1. What structures and conditions facilitate creativity and innovation within an organization? What structures inhibit creativity and innovation? Give examples of each. 2. Share an example when you have observed dysfunctional learning within an organizational. Discuss ways to avoid or change the dysfunctional behavior.
When 'making recommendations', the analysis must make a logical argument that shows how the problem led to the analysis, and how the analysis led to the recommendations proposed; which provides for a close-looped root cause analysis. True or False
19. A strategic management case analysis helps to develop an ability to evaluate business situations critically. An analysis requires you to look deeply into the information provided and toot out the essential issues and causes of a company's problems. True or False
Becoming familiar with the case material is the first major analytical step. This step may entail: 1) to read case to get an overall sense of material, 2) re-read case to assess possible links to strategic concepts, 3) re-read in more detail and make key notes, 4) evaluate strategic concepts and suggest alternatives, and 5) form
When identifying a problem, the analysis may discover that the case may have more than one problem. However, problems are usually interrelated. Therefore, articulating the problem statement is a good technique to help scope the problem. True or False
The central idea of proposing alternative solutions include: 1) to develop a list of options, 2) to ask how the choices will be implemented, 3) to find solutions that solve the problem and that the solution choice is realistic. True or False?
To integrate, in a case analysis, is to look at the big picture and having an organization wide perspective. In addition, changes made in one part of the organization may affect other parts. True or False
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 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
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?
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?
How can rapid prototyping be used as a management tool?
What negotiation skills are required to say "no" and mean it, minimizing or defusing emotional responses and "fall outs" from the other side?
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?
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
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 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
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?
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
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
Corporate-Level Strategy: Related and Unrelated Diversification Please give some example of partnering strategies (entering new industries) such as Joint Ventures or Acquisitions
Please help with the following problem. Explain why are you interested in the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell and why should you be considered.
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
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
Describe the importance of productivity analysis to the overall health of the organization.
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?
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?
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
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
How can companies improve their practices of corporate governance to achieve higher company performance?