This week you have started the process in learning and understanding why business strategy is important. Please take the time to watch the video about setting SMART goals. The video is located in Webliography listed as Unit 1 Learning Journal.

When thinking about this week’s Assignment, how would SMART goals have added in answering why business strategy is important? Of the goals, which one do you believe to be most important in business strategy and why?

Post a minimum of 200 words.



unit 5



Journal time…

It is time to put on your manager’s hat. This past week you have learned about business and multi-business strategies. What does the term patching (Pearce & Robinson, 2013, pp. 277–280) refer to, especially when thinking about how this might guide you as a manager to build value in your business operation?

Post a minimum of 200 words.

Click here for the Unit 5 Learning Journal rubric.

Reference

Pearce, J. A., & Robinson, R. B. (2013). Strategic management: Planning for domestic & global competition (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 6









unit6


uThis week you have focused upon strategic implementation. Part of this strategy involves golden handcuffs, golden parachutes, and cash bonuses. Read the article, op Global Strategist, in Exhibit 10.13 about how Carol Bartz, former CEO, Yahoo!, replaced Jerry Yang due to crisis within the company. There were seven elements that comprised her initial Yahoo! compensation package (Pearce & Robinson 2013, p. 307).

Take on the role of one of Yahoo!’s stockholders. What is your evaluation of this very attractive offer from the company to Ms. Bartz? Is this very favorable package fair to Ms. Bartz, the company, and stockholders? Why or why not?

Post a minimum of 200 words.

Click here for the Unit 6 Learning Journal rubric.

Reference

Pearce, J. A., & Robinson, R. B. (2013). Strategic management: Planning for domestic & global competition(13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 7





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In this week’s unit, you learned the value of CSR and business ethics and or code of conduct. Large corporations are valued by stock price performance and the bottom line. Sometimes this allows for unethical practices in the workplace no matter what employee, management, or executive levels. How much should social responsibility be considered in evaluating an organization’s overall performance from an ethical perspective (Pearce & Robinson, 2013, p. 85)? Please explain and useu a contemporary example.

The Journal response must be a minimum length of 200 words.

Click here for the Unit 7 Learning Journal rubric.

Reference:

Pearce, J. A., & Robinson, R. B. (2013). Strategic management: Planning for domestic & global competition (13th ed.). New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill.



unit 8



Learning Journal time…

This week you have really spent a lot of time learning about strategic control systems. Choose a business whose strategy is familiar to you. What do you believe are the key premises of the business’s strategy? Based upon the key indicators, also known as KPI, which would you choose to monitor and why? How would this help this business competitively?

Post in a response that is a minimum of 200 words.

Click here for the Unit 8 Learning Journal rubric.

ID: MT460-08-10-LJ
unit 9

Organizations, leadership, and culture are very popular topics in the business world. Think of a Fortune company that operated like a 20th Century company and has adopted a structure that supports 21st Century characteristics (Pearce & Robinson, 2013, pp. 328–349). What similarities have remained? What differences have emerged?

Post a minimum of 200 words.

Click here for the Unit 9 Learning Journal rubric.

Reference

Pearce, J. A., & Robinson, R. B. (2013). Strategic management: Planning for domestic & global competition(13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.






all discussions

Discussion Topic: You the Consumer

How does competition amongst companies affect you in your daily life (personal and or professional)? Provide a real-world experience that might apply. For instance, consider how you recently chose between at least two products or services offered from rival companies.

What factors made you decide to purchase one over the other? How do these companies compete?

Please respond to this topic in the Discussion Board link in the left navigation.

Be sure to review the Discussion Rubric in the Syllabus.





week 2



Many discussion opportunities come up where you need to respond to other people's opinions and comments. After you have completed your Reading respond to your Discussion topic.



Discussion Topic: BB&T Vision and Mission Statements
In preparation for your Discussion topic, please read Chapter 2 Appendix, BB&T Vision, Mission, and Purpose in the Pearce and Robinson text. Post your answer in the Discussion Board along with your source citation in APA format.

