Case Study Objectives and Discussion Questions

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Case Study Objectives and Discussion Questions Week 5 Case 6: Dell Inc. in 2008 [Objectives] Provides sufficient information for students to complete a thorough SWOT analysis and to develop a solid list of key success factors and driving forces [Discussion questions] 1. What is your evaluation of Michael Dell’s performance in his roles as Dell’s CEO and Chairman? How well has he performed the five tasks of crafting and executing strategy that were discussed in Chapter 2? 2. What are the elements of Dell’s strategy? Which one of the five generic competitive strategies is Dell employing? How well do the different pieces of Dell’s strategy fit together? In what ways is Dell’s strategy evolving? 3.…show more content…
2. What is your assessment of the long-term attractiveness of the industries represented in PepsiCo’s business portfolio? 3. What is your assessment of the competitive strength of PepsiCo’s different business units? 4. What does a 9-cell industry attractiveness/business strength matrix displaying PepsiCo’s business units look like? 5. Does PepsiCo’s portfolio exhibit good strategic fit? What value-chain match-ups do you see? What opportunities for skills transfer, cost sharing, or brand sharing do you see? 6. Does PepsiCo’s portfolio exhibit good resource fit? What are the cash flow characteristics of each of PepsiCo’s four segments? Which businesses are the strongest contributors to PepsiCo’s free cash flows? 7. Based on the preceding analysis, what is your overall evaluation of PepsiCo’s business portfolio in 2008? Does the portfolio provide the company’s shareholders with an opportunity for above-average market returns? 8. What strategic actions should Indra Nooyi take to sustain the corporation’s impressive financial and market performance? Should its free cash flows be used to fund additional share repurchase plans, pay higher dividends, make acquisitions, expand internationally, or for other purposes? What other strategic actions should be pursued by corporate level management? Week 11 Case22 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 2008 [Objectives] Help students be
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