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Business Environment

Chapter - 10: Business Resources

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Types of Resources



Resource Management



Consumer Protection Act 1986



Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007 - 2012)

Learning Objective


To know the different type of resources that are utilized by an organization



To understand how the organizations rationalize the use of the available
resources to attain competitive advantage

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Business Resources are the means available with an organization to achieve their
desired goals and objectives.

Types of Resources
Physical Resources
Physical resources are the typical assets that appear on the company’s balance
sheet. Reporting on the care and use of these assets is the primary focus of the
financial accounting system. Planning and organizing a company’s physical
resources requires understanding how to use these resources to provide services
and products that customers value. Physical resources are the organization’s
tangible resources such as cash, property and equipment.

Intellectual Resources
Intellectual Resources either does not show up on the company’ balance sheet and
appear only in a restricted manner. Intellectual resources are often further split into
human resources and structural resources. Human Resources of the organization
include knowledge and skill of its employees which are the results of good hiring,
training and education. These also are the resources that easily can leave the
organization at any time. The organization would suffer if it could not attract and
retain talented and motivated employees. Structural resources result from applying
and sharing knowledge and skills. These include organization’s customer
relationships, database, organizational procedures and patented products and
services. These intellectual resources would stay with the organizations even if the
employees who created them walk away. Planning and organizing an organization’s
intellectual resources require three critical things:


Selective hiring practices to make sure that right people become part of the
organization;



Management practices that motivate people to share their knowledge and stay in
the organization; and



Legal and security measures to protect the structural resources that people
create.

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Resource Management
Resource management is the efficient and effective deployment of an organization's
resources when they are needed. Such resources may include financial resources,
inventory, human skills, production resources, or information technology (IT).
In any economy and every industry, companies compete for customers and
resources. Competition means there will be winners and losers. Winners of
economic competition create products and services that customers value and in
doing so they create job and opportunities for employees and investors. Cost
management information help the winners to increase customer value by helping to
manage quality and reduce cost by identifying opportunities to eliminate wasteful
processes and practices. For example, cost management information may indicate
that an organization could reduce cost by using services by other who specializes in
providing them. This is the main reason why in present scenario Business Process
Outsourcing provides a rich new source of competitive advantage.

Business process outsourcing (BPO) is defined simply as the movement of
business processes from inside the organization to external service providers. With
the global telecommunications infrastructure now well-established and consistently
reliable, BPO initiatives often include shifting work to international providers, five
BPO international hot spots have emerged around the globe, although firms from
many other countries are specializing in various business processes and exporting
services;


India. Engineering and Technical



China. Manufacturing and Technical



Mexico. Manufacturing



United States. Analysis and Creative



Philippines, Administrative

Each of these countries has complex economies that span the range of business
activity, but from a BPO perspective they have comparative advantages in the
specific functions cited. BPO is considered as a means of eliminating business
processes that are not part of the core competence of the organizations. Back-office

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functions such as payroll and benefits administration, customer service, call center,
and technical support are just a few of the processes that organizations of all sizes
have been able to outsource to others who specialize in those areas. Removing
back-office functions from their internal operations enables organizations to reduce
payroll and other overhead costs. In the next 15 years, Forrester Research predicts
that 3.3million service jobs will move to countries such as India, Russia, China, and
the Philippines. Earlier BPO adapters among fortune 100 companies include IBM,
American Express and General Electric.

HR (Human Resource) Management - The science of allocating human resources
among various projects or business units, maximizing the utilization of available
personnel resources to achieve business goals; and performing the activities that are
necessary in the maintenance of that workforce through identification of staffing
requirements, planning and oversight of payroll and benefits, education and
professional development, and administering their work-life needs. The efficient and
effective deployment of an organization's personnel resources where and when they
are needed, and in possession of the tools, training and skills required by the work.

