Project #15468 - WalMart Case Study

 

Case study write-up #1: Wal-Mart

 

Late in 2005, Wal-Mart announced a series of sweeping new strategic initiatives. Each student is to write a case analysis of Wal-Mart's current strategy and challenges. The paper should be 8-10 pages, should address each of the bullet points listed below. Include at least three (3) sources in addition to the references provided.

 

• What threats and challenges is Wal-Mart currently facing?

 

• What priorities did Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott set in his “Wal-Mart: Twenty-First Century Leadership” address (24 Oct 2005)?

 

• Wal-Mart’s Board discussed proposals to meet (some of) these challenges at a board retreat in 2005. Discuss these initiatives as outlined in the “Supplemental Benefits Documentation: Board of Directors Retreat FY06" See also Wal-Mart health cost strategy NYT 26Oct2005. Was additional damage done to Wal-Mart by the leaking to the public of the Board Benefits Strategy document?

 

• Comment on two recent Wal-Mart initiatives from the standpoints of: a) Strategy and b) PR.

 

• Discuss Wal-Mart’s strategic social challenges from the standpoint of Bonini, Sheila M. J.; Mendonca, Lenny T.; Oppenheim, Jeremy M. When social issues become strategic. McKinsey Quarterly. 2006 no. 2.

 

• Were all of the issues Wal-Mart now faces already evident in the 2003 case study?

 

See attachments below for links to articles.

 

Additional sources:

Wal-Mart as Leviathan New York Review of Books. 16 Dec 2004

Lee Scott on why Wal-Mart is playing nicer. Business Week. 03 Oct 2005. 94/5.

Wal-Mart Experimental Stores: Environments of scale. By: Payton, Paula. European Retail Digest, Winter2005 Issue 48, p7-12, 6p.

Wal-Mart and Carrefour as Home-Region Multinationals. By: Rugman, Alan M.; Dossett, Aaron. European Retail Digest, Winter2005 Issue 48, p61-65.

NB: Consult current developments in the business press.

 

 ***With such a large time frame to complete job, I am willing to negotiate reasonable price!

Thank You

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 11/18/2013 12:00 am
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