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MGT 401 Saudi Electronic University Evaluation and Control Discussion Questions

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    College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment 3- Strategic Management (MGT 401) Deadline: 11/04/2020 @ 23:59 Course Name: Strategic Management Student’s Name: Course Code: MGT 401 Student’s ID Number: Semester: II CRN: Academic Year: 1440/1441 H For Instructor’s Use only Instructor’s Name: Students’ Grade: Marks Obtained/Out of 15 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low Instructions for the three assignments – 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 & Discussion Questions Learning outcomes: 1. Understand issues related to strategic competitive advantage in diversified organizations (Lo 2.2) 2. Gain insights into the strategy-making processes of different types of organizations ( Lo 1.7) 3. Identify appropriate strategies for different situations (Lo 3.1). This assignment 3 includes two independent sections: section 1-complement of project & section 2- discussion questions. Section 1 = Part 3 of project Questions (8 Marks) Consider the same company ‘X’ that you have already used in assignment 1& 2 and answer the following questions. 1. Evaluate the performance of the main activity of your selected company (performance of principal product/service). What type(s) of criteria do you use to evaluate this performance? (2 marks) 2. What type(s) of control of employees and production processes is/are used by your selected company? (1.5 mark) 3. How does the corporation manage the environmental risks? (2 marks) 4. Evaluate the competitive advantage of the corporation on its market. Suggest some recommendations for the managers of your selected company to improve this competitive advantage. (2.5 marks) End of the project Section 2 = Discussion Questions. Questions (7 Marks) Discuss the following questions: 1. Is the evaluation and control process appropriate for a corporation that emphasizes creativity? Are control and creativity compatible? Explain. - Max 300 words (3 Marks) 2. How can corporate culture be changed? Give examples. Max 250 words (2 Marks) 3. How is the cellular/modular structure different from the network structure? Give at least three differences. – Max 200 words (2 Marks) Answers: Section 1 = Part 3 of project 1. Section 2 = Discussion Questions. 1. ...
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    Assignment 3: Evaluation and Control.
    Evaluate the performance of the main activity of your selected company (performance
    of principal product/service). What type(s) of criteria do you use to evaluate this
    performance?
    The criteria for performance of a product or service is measured by its ability to
    generate revenues for the company. The information is drawn from an organisation’s
    financial statements. Apple Inc.’s 2019 end year report shows the performance of some of its
    products as broken down in the below:

    Product

    iPhone
    iPad
    Wearables, Home, and
    Accessories

    FY2019
    $142,381
    $25,740
    $21,280

    FY2018
    $164,688
    $25,198
    $18,800

    $24,482
    $17,381
    Services
    $46,291
    $39,748
    Net Revenues
    $260,174
    $265,596
    Table 1: Apple Inc. Disaggregated revenues for FY2019 and FY2018. (Source: Apple 10-K
    Report, 2019).
    Table 1 shows that products account for a significant percentage of revenues the
    firm generates. Products accounted for 85% and 82% of the total revenues for the FY2018
    and FY2019 respectively. The production and sell of the iPhone, which is Apple’s principle
    product, contributed 62% and 54.7% to the total revenues in the FY2018 and FY2019
    respectively.
    What type(s) of control of employees and production processes is/are used by your
    selected company?
    Employee confidentiality. Besides innovation, quality, and performance, Apple
    Inc.’s success is anchored on utter secrecy designed to protect its work processes and
    intellectual property. For that reason, the firm has put in place mechanisms to prevent

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    employees from divulging its inner workings to the public. According to Gurman (2018),
    Apple indicated that any employee who discloses its internal information will lose their jobs,
    and risk facing potential legal action and criminal charges. The company holds that leaked
    information about its processes or product development roadmaps exposes it to rivals who
    may engage in competitive responses leading to fewer revenues or failed launches. Therefore,
    workers are required to stay mute about their workings inside the firm.
    How does the corporation manage the environmental risks?
    It remains in the public knowledge that consumer electronics, especially
    smartphones, are damaging to the environment. For that reason, Apple is striving to become
    environmentally friendly, thereby avoiding potential lawsuits and maintaining competitive
    CSR. Apple embraced a series of measures to protect the environment, as discuss...

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