Boeing Case Notes - Boeing: Redefining Strategies to Manage...

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Boeing: Redefining Strategies to Manage the Competitive Market CASE ASSIGNMENT As the industry watches to see how Boeing's strategy performs against Airbus's strategy, management at Boeing is anxiously monitoring market signs to determine its next competitive move. It has underestimated Airbus in the past, and despite the fact that with billions of dollars invested and strategies that cannot be easily abandoned, Boeing needs to be prepared to respond to changing industry needs as quickly as they are detected. You've been asked to join a strategic planning discussion, and hoping to contribute to the meeting, you decide to take one more look at Boeing's situation to see if you can formulate some insight that could give the company an edge against Airbus. Your analysis includes the following elements: 1. Compare the two competitor's strategies. Based on your knowledge of the industry, what conclusions can you draw? 2. Outlining a rough competitor analysis, what does the level of interdependence between the rivals reveal about competitive behavior that can be expected from Airbus? 3. Evaluate the pros and cons of Boeing's outsourcing strategy. Do you agree with the company's decision to "offload" parts production? 4. Review Boeing's cooperative strategy. What are the risks of its partnership arrangements? 5. In what ways can Boeing's international strategy be improved? 6. What are some of the near-term results you anticipate in the airplane production industry? Long-term results? 58
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Boeing: Redefining Strategies to Manage the Competitive Market STRATEGIC ACTIONS: STRATEGY FORMULATION 1. Compare the two competitor's strategies. Based on your knowledge of the industry, what conclusions can you draw? Strategy Comparison Boeing Airbus Growth platform Point-to-point Increased fragmentation in travel to solve problem of airport congestion Hub-and-Spoke Expecting growth in travel between major hubs, particularly in Asia Product development Functional product differentiation 787 - mid-size Objective to offer the passenger the most comfortable point-to-point travel experience with as few intermediate stops as possible - more standing room, larger windows and bathrooms, ambient light settings in the cabin to adjust to the time of day, and higher cabin humidity levels. A-380 - superjumbo Will be the largest in the world, holding 550 passengers - will allow 10 million additional passengers per year to fly between airports with no increase in flights - can be configured with bars and specialty boutiques Features Fuel efficiency, eco- friendly, significantly less costly than Airbus' comparable product, light- weight composite materials, simple to operate Commonality - saves airlines costs Estimated release date May, 2008 October, 2007 Supply chain logistics Moving up the value chain - outsourcing - integration and assembly Tighter control over shared knowledge - efficient JIT programs with alliance supply partners Investment in new models $8 billion $14 billion The competitors' views of domestic (regional) and international markets have
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