Discussion The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered. For this assignment, choose one of the following questions and post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format. Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week . Question One: Conducting Business Research It is important to conduct business research in order to objectively make decisions. Assume you are a supervisor for a manufacturing company, which is experiencing lower sales this year compared to the same period last year. What research would you conduct to determine why sales are lower? What data would you collect and analyze? Which employees would you contact? Which outside consultants, if any, would you contact?