Question;week 1 discussion 1"Strategic Competitiveness" Please respond to the following:From the first e-Activity, determine which of the two primary drivers of the competitive landscape is more influential. Explain your rationale.Explain which model (I / O model or resource-based model) you believe will best help a firm in the industry you researched earn above-average returns.week1 discussion 2"Management?s Responsibility" Please respond to the following:From the second e-Activity, determine the level of responsibility management had for the business failure you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.Create a list of three best practices that not only would have helped the company you researched from failure, but would also apply to the rest of the industry your company was part of. Explain your rationale for selecting these best practices.week 2 discussion"Union Pacific Corporation" Please respond to the following:Perform an analysis of the social / demographic, technological, economic, environmental / geographic, and political/legal / governmental segments to understand the general environment facing Union Pacific.Describe how Union Pacific will be affected by each of these external factors.2"Five Forces of Competition Model" Please respond to the following:From the e-Activity, analyze the industry you selected using the Five Forces of Competition Model to determine the impact of each of the five forces.Based on your analysis, determine if the industry is attractive or unattractive. Explain your rationale.Week 3 Discussion "Strong Brands" Please respond to the following:Several companies use their brand as a competitive advantage. Given your knowledge about the global economy, identify three brands you believe have the strongest likelihood of remaining a source of advantage in the 21st Century and explain why.Explain the effects you believe the Internet?s capabilities will have on the brands you identified in the previous discussion and what the owner of the brand should do in light of them.2"Internal Environment" Please respond to the following:From the e-Activity, analyze the internal environment of the company you researched to determine that company?s strengths and weaknesses.Based on the strengths and weaknesses you discovered, determine what steps the company could take to positively impact the company?s competitiveness. Explain your rationale.Week 4 Discussion "Business-Level Strategy" Please respond to the following:From the first e-Activity, assess your satisfaction with the company you researched and make recommendations about how that company could modify its business-level strategy to both increase your overall level of satisfaction and to attract new customers. Provide specific examples to support your response.Analyze the five business-level strategies discussed in Chapter 4 to determine which strategy the company you researched most likely applies. Determine how your experience with that company might change if it switched to one of the other four strategies (your choice). Explain your rationale.2"Apple, Inc: Keeping the ?I? in Innovation? Please respond to the following:From the second e-Activity and the case study, determine how market commonality and resource similarity impact Apple?s competitive standing in terms of its main rivals. Provide specific examples to support your response.Determine what additional steps Apple's competitors are likely to take and how Apple will most likely respond. Explain your rationale.week 5 discussions"Diversification" Please respond to the following:From the e-Activity, suggest one way the company you researched could increase its level of value-creating diversification. Provide specific examples to support your response.Building on the topic above, determine how diversified the company you research could become before it created a negative impact on the company?s bottom line. Explain your rationale."Victory Motorcycles" Please respond to the following:From the e-Activity and the case study, evaluate the business-level strategy of Victory Motorcycles to determine whether you believe the strategy is appropriate to offset forces in the industry. Provide specific examples to support your response.Make recommendations for improving this strategy as well as describing any challenges you foresee in executing those recommendations. Provide specific examples to support your response.week 6 discussions"Executive Pay" Please respond to the following:Some evidence suggests that there is a direct and positive relationship between a firm?s size and its top-level managers? compensation. Explain what inducement you think that relationship provides to upper-level executives.Recommend what can be done to influence the relationship so that it serves shareholders? interests."Dr Pepper Snapple Group 2011: Fighting to Prosper in a Highly Competitive Market" Please respond to the following:The case study outlines six specific strategies that the firm has chosen to support its strategic direction. Determine which strategy is most likely to benefit the firm. Explain your rationale.Briefly outline at least one other strategy the firm could take to support its strategic direction. Illustrate why this new strategy would be successful.week 7 discussions"International Opportunities" Please respond to the following:Determine why, given the advantages of international diversification, some firms choose not to expand internationally. Provide specific examples to support your response.As firms attempt to internationalize, they may be tempted to locate their facilities where business regulation laws are lax. Discuss the advantages and potential risks of such an approach, using specific examples to support your response.2"Cooperative Strategy" Please respond to the following:From an ethical perspective, determine how much information a firm is obliged to tell a potential strategic alliance partner about what it expects to learn from the cooperative arrangement. Explain your rationale.From the e-Activity, determine which type of cooperative strategy would most benefit the two companies you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response."Corporate Governance"Please respond to the following:Analyze the three internal governance mechanisms (ownership concentration, boards of directors, and executive compensation) and recommend a possible fourth mechanism that would help align the interests of managerial agents with those of the firm?s owners. Provide specific examples to support your response.From the e-Activity, determine how U.S.-based corporations could incorporate elements of the corporate governance practices you researched to help top-level managers make better ethical decisions. Provide specific examples to support your response."Finding the Best Buy"Please respond to the following:Corporate governance has become a hot issue in the U.S. over the past two decades. From your analysis of the case study, determine two possible corporate governance challenges that might be faced by Best Buy as a result of its rapid growth and why they could become corporate governance issues.Make recommendations for how Best Buy can overcome these challenges. Provide specific examples to support your response.week 9 discussions"Domino's Pizza" Please respond to the following:Determine whether the current organizational structure at Domino?s is a good match for its corporate strategies. Explain your rationale.Evaluate alternative structures to determine which one would be most appropriate for Domino's to consider and discuss likely benefits Domino?s would realize from adopting that structure. Provide specific examples to support your response."Strategic Leadership" Please respond to the following:Compare and contrast strategic controls and financial controls. Provide specific examples of how each may be used to best serve a corporation.As a strategic leader, determine if you would feel ethically responsible for developing your firm?s human capital and state why. Discuss whether or not you believe your position is consistent with the majority or minority of today?s strategic leaders.week 10 discussions"Strategic Entrepreneurship" Please respond to the following:From the e-Activity, evaluate the lessons learned in this chapter to determine which single lesson would be most beneficial to the company you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.From the e-Activity, identify one firm that you think would make a good strategic partner for the company you researched. Provide specific examples of why you think this firm would be a good partner.2"Innovation Applied" Please respond to the following:Analyze the different approaches to innovation discussed in this chapter to determine which approach you think would be the greatest value to the greatest number of organizations. Explain your rationale.Create one innovative approach that is not discussed in the textbook for increasing the amount of innovation within a large company. Describe this approach in detail and explain how companies could benefit from it.eek 11 discussions"Summation" Please respond to the following:Create a metaphor or analogy that captures the essence of the major lessons learned in the BBA program (e.g., business administration is like...).Discuss the single most interesting or surprising thing you learned in the BBA program, as well as what made it so.2"Looking Ahead" Please respond to the following:Discuss how you will use the lessons learned in your BBA program to be more productive in your current (or future) career. Provide specific examples to support your response.Predict what major issues this program will be addressing 10 years from now. Explain your rationale.
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