BB&T Vision, Mission, and Purpose statement is considered an exemplary Mission Statement. Please read it, comment on the positives and negatives of this statement, and defend your answer through APA citation.

Take time to review the responses of your classmates and provide feedback to them.


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Discussion Topic: VCA, RBV, and SWOT Analyses

Discuss how you can use VCA, RBV, and SWOT analyses to gain a stronger sense of what might be a firm’s key building blocks are for a successful strategy.

Choose a Fortune 1000 company to demonstrate these aforementioned analyses.

Please remember to use APA citation (text and list references) to further validate your initial responses. Take time to review the responses of your classmates and provide your feedback.



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UNIT 4

Discussion Topic: Porter’s Five Force Analysis

Choose an industry in which you would like to compete globally. Use the Five-Force method of analysis to explain why you find that industry attractive for business.

Please remember to use APA citation (text and list references) to further validate your initial responses. Take time to review the responses of your classmates and provide your feedback.



unit 5
Discussion Topic: Business Level Strategy

Visit the websites of two luxury car makers:

Lincoln at http://lincoln.com

BMW at http://www.bmwusa.com

These two automotive giants compete in the same strategic group. Browse each website and search for each company's business-level strategy.

How are the luxury car competitors’ strategies similar? In what manner are they different? Which company has the competitive advantage and why?




unit 6



Unit 6: Unit 6: Implementation


Discussion Topic: Team Exercise About Outsourcing


Why have outsourcing initiatives become a key element in shaping functional tactics for today’s global companies? As a team, choose a Fortune 1,000 company that has adopted the use of outsourcing and has done so successfully. Work with your assigned teammates in the Team Discussion Area to create a collaborative post in this Discussion Board addressing the outsourcing question per your team’s company of choice. Support your finding through proper citation.

Take time to review the responses of your classmates’ team and provide your feedback. Cite your sources in APA format and style.

Once your team has fully addressed the topic, please post your team response to the General Discussion. Only one team member please to post.

Please note, you will be broken up into teams for this Discussion and only your team members will be able to see and participate in the Discussion.

In this team Discussion on outsourcing initiatives, you will engage in developing the following professional competency:

    Working effectively in teams to meet project deadlines



unit 10




Discussion Topic: Corporate Entrepreneurship

If you refer to Exhibit 14.7, Who Is The Entrepreneur? In your text, the top right-hand quadrant defines an entrepreneur as being one who has high creativity and innovativeness but not necessarily high management skills and business know-how (Pearce & Robinson, 2013, p. 414).

    What is intrapreneurship and how is it best enabled?

Spend some time to review the responses of your fellow learners and provide feedback and challenge them. Cite your sources in APA format.

References:

Pearce, J. A., & Robinson, R. B. (2013).Strategic management: Planning for domestic & global competition(13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.




unit 9


Discussion Topic: Policies and Organizational Culture

In preparation for this week’s Discussion, your ethical principles will be tested with a short case study where Duke’s Fuqua School of Business was under scrutiny in the manner it addressed the ten percent of MBA Program learners of cheating on a take home test. Another college from New Jersey had a similar incident with its Chinese-based MBA Program learners for plagiarism. Read the Test Your Principles, Exhibit 12.3, page 361, article in your text and respond to the following questions:

1. If you were asked to serve as an Ethics Review Arbitrator, what decision would you have rendered in support of the Duke University MBA Program learners’ issue? The Centenary College Chinese MBA Program?

