The subject that I choose to write this paper on is IBM.
Course Project Week 8 Guidelines and Grading Rubric (200 points) Use your Course Project organization selected during Week 2 for this assignment. COMPANY NAME, WEBSITE, and INDUSTRY State the company name, website address, and industry. BACKGROUND and HISTORY Briefly describe the company in the case analysis. What is their primary business, who were the officers or key players described in the case study? If the case study company is currently in business, list the company’s current CEO, total sales, and profit or loss for the last year where data is available. Identify key events or phases in the company’s history. Describe the performance of this company in the industry. Visit the company’s website and use http://finance.yahoo.com and/or some other financial search engine to find this data. (15 points) NOTE : Make sure to use APA citations throughout the paper. The textbook should be cited if it is the source of information. If you are not familiar with APA citation, check out the tutorial APA Guidelines for Citing Sources at the end of the course Syllabus. There are videos to help you with the APA format and business research in the Week 1 Llecture. ANALYSIS VIA PORTER’S FIVE FORCES MODEL Analyze the competitive environment by listing the threat of new entrants, the bargaining power of buyers, the bargaining power of suppliers, the threat of substitute products and services, and the intensity of rivalry among competitors in the industry (Chapter 2). Summarize your key points in a figure. (25 points) STRATEGY USED How does this company create and sustain a competitive advantage? What strategy from the readings was undertaken by this company? Were they successful? Can all companies use this strategy? How is the strategy affected by the life cycle in the industry? Remember to reference Porter’s generic strategies identified in the textbook (Chapter 5 page 148), THIS IS CRITICAL. (40 points) Specific STRATEGY(S) Choose six specific strategies from this list. Ensuring Coherence in Strategic Direction (pages 23–28) Value Chain Analysis (pages 76–88) Resource View of Firm (pages 88–96) Industry Life Cycle Strategies (pages 167–173) Portfolio Management and the BCG Matrix (pages 192–194) Turnaround Strategies (pages 173–174) Vertical Integration (pages 188–190) Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures (pages 240–241) Related Diversification (pages 187–190) Achieving Competitive Advantage (pages 229–238) Entry Mode (pages 238–241) Entrepreneurial Strategy (pages 260–265) Creating Ambidextrous Organization Designs (pages 339–340) Leadership (pages 350–367) Apply them in detail to the organization. Be sure to think strategically and show the results clearly. Use the strategy as a sub-header for each section so it is clear what is being applied. (90 points) COURSE OF ACTION RECOMMENDED If you were in a position to advise this company, what strategy would you recommend to sustain competitive advantage and achieve future growth? Be specific and list the steps the company should take for successful implementation of your course of action. (15 points) OPINION What do you think of this case study? Describe what you believe are the lessons learned from this case. (10 points) REFERENCES When you have completed the paper using the above sections, insert a page break and have a separate reference page. The references should be listed in accordance with the APA guidelines as shown in the tutorial. (5 points)