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//Before writing about the Organizational Capabilities, it is essential to know about the Competitive Advantage of a firm. One should know about the main aspects of competitive advantage, which further will assist in analyzing the Organizational Capabilities in an effective manner//

Achieving Competitive Advantage through Strategy

Introduction

Competitive Advantage refers to a superior position that a firm occupies due to some factor, function or activity against its competitors. It can be divided into two types; cost advantage or cost leadership and differentiation advantage. Cost advantage or cost leadership takes place when a firm is able to supply goods and services at a lower price than its competitors and differentiation advantage occurs when a firm is able to provide better goods and services at the same price as charged by its competitors (Porter, 2004). Both the advantages together form a positional advantage to the firm as a leader in the industry either in differentiation or cost.

//Above is the discussion of Competitive Advantage of a firm. Now, as per the directions, explanation about the organizational capabilities is to be discussed//

Organizational Capabilities

There are some intangible assets or capabilities also, such as fast & better customer service, innovation, etc., which help an organization in building superior market value. An effective investment in human resource functions like staffing, training, compensation and communication ensues into generating firm's capabilities. These capabilities can not be copied by the competitors as they can do with technology, product strategy and others. Organizations build their capabilities by combining the abilities and competencies of its individuals (Ulrich, & ...

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I did most of the assignment and need help for the remaining, please read well this post and follow for help.

You will respond to the following discussion questions using high level critical thinking and writing skills:

? Discuss the three primary strategies (low cost, differentiation, and niche) that organizations can implement and explain how each can help the organization achieve a sustained competitive advantage.

? Discuss how an organization can manage the supply chain, backward and forward, to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

? Discuss why an organization may need to change its culture and how it may proceed to make organizational culture changes.

? Discuss the concept of pricing strategy (cost +, value pricing) and how an organization can achieve a competitive advantage through its pricing strategy.

? Discuss the impact of operational efficiency and how it impacts an organization's competitiveness.

This assignment comes from this book: Crafting and Executing Strategy concepts and cases Custom Edition: 08 ? Strayer University
ISBN: 0077295897
Taken from: Crafting and Executing Strategy: the Quest for Competitive Advantage
Concepts and cases, Sixteenth Edition
By Arthur A. Thompson, Jr., A.J. Strickland III and John E. Gamble

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