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Strategy and Business Analysis

According to Michael Porter, a competitive strategy is concerned with how a company can gain a competitive advantage through a distinct way of competing. Porter suggests that all of the activities of the firm can be designed in a way that gives a company a unique competitive strategy. The more a company differentiates both the products and services it offers as well as the system of business activities that best delivers these products and services, the more a company will acquire a sustainable competitive advantage.

Strategic Planning
Strategic planning involves defining a company’s vision, mission, values and strategy. Strategic planning is used in drawing up the “business plan,” which often includes a vision statement or mission statement, and outlines a company’s goals and plan for reaching those goals (and importantly the resources the company will need to be successful). Performing a business and industry analysis is an important component of strategic planning. This includes using analytics tools such as performing a SWOT analysis, or analyzing the attractiveness of an industry using Porter’s Five Forces framework.

Competitive Advantage
Competitive advantage, or disadvantage, can come from any and all of the different activities a business performs in order to create, produce, sell and deliver their products and services. A company can gain a cost advantage by performing certain activities more efficiently than competitors; or a company can gain an advantage by differentiating the mix of products and services they deliver. Innovation strategies involve delivering new products or services that disrupt existing marketplaces; and advantages from operational effectiveness come from performing the same or similar activities as other companies, but in better ways.

Management Tools and Techniques
In the 1970s and 1980s, Japanese companies pioneered management tools and techniques such as TQM and lean manufacturing that could be implemented to improve operational effectiveness. The revolution changed how managers thought about strategy, pushing managers worldwide to focus on how their companies were going to compete on speed, quality and cost against their rivals. While these dimensions of operational effectiveness are important, best practices are easily copied, and the more that companies used the same management tools, and benchmarked against each other, the more they began to look alike. Competing on operational effectiveness allowed for major absolute productivity gains, but relative gains for now one. Gains were captured by customers or other members of the value chain, rather then retained as increased profitability.

Strategic Positioning and Fit
According to Michael Porter, in order to hold a sustainable competitive advantage, managers need to focus on strategic positioning and fit. They must understand how customers’ needs differ, and have a unique set of activities that satisfy these customers’ needs. If a company has a set of activities that best meet customers’ needs, the more that these activities differ from what other companies are currently doing, the chances that the entire system of activities can be copied are low.

Strategic positioning and the fit of an organization’s activities are what lead to sustainable competitive advantage. The goal of strategic planning is to find a new strategic position (or evaluate a company’s current position), and evaluate the fit between the company's strategic position and its operations. A strategic plan should result in focus: a clear mission, vision, values and strategy that reinforce one another to allow the company to deliver a unique system of activities that best meet customers needs.

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A value chain is a string of activities performed in an industry in order to deliver a product or service for the market.

Strategy Implementation and Strategic Controls

Assignment Overview This final case involves an analysis of strategy implementation at the Coca-Cola Company. You will use the resources you identified in the SLP to gather information about the company and relate that information to your work in the previous four cases. Case Assignment In Module 4, we will conclude the

Creating value through global strategy

Please provide a detailed analysis by using various industry reports to discuss how the automobile industry is doing in the United States of America by responding to the following: 1. What is the comparative market size of the automobile industry in the United States by 2019? (For example, you can use something like the numbe

Creating value through innovation strategy

Please help me analyze the case study (Facebook in 2011 by Arar Han. Case: E-406. Stanford Graduate School of Business. based on the questions below: 1. How was Facebook able to stay ahead of competitors like Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn over the las

Growth Strategies for Deloitte and Touche

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E-Business Strategy: Creating Value

1. Explain the evolvement of the Internet and how it changes the way customers, suppliers and companies interact. 2. Describe how your company utilizes the Internet and other recent technologies. (Be sure to include both internal and external uses)? 3. What recommendations do you have to improve and/or expand its online use?

Creating Value through e-Business Strategy

After reviewing the article (, help me with an analysis covering the following questions: 1.What is your evaluation of Bezos' approach to leading change? Have Bezos' various initiatives added value? If so, how? 2.What are some of the challenges that A

Formulating Strategy in New Business

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Strategy and Value Creations in traditional industries

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Workplace communication opportunities

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Impact of personality on product purchasing

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Procter & Gamble: Recommendations

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Strategic Fit: P&G

I need help with the following: 3 pages on the Strategic Fit With the Industry Environment Assessment P&G ( 1.5 line spacing/Plagiarism detection tool used-So please provide citation and reference. See attached

Walt Disney's Marketing Strategy, International Mode of Entry

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Tesco's Fresh & Easy (F&E) failed concept

Please assist with the following, use the attached reading if needed. 1. Discuss some of the trends around the "small store" format that Tesco realized in putting together the Fresh & Easy (F&E) concept. 2. Put together a competitive analysis of Tesco with respect to its competitors within the United States. 3. Relations

Personal Mission/Vision Statement

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Strategic analysis of Coca Cola

Which of the four generic (Porter) strategies does the Coca-Cola Company follow, and how do you know? Give references. Integrate the strategy you've identified above with the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the attached document (this exercise should provide you with some specific actions the company should

Leadership Effectiveness Application

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12 Angry Men

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Revision of Vision/Mission Statement, Code of Ethics

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Strategic Management, Effective Mission Statements

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McDonalds VS Starbucks

Please search the following links: "Standards of Business Conduct for Starbucks" and "Standards of Business Conduct for McDonald's. 7.1) Please analyze and compare and contrast the code of ethics of both Starbuck's and McDonald's

McDonald's Cohesion Case

Turn to the URL McDonald's Cohesion Case ( and review the organizational chart. Please answer the following questions. Please provide at least 500 words, thank you in advance 1. What type of organizational chart is illustrated for McDonald's? 2. What improvemen

McDonald's Monopoly Game analysis

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Marketing, Advertising, Trade Allowances, Message Evaluations

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Reasons annual objectives are essential for strategy implementation

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Key areas of internal organizational functioning

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Healthcare M&A - business consequences and analysis

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