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College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment 1 Deadline: 06/03/2021 @ 23:59 Course Name: Strategic Management Student’s Name: Course Code: MGT 401 Student’s ID Number: Semester: I CRN: Academic Year: 1441/1442 H For Instructor’s Use only Instructor’s Name: Students’ Grade: Marks Obtained/Out of 5 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low Answers: 1. Briefly present your selected company (name, industry, nationality, location, size, activities, products…) (Max 200 words). (0.5 mark) Answer: Apple Inc. is a global tech company renowned for the manufacturer of smartphones, PCs, tablets, peripherals and software (Malfona, 2018). The company was started by Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak in California. The company has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers and sellers of consumer electronics, online services, and software (Malfona, 2018). Although the company started with PCs, it has expanded to many other sectors. The company is the largest in the tech industry by revenue with over 120,000 employees (Malfona, 2018). Apple’s core vision is to create user-friendly technology at affordable prices. The company’s mission is to enhance personal computing experience to consumers. Some of the company’s portfolio comprises of the Mac line of PCs including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, among others, the iPad tablets, iPhone smartphones, Apple Watches, Smart TVs, and online services including iTunes among others (Malfona, 2018). The company’s target market is middle- and upper-income consumers who are looking for a better user experience in their products. Apple Inc. products appeal to many demographics owing to their design, user-friendliness, and technological breakthroughs (Malfona, 2018). Considering the dynamic nature of the tech industry within which Apple Inc. operates, the company has become an innovator providing physical and digital assets to the high-tech market. 2. Determine the opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of your selected company by completing the SWOT matrix in the answer sheet. (1 mark) Opportunities i. ii. iii. i. Threats Expansion to wide consumer markets Widespread marketing New product lines Strengths i. Strong brand i. ii. Competition from companies like Samsung Imitation of products Weaknesses Premium pricing ii. iii. High profit margins Innovation ii. iii. Dependence on middle- and high-income market segments Limited distribution 3. Does your selected company have social responsibility? If yes, discuss its impact on competitive advantage of the corporation. (Max 400 words) (1 mark) Answer Apple Inc. has a strong social responsibility. The company is committed to supporting local communities through partnerships and projects. For instance, the company has partnered with Bluestone Natural Farms in Oregon for compostable material from its company to be used in the farms in the region (Etzioni, 2018). Apple is committed to providing resources to disadvantaged communities. In the Philippines, for instance, the company has launched a solar project to provide electricity to disadvantaged children (Etzioni, 2018). The company has a program that educates and empowers its employees. Through its competitive benefits, for instance, expectant mothers are allowed up to four weeks of leave prior to delivery and 14 weeks after birth (Etzioni, 2018). Fathers are also eligible for paternal leave (Etzioni, 2018). Through its Supplier Code of Conduct, Apple is committed to ensuring that its raw materials are sourced ethically. Through its employee health and safety initiative, Apple focuses on promoting wellness through education, safe workplaces, and healthy behaviors (Etzioni, 2018). Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple Inc. and is an openly gay leader of a Fortune 500 company. Cook is committed to promoting gender equality and is among the first companies to reach equal pay. Apple employs over 53% of employees from underrepresented groups in the industry including women and Blacks, Hispanics, among others (Etzioni, 2018). Through its environmental initiatives, Apple Inc. has won environmental records for its efforts in reducing its total power consumption. For instance, the company’s Mac Mini is the most energyefficient PC in the world. Apple has achieved a 100% Clean Energy Index and powers 100% of its operations using 10% renewable energy (Etzioni, 2018). The company has recycling programs in almost all countries it operates in. since 2008, Apple has diverted over 500 million of waste from landfills. Through its line of robots, Apple can disassemble an iPhone within 11 seconds to recycle its components. Apple has succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by up to 35% and is committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 (Etzioni, 2018). 