Team Exercise - Week 1 - CIS 525 Shao Team Exercise Week 1(Article 1 Team Number Member Names Instructions Keep your answer to each question set on a

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CIS 525 Shao Team Exercise – Week 1 (Article 1) Team Number: _____ Member Names: ______________________________ Instructions: Keep your answer to each question set on a single page. Your report should be exactly two pages long. Do not change the format, style, font or size. The report will be evaluated using the same case rubric as in the orientation. Submit your report as a MS Word document using the link on the course website by the deadline. QUESTION SET 1: Why isn’t a business strategy sufficient for a company to determine how it can leverage IT for competitive advantage? Based on the descriptions of Article 1, how would you characterize Walgreens’ business strategy and IS strategy in using the Internet for its business? ANSWER: A business strategy alone cannot fulfill goals, objectives and purposes of a company. There are 3 important strategies that successful organizations embrace. Business, Organizational and IS Strategy which form a framework named IS Strategy Triangle as it relates business with IS and organizational strategy. It is very important for a firm to carefully balance between these 3 strategies as they need to complement each other. General managers who are well versed with business and organizational strategy should take IS based decisions. It is understandable that their technical knowledge is not deep, but the GMs should always thrive to understand and challenge the IS department to complement the business and organizational strategy. Porter discusses the General strategies framework required for sustainable competitive advantage 1) Cost leadership 2) differentiation 3) focus. Firstly, Cost leadership results when an organization aims to become a lowest-cost producer in the market place. For the cost leadership to succeed, the company needs to make sure that the quality of service comparable to others who offer the same service at higher cost. Business strategy alone will not be sufficient in this case as IS and Organization strategies will need to complement with the Business strategy. Walmart is a perfect example which epitomizes the cost leadership strategy. It is almost impossible in Walmart's case to have Business strategy alone and expect a sustainable competitive advantage. Walmart has a
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