Discussion Topic 1 of 2: How does this first week’s materials

 

Discussion Topic 1 of 2:

  • How does this first week’s materials compare with your earlier perceptions of “what strategic management is all about”? In other words, how similar was your perception with how we have just described and defined strategic management?
  • What, specifically, interests you most about this course? That is, which topic(s) seem most applicable or interesting to you, and why?

  

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Discussion Topic 2 of 2:

(1) Identify an industry or “type of company” (you don’t have to “name any names”) in which you have worked in the past.

(2) Consider the Five Forces from the “External Analysis” sections in the book, lecture videos, and my summary of the concepts. Which elements of the Five Forces stand out to you about this INDUSTRY CONTEXT? In other words, rivalry is extremely high now in the restaurant industry, but for a large restaurant chain, supplier power might be relatively low because big chains wield relatively more power over their suppliers. While Five Forces is fundamentally about the industry, of course some firms may experience different levels of these forces based on how they are positioned in the industry (e.g., McDonald’s looks very different from Cafe Mandu in Irving, Texas).  

 

300-400 WORDS PARAGRAPH PER DISCUSSION TOPIC 

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