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Strategic Management Case Analysis

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Please read the case study and provide input that will help me with a presentation and grasp understanding of the material and layout in a Story Board format (attached). This is to be an objective analysis. Key issues I'm interested in include:

a. What are the critical factors? How did the project(s) in the case study align, or not align with the organization's goals, and how did that alignment or lack thereof, contribute to the results. A full but concise analysis of the situation the business is in and how the actions taken were or were not in alignment with the organization's goals and how that contributed to business results. Include additional support and clarification around one or more of the situational findings in the case.

b. What are alternative solutions? How did the organization come to choose its project(s) and solution(s) and what were the advantages and disadvantages of those choices? Weigh alternative solutions and include a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of the choices. Challenge the results of the case study by describing other factors that might have impacted the results.

c. What is the recommended solution? What adjustments to the project selection process would you have made? Include support for the case or offer alternative project selection processes and criteria and defend how they would better apply in the case study. Include a number of other project selection processes and criteria and successfully defend elimination of those that weren't chosen.

d. What is the action plan? What recommendation do you have for this company to implement a better project selection prioritization process? Include clear analysis with more than one option or course of action that might be used to prioritize projects in the organization, recommend a methodology, and provide logical support for the recommendation. Assess the value of the options not chosen as well as supporting the recommended option.

Please do not copy, cut & paste text, copy from previous postings, or provide instructions on "how-to" from various internet sites as a response. I am also looking for perspective from an expert in this area or industry!

Thank you kindly for your assistance.

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STEP 1.
a. What are the critical factors? How did the project(s) in the case study align, or not align with the organization's goals, and how did that alignment or lack thereof, contribute to the results. A full but concise analysis of the situation the business is in and how the actions taken were or were not in alignment with the organization's goals and how that contributed to business results. Include additional support and clarification around one or more of the situational findings in the case.

The organization had the goals that its projects should not be 'late'. In addition, the organization wanted projects that would meet the needs of the market. The management wanted projects that were aligned with the business plan of the company. The organization was concerned how the project set evolved over a period of time.
The projects in the case did not align with the organization because most of the projects were delayed; in addition, the management felt that the projects did not meet the need of the market. Further, there was no existing strategy for aligning the new products into a set.
The situation of the business is that PreQuip was over committing itself to different projects, undertaking more projects than what it could handle. This led to a fire fighting type of mentality where engineers in short supply were allocated and reallocated to projects that reached urgency levels. This allocation was in an ad hoc manner and led to sub optimal use of human resource. Moreover, the situation was worsened because the strategic plans were ignored and engineers moved from manufacturing support to sales presentations with no clear cut direction or plan. The manpower of PreQuip was not focused and this led to dilution of the strategic position of the company.
The need of the hour was an aggregate project plan and that was missing. The result was that the competitive position of the company was getting diluted. The aggregate plan of the company needs to be aligned with the strategic plan of the company. The competitive stance of the company will define the strategic plan of the company. PreQuip needs to take up a well defined competitive position. For example, it can go in for cost leadership in the spectrometers, there is a market demand for low cost spectrometers. There is also a demand for spectrometers with additional features, those requiring derivative type of development. However, the product development package also needs to be tied up with the overall strategy of PreQuip.

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b. What are alternative solutions? How did the organization come to choose its project(s) and solution(s) and what were the advantages and disadvantages of those choices? Weigh alternative solutions and ...

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