A New Environment; A New Strategy

In this exercise, you are required to help a traditional hamburger store adapt to the new market environment of more health-conscious consumers. To help guide you, some market research data has been presented. The issue here is to determine whether there is still a viable traditional market or whether the … Continue reading...

Adapting to the New Environment

For this activity, you will play the role of a marketing consultant advising a small change of CD/music retail stores how they can best adapt to the changing lifestyle and technological macro-environment. You are presented with some introductory information regarding the key trends in this sector. What advice would you Continue reading...

Change in Retailer Relationships

In this exercise, you need to evaluate how well this manufacturer is progressing with their retailer relationships (in its micro-environment). As you can see, they have increased sales to retailers by $2m and they have also increased the number of retailing chains that they deal with. These results are obviously Continue reading...

Internal Marketing: Changing the Corporate Culture


Often firms seek to modify their corporate culture, as part of their overall internal marketing program. For this exercise, assume you are a consultant brought into a Fortune 1000 firm with the project of dramatically altering the firm’s corporate culture in order to improve its level of marketing orientation. Your Continue reading...

Impact of Management Values on Strategy

In this activity, a firm is deciding on whether or not to invest in a major new product. In order to illustrate the influence of top management values, the profiles of four different CEOs are presented. Your task is to identify whether the management style of the CEO would influence Continue reading...

Assessing the Corporate Culture

Listed below is a series of statements made by employees when describing the way their firms motivate and deal with their staff. This gives a good insight in the firm’s corporate culture, which is a key aspect of the internal environment. Your task in this activity is to identify how Continue reading...

Assessing the Impact of an Environmental Change

This discussion exercise is based around the results of two Canadian market research surveys from mid-2012, conducted on behalf of PayPal, which highlights the willingness of their population to shift to a cashless society. This change in the macro-environment will have significant implications for the retailing sector. Your task here Continue reading...

What’s the Best Marketing Strategy?

In this short case study, a hypothetical manufacturer of pasta and related products is faced with a choice of four different marketing strategies. Your task in this exercise is to determine which strategic path is the best for them. All four strategic options have a supportive rationale, so which one Continue reading...

Making a Marketing Strategy Choice

Below is a case study of a hypothetical toy manufacturer (Fun 4 U) that is faced with two distinct marketing strategy choices. Your task here is to determine, based on the information available, the best approach for the firm. Remember to think about the firm’s existing strengths (as you assess Continue reading...

Benefits of Strategic Alliances

Below is a list of possible and actual strategic alliances. Your task in this activity is to first identify the benefits and risks associated with each of the ventures. You also need to determine the extent to which customers will also benefit. On the basis of this assessment, you then Continue reading...

Should We Expand?

In this exercise, you are presented with a summary of a discussion from a manager’s meeting, which highlights the for and against of a franchised food retailer (like Subway) expanding their product range. As you see, their proposed move has both significant opportunities as well as substantial risks. Your task Continue reading...

Choose the Best Strategy

This mini-case study lists seven potential growth strategies for most regionally-based banks in Australia (and probably most countries). Your task in this exercise is to evaluate the bank’s strengths, assess its dynamic environment, and then select the most suitable strategy direction for them to at least survive and hopefully to Continue reading...

What’s the Best Strategy Choice?

In this mini-case study, you need to select the most appropriate growth strategy for a producer of cheeses from a choice of seven options. The key to this exercise is to consider the firm’s existing strengths and how they could best leverage those in the marketplace. Potentially you may choose Continue reading...

Assessing a Strategic Alliance

In this mini-case study, you are required to determine whether a joint venture between Tesco Bank and Aviva (insurance) has benefits for both players as well as customers. To do this task successfully, you will need to consider what capabilities each organization is likely to provide to the strategic alliance.Continue reading...

Using the BCG Matrix

In the following mini-case study, you are required to categorize the corporation’s business portfolio into the four boxes of the BCG (Boston Consulting Group) model. You then need to decide how the management should allocate $250 million funds available across their strategic business units (SBUs), using the BCG matrix as … Continue reading...

Understanding the Product/Market Growth Matrix

Your task in this activity is to classify the examples listed below into one of the four categories on the  product/market growth matrix (also sometimes referred to as Ansoff’s model). You will need to consider whether it is a new or existing product and market for the firm. A diagram Continue reading...