2. In support of your ruling as Ethics Review Arbitrator, explain your key reasons for your decision.



unit 7


UNIT 7

Discussion Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Future

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an “idea that business has [as] a duty to serve in general as well as the financial interest of stockholders” (Pearce & Robinson, 2013, p. 57). Do you believe society’s expectations for CSR will change in the next decade (p. 85)? Please explain.




unit 8



Discussion Topic: The Importance of Strategic Controls

Retail companies like Walmart are heavy users of strategic control systems. Think about how it utilizes RFID technology to track products from inventory to the market shelves. Discuss how Walmart relies upon strategic surveillance, special alert control, and implementation control. What improvements might you suggest to the company’s COO relative to strategic control and why?










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unit 1


The nature and value of strategic management is to achieve the desired results and outcome due to careful research (environmental scanning), planning and development of a company’s strategy as well as the implementation and maintenance of it (Pearce & Robinson, 2013, p. 3).

For this week's Assignment, you will complete a short answer on the following question:

· Why is strategy important to business?

· You will want to address the main components (three-tier process) of the strategic management process while discussing the importance of strategy for business.

Be sure to use your Reading this week as a resource. You are encouraged also to use the Library databases and the Internet as additional resources.

For additional Assignment details see Rubric below.

Reference:

Pearce, J. A., & Robinson, R. B. (2013). Strategic management: Planning for domestic & global competition (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Assignment Checklist:

· Explain the concept of the strategic management (three-tier) process.

· Discuss the importance of having a future oriented plan.

· Discuss the organization’s vision, mission, purpose, philosophy or goal.

· Discuss the strategic process as input for future decision making.

For additional Assignment details see Rubric below.

Format

Your project should be double-spaced, citations should use APA style, and it should be 2-3 written pages in length, not including the formal title page and references page.

For assistance with current APA format and citation style visit the Kaplan Writing Center.

Directions for Submitting Your Assignment

• Before you submit your Assignment, you should save your work on your computer in a location and with a name that you will remember.

• Ensure your Assignment is in a Microsoft Office-compatible format (Word .doc or .docx).

Submit your completed document to the Unit 1 Assignment Dropbox.

unit 5


Case Study Analysis PowerPoint (PPT) Presentation:

Prepare a case study analysis on Case 3: “The Apollo Group, Inc. [University of Phoenix]” found in the Cases section of your digital textbook.

Closely follow thePowerPoint Templateby clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template to help you complete this Assignment.

Focus upon the idea of conducting a case study analysis with respect to The Apollo Group’s multi-business strategy using one of the three portfolio approaches to move the company competitively forward. Explain why a business might choose a low cost, differentiation, or speed-based strategy.

Use titles and subtitles per slide for each guidelines element. Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants on the SWOT diagram slide. You can find the Case Study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing for reference.

Assignment Checklist:

    Describe and illustrate one of the three portfolio approaches.
    Explain why a business would choose a low cost, differentiation, or speed-based strategy.
    Conduct a strategic analysis and choice for a multi-business company.

The PowerPoint template for this Assignment can also be found in Doc Sharing. For extra help on using this template, watch the Assignment video by clicking on the Presentation icon.

For general PowerPoint tutorials, click on the Tutorial icon.

In this Assignment that focuses upon the idea of conducting a case study analysis with respect to multi-business strategy using one of the three portfolio approaches to move the company competitively forward , you will engage in developing the following professional competency:

    Leadership with respect to knowing how to use software for job to support business analysis and operations

The case study analysis should be at least ten slides in length (not including the formal title page, References page, and Appendix). Review your work for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage. When citing sources (text and list references), use the current APA format and style, especially in the Notes section of the slide. Remember to use only bulleted items on each slide; you can fully explain each one in the Notes section of the PowerPoint presentation
on behalf of your intended audience. For assistance with APA format and citation style visit the Kaplan Writing Center.
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Unit 2: The Importance of Mission and Vision Statements

Case Study Analysis Paper: The Mission Statement

Prepare a case analysis for Vertu: Nokia’s Luxury Mobile Phone for the Urban Rich.

http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/pl/13869357/13869379/8c9f5c6e71f70c7e1656143f94c6f6dd

Closely follow the Case Study Analysis Template by clicking on the hyperlink or you can also find it in Doc Sharing. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of conducting a SWOT analysis with respect to Vertu’s and Nokia’s mission statements (you can include its core values, purpose, and goals too). Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants in the appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the Case Study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing.

