Are these good growth results?

The following food retailer has experienced significant top-level growth over the past few years. But underpinning their results is a significant increase in franchised stores/outlets, so are the results as good as they appear?

 

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Here are some top-level financial figures for a food retailer growing primarily through a … Continue reading...

International Strategic Alliances

In recent years, a number of Australian universities have expanded into international markets (particularly in South-East Asia), usually utilizing a strategic alliance with an existing local college. But strategic alliances are designed to provide mutual benefits, is this the case here?

 

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Australian universities are faced with a mature education … Continue reading...

Best International Market Entry Option

After significant success in the local market, the company is looking to market to the more affluent markets in Asia markets. But the question is how they should do this? Which option would you recommend from the list below?

 

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“Full of Fun” fruit juices are a novel range of … Continue reading...

Should we expand internationally?

A chain of well-known surf wear stores is considering expanding to international markets, but they are unsure whether this is a good idea for their business – can you help them decide?

 

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Britney:

Thanks everyone for coming to the meeting. As you know, the company has been considering … Continue reading...

Impact on Positioning

This activity outlines two situations in regards to the potential impact on the firm’s positioning due to their distribution channel selection. Your task in this activity is to answer the assessment questions at the end regarding each situation.

 

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Increasing Sales of Jeans

The manufacturer of a well-known brand of … Continue reading...

A Pricing Strategy Success?

In the following case study, your task is to determine whether the firm should continue with its current strategy (which is mainly priced-based) or does it need to adopt a new approach?

 

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Credit unions are like small banks that usually only offer services to individual customers (that is, non-businesses). … Continue reading...

Which Brand Strategy?

The following is an excerpt from a manager’s meeting for firm that manufactures pretzels (a snack food that is considered to be a healthy alternative to chips/crisps – quite popular in the USA, but not so much in other countries). In the discussion they highlight the four broad brand strategy Continue reading...

Aligning New Products to Strategy

Your task in this activity is to generate some potential new product ideas/concepts that would logically fit with McDonald’s overall strategy. As we know, new products should not be introduced in isolation, or just to take advantage of a market opportunity. New products should be introduced to help implement and Continue reading...

Why Firms Introduce New Products

Most firms will have growth goals, which is one factor that drives firms to introduce new products. But there are other factors/drivers too. Review the following examples and try to identify a range of reasons for firms deciding to introduce new products.

 

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  1. A firm that has been the number
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Will Profit per Customer increase each year?

Do customers become more valuable over time? In this exercise, you consider whether a customer is likely to increase his/her relationship with a firm over time, by evaluating likelihood of them progressing through a relationship life-cycle path.


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Let’s consider the possible relationship life-cycle path of an average customer of … 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...

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...

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...