Capstone Forum: Assignment With Peer Review: KSF Analysis and Potential Strategic Pathways for Your Chosen Organization
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Discussion 2: Capstone Forum: Assignment With Peer Review: KSF Analysis and Potential Strategic Pathways for Your Chosen Organization

Now it is time to apply lessons learned from this week’s case analysis and discussion about Key Success Factor analysis, this week’s readings, and other resources, to help you think about how you might answer the questions, how will you win? (how will you create unique value now, and in the future?), and which capabilities must be in place (to win in the future)? What skills, competencies, and capabilities do you need now and in the future?

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review all required readings, including the Weekly Briefing.

Review this week’s case study and peer discussion.

Identify and review all relevant readings from the MBA Capstone Program Bibliography.

Locate and maintain access to publicly available information about your organization.

By Day 5, based on what you’ve learned from this week’s case analysis, readings, resources, and discussions with your peers and faculty member, post a polished and synthesized discussion response, which will also become part of your Strategy Playbook for Extraordinary Results.

You should include in your response and analysis:

A set of specific, future and action-oriented strategy recommendations, with related metrics, that would help the organization improve its performance.

You should support these recommendations with a preliminary argument as to how and why your proposed actions/strategies could help the organization.

At minimum, you should explicitly consider the following prompts to help you construct your specific strategy recommendations and supporting arguments:

What insights did you gain, and what did you learn from this week’s resources and your “Trader Joe’s revisited and the U.S. food retailing” case analysis and peer discussion that you can apply to your Strategy Playbook for your chosen organization?

What context differences are important between the case example and your organization? What assumptions do you need to make in order to use the concepts appropriately?

Given your chosen organization, what concepts, tools, and readings from the MBA Program Capstone Bibliography are most relevant to helping guide how you might recommend improving the company? How and why are they relevant?

NOTE: Explain why your recommendations are SMART– specific, measurable, realistic (feasible) and timely (relevant).

General Guidance: Your original discussion post for the Capstone Forum will typically be 1 to 1 ½ single-spaced pages, excluding references. Refer to the Week 6 Discussion 2 rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use the rubric to assess your work.

Note: After you receive input from your colleagues in the next few days, you should revise your original post to reflect input that you think is helpful and strengthens your position. This final revised version from this week’s Capstone Forum will become the fourth formal entry into your Strategy Playbook appendix. Title this section “Competitive Force Analysis for XYZ [Insert Organization Name],” and be sure to keep a version of your response in your Strategy Playbook template. As a best practice you should plan to review your playbook throughout the course as you continue to build your components. You may find that you have new ideas and items that further improve your work.

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