Case07_AppleComputer - Assignment Questions 1 How well has...

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Assignment Questions 1. How well has Steve Jobs done as Apple's CEO? Has he done a good job of performing the five tasks of strategic management discussed in Chapter 2? Why or why not? What grade would you give him? 2. What are the chief elements of Apple's strategy? How well do the pieces fit together? Is the strategy evolving? How do Apple's activities in the PC and MP3 player industries match up? How important is each industry to Apple's success? 3. In which industry-PCs or MP3 players-is competition more intense? Do a five-forces analysis of each industry to support your position. 4. What does a competitive strength assessment reveal about Apple, as compared to other main players in the computer industry? (Use the methodology in Table 4.5 to support your answer.) Among these competitors, who enjoys the strongest competitive position? Who is in the weakest overall competitive position? Has Apple's strategy resulted in a substantial competitive advantage over its rivals in the computer industry? What is the basis for
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