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Wal-Mart Case Assignment Questions: 1. What impresses you about this company? What accounts for Wal-Mart’s success over the past 25+ years? Is it a great strategy, superb strategy implementation and execution, or great leadership? What aspects of Wal-Mart do you find unimpressive? What impresses you about this company? What accounts for Wal-Mart’s success over the past 25+ years? Is it a great strategy, superb strategy implementation and execution, or great leadership? What aspects of Wal-Mart do you find unimpressive? 2. Which of the five generic strategies is Wal-Mart employing? What are the chief elements of its strategy? Which of the five generic strategies is Wal-Mart employing? What are the chief elements of its strategy? 3. Conduct a financial analysis using the template provided on Beachboard. Is Wal-Mart’s strategy working well? What does the information in case Exhibit 1 and based on your analysis reveal about the company’s strategic and financial performance during 2001-2010? Please use the financial ratios presented in Table 4.1 of Chapter 4 to guide your calculations and reach conclusions about the caliber of Wal-Mart’s financial performance. Conduct a financial analysis using the template provided on Beachboard. Is Wal-Mart’s strategy working well? What does the information in case Exhibit 1 and based on your analysis reveal about the company’s strategic and financial performance during 2001-2010? Please use the financial ratios presented in Table 4.1 of Chapter 4 to guide your calculations and reach conclusions about the caliber of Wal-Mart’s financial performance. 4. What policies, practices, support systems, and management approaches underlie Wal-Mart’s efforts to execute the company’s strategy? What are its chief elements and characteristics of Wal-Mart’s culture? Why does the culture seem to be so much stronger in Bentonville than out in the stores?
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What policies, practices, support systems, and management approaches underlie Wal-Mart’s efforts to execute the company’s strategy? What are its chief elements and characteristics of Wal-Mart’s culture? Why does the culture seem to be so much stronger in Bentonville than out in the stores? 5. What is your assessment of Lee Scott’s transformation initiatives? Are the initiatives “sincere” or just calculated to garner better PR for Wal-Mart? Are more transformational initiatives needed? Why or why not? What issues do Lee Scott and Wal-Mart management need to address? Based on the videos we watched in class, what does “sustainability” mean to CEO Mike Duke? What recommendations would you make to Lee Scott and to Mike Duke? What is your assessment of Lee Scott’s transformation initiatives? Are the initiatives “sincere” or just calculated to garner better PR for Wal-Mart?
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