Tesla and Ford Motors

1. Read the Tesla and Ford Motors case studies in the text (Cases 16 and 18). Jot down any additional thoughts based on your general knowledge of the automotive industry and personal experience with buying, driving, fueling and maintaining cars. Background research may be needed to satisfy your curiosity and answer questions raised by your readings and recollections.

Chapter 1

What are the Tesla and Ford Motors business models?

To what extent are Tesla and Ford Motors currently direct competitors? To what extent are they currently not direct competitors? How do they influence each other?

Chapter 2

Compare and contrast the Tesla and Ford Motors mission, vision, and value statements. You may have to do some research to find these. What is your reaction, positive or negative? Do they seem coherent or not?

Discussion Guidelines

Initial Post

Respond to all discussion questions in the same post

Answer each discussion question in your own words

2. Post answers on the discussion board on the following topic: An oft-repeated complaint among human resource directors is that MBAs and undergraduates know how to apply formulas, but don’t know how to use the results and think critically

Part of critical thinking is providing solutions. Provide a response as to how to resolve this problem

3. Develop and hand in a one-page, well-phrased answer to the following question

Critical thinking is essential to effective learning and productive living. Provide your definition of critical thinking and relate how these skills can be transferred from higher education into the workplace. Please provide support for outcomes.

You are expected to write primarily in your own voice, using paraphrase, summary, and synthesis techniques when integrating information from class and outside sources. Use an author’s exact words only when the language is especially vivid, unique, or needed for technical accuracy. Failure to do so may result in changes of Academic Dishonesty.

Overusing an author’s exact words, such as including block quotations to meet word counts, may lead your readers to conclude that you lack appropriate comprehension of the subject matter or that you are neither an original thinker nor a skillful writer.