1. Chapter 6:
- Define and discuss the differences between Fragmented, Embryonic/Growth, Mature, and Declining Industries.
- Give specific company examples for each industry type.
- Give examples of the alternative strategies that real-world companies can use in each type of industry to achieve competitive advantage.
2. Chapter 7:
- Discuss how both "Traditional" companies (in the past), and "High Tech"
modern companies employ the First Mover Advantage to gain competitive advantage; and maintain industry dominance over time. Use specific company examples.
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being First Mover.
3. Chapter 8:
- Discuss the strategic alternatives that are available for companies to utilize in successfully competing in today's age of globalism.
- Cite and discuss real-world examples.
- Discuss the attributes of national or country-specific environments that have an impact on the global competitiveness of companies in that nation.
- Explain why companies from nations where these attributes are favorable, are likely to succeed globally.
4. Chapter 9:
- Discuss the specific elements of how companies successfully accomplish Horizontal or Vertical Integration; and the use of Strategic Outsourcing as an integration alternative.
- Discuss the benefits or problems of each Integration strategy, using real-world company examples.
5. Chapter 11:
- Discuss the impact of various CSR issues on the specific Stakeholders of the Firm; in the context of today's ethical standards.
- Discuss Agency Theory with respect to specific corporate ethical issues that have arisen in today's high-tech, "connected" environment.
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