Reference:

Kwong-Kay Wong, K. (2011, September 28). Vertu: Nokia’s luxury mobile phone for the urban rich. (Report No. W11208).

Watertown, MA: Harvard Business Publishing.

Assignment Checklist:

? Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study companies’ mission statements.

? Create a case study analysis focusing upon the company’s mission statement.

Create at least two to three alternative solutions. Conduct further research on the featured case study company on its website relative to news and press releases, community involvement, and the like. Use this information to help formulate your own original

two to three Alternative Solutions. After choosing one of the two to three Alternative Solutions, discuss the Selected Solution. In the Implementation section, describe how your Selected Solution will be implemented.

Format

The case analysis should be 2-3 written pages in length (not including the formal title page and References page), double-spaced. Ensure that you use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage. The citing of sources (text and list references) should use the current APA format and style.

For assistance with APA format and citation style visit the Kaplan Writing Center.

Directions for Submitting Your Project

· Before you submit your project, you should save your work on your computer in a location and with a name that you will remember.

· Make sure your Assignment is in the correct file format (Microsoft Word .doc or .docx).

· When you are ready, you can upload your document to the Unit 2 Assignment Dropbox.

unit 3


Case Study Analysis Paper

Prepare a case study analysis on Case 29: “Whole Foods Market 2010: How to Grow in an Increasingly Competitive Market” found in the Cases section of your digital textbook.

Closely adhere to the Case Study Analysis Template by clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of conducting a SWOT analysis with respect to Whole Food’s internal environment and use long-term objectives to remedy the issue presented in the case study. Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants in the Appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the case study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing.

Assignment Checklist:

    Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s internal environment.
    Create a case study analysis focusing on the company’s internal environmental issues through the development of long-term objectives.

Format
The case analysis should be 2–3 written pages in length (not including the formal title page and References page), double-spaced
.Ensure that you use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage. When citing sources (text and list references),you should use the current APA format and style

.For assistance withAPAformat and citation style visit the Kaplan Writing Center.Directionsfor Submitting Your ProjectBefore submitting your project, you should save the document on your computer in a location and with a name that you will easilyremember
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Unit 4: The External and Global Environments
Case Study Analysis Paper:
Prepare a case study analysis on Case 14, Louis Vuitton in Japan, found in the Cases section of your Pearce and Robinson textbook.
Closely follow the Case Study Analysis Template by clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this
Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes. Focus upon the idea of conducting a SWOT analysis with respect to Louis Vuitton’s external and global environment, which includes the remote, industry, and operating environments. Please include the SWOT Analysis with the four quadrants in the appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the SWOT Analysis template in Doc Sharing.
Assignment Checklist:
• Conduct a SWOT Analysis on the case study company’s external and global environment.
• Create a case study analysis on the company’s external and global environmental issues while focusing upon the remote industry, and operating environments.
Create at least two to three alternative solutions. Conduct further research on the featured case study company on its website relative to news and press releases, community involvement, and the like. Use this information to help formulate your own original two to three Alternative Solutions. After choosing one of the two to three Alternative Solutions, discuss the Selected Solution. In the Implementation section, describe how your Selected Solution will be implemented.Format
Format
The case analysis should be 2--3 written pages in length (not including the formal title page and References page), double-spaced.
Ensure that you have used correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage. When citing sources (text and list
references), you should use current APA format and style.
For assistance on APA format and citation style visit the Kaplan Writing Center.


unit 6


Question

Prepare a case study analysis of Case 12: “LEGO Group: An Outsourcing Journey” found in the Cases section of your digital book.

