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External and Internal Environments

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Overview

In this assignment, you are to use the same corporation you selected
and focused on for the Strategic Management and Strategic
Competitiveness assignment.

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Using the corporation you chose from the Week 3 assignment,
Strategic Management and Strategic Competitiveness, examine the industry
in which the entity operates. Use any or all of the following resources
to conduct research on the company:

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  • Company website.
  • Public filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Filings & Forms page.
  • Strayer University’s online databases.
  • The Lexis Advance database.
  • Other miscellaneous sources. Note: the company’s annual report will often provide insights that other resources may not include.

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Use the External and Internal Environments Template [DOC] to ensure that your assignment meets the requirements.

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Requirements

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Write a 4–6 page paper in which you do the following:

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  • Choose the two segments of the general environment that would rank highest in their influence on the corporation you chose.
    • Assess how these segments affect the corporation you chose and the industry in which it operates.
  • Considering the five forces of competition, choose the two that
    you estimate are the most significant for the corporation you chose.

    • Evaluate how well the company has addressed these two forces in the recent past.
  • With the same two forces in mind, predict what the company might
    do to improve its ability to address these forces in the near future.
  • Assess the external threats affecting this corporation and the opportunities available to the corporation.
    • Give your opinions on how the corporation should deal with the
      most serious threat and the greatest opportunity. Justify your answer.
  • Give your opinion on the corporation’s greatest strengths and most significant weaknesses.
    • Choose the strategy or tactic the corporation should select to
      take maximum advantage of its strengths, and the strategy or tactic the
      corporation should select to fix its most significant weakness. Justify
      your choices.
  • Determine the company’s resources, capabilities, and core competencies.
  • Go to the Strayer University Online Library to locate three quality references. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For
assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing
Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your
professor for any additional instructions.

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The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is as follows:

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  • Analyze the effects of the general environment, competition,
    threats, opportunities, strengths, and weaknesses relative to a
    corporation.