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1. There are a number of participants in the strategy process: stakeholders, executive strategy team, support team, and corporate community. Discuss your prior involvement with one of these and discuss how including such participants can enhance the strength of your strategic plan for your fictitious IS business.

2. What can be gained from the following articles concerning strategies that work and those that don't in dealing with the IS organization's political environment?

Koenig, C. (2000, March). Playing Defense: No One is Immune to the Dangers of an Overly Political Environment. The Difference Between Success and Failure is Having a Solid Political Defense. CIO Magazine. [WWW document] URL http://www.cio.com/archive/030100/lead.html
Wallington, P. M. (2000, April) Making Change: Politics Isn't Just Something You Use to Defend Yourself - It Can Be the Key to Leading Organizational Change. CIO Magazine. [WWW document] URL http://www.cio.com/archive/040100/lead.html

3. Compare and contrast two of the analytical methods listed in the reading for this module (Boar, 2001). For example, are there two that would be complimentary or contradictory?

4. In a time of chaos and uncertainty have you sought wisdom from advice givers? Gurus, pundits, oracles, seers, market researchers, academics, consultants, prophets, diviners, and soothsayers are all advice givers. Discuss your involvement with one or more of these. What was the condition under which you needed advice? What advice was given? Did you apply the advice? What was the outcome?

5. The business Ps are the heart of the marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion). To this we can add two new Ps: people and process. Why might these be equally important to market success?

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1. There are a number of participants in the strategy process: stakeholders, executive strategy team, support team, and corporate community. Discuss your prior involvement with one of these and discuss how including such participants can enhance the strength of your strategic plan for your fictitious IS business.
My prior involvement in the strategy process was enhanced when there were two representatives of shareholders in the strategy development process. It was clear from the inception that the interest of these two shareholders was to ensure that the IS project would make a profit. When the executive strategy team was analyzing the opportunities, the shareholders insisted on selecting the opportunity that had the most potential for earning profits. When the participants were setting the goal/aim of the project, the shareholders insisted that profits should be given due weight. While selecting the options, the shareholders influenced the selection of options that had the highest potential for profits. Even when the plan was evaluated, the shareholders did several analyses related to the profitability of the project.
Overall, the effect of presence of the shareholders in the strategy process was that measures were taken to control costs, increase the revenues and select the options with the highest profit. Even the self seeking interest of a stakeholder can have a positive effect on a project.

2. What can be gained from the following articles concerning strategies that work and those that don't in dealing with the IS organization's political environment?

Koenig, C. (2000, March). Playing Defense: No One is Immune to the Dangers of an Overly Political Environment. The Difference Between Success and Failure is Having a Solid Political Defense. CIO Magazine. [WWW document] URL ...

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