MGMT 449 Exam 1 Study Guide
Strategy: The set of actions that a companys managers take to outperform he companys
competitors and achieve superior profitability.
Challenges to developing a strategy: It requires company to properly discern how to
(For the 1993 Maytag Corporation Case)
I. Current Situation
A. Current Performance
Poor financials, high debt load, first losses since 1920s, price/earnings ratio negative.
cfw_ First loss since 192
of a Corporation
I. Current Situation
A. Current Performance
How did the corporation perform the past year overall in terms of return on investment,
market share, and profitability?
B. Strategic Posture
What are the corporatio
Project Activity and Risk Planning
objective of this section is:
To establish directions in detail to guide the
project team members of:
must be done
When it must be done
What resources are needed
How much of the resources
MGMT 449 T: 4-6:45
Individual Case Write Up: Tesla
I believe Tesla is one of the most innovative companies in the country today. They are
making an attempt to transition the world from fossil fuels to renewable energy. With
Elon Musk at t
A set of actions that its managers take to outperform the companys competitors and
achieve superior profitability.
Undertakes moves to build and strengthen the companys long-term competitive
position and financial performance by competing dif
College of Business & Economics
DR. TAVAKOLIAN, Professor of Management
Seminar in Strategic Management
Set of managerial decisions and
actions that determines the
long-run performance of a firm.
Optional Individual Term Project
GUIDELINES AND TOPICS FOR COMPLETION OF THE TERM
Each student shall be responsible for researching the necessary background literature
review on the project and for writing a paper (approximate length: 10-
Answer: How Michael Eisner Rejuvenated Disney
The story of Walter Elias Disney and the success of his iconic company is one about
perseverance, creativity, diversification, and foresight. Although initially failing with his first
cartoon business in Kansa
ISDS 449 Quiz Chapter 4
Which one of the following is not helpful in identifying the components of a single-business company's
The company's moves to respond to changing conditions in its macro-environment and in
industry and competitive co
1 Which one of the following is not something that shapes and helps define a company's culture?
The core values and business principles that executives espouse together with the operating practices
and behaviors that define "how we do things around her
1 Ethical principles in business
concern the behavioral guidelines a company's top management and board of directors set for company
personnel regarding "what is right" and "what is wrong" in conducting the company's business.
deal chiefly with the
Tues, 4-6:45 pm
Individual Case Write-Up: Apple
Apple is one of the most profitable companies in the world. For the most part,
their recent success is because of the meteoric rise of the iPhone. Everywhere you look
the majority o
MGMT 449: Tues 4-6:45 pm
Individual Case Write-Up: Keeping Google Googley
When analyzing Google and looking at their corporate strategy, it is easy to
recognize there is nothing corporate about them. With over 57,000 employees, Google
The Final Exam is comprehensive and you are responsible for all materials covered in class, PowerPoints
and textbook. Focus, means that you might get questions outside of these areas.
The study guide is simply a tool which will help you focus
Pepsis New Initiatives
Significantly increase investments in its iconic brands and in
bringing innovation to market. Advertising and marketing spending
Coke s New Strategic Initiatives
According to Coca-Cola Press Center:
1. Maintaining its long-term high single-digit EPS growth target while adjusting its net
revenue target to mid single-digit growth and replacing its operating income metric
Case Study Summary
Hitting the Wall: Nike and International Labor Practices
Nike, based in Beaverton, Oregon, is the number sporting, athletic and sneaker company in the
world. The company has been very successful at capturing the attention of th
IDSD 449 Quiz Chapter 3
Which of the following is not among the factors that determine whether competitive rivalry among
industry members is strong, moderate, or weak?
Whether buyer demand for the product is growing rapidly or slowly
MGMT 449 Quiz Chapter 7
Companies opt to expand into foreign markets for such reasons as to
boost returns on investment, broaden their product lines, avoid tariffs and trade restrictions, and
escape having to deal with strong labor unions.
ISDS 449 Quiz Chapter 2
1 Which one of the following is not an integral part of the managerial process of crafting and executing strategy?
Developing a strategic vision, mission and values.
Choosing a strategic intent.
ISDS 449 Quiz Chapter 1
1 Which of the following statements about a company's strategy is true?
Crafting an excellent strategy is more important than executing it well.
Managers at all companies face three central questions in thinking strategically
ISDS 454 Quiz Chapter 5
A company's competitive strategy deals with
the specific actions management plans to take to develop a better value chain than rivals.
how it plans to unify its functional and operating strategies into a cohesive effort aim
1 From a strategy-implementing/strategy-executing perspective, a company's operating budget should
primarily be based on creating more core competencies than rivals have.
be strategy-driven and based primarily on how much each organizational unit ne
Origin and Early History of Electronic Arts Inc. (EA)
In the realm of home entertainment, nothing is currently more ubiquitous than video
games. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) states on their website that over 155
Answer: What are the key sources of Trader Joes Competitive Advantage?
Not all grocery stores are created equal, and the story of Trader Joes sheds some light on
just how being different and unique in a sea of imitators can provide an advantageous
Answer: Whatre the sources of Apples historical success? Whats their core competence?
When people think of Apple, they think of industry-leading innovation and prophetic-like
leadership. While these two thoughts on the company are certainly true, it wasnt
Answer: How Competition Between Coke & Pepsi Affects Industry Profits
Intense rivalries exist in all aspects, industries, and walks of life. From sports teams to
business firms, rivalries are the basis of competition and what, ultimately, create an enviro
Answer: What is Welchs objective in the series of initiatives he launched in the late 1980s
and early 1990s? What is he trying to achieve? Is there logic or rationale?
General Electric has long been regarded as one of the most successful companies in the