Questions for 5 Cases

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Questions for 5 cases Questions for Case 6 1. What, if anything, strikes you as impressive about Dell? In reading and preparing the case, was there anything that you thought was particularly outstanding about this company? 2. What is your assessment of the job Michael Dell has done in his roles as the company’s CEO and Chairman? What grade would you give him for his leadership of the company over the past 20+ years? Has he done a good job performing the five strategy-making/strategy-executing tasks described in Chapter 2? 3. What are the elements of Dell’s strategy? Which one of the five generic competitive strategies is Dell employing? How well do the pieces of Dell’s strategy fit together? Is the strategy evolving and, if so, in what ways? 4. Does Dell’s expansion into other IT products and services make good strategic sense? Why or why not? 5. Given that Dell is a global player, how would you characterize the company’s strategy—is Dell using a multi-country strategy or a global strategy? And if it is a global strategy, what kind of global strategy? 6. Is Dell’s strategy working? What is your assessment of the financial performance that Dell’s strategy has delivered during fiscal years 2000- 2008? Use the financial ratios presented in Table 4.1 of Chapter 4 (pages 104-105) as a basis for doing your calculations and drawing conclusions about Dell’s performance. 7. What does SWOT analysis reveal about the attractiveness of Dell’s situation in 2008? 8. Which company is competitively stronger—Dell or Hewlett-Packard? Use the weighted competitive strength assessment methodology shown in Table 4.4 of Chapter 4 to support your answer.
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9. In what respects, if any, is Hewlett-Packard’s strategy in PCs more appealing or better than Dell’s strategy? 10. What issues and problems does Michael Dell need to address?
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