Discussion Question 6.1
What are some drawbacks and risks to a broad generic business strategy? To a focused strategy?
Discussion Question 6.3
In Chapter 4, we discussed the internal value chain activities a firm can perform in its business model (see Exhibit 4.8). The value chain priorities can be quite different for companies taking different business strategies. Create examples of value chains for three companies: one using cost leadership, another using differentiation, and a third using value innovation business-level strategy.
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Discussion Question 7.1
Select an industry and consider how the industry life cycle has affected business strategy for the firms in that industry over time. Detail your answer based on each stage: introduction, growth, shakeout, maturity, and decline.
Discussion Question 7.2
Describe a firm you think has been highly innovative. Which of the four types of innovation—radical, incremental, disruptive, or architectural—did it use? Did the firm use different types over time?
Discussion Question 7.4
Much has been said about competitive advantage gained from innovations such as the Internet, high-technology gadgets, and apps. The chapter points out. However, that low-technology innovation such as the razor—razorblade business model can also create value for incremental change. The chapter also noted that Dollar Shave Club (Strategy Highlight 7.1) is merely using a different business model to try to disrupt Gillette. Think of other low-technology innovations that are/were novel, useful, and successfully implemented so that the innovating firm gained a competitive advantage. Find information about the entrepreneurial story behind the innovation.
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Discussion Question 8.1
When Walmart decided to incorporate grocery stores into some locations and created “supercenters,” was this a business-level strategy of differentiation or a corporate strategy of diversification? Why? Explain your answer.
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Discussion Question 9.1
The chapter identifies three governing mechanisms for strategic alliances: non-equity, equity, and joint venture. List the benefits and downsides for each of these mechanisms.
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Discussion Question 10.3
Multinational enterprises (MNEs) have an impact far beyond their firm boundaries. Assume you are working for a small company that supplies a product or service to an MNE. How might your relationship change as the MNE moves from Globalization 2.0 to Globalization 3.0 operations?
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