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    The Boiled Frog Phenomenon Applied to Business Strategy

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    What is the "boiled frog" phenomenon? How does it apply to business and, particularly, strategic management? Find a business example of a situation where this has occurred. What could the business have done to avoid the effects of the phenomenon?

    Explain how to:
    - Apply critical thinking skills to analyze business situations.
    - Identify examples of good and bad business practices in the use of strategy design components.
    - Recognize situations that present potential legal and ethical issues and develop solutions for those issues.

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    The "boiled frog" phenomenon:

    This is a business metaphor which states that if you put a frog in a pot of extremely hot water then the frog will try to get out of the water by jumping. If you put the same frog in a pot with cold water then turn the heat on very low, the frog will lie there quietly and the frog will fall in a state of unconsciousness as the water heats up gradually and will eventually allow itself to be boiled to death (Thinking Made Easy, 2008).

    In strategic management, it is used to describe managers who have the tendency of not doing the necessary changes so as to address the slowly growing business challenges and risks around them. Reacting too slowly to minor issues may lead to the fall of the business. People tend to remain in their comfort zone unless they have a strong reason not to. Organizations do not always identify gradual and slow threats within the organization. They fail to detect the continuous threats of the competitors and only focus on the satisfaction of customers yet this could play a huge role in the market in a short period (Thinking Made Easy, 2008).

    A business example:

    A major American energy company called Enron, collapsed since the company had major international ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution explains the boiled frog phenomenon and shows how it can be applied to the case with Enron before going on to suggest what a better, more adaptive business strategy might look like. 674 words with four references cited.

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