Project #16167 - Discussion Questions

 

Answer the following questions with the applicable readings.  NO WORD COUNT REQUIRED!!! Just please cite references if applicable.

1.  SWOT Analysis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWOT_analysis

 

·         If a SWOT analysis reveals that an objective is unattainable, apart from changing the objective, what other changes might make the goal attainable?

 

·         Discuss the limitations of SWOT presented in  the textbook. How serious are these limitations in the practical application of SWOT analyses? · What is your experience in dealing with SWOT analyses? In what ways they useful and effective? In what ways not?

 

 

 

2.  STRATEGY AS STRETCH & LEVERAGE (Hamel-Prahalad)

 

See attached PDF (strategy stretch leverage)

 

•Do you think that in most cases the trench warfare of the Alpha company is more or less effective than the Guerrilla warfare of the Beta company? Why? What examples can you provide to support your argument?

 

•To what extent is the Hamel & Prahalad article a restatement and development of the Resource Based Theory (Grant) and to what extent is it a new and/or independent theory of strategy?

 

•To what extent is the Hamel & Prahalad article a development of Porter’s “What is Strategy?” article and to what extent does it represent an independent approach?

 

 

 

3.  Balanced Scorecard

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_scorecard and please see attached PDF (Balanced Scorecard)

 

•How might focusing on the four perspectives of the balanced scorecard benefit an organization? Give examples.

 

•Why and how does the balanced score card shift the focus from control to strategy and vision?

 

•How effective can a balanced scorecard actually be if net profit remains the ‘bottom line’ standard for evaluating business performance?

 

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/07/2013 10:00 am
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