prioritize internal factors fosters communication across functions B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e
Develop both an external factor evaluation (EFE) matrix and an internal factor evaluation (IFE) matrix for a chosen organization, and write an analysis of the pros and cons and applications for use of each of these analytical tools.
- An EFE matrix summarizes the results of an external audit. Using an IFE matrix to identify and prioritize internal factors fosters communication across functions and allows functional employees to articulate their concerns about the organization’s business condition. An EFE matrix, an IFE matrix, and a SWOT analysis, which identifies the internal strengths and weaknesses and the external opportunities and threats to an organization, are often completed together.
Because of increased turbulence in business markets, an external audit is an important part of strategic management. An external audit includes collecting and evaluating information about competitors, technology, and legal, governmental, political, environmental, demographic, cultural, social, and economic trends in the marketplace. Organizations must empower their employees to identify, monitor, forecast, and evaluate external forces. Failure to do so might mean missed opportunities or ineffective strategies. It is important to use the Internet and information technology to gain information about the competition. Using an external factor evaluation (EFE) matrix and competitive profile matrix can help evaluate markets.
- Organizations also audit their internal strengths and weaknesses, including the major functional areas. The core operations of most organizations include management, marketing, finance, operations, research, and information systems. An internal audit helps ensure an organization’s health and may help establish competitive advantage and strengthen bottom-line performance. To do an internal assessment, strategists identify and evaluate internal strengths and weaknesses and formulate strategies for effectiveness. The process of doing an internal audit is an opportunity for employees throughout the organization to participate in choosing the future of the organization. Involvement in the process can energize and mobilize the enterprise.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
- How do multi-national corporations face global challenges?
- How do corporations respond to the threats and opportunities of doing business globally?
- What seems to be working and what is missing for these corporations?
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The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
- Jeyarathmm, M. (2008). Strategic management. Mumbai, IND: Global Media.
Course Library Guide
A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the BUS-FP4015 – Strategic Planning and Implementation Library Guide to help direct your research.
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
- David, F. R., & David, F. R. (2017). Strategic management: A competitive advantage approach, concepts & cases (16th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Select an organization for which to create an external factor evaluation (EFE) matrix and an internal factor evaluation (IFE) matrix. Ideally, the company you choose will be a familiar one and one to which you have easy access, such as your place of employment or a company close to where you live. You may use the same organization for other assessments in this course.
EFE MATRIX AND IFE MATRIX
Complete the following:
- Using the EFE Matrix Template linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading, record the external factors, weights, ratings, and total weighted scores for your chosen organization. Once you complete the table in the template, discuss the pros and cons and applications for use of this analytical tool. You may record the written portion of the assessment in the template document, or you may create a separate document.
- Using the IFE Matrix Template linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading, record the internal factors, weights, ratings, and total weighted scores for your chosen organization. Once you complete your IFE matrix table, discuss the pros and cons and applications for use of this analytical tool for the organization. In addition, propose strategies that address the following. You may record the written portion of the assessment in the template, or you may create a separate document.
- What do you think would allow the organization to capitalize on its strengths?
- What do you think would allow the organization to improve upon its weaknesses?
- What are potential issues for stakeholders in their functional areas?
- Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- APA formatting: If you use sources, ensure that resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
EFE and IFE Matrix Scoring Guide
CRITERIA DISTINGUISHED Develop an EFE matrix that includes factors, weights, ratings, and total weighted scores. Develops an EFE matrix that includes an analysis of factors, weights, ratings, and total weighted scores. Develop an IFE matrix that includes factors, weights, ratings, and total weighted scores. Develops an IFE matrix that includes an analysis of factors, weights, ratings, and total weighted scores. Interpret how the organization can capitalize on strengths. Analyzes how the organization can capitalize on strengths. Interpret how the organization can improve on weaknesses. Analyzes how the organization can improve on weaknesses. Illustrate potential issues for stakeholders in the functional areas. Evaluates potential issues for stakeholders in the functional areas. Discuss the pros and cons and application of each of the analytical tools. Defends the pros and cons and application of each of the analytical tools.
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