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Business Policy
Final Exam Strategic Analysis Assignment
This is an open-note, open-book, individual mastery assessment. You have two hours and fifty
minutes to complete this assignment on Wednesday, May 2nd from 6:00 – 8:50 PM. If you have
a personal conflict on this day/time, contact me to arrange another day/time to complete the
assignment the week of April 23rd. Use your time wisely (it is better to provide answers to all
the prompts, than to answer only one prompt).
1. Review the mini case and then complete a strategic analysis of the firm; if you cannot
complete an analysis explain why…do not make-up information or use information not
included in the case
• External Analysis
o Use the PESTEL Framework to analyze the firm’s external environment
o Use Porter’s 5 Forces to analyze the industry
• Internal Analysis
o Assess the firm’s vision, mission, and values
o Assess the firm’s core competencies using the VRIO framework
o Assess the firm’s organizational design (structure, culture, and control)
o Assess the accounting profitability of the firm
o Assess the shareholder value creation of the firm
• Assess Competitive Advantage
o What is this firm’s strategy? Evidence to support this conclusion?
§ Business strategy? (e.g., differentiation, cost leadership, value
creation/blue ocean)
§ Corporate strategy? (e.g., vertical integration, diversification,
strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, globalization)
o What is this firm’s business model? Evidence to support this conclusion?
o Given the data in the case, are there any other observations/analyses that
you can make/complete that will help you understand the competitive
situation of this firm? If so, explain.
o Based on your external and internal assessment of the firm, does this firm
have a competitive advantage? If so, explain why? How? If not, explain why?
How?
The mini case will be released at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 2nd; your analysis of the mini
case must be submitted to Blackboard by 8:50 PM.
To prepare to successfully complete this individual assessment be sure to do the following:
• Have a reliable computer and internet connection that will work for at least 3 hours
without interruption (if your laptop or internet connection is unreliable, arrange to be in
a library or lab with reliable equipment and connections)
• Have a quiet space where you can work undisturbed for almost 3 hours
• Have your notes, text, and prior assignments organized and on-hand
Final Exam Strategic Analysis Grading Rubric
Business Policy, BUAD 499
Evaluation Criteria
Quality of writing
Performance
Needs Improvement
Number and type of errors
obscure meaning
Max.
Pts.
0-34
Average
Performance
Number and type of errors
may interfere with
meaning at some points
Number and type of errors
interferes with ease of
reading and focus on
quality of the ideas
Accurate use of models
Accurate explanation
Superficial explanation
Max.
Pts.
39
Max.
Pts.
44
External Analysis
(PESTEL and 5
Forces)
Inaccurate or incomplete
use of models
Inaccurate or incomplete
explanations
0-69
Internal Analysis
(Vision, Mission,
Values)
Inaccurate or incomplete
explanation
No use of evidence
0-34
Superficial explanation
Minimal to no use of
evidence
39
Accurate explanation
Clear, accurate
interpretation of meaning
Use evidence to support
explanation
44
Internal Analysis
(Core
competencies,
VRIO, Org. design)
Inaccurate or incomplete
use of models
Inaccurate or incomplete
explanations/analysis
0-34
Accurate use of models
Accurate explanations/
analysis
Superficial explanation
39
Accurate use of models
Accurate
explanations/analysis
Clear, accurate
interpretation of meaning
44
Internal Analysis
(Profitability,
Shareholder value)
Inaccurate or incomplete
use of metrics/data
Inaccurate or incomplete
explanations/analysis
0-69
Accurate use of metrics/
data
Accurate explanations/
analysis
Superficial explanation
79
Accurate use of metrics/
data
Accurate
explanations/analysis
Clear, accurate
interpretation of meaning
89
Firm’s Strategy
(Business Strategy,
Corporate
Strategy), Business
Model
Inaccurate or incomplete
explanations/analysis
0-34
Accurate explanations/
analysis
Superficial explanation
39
Accurate
explanations/analysis
Clear, accurate
interpretation of meaning
44
Dr. Mary K. Foster, 2018
79
Above Average
Performance
Number and type of errors
not sufficient to interfere
with meaning
Number and type of errors
sufficient to interfere with
ease of reading and focus
on quality of the ideas
Accurate use of models
Accurate explanations
Clear, accurate
interpretation of meaning
89
Excellent
Performance
Number and type of errors
so minor that they do not
interfere with ease of
reading or distract from
focus on the quality of the
ideas
Accurate use of models
Accurate explanations
Perceptive interpretation of
meaning
Sophisticated use of
evidence to support
explanation
Accurate explanation
Perceptive interpretation of
meaning
Sophisticated use of
evidence to support
explanation
Accurate use of models
Accurate explanations/
analysis
Perceptive interpretation of
meaning
Sophisticated use of
evidence to support
explanation
Accurate use of metrics/
data
Accurate explanations/
analysis
Perceptive interpretation of
meaning
Sophisticated use of
evidence to support
explanation
Accurate explanations/
analysis
Perceptive interpretation of
meaning
Sophisticated use of
evidence to support
explanation
Max.
Pts.
50
100
50
50
100
50
Your
Score
Final Exam Strategic Analysis Grading Rubric
Business Policy, BUAD 499
Evaluation Criteria
Assessment of
Competitive
Advantage
Performance
Needs Improvement
Inaccurate or incomplete
assessment/analysis
Total score
Submitted late
Dr. Mary K. Foster, 2018
Max.
Pts.
0-34
Average
Performance
Accurate assessment/
analysis
Superficial explanation
Max.
Pts.
39
Above Average
Performance
Accurate assessment/
analysis
Clear, accurate
interpretation of meaning
Max.
Pts.
44
Excellent
Performance
Accurate assessment/
analysis
Perceptive interpretation of
meaning
Sophisticated use of
evidence to support
explanation
Max.
Pts.
100
500
Your
Score

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