PADM 5823 Midterm Examination Spring semester, 2009 Dr. Neubauer Please answer five (5) of the following questions. Clearly identify which question each of your answers goes with. Please write formally using paragraph structures. You may use your textbook but do not help one another. You may use other resources such as speaking notes,

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PADM 5823

Midterm Examination

Spring semester, 2009

Dr. Neubauer


Please answer five (5)

of the following questions.
Clearly identify which question each of your
answers goes with.
Please write formally using paragraph structures. You may use your
textb
ook but do not help one another.
You may use other resources such as speaking notes,
books and articles also.

Each of these questions is likely to result in a response about three (3)
paragraphs in length.

Return these answer to me on or before February

2
4
, 2009. Good luck.


1)

What are at least three common and primary reasons why a group should incorporate
rather than simply pursuing their collective interest as a group of individuals?


2)

Write a narrative description about what the Intermediate Obje
ctives diagram below
"says." What I am looking for is evidence that you understand the various parts of such a
diagram and what the diagram serves to communicate.




3)

What are the practical purposes of an organization's mission statement? Provide an
e
xample (real or imaginary) of a good mission statement that reflects the usual purposes of such a
statement.


4)

What is a strategic plan?

Why is it usually impractical to project out beyond five years in
a strategic plan? Should a strategic plan be "etc
hed in stone" or should it be a "living" document?
How might the strategic plan be used to encourage people to make financial or other kinds of
contributions to the organization?


5)


In order to demonstrate that they are accountable and are actually gett
ing something
accomplished organizations need to provide evidence of their productivity, including measures of
effectiveness and efficiency. What is the difference between outputs and outcomes? Which is
the more valid measure of effectiveness? Why? How

would you measure the outcomes of a
shelter for homeless families?


6)

The point of introducing cellular automata into the course is to say . . .



A

if you understand the rules producing complex patterns or behaviors you may be



able to get the desired

results by making small strategic changes


B

the most effective way to make a difference is to "fight fires" continually


7)

In what ways is program design like scientific research methods?