ASSURANCE OF LEARNING EXERCISES 1. Implementing a new or different strategy calls for new resource allocations. Using your university’s access to LexisNexis or EBSCO, search for recent articles that discuss how a company has revised its pattern of resource allocation and divisional budgets to support new strategic initiatives. 2. Policies and procedures facilitate strategy execution when they are designed to fit the company’s strategy and objectives. Using your university’s access to LexisNexis or EBSCO, search for recent articles that discuss how a company has revised its policies and procedures to provide better top-down guidance to company personnel on how to conduct their daily activities and responsibilities. 3. Illustration Chpsule 11.1 discusses Whirlpool Corporation’s Operational Excellence initiative and its use of Six Sigma practices. How did the implementation of the program change the culture and mindset of the company’s personnel? List three tangible benefits provided by the program. Explain why a commitment to quality control is important in the appliance industry?