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When using SWOT to analyze internal enterprise capabilities, what impact do process limitations have on performance potential assessment? How is value chain analysis used to build competitive advantage? What role does analyzing customer needs play in shaping an effective value chain?

What strengths and weaknesses do traditional organizational structures provide? How do boundary less and learning organizations impact strategic capability in a global environment?

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Impact of SWOT Process Limitation

SWOT analysis is used by organizations to analyze the internal environment and through this organization can develop effective business strategies. As, it facilities acknowledgement of strength, weakness, opportunity and threats that helps quite positively to develop strategies but the process of SWOT also contains some limitation that may affect business in future. The limited area of analysis affects the results of the SWOT like an organizational strength only can be analyzed with available information regarding market and competitors. In relation to the process to analyze opportunity, an organization cannot go beyond the time so that the potentiality of the market cannot be determined easily which affect the opportunity part of SWOT analysis and deliver wrong options (Pahl & Richter, 2009, p. 27-30).

Value Chain Analysis to gain Competitive Advantage
Value chain analysis contains two activities, primary and support, and on the basis of these activities an organization can gain competitive advantage. The commutative advantage of an organization is connected with its value chain analysis as it contains all types of activities like inbound logistics, operations, ...

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The strengths and weaknesses of traditional organizational structures provide are given. The boundary less and learning organizations impact strategic capability in a global environment is examined.

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1. Perform a SWOT analysis by identifying at least five factors each for the company's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. For each strategic factor that you include, make sure that you also include an explanation of why that factor is important and why you selected and positioned that factor in that category. For example, if you include a factor as Strength, make sure you explain why you think it is strength.

2. After reviewing the SWOT analysis of Apple, propose strategies to take advantage of their vulnerabilities to help increase your company's market share. Remember, a strategy is not just an idea of "what" to do; it is a plan of "how" to do it. A strategy must describe "how" you are going to implement the idea, what potential ramifications (pros and cons) may result from your strategic implementation and what feedback mechanisms you will use to evaluate the success or failure of your strategic implementation.

Objectives:

- Identify examples of good and bad business practices in the use of strategy design components.
- Apply critical thinking skills to analyze business situations.

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