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Select ONE (1) of the following two options for this assignment: 

 

Option 1: Functional Systems 

 

Consider the following scenario involving a functional system used by the Lynx Company. The Lynx Company uses a 

functional system for their sales system. It takes the orders from their salesmen in the field, processes those orders in the 

office, sends the information to accounting, and distributes the pick orders to the warehouse for picking and delivery. The 

system has been a great success for The Lynx Company. 

 

Be sure to review the lessons and assigned reading regarding cross-functional systems before beginning work on your 

case study. Also, conduct outside research regarding functional systems. You should use your textbook and at least two 

outside sources to complete this assignment. Please be sure to format, quote, paraphrase, cite, and list any sources, 

including your textbook, using the APA format required by CSU. 

 

Write a one- to two-page (250-500 word) paper to include the following: 

 

 Identify five reasons why the Lynx Company's functional system has been successful (be sure to expand your 

discussion on each reason). 

 Identify five disadvantages of functional systems and briefly explain each one. 

 Be sure to cite all your sources. 

 

Option 2: Cross-Organizational Systems 

 

Consider the following scenario regarding the Clambake Company and decisions they need to make regarding their 

information systems (IS). The Clambake Company has been providing seafood to the northeast region of the United 

States for over 30 years. They started as a small family business and have grown to more than 30 employees. They first 

installed a small accounting system to take care of their finances, payroll, and tax reporting. About seven years ago, they 

installed a sales program to track sales. They are now considering buying out a competing company that would increase 

their sales by 80% and their workforce by 40%. They realize that it will require more time in the office to administer the 

company, especially since they are now branching out into other areas. One concern they have is what to do about their 

IS. They anticipate strong growth over the next 10 years and cannot afford to make a mistake with their IS. They wonder if 

they should add two other functional systems to go with the two they have or to spend more resources, which might 

stretch them now, in order to go to one cross-functional system that would be more than sufficient to accommodate the 

anticipated growth. They have hired you as a consultant to make a recommendation on what they should do. 

 

Be sure to review the lessons and assigned reading regarding cross-functional systems before beginning work on your 

case study. Also, conduct outside research regarding functional systems. You should use your textbook and at least two 

outside sources to complete this assignment. Please be sure to format, quote, paraphrase, cite, and list any sources, 

including your textbook, using the APA format required by CSU. 

 

Write a one-page (250-word) paper advising the Clambake Company on their future IS. Be sure to discuss the 

advantages and disadvantages and your rationale for the system you recommend. 

 

Unit V Web Assignment 

 

Examining Supply Chain Profitability 

 

In this web research assignment, you will research a company that uses supply chain management (SCM) and look at 

how their organizational profitability is affected by it. Research a company that uses supply chain management. Be sure to 

review your lessons and assigned readings. 

 

Write a 1-page (250-word) paper. Include the following in your paper: 

 

 A description of the company you researched 

 An explanation of how they use supply chain management 

 A brief explanation of how supply chain management affected the organization's profitability

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