Assignment 4: Capstone Project
Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research articles on strategic management of Apple Inc. and Samsung Group.
Write a ten to twelve (10-12) page paper in which you:
1. Analyze the existing business strategies, domestic and global environments, industry, and internal capabilities for both Apple and Samsung. Assess the significant
manner in which each company’s mission and vision align with the long-terms goals and strategic direction of the organization.
2. Analyze the business-level strategy of each company by conducting a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis. Next, determine the
fundamental way in which each sector influences its competitive position within the industry. Provide rationale to support the response.
3. Analyze the central manner in which the strategies of each company’s business leaders have adapted to cultural differences in order to both facilitate effective
operations within global markets and drive new strategic initiatives with improved innovation excellence. Provide one (1) example of such strategies in use from each
company to support the response.
4. Evaluate the superiority of each company’s organizational competencies in terms of entrepreneurial capabilities, organizational design capabilities, and strategic
capabilities geared toward increased performance and profitability. Include one (1) example of such superiority from each company to support the response.
5. Recommend one (1) appropriate new business strategy for each company that may maximize profitability and improved competitiveness in the industry. Provide a
detailed rationale for this strategy.
6. Evaluate the success of both companies’ corporate-level strategies in terms of horizontal integration, vertical integration, strategic outsourcing, or
diversification. Next, determine the type of strategy that contributed most effectively to the creation of a successful and profitable multi-business model. Provide a
detailed rationale to support the response.
7. Analyze the strategies that the internal leadership of both Apple and Samsung has taken to discourage unethical behaviors. Provide at least three (3) examples of
such leadership in action from both companies to support the response.
8. Assume that both Apple and Samsung are in need of organizational change and must alter existing strategies. Recommend three (3) specific ways in which Apple and
Samsung could change functional, business, and corporate strategies, as well as organizational structure and control in order to improve business performance and
competitiveness in their industry. Provide a rationale to support the response.
Use at least six (6) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. One (1) of the six (6)
resources must be the following text:
Hill, C. (2013). Strategic management: An intergrated approach. Cengage Learning.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
1. Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific
format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the
reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Recommend effective business strategies based on an analysis of domestic and global operating environments, market dynamics, and internal capabilities.
3. Analyze the external and internal environment for opportunities, threats, strengths, and weaknesses that impact the firm’s competitiveness.
4. Describe strategic planning techniques used to formulate alternative strategies designed to achieve stated business goals.
5. Analyze strategies for exerting the internal leadership needed to drive the implementation of strategic initiatives and improve operating excellence.
6. Use technology and information resources to research issues in strategic management.
7. Write clearly and concisely about strategic management using proper writing mechanics.
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