This week, you’ll continue working on your Real-world Business Analysis. Remember, the instructor will seek evidence of your participation in the Groups area of this classroom.
Real-world Business Analysis Part V
This week, you will move forward in your application of strategic thinking concepts and strategic tools. The tools you will explore this week focus on the creation and initial assessment of value innovation or blue ocean strategies.
By Day 4, post to your Group Discussion area an attachment document in which you have included the following items (use the bold section titles to separate the various analyses). You must also post a 1- to 2-paragraph summary of your work as the text of your post so that the instructor can see it.
Additionally, please paste your initial Assignment post into a Microsoft Word document, save it with the file name “WK6Assgn+first initial+last name.doc”, and submit it to SafeAssign via the View/Complete link below.
Six Paths Analysis
Review Chapter 3, “Reconstruct Market Boundaries,” in the course text Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant, and, using Figure 3-5 on page 79 as a guide, construct a quick six paths analysis for your chosen company.
a. This entails identifying (either in graphical or tabular form) the current state of competition, vis-à-vis industry, strategic group, buyer group, scope of product or offering, functional-emotional orientation, and time.
b. Then, use this analysis to inform your development of a strategy canvas, where you will begin to explore a reconstruction of market boundaries—looking to identify potential blue ocean spaces (see next step).
Strategy Canvas Analysis
Review pages 25-28 in Chapter 2, “Analytical Tools and Frameworks,” and review Chapter 4, “Focus on the Big Picture, Not the Numbers” in the course text Blue Ocean Strategy. Draft a complete strategy canvas for your real-world business that addresses the following:
Why/how have you chosen the factors that the industry competes on and invests in?
Why/how have you assessed the relative offering level for each element?
Which competitors/segments did you select to model and why?
Four Actions Grid Analysis
Review pages 29-37 in Chapter 2, “Analytical Tools and Frameworks.’ Based on your strategy canvas and six paths analysis, complete an “eliminate-reduce-raise-create” grid for your real-world company. Make sure that your four actions framework is consistent with your emerging overall value innovation strategy and that you have begun to anticipate the various implementation challenges that will arise from your grid analysis.
Review Chapter 5, “Reach Beyond Existing Demand” in the course text Blue Ocean Strategy. Complete a three-tier analysis of noncustomers and write one or two paragraphs that describe the strategic implications of your analysis and how it informs your emerging value innovation strategy.
Peer Review and Feedback: From Day 4 until Day 6, review the work of each of your peers. Provide relevant, timely, and applicable feedback, using concepts and tools learned during the course to help improve your peers’ emerging applied business strategy working paper. You can provide various levels and depths of feedback, depending on your own expertise and interest. However, each member of your feedback network must provide some relevant feedback to each colleague on your team during the response post time.
On Day 7, post a revised version of your analysis to the Group Discussion area. (Note: Your revised analysis will be re-posted in the completed document on Day 7 of Week 8.)
Important Note: The Course Instructor will visit each of the groups’ Discussion areas to note the participation of group members. You are required to meet online for this Group Discussion. Your Course Instructor will be looking for your thoughts and responses and to make sure everyone is posting online and working together as a group. Please note that if the instructor does not see your postings in the Groups area, you may not get credit. If you e-mail one another, work in the Chat area, or have conference calls, you must post a summary in the Group Discussion area detailing who attended, how long you met, and what you discussed. It is your responsibility to make sure that your name is included in order to get credit, so each participant may wish to post his or her own summary.
Note: Be sure to review the rubric for this Application before beginning your work.You will be assessed this week on your peer feedback, and on the other components of this week’s Application when you turn in your final version in Week 8.
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