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Strayer BUS 499 Weeks 1-11 Discussions / Business Administration Capstone

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Strayer BUS 499 Weeks 1-11 Discussions / Business Administration Capstone\n\nWEEK 1 DISUCSSION 1 From the first e-Activity, determine which of the two primary drivers of the competitive landscape is more influential. Explain your rationale.\n\nWEEK 1 DISCUSSION 2 From the second e-Activity, determine the level of responsibility management had for the business failure you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nWEEK 2 DISCUSSION 1\n\nPerform an analysis of the social / demographic, technological, economic, environmental / geographic, and political/legal / governmental segments to understand the general environment facing Union Pacific. \n\nWEEK 2 DISCUSSION 2\n\nAnalyze the industry you selected using the Five Forces of Competition Model to determine the impact of each of the five forces.\n\nBased on your analysis, determine if the industry is attractive or unattractive\n\nWEEK 3 DISCUSSION 1 Several companies use their brand as a competitive advantage. Given your knowledge about the global economy, identify three brands you believe have the strongest likelihood of remaining a source of advantage in the 21st Century and explain why.\n\nWEEK 3 DISCUSSION 2 From the e-Activity, analyze the internal environment of the company you researched to determine that company’s strengths and weaknesses.\n\n \n\nBased on the strengths and weaknesses you discovered, determine what steps the company could take to positively impact the company’s competitiveness. Explain your rationale.\n\nWEEK 4 Discussion 1 From the first e-Activity, assess your satisfaction with the company you researched and make recommendations about how that company could modify its business-level strategy to both increase your overall level of satisfaction and to attract new customers. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nAnalyze the five business-level strategies discussed in Chapter 4 to determine which strategy the company you researched most likely applies. Determine how your experience with that company might change if it switched to one of the other four strategies (your choice). Explain your rationale.\n\nWEEK 4 Discussion 2 From the second e-Activity and the case study, determine how market commonality and resource similarity impact Apple’s competitive standing in terms of its main rivals. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nDetermine what additional steps Apple's competitors are likely to take and how Apple will most likely respond. Explain your rationale.\n\nWEEK 5 DISCUSSION 1 From the e-Activity, suggest one way the company you researched could increase its level of value-creating diversification. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nBuilding on the topic above, determine how diversified the company you research could become before it created a negative impact on the company’s bottom line. Explain your rationale. \n\nWEEK 5 DISCUSSION 2 From the e-Activity and the case study, evaluate the business-level strategy of Victory Motorcycles to determine whether you believe the strategy is appropriate to offset forces in the industry. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nMake recommendations for improving this strategy as well as describing any challenges you foresee in executing those recommendations. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nWEEK 6 DISCUSSION 1 Some evidence suggests there is a relationship between the top level management’s compensation and the size of the firm. Explain what inducement you think the relationship provides to upper-level executives. Recommend what can be done to influence the relationship so that it serves the shareholders’ interests.\n\nWEEK 6 DISCUSSION 2 Dr. Pepper Snapple Group 2011. Fighting to prosper in a highly competitive market. The case study outlines six specific strategies that the firm could take to support its strategic direction. Determine which approach is most likely to benefit the company. Explain your rationale. Briefly, outline at least one strategy the company could take to support its strategic direction. Explain why this new strategy would be successful.\n\nWEEK 7 DISCUSSION 1 Determine why, given the advantages of international diversification, some firms choose not to expand internationally. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nAs firms attempt to internationalize, they may be tempted to locate their facilities where business regulation laws are lax. Discuss the advantages and potential risks of such an approach, using specific examples to support your response.\n\nWEEK 7DISCUSSION 2 From an ethical perspective, determine how much information a firm is obliged to tell a potential strategic alliance partner about what it expects to learn from the cooperative arrangement. Explain your rationale.\n\nFrom the e-Activity, determine which type of cooperative strategy would most benefit the two companies you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nWeek 8 Discussion 1 Analyze the three internal governance mechanisms (ownership concentration, boards of directors, and executive compensation) and recommend a possible fourth mechanism that would help align the interests of managerial agents with those of the firm’s owners. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nFrom the e-Activity, determine how U.S.-based corporations could incorporate elements of the corporate governance practices you researched to help top-level managers make better ethical decisions. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nWeek 8 Discussion 2 Corporate governance has become a hot issue in the U.S. over the past two decades. From your analysis of the case study, determine two possible corporate governance challenges that might be faced by Best Buy as a result of its rapid growth and why they could become corporate governance issues.\n\nMake recommendations for how Best Buy can overcome these challenges. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nWEEK 9 DISCUSSION 1 Determine whether the current organizational structure at Domino’s is a good match for its corporate strategies. Explain your rationale. Evaluate alternative structures to determine which one would be most appropriate for Domino's to consider and discuss likely benefits Domino’s would realize from adopting that structure. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nWEEK 9 DISCUSSION 2 Compare and contrast strategic controls and financial controls. Provide specific examples of how each may be used to best serve a corporation. As a strategic leader, determine if you would feel ethically responsible for developing your firm’s human capital and state why. Discuss whether or not you believe your position is consistent with the majority or minority of today’s strategic leaders.\n\nWEEK 10 DISCUSSION 1 From the e-Activity, evaluate the lessons learned in this chapter to determine which single lesson would be most beneficial to the company you researched. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nFrom the e-Activity, identify one firm that you think would make a good strategic partner for the company you researched. Provide specific examples of why you think this firm would be a good partner.\n\nDISCUSSION 2 Analyze the different approaches to innovation discussed in this chapter to determine which approach you think would be the greatest value to the greatest number of organizations. Explain your rationale.\n\nCreate one innovative approach that is not discussed in the textbook for increasing the amount of innovation within a large company. Describe this approach in detail and explain how companies could benefit from it.\n\nWEEK 11 Discussion 1 Create a metaphor or analogy that captures the essence of the major lessons learned in the BBA program (e.g., business administration is like . . .).\n\nDiscuss the single most interesting or surprising thing you learned in the BBA program, as well as what made it so.\n\nWEEK 11 Discussion 2 Discuss how you will use the lessons learned in your BBA program to be more productive in your current (or future) career. Provide specific examples to support your response.\n\nPredict what major issues this program will be addressing 10 years from now. Explain your rationale.\n\n

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