UofP - MBA560 - Team Assignment - Scenario One Benchmarking - Team - 06-17-06

UofP - MBA560 - Team Assignment - Scenario One Benchmarking - Team - 06-17-06

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Alumina 1 Running head: ALUMINA BENCHMARKING ANALYSIS Alumina Benchmarking Analysis Learning Team B—Candace Frawley, Albert Garcia, Phillip Hinkle, Thadeaus Jones, Robert Sikes University of Phoenix June 17, 2006
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Alumina 2 Alumina Benchmarking Analysis A research report and analysis has been conducted to identify Alumina’s current situation and possible solutions through benchmarking and risk assessments. Based on the scenario presented in the course materials, this report will provide a description of the current situation at Alumina, discuss benchmarking research completed by Learning Team B, and explore possible solutions providing a risk assessment of those solutions. Current Situation Alumina, Inc. (Alumina) is a U.S.-based company, producing aluminum products. The organization also has international operations; however, 70 percent of its sales are in the United States (University, 2006). Five years ago, Alumina was cited for environmental violations during a routine inspection. The company corrected the problem immediately and all subsequent inspections have not been problematic. Now a recent article has been published in the local paper, citing that Alumina’s past violations may have caused a child’s leukemia. Alumina must address this situation properly to ensure the alleged victim’s rights were not violated and that appropriate compensation is given. Protecting Alumina’s public image is paramount as well. Problem Statements The problem statement for Alumina must include opportunities, enable many possible solutions, be motivational, and clear (University, 2006). Therefore, the statements prepared for Alumina are presented below: “Alumina Inc. seeks to have a clear, workable strategy on how to ensure environmental resources, ethics, and logistics will deliver the outcomes required under regulatory statutes by implementing business ethics and environmental risk management best practices.”
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Alumina 3 “Alumina Inc. needs to closely monitor its systems to ensure it consistently meets or exceeds EPA regulations concerning hazards emissions. Alumina needs a comprehensive plan to proactively meet allegations of harm caused by a past violation of EPA emission standards.” “Alumina Inc. can defend itself against legal actions by implementing a set of best practices to decrease liability and enhance the company’s public relations.” “Alumina Inc. will enforce better law practices and compliance by continuously focusing on business regulations to preserve the company’s image, and abide to environmental statutes.” “As a socially and environmentally responsible organization, Alumina will maintain a positive public image by effectively managing legal risk.” While each problem statement is a generalization of several issues and challenges, this allows for the development of multiple solutions to address the opportunities and supports the vision and culture of Alumina (University, 2006). Benchmarking Data
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course ETHICS mba taught by Professor Wilkes during the Spring '05 term at University of Phoenix.

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UofP - MBA560 - Team Assignment - Scenario One Benchmarking - Team - 06-17-06

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