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) Answer The competitive rivalry among existing firms is a strong force with Apple considering the low differentiation of products and switching costs (Ferguson, 2019). The bargaining power of Apple customers is a strong force since they can switch brands with ease and there is detailed comparative information about competition which empowers consumers (Ferguson, 2019). Bargaining power of the company’s suppliers is a weak force since there are many suppliers across the world. Moreover, threat of substitution is a weak force since there are substitutes to Apple products in the market although not many since consumers are loyal to the Apple brand due to its advanced features (Ferguson, 2019). Lastly, the threat of new entrants is a moderate force since there are high capitalization needs in the market and high brand development costs (Ferguson, 2019). 5. What is the competitive strategy used by your selected company? Justify. (0.5 mark) Answer Apple’s competitive strategy is based on differentiation. The company separates itself from competition through brand differentiation using user-friendly, high-end products (Malfona, 2018). Apple sets itself apart from competition through product design including seamless connectivity between its devices and aesthetics. References Etzioni, A. (2018). Apple: Good business, poor citizen? Journal of Business Ethics, 151(1), 1-11. Ferguson, E. (2019, February 22). Apple Inc. Five Forces Analysis (Porter’s Model). Panmore Institute. http://panmore.com/apple-inc-five-forces-analysis-porters-model-case-study Malfona, L. (2018). The Apple Case. Ardeth# 03 (II-Fall 2018): MONEY. The Economies of Architecture, 53. College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment 2 Deadline: 03/04/2021 @ 23:59 Course Name: Strategic Management Student’s Name: Course Code: MGT 401 Student’s ID Number: Semester: II CRN: Academic Year: 1441/1442 H For Instructor’s Use only Instructor’s Name: Students’ Grade: …. Out of 5 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low Instructions – PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY • The Assignment must be submitted on Blackboard (WORD format only) via allocated folder. • Assignments submitted through email will not be accepted. • Students are advised to make their work clear and well presented, marks may be reduced for poor presentation. This includes filling your information on the cover page. • Students must mention question number clearly in their answer. • Late submission will NOT be accepted. • Avoid plagiarism, the work should be in your own words, copying from students or other resources without proper referencing will result in ZERO marks. No exceptions. • All answered must be typed using Times New Roman (size 12, double-spaced) font. No pictures containing text will be accepted and will be considered plagiarism). • Submissions without this cover page will NOT be accepted. Assignment 2: Part 2 of project Learning outcomes: Describe the different issues related to environmental scanning, strategy formulation, and strategy implementation in diversified organizations (CLO2) 2. Explain the contribution of functional, business and corporate strategies in the competitive advantage of the organization. (CLO3) 3. Distinguish between different types and levels of strategy and strategy implementation (CLO4) 4. Communicate issues, results and recommendations coherently, and effectively regarding appropriate strategies for different situations (CLO6) 1. Assignment Questions (5 Marks) Consider the same company ‘X’ that you have already used in assignment 1 and answer the following questions 1. Describe the roles of directional, marketing, operations and human resource strategies in the overall well-being of your selected company. (2 marks) 2. Classify the products of your selected company based on the BCG matrix. (1 mark) 3. Describe at least one partnership that your selected corporation has with other company (es). Is it successful? Justify. (1mark) 4. Describe the structure of your selected company. (1 mark) Answers: Question 1 Apple is an American multinational technology company that deals with technological gadgets such as tablets, phones, and computers occupying the largest market in their distribution. Apple Inc. designs and develops computer software and provides online services to its customers across the world. The company has various strategies that increase its competitiveness by producing high-quality products that gain trust from a wide range of customers. These strategies may include directional where the company is led by visionary and innovative leaders and human resource strategies. It has instilled its mission and vision in its employees hence aligning their objectives with the intended corporate goals. The company has focused on design and functionality in operational strategies gaining high competitive advantages (Laestadius, 2018). In marketing its products, Apple has segmented its target market while positioning its brand in the minds of customers worldwide by ensuring the value of its products rather than price. Question 2 BCG matrix is designing to ensure a company achieves its long-term strategic goals by classifying its products based on its performance. BCG matrix helps a company make strategic decisions such as when to