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Saudi Electronic University Strategy Implementation and Management Paper

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I need an explanation for this Management question to help me study.

Structure of the project

This project aims to study the strategic management of your selected company ‘X’. It includes three main parts:

  • Part 1: Assignment 1= Environmental scanning & strategy formulation.
  • Part 2: Assignment 2= Strategy implementation.
  • Part 3: Assignment 3= Evaluation and control.


we are working only in Part 2

wich is :

Consider the same company ‘X’ that you have already used in assignment 1 and answer the following questions

  • Describe the roles of directional, marketing, operations and human resource strategies in the overall well-being of your selected company. (2 marks)
  • Classify the products of your selected company based on the BCG matrix. (fill out the table in the answer sheet) (1 mark)
  • Describe at least one partnership that your selected corporation has with other company (es). Is it successful? Justify. (1mark)
  • Describe the structure of your selected company. (1 mark)


Part 1 is already done , i upload it here .

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Surname 1 Name Professor Course Date Apple Inc. strategy Formulation Apple Inc. is an American publicly traded company with its headquarters in Cupertino, California. However, the company operates across the globe in four geographic segments including Europe, Greater china, Rest of Asia Pacific, and in the Americas. According to Forbes magazine, the company boosts of 132,000 employees, with market capitalization of $961.3B (Global 2000). It has been in existence since 1976 and was founded by Steven Paul jobs, Stephen G. Wozniak, and Ronald Gerald. Since then, it has dominated the computer hardware industry throughout the years. The major products under Apple include iPhones, Macs, iPads, and iPods (Global 2000). Social responsibility Apple purports to be on the forefront of enhancing social responsibility. It even goes ahead to say that it is “committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility wherever our products are made. We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes” on its website (klein). However, from a company of Apple’s stature, there is yet enough to be done in terms of corporate social responsibility. Surname 2 The company needs to do more than only focus on the labor and its suppliers. It has made efforts to stop unethical practices among its suppliers including barring the use of underage laborers. It has successfully managed to stop this practice in 10 of its facilities. In addition, it has managed to channel for better and safe working conditions for the workers. The other malpractices that Apple has managed to avert include cases of bribery as well as forgery of audit materials (klein). However, in line with the industry that the company operates, Apple should have social responsibilities that will reflect its impact in the computer hardware industry. Such may include, but are not limited to supporting innovative design that will bring about social change, social issues information dissemination, and offer support to technological development that will impact on social change (klein). Porter’s Five Forces Model Apple has dominated the American market for long. To start with, the threat of new entrants into the market is relatively low. This is because Apple has created a brand for itself that is recognized worldwide. The other factor limiting new market entrant is the fact that setting up a company like Apple, and producing similar products is very costly. Using Porter’s Five Forces Model, the threat of substitute products in regards to Apple products is low. This is because the substitutes are to a large extent limited in terms of their capabilities as opposed to Apple products. This means that users will go for Apple products, despite their price, as opposed to the substitutes which have limited functionality (Porter). Apple has the upper hand when it comes to negotiating with its suppliers. It has a stronger bargaining power. There are numerous suppliers willing to do business with Apple, thus giving Surname 3 the company the cutting edge. The fact that Apple is a constant customer to the suppliers means that no supplier would want to run the risk of losing the business with Apple (Porter). On the other hand, Apple exercises a relative bargaining power to its customers depending on the number. One customer has a weaker bargaining power while many customers present a stronger bargaining power. However, the company has created a loyal customer base that would hardly leave Apple products for any other products due to the uniqueness of the products (Porter). Lastly, there is high competition in the technology industry, where Apple belongs. The competitors invest heavily on marketing as well as in research and development, presenting a strong competitive force. The fact that the switching cost from one product to another is relatively low makes the technology industry very competitive (Porter). To avert that, Apple makes sure that they develop unique products all through. Competitive advantage Apple’s competitive strategy is its pricing power. The fact that Apple produces high end unique products gives it the power to set prices for the products, something that the competitors lack. They know that they have premium products, thus they charge more for their products as opposed to the competitors (Markman). Surname 4 SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES International presence Premium prices Brand Image Sales fluctuations Product portfolio OPPORTUNITIES THREATS AI and IoT Intensifying competition Growing Service Portfolio Trade wars Regulatory pressures Surname 5 Works Cited Global 2000. n.d. 02 March 2020. . klein, Paul. Where Is Apple's Social Purpose? 12 August 2011. 02 March 2020. . Markman, Jon. Apple Still Holds This Key Advantage. 30 April 2018. 02 March 2020. . Porter, Michael E. How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy. March 1976. 02 March 2020. . College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment 2- Strategic Management (MGT 401) Deadline: 28/03/2020 @ 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 5 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. Project: Strategic Management of the company ‘X’ Structure of the project This project aims to study the strategic management of your selected company ‘X’. It includes three main parts: - Part 1: Assignment 1= Environmental scanning & strategy formulation. - Part 2: Assignment 2= Strategy implementation. - Part 3: Assignment 3= Evaluation and control. Description of the company ‘X’ - It is a company from your choice; From real national or international market; - It is publicly traded company; - Produces and commercializes more than one product; Sufficient information about the strategies of the company, its functions, structures and product lines are available; This company should have at least one partnership with other company (es) (alliances, joint venture, arrangement…). - Note. If you face any ambiguity regarding the choice of the corporation, kindly feel free to ask more clarification from your instructor. Assignment 2: Part 2 of the project Strategy implementation Learning outcomes: 1. Understand the contribution of various functional areas e.g. production, marketing, purchasing and supply management to the overall well-being of the organization (Lo 1.2.) 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). 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. (fill out the table in the answer sheet) (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) Assignment Answers: 1. Describe the roles of directional, marketing, operations and human resource strategies in the overall well-being of your selected company. (2 marks) Answer: ……………… 2. Classify the products of your selected company based on the BCG matrix. (fill out the following table) (1 mark) Answer: Table 1. BCG matrix of the company ‘X’ Stars Question Marks 1. 1. Market Growth Rate Cash Cow 1. Dogs 1. Relative market share 3. Describe at least one partnership that your selected corporation has with other company (es). Is it successful? Justify. (1mark) Answer: ……………… 4. Describe the structure of your selected company. (1 mark) Answer: ……………… ...
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College of Administrative and Financial Sciences

Assignment 2: Part 2 of the project

Strategy implementation

Deadline: 28/03/2020 @ 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 5

Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low

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1. Describe the roles of directional, marketing, operations and human resource strategies in
the overall well-being of your selected company. (2 marks)
Directional strategy: Directional strategy of Apple Inc. has enabled it to remain competitive and
leading technological industry in the market. Strategies that promote innovation in the company have
enabled Apple to remain the better choice for customers in the market. Increased sales of iPods and
IPad devices have increased the financial strengths of the company enabling it to...

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