13. Neural Network
  14. Support Vector Machine
    Using these models, predict the yield or yield difference for every potential variety at the target/evaluation farm. Depending upon the choice of your target variable, these predictions need not be yield or yield difference. Make predictions for multiple weather related uncertainties. Ensure that chosen weather related scenarios are suitable for the location of the target / evaluation farm.
    III. Prescriptive Analytics
    Optimize the portfolio of (experimental) varieties to be grown at the target farm. Experimental varieties are in the column identified as ‘Varieties’. The optimal portfolio can have at most 5 varieties of soybean. It is not necessary but you are welcome to use the methods from the prescriptive analytics class or other optimization classes to construct the optimal portfolio. If you are not familiar with optimization, you can invent your own heuristic to make the recommendation. There will not be any grade penalty for not using optimization. Using a good heuristic will be sufficient to get a good score for this part of the project.
    Your recommendation should explicitly identify the varieties to be grown and percentage of the farm land allocated for growing those varieties. The percentage of the farm land should add up to 100 percent. Here are two sample heuristics,
  15. Naïve Heuristics
    Based on the predictions, rank the varieties according to their yield potential and recommend the top 5 varieties to be grown at the farm. You could potentially allocate 20 percent of the land for each variety.
  16. Mean-Risk Heuristics
    Based on the predictions, rank varieties based on the mean yield and risk in yield. Recommend the top 5 varieties in these rankings. Allocate land based on the mean yield and risk in yield.
    Key things to remember while writing the report
    Perform a literature search using library resources to identify journal publications relevant to your topic. In the literature, do you find interesting methods to make similar recommendations? What do you think about those methods? How is your approach different from those methods? Did your project add incremental value to these existing publications? Note: Utilize at least six peer-reviewed journal (Management Science, Interfaces, Operations Research, Journal of Operations Management, Production of Operations Management, Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Finance, etc) or conference articles to synthesize your arguments about the existing methods in the literature.
    The final report should include Title of the project, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology and Analysis, Conclusion, and References.
    Remember to include the following components in your report:
    1) Title. Convey a message using 12 words. Readers should understand the content of the entire report by just reading the title.
    2) Abstract. Summarize your report using 300 words. Some readers would read just the abstract to figure out if they would like to read the entire report. You should write a captivating summary of the entire report here.
    Note: You should just read the title and abstract of many publications as part of your literature review before deciding on the articles that you would like to utilize in your project.
    3) Keywords. Include three to five keywords relevant to your project.
    4) Introduction. This section should introduce your project. You should include discussions about: What is the motivation behind this project? What is the goal of this project? Which organization benefits from this study? What are the Research Question(s) answered by this project? What methods were utilized? What are the important results and conclusions?
    5) Literature Review. Utilize library databases like JSTOR, INFORMS, PUBMED, etc. to find relevant studies (peer-reviewed articles) to your topic. Do you find publications addressing this same problem? Did you add more value to the existing literature by completing this project?
    Note: Do not base your opinion/findings based on articles that are not peer-reviewed i.e. utilizing newspapers and magazines articles alone are not adequate.
    6) Methodology and Analysis. Concisely describe the methods and analysis used in the project.
    7) Conclusion – Summarize your methods, analysis, results, and recommendations. What is unique about your work? What are the findings? Are there any surprises? Are the findings beneficial to any organization?
    8) References – Include references from your Literature Review.

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Technology leadership position

Assume you are in a key technology leadership position in a large US company and have been asked by the company president to examine how political and cultural factors might affect your company’s information technology decisions. Your company is headquartered in the US and is planning to expand into Western European countries only and has no desire or expectation to expand into other international countries or markets beyond the US and Western Europe.

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