Entrepreneurial and Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

Sample Topics Tutored

What Is Strategy and Why Is It Important?

Leading the Process of Crafting and Executing Strategy

Evaluating a Company’s External Environment

Evaluating a Company’s Resources and Competitive Position

The Five Generic Competitive Strategies: Which One to Employ?

Supplementing the Chosen Competitive Strategy: Other Important Business Strategy Choices

Strategies for Competing in Foreign Markets

Diversification: Strategies for Managing a Group of Businesses

Ethical Business Strategies, Social Responsibility, and Environmental Sustainability

Building an Organization Capable of Good Strategy Execution

Managing Internal Operations: Actions That Promote Good Strategy Execution

Corporate Culture and Leadership: Keys to Good Strategy Execution

Sample Cases

 Crafting Strategy in Single-Business Companies

  • Whole Foods Market in 2008—Vision, Core Values, and Strategy
  • Costco Wholesale Corp. in 2008— Mission, Business Model, and Strategy
  • JetBlue Airways: A Cadre of New Managers Takes Control
  • Competition in the Golf Equipment Industry in 2008
  • Competition in the Movie Rental Industry in 2008: Netflix and Blockbuster Battle for Market Leadership
  • Dell, Inc. in 2008—Can It Overtake Hewlett-Packard as the Worldwide Leader in Personal Computers?
  • Apple, Inc. in 2008
  • Panera Bread Company
  • Rogers’s Chocolates
  • Nucor Corporation—Competing Against Low Cost Foreign Imports
  • Competition in Video Game Consoles
  • Nintendo’s Strategy for the Wii—Good Enough to Beat Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3?
  • Corona Beer
  • Google’s Strategy in 2008
  • The Challenges Facing eBay in 2008—Time for Changes in Strategy?
  • Loblaw Companies Limited: Preparing for Wal-Mart Supercenters
  • Research in Motion: Managing Explosive Growth

Crafting Strategy in Diversified Companies

  • Adidas in 2008: Has Corporate Restructuring Increased Shareholder Value?
  • PepsiCo’s Diversification Strategy in 2008

Executing Strategy and Strategic Leadership

  • Robin Hood
  • Dilemma at Devil’s Den
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 2008—Management’s Initiatives to Transform the Company and Curtail Wal-Mart Bashing
  • Southwest Airlines in 2008: Culture, Values, and Operating Practices
  • Shangri-La Hotels

Strategy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility

  • E. & J. Gallo
  • Detecting Unethical Practices at Supplier Factories: The Monitoring and Remediation Challenges

Popular Test Books:

Crafting & Executing Strategy: Text and Readings, (bundle with BSG) – 17.Edition – 2009
Arthur A. Thompson, Jr.;A.J. StricklandIII; John E. Gamble