Organizational Management Strategies- Week 6

Discussions

  1. Growth Strategies
     
    “The best growth strategy for an entrepreneurial venture or a small business is a well-planned one.”  What’s your interpretation of this statement?  Do you agree? Disagree?  Provide supporting rationale.  Respond substantively to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.
  2. Business Fails 
     
    A survey of professionals who help troubled companies cited the top reasons why most businesses fail:  too much debt, inadequate leadership, poor planning, failure to change, inexperienced management, and not enough revenue.  Pick two of these and explain the implications of each for managing strategically.  How could strategic management prevent or resolve each?  Respond substantively to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.

Final Paper

Focus of the Final PaperChoose one of the following case studies from Appendix 3 in your text for your final case analysis:

McDonald’s CorporationSouthwest AirlinesFord Motor Company

Your final paper is a Comprehensive Case Analysis that will include six parts:

  • External analysis
  • Internal analysis
  • Strategic issues – Include at least two strategic issues.
  • Strategic alternatives – Include at least two alternatives for each strategic issue.
  • Recommendations
  • Implementation 

Read the following Appendices from your text.  These will serve as a guide for completing the case study.  I have the username and password for the book in question

  • Appendix 1: How to Do a Comprehensive Case Analysis.
  • Appendix 2: Sample Case Analysis

Use  critical thinking skills to assess, assimilate and apply vocabulary, concepts, functions, and strategies learned throughout this course and the MAOM curricula for a broad-based evaluation of the all the  company’s functional areas to prepare a comprehensive case analysis. 

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

  • Must be 12 to 15 double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a title page with the following:
  • Title of paper

Student’s nameCourse name and numberInstructor’s nameDate submitted
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least 5 scholarly sources, including a minimum of 1 from the Ashford Online Library.
Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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