Assignment 1: Evaluating Vertical Integration


On Monday, March 24, 2014, individually use the Argosy University online library or the Internet to research a
company—within or outside the healthcare industry—with a strong vertical integration process. 
(Hint: To decide whether a company has a strong vertical integration process, determine how interconnected the company is with its buyers and suppliers.)

By Tuesday, March 25, 2014, create a PowerPoint presentation, about two to three slides long, outlining the vertical integration process of the company as a flow chart. Detail your flow chart as required to highlight critical aspects of the integration process. You can also use color or graphic coding to identify areas that are strong or weak in the process and provide detailed rationale for your observations in the speaker’s notes.

In your presentation, also include a slide listing the reasons you think the integration process of the organization is near ideal. Provide the justification for your reasons—in the form of interview quotes, your own experiences, and published references—in the speaker’s notes. Submit the presentation to the facilitator and your peers for review by posting it to the Discussion Area by Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Respond to at least two other classmate’s response before the end of the module.

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Grading Criteria:
Maximum Points
Selected a company with a strong vertical integration process
Created a PowerPoint presentation with a flowchart of the vertical integration process of the selected company
Identified areas that are strong or weak in the vertical integration process
Provided rationale to support the conclusion that the selected organization has a near-ideal vertical integration process
Justified opinions using relevant and reliable references
Responded to at least two peers and participated in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with rationale, challenging a point of discussion, or making a relationship between one or more points of the discussion. Demonstrated ability to respond to peers in a sensitive and respectful manner.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
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