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I need some help in gathering some ideas to write a paper dealing with the Strategic Implementation of the JM Smucker Company (see attachment Case05 and Background Material) assignment instructions. Please refer to the background material section in the above mentioned attachment for references needed.

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This paper is an evaluation of previous modules for the development of final report that evaluates the fit or lack-of-fit between JM Smucker's mission, strategy, and organizational components critical to strategy implementation. This report illustrates that in JM Smucker, there is an appropriate fit between its mission, strategy and organizational components. The conclusion of the report is derived by evaluating the mission, vision, SWOT, strategy, and strategic choices identified in the previous modules. As well, fit is also identified through the analysis of the structure, systems, people, and culture at JM Smucker and their effect on its strategy implementation process. The evaluations and analyses recommend that the company need to maintain this fit in the present competitive environment by advancing its different organizational components.

Introduction

The significant aim of this paper is to analyze the fit or lack of fit between the company's mission, strategy and organizational components (structure, systems, people and culture) vital to the strategic implementation". For attaining this aim of the paper, first of all, review of the mission and vision of the company, company's structure, systems, people and culture will be done. Next to this, the effect of these organizational components will be determined in concern to the company strategic implementation. This evaluation will assist in evaluating the fit - or lack of fit - between the company's mission, strategy, and organizational components critical to the strategic implementation.

Analysis of JM Smucker Company

Company Vision, Mission, SWOT, Strategy and Strategic Choices

Vision:
The company's vision is "own and market food brands that hold the number one market position in their relevant category with an emphasis on North America (Abrahams, 2007).

Mission:
Mission of the company is to serve its consumers with best consumers' quality products like fruit spreads, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, health foods and natural beverages that help them in creating memorable mealtime moments.

The vision of the company evidences that it is operating with a highly effective and deterministic vision of attaining number one position in the industry and North America. This vision of the company is quite helpful in its present leading position. Its vision statement articulates its future and the community that it serves. It assists the company and its management in identifying the aspects still needs to be attained that are most essential for an effective and inspiring vision (Hickman, 2009). The vision of JM Smucker, assist it in bestowing credibility and motivation to the attainment of its mission statement.

The mission of JM Smucker states that its management has developed its mission with appropriate time frame and considerations and due to this it is quite effective for its all business proceedings. Its mission reflects number of ...

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This solution provides a paper that discusses the strategic implementation of the JM Smucker Company.

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Strategic Management Process/Vision, Goals, Objectives

The case in this course is a "ongoing" case, which means that we will be taking an intense look at one company over the course of 5 modules. This term, we will be conducting a strategic analysis of the JM Smuckers Company. In order to be best prepared and perform well on the cases, it is highly recommended that you complete the background readings and the SLP before writing the case.

Most companies have something that resembles a vision, mission, set of values, and or stated goals/objectives that define who the company is and how they do business. However, they may not always label these statements properly - calling a vision a mission or values a set of beliefs. Sometimes, they do not have a mission at all, operating instead on a set of goals.

After studying the background materials and completing the SLP, you are in an excellent position to evaluate a company's published mission, vision, values, and objectives/goals. This case asks you to begin your strategic analysis of Smuckers by evaluating their mission vision, values and goals. To do this, follow the following procedure:

Step 1: Visit Smucker's official company website and identify their vision, mission, values, and goals.

Step 2: Critically evaluate these elements. Use the criteria in the background materials as well as the readings for the SLP to support your assessment of the quality of the vision, mission, values and goals.

Step 3: Determine which (if any) of the elements consider the goals and needs of specific constituent groups. Write down any examples.

Step 4: Consider what changes are needed to improve the vision and mission statements, statement of values, and statement of objectives/goals.

Step 5: Case Instructions:

In a 3-4 page paper, identify vision, mission, values and goals of the JM Smuckers Company.
Critically evaluate these elements, including consideration of how these elements do or do not account for stakeholder's interests.
Suggest any changes that would strengthen these elements and bring them more into line with what the background readings suggest.

Helpful Hints:

Business school case assignments are meant to offer practice opportunities for future business people who are earning their MBA degrees. Consider yourself a consultant hired by the company to make these critical assessments.

There are no right or wrong answers to the Case question, so long as your position is well-defended.

? Study the theoretical concepts provided you in the Background Materials section of the module, and identify main strategy concepts.

? Analyze the mission statement (etc.) according to the criteria presented in the background material. Be very critical and do not let yourself be influenced by a company's "spin".

? Do not be hesitant to be critical or suggest improvements. Many companies do not get this right!

Format: (MLA Format)

Consider the Case as a formal business report that you are developing for the Board of Directors and CEO as Smuckers' company consultant. This is a professional document.

? Executive summary: a synopsis of the main points, conclusions and recommendations made in the longer report. If you have never written an executive summary before, or would like a refresher, check this website http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/it/edit226/resource/execsumm.pdf

? Introduction: State the main purpose of the paper (thesis statement), what you hope to accomplish, and how you will go about doing it. In other words, provide a "roadmap" for the reader.

? Main Body: The "meat" of the paper. Emphasize analysis, not just description. Delineate separate topics or sections with headings.

? Conclusion: Summarize paper in the light of your thesis statement.

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