Project #159672 - CAREER CONNECTION: Values and Strategy Paper

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Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/08/2016 12:00 am

Choose an organization as the focus for the Strategic Plan, due in Week 6. Choose an organization according to the following. Do not pick any of these:

 

  • Current employer
  • Most recent or former employer
  • Organization with which your spouse or significant other is employed
  • Companies for which papers are available for sale for this or similar strategy classes
  • Any of the following: GE, Walmart, Apple, McDonalds, Google
  • Companies which you used in earlier classes and about which you expect to recycle significant parts of earlier papers
  • Companies which are not going concerns (without first discussing it with me).

 

Avoid choosing an organization that is so large that historical data would be difficult to apply. Firms in the Russell 2000® index may fit well, whereas firms in the Dow 30 Industrial index do not.

 

Pick a U-form, public, for-profit company with at least three years financial data available on the EDGAR database at http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html . Your life will be much more pleasant for the next six weeks if you pick a company which has opportunities or challenges about which you are already aware and have some idea about how you want to address them.

 

I prefer corporate strategy recommendations. That's why I ask for U-form companies. I might approve a business strategy if the various subsidiaries are well differentiated in the public financial disclosures. I am unlikely to approve a functional strategy unless you make an airtight case for doing so in this week one assignment.

 

I will approve most companies with annual Gross Sales between $400 million and $5 billion that meet the above criteria. Please don't proceed without first getting approval for your company as that will only set you back a week.

 

The organization can be a start-up that you or a significant other may create in the future. For a start-up, focus on an entrepreneurial idea that is of substantive interest, so this project leaves you with a product or service you may leverage in the future. I will want to have a discussion with any student who wants to propose a startup before I approve the idea.

 

 

Write a 1,050-word paper in which you address the following: 

  • Identify the major components of the strategic management process (no more than 30% of the paper).
  • Discuss how these components work together to create value for this specific organization.
  • Evaluate the company's mission statement, vision statement, motivation strategy, innovation strategy, and people strategy. If the organization does not have one or more of these, how does that affect the organization and its people?
  • Explain the role of ethics and corporate social responsibility in strategic planning.  How does this direct their strategy? How does the organization's vison and mission align with your own values and vision?  If you are currently working for the organization, how does your role influence this and vice versa?  

Format your paper according to APA guidelines. 

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