Seminar 2 Answers 1) Analyse and assess the external environment affecting Arla in the Middle East (e.g., PEST). You may use “external” sources besides the case study document. There wasn’t really enough information in the case study to use too many tools, beyond a SWOT or a PEST analysis. If the latter option is selected and implemented, note that it is important too to say something summarising the micro environment (e.g., competitors, customers) even if formal frameworks (e.g., 5-forces) are not used. Generally speaking a case study will usually have so much detail so as to pose a luxury problem where it is difficult to know which frameworks to limit oneself to in order to remain efficient! Going beyond the case and googling it would reveal, in particular, a fuller political backstory to the issue. For the PEST one could have: Political: Political involvement in the Middle Eastern economy; local religious leadership’s political role; Middle East country Ambassadors in Denmark; Danish Government (reaction); Islamic autocracy / absolute monarchy; Danish bureaucracy; freedom of press in Denmark; low level of consumer protection law in the Middle East Economic: Growing GDP; growing economic links between Denmark and the Middle East; Middle East is an affluent and growing marketplace for consumer products; low tax rates; WTO membership and attractive to foreign investors; high percentage of migrant workers; monopolistic markets Socio-cultural: Consumer religious sentiments; consumer boycotts and campaigners; strong social traditions and customs; collectivistic society Technological: Information and communication technologies (internet and mobile communications) speeded up the boycott
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