Do not just answer the questions. This is a graduate course and you should be able to explain the logic behind your answer and point to a credible source to support your position. You are expected to spend at least 3 to 4 hours studying the questions, finding and studying good sources, and understanding the nature of the answers and at least an additional 3 to 4 hours answering these questions and polishing your writing so the answers are compelling. Invest your time wisely, giving more time to the complex answers in order to ensure that you demonstrate that you truly understand the answer. Typical assignment submissions should be roughly 3,000 word in length. Shorter compelling answers are fine. Answers with needless filler will be marked down. Must be done in APA format.
1. Discuss in detail why an organization must analyze the need for applications and justify it in terms of cost and benefits.
2. Discuss in detail how economists measure productivity. Also discuss concepts behind labor productivity, the productivity paradox and explanations of the apparent productivity paradox.
3. Discuss in detail traditional financial methods used to evaluate investment decisions including present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), and payback period including scenarios when one over the other would be more appropriate.
4. Select an IT-going green initiative and describe in detail how you would build the business case to justify such an investment. List some metrics for the justification.