Knowledge Management (KM) - Knowledge is full utilization of information and
data, coupled with the potential of peoples’ skills, competencies, ideas, intuitions,
commitments and motivations. In today’s economy, knowledge is people, money,
learning, flexibility, power and competitive advantage. Knowledge is more relevant to
sustain Business than Capital, labor or land. Nevertheless, it remains the most
neglected asset. For Knowledge to be of value it must be focused, current, tested
and shared.
Knowledge management often encompasses identifying and mapping intellectual
assets within the organization, generating new knowledge for competitive advantage
within the organization, making vast amounts of corporate information accessible,
sharing of best practices and technology that enables all of the above — including
groupware and intranets.

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Knowledge management is concerned with organizing knowledge repositories (data
bases etc.) so as to allow for easy retrieval and exchange of the information stored
therein.

CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT 1986
WHY CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT COME INFORCE?
Right to Safety
Means right to be protected against the marketing of goods and services, which are
hazardous to life and property. The purchased goods and services availed of should
not only meet their immediate needs, but also fulfil long term interests. Before
purchasing, consumers should insist on the quality of the products as well as on the
guarantee of the products and services. They should preferably purchase quality
marked products such as ISI, AGMARK, etc.

Right to be informed
Means right to be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and
price of goods so as to protect the consumer against unfair trade practices.
Consumer should insist on getting all the information about the product or service
before making a choice or a decision. This will enable him to act wisely and
responsibly and also enable him to desist from falling prey to high pressure selling
techniques.

Right to Choose
Means right to be assured, wherever possible of access to variety of goods and
services at competitive price. In case of monopolies, it means right to be assured of
satisfactory quality and service at a fair price. It also includes right to basic goods
and services. This is because unrestricted right of the minority to choose can mean a
denial for the majority of its fair share.

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Right to be heard
Means that consumer’s interests will receive due consideration at appropriate
forums. It also includes right to be represented in various forums formed to consider
the consumer’s welfare. The Consumers should form non-political and noncommercial consumer organizations which can be given representation in various
committees formed by the Government and other bodies in matters relating to
consumers.

Right to seek redressal
Means right to seek redressal against unfair trade practices or unscrupulous
exploitation of consumers. It also includes right to fair settlement of the genuine
grievances of the consumer. Consumers must make complaint for their genuine
grievances. Many a times their complaint may be of small value but its impact on the
society as a whole may be very large. They can also take the help of consumer
organizations in seeking redressal of their grievances.

Right to Consumer Education
This means the right to acquire the knowledge and skill to be an informed to a
consumer throughout life. Ignorance of consumers, particularly of rural consumers, is
mainly responsible for their exploitation. They should know their rights and must
exercise them. Only then real consumer protection can be achieved with success.

WHAT ARE REQUIRMENTS FOR FILLING CONSUMER COMPLAINT BEFORE
CONSUMER REDREESAL FORUM UNDER CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
1986?
Every Complaint Should Complaints Covers Following Points:


Consumer Complaint



Affidavit of Complainant



Amount of DD be drawn only on a nationalized bank as per Consumer protection
Rules.

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Notice to Opposite Party.



Name & Address of the complainant in full.



Name & Address of the Opponent.



When and where cause of the complaint arose?



Particulars of the complaint in detail.



Relief prayed (such as Refund of Interest, Principal Amount. etc. physical mental
torture etc.). While asking for claims, the amount should be within reasonable
limits.



Copies of the relevant documents to be enclosed as Exhibits.



Total value of relief claimed.

WHAT

IS

JURISDICTION

OF

THE

DISTRICT

FORUM/STATE

COMISSION/NATIONAL COMISSION UNDER CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
1986?
If you’re Claim is Up to RS. 20 Lakhs


Where the value of the goods or services and compensation (if any, claimed
uptoRs. 20 Lakhs) then complaint will come under Jurisdiction of District Forum.



The President,



The Consumer District Redressal Forum

If Your Claim is above Rs. 20 Lakhs but upto Rs.1 Cores:


Where the value of the goods or services and compensation, if any, claimed is
above Rs 20 Lakhs but uptoRs. 1 Cores. Then complaint will come under
Jurisdiction of State Commission.



Appeals against the orders of District Forum.



The President,



STATE CONSUMER COMMISSION

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If Your Claim is above Rs.1 Cores:


Where the value of the goods or services and compensation, if any, claimed
exceeds Rs. 1 Cores. Then complaint will come under Jurisdiction of National
Commission.



