BUSN 412 Course Project United Way

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BUSN 412 Course Project United Way 
Briefly describe the company in the case analysis. What is their primary business, who were the officers or key…

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BUSN 412 Course Project United Way

BUSN 412 Course Project United Way

A+ Week 8

Briefly describe the company in the case analysis. What is their primary business, who were the officers or key players described in the case study? If the case study company is currently in business, list the company’s current CEO, total sales, and profit or loss for the last year where data is available. Identify key events or phases in the company’s history. Describe the performance of this company in the industry. Visit the company’s website and use http://finance.yahoo.com and/or some other financial search engine to find this data. (15 points)

ANALYSIS VIA PORTER’S FIVE FORCES MODEL

Analyze the competitive environment by listing the threat of new entrants, the bargaining power of buyers, the bargaining power of suppliers, the threat of substitute products and services, and the intensity of rivalry among competitors in the industry (Chapter 2). Summarize your key points in a figure. (25 points)

STRATEGY USED

How does this company create and sustain a competitive advantage? What strategy from the readings was undertaken by this company? Were they successful? Can all companies use this strategy? How is the strategy affected by the life cycle in the industry? Remember to reference Porter’s generic strategies identified in Chapter 5 of the textbook, THIS IS CRITICAL. (40 points)

Specific STRATEGY(S)

Choose six specific strategies from this list.

Ensuring Coherence in Strategic Direction (pages 26–32)

Value Chain Analysis (pages 81–93)

Resource View of Firm (pages 93–104)

Industry Life Cycle Strategies (pages 187–195)

Turnaround Strategies (pages 193–195)

Vertical Integration (pages 210–214)

Portfolio Management and the BCG Matrix (pages 216–226)

Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures (pages 226–228)

Achieving Competitive Advantage (pages 256–267)

Entry Model (pages 267–272)

Entrepreneurial Strategy (pages 292–311)

External Governance Control (pages 340–347)

Linking Strategic Rewards (pages 366–372)

Creating Ambidextrous Organization Designs (pages 383–387)

Leadership (pages 392–416)

Apply them in detail to the organization. Be sure to think strategically and show the results clearly. Use the strategy as a sub-header for each section so it is clear what is being applied. (90 points)

COURSE OF ACTION RECOMMENDED

If you were in a position to advise this company, what strategy would you recommend to sustain competitive advantage and achieve future growth? Be specific and list the steps the company should take for successful implementation of your course of action. (15 points)

OPINION

What do you think of this case study? Describe what you believe are the lessons learned from this case. (10 points)

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The primary objective of a United Way is to create a healthier community by supporting programs and services that positively impact priority needs and urgent issues. As leaders in their respective communities, United Ways are charged with the task of making the most out of the efforts of the service providers and projects that they…