discontinue production of a particular product or increase the production volume of a performing product. The classifications include Star, Question mark, Cash cow, and Dogs. Star involves Apple products with high potential for performance and the largest market share shown in the figure below (Bofasa, 2018). Cash cows involve the products that a company has held for an extended period and cannot be threatened by the prevailing market conditions, such as the iPhone and Macintosh. On the other hand, Question Mark in the BCG matrix includes products with low market share and low potential for growth in the company’s performance. Dogs in the BCG matrix signifies products with high market share and low potential for market growth. The x-axis represents market share, while the y-axis represents market growth. High Question mark Stars Apple Tv iPads Dogs Cash cow iPods Macintosh iPhone Low High Question 3 Through a strategic partnership with other companies, Apple can access broader markets and make the corresponding company gain knowledge and skills in various activities. Apple has partnered with Wistron, a company based in India that assembles the different Apple models making them available to the Asian market. Wistron was projected to produce over 8million smartphones annually since shipping manufactured products to India is relatively expensive hence low returns. Therefore, Wistron has enabled Apple to access the Indian market, reducing its cost in foreign markets. Question 4 A company’s organizational structure involves combining all its resources in the business that facilitates the better performance of various activities. Apple Company has a hierarchical organizational structure characterized by a decentralized decision-making process. The company’s success is highly linked to its innovative leaders who promote its brand and hence profitability. Apple has endorsed product-based divisions led by a vice-president who ensures all products are delivered to their target customers adhering to the provided lead times, thus profitability. The company’s corporate control is robust, ranging from innovative to visionary leaders that ensure strategic implementation of policies that guide its operations. References Bofasa, C. B. (2018). The BCG matrix and Marketing strategies of Apple. Матеріали Ⅸ Регіональної науково-практичної Інтернет-конференції молодих вчених та студентів „Маркетингові технології підприємств в сучасному науково-технічному середовищі “, 144-146. Laestadius, L. I., Wahl, M. M., Pokhrel, P., & Cho, Y. I. (2019). From Apple to Werewolf: A content analysis of marketing for e-liquids on Instagram. Addictive behaviors, 91, 119- 127. College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment 3 Deadline: 17/04/2021 @ 23:59 Course Name: Strategic Management Student’s Name: Course Code: MGT 401 Student’s ID Number: Semester: II CRN: Academic Year: 1441/1442 H For Instructor’s Use only Instructor’s Name: Students’ Grade: …. Out of 5 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low Instructions – PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY • The Assignment must be submitted on Blackboard (WORD format only) via allocated folder. • Assignments submitted through email will not be accepted. • Students are advised to make their work clear and well presented, marks may be reduced for poor presentation. This includes filling your information on the cover page. • Students must mention question number clearly in their answer. • Late submission will NOT be accepted. • Avoid plagiarism, the work should be in your own words, copying from students or other resources without proper referencing will result in ZERO marks. No exceptions. • All answered must be typed using Times New Roman (size 12, double-spaced) font. No pictures containing text will be accepted and will be considered plagiarism). • Submissions without this cover page will NOT be accepted. Assignment 3: Part 3 of project Learning outcomes: Describe the different issues related to environmental scanning, strategy formulation, and strategy implementation in diversified organizations (CLO2) 2. Distinguish between different types and levels of strategy and strategy implementation (CLO4) 3. Communicate issues, results and recommendations coherently, and effectively regarding appropriate strategies for different situations (CLO6) 1. Assignment Questions (5 Marks) Consider the same company ‘X’ that you have already used in assignments 1& 2 and answer the following questions. 1. Evaluate the performance of the main activities of your selected company. What type(s) of criteria do you use to evaluate this performance? (1.5 marks) 2. What type(s) of control of employees and production processes is/are used by your selected company? Justify(1 mark) 3. How does the corporation manage the environmental risks? (1 mark) 4. Evaluate the competitive advantage of the corporation. Suggest some recommendations in order to to improve it. (1.5 marks) Note. To answer the above questions, it is mandatory to use the terminologies discussed in your course. End Answers: …
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