Appeals against the orders of any state commission



The President,



NATIONAL CONSUMER REDREESSAL COMMISSION

HOW MUCH FEES REQUIRED TO BE PAID UNDER CONSUMER PROTECTION
ACT?
The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has recently
issued a circular intimating that with effect from April1, 2004 fees are payable for
filing complaints under the Consumer Protection Act. According to the circular, these
fees have been prescribed by the Central Government, New Delhi, by amending the
Central Consumer Protection Rules. The fees payable are as under. The fees have
to be paid either by demand draft (DD) on a nationalized bank or through a crossed
Indian postal order drawn in favor of the of the President of the District Forum,
Registrar of the State Commission, or the Registrar of the National Commission as
the case may be and payable at the respective place where the District Forum, State
Commission or National Commission is Situated.
TABLE

SR.

TOTAL VALUE OF GOODS OR SERVICES AND THE

NO.

COMPENSATION CLAIMED

AMOUNT OF
FEE
PAYABLE

DISTRICT FORUM
(1)

Up to one lakh rupees – For complainants who are under the Below Nil
Poverty Line holding Antyodaya Anna Yojana Cards

(2)

Up to one lakh rupees – For complainants other than Antyodaya Rs.100
Anna Yojana card holders.

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(3)

Above one lakh and up to five lakh rupees

Rs.200

(4)

Above five lakh and up to ten lakh rupees

Rs.400

(5)

Above ten lakh and up to twenty lakh rupees

Rs.500

STATE COMMISSION
(6)

Above twenty lakh and up to fifty lakh rupees

Rs.2000

(7)

Above fifty lakh and up to one crores rupees

Rs.4000

NATIONAL COMMISSION
(8)

Above one crores rupees

Rs.5000

Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2007–2012)
The eleventh plan has the following objectives:
Income & Poverty


Accelerate GDP growth from 8% to 10% and then maintain at 10% in the 12th
Plan in order to double per capita income by 2016-17



Increase agricultural GDP growth rate to 4% per year to ensure a broader spread
of benefits



Create 70 million new work opportunities.



Reduce educated unemployment to below 5%.



Raise real wage rate of unskilled workers by 20 percent.



Reduce the headcount ratio of consumption poverty by 10 percentage points.

Education


Reduce dropout rates of children from elementary school from 52.2% in 2003-04
to 20% by 2011-12



Develop minimum standards of educational attainment in elementary school, and
by regular testing monitor effectiveness of education to ensure quality



Increase literacy rate for persons of age 7 years or above to 85%

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Lower gender gap in literacy to 10 percentage point



Increase the percentage of each cohort going to higher education from the
present 10% to 15% by the end of the plan

Health


Reduce infant mortality rate to 28 and maternal mortality ratio to 1 per 1000 live
births



Reduce Total Fertility Rate to 2.1



Provide clean drinking water for all by 2009 and ensure that there are no slipbacks



Reduce malnutrition among children of age group 0-3 to half its present level



Reduce anaemia among women and girls by 50% by the end of the plan

Women and Children


Raise the sex ratio for age group 0-6 to 935 by 2011-12 and to 950 by 2016-17



Ensure that at least 33 percent of the direct and indirect beneficiaries of all
government schemes are women and girl children



Ensure that all children enjoy a safe childhood, without any compulsion to work

Infrastructure


Ensure electricity connection to all villages and BPL households by 2009 and
round-the-clock power.



Ensure all-weather road connection to all habitation with population 1000 and
above (500 in hilly and tribal areas) by 2009, and ensure coverage of all
significant habitation by 2015



Connect every village by telephone by November 2007 and provide broadband
connectivity to all villages by 2012



Provide homestead sites to all by 2012 and step up the pace of house
construction for rural poor to cover all the poor by 2016-17

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Environment


Increase forest and tree cover by 5 percentage points.



Attain WHO standards of air quality in all major cities by 2012.



Treat all urban waste water by 2011-12 to clean river waters.



Increase energy efficiency by 20 percent Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2007–2012)

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