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Managing Strategically

Strategic managers must be certain that all the problems identified are eventually addressed. Writing out a problem statement helps strategic managers ensure the required solutions are formulated; thus not leaving anything unaddressed. True or False?

The fifth step in an analysis

The fifth step in an analysis involves making recommendations. Here, the strategic manager: 1) describes, in great detail, exactly how things will be done, 2) explains why this course of action will solve the problem, 3) provides suggestions for how best to implement the proposed solutions, and articulate the implications and ri

Second Analysis

When in the second analysis step, identifying problems, the main goal is to lock-down the root of the problem, for which solutions are developed. Therefore, one cannot find a solution, unless the problem is known. T or F?

Case Analysis Techniques

A case analysis is a process, and techniques are useful. One suggested technique is to place yourself in the case situation, often by looking at the case from the perspective of the strategic decision maker, or as a member of the board of directors, or as a contracted consultant. T or F?

LEED Building Design

Investigate LEED (Leadership in energy and Environmental Design) building designs. Should all new buildings be required by law to adopt LEED design standards and conform to the LEED rating system?

The importance of logistics management

My task is to show how the business operations in an organization can be brought into harmony, generating the smooth flow of information and materials throughout the value network for the benefit of customers and the competitive success of the organization. Question: - The importance of effective logistics management in smo

Non-Profit Organizations: Board Recruitment

Describe challenges to board recruitment, and reasons why they would be challenges and how they can be addressed. The solution provides "real world" scenarios on two recruitment challenges.The first is lack of compensation as most members serving a non-profit are in unpaid positions. Unless a person is retired and/or has anot

Compensable Factors: Strategy and Values of Organization

Compensable factors should be based on (1) the strategy and values of the organization, (2) the work performed, and (3) acceptability to the stake holders affected by the resulting pay structure. Of the three, which one do you think more adequately reinforce the organization's culture, values, business direction, and nature of t

Formal Program Evaluations

1. Frequently, formal program evaluations are deemed as failures. Why is this type of situation the case? 2. Describe the methods usually used by governments to evaluate policy choices. 3. Describe the Government Accountability Office. What is its role? 4. Why are government programs seldom terminated?

Public Policy Models

1. How can public policy be viewed as the "preferences and values of a governing elite"? Provide examples 2. Compare and contrast incremental and rational methods of policy making? Include examples of each model. 3. What criteria must a successful policy model include? 4. Identify three uses or lessons that can be learn

Discussion on Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)

An HR professional in a 1,000-person company supports purchasing employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) to protect against worker claims that their legal rights have been violated. An operations manager suggests that the insurance is not needed because the company already has general business liability insurance. In wh

Diversifying in Related Businesses

When diversifying in related businesses, such as horizontal relationships, the firm benefits from leveraging core competencies and sharing activities. As such, this enables the firm to gain from economies of scale. An example of this is when a sporting goods store, with one or several locations may acquire retail stores carrying

Achieving diversification

The authors of our textbook argue that "...clearly, not all diversification moves, including those involving mergers and acquisitions, erode performance." Diversification is achieved through two methods: 1) through horizontal relationships, and 2) through hierarchical relationships. The benefits of these two relationships are mu

Forbearance

When a firm chooses not to react against a competitor's threat is called forbearance. A concept, closely aligned with forbearance is co-petition; which refers to the combination of both competition and cooperation. T or F?

Major Commitments of Distinctive and Specific Resources

A strategic reaction is the concept used to represent major commitments of distinctive and specific resources. In contrast, a tactical action refers to the refinements or extensions of strategies. Choosing to sell one's Regional Distribution Center in Asia would be a clear sign of a strategic action. True or False?

Procurement and Contracting

What are the core competencies of a successful buying or selling team leader? What are the most significant challenges you must overcome to be a successful buying or selling team leader

Segmenting businesses

Identify the following definition: When businesses profitability, growth, and cash flow complement each other, and add up to a satisfactory overall corporate performance is said to be portfolio management. One benefit of portfolio management is that an organization is in a better position to allocate resources to businesses acco

MNC Factors

Please explain a few factors that influences MNC organizational Structure.

Strategic Management for Harley Davidson

Please help with following questions: i) Discuss to what degree you believe Harley Davidson is currently proceeding towards its mission, vision, and values. ii) Identify two or three of HD's most important stakeholders and discuss whether Harley Davidson's current strategic direction is aligned with the needs of the corpor

Facility location and layout

1. Why is plant, work area or facility layout so important? 2. Why is location important for a non-retail business? 3. How will your operation be different serving other businesses versus serving individuals?

Medupi Power Station

Looking for assistance on high-level analysis of the following business case, to provide perspective towards the following questions. Response expectation is high-level, so not to exceed 1-1/2 pages: Read: CONSTRUCTING THE MEDUPI POWER STATION --Would you describe the initiatives at Medupi as organizational development, c

Corporate Governance Concern in Emerging Markets

1. What is the controversy surrounding Flex Industries? Discuss the chain of events. 2. (a) What are the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders? Analyze their behavior with respect to the Flex incident. (b) What has been the role of the market during and after the controversy? What is the theory behind the marke

Company health insurance plans

It's the end of the year and it is time to renew the company's health insurance plan, as well as look at the other benefits the company offers. While employee morale is not low, the owners feel that it could be improved if they offer better benefits. They also believe that they will be able to hire more competitively in the futu

Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector: Evolution

The specific case study questions: How has the collective bargaining process evolved in the public sector? What do you think was the most crucial change? How are you seeing the effects of that change today? This solution explains how social media has significantly changed the ability for "confidentiality" to remain tha

First view of an organization: the recruiting process

The recruiting process is often the first time applicants get a close look at the organization that might be their next employer. Think about your own experiences applying for jobs. • How do employers manage their employment brand? • What determines first impressions? • Based on your experience, what do you thin

Company Mission, Vision, and Stakeholders

Company Mission, Vision, and Stakeholders Strategic management starts with vision and mission. It consists of the analysis, decisions, and actions an organization undertakes in order to create and sustain competitive advantages You can pick a company that interests you, one that has a lot of information on the web about th