Closely adhere to theCase Study Analysis Templateby clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of the company’s short-term objectives, and through internal and external analyses create functional tactics to support the company’s implementation and outsourcing proposition in order to help move LEGO Group forward. Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants in the Appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the case study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing.

Assignment Checklist:

    Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s internal and external challenges.
    Create a case study analysis focusing on the company’s internal and external challenges through the development of short-term objectives.
    Design the functional tactics required for the company’s implementation and outsourcing proposition.

In this Assignment on conducting a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s internal and external challenges, you will engage in developing the following professional competency:

    Global awareness

Format
The case analysis should be 2--3 written pages in length (not including the formal title page and References page),
double-spaced. Ensure that you use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage. The citing of sources
(text and list references) should use the current APA format and style.
unit 7


Case Study Analysis Paper: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business Ethics

Prepare a case study analysis on Case 13: “Lennar Corporation’s Joint Venture Investments,” found in the Cases section of your digital textbook.

Closely follow theCase Study Analysis Templateby clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of the company’s abuse and fraudulent activities with respect to Lennar’s behavior relative to CSR and business ethics. Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants in the Appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the case study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing.

Assignment Checklist:

    Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s CSR and business ethics practices.
    Create a case study analysis focusing on the company’s abuse and fraudulent activities relative to CSR and business ethics.

In this Assignment on conducting a SWOT analysis on the case study that focuses on the company’s abuse and fraudulent activities relative to CSR and business ethics, you will engage in developing the following professional competency:

    Leadership with respect to awareness of ethical issues and responsibilities.

For additional Assignment details see Rubric below.

Format
The case analysis should be 2--3 written pages in length (not including the formal title page and References page),
double-spaced. Ensure that you use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage. The citing of sources
(text and list references) should use the current APA format and style



.unit 8 assignment

Case Study Analysis Paper:

Prepare a case study analysis of Case 2 “Ann Taylor: Survival in Specialty Retail” found in the Cases section of your digital book.

Closely adhere to theCase Study Analysis Templateby clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of the company’s balanced scorecard and control systems to guide and monitor its strategy implementation in order to help move Ann Taylor competitively forward. Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants in the appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the case study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing.

Assignment Checklist:

    Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s current lack of strategic control.
    Create a case study analysis focusing on the company’s challenge relative to strategic control through a balanced scorecard and implementation.

For additional Assignment details see Rubric below.
ID: MT460-08-08-A

unit 9


Prepare a case study analysis of Case 9, Defender Direct, Inc.: A Business of Growing Leaders found in the Cases section of your digital book.

Closely adhere to theCase Study Analysis Templateby clicking on the hyperlink. Please utilize this template format for this Assignment. Use titles and subtitles per the format for readability purposes.

Focus upon the idea of the company’s strategy-culture relationship and which of the four strategy-culture situations should it implement in order to help move Defender Direct forward.

Please include the SWOT analysis with the four quadrants in the appendix of your paper (after the References page). You can find the case study SWOT analysis template in Doc Sharing.

Assignment Checklist:

    Conduct a SWOT analysis on the case study company’s current strategy-culture relationship.
    Create a case study analysis focusing on which of the four strategy-culture situations it should implement in order to help move the company forward.

For additional Assignment details see Rubric below.

Format
The case analysis should be 2--3 written pages in length (not including the formal title page and References page),
double-spaced. Ensure that you use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and usage. The citing of sources
(text and list references) should use the current APA format and style.
unit 10



Question

The Final Assignment is your opportunity to bring all your learning together. This Strategic Management Plan presentation is an in-depth case study analysis of the company of your choice.Click herefor Final Project Guidelines which are also available in Doc Sharing.

You may choose either a large, well-known Fortune 1,000 company that has information readily available, or a smaller company in your city or town which has information in the local press (the larger company may be easier). Pretend that you are a business and strategy consultant hired by one of your chosen company’s executives to present the new strategic plan to the Board of Directors (BoD).

