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    Clipboard Tablet Co.

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    It is December 15, 2015. Joe Thomas, the VP of Marketing at Clipboard Tablet Co., is smugly patting himself on the back for how well he has done with pricing and product development on the three products, X5, X6, and X7. Of course, Joe knows his strategy was not creative at all - i.e., he did not change any prices or R&D allocations over the four-year period (actually six years, counting 2010 and 2011). But he is certain that he really did not need to change anything anyway, and that his overall performance is proof of his good work.

    Sally Smothers, the CEO of Clipboard Tablet Co., knows better, and she fires Joe (but why did she wait so long?).

    You are hired to replace Joe. Now, here you are, on Dec. 15, 2015, as the V.P. of Marketing of the Clipboard Tablet Co. You are ready to move the company ahead into 2016. Your boss, Sally Smothers, expects you to make intelligent and informed product development and pricing decisions.

    Compose 6 to 7 pages paper using Sally's instructions, which follow:

    Sally asks you to review the past four to six years to see what was going on in terms of product development, sales, pricing, and performance. You collect all of the data and compose a report (your report is due on Sally's desk by January 2, 2016).

    Using the default decisions, analyze Joe Thomas's decisions and results, and then compose the report that Sally is requesting. Access the simulation site and collect the data for each year. Determine where you believe Joe went wrong, and propose a new strategy. Support your revised strategy using financial analysis and relevant business theories.

    Include a review of each product - X5, X6, and X7 - its life cycle, and how each product stacks up in terms of price and performance.

    Financial review for each product - X5, X6, and X7 - sales, costs, profitability, prices, unit margins, etc.

    Market review: New Sales, Repeat Sales, Market Saturation, etc.

    Propose an alternate strategy: A general idea of how you might do better with these products: what pricing and R&D allocations, etc., you would have put in place over the last four years, 2012 - 2015. In short, what would you have done differently than Joe Thomas at each decision point?

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