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Competitive Advantage

Define firm performance; competitive advantage, VRIO framework

1). What might we mean by firm performance? 2). What is competitive advantage, in OPERATIONAL and CONCRETE terms? 3). Assess the merits of the VRIO framework when determining a firm's competetive advantage. The class is using the book "Gaining and Sustaining Competetive Advantage" by Jay B. Barney published by Pearson/Prent

Microsoft's 2010 pricing strategies and Porter's Competitive Advantage theory

(ORGN) **Please read the abstract below from BusinessWeek and answer the question that follows: I just need to look at different opinions to help me with my studies, your answer will not be submitted under my name **Please read the abstract below from BusinessWeek and answer the question that follows: Microsoft's Aggressive

Executive Summary Skilled employees are essential to maintaining a successful organization. Many organizations face a lack of corporate-wide training which result in miniscule competencies. U.S. Employees are receiving more annual hours of training, according to the American Society for Training and development (ASTD) 2005 state of the industry report, which found an increase in average hours of formal learning per employee from 2004-2005 (HR.Com Limited, 2010).

***See Attached*** Executive Summary Skilled employees are essential to maintaining a successful organization. Many organizations face a lack of corporate-wide training which result in miniscule competencies. U.S. Employees are receiving more annual hours of training, according to the American Society for Training and deve

How luxury car companies' strategies are similar

1. In what ways are the luxury car companies' strategies similar? In what ways are they different? Now look at Honda. How are its business strategies similar or different? 2. Which company would you say has the competitive advantage? Why?

International Mini-Plan on Selling Automobiles Internationally

Write an international mini-plan for a company that interests you (or a product/service that you want to sell yourself). Address the following in your mini-plan: Location of value-added functions: The choice of where to locate each of the functions that comprise the entire value-added chain, from research to production to aft

Global strategy

It is necessary to highlight the purpose and direction of global strategy. The why of globalization will provide a basis for discussing factors that need consideration, prioritization, and possible inclusion in your strategic plans. Hitt, Keats, and DeMarie (1998) identified strategic flexibility and competitive advantage

Guiding principles of strategy

1- Considering the external environment faced by organizations in the 21st century, what factors do you believe should form the guiding principles of strategy? 2-Locate an organization in the news and explain how it is trying to create value and competitive advantage in its sector.

What is Strategic Management?

1. Define strategic management in your own words for a general audience. Imagine you were trying to explain what strategic management is to one of your family members who is a junior in high school. 2. Does the competition between various companies affect your daily life in any way? Give an example that might apply. For exam

Competitive Analysis and Business Cycles (Competition and Market Power)

Competition and Market Power 1. Firms in Competitive Markets The official "Incredible Edible Egg" Web Sit http://www.aeb.org/ is sponsored by the American Egg Board. Among other things, the site is clearly an advertisement for the egg industry. Do you expect to see advertising for individual egg producers? What characteri

Competitive Analysis and Business Cycles (Price Dynamics) SLP

Some of the goods and services are produced by the Coca Cola Company are non-alcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, carbonated soft drinks, packaged drinking water, and non-alcoholic beverages. These products are produced by the Coca Cola Company. The revenues from the sales of these products were $31.00 billion in 2009.

Competitive advantages

Compare the competitive advantages enjoyed by a large restaurant chain, such as Red Lobster, Chili's, or Outback Steakhouse, and the sources of competitive advantages enjoyed by a small, local restaurant

Merits of competent workforce

Can workforce competencies be a source of competitive advantage, and thus, the focal point of a strategic plan? Briefly explain.

Example Management Questions

1. Agree or disagree with the following statement - the U.S. has a competitive disadvantage in competing in global markets. Explain and support your answer. 2. Which do you think are the next two "hot" international markets for U.S. investment? Justify your answer with economic data. 3. Compare and contrast Sony, LG, and

Counter Cyclical Hiring

What are the pros and cons of counter cyclical hiring and under what circumstance would you recommend using it to staff an organization

Six types of design for various organizations

· Write a paper in which you define design. · Compare and contrast the six types of design that are discussed in the assigned reading. · Discuss how design may effect various organizations. · Cite your sources of information.

What are the relative differences in the number of consumers and producers in the four main market structures, i.e. monopoly, oligopoly, a perfectly competitive market and a monopolistic competitive

I need help with the following questions below: Each question should be answered 200-300 words each. 1. What are the relative differences in the number of consumers and producers in the four main market structures, i.e. monopoly, oligopoly, a perfectly competitive market and a monopolistic competitive market? 2. Identify

Advantage of merging: ace and brace

Ace and Brace Homebuilding will merge. Ace has a total market value of $50 million and Brace has a total market value of $75 million. Their merger will lead to operating efficiencies and will produce present value savings of $10 million. a) What is the total market value of the merged firms? b) If the merger would entail exp

Shareholder Value Added

I need help with the following assignment. The assignment attached with the spreadsheet. Here are the questions: 1. What is the PV of operating cash flows over the competitive advantage period? 2. What is the residual value of the firm after the period of competitive advantage? 3. What is the value of the firm'

Conceptualizing a Business: Mobile Car wash analysis

I need approximately 500-800 words total on items 4 and 5. I have started items 1-3 (in attachment) and would like feedback or additional information to make them better. This paper is on a mobile car wash service that goes to the client's location but may expand to offer on site services at a home location. Write a paper i

Guillermo Furniture Store: Concepts of Economics Advantage & Efficiency

Explain how the finance concepts found in the readings and how they relate to the context of the scenario. The paper effectively and appropriately addresses the following concepts from the text: - The concept of the competitive economic advantage. - The concept of the value and economic efficiency. -

Business

Help is needed with the following: The first-mover advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Discuss and support your arguments with real-life examples. The identification of an opportunity or business idea depends more on luck than any other circumstance or structured process. Discuss this statement and provide real-li