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Assignment 5: Capstone

(Worth 400 points - Due SEP 08, 2017)

Reference/Textbook: Strategic Management: Concept and Cases: Competitiveness and Globalization (10th Edition)

Author/s: Hitt, M. A., Ireland, R. D., & Hoskisson, R. E. (2013) – Mason, OH; South-Western Centage Learning.


Select a publicly traded corporation for which you would like to work or are currently working.

Research the corporation on its own Website, the public filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission EDGAR database (http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml), in the University's online databases, and any other sources you can find. The annual report will often provide insights that can help address some of these questions.

Write a ten (10) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine the impact of the company’s mission, vision, and primary stakeholders on its overall success.
  2. Analyze the five (5) forces of competition to determine how they impact the company.
  3. Create a SWOT analysis for the company to determine its major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  4. Based on the SWOT analysis, outline a strategy for the company to capitalize on its strengths and opportunities, and minimize its weaknesses and threats.
  5. Discuss the various levels and types of strategies the firm may use to maximize its competitiveness and profitability.
  6. Outline a communications plan the company could use to make the strategies you recommend above known to all stakeholders.
  7. Select two (2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and evaluate how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.
  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership within this corporation and make at least one (1) recommendation for improvement.
  9. Assess efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and determine the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Provide specific examples to support your response.
  10. Use at least eight (8) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine ways in which the vision, mission, and stakeholders of a firm impact that firm’s overall success.
  • Identify how the six segments of the general environment affect an industry and its firms.
  • Identify the five forces of competition.
  • Analyze the external environment for opportunities and threats that impact the firm.
  • Analyze the internal environment of a company for strengths and weaknesses that impact the firm’s competitiveness.
  • Identify various levels and types of strategy in a firm.
  • Assess the ethical implications related to strategic decisions.
  • Predict ways in which corporate governance will affect strategic decisions.
  • Assess the relationship between strategy and organizational structure.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in business administration.
  • Write clearly and concisely about business administration using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 400

Assignment 5: Capstone

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Determine the impact of the company’s mission, vision, and primary stakeholders on its overall success.

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Satisfactorily determined the impact of the company’s mission, vision, and primary stakeholders on its overall success.

Thoroughly determined the impact of the company’s mission, vision, and primary stakeholders on its overall success.

2. Analyze the five (5) forces of competition to determine how they impact the company.

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3. Create a SWOT analysis for the company to determine its major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

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4. Based on the SWOT analysis, outline a strategy for the company to capitalize on its strengths and opportunities, and minimize its weaknesses and threats.

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Satisfactorily outlined a strategy for the company to capitalize on its strengths and opportunities, and minimize its weaknesses and threats.

Thoroughly outlined a strategy for the company to capitalize on its strengths and opportunities, and minimize its weaknesses and threats.

5. Discuss the various levels and types of strategies the firm may use to maximize its competitiveness and profitability.

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Satisfactorily discussed the various levels and types of strategies the firm may use to maximize its competitiveness and profitability.

Thoroughly discussed the various levels and types of strategies the firm may use to maximize its competitiveness and profitability.

6. Outline a communications plan the company could use to make the strategies you recommend above known to all stakeholders.

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Did not submit or incompletely outlined a communications plan the company could use to make the strategies you recommend above known to all stakeholders.

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Partially outlined a communications plan the company could use to make the strategies you recommend above known to all stakeholders.

Satisfactorily outlined a communications plan the company could use to make the strategies you recommend above known to all stakeholders.

Thoroughly outlined a communications plan the company could use to make the strategies you recommend above known to all stakeholders.

7. Select two (2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and evaluate how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.

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Did not submit or incompletely selected two 2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and incompletely evaluated how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.

Insufficiently selected two (2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and insufficiently evaluated how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.

Partially selected two (2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and partially evaluated how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.

Satisfactorily selected two (2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and satisfactorily evaluated how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.

Thoroughly selected two (2) corporate governance mechanisms used by this corporation and thoroughly evaluated how effective they are at controlling managerial actions.

8. Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership within this corporation and make at least one (1) recommendation for improvement.

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Satisfactorily evaluated the effectiveness of leadership within this corporation and make at least one (1) recommendation for improvement.

Thoroughly evaluated the effectiveness of leadership within this corporation and make at least one (1) recommendation for improvement.

9. Assess efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and determine the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Did not submit or incompletely assessed efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and incompletely determined the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Did not provide specific examples to support your response.

Insufficiently assessed efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and insufficiently determined the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Insufficiently provided specific examples to support your response.

Partially assessed efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and partially determined the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Partially provided specific examples to support your response.

Satisfactorily assessed efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and satisfactorily determined the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Satisfactorily provided specific examples to support your response.

Thoroughly assessed efforts by this corporation to be a responsible (ethical) corporate citizen and thoroughly determined the impact these efforts (or lack thereof) have on the company’s bottom line. Thoroughly provided specific examples to support your response.

10. 5 references

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11. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

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Running Head: Apple Inc. Capstone

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Apple Inc. Capstone

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Introduction

Apple Inc. was established in Cupertino, California, in the year 1976. It is an American
multinational corporation, which designs, manufactures and sells software, consumer electronics
and computers and provides related services. The most successful products and services by
Apple Inc. include iTunes, Mac, iPad and iPhone. 50% of all the firm’s sales are alone generated
by iPhone. Apple is considered to be the most successful tech company across the globe. This
paper therefore discusses Apple Inc. as a case study.
Impact of mission statement, vision statement and primary stakeholders on Apple Inc.
The success of Apple Inc. Corporation, as one of the most powerful companies across the
globe, relies on its mission statement and vision statement. This company has symbolized
elegance and innovation in design. These features have been linked to Apple’s vision and
mission statement, which has always motivated the firm’s workforce to contribute to and support
innovation, (Rowland, 2017). In recent times, Apple Inc.’s mission statement has been altered.
Yet again, Apple’s changed vision statement has been introduced by Tim Cook to address the
firm’s current position. Therefore, the vision and mission statement of Apple Inc. address the
evolving market and organizational conditions.
The considerably detailed vision statement of Apple is a reflection of the company’s
comprehensive approach in guaranteeing continued success and growth. For example, certain
major points that are directly linked to the company’s rapid strategy of innovation are
enumerated by the vision statement. These major points include the stress on innovation.
Simplicity has also been specified within this vision statement; which is a fundamental aspect of
Apple’s address to product design and development. Therefore, Apple’s vision statement

Apple Inc. Capstone
benefits it as a business as it assists guide the employees and the decision-makers in working
towards the aspired condition, which has been relayed by Apple’s condition of continued success
and success relying on innovation and excellence.
In its mission statement, the firm acknowledges the dynamic business landscape, which
has an influence on the possibilities that it can do. The mission statement recognizes the
changing industry and market and is very specific on what the firm does and also purports to do.
For instance, company states that it is “defining the future of computing devices and mobile
media”, which shows that this company plans to continue staging its focus on development and
research on mobile devices and other related media, (Rowland, 2017). Apple’s mission statement
has switched from its general business image, towards a particular reflection of what it aims to
achieve in products terms.
Apple maintains its competitive strategy by following its mission statement and vision
statement. Its vision statement illustrates the path of the firm’s product growth and development.
In relation, the mission statement of this firm is an indication of the actions required in ensuring
that Apple has a continued global success.
Apple’s primary stakeholders include the consumers, its employees, investors and also
employees of the distributors and the suppliers. The success of this company has been partly due
to satisfy corporate social responsibilities ad stakeholders. Demands are imposed by primary
stakeholders, (Thompson, 2017). These demands translate to corporate social responsibilities,
which influence the performance of Apple. In the case of Apple, its primary stakeholders have a
significant effect on the business in terms of sales revenue and customer perception. Taking into
consideration the continued high value of its brand, this company effectively accounts for the

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Apple Inc. Capstone
primary stakeholders in its policies and strategies. Apple has a holistic and firm in its address to
the stakeholders’ interests significant to the business. Therefore, th...


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