S​‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‌​trategic Management (MGMT 490) Staples – Final Executiv

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S​‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‌​trategic Management (MGMT 490)
Staples – Final
Executive Summary (10 points)
1. What is the strategic decision to be made?
a. State and briefly describe
2. What are the current challenges?
a. State and briefly describe
3. What is the product of this report?
Background (10 points)
1. Briefly describe the purpose of this section (what will the reader get out of this section)
2. Which theory of organizational adaptation do you think Staples follows? Briefly explain.
3. How has Staples been impacted by globalization? Innovation? Sustainability? Briefly describe each.
Current Financial Performance (10 points)
1. Briefly describe the purpose of this section (what will the reader get out of this section)
2. Comment on profitability.
3. For the period 13-14, calculate: (1) the current ratios; (2) net profit margin and (3) return on equity
o Looks best when presented as a table
o No need to show actual calculations
4. Give a brief description of the purpose for ratio.
5. Apply the values to the case
6. In summary, what do these ratios tell us about the overall current financial performance of Staples?
Current Strategies (5 points)
1. Briefly describe the purpose of this section (what will the reader get out of this section)
2. What is the corporate strategy (growth, stability, or retrenchment) for Staples? Support your response.
3. What is the business strategy (cost or differentiation)? Support your response.
Industry Analysis (15 points)
1. Briefly describe the purpose of this section (what will the reader get out of this section)
2. Opportunities
a. Identify 5 opportunities
i. Briefly describe each opportunity
ii. How does each opportunity relate to the purpose of the case?
3. Threats
a. Identify 5 threats
i. Briefly describe each threat
ii. How does each threat relate to the purpose of the case?
4. Prepare an EFAS table.
a. What is this table and why are you using it here?
i. Mention that this is a weighted scale model
Organizational Analysis (15 po​‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‌​ints)
1. Briefly describe the purpose of this section (what will the reader get out of this section)
2. Strengths
a. Identify 5 strengths
i. Briefly describe each strength
ii. How does each strength relate to the purpose of the case?
b. Which strength(s) is (are) a core competency(ies)? Briefly explain
3. Weaknesses
a. Identify 5 weaknesses
i. Briefly describe each weakness
ii. How does each weakness relate to the purpose of the case?
4. Prepare and IFAS table
a. What is this table and why are you using it here?
b. You don’t need to explain about weighted scale models again
Strategy Formulation (15 points)
1. Briefly describe the purpose of this section (what will the reader get out of this section)
2. Introduce the SFAS table
a. What is this table and why are you using it here?
b. How was it derived?
3. Based on factors from the SFAS table – prepare 3-5 alternative strategies for Staples to pursue.
4. Each strategy should include
a. One sentence stating the strategic alterative (what it is)
b. 1-2 sentences describing the alternative (how it would work)
c. At least 1 pro and 1 con for each
Recommendation (10 points)
1. Briefly describe the purpose of this section (what will the reader get out of this section)
2. Restate the strategic decision to be made.
3. Which strategy(ies) do you recommend for Staples?
4. How does this strategy(ies) address the purpose of the case?
5. Does your recommendation address any of the current challenges facing Staples? If so, how?
6. Explain how your recommendation addresses mutual exclusivity, success, completeness, and internal consistency.
7. What performance measure(s) do you suggest Staples use to measure the success of the strategy you recommend?
Appearance (10 points)
• Striving for a professional business proposal
• *****Do not include assignment instructions – you will be penalized****
• Do not number paragraphs
• Leave a space between paragraphs
• Massive blocks of text will not be read or g​‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌‌​raded
• No typos


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