What is critical thinking, it is the ability to see multiple sides of an issue, look at
differing perspectives and form a logical, possible action based, opinion, rather than
just believing what you have
were told (when only reading or hearing one side of an issue). Basically, asking
yourself is there more to this, am I getting all the information?
In this discussion, you must answer all three questions below. Cite references and yes
you must have references to back up what you are writing; do NOT just provide your
opinion (on the first two questions) without backing it up with citations (Wikipedia is
not acceptable- though you may be able to use the articles it references). The third
question is your opinion BASED on the material in the first two questions, do not
answer the first two with supporting references and then provide your opinion based
on some material or information not provided in the first two questions (unless it is a
personal experience that relates to the material in the first two questions)
Strategic planning is understanding where you are, and where you want to go. Some
companies require comprehensive strategic plans, others make profit without a formal
1- Strategic Planning is necessary, why?
2- Strategic Planning is not necessary - why?
3- Your opinion based on the above.
A Strategic Alliance is a partnership or an agreement between two or more
organizations, while remaining independent of each other, will work toward common
FIRST PART - Name two companies that formed a strategic alliance that helps each company gain a
competitive advantage; like Facebook (social platform) and Zynga (the game maker) The social
a venue for the game maker, the games keep people coming back to the social platform.
Provide how the strategic alliance benefits each partner in the alliance
SECOND PART - Name two companies that formed a strategic alliance that failed to provide a competitive
advantage; like AOL and Time Warner, Cisco and Motorola. Provide how the strategic alliance failed and
what could they have done to make it successful.
Chose a recent (within the last week) Article about a business. Using only the
information from the article determine Porter's Generic Strategies of
Cost, Differentiation, and Focus for the company in question. Also, post a brief
description of the article.
Wall Street Journal at www.wsj.com
Forbes at www.forbes.com
NY Times at www.nytimes.com
Fox Business News at www.foxbusiness.com
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