Blake Janowicz

ITS 360

Shin-Ping Tucker

11 November 2016

Chapter 8

What Would You Do?

3. You are in your local computer store and see a “low-cost” laptop selling for just $299.

There is a note on the price tag stating that $50 of the purchase price will be used to

subsidize the cost of this computer to students in developing countries. How do you feel

about paying an extra $50 for this purpose? Would you attempt to negotiate a lower

price? Would you be willing to pay the additional $50?


Paying the $50 that is already included in the price of the laptop would not bother me at all. In fact, knowing that it is going to a good cause would give me personal gratification because I did a good deed. It is all psychological, really. If the subsidy had to be added to the listed price of the laptop, I believe less would agree to this because it is above the price they already added into their head.


5. As a second-year teacher at a low-rated inner-city elementary school, you have been

asked to form and lead a three-person committee to define and obtain funding for an

E-Rate program for your school. Do some research on the Internet and outline a process

you would follow to request funding.


I would start with the basic. Host family friendly events that draw people in and pitch the program. Donations can be a large help for funding. Possible subsidies and help from local businesses is another great way to draw in a sum of money.



Discussion Questions

1. What concerns might a physician have about using a decision support system such as Isabel

or Watson to make a medical diagnosis? How might those concerns be alleviated?


The biggest concern that comes to mind is competency and integrity. In order to keep those concerns at bay the system must be under quality control and watched very closely. Once EHR’s are more abundant, this will make these systems more accurate and capable.


2. Is it possible that in a decade this type of technology could be easily accessible by laypeople

who could then perform self-diagnosis, thus helping to reduce the cost of medical care?


I think that self-diagnosis is a very dangerous thing but I am basing that statement off of what I know now. Self-diagnosing can be dangerous, especially when it has to do with life threatening diseases such as cancer. In the future, this may be a very useful tool but it should never replace the physician or doctor.


3. Does the use of decision support systems to support healthcare decisions seem like an

effective way to reduce healthcare costs? Why or why not?


It really depends. The initial implementation of the systems costs very much but once it is built up, it may begin to lessen the burden on the individual for simple checkups and visits.


Discussion Questions

1. Do further research on business results and employee morale at Yahoo! to develop an

opinion on whether the ban on telework has helped the firm. Write a paragraph stating your

opinion and providing supporting facts.


Regarding to Yahoo’s telecommute commute policy, there is sparse evidence that shows that more productivity but it is stated that workers are 50% more detached when they telecommute. The idea was to create a tight-knit environment to work and communicate in. The issue this causes is those who telecommuted before may have a hard time returning to work now. This is because some don’t even live close to the physical place of work though it is usually said that you must live within a certain distance for certain events and training. Speaking from a personal stand point, even though I supported it not too long ago, telecommute eventually becomes painful for the worker and frustrating for the employer. Working at home means that there is no divide or break, which takes its toll mentally.


2. Should telework only be considered a “perk” for those companies and employees that are

already producing good business results? Why or why not?


Providing the option of telecommute to already established workers is a very good idea, in my opinion. I say this because they are already proficient at the work so they should have the skills of diligence required; the worker can be trusted and have slack. It is for some people and not for some people.


3. Imagine that you are a member of a firm’s human resources group trying to decide whether

or not to support telework. What factors would you consider in making this decision? What

process would you follow to arrive at a decision that could be accepted by employees and

senior management as well?


The main positive point that would come to mind involving human resources is that the conflict in the work place will be minimalized, reducing the amount of issues with the company. I feel as this point alone would get management on board but the elephant in the room would be the lack of supervision and way to know what your employee is doing.