You will create this Assignment in a PowerPoint presentation format. Use a bulleted list for each slide (page) and support the bulleted ideas in the Notes section of the slide. Use APA format and citation style in the notes description section. Do include a references page at the end of the presentation for the outside sources you used and integrated in the presentation itself. In addition, follow the Final Project Guidelines.

Final Project Guidelines

    Introduction
    Company Background
    Company Vision and Mission Statements
    Leadership and Organizational Culture
    Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, and Policies Empowering Action
    External Analysis (Opportunities and Threats) and Global Environment
    Internal Analysis (Strengths and Weaknesses), Strategic Control and Continuous Improvement
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Strategic Analysis and Choice
    Generic and Grand Strategies
    Long-Term Objectives and Strategies
    Short-Term Objectives, Functional Tactics, and Implementation
    Restructuring, Reengineering and Refocusing
    Conclusion

Assignment Checklist:

    Develop a strategic plan.
    Modify a Fortune 1000 company's strategic planning mode to include an entrepreneurial mode.
    Create a new grand strategy for long term growth.
    Create presentation in PowerPoint format.
    Submit to the Unit 10: Final Assignment Dropbox.

For additional Assignment details see Rubric below.


Final Assignment Grading Rubric

Course: MT460 Unit: 10 Points: 125

Unit 10 Final Assignment: The Strategic Plan Presentation

The Final Assignment, due in Unit 10, is your chance to bring it all together. This Strategic Management Presentationis an in-depth case study analysis and strategy for the company of yourchoice. Final Assignment Guidelines are also available in Doc Sharing.

You may choose either a large, well-known Fortune 1,000 company that has information readily available, or a smaller company in your city or town which has information in the local press (the larger company may be easier). Pretend that you are a business and strategy consultanthired by one of your chosen company’s executives to present the new strategic plan to the Board of

Directors (BoD).

You will create this project in a PowerPoint presentation format. The Final Assignment PowerPoint template is available in Doc Sharing. Use a bulleted list for each slide (page) and support the bulleted ideas in the Notes section of the slide. Use the current APA style and format in theNotes description section of the slide. Include a References page at the end of the presentation for the outside sources you used and integrated in the presentation itself.

Final Assignment Guidelines: Strategic Plan

A strategic plan is designed to be in use for three (3) to five (5) years. For your Final Assignment, you will write a strategic plan providing the following information:

• Company Background

Identify the Fortune 1000 organization that you have chosen for your strategic plan. Provide a brief background of this organization including its products, services, and customers. Include the organization’s strategic planning model and include the history of successes and failures associated with its processes.

• Company Vision Statement and Mission Statements

What is the company’s vision statement and mission statement along with its purpose, values, goals, and philosophy? How do these support the organization to realize its goals and objectives?

• Leadership and Organizational Culture

Discuss how the new grand strategy will affect the company leadership infrastructure, and the organizational structure and culture. How can the company move to a more agile and virtual organization? How will the company manage the strategy-culture relationship due to the new change?

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• Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, and Policies Empowering Action

What is the company’s stakeholder approach to social responsibility? What types of social responsibility does the organization practice and tout? What are the major trends in today’s corporate social responsibility? How does the company create and utilize policies to empower employees to become socially responsible inside and outside of the organization? Describe the company’s code of conduct (ethical principles and guidelines) and how the executive and management team practice these?

• External Analysis (Opportunities and Threats) and Global Environment

Describe the company’s external environment including the remote environment (economic factors, social factors, political factors, technological factors, ecological factors, and international environment). How does the company currently contend with the external forces and operating environment? What is the company’s global strategic plan and how does it use firms in foreign markets for global reach?

• Internal Analysis (Strengths and Weaknesses), Strategic Control, and Continuous Improvement

Define the company’s internal environment. What Balanced Scorecard software or other strategic control software would you recommend to the company to manage, monitor, and sustain the implementation i.e. continuous improvement? Please explain the choice of software and illustrate the use of controls to guide and monitor strategic implementation.

• Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Describe the concepts of incremental and breakthrough innovation, and the risks to be aware of. Define the new strategy as being either an incremental or breakthrough innovation process and how this supports the idea of continuous improvement. Is your recommended strategy entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial in nature? Please explain the benefits.

• Strategic Analysis and Choice

Explain why a grand strategy is more beneficial to the company than a generic type of strategy.

• Generic and Grand Strategies

Generic strategies are low-cost leadership, differentiation, speed-based, and marketing focused. Grand strategies include concentrated growth, market development, product development, innovation, horizontal acquisition, vertical acquisition, concentric diversification,

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turnaround, divestiture, liquidation, bankruptcy, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and consortia. Discuss the grand strategy chosen that will sustain and grow the company for many years to come and to keep competitive in its market place.

• Long Term Objectives and Strategies

What are the company’s long term objectives in support of its overall grand strategy? What generic strategies has it entertained in the past and in current? Recommend a new grand strategy for long term growth and explain why you as a consultant have chosen it.

• Short-term Objectives, Functional Tactics, and Implementation

Discuss the implementation of the new grand strategy. What are the short term objectives required to support the new strategy? What functional tactics will support this implementation?

• Restructuring, Reengineering, and Refocusing

Discuss the type of restructuring and or reengineering that must take place to support the new grand strategy designed and proposed as well as its implementation. Emphasize the most critical activities that will enable the strategy to function optimally and effectively. Will the refocus entail business process outsourcing and/or modular organization? The idea is to transform the company into an agile, virtual organization.

Include a short Introduction and Conclusion in this Final Assignment PowerPoint presentation.

Utilize current APA citation, format, and style. The presentation content should be twelve (12) to fourteen (14) slides; if more, feel free to include them.

Be sure to keep each slide to five bullets or less with ten or less words per bullet. You can fully describe and APA cite each in theNotes section of the PowerPoint slide itself. Use formal title and References slides per APA.

When completed with the Final Assignment, submit your Assignment to the Unit 10 Final Assignment

Dropboxin a PowerPoint.ppt or .pptx document.

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Course: MT460 Unit: 10 Points: 125

MT460 Unit 10 Final Assignment Grading Rubric

	

Maximum
	

Criteria
	

Maximum
	

	

	

Percent
	

Points
	

	

	

	

	

	

	

Content
	

	

	

	

	

Develop a strategic plan.
	

	

	

	

	

Modify a Fortune 1000 company's
	

	

	

	

	

strategic planning mode to include an
	

	

	

	

50%
	

entrepreneurial mode.
	

63
	

	

	

Create a new grand strategy for long
	

	

	

	

	

	

	

	

term growth
	

	

	

	

	

Create presentation in PowerPoint
	

	

	

	

	

format.
	

	

	

	

	

	

	

	


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Analysis and Critical Thinking

• Company Background

• Company Vision and Mission

Statements

• Leadership and Organizational

Culture

• Corporate Social

Responsibility, Business Ethics, and Policies Empowering

Action

• External Analysis

(Opportunities and Threats) and Global Environment

• Internal Analysis (Strengths

	

and Weaknesses), Strategic
	

30%
	

Control and Continuous
	

38

	

Improvement
	

•
	

Innovation and
	

	

Entrepreneurship
	

• Strategic Analysis and Choice
	

• Generic and Grand Strategies
	

• Long-Term Objectives and
	

	

Strategies
	

• Short-Term Objectives,
	

	

Functional Tactics, and
	

	

Implementation
	

•
	

Restructuring, Reengineering
	

	

and Refocusing
	


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15%
	

Writing Style, Grammar, PPT
	

19
	

number of slides (xx)
	

	

	

5%
	

APA Format and Citation Style
	

5
	

100%
	

Total
	

125
	


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