(Mt) – MGT 401 SEU Strategic Management Acquisitions & iRobot Co Questions

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‫المملكة العربية السعودية‬ ‫وزارة التعليم‬ ‫الجامعة السعودية اإللكترونية‬ Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education Saudi Electronic University College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment 3 Strategic Management (MGT 401) Due Date: 26/04/2022 @ 23:59 Course Name: Strategic Management Student’s Name: Course Code: MGT 401 Student’s ID Number: Semester: Second CRN: 23521 Academic Year:2021-22-2nd For Instructor’s Use only Instructor’s Name: Dr. Arfia Aman Students’ Grade: Marks Obtained/Out of 10 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low General Instructions – PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY • • • • • • • • The Assignment must be submitted on Blackboard (WORD format only) via allocated folder. Assignments submitted through email will not be accepted. Students are advised to make their work clear and well presented, marks may be reduced for poor presentation. This includes filling your information on the cover page. Students must mention question number clearly in their answer. Late submission will NOT be accepted. Avoid plagiarism, the work should be in your own words, copying from students or other resources without proper referencing will result in ZERO marks. No exceptions. All answered must be typed using Times New Roman (size 12, double-spaced) font. No pictures containing text will be accepted and will be considered plagiarism). Submissions without this cover page will NOT be accepted. Learning Outcomes: ▪ ▪ ▪ Describe the different issues related to environmental scanning, strategy formulation, and strategy implementation in diversified organizations. ClO-2 Distinguish between different types and levels of strategy and strategy implementation-CLO4 Communicate issues, results, and recommendations coherently, and effectively regarding appropriate strategies for different situations, ClO-6 Assignment Question(s): A. Discussion questions 1. Is the evaluation and control process appropriate for a corporation that emphasizes creativity? Are control and creativity compatible? Discuss. (2 marks) Max 300 words 2. What skills should a person have for managing a business unit following a differentiation strategy? Why? What should a company do if no one is available internally and the company has a policy of promotion from within? (2 marks) Max 400 words 3. Why is an understanding of national cultures important in strategic management? (1 mark) Max 300 words B. Case study An acquisition is a situation whereby one firm (acquiring firm) purchases most or all of another firm’s (acquired firm) shares in order to take control. From real national/international market, select an example of an acquisition between two firms and answer the following questions: 1. Briefly introduce the chosen acquiring and acquired firms (Industry, activity, nationality, market position, …). (1Mark). Max 100 words 2. Explain the different reasons for this acquisition. (1Mark) 3. Was this acquisition successful? Why? (1Mark) 4. Evaluate the competitive advantage of the acquiring company (after the acquisition). (1Mark) 5. What is the method used by the acquiring firm to manage the culture of the acquired firm? underline the pros and cons of this method. (1Mark) Answers A. Discussion questions 1. Answer Q1- 2. Answer Q2- A. Case study 1. Answer Q1- 2. Answer Q2- 3. Answer Q3- 4. Answer Q4- 5. Answer Q5- ‫المملكة العربية السعودية‬ ‫وزارة التعليم‬ ‫الجامعة السعودية اإللكترونية‬ Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education Saudi Electronic University College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment 2 Strategic Management (MGT 401) Due Date: 16/04/2022 @ 23:59 Course Name: Strategic Management Student’s Name: Course Code: MGT 401 Student’s ID Number: Semester: Second CRN:23521 Academic Year:2021-22-2nd For Instructor’s Use only Instructor’s Name: Dr. Arfia Aman Students’ Grade: Marks Obtained/Out of 10 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low General Instructions – PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY • • • • • • • • The Assignment must be submitted on Blackboard (WORD format only) via allocated folder. Assignments submitted through email will not be accepted. Students are advised to make their work clear and well presented, marks may be reduced for poor presentation. This includes filling your information on the cover page. Students must mention question number clearly in their answer. Late submission will NOT be accepted. Avoid plagiarism, the work should be in your own words, copying from students or other resources without proper referencing will result in ZERO marks. No exceptions. All answered must be typed using Times New Roman (size 12, double-spaced) font. No pictures containing text will be accepted and will be considered plagiarism). Submissions without this cover page will NOT be accepted. Assignment 2: A case study Learning Outcomes: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Describe the different issues related to environmental scanning, strategy formulation, and strategy implementation in diversified organizations- CLO2 Explain the contribution of functional, business, and corporate strategies in the competitive advantage of the organization-CLO3. Distinguish between different types and levels of strategy and strategy implementation-CLO4 Communicate issues, results, and recommendations coherently, and effectively regarding appropriate strategies for different situations-CLO6 Assignment Question(s): Read carefully case No 8 from your textbook (entitled ‘iRobot: Finding the Right Market Mix?) and answer the following questions: (1 mark each question) 1. Draw the SWOT matrix of the iRobot company. 2. What is the competitive strategy used by iRobot company? 3. Use the five forces of the M. Porter matrix to describe the robot-based product industry. 4. Describe the different functional strategies of the iRobot company. 5. Describe the relationship of iRobot with its primary stakeholders. 6. Describe the core competency and the outsourcing strategy of iRobot. 7. What kind of strategic alliance is used by iRobot? Why does iRobot choose it? 8. What are the main challenges that iRobot faces? 9. Assess the competitive advantage of iRobot on its market. 10. Recommend solutions for iRobot to improve its competitive advantage. Notes: ✓ Kindly be accurate and brief when answering the questions. ✓ You are required to use the terminology used in your course. ✓ Copy/pasting the phrases from the text is not acceptable. You must use your own words. Answers

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