Environmental scanning & strategy formulation

Assignment 1: Part 1 of project

Environmental scanning & strategy formulation

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the basic concepts and terminology used in Strategic Management. (Lo 1.2)
  2. Identify opportunities and threats as well as strengths and weakness in the operating environment of hypothetical and real-world organizations (Lo 2.9)
  3. Understand issues related to strategic competitive advantage in organizations (Lo 2.2)
  4. Identify appropriate strategies for different situations (Lo 3.1).

Assignment Questions (5 Marks)

  1. Briefly present your selected company (name, industry, nationality, location, size, activities, products…) (Max 200 words). (0.5 mark)
  2. Determine the opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of your selected company by completing the SWOT matrix below. (1 mark)
  3. Does your selected company have social responsibility? If yes, discuss its impact on competitive advantage of the corporation. (Max 400 words) (1 mark)
  4. Based on the figure 4.3 (Ch4-slide no 18) and the textbook text relative to Porter’s Five forces of competition framework, assess the power of the buyers, suppliers and substitutes of your chosen company. How formidable are the barriers to entry and how intense is the rivalry among existing firms? ( 2 marks)
  5. What is the competitive strategy used by your selected company? Justify. (0.5 mark)
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