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Understanding the dynamics of competition and the major players

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Assignment One:
Summarize in three pages, one of the ten schools from book: Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour Through The Wilds of Strategic Management by Henry Mintzberg, Joseph Lampel and Bruce Ahlstrand; what I need is to Summarize in three pages, one of the ten schools, for example read and summarize "the Design School" in 3 pages.
P.S: If you do not have access to the book, you can have it online by Google it. Be sure that the paper submitted for this assignment is APA styled, 6th ED. And formatted, including all references. Cite inside the paper and show it on the references page. Please 3 pages

Book: Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour Through The Wilds of Strategic Management by Henry Mintzberg, Joseph Lampel and Bruce Ahlstrand;
ISBN10: 0684847434
ISBN13: 9780684847436
Edition/Copyright: 98

Assignment Two:
Understanding the dynamics of competition and the major players, Understanding the competition in the Alternative Energy Industries (AEI) is important. This assignment requires each individual team member to develop an analysis of one of the key AEI. Be sure that the paper submitted for this assignment is APA styled and formatted, including all references. At minimum, your 3 page analysis must include the following:
? Who are the major industry players?
? Develop a Snapshot of each by analyzing the current performance (financials and other key metrics such as units sold by category, units in the pipeline/inventory, and other factors determined through your research).
? Examine what each "giant" is doing to enter new markets, either with new product offerings or new geographic markets,
? Determine how it is entering new markets (i.e. mergers and acquisitions, internal growth, joint ventures).

P.S: Some Alternative Energy Industry (AEI) Links.
http://www.claiborneconferencecenter.org/control-of-energy/major-industry-players/
http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/48670/Alternative+Energy+Industry+Outlook+%96+March+2011
You can use many link as you like to help you answers the questions.

Assignment Three:
1. Understanding the Importance of Firm Resources-as a source of sustainable competitive advantage and for competing on the basis of capabilities to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.
This week's written individual and team assignments are intended to explore the myriad topics that enter into analyzing a firm's resources, its ability to innovate and, also, to discern what and how Value Innovation occurs.

? What are Industry Profit Pools? Individually (I), in a 3 page paper, determine where pools exist in the Alternative Energy Industries AEI. Defend your position with research and create an industry profit pool map. Be sure that the paper submitted for this assignment is APA 6th. ED styled and formatted, including all references.

2. Values Innovation: As a team (T), research the topic of Value Innovation. In a 3 page paper:
? Apply this idea to the Alternative Energy Industries (AEI) (industry) with special attention to the opportunity in all sectors (winds, solar and nuclear).
P.S: one page for winds, one page for Solar; and one page for nuclear.
Be sure that the paper submitted for this assignment is APA 6th. ED styled and formatted, including all references.

3. Discussion Assignment: Individually, now that you're half-way through the course, what have you learned about strategic planning that you did not know before? In what ways have you deepened your knowledge of strategic planning and implementation? In what ways has the SFL 5-step process assisted your work on the assignments completed thus far? In what ways can the SFL process assist you in completing the final team project?

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Chapter Summary
Chapter Title: The Positioning School: Strategy Formation as an Analytical Process
Source: Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour through the Wilds of Strategic Management
Authors and Date of publishing: Henry Mintzberg, Joseph Lampel and Bruce Ahlstrand, 1998

Introduction
Strategy formation is a dynamic and complex process that considers the external and internal factors of an organization in the decision making process. Strategy formation though can be considered from various perspectives. Mintzberg, Lampel and Ahlstrand (1998) present ten schools of thought on what strategy is. This paper summarizes one of their ten schools of though: The Positioning School in chapter four of their book Strategy Safari: A Guided Tour Through The Wilds of Strategic Management.

Summary
This school which originated from military strategy and thinking (for example von Clausewitz's On War and Sun Tzu's The Art of War) views "strategy formation as an analytical process" in which there is a combination of offensive and defensive moves (pp. 82-87). The positioning school placed a limit on only key strategies that were important in positioning an organization at the most desirable place in the economy, one which can in future be defended against any emerging competitors. Applying this school of thought across industries it came to be known as the generic strategies of positioning.

Premises of the Positioning School
With the view that strategies have to be tailor made and unique to an organization, the positioning school developed various analytical tools that could be used to match the right strategies to the conditions surrounding the organization in the industry such as Porter's generic strategies, game theory, Porter's value chain, Growth share index, among others. The strategy formation focuses on hard facts to make deductions. the various premises of the Positioning School are that the context environment of any organization is often competitive and economic, strategies are key identifiable positions in the industry and they are generic, the process of strategy formation therefore involves selecting the best generic position based on analytical computation, and that these strategies are driven by market structures and industrial conditions which in turn drive the structure of the organization (Mintzberg, et al, 1998).

Waves of development of the Positioning School
The first wave in the development of this school of thought was characterized by military planning and strategy dating back over two millennia. It was mainly influenced by Sun Tzu's and von Cluasewitz influential works on optimal strategy positioning during a battle (pp. 87). The second wave in the development of Positioning School was the Consultant's search for imperatives that would align a specific strategy positions to the organizations context. This school was characterized by development of various tools and models of analysis such as the Boston Consulting Group ...

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