Describe five (5) important skills or qualities that you believe a CEO should possess in order to provide effective leadership to an organization.

Discussion Question 1_01: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Describe five (5) important skills or qualities that you believe a CEO should possess in order to provide effective leadership to an organization. Evaluate the performance of a real-life CEO based on the above criteria. How did the presence or absence of these characteristics affect the performance of the CEO and the strategic position of the firm? (30 points) (A 2-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 1_02: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

List and describe the eight (8) steps in the strategic decision-making process. Provide your opinion of why this process helps to improve the making of strategic decisions. (20 points) (A 1-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 2_03: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Develop an External Factor Analysis Summary (EFAS Table) for AirTran Airways listing five (5) opportunities and five (5) threats that you perceive as being the most crucial. Discuss why you consider these external factors to be important. (28 points) (A 1½-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 2_04: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Describe an industry scenario and provide a list of the eight (8) steps that one would take in the process of developing an industry scenario. (22 points) (A 1½-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 3_05: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Develop an Internal Factor Analysis Summary (IFAS Table) for AirTran Airways. List five (5) strengths and five (5) weaknesses that you perceive as being the most crucial. Provide a thorough discussion of why you consider these internal factors to be important. (30 points) (A 1½-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 3_06: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Using the EFAS (External Factor Analysis Summary) and IFAS (Internal Factor Analysis Summary) tables you developed earlier, develop a Strategic Factor Analysis Summary (SFAS) Matrix for AirTran Airways. List ten (10) strategic factors and discuss the relevance/importance of each to the strategic planning process. (20 points) (A 1-page response is required.)

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Activity 3_07: Instructions

Activity Instructions: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Read Case 19, “Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: On Becoming the World’s Largest Company (2002)” by James Camerius, in the Strategic Management and Business Policy textbook (Wheelen & Hunger, 2008, pp. 19-1 to 19-32) and the Instructions for Case Analysis located in the Course Syllabus. Analyze the strategic performance of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in the discount retailing industry. Your Activity responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the Activity itself. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your response and document in a bibliography using APA style. (100 points) (A 3- to 4-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 4_08: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

What are the two (2) factors that determine an organization’s functional strategies? Describe two (2) issues for each of the following functional areas that an organization must consider when developing strategies. (25 points) (A 1½-page response is required.)

Marketing Finance Purchasing R&D (research and development) Human Resources Paper 9:

Discussion Question 4_09: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Describe the three (3) basic types of organizational structures and the challenges/crises faced by the organization as it moves through each stage of corporate development. In addition, describe the matrix and network organizational structures. Discuss when their use is appropriate. (25 points) (A 1½-page response is required.)

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Activity 4_10: Instructions

Activity Instructions: Strategic Decision Making

Select a company that you have an interest in and complete the following. Use your text, lectures, journal articles, and Internet resources as needed. Your Activity responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the Activity itself. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your response and document in a bibliography using APA style. (100 points) (A 3- to 4-page response is required.)

Part A

Description: Describe the business. (10 points)

Part B

Competitors: Describe two competitors, including their strengths, weaknesses, and market share. (30 points)

Part C

SWOT Analysis: Perform a SWOT analysis. List five (5) opportunities/threats and five (5) strengths/weaknesses. (20 points)

Part D

SFAS Matrix: Develop a Strategic Factor Analysis Summary (SFAS) Matrix. Include ten (10) factors in your matrix. (20 points)

Part E

Market Location Tactics: Based upon the knowledge gained, identify the best market location tactic to use against each of the two (2) competitors. Thoroughly explain your reasoning. (20 points)

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Discussion Question 5_11: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Define downsizing. Describe five (5) guidelines that companies can follow in order to implement a successful downsizing strategy. (25 points) (A 1½-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 5_12: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Define benchmarking and describe the six (6) steps involved in evaluating performance using this method. (25 points) (A 1½-page response is required.)

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Activity 5_13: Instructions

Activity Instructions: Total Quality Management

Answer the following questions:

What is TQM? (20 points) What are the four (4) objectives for the use of TQM? (20 points) What are TQM’s five (5) essential ingredients? (15 points) Do you believe TQM is effective? Why or why not? Use specific company examples in your reasoning. (45 points) Your Activity responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the Activity itself. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your response and document in a bibliography using APA style. (100 points) (A 2- to 3-page response is required).

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Discussion Question 6_14: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Discuss ten (10) ways in which an organization can develop and maintain a culture of innovation. (20 points) (A 1-page response is required.)

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Discussion Question 6_15: Instructions

Upon completion of the Required Readings, write a thorough, well-planned narrative answer to each of the following discussion questions. Rely on your Required Readings and the Lecture and Research Update for specific information to answer each discussion question, but turn to your original thoughts when asked to apply, evaluate, analyze, or synthesize the information. Your Discussion Question responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the questions themselves. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your responses and document in a bibliography using APA style.

Describe three (3) external factors and five (5) entrepreneurial traits that determine the success of new ventures. (30 points) (A 2-page response is required.)

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Activity 6_16: Instructions

Activity Instructions: Apple Computer, Inc.

Read Case 10 in the Strategic Management and Business Policy textbook (Wheelen & Hunger, 2004 2008, pp. 10-1 to10-22), “Apple Computer and Steve Jobs (2006): Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Company by Moustafa Abdelsamad, Hitesh (John) Adhia, David Croll, Alan Hoffman, Charles Michaels Jr. and Thomas Wheelen, and the Instructions for Case Analysis located in the Course Syllabus. Also, review the Apple, Inc. Web site and appropriate journal articles for additional research material. Analyze the strategic performance of Apple Computer, Inc, in the personal computer (hardware and software) industry.

Your Activity responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct, and formatted in the same fashion as the Activity itself. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your response and document in a bibliography using APA style. (100 points) (A 3- to 4-page response is required).

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